Top Wedding Venues in Kwazulu-Natal

Known for its mild all year round climate, Kwazulu-Natal offers a wide variety of options for weddings.  From beaches and the warm Indian Ocean current to the majestic mountains of the Drakensberg, coastal forests, national parks, private game reserves, five star hotels and lodges, golf estates and multiple wedding venues, there is something  to suit  every taste and pocket.

The Natal Midlands between the Drakensberg and the coast is a place of tranquil valleys, dams and lakes. Although the winter temperatures can be colder than the coast, the good news is that it is less humid. Most of the game parks boast the Big Five.

Several of the wedding venues around KZN are showcased by holding Bridal fairs where brides can come and see the venue as well as to meet wedding suppliers and event companies.

This beautiful wedding venue makes for beautiful lifelong memories

Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa helps you to dream up the ultimate country wedding experience

Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort in the Southern Drakensberg is your dream setting for a beautiful country style wedding. 

With the breath taking Drakensberg Mountains, its big skies, bubbling streams and exquisite grasslands as a backdrop, this is the perfect setting for the wedding photographs that will become family heirlooms and spark special memories for decades to come. 

At Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort, we know that on a special day such as this, every detail is important. You can exchange vows at the Ibis chapel or the wedding gazebo by the river before enjoying a reception at our newly refurbed Rhino conference room. 

One of the largest resorts in the Southern Drakensberg, we can cater for and accommodate up to 150 wedding guests. We are able to offer you a variety of packages, for both intimate and large receptions and functions as well as traditional and contemporary weddings.

To ensure that you can take in the wonder of your surrounds and enjoy your special day to the fullest, we have a professional team at the resort to assist you in planning your wedding down to the last detail. 

We’re there to tailor make your wedding arrangements to suit your taste and your budget with special touches like delicious food and personal service. As part of your wedding package, we offer discounted accommodation for friends and family coming from far and wide. 

The Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort has the experience, expertise and understanding to ensure that both your big day and your honeymoon are unforgettable. We offer a night’s free accommodation for the bride and groom inclusive of a romantic rose petal turn down 

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Gracelands Farm – Wedding & Function Venue

Gracelands Farm – For our family, who live and breathe weddings and who have been involved with weddings for the past 12 years in various forms, it’s always been a dream to one day pool our passions and skills together into a beautiful place and really give Durban brides a “new experience” when it comes to wedding venue hunting and so Gracelands Farm was born!

We wanted to create a venue that hasn’t yet been created in KZN, with a package that stands second to none and with a passion that can’t be learnt, really focusing on giving KZN couples the chance to have a wedding with a difference!

The Barn:
Gracelands Farm is set in a conservancy valley at the foot of a majestic mountain. Our venue, former poultry farm now elegant farmstyle wedding and function venue can seat 120 guests, with a variety of outdoor locations for your ceremony. Our trendy Desert Garden, Mediterranean style pergola or our personal favourite a ceremony under our huge 45 year old avo tree! We also have wide open spaces- perfect for marquee weddings for up to 200 people.

Catering:
We have teamed up with one of Durban’s greatest catering companies- Bleu Berri Concept Catering and together their family joined ours on what is sure to be a wedding journey of a life time, they serve up wholesome, farmstyle, “made with love” food with the concept “Farm to Plate” that will leave a nostalgic smile on your face.

Florist:
We have our own in-house florist , Sav from Flower & Fern Florist who is passionate about all things wedding and floristry. She has a creative eye and a natural talent to create floral arrangements for any occasion!

Bakery:
We are spoilt to have our very own on site bakery! Rebecca is the owner and cake designer at The Slice Bakery & Biscuitry, she creates incredible edible treats and divine wedding cakes, with over 20 cake flavours to choose from, you will be spoiled for choice!

DJ:
We have also included an incredible DJ service into our package we have our own in-house Sound engineer and lighting technician

Ryno from MIXX Sound & Lighting together with his team will ensure your wedding day beats to its own drum! He has worked with the likes of the SABC, Gearhouse and has been involved in many  weddings, concerts and conferences

Wedding Coordination:
All our weddings and events at Gracelands Farm are managed by our in house coordinators- Hello Bride, an incredible unique wedding Coordination service based in Durban.

We hope Gracelands Farm is all you are looking for in a KZN wedding venue and we can’t wait to walk this incredible road of planning your wedding and making your dreams come true!

