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WITH THIS RING – FREE www.withthisring.co.nz SEPTEMBER 2016 – ISSUE 19


Your Day









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New Design Trends

Wedding Checklist

Bridal Gowns & Fashions

Flower Girls

Bridesmaid Classics & Colours

Grooms and Best Men


Mother of the Bride

Hens and Bucks


Wedding Organisation


Themes and Budgets

Big Day Featured Wedding

Speeches and Attendants

Venues Continued

Gifts & Guest Entertainment

Catering, Cakes & Cocktails


Wedding Transport

Invitations & Words



Honeymoon Destinations

Music & Decorations

Wedding Shows & Expos

Wedding Customs & Traditions

Destination Hanmer Springs


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Award winning Couturiere,

Robyn Cliffe wowed the

crowd at the Great New

Zealand Bridal Show in April

with the release of their

couture range at the 2016

Fashion Show.

With the warmer weather you

won’t have to wait long for the

pre-release of their 2017 ranges as

Robyn Cliffe and her talented team

are already putting together their

new spring collection.

With New Zealand Fashion week

upon us the creativity has been

flowing after hugely successfully

showings last year. As the South

Islands only Couture designer

Robyn relishes the opportunity

to create some stunning one off

gowns that then set the tone for the

following season.

If you can’t make it to Auckland

you don’t miss out as Robyn and

her team choose to showcase her

award winning range each year at

the Great New Zealand Bridal Show

every April. ‘It’s a great opportunity

for our team to show everyone

locally where bridal fashion is at for

the season and to set imaginations

alight for just what is possible.’

Robyn’s range shows the diversity

and quality of design available in

New Zealand.

Bridal gown

design is going through an

exciting stage, with the increase

in outdoor weddings and a

return to nature, the gowns are

evolving to suit this more fluid


Emphasising drifts of colour

through layers and giving a

natural soft look to the gown

or reflecting the soft pinks and

greys of an evening sky. “Gosh

we can hardly keep up, but the

stimulation is very exciting,

this season is no exception and

I love it. Especially for New

Zealand brides, we photograph

our brides in such dramatic and

natural landscapes, we want our

gowns to reflect this but also to

allow the brides personality to

shine through ”says Robyn.

Well established

in a beautiful studio

in ST Albans, Robyn

welcomes brides to the

ample showroom and

consulting area. With the

sunny on-site workroom

upstairs, stunning

creations are emerging

from her team. “We have

also just acquired two

new ranges to keep our

customers on top of these

new styles which are

very exciting to view. You

can get a sneak peak of these

on our facebook page.There is

something here for everyone.’

For budget minded brides

Robyn has also a selected range

of gowns for $500.00. She

believes that “it competes with

internet buying, but the gown

can be tried on and bought

with confidence with our name

behind the purchase, so you can

look lovely on your wedding

day, without breaking the bank!”

Brides are welcomed at

Robyn Cliffe Couturiere

located at 1064 Colombo St

Edgeware Village St Albans


Phone 03 366 1111 or

visit www.robyncliffe.co.nz


03 366 1111

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If you are a bride-to-be you will know there

is plenty to organise and many decisions to

make. The most exciting of your shopping

experiences may also have arrived - finding

the dream dress!

Wilkins Bridal will ensure your visit provides you

with the quality of service and care you deserve, in a

friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Finding 'the one' may seem complicated and

daunting, but with the team's professional

service, they are there to guide you through,

offering all the help, honesty and advice you

need. Selecting your dress will be an enjoyable,

stress-free and unpressured experience.

Store Manager April Meredith says, "Our

gowns are designed in a wide range of styles

from traditional to contemporary with

Bridal: 03 377 8595




exquisite fabrics including luxurious satins, flowing chiffons

and sensational silks, complemented by elegant detail such

as intricate embroidery or sparkling beading using genuine

Swarovski crystals. We have a truly exceptional collection

of gowns on offer that will capture the personality of

every bride whether they are looking for soft classical,

romanticism or traditional bridal drama." They are exclusive

New Zealand stockists of stunning overseas designers such

as Jack Sullivan, Brides Desire and De Lanquez, if you’re

looking for something unique and truly one of a kind you’ll

certainly find it there.

With late night Thursdays and open Saturdays, Wilkins

Bridal is more accessible for those with busy schedules.

You can find them online at www.wilkinsbridal.co.nz or

on facebook.com/wilkinsbridal.co.nz, with both

showcasing the wide range of stunning

bridal gowns, Mother of the Bride,

Bridesmaids, Flowergirls dresses,

jewellery and accessories.

However, you really must see

the gowns for yourself with

a relaxing hour and a half

bridal consultation. This

involves a personalised one

on one service to assist you by

a team of extremely experienced

staff. They will help guide you into the

perfect gown for your big day and complete

your bridal picture with the all-important

job of accessorising. April believes that the moment a bride tries

on 'the dress', she simply knows it's 'the One'. "It's a one-of-a

kind magical feeling that can elicit tears or cheers of joy.

I take personal responsibility for the happiness of my brides

who all want to look gorgeous for the singular moment in

their lives that will live on forever."


There may be a vintage or heirloom gown belonging

to family or friends that you could wear. Borrowed or

inherited, such gowns provide special magic on your

wedding day and are becoming very sought after.

Care must be taken when handling a vintage dress

as the fabric becomes fragile with age and requires

expert cleaning and storage.


Expensive and exquisite dresses are often to be

found in the “for sale” columns, or on Trademe.

Many have been purchased or imported from

overseas and you may discover a genuine

designer bridal gown at a fraction of the

original cost. You can always have it

re-fitted or altered with beading or

a trim to your personal taste.

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Every bride wants that “once in a

lifetime” dress! Finding it may take you

on a search of many different options,

whether you buy, hire, make, borrow,

discover, inherit or have it designed.

Sometimes the gown a bride has

always imagined wearing is not the

one she eventually chooses. It’s a

wise bride who goes looking

with an open mind to find

the style and shade that

suits her to perfection.


Beautiful wedding dresses are available “off the peg” at specialist

bridal shops. As well as New Zealand designs, many are

imported, so be sure to allow adequate time for the dress you

select to be ordered from overseas. With a wonderful range of

styles to “try before you buy”, your dream dress might be right

there on the rack! Once chosen, your gown can be expertly

fitted and altered if necessary. Bridal shops have an impressive

selection of accessories and attendants’ dresses to complement

your gown.


Having a gown designed and made just

for you is the ultimate in individuality,

but naturally it will cost you more than

a ready made dress. Your designer will

want to discuss prospective ideas and

styles with you, as well as what suits

you and your personality. Bringing an

illustration, a piece of lace or item of

jewellery is helpful for inspiration.

The designer will have access to a

range of fabrics and trimmings to

create the dress you have chosen.

While white is the obvious choice

for bridal gowns, ivory, parchment,

magnolia, silver, champagne,

gold or blush can be even more

flattering on some brides.



Your wedding gown need

not be a traditional

bridal style, colour or

price. Look at ball

gowns, cocktail

outfits and maxi

dresses and try

summer sales at

designer boutiques

as well as chain

store racks.


Choose a pattern and some

stunning bridal fabric and

let a skilled dressmaker create

an exquisite gown for you.

With an inspiring selection of

silk, satin, lace, brocade and

voile, there won’t be another

gown exactly like yours,

and it won’t be as costly as a

designer dress either. Be sure

to choose a reputable dress

maker and always ask to see

examples of their work before

you decide.


Hiring a wedding gown often lets you have that dream

dress for less than purchasing it or having it made.

Unless you plan to keep your gown as an heirloom,

hiring can be an excellent option for the budget conscious

bride. As well as dedicated wedding hire shops,

theatrical costume hire can sometimes provide you with

a period gown for a themed wedding, or the inspiration

for one!



With style and imagination,

a simple dress can

always be beautifully and

uniquely enhanced with

your own personal style of

decoration; beading, trimming,

appliqué, overlays

of lace or chiffon. Add a

sparkly belt, sheer sleeves,

a sassy jacket or a bolero

and hey presto your dress

is truly “yours.”

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9-12 Months


Style and budget of the wedding

Date time & place

Venue(s), musicians/disco


Wedding flowers with chosen florist

Your photographer

Video photography

Wedding transport

At wedding dress designs

Colour schemes

6-9 Months


Your wedding dress

Minister, Priest or Celebrant

Groom’s and attendants’ clothing

Or Order the wedding cake

Honeymoon travel and accommodation

3-6 Months


Suits for Groom and Groomsmen

Beauty and exercise regime

Wedding invitations

Accommodation for out of town guests

Wedding day hair/make up appointments

Wedding gifts/registry

2 Months



On reception menu and beverages

Floristry details

Passports, travel plans documents

Gifts for attendants

Wedding rings

Wedding shoes


























1 Month


For Marriage Licence

Thank-you gifts for parents

Reception seating plan

Hairdresser with veil/headgear

Wedding rehearsal

With florist, photographer, chauffeur, celebrant

Wedding Dress

Beauty and exercise regime

2 Weeks


All bookings, numbers, times and details

Bridal shoes for wedding day comfort

Hen’s night fun or pamper

Your dress and attendants’ outfits

Gifts for attendants

Your wedding vows

1 Week


For your honeymoon

All travel details

The ceremony

As much as possible

On the





Others do their job

Family and friends

Don’t stress over tiny details


Stockists of

Martina Liana

Jack Sullivan

Brides Desire

Sophia Tolli

De Lanquez


Stella York



Alfred Angelo

Sorella Vita

One Day Only Couture Gown Sale

10am to 3pm Sunday 11th September

By appointment only

Bridal: 03 377 8595, 7 Pilgrim Place, Behind Denny’s Restaurant, Off Moorhouse Ave.

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Charmed Flowers

Classic Photo Booth

Moriarty Dental

Bell Road Bespoke Bridal

Bramble Grove

Mariessa Waddington

Tastefull Affiars

Hot Shots Photo Booth

Catlins River Ridge Retreat

Commodore Hotel

Louise Anderson Bridal Design Ltd

The Cake Eating Company

The George

Nectar Florist

Paintball Games

Tuscany Downs Estate

Wedding Professionals NZ Planners

Garry Walls Photography & DJ

Airpark Limousines

Links Functions and Events

Hanmer Springs

Braemar Lodge & Spa

Crème de la Rose

Haley Saul Hair Artist

VMC images

Chalk it Up

Peppers Clearwater Resort

Break Free on Cashel

Alyssandra Striking Stationry

Pure Romnace By Andi

Hand Made Photography

Westhave Gardens

Davis Bridal

The First Dance

Canterbury Kombi Chauffeur

Brides of Merivale

Omarino Wine Park

Kennett Crafted Jewels

Something Borrowed Something New

Verve Real Food Catering

Trents Estate Vineyard

Beautiful Make Up

Outback Bathrooms

Mandy Caldwell Photography

The Tannery

The Dear Ones Photobooth Co


Black Shadow Project

Artistic Blooms

Simpatico Hair Studio

Registered Celebrant

Heritage Queenstown

Moveable Feasts


Heritage Hanmer Springs

Hirepool Events

Number 9 Events Centre

Weddings by Collective Concepts

Julie Lassen

Glen James Jewellers

Hello World Rolleston

Hello World Rangiora

CM Photography

Cakes Galore

Phoenix Weddings

Kates Cakery

Westende Jewellers

The Little Hire Company

Angela minson Makeup Artist

Smith & Boston

Flowers by Lynette

Hotel Ashburton

Wigram Base

Kiwi Cuisine

To Cherish Bridal Boutique

Terrace Downs Resort

Tricia Warwick - Naziris

Johannes Van Kan Photographer

Lincoln Motel

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Photo Booth Hire

Dental Care , Whiting

Bespoke Bridal Wear

Wedding Events Venue

European Makeup Artist and Styling

Event Planning, Catering, Weddings

Photo Booth Hire

Wedding Venue, Honeymoon, Wedding Planning

Wedding, Reception Venue, Car Hire

Designer Wedding Gowns

Wedding Cakes, Desserts & Favours

Weddings , Accomodation, Dining, Conferences

Wedding Flowers & Décor Hire


Wedding Venue

Wedding Planning & Styling

Wedding Photography & DJ Music

Limousine & Chauffer Car Hire

Venue Hire for Ceremony and Reception, Catering

Venue , Destination, Honeymoon, Spa

Wedding Venue

Flowers and Cakes

Hair Styling


Event Management

Wedding Venue, Ceremony, Reception

Wedding Venue, Ceremony, Reception

Wedding Stationary

Fun in home parties for ladies, 18+ girls night, Hens Nights

Wedding Photography

Wedding Ceremony + Reception Venue

Wedding Gowns

Dance Lessons, Specialty Choreography

Chauffeur Wedding Transport

Wedding Gowns & Accessories

Weddings & Wine

Engagement Rings, Wedding Rings, Bespoke Design

Events & Décor Hire


Wedding Venue

Make Up Artist & Marriage Celebrant

Portable Toilets - Deluxe, Mobile Bathroom

Wedding and Enganment Photography

Venue, Flowers, Photography

Photobooth hire & Guest Album Services

Catering, Marquees, Venues, Furniture Hire

Wedding Car Hire, Birthdays, Promotions, Charities


Bridal Hair

Ceremonies for all occassions


Catering & Venues

Wedding Celebrant

Venue, Accomodation, Catering

Hire Equipment - Marquees, Furniture, Catering

Function Venue, Catering

Wedding Planning, Co-Ordination and Styling


Jewellery Design & Manufacture

Retail Travel

Retail Travel


Wedding Cakes

Wedding Photography

Wedding Cakes

Engagement Rings, Wedding Bands, Antique Rings & Gifts

Events & Décor Hire

Make up Artist

Mother of the Bride and Groom, Guest Attire

Wedding Florist

Venue, Accomodation, Food, Beverage

Venue, Catering, Co-ordination


Wedding Dresses & Accessories

Wedding Venue

Marriage Celebrant



Wedding Transport

10 With This Ring

House of Kavina is

celebrating four decades

of helping brides find their

dream gown!

“So come and celebrate the next

decade with us as we continue our

flourishing business in Dunedin,

making sure brides experience that

wow factor” says Hilary Samuelson,

the owner of House of Kavina.

With a magnificent collection

of 200-300 wedding gowns as well

as Mother of the Bride or Groom,

flower-girl and bridesmaid dresses,

bridal accessories, school formal

and high end evening fashions,

House of Kavina has become a

mecca for brides from all over the


Among the racks you’ll find

exquisite gowns from Venus, Cizzy,

Stella York, Essense and Martina-

Liana Bridal and Zavana. House of

Kavina specialises in sizes ranging

form 2-28, with a good selection

for our goddess curvy girls to try


Choosing a bridal gown is not

simply finding a dress you like,

“it’s the whole experience of being

a bride, including the touch and

the feel of a gown and connecting

to it in a way that isn’t possible if

you buy online” says Hilary “You

can’t get the wow factor from an

on-line purchase based on a picture

and it often results in a poor fit,

a disappointing gown and a bad

experience. It’s sad but true that

usually you only get what you pay

for.” She believes it is helpful for

a bride to “bring a friend but not

a crowd” to a bridal consultation

because it’s good to have a second

opinion from someone you trust

when you are trying different

styles. It is a quieter more relaxing

experience if there are not too

many opinions!

Unlike many bridal houses,

Hilary’s exceptional stock of

gowns means many of them

can be purchased on the day of

consultation, or ordered within

a maximum time of 16 weeks.

“Brides love being able to take their

chosen gown home then and there,

although I often advise them to

“sleep on it” just to be sure about

their choice” says Hilary.

In addition to the popularity

of ivory, her range of gowns also

includes soft romantic colours like

oyster, blush and cafe which are

exceptionally popular. “This season

there are romantic floaty styles,

figure hugging gowns, illusion

necklines and backs, but most of

all there is beautiful lace and soft

floating tulle. This new season also

features the revival of clean satin

classic lines.”

You won’t find a better selection

of wedding gowns than House of

Kavina which is open Monday to

Friday 9-5.30pm and Saturdays

10-2pm. Bridal consultations on

Saturdays are by appointment. So

come on in and enjoy the House of

Kavina bridal experience.

Bridal Specialists.co.nz

Stockists of

• Venus

• Stella York

• Essense

• Martina Liana

and more

‘An exquisite

selection of

dream gowns’

335 South Road, Caversham, Dunedin. Ph 03 487 6497


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Wearing a wedding veil is largely

a matter of personal choice.

Traditionally veils were worn to

symbolize the purity and innocence

of the bride but with secular

ceremonies more popular than

church weddings, the veil has

become less symbolic religiously

and more of a fashion statement or

sentiment. But in its place is a serious

selection of intricate headpieces to

complement almost any bridal style.

HEADPIECES can be worn with a veil

or instead of one. Many brides do both

and simply remove the veil after the

ceremony, leaving the decorative

headpiece in place for the

reception. Inspired

by the popularity

of vintage and

Bohemian style,

there is an


range of


available to

add sparkle to

your wedding

day elegance and

hairstyle of choice.



sparkles, feathers or flowers can be

used to secure your hairstyle or decorate

a braid a bun or long loose waves simply

and stylishly.


GARLANDS are an exquisite substitute

whether they are natural or manmade. Worn

on the crown of the head, across the forehead,

woven around a braid or as a wreath of

delicate jewellery or fresh flowers, they

are ultra-chic this wedding season.

A WATERFALL VEIL is a double

layer and worn to waist length.

Often rolled or lace edged, it

complements a long gown and

elegant upswept hairstyle. One

layer may cover the face during the

ceremony of a traditional wedding.

A BLUSHER VEIL is usually chin

length or shoulder length with a

longer layer at the back and a short

layer worn over the face if desired.

It looks ideal with a short hairstyle

and complements the “tea length”

of popular 50’s style gowns.

A MANTILLA is a Spanish styled

veil of heavy or intricate lace

worn with a concealed comb.

Hair can be long or short, but the

elaborateness of the veil is best

complemented by a simple classic



with toque or

fascinator is retro

40’s and very

popular at


It works well

with a slinky

gown, suit or

sassy cocktail

length dress and

bridges the style

gap between veil and


AN HEIRLOOM VEIL is thought to bestow luck, love and long life

to the new bride. It is often the favourite “ old” item to uphold the

traditional theme of “something old, something new, something

borrowed, something blue.”


VEIL is long

and trailing. It

may overlay

a train which

is part of the

wedding gown

or be the train

itself, but the

style is usually

worn for formal

and elaborate

weddings with

attendants who

carry the train

for the bride.

ph 021 877 638

Bell Road

Bridal Design




international brands

and superior styling

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Beautiful Brides

& Bridesmaids

Davis Bridal

237 Brougham St| Ph 343 3652 | Davis Bridal Christchurch

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It won’t matter how expensive, exclusive or

fabulous a gown might be, it won’t flatter you

if the style isn’t right for your height and your

shape. Your wedding dress should highlight

your best features and camouflage your flaws

so choosing a design for your body shape is

the smartest move a bride can make!



Often described as

statuesque, extra height

allows a fuller figured

silhouette to carry off

well cut designs with

elegance. Draped fabrics

that fall well are most

alluring and a train

can be carried off with

aplomb if you wish.



Avoid fuss and flounce

and go for simplicity of

style. Choose flowing

fabrics and don’t

be afraid of beads,

embroidery, crystals or

lace. Sleeves downplay

a fuller figure and so

does a beautifully fitted

bodice with an A line

skirt. Steer clear of a bias

cut design that clings to

your curves.


Choose a design of

simplicity that doesn’t

swamp your small frame.

Avoid full skirts and

ruffles in favour of a

straighter skirt in a soft

draping fabric. A straight

sheath is flattering or a

style that flares from the

hips. Alternatively look

for a design that is sleek

at the front with added

fullness in the back of

the skirt. Add height

with high heels and an

“up-do” hairstyle.



Oh lucky girl, you

can almost any style

that suits your taste

and personality.

You can accentuate

waist, shoulders,

back or décolletage

if you wish, you can

choose a full skirt

or a sheath, empire

line or waistedstyle

and any fabric

from classic to



Your body shape is

often angular, so you

will want to create the

illusion of curves. A

full skirt with layers

avoids straight lines that

accentuate the thinner

figure. Feature a boat

neckline or backless

design to draw the

eye away from the

chest and downplay

height with a waisted

gown highlighted with

a belt or sash. Avoid

drop waist styles that

lengthen the body line.

As unique as you

By appointment only, please phone 03 337 0226

info@bridesofmerivale.co.nz | www.bridesofmerivale.co.nz

Find us on


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When you step into the brand new

premises of To Cherish Bridal, you will

discover a complete bridal destination.

With a dazzling international

range of gowns alongside an

elegant selection of Bridesmaids

and flowergirls dresses and

complimented with veils,

jewellery and wedding accessories

including Trousseau Shoes, it’s the

place to be for every new bride.

Exceptional refurbishment

characterises the prime Barrington

Street site and allows all the space

and grace required for brides to

choose their gown without haste.

Utilising two levels with their own

separate entrances, To Cherish

is able to provide dedicated

departments incorporating an

impressive retail area, a designer

bridal suite, well appointed fitting

rooms for brides and bridesmaids

and facilities upstairs for in-house

alterations and final fittings.

Consultation appointments

are FREE but do require an

appointment for selecting a gown

from the exceptional designer

labels from Justin Alexander, Fox

Bridal, International Couture,

Zavana Bridal and Cizzy Bridal

which Alison has sourced for her

magnificent new shop. Perfection

usually comes with a hefty

price tag, but at To Cherish, a

breathtaking designer gown can

be yours from $1800-$3500 –


Light, bright and resplendent

with mirrors and chandeliers,

To Cherish will make you feel

special throughout your bridal

experience and beyond! See how

your gown looks as you glide

along the elegant catwalk, share

the moment with your beautifully

gowned bridesmaids, choose all

your accessories under one roof

and then have your gown fitted to

perfection by the experienced staff

of To Cherish.

Alison is proud of being a

founding member of the Wedding

Industry Network (WIN), an

organisation of professionals

recognised for pursuing the

highest standards of excellence

and professionalism within the

wedding industry.

Dedicated to sourcing beautiful

bridal fashion for your special

day, Alison welcomes enquiries,

appointments & consultations

at To Cherish Bridal Boutique,

Barrington-Athelstan Corner

Ph (03) 377 6800,

visit their website


or be among the first to

enjoy Christchurch’s newest

bridal destination.




Corner Athelstan &

Barrington St, Christchurch

Ph (03) 377 6800


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Shoes are on show at your

wedding but finding the right

style to offset the design of

your gown will depend on

the formality of your wedding

and the fit of your foot!

Shoe fashions come and go, but your

choice of footwear can help you

maximise or minimise your height, be

chosen to suit the theme or the season,

be low key or low heeled, provide sassy

elegance or a bold fashion statement.


Luxurious shoes in silk, satin, lace, leather

or manmade materials from a wedding

shoe specialist.


Find a simple court shoe and

individualise them with buttons, bow,

buckles and bling.


Have shoes dyed to mix or match with

the colour theme of your wedding.


The best option to complement your

gown and those of your attendants from

Sandals, jandals, slides, sling-backs, peep

toes and Mary Janes. Go buckled, bowed,

laced, strapped or a Parisien ankle boot

for vintage elegance.


Stillettos & Stack heels for height

and elegance. Use gel-inserts for

comfort and choose thicker

stack heels over stilettos

for stability. Platforms &

Wedges and walk tall with

confidence. Choose style

carefully to avoid a clunky look

or draw attention to big feet.


Kitten heels for comfort, stability and

very tall brides! The are an elegant

compromise when worn with

gowns that are short or long.

Ballet Flats are versatile for

all ages and low key style

includes patents, florals,

buckles and bling.


Jandals and sandals are cool and casual at

an island or beach. Styles are sensational

with sparkles, flowers and pretty summer



If you are showing off your shoes! Prepare

them for a day on demand; paint them

with polish, pamper them with a foot

bath, sooth them with lotion.


Wear IN those wedding

shoes before you wear them

ON the day.

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Corner or Athelstan and Barrington Street, Christchurch | 03 377 6800 | www.tocherish.co.nz

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Where you purchase

your wedding gown

is a huge part of your

planning and overall

experience. But because

of the technical nature

of wedding gowns it isn’t

like dress shopping at

the mall!

The first priority is to choose a

stylist who has had formal training

and experience, so you can be

confident about their advice. Astra

Bridal’s most common piece of

feedback is that the style the bride

falls in love with is not what they

thought of when they first looked

at gowns online. The stylist is an

expert in finding what suits your

body shape. So you can’t go past

trying on gowns before making one

of the biggest purchase decisions in

your life.

Choose a bridal salon that has

a reputation for delivery and has

been established for a reasonable

period of time. Many salons come

and go leaving a wake of devastated

brides when they can’t deliver

on their gown. Look at their

testimonials – are they frequently

updated and new or are they

static comments? There are

some dedicated sites for reviews

for providers so make sure you

look at testimonials given after

the wedding. Some salons are

friendly during the gown selection

and then don’t want to know you

once they have your money! You

want to know they keep up the

good work all the way through.

A key point to be aware of

is that if you buy your designer

gown from what they call “bricks

and mortar” stores then they will

guarantee the authenticity of your

gown. If the store isn’t listed as a

stockist on the designer’s website

then there is a good chance you

won’t receive an authentic gown.

Plus the designer won’t give you

any post purchase support.

A bridal boutique that offers

“head to toe” service gives you the

opportunity to see the finished

look. Trying on your accessories

with your gown gives you peace of

mind that the overall look will be


The time you have with them

should be fun and enjoyable.

Therefore the salon you choose

should be friendly, reputable and

know their stuff.

Astra Bridal’s motto is “Taking

the Stress Out of the Dress.” That

is what you should look for in

your bridal boutique - a stress-free




Astra Bridal owner, Lori

McPherson wanted South Island

brides to have the opportunity

of an amazing bridal experience.

Accordingly South Island brides

receive a free consultation and

$150 credit towards accessories

on purchase of their dress. This

generous offer is proving very

popular and many brides enjoy a

special weekend getaway to plan

the wedding.


South Island


Travel to one of our stores, buy your gown, and we will give you

a credit on account, towards those travel costs. We can deliver

your gown to Christchurch so you need only travel once.


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Metallics are restored to glory so let

your bridesmaids sparkle in lame,

brocade or gold gossamer chiffon.

Give them some silver screen glamour

or crystal and sequin shine on bodice,

belt or overlay. Team or tone with

colours from neutrality to vitality.


Neutrals look refined in any style

from vintage to modern and

any fabric from cotton to lace.

Present shades favour cream,

parchment and ecru through to

latte. But newest for chic chicks

is the arrival of palest dove grey.

Whether you decide to

have just your BFF as your

only bridesmaid or a cluster

of the closest from your

clans, you will want them

fabulously gowned in the

most exciting styles and

flattering shades on show

this wedding season. Dresses

are short, sheath, long, lacy,

patterned, sleek, flared, full,

sophisticated or demure and

inspired by every era from

Victorian to Bohemian.

But.. colour is the revelation!


Dark colours are enriched

against bridal white and floral

arrangements and this season brings

aubergine, navy, ruby, and graphite

into the spotlight. But watch for the

return of chocolate to challenge the

popularity of black.


Colourful orange, saffron, aqua

and peony are a blast from the

retrospective past. These vivid

shades are at home for a beach

wedding or garden setting and beg

for bold bright flowers to tone up

or creamy blooms to tone down.


Romance is never out of style

but this season’s philosophy is

“pale and interesting” with blush

pink, lavender, lemon or floaty

smoky blue. New prints and

florals complement wedding

gowns and summer tans and

offer a myriad of options for

accessories and pretty bouquets.


Green was traditionally shunned

as unlucky for a wedding, but

glorious shades of emerald and

mint are too good to ignore.

Meanwhile and newly chic

pistachio and edgy chartreuse

re-invent the colour adventure.


Dressing your maids in a

rainbow of different colours or

a spectrum of the same shade

from light to dark is an emerging

trend. The theme works best for

larger wedding parties or suits

an age range of attendants from

flower girl to matron of honour.


Like fine wines, the newest

shades are red! Re-born as

marsala, burgundy, pinot and

rose, these ripe reds are a

sophisticated foil for gorgeous

flowers and statement jewellery.

Team with cream, gold,

coordinating berry shades or

contrast with hints of barely blue.

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Depending on the style of the wedding you may need

to buy or hire a suit for yourself and/or your groomsmen.

Whether your preference is formal, traditional,

contemporary, casual, funky or dapper, your “look” is

expected to complement the style the bride has chosen

for herself and her attendants.

An ill fitting suit looks dreadful on the day and completely spoils the

overall look in the photos. So don’t guess your size or that of your

groomsmen and make sure the menswear store or the suit hire company

measure waist, inside leg length, neck size, chest size and arm length.

Make sure you have allowed sufficient time before the wedding for any

alterations to be made.


