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The Best Wedding Venues in Cape Town

Considered by many to be one of the most ideal wedding locations in the world, Cape Town welcomes couples with traditional South African warmth and charm. Whether surrounded with picturesque vineyards, panoramic ocean views or magnificent vistas at sunset, Cape Town will provide the perfect location for the couple and their guests to celebrate this most joyous event.

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Titswalo Atlantic
Located at the foot of Chapman’s Peak, Titswalo Atlantic offers a distinguished wedding destination situated within Table Mountain National Park. Phenomenal views of Sentinel Peak and the bay will envelope the couple with romantic ambience. Luxurious accommodations for the bride, groom and 24 of their guests are available at the Royal Presidential Suite and Island suites. The professional staff at Titswalo Atlantic is pleased to work with the couple and their wedding coordinator to ensure every detail comes together beautifully. A wedding package includes options such as exclusive use of the lodge on the wedding day, an overnight stay for the bridal party in the Presidential Suite, executive chef services to plan the perfect seasonal menu and refreshing spa treatments. Wedding venue options include stunning views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, on the pool deck at the base of Chapman’s Peak and breathtaking views from the main lodge.

Mount Nelson Hotel
Located in the heart of Cape Town with majestic views of Table Rock, Mount Nelson Hotel specializes in creating beautiful wedding memories that will last a lifetime. An extensive variety of wedding and reception venue options are available that include everything from elegant garden ceremonies, extraordinary receptions in The Ballroom for up to 400 guests and intimate gatherings in the Garden Room for up to 150 guests. With a minimum of 50 guests, the Grand Wedding Package includes amenities such as wedding night accommodations with a full English breakfast and sparkling wine, elegant wedding decor, garden access for wedding photographs and a romantic anniversary dinner at Planet Restaurant. From flowers to photography, the bride and groom can be assured that every aspect of their wedding day will be attended to by the hotel’s dedicated staff of wedding coordinators.

Simon’s at Groot Constantia
Surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of Constantia Valley, Simon’s Restaurant at Groot Constantia is a premier wedding venue set amidst the tranquility of the oldest wine farm in South Africa. The natural beauty of this region offers one of the most picturesque backgrounds for an outdoor wedding ceremony. In addition to their exquisite menu, Simon’s Restaurant offers a splendid variety of outdoor and indoor dining options for the couple and their guests. With its modern decor and soft accents, the refined function room will cater up to 200 guests. The entire wedding venue will accommodate up to 500 guests for larger wedding parties.


Palm House
With breathtaking views overlooking the Constantiaberg Mountains, Table Head Mountain and the Twelve Apostles, Palm House has been lovingly restored to its original Colonial-style grandeur. From outdoor gardens to a spacious balcony with sweeping views, the bride and groom will have the opportunity to choose from many beautiful wedding sites for their memorable day. In addition, the couple and their guests will enjoy private access to the entire wedding venue which includes the restaurant, bar and gardens. For the reception, two function rooms are available that will cater up to 45 guests per room. A larger lawn area will cater up to 180 guests. A professional catering team will work with the couple to select the perfect seasonal menu. Accommodations include 10 en suite guest rooms, family cottages and a spacious pool house.

Jonkershuis Constantia
Situated amidst the verdant beauty of the Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Jonkershuis Constantia offers peaceful views of Constantia Valley and the peninsula. Ideal for a romantic outdoor wedding, the bride and groom can choose to have their ceremony with views of the Groot Constantia Vineyards and False Bay or under the stately oaks near Groot Constantia Manor House. Known as South Africa’s oldest wine estate, this stunning locale is rich in history and will allow the bride and groom to experience many memorable moments. Reception venues range from intimate gatherings for up to 20 guests to grand receptions for up to 200 guests. Romance flourishes with soft candlelight in the evenings and brilliant floral arrangements enjoyed throughout the day. An amiable staff is delighted to assist the wedding couple with every detail of their magnificent occasion.

Ideas from our discussion with GF Bridal Couture – Online Store . Johannesburg

Disadvantages of Hiring a Wedding Planner


There are a few actual and perceived disadvantages to consider when hiring a wedding planner. These include:


It costs money to hire a wedding planner. Some of that cost can be alleviated by 10 to 20 percent in deals the planner acquires through choosing specific vendors. It is important to note that most couples who plan their own wedding tend to go over budget. Money can thus be saved with a wedding planner who knows how to stay within a budget.


Wedding planners may not be certified or have sufficient experience but be able to run a business nonetheless.


When a client knows exactly what is wanted for the wedding, it is important that this is communicated effectively and understood completely with the wedding planner. A breakdown in communication can cause different results than expected.


Some people worry that a wedding planner will take over the decision-making for the wedding. Although this is true to a point as a necessity for the job, the ultimate choices and decisions still remain with the client.

Trouble relinquishing control.

A person who has trouble giving control to another or feels the need to do everything alone may have difficulty when hiring a wedding planner. The whole point is to allow someone else to do the work. If a client is unable to do that, it is best not to hire a wedding planner.

