Alison, welcome to the Midlands Bridal Fair 2018 in KZN – our host venue and main sponsor for the Bridal Fair. We are so excited to introduce you and your venue to our Brides- and Grooms-to-be!
Tell us about your venue and what you offer
Lythwood is an award-winning KwaZulu-Natal Midlands country wedding venue. A place where your special day will be recorded in a series of stunning photos and memories. Big trees, open lawns, beautiful gardens. Forests and rolling hills. A rustic chapel. Fresh air and open spaces. Family and friends close at hand to celebrate with you.
Whether it’s an intimate Chapel ceremony, romantic garden ceremony, or under a Bedouin tent you are dreaming of, we have all the options. Same goes for your reception… under the stars or covered.
We offer four comprehensive packages, each including service items relating to your wedding in a single, all-in-one price. Some include things many other venues don’t, like a photographer, accommodation for your guests, and more.
How long have you been doing this for?
Six years – although Lythwood has been hosting weddings for many more years now.
What do you love most about your job?
The sheer delight of the Bride & Groom when their wedding day at Lythwood is all they dreamt it would be… and more!
What differentiates your business and makes you stand out? What are you known for?
Planning a wedding is a much bigger undertaking than most brides realise when they start out. A million and one small decisions.
At Lythwood we know and understand this reality. So we provide you with a dedicated wedding co-ordinator plus a selection of fun, interactive online tools to help you plan your perfect wedding. From RSVPs to table layout. A budget planner and checklists. Compiled from years of experience in planning weddings. Everything you need to make sure you have every detail covered and the peace of mind to relax and enjoy your big day.
Book your wedding at Lythwood and our tools are yours to use, no extra charge. That’s right. All yours to use as you want.
You see, having a beautiful venue, that cooks great food, has wonderful location choices for your ceremony as well as your reception, and gives you great service is par for the course. It’s what you expect from a world-class wedding venue. At Lythwood, you can expect us to get all those details right.
It’s all the little things, that often have very little to do with your wedding venue, that make a big difference to your wedding day. This is where you’ll find that Lythwood truly goes the extra mile to ensure your wedding is as you planned it.
What can visitors to the Midlands Bridal Fair expect to see from you at the fair?
We are hosting the Midlands Bridal Fair 2018 (for the third time) at our venue so couples will be able to see the entire property and all we have to offer … from our delightful Chapel and Bedouin Tent, to the large reception venue, beautiful garden settings and the hotel itself.
I will be there to find out more about you and what your dream wedding looks like! So, bring your dreams and your questions as I would love to help you make them come true!
Any client testimonial/s you’d like to share?
“Wow, wow, wow! We absolutely cannot thank Lythwood enough or say enough amazing things about them. Arranging a wedding from overseas forces you to place your trust in the hands of your venue and I was so impressed with how Alison, Leon and the team managed our big day. We made a weekend of our wedding celebration with a Spit Braai on the Friday night and the wedding on the Saturday – New Year’s Eve! It was the most magical day for us and I think all our guests had the most wonderful time. They thought of absolutely everything as well as the things we didn’t think to arrange or ask for. I would highly recommend them and am so very pleased we used Lythwood. Wish we could go back and re-live it all again!” – Sally & Chris
“The moment you drive through the gates at Lythwood you feel the stress and pressure physically fall off your shoulders, by the time you stop at their door you know you are home. The welcoming smiles of both Leon and Alison and the bubbly laughter of the front desk staff and your day is made. My wedding which started on the 9th of December was an absolute dream come true. The food was amazing and the service excellent. We had guests who arrived after 11pm however they were still able to get a warm meal from the kitchen. My nieces and nephews loved the huge grounds and couldn’t stop running around. The wedding itself on the 10th was amazing , Alison you surely know how to make a brides day. You quietly went about making sure I had the best day of my life. Thanks to Leon for ensuring that the weather was perfect, he is good with that too! Lythwood is home and the staff family. Thank you Lythwood from the bottom of my heart.” – Joyce & Mandla
“Lythwood is without a doubt the best wedding venue around, partly due to the spectacular scenery and buildings, but more importantly, to the phenomenal service provided the the team. Thank you for making our wedding day a roaring success, one which we are still receiving rave reviews and comments about.” – Tamsyn & Gary
“You make what could be such a stressful experience so easy and so much fun. Everything is thought of, every detail take care of. I absolutely could not have planned this wedding without you!” – Roxy & Grant
Tell us what inspires you. Any websites, people or companies that you follow?
Our Bridal couples and their dreams!
Any upcoming wedding trend forecasts?
Flexibility in a wedding venue – couples are wanting to stamp their own personality on their big day. Back to nature with strong organic feel in florals and décor with lots of greenery and texture and brushed metallics. Stylised tasting menus with refined small plates. Doughnut walls and cakes! His & Her cocktails.
What advice would you give Brides- and/or Grooms-to be?
You’ll see we’ve got a post on this here on the Midlands Bridal Fair website! In summary though, each wedding venue is different. Take the time to visit each venue personally. Never make a decision on a wedding venue unless you’ve compared ‘apples’ to ‘pears’ to see what is on offer at each wedding venue. For example, what happens at midnight when the wedding reception is still rocking? What surprises are you going to see on your final bill?
And most of all, relax on your big day… enjoy every single moment!
Do you have a favourite quote?
“Love is the answer. At least for most of the questions in my heart.” – Jack Johnson