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Top 4 Reasons to say I Do at Nooitgedacht Estate

SA Weddings Bride of the Year 2021 (BOTY) would not have been the success it was, had it not been for the venue that saw the Winelands’ most exceptional wedding vendors come together for a night equipped for the stars. The evening of the 21 May 2022 saw guests from all over South Africa pull into the magnificent grounds of Nooitgedacht Estate for a night of celebration. Nestled in the Stellenbosch Winelands and steeped in significant history, this family-run estate boasts expansive lawns, rolling vineyards, century-old oak trees, and 18th century architecture for you to truly live the fairytale wedding of your dreams. Renowned for their customised weddings, allow Nooitgedacht Estate to do what they do best: here’s our Top 4 Reasons to say I Do at Nooitgedacht Estate:


Lauren Pretorius Photography | Edo Photography | Danelle Stofberg Photography

Dedicated Wedding Team at your Service

“Flexible, hands-on, family-run…” - Nooitgedacht’s formula to becoming a sought-after wedding location for exclusive weddings. Although Nooitgedacht Estate’s versatile premises can host any function under the sun, their niche is certainly world-class weddings! Their dedicated team specialises in creating and executing customised weddings that are meaningful, personal and undeterred by the status quo to ensure you achieve the wedding of your dreams. Whether you opt for an intimate or a grand wedding celebration, Nooitgedacht’s team of professionals provide a holistic service that includes your venue, catering, accommodation and location, minimising wedding planning stress so that you can focus on the moments that really matter. Simply book an appointment and watch how the wedding of your dreams comes seamlessly together before your eyes.

Pritti by Migneon Marais | Sonny Mo | Edo Photography

Exclusive collection of venues rooted in a rich history

At Nooitgedacht Estate, no two weddings are the same thanks to their collection of venues steeped in history, charm and classic Cape Dutch roots. Couples can opt for a classic vow exchange in Nooitgedacht’s Old-world Stone Chapel that seats 170 guests and can also transform into an intimate dinner reception. Adjacent to the chapel is the Grand Banqueting Hall that can easily transform into both an intimate and grand wedding celebration for up to 300 guests. If you prefer an outdoor ceremony and reception, then look no further than the Paved Lane at Nooitgedacht. Nestled in the presence of century-old oak trees, Paved Lane offers an intimate setting with panoramic views of the Stellenbosch Valley that will certainly leave you in awe - the ideal backdrop for any photographer to capture every detail of your wedding day. Nooitgedacht’s spacious premises also boast expansive lawns that can accommodate a marquee or Bedouin tent for canapés as well as carefully-curated gardens and a serene pond for guests to explore whilst you head off with your significant other for an intimate shoot.

Danelle Stofberg Photography | Edo Photography | Kobus Tollig Photography
Samantha Clifton Photography | Coba Photography | Sonny Mo

A menu conceptualised with love

Nooitgedacht’s versatile facilities and offerings also include world-class, in-house catering. Couples can look to a curated menu that draws on global influences, a fresh take on secret family recipes, passed down over generations as well as fresh, local ingredients transformed into a true culinary journey. At Nooitgedacht, weddings are personal and meaningful from start to finish and your wedding catering is no exception. With your menu sorted, all that’s left is ensuring you have fun as you celebrate your union with your loved ones!

Inecke Photography | Inecke Photography | Supplied

Luxurious Accommodation

It was quite the struggle to get the SA Weddings Team off the dance floor on the night of BOTY ‘21 so we definitely understand if you won’t want to leave the glorious grounds of Nooitgedacht Estate. Luckily Nooitgedacht offers luxurious accommodation, reminiscent of the past. Think high wood ceilings, tasteful decor and antiques and classic Cape Dutch architecture. The estate’s accommodation offering includes the exclusive bridal suite located in the Manor House - perfect for those on the day “getting ready” snapshots against an opulent backdrop. If you have wedding guests coming from afar or would like to ease your wedding day schedule by having your wedding party stay on the premises, Nooitgedacht’s historical quarters are the perfect solution! The estate’s original quarters have been redeveloped into three fully-equipped guest houses, expertly fusing their original stone walls with complementary modern-day touches for a luxurious and comfortable stay. Once your big day has come to an end, enjoy a well-deserved slumber in Nooitgedacht’s brand new Landman Room consisting of a full en-suite bedroom with all the trimmings, perfect for the newly-weds!

Bronwyn Tod Photography | Danelle Stofberg Photography | Agape Studio

Sometimes your dream wedding can become marred by external influences. At Nooitgedacht Estate, the wedding of your dreams is in your hands. Unperturbed by the status quo, family-run Nooitgedacht estate offers bridal couples the freedom to wed the way they want to. Their versatile facilities and offerings have executed a myriad of customised weddings that are both personal and meaningful for every couple that walks through their doors. From menus housing secret family recipes, to both indoor and outdoor venues, to luxurious accommodation steeped in history all in one breath-taking location in the Stellenbosch Winelands, Nooitgedacht Estate offers a unique yet sought-after approach for bridal couples to say I do.




Grandeur is back in vogue. Nooitgedacht Estate has specialized in exquisite, hand-crafted weddings for over 35 years.