The Elgin Valley is a large and abundant valley of apple orchards, vineyards and lush fynbos vegetation. The generosity of nature, fresh air and wide-open spaces, together with the majestic mountain and valley views, provide the perfect backdrop to any wedding celebration. It is not surprising then that this spectacular, yet relatively little known region is rapidly making its way up the ranks to becoming one of South Africa’s top wedding destinations.
Couples who consider an Elgin wedding are spoilt for choice by the valley’s variety of truly unique settings, ranging from rustic farm barns to glass-enclosed structures, from magical forests to whimsical gardens, and from gracious manor houses to wine farms with acres of vineyards. Whatever the taste, style or budget, there is something for everyone, and it’s almost certain to have some awe-inspiring scenery thrown in too.
In addition to world-class venues, there are a number of reputable and professional wedding service providers located within the Elgin Valley who specialise in décor, floristry, hiring and event planning, adding to the ease and economy of planning every event here.
A myriad of romantic wedding options
Surrounded by views of the Kogelberg, South Hill Vineyards has an abundance of beautiful backdrops, with orchards, vineyards, gardens and both classic and contemporary buildings in the foreground. Options for an outdoor ceremony include the canopy of a large tree, the expansive lawn overlooking the vineyards or the centre of the Vineyard Maze.
The lawns around the pool and restaurant area are ideal for celebratory drinks, canapes and post-ceremony entertainment. The wine cellar is a fantastic option for an indoor ceremony, and the art gallery space allows for seating for up to 70 guests, with a dance floor, fireplaces, bar and outdoor chill area, with the addition of a fairy-lit Bedouin tent over the lawn for larger parties.
Food at South Hill is relaxed and generous, and a fully licenced bar serves the award-winning South Hill wines at cellar door prices.
The on-site Guest House provides a luxury farm stay for family and close friends and the happy couple can hide away in the romantic Pumphouse Cottage. Additional accommodation is available in the House Boat and in plenty of guest houses and cottages nearby.
The King family and their dedicated team welcome their guests to share food, wine and the most beautiful setting in which to create lifelong memories of an incredible day. More information can be downloaded from the South Hill website, including details of an elopement package. Viewings welcome.
Opening Times: Fri to Mon, breakfast from 8am, lunches until 4pm | Winetasting, Mon to Sun, until 5pm
Elgin’s best-kept secret.
Glenbrae Venue offers the perfect choice for couples looking for a venue that exudes understated elegance.
Based on a working fruit farm, the venue lies nestled amongst apple and pear orchards and offers a whimsical setting overlooking a dam with a footbridge that leads out to a small island in the centre of the dam. The panoramic views that stretch across the dam and roll out into the Elgin Valley are plentiful.
Originally a farm shed, the venue has itself been tastefully converted into a light and spacious setting with a large covered veranda. The lush terraced gardens give couples the option of having their ceremony in a forest, on the lawn, on the newly built deck over the dam or on the island itself.
Glenbrae uses a winning team of professional and reputable service providers to assist couples design and organise their bespoke event.
Their talented team is familiar with the Venue and has successfully produced many breathtaking backdrops and settings for various special occasions.
A tranquil setting in a serene English-style garden
If you are seeking an idyllic venue to host your wedding or renew your wedding vows, then Elgin Vintners is the perfect space for an intimate affair.
The natural beauty makes this Elgin jewel a showcase of romance in every sense of the word. The primary feature of Elgin Vintners Country House is its tranquil and serene English-style garden. Its sprawling lawns provide ample space for a decadent feast and can be transformed into a magical fairytale setting with festive lighting draped amongst the ancient oak trees. Surrounding the venue is an amphitheatre of mountains, creating a spectacular ambience a memorable day.
The four-star Elgin Vintners Country house – recently renovated to restore it to its former glory – can be included in the event package, with room for up to 10 guests in four en-suite luxury rooms.
Contact the expert team at Elgin Vintners Country House and allow them to assist you in creating the perfect wedding, tailored according to your individual needs.
A seamless fusion of luxury and the great outdoors
Situated on a farm in the cool mountains of the Elgin Valley, Cherry Glamping is a truly unique forest wedding location, and perfect for those who want to stretch the celebrations over a night or two. Two different forest camps, both offering panoramic views of the Elgin Valley, offer a variety of locations for the main event.
Bloekombos Camp offers a 360º glass-enclosed venue which overlooks a dam and grassland: the perfect backdrop for memorable photos. Dennebos Camp consists of a large bedouin covered deck, surrounded by the pine forest and with an amphitheatre-style grass area. Both camps come with a lapa and a firepit.
Accommodation is available in spacious 5m bell tents located within the forest, which come fully equipped and tastefully furnished. There are also open lawn areas where more tents can be added for larger groups.
The quaint outdoor ‘Poplar Tree’ chapel, allows guests to bear witness to the ceremony while they take in the views and watch some of the resident springbok, bontebok and zebra roaming throughout the farm.
The various venue options allow for anything from a small intimate wedding of 24 people up to larger weddings of 180 people. There is no venue fee for the camp(s) that you book; you only pay for accommodation.
With nature all around you, our farm is literally yours to create whatever you are able to dream.
A charming old-world vineyard and wine estate
Wildekrans Wine Estate offers a truly romantic setting for a country wedding in the heart of the Overberg. This charming wine farm can be found on the rolling hills overlooking Walker Bay, between the leafy scenery of Botriver and the sunny beaches of Hermanus. The focus of this quaint wedding destination lies in creating a fully home-grown product from their wines for your special day.