For more information or to book your private tour , please feel free to contact us on

(031) 054-5018
info@gracelandsfarm.co.za
www.gracelandsfarm.co.za
@gracelandsfarm

Gracelands Farm
D706 Road
Peacevale
Outer West Durban

On-Trend Micro-Weddings at Insingizi Lodge & Spa

“Bigger isn’t always better” is the buzzword for 2020 wedding trends and sees couples opting for more intimate, budget-friendly and memorable ways of tying the knot. Perfectly suited to accommodating this trend, iNsingizi Lodge & Spa in Mid-Illovo offers two breathtaking venues, a boma, and a bar catering for up to 120 guests set amidst the backdrop of the beautiful indigenous fauna and flora of the area.

INSINGIZI LODGE & SPA MICRO-WEDDINGS

A micro-wedding consists of anywhere between 25 and 150 guests and usually is arranged to be simple and short in duration; ensuring there is minimal wedding planning stress and generally a more relaxed atmosphere from start to finish. Other perks in opting for this trend include spending more time with your guests to really enjoy your special day and “reinventing” the traditional without fear of judgement ~ all at a reduced budget ~ which means you can treat your closest family and friends to a few added extras!

PERSONALISED, STRESS-FREE PLANNING 

Before choosing iNsingizi Lodge & Spa as your dream wedding venue we ask our brides and grooms to think about a few vital factors to help us ensure we offer them an experience they will remember forever.

  1. How many family and friends would YOUR ideal guest list contain?
  2. How many people would you feel comfortable standing in front of?
  3. What is the most important aspect of your wedding for you and your fiancé? This helps us determine a focus point from which to work from in order to ensure each wedding is as unique as the couple. 

Get married on your terms in the African bush by booking your wedding with iNsingizi Lodge & Spa in the rolling hills of Mid-Illovo, KZN. 

For more information or to book visit www.iNsingizi.co.za or contact (083) 414 1932 or info@insingizi.co.za.

Address: District Road P118, Mid Illovo, KwaZulu-Natal 3750

Mendola Luxury Events Venue and Accommodation

Situated in Hilton the gateway to the KZN midlands is Mendola a Luxury Events Venue and Accommodation. With easy access to the N2 just 600 meters away and no dirt roads to be travelled what more could you want! Mendola is a tastefully decorated vintage style Wedding and Function Venue. Seating 120 to 150 guests at round or long tables with Clear Tiffany Chairs depending on your preference. The venue needs very little decorating as its classic gold’s and ivory colour scheme complements most other colours. The in house catering department has a selection of menus to choose from and will gladly build a menu to suit each bridal couple’s individual taste. Smaller weddings are also easily accommodated in the venue without Mendola feeling cold or impersonal.  Our lovely garden area has a beautiful gazebo available for nuptials and lawn area for ceremonies that can be covered with a Bedouin tent should the weather turn inclement.

Mendola also offers 6 tastefully decorated self-catering   two bedroom fully serviced cottages. The cottages have a Queen Size bed in each bedroom and a shared full bathroom. The Open Plan lounge dining area with full kitchen makes self-catering a pleasure. A limited DSTV bouquet covers most tastes should you prefer to sit back and relax indoors . The Cottages are serviced daily so while you are out enjoying the KZN midlands we will clean and have your cottage ready for your return.

To contact us call 0792871619 or email info@mendola.co.za and we will gladly arrange an appointment to view Mendola and we can then over a cup of tea or coffee discuss your ideas for your Big Day. So for a wedding in the country without all the dirt road traveling and only 12 km from Pietermaritzburg give us a call today and come and view Mendola at 1 Hilton College Road, Hilton.

Fordoun Hotel and Spa

Fordoun is located near Nottingham Road in the heart of the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.  Situated in the green pastures of a working farm, which has a history dating back to the 1800s. The original buildings and farmyard have been artistically and beautifully renovated into the hotel rooms, walkways, gardens, conference centre and restaurant, whilst the spa is unique in that it is built within what was a large dairy. Since its opening in 2005 not a year has gone by without Fordoun winning an international or South African award for excellence.

The hotel comprises 22 luxurious, individually appointed double suites with private verandas, under floor heating and dream bathrooms, each with bath and shower, and a dressing area. The New Mountain View Suites boast panoramic views of the entire Drakensberg range.

Because Fordoun is a family owned and managed hotel and estate, it has a strong ethos of personalized hospitality.

Fordoun (pronounced “For-Dun”) is named after a parish and village in county Kincardineshire, Scotland and Skye Bistro is named after the Isle of Skye.

