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This upmarket, 5 star venue & Boutique venue with its idyllic country setting, in the East of Pretoria, is an oasis of breath taking beauty that exudes tranquillity.

Chez Charlene boasts the grandeur of its flawless architecture coupled with picturesque gardens and lavish fields where horses graze and gallop all the ingredients to create lasting memories and make dreams come true.

In the process of this magnificent creation, Charlene has her sights set on providing clientele with decadent food and adding a personal touch to each of her clients. The experienced and exclusive in-house Executive and Head chef provides all catering needs.

Each guest meets with our chefs and has a personal menu designed to their likes and needs, ensuring the personal attention as well as the uniqueness of their function Chez Charlene Wedding venue- Gauteng was recently named the best venue in Gauteng in the ABIA annual bride's choice awards. We also won best co-ordinator team and many other accolades for decorator and honeymoon suite.

The bride's choice awards are seen as the Oscars of the wedding industry and are held every year to recognise the best wedding suppliers in S.A.

Here at Chez Charlene it is of most importance that we all play a role in ensuring that our brides experience the most memorable and stress free day with everlasting memories of perfection.

Whether you wish for an intimate wedding for 20 guests or a reception for 400 guests, our venues cater for all needs with a variety of banqueting options available. Both venues are private and exclusive; facilities include elegant and sophisticated Chapels, Bridal suites and magnificent gardens to create romance and beauty of your sacred union.

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Bar, Chapel, Children Allowed, Dance Floor, Gazebo, Honeymoon Suites, In-house Caterer, In-house Coordinator, Indoor Wedding Venue, Onsite Parking, Pet Friendly, Restaurant, Security, Smoking Area, Specialised Service for International Brides, Suitable for Small / Intimate Weddings, Wheelchair Friendly

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Hi Dorette & Charlene,

Our wedding at Chez Charlene was simply phenomenal.

Chez Charlene and its recommended service providers made our wedding day truly special and memorable.

To begin with the decor and design from Charlene with help from her florist was absolutely spectacular, truly beautiful. The colours, lights effect and flowers really made the occasion a dream setting. Every table was a delight and our guests were definitely blown away as we could tell by the pictures that circulated from the event. I now like to think of Charlene as "Lady Charlene". :-) A true born visionary!

Oh the main table was truly of touch of class and vision. Our central view was just heavenly. The flowering setup, the soft candle light, the hidden fairy lights and its layout made our main table truly Breath Taking.

We appreciated how accommodating Charlene was for additional items or features we needed. It seemed like the sky was the limit. From the jumping castle to clowns (if needed) to the play room for kids, child minder, there seemed to be no limits.

Wow, the "sweetie station" was a HIT! As you guys would be aware, that station was so que'ed up that the MC needed to control the crowd, it being such a hit was totally unexpected. Our guests were surely spoiled and taken on an experience they'll always remember.

The special dessert was magical. From the music to the well orchestrated staff movement. In case you use my review I'll spare the detail and just say that this part cemented the whole experience as completely "magical". Even if you sorta know what's coming, this was still quite an experience. My best man was raving about our wedding. His words of "Best Wedding I've been to" comes from a man who's been through the process himself, spending a sizable amount on his fairly big wedding.

But all in all what we're so thankful for is how perfectly the day proceeded, and the superb products and service offering we received from the service providers used per Chez Charlene's recommendation.

The invitations and stationery printings for the reception from Pistachio Designs was beautiful.

The cake was perfectly designed and so delicious we savoured it. That was definitely the best tasting cakes I've sampled. The design of the cake was first class, Jade listened to what we liked and she far exceeded our expectation to impress us with the cake topper that was left to her discretionary design.

Our thanks also to Jonice for her professionalism, great personality, and excellence in her hair and makeup artwork. She was very accommodating to the bride's needs and requests.

Our thanks to Dorette, the event organiser, for her professionalism, patience, and understanding of the bride's needs for the day.

An important aspect for us in planning was pure and unbroken sound from sound equipment. Although we could tell this would not be an issue on checking out the venue, it still needs to be pointed out. We were happy we could have a live singer set up in the church and outside. The volume for effect was perfect, both in the chapel and outside.

