Three guides for choosing your wedding venue

Choosing the best venue for your wedding is an important part of your wedding planning. This is where you will celebrate a significant milestone in your life and the first thing your guests will see on your wedding day. Make sure the wedding venue you choose answers all the points that will help you choose the best possible option to host your wedding.

Guides to choosing a wedding venue

Guides to choosing a wedding venue

Your wedding theme

First decide what kind of look you’re going for: the kind of style you want for your wedding and the colours you’re going to use and the overall theme. Once that’s decided, you can start searching for wedding venues that suit your wedding theme or style.

The size of your wedding

How big do you want your dream wedding to be? Have you always wanted a huge wedding with everyone you know present? Or do you want a more intimate affair with only your nearest and dearest attending? The size of your wedding will help you narrow down your wedding venue selection. For big weddings you will look at country club and hotel wedding venues and for a more intimate or small wedding a restaurant or even a floating restaurant would be the perfect setting.

Your wedding budget

Perhaps one point that can sober your wedding dreams in one fell swoop – the dreaded BUDGET. What kind of wedding can you really afford? Work out the numbers and see what you’re willing to spend. You can opt to splash out on your wedding venue and cut back on drinks or decorations. Discuss ideas on how you can get what you really want and how to get around any challenges. Remember to also look at the option of having your wedding in off-peak seasons. That decision alone can shave your wedding venue expense quite a lot. Explore DIY options; what can you do yourself – wedding decorations, invitations, favours etc.

About the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club

A Luxury Hotel that’s the perfect all rounder – be it entertaining the whole family or hosting that all important business event – located 45 minutes away from Johannesburg on the banks of the Vaal River. The hotel offers guests varied options for families with small children, romantic couples or business guests. It boasts a magnificent river views and friendly and efficient staff, always committed to giving each individual guest the very special experience they deserve. From water sport, conferencing and river cruising to relaxing spa treatments, there’s a lot to be enjoyed. The 18-hole golf course is very popular, as is the 9-hole Pitch & Putt, which is a great activity for couples, families and teambuilding. Also on offer are various restaurant options. This resort offers a very family friendly environment.

Maccauvlei on Vaal’s wedding packages

Maccauvlei on Vaal is now open for wedding ceremonies and receptions, offering a variety of wedding packages to fit your pocket:

The My Fair Lady Wedding Package, at R250.00 per person, offers wedding couples the opportunity to get married amongst nature’s beauty with a lovely oak forest as your setting for the ideal outdoor wedding ceremony. Added to that is a wedding reception in Maccau Feathers featuring beautiful wooden interiors – a well appointed venue suited to your every need. Furthermore, this wedding package includes staff assisting in the setup of the garden wedding and the venue, standard crockery, cutlery and glassware, a three course buffet meal and a wedding coordinator to assist you on site.

My Fair Lady Wedding Package

My Fair Lady Wedding Package

Have the wedding of your dreams at Maccauvlei on Vaal by choosing the Lady Chatterley’s Wedding Package. From R330.00 per person, you can have a garden wedding ceremony, with the option of an indoor chapel. Your guests will be able to enjoy pre-dinner drinks followed by a delicious buffet dinner at your wedding reception in Maccau Feathers. Maccauvlei on Vaal will take care of all standard setups for your special day. Two rooms for the bridal party are also included in the package, where they can get ready for the big day. A wedding coordinator will also be available to assist you on site.

Lady Chatterley's Wedding Package

Lady Chatterley’s Wedding Package

Maccauvlei on Vaal’s Gatsby Wedding Package, charged at R420.00 per person, offers bridal couples the option of a wedding ceremony in the beautiful, historic oak forest with the option of an indoor chapel, or a more formal ceremony in Maccau Feathers with a red carpet, wooden floors and beautiful chandeliers. The bride and groom can also decide whether they would like to have their wedding reception in a venue or in Maccauvlei on Vaal’s main dining room. The package includes pre-dinner treats in the form of canapés and welcome drinks for your guests, as well as a three course meal. You can open the dance floor on Maccauvlei on Vaal’s newly restored dance floor, especially polished for your joyous occasion. Delight in a complimentary night’s stay for the newlyweds, including a romantic turndown and breakfast. The bridal party will also be provided with two rooms to get ready in for the occasion. The lodge staff will handle all standard setups for the ceremony and the reception, including standard crockery and cutlery. On the morning of your wedding, the bride can also enjoy a neck and shoulder massage, ensuring that she is as relaxed as possible when walking down the aisle.

Gatsby Wedding Package

Gatsby Wedding Package

Book your wedding at Maccauvlei on Vaal and enjoy professional assistance every step of the way. Contact Maccauvlei on Vaal Country Lodge and Conference Venue on 016 420 2000 or


About Maccauvlei on Vaal

A welcoming country lodge and conferencing venue in the Vaal, open to both leisure and conference guests. Maccauvlei on Vaal has a variety of entertainment options. Also on offer are golfing packages, sport group accommodation, bird watching, wedding venues, photography and culture weekends and more.


For more information please contact: 

Renate de Villiers


Mario Milani Drive

Vereeniging, Gauteng, 1930

Phone:   016 420 2245