While the water may be cold, there's definitely nothing cold about the people, ambiance and wedding venues located on the West Coast. Venues can be divided into two categories: Those located by the ocean and those more inland which could also be classified under Swartland venues.
Most of the beach venues are located within walking distance of the ocean, providing the perfect set up for a wedding on the beach. While you're sure to find the odd luxurious and elegant five-star hotel, venues on the West Coast are slightly more rustic, drawing inspiration from the ocean and rugged environment. As the surrounding area is already so enchanting in its own right, décor and floral arrangements can be kept simple with the focus mainly falling on natural elements such as driftwood, sand, shells and simple hand picked seasonal flowers.
Even if you're not getting married on the beach, wedding pictures on the towering rocks and white sand is almost compulsory. The area’s spring floral burst offers a rare and precious scenic backdrop, and a truly magnificent wedding and photography setting. The surrounding dunes and hills also make the perfect lookout points from which to capture the ocean as your backdrop.
With the ever-changing and highly temperamental weather conditions, there's simply no telling what Mother Nature might do. Thankfully, however, most venues are prepared for any such scenario and practically all venues have a sheltered reception area or marquee tent. In the event that the heavens should open, the exquisitely decorated guest houses provide the ideal intimate setting for a photo session, whether it be out on the patio, under an umbrella by the back door or clinking a glass of red by the fireplace.
With the area's sudden spike in popularity among bridal couples, you'll find a number of highly recommended service providers in the area. Then again, with Cape Town just around the corner you might even consider bringing in your own squad of hand-picked professionals.
As one of the Cape's prime tourist and getaway destinations, guest accommodation is the last thing you have to worry about. Think quaint cottages and guest houses, reminiscent of fishermen's village houses, perched on top of a dune with a breathtaking view of the ocean – simple and comfortable, without any unnecessary distractions. This stretch of coast offers outstanding whale watching opportunities and is home to the the world renowned Fossil Park. The only entertainment guests really require in such magical surroundings, is a good book and a glass of wine. And besides, with so many places to visit, sites to see and snoek braais to attend, no one will want to go home. ...less