DJ Steven was awesome, both as a person and professionally catering to our needs and requirements. Some of our music choices was outside his scope but he happily incorporated the tracks directly from us, and everything played out to pure perfection. No technical sound issues. Most importantly the dance floor was packed. Steven perfectly played the right music for an audiance of a different ethnicity and culture. With just a few tips and bits of info to go on Steven lived up to his billing perfectly. He surprised us with song choices that were crowd favourites, both of local music as well as old school 70's dance music of the African-American genre.

The experience with the photographers recommended by Chez Charlene, Might Fine, was splendid. They are super professional, helped us feel comfortable in working through a long day of photo taking. The experience was fun and memorable. The videographer (Andre) we used through Chez Charlene was equally superb. I'd say working with him is an absolute pleasure. We're really looking forward to their products for us. Most important was their professionalism in working and synchronising the process among themselves, not getting in each other's way, but working together professionally. Andre was especially gracious in the handling of moments that concerned us for the video. He has continuously re-assured of events and moments that we may have been concerned about for the video's, especially the numerous random kids on the center dance floor during the reception.

So here's something, Chez Charlene had a very special touch. Indeed! A young man by the name TJ. This guy spoiled us, serving on us and looking out for any of our special needs. Thanks TJ. :-) This made us feel very special. Chez Charlene really went the extra mile. Far And Beyond! Even graciously allowing one or two of our guests to catch some of the rugby in the staff kitchen is not lost in our thank you's.

I felt really bad when I realized I had forgotten this next individual, also via Chez Charlene, in my thanksgiving speech. From the service providers the most special individual was a gentlemen by the name of Luan. This is a man who could be working in Hollywood or Las Vegas. This is a man with multiple talents. Not a Jack of All Trades, but truly someone that is a genius and that excels in the multiple disciplines that he operates in. This man is at first an MC, but he is also a beautiful singer, and, he also plays the saxophone. Furthermore! Importantly, Luan was a splendid, excellent, critical director of proceedings.

He was assertive as he needed to be, he controlled matters with the time consuming photography to get things moving, whilst helping with coordinating people's positions, assisting the photography process. Whilst the ceremony was thirty minutes late as well as a large unplanned family photo-shoot to squeeze in, we were somehow back on track for the time schedule of the reception events.

As an MC, his first role, Luan is perfect in his articulation, even for corporate events that he does I reckon he seems over qualified. I loved that he was vocally clear, enunciated well, and was just a pleasure as much as he was a consummate professional.

Coming back to his next talent, the man's singing and saxophone playing was totally perfect for the wedding Liba had in mind, and what she had dreamed of. Luan had helped bring someone's life-long dream to life. At one point the choice of song and Luan's jazzy style was so captivating I lost interest in all else and was caught up in his music (performance of Elton's John's Nikita). Clearly I was not the only one, because the very next song the bride's parents took to the dance floor. They had completely forgotten that the dance-floor needed to properly opened first. As the bride's parents, and Luan's captivating music, everyone could understand how forgiving this was. Luan was simply priceless.

The honeymoon suite was luxurious and pleasant, just perfect for the occasion. With the bubble bath and champagne on ice by Andre, we really unwound in superior and classy style. Breakfast was delicious. Our parents really enjoyed it. The other part of the venue is really tranquil and delighted. My mother felt like she was on her own honeymoon. The delight on both our parents faces were unforgettable.

Thank you for creating such beautiful memories on our first day as husband and wife. May God bless you and all your service providers in abundance, and may the fruit of your labour be a blessing to others as it has been to us.

From Glennister and Liba Ratti

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Dear Chez Charlene,

Thank you for the wonderful job you did with our wedding Sunday, 31 October 2016. it was a magical day that could not have been so without you. We are so appreciative of the advice you gave on how to make our day perfect, and the way that you handled all of the details made us able to relax and enjoy the ceremony.

We were most impressed by level of professionalism, décor and the way you translated our dream to magical day , Dorette De Bruin you are one of a kind! Even one of the pastors, who has been doing weddings for 19 years, said that he cried at our ceremony.

