Dear Bride & Groom
Congratulations on your engagement! We wish you all the best for the future.
Thank you for considering Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge to host your wedding.
Your Wedding Day is a day to remember, and our aim is to make your day as special as you would want it to be.
Our experienced and professional staff is committed to provide excellent service and to make sure that you enjoy a stress-free day.
Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or need any assistance.
We look forward to hosting you and your guests.
The Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge Team
Situated between Pretoria & Johannesburg, Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge is a dynamic yet peaceful venue in the tranquil African Bush.
Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge and other portions of land surrounding Lake Heritage is part of the Cradle Moon Conservation area. This exciting project involves the dropping of fences between properties and the introduction of various wild animals.
Our Venue provides a perfect natural setting for beautiful wedding photographs.
The Lake Heritage Chapel is the perfect setting for your ceremony . Say “I do” with a spectacular view of Lake Heritage and the Zwartkop Mountains as the back drop.
The Cradle Moon reception venue overlooks Lake heritage and can seat up to 160 guest .
We provide tables ,Chairs Cutlery & Crockery and staff will be allocated to look after you and your guests.
Cradle Moon does not supply any décor, or any other service providers. You are more than welcome to bring your own providers.
Below is our package information for a minimum of 50 guests up to a maximum of 160 guests:
R 1150.00 per person ( Rates 2024 - R1350.00 per person)
R 575.00 per child ( 5-12 years)
Children 0-4 years Free of charge
Children 13 and older pays Adult rate
This rate includes
The Chapel with white chairs
The reception venue with Tables and Chairs
Conservancy fee of R 50.00 per person
Cutlery, Crockery, Glasses & White Napkins
Alcoholic & Non Alcoholic welcome drinks
Welcome Snacks (Chefs choice)
Buffet Dinner – See menu attached
Barmen & Waiters as well as our wedding co-ordinator to assist with all the pre-wedding arrangements.
Accommodation for the Bridal couple on the wedding night. (only if 50 or more guests attend the wedding)
One bungalow will be made available from 07h00 on the day of the wedding for the bridal party to get ready .
The rate does NOT include
Table cloths or any décor ( flowers , runners etc)
DJ or Music equipment
Minister or wedding official
Printing of menus, table plans or name cards for tables.
Exstra costs will be :
Wine & champagne on the tables: You are welcome to choose from our wine list and will be charged accordingly, please see the wine list attached
Bar arrangements: Cradle Moon Lakeside Game lodge has a fully lisenced bar. You can arrange to have a cash bar or a master account. Should you choose to have a master account we will require a limit that will be added to your invoice upfront. NO own Alcohol may be brought in. NO TABS or Room charges will be permitted.
Use of the Game drive vehicle for the Bridal photoshoot: Our Guide will be available to transport the Bride and Groom around the lodge area for a one hour couple photoshoot at a cost R 1500.00 (max of 9 guests incl the photographer)
Guest Accommodation/Game Drives/Boat Cruise- Guests are welcome to book accommodation directly with reserations. Please refer to the rate sheet attached.
Staff Gratuity: A fee of 10% will be added to the invoice.
We have a list of Service Providers that will gladly assist you with everthing you require, from décor, flowers, music, a wedding cake to hair and make up. Note that we do however not take any resposibility for the work of any of the suppliers and we advise that you deal directly with them.
Set up by suppliers can be done from 07h00 the morning of the wedding.
Any damages to the chapel or venue caused by Suppliers or Guests will be added to the wedding invoice.
Wedding Terms & Conditions;
Bookings are subject to availability. To make a booking we require written confirmation as well as the signed terms & conditions, as well as the deposit
Deposits & Payments:
R 5000.00 Non – Refundable Deposit is required immediately to secure the date and the Venue. Should the booking be cancelled at any time or for whatever reason this deposit will be forfeited.
50% of the total invoice is payable By the date Stipulated on the invoice
Full payment of the invoice will be required no later than three(3)weeks before the wedding. Please ensure that we have final numbers and arrangements in time in order to invoice correctly
Any extra costs incurred during the wedding must be settled before departure.
In the event of a cancellation the following will apply:
The R 5000.00 Deposit will be forfeited should the wedding be cancelled anytime after booking for whatever reason.
Cancellations must be done in writing to Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge.
2 Months before the wedding – a cancellation fee of 50% of the amount reflected on the pro-forma invoice will be required.
1 Month or less before the wedding- full payment of the total invoice will be required.
Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge forms part of the Cradle Moon Conservancy. As necessary in all conservancies a conservancy Fee of R50.00 per person older than 4 years will be charged. – This Fee is already included in the wedding package price.
Ceremony & Reception Conditions
The wedding rate includes use of the venue until 24h00 for afternoon/evening weddings and up to 18h00 hours for Morning/Lunch weddings
Your service providers will be permitted to set up the Day Before the wedding, should we NOT have another event or Function . Should they be able to set up the day before,the hours will be strictly from 08h00-17h00. If Not possible the Venue will only be made available for set-up/décor from 07h00 on the day of the wedding. All Décor must be removed on the day of the function, unless otherswise agreed with the wedding co-ordinator. Service providers will be responsible for all their own equipment set up and strike of any décor . Should they require assistance from Cradle Moon Staff there will be a charge per staff member.
Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge does not accept any responsibility for any Décor or any of the Suppliers equipment.
Suppliers are required to bring own extention cords, twin plugs or any other equipment needed.
Due to our venue being in a Game reserve , music volumes must be lowered at 23h00 and off by 24h00 – Venue closing time
Please also take note the we do Not allow any paper/ glitter or artificial confetti. Please be so kind to consider our animals and use eihter leaves, rosepetals, lavender, dried flowers or bubbles or anything that will not harm the environment or animals.
We do not Allow any “chinese laterns, Sparklers or open flames any where on the reserve , should you like to make use of candles in the venue ONLY , You may do so as long as it is in a candle holder that will prevent wax from dripping on the tables.
Any damage caused to any of the Cradle moon property (including table, chairs windows or lights) will added to
Check in & Check out procedures for Stayover guests
Guests can check in to the Bungalows from 15h00 . Unfortunately NO EARLY check in will be permitted.
Identification will be required upon Check in (ID Document, Drivers Lisence Or Passport for Every person)
Guests will be required to bring confirmation of their booking as well as proof of payment for check in
Full payment of accommodation will be required at check–in . No payment No check in
Check out is at 10h00
Guests will only be able to exit the Cradle Moon Gate with a Gate exit Pass.
This must be collected at our Reception
The Gate Exit pass will only be issued once all outstanding fees on the room account has been paid and the keys handed in.
Food & Drinks
We DO NOT allow any food or drinks to be brought onto the property as gifts to guests or for any other reason
Brides must provide their own wedding cake.
Cradle Moon offers a buffet menu only. No plated menus
Please see the menu below; You are more than welcomme to discuss options with your wedding co-ordinator and our chef.
(Please Discuss with your Coordinator)
After Ceremony Welcome drinks
(1 drink per person)
Choose 1 option
White Wine sangria; white wine, sparkling water, ginger & mint syrup and fresh seasonal fruit cubes
Choose 1 option
Sparkling Fruit punch with berries in season
Fresh Lime cordial with soda water
Our cash bar will open after the ceremony
After Ceremony Welcome Starter Snacks
Choose 4 options
Smoked salmon, Cream cheese and chives served on bruschetta
Chicken livers en Croute; chicken liver parfait, crisp bread, pickled red onion, coriander and balsamic
Roast Mediterranean Vegetable Tart; roast Mediterranean style vegetables, shortcrust pastry, goats cheese cream, balsamic glaze
Arancini; Parmesan and truffle arancini balls with a lime crème fraiche and burnt thyme
Anti Pasti platter consisting of herb marinated artichokes, Italian salami, Pastrami, homemade hummus, marinated olives with lime zest, sundried tomato & cream cheese dip, brie cheese slices
Tacos filled with pulled pork, jalapeno, lime crème fraiche, tomato, and fresh coriander
Chicken, fresh red chilli, crème fraiche, red onion salsa
Tuna, sesame, lime and chilli salsa, fresh coriander
Main Course Buffet
Choose 3 meat options and 1 vegetarian option
Beef Wellington; Beef fillet peppered and wrapped in a short crust pastry served with a port jus
Pan fried line fish with a pine nut and leek cream sauce
Ossobuco; Slow cooked oxtail in a smoked tomato-based sauce
Chicken Ballantine; whole, deboned chicken stuffed and rolled with a mushroom and parmesan stuffing, slow cooked and then pan fried. Served with a brown butter and thyme sauce
Beetroot and Mint cured Salmon; pan fried salmon fillets served with a homemade brown butter hollandaise
Slow roasted pork belly served with a smoked apple sauce.
Roast leg of lamb with a rosemary and port jus.
North African Lamb neck curry
Layered Vegetable Lasagne
Sides and accompaniments
Choose 6 options
Crispy roast potatoes
Chargrilled tender stem broccoli served with toasted almonds and tahini
Polenta and Parmesan fries
Roast baby carrots served with a brown butter honey sauce
Traditional pap served with chakalaka sauce on the side
Roast butternut and feta salad
Beetroot and goats cheese salad
Chickpea salad with roasted butternut, feta, crispy onions, tossed in a coriander vinaigrette and top with toasted cashew nuts
Couscous salad with roasted red & yellow peppers, toasted seeds, and fresh herb vinaigrette
Choose 3 options
NY Style baked cheesecake
(Either mixed berry, plain or salted caramel)
Crème Brule; classic vanilla
Chocolate Mousse, Dark chocolate mousse, milk chocolate mousse, shortbread crumb and white chocolate rocks
Passion fruit Posset; passion fruit flavoured fridge set cream
Chocolate ganache, brandy snap tart, served with ice cream