This year marked the 20th anniversary of SA Weddings’ annual Bride of the Year Competition. After imminent postponements due to the global pandemic, The SA Weddings’ team knew that South Africa’s most loved bridal competition had to be taken up a notch and it was well-worth the wait! As we all know, location is key and sets the tone and atmosphere for any celebration. Providing a tranquil yet sophisticated backdrop for an exclusive wedding affair, Vrede en Lust was the chosen venue for this year’s Bride of the Year Competition and it’s a no-brainer as to why: cascading vineyards, majestic mountains, world-class wines and cuisine, luxurious accommodation and a wedding venue with unparalleled views of the Franschhoek Wine Valley. The location alone speaks for itself but that’s not all it has to offer! Here are our Top 5 Reasons to Say I Do at Vrede en Lust Wine Estate:
Nestled at the foothills of the majestic Simonsberg Mountains, Vrede en Lust wine estate boasts world-class scenes of the Cape Winelands. With its 100 hectare vineyards showcasing plantings dating back to 1745 as well as its rich Cape Dutch architecture, Vrede en Lust spans a long and diverse Cape history. What better way to make history of your union on such rich, authentic soil! This wine estate is the perfect, natural backdrop for your exclusive wedding affair, with its tranquil yet elegant landscape. Capture those intimate moments surrounded by the Winelands in all her glory - memories to cherish for a lifetime.
Vrede en Lust’s wedding venue is better known as their Historical Wine Cellar and Vineyard Terrace. Characterised by its traditional Cape Dutch architecture, the Historical Wine Cellar provides a rustic yet sophisticated charm for an indoor reception, with an onsite kitchen and powder room. The cellar can be tailored for an intimate or a larger wedding affair with inside seating up to 120 guests, including a dance floor or 150 guests, with the dance floor outside (weather permitting).
If a romantic summer soirée is more to your fancy, then the Vineyard Terrace adjacent to the Historical Cellar, is the perfect space due to its versatility. This outdoor space is enclosed with frameless glass and offers guests unparalleled views of Vrede en Lust’s rolling vineyards. Just imagine the skyline painted with warm hues as the sun sets over this picturesque wine estate. The Vineyard Terrace leads down onto a beautifully manicured garden area perfect for pre-drinks and canapés to get your guests mingling whilst you whisk off for intimate wedding portraits in the vineyards. Couples can also opt for an outdoor ceremony in the gardens.
Whether it be a traditional Cape Dutch venue, the picturesque ceremony and pre-drinks garden or the Vineyard Terrace accommodating uninterrupted views of the valley, Vrede en Lust has multi-functional spaces, guaranteed to bring your dream wedding to fruition. Their wedding venue and accommodation is exclusive to you on your wedding day, allowing tailor-made packages to fulfill your dream wedding goals.
With its diverse choices in venue and scenery, including the onsite accommodation for up to 40 guests at Vrede en Lust, you can turn your wedding day into an entire weekend affair. Within walking distance of the wedding venue, Vrede en Lust is home to one of South Africa’s oldest manor houses. This Cape Dutch style Manor House can accommodate up to 8 people, perfect for the wedding couple’s inner circle. Features include a lush garden, pool house, dining area and boma - ideal for bonding and some downtime before the big day.
Guests coming from afar, can enjoy farm-style accommodation in Vrede en Lust’s quaint Jonkmanshuis Cottages, surrounded by large oak trees that provide blissful shade in the summertime. With a range of activities on the farm such as wine tasting, cycling, hikes or spa treatments, you won’t have to worry about keeping your guests occupied leading up to the big day.
Be sure to check out the latest addition to Vrede en Lust’s onsite accommodation known as the Luxury Vineyard Rooms and take in the fresh morning air whilst overlooking the vineyards on your doorstep.
Vrede en Lust is home to its established Lust Bistro & Bakery with a dedicated catering team for your wedding day. Lust Bistro & Bakery is an authentic restaurant that focuses on traditional, homegrown dishes in a rustic yet modern setting. Using only the best seasonal ingredients, guests are encouraged to try an authentic wine pairing experience with their meals. The bakery at Lust is home to a traditional, wood-fired hearthstone, producing authentic, artisanal bread - the perfect way to start your morning. Work hand-in-hand with Lust’s catering team to create the perfect wedding menu. Couples can even arrange a menu tasting and wine pairing to ensure a wedding menu that will tantalise their guests’ taste buds.
Delight in a rich experience of wine tasting at Vrede en Lust. Engage all your senses as their dedicated taste ambassadors, dubbed the Red Ladies, take you through their range of wines with a view. A perfect experience to share with your bridesmaids and/or groomsmen before the big day. Why not extend your activity like our Top 12 grooms for this year’s Bride of the Year Competition, who had the pleasure of partaking in a personal wine tour of Vrede en Lust’s spectacular 500-ton red wine cellar to learn the finer ins and outs of winemaking.
Take the stress away with Vrede en Lust’s talented team of wedding coordinators and allow yourself to bask in all that Vrede en Lust has to offer. Their wedding coordinators work hand-in-hand with soon-to-be married couples, to create their dream wedding using the best of this world-class wine estate’s features. With its diverse offerings, landscape and venues, the onsite wedding coordinators will guide you in creating a tailor-made wedding package according to your vision and dream wedding goals. Vrede en Lust wedding coordinators know the intricacies of weddings and the unique offerings of the wine estate off the back of their hands. Simply book an appointment with one of the friendly coordinators and say hello to your dream wedding!
We could go on and on as to why Vrede en Lust wine estate is your dream wedding location but we’re sure these top 5 reasons to say I do will do the trick. If not for this world-class wine estate, SA Weddings 20th Bride of the Year Competition would not have been the phenomenal success that it was!
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Nestled at the foothills of the Simonsberg lies Vrede en Lust in the breathtaking Franschhoek wine valley.