The Western Cape is one of South Africa’s wedding meccas, and with good reason – it’s absolutely gorgeous and there is such a wide variety of venues to choose from. In spring and summer, outdoor weddings are extremely popular. The Western Cape is a winter-rainfall region, so the likelihood of inclement weather is very small. As such, many bridal parties choose to have al fresco events to celebrate their nuptials.
As wedding tent hire specialists, we know the lay of the land. We’ve pitched our extremely versatile stretch tents for sale throughout the province and read up widely on new additions, and in the process we’ve uncovered some rare gems. Here are our top picks of some of the most novel outdoor venues in the Western Cape.
Kalmoesfontein is the venue on the AA Badenhorst farm, where maverick Swartland winemaker Adi Badenhorst grows and makes his singular, sought-after vintages. The road to get there is a little wonky, but once you arrive you’ll be able to tell why this slightly ramshackle, yet utterly breathtaking venue is so popular with more eccentric bridal parties. Expect an old house on our working wine farm, with a big open sinkdak back stoep. Rustic to the core. Oh, and did we mention the clearing in the bloekombos where you can have your ceremony under a maypole? See their website here.
NEO is the new, modern wedding venue at Kleinevalleij in Wellington. This spectacular function venue is located in a vineyard at the foot of the Bainskloof and offers panoramic mountain views. The space itself is a blank canvas that can accommodate 280 guests with a dance floor, and 300 without. There is also a smaller venue that can accommodate up to 100 guests. Best of all? You can have your wedding catered by Johnny Hamman and Marius Uys from Slippery Spoon Kitchen! See their website here.
Always wanted to get married in the woods? De Uijlenes outside of Gansbaai is the venue for you. Situated on a working dairy and vegetable farm that has been in the current family for two centuries, this spot is tailormade for magical fairy tale events, boho festivals and downright quirky, rustic affairs. See their website here.
De Hoop Nature Reserve
If you enjoy the great outdoors, a wedding at De Hoop Nature Reserve along the Southern Coast is just the ticket. This pristine nature- and marine reserve offers sea, sand dunes, a vlei, the floral sensations of fynbos, as well as plenty of antelope and land-based wildlife. Not to mention the Southern Right whales that frolic just of the coast in springtime. Weddings are often hosted here and there is plenty of on-site accommodation for guests. De Hoop also has a dedicated wedding planner to assist you in tailoring your big day. See their website here.
Not keen to head out of the city? Look no further than Rumbullion at The Roundhouse. This relaxed outdoor venue overlooks the Atlantic Seaboard from a perch just below Lion’s Head on Kloofnek road. It’s the perfect spot for a laidback daytime wedding with picnic food and lots of local bubbly. See their website here.
These are just a few of the many wonderful outdoor wedding venues in and around Cape Town in the Western Cape. While these destinations are particularly wonderful for summer and spring weddings, bridal parties can also elect to host autumn and winter weddings, with a trusty Tentickle tent on standby. You never know – you might just strike it lucky and enjoy one of those clear, crisp days when the light is absolutely exquisite! And even it it drizzles, your guests will be snug and warm under a waterproof cover, free to enjoy the festivities without getting soaked. See Tentickle’s stretch tent prices and get started on planning your special day. Happy wedding planning!