Say ‘I do’ with Perfect Hideaways!

Say ‘I do’ with Perfect Hideaways

Destination weddings are big – bigger than we thought. Cape Town has always been a favourite but for a while now at Perfect Hideaways, the phone has been ringing off the hook with brides looking for unusual venues. We get requests for farmhouses in the middle of nowhere, relaxed beach weddings, intimate family gatherings in historic manor houses, castles, glamping weddings, safari weddings… there’s no limit to couples’ imagination!

A wedding at Penhill Manor
The Cape Dutch Manor house at Penhill, our farm venue in the Nuy Valley near Worcester, is a spectacular backdrop for country weddings. Photo: Shanna Jones Photography (top and above)

Over time, brides and photographers have shared their beautiful images of celebrations all over the country so we have now put together a gorgeous wedding brochure with a selection of venues to see at a glance. You can mail us at if you’d like us to send you one!

The stone barn near Harrismith
This stone barn, near Harrismith in the Free State, is a real beauty for couples looking for a rustic farm wedding venue halfway between Johannesburg and Durban. Photo: Charles Johnson Photography

In the past few years, we have also seen an increase in requests for wedding planners, especially for couples planning long-distance weddings, which are best coordinated by teams who know our venues well and work with local suppliers. Cape Town, in particular, has become one of the most popular wedding options, particularly for extended family and friends who want to make a holiday of their trip and combine it with a beach holiday or safari.

A bride at Glendirk
Expansive gardens, forests and vineyards surround elegant Glendirk, a private and hidden homestead in Bishopscourt and overlooking the Constantia winelands and with views stretching right out to sea. Photos: Vagabond Bridal, taken at Glendirk’s elegant cupola in the garden

So, we’d like to introduce you to Wedding Concepts, wedding planners who are based in Cape Town but will plan a wedding for you anywhere, any time, any place! We asked Christina Holt, founder and director of Wedding Concepts, for her five emerging wedding trends.
One of SA’s leading wedding planners and design agencies, Wedding Concepts has over 500 exclusive weddings in their stylish portfolio and was recently awarded the ACE Award for Best Planners in Africa 2019. 

We love their personal and professional approach to every wedding: each one is custom-designed from word go and they are able to plan weddings at venues all around South Africa. Christina’s top five wedding trends are:

1. Is black back?

‘Black is making a strong comeback – as well as bold, vibrant colours. Simultaneously, greenery and massed natural foliage continue to be a strong favourite.

2. Look up!

Ceiling architecture and large creative suspensions is a trend here to stay too, taking the design focus away from the tabletops to unique floral suspensions hanging from the ceiling.

3. A bright future

Bespoke lighting is key, from naked bulbs and dramatic intelligent lighting to custom lampshades or clusters of glamorous chandeliers, special lighting features are a strong part of the overall wedding design today.

4. Sitting pretty

Innovative seating is a trend that stretches from unusual chair combinations at the wedding ceremony, to stylish open-air lounges at pre-drinks and sofa-seating at tables. 

5. Bespoke is best

“Luxury is personal” is my motto when it comes to special celebrations. Creating meaning through innovative personal experiences – which can be about the smallest creative touches or reach as far as extending celebrations across three or four days.’

The glasshouse at Le Jardin
The glasshouse at Le Jardin is the most romantic venue. Here, the suspended ceiling greenery draws the focus upwards and ‘dresses’ the glasshouse, leaving space for sophisticated floral arrangements on the table and beautiful chairs to complete the design. Photo: Hewitt Wright Photography/Wedding Concepts

Please do contact us on if you’re planning a wedding. Enquire here and send us a quick brief so that we can send you some options and our brochure. We look forward to booking your special celebration and one of our very special venues!