One of the world’s most iconic regions, the Western Cape offers visitors white, sandy beaches; breath-taking wine farms and vast mountains set against a crisp, blue sky, all a stone’s throw from the Mother City, Cape Town itself. It’s no surprise that the newly engaged the world over are opting for the picturesque province as their first-choice wedding destination.
Cape Town Wedding Venue Guide
The Best Cape Town Wedding Venues
When it comes to location, the Western Cape truly has the ideal wedding venue for every taste and style. From a rustic forest or beach wedding where everybody has a chance to enjoy the natural elements, to a more classic hotel or wine farm estate wedding where elegance meets charm to create magical memories. There are so many areas not only in Cape Town itself but also the surrounding towns that provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding.
Beach Wedding Venue. Wedding venues near Cape Town range from Langebaan, Arniston and Paternoster on the West Coast and the posh Camps Bay, Clifton and Hout Bay on the Atlantic Seaboard to the more relaxed Boulder’s Beach, Strand, Simonstown and Fish Hoek on the False Bay coastline. Remember to organise a licence beforehand and take the weather into consideration.
Indoor Wedding Venue. If weather is a concern, many Cape Town wedding venues situated in hotels or conference centres offer location convenience, stunning city views and special accommodation rates. These are usually easy to get to from Cape Town International Airport and an in-house co-ordinator and on-site chef takes a lot of the hassle out of your wedding preparations. Cape Town Wedding Venues in the city centre provide for a different and funky affair that some will love while other Cape Town wedding venues are situated in old Cape Dutch farm houses such as in the Constantia area.
Winelands Wedding Venue. Wedding venues in Cape Town are synonymous with the scenic wine farms situated in Stellenbosch, Somerset West, Constantia Valley, the Helderberg, Durbanville Valley and Franschhoek. All of these are easily accessible from Cape Town International Airport. Providing both indoor and outdoor wedding venue options, the greenery contrasted with mountainous backdrops and in some cases, views of the ocean, are a photographer’s dream. Several farms are designated wedding venues, with on-site facilities, catering and accommodation available.
Read more about venues in our Top 5 Most Romantic Wedding Venues.
What time of year you should hire a Cape Town Wedding Venue
Depending on your preference, the Western Cape’s drastically changing seasons provide the perfect wedding weather for all tastes.
Summer (November to February) is ideal for outdoor weddings with gloriously warm days lingering until late in the evening. This does however attract tourists and prices increase so book well in advance.
Autumn (March to April) brings with it an awe-inspiring canvas of deep reds, yellows and oranges – an illuminating backdrop with crisper air.
Winter (May to August) is a verdant wonder amidst seasonal rainfall and wind – perfect for cosy, indoor weddings.
Spring (September to November) blooms with a mix of rain and sunshine, particularly attractive along the flower route.
Have a read through Reasons to Hire a Cape Wedding Venue for more inspiration.
Things to consider when booking a Cape Town Wedding Venue
For most newly-weds, this will be your first and last wedding which means it’s important to ask all the crucial wedding venue questions before you make your final decision. Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re searching for the perfect spot as your Cape Town Wedding Venue:
1. What does the wedding venue hire fee include?
Although most wedding venues include the use of tables, chairs, cutlery, crockery, linen, etc. there are a few that don’t include this which means, in addition to the hire fee, you are still going to have to pay for the added extras.
2. What services does the hire fee include?
Some wedding venues do provide wedding co-ordination services which will ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day, while others insist on the bridal couple to hire an outside co-ordinator.
3. How many people does the venue accommodate, both for the event and for overnight accommodation?
4. Does the wedding venue provide in-house catering services and, if so, can you sample the food?
5. What is the minimum spend per head?
Wedding venues offering a reasonable venue hire might make up the difference in their minimum cost per head.
6. What are the bar prices?
7. For those choosing a wine farm as their wedding venue, do you have to serve their wine? If so, do you like their wine? If not, will they charge corkage on other brands?
Similarly, does the venue have a house MCC or sparkling wine and do you like it? Is there a corkage fee? If they don’t provide it, then try negotiating the corkage fee down.
8. Do they charge ‘cakeage’ or a fee to bring in your own cake?
9. What décor can and can’t you bring in?
10. If you are planning on an outside ceremony, what is Plan B if the weather doesn’t co-operate? Is there an electricity supply to the outside area for a DJ and microphone?
11. Does the venue have a PA system?
12. Is there a back-up generator?
Accommodating Guests at your Cape Town Wedding Venue
1. What is the accommodation in the surrounding venues like?
You must be able to offer your guests a wide range of venues – from upmarket to the more pocket-friendly – to choose from.
2. Can you get a discount for block booking accommodation?
3. Do your guests need to travel between the ceremony and reception venue? If so, consider hiring a shuttle for convenience. Also consider hiring a shuttle to take guests back to their accommodation after the wedding.
4. Consider the time of day you plan to get married and try look at it from the guests’ perspective. Consider what your guests will be doing while you are having photographs taken, whether they will need food or seats.
5. Music. Music for the guests will need to cater for a variety of tastes while keeping everyone on the dance floor, so start with some oldies and then move onto more contemporary music for those who want to dance the night away.
Wedding suppliers to Wedding Venues in the Cape Town area
The benefit of being an internationally renowned city means that Cape Town offers a large selection of top quality wedding suppliers. People you have to consider hiring for your Big Day include photographers, chefs/caterers, cake suppliers, stationery designers, décor hire, a band or DJ and an overall wedding co-ordinator if you want to ease the burden.
Make sure you choose your suppliers wisely by viewing their previous work and reading any reviews that are available.
We have put together a list of exceptional suppliers in all you need for your Wedding in Somerset West.
Photos courtesy of:
Adri Meyer Wedding Photography
Hilde & Pieters Wedding at Waterkloof Wine Estate
Clifford Wort Photography
Danielle and Warrens Wedding at Waterkloof Wine Estate