For traditionalists, a morning suit is the most formal style for day time

weddings, a dinner suit is right for a formal evening reception although

a lounge suit is usually considered formal enough for most New Zealand

weddings, especially if they include a waistcoat or vest. A suit jacket

should fit smoothly without constricting movement of arms or shoulders

and shirt collars should fasten comfortably at the neck. Waistcoats

should button easily just below the waistband of the trousers and the

hem of the trousers should rest on the instep, allowing 2/3 of the shoe

to show. Make sure socks are the same colour as the suit and shoes are

clean and polished.


Grooms who prefer contemporary

style will find an appealing selection

of suit styles and designs; single

and double breasted jackets, fitted

and double vented jackets and the

comeback of blazers, tail coats and

satin lapelled dinner jackets. Checks,

(Prince of Wales and Houndstooth),

flecks (Harris, Donegal and Lewis

tweeds and stripes (pinstripe, chalk

strip and Oxford) are “in” again and so

are patterns and prints on shirts, vests

and ties whether a bow or a knot!


More casual attire is often accepted for summer weddings and sartorial

savvy can be achieved in several ways. Selecting a suit in a light colour such

as grey, taupe or natural can look casual yet distinguished. Perhaps forget

the jacket and simply wear a waistcoat over a crisp cotton shirt. Sometimes

a light weight fabric is preferred but be careful about linen which tends to

crease and look untidy in photos. Other options include shirts designed to

be worn out rather than tucked in, large collars with no tie or even bold

Hawaiian style shirts for a truly tropical or on-the beach wedding.




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It’s not enough to hire a suit, buy a ring,

choose a Best Man and leave the rest to

your Bride! Modern Grooms and “Good

Grooms” are expected to be far more

involved in all aspects of the wedding than

many previous generations.


Getting married is one of life’s most momentous events

and should reflect the beliefs, wishes and ideas of both

of you. Planning a wedding requires commitment,

communication and compromise – a pretty good test for

life in general!



He needs to be more than just your best mate when it

comes to wedding duties. As well as being supportive,

respectful and at ease with guests of all ages, ne must be

reliable and punctual, take his responsibilities seriously

and deliver a speech without mumbling or offending



You too must make a speech on behalf of yourself and

your new wife, thanking parents and guests for their

attendance, gifts and good wishes. A good speech should

be fluent, appropriate and sincere, so even if giving a

speech makes you nervous, prepare it, practice it and

keep it simple. Avoid pomposity, verbosity and profanity,

don’t tell lies or mention past relationships and if you

can’t tell a joke really well…don’t!


Traditionally the groom is responsible for the Marriage

Licence, fees for the Celebrant and organist, the

Bride’s wedding ring, wedding clothing for himself and

his groomsmen, flowers for the Bride, Bridesmaids,

Mothers of Bride and Groom and buttonholes for the

groom’s wedding party. The groom may also take care of

honeymoon arrangements.


It’s going to be a big day and you want it to be special for

all the right reasons! So…don’t party the night before,

have a big blokes breakfast to stave off nerves and hunger

pangs, be sure you look your best in well pressed clothes

and well groomed appearance, practice your speech one

more time and then arrive ON TIME!

The perception that beauty treatments

are only for women is hopefully fading fast

as more men take a pro-active interest

in looking good, feeling good & smelling


Often encouraged by their partners to try

products at home to cleanse, tone and nourish, the

catalyst for getting men to a professional beauty

treatment is frequently THE WEDDING.

Men’s skin is just as susceptible to dryness,

oiliness or a combination as our own. But add the

daily abrasion of shaving and their skin might be

screaming for some extra soothing, hydrating and


First timers can get to grips with the relaxing

atmosphere of beauty therapy with a facial. Simply

put, the skin is cleansed, exfoliated and moisturised.

It’s not scary, doesn’t take forever and

the results are immediately obvious.

In between there will be cool

lotions, hot towels, a neck and

shoulder massage, a hydrating mask,

time to almost-slumber while it works

its magic, then a final smoothing

moisturiser to pamper you for the rest

of the day.

A facial is the very least you should

do for your skin. Of course there are

plenty of other treatments once your

man has got the hang of it. In the

months leading up to the wedding you

can drip-feed the idea of a manicure,

eyebrow shaping, a man-wax and

maybe a tanning treatment.

If he is still not sure, give him a gift

voucher or send him along with the

Best Man to a place that specialises

in beauty treatments for men – some

of them evening have big screen TV’s

and video games while you wait –


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Your hands will never be more

on show than when you are

a bride!

You may already have strong

healthy well shaped nails, but if yours

are brittle, split and weak, you will

need nail conditioning well before

the big day.

Strong nails need Vitamins A and

B, calcium, zinc, iron and protein. So

ensure your diet contains a regular

intake of eggs, fish, chicken, bananas,

seeds, nuts and broccoli.

Protect your hands from harsh

chemicals by using rubber gloves

for household tasks, use an intensive

hand and nail cream at night and

massage your hands to stimulate nail


Have a professional manicure to

hydrate and exfoliate the skin and

shape your nails correctly before

the expert application of nail polish

and hardener. Invest in quality nail

products for long term care of your

nails. But if disaster happens before

the wedding, you can always rely on


Hands and rings of are on

show at the wedding


your rings cleaned

and your hands


To keep looking your

beautiful best throughout

the wedding, photos and


HANDY HINT – have a

make-up bag at your

disposal to touch up

and freshen up

To avoid disturbing your lippy

before the wedding

HANDY HINT – drink with

a straw

To avoid messing up hair styles and

makeup before the wedding

HANDY HINT – wear a button through

shirt until you are ready to put on

your gown or wedding outfit

Ensure wedding

photos will

look timeless

and classic for

years to come


– choose soft

natural make-up

and avoid extreme

trends that

date easily

To make sure your hairstyle

looks right with your headgear

HANDY HINT – take veil,

garland, head piece or hat

to your hairdresser before


To get an idea of the

whole hair and make-up look

HANDY HINT – arrange hair

and make-up trials at the


time & place

To check your make-up

tones for the wedding


wear a neutral top

when you go for a


For a low

necked gown to

look beautiful


have back,

neck & arms


and then


For a strapless or sleeveless

outfit to look its best

HANDY HINT – avoid

tan lines by wearing

strapless swimwear

all summer!

For a consistent tan without sunburn

HANDY HINT – opt for a light

spray tan from a reputable

clinic well before the wedding

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When preparing for your

wedding, the best beauty

therapy of all is to get

more sleep and regulate

your sleep patterns.

Insufficient sleep is one of the

casualties of our modern lifestyle.

Over time, people experience

increasing sleep-deprivation which

in turn contributes to stress,

breakouts and hormone imbalance.

Ideally, adults should get 8

hours rest in a 24 hour period,

but many people short change


themselves by reducing their sleep

time with extra work, watching

TV or answering mobiles and

social media well into the night.

Sleep is designed to rest

the body and the mind. While

you sleep cells repair, the heart

rate slows, other organs and

systems rest, the brain files away

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information and the muscles relax.

Sleep also regenerates your skin

because the muscles of your face

are able to relax too.

The systems of the body work

best with regularity. Sleep is a

habit that you can acquire by

observing mostly regular routines

in your meal times, exercise and

bedtimes. 7 out of 10 people wake

up more tired than when they

went to bed because generally we

eat too much food late at night,

preventing our digestive system

from working efficiently.

Breakfast at 7 am takes 6 hours

to digest and is the only meal

that is assimilated 100%. After

lunch at 1pm the digestive system

operates at a slower rate having

already been in action for 6 hours.

Digesting the evening meal takes

10-12 hours, so your system

works non stop, never gets to rest

and is still digesting at 7am the

next morning.

So adopt the old adage to

“breakfast like a king, lunch like

a prince and dine like a pauper

at night”! What also counts is the

quality, not the quantity of food

that we ingest. Stay away from

snacks and comfort foods that are

hard to digest, especially in the


If you find it hard to get to

sleep, try drinking a cleansing

herbal tea of camomile before you

go to bed. Have a relaxing shower

or bath before going to bed or

massage your neck and shoulders

with a calming massage oil. Spray

an aromatherapy mist in your

bedroom or use a herb pillow of

lavender to induce calm restful


Listen to music quietly if you

must, but turn off your TV, mobile

and computer – they are the

worst interrupters of sleep EVER!

If anxiety before your wedding

prevents optimum sleep, invest in

rescue remedy spray or tablets,

learn some relaxation techniques

or try yoga classes.

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Fashionistas usually recommend choosing a bag that

matches your shoes, or complementing an outfit

with one in a similar or contrasting colour. But for a

impression is balanced, beautiful and practical.

THE CLUTCH BAG is the overwhelming favourite for weddings

and evening wear. For practicality it should close securely and fit

your cards, keys, phone and lippy at the very least. If the wedding

requires you to balance a wineglass and a plate, buy a “wristlet” clutch

bag or one with a shoulder strap to leave your hands free. Carried

in the hand or under the arm, a clutch bag can be unobtrusively

elegant or supremely sassy with decorative details that command

attention; buttons, buckles, bows and bling. The structure and

material define the formality of the clutch bag; leather, satin, silk,

manmade fibre or metal and its modest size forces you to declutter

so that it does not bulge or spill out your essentials.

THE ENVELOPE CLUTCH is a fold-over design with a triangular flap

that tucks in like an envelope or is secured with a magnetised dome

and is ideal for a daytime wedding.

THE “MINAUDIERE” is a French ornamental jewelled clutch with a

clip fastener that is usually used for evening occasions or weddings.

THE POMPADOUR BAG is a soft material pouch with a drawstring

worn round the wrist. Originating in medieval times to carry money

and a sweet smelling pomander, its popularity re-emerged in Jane

Austen’s regency era and in the 1920’s when they were made of the

same material as the flapper girls dress and were embellished with

jet beads, fringing and embroidery. The Pompadour is a pretty option

for a flower girl or a way of introducing vintage style to bridal party

gowns and wedding outfits.

THE TOTE BAG is pure convenience for a shopping trip and all the

stuff you need to prepare for the wedding; make-up, toiletries, lingerie,

jewellery and shoes. “Tote” means “to carry” and the practical open

topped style won’t crush or catch on your clothes while its large strap

can be shortened or lengthened for hand or shoulder.

It’s your daughter’s special

day, but as the Mother of

the Bride you will want to

look your best too. Make

your mature skin look

radiant with these 10 “must

have” secret weapons in

your beauty kit or caboodle!


for daily protection from

harsh elements


to refine pores and freshen the skin


to replenish drier mature skin


to minimise fine lines and wrinkles


to lift and contour facial muscles


to sooth delicate skin around eyes


for strong skin, hair and nails



for coverage and protection

from UV



a light dusting to reflect light

and look flawless


to provide colour, definition

& moisturise lips


make-up is

very ageing

so keep it

light and

subtle. Daily

skin care

regimes can

take good

care of minor

flaws so that

you can keep


more natural.

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Mothers of the Bride

and the Groom often

stress about what to

wear to their offspring’s

wedding, because

the spotlight is on

them too. Naturally

they will want to look

their best but the style

should be appropriate

for the time, season

and location of the

wedding AND flatter

their age and taste.

New Zealanders

generally live quite

a relaxed life style,

so special occasion

dressing is relatively

rare. So here are

some solutions to the

dilemma of what to



and choose designs that best suit your shape. If you aren’t sure

about that be guided by a fashion designer or retail managers who

are used to fitting customers of many different ages and silhouettes.

Establish the style and then choose the colour.


on a favourite item. If you already have an outfit in your wardrobe

that you like and others admire when you wear it, consider having

a pattern drafted and a new sassy version created for the wedding.

Try a new colour or a different more luxurious fabric and formalise

it with a stunning hat.


with a new look, length or shade. Wow them with a classic

ensemble of elegance and style or surprise them with a

contemporary dress, coat, culotte or gown. Choose a colour range

you haven’t worn before, but be sure it suits your colouring to get

maximum effect.


your fashion flair with accessories of glitz and glamour - a clutch

bag, designer shoes, a sensational scarf or an item of jewellery that

matches the style or makes a statement. Remember that simplicity

is more alluring than fussiness and elegance as Mother of the Bride

or Groom avoids anything too short, too revealing, too old or too


Style is


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Paisley is back AGAIN!

The perennial design has

returned many times since

first becoming popular with

westerners in the 1800’s.

Although the “Paisley” pattern is

a droplet-shaped motif of Persian

origin, its western name comes

from the textile town of Paisley

in Scotland, where the designs

were produced for the British and

American market.

The pattern is still popular in

Iran and Central Asian countries

where it is known as “boteh.” The

woven design often features silver

silk threads and other luxury

textiles for gifts, weddings and

clothing for special occasions.

Alternatively it is also seen as

a decorative motif on pottery,

curtains, carpets, jewellery and


The design appears to have been

introduced to Europe by the East

India Company who brought back

cashmere shawls and silk cloth

which were copied. From 1800

onwards the weavers of Paisley

became premier producers of these


New technology allowed them

to develop looms that wove up

to 5 colours when most weavers

only managed to work with 2. The

resulting multi-coloured patterns

became a Paisley hallmark and the

woven versions were later adapted for

printing onto cotton, voile and wool,

making the design universal.

Over two centuries later, Paisley

has undergone many re-inventions

from elegant shawls worn in the Jane

Austen era to the psychedelic fashions

of the 1960’s. There have been pink

paisley guitars, Prince’s Paisley Park

record label and paisley has been

used in interior design, architectural

inspiration and landscaping.

Known throughout the world,

its distinctive pattern is equally

appropriate whether traditional, retro

or contemporary and is therefore

unique. Paisley can be tone on tone in

subtle understated colours or bright

and vibrant. The pattern can be big

and bold or a tiny print, beautifully

embellished with embroidery or bling

or printed onto simple cotton fabric.

As a design Paisley has enjoyed

exceptional longevity but while its

popularity comes and goes, it is

here to stay. Paisley is this summer’s

signature in ladylike bridal lace, a

mother of the bride dress and jacket,

the bridesmaids’ floaty printed

chiffon, silk ties for the groomsmen,

as an inspiration for the icing on

your cake or embossed onto your



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For centuries, the art of

millinery has created hats

to enhance the simplest of

outfits but there’s no better

occasion than a wedding

to strut your stuff in a hat!

Whether you are the mother of

the bride or the groom, one of

the wedding guests, or the bride

looking for an alternative to a

traditional veil, a hat can add

colour, allure, style and sass if it

suits you!

Whether your hat is chosen

from a range of ready to wear

designs, or is specially created

to match your outfit by a

professional milliner, the choice

is phenomenal. Alternatively

you can purchase a simple

unadorned hat from department

stores, boutiques and even

some pharmacy outlets, then let

loose and decorate it with the

extraordinary array of finery

from haberdashery counters and

craft shops.

As well as complementing

the colour, length and style of

your outfit, a hat needs to suit

your hairstyle and the shape of

your face. The width, height and

shape of the hat should also be in

proportion to your hemline and

your height. So it’s “try on” time

to see what suits you best.



These small but spectacular

confections of tulle, feathers

and ribbon are often worn on

an angle and jauntily offset

cocktail length dresses for special



Named after the famous British

Horse Race meetings dating

from the 18th Century where

the tradition of wearing elaborate

hats developed and has continued

to include special occasions like




A high crowned big

brimmed hat with

elaborate trim

of flowers,

tulle, feathers

and ribbons.

Popular from

the 1890’s

to the First

World War

the style

framed the face

and was likened

to a Gainsborough



Popular 1920’s style, the

cloche is bell shaped

and close fitting with

almost no brim

and a deep crown

over the brow.

The cloche was

often decorated

with a corsage,

contrasting trim

or ribbed ribbon

to match an

outfit. Ascot Hat



A high crowned hat with a

flexible drooping brim, it shields

the face and was made famous by

film star Greta Garbo who was

somewhat reclusive.


Often made of straw or felt and

trimmed with a hat band or

ribboned bow, the Breton has a

wide round crown and turned

up brim.


A flat topped brimless hat that

was made famous by Jackie

Kennedy in the 1960’s, the

pillbox was often decorated with

birdcage veiling and worn as a

cocktail hat.


An ornamental hair net worn

over a long bobbed hairstyle.

Often dotted with sequins or

diamante, they were very popular

in the 1940’s and are making a

modern comeback for evening

and bridal wear.

Themed weddings also offer a

funky opportunity for creative

hats, recapturing the style of an

era or the traditional elegance

of top hat and tails. But whatever

the style, be careful that your

chosen hat will not hide or shade

your face in the photographs.

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By tradition, a bride

is supposed to wear

“Something Old,

Something New,

Something Borrowed

and Something Blue.”

While an heirloom gown

may be borrowed, it

will also be something

old and something very


Combining romance, love

and sentimentality, wearing

an heirloom gown that was

previously worn by a mother,

grandmother or great

grandmother is both rare and


Depending on the age and

fabric of the gown as well as

the method by which it has

been stored, its condition

may be fragile. Unless it is

in pristine condition, it will

probably need cleaning. This

should always be done by a

professional who may need

to hand clean the dress to

remove oxidation and general

discolouration of the fabric.

Over time the fabric can

deteriorate or the thread

it was sewn with. If it is

the latter, the seams can

sometimes be re-sewn with

modern thread that is more

robust, but if it is the fabric

that is fragile, the seams may

need binding to provide extra


The fit of an heirloom

gown is likely to be tighter

than modern designs,

particularly in the waist

measurement because a tiny

waist was very fashionable

and often achieved by

corsetry. Plus, in general

people are larger and heavier

today than they were 50-100

years ago.

Engage a skilled seamstress

to see if the gown can be

“eased” by letting out the

side seams. Alternatively it

may be possible to use any

extra fabric from the train or

underskirt to add panels to

the bodice. If the dress fastens

with a back zip or buttons,

extra width can be gained by

replacing original fastenings

with lacing like a corset.

If the dress is beyond

safe repair consider using

some part of it to embellish

a modern gown or have a

replica made so that the

design and family history is

not entirely lost. But if you

can wear it, go right ahead,

even if you compromise and

wear it for the ceremony

before changing into a

contemporary gown for the

reception and dancing.

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While silk is a natural

fabric that breathes and is

comfortable to wear in a

variety of climates, it is also

delicate and often hand

woven and should be treated

with special care.

AVOID UV LIGHT - Never expose

silk to harsh UV light and always

hang silk garments away from direct

sunlight. Do not leave your silk

garment inside a car in a plastic bag

which can sweat and stain if it’s a

warm day.

PRESSING - You can press silk

garments with a cool dry iron. Do

not use steam which may leave

watermarks on the fabric.

PREVENT STAINS - Wear alcoholfree

deodorant, spray your perfume

and/or your hairspray before you

dress as both can stain the silk. If

the silk is marked with splashes of

tea, coffee or wine, flush repeatedly

with cold water until the mark has

gone. Do not use detergents, stain

removers or home remedies and do

not rub the stain and damage the silk


CLEANING - Dry clean as

soon as possible and ensure the

cleaner knows the garment

is 100% silk. But if there is

a delay before dry cleaning,

sprinkle the stain with talcum

powder to draw the oil from

the fabric.


EXPERTISE - Silk should be

dry cleaned by a reputable

company experienced in

cleaning delicate fabrics.

your bridal gown

cleaned as soon after the

wedding day as possible

to ensure any stains

do not become “set”

permanently and

then store in a

cool dry place.

Tailors and dressmakers are skilled

professionals who specialise in sewing,

repairing or altering clothing.

There were once numerous tailors and

seamstresses, but the modern mass production in

today’s clothing industry has meant that a good

tailor is increasingly hard to find. When you do,

they are worth their weight in gold!

Clothes are usually altered to create a better

fit, update the fashion or make the garment

more comfortable, hence the expression “tailor

made.” Garments that are able to be repaired

can sometimes be cost effective especially if it is

made of quality materials, is a favourite item or

perhaps a retro or vintage garment.

A good tailor can repair rips and tears

faultlessly, shorten sleeves and hems, re-set

collars, cuffs and sleeves, or re-size a

garment by “taking in “ or “letting

out” side seams. Updating a garment

for current fashion may include changing the

hemline, altering a jacket from double breasted

to single breasted style, narrowing lapels,

adding belt loops, removing or creating turnups,

streamlining pleats on trousers or a skirt,

removing sleeves, re-designing a neckline or

making a skirt from what was previously a dress.

To alter clothing successfully for a better fit, it

is necessary to take accurate measurements of the

wearer. Extra fittings may be required to ensure

a perfect result. Some tailors work on men’s or

women’s clothing, or both, while others choose

to specialise in vintage tailoring or wedding


Repairs and alterations should be discussed

with the tailor and a quote given for the

expected cost of materials and time. Once

completed your repaired, altered or re-fitted

garment should be returned to you cleaned and

pressed like new.

36 With This Ring

Getting your hair to behave on the

big day will mostly be achieved by

the style you choose. But your tresses

can also be tamed into submission by

some treatments and conditioners in

the weeks leading up to the wedding.


moisture lost with the repeated use of

chemical products and in the climatic

elements of sun and wind. Weekly

treatments for 6 weeks before the wedding

will leave your hair shiny and healthy.

REPAIR RINSES remove chemical

impurities and add proteins to the strands

so that they are able to resist splits and

breaks. Have a good haircut to remove any

existing split ends and then start the rinse

treatments regularly in the months prior

to the wedding.



OILS prevent

damage to blow

dried or heatstyled

hair and

should be used

once a month, or

more frequently

if you notice

damage, dryness

or brittleness.


especially to fine hair. Boosting it into

thicker more manageable volume

also allows you to choose a variety of

styles for your wedding day.

SPRAY-IN SHINE adds gloss and

smoothness to your hair whether

long or short. Applied by convenient

spritzer it can be used any time and

on the day once your bridal hair

style is complete.

HAIR SPRAY provides a useful “on

the day” conditioner, to keep hair in

place and provide anti-frizz control.


Your choice of hairstyle will depend on what suits

your face shape, your hair texture and the formality

of the wedding. But there are plenty of different styles

currently in vogue for brides and bridesmaids;

• The slick wet look for elegant up-do’s

• The shoulder length long bob

• The precision cut short bob

• Intricate braids for long hair or short

• Boho style “messy” braids

• The petite pixie cut

• The versatile ponytail

• Retro crimping, finger waves or loose curls

Whatever your chosen style, nothing looks better than

glossy healthy hair. So plan “a-head” and make your hair

your genuine crowning glory.

Be your own kind of beautiuful

Leticia is the owner/operator of Simpatico hair studio and

has over 25 years in this industry and is very passionate

about providing quality, integrity and excellence.

Simpatico hair studio is a full service hair salon, and it is

recommended to have a consultation before booking in

for your bridal trial, and any other hair services you may

require as Leticia also has a full range of 100% clip in hair

extensions and bridal hair accessories.

Leticia is based in Christchurch and provides a mobile

bridal hair service for you on your wedding day.


Hair Studio

Leticia Radcliffe | Phone: 021 426 111 | simpatico-mobile-hair@hotmail.co.nz

phone: 021 862 061 |


With This Ring 37

For Her

THE CHALLENGE Make up a “challenge

sheet” for your bachelorette to

complete during the evening: Copy

a stranger’s dance moves; dance on a

chair or table; make a veil out of paper

napkins; photo bomb a stranger’s

picture; convince a stranger to

serenade you orbuy you a shot; collect

a coaster form every bar you visit;

share a photo with another bride-tobe;

have a photo taken with a guy who

looks like your fiancé.

NIGHT OUT While a night on the town

for dinner, dancing and clubbing is very

popular, there are plenty of other options

if this doesn’t appeal. If you do go to

town, try something different like a new

restaurant and be sure to arrange safe,

convenient transport for everyone


NIGHT IN If you or your friends

don’t want to spend a lot of

money, a girls’ night in can include

a cocktail party, pot luck meals,

party plan cosmetics, lingerie or

makeover, karaoke hire or even a

pizza and DVD.

MAKE TIME A scavenger hunt is

easy to organise and there’s always

the fun of a dance class together,

jewellery making, cooking school,

cheese making or some divine

pampering at a day spa.

TAKE A TRIP There are

many wineries in and

around Christchurch, so a

wine tour and tasting can

be a fun day out with lunch

included. Destinations

like Akaroa, Methven,

Kaikoura and Hanmer

Springs all within a two

hour journey. With harbour

cruises, hot pools, whale

watching, train trips or

skiing in winter, there’s

plenty of action adventure

too, not to mention golf,

mountain biking and hot air



The forerunner of

the hen’s night in

New Zealand was

the traditional

“kitchen tea”.

Hosted by a



family member

or Mother of

the Bride,

this girls’ celebration comprised

games, competitions, afternoon

tea, occasionally some bubbly and

the gift of small useful items for the

bride’s kitchen.

Hens and Bucks nights can be a great time to enjoy

the company of your closest friends and celebrate your

impending marriage. These “single send offs” can range from

a few drinks or a meal to a whole weekend away.

The groom’s celebration is usually devised by the Best Man, while the Chief

Bridesmaid is generally responsible for the bride’s arrangements. Whatever

you decide to do, make sure it’s acceptable to the individuals concerned and

avoids anything that can disintegrate into activities of

embarrassment, humiliation, injury or law breaking.

For Him


A popular bit of silliness

where by the groom must

complete a challenge or

series of tasks, or risk a

penalty (usually a drink) if he

fails. Examples; serenade a girl,

show off some dance moves,

wear a superman outfit,

converse only in song titles,

win a bet, strike a pose on a

pre-arranged signal, mime

a drink or meal order.


your favourite sport together;

tennis, touch, cricket or golf. Up

the ante by trying “speed golf ” only

3 clubs plus a stop watch in your

hand and a, sprint between shots

and holes! Plan a mini Olympics

with all-comer activities like

bowling, mini golf, darts, laser

strike, paintball or go-carts.

RACES Devise a local version of

The Amazing Race, a car rally with

a barbeque or pub meal to follow or

organise a bike trail team event with

challenges along the way.

TAKE A TRIP Road trip, boat trip,

fishing trip, camping trip or mystery

weekend, enjoy a nostalgia visit

or head for pastures new. Grab a

seat and head for special event or a

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horse races.

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38 With This Ring


While diamonds are dazzlingly beautiful,

valuable and the most sought after jewel

for engagement and wedding rings, they

are also the hardest substance on earth

and will therefore last a lifetime. All over

the world, jewellers and gem experts rate

diamonds according the 4 C’s of Cut,

Carat, Clarity and Colour.

CUT makes the diamond dazzle according to number of

surfaces or facets that reflect the light. Most diamonds are

cut with over 50 facets and geometric angles. These act as

mirrors and reflect the light from one to the other before

dispersing through the top of the stone. If the cut is too

deep or too shallow, light escapes

and the sparkle is reduced.

CLARITY relates to the

brilliance of the stone

and is graded according

to the combinations

of mineral traces,

imperfections or

visible fractures

within it.


flawless diamonds are

extremely rare and

therefore extremely

valuable as they offer the

most natural brilliance.


For future proofing your investment, buy the best diamond

you can afford. But be sure to choose your diamond and rings

from a reputable jeweller who will provide you with a valuation

certificate for insurance and proof of purchase.

COLOUR is also related

to the diamond’s ability to

reflect light. While we think of

diamonds as white, the colour

varies from white to yellowish.

Jewellers grade a diamond’s

colour on a scale from D

(colourless) to Z which can

contribute or detract from

its overall value.

CARAT refers to

the weight rather

than the size of

the diamond.


calculated on

scales against

carob seeds that

weighted 0.2 grams

each, modern metric

measurements define a

“carat” as 200mgs.

Each carat is further

divided into 100

points thus allowing

precise categorising of

diamond value.

The unbroken circle of a

wedding ring symbolises

love without end and the

cycle of your life together.

For sentiment and meaning it

can’t be eclipsed, except perhaps by

diamonds! The tradition of wearing

the wedding ring on the fourth

finger of the left hand dates back

to the Roman’s belief that a vein

ran form that finger directly to the

centre of love, the heart.

The variety of wedding rings

today is impressive and ranges

from simple metal bands to those

set with stones or elaborately

engraved. Couples can be as

creative as they wish and often are

when it comes to a wedding band.

Yellow gold, either 9 or 18

carat, has been a long standing

tradition because gold was long

lasting and associated with quality

and purity. But fashionable

variations on yellow gold are

achieved by the addition of other

metals; alloy to make white gold

and copper to make rose gold. In

spite of being more expensive than

gold, platinum has also become

popular for its strength and silvery


In the past the engagement ring

had the stones and traditionally

the wedding ring was plain.

Alternatively a wedding ring inset

with a stone or two might be the

only ring if the budget was tight

or there was a metal shortage as in

wartime. Not so now! Ring sets for

the bride can glitter with numerous

diamonds and gems and the sparkle

effect of both rings is dazzling.

In terms of style, shape, colour

and tone of the metal, brides should

always match and fit their wedding

band with their engagement ring.

