Wedding Venue: The Glades

We first stumbled across this gorgeous venue on photographer Fiona Clair's Facebook site and fell absolutely head over heels with it's homely charm, gorgeous open styled barn and stunning scenery. And then when we found out that Gabi from Vanilla House is the brains behind the venue, we weren't surprised at its beauty and attention to detail.  
The Glades Farm Basics
Where: Balgowan Area, Natal Midlands. You can see the map here.
Style of Venue: Outdoors, Rustic chic 
Contact: Gabriela on 082 740 3555
Visit their website or their Facebook page

Does the venue come with an indoor or outdoor chapel? 
Being a brand new venue (they hosted their first wedding in April 2012) they do not have a chapel just yet. There are plans to build a simple but pretty chapel near one of the lakes on the property. For now they have had a few ceremonies outdoors in the forest and garden. Tents can be hired as a backup for rain. 

What does the venue package include?
Their basic package includes the hiring of the venue and accommodation for up to 12 guests for two nights (what a bonus!). They are in the process of revamping one other room, so this will bring the guest numbers up to 14. 

What are the catering options? 
The Glades has preferred caterers that work closely with the venue. The caterers will set up all the flatware and also organise waitresses and waiters for the night too. 
Does the venue include a honeymoon suite? 
The Glades does not have a honeymoon suite but they do have a cottage that most bridal couples stay in. And don't forget, this is included in the package!

Is there a reception closing time? If  the wedding goes over time, do you charge a fee? 
Most venues stay open until 12am but The Glades stays open until 1am! Thereafter they charge a very reasonable rate of R800 per hour. 

Does the venue come with a wedding planner? 
Yes, the wedding comes with an experienced day cordinator that will oversee the setting up the night before as well as coordinating the wedding during the day. The cordinator will stay until all the fomalities are done and then come back the next day to oversee the cleaning up. 
What kind of size wedding can be held at The Glades?
The wedding barn can hold up to 150 guests. 

What kind of bar is run at The Glades? 
The Glades doesn't run a bar per say but they have 3 bar services that they work with. A cash or open bar can be arranged with them. 

Other good things to know about The Glades 
Gabi from Vanilla House is super talented at making just about any theme look absolutely gorgeous. The Glades has a package that includes the services of Vanilla House - right from the d├ęcor and flowers to set-up; all personally done by Gabi. 

All pictures  sourced from the Glades website and Facebook page (links appear at the beginning of the article). 

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