Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s nestled below misty mountain peaks and has both the Atlantic and Indian oceans lapping its shores.
Diverse inner-city landscapes vary from cultivated vineyards and floral kingdoms to soft sandy beaches and tranquil forests. With so many natural attractions, it’s a sure thing that young lovers will find a suitably romantic wedding venue in the city and surrounds – turning your special day into as much excitement as being dealt a royal flush playing online poker.
Here are 5 evocative locations for a “Wow!” wedding in Cape Town with an African twist:
Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Constantia Valley
Centuries-old oak trees, vineyards clad in red, yellow and green hues and one of the best-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture are stand-out features of a wedding at Groot Constantia. The oldest wine farm in South Africa is situated in the lush and verdant Constantia Valley and has two great indoor/outdoor wedding venues; Simon’s Restaurant and the Jonkershuis.
You’ll find sweeping views across vineyards to False Bay beyond and if you’ve got time to kill, the old Cape Dutch homestead provides a snapshot of 17th century Cape Town. On a warm summer’s day, you can meander around the estate on cobblestone paths, sink into the soft green grass or head for the victuals prepared by master chefs in the knowledge the locally produced award-winning Sauvignon Blanc and Gouverneurs Reward white wines will take the sting out of the sun.
Groot Constantia is a slice of old Cape history that’s been preserved for generations to come… so buckle up and enjoy a fabulous journey back in time – with or without your significant other!
Tintswalo Atlantic, Chapmans Peak
If you’re looking for an intimate wedding venue with 360-degree views, the Tintswalo Atlantic Lodge offers exactly that. Located on the foothills of the Constantiaberg along the fabled Chapmans Peak Drive, the venue is a secluded hideaway set on the ocean’s edge.
It’s one of a few privately-owned properties in the Table Mountain National Park and on a good day you’ll be able to sit on the deck nursing a cocktail as whales, dolphins and seals glide by. The multi-award winning 5-star lodge has Hout Bay, with its charming little fishing harbour, laid out at its feet.
As the day draws to a close, the setting sun is something to behold as it slowly sinks behind the iconic Sentinel mountain peak. Tintswalo Atlantic is a luxurious, elegant and exclusive venue ideal for an upscale wedding among friends!
‘On the Rocks’ at Bloubergstrand
Teetering on the ocean’s edge and with breath taking views across Robben Island to Table Mountain, On the Rocks is a superb eatery which doubles as a wedding venue for those who want to swop vows with one foot on the beach! Nuptials are accompanied by the sound of crashing waves and if you’re really lucky, you’ll have to share your special day with whales, dolphins and cheeky seabirds game for a free foodie treat.
In addition to the wonderful location just 25 minutes from the CBD, the restaurant is renowned for its outstanding service and excellent cuisine… with a focus on fresh seafood of course. There’s even a wine and cigar bar for the discerning few who insist on enjoying a post dinner Havana and brandy!
A quick two-hour drive from Cape Town along the N2 will take you to the charming river-side town of Stanford. On a farm just outside the diminutive little country town you’ll discover one of the most popular forest wedding destinations on the planet – the enchanting Beloftebos, a melodious Afrikaans name which means ‘Promise Forest’.
You and your beau will swop rings and your own promises under a dense canopy of oak trees which have graced the land for hundreds of years. You’ll be mesmerized by the tinkling sounds of the Paardenberg River as it meanders by and as you slowly make your way up to your groom, hundreds of petals will be swept gently up the forest aisle.
Once you have said your vows and shared a kiss, you can party to your heart’s content in a luxurious tented reception area resplendent with sliding doors, glass windows and lots and lots of kaleidoscope-coloured fairy lights!
Zevenwacht Wine Estate, Kuils River
Zevenwacht Wine Estate dates back to the late 1600s when the first French Huguenots arrived in the Cape to start a new and better life. Today it is a working wine farm, a popular week-end getaway and a renowned destination for high end Winelands weddings.
You can choose from two beautifully appointed venues; the thatch roofed Zevenwacht Alfresco and the more informal Lapa which is set in a secret wooded glade above the lake. The focal point is the original Cape Dutch manor house with its ornate gable and white on black colour palette but it’s the panoramic views of Table Mountain, Table Bay and False Bay that are guaranteed to take your breath clean away.
Once you are done with all the formalities, you can explore the myriad treasures of the Stellenbosch Wine Route… where premium quality tipple is readily available on tap. Zevenwacht Wine Estate is a 37-minute drive from Cape Town but if you want to extend the wedding celebrations in the heart of wine country, there are chalets, vineyard cottages and a country inn onsite to accommodate all your guests!