Finding the right venue for your wedding reception can be a mission. You need to consider the theme and feel of your dream day and then find a venue that will match and enhance that.
Here are some questions to ask when considering a venue (also a list of venues in and around JHB/PTA):
- Consider the number of guests you are going to invite
- Consider your budget
- Location: is the venue easily accessible for all your guests
- Do you want a morning, lunch or dinner affair?
- Will your wedding be very formal or more relaxed?
- Do you have a specific theme in mind?
- Would you need a dance floor/smoking area/facilities for disabled guests/honeymoon suite?
- Are you flexible on the wedding date if you find a venue you love that is not available on your date?
Once you have answers to these questions, start looking through magazines and on the web for venues in your area. Make a list of the ones you would like to see. You can e-mail the venue to send you some information on their rates and packages for you to go through before viewing the venue. That way you will already have an idea of how they work and if you can afford them or not. The next step is to make an appointment to view the venue, preferably with your groom in tow! When you are there, make sure to scope out the entire venue, including the bathrooms, kitchen, chapel (if applicable), and gardens. Take note of the lighting and decor possibilities.
Some questions you may want to ask your venue:
- Does the venue do its own catering or do you need to get a caterer in?
- Do they have preferred suppliers or may you use your own?
- What time should you be out of the venue? What overtime charges are there?
- Is there a dress code at the venue?
- Would they allow you to run a cash bar or open bar? Do they charge a corkage fee?
- Are you allowed to decorate the venue? What decorations do they not allow?
- Are you allowed to use confetti/bubbles/petals/feathers?
- Do they allow candles to be burnt in the venue?
- Will there be any remodelling or redecoration done between now and your wedding day?
- Do they have pictures of previous weddings at the venue?
- Are there any noise restrictions? Until what time may your DJ/Band play?
- Does the venue provide alternative arrangements in case of bad weather for an outdoor wedding?
- Do they provide a room for the bridal parties to get ready in on the day?
- Do they include a honeymoon suite for the night of the wedding?
- Do they allow children at the venue? Do they have separate facilities for children?
- What is their cancellation policy?
- What kind of deposit is required? Do they offer a payment schedule?
- Are there any hidden costs?
We were very fortunate that the very first venue we looked at seemed to fit right in with the feel we wanted to create. We wanted a bush/country wedding and I did not want any fake ivy anywhere in sight (and trust me, a lot of the other venues we looked at had that!!!). Also, I don’t want to have any draping and fairy lights, so I needed a venue that would look fab without any additional ‘stuffing’. Our chosen venue, The Cradle, has spectacular views and has glass on three sides so that the view and the bush is all the decorations we will have. They also have wonderful solid teak tables, so I am not putting any tablecloths on; just organza runners down the middle.
I have compiled an extensive list of wedding venues in and around the JHB/PTA area, which I will insert at the bottom of this post.
Once you have found your ideal venue, you need to start thinking of the menu. Buffet, sit-down meals, a combination of both, family style dining are all options you could consider. There are pros and cons to all of these, and you need to consider your budget, guests and theme when making the decision. Discuss the various options with the venue and look at the pricing options. Think about your guests tastes and not only yours: are there any vegetarians or someone with food allergies? Also consider the season; some food stuffs are more expensive if not in season and you also want lighter food in summer than in winter.
I hope you have a great time scouting around for your venue. It is fun and so exciting when you finally find the venue of your dreams. Happy hunting!
LIST OF VENUES IN JHB/PTA AREA:
VENUE AREA GUESTS
|Ama-Cradle Country Lodge||Krugersdorp||Max 50|
|Amadwala Lodge||Honeydew, JHB|
|Amanzingwe Lodge||Hartebeespoort||Max 120|
|Ambrosia Hall||Midrand||Max 120|
|Avianto||Muldersdrift, JHB||Max 250|
|Bayete Estate||Witkoppen, JHB||Max 120|