If the band is plain, the groom’s

ring might be of similar style and

tone, but increasingly the more

masculine look of stainless steel,

silver and black titanium are sought

after. They too can be set with with

stones or engraved.

Engraved wedding bands

are not only beautiful items of

jewellery, they are also personal

and meaningful to the couple.

Intricate designs may have aesthetic

and cultural significance, the date

of the wedding may be inscribed

inside the band or words of love

and inspiration as well.


For all the important

jewellery moments in your

life, to say “Will you marry

me?”, “I do” or “I love

you”, Westende Jewellers

can provide you with the

expertise, craftsmanship

and service necessary to

choose the perfect piece

to cherish forever.

Westende Jewellers has been

family owned and operated in

Christchurch for almost 50

years. Now well established at

their Colombo Street store in

Sydenham, they enjoy welcoming

new and long standing customers

to the elegant and sophisticated

space they have created.

For engagement and wedding

rings the selection is superb with a

variety of different metals, stones

and settings on display. While

the classic diamond solitaire still

out-sells other engagement ring

designs, the current popularity

of white gold, platinum and

palladium settings provide a

“modern twist” to the traditional


Within Westende’s diamond

section is the remarkable “Astralis”

diamond selection which is also

exclusive. The creation of Gabi

Tolkowsky, one of the world’s

most celebrated diamond cutters,

these diamonds are simply

stunning and carry his signature

on the girdle of every stone.

With 89 facets, 32 more than a

traditional cut, the Astralis Round

Brilliant diamond is “beauty

unlocked” and features a visible 8

point star.

Contemporary wedding

rings are often set with stones

too and specifically designed to

complement the engagement ring

as a set. Westende Jewellers has

over 300 styles of New Zealand

made wedding rings on display in


For men, the traditional yellow

gold band is often surpassed

in favour of white metals or

titanium, enhanced with stones,

patterns or engraving. A recent

addition to Westende’s wedding

ring range is Ziro. These amazing

and dramatic gents’ wedding rings

contain a black mineral called

Zircon (ZrSi04). They come in

plain black or can be set in rose

gold, yellow gold or white gold.

Alternatively they can create a

custom-made design according

to the customer’s price range

and preferences, including the

currently popular vintage


Since the earthquakes,

heirloom and antique jewellery

has been particularly treasured

and Westende Jewellers offer an

extensive range of Vintage Antique

jewellery for sale. They can also

restore items or remodel existing

pieces into a new setting to

ensure further longevity.

Westende offer lay-by on

purchases for 3months and

finance is available for up to 36

months. Customers can also

benefit from GST-free sales if they

are departing Christchurch or

Auckland on international flights

and their purchases can be picked

up at the airport.

In addition to engagement

and wedding rings, Westende

Jewellers also has a fine selection

of gifts for the wedding party

such as watches, cufflinks, pearls,

earrings and bracelets, including

Kagi, Karen Walker, Stow Lockets

and Endless designer jewellery.

Tying the Knot...

over 500 wedding

rings instore



421 Colombo Street, Sydenham


Telephone: (03) 366-5475



40 With This Ring

Gold, platinum, diamonds and other

gemstones last indefinitely, but if you want

them to stay dazzling for decades, you

need to keep them clean!

You should take them to a jeweller annually for a

professional clean, polish and check to ensure the

stones are still secure in the setting. But in between

you can keep jewellery clean and shiny yourself by

using simple easy methods at home:




Add mild liquid soap to a

bowl of lukewarm water.

Lightly brush each item of

jewellery with a soft toothbrush.

Rinse under warm

tap and pat dry with a soft

microfiber cloth.

No. 1 Bridge Street, Nelson

548 4523 | 0274 845 353

No. 1 Bridge Street, Nelson

548 4523 | 0274 845 353






for 30 minutes in a cold

solution comprising equal

amounts of water and

ammonia. Leave to dry on

a microfiber cloth then rub

over gently for extra shine.




An ultrasonic

machine is filled

with water and detergent

then switched on to high

frequency oscillation to remove

dirt. Set for the required time

as per the instruction manual.


Buy a commercial liquid jewellery cleaner. Dip your

jewellery in the solution for the recommended time/

instructions. Remove, let dry and buff with a soft cloth.





Promise rings indicate

that there is a relationship

and while the couple

may not yet be ready

for a formal engagement

and marriage, they

are committed to one


Some couples see the

promise ring as a step towards a

future engagement. For others

the trend is adopted by couples

who set up home together

without the expectation of

marriage, so the ring becomes

an alternative to an engagement

or wedding ring.

However the trend is not

a new one. Giving a ring as a

promise of affection dates back

centuries to the “posy” ring

which was engraved with a

romantic sentiment; the “pansy”

ring comes from the French

word “penser” meaning “to

think; the “friendship “ring was

given when a girl and boy were

too young for an engagement

and the college “pin” in America

meant the couple were dating

seriously or “going steady.”

Depending on the age of

the couple and the stage

of their relationship,

a promise ring can be

simple and inexpensive

or more elaborate and

valuable. Inexpensive

versions are

often sterling

silver and

can be found

at costume

jewellery outlets,

department stores

and online stores, while those

that are gold and set with

precious stones are designed

and sold at a jewellers.

The design of the ring

may have meaningful motifs

like hearts (as in the Celtic

Claddagh ring), engrave the

names of the couple on the

inside or outside of the ring or

use birthstones in the setting.

But regardless of the cost, a

promise ring is about feelings

and therefore its true value is


There’s not always a special

proposal with a promise ring

but it is most often given on an

anniversary of the first date, on

Valentine’s Day, on a birthday

or the start of a New Year.

Promise rings can be worn on

any finger and on either hand,

although usually the intent is

the 3rd finger of the left hand.

Sometimes the ring is worn

on a chain round the neck,

especially if the “promise” is a


With This Ring 41

A wedding is an occasion to

sparkle and glitz is definitely “in.”

Whether you like traditional or

modern pieces, jewellery is a

popular wedding day accessory

and should enhance the look of

your gown. However, take care

that too much jewellery doesn’t

spoil the effect.

If the bridal gown is very elaborate

or already features beading or crystals,

keep jewellery minimalist or simple in

design. Strapless and low backed gowns

lend themselves to a necklace and “up do”

hairstyles offset earrings beautifully.

A bride may wish to choose new

jewellery to wear on the day, or there may

be heirloom items of particular significance.

Antique and retro jewellery recapture

the style of a previous era, but can also

complement modern gowns successfully.

Jewellers can also re-work old settings

and reset stones into more modern designs

if you wish and there are numerous

boutiques selling affordable accessories for

you and your wedding party.

Jewellery may be delicate or a dramatic

statement of style! Modern crystal

jewellery provides alluring shimmer

and shine, while pearls are an enduring

favourite, offsetting the current simplicity

of wedding gown designs.

For a new take, try a necklace of large

pearls, a wide choker or a single beautiful

pearl. Perhaps go vintage with a long string

of pearls knotted at the front or draped

dramatically down a low backed gown.

Or you can introduce some glitz

with a sparkly belt, a bracelet that

jingles with charms, some diamond

dazzle earrings, bejewelled shoes

or a vintage look marquisite comb

to secure your hair or veil.

462 Colombo Street. Sydenham. ChrIStChUrCh 8023 P: 03 366 1232 mon-FrI 9.30am-5.00Pm / Sat 10.00am-3.00Pm CraFtedjewelS@kennett.net.nz www.kennett.net.nz

42 With This Ring

A locket is a ring or necklace

with a pendant that traditionally

opened and contained an image

or lock of hair of a loved one.

As an item of jewellery, the locket has

been around for centuries. Elizabeth I

wore one containing a picture of her

mother, Anne Boleyn and she also

gave them as gifts to loyal courtiers

with her own image inside.

In Victorian times, lockets

became hugely popular after

Prince Albert gave Queen Victoria

a bracelet with locket charms

containing the pictures of each of

their 8 children. Worn on a chain or

velvet ribbon, the locket could be worn

by almost any age group.

Associated with both romance

or mourning a loved one, lockets reached

the height of sentimental fashion in World War 1. When millions of

soldiers marched to war they left behind their picture in a locket for

their sweetheart to wear until their return.

Early lockets had painted images, but with the invention of

daguerreotype photos in the 1840’s, images could be fused onto glass.

By the late 19th and 20th centuries, black and white photographs

became a more affordable option.

Keepsake lockets were made of many different styles, shapes

and materials ranging from simple inexpensive versions in silver

or 9ct gold to bespoke designs in 18ct gold or rose gold that were

enamelled, embossed, engraved or inset with gemstones.

Some had a clear glass front so that the image or hair inside could

be seen without having to open the locket. The antique “vinaigrette”

lockets were made of filigree with a tiny fabric cushion inside

containing lavender, pot pourri or a sprinkle of perfume.

Mostly the locket has been a symbol of romance, often worn

secretly. The “message” locket contained love notes from an admirer,

while a locket given

on betrothal or marriage

usually carried the

images of the couple


As well as the

traditional oval,

lockets were

also circles or

heart shaped and

designed to “hold

the deepest secrets

of your heart” for as

long as it was worn.

With This Ring 43

Canterbury Jewellers has

earned a reputation for fine

craftsmanship and honesty

in a trade where the client

relies on information that

is true and the quality of

workmanship is high.

Providing these two

key attributes has allowed

Canterbury Jewellers to be

one of Christchurch’s leading

repair, alteration and handcrafted

jewellery manufacturer since the

company was started 35 years ago.

Some people may find their

perfect engagement ring already

made, sitting in a showroom

waiting for them. Others aren’t so

fortunate, having to trawl through

100’s or even 1000’s of designs.

Some will decide to start from

scratch and have their ideal ring

sketched and then handmade.

Finding your ideal ring is a

bit like looking for a home - you

know it’s just right when you

see it. But unlike buying a home,

having exactly what you want in

a ring needn’t require a visit to

the bank manager. “A common

misconception is that hand-crafted

pieces are an unaffordable luxury

for most people. However you

may be pleasantly surprised how

they stack up against the average

mass-produced rings pricewise”

says Jason Baylis of Canterbury


Responding to an increasing

desire from clients for a more

personalized look, Canterbury

Jewellers are fully equipped

to create something incredibly

unique. It may traditional with

lots of fine detail, or bold and

modern. With their experienced

and fully-qualified team of on-site

artisans, clients are invited to

contribute to the creative process

as little or as much as they like

and are encouraged to visit at

various stages of manufacture.

“We see some amazing

engagement rings that need a

wedder. But finding a wedding

ring to fit around these elaborate

rings can be impossible, so

generally a custom wedding ring

is the only solution” notes Jason.

Ideally engagement and

wedding rings should be made

at the same time to ensure a

complementary style and perfect

fit. But for those who already

have an engagement ring that

doesn’t lend itself well to any of

the readymade wedding rings,

Canterbury Jewellers can always

make one to suit.

For sparkle that will last a

lifetime, call Canterbury Jewellers

on 03 366 7737.

Leading the way in design, manufacture

and repair of exquisite jewellery

Unit 8, 73 Peterborough Street,

Central City, Christchurch

P. 366 7737 E: enquiries@canterburyjewellers.co.nz

44 With This Ring

The next risk is not being able to

do much about it. It’s difficult to

send the dress back if it isn’t right,

you will incur extra shipping

charges and there may be too little

time to get a replacement even if

the company was agreeable. New

Zealand’s Consumer Guarantees

Act doesn’t apply to overseas

goods and the company you have

bought your gown from is unlikely

to provide much customer service


There’s also a security risk

using a credit card and you could

get a computer virus when you

order from an unknown internet

site. You have to wait for your

items to be despatched and sadly,

there’s no guarantee that having

paid for your gown that you will

actually receive it.

A recent overseas scam

involved customers making

their choice from internet

gown illustrations, sending

their money and eventually

receiving a sewing kit

containing a few metres of

cheap material, a dress pattern,

a reel of thread and some stickon


These are all personal risks

associated with cheap internet

purchase, but there are wider

issues as well that you may never

have considered.

Inadvertently you are

helping to damage the wedding

gown industry in this country.

Cheap copy gowns are actually

theft of a bona fide designer’s

It’s your wedding and you want the

gown of your dreams. You have pored

over wedding magazines, looked at

fabrics and designs, been to bridal

shops and THEN discovered your

perfect wedding gown on the internet

at a fraction of the cost!

Of course you are tempted. It’s so simple;

choose the style, colour, fabric, send your

measurements and your money and within a few

weeks, your gown will arrive. It will be beautiful

and so will your bank balance, so where is the

harm or the risk?

The first risk is the potential for

disappointment. The internet can’t show you the

actual dress, nor its quality, fit or finish. New

Zealand dressmakers and bridal shops frequently

see brides who come to them distraught because

the gown they thought they were getting has

arrived and is badly made, doesn’t fit,

looks cheap and has wasted their money

instead of saving it.

intellectual property and the

images used to sell the copies

may also breach copyright.

Your copy gown may also

allow child labour to flourish

in poor countries overseas.

Factories overseas that make

genuine gowns pay their workers

fairly for their skill and expertise

and do not employ children.

However factories

making fake gowns cut costs by

employing young children

housed in appalling

accommodation and paid a

pittance. When you know that,

can you really feel a beautiful


The same risks are just as

applicable when you order

suits for your wedding party,

jewellery for your bridesmaids

or wedding rings for yourselves.

What seems a genuine bargain

online, offers no guarantee of

quality or integrity.

With This Ring 45

Planning a wedding takes

a lot of organisation and in

many cases arrangements

have to be made many

months in advance in

order to secure the desired

location or venue.

Because marriage is such a

milestone event, of course couples

want the wedding to be perfect.

However it can become allconsuming,

especially for the brideto-be

who wants to do everything

herself. No wonder it can become

a recipe for stress, strained

relationships, budget blow-outs and

loss of enjoyment in something that

should be memorably serene! So

here are some ways of avoiding the

bridal blues.

DON’T try to DIY everything

DO use a wedding planner

for some or all of the


DON’T get bogged down

with too much detail

DO keep ideas simple

and achievable

DON’T exclude the groom

from decision making

DO delegate and involve

family and friends in plans

DON’T try to please

everyone else

DO make sure the

wedding pleases you

Are you a


Have standards that

are impossible to


Experience frequent

mood swings?

Are you impatient?

Expect everyone to

follow your orders?

Fall out with friends

and family?

Don’t trust the



Exclude your partner

from wedding


Talk about wedding

plans all the time?

Keep changing

your mind?

Or won’t


Never think about

anything else?

Become obsessed


Want the best of


Expect lavish gifts

from the guests?

Rarely say

thank you?

Think money is no


Forget how to relax?

Take him for

by granted? tiny details?

Refer to “My Day”

not “Our Day”

DON’T spend money

you can’t afford

DO enjoy preparing for

the wedding

DON’T stress about tiny

details no one else will notice

DO focus on your

guests’ enjoyment

DON’T worry about minor

mishaps on the day

DO let the wedding planner/

coordinator do their job


A0-5Unlikely Bridezilla

6-10Possibly Bridezilla

11-15Likely Bridezilla

16-20Definitely Bridezilla

DON’T lose sight of the

big picture

DO relax and concentrate

on what’s important

DON’T forget to be

happy and SMILE!

DO thank everyone who has

helped you

46 With This Ring

When you are ready to

plan your wedding and

all the arrangements it

entails, you can’t do better

than calling in the experts.

Wedding Professionals

NZ Planners provide full

wedding designing,

planning, coordination

and production to create

a seamless, stress-less

wedding day.

“We can provide partial

planning for those who need

the expertise or who have little

time to get that special look or

find that perfect wedding venue,

photographer or delicious cake”

says Manager Suzanne Carson.

A Wedding Professionals

consultant acts as a “PA” to the

wedding couple. Sharing many

years of industry experience,

design flair and numerous

contacts, your special PA will

work with you to achieve the most

memorable day possible for all

who attend.

“Imagine knowing that you

have a team that shares in the

excitement of your day and being

able to relax knowing the endless

“to do’s” are no longer on your

checklist! No more madly calling

around, no more worrying about

asking the right questions or

getting the best quotes, no more

trying to figure out what

colours coordinate well” explains


All that can be a thing of

the past because Wedding

Professionals aim to give you the

time and attention you deserve,

to give your wedding the skill and

organization it requires and to give

you the day that surpasses your

every expectation.

As experts in wedding styling

with impeccable attention to

detail, your own individual

style and creative vision will

be represented and, “your

personalities will be reflected in

every facet of the event’s design.”

An “On the Day Package”

ensures everything runs smoothly

and on time. Enjoy the wonderful

feeling that someone else is there

overseeing all aspects of your

wedding. Let your Mum enjoy

her role as Mother of the Bride

without having to attend to

anything but family and friends

and be a stress-free bridal couple

yourselves instead of a wedding


“Imagine walking down the

aisle and noticing all the beautiful

details that you thoughtfully

planned and arriving at the

reception in awe of the stunning

way everything turned out.

Then realise you made the best

choice of all by leaving it all in the

experienced hands of professional


Wedding Planner,

Consultant & Designer

Our services include full planning, partial planning, designing and

hiring. It’s your choice on how much or how little help you require

from your very own ‘personal assistant’.

• Guidance on where to get started, time planning to ensure nothing has been

forgotten and clever budgeting.

• Enhancement of your unique personality, style, preferences and ideas or

something created especially for you.

• On the day management for a worry-free smooth day.

• Lycra chair covers, colour bands, organza sashes,

Grecian pillars & decor enhancements.

• Special South Pacific & NZ wide wedding packages.

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Technology can’t be ignored! It is with us every day, so it definitely

has a role in planning a wedding. It can save you time, money, mileage

and aggro, it can be creative, make a statement and involve your techsavvy

guests at the press of a button or scroll of a screen.

But it can also be over-used, gimmicky, intrusive and make

your wedding sound impersonal and impolite. It can also exclude

older or technophobic guests who don’t have the latest model, the

means to access your clever communications or find the process too

complicated to participate. So mixing and matching techno pro and

low is a nice touch and a wise move.


Facebook, Tweet, Twitter or

Text to update your mates

A spreadsheet for costs

and budgets

Apps to enter wedding and

reception information for guests

Pinterest for a zillion wedding


Websites to research wedding

suppliers and services

Email to confirm quotes and


Internet banking to pay

deposits and bills

Paperless Post to send online

invitations & receive RSVP

Online website for gift


GPS directions to venues

Digital photography on CD’s

and mobile

Instagram your wedding with

your own hashtag

Snapseed to crop, colour,

frame and edit pics

Printstagram pics into posters,

prints, books & calendars

Stickygram your pics into

fridge magnets for gifts & guests

Eventstagram live feed for absent

guests to share the wedding

iPod your music selections

You Tube any wedding bloopers

Visa your wedding/honeymoon

Selfie pics from your honeymoon

Language App for overseas


Electronic cards to say thank





organisational methods

you choose to plan

and convey your

wedding arrangements

remember to back

up your computerised

records on discs and

drives if you are “PRO

TECH.” Losing any of

it would be a DATA

DISASTER so to be on

the safe side, you can’t

go past LOW TECH for a

paper trail that includes

photocopies of

important documents

and decisions

A diary of important dates Pre-nup agreements

Books and magazines for Insurance Certificates



Calendar or Yearly planner Tickets and travel vouchers

Newspaper wedding announcements Marriage Certificate

Paper perfection for your Maps for out of town guests

wedding stationery

Guest visitor book

Post or couriers to send invitations Photo Album on display

A guest list for RSVP’s

Files for important quotes and

Mood boards of design ideas documents

Blackboard seating plans Thank You Cards or notes

A Marriage license

Postcards from your honeymoon


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Post earthquake, many of Canterbury’s

wedding venues have now been

restored, re-invented, re-located or

spectacularly re-built!

Consequently the province continues to

offer plenty of innovative and exciting venues

from A to Z.

Imaginative, original or even quirky

locations are becoming popular for wedding

ceremonies and receptions, whether you

favour traditional church, historic significance,

dramatic backdrop, contemporary style or a

unique place of special appeal.

Consider the size and style you want for

your wedding and whether you will have the

ceremony and reception at two different venues

or in the same place. The latter is often chosen

for appealing continuity, cost and convenience.

There’s no break in the proceedings, the

ambience is not interrupted and your guests

can relax while you have the photos done.

























Ambience of a small wedding at home

Beach at numerous options around the city or peninsula

Cruise your wedding on the water with Black Cat at Akaroa

Dedicated wedding centre at Riccarton Park or Pemberton

Event-managed at a premier city hotel like The George or The Elms

Farm friendly at Alpaca Farm’s Valley of Peace Wedding Centre

Garden setting at Swan Lake, Hampton Lea or the Botanic Gardens

Heritage church like St Michaels or St Augustines

Ice – cool wedding at the Antarctic Centre

Jump aboard a double decker London bus

Kiwis witness your wedding at Willowbank Wildlife Park

Luxury at exclusive Grasmere or Hanmer’s Select Braemar Lodge

Marquee - anywhere you want it

NEW – at the spectacular Tannery or Christchurch Golf Club

Old historic homes like Tangley on Clyde and Otahuna

Planes to test fly your wedding at Airforce World

Quaint and authentic at Ferrymead Heritage Park

Restaurants and Resorts at Terrace Downs or Peppers Clearwater

Sports clubrooms like Russley, Netball Centre, Cashmere Club

Themed and theatrical at Auroroa Centre or Sumner’s Hollywood Cinema

Uniquely scenic at Church of the Good Shepherd Tekapo or Hermitage Mt Cook

Vineyards for wine and dine amid the vines

Wineries in and around the city – Trents, Langdale or Rossendale

eXtraordinary quarry (Halswell)

Yacht Club at Akaroa for indoor outdoor maritime setting

Zoo- your wedding on safari at Orana Park

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Treat your guests to a classic Kiwi theme

with a marquee by the beach. Dazzle

them with kiwiana decorations and

a dress code that includes jandals,

boardies and sunnies. Treat them to

a barbequed feast from our surf or

our turf, an iconic pavlova with

fresh fruit on top and a chilly full

of craft beers and fine New Zealand

wines. Play beach games and cricket on

the hard packed sands and dance

to the music of great kiwi bands.


Make winter your theme with a white wonderland.

Create a white sparkly backdrop with snowflake

inspiration and let your wedding party add

sumptuous colour and luxurious style. Add ambience

with candles, lanterns and a crackling fire and

serve warm rustic foods to tempt and relax. Swap

champagne for toddies and ruby mulled wine then

dance old fashioned waltzes with music to match.



Adopt the style and pizzaz

of the 20’s and 30’s with a

vintage vehicle, glamorous

gown and gorgeous

garden setting. Serve

an elegant dinner with

waiters and maids and sip

champagne and cocktails

like a silent movie star.

Light up a marquee for

dancing, learn the lindy or

the Charleston or a wedding

dance foxtrot.



Cuba has just become the

“must go” destination, so

why not theme your wedding

reception with Caribbean

customs and cuisine. Arrive in

a Cuban classic 50’s car. Create

a carnival atmosphere, with

flamboyant frills, colour and

glitz. Think rumba and reggae,

salsa and steel bands, calypso

and limbo. Serve up lechon

asado (spit roasted pork), jerky

– spice-rubbed chicken or

beef, grilled fish, Cuban tacos

or a seafood cocktail with

tropical fruit. Chill out with

Jamaican rum punch, a pina

colada or a Cuban mojito and

Havana cigar!


Extend your wedding colour

theme to include your guests.

Ask them to wear something in a

particular colour or divide your

guests into colour coded clans for

seating, dancing and breaking the

ice. Choose colourful foods and

musical moods with a colour theme

– “yellow submarine,”

“I see Red” “Blue Moon” that each

colour coded group must dance to!

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Wedding anticipation and preparation can

be absorbing and stressful, but rest and relaxation

are two of the best beauty benefits.

Regular sleep patterns keep you refreshed, time out lets you rest and

recharge and relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, spa treatments

or aromatherapy are great to combat fatigue and keep you calm.

SPA TREATMENTS are a delightful way to improve your sense of

well being. Day spa facilities and resorts have pamper packages that

include specialized facials, organic peels and exfoliations, body scrubs

and wraps, massage therapy, manicures and pedicures, waxing, makeup

and tanning. Some also offer a selection of medi-spa treatments including

micro-dermabrasion and IPL for skin rejuvenation and hair reduction.

Thermal pools and hot tubs can simply soak your cares away and are

often part of the spa environment alongside spa treatments.

HATHA YOGA is the foundation of all yoga styles and incorporates

postures, regulated breathing and meditation. It aims for calm, grace

and control as various poses are performed and is a combination of low

impact exercise and stress management techniques. You can attend classes

to learn enough to then practice yoga in the privacy of your home.

AROMATHERAPY is often used in pre-wedding beauty treatment to

calm and relax the bride and wedding party. The brain is influenced

by aromas and aromatherapy is defined as “a form of alternative

medicine that uses essential oils found in plant extracts to enhance

mood, health or well-being.” Infused, inhaled or used as massage or

bath oils, specific aromas or blends are chosen for their particular


Chamomile and almond to calm and relax

Lavender to reduce anxiety and stress

Allow yourself

time to relax and

benefit from your chosen

treatment. Detox your

body, free your mind of

stressful thoughts and

revel in an atmosphere

of fragrance, calm

and quiet.


There are many different ways to

relax and the one that suits you is

often dependent on your interests

and lifestyle. Try deep breathing or

a warm fragrant bath to soak away

the tension. You may find a quiet walk,

a swim, listening to your favourite music,

reading a book or cuddling a pet is infinitely

calming and so is having simple time out to do whatever you

please or nothing at all. Just don’t feel guilty about it!

Lemon to enhance your mood

Peppermint to soothe

Chamomile, bergamot, lavender

for insomnia

Bergamot, orange and jasmine to

diffuse irritability

Ginger, rosemary and lime to energize

Geranium, rose, sandalwood and citrus

for peace and happiness

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In the years since Canterbury’s earthquakes,

many of our favourite wedding venues have reopened,

re-located or re-created their amenities

and ambience offering this year’s brides

impressive venues and unlimited choice.



Most hotels resorts and event centres have

the facilities to accommodate weddings with

style and space, inside or out. Many have

dedicated wedding and event coordinators

to arrange the chosen theme, the catering,

entertainment and the ceremony and they

often have a range of competitively priced

wedding packages to suit different budgets.

Hotel accommodation and facilities are

still being rebuilt in Christchurch city, so

those beyond the city are also an option to





With a little imagination,

almost any venue can

become an appealing place

for a wedding supper,

reception or dance. Halls

can be decorated, furniture

hired, caterers booked and

music made.


Mobile and moveable, you can have your

wedding almost anywhere if you have a

marquee. Always popular in summer, they

can also be adapted all year round to provide

unique shelter in any weather and are

available in a variety of sizes. Erected on a

field, a farm, a beach, a garden, a hilltop or

at your place, marquee hire can include silk

linings, tables, chairs, dance floor, buffet, bar,

lighting, sound, heaters and decorations!


Christchurch’s heritage buildings have been badly damaged, so

those that remain are doubly precious and in great demand for

weddings. Check-out their availability for your proposed date.

If it’s not possible but you have always imagined your wedding

in a restored Edwardian home or at a beautiful church, look

beyond the city to country houses, B&B’s, and the churches of

nearby rural towns.


Quiet country settings amid productive vineyards and

charming local wineries provide wonderful locations for a

wedding celebration and photo shoot. Some venues provide a

“one stop” location for the entire wedding from ceremony to

reception, and even guest accommodation too. Alternatively

you can have your ceremony elsewhere and your reception

on the estate. You will probably be expected to purchase the

vineyard’s own wines, but their buying power and food/wine

knowledge make for a memorable dining occasion.


For a low key alternative, especially in summer, a garden and gazebo

wedding can be charming and less expensive. Hire, buy, borrow or

make what you need for an alfresco barbeque, an afternoon picnic or

a “bring a plate” old time wedding.

The George is

Christchurch’s most

luxurious boutique hotel

with a reputation for

style, elegance and

exemplary service.

Each of the 53 spacious

bedrooms and suites are designed

with a stylish eye for detail. But

its central location, beautifully

appointed facilities and tranquil

surroundings also make it a sought

after wedding and honeymoon

venue. Located opposite Hagley

Park and the Avon River, the hotel

offers a single exquisite setting

for the ceremony, photographs,

reception and accommodation.

The George's wedding facilities

comprise of Parkview, which

can be configured and decorated

to accommodate 90 guests for

a sit-down dinner or high end

buffet, or 160 for a cocktail

themed event, and The Residence,

an adjoining heritage property

with beautiful lawns and gardens

for the ceremony and a gracious

intimate dining room for up to 18


Restored at the end of 2015

to the highest standards, The

Residence offers privacy and

elegance and is an increasingly

popular setting for those looking

for genuine heritage

and tradition. Its

delightful ambience

is ideal for smaller

wedding parties,

remarriages and

renewal of vows

ceremonies. It is

also possible to book

the entire villa and

its accommodation

rooms for your

exclusive use.

