The Won­der­ful World of Von­del­ing Weddings

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Choos­ing the right wed­ding venue is of­ten the most chal­leng­ing part of any nup­tial plan­ning process. For those want­ing to get mar­ried in the Cape Winelands, few venues have more “wow fac­tor” than Von­del­ing Wines. This Bri­tish-owned win­ery is tucked away in the Voor-Paarde­berg re­gion, and of­fers cou­ples the op­por­tu­nity to get mar­ried at one of the most in­ti­mate, not to men­tion unique venues in the Cape. A DAPPLED CHAPEL

The venue boasts a fully-anointed chapel, St Cle­ment’s Chapel, which was com­pleted in 2013. The clas­si­cally-styled St Cle­ment’s is a pic­turesque place to tie the knot. The lo­cally-made stained glass win­dows al­low plenty of nat­u­ral light to flow into the chapel, tinted by or­nately painted vines and the bright colours that spread across each win­dow­pane. The chapel can seat up to 100 guests on lo­cal­ly­made wooden pews, which com­ple­ment the stone in­te­rior to per­fec­tion. The im­pos­ing, yet charm­ing or­gan was made in Ger­many over 40 years ago, and is now be­ing reg­u­larly used to no­tify guests that blush­ing brides are on their way down the chapel’s aisle.

A WARM RE­CEP­TION

Once the cer­e­mony is com­plete, guests are guided to the func­tion venue, which is about 100 m from the chapel. The din­ing area is light and bright, with high thatched ceil­ings, cre­at­ing the kind of re­laxed el­e­gance that some pay wed­ding plan­ners thou­sands of rand to repli­cate. The sub­tle in­flu­ences of Cape her­itage mean that nos­tal­gia, moder­nity and min­i­mal­ism ef­fort­lessly come to­gether to give the re­cep­tion room a unique feel.

Drinks and canapés can be served on the ve­randa, which is fit­ted with lights and speak­ers so guests can mix and min­gle, while nib­bling on some­thing de­li­cious. As their wine is some of the coun­try’s best, cou­ples who book their weddings at Von­del­ing are of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to buy Von­del­ing wines at a very com­pet­i­tive rate – and, be­cause you’re on a wine farm, run­ning out of wine is near im­pos­si­ble!

A PLACE TO STAY

Von­del­ing and a few se­lect guest houses within a 10 km ra­dius of the es­tate are able to ac­com­mo­date up to 100 guests in to­tal. The Von­del­ing Farm House is the per­fect place for the bride and groom to pre­pare for their spe­cial day. The two-storey house can com­fort­ably ac­com­mo­date 14 peo­ple, and the down­stairs rooms give the bride and her brides­maids plenty of light, air and space to pre­pare them­selves for the day ahead.

The groom and his grooms­men can take the up­stairs rooms, with the com­mu­nal area (com­plete with DStv) be­ing per­fect for some re­lax­ing chill time. The house has Wi-Fi and a 20 m swim­ming pool, as well as a res­i­dent Great Dane named Bella, who is more than happy to lend a hand with any task – as long as it in­volves food.

Von­del­ing Wines com­bines ev­ery el­e­ment that cou­ples want for a wed­ding day with stun­ning ease, in­clud­ing views which are, quite sim­ply, un­ri­valled.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how Von­del­ing could be the per­fect venue for you, visit www.von­del­ing­wines.co.za.

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