Killing two birds with one stone

Hello again fellow bride to be. If you just got engaged or you still searching for the perfect venue you need to read this post!

My venue search has been a logistical nightmare thus far. The challenge is the following. I stay in Paarl and my fiancé is from Mitchells Plain. We want to accommodate both families and guests but finding midway is not a easy task.

I mention two birds with one stone. Yes you can find your venue and photographer in one go. A lot of the venues I’ve found so far I found through real life weddings on photography blogs. You can get the feel of the venue and also imagine how your day will look like at the same time you get exposed to the photographers style.

Not all of us has all the time the go and view a certain venue and these pictures can give us piece of mind. I found some real treasures that would not even have considered and didn’t find on google. I also found some nice restaurants that do private functions which could work nicely when you have a smaller budget.

How do you find these blogs? I started by looking at friends wedding images on facebook. Usually the photographer adds their name at the bottom of the picture. You can also google wedding photographers. Most of them are on have a facebook page with a link to their blog. I really just wish they would blog more about budget weddings.

I really don’t know why the wedding industry is so secretive. It like if you find a nice venue , you don’t want to tell anyone because they might use “your”
venue. I believe sharing thoughts and ideas will make this industry more affordable and competitive because people will compare, ask the right questions and not just pay the price.

I hope that you manage to find some lovely venues and continue reading my blog for tips. Until next time…

Happy planning…

Venue List M – Z

Here is the rest of the list
M
Mooikelder Manor House

N
Nantes Estate
Nooitgedacht

O
On the rocks

P
Palmiet Valley Estate

R
Rhebokskloof

S
Simondium Country Lodge
Stellenbosch Lodge
Stellenrust Wines
Skilpadvlei

T
The Hollow Tree

V
Vredekloof Lodge

W
Welbeloond
Winery Road Forest

Z
Zevenwaght

I hope this list makes your search a bit easier.  I’ve also stumbled on this delightful website Little Pink Book where you can send one enquiry to many suppliers on their books. Super handy!

Good luck with the planning ladies …. until next time

List of venues A-L

Hello again

I’ve been promising to put up a list of venues with comparison pricing.

I am still busy compiling the list but for now I will put down just the names of venues I came across and you can contact them directly.

Here is the first lot of venues in alphabetical order.

A

Ashanti

B

Backsberg Estate Cellars

Bakenhof

Bell Rosen

Bellville Golf Club (Fairways Restaurant)

Blue Peter

Bon Amis

C

Cassia

D

D’Aria

Diemersfontein

De Hollandsche Molen

Delvera

Del Monte

Durbanville Golf Club

E

Eensgezind

Eikehof

F

Franschoek Country House

 H

Hidden Valley

Hillcrest Estate

Holden Manz Estate

K

Ke-Monate

Kleinevalleij

Knorhoek

L

Lagoon Beach Hotel

Langverwaght

Lanzerac Hotel & Spa

Le Franschoek

Lievland Wine Estate

Good luck with your venue search

Monique