Western Cape Weddings { Inspiration }

Posted by The YesBabyDaily Team on 01 August 2013

Western Cape Weddings

Western Cape Weddings

Are you planning a wedding in the Western Cape? We’ve got a list of top Cape wedding venues, a swoon-worthy selection of Cape Town wedding ideas & more!

The Western Cape offers Brides a host of amazing scenery for an unforgettable South African wedding. Venues in this region give engaged couples choices from exclusive wine farms to rustic open-air beach kitchens, from beautiful canopied forests to high-end five star hotels. With so many varied options, it can be tough to pick what sort of venue you’re looking for let alone finding the perfect spot!

So we’ve put together the ultimate list of Western Cape wedding venues, along with a whole lot of inspiration for a Cape Wedding!


If you love the feeling of sand between your toes, and always imagined saying your vows to the sound of the sea, then the Western Cape is the ultimate location for a South African beach wedding!

The Grand Cafe & Beach

AT A GLANCE: A glamorous, industrial-chic venue set on a fashioned white beach in central Cape Town.

SHORTLIST THIS VENUE IF YOU LOVE: Retro-romance, the eclectic combination of an old warehouse transformed with oversized chandeliers and persian rugs set on one of the world’s most beautiful ocean fronts. The Grand offers the perfect venue for a trendy Cape Town beach wedding.

Set on the lip of a fashioned white beach at Granger Bay adjacent to Cape Town’s popular V&A Waterfront, the Grand Café & Beach is where beach culture meets free-spirited, eclectic, romantic décor of oversize chandeliers, antique Indian rugs, Parisian café chairs and open windows to the deck and sea.

This is also where top cuisine, service and style flourish in a beautiful Western Cape wedding destination.

Photo Credits: DNA Photographers

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

AT A GLANCE: A secluded Hermanus beachfront nestled in a five-star eco-paradise, panoramic views across the sea and mountain landscapes of Walker Bay, stretching all the way from Hermanus to Cape Point.

SHORTLIST THIS VENUE IF YOU LOVE: Luxury & exclusivity, Modern eco-chic, a combination of lush vegetation and secluded white beaches

Grootbos is an ideal Western Cape wedding venue located in Hermanus. It’s perfect for couples who love the South African flora and fauna, and are looking for a location that exudes the tranquil atmosphere of a beachside Private Game Reserve. The venue is made all the more unique with its two five-star lodges and luxury Villa.

The ceremony can be held in one of the many romantic outdoor lanscapes in the tranquil atmosphere of the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. You decide where your special guests can witness you taking your vows of love; will it be amongst the natural spleandour of the Cape Floral Kingdom, or on the white sand of a secluded beach or under the canopy of a ancient milkwood forest . . . all the while the whales frolic in the distance.

Should the weather not permit, the ceremony will be held in the modern grandeur of the main lodge with its cosy fireplaces, tastefully decorated lounge areas and breathtaking views of Walker Bay and surrounding mountains.

Photo credits: Phonix Capture

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AT A GLANCE: A Western Cape beach wedding venue filled with charm and character

SHORTLIST THIS VENUE IF YOU LOVE: Ocean views, fresh seafood beautifully prepared, rustic romance.

Yzerfontein’s Strandkombuis sits on one of the longest stretches of beach in the country, known as ‘The Sixteen Mile Beach’. Just a few steps down their picturesque wooden staircase and your toes are in the sand.

Say your wedding vows to the sound of the ocean, and then delight your guests with a gourmet seafood feast in the open-air restaurant – giving you a breathtaking view of golden sunsets over the dunes.

Strandkombuis also offers your guests ample accommodation, so everyone can let their hair down and get swept up in the celebrations. A truly unique Western Cape wedding venue!

Photo Credits: Just Judy Photography

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The winelands’ unsurpassed scenery with mountains, vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture as a backdrop, is a sought after location for Cape weddings and special occasions.

You can explore wonderful towns such as Paarl, Robertson and the oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch.

The Cape Winelands is known as the culinary capital of South Africa; titillate your taste buds while savouring some of the world’s finest wines in Franschhoek. Taste locally produced cheeses, olives and export quality fruit and organic produce in Bonnievale and Ceres.

The selection of amazing produce leaves little to be desired for foodie couples who want a Cape wedding filled with local gourmet cuisine.

Grand Provence

AT A GLANCE: A sophisticated and historic wedding venue, set on an incredibly beautiful Cape Wine Farm.

SHORTLIST THIS VENUE IF YOU LOVE: Elegant and romantic wine farm weddings, delicious food, 5-star service & accommodation.

Grande Provence wears her 300-year history with style. Nestled within the Franschhoek Valley in the Western Cape, surrounded by 47-acres of lush vines, this is heartland South African wine country at its finest.

The Estate is home to Grande Provence’s award-winning wines and its passionate wine making team. A sophisticated destination in its own right, Grande Provence proudly presents superb cuisine at The Restaurant, fine wines at The Tasting Room, some of South Africa’s finest art at The Gallery & The Shop, receptions and boutique conferences at The Jonkershuis and 5-star accommodation at The Owner’s Cottage.

