If you are a couple that strives for only “the best”, we at Wedding Collection on Line Magazine bring you the top most elegant venues and the reasons why we chose them.
And in no particular order here they are:
WELGELEGEN CHERRY ESTATE
You give us your dream, we will make it come true. Step into your fairy tale right here.
“Welgelegen” in Dutch means, well positioned or well situated for planting cherry trees in the late 1990’s, and this is surely true for this spectacular Eastern Free Sate Wedding venue. Situated amongst mountains, (similar to the Golden Gate Mountains), built next to a beautiful, tranquil dam, overlooking the Maluti Mountains in the background, the photo opportunities are endless and guaranteed to be absolutely unique. The view from all angles includes cherry and apple orchards, water and mountains, and exceptional hues during sunset! What better stage is set to celebrate your special day?
This proudly family run business makes it their goal to deliver excellent and exceptional personal service and they emphasise that there is no room for error!! Imagine, you can relax and not having to look for all the different service providers for your wedding day…; Well, at Welgelegen Cherry Estate, almost everything is taken care of, from mouth-watering catering, décor, set-up, flowers, cake and even the photography is provided in house. Welgelegen’s tried and tested in depth planning, will ensure a stress-free and memorable day, executed in the finest of detail. With their experience and creative solutions, Welgelegen also knows how to listen to the bridal couple’s dreams and are creative in solutions to make these dreams come true. This allows the couple to relax and enjoy the weekend with their loved ones.
It absolutely makes sense to make your wedding at Welgelegen a weekend celebration, and use the venue and farm exclusively for the entire weekend, from the Friday evening’s Lamb on the Spit, to the Sunday morning, farmer’s breakfast with your loved ones to say goodbye. Your guests will come away from your wedding weekend feeling relaxed, well-treated and amazed at your unique wedding, hosted in a spectacular setting.
Welgelegen provides a romantic farm and country atmosphere on a working cherry and apple farm, surrounded by beautiful scenery with hiking and fishing activities that the guests can enjoy too!!
The venue facilities are custom built for weddings with the venue, bar and kitchen all under one roof, seating up to 220 guests, which includes a spacious dance floor and can sleep up to 63 guests on the farm. It is wheelchair friendly and it is well designed to create excellent sound with pre-installed cabling which makes it easy to set up for DJ’s. Advanced catering is offered at Welgelegen with their modern and well equipped kitchen facilities, which ensures delicious and delectable meals. Every meal is freshly prepared on the farm and the quality is excellent.
The luxurious, romantic bridal suit is private and is romantically located at the foot of the mountains. It is perfect for the “first night” and is made available to the bride and her bridesmaids on the Friday and Saturday as she prepares to make herself the most beautiful bride.
The management will set up four unique locations for the bridal couple to choose from to say their “I do’s”. They can set up in the beautiful sandstone chapel boasting stunning views, overlooking the dam onto the Witteberg and Maluti Mountains, or secondly, amongst the sandstone cliffs, outside on the lawns, thirdly on the deck overlooking the dam and majestic mountains, and lastly in the serene orchards, amidst the sweet smelling blossoming, fruit bearing or autumn leaf bearing cherry trees.
Every bridal couple is treated like family and will enjoy personal attention. Professional service from the management and staff ensures a stress free wedding celebration. Drive out to this spectacular destination wedding venue in the country side into a relaxed and managed setting where your wedding day wishes will be more than exceeded.
the forum company
The forum company is an iconic brand known for its innovative style, fine food, service excellence, superior event planning, execution, and off course weddings.
Few companies in South Africa offer such a diverse range of tailor-made event products and services. Each of their venues are a blank canvas, which allows for transformation and making the fairy tale wedding that every bride dreams of, a reality.
the forum | the campus
This leading five-star venue provides the perfect blank canvas, for a sleek, opulent, sophisticated wedding, set for royalty.
The triple volume building is a grand masterpiece, perfect to host large upmarket weddings and celebrations. The campus can accommodate between 200 – 400 seated guests, or 800 cocktail style guests, a perfect size for lavish celebrations.
The sweeping triple volume area includes a sleek bar and white marble finishes. Interestingly located in Bryanston at the campus office park, this venue is a diamond in the rough.
the forum | turbine hall
This five star venue, which started out as a power station for the city in the late 1920’s, is an integral part of Johannesburg’s architectural history and has become a much coveted urban chic wedding and party venue.
