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4 Wedding venues with a difference

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If you want something truly unique for your wedding day, here are some of SA’s more unusual venues.

1 Best for adventure seekers

Hot air ballooning

What could be more romantic than exchanging vows high up in the clouds with views of the Cradle of Humankind or the Magaliesberg below? For those unafraid of heights, a ceremony in a hot air balloon is a unique choice – and guarantees breathtaking wedding photos. The baskets can accommodate between two and eight people and flights take off at sunrise, lasting about one hour. The hot air balloons take off from and land at a luxury lodge which can arrange a Champagne breakfast for you and your guests after your flight.

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2 Best for romantics

The Petit Verdot

Celebrate your love on a moonlit river cruise. The Petit Verdot River Boat offers couples a truly unique and memorable way to celebrate their special day with a three-hour cruise under the stars. Exchange vows as The Petit Verdot floats languidly on the Vaal River. The restaurant can accommodate 70 guests for a formal sit-down dinner or 80 people for a more laid-back cocktail affair. Enjoy an al fresco celebration on the upper level or, on those chillier evenings, venture to the lower level which offers an equally romantic enclosed area. Guests will feast on a sumptuous buffet while enjoying the breathtaking views of the riverside scenery.

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3 Best for luxury seekers

Stanley Island

You don’t have to be an A-list celebrity to hire your own private island for your wedding day. Stanley Island on the banks of the Keurbooms Lagoon in Plettenberg Bay is the only private island in South Africa and boasts an indigenous milkwood forest, private beaches and stunning views of the lagoon for a truly special celebration. With the waterside wedding and function venue only able to accommodate 40 guests, this is best suited to more intimate weddings. The island itself can also sleep up to 20 people.

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4 Best for travel enthusiasts

Rovos Rail

Venture back in time with a vintage-themed wedding at Rovos Rail wedding vvenue in Capital Park Station in Pretoria. For couples looking for something a little different, a wedding at Rovos Rail offers romance of a bygone era and can accommodate up to 120 people. Say your promises on the platform with the old steam train as the backdrop after which you can take your wedding photographs in the picturesque grounds and the vintage carriages. You will then join your guests on the train itself for a glamorous 1920s-inspired reception – think the Great Gatsby – and a three-hour journey. Expect five-star food and service.

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Text Jessica Baxter
Photographs Courtesy images

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