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We love hearing testimonials from our guests at Collisheen. We strive to always be on top of our game and provide you with the best service at all times.

Good morning Tae,

I would like to thank you for a excellent job of co-ordinating my sister’s wedding.  Thank you for being my right hand an always doing your utmost best to assist me throughout the day.  You were absolutely the sweetest . I did everything I needed to do in the comfort of a beautiful air-conditioned room. 

Thank you again for all your assistance you were fantastic!

Kind regards 
Krivania Ethwar Persotham 
(Sanescia’s sister )
Sanescia & Shikaar
19 March 2022
Orchid House

Hi Gizelle

Wow – the day has come and gone 😊
Can’t thank you enough for all your help and support – the day was more than we could have wished for!
The food was so delicious, and everyone had such a good time!
Your staff are amazing – Siphiwe, who set up the lights and draping – what a kind and helpful man!
Bo and Tenn
5 February 2022
Orchid House

Dear Amanda
A really big thank you to yourself and the Collisheen team. I had so much of fun planning everything with you all.
The end result was nothing short of fantastic. You took our fairytale wedding and made it a reality.  None of our wedding preparation would be possible with Collisheen.
Sherwyn & Sajal
11 December 2021
The Boma

Dear Amanda
You are definitely at the top of the list, from our very first phone call a long long long time ago, I knew it would be an absolute pleasure to work with you. Your passion, dedication and love for what you do is evident in all your communications, and time and energy you put into your clients. Working in the legal industry, our number 1 value is client centricity, I literally bend over backwards for clients on a daily! Although not the best for your wellbeing……. you definitely showed this level of commitment to me and our function.  You have been so kind throughout the process, following up with me when I forget things, offering your valued expertise and knowledge and bearing with my light night emails. 
You are absolutely remarkable at what you do and that clearly stems from your wonderful personality. I could not imagine any better career for you. In that last week, you really calmed my nerves and managed it all. Your attention to detail is outstanding, and you always went over and above to attend to my requests and queries. You have really made this entire experience a pleasurable 1 for me. There was never a minute, where I felt I could not ask questions, give you a call or question anything. You are truly outstanding, and Collisheen is truly blessed to have a gem like you as an employee. A 2022 increase is surely in order. You are a super woman, I cannot even imagine, how you give that much support to the multiple brides you are dealing with, cause you really made it feel like I was your only client! The only way I can describe you is as a fairy Godmother!
From Julian and I we are eternally grateful for your love, support and compassion shown to us! Please let me know which days you will be in the office, so I can send you a token of our appreciation. All the best for 2022, may you prosper in your personal and professional life, and continue to be a blessing to all future brides.
We had an absolute amazing photographer, I will surely send some pictures through once received.
Some high-level feedback of my thoughts of the actual day are set out below:
Amanda / other staff aka the fairy godmother.
My sentiments of the day are as set out above. What I loved about the day, is that we did not speak business! You appreciated that the bride will always be stressed, and whatever needed to be discussed, you did so with others, so I could truly enjoy my day. 
You perfectly took care, to place and return everything that I had sent through.
You took great care of my mum and bridesmaids. They were so impressed, also could not stop speaking about how amazing you were. You really made them feel so special and taken care of too.
The other staff were absolutely outstanding. They were all so pleasant, soft, humble and polite. I really noticed this and it meant a lot to me. It was the standard I would get at a fine dining restaurant. This was a great, because a single waiter being rude or just dull could really spoil a person’s experience. Please do pass my gratitude to all.
The entire planning process was a breeze with you. No last-minute surprises, as with other suppliers.
Thank you for accommodating my requests at the very last minute.
I was most impressed with the questionnaire, it was detailed, and well thought out and covered all the relevant information.
Thank you for accommodating my several amendments to the final quote.
The venue was absolutely breath-taking. It always more magical when it is your special day!
All the guests loved the many photo opportunities.
From my side everything was perfect! The bridal salon was amazing, and I think brides may overlook how important it is.
Sadly I did not get to indulge in the food on the day. But it was really nice of you to have some food packed away for us!
The breyani was simply delicious! I wish I had more! For an Indian person to complement breyani – you know it must have been great!
The pasta was my favourite! Absolutely loved it – also wish I had more!
Dessert was a 10/10 – just too good!
I did not taste the chicken.
Canapes – As big as the slider was, I ate and risked messing my face, cause I love pork – it was worth it. Also loved the prawns and chicken strips. My 1 comment would be to make the slider smaller, so its more of a finger food.
Overall, I did not received a singly bad comment from any of the guests on the food.
Kuddos to the chef!  
Overall, working with you the venue, staff, coordination, food and experience was a 10/10

P.S Please don’t take my compliments lightly, I am generally a very critical person!
P.S I am generally pedantic and never wanted to be a last-minute bride, but due to the additional stress brought about by covid, it was inevitable. Please don’t judge me for being crazy!
Dian & Julian
18 December 2021
The Boma

Hi Amanda,
I just wanted to say a HUGE THANK-YOU to you and Wayne, Pumlani, your Chef, Gizelle and the rest of your INCREDIBLE TEAM.
As an event manager finding a beautiful venue with all the right facilities is great but it’s the venue team that really ensures if the event is a success of not and the Collisheen Estate team were absolutely amazing this week. Thank-you for meeting all our requests and being so on the ball. Service was 5 star and the event ran so smoothly because of it. If you ever need a recommendation as a corporate events venue please let me know.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy December break and I hope 2022 is a fantastic year for your wonderful venue and it’s amazing team.
Warm Regards,
Magnette Events – Red Bull
7 December 2021
The Boma

Dear Gizelle,

How do we even begin to thank you?

