• Bridget recently did a recce of Old Mac Daddy for us – so pleased as we’re off to a wedding there in a couple of months time, should be loads of fun! if you haven’t heard about it before – Old Mac Daddy features a bunch of American retro trailers, each of which has been individually decorated by a South African designer. The interiors ozze quirkiness and cool plus you’re in one of the most beautiful parts of the Cape.

    I spent a night at the Old Mac Daddy luxury trailer park in Elgin the other day and absolutely loved it. I know I go on and on about ‘if I had another wedding’, but I really think I could have had at least five without running out of ideas! And one of them would definitely have taken place at the Old Mac Daddy.

    (pics source: Mark Peddle)

    Venue: If you’re looking for a wedding venue that people will talk about for months – and years! – to come, the Old Mac Daddy may be the venue for you. Situated on Valley Rd in Elgin, it’s only an hour from Cape Town but feels as if it’s in another world, never mind city. The ceremony can be held either on the deck (depending on the weather) or inside the barn, with the receptions spilling over onto the grass with views out over the lake as the sun sets… Wonderful!

    Capacity: Up to 50 people fit on to the deck next to the lake, with a max of 120 in the barn-restaurant, Brinny Breezes. But chat to them about what you want and they’ll happily put together the perfect package for you… That is, as long as you want to get married after April 2013 – they’re booked solid until then!

    Distance from Cape Town:
    An easy hour’s drive to Elgin.

    Style: Fun and funky. All the quirk factor of the Grand Daddy trailer park in the city, but with an added dose of comfort and luxury. The large porches have endless views of the Elgin Valley and the communal barn-restaurant is light and lovely, with wood and steel beams filling in the spaces not taken up by giant windows that are all about the view. Elgin is a stunning place, filled with orchards, a lake and mountains in the distance, and they have made the most of it with this stylish yet natural design.

    Food: There are various options for the bridal couple to choose from, and they’ll happily whip up whatever takes your fancy. The food at Brinny Breezes is fresh, contemporary and delicious, and their crusty pizzas are simply superb.

    What’s included: A R10,000 venue hire for up to 50 people gets you the set-up of the ceremony space on the lawn or barn, use of the lakeside deck and pool deck, tables, chairs, linen, glassware, crockery and cutlery and a personal consultation with their wedding co-ordinator. They can also arrange a tailor-made event the night before or a special brunch the day after the wedding.

    Accommodation options: 12 fabulously themed trailers (with private decks, en-suite bathrooms and spacious, airy lounges) as well as Daddy’s Villa can accommodate 30 people on the premises, and there’s plenty of other accommodation in the area. Booking out the accommodation gets you exclusive use of the venue, and continental breakfast is included for all guests. The bride and bridesmaids (or family) usually nest in Daddy’s Villa before the big day, and on the wedding night the bridal couple generally choose Birdie or King Midas, the romantic mini-trailers on the edge of the lake.

    What you’ll love about it: It looks absolutely fabulous, and it’s great fun to be out in the middle of Elgin surrounded by designer trailers. The wedding photos would be fantastic, and you’re guaranteed a good time in peaceful, beautiful surrounds. Birdsong, crisp country air and endless views – what could be better?

    What’s missing: There’s not a whole lot of privacy if you stay in one of the trailers, and you might not want to drive next door to the neighbouring lodge. A honeymoon trailer tucked away from the others would be a helpful improvement…

    If you’re looking for an entirely unique wedding venue, check out the Old Mac Daddy. You won’t be disappointed!

    Until next time!
    Much love,

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