This venue space encapsulates the vibrant inner city charm of Newtown with a stylish and fabulous interior. Located on the first floor of turbine hall, the glasshouse offers cityscape views accompanied by chic elegance. Glass doors and windows lend themselves to a sleek contemporary feel that can be modelled into a decadent wedding celebration. Glasshouse can accommodate 100 – 350 guests seated, or 400 cocktail style guests. This venue is easily customizable.
Turbine Hall Basement
A wedding reception in Newtown in the Turbine Hall basement is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Burrowed underground, the basement, this venue lends itself perfectly to creating an authentic experience your guests will never forget. Accommodating between 100 – 300 guests seated, or up to 800 guests cocktail style in between the turbines you can customize your celebration the way you want from the start.
the forum | white light
This simple yet hip country venue is the ideal wedding venue for those who want free-reign in designing and conceptualising their wedding. Accommodating up to 140 guests with a dance floor or up to 170 guests cocktail style, the venue offers ample natural light that beams through stackable glass doors on either side of the venue. Along with its high ceiling, it creates a great sense of light and space for the perfect wedding.
Nestled in the Highveld countryside, away from the hustle and bustle the open plan chapel, along with its transparent roof also offers tranquillity with nature.
Our onsite accommodation, The Quarters, offers five relaxed, yet luxurious double rooms and is tucked away only a short garden meander from the main venue. Ideal for bridal parties to get ready on the day and convenient for close family to sleep over, extending the big day. Breakfast is included in every stay.
the forum | embassy hill
This luxury five-star graded venue, set in the heart of Constantia Valley is an iconic former Dutch embassy landmark. Historic architecture and carefully selected décor have been harmoniously blended to create a beautiful space set apart from the daily hustle and bustle of Cape Town. Embassy Hill has breath-taking 360º views and is the perfect venue for small and intimate weddings and also an ideal setting for destination weddings.
Redefine wedding luxury with the forum weddings, and their Signature Full Wedding Coordination Package. Their expert Wedding Coordinators and Décor Stylists are on hand to masterfully tailor-make your wedding to suit your unique personality and style. You can be assured of the utmost care and attention to detail for your special day.
Well known for its spectacular manicured gardens and magnificent waterfall and interior setting, is located right in the heart of Sandton.
For those who know that memorable events and principal occasions merit an exceptional setting, there is a place where the most discerning demands are met, gracefully and completely. Summer Place combines classic design, elegant décor, and harmonious ambience with sheer joie de vivre. Its character is generous rather than rich, welcoming its guests without overwhelming them, inviting them to linger a while longer.
Set in classically landscaped gardens surrounding an extravagant Water Feature where sparkling fountains splash around a magnificent bronze sculpture, Summer Place is an idyllic location for weddings and memorable occasions. The style of architecture and proportion of the buildings are in such harmony with the rest of the property that indoor and outdoor spaces flow naturally into each other, adding to the sense of serenity. Subtlety of design has also created space for seclusion, without requiring those in search of a moment of private thought to stray too far from the central entertainment area.
Banqueting facilities at Summer Place offer versatility and flexibility in perfect accord with fine dining and immaculate service. State of the art kitchens tantalise the most discerning of palates with a variety of menu options suited to individual preference and budget. Served in gracious surroundings with impeccable style, matched with superior crockery, silver table appointments, and linen of the finest quality, every occasion at Summer Place is an event in itself.
Behind the impactful structures of Summer Place are their carefully selected and highly trained personnel. Operating as a diligent, closely-knit team, they share a common goal of sustained distinction and client satisfaction. Here, quietly and consistently providing discreet and considerate service, the exceptional has become the rule.
Some extravagant or unique weddings hosed at Summer place includes, evolving the ballroom into an Inside Forest and also hosing a snow or ice themed wedding. Other creative themes included the reception outside under a Bedouin tent followed by a “night club“ type party indoors. Another popular one is a high tea styled wedding lunch
An elegant city oasis, exuding the luxury of a bygone era, located in the financial and mining district of central Johannesburg, with its Juliette balconies, grand columns and Edwardian Ceilings, provides the perfect backdrop for a “trip down memory lane” wedding celebration.
It is the pinnacle of historical Johannesburg society. It provides a stately and unique multi-purpose venue in a contemporary regenerating downtown locale. The Club caters to high-end events in one of Johannesburg’s most exquisite buildings, with a grand façade and eclectic décor.
