Best Wedding Venues for Travellers in the Cape Winelands

As travellers, we get to experience some incredible destinations across the world. Yet few destinations are as meaningful as the one you choose to host your wedding at.

With this in mind, I have put together a list of my favourite Cape Winelands wedding venues. Each of these venues has either been visited or vetted by yours truly, so I can personally attest to their quality.

Scattered across South Africa’s most world-famous wine regions, these stunning destinations are individually unique, aesthetically appealing and professionally operated.

Each estate and venue offers carefully curated packages, incredible settings and imposing backdrops. Throw in world-class wines, breathtaking surroundings and lifelong memories… and you’re all set for the perfect wedding celebration!

A Day To Remember

Although getting married nowadays doesn’t mean you have to marry your way into debt or host the most extravagant wedding around… The idea is still to go the extra mile.

And you will want to plan a day worth celebrating (along with your marriage) for many years to come… After all, if it’s going to last forever, it should be memorable!

Photo credit: Lilac Photography via D’Aria Wedding and Function Venue

So, whether you’re actively planning your big day or scouting for the future, these are my best Cape Winelands-based wedding venues for travellers to tie the knot at:


Best Wedding Venues in Fairest Franschhoek

Boschendal is one of South Africa’s most iconic wine farms. And indeed, one of my personal favourites. (I have long joked that if money wasn’t likely to be an issue, I would someday get married at Boschendal.)

Encircled by the Groot Drakenstein and Simonsberg mountains, Boschendal enjoys a prime setting. This estate overflows with oak trees, gardens and verdant greenery. And it is blessed with some of the most beautiful Cape Dutch architecture around.

Given all this, Boschendal makes an impression no matter the occasion… So it is clear why it is such a highly sought-after wedding venue.

Choice of Venues:
  • Olive Press:

    The Olive Press is a dreamy, natural space, which makes for a special venue. It is blessed with floor-to-ceiling glass doors, poplar tree trusses and picture-perfect views of the mountains and meadow fields. It’s ideal as a relaxed, yet ultra-chic wedding reception. This venue can host up to 250 guests.

  • Rhone Homestead:

    Rhone Homestead is one of the estate’s finest offerings. It is steeped in history and yesteryear glamour and ordained with lush, private gardens. This beautiful venue is ideal for smaller, more intimate weddings. It can seat 50 guests.

  • Manor House Lawns:


    For those craving Boschendal’s natural beauty, this open-air venue is ideal. The Manor House, a historic national monument, is one of the estate’s most iconic pieces and adds a real sense of occasion. This venue is best suited to smaller wedding functions and comfortably hosts 80 guests.

  • The Retreat:

    This venue’s natural surroundings mean it is ideal for outdoor wedding celebrations. It can seat up to 72 people. The space includes: homely cottages, a communal boma and a natural swimming pool.

  • Exclusive Picnics: Werf Farm Picnic or Rhone Rose Garden Picnic:

    For a more whimsical, laid-back approach to your wedding reception, choose between the famous Werf Farm Picnic or Rhone Rose Garden Picnic settings.The Werf Picnic area is idyllic with its white pavilion, playing fountain and endless lawn, stretching out beneath protective oaks. While the Rhone Rose Garden – spread out under equally proud oaks – offers a choice between carefully laid tables or a picnic lawn experience.


Good to know:

Additionally, Boschendal also offers different locations for popping the big question… And they can provide the following: pre-wedding braais; groom and bridal party gifting; post-wedding picnics on your special day.

All function catering is done in-house by hugely talented executive chef, Christiaan Campbell and his capable team. Menus boast the finest in seasonal, farm-to-table goodness.


Venue rates (valid until 2020):

  • R 150 000 – R 200 000 (Olive Press; 2019)
  • R 180 000 – R 235 000 (Olive Press; 2020)
  • R 30 000 – R 40 000 (Rhone Homestead; 2019)
  • R 36 000 – R 48 000 (Rhone Homestead; 2020)
  • R 35 000 – R 55 000 (Manor House Lawns; 2019)
  • R 42 000 – R 65 000 (Manor House Lawns; 2020)
  • R 250 000 (The Retreat; all inclusive)
  • R 46 000 – R 92 000 (Exclusive Picnics; 2019)
  • R 55 200 – R 110 400 (Exclusive Picnics; 2020)
  • See more details here.

For more information on Boschendal and their wedding offerings, please visit or contact them on: (021) 870 4223/40 or

  • La Paris: Where Wedding Magic Lives On After Your Day

Photo supplied by: La Paris Estate

La Paris is every bit the dream wedding venue… This estate is complete with sprawling oaks, immaculate garden spaces, a beautiful dam and the imposing Franschhoek mountains. Personally, I consider it one of the most magical settings anywhere.

Blessed with multiple venue options, La Paris offers something for every prospective married couple. At this stunning venue, style and chic beauty come naturally… And weddings here are truly beautiful to boot.

Furthermore, the La Paris events team happily assists with all your wedding needs. They can help arrange everything from marriage officers to accommodation and more. Catering options include: Halaal, Kosher, vegetarian and gluten-free. (Note: All special dietary requirements are accounted for.)

Photo supplied by: The Lyceum, La Paris Estate
Choice of Venues:
  • Winery:

    This historical indoor venue, with its marble floors and salvaged French Chateau lanterns, is suitable for both wedding ceremonies and receptions. It can royally host up to 120 guests.

  • The Lyceum:
    This vast venue is a place of ultra-elegance, ideal for larger-than-life weddings. Especially as it can easily host +400 guests. It showcases brickwork, arch windows, glass doors and twinkling crystal chandeliers… just what a fairytale wedding needs!
  • Rose Garden:

    For a more tranquil, intimate wedding ceremony, the Rose Garden is a must. Surrounded by climbing roses and protectively overreaching oaks, this is a most romantic venue… And it’s certainly my personal pick! It is also suitable for a Champagne breakfast or picnic-style luncheon.

  • The Arbour:

    The Arbour venue is perfect for your wedding ceremony. It provides impressive mountains as a backdrop and a magical, wrought iron gazebo, which serves as a focal point.

  • The Garden Room:

    Here, fold-up glass doors open onto a black-and-white checked verandah, leading out to the Manor House Lawn. This spacious, yet decidedly intimate venue can host up to 60 guests. It’s great for a small reception or wedding ceremony.
    Regrettably, as of 1 August 2019, this venue will no longer be available. So hurry and book before then!

Photo credit: Julia Winkler via La Paris Estate

Reception rates (valid until July 2019):

  • R 15 000 (Arbour)
  • R 20 000 (Rose Garden)
  • R 25 000 (Garden Room),
  • R 37 000 (Winery)
  • R 47 000 (The Lyceum)
  • R 15 000 per venue (Ceremony rates)
  • See more details here.

For more information on La Paris and their wedding offerings, please visit or contact them on: (021) 867 0171 or

Photo credit: Moira West Photography via La Paris Estate


Mont Rochelle has enchanted me ever since I first stepped off the Franschhoek Wine Tram to explore this estate. It offers some of the best views around and both the buildings and gardens are impeccable. Indeed, there are few more impressive and imposing locations to celebrate your wedding at.

The Klein Drakenstein mountains serve as the ultimate backdrop, while each estate wedding venue offers something uniquely beautiful for your special day!

