For a truly spectacular union of two souls, it’s best to go back to basics and connect directly with nature. As the frills and fuss fall away, what’s left is a truly honest celebration of love, and the best venue for this celebration is a farm. Fortunately for those looking to tie the knot in South Africa, there are numerous gorgeous farm wedding venues from which to choose.
10 of the Best Farm Wedding Venues
- The Bridge Wedding Venue
A converted farmhouse is the picture-perfect venue for a farm wedding, and The Bridge Wedding Venue in Muldersdrift has just that. Set alongside the Wlgespruit river, the venue incorporates a gorgeous low-level bridge which enters indigenous gardens – all just over half an hour from Pretoria. You can choose from 180-seater Country Chapel or Riverside Gazebo for the ceremony, both providing a truly farm wedding feel. And a huge bonus for those who choose this wedding venue is that there is no charge for venue hire! You are offered venue exclusivity, just pay for food and drinks.
- The Nutcracker Country Venue
When it comes to farm wedding venues, it’s difficult to find anything better than The Nutcracker, located just outside Parys in the Free State. This working Pecan Nut farm provides bridal couples with a rustic venue set in exquisite natural surrounds overlooking the Vaal River valley. Matching the farming environment in visual aesthetics is the characterful chapel and tasteful Reception Hall. The wedding venue is ideal for extended stays and will cater to one wedding per weekend.
- Welgelegen Wedding Venue
This working cherry and apple farm within the eastern Free State sits within the Witteberg Mountains overlooking the Maluti Mountains. Also specialising in weekend weddings, Welgelegen is a one-stop wedding venue catering to all requirements. Every season offers another unique farm photo opportunity through the cherry and apple fruits – spring blossoms, summer fruits, autumn leaves and winter snow. For fruit-bearing months, opt for October and November for cherries, February to April for apples, otherwise September us the ideal time to capture the white blossoms.
- Oakfield Farm Weddings
This Muldersdrift-based farm venue is set within 72-acre grounds consisting of manicured lawns, floral borders, hedgerows, trees and fields. This is an intimate wedding venue with endless outdoor ceremony sites to choose from, including shady gardens or chapels. The easy-going surrounds reflect the easy-going nature of the owners, with superb service and sumptuous food on the menu. The dedicated onsite wedding co-ordinator will ensure this is a memorable farm visit.
- Kleinevalleij Estate
Then into the Western Cape where vineyards are interspersed with plump guava orchards at the charming Kleinevalleij farm wedding venue. This Shiraz-producing wine farm has two contemporary, indoor wedding venues – the larger Neo Venue which is a refurbished, all-white Victorian homestead, and the smaller on-site restaurant, Festa. Farm-based ceremonies can take place in the chapel, within the vineyards or terraced gardens with mountain views, adjacent to the river.
- Rain Farm Game and Lodge
On the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal, tucked between rolling hills of sugar cane fields is the stunning Rain Farm Game and Lodge. This magical farm wedding venue has a stone chapel complete with horse-drawn carriage for the ultimate fairytale farm effect. The game farm setting opens up photo opportunities with unique dam shots and a backdrop of zebra and giraffe. For an African night experience, you can host the reception in the boma or enjoy the ethnic feel within the main hall and terrace. Brides are encouraged to take advantage of the wellness spa for on-day luxury.
- Macnut Farm
Further inland of the KwaZulu-Natal province lies the gorgeous Macnut Farm within the picturesque Assagay Valley, situated along the banks of the uMhlatuzana River. This farm venue is ideal for intimate weddings, either in the man function hall with adjoining sundeck, or Victorian barn for larger weddings. All catering, flowers and décor can be tailormade to match personal requirements and budget.
- Oewerzicht Wedding Venue
Just outside of Greyton is the fully operational farm, Oewerzicht Wedding Venue. Apples, pears and wheat are some of the agricultural produce on the farm, alongside flocks of sheep and herds of Reebok that roam freely about the farm. The twitchers out there are also spoilt with an abundance of blue cranes, secretary birds and flocks of guinea fowl. Guests are invited to use the farm’s hiking trails overlooking the orchards, and are even invited to bring their beloved pets – if well behaved!
- The Rose Barn
This romantic barn venue is situated on a bloomingly beautiful rose farm in the Eastern Cape, home to more than 500 rose trees that are stunningly incorporated into lavish wedding celebrations. The ceremony venue is a creatively transformed rustic barn with flowers co-ordinated by local floral studio, Must Love Flowers. The meticulous lawn overlooking farmlands can accommodate anything from 50 to 350 guests amongst the fragranced rose bushes.
- The Glades Farm
The KwaZulu-Natal midlands is home to a number of exemplary farm wedding venues, one of which is The Glades Farm. Entering amidst a grand avenue of trees, the wedding venue offers scenic views of forests, mountains and dams with a scattering of local Nguni cattle for a true farm feel. Ceremonies can take place in the farm’s chapel, seating 150 guests or more, with the reception within The Glades Barn offering extensive views over the indigenous forest.
If you’re looking for the perfect country farm wedding venue then The Nutcracker Country Wedding Venue is the perfect location. This is an exquisite tranquil weekend wedding venue situated on the banks of the Vaal River, 90 minutes from Johannesburg. Offering all that is needed for the perfect wedding, The Nutcracker is for the exclusive use of the bride and groom and their guests for the entire weekend. Contact The Nutcracker today for rates and availability.