Grande Provence Estate set within 47-acres of vineyard off ers an exceptional wedding venue for an intimate and romantic wedding. The spaces available are rich in heritage and contemporary by design. Grande Provence offers the perfect setting for that truly special Western Cape wedding day as well as for endless photographic opportunities, both indoors and outdoors.

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Holden Manz

AT A GLANCE: A romantic winleands Western Cape wedding venue with ancient oak trees and amazing gardens.

SHORTLIST THIS VENUE IF YOU LOVE: The idea of a garden wedding set in the Cape winelands, romantic locations with exceptional food.

Your wedding at Holden Manz is a romantic affair. Welcome your guests to the cool shade under the ancient oak trees and share your vows at the convergence of the Franschhoek and Stony Brook rivers. Legend has it that tying the knot where two rivers meet blesses the union with abundant happiness and prosperity.

After the wedding, retire to the gardens of the guest house where you sip on champagne and tempt your taste buds with chef Maryna’s delicious canapés. From there it is a short stroll along the river, or through the vineyards, to the sensational Franschhoek Kitchen, our estate restaurant, and yours for this special night. We specialise in weddings up to 140 guests.

Guests who require our personal shuttle transfer will of course arrive before you do. Dance the night away and relish the fact that there is no better way to start married life. In the event of bad weather we are able to easily move your event indoors to our cellar.

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Clouds Estate

AT A GLANCE: A trendy Western Cape wedding venue set in Stellenbosch with amazing sunset views!

SHORTLIST THIS VENUE IF YOU LOVE: Incredible mountain & vineyard views, beautiful location and facilities.

Clouds Estate is an undiscovered gem in the heart of the Stellenbosch / Franschhoek Winelands.The Western Cape Winelands is a preferred location choice when it comes to weddings and for good reason – its vineyards and mountains embody a sense of romance and tradition that is hard to beat.

Perched at the crest of Helshoogte Pass, say your I do’s with the Cape’s most beautiful scenery stretching out below. Between the drama of Simonsberg Mountain and the whimsy of our vineyards, your wedding photographer will be spoilt for choice.

Situated at the top of the Helshoogte Pass, this unique 4.5 hectare estate overlooks the beautiful Banhoek Valley, edged by the majestic Drakenstein mountain ranges.

Clouds offers either a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony site situated next to a classical fountain with a breathtaking mountain backdrop or a romantic, stone floor domed ceiling chapel.

The Pavilion, with its arched windows and semi open spaces provides a serene garden room atmosphere as a reception space. The overhead Piazza offers the best vantage position over the uninterrupted mountain and Franschhoek valley views, and is ideal for pre-drinks or an open-air ceremony.

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Photo Credit: Zara Zoo Photography


La Petit Dauphine

AT A GLANCE: An enchanting french vintage venue, set on 13 hectares of vineyards, olive groves and fruit orchards.

SHORTLIST THIS VENUE IF YOU LOVE: Several outdoor ceremony options, rustic and elegant french charm,

La Petite Dauphine offers enchanting sites for outdoor Cape wedding ceremonies and receptions. Plan your perfect day under the flowering gum tree overlooking the pond, or under the 200 year-old oak trees, all while having breathtaking views of the Franschhoek Mountain as a backdrop.

La Petite Dauphine’s well-appointed and luxurious interior décor reflect our tranquil setting and our spacious wedding function suites are elegant with lavish views of the stunning landscape from every perspective.

Whether bathed in natural light, starlight, or candlelight, La Petite Dauphine is an amazing setting for indoor or outdoor Western Cape weddings.

Photo Credit: Frank Nash

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Emily Moon River Lodge

AT A GLANCE: An intimate wedding venue with breathtaking wetland views in Plettenburg Bay Western Cape

SHORTLIST THIS VENUE IF YOU LOVE: Smaller weddings, unmatched elegance and an African-chic atmosphere

Imagine a breathtaking never ending view over wetlands, a winding river, gentle whispering reeds, and distant majestic mountain ranges - all these go towards making the most perfect venue for that very special day in your life - your wedding!

Their restaurant Emily’s seats a maximum of 100 guests with a dance floor and the deck area around the pool is ideal for cocktails and canapés before the wedding reception. The chef extraordinaire Andrew will discuss and advise on menus which can be either plated or served on platters, a three course meal starting at R250 per head depending on your choice of food. Long baronial tables set with cream rose damask, white crockery, long stemmed glasses and an eclectic mix of chairs makes for an elegant and festive Western Cape wedding gathering!

Photo Credits: Wesley Vorster

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To be Continued… We keep our blogs up to date with new wedding venues we’ve discovered. If you think there’s a particular Western Cape venue we should include on the list, let us know in the Comments section!

Still Looking For More Western Cape Wedding Inspiration?

1. View our post on Top Wedding Venues South Africa
2. Take a look at a rustic real wedding at Babylonstoren
3. Find amazing Wedding Venues in South African Wedding Directory


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