Wine farm, beach, forest or city – what’s your dream wedding venue?
Choosing your wedding venue is probably one of the most important wedding day decisions that you’ll make, apart from who you’re saying yes to. From traditional wine farms and laid-back beach venues to magical forest settings and inner-city options – we have a few tips to help you choose your dream wedding venue.
The winelands offer everything for a fuss-free wedding – the picturesque outside ceremony, the inside reception, good food, award-winning wines and venues that are experienced in hosting celebrations all-year round. Be prepared to pay a bit more – but be ensured that these established venues really know how to make your day stress-free. Neo, previously known as Kleine Valleij keeps popping up as one of the most popular venues in the winelands. Others that we’d recommend are Nooitgedacht, Spier and Cavalli.
A forest setting is definitely one of the most romantic routes you can take for your wedding! The most popular options are De Uijlenes, Beloftebos and Die Woud. Do consider the risks with weather when considering these venues, and make sure you book accommodation for your wedding party, especially when venues doesn’t offer additional accommodation on the premises.
It’s either your thing, or not at all. Choose from a variety of options within driving distance from Cape Town. Our top picks are Monkey Valley Resort, Die Strandloper, Suikerbossie and the Harbour House in Kalk Bay and most of these venues offer a back-up plan for unforeseen weather challenges. Why a beach wedding? The breathtaking scenery, the relaxed atmosphere and the best seafood menu.
From restaurants and gallery spaces to rooftops, gardens and libraries – Cape Town offers a few unordinary options for a city wedding. Be sure to check out Centre of the Book, Between Us, Rust en Vreugd, ColourBox Studios, Roodebloem Studios or Cartel Rooftop. You might not have all the space of a wine farm, but you’ll be able to create a unique wedding to suit your style.
Apart from creating your desired mood and being the backdrop for your wedding photos, your wedding venue will have an influence on a lot of the basic practical arrangements for your special day, be sure to ask a lot of questions when you contact the potential venues on your list. Here are a few to kickstart your wedding planning:
- What is included and excluded in the wedding hiring fee?
- Do you have a wedding planner at the venue?
- Are you allowed to use outside caterers?
- Can you bring your own wine and pay corkage?
- Until what time can you play music at the venue?