February 1st 2017 we will be tying the knot in sunny South Africa, and we would love for you to share our day with us.
We told a little white lie on the Save the Dates, our venue isn't actually in Cape Town, but in nearby Wolesely. Our venue is called Olive Rock (if you want to Google it).
It seems like a long way off, but it will be here sooner than we think.
We thought it would be nice to give you a taste of whats in store.
There's so much to see, and do, and we've put a few examples here to whet your apetite
and to give you a few ideas of the fun that's in store if you decide to join us.
Well... almost everything.
Danielle and I will be staying in Hout Bay, which is about 40 minutes drive from Cape Town centre.
There are lots of places to stay in Cape Town, and the surrounding Western Cape area.
We've given you some starting points to look at in the holiday arrangements section below.
The wedding will be around 3pm on Wednesday the 1st of February (did I already mention we had a date?). The 3 O Clock start means we avoid the midday sun, and everyone will have plenty of time to make their way there.
Wolseley is nestled betwixt mountains in Witzenberg Valley and is about an hour and a half drive from Cape Town.
It is a very good idea to book somwehere near to the venue for the night of the wedding, instead of trying to get back to Cape Town.
Many of Cape Towns roads are winding, and can be dangerous to drive at night.
Witzenberg Valley has lots of outdoor activities, so if you do stay nearby its a good opportunity to do something a bit more adventurous. (There are also plenty of wine farms for the more sedentary among you)
Currently flights cost anywhere between £500 and £800 return per person.
You should consider flying into Or Tambo International, Johannesburg
and getting an internal flight down to Cape Town during the day.
You'll enjoy a fantastic view of the great Karoo, and then the mountains as you approach the Cape.
If you can drive its worth considering renting a car.
You'll be happy to know South Africans drive on the left, but distances and speed limits are measured in Kilometers.
Companies like Avis usually charge a couple hundred pounds to rent a small car for two weeks.
If you don't drive and want to organise a car pool then let me and Danielle know and we can put people in contact.
It's fairly obvious that you'll need your passport in order to travel,
but if you want to enter and exit smoothly make sure the passport isn't due to expire for at least 3 months after your return.
Anyone under 18 will need their full unabridged birth certificate. If only one parent is travelling with them they will also need a signed affidavit from the other parent.
When you visit you'll notice a lot of recognisable food. You could spend the whole holiday eating
the same sorts of food that you would find at a British seaside.
But why not try a few traditional South African foods?
You really must have a braai (BBQ) while you are in SA. Holding a decent Braai is a real staple of South African culture, and boy do they know what they are doing (Dave: Best chops I have had in my entire life were at a braai).
Heres a few of the more pedestrian local delicacies.
Quite similar to German Wurst; Usually made with seasoned beef and popular at a braai served in a roll.
A dried version of boerewors - good for a snack and keeps for ages. Chewy, and tasting just like a boerewors sausage, these are a good addition to a lunch box or picnic.
Jerky-like dried meat (can be beef, or a game meat like springbok or ostrich) and seasoned with a variety of spices and herbs.
A traditional stew slowly cooked over coals in a special 3 legged cast-iron pot. A variety of meat and veg, whatever's lying around.
How to describe this one? We asked a few people and our favourite description was:
"It's like a moussey, milk-flavoured cheesecake".
These are really nice, if you have the chance you should definitely try one.
(sizzle cake [its a fried cake])
A dessert similar to Indian gulab jamun made of plaited, risen dough, deep fried, and dipped into ice cold sugar syrup... they. are. amazing!
There are 11 official languages spoken in South Africa, but the four main ones are
Afrikaans, English, IsiXhosa, and IsiZulu.
The vast majority of places will speak English fluently. That said, here's some words and phrases that you might come across.
Exclamation similar to Uh, or Urgh, pronounce the Afrikaans G as you would the ch in loch.
"Ag, no man, he's missed a sitter."
Hangover, especially a very bad one.
"Hello, great party last night. How's your head? Are you a bit babbelas?"
Brah or Brew
An informal term for a friend/mate deriving from brother. Stemming from the Afrikaans word Broer
"You're beached, bru."
Derives from the Afrikaans meaning to wander, this means to not pay attention - for your mind to wander.
"Dave, are you even listening? Ag, he's in a dwaal."
An IsiZulu and IsiXhosa expression good for everything from resignation, to disgust, to exasperation, to pleasant surprise.
"Eish, look at that dress" or "Eish, look at that dress".
"That sunburn looks eina"
ch (as in loch) cho-cha
An insect or creepy crawly.
"Eish, bru did you see that gogga in the hotel room this morning? It was walking away with my tekkies."
Means anything from yes, to ok-yes-but-I-think-you're-being-an-idiot
"Ya-well-no-fine, stay out all night, but don't forget we fly tomorrow"
To party, or have a good time.
"Come on bru, we're jolling tonight."
Great, or good.
"This cake is lekker, bru, grab me another piece".
"Please, fondle my buttocks"
"Ag Ja, its past the post office, 200 yards down, and then left at the robot".
Not as patronising as it sounds to the English ear, this expression can mean
anything from commiseration, to congratulation.
"Shame, that's a nice dress".
"Yawelnofine, wear the tekkies, but you wont get into the club".
If you don't fancy driving around everywhere, you can see a lot of Cape Town from the top of a city sightseeing tour bus.
A two day ticket currently costs less than £20 per person. Not only do they give you the opportunity to see the sights, the top of the bus offers some of the best views of the mini peninsula. You can do a wine tour, visit the aquarium, or table mountain using this service. It's a decent way to get around if you don't fancy driving.
So we've got a date (hooray), but there's so much more to be done, and to sort out.
We're still ironing out the last details. We'll let you know as soon as we know, but if you need to know anything just drop us a line with the new-fangled links at the bottom here or give us a call.
We hope you're as excited as we are, and we hope you can make it.
Lots of Love