Unique South African Wedding Venues { Advice }

Posted by The YesBabyDaily Team on 13 January 2015

Unique South African Wedding Venues

Unique South African Wedding Venues

If you’re on a search for unique & beautiful South African wedding venues, you’ve come to the right place.

Lots of our member brides want to be able to celebrate their special day somewhere unique and original, somewhere completely different to the usual venues we’ve all been to before. And while there are so many amazing venues to choose from in South Africa, we thought we’d collect a list of a few of the more unique & lesser known venues to inspire you if you’re on the search for something different.

We also have a post of our Top South African wedding venues, you might want to read next.

In our search for amazing, unique venues, we also found some of the most amazing wedding photography! So feast your eyes on our list of our top unique local venues - from Cape Town to Clarens - and don’t forget to share any of your own unique venues you’ve found in the comments below! We love getting feedback from our members!

#1 Farm-Style Charm - Clarens’ Gourmet Shed Wedding Venue

Clarens is a South African gem, a small town with the most amazing character & charm. Not only can you feast on gourmet bites, but you can find antique stores, explore the beautiful local scenery and if you love teh idea of a rustic farm wedding experience - this is the place to have it!

The Gourmet Shed is certainly a unique South African venue for farm-style weddings. Infused with huge amounts of natural, rustic charm - it offers Brides and Grooms an amazing canvas for an exceptional wedding!

The Gourmet Shed is located en-route to Schaapplaatz, 5km outside of Clarens. Recently re-opened in an old renovated sandstone horse stable, the Gourmet Shed oozes character & is a must-see for engaged couples on the hunt for something different for their wedding day. The food is rustic, and lovingly prepared - and the interior of the converted stable offers an amazing venue for your reception.

The surrounding landscapes are picturesque, with incredible mountain views offering some of the best wedding photo opportunities in SA. The little town also has awesome and unique photo spots, like an old rusted bath as you enter the town, antique shops with incredible furniture on display, and lots of tree-lined streets. Your guests will also have plenty of accommodation at the number of guest houses and hotels in the area.

There is also a Church in the town, should you want to have a more traditional ceremony, followed by the reception at the Gourmet Shed.

Below we’ve got a few of our favourite pictures of weddings held at the unique Gourmet Shed venue, to give you an idea of what this lovely farm-style venue offers!

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Photography: Mari Fourie Photography

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Photography: Erlo Brown Photography

#2 A Magical Forest Wedding - Florence Farm

If your idea of a perfect wedding venue is lines of incredible old trees, and an authentic and magical forest ceremony - then you need to shortlist Florence Farm! What makes it unique is more than just the beautiful setting, there are lovely touches added by the owner that give it an extra dose of something different.

Florence farm wedding venue is located in the centre of the Lake District of Chrissiesmeer, Mpumulanga, about a two hour drive from Johannesburg. The Sandstone and corrugated buildings create an amazing vintage countryside atmosphere, you can hold your ceremony in the forest and the reception in their amazing reception venue. There is also a small church they have created outside their ‘Enchanted Forest’ venue.

At the entrance to the awe-inspiring forest, are two beautiful rustic vintage barn doors and an old diesel tank is used as a table to serve welcome drinks. You won’t need to bring in chairs, as logs and cushions are supplied. They can seat up to 300 guests.

Florence Farm is truly a unique local wedding venue, and you need to visit the venue to understand why. There is something about the feeling of the ‘Enchanted Forest’ and the character of the barn, with wooden beams and thick farm walls, that makes this one of our top most unusual venues for a forest wedding.

You can see more of our Top Forest Wedding Venues here.

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Photographer: Stella Uys

#3 Wild South Africa - Moloholo Ya-Mati Venue

Nestled in a picturesque setting at the base of the Drakensberg escarpment in the Limpopo Province Lowveld of South Africa, Moholoholo has become a haven for the rehabilitation and care of abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife. So if you are an animal lover, and imagine a bush wedding, this is a South African wedding venue you want to consider.

There are lots of Safari wedding venues in South Africa, so why did we pick Moloholo for our unique venues list? Firstly, it’s a rehabilitation center, which makes it different to other venues that are Game Reserves. They also have unique & different things you can add to your wedding, like having an Eagle at your cocktails and a Leopard in your photo’s! We aren’t sure of the details around this, but you can visit their website for more information around what they offer for weddings.

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Photographer: Phonix Capture

#4 De Hoop Nature Reserve - Wedding Venue

The De Hoop nature reserve is situated on the beautiful east coast of the Western Cape, about three hours drive from Cape Town. The spectacular views and location provide Brides and Grooms with the most breathtaking backdrop for an incredible wedding!

This beautiful south african nature reserve is a favourite for hikers, cyclists, and bird and whale watchers, and they also provide facilities for unique & beautiful weddings! The reserve, which is 34 000 hectares, is in the Overberg.

Below we’ve featured the incredible wedding of Gary and Emmelia shot by Yvette Gilbert at De Hoop. We think the pictures speak volumes about why we’ve chosen this venue as one of our top unique south african wedding spots!

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Photographer: Yvette Gilbert

#5 The Conservatory - A Unique Venue in the Happy Valley!

For smaller Franschhoek weddings, surrounded by the world-famous scenery that makes up this spectacular South African town, we love the unique venue The Conservatory.