What’s more, this estate is very hands-on when it comes to your big day. For weddings of up to 30 guests, their excellent in-house wedding team has your back. For larger celebrations, they also help find a local wedding planner to assist with arrangements.

And I love that, if you are after a more relaxed, simple country wedding, you can opt for Mont Rochelle’s famous picnics… These are perfect for smaller, more intimate wedding gatherings of up to 10 people, as you can come together with your closest loved ones to celebrate by the dam.

Photo credit: Wesley Vorster Photography via Mont Rochelle
Choice of Venues:
  • Rose Garden and Manor House Lawn:

This is certainly my favourite venue among Mont Rochelle’s outdoor settings – and, when you visit, you’ll soon see why. This three-tiered lawn and accompanying rose garden, which the Manor House overlooks, is absolutely gorgeous.


It provides swoon-worthy views so it is ideal for ceremonies or receptions. And, with a marquee set up, the area transforms into a magical reception area. (Note: Manor House exclusive use rate and marquee hire applies.)

  • The Manor House:

The Manor House is one of the most beautiful buildings I have seen. With the lawn and rose garden before it, it makes for a blissful setting. This grand lady can be utilised for your reception. To make a lovely feasting area, dining room chairs spill out into the courtyard. This venue can host 80 people. (Note: Manor House exclusive use rate applies.)

  • Country Kitchen

This lovely restaurant seamlessly doubles as a modern, country-style chapel. Better still, it can also serve for your reception area too. It offers excellent views of the surrounds and nearby Country Kitchen bell tower. (Perfect for posing next to, with your close friends and family.) The venue costs R 25 000 per day and can host 60 people.

  • Vineyard Rooftop

For a more unique spin on things, why not celebrate your wedding day from the vineyard rooftop? The Vineyard Rooftop allows you to soak up breathtaking mountain and vineyard views and it’s the ideal spot to say ‘I do’.

What’s more, it is well-positioned, lying adjacent to Miko Restaurant and Terrace. (It can host 80 people and is included in the hotel exclusive use rate and marquee hire.)

  • Gazebo

For outdoor weddings, look no further than the gazebo. It offers great views of the vineyards and can host 20 people. The Gazebo costs R 7 500 per day.

  • Vineyard Lounge

Especially ideal for snug, indoor weddings during winter, the Vineyard Lounge offers gorgeous mountain views and plenty of atmosphere. It costs R 7 500 per day and can host 20 people.

  • Miko Restaurant 

Mont Rochelle’s main restaurant, Miko, is both an incredible restaurant and venue in one. It is well-suited to serving as a formal reception/dining area. It can host 60 people and is included in the exclusive use rate (although additional fees may apply).

Good to know:

Mont Rochelle can assist with luxurious accommodation (either in the Manor House or 22-room hotel) – and a variety of catering options. Choose between a casual braai (BBQ), an à la carte menu or a set menu (designed to your liking).

For wedding functions of more than 60 guests, Mont Rochelle can hire a marquee for you. Note: Marquee hire and arrangements incur additional costs. Also, please be advised that all wedding functions work on a ‘number of guests’ quote policy.

Photo credit: Wesley Vorster Photography via Mont Rochelle

Wedding Options:

  • Option 1 – Your Perfect Wedding Day: R 13 000 (plus accommodation).
  • Option 2 – Exclusively Yours: Pricing starts from R 534 800 (two-night minimum stay during Low Season; three-night minimum stay during High Season).
  • See more details here.

For more information on Mont Rochelle and their wedding offerings, please visit or contact them on: +27 (011) 325 4405, 0800 056 343 (South Africa toll free) or


Photo credit: Moira West Photography via Vrede en Lust Estate

Located near the foothills of the Simonsberg, at the start of the Franschhoek Winelands, lies the family-owned and run Vrede en Lust Estate. This fine estate is one of the most esteemed wedding destinations around. Not only is it a dream to visit, with its beautiful Cape Dutch architecture, lovely eatery and incredible garden spaces and vineyards… But it is a truly special wedding venue too.

In fact, I’d go so far as to say it really is like hosting your wedding in the secret garden of the Winelands… and what could be better than that?

This estate has the necessary wedding facilities on-site… This helps remove the stress and travel time between locations away entirely!

What’s more, their talented wedding team is on-hand to ensure your wedding turns out as desired. They specialise in bespoke wedding packages and can tailor to each couple’s needs. Meanwhile, Vrede en Lust’s delightful eatery, Lust Bisto and Bakery, can handle all your catering needs.

Photo credit: Moira West Photography via Vrede en Lust Estate
Choice of Venue:
  • The Vineyard Terrace

At Vrede en Lust, you can hold your ceremony out on the picturesque lawn, which overlooks the vineyards and mountains beyond. Then, when it’s time to truly celebrate, head across to the majestic, all-season Vineyard Terrace.

This lovely venue, impressively enclosed by glass walls, offers incredible views and a glorious, 300-square metre outdoor floor space. And, situated adjacent to the Vineyard Terrace, is the historic cellar, which is included in the venue hire. The cellar is backed by generator power so even if Eskom’s power cuts strike – the party goes on undisturbed!

Personally, I love that, at Vrede en Lust, you can also enjoy idyllic photo sessions and pre-drinks in the gardens.

The Vineyard Terrace – combined with the cellar – makes for a wonderfully adaptable, impressive venue. Best of all, you can easily decorate it according to your choice of decor or wedding theme. It can seat up to 120 guests with the dance floor inside – or, weather-permitting, 150 guests with the dance floor outside.


Good to know:

When you book this exciting venue, accommodation is included in the rate. And, for the duration of the couple’s stay, exclusive use of both the farm’s wedding venue and accommodation is offered to them and their guests. Handily, the accommodation is located within walking distance of the wedding venue and can sleep up to 40 guests.

Rates (valid for 2019):

  • Note: Rates include both venue hire and accommodation for up to 40 guests.
  • R 130 000 (High Season, Friday-Sunday; one nights’ accommodation)
  • R 117 000 (High Season, (Mid-week) Monday-Thursday; one nights’ accommodation)
  • R 91 000 (Low Season, Monday-Sunday; one nights’ accommodation)
  • R 202 000 (High Season, Friday-Sunday; two nights’ accommodation)
  • R 181 800 (High Season, (Mid-week) Monday-Thursday; two nights’ accommodation)
  • R 141 400 (Low Season, Monday-Sunday; two nights’ accommodation)
  • R 265 000 (High Season, Friday-Sunday; three nights’ accommodation)
  • R 238 500 (High Season, (Mid-week) Monday-Thursday; three nights’ accommodation)
  • R 185 500 (Low Season, Monday-Sunday; three nights’ accommodation)
  • R 320 000 (High Season, Friday-Sunday; four nights’ accommodation)
  • R 288 000 (High Season, (Mid-week) Monday-Thursday; four nights’ accommodation)
  • R 224 000 (Low Season, Monday-Sunday; four nights’ accommodation)
  • See more details here

For more information on Vrede en Lust Estate and their wedding offerings, please visit or contact them on:


Rikety Bridge Winery is one of Franschhoek’s loveliest country estates. It’s down-to-earth, though it still maintains an undeniable sense of classic Cape grandeur. The views from this estate sweep across the valley, creating a picture-perfect setting each and every time you visit.

