So, the love of your life has popped the question and you are about to start planning the wedding of your dreams. Your wedding date and venue are the two most important elements to settle, and they bring to mind that it may be a good idea to first decide what season you would like to marry in, before you set about planning the perfect celebration for you. There are pros and cons to every season; however don’t under-estimate how special and unique a winter wedding in Cape Town could be.
Sold on the idea? Here are number useful hints to consider when planning a winter wedding:
If possible have your ceremony and reception at one venue. Choose a venue like Hout Bay Manor where a beautiful room can be made available to the bridal party to get ready at the venue, ensuring that the most important people at the wedding remain perfectly put together and dry. We recommend to our bridal couples that they stay the night after their wedding reception, and wake the following morning for a couple’s spa treatment at Inzolo Spa followed by a champagne breakfast at EAT.
Embrace an early sunset and create a lovely romantic ambience with lots of candle lighting in both your ceremony and reception areas.
Decorate in rich, warm jewel tones such as deep berry reds and rich purples teamed with cream, black or gold. Add extra wintry romance with lots of natural greenery. EAT at Hout Bay Manor, which seats from 40 – 100 guests, is decorated in neutral tones that will not clash with your wedding decor, no matter your colour scheme.
Assign umbrella escorts from the parking area to the front entrance to shield your guests from the weather, if need be. Make sure someone is allocated with the task of taking charge of your guests’ coats and umbrellas at your reception, making sure they are kept safe – and labelled if need be.
Make an effort to ensure your guests are kept warm and cheery once they arrive. Provide heating and serve a celebratory hot drink, like a spiked hot chocolate or mulled wine, on arrival.
Choose winter wedding favours like colour coded pashminas or knee rugs. Or you could give your guests a bespoke assortment of edible winter essentials to take home with them.
Winter creates a wonderful opportunity to serve your wedding guests food that is far from the spring or summer wedding norm. Our Head Chef at EAT assists our wedding couples in designing a wedding menu to suit their budget and culinary requirements, in keeping with EAT’s fresh and wholesome food – always lovingly prepared.
More than just an ordinary Cape Town wedding venue, Hout Bay Manor offers seventeen en-suite rooms each beautifully furnished and decorated, with many thoughtful added touches – ideal to accommodate your out of town wedding guests or even an entire wedding party from abroad.
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