Your wedding your way

We work with you and create your special day with you…It is your day afterall


A friendly atmosphere with friendly and courteous staff


Flexibility is the name of our game. We work with you &  accommodate your every need and request as best we can.


Highly skilled & ethical in everything we do.


We are dependable & consistently deliver quality service that far exceeds any expectations

About Our Wedding Venue

Creating special memories

You choose.. Do it yourself or let us do it for you

At Thistlewoods we understand how special your wedding day is to you. We acknowledge that each couple has their own ideas and that each wedding should be unique & different.

Flexibility is the name of our game and for the “do it yourself couples” our very popular alternative, Self Catering option allows couples to arrange their own wedding and source their own service providers & we will provide the perfect venue.

For the “ not so brave “ we have a team of highly skilled professionals who will take care of all the stress and arrange the catering, decor, flower arrangements , photography, videography, DJ’s as well as recommend cake and dress designers.

Thistlewoods can accommodate up to 220 people inside our venue at a seated banquet, or up to 450 people in a marquee erected in the garden. If desired, ceremonies can be conducted on our veranda , in the garden or in an adjacent tent.

At Thistlewoods, our venue hire packages for the self catering option include standard tables & chairs. If required crockery, cutlery, white seat covers, white table linen, white linen serviettes, and champagne and wine glasses can be arranged as well as any other requirements you may have.

We go out of our way to help you create your exceptional memories.

Ceremony & Reception

All under one roof at one venue

Avoid driving from one place to another, keep it simple, neat and convenient,  all at one venue. 

Perform your ceremony outdoors on the lawn or on the verandah or under a stretch tent.

On completion of the ceremony your guests can move through to the welcoming area to sip on cocktails and crunch on canape’s while you and your bridal party snap away photographing your special memories.

Party the night away & feast on a buffet fit for a king.



Full package

Our Full Packages are inclusive of venue, main meal, decor and cash bar.

Various optional extras are available with an option of hosting the ceremony at the venue.

Depending on our seating arrangement & requirements the venue can accommodate  30 to 250 guests

venue hire-self catering

Create your own wedding & use your own service providers. Standard venue hire includes , tables and chairs & exclusive use of the venue for your reception.

Renewal of vows

Many times you want to express your love for one another and make a new commitment. 

Here we can work with you and taylor a special package for you.

We can work around your budget and create something unique & special.

Feel your love for each other over & over again

Contact us & see what special is on offer

Thistlewoods Venue

2 Riverside Road, Gonubie 5256,  East London

South Africa

A Venue for any Occassion