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Encourage guests to elope and other ideas for small properties to attract guests

The average wedding cost R70 000 to R80 000 in South Africa, and often beyond the budget of many. Elopement offers a super wedding to a couple, and most often it is older couples choosing this option. There are millions of very sensible reasons why people should not spend exorbitant amounts of money on weddings, and you could provide just the answer.

This “elopement package/micro wedding” is normally limited to 20 guest, and is most often more extravagant than a normal wedding, not always costing less.

 We looked around at what some of the local properties are offering, and there are some very clever ideas.

The elopement package can also serve as a surprise renewal of the vows.

This package can have several options depending on the needs of the party getting married, and the number of guests.

Other interesting packages include:

Wedding proposal package
Couples escape
Anniversary celebration
Birthday package
Senior getaway package

Elopement package/renewal of the vows

Wedding ceremony options may include:

  • Bridal bouquet and Button Hole
  • Hand made flower crowns
  • Hair and makeup artist (no trial included)
  • Welcome drinks
  • Canapés
  • Gin trolly with local botanicals
  • Bottle of sparkling wine
  • Sangria
  • Snack platter
  • Small wedding cake for a certain amount of people
  • Use of Gazebo
  • Gardens to take photographs
  • Vintage car transport
  • Helium balloons
  • Basic décor and facilities as is.
  • The ceremony facility will be private for a certain time
  • Photographer to take a certain amount of pictures or available for a certain amount of time.
  • Use of P/A system
  • Use of music system/jukebox
  • Paparazzi to capture the special moment
  • Jazz trio
  • Violinists
  • Carriage ride
  • A set of ‘his’ and ‘hers’ bath towels with embroidered initials
  • Underwater ceremony

Other possibilities:

  • Two nights accommodation in the bridal suite
  • Romantic turndown
  • Dinner and full English breakfast
  • Complimentary Minibar
  • Complimentary Wifi
  • Private swimming pool
  • Private jacuzzi

Often not included:

  • Marriage office or minister. Finding the perfect person is very personal, and should sometimes be left to the individuals.
  • Guest accommodation

It is most important to get photographs of the most memorable events (with the consent of the guests), to use in social media marketing.

Other interesting packages

Wedding proposal packages

The package involves facilitating a surprise wedding proposal.

During the process staff will facilitate the revealing of the ring, in a glass of sparkling wine, or disguised in some other manner inside a piece of cake or similar

Options may include:

  • Two nights accommodation in the bridal suite
  • Fireworks after the proposal
  • Heart-shaped cake
  • Photographer/Videographer
  • Sparkling wine
  • Rose petal turndown
  • Fruitbowl in room

Ways to hide a wedding ring:

  • Inside dessert
  • Part of dessert

Ways to pop the question:

  • “Marry Me” in light-up letters
  • “Marry Me” aeroplane banner fly by
  • Treasure hunt that leads to secluded venue with a question card
  • Climbing wall, with the question on a card at the top
  • Skydiver with banner lands close to the couple
  • A cake that spells out “Will you marry me”.
  • Print the proposal on a wine label
  • Print the proposal on the “specials menu”
  • Five staff can line up, and when they turn around they can have signs on their backs saying “Sarah will you marry me?”.

Couples treat

Options may include:

  • Accommodation for two
  • Couples massage
  • Fresh fruit bowl and sparkling wine on arrival
  • Spa treatments may include:
  • Body Mud wrap
  • Back and Neck Massage
  • Pressure point reflex foot message
  • Hair and scalp massage
  • Hand or foot massage
  • Light lunch
  • Full breakfast

Anniversary package

Packages nay include these options:

  • Accommodation for two
  • Couples message
  • Romantic turndown with sparkling wine
  • Stargazing tour
  • Game drive
  • Picnic lunch
  • Full English breakfast
  • Violinist at a special table
  • Possibility to upgrade to an open-air venue

Happy birthday package

Packages may include:

  • Accommodation for two
  • Someone jumping out of a cake surprise
  • Big cake
  • Sparkling wine in room
  • Spa voucher
  • Sundowner Tour
  • Horseback riding
  • Carriage ride
  • Two-course dinner with birthday cake
  • Full breakfast

Seniors Package

These packages are mainly available during the week at a substantial discount to seniors only

Options may include

  • Full bed and Breakfast
  • Full board and two excursions
  • Game drive
  • Boat tour
  • Bird watching
  • Tour of local nurseries
  • Nature walks
  • Wine tasting