Finding the perfect venue 2018

Finding the right event venue can be challenging,
even for the most seasoned event organisers

How to choose the perfect venue

  1. First of all, decide how many guests you would like to invite. Not all places can accommodate a large number of
    people, so it is important to find out the venue capacity.
  2. Set up a realistic budget. Venues vary in rates, so it might be a good idea to research the going rate.
    Then, eliminate the venues that you cannot afford. 
    You should never spend more than 50% of your budget on the venue.
  3. Decide where you want to hold the event. Do you want the venue to be central, easy to reach for all your guests,
    or is the scenery more important to you? Should it be a beach or mountain wedding?
  4. Are you willing to travel far – and more importantly, will your guests be willing to travel to a remote venue?
    In that case, you would have to also think about travel arrangements and accommodation for everyone.
  5. Research your options. Check out Google Images, as well as reviews on travel websites like Tripadvisor for
    unstaged photographs and honest, objective reviews of the venue, if you cannot visit the venue during the season in which you’ll be
    having your function.
  6. Choose the date of your function. Remember that most venues have out of season rates. However, also consider the season and weather –
    you don’t want to get married in the middle of the rainy season, or have an outdoor event when it’s scorching outside.
    Also remember that certain times of the year are more popular for functions, so the venue of your choice might be fully booked during December.
    That being said – always have a Plan B!

Umfolozi Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort

From high-energy team-building sessions to banqueting events fit for royalty and wedding memories to last a lifetime, Umfolozi Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort offers the perfect retreat for guests looking to meet, discuss, celebrate and share good times in style and comfort.  Umfolozi is a vibrant Zulu-themed resort popular among holidaymakers and business travellers alike.

2 Copper Drive, Kuleka, Empangeni, KwaZulu Natal

        Tel : +27 (0) 35 787 8200 

The wedding venue of your dreams

From the venue to the catering, décor and honeymoon suite, Umfolozi has got bridal couples covered for their big day. Choose from any of the venues mentioned above to host an unforgettable wedding, including the Kikizela Boma which transforms into an elegant outdoor venue by day or night.
Visit to find out about Umfolozi’s tailored wedding packages.
All venues offer complimentary Wi-Fi access, projectors and screens to ensure all guests have an enjoyable, efficient experience.
Guests are also welcome to the resort’s many other facilities during their time at Umfolozi, such as the thrilling casino, super fun kids’ entertainment, gourmet dining options and lots more.
For more information and to book your function, call Umfolozi’s Banqueting Department on 035 7878269.

Business has never been this pleasurable!

Umfolozi boasts a variety of conferencing facilities for meetings, team-building sessions, exhibitions and even grand banqueting affairs, all of which are perfect for a variety of business needs.
For larger conferences and events, the Jabulani Arena provides a stunning venue to welcome delegates, and is able to accommodate up to 550 guests seated cinema style, or 300 people seated for a buffet banquet. The Umoba Room can also accommodate larger gatherings of up to 180 people seated cinema style, or as little as 20 when partitioned.
For high-level breakaways, strategy meetings and think tanks, Umfolozi also offers two executive style venues – the Imvubu and Ingwenya Rooms, ensuring privacy for smaller, more intimate groups, while the newly-renovated Kikizela Boma presents an ideal venue for outdoor team-building activities.

Aristo Manor & Arabella Spa Excellence

Aristo Manor is a stately manor guesthouse located in the quiet suburb of Birdswood near Richards Bay Airport. Its exquisite dining room and lounge have the capacity to hold small conferences or functions – the perfect venue for an intimate wedding or engagement party, a bridal or baby shower, or ladies’ tea.

14 & 16 Whydah Wing, Birdswood

Aristo Manor 035 786 1212

Spa & Coffee Shop 035 786 0318 




Ubizane African Safari

Whether you want to keep it simple and intimate with just a few guests, or want a larger wedding of up to 80 people, Ubizane Wildlife Reserve will make your special day a memorable one.  Choose between their amazing options – which include a wedding ceremony deep within a romantic fever tree forest.

 1020 Main Rd, Hluhluwe, 3960

+27 35 562 1020





Featuring an outdoor pool and free WiFi, Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris offers modern and air-conditioned rooms, 15 km away from Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and game drives are offered.

104 Main Road, 3960 Hluhluwe, South Africa

        035 562 400 




Tree of Life

Pamper parties from little girls to bachelorettes, baby showers etc in conjunction with Marlene from The Nail Shop. We custom-plan your special event, no matter the size! We take care of every detail from décor right up to catering.

3 Kerk Street, Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal

        Cathy 083 395 1034

Email: [email protected]



KFC’s golden brown original recipe chicken fillets are topped with delicious ingredients and sandwiched between two buns. From spicy to tropical, they’ve got a burger for your taste!  Wash it down with a refreshing beverage – from exciting creamy or sparkling Krushers to an ice cold Coca-Cola.

Kruger Rand Road, Corner Albizia Avenue, Richards Bay Central, Richards Bay, 3900

        035 789 5887

Your one-stop décor shop

* Catering * Design & Décor * Florist * Tents * Tables
*  Chairs * Linens * Photographer * Videographer
* Invitations & Stationery etc.

Contact: 035 797 3927 • Tina: 083 940 6469
[email protected]

Your one-stop party shop

• Baking & Catering • Partylines • Packaging • Chemicals •

TEL: 035 789 7584/72
83 Bullion Boulevard, RICHARDS BAY
[email protected]

We’ll turn the ‘WOW’ on for you!

• Nomadic tents • Trussing • Stages • Event design • Laser lights • Moving head lighting • Bubble machines • Stage lighting • Follow spots • Sound equipment • Data projectors & screens • Audio visual equipment • Mixers cordless & headset microphones • Stage Trussing • Videographer & photography • Pyrotechnics • Flame machines • 3D LCD TV’s, Large Screens • Smoke machines

TEL: 0861 112 488
[email protected]


The most important aspect of a successful event is the venue. It is usually the first step in the planning phase because everything from dècor decisions to travel arrangements depends on your choice of venue.


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