The Laughing Forest Resort. Elysium, South Coast, Kwazulu-Natal


Weddings

Congratulations to the engaged couple, and welcome to the Laughing Forest Weddings...


The Laughing Forest wedding venue is set amongst the beautiful coastal dune forest of the Kwazulu Natal (KZN) South Coast, just 45 minutes from Durban. Our resort is 'in the bush, but on the beach', a very unique setting for your most important day.


Our wedding package options are very customisable, as we believe it should be your choice as to how you want your special day to turn out. We aim to provide affordable wedding options to both those on a tight budget, as well as those who want to spend a bit extra.


The Laughing Forest currently provides indoor, beach, and garden options for your wedding ceremony:


We have several beautiful garden areas, some overlooking the sea, which provide stunning views creating a relaxed, close-to-nature setting. If you decide on having a beach wedding, then our breath-taking beach will not disappoint. Only a few meters from the resort, our beach is very private, and will be set up to your liking. A large outdoor gazebo is also available for both garden and beach wedding ceremonies if required.


Our Reception hall can cater for 150 people, and we have 8 self-catering log cabins that your guests can book into, to either make it into a weekend getaway, or just for the night so they can party and dance the night away, and not worry about driving home. If you have a larger wedding party, we can arrange for the reception to take place under a marquee in one of our lovely gardens.


Photographers will be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing those perfect wedding photo locations. Locations such as 'amongst the trees', 'on the swing', 'ocean background', 'in the bush', 'on the beach', etc. are available.


It's a known fact that the quality of food at a wedding needs to be of a high standard (everyone talks about the food after the wedding), and that's why we take food preparation seriously. Experienced chefs and an industrial fitted kitchen result in meals that will leave your guests wanting to go back for seconds.

Our three course buffet menu is available on request.


We have 8 self-catering cabins available (5 & 6 sleepers) for your wedding guests.

Bride and Groom – Complimentary accommodation for the night of the wedding in our sea view cabin. (Includes breakfast).

Extra accommodation is available in the local area if required.


  • Private Venue – no other functions will be allowed at the venue on the day of your wedding.
  • Access to the reception hall the day before for set up.
  • Draping of Reception Hall.
  • Basic setting up of tables and chairs, cleaning and clearing of the venue.
  • Glassware, cutlery and white crockery.
  • White table cloths.
  • Complimentary fruit cocktails after the marital service.
  • PA System.
  • Access to the gardens and the gazebo for garden weddings.
  • Access to a fire pit area.
  • Beautiful landscaped gardens.
  • Sufficient parking with security services.


  • Chair Covers
  • Overlays, Tie Backs
  • Decorations, Candles
  • Flowers
  • Bridal Stage, Lectern
  • Cake
  • Photographer & Videographer
  • Music/DJ
  • Minister
  • Waiters


We pride ourselves on giving couples the wedding day they deserve, which is why we strive to give clients our personal attention at all times. With proper planning, the stresses associated with weddings can be minimised.


We are excited to provide a venue that will make your special day a reality, tailor made for you. If you are interested in letting us host your wedding, or have some questions, then don't hesitate to contact us. We can arrange for you to come and view the venue at a time and date convenient to you.


We look forward to ensuring that the memories of your special event will remain with you forever. Hope to hear from you soon.