Venue options include elegant indoor and outdoor areas including the Viewing Deck, the Chapel, the lawns or the Cellar, catering for small intimate occasions as well as weddings of up to 300 guests. Wedding packages include a classic horse and carriage ride.
The onsite accommodation offers a maximum of 38 guests in nine newly refurbished country cottages that are nestled between a vineyard and a plum orchard on the banks of the Botriver.
All food is prepared on-site by the well-renowned Head Chef of The Restaurant at Wildekrans, Gordon Manuel, known for his hearty Country Gourmet cuisine. He is just one of a friendly, efficient and experienced team that will ensure your day is a successful and memorable experience.
For a day that is relaxed, unfussy, and all about friends
If your beautiful beginning together is in need of backdrop to make it even more magical, look no further than Old Mac Daddy. This venue offers a little slice of heaven, set amidst apple orchards and rolling vines in the Elgin Valley – perfect for those who dream of a quirky wedding venue to make their own.
Dance the night away under a ceiling of stars on the stretch of lawn next to the dam or under twinkling lights in the beautiful Barn area. Old Mac Daddy can cater – indoors or outdoors – for up to 100 of your nearest and dearest. Better yet, 44 overnight guests are able to stay onsite too, and an additional 18 guests can sleep on daybeds in certain trailers.
The wedding weekend reigns supreme here, with fantastic activities on hand including archery, fatcat mountain biking and zorbing. Bringing family and friends together in one spot, soaking up the views and fresh mountain air while ticking off activity aplenty, means that your wedding memories will be the greatest gift to all. And… shhh… elopement packages are also available for those wanting a small and intimate wedding with only a handful of guests.
Traditional and contemporary country-style weddings
Elgin Grabouw Country Club is nestled alongside the Eikenhof Dam that lies at the foot of the towering Hottentots Holland mountain range. The grounds are surrounded by the rich variety of fauna and flora of the protected Kogelberg Biosphere. The club – established in 1987 – has been a firm favourite for couples wanting a country-style wedding venue in the most tranquil and picturesque of settings.
The traditional yet contemporary clubhouse and its wrap-around veranda offer options for indoor and outdoor day or night wedding ceremonies. The natural beauty and light of this setting, and the unsurpassed views across the water to the surrounding mountains, are matched in their romance only by the captivating cry of the fish eagle.
The venue seats up to 120 guests in the main hall with open plan bulk wood ceilings and a gracious chandelier. French doors spill open onto the veranda overlooking the mountains and dam. The medium-sized hall, with its welcoming fireplace, leads out onto the veranda and lawn overlooking the deck, bowling green and tennis courts. A large restaurant and bar offer a further indoor/outdoor fireplace and more views across the cricket field, dam and mountains.
For all things pretty and practical
4 Every Event, located in the heart of the Elgin Valley, is a decor, floral and hiring company specialising in wedding celebrations. Consideration towards the environment is an important part of the company’s philosophy, as well as ensuring a service that meets each client’s unique expectations with solutions that are both pretty and practical towards creating the wedding of their dreams.
The well-established family business has been in the wedding and events industry for over 17 years and has an exceptional reputation. Wedding couples can be assured of a personalised service that respects every individual need, “from the invite to the goodnight”. Services include décor, flowers, and the hiring of free form tents, linen and furniture, table décor, vases, candelabras and so much more.
Dare to dream and we will make those dreams come true!
Address: Unit 1, Elgin Fruit Growers Retail Park, Main Road, Grabouw | Contact: email@example.com | 021 859 4580
Website: www.4everyevent.co.za | Instagram: @4everyevent | Facebook: FourEveryEvent
Innovative and professional event planning
Party by Design is a floral and event design house based in the Elgin Valley that creates unique occasions that are a spectacular celebration of each client’s individuality. Events are brought to life with creative vision, beautiful design and attention to detail and style. They believe in working closely with their clients to develop a relationship built on honesty and reliability.
The focus of Party By Design’s approach is to bring to life each couple’s vision of their wedding. To that end, they work passionately towards offering a personalised experience, with peace of mind during the process and a lasting impression of the result.
All-inclusive wedding packages are available on their family-owned Fynbos farm which is situated amongst some of the finest fynbos species of the Kogelberg Biosphere reserve and surrounded by the foothills of the Hottentots Holland Mountains. The venue – which caters for both indoor and garden weddings – seats from 50-80 people.
Combining creativity and organisation into a bespoke wedding planning service
Ehl-Kah Creative provides bespoke coordination, design and styling services. Elgin-based owner Elke Lötter has been lauded for her impeccable attention to detail and her ability to combine creative vision with organisational management in order to form a fully-fledged professional wedding planning service.
A local ‘Elginite’, Elke has developed sound relationships with the best wedding service providers in the area, from caterers and professional photographers to décor and floral arrangers. She is well experienced and respected by all of the Elgin-based wedding venues for her service-orientated and client-focused approach.
Wedding planning requires a host of coordination, not least budgeting, and liaison with service providers, often over a period of months, and culminating in the day of the wedding. With Elke, couples can rest assured that everything is managed for a seamless event, so that her clients can really enjoy and take home the best memories of their special day. Contact Elke to discuss the packages she has designed to suit individual budgets and a variety of venues.