Wedding Venue: The Orchards

We really are spoilt for choice with beautiful wedding spots in KZN. Adding to the ever-growing list is the Orchards, a country-style venue in Balgowen, in the Midlands. Set in a beautiful environment, this venue oozes with charm and unique flair. Read on to find out more.

Where: Caversham Valley, Balgowan, KZN Midlands
Venue Style: Country Chic
Contact: Belinda Schuil
Find them on the web: Website | Facebook

Why would this be a bride and groom’s dream venue?
Flexible and personal, Orchards has a stone and wood chapel, a quaint thatched bridal party house that sleeps 12 to 14 people, a chic barn inspired venue, converted stables for post wedding drinks, a beautiful river, midlands rolling hills and stunning landscaped gardens. These all make Orchards a bride and a photographers dream venue!

Does the venue come with an indoor or outdoor chapel?
A stone and wood indoor chapel.

What does the venue package include?
The package includes use of the chapel, stable area for post wedding drinks, chic barn venue and the bridal home for the weekend.

What kind of size wedding can be held there?
The Orchards can host small intimate weddings right up to 200 guests.

Does the venue come with a wedding planner or facilitator?
Belinda lives on site and is there as a facilitator to help coordinate everything right until the breakdown the day after.

What are the catering options?
A couple can choose their own outside caterer of choice.

Does the venue include a honeymoon suite? And is there space for family and the bridal party to stay overnight?
Yes, there is a honeymoon suite in the home and space for the bridal party. The bridal house sleeps from 12 to 14 people.

Is there a space at the venue where the bridal party can get ready before the wedding?
The bridal party can get ready in the bridal home. This house is the couple's for the weekend.

Is there a reception closing time? If the wedding goes over time, what is your surcharge fee?
The Orchard's standard closing time is 12pm and they can stay open until 1am at a surcharge of R1000.

Can a couple choose their own wedding suppliers, or does your venue only use preferred suppliers?
The Orchards can recommend various suppliers from their experiences, but it is ultimately up to the couple which suppliers they chose to work with.

What kind of bar do you run, and what options do couples have?
The Orchards runs a fully licensed bar and the couple can choose to run it how they like. For example, they may choose a cash bar, a full tab or partial tab bar. The couple is also allowed to bring in their own wine and champagne at a cost of R30 per opened bottle for corkage.

Does the venue have sufficient parking for guests?
The venue has sufficient parking for a 200 guest wedding.

What rates can couples expect to pay?
2015 rates are R30 000 for the entire wedding package for the weekend.

Other good things to know about the venue?
The package includes all crockery and cutlery needed, and the venue is fitted with wooden tables and white tiffany chairs. The home is available to rent for a longer period should the wedding party wish.

All pictures supplied by The Orchards

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