Cape Town is becoming an increasingly popular venue for marriages. The German-speaking Catholic Community of the Cape maintains contact with German-speaking priests, who offer sacramental weddings.

Recently the administrative procedures of a civil wedding have become very complicated. It can take up to 6 months to a year for the administrative papers to be issued, which are accepted by the European states.

Therefore, we advise against civil marriages in South Africa.

But should you continue to plan to get married in Cape Town, you can:

  • Arrange and book a marriage officer through most of the hotels, if you desire a civil wedding.
  • Choose a beautiful place in Cape Town and surroundings where you express your marriage vows and receive the churches blessings. In this case please contact our parish office in Cape Town. (see contacts)
  • Arrange a church wedding without the civil marriage, which should be held in your country of origin


How to register:

Should you decide to get married in Cape Town, please contact the parish office in due time. Please note the following:

  1. Only ecclesiastical weddings and blessings are offered.
  2. According to the instructions of the Archdiocese of Cape Town, the wedding can only take place in a church.
  3. You need the written confirmation of your local parish priest.
  4. For the necessary ecclesiastical documents, please contact us.

About us

The German-speaking Catholic community of the Cape Peninsula is the community for all German-speaking Catholics (Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Namibia) and their families who live in the Archdiocese of Cape Town. Therefore, many South African citizens are also part of our community.