Top chefs from

The George provide


various menu options to suit the

individual tastes and style of the

couple, including fully plated two

or four course dinners, buffets, or

the popular and innovative “trio

set” of plated entrees and desserts

complemented by a buffet or

plated main course.

Having your wedding at The

George means personalised

service from our experienced

team. “We take away all the stress

of organising your special day

while you enjoy every moment

with your guests” says the hotel’s

wedding coordinator.

Couples are encouraged

to meet at the hotel with our

wedding coordinator, Yolanda,

to discuss the many options

available to them. They can view

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the accommodation, the different

venues and examples of various

menus and set-ups, so that we can

get it absolutely right.

Due to its reputation, expertise

and focus on service, The George

has become increasingly busy with

weddings. With their renowned

flair, enthusiasm and meticulous

attention to detail, you can be

assured that your wedding at The

George will be chic, stylish and


To look, to book or simply

to enquire about The George for

your wedding, contact Yolanda

P: 03 371 0255,

E: weddings@thegeorge.com

W: www.thegeorge.com

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romantic and


charming about an

outdoor wedding.

You may have

always imagined

a ceremony at a

TEST beach, garden,

park, lake, mountain

or forest so take the

Alfresco Test and see

if it’s going to be

Mission Possible

or a logistical


• Is your location remote

or accessible?

• Do you need permission

to use the location?

• Is there a private or semiprivate

area for the ceremony?

• Who will set it up?

• How long will set up take?

• Will guests stand or

do you need seating?

• Where will guests park?

• Is it far to walk?

• Will the ground be sandy,

dirty or muddy?

• Will there be sun glare or

shadow at the time of the


• Is there shade from the sun for

you and your guests?

• If it’s by the beach, remember

to check the tide!

• Is it sheltered from the wind?

• Can you have drinks nibbles

and photos nearby?


The upside of a wedding

held outdoors is undoubtedly

the beauty of the setting and the

informality of the surroundings. It also

costs less than a church or other hired venue,

and sometimes costs nothing at all. There’s

no limit on the number or guests, you

don’t need to decorate it beforehand

or clean too much up afterwards

and your photos will

be magnificent!


You can’t predict the

weather or the temperatures,

outdoors can be noisy, your

guests may not hear the ceremony,

your wedding may be interrupted by

onlookers and the terrain may be difficult

for access or uncomfortable for guests.

You always need to arrange a

back-up plan which involves

extra time and cost and

it’s very stressful

waiting for the



Omarino Wine Park

• New venue seating up to 200

• Great for music and dancing

• Ceremony in our beautiful vines

or gardens

• Your choice of caterers

• Award winning wines

• Country venue in the city limit

• Only minutes city side of airport

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Have a foolproof and

easily invoked alternative if

you need it. Your Plan B may be

as simple as a supply of umbrellas, a

covered verandah or a gazebo, or it may

need to be a church, a hall or wedding venue

after all. You will need to convey any change of

location to all your guests at short notice so

there is no confusion on the day and

you may have to make alternative

arrangements for transport,

food and photos.

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Once you have decided the

date, size and style of the

wedding, it’s time to appraise

reception venues, which can

be booked up to a year or

more in advance. Time of

day, type of meal, number of

guests and your budget will

all come into the equation

and if possible you should

visit several different venues

to be able to compare costs

and services fairly.

Check that the venue is easy to

find and within a convenient distance

of the ceremony, or consider having

both ceremony and reception at the

same venue. Look at the room(s)

available for your reception and

find out what flexibility there is to

decorate it for your theme. Some

venues, particularly heritage ones

have restrictions on use of tape,

staples and candles.

Enquire about catering

arrangements, whether there’s an

in-house caterer or options for self

catering. Check if they have a full

liquor licence or BYO and whether

they charge a bond and corkage

fees. Will the venue be exclusive for

your wedding or are other members

of the public likely to be using its

facilities at the same time?

Is there an in-house wedding

planner who can coordinate the

reception and your suppliers? Will

the sound system be adequate for

your live music or DJ? Is there a

room for the wedding party to

freshen up or change and is there

adequate access and parking for

guests, with or without valet fees?

Ask about deposits, cancellation

policies, noise or time restrictions

and any additional charges for

public holidays, cleaning, breakages

or insurance. Get all quotes and

bookings and payment plans

confirmed in writing. Liaise

regularly with the venue’s manager

or wedding coordinator prior to the

reception and confirm final guest

numbers by the agreed date.


at Trent’s Estate


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Christchurch is aptly named the Garden City

and several of its public gardens and parks

can be used for weddings for free or for a

modest fee. Established grounds, well maintained

plantings and seasonal colour provide a wonderful natural

backdrop for an intimate ceremony or photo location.

Some can also be used for a garden ceremony with

permission from the local councils that administer them

and sometimes a modest fee or donation. Beyond the city

there are equally delightful outdoor venues where your

ceremony can be conducted simply and inexpensively.


is has been considered the

district’s “jewel in the Crown”

since its establishment in 1874.

The domain provides an area

of natural beauty and botanical

variety and includes specimen

plantings of health and maturity

and a beautiful rose garden that

forms a picturesque backdrop for

wedding vows and photo shoots.


Lacebark Wedding Venue

Enjoy our stunning new

wedding venue and function

centre featuring a newly

renovated, modern and

luxurious barn in a beautiful

garden setting.

All only 15 minutes from

Christchurch Airport.

Visit our website

for more information.

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MONA VALE beautiful established

grounds are still available for

outdoor ceremonies and photographs

on the Mound Lawn, the Mill Stream

Lawn and the formal surrounds of

the Lily Pond. The house has recently

re-opened as a function venue

following its earthquake repair and

refurbishment. It is now back to its

elegant best so you could have your

reception here as well.


027 378 2508 | 03 327 5296




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is beautifully endowed

with mature trees

including Daimo Oak,

Trembling Poplar,

Chinese Wingnut and

Slippery Elm specimen

varieties. Border

plantings feature

hedges of laurel and

yew and herbaceous

plants interspersed

with hydrangeas,

camellias and an

outstanding selection

of rhododendrons. Add

a romantic gazebo and

you have a charming

Old English style

venue for photos and




is the epitome of the

peaceful, relaxed

environment of Banks

Peninsula just

45 minutes from

Christchurch. The

informal garden allows

you to create your own

wedding space using an

on-site marquee, yurts,

tipis and art studio.



GARDENS’ was established beside

the Avon River in 1863 and an

English oak was planted to celebrate

the marriage of Prince Albert and

Princess Alexandra of Denmark.

Impressive plantings over 21 acres

include 5 specific areas available

for wedding ceremonies and

photographs; Cockayne Memorial

Garden; The Pinetum; The Azalia

and Magnolia Garden; the historic

Bandsmen’s Memorial Garden and

the Daffodil Woodland, while the

conservatory, fernery, rock garden

and water garden are complemented

by the iconic tea kiosk and new

visitor centre and new visitor and

function centre.


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SUPPLY your own decorations and

beverages that you can purchase “on

special” and return for refunds if

you have over-catered.

Whatever the size of your

wedding or the constraints

of your reception budget,

there are some clever ways

to get more for less!

AVOID the most popular “marrying

months” between November

& March when there is most

competition for popular venues.

BOOK a different date or season

and enjoy reduced hire rates for the

venue & often the catering too.

PICK a mid week day or a Friday

to get a discount on many wedding


FINISH the reception at 11pm for

extra savings before midnight for

band, staff or cleaning.

CHOOSE a single venue for

ceremony and reception to save

time and costs for transport and

photography bookings.

LIMIT the variety of beverages you

need by providing what’s most

popular – beer, red or white wine,

soft drink.

RESERVE bubbles just for the

toasts rather than costly champagne

throughout the wedding.

REDUCE the time allocated for

pre-dinner drinks and


KEEP guests


while your


are being taken


they drink less.


soup rather

than expensive

entrees and

serve wedding

cake as a dessert.

You’ve heard the horror

stories of things going

wrong at weddings;

gowns not arriving; rings

being stolen, hotels

being flooded, reception

venues double booked,

photographers becoming

ill not to mention cyclones

interrupting honeymoon

plans… yet many couples

never give a thought to

protecting their biggest

expense other than a car

or a house!

Wedding insurance provides

cover in case a pre-booked

wedding service is faulty or

unable to be supplied before or

on your big day. It may seem

unromantic but it can offer

genuine peace of mind when

thousands of dollars are at stake

for the event.

Before searching for the best

wedding insurance, check first

to see if your car or contents

insurance company has a relevant

policy that is available to you as an

existing customer. You may get a

discount for your loyalty.

Most wedding insurance

policies cover supplier’s products

and services from the date of your

deposit and include your wedding

dress and your venue, both of

which comprise the largest

portion of your wedding costs.

Inclusions may involve

cancelled venue, stolen rings,

non delivery of flowers or

cake, liquidation of suppliers,

photographer’s equipment failure,

breakdown of transport, personal

accidents, death or illness of a

family member causing a wedding

cancellation and possible liability

of damage to a venue.

However you are not usually

covered for a situation you have

control over like changing your

mind or cancelling a service or

product you can’t afford. They can

also refuse cover if you haven’t

“minimised risk” such as rings

being stolen from an unlocked car

or leaving gifts in an unsecured


When trying to budget for all

the components of your big day,

you may view wedding insurance

as an unnecessary cost. But it’s a

small price to pay if something

does go wrong and it’s far cheaper

than trying to replace or re-book

at your own expense. Don’t

forget to insure your honeymoon

plans too!

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Five years after

the Christchurch

earthquakes caused

the closure of many

much admired

venues, it’s time

to celebrate

those that have

been restored

and recently




Designed in gothic revival

style by architect Benjamin

Mountfort, the Great

Hall was built in 1877

as part of the University

of Canterbury. When the

university moved to a new

site in Ilam in 1975, the

original buildings became

the city’s Arts Centre and

the Great Hall was used

for a variety of public and

private functions. The

complex was closed after

sustaining serious damage

in September 2010 but

following a 16 million

dollar restoration, the

Great Hall is resplendent

once more

thanks to the skill of both

craftsmen and engineers.



The property was built as

a private home in 1897 for

Frederick Waymouth, but

in 1905 it was bought by

heiress Annie Townend

who re-named it “Mona

Vale” after the Tasmanian

birthplace of her mother.

For many years the house

was a popular wedding,

restaurant and conference

venue until earthquake

damage forced its closure.

Its intricate restoration

is complete and the

property is due to

re-open mid 2016.





Originally built as an Oddfellows

Lodge in 1879, the building has been

the focus of gatherings in Akaroa for

over a century. Its Italianate design by

Architect A W Simpson would usually

feature stone work, but the Gaiety

is constructed entirely of wood.

Following damage in the Canterbury

earthquakes, the building was closed

in 2011, but its restoration and recent

re-opening makes “the Gaiety” open

for community events and functions

once more.


The property has been a much admired Cashmere

Hill landmark and is also due to re-open later in 2016

following earthquake repairs to the building which

has a Category I listing with NZ Historic Places Trust.

Designed by JG Collins and constructed between

1918 and 1948, the Sign of the Takahe was initially

one of Harry Ell’s Port Hills roadhouses before

becoming a popular restaurant and function centre

with spectacular views over the city.





60 With This Ring

Your MC may be a trusted family

friend or a hired professional who’s

primary task is to keep the wedding

itinerary “on song and on time.” The

ideal Master of Ceremonies is like

the stage manger of a production

and should observe the following


Be confident with a


Keep everything as simple as

possible so that nothing gets


Always introduce themselves

even if the majority of guests

know them already

Be familiar with the Bride and

Groom’s proposed schedule

throughout the day

Make announcements of

when each phase of the

wedding is going to happen

Liaise with event staff

including planners, caterers,

waiters, DJ’s or the band

Be aware of any contingency

plans that might need to be


Remember people’s names –

especially those of the couple

and their parents

Introduce each speaker and

their relationship to the bridal


Have a fun way of attracting

the attention of guests during

the reception (a whistle,

animal noise, klaxon, flashing

light, hand signals)

As well as ensuring the smooth

running of the reception, the MC also

acts as a toastmaster, controls the lineup

for the buffet, conveys important

information or “housekeeping” details,

gets the dancing going and brings the

reception to a close.


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Imagine having your

wedding ceremony amid

four acres of spectacular

gardens and welcoming

your guests at a wedding

resort with all the facilities

and services to make your

day exceptional!

Barely an hour’s drive from

Christchurch, Hotel Ashburton

is the district’s most expert and

versatile venue for weddings,

conferences and accommodation.

Offering a selection of indoor

venues, the hotel can cater for

intimate or large weddings and

events from 50 to 400 guests.

The hotel’s much- admired

gardens are available for

exquisite wedding ceremonies

and breathtaking photo shoot

locations. Outdoor cocktail style

receptions can also be held in the

gardens, but there is a guaranteed

indoor option in inclement

weather to ensure you have

absolute peace of mind.

Your wedding arrangements

will be in the capable hands of a

designated wedding coordinator

while your choice of cocktail,

BBQ, buffet or formal plated

menus will be customised and

served with flair by the talented

award winning team in the


Hotel Ashburton also has

the ability to be an exclusive

resort for all your pre and post

wedding events with comfortable

accommodation for your guests.

Imagine setting the tone of your

wedding weekend with a rehearsal

dinner or “night before” cocktail

party, enjoy a quiet wedding

day brunch with your family,

arrange pre-wedding sightseeing

or exciting adventure activities in

mid Canterbury and then farewell

your guests with a relaxed post

wedding barbeque beside the

hotel’s pool.

Special touches and packages

allow you to plan your big day

according to your individual style

and budget and include venue hire

and set-up, chair and table décor,

bridal suite bed and breakfast,

ceremony set up in the garden,

dance floor and stage, bridal table

service plus cake table and knife.

Hotel Ashburton’s wedding

coordinator is poised to plan the

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Your day will be special and stress

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Hotel Ashburton is a complete wedding

resort featuring beautiful gardens, modern

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Our function rooms allow the flexibility to host

20 or 400 guests. Enjoy every moment with

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With Hotel Ashburton’s designated Wedding

Coordinator by your side throughout the entire

planning process, and with personalised support

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62 With This Ring Decorate

your venue

with seasonal


Whether you

favour a colour

palette that is

subtle or sassy,

be inspired by


the time and

place you have


WINTER fires up with colours of

warmth, depth and luxury. Glassware

sparkles, candles flicker and tables are

dressed with elegant linens and gold

candelabra. Use traditional carnations,

chrysanthemums and your favourite

roses in vases of classical crystal.

Decorations are formal with pillars

and pedestals and chandeliers

dazzle above a shiny dance floor.

SUBTLE – simply white with

sophisticated black and a

dash of silver

SASSY – glamour-ised with

ruby red, royal purple and

rich gleaming gold

SPRING evokes greenery and

watercolour freshness and lends itself to

rustic style. Fill willow baskets or earthen

ware pots with big white hydrangeas,

calla lilies or large headed daisies.

Make arches and garlands of ivy and

clematis. Set long rustic tables with

hessian runners and pretty napkins on crisp

white cloths. Gather sweet peas and freesias in

vintage glass vases for dainty table settings.

SUBTLE – watercolour shades

in romantic pastels with a

whisper of white

SASSY – white on green

from bottle shades to

bold brilliant lime



AUTUMN glows with a woodland

palette of fallen leaves. Decorate with

nature’s timber, wildflowers, pinecones

and evergreen bunting, make lanterns

that glow after sundown and light

braziers to roast chestnuts with

smoky allure. Dress tables with

plains or prints, put fragrant

pot-pourri in terracotta pots and

light aromatic candles to set the

mood of fall.

SUBTLE – cream, gold and

peach with evergreen


SASSY – harvest

tones of orange,

yellow, cerise,

berry and



sizzles and speaks of laid

back beach in boho style.

White chairs facing the

sea, a muslin-draped

arch tied with vibrant

bows and exotic ceramic

urns filled with summer

blooms. Tables beneath

awnings or umbrellas,

eye catching runners with

paua shell centrepieces

and tealight candles

among soft sifty sands.

SUBTLE – natural

shades of seashells,

pebbles and sand

hill grass

SASSY - bright

ocean blues,


sand and sunset

tones of orange

and flame





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Terrace Downs Resort is the perfect setting

for your special day, whether an intimate

wedding or lavish affair, we offer:

• Multiple ceremony sites

• Reception rooms with

spectacular views

• Catering

• Accommodation

• Activities and more.

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64 With This Ring

In New Zealand our commitment to a clean green

environment is well-established, so it isn’t unusual if

couples decide to plan an eco-friendly wedding.

Essentially, “eco-friendly” means using products, materials and

services that are not wasteful or harmful. Armed with a philosophy

of conservation and preservation, an eco wedding is easier than

you think and incorporates many stylish trends we already enjoy.


Retro Revival

Embracing retro and vintage

styles is very popular at present.

So sourcing vintage table linen,

glasses or china, wearing a heritage

bridal gown or heirloom wedding

rings are already making an ecostatement.


Alternatively choose beautiful

natural fibres for your wedding

gown and wedding party clothing.

Not only are silk, cotton, linen and

merino wool sustainable products,

they are also more comfortable

because they breathe.


Reject our “throw away” society

and choose re-cycled paper for

wedding stationery, make your

own from a paper making kit

or design and make your own


Natural Setting

Celebrate your wedding with

a ceremony in a garden, park,

vineyard or beach and enjoy a

natural setting that needs no


In Season and Local

Reduce your carbon footprint by

choosing items that are in season

and available locally.

Order flowers that reflect the

season you have chosen for the

wedding and source cheaper

locally produced foods.

Go Organic

Look for healthy options for your

reception menu with organically

grown fruit and vegetables, free

range produce and a selection of

bio dynamic wines. Encourage

your guests to throw rice, organic

confetti or rose petals at your

wedding. Decorate your venue

with flowers, foliage and flax.


Serve finger

food to save on

dishes and be

careful about

food wastage.

Use hybrid

wedding cars for

energy efficiency,

arrive on foot

or by horse and

carriage and go

for co candlelight

- less electricity

more romance!


• Set up a special high interest savings

account as soon as you have set the date.

• Have regular salary deductions paid into it.

• Pay deposits from the account to secure

your venue well in advance.

• Make payments for other services and

products as you confirm them.

• Avoid credit card purchases wherever possible.


• Pay the bill on time and don’t incur any

late payment penalties.

DEALS AND SPECIALS can stretch the dollars.

Source items at end of season sales or liquidation sales,

use your customer loyalty rewards, look for “buy one get

one free,” half price deals, introductory offers, search

Trademe, garage sales and markets, enter competitions

and giveaways and shop around for everything –

you’ll be amazed at the variation in price.

DISCOUNTS can save you hundreds of dollars if you use some

financial savvy skills to buy in bulk, purchase by “sale or return,” check

on discounts for cash, trade in old for new and avoid lavish arrangements

that will put you in debt by being “Wedding Wise”:

• Enjoy a current wedding style that is

“small, chic and classy”

• Use the same location for ceremony and

reception saves extra transport costs

• Marry any day but Saturday – it’s cheaper

and you’ll get the venue you want

• Have an off season wedding it’s fun & far less expensive

• Reduce the number in the wedding party -

saves on wedding attire expense

• Trim the guest list as much as you can, then trim it again!

• Buy your own wholesale beverages with return option

• Cocktail style and finger food is less costly than

buffet or banquet

• Use a single layer wedding cake as your dessert,

decorate with fresh flowers

• Dispense with expensive and unnecessary

wedding “favours”

• Serve jugs of water not bottles

• Make, borrow or hire anything if it helps

your budget

• Use an ipod playlist for reception music

• Utilise the skills and expertise of family and friends

• Avoid expensive hen/bucks celebrations, keep it simple

• Invite guests to contribute to a money wishing

well rather than gifts

• Honeymoon in NZ or look for all inclusive

packages overseas

• After the wedding on-sell any items you don’t want to keep

Weddings are

expensive, but you can

trim the expense without

forgoing style and use a

bit of

cost-saving savvy so you

don’t overspend and

finish up in debt to start

your married life.



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66 With This Ring


A seating plan is like a jigsaw puzzle and an exercise

in diplomacy if you have ex partners, blended

families, guests of all ages to accommodate and

groups of friends who may or may not know each

other well! How and where guests are seated

depends on the numbers, the style of the wedding

and the size and shape of the venue.

SIGNAGE is all the rage at modern weddings,

whether it is simply directing your guests to venues so

they don’t get lost, creating a mood with clever quotes

or presenting a blackboard menu at the reception.

BRIDAL TABLES may seat just the

bridal party, or traditionally include

the parents of both bride and groom.

Modern weddings often have a

“parents” table for each side of the

family located adjacent to the bridal

“top table.”

CHALKBOARDS are very popular for

garden weddings providing an order of

events or a funky range of clues to lead

your guests to food, drink and photos! You

may know someone who can illustrate

your chalk board, or you may prefer to

use a professional to create unique logos,

decorations and handwritten fonts. The

same design may be a feature of your

invitations and other stationery.

WOODEN SIGNS with arrows and

“mileage” can direct guests to the

ceremony, the reception, the marquee,

the toilets or the smoker’s corner!

Decorate with paint, timber stain or use

stick on decals to make them visible and


VINTAGE STYLE FLYERS can be attached

to gates or trees, old fashioned easels or

recycled holland blinds can display your

seating plan or recycled holland blinds.

CONTEMPORARY flair might include

glow-in-the-dark paint or your names up

in lights but for a contemporary twist,

guide your guests through the day via

social media incorporating Instagram,

Facebook and Twitter logos with a

personal hashtag!



In the past messages of congratulation

were posted by guests unable to attend the

wedding. Later, these were replaced by

telegrams, often from overseas, that sent

messages of love and support which were

read out at the wedding by the Best Man.

Today’s couples encourage inspirational

“messaging” from any or all of their guests.

• In a special “Guest Book”

• On a chalk board that is

photographed as a keepsake

• On post-it notes attached to

a whiteboard

• On cards or notes “posted”

in a special box to be read later

• By email, text or Facebook

• On a scroll that can be

framed or included in the

wedding photo album

LONG TABLES are a good

arrangement for informal weddings

and can seat from 12-20 guests. The

long banquet seating maximises space

and numbers in smaller venues and

suits buffet meals as well as shared

plates and platters set in the middle of

each table.

The disadvantage is that guests

only converse with those beside or

opposite them.

ROUND TABLES are more traditional

and formal and suit both small

weddings and larger ones. With

seating for 8-10 guests per table,

the atmosphere is more intimate

and guests can converse more easily.

Generally the settings are arranged

alternately make and female with

immediate family seated at the tables

closest to the bridal table.


seat 10-12 guests with extra seats at

each end for single guests, a child’s

high chair or an MC. The arrangement

works well in smaller venues as it

allows space for a dance floor and

meal styles from buffet to sit-down

with waiters to serve.


have been received make a mock up

of your seating plan using moveable

post-it notes or a magnetic white

board. They allow you to move

names around until you have the

arrangement correct. Then transfer it

to your master-plan for display at the

wedding. If you are worried someone

will change it or swap places, laminate

the final copy! Alternatively create

a modified seating plan by assigning

guests to a particular table but let

them choose where they sit around it.

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There are lots of details

that help make your

wedding a day to

remember. It’s easy to

get lost in the minutiae

of organisation and

advice that everyone

wants to give you, but

the bottom line is that

it’s all about what you

mean to each other,

what you say to each

other and how you

celebrate the start

of your married life


Once you have made the

plans and paid the plans,

relax and have confidence

it will be memorable.

Minimize stress by engaging

a wedding planner who will

coordinate everything before

the day and on the day. Their

job is to keep everything

running smoothly your job is

to enjoy it.

When you are getting

ready, don’t forget to eat,

even if you feel too excited

to have much appetite.

Organise some finger

food to share with your

wedding party, or have a nice

breakfast to keep you going

throughout the day.

Keep hydrated with water

but use a straw so you don’t

ruin your make up or splash

your gown. Have a touch-up

make-up kit at the wedding

and a more comfortable

pair of shoes for dancing

if you are worried about

being footsore during the


Your wedding day is

your first celebration as a

married couple – so share

the day together, talk to

guests together and don’t be

a couple who hardly see each

other until the day is over.

Create a manageable

timeline throughout the day

so that no one feels rushed

and stressed. Don’t let tiny

details rob your enjoyment

of the day. Keep the big

picture in mind and if little

mishaps occur, they will

either be soon forgotten or

become a unique part of the


68 With This Ring

When Alana Pottinger and Hayden Harper

married earlier this year they chose Trent’s

Vineyard for their venue “because we liked the

established garden and the historic building

which allowed us to mix modern with old and

rustic features” says Alana.

With a wish list that included

“a good photographer, great music

and our own style and design of

decorations,” the couple were

also keen to involve family and

friends in their wedding plans.

“The flowers on the tables were

in pottery vases that I made at my

auntie’s pottery studio in Diamond

Harbour with some friends, my

Mum and my aunties – it was a

great crafty thing for everyone to

get involved in during the winter

months” laughs Alana.

Photographer Cam McDermid

was a friend of Alana’s brother and

he captured the whole day through

and into the evening. Adam Caves,

another friend was a gem setter so

“we were very privileged to have

my wedding band and engagement

ring made by him and go through

the amazing process of designing

my own unique ring.” Not to be

outdone, Hayden, who was a

graphic designer also created the

stationery for the wedding which

Alana agreed “was a great way to

include him in the organising!”

Alana’s exquisite wedding

dress had an art deco look with a

low back, rucching, buttons and

two layers of lace, the top layer

being beautifully beaded. “I loved

everything about it and topped

it off with a long veil that was

so soft and elegant.” The gown

was made by Christine Reeves,

an experienced and renowned

dressmaker in Christchurch. “She

had made my sister-in law’s dress

and had done such a great job that I

wanted her to do mine.”

Alana’s bridesmaids wore

dresses they sourced at Forever

New. The simple style in navy was

a very flattering colour that suited

everyone and was offset by neutral

flowers with “a pop of peach”

created by Aromaunga florists. The

guys’ grey suits from Hallensteins

were worn with crisp white shirts

and black ties, complemented by

peach buttonholes and a peach tie

for Hayden.

Forsaking tradition, Alana and

Hayden chose to have their photos

taken at Mona Vale before the

wedding! “We were less nervous

for the ceremony and had time

together without rushing back to

the guests. The boys arrived first

and set up by the fountain for

the girls to walk in for the “grand

reveal” then the bridal party had a

picnic at Mona Vale before setting

off for Trent’s.”

Using a 1927 vintage car owned

by their groomsman’s grandfather,

Alana arrived at Trent’s for the 3pm

ceremony which was held outdoors

facing “horses in the paddocks and

doves in the trees.” “We wanted

our parents all involved so Hayden’s

Dad gave us the rings, we had our

Mums sign the register for us, but

it was very special to have Dad

walk me down the aisle because he

had been very ill and couldn’t even

walk a year before the wedding.”

With their formal photos

already taken, Alana and Hayden

were able to share canapés and

their wedding cake by Sugar Baby

Cakery after the ceremony. Then it

was time to enjoy music, dancing

and a delicious barbeque as well

as a photo booth set up in a boat –

which everyone loved!

“Our wedding venue organiser

Amanda made the day run

seamlessly, the speeches were

brilliant which made us feel very

loved, we wished the dancing could

have gone on longer, but best of

all was having all our friends and

family in one place to enjoy our day

with us.”

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Wedding guests usually

look forward to speeches

that capture an

atmosphere of happiness

sprinkled with sincerity and

some humour. So if you

are the Groom, the Father

of the Bride or you have

been chosen to be the

Best Man, make sure you

have “speak-ability.” A bit

like the 4 C’s that classify

diamonds, your speech

needs to be Competent,

Clear, Confident and a little

bit Creative if you can.


You can deliver a perfectly

competent speech using a

simple template to cover the

basic requirements of wedding

etiquette: Introducing yourself

and how you know the couple,

describing their most endearing

qualities and why they make

a good couple, mentioning

an amusing story without

embarrassing them or their

families, then make a sincere toast

for their future happiness.


Devise your speech then memorise

it so that you don’t need to read

it or shuffle prompt cards that

can be very distracting. You can

also look at the guests throughout

and enjoy their reactions to your

speech. Practise often so that you

don’t stumble or mumble and avoid

speaking too quickly. Drink in

moderation before your speech so

there is no chance of forgetting it or

slurring your words.


Preparing and practising

your speech allows you to

be confident on the day. But

you also need to be confident

that your jokes won’t offend

anyone, your clichés won’t

be boring and your speech

isn’t too long - aim for 5-8

minutes max. If in doubt

follow the unwritten speech

making rule “ stand up, speak

up then shut up!”