We received many, many glowing compliments on how beautiful the ceremony was. We also received many compliments in regards to you. The photographer and videographer took me aside at the conclusion of the reception to remark on how amazing you are to work with and how easy it was for them to do the best job they could do, as well as what a pleasure you are to work with. Everyone was very impressed and you delivered everything you promised you would. Thank you for being professional and caring in dealing with our special needs. Despite the rain complications, we feel that the ceremony turned out magnificently and we are anxiously awaiting the photographs and video to see everything for the audiences perspective.

Most guest said they have never seen any wedding that ran more smoothly or was as meaningful and lovely. You were great, you made our day great and we can't thank you enough. We even had guests who did not attend the ceremony compliment on how beautiful the other guests said the ceremony was. We sincerely enjoyed working with you, keep up the great work.

Kind Regards,

Enhle & Rodeweeks

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Dear Charlene.

Where do we even begin? Chez Charlene was the first and only venue that we looked at, and from the moment we walked in we knew that it would be our dream-wedding venue. After meeting you we knew that our special day was in the best hands possible. Although you handled our wedding in such a professional manner you still made us feel like we were family. It felt like our wedding was your first and only priority. Every detail was perfect! The venue itself is stunning. The food was simply outstanding! Our friends and family couldn’t stop talking about the dessert. The service we received from all of your staff was exceptional. All of the suppliers you suggested also did an amazing job. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the hard work that you and you team put into our wedding. We will look back at it with nothing but fond memories.

Best regards,

Bradley and Lelanie Beyleveld

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Charlene and Dorette

We would like to thank you for everything that you did to make sure everything we envisioned became a reality on our special day. When we first booked our appointment it was quite early and we got to the gravel road and I said “nope lets turn around Im not doing this”, but when those big black gates opened my heart started softening up and luckily there was a wedding that evening so the venue was looking amazing. We started at the reception venue and were blown away I was sold, when we got to the chapel Live was sold. We had seen a couple or venues but nothing compared.

We planned our date and we literally sat with you guys for two appointments and that’s all we needed. When we sat for our first appointment we were not even sure what colours we wanted but Charlene guided us and with her team held our hand through the whole process. We met everyone at one meeting, Videographer, Photographer, Cake people, flowers, photo booth, hair and Make up etc and we were happy.

The day of the wedding we just had to show up and get ready, there is not one instance where we worried about suppliers not coming or being late, all we worried about was getting ourselves there on time. The minute I called Dorette and told her I had arrived everything was sorted. Edward was amazing made sure we never carried anything from beginning to the end. Carried everything from the car to the rooms. The rooms are mind blowing spacious and a dream to be in. Live and I were so relaxed that no one could believe that we could be so stress free. But it is because we knew we were in capable hands and there was actually nothing to worry about. Everything was perfect, platters we got in our rooms, the staff, the suppliers everything. When we were taken to the main reception venue after the chapel we were speechless and that moment we knew why we were not worried it was perfect, perfection at its ultimate.

We cannot fault anything but instead we got more than we had imagined WE WERE BLOWN AWAY.

Thank you for making our day everything and more. Mighty fine (Video), Henry O (photos), Baker Boys (Cake), Jonice (Make up) and Charlenes Team Thank You.

Live and Yrielle

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for making my sister's wedding a dream. We had such a wonderful time and everyone is raving about the exceptional warm service from all your staff. 
You have an amazing team of hard working individuals who go all out to make your guests feel comfortable and welcome. Everything was just so perfect, it's a pity I can't get married at the same venue:-).
Keep doing what you do Charlene, it's what differentiates you from the other people.

God bless.
Kind regards,
Malengolo Phori

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There are no two ways about it. If you want a gorgeous venue, incredible food, meticulous attention to detail, amazing service and professional coordinators then you HAVE to choose Chez Charlene as you wedding venue. I got married and held my reception there in September 2014 and everything was a dream come true!! I would change absolutely nothing! Not only was the day beautiful but the staff at Chez Charlene made the day and everything leading up to it, effortless! Thanks Charlene, Dorette, Jeff and everyone else behind the scenes!

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Hi Dorette

I hope this email finds you well and that you have been able to get some rest. This email is to give a huge heartfelt thanks times a million for my clients wedding on Sunday.

I thoroughly enjoyed working with you & your team and really wish your venue was closer to us, so we could work more with you. I have to make special mention of a few people as I believe that you must give credit where credit is due.