The gleaming marble floored entrance has welcomed visitors for over 120 years, from Queen Elizabeth II, to Rudyard Kipling and President Nelson R Mandela. The grand central staircase, modelled on London’s Reform Club, ushers guests to the mezzanine floor’s opulent surrounds and Main Ballroom. Plush carpeting, delicate chandeliers and important works of art adorn the accommodation, creating an ambiance of elegant sophistication.
Rand Club provides an elegant city oasis, located in The Financial and Mining district of central Johannesburg, a short trip from Northern Johannesburg via Gautrain or uber. For those who prefer to drive, Rand Club is a few blocks off the M2 highway and with 250 parking bays, only 300m from the main building and a shuttle service that operates between these two points makes this a convenient and accessible destination.
The Club houses 12 versatile function spaces, suitable for various events, from intimate gatherings of 20 persons, to large delegations of over 300 guests. The clubhouse provides the ideal setting for high-profile functions such as weddings, special occasions, conferences, strategy sessions, workshops and meetings.
The venue offers an extensive range of support services to meet even the most exacting requirements; from in-house catering and beverage management, to provision for technical and entertainment services, Rand Club provides a contemporary world class city facility, with old school charm.
The Main Ballroom
The Main Ballroom is the largest room in the Club, accommodating up to 250 guests banquet style. This stately space, complete with elegant windows, Juliet balconies, grand columns and coffered Edwardian ceilings, provides the perfect backdrop for a memorable celebration.
The Mvela Room
Named and decorated by prominent South African businessman and former Premier of Gauteng, Tokyo Sexwale, the Mvela Room can accommodate up to 80 guests with ease. This space is ideally suited to business meetings and conferencing, luncheons, dinners, smaller weddings, anniversaries and cocktail parties.
The Anglo-Platinum Room
An intimate room, themed in light blue, The Anglo-Platinum Room can accommodate up to 50 people. This comfortable conference or meeting venue, with room for a grand meeting desk, easily transitions into a dining space at the conclusion of business formalities.
The Rhodes Room
Named after founder of the club, Cecil John Rhodes, this room is ideal for conferencing, small cocktail parties or business meetings and can accommodate up to 70 guests. The intricately detailed timber bookcase along the east wall houses the world’s largest collection of Punch Magazine Cartoons.
The Spencer Whiting Armoury is located adjacent to the member’s library on the mezzanine floor. Decorated in military regalia, this room can be transformed for business meetings and gatherings, or small parties, accommodating up to 80 guests.
The Ward Room
The Ward Room provides an intimate space, accommodating up to 12 guests around a large conference table. With its pale blue colour palette, fanciful furnishings and a variety of historical navy memorabilia this is the ideal location for board meetings or strategy discussions.
The Main Bar
Reputed to be the longest bar in Africa, this room exudes the luxury of a bygone era when Johannesburg was a newly established outpost, on the largest and richest goldfield in the world. The antique timber bar counter, magnificent lighting, and vintage furnishings contribute to the room’s luxurious old world atmosphere. The Main Bar is the perfect location for cocktail parties, celebrations and large gatherings, accommodating up to 200 guests.
An elegant and comfortable venue adjacent to the Main Bar, originally intended as a ladies bar before women were allowed into Rand Club in the early 1990’s. A popular member’s venue, Tommy’s bar houses a collection of contemporary downtown Johannesburg images by photographic artist Mpho Mokgadi.
The Fly-Fisher’s Room
The Fly-Fisher’s Room is an intimate space which can accommodate up to 12 guests, perfect for smaller functions and corporate breakfasts.
The Billiard Room
Situated on the lower level of the club, the Billiard Room accommodates three full-sized billiard tables. With plush studded armchairs, and a host of hunting trophies adorning the walls, this room provides an intimate space for social engagements.
Situated on the lower level of the club and decorated in a bohemian milieu, The Theatre offers a versatile space adjacent to The Billiard Room. This is the perfect location for movie screenings, product launches, intimate functions and gatherings.
Olive Rock, a rare gem set amongst rolling hills, graceful mountain peaks and a river!!
Simone & Nick Stanford, owner managers of Olive Rock proudly boast that they are worthy of being chosen as one of the top elegant venues in South Africa, and we at Wedding Collection Magazine cannot agree more.
The charm Olive Rock exudes is something truly extraordinary, a rare gem, framed by rolling green hills, graceful mountain peaks, and a nudging river. Where would you find all of these natural beauties anywhere else in the country? It also happens to be this couple’s home, (they live an orchard away) and they treat all guests as if they were visiting their own home. Simone says that every person will experience a relaxed and calm space and will feel free to be themselves from the day they start setting up to the day after. She adds “it’s a humbling environment, and its 360 degrees of natural beauty is truly breath taking.”
