Has the Covid pandemic meant you have had to reconfigure your original wedding plans? The good news is that this just might have led you to your ultimate wedding destination. Let our rolling green hills and lush lawns underfoot replace tropical blue waters and sand between your toes. Best of all, this little spot of paradise is a mere one hour drive from the city of Cape Town.
The Elgin Grabouw Valley can fulfil your every wish by becoming your dream wedding destination! We offer the Wedding Big Five: unique venues, great food, and great wine, excellent service, accommodation, and guest entertainment options
VENUES AND VIEWS
Take your pick of saying “I do” in the vineyards, close to the water’s edge, a magnificent garden or in a secluded forest.
Cherry Glamping offer natural surrounds meaning endless Boho-chic opportunities whilst the newly renovated Elgin Vintners Country House has sweeping views set against a charming English country-styled garden.
The luxurious villa perched on the banks of the Palmiet River on Lothian Vineyards boasts glorious water side options and comes equipped with its own helipad; the flexibility of space at South Hill Vineyards’ includes contemporary styled gardens surrounded by vineyards and the perfect hide & seek ceremony area in their original vineyard maze. Romantic Rockhaven has an open-sided boat shed for the ceremony allowing for fabulous photograph opportunities alongside the water and a tastefully converted shed to dance the night away.
Create your own part of the history of the unique Houw Hoek Hotel – home to many a successful celebration over the years. And don’t forget the ever popular Old Mac Daddy’s with its eclectic collection of airstream trailers, Barn Restaurant and very own white sandy beach.
FOOD AND WINE
You are in the Valley of Plenty! Elgin is the heart of cool-climate wines including fabulous celebratory bubbles from Charles Fox and the opportunity of matching one of the numerous wine farms vintages with the venue and menu of your choice.
Each of the venues offers a variety of unique catering and bar options. Plan a pre-wedding get together at the Inn on Highlands or let your hair down for a country-style “opskop” at Oak land Cottage’s function area or how about a night under the stars at Apple Mountain’s lapa area?
A morning-after brunch at the Elgin Railway Market means you get to say your goodbyes to all.
When planning your wedding activities – arrange a few visits to the various Elgin wine farms which are sure to impress your guests. The lads will love a pre-wedding get together at the Hickory Shack/Oude Molen whilst your Bride Tribe can indulge in a wine & chocolate pairing at Paul Wallace Wines.
The team at 4 Every Event will assist with all your hiring, décor and floral needs – pretty or practical – and are conveniently based right here in Grabouw. Bridal bouquets, buttonholes and wedding flowers can be left safely in the creative hands of Party by Design. Believe it or not, you can rent your dream car from Elgin Classic Cars– arrive in style and create unique photographic memories. No wedding is complete without the cake as a centre piece and adding her sparkling personality as the magical ingredient is Nakita from Mon Ami Cakes. Pre and on the day beauty treatments from Corporate Comforts will help make sure you’re radiant and aisle ready. If its guest transport, bar or staffing you need, the super- efficient On the Scene will take care of the nitty-gritty details.
From glamping to glamour, make the most of spending time with your family and friends. Whilst many of the wedding venues offer onsite accommodation, there are many more options tucked away among this beautiful landscape making Elgin the perfect option for a destination wedding: Belfield, Brookelands Stone Cottage, Cheverells Farm Cottages, Oak Lane Cottages, and the cottages at Paul Wallace Wines and Moortop Cottagesall offer a unique farm-style experience. Inn on Highlands or Houw Hoek Hotel have capacity to have the majority of your guests all stay under one roof.
Make use of Gaffleys or Overberg Transfersto transport your guests, giving everyone peace of mind to enjoy the day to its fullest.
Wherever you stay, you are only a short drive away from the wedding reception.
Remember that entertainment is not restricted to the ball games & music on the big day, so brace yourself for a fun-filled weekend. A destination wedding means 2 or even 3 days of activities – keep the wedding party entertained with an action-packed weekend including hikes, mountain biking, horse riding, exhilarating zipline-experience or make it more relaxed with the day spent on the beach at Old Mac Daddy, a lazy wine tasting or massage and pamper session with Anica? It’s all right here in the magical Elgin Valley.