Plan the perfect day with the top wedding trends for 2016

Every New Year brings something different for the wedding industry, ensuring that each couple’s special day is filled with fresh and exciting new options. At our countryside wedding venue near Johannesburg, we’re exploring the top trends for 2016. Charitable giving: Rather than the usual gifts of food processors, linen and china, more and more couples are choosing to use their wedding day to highlight a cause close to their hearts. So whether it’s an animal shelter, an orphanage or another NGO, you can use your celebration to share even more love, joy and goodwill. Jewel tones: Colour is a huge part of any wedding, from the bridesmaids dresses and bouquets to how you dress your wedding venue – and 2016 is the year of deep, rich tones. Think emerald, sapphire and ruby – opulent colours which will inspire the most luxurious experience. Personal themes: What brought you and your partner together? Was it your love of books or film? Or was it your desire to travel the world together? Use it to create a beautiful and highly personalised theme for your wedding which tells the story of your relationship’s journey. Gathering spots: Think photo booths, ice cream bars, cigar stations and custom cocktails – having these interactive elements at your wedding makes for great talking points, entertainment and lasting memories. Unusual venues: Churches are no longer a wedding essential, so think outside the box and make your event truly unique. From museums and galleries to outdoor country weddings, you can take your ceremony and reception from city chic to rural bliss. Enjoy a truly unique wedding experience at our exceptional venue At Idle Winds, just 14kms from Fourways, we offer our clients a team of professional, experienced event staff to ensure your day goes off perfectly. With onsite wedding planners, wait staff and chefs, we can assist you with everything from choosing linens and cutlery to setting up and taking down décor on the day. We are also happy to accommodate your own selection of service providers on the day. We also offer you and your wedding guests use of our onsite-accommodation. This consists of 58 luxurious double and twin-sized rooms and you also have the option to include a wedding breakfast in your package.  If you would like to find out more about our wedding venue, reception and ceremony options as well as the packages we offer, please contact us today. Our wedding planner and team will be happy to assist you and guide you around our beautiful country venue. Back to wedding venue near...

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Enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch in a stunning country setting

If you want to do something truly memorable with your loved ones this Christmas, come and spend the day at Idle Winds. Our function venue is set in acres of beautiful gardens and our award-winning restaurant has created a delectable menu just for this special day. All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, expertly prepared courses and excellent company. Our Christmas menu Food is a central part of coming together with friends and family and Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate this. Our menu has something for every taste, whether you’re traditional or enjoy something a little different. After your welcome drink, you will be able to make choices from the following options: Starters Deep fried Camembert with a berry coulis. Prawn cocktail and cream cheese wrapped in salmon. Prawn and asparagus tarts with mascarpone. Pan-fried duck breast with orange and fennel salad. This will be followed by a palate-cleansing sorbet. Mains Traditional roast turkey and ham with all the trimmings. Baked salmon with a lime drizzle. 330-350 beef fillet on crushed herb potatoes. Moroccan lamb with apricots and almonds. Gnocchi with gorgonzola cream sauce and roasted tomatoes. This will be followed by our famous desert buffet and cheese board, as well as tea and coffee. There is also a separate menu with options for children aged 4 to 10 years old. Bring family and friends together at Idle Winds Located just 14kms from Fourways, Idle Winds is a function venue which transports you to the heart of the countryside without having to drive far. Our friendly staff are happy to assist you with any concerns or queries, so please contact us today for more information on our Christmas...

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All the best child-friendly activities in Hartebeespoort this summer

If you’re looking for a family-friendly getaway over December that doesn’t mean you have to travel far, then Hartebeespoort is the perfect destination. Just an hour from Sandton, this area has plenty of attractions for kids of all ages and adults – making it perfect for a day trip or weekend away. Here’s what our function venue (offering a great restaurant and comfortable accommodation) has to recommend: Hartebeespoort Dam Aquarium: For over 45 years, this aquarium has been amazing guests by showcasing a wide variety of indigenous and tropical fresh water fish. With an education policy that promotes knowledge through entertaining shows and demonstrations, your children will learn all kinds of new things while having fun. Ama Zwing Zwing Zip Lines: If you have older children, this zipline tour is sure to be a favourite. You’ll zip along 1.3kms of slides set between platforms and get to admire the breath-taking view and wild game from an entirely unique perspective. Ballooning: Float above the Hartebeespoort area on a hot air balloon for a truly memorable and tranquil flying experience. A sunset or sunrise tour will really showcase the beautiful natural scenery. De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre: This non-profit organisation is dedicated to preserving endangered animals and is especially well known for its King Cheetah breeding programme. If your children are over 6 years old, you can tour the facility, learning about these rare animals and seeing them up close. Visit Idle Winds for a family-friendly break Idle Winds is a function venue in the Hartebeespoort area, just 14kms from Fourways. With plenty of accommodation and an internationally acclaimed restaurant, we’re the perfect place to spend your weekend out in the country. For more information on our accommodation and venue, please contact us today and speak to a friendly staff member. Back to restaurant and accommodation near...

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Looking for an affordable getaway in Gauteng? Visit Idle Winds!

It’s the end of 2015 and everyone is making plans for their summer break – but if you’ve left that to the last minute, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out! Idle winds is offering a fantastic deal on Groupon that gets you and your partner a gorgeous country vacation in the Aloe Valley, just 40-minutes from Pretoria, Sandton and Krugersdorp, for an incredibly discounted price. Use it this summer or as a great Christmas present for a loved one! The Idle Winds Groupon details R999 for a one-night stay for two (R 1,600 list price with 38% off, so you save R 601) R1 999 for a two-night stay for two (R 3,200 list price with 38% off, so you save R 1,201) All accommodation includes rooms surround beautifully manicured gardens and water features, complete with: En-suite showers or bathrooms Tea and coffee making facilities Air conditioning for summer and heaters for winter M-Net Some rooms include extra length beds, please enquire Your Groupon is valid until 31 January 2016, and isn’t redeemable on long weekends, public holidays or school holidays. Just make a booking for you and that special someone within 7 days of purchasing your Groupon and get ready to explore this beautiful part of Gauteng. Comfortable accommodation in the Aloe Valley There’s plenty to explore in the beautiful Aloe Valley, from hiking through the scenic natural surroundings to enjoying local markets, adventure activities, horse riding, the nearby Hartebeespoort Dam and local restaurants. At Idle Winds, you can enjoy our comfortable, well-appointed accommodation, award-wining restaurant and 9 hectares of beautiful gardens. For more information on our accommodation and venue, please contact us today and speak to a friendly staff...

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