|Beethoven Lodge||Hartebeespoort||Max 100|
|Bentleys Lodge||PTA||Max 120|
|Bergvallei Estates||Muldersdrift, JHB||Max 300|
|Blaauwpoort Venue & Lodge||Magaliesberg||Max 350|
|Blandford Manor||Randburg, JHB||200 +|
|Blue Bird Farm Venue||Magaliesberg|
|Budmarsh Private Lodge||Magaliesberg||Max 50|
|Buitengeluk||Fourways, JHB||Max 120|
|Cabanga Conference Centre||North Riding, JHB||Max 100|
|Casa Toscana Lodge||PTA||Max 200|
|Casablanca Manor||Bronkhorstspruit||200 +|
|Casalinga Restaurant||Muldersdrift, JHB||Max 220|
|Casta Diva||PTA||200 +|
|Cotswold Inn||Kyalami||Max 80|
|Crinklewood Manor||Waterkloof, PTA||Max 60|
|Crown Reef||Gold Reef, JHB||Max 120|
|Da Vincenzo||Kyalami||200 +|
|De Oude Huys Kombuys||Hartebeespoort|
|Diamond Hill Country Venue||Bronkhorstspruit||Max 250|
|Diamond Valley||Rayton, PTA||Max 120|
|Diep in die Berg||PTA||Max 170|
|Die Grasdak||PTA||200 +|
|Eagles Eye Country Estate||PTA||Max 200|
|Eskom Convention Centre||Midrand|
|Everwood||Muldersdrift, JHB||Max 200|
|Fabz Estate||Lonehill, JHB||200 +|
|Farm Inn||PTA||200 +|
|Farmhouse Restaurant||JHB||Max 120|
|Forum Homini||Cradle of Humankind||Max 80|
|Garden World||Honeydew, JHB|
|Glen Afric||Hartebeespoort||Max 120|
|Glenburn Lodge||Muldersdrift, JHB||200 +|
|Goodland Estate||PTA||Max 120|
|Goose Bay Canyon||Vaal||Max 100|
|Green Leaves Country Lodge||Hartebeespoort|
|Griffin’s Estate Country Venue||Krugersdorp||Max 150|
|Hakunamatata||Muldersdrift, JHB||Max 120|
|Heia Safari Ranch||Muldersdrift, JHB||Max 120|
|Helderfontein Estate||Midrand||250 +|
|Hyatt Regency Johannesburg||Rosebank, JHB|
|Idle Winds||Fourways, JHB||Max 50|
|Indaba Hotel||Fourways, JHB||450 +|
|Ingwenya Country Escape||Muldersdrift, JHB||250 +|
|Intundla Game Lodge||Boekenhoutkloof||Max 120|
|Irene Country Lodge||PTA||Max 300|
|Isiphiwo||Derdepoort, PTA||Max 300|
|Kievits Kroon Country Estate||Kameeldrift East||200 +|
|Kleinkaap||Centurion, PTA||Max 50|
|Kloofzicht Lodge||Muldersdrift, JHB||Max 120|
|KoelenRust Estate||Muldersdrift, JHB|
|L Aquila Wedding Venue||PTA||200 +|
|Lakeview Airport Lodge||East Rand||Max 120|
|Le Chateau||East Rand||Max 150|
|Leopard Lodge||Hartebeespoort||Max 200|
|Leribisi Lodge||PTA||Max 120|
|Lethabo||Cradle of Humankind||Max 160|
|Liban||Woodmead, JHB||Max 200|
|Lombardy Estate||Lynnwood, PTA||Max 170|
|Malonjeni Guest Farm||Vaal||Max 200|
|Mangwa Valley||PTA||Max 150|
|Medley House||East Rand||Max 200|
|Mellow Oaks||West Rand||200 +|
|Misty Hills Country Hotel||Muldersdrift, JHB||200 +|
|Mount Festiva Lodge||Hartebeespoort||Max 120|
|Mulberry Bush Manor||Muldersdrift, JHB||Max 150|
|Noi E Voi||East Rand||Max 120|
|Nt’ Shonolanga Valley||Hennopsriver, PTA||Max 250|
|Nyati Wedding Venue||Vaal||Max 300|
|Oakfield Farm||Muldersdrift, JHB||200 +|
|Plumari Africa||Magaliesberg||Max 250|
|Protea Hotel Midrand||Midrand||200 +|
|Protea Ridge||North Riding, JHB|
|Pure Joy Guest Lodge||Kameeldrift, PTA|
|Rademeyers Country Estate||PTA||Max 120|
|Rand Club||JHB||Max 220|
|River Meadow Manor||Irene, PTA||Max 120|
|Rusty Hook||Honeydew, JHB||Max 200|
|Saint George Hotel||PTA|
|Sandton Park Hotel Suites||Sandton, JHB||Max 50|
|Shumba Valley Lodge||Lanseria, JHB|
|Someplace Else||East Rand||Max 50|
|Stonehaven on Vaal||Vaal|
|Sulla Via Function Centre||Krugersdorp||250 +|
|Summer Place||Hyde Park, JHB||Max 120|
|Sun Valley Ranch||Vaal||Max 200|
|The Bridge||Muldersdrift, JHB||Max 180|
|The Castle Kyalami||Kyalami||200 +|
|The Collection||PTA||Max 120|
|The Cradle||Cradle of Humankind||Max 120|
|The Hertford||Lanseria, JHB||Max 200|
|The Moon and Sixpence||Muldersdrift, JHB||Max 200|
|The Palazzo, Montecasino||Fourways, JHB|
|The Pyramid||Village Deep, JHB||Max 300|
|The Thatch||Midrand||200 +|
|The Thatchery||Muldersdrift, JHB||Max 100|
|The Westcliff Hotel||WestCliff, JHB||Max 120|
|The Willows||Muldersdrift, JHB|
|Three Oaks||Centurion, PTA||200 +|
|Toadbury Hall Country House||Elandsdrift, JHB||Max 100|
|Valverde Country Hotel||JHB||Max 100|
|Villa Jana||PTA||Max 120|
|Villa Paradiso||Hartebeespoort||200 +|
|Villa Tuscana Wedding Village||Midrand||250 +|
|Watercrest Garden Estate||PTA||Max 120|
|Whispering Pines Country Estate||Magaliesberg||Max 50|
|Wickers Riverside Estate||Magaliesberg||Max 120|
|Yellowwood Chapel||Randburg, JHB||200 +|
|Zebra Country Lodge||PTA||Max 300|
If you know about a Gauteng venue that is not on the list, or you have contact details of venues in other provinces that you would like to share, please leave a comment and I will update the list!