Firstly to Dorette, you were great to work with. Thank you for all you did and your assistance in pleasing the difficult clients we had. You really are great at your job and Charlene must definitely keep you around.

Edwin, Lucky & Mike stood out for me on the night. Please give them a special thanks. They were on the ball, helped where ever I needed them and went out of their way to accommodate the guests. They deserve a 5 out of 5 star rating!!

I work with many venues so when I work with people that stand out and make a difference I need to make a big deal about it because it is so hard to find.. most staff members at the venues don’t really care or go out of their way at all like these guys did.

They really are great hard workers that never complain about a thing. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Kind Regards,


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Goeie Dag julle

Sjoe ek weet regtig nie eers waar om te begin om dankie aan julle te se nie.  Die dag toe ek na die venue kom kyk het tot en met net voor die troue alles wat tussen gebeur het, het ek geweet ek gaan die beste kry by julle, maar ek het meer as die beste by julle gekry.  My droom dag was net beter as die beste.  Alles het 100% gegaan en ek kan nie eers dink aan iets wat nie reg was vir my nie.  Ek wil aan al 2 se baie baie baie dankie!!  Dit was die beste dag van my lewe en julle het gehelp om dit die beste dag te maak!!!!

Julle diens is puik en my gaste kan nie ophou praat oor die kos wat so lekker was nie, asook alles wat so mooi was en die waiters wat so puik was, ek het nog net goeie goed gehor oor ons troue!!  

Julle is puik en ek voel elke meisie wat n droom troue soek moet by Chez Charlene trou!!

Weereens baie dankie vir alles ek wardeer julle al 2 uit die diepte van my hart!!!


Bianca Nell

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BIG THANK YOU to u and your staff for Saturdays function ( Nicole’s Bridal Shower)  my daughter was blown away.

Everything went without a hitch ….the venue looked AMAZING !!!!!
I’m sure u are going to get a lot of bookings in the future.

All our guests could not stop talking about your establishment ……food was awesome and really well presented.

The waiters were absolutely fantastic..  ( Andries and the others )

Definitely highly recommended venue !!!!!!

Kind regards,
Nicky Simpson

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Ek weet nie eers waar om te begin om julle te bedank vir ons kinders se spesiale dag nie. Dit was 'n volmaakte sprokie!

Julle het van die begin af gese dat dit " perfect" gaan wees. Julle het al ons verwagtings oortref. Daar was nou wraggies net niks wat nie perfek was nie. Ons gaste is sprakeloos.

Die terugvoering wat ons gekry het was absoluut " wow". Van die mense se hulle het gedink hierdie troues gebeur net in rolprente.

Ander het weer gese dit was die mooiste troue wat hulle nog ooit gesien het! Picture perfect en super profesionele, vriendelike personeel en diens.

Een honderd persent vir julle almal! Baie baie baie baie dankie vir ALLES!!!!!!!!!

Liefdetjies Elsabe Allen xxxxxxxxxxx

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I would also like to take the opportunity to thank you for the most amazing wedding. I know that Chez Charlene promises perfection, but this was perfection beyond our imagination.

Madri you have thought of every single little detail that I would never even have thought of and it definitely did not go by unnoticed. Madri, being a bit of a perfectionist myself I must say you were amazing. When I had a question, you responded immediately with an answer and solution. I know I have asked you a million things and emailed you even more often, but you never delayed, you are so professional and such a lovely person it made the experience so much less stressful. I know you are busy and probably have a huge number of clients at the same time, but you always made us feel like we were your only and most important clients, thank you so much for that.

I thank you for making the planning smooth sailing and also a very enjoyable experience, we were treated like royalty from beginning to end. I am still in awe when I think about it and appreciated it so much that you have made our wedding a dream come true.

We have received so many compliments from our guests saying that it was the most amazing wedding with the best service they have ever been to.

Thank you also to Dorette for being there on the wedding day, you were also amazing. Then I can never leave out the rest of the staff...thank you so much for the excellent and professional service......special thanks to Edwin - wow, that guy was just the best, always smiling and making sure we were looked after the whole evening. We did not even have to ask for anything as he has already thought about it, he was just always ready with more wine, snacks , water, the golf cart etc.

I honestly don't know how to thank you enough! Chez Charlene well deserving of the word perfection!

