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Wedding tips: How to choose the perfect wedding dress

Posted by on Feb 26, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Wedding tips: How to choose the perfect wedding dress

February is all about love and romance, making it a popular month for proposals! If you’re one of the lucky ones who’ve gotten engaged recently, congratulations! Now it’s time to start planning your dream day – and one of the most important decisions you can make is choosing your wedding dress. Here are some tips from the team at Idle Winds, a stunning wedding venue near Pretoria. Your wedding venue: This is an important factor in choosing the right wedding dress, as it should fit in with the location of your ceremony and reception. For example, a daytime beach ceremony wouldn’t suit a huge gown with a long train, and a wedding in a beautiful church wouldn’t suit a cocktail-style wedding dress. Your budget: Your dress can easily take up a big portion of your wedding budget, so you need to have a good idea of just how much you can spend. Don’t forget to add in your extras – like the veil, undergarments and accessories – as well. This will help you decide on a look and designer that meets your requirements and won’t sink your budget. Your body type: Every woman is unique, and different silhouettes work suit particular body types, bringing out your best look. Most brides have a few looks that suit them, and a general rule to follow is: petite brides should avoid big, frothy ball gowns, mermaid dresses look best on hourglass brides, A-line dresses look great on everyone, trumpet dresses are fabulous on curvy figures, and Empire ball gowns look great on boyish figures. Your personality: There are so many bridal dresses and so many rules to follow, but the most important one is to find a dress that’s all about you. Yes, white is traditional – but if your heart is on a dramatic deep red, then don’t let tradition hold you back. If princess gowns are on trend but you love the freedom of simplicity, then don’t convince yourself to get tied up in a corset. If you’re in doubt, go with a dress that you feel comfortable in and that speaks to you! Bring your dream day to life at our country wedding venue near Pretoria  At Idle Winds, just 14kms from Fourways, we offer our clients a team of professional, experienced event staff to ensure that 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 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 the team will be happy to assist you and guide you around our beautiful country...

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How to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day – A guide from our function venue

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

How to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day – A guide from our function venue

February is the month of love, and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, the team at Idle Winds wanted to share some of their best tips for planning the perfect romantic date for your spouse or partner. Know his/her interests: Valentine’s Day isn’t necessarily about red roses and chocolate – it’s about showing your loved one that you really care about them. So, if rock climbing or water-skiing is your date’s passion, then go with that. You can always pamper them with an overnight stay, a lovely couple’s massage or a candlelit dinner after! Location, location, location: Take the time to research your options, don’t just jump on the first package you see. This means planning your day well in advance because places fill up quickly! Look at the reviews of a restaurant or hotel, take a look at their photo galleries to see what it’s really like, and look into what the area offers. Build up to the big surprise: Having a wonderful Valentine’s Day is about more than a dinner or date, so try and make the whole day a treat for your loved one. Surprise them with flowers in the morning, then treat them to a message and packed lunch for work. Get a work colleague to help you arrange a half day at the office, then whisk your loved one off for an impromptu surprise getaway! Don’t be afraid to ask for help: The best function venues work with their clients when they want to plan something really special, and these teams are trained to deliver the exceptional! If you want a special table, a picnic option, or even assistance planning a proposal, their staff can help you pull it off seamlessly and in style. Let Idle Winds function venue near Johannesburg make your Valentine’s Day one to remember!  If you are looking for the perfect venue for a sophisticated night out, our restaurant at Idle Winds offers everything you need – mouth-watering food, attentive service and a romantic country setting just 14kms from Fourways. Established in 1989, our restaurant has won many coveted awards and has an extensive wine cellar boasting a unique, high-quality collection of local and international choices. Our highly experienced chefs specialize in international flavours and trend, offering you seasonal produce cooked to perfection – the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your special someone. For more information about our function venue and facilities, please contact us...

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This New Year, partner with a conference venue near Pretoria that has it all!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

This New Year, partner with a conference venue near Pretoria that has it all!

