Karoo wedding

Karoo wedding ideas

A Karoo wedding

These days, A Karoo wedding is the hottest new thing!  Besides its high temperatures in the summer and winter, it’s also stealing the spotlight in wedding style. It may not initially sound like the most romantic place to get married in, but there is something undeniably beautiful about the charm of a barren land, surrounded by fynbos and saying “I do” in the middle of nowhere.

Seriously—what’s not to like about sunset-coloured Swartberg mountains, an endless night sky spotted with all the constellations and stars, aloe and fynbos scattered scenery? Even if you’re without an epic desert wedding venue, there are still plenty of ways to infuse inspiration from the stark landscape.  Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning a contemporary karoo wedding.

Karoo wedding

Above:  Photo by Anina Harmse Photography

Wedding Colours

Colour palettes for a Karoo wedding often go one of two ways: bold and colourful or warm and dusky, sometimes even converging the two. Many come with a bohemian or African touch, such as traditional patterns, Moroccan cushion seating, or eclectic textiles. Others show a southwestern American flair, incorporating elements such as game horns or leather elements.

Florals for your Karoo wedding

The real heart of a Karoo-inspired wedding is in its floral aspects. Yes, cacti and succulents can be more than just a backdrop. Weave them into your floral arrangements or bouquet, pot them as bookends to the altar or ceremony aisle, or arrange them across reception tables to fashion a runner centerpiece. Even cacti paddles or desert roses have proven themselves to be spectacular decor as table numbers or plate ware decorative elements.

For a sweeter and softer touch, there’s nothing that can quite compete with the allure of succulents when it comes to a Karoo wedding. Whether you use them as centerpieces, lapel pins, place cards and wedding favours (ones that your guests will want to keep). For a more toned-down touch, pampas grass, aloe Vera’s and cattails have a more rugged nature with a rustic vibe, while the Protea, the Karoo’s most beautiful flower mixed in with a bit of fynbos flowers, brings a romantic twist.

Karoo wedding


Beat the heat

As the Karoo can get hot in the summer, consider having an outside wedding, but don’t leave your guests uncomfortably melting – have baskets or buckets with ice-cold bottles of water for your guests to grab as they are getting seated. Consider printing your wedding program on a fan so that guests may cool themselves. Don’t forget to have plenty of sunscreen on hand as well. For a very warm location, try renting large electric fans (don’t forget a generator) and/or a tent to shade the sun’s rays.  Sunglasses to fight of the sun’s glare also doubles as a great guest favour.  If all else fails, consider a winter wedding.  Winter days in the Karoo is very mild and perfect without wind but be aware that the evenings and nights can get very cold in the winter.

Karoo wedding

Food preferences

Think logistics when you are looking for food choices.  Odds are that your location will be remote without electricity.  To avoid major noise and budget expenses for generates and food trucks, consider something more simple and unique like picnic foods.  Picnic buffet’s are a hot trend at the moment with fresh fruit and vegetables, freshly baked bread, cold meats and of course a selection of cheeses and delicacies.  Picnic food are also a favourite to consider if you have vegan or allergy specific catering needs.

Karoo wedding


The Karoo is truly one of the most beautiful places in the country to get married, just let your imagination run and you will create an unforgettable day.  Here are a few more ideas that we love:

Karoo wedding Karoo wedding Karoo wedding

Also visit our  Karoo wedding venues post as well as this gorgeous real contemporary Karoo wedding!

**Disclaimer:  Although we do extensive research for all our articles, we do miss things!  If you have any suggestions or corrections on this blog post, please do let us know at hello@gardenroute-weddings.co.za