Your guidance and knowledge with everything from choosing service providers to navigating a postponement and wet wedding weather – was invaluable.

Knowing you had everything under control, every step of the way, made our wedding journey and wedding day the most special experience our lives. 
Your professionalism, enthusiasm and can-do attitude made our wedding planning SO enjoyable.
Our guests were all raving about the beautiful venue, the attentiveness of the staff and the delicious food.

We loved going through this process, with you at our side – and we are sad that it’s over.
Thank you for making our dreams come true – you are one in a million!!

(PS. You better still be there in 10 years for the vow renewal!!)

Lots of love,
Sian and Lance
Sian & Lance
26 November 2021
Orchid House

Hi Gizelle,

Honestly, our wedding could not have been anymore perfect! The venue and decor was absolutely beautiful! The food was amazing! The food was delicious! A huge thank you to the chefs! Collisheen really hit it out the park, our wedding was beyond what we expected! So well done!

Gizelle you were amazing! I could not have asked for more. You were there every step of the way, you were so reassuring and collective! Thank you so much for everything, you’re the best!!

What a wedding! We are so happy!

So thank you so much !!
Melissa & Lyle
22 November 2021
Orchid House

Hi Amanda, 

Everything was absolutely amazing, thank you so much for everything. Your staff were amazing and the service we received was excellent. 

We had such good reviews from our family and friends regarding the food. 

Thank you so much for everything!
Christine & Nathan
16 October 2021
The Boma

Hi Amanda, 

Thank you so much for your exceptional service during our wedding and the planning process. I am so grateful for your patience throughout the process! Everything from the venue to the food and the staff was totally flawless.
Auriel & Cameron
2 October 2021
The Boma

Good morning Gizelle

Just a little note to say THANK YOU for being such an AWESOME and the best Hostess on Saturday for Nicole & Zipho’s day. You brought such a calm and made everything go off so smoothly, from calming the groom, to talking us through how to start off the ceremony to the reception…making sure everything was in order and went accordingly. You were AMAZING!!! We are so grateful we had you for the day because you definitely took on everyone’s stress and made everything easier for everyone.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to you & your team. The food was really good (no complaints), enjoyed by everyone, the service was exceptional, staff all friendly & helpful. Everything was perfect…I’m sure you will be receiving a message from Nicole as well but I just had to thank you personally as I am forever grateful for the way you made it so easy for me. God bless you in abundance.

Many thanks 
Michelle (Nicole’s aunt, the family event planner EmojiEmoji)
Nicole & Zipho
16 October 2021
Orchid House

Dear Amanda
Trust that you are well.
Thank You so much for Friday. It was an absolute pleasure working with you. My apologies for all the changes and back and forth. Nonetheless, it was a spectacular event and we could not be happier. Collisheen Estate had outdone themselves with the service and food. Please let Phumlani and Gizelle, as well as Chef know that we are absolutely thankful to them and their hard work.
May Collisheen continue to grow from strength to strength!
Thank You
KZN Master Builders
1 October 2021
The Boma

Hi Amanda,

We just wanted to say THANK YOU for doing an absolutely amazing job with our wedding last weekend and keeping all on track behind the scenes, you totally exceeded our expectations and brought our vision to life! Sirshen and I were in awe when we walked in both the garden and Boma. May god continue to bless you to continue to do this amazing work.
Candice & Sirshen
4 September 2021
The Boma

Hi Gizelle,
We can never thank you enough for the exceptional service. My family and friends all loved you and the team present on the day of the wedding Dinner. Thank you again for the day so much easy and for having all the patience in the world. 
Please pass on the mail to your manager thanking them for a 5-star experience.

(I would like to thank Gizelle for the amazing service her team and herself held at Tamara and Karl Orchids reception held on the 17th June 2021 at the Orchid House. Gizelle and her team were on the ball from the time we stepped into the time we left. She was pleasant and so professional in everything she did. Everything was perfect. Gizelle is a very pleasant friendly person who goes beyond what is expected. Thank u Gizelle for all u did to make the reception so beautiful. Lizzy – The bride’s mum.)
Tamara & Karl
17th June 2021
Orchid House

Our overall experience of Collisheen is overwhelmingly positive. We really appreciated the time Amanda took to meet with us on multiple occasions to answer our questions, provide feedback and assist with decision making. This level of service was exceptional and it enhanced our experience from simply being a wedding venue to a holistic wedding experience. 

Your questionnaires and administrative systems are on point, resulting in detailed planning and brilliant execution. Furthermore, your payment policies and processes are simple and leave the client with peace of mind. Paying a R10 000 deposit for the Boma and making full payment just 2 weeks before the wedding is particularly a bonus feature of Collisheen, especially during COVID times when there is so much uncertainty. This business practice is rare and must be commended, especially during these difficult fiscal times. Reesha and I have observed a positive synergy among staff, both in admin and planning as well as those on the ground, which results in a calm and reassuring environment. Your professionalism and courtesy to accommodate and liaise with our service providers are also duly noted.  

The food was great, all our guests had good things to say about the taste and quality of the food. The venue and facilities were amazing, we loved using the garden spaces which were all well maintained. Reesha and I came for the beauty of the venue but left with so much more than just pleasing aesthetics. We left Collisheen with an incredible wedding experience.    

