Legal FAQ’s for Weddings in South Africa

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6 Responses

  1. Jacqui Dale says:

    Is there a website where I can find out about court weddings? My fiance and I would like to get married legally as soon as possible because he is going to work overseas and I need a spousal visa to go with him.

  2. sa wedding says:

    Dear Jacqui,

    You’ve really put my searching skills to the test. Unfortunetly I haven’t been able to find a webiste aimed at or packed with info about weddings in court.
    If you wish to have a wedding asap then perhaps you should visit your nearest Home Affairs Office or give them all call for more info.
    Some Home Affairs Offices have special rooms in which they’ll perform an intimate and legal wedding for you.
    If this is not for you, then find a marriage officer that will come to your house or restuarant or venue and perform a small wedding for you.
    Both options are legal and once you have your marriage certificate, you can apply for your Spousal Visa.

    Best Wishes,
    SA Wedding

  3. nats says:

    My partner and i are both SA citizens living in SA. We are getting married in a church in the UK. The priest is Catholic and in England that is not recognized as a legal wedding without a registrar present. Unfortunately we cannot get a registrar without fulfilling their residency requirements. So is it possible to have the religious ceremony there and then have a civil proceedings in SA when we return?

  4. sa wedding says:

    Dear Nats,

    Yes, you can have your religious ceremony in England and then have a Civil Ceremony in South Africa when you return.
    You can have it done by finding and booking a marriage officer (religious or not) or by contacting your nearest Department of Home Affairs. Some of their offices have special rooms in which they will conduct a legal/civil wedding.

    Please remember you’ll need to have your two witnesses and copies of everyones ID’s or passports. Once the marriage register/certificate has been signed, you are then legally married.

    Please also note, that on the day of your wedding (in South Africa) you will be given an abridged marriage certificate. If you want a full/unabridged marriage certificate then you’ll need to apply for one from the Department of Home Affairs.

    Best Wishes,
    SA Wedding

  5. Edith says:

    I am a widow. I would like to change my surname back to my maiden surname. What should I do?

  6. sa wedding says:

    Dear Edith,

    According to the Department of Home Affairs website – “In terms of section 26(1), a woman may assume her husband’s surname, or revert to her maiden surname or a prior surname she legally bore and since 1997 a woman may also join her surname with that of her husband’s as a double-barrelled surname. No application to the Department of Home Affairs is necessary in these instances, but to enable the Department to update the Population Register, women should notify the Department of such changes in writing.”
    For more info:

    Best Wishes,
    SA Wedding