With a million tiny details to take care of, it’s no surprise that wedding planning can be a little intimidating, however, with the right advice, your journey from engagement to “I do” can be exciting!
To help make your special day run as smoothly as possible, Hello Garden Route has put together a resourceful Wedding and Honeymoon Guide to ensure that your Garden Route wedding is everything (and more) that you dreamed it could be.
A wedding venue is pretty high on the to-do list as it sets the tone and aesthetic of the celebrations. Do you want a site large enough for everyone you’ve ever met? Perhaps you’ve dreamt of a more intimate and rustic Pinterest-worthy venue? Below are several options to suit an array of styles but remember… a great venue can get snatched up to a year in advance, so do get your booking secured sooner rather than later!
Milkwood Manor in Plettenberg Bay – This beautiful coastal town is famous for its beaches, making it a popular choice for romantic seaside nuptials. Milkwood Manor is situated on the iconic Lookout Beach and is surrounded by both the sea and lagoon, providing guests with a naturally stunning backdrop like no other as you say your vows.
Louvain Guest Farm near George – Being the largest city in the Garden Route, George is a great place to host a larger wedding party. Louvain Guest Farm includes a church, venue, full on-site kitchen plus stunning mountain views to boast, making it the perfect choice for couples who want to avoid having guests drive from one place to another. With a new venue capable of hosting more than 100 guests, get ready for one fantastic celebration.
Gondwana Game Reserve near Mossel Bay – With a mild climate all year-round, Mossel Bay is the perfect choice for an outdoor wedding. Gondwana Game Reserve is known to deliver a unique African, safari style wedding experience that highlights the beauty of the great outdoors. With a venue large enough to accommodate up to 200 guests, you can let your guestlist run wild and free.
Mizumi Forest Estate in Wilderness – Known as one of the most romantic spots in the Garden Route, it’s no wonder that Mizumi Forest Estate has become one of the most popular wedding venues around. With stunning views of the lakes from the ceremonial area and a fairytale-like forest setting for the reception, Mizumi is the perfect combination of natural beauty and upscale elegance.
Sankofa Boutique Reserve in Plettenberg Bay – Sankofa Boutique Reserve has become a much-loved wedding venue option for nature and animal lovers. Complete with sea and mountain views, you and your beloved can pledge your vows under a canopy of Milkwood trees before celebrating with up to 200 guests. Sankofa may have some special guest appearances as the impala, nguni and bushbuck roam freely, along with a camera-loving zebra or two.
Knysna Elephant Park between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay – Ranked as one of the top 100 holiday destinations in the world, Knysna provides couples with one of the ultimate venues with a difference. The Elephant Park overlooks the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountain ranges for a picture-perfect ceremony. Best of all, guests can meet nature’s gentle giants before or during the reception, granting them the perfect opportunity for some unique Instagram shots. Bookings are essential so make sure you don’t miss out.
With some of the most beautiful accommodation offerings in South Africa, planning your Garden Route romantic retreat will be a breeze. With a wide variety of Garden Route accommodation options ranging from boutique hotels to luxurious game reserves, from tranquil forest settings to seaside spa getaways, our dedicated team will help you find the perfect honeymoon destination to suit your needs.
When you’re ready to explore, there is no shortage of Garden Route activities to keep you busy. Ranging from incredible whale watching out of Knysna to an unforgettable treetop tour of Tsitsikamma, microlight flights in Wilderness, Bloukrantz bungee jumping in Tsitsikamma, Mossel Bay Ziplining and swimming with Seals in Plettenberg Bay, to name but a few, there is something for everyone and boredom simply isn’t an option. With so many things to do, see and experience, the Garden Route is definitely a go-to Wedding and Honeymoon Destination.
The good news is that regardless of where you choose to stay, Hello Garden Route – Your Friendly Experts in Garden Route Getaways can help you plan the wedding and honeymoon of your dreams. Contact us today!