Overlooking the historic, lush vineyards, the buildings – namely, the beautiful Manor House, wine tasting centre, Paulina’s restaurant – and the grounds all offer amazing views.

So, cross over the bridge towards Rickety Bridge and allow yourself to be enchanted by this perfect country location… Safe in the knowledge that weddings here are as precious (and thrilling!) as they come.

Photo supplied by: Rickety Bridge Winery

Rickety Bridge’s enticing wedding packages all include the following: venue hire, a welcome drink (one per person) and wine, canapes and a three-course meal, so this really is excellent value-for-money! The estate can also happily assist with wedding coordination, accommodation (there are 22 rooms in total) and of course, a variety of scrumptious food menus and drinks options too!

Choice of Venues:
  • Historic Cellar Room

After your ceremony, the cellar room transforms the cellar into the ideal reception hall. With decor and lighting, this room turns into a place of sheer wedding magic. It is especially ideal should any dark clouds threaten on your big day. So be sure to relax in this cosy, airy space, as you savour every moment of your wedding.

  • Rickety Bridge Lawn

Say ‘I do’ on the expansive Manor House lawn, which overlooks the vineyards and the distant mountains. Few settings are as impressive and well-suited to a wedding ceremony. In fact, weather permitting, you can even host your reception here. This allows you to feast and dance the night away underneath the star-pricked country skies!


Good to know:

To help you unwind, Rickety Bridge also offers its own spa treatments and therapy room. Let yourself be pampered with their in-room treatments and mobile spa offering.

Rates (valid until 2020):

  • R 2 480 (2019 per person fee for 20-40 guests)
  • R 2 678 (2020 per person fee for 20-40 guests)
  • R 2 255 (2019 per person fee for 41-60 guests)
  • R 2 435 (2020 per person fee for 41-60 guests)
  • R 2 150 (2019 per person fee for 61-80 guests)
  • R 2 322 (2020 per person fee for 61-80 guests)
  • R 2 075 (2019 per person fee for 81-100 guests)
  • R 2 241 (2020 per person fee for 81-100 guests)
  • See more details here.

For more information on Rickety Bridge Winery and Country Estate and their wedding offerings, please visit or contact them on: (021) 876 2129, 083 377 4103 or


Stunning Stellenbosch Wedding Venues


Tucked away in the Banghoek valley, one find Zorgvliet Wine Estate… Surrounded by the Simonsberg mountains and its own lush vineyards, this fine Stellenbosch estate is famed for its wine, picnics and of course, its setting. As a whole, this is a place which instantly makes a positive impact on its visitors.

Additionally, Zorgvliet is also a popular Stellenbosch wedding venue… And a decidedly elegant one at that! It offers a wonderful selection of wedding venues and options. (For example, you can choose between two special wedding packages: Black Canvas or Painted Picture.)

Besides its lovely venues, Zorgvliet offers sumptuous accommodation (sleeps 34 guests), catering services and wonderful pre- and post-wedding feasting in the picnic and restaurant area… You can even hold special picnics and braais (barbeques) under the stars!

Photo supplied by: Christine Smith via Zorgvliet Wines
Choice of Venues:
  • The Chapel:

    Built in 1732, this enchanting chapel, with its classic wooden pews and stained glass windows, is perfect for exchanging your vows inside. It can easily accommodate 120-140 guests so you don’t have to scale back on the guest list. For outdoor ceremonies, why not opt for the carefully maintained gardens?

  • Banghoek Room:

    Banghoek Room is both charming and airy, so it’s ideal as a pre-drinks and canape location. And I love that it offers a tastefully decked out lounge, with gorgeous vineyard views.

  • Oak Room:

    This beautiful venue is most classy and makes for an ideal reception area. Its crystal chandeliers and beautiful lofty ceilings make it suitable for any theme or colour scheme. Plus, it offers impeccable vineyard and mountain views. The Oak Room can also accommodate 120-200 guests, depending on whether you choose a seated dinner or cocktail-style event.

Photo supplied by: Christine Smith via Zorgvliet Wines

Rates (valid until 2020):

  • R 42 000 (1 September 2018 – 30 April 2019; Black Canvas)
  • R 85 000 (1 September 2018 – 30 April 2019; Painted Picture)
  • R 30 000 (1 May – 31 August 2019; Black Canvas)
  • R 72 000 (1 May – 31 August 2019; Painted Picture)
  • R 50 000 (1 September 2019 – 30 April 2020; Black Canvas)
  • R 90 000 (1 September 2019 – 30 April 2020; Painted Picture)
  • R 36 000 (1 May 2020 – 31 August 2020; Black Canvas)
  • R 76 000 (1 May 2020 – 31 August 2020; Painted Picture)
  • See more details here

For more information on Zorgvliet and their wedding offerings, please visit or contact them on: (021) 885 1399 or



Quoin Rock is honestly one of the most show-stopping estates you will encounter anywhere… Like a phoenix risen from the ashes, this estate is one of the hottest wine farms around at present. Best of all, it wears creative flair and elegance like a second skin.

Its immaculate architecture, inventive food and incredible setting – which sees it encircled by the stunning Stellenbosch mountains in its own secret valley – makes it truly unique. In fact, I would go so far as to say that Quoin Rock embodies everything sophisticated, earthy and edgy in one killer sweep.

Add to this a beautiful manor house, positioned 400 metres above sea level, and a state-of-the-art, all-glass function venue – and you truly have a dream wedding venue on your hands.

With wedding packages tailored to perfection, suave in-house catering on offer and capacity for up to 300 guests, Quoin Rock is the last word in a grand, destination wedding.

Choice of Venue: 
  • Quoin Rock Function Venue

If this all-glass beauty doesn’t have your mouth dropping open in quiet wonderment, then I am not sure what venue will. Envisioned and designed by Julia Gaiduk, this incredible venue – which was formerly a warehouse in another life – is one of the most imposingly beautiful architectural structures around.

This 380-square-metre function hall, which overflows with luxurious finishes and unique lighting, offers both a great indoor and outdoor setting… Folding sliding doors and countless glass windows open onto an outdoor deck, revealing the beauty of the natural surroundings. The venue overlooks the estate grounds and the majestic Simonsberg mountains – and few sights are better!

Photo credit: Nina Zimolong Photography via Quoin Rock Wines

It can hold 200 seated guests – or  300 guests for a cocktail/buffet-style celebration. Either way, it’s safe to say that you won’t need to leave anyone off your invitation list if you choose to host a larger-than-life wedding here. What’s more, there is enough parking for 120 cars, with extra parking for five buses.

You might not need much decoration to turn this into an unforgettable wedding venue… so why not pull out all the stops on the food front by turning to the estate for your catering?

The stylish Cigar Lounge above the main venue provides a modern, yet romantic setting for drinks at sunset… The perfect way to end off a wonderful wedding.

At Quoin Rock estate, you really can tick all the boxes for a most spectacular day.

Good to know:

During your wedding, you can also book out the gloriously situated Manor House Complex for your exclusive use. The Manor House can accommodate up to 14 guests.