Overall, our experience with the staff and venue at Collisheen was lovely and we would highly recommend their venue and services.  

What would make Collisheen stand out as a venue of choice in the future? Maintain the staff synergy and excellent service provision, make a few tasteful upgrades to the venue and facilities (while still maintaining its heritage), and you guys will remain as a dominant competitor in this tough segment. 

We wish Collisheen staff and management all the best through these pandemic times.

Take care and God bless 
Reesha & Preston
10th April 2021
The Boma

Hi lovely lady. I hope that you are well and well and all smiles. Hope that business is going well. So I have pics of the wedding and venue. Just thought il forward it to you. Many thanks for what you did for us. Going way beyond your limits to ensure that it was such a beautiful day for us both. You are truly God-sent and amazing at what you do. You have the perfect gift of giving people happiness.

Love you tons and more
Prinesha Pillay 
Prinesha & Cameron
28th November 2020
Orchid House

Hi Gizelle
Thank you so much for hosting the perfect wedding for us.
 A few thoughts on the service at Collisheen:
·        The food was very good. We have had everyone that attended complimenting all the food served at the wedding. Even the aunties that have to make a remark or two 😉
·        The hostess was an absolute delight who made sure that we never had to worry about anything.
·        The Décor company, Xquisite Hiring was amazing and also went out of their way to make the place look and feel very special.
·        Value for money was, at first, a concern for us but with the way Wayne and yourself accommodated and took our concerns into consideration we were happy to pay the price quoted. The venue is very charming and you guys are very lucky to get to work somewhere that beautiful.
I can think of many more but I’ll let the pictures and the smiles on our faces help with more compliments.
Kumeshan & Natasha
24th April 2021
Orchid House

Hi Gizelle,
We are still on a wedding buzz! My family and I couldn’t be happier with the manner in which you hosted us. I loved every minute of it! It was truly magical. We appreciate your professionalism in handling everything even minor hiccups! You made me feel comfortable that all was under control and that’s a lot for me who handles everything myself lol! I think I’ve set a trend in my family now..so expect more calls for venue hire.
I hope my family wasn’t too much for you, but they are all really impressed with the food, service, organization, and friendliness!
I will for sure update you on my pictures we are awaiting more from my photographer. I can’t wait!
Thank you, a million times, for allowing me the wedding I dreamed of, I will forever be grateful! I will be in touch
Have a super day and take care!
With Love
Nelisha & Julian
18th April 2021
Orchid House

Hi Amanda

Kaylee and I, together with our families, want to say a huge thanks to you, Wayne, and your entire team at Collisheen for hosting us last weekend. We had the most amazing day and very happy that we held our special day at Collisheen. We know your industry has been enduring some hard times, and we certainly hope that it starts to improve. The venue looked incredible as always, and the service we received from you and your team, with Phumlani also deserving a special mention, was exceptional. And the food was delicious!

Hope you have a fantastic weekend and we really hope that things within the Wedding Industry continue to improve and that soon you will be back to normal and rocking things as you did with our special day!

JP & Kaylee
JP and Kaylee
3rd April 2021
The Boma

My dearest Gizelle

Words cannot truly do justification in expressing how thankful I am to you for contributing immensely to making my dream come true. My wedding this past weekend was perfect, an absolute dream and I have you to thank for that. When I first met you during the consult, I told you after meeting you, somehow I became stress-free, and I was so correct because the family and myself including Leelin were so relaxed on the day because you handled everything to perfection.

Your advice and suggestions were amazing and made the day extra special. I was completely awestruck by the snacks and tea/juice stationed on the lawn, you suggested it but I never imagined it would be so beautiful and so relaxing.

My guests are still talking about the day and how perfect the garden wedding was. You were my backbone, my pillar of strength on the day and I am truly truly grateful. You thought of everything and my family fell in love with you, your personality, your friendliness, your warmth, and your dedication to what you do.

A million thanks to YOU and team Collisheen. You truly are the best and I will recommend the orchid house to any bride only because you are such a wonderful coordinator that every bride should feel the way I did on my wedding day. Not a single stress, not a single panicked moment, all because my Gizelle was around taking on the stress and making everything perfect.

Even with the buttonholes, we didn’t know how to attach them, the first thing the family said was to ask Gizelle and truly you are the right-hand person to go to when faced with challenges.

The setup in the bridal suite was amazing and I sincerely thank you.. the little touches just made everything so perfect. My service providers love working with you so they were so comfortable. Shezaad is a huge fan of yours, he mentioned I won’t have any stress with you around and he just whisked us away for photos knowing you were around to direct the guests.

My humblest gratitude to you. You have made my wedding a dream come true, absolute perfection.

God bless you always and may you continue to prosper in all that you set your heart to do.
Subashnee and Leelin
28th March 2021
Orchid House

Hi Amanda! 

Hope you are well. We just wanted to say thank you so much to you and your team for Sunday. Our day was absolutely amazing and we couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you so so much for everything that you have done for us. 

