We just love hearing about wedding venues for the first time. The DuBoirs was a venue that we had never heard about and the more we researched it, the more we fell in love with it. With the ability to hold weddings for between 300 - 600 guests and set in the scenic valley of a 1000 hills (only 35km out of Durban!), sit back and let's get to know more about this hidden gem together.
Where: The DuBoirs Boutique lodge is located just 35km out of Durban in the valley of 1000 hills in Waterfall. Your guests will be thankful that they don't have to stay overnight and yet it still provides the perfect escape into nature.
Style of Venue: The DuBoirs can be described as a contemporary boutique lodge that can offer indoor or outdoor weddings. They have perfectly manicured grounds, with fountains, waterfalls and dams as well as a large function hall with modern trimmings. Think clear tiffany chairs, modern light fixtures and classic styling - all combining to become the perfect backdrop for your wedding theme.
Tel: 031 776 3159
Cell: 072 923 1838
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Does the venue have an indoor or outdoor chapel?
The DuBoirs love their impecabble garden and so they have an outdoor gazebo perfect for any couple wanting to get married outside.
What does the venue package include?
The venue package includes use of the wedding banquet hall and terrace for drinks, tables (including cake and gift tables), standard white table cloths and napkins and clear tiffany chairs. It also includes the landscape gardens for your use, full staffing requirements for 8 hours and the bridal salon for the bride from 07h30 in the morning. The package also includes your chosen menu selection. You will be required to pay extra for the Gazebo and chairs for the ceremony as well as the speakers podium, seating plan easel and honeymoon suite.
What are the catering options?
The wedding package offers welcome drinks and canapes at R65 per person as well as an additional snack menu at R85 per person. There is also the option of a high tea at R75 per person if you would prefer. For your main meal, you have a choice between 4 different buffet menus (ranging from R365 to R455 per person). There is also an option for a plated menu at R480 per person with an extensive range of choice, including palette cleansers.
The DuBoirs also offers an unconventional wedding package which features a breakfast buffet at R350 per person or a picnic wedding at R300 per person. Both these options would not include the venue hire and so are a great budget alternative.
Does the venue include a honeymoon suite?
The honeymoon suite is available at an additional fee.
Is there accommodation for guests?
The DuBoirs offers 9 full furnished luxury suites for an additional fee. These are perfect for the bridal party and family of the bride and groom. Rates for these suites start at R525 per person. See more information here.
Is there a reception closing time? If you go over time, does the venue charge a free?
The banquet hall is yours for 8 hours and charges an hourly rate after midnight thereafter.
Does the venue come with a wedding planner?
On the day of the wedding you can be assured that the on-site co-ordinator will make sure everything runs smoothly and to plan.
What size of wedding can be held at DuBoirs?
The DuBoirs has a large banqueting hall that can hold 300 people. For larger weddings, they turn to their beautiful gardens which can hold up to 600 guests.
What kind of bar is run there?
The DuBoirs give you a lot of choices when it comes to the bar. You can choose to run a cash bar, an open bar or a tabbed bar. They have Visa and Mastercard facilities on site, so your guests need not worry about bringing cash along.
What rates can couples expect to pay?
Couples are asked to pay a security deposit of R10 000 upon booking the venue. Thereafter, packages are priced per head, so the fee is really up to you and the amount of guests you will be inviting.
Other good things to know about the DuBoirs:
- The menu price per person includes a 3 course dinner as well as all the other venue trimmings mentioned above. Your only additional costs will include the gazebo hire, decor and beverages.
- The DuBoirs offers alternative wedding packages which include breakfast buffets and gourmet picnics
- There are 9 fully furnished luxury suites on site and available for your guests
- The gardens are immaculately kept and perfect for your wedding photography.
All photographs are by Matt Mason, Ocean Driven Media and Stuart Dods
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