Located in the picturesque Witzenberg Valley, just an hour and half outside of Cape Town, Olive Rock provides the perfect setting for an unforgettable wedding. The building boasts a modern minimalistic design with Scandinavian-like white and wooden furniture which lends itself to almost any theme a bride could desire. It has multilevel platforms with an easy flow between a garden ceremony, and the river bed for pre-drinks is an absolute must, finishing off with a spectacular reception under Bedouin tents or if the weather permits, under the beautiful South African, starlit sky. Dancing can be enjoyed in the adjacent double volume hall. After sunset, necklaces of fairy lights come to life in the reception area, the building lights are dimmed and loads of candles are lit, which creates a complete magical, fairy tale experience. Up to 200 guests can comfortably be accommodated and catering is done on site with qualified owner, manager and Chef, Nick Stanford.
Simone says it is their goal to provide a warm, calm and inviting space for couples to pour their dreams into, for their wedding day. She confesses that they as a couple got married at this very venue and now, as owners, have poured so much love and passion into Olive Rock. Every request and desire is taken care of by management and attention to detail is of paramount importance. “Every wedding is unique and all are special and memorable, however, we don’t have to “pull off” anything to create the perfect day; this happens naturally because of our love and dedication to your wedding day and also because of the natural beauty of the setting!!” Simone beams.
Everyone knows that guests talk about the food that was served at weddings for weeks after the event, here’s where Olive Rock is a cut above the rest. Well known for his delicious food and warm hospitality, owner Chef Nick, trained under David Higgs and Wynand du Plessis as well as having worked in popular restaurants in the UK. He has been impressing guests for the past 9 years with his culinary skills. Few chefs can boast an ability to make 200 medium/rare steaks, and serve them piping hot and incredibly tasty. Nick’s motto is “keep it simple and make it tasty” for him this is the winning formula. Nick is used to guests streaming into the kitchen to compliment him on his exquisite food, from the canapes to the desserts.
Olive Rock’s natural beauty lends itself to host really stunning styled weddings. Simone says, some of the weddings they have hosted have taken the venue to another level in glamour, from including beautiful bulbs and lighting, to wooden gazebos for the reception and pre-drinks terrace. The opportunities are endless. The space is so beautiful, and if you are not into hosting an over the top styled wedding, not much needs to be added to create a really wow wedding. Think candles, greenery and some flowers for the tables, the rest is in the natural beauty of the setting. Your guests will be blown away.
Nominated as one of the most romantic destinations in South Africa, and now nominated by Wedding Collection magazine as one of the Top Most Elegant Wedding Venues in South Africa, Illyria House is the ideal venue for an elegant wedding occasion.
The Illyria House Estate, set in tranquil gardens with an exquisite heated pool, comprises a magnificent colonial manor with only six suites, summer house and the delightfully different Oriental Hideaway with six more rooms. It is a sanctuary of peace, where a sense of balance and tranquillity pervades throughout. Abundant with bird life, Illyria is often referred to as a “little paradise”.
Overlooking the Capital, Pretoria, also known as the Jacaranda City and a Garden City of the world, it is the ideal gateway to the African continent. Pretoria is a destination rich with the historic attractions illustrating the fascinating South African History and Illyria House is situated in close proximity to all the important sites.
Located in an up market Ambassadorial area, within reach of the bustling City Centre Illyria House is the perfect City Resort and the ideal base to do business or explore the City’s many diverse charms. Situated on a Hilltop opposite the impressive Union Buildings overlooking the beautiful jacaranda lined streets of the Capital City Illyria House is a favourite Sanctuary.
Hidden in a picturesque walled garden, Illyria House is the ideal secret Garden Retreat whenever you need a rejuvenating break from your hectic life. The essence and very soul of this heavenly place exudes a sanctity which is a unique and rare find in today’s world.
Top Billing selected the famous Catharina Suite as the number one Honeymoon Suite in South Africa.
Famous for its fine collection of antiques, 17th century tapestries, exquisite cuisine and soft classical music, the opulence and charm of the venue is unmatched. Guests may enjoy beauty treatments in our delightful wellness spa in the garden or in the privacy of their rooms.
Illyria House can offer a range of different indoor and outdoor venues to host your intimate or large wedding day. Illyria House specialises in a variety of catering options Leave your dreams with Illyria House to create the magic.