Saying ‘I Do’ is undoubtedly one of the most important and memorable days you’ll probably ever have. There are so many intricate details to see to, so much to remember, and so much to look forward to – so, we’ve made it easier for you. Browse through our list of some of Joburg’s most beautiful and iconic wedding venues to help you choose the place where you and your loved one will begin your journey of happily ever after.
Known for their seamless event coordination, Bridal Expos, homely feel and uniqueness, Oakfield Farm is the place to suss out if you’re looking to have an elegant farm wedding. The stunning grounds will provide the perfect backdrop and setting for your wedding photos and, with their exceptional country-style cuisine and fantastic service, what more could you ask for?
The Moon & Sixpence
The name of this venue doesn’t only sound magical, but is the perfect place to make special memories that will last a lifetime. There are two chapels onsite, namely The Farthing Chapel and The St Francis Chapel. Both venues have their individual charms, and offer a sophisticated affair with an exquisite, warm country feel. There is great food, friendly service and exquisite Florin Gardens to give you the perfect setting for an outdoor ceremony, if you choose to have one.
Valverde Country Hotel
From an intimate wedding catering for 20 guests, to a big wedding of 200 guests, Valverde is the perfect setting for your happily ever after. Each venue houses its own chapel and reception area for you to make your dream wedding come true. Depending on the vision for your wedding day, they cater for a variety of settings, from chapel, morning or picnic weddings to beautiful garden ceremonies. Choose from their King Hall with a spacious raised dance floor, fireplace and buffet area, or the Jasmine Chapel which overlooks the beautiful Elandsdrift Valley and Renaissance Garden complete with beautiful features and scenery.
This venue has a unique charm about it. If you’ve ever attended a ceremony here, it’ll be hard to forget the elegance of their beautiful gardens, which form a breathtaking background for all your timeless wedding photos. With a selection of beautiful venues to choose from, (depending on the size of your wedding and what you have in mind) you are sure to find inspiration to bring your wedding dreams to life.
If you’re looking for elegance and romance with a country feel, then Makiti is definitely one of our top picks for you. Water fountains and delicate little ponds surrounded by green lawns, vibrant coloured flowers and majestic trees come together to create a fairytale setting. Makiti’s has several wedding venues, all with their own chapels. The Ballroom Venue (seats from 60 to 400 guests) is an airy thatched room, with beautiful chandeliers, soft drapes and fairy lights. If you are looking to have a winter wonderland wedding, you might want to consider the Sunset Venue with a high roof, big chandeliers and fireplaces that can be lit to keep you and your guests nice and toasty as the evening chill sets in. There is also an option to take advantage of their magnificent gardens for an afternoon of saying ‘I do’ in a memorable and beautiful garden ceremony.
With 10 reception venues, each with their own unique style and feel, Birchwood caters for intimate and large weddings. Choose from buffets to plated menus, while not forgetting to take advantage of their lush, picturesque gardens for your wedding portraits that will last a lifetime. And, when all the celebrations are over, share your first night as husband and wife in one of their honeymoon suites as a complimentary gift.
River Place Lodge
Looking for something with picturesque mountain and river views among beautiful indigenous gardens? Then River Place Lodge is the perfect place for you to have that country wedding you have always dreamed of! Celebrate your union in one of their stone chapels, or on their lush green lawns next to the river, or at the beautiful waterfall cove. And, we won’t forget to mention the iconic stone bridge – it’s the perfect spot for an evening kiss as the stream runs softly beneath the bridge, while the sun sets over the koppies.
If ever we’ve seen a spectacular wedding venue, this has got to be one of them. At Shepstone Gardens, they will take care of your every need. With great features, settings and bridal suites, you are sure to find perfect locations to compile photographs for the most incredible wedding album. Their professional and experienced coordinators offer planning packages to suit you, and work closely with preferred vendors, but always manage to give you the freedom to create your own tailor-made wedding.
Specialising in daytime weddings, Blandford Manor has a few locations for you to have a sunny outdoor garden ceremony. You get to choose from the beautiful Botanical Gardens, or seal your union under a glorious Hollywood-style gazebo draped in white cotton. When the ceremony is over, celebrate with a garden setting reception or an indoor reception for a more formal feel while feasting on some of the best cuisine in the country.
For a wedding that exudes elegance and class, Summer Place is just the venue if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary. The vicinity is exquisite, offering beautiful manicured lawns, a stunning water feature, as well as park-like grounds that will make the perfect backdrop for your special day. Take your pick from the Apollo Room for small or large events, or the Summer House for a more intimate feel.
Fairway Hotel & Golf Resort
The Fairway Hotel & Golf Resort offers couples nothing less than a 5-star setting for their special day. Just envision getting hitched in their beautiful stone chapel, treating guests to a stunning sunset while sipping on sundowners at the Vista Deck, and celebrating your newlywed status with a party in the elegant, Windsor Ballroom. If the Fairway Hotel & Golf Resort sounds like the place to say ‘I do’, then be sure to check out their wedding packages.
Black Eagle Boutique Hotel & Conference Venue
If you’re thinking of having a wedding set among majestic trees and beautiful gardens, then be sure to check out the Black Eagle Boutique Hotel & Conference Venue in Ruimsig. They have a range of stunning venues for you to choose from, whether you want something small and personal or a massive celebration. All of their functions are fully catered for, and they also offer an extensive bar service (Pop ’em bottles!).
Memoire Wedding & Function Venue
Muldersdrift seems to have plenty gems when it comes to wedding venues. One of these has to be the exquisite and intimate, Memoire Wedding & Function Venue. This destination understands that your wedding day is one of the most memorable days of your life, and strives to offer you and your guests excellent service, style, grace, and opulence. They have a number of settings for you to choose from depending the vision you have and the size of your party.
With 15 years experience in hosting and marrying couples, Da Vincenzo is just the venue if an Italian feel is your vibe. Their accommodating staff will assist in any way they can to make sure your special day is not only memorable, but also as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. They have three exclusive venues to choose from to host your wedding, including the Don Michele (50 – 70 people), the Don Vincenzo (70 – 100 people), and the Don Main (100 – 250 people). They also have an outdoor patio that hosts 80 people if you want to enjoy a sunny day-time wedding.
Green Leaves Country Lodge & Venue
Green Leaves Country Lodge & Venue nestled among the Magalies Mountains offers couples a stunning destination to mark the beginning of their happily ever after. Picture French-style architecture, picturesque gardens, a romantic chapel, impeccable service, tantalising cuisine, and a horse-drawn carriage to make your grand entrance. Sound perfect to you? Then be sure to pay them a visit on any day of the week as they’re open for viewings from Monday – Sunday.
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Images sourced by each venue’s respective sites.