Wedding Ideas – Franschhoek


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Wedding Ideas Franschhoek

Franschhoek is a gem of a village surrounded by mountains in the beautiful Cape winelands. It is a “must see” on any tourist’s bucket list and it is not difficult to imagine why! Historically it was the French Hugenots who settled here in 1689, bringing with them their knowledge of wine, who planted the vines and started the wine industry in this beautiful valley. The wine estates in this region bear French names to this day.

The busy main road has restaurants and coffee shops spilling out onto the pavement and there is many a gourmet restaurant for the discerning tourist to try. So the French tradition of good cooking lives on in this little corner of the Cape! Franschhoek is definitely the “foodie” capital of South Africa with up to 8 of the top 100 restaurants being situated here. There are many delightful antique stores, art galleries and interesting shops to keep even the most avid shopper busy.

Franschhoek is a very popular choice for brides from all over the world for their weddings. The historical atmosphere that permeates this valley makes it a hit with brides! The breath-taking scenery of imposing mountains, gorgeous Cape Dutch houses set in immaculate vineyards and patches of indigenous Fynbos make for stunning wedding photography. There are many gorgeous wedding venues for brides to choose from and there is one to suit every pocket. There is also a choice of accommodation for all your guests whether they wish to stay in an exclusive guesthouse or a charming farm cottage.

One of our favourite wineland wedding venues is Rickety Bridge. It has a unique setting nestled up against the mountains overlooking the vineyards.  The bride and groom have a choice of ceremony venues, either in their exquisite chapel room or on the lawn for an outside ceremony.  For their wedding banquet there is a choice of venues as well.  The historic Manor House offers luxurious accommodation and also a place for the bridal party to dress. Their newly launched ”Restaurant in the Vines” offers a picturesque surrounding for an intimate pre-wedding dinner or breakfast the morning after for the wedding party.

La Residence is a luxury Franschhoek hotel in a class of its own. Situated in the middle of an estate it has exquisite furnishings, glittering chandeliers, original artworks, huge mirrors and gorgeous fresh flowers which help to create an atmosphere of refinement and opulence. For a sophisticated, formal wedding La Residence is the ideal venue offering the bride the right amount of class and yet still maintaining an atmosphere of warmth. The rose and lavender filled gardens provide the perfect backdrop for a perfect wineland wedding. The accommodation is luxurious and each suite has its own décor and style. A Spa offers pampering to visitors and there is a magnificent infinity pool for the more active. Guests are able to keep busy with many interesting activities in and around Franschhoek.

The top 5 reasons why we love Franschhoek for weddings are:

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  • The exquisite beauty of the valleys and mountains
  • A wide range wedding venues, something to suit everyone
  • Amazing wedding photograph opportunities
  • Excellent service providers easily available
  • Best food and wine in South Africa – all in one place!
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