While the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown spoiled many ‘Big Day’ plans, a new wedding trend is taking off – drive-in weddings…
While guest numbers are limited, couples can still enjoy some of their favourite parts of their wedding day – a beautiful venue, bespoke décor, and the support of close friends and family.
A number of wedding venues have put together special drive-through packages for brides, offering a range of services from car rental to socially-distanced venue setup and catering.
While it might not be ‘exactly’ what brides dreamed of for their big day, the drive-through wedding can still be pretty spectacular. And it will certainly be something to look back on… Imagine showing the photos to the grandkids in the future and talking about “that time we lived through the coronavirus pandemic.”
Forest Walk in Midrand
The Forest Walk Venue in Midrand, Gauteng offers a budget-friendly drive-through option for around R2,500. Available from Monday to Thursday, “Couples can host their ceremony, and take some photos in the gardens afterwards. We have a restaurant menu available as well.”
Acacia Bush Lodge
Acacia Bush Lodge in Bishopstowe, Pietermaritzburg offers a R5,000 package which includes a setup. “Guests are asked to remain in their vehicles, and five people may be permitted at the altar,” according to the organisers. Ten vehicles are allowed, with two guests per car, but no children are permitted. The package is available until the end of Lockdown Level 3 (or until social gatherings are permitted)
La Colline in Port Elizabeth is offering a micro drive-through wedding package.
Couples can choose between the parking area with a display staircase or the grass area for their ceremony. Guests can then park around the ceremony arch to witness the event. According to organisers, “10-40 guests are permitted, with a maximum of 25 vehicles. Catering options include a single tier wedding cake, and take-away box meals with finger snacks for guests to enjoy.”
Couples can also hire a vintage vehicle which will make the ceremony even more memorable, and add some extra charm to the photos.
The drive-through package is priced at around a fifth of the venue’s normal full-scale costs.
Collisheen Estate on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu-Natal is offering drive-through weddings at the “Sunset Oval”. Wedding guests can park around the bridal arch and watch the ceremony as the sun sets behind the happy couple.
There are two drive-through wedding packages:
- The standard package includes canapes and venue hire. Couples may choose their own service providers who will be guided by the Collisheen team.
- The all-inclusive package includes venue hire, catering and refreshments, photography and videography, a wedding cake, a bridal salon and much more. This option allows couples to just arrive on their big day, taking away the stress of planning and managing a wedding.
Skip the guests, how about an elopement instead?!
Simplywed in Blairgowrie, Gauteng offers an “Elopement” package.
“Our elopements are like Las Vegas style weddings where the couple comes through to sign paperwork, but in a much prettier setting,” say the organisers. “We have been offering these elopement packages for years but during the time of Covid, they are especially popular.”