We receive a lot of wedding gig enquiries from brides and grooms who have often not chosen their wedding venue yet. We often get asked what are favourite venues are so I thought I’d list them below. We play at a load of places all over the country so I think we’re pretty qualified to make these recommendations as being some of the best around.
In no particular order;
Vrede En Lust; http://www.vnl.co.za
We love Vrede en Lust for a whole number of reasons. Firstly, it’s extremely classy and special without being at all schintzy or over the top. It’s class without being flashy. Scenically, it’s an absolutely stunning setting with your ceremony overlooking the vineyards beyond, pre-drinks are in a lovely pool garden and then the main reception takes place in an awesome permanent white ‘tent’ structure’ overlooking vineyards and the mountains beyond. Another thing that makes this venue so great is the relaxed but awesome and experienced team run by Yolanda. They do weddings all of the time here and you can tell that the way they run the operation is efficient and professional without being military and impersonal or stressful. The food here is consistently the best out of all the venues we play and that’s down to the awesome chef Duncan and his team. Another great bonus of this venue is that the wedding party can move through to the pool house for an after party till all hours- we’ve heard of many an after party pushing through till dawn here!
Rockhaven, Elgin; www.rockhavenfarm.co.za
This is an absolute cracker of a spot and we’ve now played many weddings here. Again, it’s all about relaxed quality. It’s a classy venue but really very relaxed and informal with a beautiful setting. Ceremonies take place in a stone ‘chapel’ overlooking the large dam and the mountains beyond. Canapes take place on the lawns overlooking the dam and then the main reception is held in a converted farm building. You can’t go wrong here. The food is always excellent and it’s just so conducive to a hug jol. Liz and her team are top notch.
Mollenvliet, Helshoegte Pass near Franschhoek; www.molenvliet.com
I must admit that I’d heard a lot about this relatively new venue without having played there until this season and I must say that I’m extremely impressed! I love the way that they offer a type of ‘3-centre’ experience. The ceremony can be on the top lawn before you and your guests walk through to a ‘street scene’ pre-drinks section literally in the middle of the vineyards. The main reception takes place in a beautiful building. As well as being an immaculate venue, it get’s the basic things right- the bar is relatively close to the dance floor which is always a good start. One of the most impressive things about this venue is the team ran by the indefatigable Sven. Sven has to be one of the best venue operators that we have come across. He’s professional, efficient but extremely calm at the same time- an absolute winner for us service providers. A great wedding venue and will prove to be extremely popular over the coming years.
Standkombuis, Yzerfontein; www.strandkombuis.co.za
We haven’t played a wedding here for a while but this is a brilliant venue. It’s a bit weather dependent so definitely one for the peak summer months but this place is what it’s all about for me. It’s relaxed, great sea views, very rustic and thus highly conducive for a massive jol. I like any venue that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The food here is an awesome West Coast seafood buffet. You simply can’t go wrong and the guys here have got it down!