Speech making at modern

weddings has become increasingly

interactive and creative. If it suits

the atmosphere of the event, where

guests are keen to interact you

could incorporate a: Rap or Rhyme;

A Toast from every Table; Power

point “this is your life”; Lip sync

or a debate. You may use props,

stunts, photos or videos to make

a documentary or take a risk and

show a “mock-umentary!”



And whatever you

say, be sure to make

your speech, audible,

genuine, gracious and

good humoured and in

good taste and avoid

verbosity, pomposity,

crudity, bad jokes

and embarrassing

anecdotes ALWAYS.

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If possible it should be arranged so that every

member of the wedding party can attend the

rehearsal including the bride and groom,

parents, Celebrant, Wedding Planner,

bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, ring

bearers, readers, musicians and sound technicians

and even the photographer if necessary. Set a

suitable date and time together with the exact

address and directions for the venue.

EVERYONE should practice their role so that

they feel confident to perform it in front of all the

guests on the day. Make sure readers have enough

light, know how to adjust the microphone and

will speak audibly, that attendants walk at the

right pace down the aisle, that they know the

order they should enter, exit and line-up,

etc. Be patient with your flower girl and ring

bearer and avoid too many instructions that

they could forget or misunderstand.

THE CELEBRANT should also run through

the order of the service and liaise with the

organist or musicians so that the choice

of music is played, timed and tested for

volume. While it is important to get

everything correct, resist the urge to “over

rehearse” and don’t add anything new to the

ceremony to create extra stress or confusion

at this late stage.

A rehearsal for your wedding ceremony

is usually a good idea to ensure

everyone knows who, what, when,

why and how it is all going to happen

without a hitch on the day!

THE REHEARSAL DINNER is a popular trend in

America and is increasingly being embraced in New

Zealand. It usually follows a rehearsal for your

ceremony and is generally hosted by the groom’s

parents or both sets of parents if they prefer.

Because the couple, their parents and the bridal

party are required for the ceremony rehearsal, it’s

logical for them to be included in the rehearsal

dinner afterwards. It is a nice opportunity to

spend special time with close family and friends,

especially if they have travelled from out of town

or from overseas.

Similarly, a dinner is a lovely gesture of

welcome to arriving guests if your wedding is at

an overseas destination. It’s also the ideal moment

for the bride and groom to give gifts of

appreciation to their respective attendants.

You can make the dinner as formal or

informal as time, budget and preference

allow. The gathering might be as simple as

drinks and canapés, a barbeque or a picnic.

Alternatively you might book a table at a

favourite restaurant or go the “whole nine

yards” with a magnificent intimate dinner that

sets the scene for your big day.

Whatever style is decided, the Rehearsal

Dinner is meant to relieve the stress of the

wedding. If it is going to add to the stress,

don’t plan the rehearsal dinner the night

before the wedding. Instead, have it during the

week beforehand and make sure it ends early

so you can get your beauty sleep!

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The Commodore is one of

Christchurch’s best known hotels

and its facilities are ideal for

business and leisure travellers

as well as conferences and


Whether you envisage an

intimate setting for 40 guests or a

gala celebration for up to 140, the

Commodore Airport Hotel has several

different function rooms that can be

configured to suit the style and size

of your event. Decorations and table

settings can be themed to enhance the

wedding atmosphere of elegance and


The new resort-style terrace is

perfect for an outdoor ceremony

and a popular place for guests to

enjoy aperitifs before the wedding

reception. The hotel’s banquet team

can design the ideal repast for you

and your guests. Using the finest

New Zealand ingredients, their

contemporary dishes reflect the

cultural traditions of Europe, Asia

and the Pacific.

Bridal couples will enjoy a night

in one of the hotel’s exclusive 5

star Business Level rooms and

guests can be accommodated in the

Commodore Hotel’s business, premium

or family friendly rooms.

Located within easy reach of the

city centre, the Commodore is also

conveniently close to the airport and

offers a complimentary shuttle service

for guests arriving or departing the

Christchurch International Airport.

The Commodore Airport Hotel and

Sue Marsh the event manager welcome

enquiries and site visits if you are

considering the venue for your wedding

or event.

For further information phone Sue on

03 358 8129 or visit


72 With This Ring

The chief bridesmaid is the bride’s

trusted companion and is often a sister,

a cousin or a long time best friend.

Ideally she is calm, diplomatic, helpful, self

assured and gets along with the other bridesmaids

and the Mother of the Bride.

Before the wedding she may be included in

choosing gowns, fabrics and flowers and she is the

traditional organiser of the bridal shower and/

or hen’s night. She is there to support, encourage

and share the special moments of wedding


On the day of the wedding she helps the bride

dress and prepare for the ceremony. She oversees

younger bridesmaids and flower girls and arranges

the bride’s veil and train for entry into the venue.

She takes the bouquet during the exchange of

rings and signs the register as a witness to the

wedding. She will also need to talk graciously to

the guests and look lovely in the wedding photos!

After the ceremony she assists the bride during

the photo session and throughout the reception.

She ensures gifts are collected from the reception

and may be responsible for returning any

garments or accessories that were hired.

The Best Man is the Groom’s right hand

man and is often a brother, cousin, best

mate or even an older son if the wedding

is a remarriage.

It is usually considered an honour and a privilege

to be someone’s best man, but whoever you ask,

ensure that they are reliable, diplomatic, crisis proof

and a good time manager. The Best Man also needs

to deliver a decent speech, stay sober and sensible

and communicate easily with guests of all ages.

The Best Man may be consulted on the choice

of suits and wedding vehicles in preparation for

the wedding and is the traditional organiser of the

bucks’ night. On the day of the wedding he assists

and supports the groom, looks after the bride’s ring

until it is required at the ceremony and signs the

register as a witness to the marriage.

He is also entrusted with paying the church fees

if applicable and helps the ushers to direct guests to

the reception. As well as his speech, the Best Man

traditionally proposes a toast to the bridesmaids and

reads any congratulatory messages that have been


Sometimes the Best Man will also take the role of

MC at a wedding reception and after the wedding he

may be responsible for returning hired suits, helping

at a post-wedding brunch or even driving the couple

to the airport for their honeymoon getaway.

Create an inexpensive lantern

for your garden wedding or

reception table decoration.

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• Glass Agee jars

(large or small depending

on candle size)

• Design templates or paper doilies

• Adhesive or masking tape

• Coloured or metallic spray

• Copper wire

• Wire cutters

• Candles or tea lights

• Sand


Light the candle and

watch it shine through

the sparkly design on the

glass. Hang your lantern,

making sure it is level so

the candle won’t tip and

go out. Or place your

lantern on the table as a

pretty centrepiece. For

even MORE sparkle and

shine, stand it on a piece

of mirror glass.

















Wash the glass jars in hot soapy water

Dry naturally or steam dry in dishwasher

Cut out shapes to make your design template


Use a paper doily with a ready made cut-out design

Wrap the template/doily around the jar

Secure it with adhesive or masking tape

Spray the template with colour or glitter

Allow to dry

Remove template/doily carefully

Wind copper wire round the mouth of the jar

Twist the ends to secure it tightly

Cut the excess wire with wire cutters

Attach a cord or copper wire hook of desired length

Pour an inch of sand into base of the finished jar

Push the candle or tea light firmly into the sand


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• Large mirrors from benchtop to ceiling

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74 With This Ring

Set in the South Island’s

most famous spa town, the

Heritage Hanmer Springs

offers style and charm in a

unique historic setting for

your special day.

The hotel has a long history

of memorable weddings since

this spectacular building was

competed in 1932. The unique

Spanish style architecture with

large colonnades, dramatic arches

and even a bell tower, offer an

unsurpassed romantic backdrop.

Inside is an elegant ballroom

that boasts lovely views over

gorgeous established grounds

through wall to ceiling windows

and French doors that open on to

sun drenched terraces.

The ballroom is suitable for

events up to 160 guests expertly

presided over by an experienced

wedding coordinator in tandem

with accomplished chef, Dean

Robinson, who will create a

tailored banquet for your needs.

Dean has catered for many

special events in his career both

in New Zealand and abroad in

Chile where he opened 2 new

restaurants and was often chosen

to cater for embassy events for

visiting dignitaries.

Dean’s experience with show

case culinary events is evident in

the care and flare he has weddings

and events.

“It’s great working in such a

special part of the South Island.

The local ingredients and local

wines are outstanding and

Heritage Hanmer Springs is a

very special hotel and venue,’ says


In summertime, wedding

ceremonies can take place in the

pretty on-site wedding pergola

or rose garden and larger events

can be held under a marquee by

arrangement. For a cosy winter

event, Isobels restaurant has a

welcoming open fire and lovely

atmosphere for intimate events.

Heritage Hanmer Springs has

a choice of hotel rooms including

a honeymoon suite in the original

lodge building, plus, garden rooms

and three bedroom self-contained

villas; ideal for family groups

travelling together. The hotel is

also available for exclusive hire for

the duration of the event.

On site is a summer swimming

pool, tennis and petanque court.

The hotel is adjacent to the award

winning Hanmer Springs Thermal

Pools and Spa, ideal for soothing

away pre-wedding nerves or a

relaxing wind down after the

formalities are over.

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breath-taking pristine

views and outstanding

architectural design, this

award winning hotel is

the ideal setting for your


Lovingly crafted from local

schist river stone and timeless

in design, Heritage Queenstown

is reminiscent of a European

ski lodge, with an ambiance of

exclusivity and luxury.

Positioned above the alpine

resort town of Queenstown,

Heritage Queenstown has

spectacular Lake Wakatipu views

and an unparalleled sweeping

panorama of the Remarkable

Mountains arcing around to

spectacular Cecil Peak.

The hotel’s Icon Centre

award-winning architectural

design (with capacity for 160

people for a banquet) provides a

flexible range of options to stage

the most memorable day of your


Enjoy superb views from

picture windows that capture the

drama and majesty of your lofty

location. Choose from exclusive

cocktails on the spectacular

rooftop deck, or a banquet in the

Icon Room. The choice is yours.

Your event will be skilfully

managed by an experienced

team, whilst banqueting is a

breeze. Heritage Queenstown’s

experienced food and beverage

services manager, Adrian Lowry,

brings a symphony of locally

sourced ingredients and flavours

to your menu, paired with superb

local wines.

Adrian has been the Heritage

Queenstown chef for some

years and has a unique skill set.

Not only because he is a trained

chef with years of experience in

respected dining establishments,

but also because of his studies in

oenology (wine) studies.

Amanda McKee, the hotel’s

experienced wedding coordinator,

has plenty of creative ideas on

ways to stage your day that suits

you and your guests the best.

Family and friends will love

to gather here to share your day

and overnight in the luxury of

Heritage Queenstown’s recently

refurbished rooms and suites, all

complete with legendary tranquil


The hotel’s exceptional

guest facilities include Mackenzies

restaurant and bar complete with

an open fire place, a swimming

pool, spa, sauna and health club.

For extra privacy the entire

hotel can be hired exclusively for

your wedding event.

For information on Heritage

Queenstown weddings

please call

03 450 1526 or

email amandam@

heritagehotels.co.nz or visit






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A bridal shower is an

ideal excuse for a

party with your gal


The idea originated with

the intention of “showering”

the bride with household

gifts in preparation for

married life. Today’s bride’s

often already have their

home set up, so modern

bridal showers frequently

encompass other themes to

pamper the bride.


traditional shower whereby

guests bring small gift items

for the kitchen such as linens,

utensils, cookbooks, new

gadgets, spices, sauces, preserves

and containers.


inexpensive option but a very

personal one. Each guest brings

a copy of their favourite recipe

along with the dish itself. The

recipe contributes to a DIY

cookbook and the “bring a plate”

dish is shared at the shower.


a little bit of luxury to spoil the

bride whether it is chocolate,

champagne, an expensive soap,

a manicure, a massage or a

favourite book or movie.


pretty cosmetic bag with all the

make-up items the bride will

need on her wedding day or

honeymoon. Find her favourite

products and necessities and

create a useful travel-sized version

of her bathroom cabinet!


gives guests plenty of gift choice

from bath and shower toiletries to

towels, linen, accessories, robes,

sleepwear, slippers, rugs, wraps,

throw and cushions.


quirky idea where every guest is

allocated a set time of day and

brings a gift associated with that

time. For example 8am might

be a shower gel, 10am could be

coffee mugs, 7pm could be wine

coasters, etc.


similar idea but instead of a time

of day guests are allocated a letter

of the alphabet and must find a

gift starting with that letter. For

example; “T” for towels or “G” for

a garlic-crusher, etc.

DEMO SHOWER set up a demo

or party plan evening for makeup,

lingerie, wine tasting, arts,

crafts or cooking school to enjoy



stock the bride’s pantry with

non perishable items – tinned

goods, spices, baking ingredients,

preserves OR start her wine

cellar with a selection of white,

red, rose, sparkling and dessert



bride (and groom) with the

basics for creating an appealing

outdoor space or garden – pots,

plants, seeds, garden tools, garden

gloves, watering can, sculptures


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80 With This Ring

A gift registry allows you to nominate the store

and the style of the wedding gifts you would like

to receive. While this may seem mercenary, it is

the acceptable custom at modern weddings.

A gift registry removes uncertainty for the guests

and allows them to select something that will be

appreciated and also won’t be duplicated.

Once you have decided on the date of the wedding you should

arrange your preferred store(s) for your gift registry. Choose

well known stores with nationwide outlets for the convenience

of your guests. Those with online purchasing are also appreciated

by those who live out of town or overseas.

Most popular items include general home ware, glassware,

china, cutlery, kitchen appliances, table linen, bedding and

towels. Ensure there is a broad price range within your gift

registry so that guests spend what they can afford.

Couples vary in their expectations of gifts. Some are very

specific about brands and models on their gift list, others may

indicate that wedding gifts are optional or even unnecessary,

or they prefer a wishing well for monetary donations at the


However as many couples have already set up a home, the

custom for specialist gift registries has begun to encompass big

ticket items such as furniture, house deposits, garden landscaping

and honeymoons.

Some guests are comfortable with the idea while others are

less keen to contribute. But if your wedding is a destination

event and your guests are funding their overseas travel and

accommodation, definitely keep gift ideas affordable or optional!

Your wedding invitations should notify guests about your gift

preference, where your registry is held or whether you will have

a wishing well.



• What you need for your home that you don’t already have

• Any items you already have that need replacing or updating

• Renowned brands

• Items of lasting quality

• Special occasion items you will treasure throughout

your marriage

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Let’s be honest, we’ve all received gifts that delight us and we

confirm their acceptability by using them at every opportunity.

Equally we have all received gifts that miss the mark in terms

of our personal taste, usefulness or store-ability. Remember it IS

the thought that counts even if you seek discreet disposability

of the item at a later date.


His and Hers clothing

except bathrobes

1 234

A pet of ANY kind

Hideous home or

garden ornaments

Gift card for an obscure

or obsolete store


Embarrassing or


suggestive items

Large artwork you have

painted yourself

Souvenir from your

last holiday


A cheesy book about marriage

Enrolment for a course

on relationships

Anything that’s being re-gifted





1 234567



Money or Vouchers

Items off the

Gift Register

Luxury bed linen

BBQ equipment

All purpose cook book

Frame or canvas of

your wedding photo

Hamper of gourmet foods

Case of wine

Pots for garden or patio

Set of suitcases

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Gifts They Will Wear

Wedding shirt and tie

Funky cufflinks

Monogrammed bathrobe

Novelty socks + boxers

Favourite branded clothing

Gifts They Can Keep

Wedding picture or DVD

Engraved mug or hip flask

Wine glasses

Leather Wallet

If you’re scratching

your head for a gift for

your guys, try some

of these for fun and

others for size!

Gifts They Can Use

Chilly bin and picnic rug

Beach umbrella

BBQ set

Handyman tools

Car accessories

Gift vouchers

Boxed wine or whisky

Gifts They Can Try

Sport membership

Event tickets

Gym membership

It’s not always easy to know what gifts

to give to your bridesmaids and flower

girl, so try these for size! and here are 20

suggestions depending on whether your

mates are single, attached, detached,

married or have a family!

Gifts to Enjoy

Spa treatment

Bottle of Wine

Gym membership

Gift Voucher


Gifts to Wear

Gorgeous lingerie


Special fragrance

Beautiful scarf

Sarong and Sunnies

Gifts to Keep

Framed photo of the wedding

DVD of the wedding

Jewellery box

Elegant mirror

Painting or artwork


Gifts for the Wedding

Bridesmaid outfit

Sassy shoes

An item of jewellery

Small , boutique, intimate weddings.

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82 With This Ring

Silk Sashes are elegant

to complement the

wedding theme

Coloured tassels provide

a splash of colour and

are less formal

Lengths of lace add

all-white vintage charm

Even the most modest chairs can

be dressed up to look chic whether

they are rustic, resort or regal.

Most dedicated wedding venues

have chairs that are necessarily

versatile to suit different wedding

themes and colour schemes. This is

often achieved with neutral toned

chair covers which can then be

accessorised as you wish:

Attach coloured name

tags to the back of each

chair as your seating


Drape the chair backs

with bunting, garlands

or leis

Decorate with posies of

herbs or flowers

Tie with beads, motifs or

wedding bells

Paint plain chairs white,

bright or metallic

Add coloured cushions

for comfort on chairs,

pews or benches

Dress pews or aisles of

chairs with bows, tulle

or posies

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Links Functions and

Events is within a newly

built Clubhouse at the

Christchurch Golf Club;

one of New Zealand’s most

iconic and premier golf


Opened in January 2016,

this elegant and versatile venue

offers a striking backdrop for

your wedding, conference, golf

tournament or any other of life’s

special events.

The modern, state of the art

facilities offer spectacular views

through floor-to-ceiling glass. Or

step outside and enjoy sweeping

golf course views and dramatic

sunsets from the terrace or

covered veranda.

Inside, painted wood panelling

and soft lighting provide ambient

warmth and charm, while

extensive bar and on-site catering

facilities offer a variety of food and

beverage options for up to 230

guests. The Links Café and Bar is

another perfect place to relax and

is also available for private hire for

a more intimate gathering.

With delightful indoor

and outdoor spaces for

your wedding ceremony,

reception and dance, Links

Functions and Events has

appealing versatility and

perfect on-site locations

for taking memorable


Menus feature fresh

selections for a variety of

different tastes and dietary

requirements. From formal

reception menus to informal

barbeques, Links own executive

chef has assembled unique

gastronomic offerings and is eager

to help with special requests and


Light, bright and sparkling

new, this lovely venue has the

latest technology for your event

or function and convenient

complimentary parking for you

and your guests. Located just

10 minutes from the city and

20 minutes from the airport,

Links at the


Golf Club is

a green and

gracious oasis

any time of

the year.

Staff are


to making

your special



every step of the way from

planning to execution.

If you would like to discuss

availability and options for your

wedding or

event, contact Links Manager,

Karyn Yorston call 021 061 3250

or email karyn@linksevents.co.nz

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There may be a dress code indicated on your wedding

invitation, but what does it really MEAN? Modern attire

is generally less formal or defined than in the past, so

here are some guidelines to avoid making a mistake in

guest dress-etiquette.


This is the most formal and least likely in New Zealand

as it is generally reserved for royal occasions, award

ceremonies, celebrity weddings or extra wealthy people!


Tuxedo with black

jacket and tails, white

vest, white shirt with

wing collar, white bow

tie, black shoes, white

gloves optional.


Full length ball gown,

formal hairstyle,

glamorous make up and

formal jewellery.


The next most formal style is usually worn for a late

wedding and formal evening reception with sit down



Dinner suit tuxedo,

bow tie, cummerbund

and black shoes, waistcoat



Less formal long gown

or a dressy cocktail



Many New Zealand weddings adopt this

level of formality for a daytime wedding

and evening reception.


A lounge suit

in traditional or

modern style with

coordinating shirt

and tie.


Smart day wear

whether a dress,

ensemble or dressy

evening pants with

a top or jacket. Hat



Often chosen for an informal wedding,

this dress code confuses guests. Some

will dress at the smart end of the

spectrum while others take “casual” to

mean what they wear at home. So wear

what you would choose for an evening

out in a good restaurant.


Light or dark

trousers, shirt of

choice,vest, tie and

jacket optional.


Cocktail length

dress, skirt and top

or pants and blouse,

jacket optional.


This really does mean casual and is

often the code for a beach wedding or a

tropical resort.


Light pants or

board shorts,

occasionally jeans,

a shirt of choice

but no tie, sandals

or loafers, hat and

sunnies optional.


A sundress or maxi

dress, hat for the

sun, pretty sandals,

hairstyle and make

up natural, sunnies

optional .

Although they are worn almost anywhere,

jeans are rarely suitable for a wedding

unless the ceremony is at the beach.

Whatever you wear to a wedding and/or

reception, make sure it is clean, pressed

and not past its best. Your hosts will have

puts months of time and a lot of money

into this special occasion, so don’t insult

them by arriving inappropriately attired

for the dress code or the style of wedding

they have indicated.

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Most weddings are

eagerly anticipated

by the guests, but

you can enhance

their enjoyment

and memories of

the day by making

them a priority.


Announce your wedding date

and send invitations in ample time

for guests to plan their travelling

arrangements especially from

overseas. For out of town guests

provide welcome packs and useful

information about locations,

transport and accommodation.

Include a wide range of items and

prices on your gift register so guests

have plenty of choice.

Put up clear signage directing

guests to the ceremony and the

reception. Reduce the time gap

between the ceremony location and

the reception venue or consider

having a single venue for the

convenience of you and your guests.



Ensure the room temperature is

comfortable, that there is plenty

of seating for elderly guests and

facilities for guests to freshen up

if they wish. Seat people together

with similar ages and interests and

consider organising an activity for

guests to mix and meet each other.

Engage a good MC, limit

speeches, make sure your music is

not too loud and appeals to guests

of all ages. Keep children amused

with activities and ensure you have

accommodated any special dietary

needs of your guests. Pamper them

with fine food and drinks, provide

entertainment while you are having

your photographs taken.

Be sure to circulate at your

reception and be certain to talk to

all the guests, even if you haven’t

met them before. Always thank your

guests for their gifts and for coming

to your wedding, especially those

who have travelled long

distances to be there.


Make sure your MC or groomsmen check that all

guests have transport to their home or accommodation.

Find time to thank the caterers and reception staff

before you leave the wedding.

Set up a website for guests to view photos and

videos of the day and write to formally thank guests for

their individual gifts or role in your wedding. It’s also

customary to give or send flowers to the mothers of

bride and groom for their love, support and help at your

wedding, or on return from your honeymoon, invite

immediate family to a “newly weds thank you dinner.”

86 With This Ring

Vintage style shows no sign of waning, perhaps

because it showcases romance and suits settings

that range from rustic or regal. It’s also an easyto-achieve

theme across many aspects of your

wedding so there’s creativity as well as continuity

of style.

But don’t confuse vintage with retro which is generally

defined as post war 1940’s and 50’s onwards, while vintage

captures the style of the 1920’s and 30’s back to the

Edwardian era of World War.

Vintage Chic

Silk, satin, lace and crepe de chine, shades of ecru, antique

rose, lavender and cream, flounces and frills, drop waists and

pleated tulle, sashes, bows and torsolettes, handkerchief veils

or picture hats, low heeled shoes and parasols.

Vintage Décor

Marquees and gazebos, urns and statues, lights and

lanterns, crisp white linen and sparkling

silver, monogrammed menus and vases

of flowers.



Pearls, diamonds,

emeralds and

garnets, rose gold,

marquisite, cushion

cuts, pave settings,

brooches and hat pins.

Vintage Gifts

Crystal bowls and

goblets, fine china

teacups and cake

plates, damask cloths,

engraved cutlery and

a silver tray, cocktail

glasses and a shaker,

embroidered towels and

monogrammed sheets,

printed stationery.



Roses, peonies,

lilac, lavender,

lily of the

valley, pansies,



sweet peas and

baby’s breath.

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With This Ring 87

For memories that last a

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Celebrate your wedding in our

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Combined with almost 20

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Set against the backdrop of our

working Pinot Noir vineyard

and exquisite mature gardens,

the location provides captivating

surroundings for your ceremony,

photographs and reception.

The Vineyard @ Rossendale

is available for weddings

throughout the year, with each

season bringing its own unique

visual beauty. Whether you have

dreamed of a lavish wedding

breakfast, a sophisticated cocktail

party or an elegant lunch, The

Vineyard team will listen to

your ideas and then use their

knowledge and experience to

enhance them and “make it


By making the planning simple

and the day itself effortlessly

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enjoyable, couples are able to

focus on what really matters;

“you, your family, your friends and

your commitment to each other”

says Graham Jones Manager and

Wedding Coordinator.

Our superb venue incorporates

the Pinot Noir Room

accommodating up to 200 guests,

a spacious dance floor, relaxing

lounge and a private, luxurious

retreat for the bridal party to

freshen up during the wedding.

A variety of buffet or served

menus offers a selection of

delicious dishes prepared on site

by The Vineyard’s team of chefs

and there is flexibility to select the

dining style that suits you.

The Vineyard’s own wines

or beverages of your choice

complement the superb cuisine.

Served indoors or outdoors, at

sunrise or sunset, your guests will

be treated to a day to remember.

Our staff are dedicated to assist

you in creating an unforgettable


The venue is available for

viewing and we invite you to

discuss your dream wedding at

The Vineyard by phoning Graham

or Liz on 03 322 7780. For

further information visit www.

rossendale.co.nz or the facebook

page for a 360 degree virtual tour.

88 With This Ring There’s nothing nicer than a wedding where guests mix and

mingle no matter which side of the family or group of friends they

represent. But sometimes you need a way of breaking the ice

and planning something they can enjoy while the bridal party are

being photographed. So try these games that are fun for all ages.


The popularity of giant garden games has made it an

affordable option for wedding entertainment. Chess,

draughts, giant jenga, pick-up sticks, snakes & ladders are

suitable for almost all age groups and therefore encourage

guests to interact with each other.


Is wearing the same colour as you

Whose name starts with the same letter

Is drinking white wine

Is wearing a hat

Drives a Toyota

Lives in the North Island

Lives in the South Island

Has come to the wedding by plane

Is aged under 21

Has grey hair

Is blonde

Can speak another language

Wears glasses

Has a birthday in the same month

Owns a dog

Is left handed

Is wearing a tie

Owns their own business

Is wearing nail polish

Looks happy



Print out a finda

sheet for every

guest and let

them get busy!

You can even quiz

them on how

well they know

each other in the




Croquet, lawn

bowls and mini

golf are easily set up on an

expanse of lawn and don’t

need elaborate equipment.

Most ages can play whether

individually or in a group or

team. Other options include

petanque or quoits.


Entertain guests with a photo

booth for some great candid

shots of your favourite folks

throughout the reception.

Provide some props and

costumes and a backdrop and

let them loose.

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Christchurch’s Quality Hotel

Elms has been designed

to maximise its beautiful

surroundings and live up

to the expectations of its

garden city location.

Offering an exceptional

wedding venue and stylish

comfortable accommodation, the

hotel offers a delightful setting for

your ceremony, your reception

and your guests.

The elegant facilities allow you to

have a charming ceremony amid

manicured gardens and a purpose

built reception area for you to

host up to 120 guests. Quality

Hotel Elms has developed three

different packages to make your

wedding day arrangements as

smooth and simple as possible.

In a stress-free three step

process you can choose the

ideal meal, beverage and venue

set-up for your style and budget


Each package offers you a range

of inclusions while delivering an

exemplary standard of food, wine,

service and accommodation.

Whether you choose a small

intimate wedding or a large event

with all your family and friends,

Quality Hotel Elms professional

Functions Manager can coordinate

everything to make your special

day extra special.

With 96 beautifully appointed

rooms or deluxe rooms, you

and your guests can also be

accommodated in fastidious

comfort. The hotel’s location is

also ideal with convenient access

to Christchurch city and local

attractions including Northlands

Mall shopping, cinema and a

variety of restaurants.

Elegant, refined and ready to

make your wedding wonderful,

Quality Hotel Elms is a venue

worth waiting for. So visit them

to secure your date as soon as




All inclusive packages

and free venue hire

gives you more choice

for your wedding day.



P. 0800 10 99 10

E. events@qualityhotelelms.co.nz


Whether you are looking for a classic, vintage, intimate or elegant occasion,

Tuscany Downs Estate offers a stunning setting.

Planning a wedding away from

home is attractive to different

couples for different reasons.

But whether you are looking for

a classic, vintage, intimate or

elegant occasion, Tuscany Downs

Estate offers a stunning location

just 25 minutes drive from

Christchurch City Centre. There

is something special about driving

to the countryside for a special

occasion and with a touch of rural

splendour, Tuscany Downs Estate

at Kirwee offers a perfect setting

to stage your dream wedding.

This private, picturesque venue is

impressively situated amidst acres

of manicured lawns and beautiful

tree-lined gardens, while its

stunning lake setting provides an

ideal location for romantic spring,

summer or autumn weddings.