If you want to plan a successful conference, seminar, workshop or product launch for 2018, you need a venue that understands the importance of high quality, professional services. At Idle Winds, a top conference venue conveniently located just 14kms from Fourways; we have the experience, facilities and dedication needed to make your event a success! Here’s a selection of what our conference venue has to offer: A selection of conference packages to meet your specifications. Comfortable, on-site accommodation in our 58 double and twin-sized rooms. Access to our award-winning restaurant, known for exceptional international cuisine and impressive wine selection. Access to a selection of function venues and customised menus (including buffets, braais, plated dinners, breakfast and Halaal menus) for relaxed dining and an opportunity to unwind after a hard day’s work. Scenic location out in the tranquil countryside, ideal for focussing on the work at hand. We will work with you to develop the best – and most affordable – conference experience We understand how important these corporate events are to our clients, which is why our conference team is dedicated to going the extra mile to ensure that it’s successful. We will work with you to develop a package that delivers exactly what you want, all within your budget. With the ability to seamlessly host up to 500 people a day in our fully air-conditioned and equipped conference village with stunning views out onto the countryside, we’ll deliver the practical support as well as the wow-factor for any corporate function or event. In addition, we also offer extensive team building packages, which include everything from fire walking and quad biking to gumboot dancing – the ideal way to celebrate a successful corporate event and bring your team together. For more information on our conference venue, packages and services, please contact us...

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Celebrate through 2018 with our function venue near Johannesburg

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Celebrate through 2018 with our function venue near Johannesburg

Are you looking for the perfect country venue at which you, your friends and family can celebrate birthdays, weddings and celebrations in 2018? At Idle Winds, just 14kms from Fourways, we specialise in hosting events of every size and we have a variety of function venues to suit your exact needs. For anyone who loves the scenic outdoors, our extensive, manicured grounds offer you a versatile and beautiful natural backdrop. The Terrace, overlooking the Courtyard, is a sophisticated option for daytime celebrations. For larger, indoor events, we can offer you larger function venues like the newly renovated Baobab venue that can seat up to 250 guests and allow you to dance the night away! If you’re a foodie, you can book your event at our award-winning restaurant, renowned for international cuisine and extensive wine list. This space can be booked for up to 40 people, and is ideal for birthdays and family events. If you like to make your events more intimate or more casual, The Wagon Inn, Jackie’s and The Atrium are all great choices. While The Atrium offers a dance floor and exclusive bar, The Wagon Inn comes complete with pool table, darts board and relaxed atmosphere. Let our experienced team deliver an event filled with wonderful memories The Idle Winds team focuses on more than simply providing great function venues, ensuring that our service and management teams are fully trained and experienced in helping make your function a reality. We will assist you with choosing a menu and décor as well as offering full set up and take down services – all while working within your budget. In addition to offering a wide variety of top function venues, we can also include comfortable, on-site accommodation in our 58 double and twin-sized rooms. For more information on our country function venue and services, please contact us...

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‘Tis the season to be braaing!

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

‘Tis the season to be braaing!

Idles Winds is a beautiful countryside function venue near Johannesburg, known for our lush gardens, scenic bush views and comfortable accommodation. But we’re branching out a little with another fantastic offer – our braai menu! Braai menu ideal for your function  Whether you’re hosting an end-of-year company event, a family reunion or a party for friends and family, there’s no better way to do it than with a braai under the African skies. Here’s our soon-to-be-famous braai menu: Sirloin steak, farm-style boerewors, and chicken served directly from the fire Traditional pap and chakalaka Hot vegetables, including potato herb bake, Mediterranean vegetables drizzled with olive oil, and savoury rice Our Idle Winds salad valley (3 varieties of salad) A selection of homemade savoury and garlic breads A dessert buffet of 3 desserts of your choice, including fruit salad, ice cream, crème caramel, chocolate roulade, cheesecake, lemon meringue, chocolate mousse, and malva pudding with cream) Filter coffee No mess, no fuss, just good fun the traditional South African way  Whatever your event or celebration, our team is here to help you make it happen. We’re located just 14kms from Fourways, making us an easy drive from Pretoria, Johannesburg and Sandton. In just minutes, you will escape to the fresh air and lush veld of the scenic Aloe Valley meander. As a leading function venue, we have the experience to make your event professional, fun and budget-friendly, so don’t hesitate to contact us today and talk about your professionally-catered...

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What’s on during the festive season in Gauteng!

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

What’s on during the festive season in Gauteng!

