Wedding Venue: Maroupi

We're pleased to see a growth of wedding venues around the north coast of Durban. More choice means happier brides right? Once such gem in Umhlali is the family-run Maroupi wedding farm. Set in rolling hills of sugar cane fields with a guest hall nestled among a well manicured garden, this venue is great for brides looking for a contemporary, back-yard feel.

Where: The venue is situated on the D383 (which is off the R 102) just outside Umhlali on a sugar cane farm

Style of Venue: 
Contemporary country garden 

Karen Gordon 082 908 0861
Edith Cuninghame (owner) 082 808 2696, 

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Why would this be a bride and groom’s dream venue? 
If couples enjoy the outdoors then this is the perfect venue for them. Each couple has the opportunity to transform the blank canvas into their dream wedding. The venue’s structure, with folding doors opens the space up to allow for the venue’s interior to flow into the garden which surrounds the venue. The venue’s simplicity is the perfect space for couples to use and transform into the wedding of their dreams. 

Does the venue come with an indoor or outdoor chapel? 
Yes, there is a chapel situated on the property that can seat up to 120 guests. Stack chairs with white chair covers are available for the chapel.

What does the venue package include?
Our venue hire wedding package includes the following all tables, crockery, cutlery and linen. It also includes a cake table, podium and white wimbledon chairs.

What kind of size wedding can be held there? 
Our venue can accommodate up to 200 Guests. Our main hall is 12m x 24m.

Does the venue come with a wedding planner or facilitator? 
Our pricing does not include a wedding facilitator but we are around the days leading up to the wedding and on the day to ensure that everything runs smoothly from our side. We do not offer décor or set up so this is usually arranged through a décor company.

What are the catering options? 
We do not offer catering but have a listed of preferred suppliers that we can recommend. At this stage we are open to couples bringing in their own caters but these need to be reputable catering companies.

Does the venue include a honeymoon suite? And is there space for family and the bridal party to stay overnight?
No there is no honeymoon suite but we do have a guest house (self-catering) on the property which can sleep up to 8 people sharing at an additional cost to the venue hire. 

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 guest house if they have booked this. The house is very spacious and the lighting is amazing which helps with makeup and photos.

Is there a reception closing time? If the wedding goes over time, what is your surcharge fee? 
Yes, unfortunately all good things have to come to an end. Our closing time is 01h00 but we are prepared to stay open until 02h00. The extra hour will be charged at R 1 500.

Can a couple choose their own wedding suppliers, or does your venue only use preferred suppliers? 
Yes at this stage couples have been bringing in their own suppliers. We are a new venue so have enjoyed meeting with all the suppliers and have had no issues thus far. We feel that it’s a great way to get our business out there.  

What kind of bar do you run, and what options do couples have? 
We run the bar through Maroupi and this can be run as a cash bar or a bar tab, and we do have credit card facilities. We have a standard list of drinks that we serve but are prepared to stock any special requirements. Barmen are not included in the venue hire cost and must be hired separately through us only.

Does the venue have sufficient parking for guests? 
Yes - we also ensure that there is someone available to guide the guests when they arrive to ensure that the parking space is utilised correctly. 

What rates can couples expect to pay? 
For 2014 our venue hire rate starts at R15 000 (minimum 100 guests).

Other good things to know about the venue? 
We have space in the garden on the lawn to erect a tent or marquee if couples prefer that feel for their big day.

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