Thank you once again for making our wedding an absolute fairytale. We could not have chosen a better team to work with. 
Celestine & Marcell
14th March 2021
The Boma

Dear Gizelle,

I had a wedding anniversary on 6 March 2021 at Collisheen. I will like to say I had a great time. The highest highlight is the food. Wow, I loved the food! It was everything and more than I expected. The staff were friendly and attended to my needs, making sure my day was good. I am happy with how the day went. Lastly, the co-ordinator, Gizelle Athman, was amazing, without her, I don’t think my day would have turned out so perfect. Thank you for the amazing venue.
Dibakiso & Mandlakayise
6th March 2021
Orchid House

Dear Gizelle,
On behalf of Ginene and Brandon, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to you and your team for ensuring my daughter’s fairytale wedding came true.
You have guided us and helped us from our first meeting and I honestly could not have done it without you. I am truly grateful for the amazing energy you brought to the wedding planning process and no matter how stressed I was, every time I called you or heard your voice, I just felt calm and confident that you will ensure that our vision was carried out. You have been our ray of sunshine through the whole process. You have certainly gone over and beyond to make us feel comfortable and confident that we chose the right venue for the function.
On the day everything went according to plan and perfectly, as you promised you will take my stress away that day and you did. The food was absolutely amazing. For the first time at an Indian wedding, I didn’t hear the people complaining about the food not having enough salt! LOL!
We especially loved the butter chicken – out of this world delicious – please let me know if we can order that as a takeaway some time.
Once again Gizelle, Thank You sincerely for all you have done for us. You are truly amazing!
Ginene & Brandon
20th February 2021
Orchid House

Dear Amanda,

You exceeded my expectations! The starter was awesome, the meal as well. Even the cake, I know it was external but hey, they did wonders. I would refer anyone without any hesitation. Your service was above and beyond!
Nomthandazo & Mswakhe
10th December 2020
The Boma

Hi Gizelle,
Jo and I would really like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for going above and beyond for our special day, you exceeded every single expectation that we had and our guests were absolutely mind blown at how well the event was organized and how seamlessly everything turned out. You made our day extraordinary and we will be forever grateful.
It was almost as if you could read our minds on the day haha!! There isn’t a single thing that I needed or wanted that you did not have, from changing menus at the last second to pins and cotton, you ticked every single box. You ensured that every last detail was exactly what we had asked for, if not better. I have gotten so many compliments on your behalf. Our family was super impressed with the level of service and professionalism and not forgetting the delicious food. 
Thank you again for all your hard work, time and effort. It definitely did not go unnoticed.
You are amazing!!!!!
I pray this year brings nothing but happiness and prosperity for you.
Kerisha & Jordache
12th December 2020
Orchid House

Dear Amanda,

The decor you did on the gazebo was absolutely stunning. I loved it. The setup was on point. We both truly enjoyed ourselves. OMG the food was amazing the guests really enjoyed themselves, let me not forget the cheese toast in the bridal salon so yummy. I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding. You truly went above and beyond to see that everything was perfect on the day. And the venue was amazing, I am eagerly awaiting my pictures. You and your team did a fantastic job, and I am so thankful. 
Yugeshnee & Leonard
29th November 2020
Sunset Oval

Dear Wayne
My wife and I got married at your venue this past Sunday 13th December 2020.
We were really impressed with Gizelle. From the start to the day she was so efficient.  Then came the big day, oh my word is she good. She worked really hard and the staff under her all were brilliant. She is polite and went out of her way to ensure everything went well. Your venue is beautiful, the food was spot on and everything went well.
Thank you for running such a great business and for employing such great people. 
Michelle & Vish
13th December 2020
Orchid House

Dear Gizelle,
Thank you so much for an absolutely amazing wedding. You were extremely efficient and you are definitely very good at your job. You put our minds at ease and allowed us to have a magical day without a single bit of stress and for that, I would like to say a very very big thank you.

The food was to die for and we received many compliments from our guests on the quality of the food as well as the presentation, everyone was extremely impressed and have all said it was the best wedding they have ever been to.

I will definitely highly recommend you to anyone looking to get married without hesitation.
Sharon & Cindy
27th November 2020
Orchid House

Hi Amanda
Thank you so much, as I said in the telephone call to you, Collisheen never ceases to amaze us.  Thank you for you as co-ordinator for always smiling, always being calm, and then we get the best five-star service.  To your staff and Wayne and everyone who was involved, our sincere thanks for hosting yet another Ashton event with great success.
Over the years, a massive thank you to you, Wayne, who has always accommodated our every whim and been extremely generous and kind my sincerest appreciation.  Collisheen is one venue I can recommend to anyone who needs five-star service and excellence.
Jeannie Habig, Ashton Matric Dance
26th November 2020
The Boma

Dear Amanda,

Thank you and Collisheen once again for making our dream come true on our special day.

All our guests are still talking about the amazing food and generous portions. The service was truly amazing. Everyone went out of their way for us. And the venue was absolutely stunning. It was truly a day to remember. The idea of the drive-in wedding was so amazing and unique, guests will keep on talking about it.
Rochelle & Deresh
24th October 2020
Sunset Oval

Dear Amanda,
Hope that you are well. Thank you and your team for hosting an awesome function at Collisheen, everything went on without a fault. Very happy about that.

Regards, Shaan
Sarieta & Rajiv
7th November 2020
The Boma

Hi Amanda
Trust you are well. Thank you guys for making our wedding truly magical, we could not have chosen a better venue. I will definitely provide feedback and tag you guys in our pictures.

