Don’t allow distances to deter you from the perfect venue for your special day! Whether you’re planning an intimate occasion or an elaborate one, you can find suitable car or bus hire vehicles with designated drivers to transport your guests to the church and reception, including the groom! If you want to arrive at the church in that grand vehicle ‘First Car Hire’ specialise in providing cheap, reliable, cost effective luxury vehicles for this purpose and for your guests, you can hire a bus ensuring you all arrive safely and timeously. For those guests taking advantage of cheap air flights from out of town to witness your day, arrange a package deal with ‘First Car Hire’ for a pick-up and drop-off service ensuring they reach the venue. Using a car hire company is especially convenient if you have to travel from your ceremony to the reception. If you haven’t already done so, ‘First Car Hire’ will assist you in finding the perfect outdoor wedding venue for your special day.
Tintswalo Atlantic at the base of Chapman’s Peak
Couples wanting a small, cosy wedding with no more than 24 guests will find the ‘Tintswalo Atlantic’ an ideal venue. Located within the Greater Table Mountain National Park at the base of Chapman’s Peak and right on the shore bank, guests can’t help but unwind on the main deck with spectacular views of the ocean and mountains. If they wish to stay over there are 10 Island Suites available. For more detailed information, go to www.tintswalo.com.
Blue Bay Lodge in Saldanha
If you want a wedding with relaxation being the key word then the 3-star ‘Blue Bay Lodge’ in Saldanha, just 120 kilometres from Cape Town, is your answer. Accommodation is available with 3-star en-suite rooms including self-catering beach side cottages. ‘The Blue Bay Cafe Restaurant’, only 20 metres from the beach seats up to 110 guests and will cover your reception with its delectable à la carte menu and 180° view of the bay. For further details on this stunning resort go to their website.
The Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat in Clanwilliam
The ‘Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat’ is two to three hours drive out of Cape Town along the N7 in Clanwilliam and offers a choice of four venue locations. ‘The Embers’ ceremony venue is a natural sandstone amphitheatre on the edge of a cliff overlooking the valley below. Its location is perfect for an evening wedding with the sun setting, the stars emerging, a roaring fire with candles and lanterns creating a magical atmosphere of sweet romance. This venue caters for a maximum of 60 guests. Those wanting a more intimate affair with a maximum of 20 guests, the ‘Peninsula Dam’ that is secluded from the main dam is ideal. For further information on these great venues, go to www.bushmanskloof.co.za.
Backsberg in Simonsberg Mountains
Lovers of wine, vineyards and Cape heritage history can have their special day at ‘Backsberg’ situated on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains where on arrival you drive through a natural archway of stately grand old trees. For a ceremony with a difference, yours can take place in the Vat Cellar with its wide brick aisle built between huge old oak fermentation barrels where after, for your reception, you’ll proceed to ‘Neville’s Place’ that opens up into a courtyard with a cosy corner fire place and a central garden. The courtyard can be cut off with sliding partitions to suit the size of occasion. Accommodation for guests is available. For further information see the website www.backsberg.co.za.
Locations in the winelands
Additional wedding venue locations in the winelands are ‘La Petite Dauphine Guest Farm’, ‘Klein Kastaiing’ and the ‘Groot Drakenstein’ in Franschoek, ‘Rhebokskloof Wine Estate’ in Paarl and in Stellenbosch ‘Neethlingshof’ and ‘Hidden Valley’.
Set between the hills of the Overberg, 14 kilometres from Bredasdorp and only a two hour drive from Cape Town, you can indulge your guests with your unforgettable special day at the ‘Kleinplasie Country House’ that caters for 60 to 180 guests. After your ceremony has taken place in the chapel, you’ll walk along a wooden bridge to a beautiful and elegantly decorated reception area overlooking an olive orchard. Another option at this venue is a braai in the boma area. Accommodation is available for guests wanting to stay over. See further information on this venue by visiting their website.
Couples that want a bit of everything and close proximity to Cape Town can have their day at the ‘Suikerbossie Restaurant’ that caters for both kosher and halaal cuisine. Overlooking the valley of Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak with Table Mountain in the background, your ceremony will take place outdoors amidst a blossoming garden before you proceed inside for your reception. The upstairs venue caters for 50 to 70 guests while downstairs oversees 120 to 300 guests. See www.suikerbossie.co.za for more information.