Photo credit: Nina Zimolong Photography via Quoin Rock Wines

Rates (may be subject to change, otherwise valid for 2019)

  • Venue hire for 100, 150 or 200 guests: R 100 000 (for all three guest options)
  • Staffing guide: (100 guests) R 17 000; (150 guests) R 20 000 and (200 guests) R 25 000.
  • Bar tab: (100 guests) R 50 000; (150 guests) R75 00 and (200 guests) R 100 000.
  • Welcome drink: (100 guests) R 7500; (150 guests) R 11 750 and (200 guests) R 15 000.
  • Menu (priced at R 500 p/p): (100 guests) R 50 000; (150 guests) R 75 000 and (200 guests) R 100 000.
  • Dessert Menu: (100 guests) R 7000; (150 guests) R 10 000 and (200 guests) R 14 000.
  • Manor House Complex Hire: R 200 000 per night (minimum two-night stay; can accommodate up to 14 guests; discount applies on the longer stay).

For more information on Quoin Rock and their wedding offerings, please visit or contact them on: (021) 888 4740 or



Blaauwklippen Vineyards is one of the most relevant estates you will find anywhere – and yet, it is also one which has perfectly retained its historic Cape Dutch splendour, combining vintage and modern touches with sheer ease.

The result? A quietly stunning Stellenbosch estate, where new and old-world elements blend seamlessly together, leaving a deep imprint upon its guests.

Good to know:

The estate offers two unique, all-year event areas in The Piazza and The Cathedral respectively. What’s more, the opulent-meets-vintage Manor House and softer, sunny Jonkershuis provide the perfect accommodation option for the bride and groom’s nearest and dearest, before or after the wedding.

Choice of Venue: 
  • The Cathedral 

In 2018, Blaauwklippen added yet another element of timeless, modern beauty to their already magical estate with the addition of the stunning, all-glass wedding and events’ venue, The Cathedral. Custom designed for the estate, this noble structure can accommodate up to 200 guests, with a dance floor.

Few settings will rival this graceful structure, which sits amid a gentle field, where oats and reeds dance in the breeze… Add to that the stunning Stellenbosch mountains as a backdrop and the estate’s impeccable Cape Dutch Manor House and Jonkershuis as your foreground – and it becomes a place of pure magic.


This impressive package includes two nights’ accommodation (and breakfast) in both the Manor House and Jonkershuis; exclusive use of the Cathedral (including a setup day); Die Werf/Manor House lawns; and the pool area, as well as bespoke crockery, cutlery and glassware.

Note: For an additional fee of R 20 000 (excluding 15% VAT), you can also hire out the beautiful Piazza area.

  • The Piazza

For an equally fun and beautiful, yet more relaxed wedding venue, why not opt for the Piazza – and enjoy all the aesthetic perks that come with it?

This venue, which doubles as the tasting room and bistro, can accommodate up to 150 guests (with a dance floor section) and includes a range of bespoke furniture (as seen in the Piazza area), crockery, cutlery and glassware.

So, if you wish to channel romantic, Moroccan-inspired vibes, with terracotta pots, wicker baskets, candles and trailing tulips, then the Piazza – a stunning indoor-and-outdoor venue combination – should be your first pick.

Note: For an additional fee of R 25 000 (excluding 15% VAT), you can also enjoy one night’s optional accommodation (with breakfast included) in the Manor House and Jonkershuis. These two accommodation offerings consist of ten rooms, each as gorgeous as the last.


Rates (may be subject to change, otherwise valid for 2019)

  • R 175 000 (The Cathedral package, with two nights’ accommodation and breakfast included; see more details above; price excludes 15% VAT).
  • R 20 000 (the additional cost to hire the Piazza, in conjunction with the full Cathedral package; price excludes 15% VAT).
  • R 75 000 (The Piazza package; see more details above; price excludes 15% VAT).
  • R 5 000 (setup rate for the day before; price excludes 15% VAT).
  • R 25 000 (optional one night’s accommodation (with breakfast included) in the Manor House and Jonkershuis; price excludes 15% VAT).
  • See more details here.
Photo credit: Christine le Roux Photography via Blaauwklippen Vineyards

For more information on Blaauwklippen Vineyards and their wedding offerings, please visit or contact them on: (021) 880 0133 or


Photo credit: Kevin Crause, Crause dot com Photography via Clos Malverne

Surrounded by picturesque beauty and overlooking Stellenbosch’s famous Devon Valley, Clos Malverne is arguably one of the most thrilling settings for a winelands wedding.

What’s more, this highly rated Stellenbosch wine estate and restaurant also offers luxury accommodation and its own spa. All of this ensures that you have one dreamy wedding venue indeed.

This much loved family-run estate rubs shoulders with the largest estates and venues and it does so with a team of dedicated, passionate owners and staff. At Clos Malverne, it is all about giving you the dream day you and your partner deserve!

The Clos Malverne wedding package allows you to choose a morning, day, evening or all day wedding offering for up 120 guests.

Venue hire includes: tables, chairs, crockery and cutlery, glasses, standard white linen; use of all existing furniture and use of the venue at specified times only (lunch: 12:00 pm – 17:00 pm or dinner: 19:00 pm – 12:00 am). For an additional price(s), you can add a cash or open bar facility.

Choice of Venue:
  • Pritchard Family’s Dazzling Pool Area

Few settings are as impressive and breathtaking as the stunning Pritchard Family pool area. It is here that you can hold your ceremony.

Exchange your vows under a powder blue sky, surrounded by a dazzling sapphire pool and lush, rolling lawns.

As you look towards your future together, absorb the beauty of your foreground setting: Clos Malverne’s finest, most crisp mountain and vineyard views.

Included in the venue’s pricing is an arch for the couple to stand beneath and 120 white chairs (excluding chair covers) for your guests to sit on, ensuring you are surrounded by love and dear ones.

  • Reception – The Restaurant at Clos Malverne

Hold your reception inside the gorgeous, open plan restaurant: The Restaurant at Clos Malverne. It is famed for both its picture-perfect views and superb cuisine. This is a place where culinary magic and dreamy views thrive.

Complemented by wraparound balconies – perfect for soaking up the wedding atmosphere and spending precious moments with your guests – it is the setting for a memorable reception.

Best of all, as it is an indoor venue, you don’t have to worry if the weather forgets to play along, as you will be safely indoors, protected from the elements.

The Restaurant at Clos Malverne can also attend to your catering needs, thanks to Chef Anwar Abdullatief and his culinary team.

Couples have  a choice between three different options: a four-course food and wine paired menu; a five-course gourmet menu or a three-course a la carte menu. (There is also a lovely canape selection to serve with your guest pre-drinks.)

Rates and Times (valid for 2020):

  • Times: 10:00 am – 16:00 pm (morning wedding); 12:00 pm – 18:00 pm (day wedding); 19:00 pm – 12:00 am (evening wedding) or 10:00 am – 12:00 am (all day wedding).
  • R 26 500 (Summer Package – morning and day; valid September – March)
  • R 13 000 (Summer Package – evenings only; valid September – March)
  • R 32 000 (Summer Package – all day wedding; valid September – March)
  • R 16 000 (Winter Package – morning and day; valid April – August)
  • R 10 000 (Winter Package – evenings only; valid April – August)
  • R 22 000 (Winter Package – all day wedding; valid April – August)
  • Please note: No Sunday weddings will be held at Clos Malverne.
  • All day or morning/day summer weddings or those hosted on Saturdays/public holidays are subject to a minimum of 80 guests.

