Weddings & Functions at The Edge
Hogsback, recently voted as one of the top 10 most beautiful places to visit in South Africa, is situated 1300m above sea level in the picturesque Amatola Mountains of the Eastern Province. It is well known for its pristine indigenous forests, waterfalls, clear mountain streams, walks and trails. As a result of its unique climate, Hogsback is also famous for its beautiful gardens with their azaleas, rhododendrons, silver birches, maples, liquid-ambers etc. It often snows in Hogsback so the village is a popular destination for people looking to spend a romantic few days in a cosy cottage with a log fire! Because of its clean air and tranquil surroundings Hogsback is also favoured by those looking for a peaceful, spiritual, healing environment.
Surrounded by spectacular views and indigenous forest, ‘The Edge’ is a small retreat with 20 self-catering cottages (some perched on the edge of the cliff) and 10 en-suite rooms (sleeping a total of 76 guests), all set in 20 acres of beautiful gardens. Extra accommodation: If needed, we can also arrange extra accommodation within a few kilometers of ‘The Edge’.
Our cosy, informal restaurant in our pretty garden offers delicious cakes, teas, and meals with superb wines to match!
Since our aim at ‘The Edge’ is to provide a gentle, peaceful and relaxing environment for our guests, we regretfully can only accept functions that will not disturb the tranquil environment we wish to preserve. ‘The Edge’ is therefore more suitable for smaller, daytime weddings, and evening weddings where loud music is not that important!
Please note: Unless your wedding party has booked out all our accommodation at The Edge, we unfortunately cannot allow loud music after 11pm.
We will be happy to show you around the venue and discuss your wedding details on your visit to The Edge.
The Vula Vista Venue
Our Vula Vista Venue has a spectacular view over the garden, the labyrinth the Tyhume Valley and for a 100 miles beyond! This venue can cater for up to 80 seated guests. Or up to 120 if use is also made of our deck which can be enclosed. If a dancing area is required the venue can seat approximately 60 to 70 guests, or an extra 30 if use is made of the deck. The venue is light and spacious and it has a large log fireplace, ample ventilation and excellent lighting. There is a separate bar and buffet area. The venue has a lovely wooden deck which can be enclosed with canvas blinds. Steps lead down to a terraced lawn.
Our Labyrinth is one of the largest in the world, and couples sometimes choose to use it as part of their wedding ceremony.
The Hogsback Garden Club has arranged that couples can plant a tree in the Garden of Love in the Hogsback Arboretum to commemorate their big day. www.hogsbackgardens.blogspot.co.za
Costs of the wedding venue:
This price quoted includes the hire of the venue, chairs, rectangular tables, white tablecloths and serviettes, white chair covers, crockery, cutlery and glassware, as well as barmen and waitresses.
It does not include, for example, the minister, the chapel, photographer, DJ, and any other special décor such as other colour table cloths and serviettes, overlays, flowers, candles, any music, draping, fairy lights, etc.
There is a basic charge for the hire of the wedding venue of R15 000 plus an extra R100 per person.
There will be an extra charge for the venue of R1000 per hour after midnight.
* We give the bridal couple a gift of one free night in one of our lovely Honeymoon cottages.
The hire of venue charge is taken as a non-refundable deposit to secure your date. Please note that a cancellation on your behalf will forfeit your deposit.
‘The Edge’ must supply all meals and beverages.
Menus prices: The price of a basic three-course meal at the moment is R295.00 including VAT per head depending on the menu selection. This would include a plated starter to be served by waitresses. The main course would be served buffet style and would be a choice of two main dishes usually a chicken and a lamb dish (this gives both red and meat), a selection of four vegetables and a large platter of salad. There is also a selection three desserts with tea and coffee to end.
Should you want canapés or finger snacks before your reception, or if you think it will be a very late evening and you would require a cheese board or some late-night pizzas, the price would be adjusted accordingly.
Please discuss any special dietary requirements with us in advance.
We are fully licensed and also have a good wine cellar from which we can supply an interesting range of wines and sparkling wines/champagne at reasonable prices. We can also recommend wines to complement your menu.
Please note that a service fee of 10% on the restaurant and bar tab will be added to your final account as staff gratuity.
Leigh Smith is our on-site wedding coordinator and to help take the stress out of organizing your big day in Hogsback. Contact her for all your decor requirements to make your day simply magical. 083 293 6187 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Patrick’s Chapel
This intimate stone and thatch chapel in Hogsback is available for wedding ceremonies, and is approximately 4kms from ‘The Edge’. For more information or to book the chapel please call Carol Neith on 045-9621223
Hogsback Garden Club
Carol Neith 045-9621223
Linda Delport. Mobile 082 677 4596
DJ Rise – Justin Smith 083 555 8830 (Lighting & Sound experience) email: email@example.com
Niki M is a very talented photographer who has captured many weddings in Hogsback. She is familiar with all the beautiful locations for wedding pictures and she understands the light and colours of Hogsback perfectly! www.nikimphotography.co.za. firstname.lastname@example.org 083 284 3785.
Janice Adlam Photography
Savour your precious moments with creative photography, the smiles, eyes lighting up to that first amazing kiss as husband and wife and all the excitement that goes along with your special day. From weddings to anniversaries, to birthday celebrations, my goal for you is to have that story to share and rekindle that special day.
Love Poem Readings and Hiku Hikes
Norman Morrissey and Silke Heiss are professional published poets with 50 years’ worth of writing and public reading experience between them. You are welcome to book a ‘Hiku Hike’ for your guests to provide your wedding party with a meaningful and unique experience. For more information on the Hiku Hikes visit http://www.hogsback.co.za/activities.aspx and scroll down to ‘Hiku Hikes’.
Morrissey and Heiss also offer exquisitely honest, professionally staged love poem readings – either as part of a pre-wedding party with friends, or woven into your wedding ceremony and celebration.
For enquiries or more information please contact email@example.com 045 962 1034/ 074 132 3101.
Wedding Décor and Gifts for Guests
Silke Heiss is a sculptor in ceramics with 17 years’ hands-on experience. She trained with a variety of teachers, including David May at his School of Ceramic Art in Cape Town. Silke is able to offer you beautiful centrepieces and unique, handmade objects for your guests to remember your wedding meaningfully. She makes magical lanterns and charmingly humorous ‘Belles and Balls’. She is also able to create items according to your own design. For pictures of her work and more information contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org 045 962 1034/ 074 132 3101.
For more information about weddings and other functions at The Edge