Capetonians are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting the perfect wedding venue and many brides may feel overwhelmed when starting the search for their dream day. There are so many different types of venues – wine estates, beaches, farms, gardens, banquet halls and churches – and it’s difficult to know what you want, especially when you are planning so far in advance like most brides! We are sharing a few of our favourite venues with you in the hope that it makes your planning just a little easier.
10. Strandkombuis – Yzerfontein
Strandkombuis boasts an open-air venue right on the beach in the coastal town of Yzerfontein on the West Coast. The venue is situated on a wooden deck and a few steps lead right down to the beach. The happy couple can choose to get married on the deck or on the beach if they prefer the sand between their toes whilst they say their “I do’s”.
The venue has a permanent roof on one half and a white tent covering the other half with a solid wall at the back which protects from the strong Cape winds. The style of the venue is rustic and beachy but it still has an upmarket aspect. Beautiful views of the ocean can be seen from the wooden tables and benches on the deck. The venue offers a fully stocked bar and the west coast buffet is highly rated. If you love the sun, the sea and all things rustic, then Strandkombuis is your ideal wedding venue.
The Farmhouse Hotel is situated in Langebaan up the West Coast and overlooks the tranquil Langebaan lagoon. The venue offers guests an authentic coastal farmstead experience.
The Breakfast Room is the perfect spot to host an intimate wedding. The bright, airy venue can accommodate 60 guests and has a veranda with beautiful views of the ocean. The Celebration Area can host up to 50 guests and has spectacular views of the lagoon.
Not only can The Farmhouse Hotel assist with your wedding requirements, but they can also host your Kitchen Tea, Rehearsal Dinner, Morning-After Family Breakfast, Bridal Party Photoshoot Venue, Bridal Party, Wedding Night and Guest Accommodation and Honeymoon.
The Panorama Restaurant is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Supper and focuses on traditional cuisine with a variety of seafood.
Quentin at Oakhurst is located on one of the original Hout Bay farms in the upper regions of the Hout Bay valley. The farm is nestled between two rivers and used to provide the valley’s residents with much nourishment many years ago.
The old barn is the heart of the restaurant and has been renovated recently. It is a romantic space; over-sized dining tables, oak chairs, white linen and giant candelabras fill the restaurant and glittering chandeliers hang from the ceiling. A lounge and bar area make great spots for pre-drinks.
7. Solms Delta – Franschhoek
Solms-Delta is a hidden gem in Franshhoek in the Cape Winelands. As you enter the estate, there is a small chapel, perfect for intimate weddings. A beautiful lawn is available where the wine tasting normally takes place and this can be used for the ceremony or a reception under a tent. This space has gorgeous views of the vineyards. On the other side of the estate, lies the Fyndraai Restaurant, a stunning glass venue, recently built, with amazing views of the Franschhoek Mountains. The restaurant specialises in Cape Cuisine.
But Solms-Delta has plenty more to offer. Beyond the vineyards, lies a magical forest with many potential ceremony venues throughout the space. The happy couple can choose to say their vows on the edge of a lake or on the small island in the middle of the lake with the gentle sounds of a bamboo forest in the background. Another ceremony option is a small clearing near a river under one of many tall trees. There are endless photo opportunities at Solms-Delta and plenty of dining options. The venue can even organise picnic baskets for your guests to enjoy in the forest.
Guests can choose to stroll through the vineyards to your venue or they can hop aboard the farm tractor for a fun ride. A wedding at Solms-Delta will most certainly be one to remember.
6. Jonkershuis – Constantia
Jonkershuis is located inside the historic Groot Constantia Wine Estate and is loved by many for the gorgeous oak trees, beautiful views and delicious cuisine.
This venue has a few wedding options; outside on the patio overlooking False Bay or in the courtyard under the vines. A function room next to the main restaurant is elegant and has a fireplace at each end of the room and leads out onto the old wagon courtyard. Jonkershuis can cater for intimate gatherings of 20 or large parties of up to 200 people. There is plenty of accommodation available in Constantia so guests can continue enjoying the beautiful surrounds the next day as well.
5. Grande Provence – Franschhoek
Grande Provence is a luxurious space in Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands. The estate offers 3 wedding venues. The first, The Jonkershuis, is an outdoor venue in the beautiful gardens, or in the private room of The Jonkershuis. This is ideal for smaller weddings as it can host about 30 guests. The second option is The Restaurant. It can seat about 50 guests and offers superb elegance and style. The third option is The Gallery which can host up to 120 guests so is ideal for a larger wedding.
Grande Provence offers boutique accommodation within The Owner’s Cottage and La Provençale Villa in the Vineyards which means the bridal party or family can stay on estate before and after the wedding. There is also a romantic, deluxe honeymoon suite at The Owner’s Cottage.
4. Webersburg – Stellenbosch
Webersburg is located on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountains in Stellenbosch. This elegant estate has spectacular views of a magnificent dam and many people choose to have their ceremony on the grass overlooking the dam, although there are plenty of other options available. The mountains surrounding Webersburg create a wonderful backdrop and the estate has plenty of luxury accommodation available for the happy couple, bridal party and the family.
The estate has its own boutique winery where guests can try various dishes with Webersburg’s fine wines. The Bistro is open daily and wine tastings are also available at the bistro. You can also enjoy a picnic under one of the large oak trees in the pristine garden or enjoy an exclusive food and wine pairing in the private family cellar.
Cape Point Vineyards is incredibly popular and there is no surprise why! The combination of the vineyards with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean is most certainly a winning one. The Cape Point Vineyards is located in Noordhoek and has glorious 360 degree views. Well known for their Thursday night market and daily picnics, the estate has definitely made a name for itself.
A wedding package at Cape Point Vineyards offers exclusive use of the new banquet hall and wooden deck as well as the beautiful lawns and wooden jetty. There is plenty of accommodation close by in Noordhoek so family and friends need not travel far after the wedding.
2. Roundhouse – Camps Bay
The Roundhouse is situated in Camps Bay just above The Glen Forest on the slopes of Lions Head. It has magnificent views over Camps Bay Beach, the Twelve Apostles and the surrounding suburb.
The venue offers multiple options for both intimate gatherings and large wedding parties. The wedding party can have exclusive use of the restaurant, terraces and/or lawns. The Glen Forest provides fantastic photo opportunities or the happy couple can pop down to Camps Bay beach for some photos during sunset.
1. Twelve Apostles Hotel – Camps Bay
By far the most romantic of wedding destinations, the Twelve Apostles Hotel is your dream wedding venue if elegance, style, 5-star service and mesmerising sunsets is what you are after.
The happy couple can say their “I do’s” under a gazebo in the Fynbos Garden with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. The garden can accommodate 80 people and has a magical mountain backdrop, perfect for pre-reception drinks. The reception can be held in the Alantic Terrace Marquee, a semi-permanent space with gorgeous sea views. The Twelve Apostles Hotel even offers an “After Party” venue. The Lions Head Room is available to those who wish to extend the party into the early hours of the morning.
If you book the Twelve Apostles Hotel, you get a complimentary stay at the hotel on your wedding night with a romantic rose petal turndown service, luxurious His & Hers bath towels and a bottle of personalised Bouchard Finlayson white wine. Another treat from The Twelve Apostles Hotel is a complimentary 3 course dinner in the Azure Restaurant on your first wedding anniversary. Talk about spoiling the newlyweds!
If you know of any other spectacular wedding venues, do let us know. We’d love to hear from you!