Good to know:

Photo credit: Kevin Crause, Crause dot com Photography via Clos Malverne

Clos Malverne also offers luxurious accommodation for the couple and their closest loved ones.

There are nine stylish rooms (each equipped with every necessary amenity) and a charming self-catering cottage. Rooms are situated on the farm, close to the restaurant, so you don’t have far to travel.

If that isn’t enough to tempt you – did I mention that Clos Malverne even has its own spa facilities?

The spa – particularly the wet room – is the perfect, pre-wedding treat for the bridal party to enjoy!

For more information on Clos Malverne and their wedding offerings, please visit or contact them on: (021) 865 2022 or


Photo credit: Bakkes Images via Bellevue Estate

Situated along Bottelary Road, one finds the beautiful Bellevue Estate, a Cape landmark in its own right.

This famous wine estate, which has been producing wine for centuries, offers a stunning setting for a modern wedding, with all the best, classic touches of a Cape wine farm…

This even includes the original Cape Dutch homestead (and a signal cannon), perfect for posing together as a newly-married wedding couple.

Choice of Venue: 
  • Reception –  Bellevue Restaurant and Event Venue

The venue has recently undergone some exciting changes, ensuring it is fresh, relevant and even more beautiful than before. Tucked away inside one of the historical cellar wings, the estate restaurant and event venue offers a tasteful, oh-so-chic interior, equipped with a spacious terrace that overlooks the lush lawns.

This makes it ideal for weddings year-round, while still creating a lovely outlook for you and your guests to savour. Whether you wish to host a large, opulent wedding or keep things more close-knit and intimate, Bellevue’s venue – which can host up to 200 guests – is perfect for you.

Add to that, exceptional catering services – spearheaded by the capable Executive Chef and Venue Manager, Eddie Enslin – service excellence and the estate’s own award-winning wines… and your special day is set! Menus are unique but can be carefully designed to suit everyone’s needs and dietary requirements.

Venue hire includes: basic crockery and standard wine- and champagne glasses for up to 200 guests; post-wedding cleaning services; a bar (complete with ice and glasses); rectangle wooden tables; 114 wicker and wooden chairs, as well as additional Barossa tables and 60 Trudeau Wine barrel chair options too, if needed.

Photo credit: Bakkes Images via Bellevue Estate

Rates and Times (valid for 2020):

  • R 25 000 (inclusive of VAT. Pricing also includes use of the Bellevue Function Centre facilities.)
  • Ceremony rates are the responsibility of each client.
  • The bar closes at 00:00 am/16:00 pm. (To extend these hours, an additional fee of R 1000 per hour will be added on.)
  • The Bellevue venue is only available until 02:00 am. Usage thereafter requires advance booking.
  • Please note: No external catering services can be used at Bellevue Estate, meaning all catering must be done by the estate restaurant.
  • See more details here.

For more information on Bellevue Estate and their wedding offerings, please visit or contact them on: (021) 865 2054/5 or,


  • Hazendal: A Historic Cape Dutch Estate with Inspired, Contemporary Touches

Photo credit: Darren Bester via Hazendal

Situated near Stellenbosch, Hazendal is one of the most beautiful wine farms you will encounter anywhere. Year-round, this estate is a wonderland for families, couples and friends to explore. There really is so much to see, savour and enjoy here – everything from marvellous picnics to vintage cars and magical garden spaces.

With its blend of 300+ year-old history and striking, modern touches, this estate is the ideal place to host your wedding – be it big or small. With a range of classy venues to choose from, this estate gives couples the freedom to choose the venue of their dreams, while also enjoying the gorgeous surroundings that both the estate – and its gardens – has to offer.

Hazendal effortlessly combines natural beauty with contemporary, elegant designs, making it ideal for a fairytale winelands’ wedding.

Choice of Venue: 
  • The Glasshouse:

Photo credit: Darren Bester via Hazendal

Located next to Hazendal’s historic homestead and edged by ancient oak trees one finds the breathtaking Glasshouse venue. With its impressive glass frame and lovely surrounding gardens, this venue is ideal for year-round celebrations. What’s more, it is perfect for indoor and outdoor festivities alike.

It can be used for pre-drinks, memorable ceremonies or as a stunning reception area. The venue hire includes: up to 100 black, wooden, cross-back chairs, in-house sound and lighting, aircon and setup of ceremony chairs.

Venue capacity varies according to what you are utilising this venue for; please see below:

– Ceremony: up to 100 guests.
– Reception (capacity is dependent on the floor plan and where the dance floor is set out): up to 60 guests.
– Reception (with indoor dancefloor): up to 45 guests.

  • The Pavilion:

Photo credit: Agapé Studio via Hazendal

Combining an element of nature and gorgeous, detailed architecture – Hazendal’s Pavilion is a truly impressive venue for exchanging your marriage vows.

Floating gracefully atop a small pond and surrounded by manicured gardens, with views of the homestead, distant Bottelary Hills and Simonsberg alike, this venue is picture-perfect, as it is ground-breaking and unique.

This breathtaking venue can host an intimate ceremony, accommodating up to 20 people max.

For larger groups, guests can be seated on the surrounding lawn, where they can witness the couple crossing the walkway, as they symbolically take their first steps together as a married couple.

This venue’s maximum capacity is 200 guests. Please note: Ceremony chairs are not included in the venue hire.

  • The Kraal:

As a heritage site that once housed travellers’ oxen, The Kraal serves as the perfect al fresco, wonderfully rustic venue.

As this is an outdoor venue, it’s use is weather-dependent but, in fair weather, it makes for the perfect venue. It allows you to soak up the estate’s gorgeous surroundings and distant views of the hills, while enjoying the fresh country air in a more humble, historic setting.

This al fresco venue can accommodate a maximum of 120 guests, with dance floor space for 80 guests. Included in the venue hire are wooden topped, black-framed tables (no linen required), wooden benches, cabanas structures with curtains, fairy lights and a misting system (fixed), standard glassware, cutlery and crockery (for reception use) and the basic setup of tables, a bar, use of the lawns in front of the homestead for relaxed pre-drinks and modern, black cocktail tables.

Please note: This venue is weather-dependent and Hazendal assumes no responsibility for (weather-permitted) ideas and plans in their outdoor spaces.

  • Avant-Garde:

For those craving a slightly more elaborate, opulent venue, the luxurious Avant-Garde is ideal. This elegant venue comes complete with an aquarium, hand-painted ceiling and chandeliers. It also offers impressive views of the wine cellar and vodka distillery. This is definitely a unique, classy venue if ever there was one!

What’s more, the wine tasting lounge – perfect for pre-drinks usage, at a separate fee – opens out into the Avant-Garde. This original cellar, dating back to 1870, has been reimagined and now offers a wonderful blend of traditional-meets-contemporary design. With a statement bar, cosy indoor fireplace and private tasting lounge floating above, the lounge is the ultimate accomplice to the Avant-Garde.

The stylish Avant-Garde venue can accommodate a maximum of 80 guests (the same applies to the wine tasting lounge). It includes tables, chairs, the wine tasting lounge’s furniture, glassware, cutlery and crockery, the bar, a white dance floor, modern, black cocktail tables and the use of the expansive lawns in front of the homestead too. (Yet another excellent option for your pre-drinks setting.)

