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The Franschhoek Cellar: the perfect fit for any type of wedding

Planning the perfect wedding can be an exciting, but also stressful exercise. For soon-to-be wed couples there is bridal attire, catering, photography, entertainment, decor, the guest list and logistics among other things to organise. And of course the all-important venue. Which, if you choose it wisely, can help lighten the load of planning considerably.

The Franschhoek Cellar has an attentive and professional events team that will see to your every nuptial need. Situated at the entrance of the majestic town of Franschhoek, a picture-perfect wedding destination, it has a dedicated events manager on hand to assist couples with every detail of planning their dream wedding, including the recommendation of tried-and-tested service providers.

One of The Franschhoek Cellar's standout features is the variety and versatility offered by its various venue spaces. The South African summer is at its height and many couples understandably want to make the most of the balmy conditions by having a vibrant al fresco ceremony. What makes The Franschhoek Cellar such a unique and sought-after wedding location, however, is that it has indoor and outdoor venue options on the premises and a seamless switch between these can be arranged as back-up plan should the weather not play along on the big day.

The Venue is the biggest events hall on the premises and can host up to 350 guests, making it one of the most spacious locations in the winelands. Notwithstanding its size, it is a warm and inviting space with soft, romantic lighting and stunning views of the rural surrounds.

For an intimate summer wedding, look no further than The Franschhoek Cellar's lush landscaped garden, which has seating for up to 150 guests. Next to the garden is The Platform, a old railway platform that has been beautifully remodelled to mimic a train carriage. This atmospheric building has room for 80 guests and is perfect for smaller celebrations or pre-drinks.

If you've got your eye on a small wedding with a secluded country-feel, The Lapa at The Franschhoek Cellar is the perfect venue for you. It is a completely private space that can accommodate between 20 and 30 people, with a thatched boma perfect for a braai and relaxed outdoor fiesta.

Completing the fantastic line-up of wedding venues at The Franschhoek Cellar is Mountain View, a double storey setting with space for 60-70 people that has a barrel cellar and comfortable lounge with a bar, kitchen and breathtaking mountain vistas.

Closely located to all the events venues are the stylish guest cottages Rose and Protea, offering luxurious self-catering accommodation. Each cottage has two beautiful bedrooms that can each sleep four adults – an idyllic place for the bride and her entourage to prepare and unwind before the ceremony, or for couples to spend their wedding night.

Included in the venue charge are the use of rectangular (6 seats) or round (6-8 seats) tables, white tiffany chairs, white table cloths, white overlays and napkins (stone overlays and napkins also available), silver cutlery, porcelain crockery, crystal glassware and the services of barstaff and waiters. Couples can also choose from an extensive wine-list for their big day which is explained during a complimentary guided tasting. They can also meet with the executive chef to design a wedding menu that is tailor-made to their specific requirements.

Rain or shine, The Franschhoek Cellar is unrivalled for its variety, versatility and comprehensive offering as a wedding venue. This is where elegant, modern facilities meet the romance and charm of wine country life. Their expert, hands-on events staff will ensure a stress-free wedding that is marked by warm hospitality, delicious food and wine, and vintage memories.

Contact the events team at The Franschhoek Cellar for more information or a customised quotation at 021 876 2086 or events@thefranschhoekcellar.co.za.

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R45, Franschhoek Main Road, Franschhoek Valley Private Bag X03 Groot Drakenstein, 7690