Table Mountain weddings – Cape Town’s best-kept secret
Sure, Table Mountain is impressively large, but would you have guessed that there are six different venues up top, each with its own stunning view and functionality?
It might be Cape Town’s best-kept secret, but more than 80 couples have taken their marriage vows on top of Table Mountain over the past three years, around two every month.
The most recent of these was the marriage of Markus Lundin and Maja Sever, from Stockholm, Sweden, who relied on their travel agent to suggest the most romantic venue for their intimate wedding celebration. They were delighted with the idea of getting married on top of Cape Town’s majestic Table Mountain, and were blessed with the most perfect weather on their special day.
In an email of appreciation, the newlyweds said: “We are really happy with how [our wedding day] went. Thanks to you and everyone at Table Mountain for making it so special.”
The most popular time of year for weddings is February – the month of love – followed by the warmer months of December and January. However, the typically cloudy, misty conditions seen on the mountain during May, June and July also hold a special appeal, with some couples preferring the somewhat magical atmosphere.
A wedding for 80 on the Twelve Apostles Terrace is the largest hosted to date, while a group of 60 Irish visitors once booked the mountain for one heck of a hooley (wild Irish party).
Then there was the romantic who had his entire staff complement line up on the Terrace with coloured umbrellas spelling out: “Will you marry me?”, as a helicopter flew close enough for his intended to read the message. Overcast weather on the day put paid to that idea, so the lady was escorted instead to a high rock overlooking the Terrace to consider her favourable reply, which set off great celebration.
If you’re considering wedding or function booking options, those on Table Mountain offer something unforgettable and unique. To make the most of the magnificent surrounds, all events are cocktail-style, with special seating arranged for weddings.
Indoor venues include the U-shaped Summit Lounge with its three private balconies facing Lion’s Head and the City Bowl, the Twelve Apostles mountains and Devil’s Peak.
In the Upper Cable Station, above the Summit Lounge is the Summit Boardroom, an intimate venue with two balconies aimed at different mountain vistas.
Outdoors, below the Table Mountain Café is the Twelve Apostles Terrace, a venue ideally suited to an early-morning breakfast or evening cocktail function, accommodating 400 guests.
There’s also the City Side Viewing Deck, a sandstone walled deck just two minutes’ walk from the Upper Cable Station.
Keep walking to reach the Sacred Circle Viewing Deck overlooking the city, a venue that’s ideal any time of the day. Behind the Café, facing the Twelve Apostles, the Café Terrace Balcony is the preferred spot for sunset cocktail functions, and caters for 35 people.
It’s not as if you could trundle up to the top with your own designer cutlery and crockery, so that’s all been taken care of by the efficient Table Mountain Aerial Cableway functions team.
Food and beverages are also exclusively catered for, while anything special, such as audiovisual equipment, may be hired on request.
Why not begin your marriage on a high on Table Mountain – one of the world’s New7Wonders of Nature?