“At The Conservatory, a wedding venue located in the breath-taking Franschhoek Happy Valley, we offer a space in which you and your guests may elude suburbia and the city, and come and relax out in the country. Nestled on the banks of the Kastaiing River, The Conservatory is set amongst vineyards, ancient oaks and herb gardens, presenting an absolute hidden gem of a venue for any event of your choice.”

What makes this wedding venue so unique is how it was specifically created with light & energy as the foundation - a design made for exceptional al fresco-style functions, to highlight the beauty of the surroundings.

On their website they explain - “We created the space, using light and energy as the key components, in order to allow for a free flow of indoor/outdoor harmony. Two sides of the structure are entirely clad in sliding glass panels, with the apex of the roof standing at nearly six metres. The philosophy behind the design was to establish a simple yet stylish, inspiring, but functional and versatile destination, catering to a discerning clientele. Warm neutral wall colours, large twin feature fire places and all movables set on castors, present a blank canvas with which one can easily create and package any occasion.”

Now this is a unique SA wedding venue we love!

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Photographs by Jilda G Photography

#6 Katy’s Palace - A Unique Joburg Venue

One step through the door into Katy’s Palace instantly transports you from the heart of Sandton to a faraway and exotic place. Years of collecting fine art and artifacts from across the globe come together in a truly unique venue where every turn is a discovery. From the carved wooden arches to the cozy fireplace from India, every inch is considered and put together with passion.

Katy’s Palace provides a beautiful open space for incredible Jo’burg weddings, or more intimate sit-down affairs, all against the breathtaking backdrop of the Jo’burg skyline.

Katy’s Palace has a total venue space of 500 square meters which is made up of various adjoined spaces With 317 square meters of open floor space, a mezzanine level overlooking the venue and an outside balcony with an incredible view of Sandton. Katy’s is a blank canvas that can be transformed to suit your event, or kept simple to let the venue’s elements shine. The venue offers a bar, a fully functional kitchen and restrooms on the lower level with the option of an additional lower level balcony. (For larger functions)

We have selected décor & furniture elements from Amatuli Artefacts to compliment the venue space as well as our grand piano but all of this can be moved in order for you to change the design, or layout to suit your wedding requirements.

Katy’s Palace Bar has been able to comfortably host a sit-down dinner for up to 120 guests or a cocktail function for up to 300 guests including staging & furniture.

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Photography: Creative Emporium

#7 Morrells Boutique Venue - Elegant & Sophisticated

Morrells boutique venue has all the elements that create a truly unforgettable & unique occasion. From the moment you walk through the gates you are enchanted by the beautiful olive grove and enveloped by the smell of lavender and roses, feeling as if you where in the south of France.

“La Maison” incorporates the piano room and chapel with an all-encompassing garden. “Le Grange” offers a larger function area with an outside bistro as well as “La Chambre”, a Parisian tea room. These are to name but a few of the elegant features and spaces to choose from. Whatever your occasion, the opulent finishes and five star service delivery will not overshadow the relaxed ambience.

What makes this venue so unique for Gauteng Brides are the beautiful special touches, the feeling of elegance & sophistication and the amazing french-style decor and architecture.

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Photographs from Morrells

#8 Towerbosch Wedding Venue

We picked Towerbosch as one of our favourite locations for a South African wedding, it’s also perfect for a unique wedding because it offers such an amazing canvas for anything from a Carnival wedding - to a Country-style event!

Towerbosch has also been awared the Eat Out - Best Country - Style Restaurant in South Africa for 2013 Award! So for foodie couples, this is an amazing wedding venue!

The concept of ‘down-to-earth’ takes on a magical charm at the new Towerbosch Earth Kitchen, one of the best kept Winelands secrets just outside of Stellenbosc. Ideal for country weddings.

The beautiful, sprawling lawns can be used as the perfect location for a beautiful wedding reception. A pre-drinks table can be set-up underneath the thatch-gazebo, with the guests relaxing with a glass of wine in one hand and a delicious canapé, prepared by Towerbosch’s chefs, in the other. Their unique style of preparing and serving our food keeps any function unique, interesting and exciting, as it is served feast-style on every table!

#9 The Old Mac Daddy Trailer Park Venue

The Old Mac Daddy, nested in the beautiful orchards and vineyards of Elgin, offers a unique and original wedding venue for those looking for an unusual, yet exceptionally picturesque wedding venue.

Old Mac Daddy was created for fun and relaxation - to be unfussy, unpretentious and not too serious about anything other than comfort, humour and the creation of good memories.

Whilst it is a Gold Loerie Award-winning project – and probably one of the more unusual hotels in the world - this is not a five star hotel. The Old Mac Daddy is the watermelon-chinned, pine-whispering holiday of your childhood. It’s the nostalgia of camping without the fuss, it’s a carefree escape to a spectacularly beautiful part of the world with all the creativity that Cape Town’s dynamic design community could infuse it with.

Orchards, vineyards, frog-song ponds and dusty mountain-bike roads abound, The Old Mac Daddy is an eclectic mixture of an Airstream Trailer Park - and a gorgeous wedding venue! It was also the location of the unique & romantic wedding between creative couple Lune and Hannes, shot by one of our favourite local photographers Kathryn van Eck

Kathryn’s beautiful images are captured very naturally, as she says, “real moments are a lot more precious than posed ones.”

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Find more inspiration!

1. Shop and be inspired by our South African Wedding Store!
2. See all of our posts on SA Wedding Venues
3. Get inspiration for a Navy Blue Wedding!


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