With breathtaking mountain, beach or city settings within a 30-minute drive from the CBD, there’s no need to travel far from Cape Town for a memorable wedding. Christine Hogg gives us a run-through of some of Cape Town’s most spectacular sites to tie the knot.
Located in Hout Bay, just a 20 minute drive from the CBD, Suikerbossie Restaurant provides an idyllic setting: panoramic views of Hout Bay valley, Llandudno Beach, Chapman’s Peak and Table Mountain. Without doubt, newlyweds will find stunning backdrops for their photos. The ceremony is held outside in the restaurant’s forest-surrounded garden, and there’s a considerable gourmet menu on offer for everything from canapés to lavish dinners. To accommodate Jewish weddings, a kosher kitchen was built in 1998.
There are also three forest-hideaway cottages on the estate, so the bridal party can stay over the night before the wedding and get ready on the premises. With nearly three decades of experience co-ordinating weddings and functions at Suikerbossie, owners David and Miki Smith – along with head chef Brian Smit and manager Ross Smith – can be utterly relied upon to make sure everything runs smoothly.
To get a feel for the venue beforehand, it’s a great idea to go to one of Suikerbossie’s weekly Sunday roasts and music-on-the-lawns events. Booking is essential.
Location: 1 Victoria Dr, Hout Bay, Cape Town
Services offered: catering, accommodation, wedding co-ordination, fully licensed bar, personalised service
Guest capacity: 50 to 300
Atlantic Beach Country Club is situated on a golf course, close to the beach in Melkbos – a 30 minute drive from Cape Town. Apart from enjoying unobstructed views of the ocean and Table Mountain, the bride and groom can book a helicopter landing, rounds of golf, and a golf cart to travel around the estate. Beyond these special perks, there’s a fully-stocked bar with well-trained staff, and the restaurant’s award-winning chef is able to cater for special dietary requirements, including halaal, kosher, vegetarian and vegan. For the wine connoisseurs, Atlantic Beach has a special relationship with local wine farms, so reputable labels at affordable prices can be ordered.
Included in all packages is a free overnight stay for the wedding couple in a 4-star boutique lodge. And most importantly, management will ensure someone is on hand at all times, so the wedding party has peace of mind throughout the occasion.
Location: 1 Fairway Drive, Melkbosstrand, Atlantic Beach Golf Estate, Cape Town
Services offered: catering, decor, beauty therapy, accommodation, wedding co-ordination
Guest capacity: up to 144
Nestled against a spectacular mountain range, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa has two swimming pools, an award-winning spa, and a choice of top-of-the-range dining venues – an ideal location for a scenic and elegant wedding. The ceremony (weather permitting) takes place in fynbos-rich gardens underneath an antique wedding gazebo overlooking the ocean, with a dedicated wedding team taking care of every detail. The reception is held in the Atlantic Marquee, where the salty breeze and romantic sunsets spill directly into the main seating area. Renowned executive chef, Christo Pretorius, and the banqueting team provide personalised catering to suit the event and theme, whether big or small.
The bride and groom are thoroughly pampered: they can relax in the award-winning, luxurious spa and enjoy sundowners with family and friends on The Leopard Bar Terrace. On the morning of the wedding, they can have breakfast in bed or at Azure Restaurant, before doing their preparations with bubbly in hand, surrounded by special friends and loved ones. A range of honeymoon packages is also on offer to set the happy couple on their way in style.
Location: Victoria St, Camps Bay, Cape Town
Services offered: wedding co-ordination, accommodation, catering, spa
Guest capacity: up to 80
For a water-side wedding in the city centre, MAReSOL is a top notch option – a double-storey indoor and outdoor venue overlooking the harbour at the vibrant V&A Waterfront. Celebrations take place in a building that has been thoughtfully designed to enhance the beautiful mountain and harbour views. The restaurant’s signature cuisine is authentic Portuguese with a touch of Mozambican flair, and there’s an array of set menu options, bowl food as well as the à la carte menu for weddings.
Although MAReSOL is proud to serve top-quality trademark dishes, catering can be tailored to suit various budgets and styles. For anyone needing help with this, or any other event-related decisions, the dedicated events co-ordinator is on hand throughout the planning stages.
Location: Slipway, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Services offered: catering
Guest capacity: 200
HOUT BAY MANOR
Adorned with a mouth-blown glass chandelier from Europe, beautiful fabrics and earthy tones, the elegantly designed Hout Bay Manor Rotunda Room, hotel and grounds create a magical and unique ambience for weddings. The décor combines Zulu, Ndabeni and Xhosa influences, as well as elements from the African and European continents, reflecting the melting pot of cultures in South Africa.
EAT is the in-house restaurant, and its menu is continuously growing, paying homage to a myriad of local and European flavours, keeping it vibrant and unfussy. The chefs work closely with the bride and groom on the menu: “We love creating a menu especially for your occasion, preferences and budget.” Guests can relax among beautiful old plain trees, aloes and a pink and white Bougainvillea in the indigenous courtyards. And Chapman’s Peak, with its dramatic and breathtaking views, as well as Hout Bay beach are – literally – around the corner for those looking for an ocean or mountain backdrop.
Location: Baviaanskloof Rd, Scott Estate, Cape Town
Services offered: accommodation, catering
Guest capacity: 40 to 85 or up to 150 for a cocktail/canapé-style event
Created as a new centre for the research and exhibition of 20th and 21st-century visual art from South Africa and beyond, The Norval Foundation offers a special aesthetic for brides and grooms. Designed to be adaptable to any event’s particular needs, the striking venue offers unlimited possibilities to get married in style, overlooking the Steenberg winelands and Table Mountain. For an outdoor wedding, consider the Sculpture Garden – an area that has been replanted with indigenous flora – or get married indoors, surrounded by “art that has shaped the world”, in one of the foundation’s nine galleries.
Catering can be taken care of on-site by the Skotnes Restaurant run by executive chef Phil de Villiers. The menu pays homage to classical South African cuisine and, to support local communities, all ingredients are sourced from local, small-batch suppliers.
Location: 4 Steenberg Rd, Steenberg Estate, Cape Town, 7945
Services offered: catering
Guest capacity: 50 to 600
BELMOND MOUNT NELSON HOTEL
Just minutes away from Cape Town’s popular Kloof and Long Street, the Mount Nelson is an iconic, yet tranquil hideaway within the inner-city. The luxurious grounds are surrounded by lush, flower-filled gardens dotted with tall trees to offer shade from the sun – perfect for an outdoor ceremony, while indoor options include stately rooms of every size.
Packages can include a full wedding brunch or evening banquet in the ballroom, with locally-inspired delicacies provided by acclaimed executive chef, Rudi Liebenberg. As part of a specially designed wedding menu, The Mount Nelson’s culinary team is also able to provide unique canapés, imaginative cold and hot buffets as well as enticing dessert and cheese tables. Luxurious accommodation is available on-site and a dedicated wedding team is able to assist with all wedding-related requirements, from photography to flowers. Staying on for an indulgent honeymoon is also an option.
Location: 76 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town
Services offered: accommodation, wedding coordination, catering
Guest capacity: Up to 300