Parking is plentiful and

with 5 luxury rooms onsite,

Tuscany Downs Estate

offers opportunities for bridal

party accommodation, or

indeed family travelling to

Christchurch from out of town.

Likewise, it is a wonderful

opportunity for the bridal couple

to stay for the weekend whilst

entertaining guests in style.

Your wedding reception can

be beautifully decorated in

an intimate ambient style or

alternatively in a stunning silk

lined marquee under the stars.

For the wedding nuptials, an

elegant indoor or beautiful

garden setting awaits. With

superb facilities comprising a

heated indoor swimming pool,

outdoor patio and expansive

lawn, a pre or post wedding

function could also be enjoyed.

What better way to delight your

guests than to have your function

in a beautiful and private country

location, with fabulous food

featuring fresh local produce

and seasonally inspired menus,

innovatively presented with

impeccable service.

Tuscany Downs Estates’

international award-winning

wedding planner is a dedicated,

experienced professional

with a reputation for ‘service

excellence.’ Having spent many

years developing relationships

with wedding industry suppliers,

you can rely on their confidence,

expertise and recommendations to

suit individual styles and budgets

when creating your perfect day.

Whether a small wedding of 20 or a larger affair, Tuscany Downs Estate can

provide the ideal setting with views of country splendour.

Perfect country location

Picturesque outdoor ceremony setting

Stunning garden and lake photo opportunities

5 luxury accommodation rooms

Stylish indoor and outdoor reception facilities

Outdoor entertaining facilities, ideally designed to farewell guests the following day

Spanning lawns for that perfect marquee setting

Tuscany Downs’ Estate international award-winning wedding planner is a dedicated, experienced

professional with a reputation for ‘service excellence’. Suzanne will co-ordinate your day to perfection.

Contact Suzanne and discuss your dreams

E: suzanne@tuscanydowns.com M: 021 369 414 W: www.tuscanydowns.com

94 With This Ring

Discover a city of

quintessential Scottish

charm which has given

New Zealand; its first

university, the only castle,

the steepest street, a city of

fine Victorian buildings and

naturally, its own Scotch


It is a place to savour and

explore with some unique

attractions both natural and


The Octagon is the civic heart

of Dunedin and is dominated by

a statue of Scottish bard, Robbie

Burns who has stared benevolently

over the city for 150 years. You

will also find St Paul’s Cathedral,

Dunedin Public Art Gallery and

the Visitor Centre, plus various

shops, cafes and a thriving

Saturday market.

Trek steeply up Stuart St to

find Moana Pool and the stately

Olveston House, while a stroll

towards Otago Harbour takes you

to the Railway Station. Nowadays,

the building houses the New

Zealand Sports Hall of Fame and

only the Taieri Gorge Railway

departs daily from this grand

Edwardian edifice. Nearby is the

magnificently redeveloped Toitu

Settlers Museum and the Chinese

Garden or you can indulge in

a tour at Cadbury World or

Speight’s Brewery which produces

a fearsome number of pints each


The northern end of the

city is dominated by the classic

architecture of Otago University

founded in 1869. Otago Museum

is right beside it and its various

exhibitions and “Tropical World

Butterfly House” will not

disappoint. The Forsyth Barr

Stadium is the only covered

stadium in the country and a fine

venue for sporting and concert

events too. The long established

Botanic Gardens are beautifully

maintained, while nearby

Baldwin Street rises an impressive

200m and its steep gradient has

challenged the fit and the foolish

for decades.

Dunedin has its share of superb

restaurants and cosy pubs with

live music, the Fortune Theatre

produces fine professional

productions and the Casino is

open late for a supper ‘n’ flutter.

Built during goldrush prosperity

its opulent gaming rooms are a

visual treat whether you win at the

tables or not!

But just a few kilometres

from downtown Dunedin, Otago

Peninsula provides the city with a

unique recreational, historical and

ecological playground. Best known

attractions are the Royal Albatross

colony at Taiaroa Head the Yellow

Eyed Penguin Conservation

Reserve, the New Zealand Marine

Studies Centre at Portobello,

Glenfalloch Gardens and Larnach

Castle built extravagantly in 1871

and wonderfully restored for

today’s visitors to appreciate.

With accommodation ranging

from castle to camping, visitors

to Dunedin are well catered for

whether you stay put and get to

know Dunedin in depth or the

city is part of a southern road trip


There are so many romantic, beautiful wedding venues located on the

rail links. At a church, a restaurant, on a beach, in the country, or in

the Taieri River Gorge? You can even get married on a train.

We can accommodate any number of guests. You can hire a complete

train set, or a single carriage, or travel on the first class comfort of the

‘Dunedin Silver Fern’ railcar which seats 94. All trains are fully licensed

and have buffet nibbles. Give our Rail Journey Planner a call today.

P (03) 477-4449 • E reserve@dunedinrailways.co.nz • www.dunedinrailways.co.nz

Discover Larnach castLe

New Zealand’s Castle






Phone 03 476 1616 Freephone 0800 527 6224 | Email functions@larnachcastle.co.nz | www.larnachcastle.co.nz

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It’s a year round resort that

captivates its visitors from

near and far; a romantic

getaway with scenery to

sigh for, wild adventures

to nearly die for, a winter

wonderland to see and

ski or a summer sojourn of

lakeside leisure. But for a

honeymoon, Queenstown

is a diamond destination!

Rising 800m above Lake

Wakatipu, Bob’s Peak has to

be one of the most romantic

views in the world. Accessed by

gondola, or perhaps a champagne

helicopter ride, enjoy a candlelit

meal high above the lights of

Queenstown at the skyline

restaurant, which has delighted

diners for decades.

The lakefront dazzles at

night and is also home to some

of Queenstown’s most historic


Eichardts is the town’s oldest

hotel and has an atmosphere all

its own as well as a long pedigree

of refurbishments from gold

rush to contemporary plush. The

TSS Earnslaw has been cruising

Lake Wakatipu since 1912 and

nostalgia is all part of the “Lady

of the Lake’s” allure. But if a trip

on the historic steam ship is too

genteel, hop aboard the Kawarau

or Shotover Jet boat for a wet and

wilder ride.

Your honeymoon may be

the ideal time to enjoy one of

Queenstown’s wacky adventures

together. Depending on your

bravery rating, you can do

anything from the fun of a luge or

Ziptrek flying fox to iconic bungy

jumping, white water rafting or

the lunacy of a canyon swing.

Then again you may prefer

taste adventure at Central Otago’s

best wineries;

Gibbston Valley,

Chard Farm or

Amisfield where

you can sample

fine wine,

fine food, fine

surroundings and fine company of


The romance of the area’s

gold mining past is worth a trip

to Skippers Canyon where the

Shotover River was once the

world’s largest gold-bearing river.

It squeezes through a narrow

gorge that is now the venue for

a heart stopping 9km Skippers

Jet boat ride. High above the

canyon, Winky’s Museum traces

Skippers gold history from boom

to bust and the original miner’s

cottage is crammed with authentic

memorabilia, implements and

relics including a stack or gold

pans for you to try your luck.

Nearby Arrowtown offers

a heritage adventure among

restored pioneer cottages and

picturesque shops and pubs

dating from the 1860’s when

the town’s population reached

7000 at the peak of the gold

rush. There’s still gold in the

Arrow River and beside it, the

Chinese’s miner’s village is an

authentic reconstruction of life

as they knew it. Surrounded by

self-guided walking tours, bike

trails and three golf courses,

Arrowtown is a treasure in its

own right and its remarkable

history is well documented at the

Lakes Museum.

For a romantic indulgence,

book a spa treatment at one of

Queenstown’s premier hotels

or retreats. Discover fine dining

restaurants, enjoy wicked cocktail

concoctions at The Boileroom

or the quirky chill of the Icebar

which gives you a taste of winter

by the glass!

When it is really winter

Coronet Peak and The

Remarkables will lure you to

the slopes to ski, snowboard,

toboggan or go tubing. If it’s

summer you can still ride the

chairlifts or mountain bike from

top to stop and Queenstown

is a heavenly hub for exploring

Fiordland by road, boat or scenic


Adventure, heritage,

indulgence or all three,

Queenstown is a resort for all

seasons and all reasons, and

what better reason than your


96 With This Ring

Sherry has just become the “in” tipple of choice

among a generation that would only have seen it

previously in Grandma’s sideboard or before the

turkey dinner at Christmas!

But believe it or not, there are now “Sherry Bars” in the

edgier parts of London, sales have increased there by 33% in

a year and the range of different sherries is as varied as your

favourite wines.

Of course sherry has never been out of style in Spain

where it is produced, but the global popularity of tapas,

paella and jamon has also served to re-introduce sherry as a

sophisticated food and wine match. Ranging from bone dry to

rich and sweet, sherry is also superbly versatile as an aperitif,

a cocktail, a dessert wine and an after dinner drink.

Viniculture was first introduced to Spain by the

Phoenicians in 1100BC, was continued by the Romans in

200BC and refined by the Moors when they invaded in

711AD. Columbus took sherry supplies with him to the New

World, Magellan took sherry when he circumnavigated the

world and when Francis Drake fought Spain and conquered

Cadiz, he commandeered 3000 barrels of sherry and took it

home to England. By the end of 16th century the drink was

considered the world’s finest wine.

Sherry is made from white Palomino grapes grown in the

Cadiz region of Andalusia, where the centre of the industry

is the town of Jerez de la Frontera. Sherry varieties range

from light versions (Manzanilla and Fino) which are similar to

white table wines to darker versions that have been barrelaged

such as Amontillado or Oloroso. Sweet dessert sherries

are made from a blend of Moscatel and Palominio grapes,

while Cream Sherry was first made in 1860 by blending

Oloroso and Pedro Ximinez.

After fermentation the base wine is “fortified” or made

stronger with grape spirit to increase the alcohol content to

15.5%. Similar to French laws regarding the protection of

the origin of Champagne, under Spanish law, all wine labelled

as “Sherry” must come from the “Sherry Triangle” in the

southern province of Cadiz.

Because of its high alcohol content, Sherry is best sipped

and savoured and lends itself to the “platter” style of dining.

But best of all Sherry is remarkably affordable for a quality

beverage with a pedigree that goes back 3000 years.

According to Wine Magazine, Sherry has been the most

under-appreciated wine since its popularity waned in the

1970’s. New devotees are becoming smitten with the taste,

although they sometimes need guidance when choosing a

sherry to enjoy with their cuisine. “Salude”

In many countries, a “sherry” glass is designated for

alcoholic beverages such as sherry, port, aperitifs and liqueurs

and its small size allowed a modest measure of the drink

to be sipped. However, the traditional Spanish sherry glass

or “copita” has a narrow taper to enhance the aroma, but

essentially is a medium sized wine glass with a tulip shape.


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Canape style receptions are a popular wedding trend with

mouth watering finger food on easy-to-serve trays. But while they

encourage guests to mix and mingle, they can be less than easy

to eat! So in the interests of practicality and good manners, serving

stuff on a stick reduces the chance of dripping, slipping, slopping or

dropping your food down your front, or someone else’s!!


Thread a selection of fresh fruit

pieces onto small sticks for a

colourful healthy dessert. Keep soft

fruits like strawberries, orange

segments and kiwifruit slices

in place by interspersing

firm fruits like grapes,

melon, pineapple

and pear at



of the




Slide a colourful selection of

vegetables and juicy meat cubes

along the skewer, baste with oil

and grill. Try tomatoes, mushrooms,

capsicum, eggplant, pumpkin,

tiny potatoes or parsnips between

your choice of meat or put slices

of apple with pork.


Use short skewers or toothpicks for

dainty pre-dinner nibbles; devils on

horseback, cheese and pineapple,

cranberry and brie, smoked salmon,

a seafood selection, teeny bite sized club

sandwiches or sliders.


An alternative way to serve your

wedding cake, cake pops are bite sized

fondant covered morsels on a stick.

Displayed on trays and tiers they are

neat, new and novel.


Minced beef, pork, chicken or lamb

can be seasoned with a variety of herbs and spices,

pressed around the skewer and cooked quickly. Provide

dipping sauces that represent different cuisines and let

your guests enjoy tastes from around the world.


Ramp up the original meal on a stick

and make your sausage centres totally

gourmet; honey soy, lamb and mint, pork

and apple or smoky bacon. Battered,

crumbed or herb crusted, tomato dipped

or served with sweet chilli sauce, a hot dog

is still a firm favourite.


Freeze your favourite fruit or yoghurt into

ice blocks, or serve fancy frozen cocktails

on a stick. They are refreshing on a hot day,

are a light cooling dessert at the end of a

reception meal and a no-mess option that

can be prepared well in advance.


Or you can “stick n serve” bite sized

brownies, mini macaroons, petit fours,

tiny cubes of cheesecake, soft centred

chocolates, turkish delight, coconut

coated rum truffles, russian fudge or

chocolate coated strawberries.

98 With This Ring

For couples on a

budget, or couples

who want a special drink

for themselves or their

wedding party, serving

your own signature

cocktail can be a

smart move and a

romantic one!

Even the simplest of ingredients can look spectacular

once shaken, stirred, poured over ice

and garnished. To serve it as your own special

cocktail, make it taste FRESH, name it for

FUN and choose the right

glass for it to look FABULOUS.


- 15mls cointreau

orange liqueur

- 15mls brandy

- 1 cube of sugar

- Dash of bitters

- 120mls



- 15mls orange juice

- 15mls ginger ale

- 1 cube of sugar

- 1 sugar cube

- Dash of bitters

- 120mls sparkling

Grape juice


Place the sugar cube at the bottom of a champagne flute

and soak it in bitters. Add the liqueur and brandy

(or OJ and ginger ale), top up the glass with champagne

(or grape juice) and garnish with a twist of orange.

Exceeding your


One bite at a time!


Sweet with orange and sugar,

warmed by the brandy and

tickled by celebration

bubbles this is a


in a glass!

P 03 383 1403 ext 3



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A testament to fine food

and professional integrity,

Kiwi Cuisine is celebrating

20 years in the catering

business “We want to thank

the brides of Canterbury

and beyond for allowing us

to be part of their special

day” says Director Stu


The company is also proud to

have been part of the local wedding

scene for so long and extends its

appreciation to venue operators

and all other industry-based

businesses that have supported

and worked with Kiwi Cuisine

so loyally for 20 years. To help

them celebrate, Kiwi Cuisine will



to one lucky bride and groom

who book for 2017 to the value

of $2000 (terms and conditions


After two decades of catering

weddings and events, the

Christchurch based company

consists of a professional team with

respected experience and longevity

in the food industry. Kiwi Cuisine

has developed an extensive range of

menus to suit all styles, occasions

and budgets which can be viewed

on the company’s informative and

user-friendly website.

With the ability to cater

for large weddings not only in

Canterbury but anywhere in the

South Island, customers have

always shown appreciation for

their upfront pricing, flexible “mix

and match” menu options, fresh

food, special dietary catering,

complimentary salad samples and

professional service. “Whichever

menu you select, you can rest

assured that we will provide the

perfect balance between quality

and quantity with a level of service

we are proud of ” says Stu

Renowned for value and variety,

Kiwi Cuisine’s serviced buffets

include your cutlery, crockery,

buffet table and tablecloth along

with all the catering equipment

required to serve and present your

chosen menu, as well as uniformed

and professional staff to serve you

and your guests.

The company also operates a

liquor licence allowing customers

to buy directly or serve their own

range of beverages. Kiwi Cuisine

can then offer professional bar staff

to serve your beverages without an

additional corkage fee.

Whilst primarily a catering

company Kiwi Cuisine can provide

you with the complete event and

a complimentary online wedding

planner. They will go to any venue

you choose from mountain top

to marquee and are proud to be

a preferred caterer at delightful

wedding venues like Pembertons,

Tipapa Woolshed, Rosemount,

Darjon and Mt Vernon to name

a few, or a simple wedding on

the beach and at New Brighton

Memorial Hall

Kiwi Cuisine also works closely

with many reputable suppliers

so whether it is booking a venue,

organising a marquee, arranging

table settings, cakes, flowers,

photographers or music they can

help. “We look forward to being

part of weddings in Canterbury for

many years to come, so let us guide

you with our years of knowledge

and experience” says Stu.

Call now to secure your

preferred date and place and

discuss your wedding reception

ideas with the experts. For further

information & inspiration visit

www.kiwicuisine.com or visit

their Facebook page: Kiwi Cuisine


100 With This Ring

Want to look your sparkling best

on your wedding day? Believe

it or not you can eat yourself

beautiful with these 10 super

foods in your regular diet.



Packed full of anti oxidants, potassium and healthy fats,

avocados can reduce age spots, heal scars, burns and

soothe inflamed ski. The natural sugar in avocados also

boosts collagen formation and is the vegetable of choice

for fighting skin blemishes.




The ultimate super food, in just100g of blueberries

you’ll find the same amount of age-defying antioxidants

as 5 servings of other fruit and vegetables.

Blueberries also combat the effects of free radicals

which are a pesky cause of wrinkles! So increase your

blueberry intake to keep skin looking younger for



Isn’t it great that it’s actually healthy to eat a bit of

chocolate - so long as it is dark. Dark chocolate is rich

in the anti oxidants that improve blood flow and lower

blood pressure.


Porridge really is good for you! As well as being low in

fat, it’s chock full of calcium, potassium, protein and

B & E vitamins – great for skin, stress and alleviating





Pumpkin pulp and seeds are loaded with a variety of

nutrients that help maintain the health of your heart,

eyes, bones and skin. So don’t just go for pumpkin on

Halloween, roast them and toast them for everyday use.



Filled with anti oxidants and beta carotene, spinach is

an impressive source of iron for energy and keeps hair

and nails strong and healthy. So go green often!


High in iron and a natural digestive cleanser,

strawberries are a terrific super-food. They also contain

high levels of Vitamin C which is crucial to immunity,

healthy eyes and inhibition of wrinkles.






The beta carotene and anti oxidants in tomatoes help to

support our immune system, lower the risk of disease

and protect the skin from sun damage. Retain them as

part of your diet year round.


With the highest levels of anti oxidants and essential

fatty acids, walnuts are good for heart health,

mood balance and stress. Just what you

need when

planning a wedding!


Often perceived as tasteless,


garnish works like a natural

antibiotic and heals skin

blemishes from the inside out.

For a zit-free wedding

day, add watercress to all your salads!



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The time honoured tradition

is to celebrate special

moments in life with feasting

– a simple word that indicates

a meal that is well prepared

and abundantly enjoyed.

There are few more important

celebrations than two people declaring

their love and the following rejoicing

includes a form of feasting, no matter

how simple or lavish.

If you’re at the stage of considering

who you might trust with your

wedding catering, contact Continental,

a Canterbury family-owned business

with more than 50 years’ experience of

serving food and beverages at weddings

and other special occasions all over the

South Island.

A passion for exceptional catering

is at the core of Continental: the team

aims to deliver on-trend, tasty, stylish

cuisine served with flair by friendly and

attentive professionals. This is the team

you can trust to guide you through the

intricacies of planning your wedding.

Particular dietary requirements are

not a problem (Continental has its own

100% gluten free production kitchen,

for example) and most budgets or guest

numbers can be catered for.


Due to its superb reputation, Continental has

exclusive or preferred access to many special

and/or unique function spaces: mountain,

rural or seaside vistas, traditional or modern

decor, charming or sophisticated ambience.

Within Christchurch and Canterbury, these

venues include:

• Mona Vale Homestead

• The Iris Lawn at Mona Vale

• Christchurch Gondola

• Christchurch Art Gallry

• The Great Hall

• Tipapa Woolshed

• Waipara Winery

• Valley of Peace

• Harpers Homestead

• International Antarctic Centre

Continental also has an extensive knowledge

base of other professionals you might need:

hire equipment and marquees, lighting and

sound; theming and flowers.


Have a look at the website

or contact the team:



102 With This Ring

A “cake” of some sort has been a long standing

feature of weddings for centuries. In Ancient Rome,

weddings were finalised by breaking a cake of wheat

or mustaceum, over the bride’s head for good fortune

in the marriage. The couple then ate some of the

crumbs together in a

custom known as

confarreatio – meaning


Guests shared the rest as a

gesture of good luck and toasted

the couple by throwing a handful

of fruits and nuts or confetto,

which later evolved into the

tradition of throwing rice, petals

or paper “confetti. When the

Romans invaded England in 55BC,

many of their traditions arrived

with them and develop into the

customs we know today.

By 17th century wedding cakes

were made in pairs; the Bride

Cake was eaten at the wedding

while the Groom’s Cake was a rich

fruit cake cut into small squares

and given to guests to take home.

The tradition of a Groom’s cake

still survives in America, because

the English took the custom with

them when they settled the New

World in the 17th century.

By 18th century Bride Cake

was iced with white powdered sugar

which was thought to symbolise

purity but it also demonstrated

wealth because the whiter the

refined sugar, the more expensive

it was!

Queen Victoria is credited

with making white bridal

gowns fashionable, but she also

introduced the multi-tiered

wedding cake, which she had

decorated with doves, cupids and a

statue of Britannia.

Today there are no rules

to define a wedding cake.

Contemporary styles can be

simple or sumptuous, single or

multi-tiered and of every possible

colour, shape or flavour.


• A tiered cake of separate

flavours per tier

• Croquem Bouche pyramid

of profiteroles

• Cup cake tower of individual

cakes or macaroons

• Dessert gateau, layer cake,

mud cake or moist torte

• Baked cheesecake with fruit

or iced decoration

• Cheese wheel with fruit, nuts

and crackers to serve

• “Naked” un-iced cake that’s topped

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Wedding cakes have always been part of the proceedings, but with

decorative decoration techniques and technology they have become

confections of visual perfection. The artistry of the decoration can be classic,

modern, fun, funky, sculpted, shaped, piled, painted or piped and reflect

almost any colour and theme the confectioner can deliver!


• Choose a table the same shape as the cake

• Or feature a tea trolley, a barrel, bar

leaner or wine table

• Set it with linen that enhances the

colour of the cake

• Select an elegant knife and cake slice

• Ensure the cake stands out against a

plain background

• For extra light decorate with mirror

glass, fairy lights or candles


• Fondant icing is sweet sugar/gelatine dough

rolled like pastry as a smooth surface for

further decoration

• Ganache is a rich soft blend of chocolate

and cream for topping or filling a

dessert cake

• Buttercream blends egg, cream and

butter for piping and individual


• Marzipan is a paste of sugar and ground

almonds for making decorations or a

smooth layer for royal icing

• Royal Icing is a smooth mix of egg white

and icing sugar for piping and topping

that hardens over time


Toppers are the final decorations that provide the finishing touch

Fresh flowers

Artificial flowers






Words & Names


• Ask for a taste test

• Order 3-5months ahead

• Choose a reputable cake maker

• Buttercream and ganache need to be kept cool

• Square cakes serve more guests than round ones

• Fruit cakes “keep” and can be made well in advance

• Make a small tier gluten free if necessary for some guests

• Dessert cakes need to be freshly made just before the wedding

• More cake is needed to serve as dessert as slices are bigger than supper

Make your cake as

unique as you and your

wedding day


• Cut for photographs and

serve later

• Cut and serve with champagne

between ceremony and reception

• Serve as the dessert

• Serve as one of the desserts

• Serve at the end of the

wedding meal

• Serve late at supper with

liqueurs, port or coffee

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Food and drink have been synonymous

with wedding celebrations for centuries, but

putting on a feast can literally swallow up

vast chunks of your budget.

So, you can either start culling

the numbers of guests or you can

look at more frugal fare to feed

your chosen number of guests.

If it is possible to reduce the

numbers then it is a first good

option and a substantial saving as

many menus cost up to $100 per

head or more. Reduce your list

by 10 people and there’s up to

$1000 saved.

But if having fewer guests

is non negotiable, a buffet is a

budget friendly option because

you don’t have to pay for waiters

at every table. A sit down menu

has a set portion per person but

a buffet is bulk prepared and

therefore goes further among

guests. Your budget can be

stretched even further if your

wedding reception avoids a

costly dinner and opts instead

for a late lunch, a high tea or

a chic but short canapé and wine


However, if you prefer a sit

down meal, select a set menu that

limits the number of choices per

course which is both time and cost

effective. Keep dishes simple but

tasty. Omitting an expensive garnish

can save dollars and a bowl of salad

or vegetables shared between guests

is more economical than individual

side dishes.

You may wish you could have

luxury foods like lobster on the

menu. You can, but if cost is the

issue, offer it as a canapé or an

entrée but not as a main course!

Don’t over-cater and offer your

guests a bewildering variety of

nibbles when three or four would

be adequate. Avoid overpriced

items, when a similar cheaper

brand is perfectly acceptable.

Be savvy about seasonal fare

because out of season fruit and

vegetable items are often imported

or hot house produced. Choose

what’s local and what’s freshly

available because it will save your

cash and pass the taste test with

your guests.

Elaborate desserts

absolutely EAT up your

money. Have a wedding

cake that doubles as

a dessert and serve

with a fresh fruit salad.

Alternatively have a

large tray of chocolate

brownie or lemon

slice that can be cut

into fashionably small

portions to have with

the fruit and reserve

your wedding cake for

supper time. Wedding

cakes are expensive so

definitely don’t order a

bigger wedding cake than

you need for the number of


Reduce the number

of beverages you provide

to your guests and you

will reduce your bar bills

substantially. Individually

prepared cocktails will

seriously dent your

dollars, but a “signature”

cocktail punch can be

served to all guests

without breaking the


For the table, select

reputable red and white

wines that are moderately

priced or available by the

case on special. Reserve

the champagne just for

the toasts. If genuine

champagne is beyond your

budget, choose a good

sparkling wine instead.

Provide a popular brand of

beer for guests who prefer

ale to wine, have a nonalcoholic

juice available and

always provide plenty of


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Wedding favors

aren't always

necessary but they

are a thoughtful way

to thank your guests

for sharing your

wedding day

with you.

Wedding favours are small gifts

given to wedding guests as a souvenir

of the day, a gesture of appreciation

for attending the wedding or as a token

of good luck.

The tradition is thought to have originated

among European aristocrats who gave their guests

“bonbonnieres” – small decorative trinket boxes made

of crystal, porcelain or precious metals. Designed

to hold “bonbons” or other confectionery, they

were a show of wealth when sugar was an expensive


In Europe small bags or boxes of 5 sugared

almonds are still the most traditional confections

for wedding favours and signify the 5 wishes of

Health, Happiness, Longevity, Peace and Love.

With different variations and interpretations

the custom of giving wedding favours appears

in many different cultures; candles in

Russia, tiny bells in Ireland, shortbread in

Scotland, a little hand crafted elephant

for luck in India, a glass luck charm

in Greece, Bridal sugar in the

Netherlands and fortune cookies in


In Europe the customary

wedding favours remain small

and chic, in North America

the custom has tended to

become lavish, while in New

Zealand wedding favours are not

obligatory and may be chocolates,

flower seeds, photo cards of the

couple or perhaps a flax flower.

Without doubt, wedding favours

will add dollars to your budget, so it’s

your choice whether you give your guests

a gift, or simply provide memorable food

and drink at the reception or you simply send

them a personal note of thanks afterwards.

106 With This Ring

Understanding photography terminology

can help the communication between

you and your wedding photographer

both on the day and when you receive

your finished images.

PORTRAITURE is a traditional style of wedding

photography involving formal shots of the bridal

party and group shots of the guests. These are

often taken immediately after the ceremony and

at the locations chosen by the couple and/or the


CANDID SHOTS are informal images that

document special moments of the wedding as they

happen. Usually the photographer will aim to be

unobtrusive and may use zoom lenses or vantage


HIGH RESOLUTION refers to the quality of the

image - the higher the “res” the clearer the detail

for producing premium prints and enlargements.

Images can be “cropped” or trimmed to improve

the image and eliminate unnecessary background


POST PRODUCTION refers to the work that

the photographer does to produce high quality

prints or improve the image by making digital


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Videography captures

aspects of a wedding that

still photography is unable to

do; voices, music, sounds,

speeches, movements,

fleeting expressions and

candid moments.

The skill of the cameraman

allows you to re-live your wedding

day every time you look at the film.

It’s not only a keepsake for you, but

provides future generations with a

unique record of family members,

friends, fashions, food and the

traditions of one of life’s greatest


Digital technology has

revolutionized photography and

produces a memorable record in

sophisticated cinematographic

quality as well as digital animation,

web streaming and video blogging.

But a quality film requires quality

disc, sound, lighting plus camera

and editing equipment, so an

experienced professional is required.

Ask to see an example of the

videographer’s work. Discuss what

you would like filmed at your

wedding, the format you require, the

music you would like to accompany

the film footage and confirm what

the fee includes before making the




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108 With This Ring

Garry Walls is both a wedding

photographer and a DJ! Not only

does he specialise in stunning, high

quality wedding images that capture

the essence of your wonderful day,

but he also provides a professional

DJ service that can include music

for your ceremony, reception and

wedding dance.

