How to Plan the Perfect Bachelorette or Bachelor Party

How to Plan the Perfect Bachelorette or Bachelor Party

For many couples, bachelors and bachelorette parties are one of the most enjoyable parts of a wedding – you get to let your hair down, have some fun and get rid of some of that pre-wedding stress! Here are some tips for planning these events, from the team at our Function venue near Pretoria. Decide on the hosts: These events are usually coordinated by the wedding party, so it’s good to organise a quick meeting where people discuss what they are willing to contribute – it doesn’t have to be all down to the best man or lead bridesmaid! This helps get everyone on the same page. This is also a good time to talk about the budget, whether presents are expected and so forth. Plan the guest list: This will usually include close friends attending the wedding but can also be expanded to co-workers, friends who are unable to attend the wedding, and friends who are unable to attend because the wedding is very small or out of town. Choose a date: Try to pick a date a few weeks or at least the weekend before the wedding. The night before (or even a day before that) isn’t advisable, as the last thing you want is a hungover couple and guests! The week of a wedding is also often very busy, so try to keep that in mind. Once you have a date, start booking your event well in advance as function venues, spas, hotels, and entertainers get booked up quickly! Talk to the couple: Be sure to ask the couple what they would like before you go ahead and book anything. Some people want a traditional wild party, others want something low-key, and others prefer a mini-getaway. It’s important to stick to the general idea of what each person would like but add in a few fun surprises to make it special. Have fun! Our Function Venue Near Pretoria will Deliver an Event to Remember  At Idle Winds, we know just how important it is that every detail is correct for your event and that everything goes smoothly. From our experienced chefs and wait 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 our function packages and speak to our helpful and friendly staff. Located just 14kms 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...

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Wedding tips: How to choose the perfect wedding dress

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

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!

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

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!

‘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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