Did you know couples enjoy wedding venue hire as a complimentary extra at Benguela Cove? With wedding packages to suit every occasion, from intimate ceremonies up to 180 guest weddings.
Couples planning a wedding in 2023 are invited to meet with Megan Lockwood, who has joined Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate as weddings and conference coordinator. Megan is advising on the new range of event facilities and attractively-priced packages at the vineyard estate. She says:
"Arranging a wedding or even a large conference can be stressful. But it doesn't have to be that way. It’s best to start planning and visit venues as soon as possible, even if the event is in the spring or summer of next year. You'll be surprised at how long it takes to plan your dream wedding.
"First, decide on your vision for the day. As a Hermanus wine farm Benguela Cove offers a stunning oceanfront location, as well as the space and flexibility to create a classic or contemporary style for your big day, whatever your vision."
"Whether you want it to be small and simple or major and magnificent, you should decide the kind of vibe that you want from the outset. Then, when planning details like invitations, food and décor, you can make sure they reflect your vision. We can advise on options and suppliers - from cake makers to dressmakers."
The estate offers a variety of locations for daytime and evening weddings. This includes seating for up to 180 guests in the Moody Lagoon restaurant, as well as for 100 people in the Barrel Room for a vineyard theme. The Vinotheque room has seating for 12 guests for more intimate dining.
Other choices include a braai and beach-side event, as well as a range of internal and outdoor areas. Couples can discuss their dining preferences with resident chef Annie Badenhorst. She can advise on menu selections, including halal and vegetarian options, and choices from the best South African wines.
“Couples can plan the type of party they'd like for after the wedding breakfast. Do you want dancing, live or just background music? Benguela Cove is a popular live music venue and hosts a variety of acts, with classic rock, jazz, and salsa performers from across South Africa.
“Would you rather have an open bar, or for guests to pay for their own drinks? These decisions will have an effect on both your budget and the overall atmosphere of the event,” says Megan.
A further consideration is where to stay the night before and on the day of the wedding itself:
"On the estate we have luxurious accommodation for up to 32 people in four oceanside villas, each with a fully-equipped, modern kitchen for self-catering, a pool and braai. So, you could book for both families to ensure everyone is close by on the big day, and turn it into a lovely holiday. Booking information can be included in 'save the date' and wedding invitations sent to guests, so they are assured of an early reservation too.”
An onsite generator ensures that if there is a power outage, electricity is automatically restored, within 30 seconds, to the whole of the hospitality area, including restaurants and facilities.
Guests can book a variety of activities for their stay, such as visiting the Art of Living Exhibition, a pontoon boat trip with wine tasting on the lagoon, dining at the new seafood and oyster bar on the estate, and guided tours of the winery and vineyards.
They can also take advantage of the year-round events calendar. Starting in March, there is a salsa dance night every Saturday at 18:00, with live music, cocktails, and food. ‘Bottomless Bubbly, Mimosas, and Live Music’ is also available at the Hermanus restaurant every Saturday and Sunday from 09:30 to 12:00, as well as every public holiday except Christmas Day.
For more information: https://www.benguelacove.co.za/wedding-venue