Experience

Cradle Events

CEREMONY & RECEPTION

Imagine a vista of pristine African Bushveld as far as the eye can see. Imagine a luxury venue located in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. Imagine a venue that is hidden from view on arrival by a low rocky ridge. Now imagine all of this combined! Imagination truly becomes reality in the shape, form and offering of the Cradle Boutique Hotel — a spectacular wedding setting that is only a stone’s throw away from Johannesburg and Pretoria. An authentic African Bushveld backdrop merges beautifully with the modern, open-plan design of the function venues, creating the impression of an outdoor setting.

We have four venues to choose from:

  • The Cradle Restaurant; the Motsetse Cellar (situated in the main building); The Pavilion (slightly apart from the hotel reception area); and The Glade (a picturesque picnic area next to the Motsetse Stream).
  • Luxury accommodation with all the bells and whistles, gourmet meals and a specially selected wine list, ensures that the entire day is a memorable affair for everyone — not just the wedding couple.
  • The Cradle Boutique Hotel with this charming venue is situated a mere 7 kilometres from Lanseria International Airport on the Cradle Nature Reserve, which encompasses 7,000 hectares of Highveld bush.

Our glorious Gauteng weather makes for perfect outdoor weddings, so we typically host ceremonies in The Glade next to the Motsetse Stream. Pre-reception drinks and snacks are presented to guests in your chosen venue while your photographs may be taken in any of the locations around the Hotel.

For your wedding reception, you may choose from four exceptionally unique venues, keeping in mind that your choice will largely dependent on the size of your wedding party.

The Cradle Restaurant’s is a modern architectural masterpiece in stone, steel and glass, with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors that offer breathtaking views of the landscape. The Pavilion is set slightly apart from the main building and boasts similar architecture as the Restaurant, as well as endless African Bushveld views. The Motsetse Cellar in the lower level of the main building. The Glade is blissfully situated next to the Motsetse stream.

Wedding Packages

PACKAGE 1: UP TO 46 GUESTS

  • Hilltop welcome area
  • Wedding ceremony in The Glade
  • Celebration in the Motsetse
  • Located in the Cradle Restaurant main building, the intimate Motsetse is made up of two rooms that can be usedseparately or opened up to create one larger venue with versatile space. The rooms each have an outside terrace,overlooking the magnificent indigenous bush reminding guests of the history to be found in the surrounding Cradle of Humankind.

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Venue hire: The Glade & Stone Room
  • 3 x course set menu @ R480 pp including a tea & coffee station for 70 guests
  • Infused water jugs at welcome area
  • 7 x round tables with white table cloths & 1 x natural wood main table
  • Tiffany or similar chairs for the Stone Room
  • Cradle Boutique Hotel directors chairs for The Glade
  • 7 x waiters
  • 3 x barmen
  • 1 x function manager
  • Complimentary bridal suite on the evening of the wedding for the bridal couple, including breakfast the following morning (Choice between having it in the room together, or in the restaurant with friends & family)
  • Standard cutlery, crockery & glassware
  • White material napkins
  • Under-plates- silver or gold
  • 3 x safari vehicles to transport guests to The Glade & back to the main hotel
  • PA system and microphone

PACKAGE EXCLUDES

  • Beverages
  • 12% service fee on food bill
  • Any special décor items/ DJ / priest/ flowers/ wedding cake/ stationery

OPTIONS

  • Bedouin tent (6m x 12m) for The Glade – R7,900
  • Tiffany or similar chairs for The Glade – R4,800
  • A variety of menu options with different pricing

TOTAL PRICE: R100 950

Final cost dependant on final number of guests

PACKAGE 2: UP TO 70 GUESTS

  • Hilltop welcome area

  • Wedding ceremony in The Glade

  • Celebration in the Stone Room

  • Beautiful stone work, a valuated ceiling and slide-away glass doors the full length of the Stone Room create a sense of being enveloped by the bush. The Stone Room is situated a stone’s throw from the main building, yet leaves you breathless with a phenomenal nature scenery.