Regards, Nikkie
Nikkie & Mesh
25th October 2020
The Boma

Hi Gizelle,
First things first, Collisheen has always been a venue that speaks for itself. The beauty of the perfectly manicured gardens makes any brides heart beat faster but as you know, due to the weather we were not able to enjoy it. 
 With that said,  Gizelle my darling you have been the most amazing soul to have worked with to make this day absolutely perfect! From running in the rain to remove the chapel benches, to helping my family offload our massive wedding haul, all while keeping me calm and seeing to my every need.
No words put to paper could ever express our gratitude. Our wedding turned out to be something out of a fairytale and you had a major part to play. Thank you for all the hard work and attention to detail, for the many emails and recommendations, and for making me feel like the only girl in the world.
Shane is not one to dish out compliments but he was so impressed with everything. 
From the bottom of my heart, a huge thank you, you are simply amazing.
The Bachens
Janesha & Shane
31st October 2020
Orchid House

Good morning Gizelle
We just wanted to thank you for everything and making our wedding so special and perfect. We could not have done it without you and it truly was a dream come true. You and your team worked so beautifully and the venue and service were amazing. We cannot thank you enough for everything. 
Take care and sending you lots of love and happiness always!
Verenya and Mark 
Verenya & Mark
5th September 2020
Orchid House

Hi Sweet Amanda,
Wayne and I just wanted to say thank you for the amazing job that you and your team did. You guys have such an outstanding venue and we are just glad that we got to have our special day at Collisheen Estate. Thank you guys so much again for everything
Kamishta & Wayne
25th July 2020
The Boma

Dear Amanda
Kegan and I could not have asked for a better venue to celebrate our special day.
I will absolutely recommend a drive-through wedding at the Sunset Oval to everyone I know.
You and the staff have been so amazing with your warmth and hospitality! And, the food! OMG, the food was the best, when I do pop in for coffee, I will also have some butter chicken naan’s on the go, please!
Every person in our circle of 12 people had only good reviews about everything, so you guys are definitely doing everything right!
Thank you, once again, to you and Wayne.
It indeed was a day a remember and we are so glad we could have made history with Collisheen during a pandemic!
Tania & Keegan
4th July 2020
Drive-in Wedding

Dear Amanda, Gizelle and Bron

Our wedding was absolute chaos – and we loved every moment of it!
Kursh and I cannot thank you all enough. 
Amanda right from the start I had absolute peace of mind that you would make our day amazing – how incredible that I feel you went above amazing. The flowers – they were just too beautiful. There was not a single thing that disappointed us.
Gizelle –  I will forever remember that green umbrella above us 🙂 you ran around like crazy in an attempt to save the day from the rain. The rain gave you a good beating but how I appreciated you trying your absolute best.
Bron – the food! Thank you for being open to suggestions and going out of your way to ensure that we were happy. People didn’t care about the rain after the food and desserts. You outdid yourself.
Thank you for Stephen and Terence as recommendations – they both also did their absolute best to deal with the situation.
Kursh and I spoke and if we could go back – we would not change a single thing. You guys gave us that!
My heart broke when weddings got canceled – so many people are now deprived of their special day and the absolute joy of working with you ladies.
I wish you all everything of the best and I’ll always think of you’ll with such joy and laughter. 
Best wishes and lots of love Sam.  
Sam & Kursh
11th July 2020
Drive-in Wedding

Tyral and I, as well as our families, would like to thank Gizelle so very much for all your assistance over the past few months and especially on Saturday. You did an amazing job and made our event so very memorable.
You were so kind to offer us to use the flowers as well. You are brilliant at what you do and made us feel so very special.
Thank you once again.  
Trishal & Tyral
14th March 2020
Orchid House

Collisheen Estate exceeded our expectations before and on the day of our wedding on 02 Nov 2019. We would like to thank Amanda, the co-ordinator for her professionalism and kindness, which made it all so easy to plan our big day.
The entire staff was amazing, they were friendly and warm to our guests. The 3 course meals that were served to our guests by the in-house chef was absolutely divine. I was so impressed and will forever be greaful to Collisheen Estate for making our wedding a beautiful and memorable one.  
Sipho and Mpume
2 November 2019

The Boma

Hi beautiful Amanda,

I honestly don’t know how our wedding could have been so amazing had it not been for all you did for us. The venue itself, the decor and most amazing of all the food, oh my gosh!! My wedding guests are still talking about it even today. My wedding was an absolute dream because of you and your team Amanda, mostly because of you. Thank you so so much. We will be forever grateful and I’m definitely coming to catch up when I’m back.

Thank you again Amanda, for everything. Have a wonderful year ahead, blessings to you and your family. Hope you’re enjoying your leave.️

Love, Vuyi. 
Vuyi & Chris
11 January 2020

The Boma

Good Day Gizelle,

My wife and I would like to express our appreciation for making our day a great success yesterday. Not only were you profession and competent in conducting your duties but you were also solution driven in instances where we were faced with certain challenges.
As a person who does lots of work with and for corporates I know one of the most import things you can do for your clients / customers is exceeding their expectations and you did just that with us. We will certainly recommend your place to our friends and family for possible future functions.

God bless and good luck with all your future bookings.
Sifiso Mngomezulu
Sfiso & Mandisa
12 December 2019
Orchid House

Good Day Gizelle 🌼

For the Venue, Food, Service etc everything, and I mean everything was perfect, just a pity about the wind but otherwise it was out of our control everything still went by smoothly. Just abit stressed about our creative shoot. But sure there will be some gorgeous photos.

All family & friends complemented the food & ensured us it was one of the best most fun weddings they have ever had.
Thank you to all staff & your hard work, we really appreciate everything. As soon as I get some preview from photos I will definitely forward through to you to share, also we will add a review with photos.