  • The Grand Hall:

For those who wish to have a complete blank canvas venue to work with, The Grand Hall is the venue for you. Thanks to its versatile nature, it allows couples the chance to transform it into the place of their wedding dreams.

The glass-to-floor ceiling wall, which runs the length of the hall, adds a touch of extra beauty, while also providing a gleaming view of the steel cellar.

This elegant venue can accommodate up to 250 guests, making it ideal for larger weddings, if needed. Included in the venue hire are 18 white, rectangular tables, 180 Nooi white chairs with chrome legs, standard glassware, silver-plated cutlery and white crockery (for reception use), the bar, a white dance floor, use of the lawns in front of the homestead for pre-drinks and modern, black cocktail tables.

  • Homestead Lawns:

Couples also have the option of hiring the expansive, picturesque homestead lawns for their reception space. With an impressive setting and ample space, these lawns are sure to provide a lovely, airy reception venue, if you so choose.


However, only Hazendal’s Bedouin tent is permitted at this space. For an additional fee (charged separately from the venue hire) the tent can be rented, setup and dismantled accordingly. While glassware, cutlery and crockery are included in the venue hire – tables and chairs are excluded from it.

Good to know:


While many of Hazendal’s beautiful venues can be combined to serve as show-stopping additions to your big day, the estate can happily cater to lavish affairs and smaller, more intimate weddings alike.

Overall, the estate is able to accommodate 20-300 people, with something for every dream. In addition to Hazendal’s Signature wedding package, the estate has gone the extra mile and created Intimate and Winter Wedding Packages ideal for smaller wedding groups.

In addition to these specially curated packages, the estate has also compiled an informative, helpful planning guide, which revolves around their weddings. To peruse this guide, please click here.

Rates (valid until 2021)

Peak season rates (1 October 2020 – 30 April 2021):

  • Ceremony: Pavilion – up to R10 000
  • Ceremony: Glasshouse – up to R25 000
  • Reception: Avant-Garde & Wine Tasting Lounge – up to R60 000
  • Reception: The Glasshouse – up to R60 000
  • Reception: The Grand Hall – up to R55 000
  • Reception: The Kraal – up to R36 000
  • Reception: The Lawn – up to R36 000 + R20 000 (Hazendal Bedouin tent)

Off-peak season rates (1 May 2021 – 30 September 2021):

  • Ceremony: Pavilion – up to R9 000
  • Ceremony: Glasshouse – up to R22 500
  • Reception: Avant-Garde & Wine Tasting Lounge – up to R54 000
  • Reception: The Glasshouse – up to R54 000
  • Reception: The Grand Hall – up to R49 500
  • Reception: The Kraal – up to R28 800
  • Reception: The Lawn – up to R28 800 + R20 000 (Hazendal Bedouin tent)
  • Note: All prices are VAT inclusive. On public holidays, weekend rates apply.
  • See more details here.

For more information on Hazendal and their wedding offerings, please visit or contact them on: (021) 903 5034 or


Tying the Knot in the Durbanville Wine Valley

  • Canto Wines: A Stylish, New Offering on the Wedding Scene

Ever since its opening, this still-new, boutique winery, situated in the famous Durbanville Wine Valley, has been making ripples locally. Canto Wines may be smaller than some estates but it is charming and chic, in every possible way.

And with its stunning, chapel-like tasting room, which doubles as a beautiful, slick wedding venue, and impressive backdrop – I find Canto Wines to be one of the most appealing, new wedding venues in the Northern Suburbs or beyond.


Choice of Venue: 
  • Canto Venue

At Canto Wines, choose to celebrate your union in a beautiful, modern setting. The venue hire includes long, wooden tables and seating, perfect for working into your decor and theme. The interiors and outdoors are so beautiful that you really only need minimal decor to ensure a special setting (and indeed, day).

Also, Canto allows couples to bring in their own caterer and either opt for a relaxed sit-down or fun food trucks. Best of all, this venue is as affordable as it is beautiful… so it is a win on all fronts!

This venue allows for smaller, more intimate weddings and can cater for 100-120 guests.

Photo credit: Chantall Marshall via Canto Wines

Rates (valid for 2020):

  • R 14 000 (inclusive of VAT)
  • See more details here.

For more information on Canto Wines and their wedding offerings, please visit or contact them on: (021) 492 2821 or



Meerendal Wine Estate is one of my favourite estates in the Durbanville Wine Valley. This pristine wine farm somehow manages to pull off timeless Cape Dutch architecture, beautiful vineyards and an overall delightful estate… All while keeping a modern, yet altogether homely feel about it.

Meerendal is a popular local choice for celebrations and functions, particularly in the Northern Suburbs. And really, it isn’t hard to see why this graceful estate comes so highly rated.

Not only do you get to even enjoy overnight accommodation in the luxurious Meerendal Boutique Hotel (which consists of the Manor House rooms – or adjacent Cottage’s Garden Suites) but Meerendal also offers its own magical chapel and reception venues.

Photo supplied by: Meerendal Wine Estate
Choice of Venues:
  • Chapel:

    This rustic, bougainvillea-fronted chapel is a quintessential country wedding venue. From inside, it offers beautiful garden views and a touch of time-honoured classiness. Exchange your vows in this beautiful space, which is complete with a pulpit, signing table and bench seating for 80 guests.

  • Reception – Carlucci or Crown Restaurant:

    For your reception, choose between either of Meerendal’s highly rated restaurants. For a relaxed early brunch, opt for Carlucci. Whereas, if you are hosting an afternoon or evening event, Crown Restaurant is ideal, with both a lovely indoor and outdoor venue.

Photo supplied by: Meerendal Wine Estate

Rates (valid for 2019)

  • R 4000 (chapel hire).
  • R 24 000 (wedding package deal, with the chapel included).
  • Price on Request for reception venues: Carlucci and Crown Restaurants.
  • See more details here.

For more information on Meerendal Wine Estate and their wedding offerings, please visit or contact them on: (021) 975 1655 or


Photo credit: Lilac Photography via D’Aria Wedding and Function Venue

D’Aria is not only a famous Durbanville wine estate, adored for its wines and beautiful setting – but thanks to Venue D’Aria, it is also one of the most highly rated, local venue and function providers in the Durbanville Wine Valley and beyond. (From personal experience and word of mouth, I can assure you that they are tops on both function/conference and wedding fronts.)

Set amid a forest of poplar trees and encircled by vineyards and farmlands, D’Aria is a peaceful haven in the Northern Suburbs… Here, time seems to slow down, as Winelands magic fills the air. Estate highlights, like the wooden bridge and picturesque vineyards, provide the perfect wine farm wedding backdrop.

Best of all, with its stunning venues, accommodation and in-house catering, they are one of the best equipped wedding venues around.

Choice of Venue:
  • Venue D’Aria (Weddings)

With its special poplar forest, incredible in-house catering (courtesy of Chef John Stemmet) and spacious deck, Venue D’Aria is an ideal place to host a unique wedding. Exchange your vows in the forest before enjoying taking couple photos around the farm or pre-drink refreshments on the deck.

The Main Hall is wonderful for larger or intimate reception gatherings. The venue offers 180 – 200 seats, including space for a dance floor or 250 seats without the dance floor. (I particularly love that all areas of the venue are wheel-chair friendly.)