As a husband and wife team, Garry and

Karyn work in Canterbury and beyond and pride

themselves on producing uniquely personal

wedding photographs you will treasure for a

lifetime. “Selecting a wedding photographer is a

decision that should not be rushed, so we believe

it is essential to meet the photographer to ensure

it is someone you can work with” say Garry and

Karyn. They recommend you commission your

photographer based on their photographic style,

their personality and their price.

Almost anyone can take a photograph, but to

achieve the standard of photography a wedding

deserves, you need someone who is “organised,

professional and experienced, someone who

listens to what the client wants and goes to great

effort to achieve the photos on their wish list”

says Garry, who has been a full time professional

wedding photographer all his adult life.

In his business he spends many hours creating

special effects to produce images that are simply

stunning. He provides the first images within 24

hours of the wedding and also gives clients high

resolution files so they can print large wall prints

if they wish.

He warns bridal couples against cheap

photography deals from inexperienced people

within New Zealand’s unregulated wedding

photography industry and is often approached

to “fix up” bad photos. “Obviously we can’t, the

photography has to be right first time. It has been

said a thousand times before that the wedding

photos are one of the few things you get to keep

from your special day. They need to be awesome”

says Garry.

In their award winning DJ service, Garry and

Karyn use technology to the max! A miniature

wireless microphone ensures the ceremony can

be heard by all the guests, while their investment

in mobile broadband allows any song request

to be downloaded for the evening dance. Karyn

plays music as guests arrive and professionally

plays your music selection for the ceremony

while Garry takes the photos. Background music

is played during the reception and a microphone

is supplied for speeches. The evening dance

comes complete with lighting of course.

For further information and inspiration phone

03 313 8774 or visit www.garrywalls.co.nz

110 With This Ring Photo booths have become a hugely popular

wedding venue accessory! As well as amusing and

involving your guests, instant images spill out of the

memory making machine to provide you with the

ultimate candid camera moments.

You can hire the booths which feature high tech

digital cameras with colour and black and white options.

Your photos are instantly available and also saved on to

a digital device for you to keep, share or print.

The photo booth invites your guests to

be creative, informal and relaxed so

you get spontaneous shots that are

entirely unique and personal.

For even more fun, provide a

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“It is my belief that

the best wedding

photography is simple

graceful and well seen”

says Johannes Van Kan - wedding


“It creates a beautiful emotional

reflection of a moment, person, or

place. This is what I want to give my

brides and grooms. My job is to find

stories and beauty in the people,

details and relationships that I


Strong photography is not accidental

and creativity is not something found in

a Photoshop

filter. Creativity starts before the image

exists. For Johannes it starts with the

first meeting.

“My photography is about

simple, strong, imagery that

tells stories. Beautiful classic

imagery is important to

my story telling. This is my

strength as a photographer

and as an artist.”

Johannes Van Kan



112 With This Ring

Most wedding photographers shoot in colour and

digitally convert some of the images into black and

white using editing software. They can also convert

black and white digital images back into colour,

which black and white film was unable to do.


With the wonderful colour and

digital image technology available,

it’s often a surprise that people still

love black and white photographs.

But they provide exceptional detail,

dramatic contrast between dark and

light as well as subtle shades of grey

and offer an ageless look that looks

great for decades to come. Current

interest in vintage and retro

weddings has made black and white

images even more popular and

once framed, they make a timeless

display that suits any décor.


The red-brown tones of sepia

images are usually associated with

old photos but the technique

has been popular for decades.

Its return to popularity has now

been aided by the development

of sepia filters in digital cameras.

The effect was achieved by

photographic “toning” – a

chemical process during

printing, but today sepia images

are effectively produced using

digital filters or post-production

photo-shop software programmes.


Sometimes referred to as “spot

colour”, this technique is an

image editing technique where

a colour photo is predominantly

converted to black and white,

but leaves an area of the photo

or an item in colour. Selective

colour is in popular usage for

advertising but can produce

eye catching wedding photos

where flowers or a car remain

in colour when everything else

is black and white.


This film and photographic

technique features a deliberate

blurring of definition. It is used

to create a dreamlike quality to

the image and is understandably

popular with bridal couples for

their wedding photographs.

Be guided by your

professional wedding

photographer on the style

of photography they can

produce for you and the costs

associated with a variety of

effects and techniques.

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Your favourite wedding

day photo may be the

one you choose as a

single signature image to

feature most prominently

in your home. Wedding

photography packages

usually include a portrait

sized image in gloss or

matt finish that you can

frame in the style of your

choice or you may prefer

to have your photograph

converted to a canvas to

hang on the wall.

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Nothing personalises your home more than the photos

and pictures you have on display, especially the images

of your wedding. Whether you have small spaces or

acres of walls waiting to be adorned, there are smart

and creative ways to display the pictures that have

captured the atmosphere of your special day.


You could also choose a series of images

to create a feature wall; in a row, up

a stairway or in a cluster as a wall art

feature. Depending on the size and number

of photos you group together, decide

whether the display requires symmetry and

uniformity or will be more eye catching

with an asymmetrical arrangement.


If you haven’t got much suitable

wall space choose some photos

to hang on a magnetic wire,

create a wedding photo table or

a picture shelf or make a collage

of lots of different images to have

printed and framed.


A gallery wall is a great way to

show off your collection. Like

creating an art folio, centre your

gallery round your favourite photo

or a large picture then fit your

smaller frames around that. Some

displays work best on a white wall,

others need a bolder back drop if

there is a lot of white in the photo.


Framing should be an integral part

of the picture process because

your choice can make or break

the display. Frames need not

be expensive, but they should

complement the photos in colour,

size and materials. Look for

vintage style frames to enhance

your vintage wedding images or

modern simplicity for a more

contemporary setting.


A professional album may also be

part of your wedding photography

contract and usually contains

a selection of images taken

throughout the day. Alternatively

you can create your own album on

a computer to have inexpensively

processed as a unique book to share

with family and friends.


Digital technology has

revolutionised photography and we

now take hundreds of pictures on

digital cameras, ipads and mobile

phones. Your wedding photos will

probably include hundreds of shots

on a CD, so why not load them

onto a digital picture frame you can

view everyday as it scrolls through

your special day.

114 With This Ring Your wedding photos are not

just your personal record of

the day. They also become

an heirloom for generations

to come, so no wonder you

want perfect pics for your

wall, album and archives.

It’s good to know the type of photos you want so that you

can choose a photographer whose style appeals to you. It

is also important to communicate effectively with your

photographer so that your ideas and theirs are compatible

and achievable. You are paying so you are allowed to a

little bit picky, but the photographer is also the expert so

they are also allowed to guide you without “pique”!


• If you have a budget to adhere to,

don’t pick a novice photographer whose

inexperience you might regret. Instead,

choose an experienced professional but

engage them for a shorter period of time.

You’ll get fewer photos but you will get

quality images.

• As well as discussing picturesque generic

locations, suggest the photo locations that

are especially personal to you so that your

images are meaningful to you and your


• Invite your photographer to the

rehearsal if you wish, so that any particular

ceremony images can be confirmed.

• Liaise with your photographer about the

photo schedule with details about who,

when, where and what is required. Then

make sure you are organised and punctual.

• The “signature” image of your wedding

is usually the two of you. So ensure you

have a selection of “couple only” shots to

consider for the image you want to frame

and keep forever.

• Provide a “shot” list for the photographer

to ensure all your guests will be included

in the wedding photos and no one will be

missed out or hidden from view.

• Most photographers appreciate suggested

groupings of friends or relatives and special

guests, but a good photographer will also

be looking out for spontaneous moments


• If you like the idea of special effects like

rice, confetti, rose petals or water from a

fountain or the use of props, discuss them

first. While they may look candid to you,

the shot may need to be set up especially

for light, location or lenses.

• Try not to take charge of the pic

proceedings. By all means ask for a shot if a

spontaneous idea occurs to you, but let the

man/woman behind the shutter do their

job. They see the whole scene and usually

know what works.

• Don’t let guests muscle in on the

photographer’s shots. It’s their gig and

you have paid for their expertise. Having

a guest sidle up and take a similar shot is

very annoying and discourteous.

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Once upon a time brides arrived at the

wedding in a carriage and the happy

couple departed by coach or carriage after

the celebrations.

Today, a carriage is much harder to find, so if a

romantic wedding conjures up horse and carriage

transport, you will need to do your research and find an

experienced horse and handler close to the location of

the wedding.

Like motor vehicles, there were a number of

carriage models that found their way to New Zealand in

the days of early settlement. Our terrain and the need

for practical transport meant carriages, except for the

wealthy, were often multi purpose vehicles for town and



Buggies or Gigs featured two or four

large wheels pulled by one horse.

Able to seat two people the buggy

was the most common vehicle in the

country and popular with women

who only had to manage a single



The Surrey was a 4 wheeled carriage

beneath a sunshade roof which like

the popular Victorian song has “a

fringe on the top.” Drawn by one

horse, the Surrey can carry two



Phaetons and Landaus were elegant 4

wheeled carriages drawn by a pair of

horses. They were low to the ground

and easily stepped into by ladies in long

gowns. Being open-topped and able

to seat four people they were popular

summer vehicles, although the Landau

featured a folding hood to cover the

passengers in bad weather.


Waggons were the horse drawn

equivalent of today’s SUV! Ideal as

a heavy duty unembellished country

vehicle pulled by 2 horses, the bench

seat could accommodate the driver and

a couple of passengers, with a large

back tray for hay, animals, wood, goods

or children!


Stage Coaches were introduced for

regular routes and long distance travel.

The large closed carriage was pulled

by team of 2 to 4 pairs of horses. The

stage coach could accommodate 4 to

6 passengers inside and up to 6 more

seated on the roof, while luggage was

carried on sack covered racks at the

rear of the carriage.


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The theme, style or

atmosphere of a wedding

is often reflected in

the mode of transport

chosen for the bride’s

arrival and sometimes

the couple’s departure

from the reception. You

might want to make your

entrance or exit in unique

style, but it is wise to check

out both availability and

practicality when making

your choice of wedding



Vintage and classic cars can

sometimes be hired from

dedicated wedding transport

companies. Alternatively you

can contact local car clubs and

enthusiasts who are often asked to

source vehicles and drivers among

their members. You may also know

someone with a restored vehicle

who would drive it for your

wedding transport.


Luxury vehicles like a Rolls Royce or “limo” provide

the bridal couple with “once in a lifetime” grandeur. A

bride’s gown, train and veil are less likely to be creased

in a spacious limousine and there are the additional

facilities of bar, privacy screen, sound systems and tinted

windows for your comfort and relaxation on the big day.


Rental car and taxi companies are usually able to

provide matching vehicles as well as the services

of a chauffeur for the occasion if required. They

often have a selection of decorations and ribbons

that suit the colour and theme of the wedding.

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Your guests may own late model cars that

you could use for the wedding, or you

could hire identical vehicles from a rental

car company and find reliable drivers

among family, friends or neighbours.


There’s something special about arriving

at the wedding by horse and carriage.

Look for local listings and ensure you will

have experienced drivers and horses with

a friendly, unflappable temperament.

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Wedding transport is generally booked for

the estimated time and number of vehicles

required to take the bridesmaids and the

bride and her father to the ceremony, the

bride and groom from the ceremony to the

location for photographs and from there to

the reception venue. Arrangements other

than this can usually be accommodated if they

are discussed with the company concerned

and a written estimate is provided for your

additional requirements. But whatever type

of transport you choose, you will still want

comfort, punctuality and reliability.


PLANES Arriving by air or sea is a

spectacular way to make a wedding

entrance. Hot air balloon, chopper,

plane or launch may be possible

options, if you are prepared for

the cost and logistics. But in New

Zealand there are fewer and fewer

train options unless you hold your

wedding in a Heritage Park.


You may plan to be

unconventional and arrive by

truck, motorbike, Kombi,

Hummer, double decker bus,

rickshaw or sedan chair. Perhaps,

in European tradition, you’ll

walk to the wedding so that local

residents can wish you luck!



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118 With This Ring

Finding readings or blessings to include at your ceremony

often means searching the work of poets, philosophers,

authors and song writers for something appropriate. Because

many weddings are now secular, the bible is frequently

overlooked as a source of meaningful words like this verse

from the Book of Corinthians.

If you are writing your vows or making

a speech, this anonymous poem may

have meaning for you:

Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not

boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonour others,

it is not self-seeking

It is not easily angered, it

keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil,

but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always

trusts, always hopes, always


1 Corinthians 13:4-8

I cannot promise you a lifetime

of only sunshine

I cannot promise you riches,

wealth or gold,

I cannot promise you an easy path

That leads away from change

or growing old,

But I can promise you my devotion

A smile to chase away your sorrow

A love that’s true and ever growing

A hand to hold through each


Song lyrics don’t have to be sung. They can also be

spoken and often carry more meaning because the

words are heard more clearly.

Walk through this world with me

Go where I go

Share all my dreams with me

I need you so

In life we search and

some of us find

I’ve looked for you for a

long long time

And now I’ve found you

New horizons I see

Come take my hand and walk

this world with me

You are my husband

I am your wife,

My legs shall run because of you

My feet shall dance because of you

My heart shall beat because of you

My mind thinks because of you

And I shall love because of you

Or you

may look to

another culture for

words that say how you feel,

like this Inuit Love Song.

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Any wedding celebrates the

establishment of a new couple and

brings their extended families together. If

the wedding is a second or subsequent

marriage for either the bride or the

groom, or both, there may be children

who will become part of a “blended”

family. Celebrate your new unity and

family entity by incorporating a special

custom at your ceremony.

• Light a candle of

unity together

• Plant a tree or

commemorative rose

• Combine coloured sands

into a glass bowl in layers

• Create a new family

motto to live your life by

• Include the children as

your attendants

• Let them choose or perform

a reading, song or music

• Give a special individual

gift to each child

• Blend coloured water into

a new shade such as

red+blue = purple

• Have a fun family photo

shoot together

• Ask an older child to make a

speech on behalf of them all

120 With This Ring Inviting guests to

your wedding usually

generates plenty of

excitement and gives

everyone a first hint of

the style and theme

you have chosen. Many

wedding dates are set

months, even a year to

18months in advance, so

“save the date” stationery

has become a new

pre-invitation phase of

announcing the event.


The digital age is part of everyday life for most modern couples, so chances

are they, or their stationery designer will be using it to plan their wedding and

invite their tech-savvy friends. There are no etiquette rules for style, words or

format, so the invitation may be as formal or colloquial as you desire. It may

also be creative and interactive.


Some couples will choose to go completely online with website information,

paper-less invitations and RSVP’s by email, saving both time and money on

print and post.

BUT for those older guests who may not be familiar with apps and social

media, create a few conventional invitations to send to them.


• For a vintage wedding, order a custom-made stamp for use on your

cards or paper.

• Press flowers for an eco- designed invitation on recycled paper.

• Use the exceptional selection of scrapbooking products to decorate and

personalise your stationery or choose the range of pretty scrapbooking

papers and coordinating cards.

Depending on your

requirements and your

budget, your stationery may

include a range of products:

• Save the Date Cards

• Wedding Invitation & RSVP

• Hens or Bucks Night Notification

• Bridal Shower Invitations

• Order of Service

• Reception Place Cards

• Thank You Cards

There are many options

available for creating memorable

stationery whether they are

traditional or contemporary or


These days, anything on paper

is considered traditional, but

while technology has taken over

much of the modern world,

curiously there’s never been

a greater selection of decorative

stationery! Allow several

months to choose your design

and ensure the invitations are

printed and available to send to

your guests 6 weeks before the

big day.

Invitations are available

from specialist designers,

stationers, department stores,

craft outlets, card shops, bridal

boutiques, printers, artists and

on the internet. Depending on

your budget you can have your

wedding stationery completely

custom designed, printed onto

pre-purchased cards or created

from templates online.

There is a stunning variety of

paper products in many shades,

grades and textures plus overlays,

inserts and embellishments

to customise your selection.

Most ready-made invitations

come with matching envelopes,

while custom-designs may

require special envelopes. Your

invitations can be almost any size

and shape, flat, scrolled or an

open card style, but remember

that it may cost more to post

envelopes that are non-standard

in format.

For small numbers of invitations

the most cost-effective

method is digital printing.

Letterpress printing is popular

again, as well as foil-stamping

which provides a metallic finish.

Choose your font size and style

carefully so that it is easily read

and looks attractive.

Invitations are usually sent

by the hosts of the wedding –

traditionally the bride’s parents.

Proof read your stationery

samples before going to print.

Ensure all details are correct

– names, spelling, date, time,

location, dress code and how to


Order a few extra invitations

as spares in case of last minute

changes or mistakes and if you

want additional stationery such

as order of service, place cards,

RSVP’s or thank you cards,

order them all at the same time

to avoid delays or extra costs.

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Flowers are the

ultimate bridal

accessory combining

visual impact with

fragrance and

romance. But even

the simplest bouquet

needs to be chosen

with care and created

with skill so that it

complements your

gown, stands out in

the photos and reflects

your taste whether

traditional, classic, bold

or innovative.

Consider the style of your

gown when you are choosing

the shape of your bouquet.

The popularity of particular flowers

depends on fashions and seasons and the

vast variety of blooms, colours and effects

means every bouquet is individual. However

there are five main shapes that florists use to

develop bouquet arrangements.

THE POSY is traditionally round in shape and

uses flowers of equal size to maintain the shape.

Alternatively modern posies feature flowers

grouped in a structured bunched effect. The original

posies contained sweet smelling flowers and herbs

to ward off germs and diseases! Modern posies can

be made small enough for a little flower girl and

are ideal for shorter stemmed spring flowers and

popular miniature roses.

THE TEARDROP bouquet is a floral classic.

Essentially a posy at the top, the addition of a trail

replicates the teardrop shape. A variety of flowers

and greenery can be used, with blooms being wired

to hold them in place. Teardrops can be large or

small to suit the individual bride and the style of her

gown and a combination of different flowers and

colours can be used effectively.

THE SHEAF or arm spray uses long stemmed

blooms bound together with ribbon or natural

fibres like flax or greenery. Held along the

forearm or hanging downwards from the hand,

roses, lilies, gladioli, gerberas and orchids are

popular flowers for a sheaf arrangement.

THE HAND TIED bouquet with a “just picked”

look is extremely popular for both modern and

vintage weddings. The flowers are not wired

and look natural, the stems are visible and the

gathered flowers are loosely tied with ribbon.

Popular versions include roses, peonies, sweet peas,

freesias and ranunculas.

Lynette Brass

Ph 960 1362 • M 021 206 5446

Bookings by appointment


Mobile silk and fresh flower styling

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Since opening a retail

store last year, Charmed

Flowers has become

known for its beautiful

flowers that are just a little

bit different.

“Local businesses in the area

have become great fans, they simply

love our style and service” says

owner Ginny Fagan.

As a full service florist providing

flowers for everyday occasions,

funerals and weddings, Charmed

Flowers can also offer exquisite

styling and floral props for your

wedding venue too.

“People sometimes don’t know

what can be done with flowers so I

like to find out what couples

envisage for their day and create

the look and feel of it through the

flowers” says Ginny.

While every wedding is

uniquely different, people often

recognise Ginny’s personal style

of floristry which is quite natural,

rustic and unstructured. “I love big

blooms like peony roses, dahlias

and hydrangeas and enjoy sourcing

items like hop vines to provide a

less conventional background” she


Florists are often called upon

to replicate overseas trends and

currently wedding styles include

long lush table garlands, big, loose

hand tied bouquets, floral crowns

and hanging

floral installations.

We can do almost anything that

bridal couples want, but they often

don’t realise the cost and time

involved for elaborate floral effects.

We often suggest combining fresh

flowers with our hire range of

beautiful silk floral props to make it

more affordable” says Ginny. “A big

trend coming through this wedding

season is foliage and lots of it. The

effect is informal but so pretty,

it’s very natural and lush which is

why I think it appeals to so many


The Charmed Flowers team

provides free consultations and


with most couples before the

wedding to discuss their

preferences, colours and

requirements. An itemised quote is

then emailed out and once accepted,

the florist will then “touch base” 6-8

weeks before the wedding and then

again 1-2 weeks before to finalise all

the details.

The experienced staff at

Charmed Flowers can provide a

complete package including the

floral styling of your wedding venue

or they can source wholesale flowers

through their sister company Stems

Wholesale Flowers if couples want

to DIY their floral decorations.

Beautiful Wedding Fowers

& Floral Styling

What can I say, you truly

made my dreams come

true! The flowers were

always going to be a big

part of our wedding day

so we chose our Florist

carefully. I am soooo

glad we chose Charmed

Flowers Ginny, my

bouquet was absolutely

stunning and the venue

looked better than I could

have imagined, you are

so truly talented and

obviously love what you

do, we thank you from the

bottom of our hearts.

Genna & Jas, Jan 2016

Call the experts 03 348 8386

Andy Brown,

Ladybug Photography,

Peanut Productions & Lovelight.


7 O’Shanessey Place, Addington

Opposite Tower Junction

124 With This Ring

Your ceremony is the heart of the wedding and

the reason for it. What, how and where you say

your vows should be the most meaningful aspect

of the day whether you choose a religious or

secular marriage service.



Takes place in a house

of worship according to

the religious beliefs of

the couple. They may

be members of the local

congregation or marrying

in a different location.

The ceremony is usually

structured to include

traditions and customs of

their faith.




May be held in an “all

faiths” chapel with the

minister or celebrant

of your choice and include religious and non

religious traditions and blessings.


Generally takes place at a registry office, town hall

or embassy. It is non religious, is officiated by a

Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages, or Judge

or a Justice of the Peace and includes a simple

exchange of vows with a minimum of 2 witnesses.



Is non religious and

usually conducted by

a registered marriage

celebrant. The venue

may be formal or

informal, indoors or

out, large or small. The

couple are free to adhere

to traditional formalities

or customise their

wedding as informally as

they wish.



This may range from a

commitment ceremony

or civil union to a

wedding service depending on the law of the

location where it is held. If same sex marriage is

legalised and accepted by the church the couple

may have a religious wedding, or opt for a secular



Contains many formalities and traditions and

includes the wearing of a full dress uniform

for enlisted members of the wedding party.

The couple may be married by an armed forces

chaplain, or participate in a civil ceremony, but

rituals usually include a special salute from guests

who are also enlisted personnel.


May be a carefully planned getaway wedding, or a spontaneous

ceremony once the couple reaches their destination. The marriage

usually takes place with few guests or none at all. In the past

Gretna Green in Scotland was popular for elopements

because you could marry at 16 there without the

parental permission required in England!


Are quite rare because most couples want their own

celebration, but for siblings or close friends who would

be inviting many of the same guests, a double wedding

can be fun and financially sensible. Couples can share

the ceremony or have individual rituals and celebrants

followed by a shared reception.


These are exceptionally popular and usually include

all inclusive wedding and honeymoon packages for the

couple and a holiday for their guests. Often held in in

picturesque locations in the same

country or overseas, the number

of guests is usually quite small

due to cost and travel time, but

allows an intimate wedding with

close family and friends.


Held in an overseas destination,

couples need to comply with

all legal requirements for

marriage in that country. It may

include a period of pre-wedding

residency, a civil and a religious

ceremony, extra paperwork

and the services of a dedicated

planner if there’s a language



A marriage “by proxy” is where one or both of the

individuals being united in marriage are not present at the

ceremony and are represented by another person. While

this is rare, it usually relates to situations of military service,

imprisonment, travel or visa restrictions or when the couple

lives in a jurisdiction in which they cannot legally marry. In

wartime proxy marriages are more common and in New

Zealand, marriage by proxy is only permitted when one

party is on active military service and cannot return to New




These occurred more

frequently when long

journeys were by

ship not aeroplane,

but the popularity of

cruise travel has seen

increased interest in

shipboard wedding. The

ceremony is conducted

in port by the ship

chaplain or a celebrant

who comes on board to

officiate. Most couples

continue afterwards on

a honeymoon cruise.

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Finding the right celebrant to conduct

your wedding is not always easy. If you

are not planning a church wedding

where the local minister will preside,

you will need to engage a registered


A marriage celebrant is registered by the Dept

Internal Affairs Births Deaths and Marriages to

legally conduct wedding ceremonies.

To find out about those in your area or the

location where the wedding will take place,

visit www.celebranz.org.nz

Most celebrants like to meet the couple two or

three times before the wedding to go through the

ceremony and the vows they will make. Often

they will be able to suggest appropriate readings,

music or order of service if you are unsure about

some details.

Choose two or three celebrants to contact

and discuss your wedding plans with them. Your

wedding is very personal, but from their responses

you will be able to decide who you feel most at

ease with.

Male or female, ensure their style and demeanour

best “fits” with your plans before confirming

they are available for the date, time

and location you have set. Expect fees of up

to $500 for their services on the day.

Ensuring you have the

Wedding Day you desire

Tricia WarWick-Naziris

Marriage Celebrant

Creating with you

a personal service

to reflect your love

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“The Department of Internal

Affairs helps people when

they are making plans for a

very significant event in their

life. Whether they’re getting

married, recognising the

birth of their child, or dealing

with the death of family or

friends, Births Deaths and

Marriages has an important

role to play.”

As New Zealand’s Registrar-

General of Births, Deaths

and Marriages (BDM), Jeff

Montgomery is responsible for

registering all births (including

stillbirths), deaths, marriages,

civil unions and name changes in

New Zealand. His team issue over

350,000 certificates, print outs and

marriage licences each year.

“We’ve now made it easier

for New Zealanders to find BDM

information, and – I hope – make it

easier for you too.” Births, Deaths

and Marriages information has

moved to Govt.nz. Govt.nz brings

together government information

in one place and uses language and

design that is easy for customers to

find and understand.

“The information has been

rewritten in plain English and

presented in a way that makes sense

to our customers – focussing on a

particular product or service.”

Now the material is live, you

will find everything you need to

know on Govt.nz. We encourage

you to let people know if you know

of someone getting married.

We hope you find the new

content easy to use and we’d love

to hear your feedback about how

you find using the information


BY: Jeff Montgomery, New

Zealand’s Registrar-General of

Births, Deaths and Marriages

Independent/Civil Union Celebrant

Tania’s passion, creativity, knowledge and

experience allows her to create, in partnership

with her couple, ‘Authentic Bespoke

Ceremonies’ blending both the Traditional

and Contemporary. Specializing in “Outside

of the Box” Ceremonies!

Encapsulating the ‘true essence’ of that

couple. Creating everlasting memories, with

love, light and laughter, using words with soul.

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your future together.

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While wedding ceremonies have to

incorporate certain legalities, there are many

ways to make yours uniquely personal and

movingly memorable.


When planning your ceremony, your celebrant can

provide advice and suggestions for the vows you will

make whether you choose traditional wording or more

contemporary expressions. Some religious ceremonies

require you to choose from a selection of relevant

readings approved by the church.


If you decide to write your own vows search books,

poems, prayers and song lyrics for inspiration or turn

to the internet for examples of wedding vows. Don’t be

afraid to inject a little humour if it suits your style. One

bride promised “not to expect holidays at any time

during the rugby season.”


Reciting an odd number of pledges before the wedding

vows was an ancient tradition before the formalisation

of wedding ceremonies. Today pledges such as truth,

honesty, faithfulness, courage, patience and compassion

are often included in the vows.



You can marry at any time

of the day, but the romance

of candlelight provides

special ambience. The bridal

party can carry candles or

lanterns, guests can light

candles during the ceremony

and the couple can light a

single candle to signify their

joint life together. If there

is a pool or lake nearby,

floating candles make a

magical effect.


It has been the custom for a father to

walk his daughter down the aisle, but

many brides break the tradition by

asking both parents to escort her to

the altar. It is also traditional for the

chief bridesmaid and best man to sign

the register as witnesses, but asking

both mothers to be signatories is also

a nice touch.


It has been the customs for generations

to celebrate the marriage by showering

the couple with rice, confetti or rose

petals to signify love and good luck.

Modern weddings are often marked

with the release of doves to symbolise

a journey or balloons for good luck.


Inscribe your weddings rings

with the date of the wedding

or inspirational words, have

your cake knife inscribed

as a keepsake or share your

first toast together with

commemorative champagne

flutes or goblets.

128 With This Ring

Every wedding is unique

and should be followed

by a honeymoon that is

everything you dreamed it

would be.

However, with all the delightful

destinations on offer, “making

your plans with the help of travel

experts should be the first step to

ensuring your honeymoon ticks all

of your boxes” says Liz Ditmer of


She advises every couple to start

planning their honeymoon as early

as possible. “Couples will often

plan every detail of their wedding a

year or more in advance, but miss

out on opportunities for top deals

and availability of their preferred

honeymoon destination by leaving

their plans too late.”

To help your travel professional

create your perfect trip decide

on the budget and the style of

honeymoon that appeals to you

both. Are you looking for total

relaxation by a pool or on a cruise,

do you prefer an adventure, a

cultural experience or an exotic

destination you have always wanted

to visit? Don’t assume you both

want the same! If you don’t, plan

a “mix and match” holiday that

combines both adventure and lazing

at leisure.

