After I dragged my fiance to 17 different venues, and we rated, photographed and reviewed them, we chose Helderfontein Estate as the perfect place for our wedding.
Helderfontein Estate scored the highest on our ranking list after we’d visited all the venues, and the criteria we looked at included ample secure parking, a big enough venue to have space to move between the tables and still have a decent size dance floor, a chapel on the same property, overnight space for us and for our guests, and close to home and family.
Another issue was that the venue had to look pretty in winter as we were planning a July wedding. This was also why we started looking at venues in June and July the year before we got married. Many venues look exquisite in summer, but winter means no flowers and no green grass and no ivy… then they’re not pretty at all.
Helderfontein was beautiful when we went to see it in the middle of winter in 2009. The huge stone building that in summer is covered in ivy are very striking in their own right in winter. The reception hall was more than big enough for everything we had planned, they had ample secure parking and they have over 50 rooms available for overnight guests!
On our wedding day, we each had a room to get dressed in and they were on opposite sides of the property so that we wouldn’t accidentally see each other. We did the majority of our photographs before the ceremony to make the most of the available light and we had more than enough beautiful places on the property to take photographs including these huge stone walls and dams on the property.
That night, after the reception, we had the honeymoon suite to sleep in! The underfloor heating as well as the bed’s electric blanket had been switched on and there was champagne chilling in an ice bucket… ooh and a platter of eats and snacky things like cheese and biscuits and strawberries!
It was fabulous. We had breakfast with our parents early the next morning before we set off on honeymoon, and the best part about outsourcing everything was that we only had to take our clothes and gift home with us!