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Venue hire: The Glade & Motsetse
  • 3 x course set menu @ R480 pp including a tea & coffee station for 46 guests
  • Infused water jugs at welcome area
  • Natural wood tables – no table cloths required
  • Tiffany or similar chairs for Motsetse
  • Cradle Boutique Hotel directors chairs for The Glade
  • 4 x waiters
  • 2 x barmen
  • 1 x function manager
  • Complimentary bridal suite on the evening of the wedding for the bridal couple, including breakfast the following morning (Choice between having it in the room together, or in the restaurant with friends & family)
  • Standard cutlery, crockery & glassware
  • White material napkins
  • Under-plates- silver or gold
  • 2 x safari vehicles to transport guests to The Glade & back to the main hotel
  • PA system and microphone

PACKAGE EXCLUDES

  • Beverages
  • 12% service fee on food bill
  • Any special décor items/ DJ/ priest/ flowers/ wedding cake/ stationery

OPTIONS

  • Bedouin tent (6m x 9m) for The Glade – R6,900
  • Tiffany or similar chairs for The Glade – R3,800
  • A variety of menu options with different pricing

TOTAL PRICE: R66 950

Final cost dependant on final number of guests

PACKAGE 3: UP TO 90 GUESTS

VENUE: THE PAVILION

  • Pool deck or amphitheatre welcome area
  • Wedding ceremony in the Kiepersol Room
  • Celebration in the Acacia Room
  • The Pavilion is the newest addition to The Cradle Boutique Hotel. This stand-alone facility, separate from the hotel itself with its own entrance from the public road, contains a number of versatile spaces all leading onto magnificent lawns and a pool deck amongst the trees. Arrange a wedding of a lifetime in this exceptional facility where the bridal couple and their guests can enjoy the exclusivity of the entire Pavilion. The opportunities for this venue are as endless as the horizon surrounding it.

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Exclusive use of the whole Pavilion
  • 3 x course set menu @ R480 pp including a tea & coffee station for 90 guests
  • Infused water jugs at chosen welcome area
  • Choice between 9 x round or 9 x natural wood tables with white table cloths
  • 1 x natural wood main table
  • Tiffany or similar chairs for Pavilion
  • 9 x waiters
  • 3 x barmen
  • 1 x function manager
  • Complimentary bridal suite on the evening of the wedding for the bridal couple, including breakfast the following morning (Choice between having it in the room together, or in the restaurant with friends & family)
  • Standard cutlery, crockery & glassware
  • White material napkins
  • Under-plates – silver or gold

PACKAGE EXCLUDES

  • Beverages
  • 12% service fee on food bill
  • Any special décor items/ DJ / priest/ flowers/ wedding cake/ stationery

OPTIONS

  • Bedouin tent extension to the building with turf preservation flooring in the tent– R35 000
  • Tiffany or similar chairs for the Kiepersol Room – R5,800
  • A variety of menu options with different pricing

TOTAL PRICE: R138 950

Final cost dependant on final number of guests

PACKAGE 4: UP TO 136 GUESTS

VENUE: THE PAVILION

  • Pool deck or amphitheatre welcome area
  • Wedding ceremony in the Kiepersol Room
  • Celebration in the Acacia Room
  • The Pavilion is the newest addition to The Cradle Boutique Hotel. This stand-alone facility, separate from the hotel itself with its own entrance from the public road, contains a number of versatile spaces all leading onto magnificent lawns and a pool deck amongst the trees. Arrange a wedding of a lifetime in this exceptional facility where the bridal couple and their guests can enjoy the exclusivity of the entire Pavilion. The opportunities for this venue are as endless as the horizon surrounding it.

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Exclusive use of the whole Pavilion
  • 3 x course set menu @ R480 pp including a tea & coffee station for 136 guests
  • Infused water jugs for chosen welcome area
  • Choice between 9 x round or 9 x natural wood tables inside the venue
  • 6 x joined natural tables on the balcony section – 3 x tables joined on either side
  • 1 x natural wood table for main table
  • White table cloths for all the tables
  • Tiffany or similar chairs for Pavilion
  • 15 x waiters
  • 4 x barmen
  • 1 x function manager
  • Complimentary bridal suite on the evening of the wedding for the bridal couple, including breakfast the following morning (Choice between having it in the room together, or in the restaurant with friends & family)
  • Standard cutlery, crockery & glassware
  • White material napkins
  • Under-plates- silver or gold

PACKAGE EXCLUDES

  • Beverages
  • 12% service fee on food bill
  • Any special décor items / DJ / priest / flowers / wedding cake / stationery

OPTIONS

  • Bedouin tent as welcome area in front of The Long Room (8m x 9m)R8,900
  • Solid chairs for the Kiepersol Room – R9,900
  • A variety of menu options with different pricing

TOTAL PRICE: R190 950

Final cost dependant on final number of guests

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