When to Choose a Planner

A wedding planner should be hired for many reasons including:
For large weddings
When clients lead busy lifestyles
When clients are unsure what to do
To remain within a budget
When finances allow

A wedding is a special time. Delegating most of the work to a wedding planner has more benefits than disadvantages. It is not necessary to consult a wedding planner if the wedding will be very small and informal, or if the client has the reliable help of family and friends who are knowledgeable in the necessary areas to design and organize a wedding.

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How to Choose a Wedding Planner

If choosing a wedding planner is the best choice for a wedding, clients need to do the following:
Choose a certified planner
Check a planner’s references
Review a wedding planner’s portfoliio
Discuss a list of vendors used
Have a good rapport and like the personality of the planner
Receive a detailed quote, whether available as a package deal or customized quote
Sign a contract containing all of the specific of the wedding development process

Relationship Between Mother and Bride

The emotions felt at weddings are different for men and woman. It is an especially emotional experience for the woman, and maybe most of all for the mother and daughter. Looking for a wedding gown is special moment between mother and daughter as it is a moment of transition. The wedding dress signifies a separation from the old life that has been and the new life that is yet to come. Many brides to be goes through a series of emotions and thoughts, thinking about all their special moments starting with their childhood and leads up to the moment they are experiencing right now, wondering how it all came to be.


As many young women are very close to their parents, and especially the mother, the family plays a big part of the wedding planning. There is daily communication between mother and daughter either face to face or over the phone. This can lead to challenging dynamics between mother and daughter as many mothers want to hold on to their daughters, and maybe they want to hold on to their own youth. Some mothers are so into being their daughters best friend that they dress way younger then what is appropriate for their age, desperately trying to hold on to her youth and to be associated as her daughters best friend, wanting people to think their sisters. And other mothers want to be such a big part of planning the wedding because they just want to plan the wedding they never had. With the decorations, the wedding dress, the photographer and the live music band. Most brides do want their mother to be part of the planning and decision making, as long as she doesn’t go over board. Sometimes a daughter sees her mother opinions and advice outdated.

As most families today don’t have more than three children, unlike in the old times where numbers of children were much higher. Today families are small, which means that the mother have the opportunity to give much more time to focus all her attention on her soon to be married daughter, it also mean that many brides to be gets spoiled and over indulged. Some brides goes through 12 to 15 different wedding dress stores just to find the perfect wedding dress, and the mother of the bride is happy to come along.

Watching a son or a daughter get married is emotional for parents. An American research showed that most parents don’t think that adulthood starts until the age of 26, the reason for this must be that most parents have no clue of when and how they should disengage from their children. But the interesting thing is that while the youth take their own good time growing up reaching adulthood, they are at the same time leaving their childhood more rapidly then ever before. Childhood is over by the age of 11 most parents believe. That means that young woman and young men spend 14 years in limbo.

There is no question about how difficult it is for parents to let go of their young men and young woman to set off on their own journey in life and watch them get married, but that as well as so many other things is just another thing called part of life.

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Symbols Behind Wedding Bands

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The stories and symbolism behind wedding bands are numerous. Wedding bands are in the western cultures traditionally worn on the ring finger which is the fourth finger on the left hand. People spend anything from a couple of thousands to millions of dollars for this sentiment of love. The wedding band is just as important to the bride as their wedding gown. Though the tradition has been around for centuries no one can really say where the tradition originated from.

It could be so, as some believe, that the first time wedding rings were exchanged where in the ancient Egypt for more than 4800 years ago. It is well known that the Egyptians wore twisted and braided papyrus rings in those days. The circle have represented eternity for a very long time, it has no beginning and no end, by many cultures not only by the Egyptians. Even the space inside the circle had a meaning. The hole symbolized an entrance to the known and the unknown. When a man gave a woman a ring it symbolized that their love would be never ending and eternal.

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The rings and wedding accessories started out as being made of papyrus changed to be made of stronger and more lasting materials like bone and ivory, even leather. The value of the ring was a way of showing off the givers wealth, but more importantly it represented the love the giver had for the receiver.

The Romans soon followed the trend, not to offer a symbol of love, but a symbol of ownership. When a man gave a woman a ring it was to show the world that she was taken and belonged to someone. The rings were made of iron, and sometimes even had engravings on them.

The Christians didn’t follow the trend before the 860, where they started to use the ring in marriage ceremonies. Often the rings would be highly decorated with symbols and patterns, but was then changed in the 13th century to a much more plain band more similar to what is popular today, as it was frowned upon as being “heathenish” by the head of the church.

The diamond was introduced to the wedding ring in the 1400s when King Maximilian the 1st of Gerany proposed to Mary of Burgundy, as he offered her a diamond to seal his vow.

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Though the wedding ring have been worn on different fingers over the time including the thumb on both hands, it eventually settled on the tradition of the fourth left finger, as it was a Roman belief that there was a vein the “Vena Amoris”, “Vein of Love” in that finger that was directly connected to the heart. Though scientists have proven this to be wrong it is still a popular myth today.

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A more realistic theory of why married couples were the rings on the left fourth finger, and less romantic, could be the simple fact that precious metal would be less worn on that finger and hand, as it is much less exposed then the right hand.

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Photos by a Johannesburg wedding Photographer