Wedding Venues in Garden Route
So you're thinking of tying the knot with an idylic Garden Route wedding? Well, come to the Garden Route – the stretch of coastline between Heidelberg and the Tsitsikamma Forest, known around the world for its lush greenery, awe-inspiring beaches, enchanting forests and contrasting natural surroundings. Ranked as one of the top tourist destinations in the world, it's no surprise that travellers flock from near and far to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Garden Route, while locals regard it as the ultimate holiday and wedding destination around.
Pretty much every town on the Garden Route is worth mentioning for its exquisite surroundings and wedding potential. Along the route you'll find a number of luxury hotels, golf estates and guest houses overlooking the ocean, mountains or valleys, each offering all the amenities and elegance required for a joyous and memorable Garden Route wedding celebration. On the one hand this stunning region boasts a number of quaint little towns like Heidelberg and Albertinia which are located more inland and have a somewhat rustic country charm about them. Heidelberg is situated in a little grassy valley and is especially perfect for a country style wedding, with cows grazing in the background and a stream trickling past below in the valley.
Just a little way down the N2 you'll arrive at ocean view towns/cities like Mosselbay and George which are slightly more commercialised but still has a certain seaside homely ambience and quaintness about them. The wide selection of spectacular white beaches, ocean view mountains and hill top venues almost makes choosing the perfect wedding backdrop a little tricky tricky, but in the end, no matter which Garden Route wedding venue you decide on, it's guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience. cont...
When crossing the famous Kaaimans Pass you'll pass plenty of magnificent guest houses, meandering rivers, horse ranches and small holdings tucked away in enchanting wooded valleys, all of which make the most spectacular picture backdrops and honeymoon destinations. Next on the road map is Wilderness – a prime holiday, wedding and retirement destination – and Sedgefield, which is also known as the Slow Town. Both these Garden Route wedding destinations are shrouded in pure tranquillity and are recognised for their beautiful fairytale lagoons and lakes.
The last stop on the Route of course the twinkling coast of Knysna and the enchanting Tsitsikamma forest – a plethora of wedding venues and breathtaking views of the ocean and lush green mountain side. Venues in the area comprise of five star hotels and mountain side guest houses that boast panoramic views of the Garden Route. Knysna is famous for its waterfront which is home to just about every kind of shop, patisserie, restaurant and boutique imaginable, giving you direct access to everything you need to plan the wedding of dreams.
When shopping for guest favours and freshly baked goodies for the food tables, be sure to visit the Wild Oats farmers' market just outside of Sedgefield where you can pick up anything from decadent baked goods and preserves to fresh produce and crafty bits. This also counts as just one of the many great sources of honeymoon and post-wedding guest entertainment along the coast. Should guests get bored with the uninterrupted magical views, water sport, fishing, nature hikes, scuba diving, abseiling, paragliding and endless activities the Garden Route offers, there's always the allure of the bordering Klein Karoo – home of the Cango Caves. This desolate landscape stands in direct contrast with the water fed beauty of the Garden Route, giving it a more rustic charm... but more on that later. For now, let's start planning your ultimate Garden Route wedding extravaganza! ...less