Kind regards

Roche' and Willem Roche van Graan

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Dear Charlene

How do we possibly begin to thank you?

Absolutely everything was done to perfection and we keep hearing raves and raves of applause from our families, friends and guests who attended the wedding.

Not only are you all such pleasures to work with, you are so professional and unbelievably creative and capable. Your ideas were wonderful and their execution was just perfect.

After the first time we met, we had no doubt that Chez Charlene would be our choice. We knew everything would be terrific and were totally right!!!

The venue looked great, the food was unbelievably delicious and the service was attentive and terrific. The musician you hired was fabulous and really added so much to the party — so delighted you suggested him.

Every person that attended the wedding told us how amazing it was. All have raved about the food and how delicious everything was, how interesting and exciting the menu was, and how beautifully it was all done and elegantly presented. C

hez Charlene made a wonderful milestone in our lives even more special, and helped create wonderful memories for ourselves and our families. No detail was missed — the food, service, decor were all just perfect, even better than we ever could have imagined. Your special touch managed to provide just the right balance which resulted in an elegant wedding for all ages. Your attention to every detail made the day run smoothly.

There are no words to express what you have done for us. People have called to say it was a "perfect wedding", "this was the best wedding I've ever been to".

Thanks for being patient and understanding with us all. We don't know how you manage to do it. Your guidance and patience were invaluable to us and we thank you for that.

A very BIG hat’s off to your professional, talented and congenial staff.

Thanks for helping to make our wedding day such a special celebration. We love you all and will never forget your kindness and extraordinary expertise.

Needless to say, we’ve given your name to everyone!

Sincerely Danèl and Angela

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To say our wedding at Chez Charlene was a dream come true would be an understatement or in fact a lie as we could never have dreamt of such splendour!

When Charlene held our hands first meeting and promised us a memorable event, one could not have imagined that she would deliver above and beyond that promise.

Dorette, was an absolute darling to work with, she understood all our frantic demands and numerous last minute changes.

We cannot thank her enough for her patience through the trying times, her support and reassurance throughout the whole planning process. All our guests were pleasantly flabbergasted and absolutely blown away by the fantasy come to life, but who wouldn’t be!

The ambiance, the food, flaming desserts, friendly and professional staff… was truly perfection!! And then to top it all off the luxury of the honeymoon suite and 5 star breakfast was the grand ending!

A special mention to Samantha (who I can only describe as an angel), Eddy (our driver and personal assistant for the night) & Steve ( our DJ with an African soul!) Words cannot express how greatful we are.

God bless you all and may you continue making dreams come true.

Charlene your wedding gift to us will be conspicuously displayed in our home, a memento and constant reminder of our special day!!

All our love.

Fundi & Wandile Masilela

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How do I say thank you for such a beautiful organized and stunning wedding. Thank you for your kindness thru out all our visits and the way you guided us to get to this perfect day.

The tables, the food, the service of your staff and most all making this day a memory for life. DORETTE Baie dankie vir jou, jy is die beste wedding co-ordinater ever.

Vir al die geduld wat seker maar die belangrikste van alles in die lewe is want met sulke geleenthede kan dit een van die grootste faktore wees wat alles kan verongeluk. Jou hulp, raad, vriendelikheid en ag sommer net alles word baie waardeer.

Jou diens die aand met al die reelings wat so seep glad verloop het dat ek komplimente gekry het wat beter gegradeer word as ‘n 5 ***** venue. Ook vir jou staff, komplimente uit die boek uit. STAFF EDWIN thank you for looking after us at the main table – immaculate service, your friendliness and then mainly looking after Wim and Anneke thru out the evening.

Serving them during photo shooting, and then preparing their room afterwards. All the golf car rides etc. Thank you very much. STAFF thanks to one and each of you, how small or how big your role was it was great – from outside to inside – from beginning to end. BAR service – thanks to one and all for keeping it smooth and fast. CHEF I don’t have the words to thank you.

Your food was out of heaven. Compliments won’t do justice to the quality and presentation we enjoyed. The desert – o my – you did say something spectacular would come from it but WOW. Highlight of the evening. You could not do this without your staff so my thanks to all that assisted you.

Thank you Chez Charlene once again – I could not have asked for a better venue to create the best memories for my children.


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