Spending the festive season in Gauteng is all about relaxing, exploring, enjoying the hot weather and the quiet roads. Here are some great events and activities on during this peaceful summer holiday period, from our function venue near Pretoria. Bryan Adams – If you love the popular rock rhythms of Bryan Adams and singing along to some of the world’s biggest anthems like “18 Till I die”, you can catch this living legend live at the Sun Arena at Times Square on the 10th of December. The Christmas Village at Montecasino – From 29 November to 3 December, Montecasino’s annual Christmas village is on. Filled with enchanting stalls offering gifts, food, decorations and more, this market is a family attraction that delivers the atmosphere and wonder of traditional European Christmas markets under the African sun. Pinocchio: Written and directed by Janice Honeyman, this traditional Christmas pantomime is a fun-filled thrill-ride for children and parents alike. Held at the Mandela Theatre (Johannesburg Theatre in Braamfontein), this features some of South Africa’s best-known talent! A Christmas Carol: A traditional Christmas story about warmth and redemption, this classic is brought to life to inspire the audience with the true spirit of Christmas. Experience the magic at the Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino from 29 November to 7 January. Painting made easy: Held at the beautiful Pretoria Botanical Gardens, this is an entry-level painting workshop for anyone who is interested in developing their artistic skills. Come along and create a masterpiece at this family-friendly event from 11 December to 8 January. The Harties Market: Every Saturday sees crowds come and visit the acclaimed Harties Market, where you can find everything from fine art and creative crafts to delectable treats. It’s hosted opposite the De Vette Mossel restaurant on the 511. Christmas in Gauteng – The perfect time for a weekend getaway!  Whether you want a weekend away with your partner or a trip out of the city with your family, the Hartebeespoort area has so much to offer – and it’s all just 14km from Fourways! At Idle Winds function venue, we offer our guests everything they need for a relaxing countryside break, from comfortable on-site accommodation to an award-winning restaurant. For more information about our function venue or to book your stay, please contact us...

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How to choose the perfect venue for your public event

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

All the top event planners know that the venue you choose can make or break your event, so it’s critical that this choice is a priority for your team. So, how do you find the perfect fit? Here are some tips from our team at Idle Winds, one of the top function venues near Pretoria. Basics: First, know the size of your event, the type and basic requirements from your venue. Is it a business event, expo, market or club event? Do you need a large inside space for 500 people? Would you rather have big outdoor lawns? Is it formal or casual? Budget: This is your second most important planning tool, as everything has to meet your budgetary requirements. It will help you decide what venue will suit you, as well as where your spending will go in terms of catering, décor and so forth. Where to start? With so many options out there, it can be difficult to even start your search for the right venue. Fortunately, the Internet provides a great starting point as many venues have a website and social media presence. While you shouldn’t commit to a venue based on what you see online, you can certainly get a great feel for the venue, their amenities and what they offer. Know your amenities: This is where it’s essential to communicate with the venue’s team, so that you can decide whether you need to bring in more vendors or not. For example, if you are expecting a large crowd, you’ll need to make sure that they have access to toilets. If you are hosting food stalls, you’ll need to know if your venue allows it and what their policies are. If you want certain décor, tents or other structures, you’ll need to know if they are allowed and if the venue has preferred vendors that they would like to work with. Accessibility and entertainment: The different venues you speak to will be able to tell you if they are wheelchair friendly, if they allow bands/DJs, if they have facilities for children, or any other accessibility questions you may have. Make sure that they also have enough parking for your guests and that the parking is secure. Let our experienced team host your event at our welcoming function venue!  Idle Winds is a leading conference, wedding and function venue near Pretoria, just 14kms from Fourways. Our friendly, experienced staff are ready and waiting to assist you in planning and hosting a memorable function. In addition to a variety of function spaces, gardens and restaurant, we also offer overnight accommodation, conferencing space and teambuilding packages. For more information about our services, function rooms and venue, please contact us...

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This is why you should celebrate your birthday at our function venue!

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Your birthday deserves extra special attention – and that means hosting it at an exceptional function venue! At Idle Winds, set in 9 hectares of manicured gardens and natural bush veldt, our team offers you and your guests the chance to celebrate in style. From our beautifully appointed private venues to tasty catering options and expert staff services, we have everything you need to enjoy a truly memorable event. Look at our different function rooms and spaces  The Baobab – Seating between 60 and 250 people and comfortably fitting a dance floor, the newly renovated Baobab Venue is ideal for large parties. Set in a fragrant rose garden and complete with high volume ceilings decorated with chandeliers, this venue is elegant, refined and tastefully appointed. The Terrace – This is a smaller venue with limited seating: ideal for intimate parties. Set overlooking the gardens and aviary, this is a sought-after venue for breakfasts, lunches and high teas. The Wagon Inn – If you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, this old English-style pub venue is a perfect choice. With great food, pool tables, darts and music, you’ll be able to really let your hair down. Jackie’s – This private room comfortably accommodates 26-30 people for an intimate meal. The Atrium – Also a smaller venue, this room works well for groups of up to 50 people. It has its own bar as well as terrace access. The Restaurant – Known for its international cuisine, extensive wine cellars and decadent desserts, our restaurant can seat up to 30 – 40 people in the main room or accommodate 10 people in each of the two private dining areas. Our team will deliver an event to remember  At Idle Winds, we know just how important it is that every detail is perfect for your event and that everything goes smoothly. From our experienced chefs and staff to our event planners who will help coordinate and organise your party, our team will deliver everything you need to enjoy such a special occasion. If you have a birthday or special celebration coming up, we’d like to encourage you to visit our venue, explore your options and speak to our helpful and friendly staff. Located just 14 kms from Fourways, we’re just a short trip from the city – but you’ll feel a world away! For more information on our function venue, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. Back to function venue near...

