Hello! My name is Dion Black. (That's me in the middle!)
I am a non-denominational, Ordained Minister and a professional registered Marriage Officer (under the Marriage Act). I will do my best to ensure that you have a wedding ceremony to remember - in a good way, of course. You should be able to have the wedding of your dreams and I want to make certain that is what you get!
Whether you want a religious or non-religious wedding (or something in-between), I can accommodate you. I also specialise in interfaith weddings.
I am situated in the southern suburbs of Cape Town, in the Western Cape of South Africa, but I do travel as well. Most of my favourite wedding venues are situated along one of the many wine routes. I have also done many "unusual" marriage ceremonies, so just ask...
If you are getting married for the first time (or even if it's not your first time), make sure you read the Frequently Asked Questions and also Tips For Your Big Day. There is a wealth of information to help you when Planning your Wedding. If you are looking for a wedding venue, wedding cake, wedding dress, limo, flowers or musicians, take a look at the Service Providers page. If you would like to see what couples think of my wedding ceremonies, see the Testimonials page. Also, I have a few pics of some of the happy couples that I have married - see the Gallery Pics.
Wondering what the weather will be like on your wedding day? See the Weather Forecast for the area, or if you want to go up Table Mountain in the Cablecar ...
... see the Table Mountain Rates & Weather page.
Why get married in Cape Town?
Simple. Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The Cape Peninsula has a Mediterranean climate with well-defined seasons. Summer, which lasts from November to March, is warm and dry. The Peninsula gets frequent strong winds from the south-east, known locally as the Cape Doctor, because it blows away pollution and cleans the air. Summer temperatures are mild, with an average maximum of 26 °C (79 °F).
In winter, which lasts from May to September, large cold fronts come across from the Atlantic Ocean with heavy rain and strong north-westerly winds. The winter months are cool, with an average minimum temperature of 7 °C (45 °F). The Winter months are often referred to as "The Secret Season" - because, apart from the rain, Cape Town is at its most beautiful - and there are less tourists. This is also when wedding venues and service providers have lower rates!
Cape Town has 237 sunny days a year, and only 68 rainy days (of course this does leave 60 'other' days).
Cape wines are world renowned, and there are literally hundreds of wine estates within an hour's drive from central Cape Town where you can taste some of the best wines in the world - and take some home!
Want to go on safari? There are private game reserves where you can see the "Big 5" - and more.
You can go Abseiling, Bird watching, Bungee jumping, Canoeing, Caving, Fishing, Game watching (or hunting), Play Golf, Take a Helicopter flight, Go Hiking, Hot air ballooning, Horse riding, Mountain biking, Mountain climbing, Museums, Paragliding, Rock climbing, Safaris, Scuba diving, Sandboarding, Shark diving, Skydiving, Surfing, Whale watching etc. etc.
Cape Town South
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens Rhodes Memorial
Southern suburbs attractions include Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and Rhodes Memorial, both set against the majestic Table Mountain. Large shopping malls are the Blue Route Shopping Centre and Cavendish Square, but there are many stores on the Main Road (M4) linking the suburbs.
The Constantia Wine Route boasts the oldest wine estate in South Africa - Groot Constantia - while Groote Schuur Estate once belonged to mining magnate Cecil John Rhodes. This area also has 4 of the best golf courses in Cape Town. Accommodation options will suit a variety of needs and include up-market guest houses, 3, 4 and 5 star hotels, self-catering apartments and good value for money bed and breakfast establishments.
The southern suburbs of Cape Town are home to two famous sport stadiums, the Newlands Rugby Stadium and Newlands Cricket Grounds. The University of Cape Town is also situated here. There is an excellent choice of restaurants and bars while the nightlife will appeal to most. This area of Cape Town has something for everyone.
Cape Town Central
The Colourful Cape Malay Bo-Kaap
Cape Town central is one of the top international destinations in the world, filled with natural beauty and a rich variety of exciting activities. The Cape Town Central area is situated at the foot of Table Mountain, and includes the city beaches along the Atlantic seaboard.
Cape Town Central is a relatively small area, which allows for easy exploration on foot. All you need is a good pair of shoes, a map and a general sense of direction. To get to the beaches and surrounding suburbs you will need to use your own transport or public transport.
Cape Town City Centre has the Museum Mile, the Company Gardens, Greenmarket Square, St Georges Mall, the distinctive Cape Malay Bo-Kaap and much more. Numerous excellent hotels, loft apartments, trendy restaurants and bars can be found in the heart of the city and along the coast. Visit the V&A Waterfront, with over 270 stores, a wide selection of restaurants, art and craft markets, or make use of world-class conference and hotel facilities.
Take the boat trip to Robben Island, the former home of Nelson Mandela, and get a guided tour from ex-inmates.
Table Mountain is one of Cape Town's major attractions. This incredible natural feature, situated south of the city centre and more than 1000 metres high, offers stunning views over Cape Town and its surrounds, whether you reach the top by foot or cable car. Renowned as an entire floral kingdom in itself, Table Mountain is home not only to a rich botanical diversity but also a plethora of animal species, such as the small, furry dassie, the closest biological relative to the elephant. A vigorous hike or a smooth cableway ride up Table Mountain? You decide. Once you're on the top, take a walk, shop, use telescopes to view the city below, take photographs or watch the sun setting over amazing scenery while sipping a cocktail.
Camps Bay Beach
Along with the City Centre and Table Bay Harbour, Cape Town Central includes the beachside suburbs of Bakoven, Bantry Bay, Camps Bay, Clifton, Fresnaye, Green Point, Mouille Point, Sea Point and Three Anchor Bay as well as the trendy city suburbs of Vredehoek, Oranjezicht and Tamboerskloof.
Cape Town East
Cape Town East is a visitor's paradise where you can expect great experiences, magical moments and a lifetime of memories.
East of the Cape Town City Centre and Cape Town International Airport, visitors can enjoy scenic coastlines, picturesque vineyards and rural getaways - welcome to Cape Town's most beautiful gem, Cape Town East.
Snow on the Hottentots Holland Mountains
The Hottentots Holland Mountain range dominates the area known as the Helderberg and some unique attractions and activities are on offer. The region includes the coastal suburbs of Strand and Gordon's Bay with long white stretches of beach and the adjacent suburbs of Macassar, Somerset West, Lwandle and Sir Lowry's Pass.
Moving further east and into a more rural setting is the area known as the Oostenberg that includes the suburbs of Brackenfell, Kraaifontein and Kuils River. This is where Cape Town's urban areas meet the rural gateway to the Cape Winelands and the Cape Overberg.
The eastern region also boasts one of the richest eco-nature offerings with the Kogelberg Biosphere. Drive along Clarence Drive to experience what was referred to by Reader's Digest as one of the world's 10 most scenic drives.
So if you need any more reasons to get married in Cape Town, simply Contact Me.