There are many wedding venues across South Africa. We have been privileged enough to shoot weddings at some of the best. This blog post will be ever evolving as we shoot at more and more wedding venues.
What makes this post unique is that we give you the a look at some of the best wedding venues through our eyes as professional wedding photographers. To make it to the top of our list, a wedding venue needs certain characteristics to make your wedding day extraordinary and special.
The following wedding venues has proved their excellence over and over. The proof however is in the pudding.
Mbidi Lodge – Dikwena Lodge
Dikwena Lodge was definitely one of our favorites in 2016. You can’t get more South African than this. Surrounded by African bushveld and wild animals, you get that free feeling where you can just breath. Most wedding venues always lack in some area, but at Dikwena Lodge you get the whole 9 yards. They have plenty of photo opportunities. You can go for a game drive when taking your formal bridal photos. You can even hire a cheetah to shoot with! They have a spacious bridal prepping room, which gives amazing photos.
Dikwena Lodge has enough stylish room to house your guests, the staff are also very accommodating and helpfull.
Oakfield Farm definitely is the leaders in the wedding venues industry. They know what bridal couples want, they also know what photographers and videographers want. All the different venues on the Oakfield grounds are designed with perfection and style.
If you love horses then Lezar Opstal would be heaven for you. Situated on the outskirts of Heidelberg South Africa, Lezar has everything you need to make your wedding day special. There are many options at Lezar Opstal, from a ceremony surrounded by the finest horse stables to picturesque landscapes to make all your wedding photos breathtaking.
There are stylish accommodation available to house your guests and the staff at Lezar Opstal are friendly and always helpful.
Of all the wedding venues out there, Chez Charlene takes your breath away. Luxurious, Stylish, Elegant are just some of the words that come to mind. Situated in the east of Pretoria in South Africa, Chez Charlene boast with a five star rating. The main hall has amazing light setups that will make your wedding day a fairytale. What impressed me the most is the staff and how organized they are, everyone walks around with hands free radios and any situation is dealt with in the fastest and most organized manner I have ever seen.
Chez Charlene has many photo opportunities to suit any type of wedding photographer. There are horses and horse stables which makes great photos. The accomodation and bridal suite is very luxurious. The main attraction is however the main hall with the beautiful chandeliers, spacious dance floor and stylish decor.
Heavens Gate is all about luxury. It’s not a very big venue, but they have some elements that just makes a wedding day amazing. Heavens gate boast with a variety of swans and swan ponds, which makes great photo opportunities. The main hall with its beautiful drappings and chandeliers face a big swan pond with a wall of glass. This makes for unique wedding photos. Heavens Gate wedding venue is definitely worthy to be in the Top list of wedding venues.
The Royal Elephant Hotel
The Royal Elephant Hotel was definitely one of my favorites to shoot at. The venue has everything a professional photographer would want, from big open lawns to stylish, luxurious interiors to capture some amazing photos. The Royal Elephant Hotel definitely deserves a place in our Top list of wedding venues.
The Moon and Sixpence
We loved the Moon and Sixpence, there are many photo opportunities. It’s almost hard to get to them all in just one day. They have amazing accommodation and the bridal suit is spacious and luxurious. This venue is suited for almost every type of themed wedding, and definitely will suit any type of wedding photographer.
Mellow Stream Wedding Venue
Mellow Stream is absolutely stunning. It’s situated in the farm lands outside Middelburg South Africa. The staff is exceptional and the venue style has a very rustic vintage feel. With huge open fields and a river running through the venue grounds, there are plenty of photo opportunities. Nothings beats a breath taking South African sunset.
The venue has great accomodation to house your guests and has a unique bridal suit that is stylish and romantic. You can also have a ceremony beside the river to create a real South African atmosfere.
Diep in die Berg
Diep in die berg truly means what the name says. The venue is nestled in the hill side and there are many amazing photo opportunities. The venue is stylish and luxurious and the venue grounds are always looked after and in perfect condition. The staff is always helpful and very friendly. The chapel is amazing and creates great photo opportunities. The main hall has everything a bride to be wants, from stylish interiors to big floor space.
Galagos wedding venue is a power house of amazing photo opportunities. The venue is breath taking inside and out. They have a main forest theme surrounded by their unique architectures. I enjoyed doing the night shots as there are many unique scenes that are amazing in the night. The food is top class and the guests enjoy the tranquility of the venue. The staff are very helpful and they go the extra mile. They have accommodation available for the guests. Galagos deserves to be in our Top wedding venue list for so many reasons.
Cradle Valley Guesthouse
Cradle Valley Guesthouse impressed us the moment we drove through the front gate. The venue is packed with photo opportunities for every type of photography style. The staff are amazing and really gives the bridal couple a sense of relaxation. The food was amazing and I had no complaints. We loved the pond that is in front of the main hall, it gave us opportunities to get amazing reflection shots. The prep room for the bridal party is amazing, it has enough room and mirrors for every one to get ready. The honeymoon suite is perfect for capturing stunning shots of the wedding dress. But as always the proof is in the pudding, enjoy some of the photos below.
Diamond 4 Estate
Diamond 4 Estate is an amazing wedding venue. If you are looking for a bushveld wedding venue then this is the one for you. It can seat up to 600 guests. What we love the most about Diamond 4 Estate are the amount of photo opportunities, there is something for every type of photography style. We however LOVE the amazing sunsets captured from the hill. The food is amazing and the staff is always happy to assist. The prep room for the bride is also amazing, very spacious and gives great photo opportunities.
Cheerio Gardens is definitely one of our favorites. If you like forest type wedding venues, then Cheerio Gardens will not disappoint. There are enough accommodation available and makes for great weekend weddings. The staff of Cheerio Gardens are friendly, helpful and goes the extra mile. The food and service is pure South African cuisine, we could not get enough of it! Photography wise, there are MANY photo opportunities for every type of photography style. Cheerio Gardens has a big reception hall and one of the most beautiful chapels we have seen.