Fordoun was registered in the early 1850’s by Byrne settler William Taylor, after a successful land grant. The Midlands scenery reminded him of Fordoun back home in Scotland, hence the chosen farm name.  Most of the original settlers in the area came from Perthshire, Scotland hence the ancestral influence being quite apparent in the Midlands area.

Fordoun farm has been in the family since the late 1940’s when Lady Usher and Sir George purchased the former dairy farm for a winter home, away from the blustery English climate.  They came to appreciate the property so much that they decided to stay year around. Fordoun was their piece of England in Africa!

The Bates family have been living on the farm for the last twenty years and during this time modernised the dairy into one of South Africa’s most efficient dairies and quadrupled the size of the herd. Visionary owner, Jon Bates realised that to stay in dairy farming, they’d have to use economies of scale; so he started Fordoun’s transformation in 2005. The dairy and Fordoun’s old 1860’s homestead was converted into an award winning 5 star hotel and spa. Each hotel bedroom and suite is individually styled, highlighting the historical past while focusing on luxury, comfort and authenticity.

The relatively new addition to Fordoun is the self-catering farm village offering 9 fully equipped cottages, a chapel and a wedding/conference venue boasting panoramic views of the Drakensberg.

Being a family owned and a family managed destination; we are perched in a unique position of being able to offer our guests the very best of the KwaZulu Natal, Midlands and South Africa.

Fordoun Hotel and Spa is a family owned and managed luxury five star boutique hotel and spa located near Nottingham Road in the scenic KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Imaginatively converted from an 1860s farmyard, dairy and homestead, each bedroom and suite is individually styled, highlighting the historical past. Luxuriously appointed rooms feature king-size beds, underfloor heating, mini bar, tea tray, WiFi, TV and DVD player. Five romantic private suites on a hilltop boast panoramic views of the majestic Drakensberg mountains, walk-in dressing rooms, gas fireplace, and indoor and outdoor showers. Serene pastoral countryside, dams and meandering trails beckon walkers, cyclists and fly-fishing enthusiasts. Heightened appetites are satisfied by fine gourmet cuisine prepared with seasonal farm produce and the freshest local ingredients in the fine dining restaurant, Skye Bistro. Fordoun’s renowned wellness spa features indoor heated pool, outdoor pool, floatation tank, rasul,vichy shower and more. Spa lovers revel in the many tempting treatments, combining international ranges and uniquely African products made from Zulu traditional healing plants grown in the indigenous garden. 

The charming new Farm Village welcomes families with modern self-contained cottages around an idyllic village green, perfect for picnics or perhaps an impromptu game of cricket. Each chalet is well equipped with fully fitted kitchen, fireplace, Dstv, DVD player, barbecue and serviced daily. The wedding/conference venue can accommodate up to 180 guests for weddings or conferences. For further details please mail reservations@fordoun.co.za

Fordoun Hotel and Spa is a family owned and managed luxury five star boutique hotel and spa located near Nottingham Road in the scenic KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Imaginatively converted from an 1860s farmyard, dairy and homestead, each bedroom and suite is individually styled, highlighting the historical past. Luxuriously appointed rooms feature king-size beds, underfloor heating, mini bar, tea tray, WiFi, TV and DVD player. Five romantic private suites on a hilltop boast panoramic views of the majestic Drakensberg mountains, walk-in dressing rooms, gas fireplace, and indoor and outdoor showers. Serene pastoral countryside, dams and meandering trails beckon walkers, cyclists and fly-fishing enthusiasts. Heightened appetites are satisfied by fine gourmet cuisine prepared with seasonal farm produce and the freshest local ingredients in the fine dining restaurant, Skye Bistro. Fordoun’s renowned wellness spa features indoor heated pool, outdoor pool, floatation tank, rasul,vichy shower and more. Spa lovers revel in the many tempting treatments, combining international ranges and uniquely African products made from Zulu traditional healing plants grown in the indigenous garden. 

The charming new Farm Village welcomes families with modern self-contained cottages around an idyllic village green, perfect for picnics or perhaps an impromptu game of cricket. Each chalet is well equipped with fully fitted kitchen, fireplace, Dstv, DVD player, barbecue and serviced daily. The wedding/conference venue can accommodate up to 180 guests for weddings or conferences. For further details please mail reservations@fordoun.co.za or visit us Nottingham Road, Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal, 3280.

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