Thank you again for everything. Wish I can go back and enjoy it again. 🌼🍾😁😊
Will chat soon again.
Ankia & Hein
14 December 2019
Orchid House

Hi Gizelle,

I didn’t get time to thank you properly for all your time helping us with our wedding day. I really appreciate it. It went well and I enjoyed it. Thank you.

Zandile & Lungisani
20 December 2019
Orchid House

Dear Wayne,
We write in order to thank Collisheen Estates for making our wedding day a spectacular event for all who witnessed it.
We got married on 13 December 2019 and our wedding co-ordinator was Gizelle Athman.
She was a wonderful and inviting soul, and really, she was the reason we decided to use Collisheen Estate as our venue. Her attitude towards her clients will make any anxious bride feel more than confident that their special day will be nothing short of perfection. She answers all calls and queries and really goes beyond the call of duty to ensure that your vision is realised.
Thank you Gizelle for being an amazing soul. I hope you never changed and that you will be eternally blessed for how you make all your brides feel.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
Thank you from the Mwange’s. Next time we are in Ballito, we owe you lunch.
Kind regards
Mini & Jay
Mini & Jay
13 December 2019
Orchid House

A very happy new year to Collisheen Estate and all its staff. My name is Lucy and was married at Orchid House in November 2019.

My day was met with Gizelle and her enormous beautiful attitude. She was like my own personal ‘saving grace’. She kept me in the loop every few minutes about everything and every request of ours was met with an enthusiastic and calm ‘ok’.
To the owner of this establishment, I take my hat off to you. I heard you requested the other venue to turn down the music as it was interfering with my wedding. We are very grateful for that instant action you took for us ,ensuring everyone was happy. You have an awesome staff and an even better coordinator, Gizelle. The extra mile every staff member took as incredible. The honesty as well, is impeccable.

My family and friends could not stop singing Collisheen’s praises and rightfully so. Once again, a heartfelt and grateful “THANK YOU “.
Lucy & Helena
30 November 2019
Orchid House

This is overdue but we were just catching our breathe after the wedding and wanted to really sit down and take the time to thank you and your team for the time and dedication you put into making our day so special .
When we first searched for a venue, we knew what we wanted but never ever did we think that we would get so much more from a venue! You and your team were amazing to work with! Other than being fantastic people, you and your peers are superb professionals; everything was to the T! Your easy-going personality and commitment to making someone’s day special, can calm any soon-to-be bride . You have made my experience with Collisheen so pleasing and I look forward to having other events there! I can’t thank you enough but there will never be a day that we could forget you and the remarkable experience we had!!!
Vivian & Timeon
4 January 2020
The Boma

Good morning Amanda.
Thank you so much for making my wedding the most memorable day of my life. It was perfect but it couldn’t have been done without your hard work. Sizwe and I are eternally grateful. Thank you again! You ladies are the Best!
Zinhle & Sizwe
21 December 2019
The Boma

Dear Amanda,
May I take this opportunity to say that Collisheen Estate was a pleasant surprise to all our guests…. but especially to me. I have only had positive feedback from client. Your ‘hands – on’ approach and personalised service was most impressive. Thank you for doing everything possible to meet client’s budget. Your staff are so well trained. They were very responsive to all our requests. The food was plentiful and tasty. All expectations were met. I will definitely recommend/ consider your venue for future events. Happy Holidays to you and the Collisheen Team.
Many thanks and kind regards, Neero
DUT Corporate Function
6 December 2019
The Boma

Dearest Gizelle and all the team from Collisheen’s Orchid House,
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything. For everything that you all have done for us, from the first time we met you in May through to our wedding this last Saturday. You all made our special day look effortless, elegant and perfect in every way and without you, we would have been dead in the water. Every single one of our guests complimented us on the venue, food, Gizelle’s constant guiding hand, and drinks.
Thank you Gizelle, for also helping us with looking after Ismail. Knowing you had him comfortably sorted in the blue room took a huge worry off my shoulders. We were asked if we were depressed with the thought that our wedding was now over. Neither Brett nor I feel this way. Only because we feel that our wedding is the start to our new adventure and we cannot wait to see what life has in store for us. However, what I am sad about is that our organising with all of you has come to an end.
Thank you again for everything and please know that we will sing your praises all the way to the UK.
Robyn & Brett
7 December 2019
Orchid House

Hello Amanda.
Thank you so much for our beautiful wedding. People are still texting us and talking about it. They really loved your venue and the food was delicious. Thank you for making our wedding a memorable one. We are forever grateful.
Ayanda & Khanya
20 September 2019
The Boma

Thank you so much Amanda, it all ran so smoothly thanks to you. It really was a pleasure having you as the coordinator. We appreciate all the effort and patience you had for us. We are actually now on the plane waiting to fly off.
Simone & Neeanth
30 November 2019
The Boma

Hi Amanda,
Our guests and myself and Errol were blown away by the service, attention to detail and the food was amazing. This was the best experience and most magical moment in my life all thanks to people like yourself, Naomi and Helen…(sorry I forgot your assistants name who stayed the evening…she was awesome). I wish I could rewind and relive that moment…it went too fast!
Laurelle & Errol
23 September 2019
The Boma

Hi Amanda,
You truly are amazing, I’m so grateful for all of your help on the day!
Everything went well by God’s grace!
Thank you once again!
Jecoliah & Rayner
16 November 2019
The Boma

