Even though it is known as the Eastern Free State, not exactly sitting at the middle of the region, Thabu Mofutsanyana is pretty much regarded as the spiritual heart of the province. Described as the artist, poet, hiker, nature lover and fly fishermen's Utopia, it's no surprise that bridal couples too are beginning to choose this as their wedding destination of choice.
Here you'll find the meeting ground of two giants: the Maluti Mountains and Drakensberg Mountain Range, giving way to a vast sandstone backdrop and grassy hills. While the area encapsulates the diversity of the Free State, the mountainous landscape stands in direct contrast with the golden sunflower and maize fields one typically associates with the Free State region.
The mountains offer plenty of picture-perfect backdrops like mystical caves, interesting rock formations and lush green and enchanting valleys. Nestled in these mountains you'll also find a number of luxurious five star resorts, mountain lodges and intimate hideaways with breathtaking views of the vast green landscapes down below. In springtime the flat grassy stretches are covered in carpets of delicate wild flowers, such as cosmos, reaching into the distance as far as the human eye can see.
As the area is mostly constructed out of small towns that are set far apart from one another, your closest city is really Bloemfontein. However, as the land seems to ask for a simple wedding, you don't really require the help of too many experts. With the venue providing the scrumptious cuisine and Mother Nature the décor, you're half way there. What's more, when the humid summer days arrive, the land is bountiful, giving you the opportunity to visit a local cherry farm to harvest some of these juicy fruit for your dessert table.
With the Orange River in the South and the Vaal River in the North, couples can also choose to get married right on the river bank with the towering mountains in the background. Wedding Venues on the shores are very much holiday orientated and pride themselves on offering guests the very best luxury without detracting from the natural splendour of the landscape. Whether you're indoors in a five star dining hall, out on the deck with a cocktail or outdoors under the apple fig tree, promising eternal love to your soul mate, you'll always be surrounded by views straight out of a travel catalogue.
Towns in the region can be characterised by their inherent rustic charm and seemingly old world ambience, drawing artists and bridal couples alike. While these towns offer quaint historical chapels and pretty little guest houses ideal for an intimate wedding, the district is very much an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Home to a large number of game reserves offering great game viewing opportunities, and bushman rock art to be viewed on foot, no matter how magnificent the venue, you simply cannot afford to be hulled up all day. ...less