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Tips for running an effective training seminar

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Planning a training seminar takes a lot of work – but the truth is, it’s the best way to really make it count and ensure your participants feel the event was productive, helpful and beneficial. Here are some tips from the team at Idle Winds, a top conference venue near Johannesburg. Know your goal: Ask yourself exactly what it is you want to achieve with your training seminar. Are you helping build leadership skills? Are you training people in a new type of software or programme? Are you trying to bring a team together to communicate properly on a project? Knowing your goals will help keep the seminar focussed and clear. Give yourself enough time: Firstly, you need enough time to develop your workshop properly, and secondly, you need enough time to teach your participants properly. If your work is going to take 3 days to learn, don’t try squash it into a single afternoon. Make a list of your requirements: Know exactly what equipment you are going to need and how much of it is needed, and make sure your partners or your venue is able to provide it. You might need AV equipment for presentations, printed manuals, or notepaper and pens – whatever it is, make sure well in advance that it will be there, rather than relying on participants to bring it themselves. And always have extra or backups where possible! Mix presentations with hands-on training: Rather than using your seminar as a lecture, try to reinforce new techniques through hands-on learning. Getting trainees involved in role-playing scenarios, solving problems or asking questions about approaching different challenges makes training more effective and long-lasting. Book your venue: Working at a venue that is not the office is very beneficial to the learning process – not only does it create a sense of excitement and a break in routine, it also helps trainees move out of their daily office mind-set and focus on new things. It is also a great way of preventing interruptions. Experience a tranquil conference venue 14kms from Fourways  At Idle Winds, our venue staff develops and facilitates fully customisable conference packages that are created to suit your corporate training or teambuilding programme. Our conference facilities are fully-air conditioned and set in tranquil, well-maintained gardens, encouraging an atmosphere of relaxation and stress-free focus. With six modern conference rooms to choose from, including a 400-seat theatre-style venue, we can comfortably accommodate up to 500 people per day. Just 14kms from Fourways, we are an easy drive for businesses in Sandton, Johannesburg and Pretoria. We can also accommodate you and your team on-site in comfortable accommodation consisting of 58 double and twin-sized rooms if you would prefer a weekend retreat. For more information about our conference venue and team building packages, please contact us...

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The Golden Rules for Planning a Great Year-End Function

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Your office year-end function is one of the most important events on your calendar, as it’s all about rewarding your hard-working employees for achieving another successful business year. Here are some essential rules to follow to ensure that it’s a success, from our year-end function venue near Pretoria. Rule Number One – Get management buy-in on your objective, theme, and – most importantly, your budget. Decide what kind of year-end event it will be – will there be speeches? Awards? Team-building activities? A band? Or a more relaxed cocktail party atmosphere? This will help determine what type of venue and service providers you will need. Rule Number Two – Start planning early. You should have a good idea of your theme and entertainment options by August, so that you are ready to start booking as soon as possible.  Rule Number Three – Seating arrangements. If you are hosting a large event with a sit-down menu, planning who sits with whom is essential to making sure there’s a relaxed atmosphere and great conversation. Rule Number Four – Keep your budget updated. While major costs are easier to allocate, there are always smaller costs involved that – if not tracked correctly – can quickly add up and put you over the line. Rule Number Five – Communicate with your team and the venue’s event planning team. It’s key to have clear lines of communication here to ensure that the right services are in place for your event. Check with your venue to see what services they can provide, and if they have recommended service providers to assist you. It’s essential that these services are booked as soon as possible after your venue is booked. Put us on your Team for an Exceptional End-of-Year Function!  At Idle Winds, we offer our clients a wide range of function venues and services to ensure that their year-end events are a success! With a dedicated team, experienced staff and a beautiful scenic location just 14kms from Fourways, we’re the ideal venue for corporate functions. In addition to our function venues, we also offer clients the use of comfortable on-site accommodation and our award-winning restaurant. For more information about our year-end function venue near Pretoria or how our team can assist you with this important occasion, please contact us...

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