Hi Amanda,
We are still in awe of our wedding, everything was perfect, a true fairytale. Our guests were very impressed with the service and the food. The food was delicious and perfectly prepared, please give our compliments to the chef. The staff really went beyond expectation.
Thank you Amanda for organising every aspect of the day, Brendan and I appreciate your efforts and hard work. We pray that God blesses you and the family richly, also great blessings over Collisheen and the business.
Judy & Brendan
28 September 2019
The Boma

Hi Gizelle,
We cannot thank you and your team enough for giving us the most perfect wedding day. One which we will remember forever. The staff were all welcoming, accommodating and willing to help me with anything. The food was incredible, beautifully laid out and tasted superb! Gizelle you are like super woman. You ensured our day ran smoothly, all guests were taken care of and ensured Tyler and myself were watered and fed.  Everything I asked for was done, no detail left out. A big thank you to you Gizelle and to your amazing team!
Stacey & Tyler
16 November 2019
Orchid House

Thank you Amanda!
We would like to express our since gratitude to you Amanda, you have a golden heart, thank you for welcoming us with open arms. Thank you for your professionalism, I have never in my life met a person like you, you went all out, everything was organised, we would send you one email within a blink of an eye there is a response from you.
You even went as far as communicating with me via WhatsApp. A special thanks to your team as well, I forgot they were on duty instead they felt like family, I am convinced you take them for some sort of a course for such professionalism, friendliness, humbleness and love they possess.
Sena & Siya
19 August 2019
The Boma

Hi Amanda.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for making our wedding so special. Everything was perfect from the professional service to the tasty food and our guests were blown away! You guys are really amazing especially you Amanda!
Definitely the best venue in Durban!
Yeodine & Rishaan
20 October 2019
The Boma

Good afternoon Amanda,
I just want to tell you and your team a super duper extreme THANK YOU from both Duran and I! Our wedding day was beyond perfect, from everything thing you guys did for us to have a great function is beyond us! The food was so amazing everyone kept talking about it and nobody could fault it! The decor was exactly what we wanted and more. The setup you did and the extras you gave us were so thoughtful of you, you really made all my dreams come true.
Also a big and super great thank to the amazing Gizelle! She was perfect, helpful and the sweetest. I can’t thank you all enough for the outstanding job you have done for us. I’m so so blessed and happy.
Love you guys!
Devona & Duran
31 August 2019
The Boma

Good evening Wayne,
My wife and I recently tied the knot at your wedding venue (Orchid House). I requested your email address from Gizelle, as I just wanted to provide you with some positive feedback.
The venue was an absolute gem! The staff were professional and most helpful and the food was excellent. However, I wanted to really just emphasize how impressed we were with Gizelle. We were slightly worried in the build-up to our wedding when we found out that Gizelle would be replacing Dominique as we had only worked with Dominique originally. However from the get-go, Gizelle provided an amazing service, we loved her funny and energetic personality which made us feel connected from the get-go. From the beginning, Gizelle handled all of our back and forth queries with such ease. She was easy to talk to and had such a positive attitude throughout the entire process. She worked closely with my wife and she was always so helpful to her.
On the day of the wedding she managed everything, right to the finest of details and far exceeded our expectations. Gizelle was the calm “motherly figure” that my wife and I needed on our wedding day just to give us peace of mind and smooth out all the finer details.
For example, after our private photos were taken in the nearby sugar cane, Gizelle took the initiative to sit my wife down in the air-conditioned room for 10 min to personally hand wash her feet! That is what I would call above and beyond.
We felt rest assured with her at our side and I must really just give her praise for a brilliant job done! Overall we were so impressed with your venue and will highly recommend it to others. Thank you for the great staff, and memorable venue which we will look back on and cherish the memories of forever.
Trent & Carien
2 November 2019
Orchid House

Hi Gizelle,
You and Orchid House were absolutely amazing on the day and all the way leading up to it!
Thank you for being as amazing as you are… I can imagine that weddings are usually chaos, however, I felt none of that – you and the team handled everything from last-minute changes to final special touches that I wanted to add without me having to do anything. The day leading into the night was spectacular and every person that interacted with you have the same opinion of you that I do – you take it in your stride and personalize the wedding as if it is as important to you as it is to the couple. Thank you so much for everything….
The venue was set up beautifully – the chapel, the garden, and the reception – and the lights transformed everything into a magical wonderland as the sun set.
Service was consistently great and friendly throughout the night and the food was absolutely delicious – best we’ve ever had! And dessert looked and tasted as if it was catered from a Michelin star kitchen.
Usually, the choice and taste of food is the talk of the wedding the day after, and we have not had a single complaint at all – compliments to the entire team for putting this together and a heartfelt thank you for being part of our day and making it so special.
Tasha & Ugene
3 November 2019
Orchid House

Dear Gizelle,
As a full-time working couple with a hectic schedule juggling traveling, meetings, and then a wedding to boot, We knew that we needed guidance along the way to make our wedding day vision a reality. The most common advice we would receive from past couples was to “Enjoy the day”. This was our ultimate goal; however how could we truly enjoy ourselves with our guests while at the same time ensuring that everything would run smoothly? It really did not seem possible.
That is why we entrusted Gizelle for our day of wedding co-ordination. Not only did she ensure a flawless wedding day that impressed both us and critical family, but she worked through everything with us for the entire month leading up to the wedding. No question was too big or small for Gizelle, and she constantly proved her dedication through numerous email correspondence with us and our other vendors.
Truth be told it was extremely challenging managing a demanding career and planning a wedding, but Gizelle completely stepped in to help me manage. She ran our rehearsal leading up to the wedding and managed to win over our entire wedding party.
If you are looking for an extremely diligent, organized, and professional wedding day coordinator with a passion for her clients, then I would strongly recommend Gizelle Athman. We invest so much time, energy and money into the planning process, and Gizelle will be the final step in making sure that your dreams come to life.
Selwyne & Cherelise
26 October 2019
Orchid House

