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Wedding Venues


Find Your Ideal Wedding Venue

One of the most important decisions you will make with your prospective other half is to choose a wedding location to host your wedding. The wedding venue is incredibly important and it is vital that both of you agree on the things that you view as most important on the day, and how these things can be accommodated by the wedding venue you choose. Keep in mind that the wedding venue will have an effect on everything you plan for the day – your budget, your number of guests, whether you have an indoor or outdoor wedding, what type of catering you will get, and also where your guests will be accommodated overnight, if needed.

Here are some tips on how to find your ideal wedding venue that will make your dreams come true.

  • Decide on a budget: Work out how much you have to spend on a venue, and then work according to that. When looking at brochures and venues, first find out whether or not they will be able to accommodate your desired number of guests for the money you have available. It can be very disconcerting to fall in love with a wedding venue, only to find that you will not be able to afford it. Although, if you really have your heart set on a particular venue, you can make compromises by inviting less guests, having a simpler menu, or not making use of some of the services they have available, but it is still best to find wedding venues that can provide a full service for the budget you have available.
  • Choose a date: Most people tend to choose a date and then look at venues that are available on that date, but if you are prepared to be flexible within a couple of weeks of a set date, you may have a much longer list of available venues to choose from. So, unless the date you chose has a specific meaning, such as an anniversary, birthday or other celebration on that particular date, be prepared to compromise a little on the date in order to find your ideal wedding venue.
  • Determine the style of wedding you want: Your wedding is a reflection of you as a couple, and you have to be represented in the style of the wedding, the décor, the dress, the food – your style and personality should come through very clearly in the wedding venue you choose. The best advice here is to choose a location where you immediately feel at home, a location where you feel truly comfortable, and one that you feel best represents you and your partner.
  • Only choose colours and themes after the wedding venue has been chosen: Often, the couple has a theme in mind and then fall in love with a venue that doesn’t really accommodate the chosen theme or ambience. It is best to find your ideal wedding venue first and then choose a theme or colour scheme that can easily be accommodated by the venue and the surroundings. The colours and the theme have to be complemented by the venue for a more cohesive feel.
  • Look for picture-perfect places: Remember that a large part of your wedding will be the photographs taken to remember the day. Look for wedding venues that present great photo opportunities and attractive spaces for some camera action. Natural settings are best, and natural landscapes and tranquil water settings also work very well. For formal weddings, manicured gardens, staircases and perhaps even stone buildings can provide great places for your photographs, and for more natural styled weddings, grasslands and natural flowers provide a great backdrop. You can also ask the establishment for photographs of previous weddings that they have hosted to get an idea of the photographic opportunities at the establishment.


Villa Paradiso – Your Ideal Wedding Venue in Gauteng

Because we are located just outside of Johannesburg and under an hour’s drive away from two international airports, we are easy to reach for travelling wedding guests, and we are considered one of the prime wedding venues in Hartbeespoort Dam. Because there is now a trend towards weekend weddings, rather than one event, we are immensely popular with wedding parties who would like to accommodate their guests overnight or for a weekend, and our charming country lodge provides the perfect place for you and your guests to celebrate the romance of your special day. To find out more, just give our friendly team a call today!