Garden Wedding Venue Paarl
Getting married in Paarl – in the heart of the Winelands – is the natural choice for a bride who is after a chic garden wedding. Planning an outdoor wedding comes with its own uinique set of considerations. Here are a few important things to keep mindful of when planning your own elegant garden wedding in Paarl.
Time of year to get married
A chic garden wedding is a perfect option for brides who are getting married in the spring or summer. Flowers are in full bloom, the weather is lovely, and the sun is shining. Paarl is known to get quite hot in summer, so keep this in mind when planning your garden wedding. A ceremony in the late afternoon would be a better option when it starts to cool down. Another option is to have a morning wedding and skip the afternoon heat entirely.
Keep your Guests Comfortable
Let guests know early on that the wedding will be held in a garden. Sinking in the grass while wearing stilettos is not a fun way to spend a day! Provide little parasols or small paper fans for the guests who are feeling the heat, and small bottles of water in an ice bucket for them to drink during the ceremony. This is especially important if you are holding your wedding in Paarl during the summer months! Citronella candles will help keep mosquitos at bay.
Also, consider accessibility – do you have elderly guests, or guests using wheelchairs or walkers? They may find it difficult to move around on the grass, so keep this in mind when selecting your venue.
The Décor of Your Garden Wedding Venue Paarl
The benefit of having a wedding in a beautiful garden setting is that the venue doesn’t require much actual decoration. (In fact – the landscaped garden at our wedding venue near Paarl provides the perfect backdrop for you to say “I do”). A garden venue in full bloom provides plenty of colour, and you don’t need to worry about any arrangements wilting in the sun.
The menu for a garden wedding will be slightly different than for an indoor wedding. Avoid foods that don’t do well in the heat (for example anything with mayonnaise). Have plenty of icy drinks on hand for your guests. Cool starters can include mini shots of gazpacho, or shrimp cocktail on ice. For the mains stick to lighter fare such as chicken and fish rather than steak or pork. Upscale picnic-style food works well with garden weddings. For desserts go with a refreshing sorbet or cute cake pops.
A very important part of the menu to consider when having an outdoor wedding is the wedding cake. The heat can be disastrous for a wedding cake and can cause all the icing to melt. Chat to your baker when planning your cake and let them know that you are planning an outdoor wedding. They will be able to guide you on how and where to place your cake to avoid any disasters.
Have a Backup Plan
While your venue of choice may be able to control most aspects of your wedding, the weather on the day is one thing they cannot control. Even if the weather prediction is showing a clear and sunny day, you never know if a sneaky cold front will suddenly appear. Make sure your venue can provide you with a backup plan in case of bad weather. Many wedding venues in Paarl have both an indoor and outdoor area, so they should be able to move everything indoors if required. At Damarakloof, we have a glamorous rustic barn that can be used if the weather turns bad.