What makes a wedding truly luxurious? How can you add that extra ‘wow’ factor to your special day, so that your guests feel spoilt, joyous and truly welcomed? We take a look at a few luxury wedding ideas below.
Here are a few items to consider when planning for the big day:
Luxury Wedding Ideas
1. Exquisite Scenery
A nice venue is fine for a nice wedding, but for a truly luxurious experience, the setting has to be breathtaking. Something with class, style and scenery that serves to enhance the beauty of the day. If you’re looking for the ultimate in Cape Winelands wedding venue, then look no further than Waterkloof Wine Estate. Uniquely positioned overlooking both the Winelands and False Bay, Waterkloof offers magnificent views for a truly elevated luxury wedding.
2. A Toast to Luxury
An integral part of many weddings is the wine and alcohol served. Whether it’s imported French Champagne or local Sparkling Wines, the wine and champagne chosen for your wedding definitely has an impact on the style and luxury on offer. When considering which wine to choose, consider your menu and how your chosen wine will pair with the food. Your chosen Wedding Venue Chef will be able to suggest the perfect matching wines for your chosen menu in order to enhance your guests’ dining experience. To make 100% sure, it’s wise to have a menu and wine tasting before your wedding. A quality Methode Cap Classique (MCC) – SA’s answer to French Champagne – is a great choice for toasts and speeches. An excellent example is Waterkloof’s Astraeus MCC which is a lightly coloured Pinot Noir Rose with fine bubbles and not an overpowering mousse. It gives off floral and mineral aromas and strikes a fine balance on the palate between elegance and a fine supporting structure. It can be enjoyed on its own or with some classic red fruit desserts.
3. Quality Cuisine
Quality cuisine is synonymous with luxury. Luxurious food goes hand in hand with feeling pampered and spoilt. If you are hosting your wedding at one of the 5 luxury wedding venues in the Western Cape, then you are sure to come across the most phenomenal gastronomic delights on offer. For example, Chef Gregory Czarnecki of Waterkloof Wine Estate is celebrated for his French inspired classics with a contemporary twist – art on a plate and a sensory feast par excellence. Peruse the menu for the ultimate luxury experience.
4. Perfect Timing
An early morning wedding in winter might be unique but it won’t be wise. For the definitive luxury wedding, you need to ensure the timing is perfect. Obviously weather will always play its part, and alternative arrangements must always be made, but planning the ‘when’ of the wedding is the first decision to be taken. Decide on a season and then a time of day. You need optimum lighting for fantastic photographs as well as enough time so that your ravenous guests aren’t eating their haute cuisine at midnight.
You don’t want rowdy football fans shouting for their beloved team in the pub next door while you’re straining to hear the best man’s speech. Remember: An exclusive venue for an exclusive event. For true luxury, you need to be the centre of attention so find a venue that lives up to this. For inspiration on luxurious wedding venues, take a look at 5 of the most Romantic Cape Winelands Wedding Venues. Be sure to ask your chosen wedding venue whether yours will be the only wedding on the day and whether they allow other functions to take place at the same time – especially when you are planning to tie the knot in a public restaurant, wine tasting centre or popular picnic spot.
6. Unique Elements
The dress, the cake the ‘I do’s’…of course there are certain elements that must remain but every wedding will have its own unique calling card to make it stand out. It can be something luxurious and quintessentially ‘you’ as a couple. Hand crafted gifts, unique table settings and opulent flowers all add to the elegance of a wedding.
7. Luxury Silverware
Crockery, cutlery (silverware) and wine glasses are very important aspects to make or break a luxury wedding, so be sure to see the table layout that the wedding venue will provide, before committing. If it’s not up to scratch ask whether you can hire in crockery and cutlery that is more to your taste. After all… if you’re going to be dining on the best of the best, you will want to do it with the finest utensils for the occasion.
So if you’re looking to host a truly luxurious wedding, consider all the above factors and how you could incorporate them into your own wedding.
Photo Courtesy of LV Star Weddings for the wedding of Warren and Danielle at Waterkloof Wine Estate.