Couples fly in from all over the country – and even the world – to have their wedding at one of the many stunning venues the Cape Winelands has to offer. Between the sweeping vistas and rolling vineyards, a vineyard wedding is bound to be a relaxed, yet elegant affair.
Surrounded by the mountainous reserves of Simonsberg and Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch is South Africa’s second-oldest town and is home to many stunning wine farms – your choices are wide a varied. From small, intimate locations to large, stately farms – you are sure to find your perfect wedding venue. And a bonus is that you guaranteed your wedding will have excellent food and wine!
If you are considering having your special day at one of the many stunning wedding venues in Stellenbosch, here are some tips to help you plan your classy vineyard wedding.
Understand the packages
Many vineyards in the Stellenbosch region offer full-service packages. These include everything from the ceremony and reception venues, to the catering, all the way to the final decorations. When enquiring with the different venue options on your list, ask for a detailed breakdown of what their packages include. This way you can compare accurately when it comes to costs, and you will also see if you need to bring in outside vendors. This affects both your budget and planning.
If you do need to bring in outside vendors, you can check with the venue if they have a “preferred vendor” list, or you can also consult with a local wedding planner.
Consider your backdrop when choosing a date
The season you select for your wedding to take place will affect the aesthetics of your wedding theme. The summer seasons means the vineyards in Stellenbosch will be a vibrant green and the vines full of grapes, whereas autumn will bring deep reds and oranges. It is also important to keep in mind that in harvest season the farm will be a buzz of activity. Speak to your planner or your contact at the venue about your vision and your requirements; they will then be able to assist you in choosing the best date for your wedding.
Use the vineyard wedding venue as the theme
Hosting your wedding on a wine farm means your theme is already taken care of. From invitations, to décor, to favours, you can centre everything on a vineyard theme (and you can be sure it will always be classy). Additionally, as many wines farms have a mood of understated elegance, it allows you to add your own personal touch to the décor.
Get insider tips
If the vineyard you select has hosted many weddings before, they will have many tips and recommendations for you to ensure you your picture-perfect day. Don’t be afraid to ask them for their advice and suggestion – after all, they know their venue best!