If you’re pressed for space, hire a Bedouin tent, so you can dance the night away under a sea of fairy lights… Choose between in-house buffet-style catering, a set menu or a table d’hôte (combining all three elements) – and you’re guaranteed an incredible wedding at D’Aria!

Photo credit: Lilac Photography via D’Aria Wedding and Function Venue

Rates (valid for 2020):

  • R 37 000 (Summer Package 2019; includes weekends, public holidays and December).
  • R 33 000 (Summer Package 2019; includes weekdays, but excludes public holidays and December).
  • R 30 000 (Winter Package 2019; any day of the week).
  • R 39 500 (Summer Package 2020; includes weekends, public holidays and December).
  • R 36 000 (Summer Package 2020; includes weekdays, but excludes public holidays and December).
  • R 33 000 (Winter Package 2020; any day of the week).
  • See more details here.

Good to know:

Venue hire includes an overnight stay (on the evening of the wedding) for the bridal couple in one of D’Aria’s twelve self-catering cottages.

For more information on Venue D’Aria and their wedding offerings, please visit or contact Venue D’Aria on: (021) 975 0421 or


Dreamy Wedding Destinations Beyond Cape Town


Located in the Riebeek Valley, a region famed for its gorgeous weddings, Allesverloren is not only the oldest estate in the Swartland Region… But, to me, it is also one of the most beautiful.

With its imposing main hall, stunning gardens, blue gum forest, wooden bridge and time-honoured oaks, Allesverloren is far more than just an award-winning wine farm-turned-function/conference venue.

I’ve only visited this estate once, very briefly. Yet, when visiting, it’s hard not to get caught up dreaming about spending forever with someone you love. Yes indeed, pure Cape Winelands magic lives here.

All catering is done by Allesverloren FCV/Bertus Bester and there is a wide choice of menu options to choose from. Compile your own and enjoy good food, fine wine and wedding bliss!

Venue hire includes:

  • use of the lawn and surrounding outside areas (weather-permitting);
  • fairy lights (tree next to venue and fairy light curtain on veranda) and draping;
  • wooden chapel benches;
  • bar service (the bar will be run in-house and cannot be outsourced and no outside beverages are permitted);
  • rustic, open-air forest chapel;
  • security guard for function’s duration;
  • Allesverloren umbrellas for outside furniture;
  • x3 juice dispensers; 24 round tables (seats 10);
  • 240 teak and upholstered chairs;  antique menu board;
  • wooden tables and chairs for outside area;
  • x2 fountains;
  • cutlery, crockery, glasses and ice; venue cleaning both before and after the function;
  • setup times (allowed from 08:00 am on the day; setup must be completed by 12:00 pm);
  • x1 bottle of Allesverloren 1704 Red Blend and Allesverloren Tinta Barocca Rose for every 10 guests.
Choice of Venues:
  • Forest Chapel:

    Cross over the wooden bridge, pass through tall blue gums… and then, exchange your vows in the midst of this wildly gorgeous, rustic chapel.

  • Main Hall:

    Celebrate your reception in the airy, stone-faced venue hall. This purpose-built, minimalist venue lends itself well to each couple’s wedding theme. Most importantly, it comes furnished with custom teak chairs, round tables, crockery, glasses and cutlery, all of which are included in the hall hire. It can accommodate up to 200-240 guests – dependent on whether or not you opt for a dance area.

  • Lawns and Outdoor Areas:

    Weather permitting, the venue hire also includes the use of the estate’s beautiful, spacious lawns and other outdoor areas. This allows you and your guests to jump head first into an authentic country-style wedding.

  • Veranda:

    Couples have the option of sealing off the veranda (especially if the weather’s bad) and turning this space into a magical, fairy light-strung haven. When rain clouds or winter winds threaten, outdoor fires help to add a snug, charming ambiance to your wedding day.

Photo credit: Chantall Marshall via Allesverloren FCV

Rates (valid for 2022)

  • R 28 000 (Option 1: January – December 2022)
  • R 24 000 (Option 1: Winter Special; May – July 2022)
  • In-house managing and coordination of your event can be enjoyed for an additional fee of R8 500.
  • Outside fires can be arranged for an additional fee of R1 200.
  • Waiting and bar staff are charged at R85.00 per hour, per staff member (plus transport). Note: A staff member (serving only) is required per every 25 guests.
  • See more details here.
Photo credit: Gustav Klotz Photography via Allesverloren FCV

For more information on Allesverloren FCV and their wedding offerings, please visit or contact Allesverloren/Bertus Bester on: (073) 017 4402 or


Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate is arguably one of the most scenic, activity-rich wine estates you will find in the Western Cape.

But, not only that, it is also one of the chicest and most state-of-the-art. Everything from its tasting room interiors to the estate’s new outdoor facilities, ooze classiness and fun, while still being entirely modern and artistically inspired.


I also adore this estate’s enviable Overberg setting, which sees it perched on the edge of the peaceful Bot River Lagoon. Importantly, the lagoon also forms a key part of the estate’s visual appeal and offerings. Benguela Cove is also a stone’s throw away from the whale capital of the Cape, Hermanus, so it’s especially great to visit during whale season.

For your special day, you could ask for few more secluded and impressive venues than Benguela Cove. And, for added appeal, you can choose from one of their set wedding packages… or even create your own bespoke one! This gives plenty of exciting options to ensure your big day is a dream come true.

Choice of Venues:
  • Vineyards

Choose to celebrate your union in the beautiful estate vineyards. The views all-round are incredible so, even with the most minimal decoration, you are guaranteed a spectacular backdrop and setting. The vineyards can accommodate 100 guests.

  • Pontoon and Beach

One of the best aspects of Benguela Cove is the oh-so-fun pontoon boat ride. This takes you to one of the most exquisite, private beaches you’ll find anywhere. With the lagoon on one side and the ocean on the other, what could be more romantic than a boat ride, followed by a wedding sealed with a kiss atop a pristine sand dune?

Note: The pontoon boat can hold a maximum of 16 guests per trip. Given this, it is certainly ideal for smaller weddings with your closest loved ones in attendance.

  • Barrel Room

For a unique ceremony or reception area, the Barrel Room provides the quintessential wine farm venue. It offers a more rustic, interesting theme for your day. It can host  100-150, depending on your type of reception… For example, if you host an evening reception here, it can be pushed up to 150 guests.

  • Wedding Lawn

Benguela Cove’s wedding lawn is great for an outdoor weddings and it can appropriately host up to 150 guests.

  • Courtyard

The courtyard is one of my favourite features at Benguela Cove and I can certainly see it as a wonderful wedding venue too. It is spacious and elegant and offers lovely views from its central, more sheltered location.

For a wedding breakfast, it can host 200 guests. While for an evening reception, 300 guests is the limit.

  • Moody Lagoon

This chic, stylish restaurant rakes in good reviews – and it’s certainly one of the most beautiful restaurants I have seen in a while. The interiors are classy and tastefully done, perfect for wedding celebrations. And both the indoor and outdoor seating offers incredible views across the estate and lagoon, with the mountains proudly looming in the distance.

For a wedding breakfast, it can host 150 guests. While for an evening reception, this increases to 180 guests.

  • Cellar 

With stunning chandeliers suspended from its vast ceiling, this industrial-chic cellar is the more unusual (and therefore exciting) choice of wedding venues at Benguela Cove. The cellar can host 150 guests for either a delicious wedding breakfast or a suave evening reception.

