This blog is directed to brides that are in the early stages of planning their wedding. And If you have not yet booked your wedding venue then I urge you to consider the breath-taking opportunity that awaits you at the Drakensberg Mountains’ best kept secrets: Antbear Drakensberg Lodge. There are many reasons that this Boutique styled lodge and one thing is certain your wedding will be an unforgettable wedding (and honeymoon!) forever captured in your wedding photographs.
1. Location, location, location
Antbear Drakensberg Lodge is situated in the Central Drakensberg overlooking the green rolling hills of the Natal Midlands and the high Drakensberg Mountains. The view is huge and stretches out from Giants Castle right across to Royal Natal. Its off the beaten track still it’s on a convenient route that connects Johannesburg with Durban and is just 15 minutes off the N3.
2. Wedding planning heaven
If you’re a busy bride-to-be, but still want a spectacular wedding, you can leave the nitty-gritty details of wedding planning up to the local wedding planner extraordinaire. Leave your stresses and worries at home as you partner with a local resident who has her fingers in all the right wedding pies and will get you exactly what you require from local wedding industry contacts and suppliers. If you do want to be more involved in customising your very own gorgeous wedding. Antbear Drakensberg Lodge partners with Ester from Midlands Style Events.
3. A wedding photographer’s dream
Antbear Drakensberg Lodge wedding venue is not only set against one of the most sought-after backdrops in the country (the Drakensberg Mountains), but the venue itself is a beautifully designed thatched building with exquisite artistic flare. No matter where you are in the lodge, you cannot escape the magnificent view. Photographers will delight to take photos in the wine cellar, the deck, the view, around the farm, with horses, and various other animals, old farm implements just to mention a few options. The Antbear Lodge partners with Karen Edwards who is a renowned wedding photographer.
4. Wedding and honeymoon in one
And the Antbear Drakensberg Lodge offers accommodation for your wedding guests too. 14 individually styled bedrooms mostly with jacuzzi spa baths and fireplaces and quirky artistic furniture will blow your imagination away. But its the luxury cave for the bridal couple that really takes the cake.
The venue can accommodate up to 80 guests for a close, intimate wedding, but when your guests go home, you can stay on and enjoy a fantastic honeymoon in the quiet of the mountains. Enjoy horse riding, delicious cuisine, hiking trails in the Drakensberg, the Midlands Meander and some of the best bushman rock art available. It’s so perfect, you’ll never want to leave.