The direct English translation of this town is “flower fountain” – what better reason to opt for a Bloemfontein wedding? While this direct meaning summarises the floral beauty of this remarkable Free State city, it also speaks of the fragrance and ambience that flavours the air. Recently voted as one of the best places to live in South Africa, Bloemfontein (Bloem or Bloemies as the locals refer to it) is a full-scale city with the character and tranquillity of a small country town.
During winter and spring the gardens are simply flourishing and around every corner you'll find an even more spectacular and budding Bloemfontein wedding venue or location – the ideal backdrop for your precious moments. The rose has become somewhat of a symbol for the city, also known as “the city of roses”, and it's really no surprise that most brides choose this timeless flower for their wedding day. Overall the city is perfectly kept – an impeccable region that boasts lush green lawns and tree lined avenues, setting the scene for a romantic outdoor English country garden themed wedding.
The city's botanical gardens are unlike any other, as it's the only garden in the Free State region that's home to an array of magnificent floral life as well as a few dozen reptile species and Karoo plants. With the option of getting married here, photo opportunities are endless. The city is one of the only in the country to have both a zoo and botanical garden within its borders, so nature lovers – delight! Just outside of Bloemfontein, on Naval Hill, you'll find the Franklin Nature Reserve – home to a plethora of indigenous game including the blesbok, eland and zebra and the perfect embodiment of a true Bloemfontein wedding destination.
Indoor venues in the area range from quaint yet stylish guest houses and luxury hotels with panoramic views of the magical city skyline. Over the past wedding seasons, Bloemfontein has really risen to the occasion as one of the country's top and most convenient wedding destinations. Offering every service imaginable, planning a wedding in this pretty city is nothing but a pleasure. What's more, the locals are known for their friendly and accommodating nature that's guaranteed to put a smile on any bride-to-be's face.
Bloemfontein has an extensive and rich cultural and historical background and today it's a hub of museums, art galleries and spectacular monuments, giving the overseas guest plenty to keep himself occupied with. The other plus-side to hosting a Bloemfontein wedding, is the opportunity to get in touch with your cultural side. For instance, the local Mangaung Township offers a number of guided township tours – the perfect way to have a pre-wedding party. The city itself has an incredibly active night life scene, with many little pubs and recommended restaurants where guests can entertain themselves after the wedding. In the city centre you'll find number of theatres – the perfect place to put your feet up and forget about the wedding planning for an hour or so, while you feast your eyes on an award-winning stage-production. But before we can think about relaxing, it’s time to start browsing, making lists and planning your ultimate Bloemfontein wedding. ...less