Whispering Thorns is one of my favourite wedding venues in Mpumalanga. It is a family owned guest farm and is situated only an hour’s drive to the Kruger National Park. Which is awesome if you want to extent the wedding celebrations and make a trip of it with family and friends.
Some tips on getting married at this location: The best time of the year to get married here are the in-between seasons such as spring and autumn. Winter is also a popular time, considering how hot it can get in the Lowveld. Unfortunately it can get really hot during the summer months and thunderstorms make it hard to plan ahead.
Whispering Thorns has a beautiful glass structured hall which is spectacular for hosting an intimate reception or can also be utilised as a chapel.
Surrounded by the beautiful views of the Paper Bark thorn trees it is a timeless setting. Just imagine candles and your nearest and dearest. Perfection!
Whispering Thorns also have a guest house on the property, which makes getting ready on the day much easier for the bride and groom. No rushing about spending your time driving to the venue. They are able to host up to 24 guests, however if you have more attending they are situated near enough to White River and Nelspruit to find well-suited accommodations.
Marinda and her team are amazing at what they do. They offer an in-house florist, wedding co-ordinator and bridal consultant. This is great for couples that are busy and/or are planning everything from afar.
Their food is also really good and their staff are excellent and super helpful. I have always been very impressed and I am a vegan!
I asked Jané and Gerrit to answer a couple of questions for me about their day and thought it would be nicer to hear from the beautiful couple themselves.
1) How did you two decide on Whispering Thorns?
Gerrit and I wanted a venue where the setting and scenery is beautiful so we don’t need to decorate a lot. We wanted something wow but still calm and warm as we wanted our guests to see “Gerrit and Jane” in the wedding itself. We wanted a formal event but still wanted people to feel at ease and comfortable. I was also looking for a venue that has been in existence for quite some time to ensure they are skilled as I was studying full time in the wedding planning year. Marinda and her team are EXCELLENT. They pay attention to detail, don’t create impossible expectations and are just as excited as the bride and groom for the event.
2) Did covid affect any of your plans?
Covid did affect our plans. We planned a honeymoon to Maldives and Dubai and all were fully paid when the Covid prevented us from travelling. It was quite a hassle to replan a honeymoon with limited funds a week before the wedding BUT praise the Lord, the wedding was not in any way affected and we were able to have a fantastic wedding and honeymoon in our own country.
3) What was a memory of your day that you value the most and what effect did it have on you?
The biggest or most valuable memory from the wedding was our church service. The word we got from Jamon was beyond my expectation and hearing that He could just see that the Lord has big plans for Gerrit and I was very heartwarming for us. The biggest part that had an effect on our relationship was the “being married” part. Gerrit and I did not have the feeling of marriage in any way before we were actually married as we did not live together ect. It was an amazing feeling of “everything is just right and good” now that we are married.
4) When did you have a good laugh?
The funniest moment would definitely be the cake cutting 😂 We struggled to cut the cake as the cake itself had quite large layers. I definitely expected this to be much easier than what it actually was.
5) Where did you go for your honeymoon? Why there?
We were supposed to go to Maldives and Dubai but plans changed due to covid and we travelled through SA to the following locations.
Becks safari lodge in Hoedspruit, 5 star lodge (WAS AMAZING!)
Clarens in the Free State (Travelling through the Free State was very nice as I haven’t seen a lot of it yet and with all that rain it was just BEAUTIFUL!)
Mount Camdeboo in Graaf-Reinette, 4 star lodge (This was a lodge created in an old farm house)
6) Any advice or wisdom you would like to share with future couple who are getting married?
The advice we would give to future couples getting married are the following:
-Don’t be engaged for longer than what is needed, if we could get married any earlier we would’ve – IT’S WAY BETTER than being engaged.
-Create a “new” email address just for your wedding vendors, it helps a lot to keep proof of all payments as well as not missing any mails etc.
-If you are not living together before marriage, save some of your wedding budget for decorating your home together, this lasts way longer than any flowers and wedding dress and decor and whatever.
-Make sure to get the best photographer FIRST and then use what is left for videography. Settling for a special for both which is of less quality is only going to cost you. Photos are what people will see 90% of the time.
-“Stick to your roots”. If there is anything that I have learned in my life it is that trends don’t last. Yes colour blocking is very trendy now but I knew that I have always been comfortable loving an all white wedding. This also applies to picking a dress. I live by the saying “Wear what you are complimented on and mot what is trending”