  • Cellar Door

And last but by no means least, even the cellar door area can be utilised for your special day. This is the smallest venue on the estate… However, it can nevertheless accommodate 80 guests for a wedding breakfast and 100 for an evening reception – depending on which option you prefer.

Good to know:

Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate is readily available to assist with your catering requirements – and the food and wine here is top class!

What’s more, they offer a choice between three exciting wedding packages: the Winery Package (R 500 p/p for 2019; R 550 p/p for 2020); Vineyard Package (R 600 p/p for 2019; R 700 p/p for 2020) and Cultivar/Platinum Package (R 750 p/p for 2019; R 800 p/p for 2020).

Alternatively, why not speak to them about creating your own unique wedding package?


Rates (valid until 2020)

  • R 15 000 (Vineyards venue; 2019)
  • R 20 000 (Vineyards venue; 2020)
  • R 10 000 (Pontoon and beach; 2019)
  • R 15 000 (Pontoon and beach; 2020)
  • R 15 000 (Barrel room venue; 2019)
  • R 20 000 (Barrel room venue; 2020)
  • R 9 000 (Wedding lawn; 2019)
  • R 12 000 (Wedding lawn; 2020)
  • R 45 000 (Courtyard venue; Spring/Summer Rates: October – April 2019)
  • R 50 000 (Courtyard venue; Spring/Summer Rates: October – April 2020)
  • R 35 000 (Courtyard venue; Autumn/Winter Rates: May – September 2019)
  • R 40 000 (Courtyard venue; Autumn/Winter Rates: May – September 2020)
  • R 45 000 (Moody Lagoon venue; Spring/Summer Rates: October – April 2019)
  • R 50 000 (Moody Lagoon venue; Spring/Summer Rates: October – April 2020)
  • R 35 000 (Moody Lagoon venue; Autumn/Winter Rates: May – September 2019)
  • R 40 000 (Moody Lagoon venue; Autumn/Winter Rates: May – September 2020)
  • R 20 000 (Barrel Room venue; Spring/Summer Rates: October – April 2019)
  • R 25 000 (Barrel Room venue; Spring/Summer Rates: October – April 2020)
  • R 15 000 (Barrel Room venue; Autumn/Winter Rates: May – September 2019)
  • 20 000 (Barrel Room venue; Autumn/Winter Rates: May – September 2020)
  • R 80 000 (Cellar venue; Spring/Summer Rates: October – April 2019)
  • R 90 000 (Cellar venue; Spring/Summer Rates: October – April 2020)
  • R 50 000 (Cellar venue; Autumn/Winter Rates: May – September 2019)
  • R 60 000 (Cellar venue; Autumn/Winter Rates: May – September 2020)
  • R 20 000 (Cellar Door venue; Spring/Summer Rates: October – April 2019)
  • R 30 000 (Cellar Door venue; Spring/Summer Rates: October – April 2020)
  • R 12 000 (Cellar Door venue; Autumn/Winter Rates: May – September 2019)
  • R 18 000 (Cellar Door venue; Autumn/Winter Rates: May – September 2020)

For more information on Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate and their wedding offerings, please visit or contact them on: (087) 357 0637 or


  • BOSJES: Where Natural and Man-Made Beauty Abound

Photo credit: Adam Letch via Manley Social

Tucked away in the beautiful Breede Valley, one finds BOSJES. Unassuming at first, this farm quickly makes its presence felt, as you roll up the drive towards impressive, architecturally masterful buildings and gardens shadowed by the imposing Waaihoek Mountain.

BOSJES is honestly one of the most well-rounded, incredible destinations that I have encountered to date. It is a natural paradise, as much as it is a wonderful wedding venue and a family-friendly gem.


With the contrast of its esteemed Cape Dutch architecture and cutting-edge, modern additions, this farm is the perfect blend of old-meets-new. Its striking, winged BOSJES Kapel (Chapel); gorgeous, perfectly landscaped gardens; and on-site spa and luxury accommodation cement BOSJES as a fairytale wedding venue if ever there was one.

While their beautiful, peaceful wedding venue can host up to 100 people, it is ideally suited to 80 guests or less. To me, this allows for a more intimate wedding experience.

Choice of Venues:
  • BOSJES Kapel/Chapel (only for wedding ceremonies)

Photo credit: Kikitography via BOSJES

BOSJES Kapel is one of the most unique, exquisitely beautiful chapels that you will find anywhere.

Surrounded by dreamily landscaped gardens and perched atop a tranquil island of water, BOSJES Kapel feels like discovering a place you never knew you needed.


Not only is the BOSJES Kapel a truly striking place to hold your ceremony – but it also offers the perfect backdrop for stunning, post-wedding ceremony photos.

(Note: BOSJES only allows couples getting married on the farm to host their wedding photoshoots here.)

  • BOSJES Kombuis (only for the reception)

Photo credit: Lad + Lass Photography via BOSJES

Included in the wedding package is the use of BOSJES Kombuis, where you can hold your relaxed, yet ultra-elegant reception. With its airy ceilings and impressive glass walls, BOSJES Kombuis is the perfect complement to the gorgeous chapel: BOSJES Kapel.

Although the maximum capacity of BOSJES Kombuis remains 100 guests maximum, prospective couples have the option of spreading their wedding reception between BOSJES Kombuis itself and the spacious, rolling lawns that front it.

Photo credit: Lad + Lass Photography via BOSJES

These lend themselves perfectly for a marquee(s). (Please note: Maximum capacity remains 100 guests regardless. Also, the marquee(s) are excluded from the package pricing and must be erected at your own expense.)

The deck area – which offers a stunning view out over the game camp and majestic mountains – is ideal for pre-reception drinks and snacks.

Good to know:

The BOSJES wedding package not only includes the use of the Kapel and BOSJES Kombuis – but it also includes a two-night stay in three double rooms in the wonderful Skuur guesthouse.

This two-night stay is suitable for a maximum of six guests. However, the remainder of the Skuur’s rooms will be reserved for your celebration weekend.

Please note: This extra accommodation is not included in the package rate and must be paid for separately.

Rates (valid until February 2023)

  • R 75 000 (wedding package valid from March 2022 – February 2023.)
  • See more details here.
  • Note: BOSJES is quite booked up before 2022, hence why I am sharing their rates for 2022 and 2023.

For more information on BOSJES and their wedding offerings, please visit or contact them on: (023) 004 0496 or




All information and rates were valid at the time of publication (March 2019).

For current rates and packages, please contact the relevant venue directly.

A huge thank you to each estate representative, function manager, estate and professional photographer who helped make this post possible by providing me with images and detailed wedding/estate information. I am so grateful to every one of you!

In particular, I would like to give special thanks to the following incredible wedding photographers: Chantall Marshall, Moira West, Julia Winkler, Gustav Klotz, Nina Zimolong, Lilac Photography, Christine le Roux, Bakkes Images, Kevin Crause and Wesley Vorster, each of whom so gracefully and kindly allowed me to use their beautiful imagery in this post… Thank you so much!

Please note: All featured images have been used with the express permission of each professional photographer and/or featured wedding venue/estate. Furthermore, all photos used (excluding my own) have been duly credited.


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Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors.

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