Cape Town is one of the most beautiful, and popular, places to tie the knot. With beaches, vineyards and forests set against a backdrop of magnificent mountains getting you as close to wedding heaven as you’ll get. And while nearby neighbours like Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are very popular, there are some magnificent all-year wedding venues in Cape Town. Here’s a look at some of the best venues in town.
There’s just something about centuries-old oak trees, rolling lawns, and vineyards that make a wine estate the perfect place to get hitched. If a wedding from a bygone era of romance is your dream, Groot Constantia Wine Estate is most definitely the place to have it. There are two venues to choose from, each with its own unique offering: Simon’s Restaurant and Jonkershuis Restaurant.
At Simon’s Restaurant the formal main restaurant is a safe indoor option in case it rains. If the sun is out, make use of the terrace and picnic area for a more informal approach. Jonkershuis Restaurant is a beautiful Cape Dutch building nestled in the historic core of the Groot Constantia Wine Estate next to the historic Homestead.
Just around the corner from the Twelve Apostles Hotel lies Suikerbossie Restaurant in Hout Bay. Set against the slopes of the Table Mountain National Park, this restaurant with its warm, cosy atmosphere overlooks Hout Bay valley and the famous Chapman’s Peak. While the restaurant has two venues that cater to weddings of different sizes, its magnificent gardens is also very popular.
The Roundhouse Restaurant
Tucked away in the Glen on the slopes of Lion’s Head is the famous Roundhouse Restaurant. Once the hunting lodge of Lord Charles Somerset, the more than 300 year old venue is the perfect place to celebrate your special day. The restaurant accommodates weddings of various sizes and the events manager ensures that guests’ every need is catered to.
The Mount Nelson Hotel
One of the most iconic hotels in the heart of the city, the Mount Nelson, has been hosting planning and hosting weddings for more than 100 years. With its lush garden and classic ballroom-style reception rooms, and the hotel’s banqueting team to take care of every detail of your special day, you can look forward to an elegant, stress-free wedding.
Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Nestled against the majestic peaks of the Twelve Apostles mountain range and looking out over the Atlantic Ocean towards Camps Bay and Lion’s Head, the view from the Twelve Apostles Hotel is hard to beat. The hotel has four wedding venues to choose from, with an in-house wedding coordinator at at hand to assist with every need.
The Vineyard Hotel & Spa
This quaint, eco-conscious hotel and spa is located in the heart of Cape Town’s South Suburbs. With its spectacular backdrop of the forested slopes of Table Mountain, the hotel offers the choice of an intimate, private ceremony or a tailor-made reception for you and your guests.
A trendy option for your impending nuptials is the world-famous V&A Waterfront in the heart of Cape Town. The Dock House is a glamorous boutique hotel and spa that caters to the needs of discerning guests, while the Victoria & Alfred Hotel has an inspiring history and an impressive location on the pier.
Zevenwacht Wine Estate
Zewenwacht has played host to plenty of unforgettable weddings. It has two venues – The Lapa, an outdoor all-weather venue which is set in a wooded glade above the lake can host a maximum of 80 guests, and Alfresco, a super well-equipped venue that can seat 220 guests, so no excuses for forgetting to invite all your future in-laws…
If it’s a countryside wedding and honeymoon you’re looking for, you can’t do better than D’Aria in Durbanville. Nestled in the Durbanville Winelands, the romantic wine estate offers a 200-seater reception venue, catering services, stunning live entertainment and luxurious cottages for the perfect wedding day and night.
Vergelegen Wine Estate
The beautiful, sweeping Vergelegen Wine Estate is steeped in history and is a Cape Town landmark. The grounds are beyond pristine and boast some of the oldest living trees in the country, which stand silent guard over the three-century old estate. Make your vows beneath these giant guardians and dance the night away underneath the stars at one of the most spectacular spots on the planet.
Harbour House, Kalk Bay
Boasting arguably one of the best locations in Cape Town, Harbour House in Kalk Bay is quite literally sitting on the ocean. Built on the breakwater and situated in the Kalk Bay Harbour, the restaurant boasts incredible views of False Bay and is well known for its fantastic seafood dishes. It is also a laid-back and chic venue to host your wedding reception – ensuring your guests remember your wedding for years to come.
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