Hi Gizelle
Thank you so much for all your guidance, support and expertise which you offered so graciously over these last few months. You really were an important part of making our wedding a success..which it was. Our families are still on a high from the wedding and so are we!
We were very, very happy with everything..not just the Chapel and Reception, but even the pre-wedding items such as the rooms and the snacks provided were just perfect. The entire day flowed so smoothly thanks to you and your team. Thrisha & I BOTH agree that our wedding day was so relaxed and stress-free. The overall Orchid House experience is very special for the bridal couple and guests alike – elegant, relaxed, beautiful. Our guests were at ease and in a party mood. We had a FLAWLESS wedding in every respect.
From the outset 4 months ago, both Thrisha and I felt very safe knowing you were there to guide and advise on all our concerns. No problem was too big or request too small. We all agreed 4 months was a tight timeline, but thanks to you – we achieved exactly the wedding we wanted. We knew you were on the ball, but during the reception when you unexpectedly heard the words “seating chart” during the gift game- within a blink of an eye – you had a team member bring it into the reception area. That level of attention was very impressive. We are deeply appreciative of all you’ve done in making our important day so special.
We wish you and your team everything of the best as you guide and help many more couples create THEIR special day. They are in great hands.
Greg & Thrisha
20 October 2019
Orchid House

Hey Gizelle
Thank you so much to you and all the Collisheen staff, you guys went above and beyond to ensure everything run smoothly, we didn’t have to worry about a thing. The food was amazing your hospitality everything was just perfect.
May & Muzi
19 October 2019
Orchid House

Dear Gizelle,
My goodness – we had THE BEST day!! Thank you for all your hard work, for answering all my little questions and taking care of everything with such ease. We are really so so grateful that you were there with us on our day & just appreciate everything that you did during the evening! I know it is your job, but you really do care for the couple of the evening – so thank you!!
The venue was BEAUTIFUL. The chapel is just amazing, maybe a bit small for 120 people though. The way the walkway flows into the garden is so great because it helps with the flow of guests. Also outside the chapel is a nice place for the group photo. The garden is so beautiful and relaxing and so spacious! I also loved the venue inside and when it got hot you could open the blinds which really helped!
The food was DELISH! We just didn’t have any gravy though – oops! But the food was very good & everyone we have spoken to enjoyed it! The fussy eaters (veggies/gluten free’s) all also enjoyed their meal and appreciated the extra effort! And the chocolate brownie was good but was pretty big & rich so I don’t think many people even finished it – I probably would have listened to you about your suggestion to go with the swiss roll!
The service was PERFECT. Everything came timeously, your waiters were professional and friendly.
Thank you for everything!
Jess & Renier
21 September 2019
Orchid House

Hi Amanda,
Hope that you are well. Sorry for the delayed response from us – things have just been very hectic.
Firstly, we would like to thank you and your team for putting together an excellent effort to help us have our dream wedding. We really do appreciate it. The guests raved about the food, service, and efficiency. There are simply no complaints from our side. The consciousness of the staff to realize that Keressa and I had not eaten at the wedding, and to pack some food for us was a standout.
We will definitely be recommending you guys in the future. Our friends are getting married at your venue sometime in February so we will be seeing you guys again very soon.
Thank you so much for your well wishes. We wish you further success aswell!
Kuven & Keressa
13 July 2019
The Boma

Hi Amanda,
Hope you are well and that you still remember me! LOL! Sorry for the delay the past 5 months has been really hectic I just never got a chance to sit down and type an email.
Keagan and I just want to thank you again for making our wedding day so special and amazing. 5 months later and people still cannot get over our wedding. In fact, Keagan and I still cannot get over how amazing it was.
The service from both you and your staff at Collisheen was excellent. Thank you, Amanda, for being there for me to help ease the stress. You are simply amazing and so patient and kind. You have no idea how much it meant to me to have someone there helping me to plan the most special day of my life.
As for the food, it was exceptional. Literally every time we meet family and friends that were at our wedding they are talking about the food. Everyone really enjoyed it.
The venue is simply beautiful. 2 years prior to our wedding, Keagan and I saw pictures of weddings at Collisheen and decided that we wanted to get married there. We came in one Saturday morning and simply fell in love with the venue. Can you believe we never looked at any other wedding venue? Collisheen was our dream and we are so happy that we made the right decision to get married there. There simply isn’t another venue that could be better. We have stunning photos as well.
Amanda thank you again for the stunning decor. You gave me exactly what I envisioned, if not more. Thank you for being so patient with us as we were still trying to figure out what kind of decor we want. In the end everything was spectacular.
Our wedding at Collisheen was a fairytale and dream come true and we will never forget the amazing staff, venue and Amanda of course! LOL!
Amanda is amazing, kind, patient, caring and so helpful she makes planning a wedding so much easier and less stressful. Thank you so much again.
Sholeen & Keagan
27 April 2019
The Boma