Your honeymoon may be one

of the largest single expenses after

you have financed the wedding.

So don’t let your honeymoon be

a budgeting after- thought. Ideally

set up a special savings account and

make regular contributions to your

honeymoon funds. Have a clear

idea of what you can afford but if

the budget is tight, think about a

bridal registry with your local travel

expert. “The money contributed can

be used towards your honeymoon

travel expenses and is a convenient

and easy gift idea for your wedding

guests” says Liz.

Decide how much time you

want to be away and how far you

are willing to travel to reach the

destination that inspires you. You

won’t want to spend half your

honeymoon on a plane, so choose

a location that is accessible for the

time you have available.

Some couples choose not to

travel right after the wedding,

preferring to delay their honeymoon

trip according to the season, a

special event or their ability to take

extra leave from their employment.

Your travel professional can provide

options and alternatives if you wish.

“Always make sure you have

documentation ready early because

you don’t want to be worrying

about renewing passports in the

last few weeks before the big day”

advises Liz. “Once you have decided

on your perfect honeymoon you can

leave the rest to us and concentrate

on the big day ahead. Then all you

need to do is make a time to pick

up your documents, arrange your

insurance and foreign currency and

say “bon voyage.”

Helloworld’s experienced

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travel ideas and plans. Previously

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130 With This Ring

Wing your way to Vanuatu

and you will discover an

archipelago embroidered

with lush tropical jungle,

extraordinary geographical

features, a natural

adventure playground,

outstanding resorts and

restaurants, unique customs

and ancient cultures and

the quirkiest language you

will ever hear!

Best of all, this honeymoon

destination is barely 3 hours flying

time from home to hideaway!

At Port Vila on the main island

of Efate you will find agreeable

places to stay around the sparkling

Erakor Lagoon. Whether you

choose all inclusive resort amenities

and activities, the independence

of a self catering bungalow or the

luxury of a private paradise like the

Havannah on the northern coast,

relaxation is mandatory amid the

warmth of a tropical climate. But

for perfect bliss indulge in a unique

volcanic spa and massage; a volcanic

ash scrub to exfoliate, a mud wrap

to detox, a deep tissue massage

for your muscles and a hedonistic

bathe in coconut milk to de-stress


Sightseeing on Efate includes

Port Vila’s colourful history,

markets and shops, as well as an

insight into traditional village

life at the Ekasup Custom Village

or the Botanic Gardens. At the

stunning Cascade Falls, walkers

are rewarded with wonderful

waterfalls and rock pools for a cool

freshwater swim and nature’s own


For a delightful day out, take

the tour or ferry to the marine

reserve of Hideaway. As well

as an excellent restaurant and

beach bar, guests and day trippers

can hire snorkelling and diving

equipment to make the most of

the spectacular marine life around

the island. Then again a day aboard

the wooden ketch “Coongoola” will

transport you to some of Efate’s

finest diving and snorkelling sites,

introduce you to a turtle farm and

provide you with a superb barbeque

lunch on the Island of Tranquility.

Among Efate’s newest

adventures is the Jungle Zipline

which comprises a kilometer of six

zip lines and suspension bridges

high in the jungle canopy, plus the

recently opened Big Zip Trek – a

seven zip 1.4km zap over a 300m

canyon if you dare! Or, combine

the two with a heli tour to the

Summit above Mele Bay and then

come down to earth in the

soothingly tropical Summit


Vanuatu offers visitors a

variety of cuisines and you’ll

find everything from an island

style buffet to Michelin quality at

Restaurant Le Jardin des Saveurs.

Vanuatu was under French rule

until 1980 and their legacy is alive

& well in food with flavour to


Beyond Port Vila, the many

outer islands allow visitors

to appreciate the distinctive

geographic and cultural entities that

make up the 83 islands of Vanuatu.

Among them Esperito Santo, Tanna

and Pentecost are the best known

and are accessible by Vanair services

for day trips or longer. There are

some wild adventures to be had

there too!

On Tanna, Vanuatu’s “Island of

Fire” fascinated visitors peer into

Yasur’s molten heart and feel a deep

rumble shudder from its depths.

At night they stand riveted by its

sound and light show as embers fall

around them like glow-in- the dark

confetti. Nearby, Tanna’s custom

villagers shun modern comforts

to live traditionally in simple palm

woven huts. Pentecost is famous

for its Land Diving ceremonies –

forget elastic, this is the original

bungy using vines and a less than

scientifically calculated tower to

launch from! It’s not for tourists

however, and you only get to watch

this cultural rite of passage into

male adulthood.

Espiritu Santo is a diver’s

mecca featuring clear waters with

stunning reefs and shipwrecks from

WWII when 100,000 American

troops were based here, including

Million Dollar Point and the

SS Coolidge. Hidden in Santo’s

tangled interior the Millenium

Cave is open-mouthed in a 15

metre yawn leading to the Vantar

River and provides an Indiana Jones


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minute boat ride from Santo, its

“away-from-it-all” environment

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132 With This Ring

A honeymoon paradise is

yours in less than 5 hours

flying time! Captain Cook

discovered it for us, Gauguin

painted it for us and ever

since the world has had a

love affair with Tahiti.

A legacy of French and Pacific

heritage garnished by dazzling

white sands, turquoise waters and

rich green clad mountain peaks,

makes Tahiti visually and culturally


New Zealanders will find English

widely spoken, particularly in tourist

areas and that exploring Tahiti is a

rewarding and exciting experience.

Tahiti is the largest island of French

Polynesia and its capital, Papeete is

a busy town and bustling port with

major hotels and luxurious resorts

sprinkled along its fluted coastline.

At Papeete’s heart the daily

market is a colourful melange of

produce and crafts with local women

making intricate wreaths of fresh

flowers to wear on Saturday night.

The coffee is good and the patisserie

entirely too tempting to ignore!

Nearby, the dignity of the 170

year old Cathedral is evident in

white plaster walls simply adorned

by a Tahitian frieze of Christ’s life

and death and a vivid stained glass

window set high above the altar.

An atmosphere of tranquility and

contemplation contrasts with the

busy streets outside.

A visit to the fascinating Perles

Musee traces the history of pearls

and Tahiti’s thriving cultured pearl

farm industry. Exquisite informative

displays are easily followed with

the help of multi lingual staff and

brochures. Tahiti’s famous black

pearls are a popular gift or souvenir

and can be bought in Papeete’s

jewellery shops and pearl outlets.

Price varies depending on the quality

of the pearl so be sure to choose

carefully and get a certificate of

verification with your receipt.

For more local colour and Tahiti’s

most affordable dining experience

visit Les Roulottes – caravan-style

restaurants on wheels that have

become an evening institution in

Papeete’s car parks. The food variety

is great and the atmosphere is as laid

back as the tropics. Alternatively you

can find romantic fine dining in the

hotels and restaurants but at much

greater expense.

Displays of vibrant pareus in the

market and local shops remind you

that the beaches beckon, especially

well known islands like Bora Bora or

Moorea which is just seven minutes

away across the bay by regular

ferry. Rugged bush clad mountains

rise abruptly behind the coast road

around the island while cruise liners

bask in Cook’s Bay below the 240m

Le Belvedere lookout.

To get to your accommodation

hop aboard Le Truc – the open-sided

public transport that circumnavigates

the island for just a few francs each.

Galleries and shops line the winding

road at intervals, fresh fish dry on

racks in the sun, colourful screen

printed fabrics flutter in a gentle

breeze and everywhere there’s an

alluring glimpse of pure turquoise


Several inviting resorts with

cottages and over water bungalows

command prime sites on the

shores of the lagoon. Stretch your

budget at the local supermarket or

at small village restaurants nearby

with reasonable tariffs. For Kiwis

with a sense of adventure and

independence, Moorea is particularly

easy to explore by car or bicycle.

A range of water sports and

sightseeing options can be easily

organised with local operators to

go swimming with dolphins, aqua

walking, para sailing, 4WD safari,

sailing or shark and stingray diving.

In the evening discover the Tiki

Village Theatre’s traditional buffet,

followed by a spectacular dance show

depicting Tahitian legends.

Bora Bora may only be a short

flight from Papeete but it’s another

world when you get there. A

spectacular honeymoon hideaway

with an exquisite lagoon and coral

reef, enjoy the privacy of a luxury

resort, romantic dinners Polynesian

style, breakfast delivered by canoe,

lazy days on the beach, a sunset

cruise and a couples’ private spa


Tahiti is characterised not only by

vivid colour - fish, water, sand and

scenery, but by the “tiare Tahiti” a

variety of gardenia blooming in every

garden and worn by every woman,

with a fragrance the painter Matisse

once said “wipes away memories of

the past and all fear of the future.”

Sounds like the perfect honeymoon

philosophy don’t you think?

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Dreaming of a romantic island wedding with friendly Polynesian hospitality and

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will ensure your Cook Islands wedding is enjoyable and stress-free.


• Beachside weddings on the sunset side of the island

• Honeymooners receive free room upgrade, fruit basket

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• The Services of your Personal Wedding & Reception Planner

• Tropical Flower Bouquet for the Bride

• Tropical Neck garland (Neck Ei) or Buttonhole for the Groom

• Decorated Beachside Archway

• Chauffeur transfer on wedding buggy for Bride to Ceremony

• Stereo system to play music of choice

• Transfers to and from registry office to process the Marriage License

• Marriage License & Certificate

• Services of a Celebrant or Minister

• Ceremonial Planting of the ‘Uto’ (baby coconut palm)

• Complimentary Bottle of Bubbly to Celebrate

• Wedding Gift from The Edgewater

• Copy of your Personal Wedding Vows

• Room Turndown Service on your Wedding Night

• His & Hers Island Pareus


• Mouth-watering Island BBQ Buffet Menu for 30 close family and friends

• 3-Hour Beverage Package for 30 close family and friends (includes

standard wines, beers, soft drinks, fruit juice & water)

• One-tier Wedding Cake

• Fully Decorated Wedding Reception Venue


• 5 Nights in a Beachfront Deluxe Suite @ The Edgewater Resort & Spa

• Return airport-resort transfers for the Bride & Groom

• Includes Welcome Tropical Fruits + DAILY TROPICAL BREAKFAST +


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• 7 nights’ accommodation in a

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• Return Airport Transfers for two (Rarotonga)


o Beachside Wedding ceremony

overlooking the resort lagoon

o Full services of your own

personal wedding planner

o Marriage License & Certificate

o Transfers to and from registry office

to process the Marriage Licence

o Services of a Celebrant or Minister

o Tropical flower bouquet for the

Bride & Tropical Neck Garland

or Buttonhole for the Groom








Chauffer Transfer on Wedding

Buggy for Bride to Ceremony

Witnesses if required

Stereo System to play music

of choice

Copy of Wedding Vows

Ceremonial Planting of the

Uto (young Coconut palm)

Complimentary Bottle of Bubbly

Wedding gift from the Resort

• Romantic Dinner for two

• $100 Resort Credit

– for the Bride and Groom

• Terms & Conditions Apply



136 With This Ring


Charming, undemanding

and unspoiled the Cook

Islands are easy to reach

and hard to leave. They are

tropical, magical, reachable

and reasonable, so what

better place to exchange

your vows or enjoy the

simplicity of an island


Rarotonga is the largest of the

Cook Islands, but you can easily

discover its beaches and lagoons as

you navigate its 32km circular road

by local bus, hire vehicle or popular

motor scooter. It’s impossible to get

lost and every detour is a scenic,

cultural or historic delight.

Several of Rarotonga’s

popular resorts have wedding

and honeymoon packages that

provide couples with romantic

venues to exchange their vows and

add a variety of special touches

like a tropical bouquet, wedding

photography and a celebratory


The Rarotongan Resort Hotel

is the island’s best known property

and its idyllic beach location on

the shores of Aroa is just one of

several that couples can choose for

their ceremony. With comfortable

accommodation, superb amenities,

numerous activities and privacy

for guests, it’s also a sought

after location for a relaxing and

memorable honeymoon.

As well as warm clear waters

and a coral reef teeming with

colourful fish, the island’s volcanic

origins have produced a rugged

hinterland of mountain and

rainforest to discover on foot,

horseback or mountain bike. Small

villages dot the coast, so you’ll

find deserted stretches of sand for

a languid swim and excellent little

cafes, restaurants and beach bars.

Order a simple tasty lunch, enjoy a

sunset cocktail, chill-out in the heat

of the day or laze in a sand-frilled


Avarua is the capital of

Rarotonga and a busy service centre

for the 14 islands of the Cook

group. The Cook Islands uses the

New Zealand dollar so shopping

couldn’t be simpler whether you

visit duty free shops or buy local

products include clothing, crafts

and jewellery, especially the island’s

beautiful black pearls.

On Saturdays the thriving

Punanganui Market attracts visitors

and locals to try, buy and enjoy

homegrown coffee, bright sarongs,

wood carvings, basketry, jewellery

or traditional tivaevae quilts or rito


Treat yourself to a divine

tropical fruit slushy and fresh

baked coconut rolls, amble over

to the legendary Trader Jacks for a

seafood lunch and a lager or retreat

to your villa, bure or resort for an

afternoon swim or siesta.

Dancing, crafts, church, food

and flowers are the cornerstones

of Cook Island life. A visit to Te

Vara Nui, Rarotonga’s purpose built

cultural centre is an interactive

journey into its history, culminating

in a spectacular island night of

entertainment and feasting on local

delicacies. Alternatively you

can choose an authentic cultural

ceremony at Highland Paradise

Village near Aorangi village.

Many couples find Rarotonga’s

gentle pace ideal for their entire

honeymoon, but others may choose

to fly to the island of Aitutaki for

the ultimate honeymoon getaway.

The atoll is just a short flight from

Rarotonga and the luxury Aitutaki

Lagoon Resort and Spa is your

perfect Pacific paradise and recently

ranked in the Top 25 resorts world

wide by Conde Nast.

Described as a destination for

incurable romantics, Aitutaki is an

exquisite atoll, fringed by golden

sands and set in the most vivid

luminous turquoise waters you can

imagine. After being welcomed with

a frangipani lei, you will be invited

to leave your cares behind and adopt

laid back island time throughout

your stay.

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“Houston we have a

problem” is Apollo XIII’s

unforgettable one liner, but

getting to Houston is no

problem for New Zealand


With Air New Zealand’s direct

route to this Texan city, travellers

have a new geographic wonderland

to explore because Houston opens

the gate to the southern United

States and some seriously exciting

cruise destinations.

Houston is the fourth largest

city in the USA, sprawling from the

coastal Gulf of Mexico towards the

oil rich plains of Texas. Founded in

1836, remnants of Houston’s early

history associated with cotton are

to be found in the charming Market

Square Park and the heritage

precinct along Buffalo Bayou.

But modern Houston has

become home territory for NASA.

The launch pads of the LB Johnson

Space Centre are here and at the

“must visit” Space Centre Houston,

you’ll be immersed in things

astronaut-ical from space shuttle

replicas and Apollo capsules to

artefacts and interactive displays that

will literally space you out!

In a city of glitz and glass there

are fast paced attractions with allure

for adventurers; indoor skydiving

with the thrill of the plummet

without the plane ride; laps on

the Fittipaldi Racetrack, ranch and

rodeo experiences, a ball game at

the famous Astrodome or a retail

adventure at outlet malls the size of

a small New Zealand town!

But there are also softer sojourns

to taste the region’s emerging wine

industry, or a daytrip to Galveston

Island where heritage buildings like

the ante bellum beauty of Ashton

Villa take you back to the

days of the Civil War.

The cotton industry

had established

Galveston as the

leading cotton port

in the world until

the hurricane of

1906. The imposing

architecture of the

Bishop’s Palace

and Grand Opera

House are evidence

of Galveston’s

importance to


The warm waters of the

Gulf of Mexico are home

to bottlenose dolphins and

numerous water sports. But

Galveston is also a cruise port

where exotic destinations like

Mexico, Central America and

the Caribbean are within easy


Cruise itineraries from four

to fourteen days can take you in

love-boat luxury to Acapulco,

Belize, Honduras, Jamaica, the

Bahamas, Grand Cayman, the

British and US Virgin Islands

or Puerto Rico. With early

bird discounts and affordable late

availability deals, a cruise is the

perfect mix and match option for a

Texan honeymoon.

If a road trip has appeal, there’s

plenty of Texas to see; Dallas,

Austin, San Antonio or the charm

of Corpus Christi. Austin is the state

capital of Texas and manages to mix

up business acumen with wild-west

ambience. You’ll find pick-up trucks

next to state of the art sports cars,

Stetsons worn with business suits

and cowboy culture in suburban


San Antonio has created a 15

mile tree lined river walk that

incorporates a 5 mile city boardwalk

through its parks, gardens and

historic precinct. Lined with

barges if you prefer to sightsee on

the water or bike trail if you like

wheels, San Antonio is one of the

most visitor friendly destinations in

Texas. The city’s Alamo was once

an 18 th century mission, now a

museum and marks an infamous

battle for Texan independence from

Mexico in 1836.

Alternatively you could head

for Texas’ border with Louisiana

and experience paddle steamer

journeys on the mighty Mississippi,

or discover the jazz and pizzazz

of New Orleans. On the way, let

your taste buds loose on southern

cuisine; Cajun or Creole, gumbo

and jumbalaya, shrimp or crawfish

and cornbread.

If Elvis is more your style, road

trip north to Memphis or Nashville

or turn south for Florida sunshine

and the thrills of Orlando’s theme

park metropolis, the wildlife of the

Everglades or the laid back beach

resorts of Key West.


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140 With This Ring

Make your wedding the

complete love story on an

island that is described as

“360 degrees of wonder.”

Norfolk Island is just 2

hours flying time from

New Zealand and is an

enigmatic destination

of heritage and scenic


This tiny sub tropical island

barely 10km long and 5km wide,

boasts a wedding venue that’s like

no other. A Professional Wedding

Coordinator can oversee all the

arrangements including the legal

paperwork. You can be offered a

ceremony at a variety of unique

locations including an historic

church, world heritage buildings,

a resort, a homestead, on a golf

course, a beach, a cliff top, on

a jetty, a farm or in a botanical


You can choose any or all of

Norfolk Island’s wedding services;

celebrant, floristry, hairdressing,

beauty therapy, transport and

photography. You can enjoy a

resort for your reception or one of

the island’s renowned restaurants,

book a romantic dinner for just

the two of you or arrange caterers

at a church hall or sports club.

You can even take a champagne

picnic to one of Norfolk Island’s

most scenic settings and sample

the island’s wonderful fresh fish,

organic produce and its own wine,

coffee, beef, liqueurs, chocolate,

cheese and honey.

You can stay in your own

executive cottage set amid sub

tropical gardens. With self catering

facilities, private patio and a tariff

that includes a rental vehicle for

the duration of your stay, you can

explore this delightful little island

at your leisure.

Discover the crystal clear

waters of Emily Bay, go

snorkelling along the coral reef,

be mesmerised by the island’s

convict history, go kayaking,

horse trekking or fishing, try

golf or tennis, explore the tracks

and trails of the national park or

indulge in some serious relaxation

with a spa treatment and massage.

With no traffic jams, no

queues, no pollution, no crime

and no stress, Norfolk Island is

the perfect place to celebrate your

wedding, renew your vows or

enjoy a honeymoon that provides

total time out for just the two of


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If your honeymoon plans

encompass summer sun, a

cruise, a resort or a tropical

destination, then classy

beach wear should be

on your mind and in your


The variety is impressive for in the

water or out of it and caters to all

tastes and body shapes.


are represented by a range of

bikini styles which can be

purchased together or as mix and

match in different sizes and colours.

Bikini tops may be bandeau, halter

or bra cup style, but the blurring of

swim wear and gym wear designs

also sees the crop top in the bikini

range. If you prefer more coverage,

the camisole top is also available.

Bikini bottoms can be low style,

waist high, hipster or boy- leg cut,

while the option of kick shorts,

skort and running shorts provide

additional beach-to-gym interchange

if you wish.


are always flattering and incorporate

numerous design details for fashion

and comfort. Styles may be sleek,

rucched, discreet or cut-out.

Necklines include plunge, bandeau,

shoestring camisole or an asymmetric

shoulder strap. Backs can be crossed,

scoop or plunging, the front and

sides of the swimsuit can be laced

and mesh illusion can be a flattering

compromise. For ocean swimming

and active water sports the modified

wetsuit is another useful style with

sleeves, boy leg cut and zip front.



Cool colours: Navy, white,

turquoise, fuschia, orange and

black of course

“In” prints: Aztec, Hawaiian, paisley,

animal, nautical stripes and polka dots

Special effects: Lace, tie dye,

crotchet, fringing, frills

and mesh inserts

COVER-UPS are an essential

beach accessory to protect you from

the sun and keep the chill away after

a swim or at sundown. For versatility

you can’t beat a sarong – it packs

perfectly, dries in minutes and can

be worn in a dozen different styles!

The revival of boho fashions sees

the return of muslin kaftans and

crocheted tunics. Oversized T shirts

are easy and practical and the split

beach trouser will keep you cool in

cotton or voile. An elegant

cover-up can also take you to

cocktails and dinner, so pack a

maxi dress, some palazzo pants or

a jumpsuit that can be wowed

with some bling and a belt.

SUN HATS need to be part of

your beach babe experience whether

your choice is functional, fashionable

or both.

THE BASEBALL CAP is adjustable,

stays secure in the wind, keeps long

hair in place and shields your eyes

but not your ears or all of your face.


FEDORA is small brimmed and

stylish, suits short or long hair,

protects your eyes and ears and

some of your face.


FLOPPY HAT is best for fierce

sun, it provides good shade, looks

great with all outfits and if its

un-crushable it will go anywhere


THE SUNSHADE is an option

if you don’t love a hat. It

shields your eyes and your

face but not the top of your

head, so beware of the burn.

BEACH BAG bold will standout

at the pool and hold all the stuff

you’ll want away from your room

like book, sunnies, towel, hat, coverup

and your essential SPF. Straw

bags look great but they let in the

sand so a waterproof lining will keep

your items clean and dry, but look a

zip top for security. Otherwise,

back packs are versatile and a

fold-up shopper takes no room

in your luggage.

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If you like the sound of

144 little islands, unspoiled

beaches and bays,

interesting history and

heritage, sub tropical

temperatures, beautiful

resorts and places to stay,

fine food and a host of

activities and adventures,

then the Bay of Islands is

the ideal honey-swoon

destination for you!

Tourists from all over the world

rave about the beauty of the far

north, yet many New Zealanders

have never discovered its unique

charm and glorious coastline. Base

yourself in a beautiful apartment

or resort in the Bay of Islands and

plan day trips as the mood takes

you. Alternatively fly to Auckland

and then embark on a round trip

journey of discovery at your own

pace whatever the place.

Beyond Auckland’s harbour

bridge, travel the Hibiscus Coast

to Orewa Beach, luxuriate in

the Waiwera Hot Pools, sample

beautiful local cheeses at Puhoi,

explore the pretty township of

Warkworth or take a short ferry

ride to Kawau Island where

Governor Grey’s historic Mansion

House (1846) is now a museum.

Between Warkworth and

Whangarei there are seriously

good beaches at Mangawhai and

Waipu Cove, but the jewels in the

crown are the crescents and coves

that frill the turquoise waters of

the Bay of Islands. Each of the

small towns dotting its coastal

landscape has its own special


A European

mission was established in Paihia

1823, while nearby Waitangi is

where the historic signing of the

Treaty of Waitangi occurred in

1840 and the Treaty House is

preserved as a memorial and a

museum. Today Paihia is well

endowed with accommodation,

shops, restaurants and tourist

services for exploring the area on

and off the water.

A short ferry ride will take

you across to Russell where

quaint colonial buildings and

French Bishop Pompallier’s House

have survived the town’s torrid

past as the fortified Maori

settlement of Kororareka,

then as a whaling port,

followed by the Northland

Land Wars in 1845.

In Kerikeri you’ll find

New Zealand’s oldest stone

and wooden constructions

(the stone store in 1833

and Kemp House in 1821),

while across the river is

a reconstruction of Chief

Rewa’s Maori Village and a

series of picturesque walks.

Maori grew large kumara

crops in Kerikeri (meaning

“to dig”) and the town continues

to be a centre for produce, wines

and home of many artisans.

Scenic cruises operate from

Paihia including the renowned

“Cream Trip” and Hole in the Rock

tour, Urupukapuka Island, dolphin

viewing and swimming, as well as

deep sea fishing charters, tall ship

sailing, kayaking and scuba diving.

Popular resorts and other water

sports are on offer at Karikari

Peninsula and Mangonui in

Doubtless Bay. The historic town

is also a good base for exploring

the far north attractions of 90 Mile

Beach and Cape Reinga, Kaitaia,

the Hokianga Harbour and the

ancient kauri forests of Waipoua on

the west coast. Along the way you

can try sand-tobogganing, quad

biking, mountain biking, glow

worm caves and the history of the

region’s unique Maori settlements

and kauri gum industry.

From here it’s an easy route

back to Auckland via the Kauri

Coast, Bayly’s Beach, Dargaville,

Kaipara Harbour and the vineyards

of Helensville, or perhaps another

hot water soak at Waiwera to be

sure you are truly relaxed!



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“Music can really

make a wedding” says

Therese Mitchell who

owns and operates DJ

Chick, Christchurch’s elite

professional mobile disco.

With her team’s many years

music experience, including being

part of live bands, Therese and her

team aim to play the appropriate

music at the right time and at the

acceptable volume for everyone to

enjoy the event!

“We bring life to your party”

and for weddings, DJ Chick can

provide the ideal music for the

ceremony, background music and

reception dance, or all three! It’s

important for the wedding couple

to discuss the best type of music

for their style of wedding. Some

want lots of input, while others are

unsure of what to select and rely on

Therese’s suggestions which often

include “a little bit of everything”

she says.

Therese tries to get couples to

think of their guests rather than just

their own music tastes, especially

if the ages of guests spans several

decades. Therese believes the staff

of DJ Chick knows about music

and aims to play what people know

so that they will sing along and get

up and dance. “We’re passionate

about making sure everyone has a

good time. If they don’t dance, we

haven’t done our job well enough!”

she says.

DJ Chick can play anything

from the “1920’s to now” but loves

to specialize in retro especially the

great tracks from the 70’s, 80’s

and 90’s that get things rocking.

However they’re also versatile

enough to play current Top 40 and

club style if that’s what is wanted.

While it is unusual to have

women as DJ’s Therese says it

works well and she has bookings

four or five nights each week for

birthdays, parties, karaoke, school

functions, corporate events as

well as many weddings and DJ

Chick can tailor a package to suit

individual requirements.

Usually they are booked to play

for 4 hours “and we play right to

the very end of when the venue is

booked” says Therese. With quality

portable equipment, bookings

include lighting, laptop or CD’s &

either Therese herself, or one of her

3 experienced and enthusiastic DJ’s.

Because the company owns all

their own gear, they have control

over its quality, use and condition,

“We also guarantee to set up quietly

and discreetly so as not to disturb

any proceedings, but whenever

possible we set up in advance.”

Provided there’s a power source

Therese says DJ Chick can play

anywhere “and we have – halls,

paddocks, and even the back of a

truck!” With competitive “middle

of the road” rates that can be

negotiated, DJ Chick offers mobile

music to achieve the fun, relaxed,

and enjoyable atmosphere that will

make your wedding memorable

because “great receptions don’t

happen by chance.”

2015 and 2016 are already busy

for weddings, so book early with

DJ Chick to secure your preferred

wedding date, perhaps consider a

mid week or winter wedding and

then leave it to the experts!

Ph Therese Mitchell

347 2669 or 021 216 2610,

visit www.djchick.co.nz

or email your enquiry

to djchick@djchick.co.nz



Great receptions don’t happen by chance...

Christchurch’s elite professional mobile disco.

Providing high quality, tasteful entertainment for

wedding receptions for over 20 years, with the

experience and the skill to create something

special just for you.

Therese Mitchell

(a.k.a DJ Azure)

Ph: 349 2501

Mob: 021 216 2610



144 With This Ring

Almost any venue can be transformed into a

stylish wedding ceremony or reception setting

with some imagination, flair and items you

can make, buy or hire:


Drapes & Netting

Swathes of fabric

Garlands & Topiaries

Vases of flowers

Pots and Plants

Pictures & posters

Paintings or Stage Sets

Balloons & Bows


Lamps & Candles


Disco ball



Screens or Trellis

Gates or pickets

A Gazebo or Awning

Garlands & Wreaths

Decking or Platform

Pots & Plants

Urns & Statues

Columns & Pedestals

Lights & Lanterns


Firepits and braziers


Multi layered linen

Bowls of beads or


Sprinkle crystals & stars

Fresh flowers

Dried Flowers & Flax

Pot Pourri & Oils


Place Cards or Stones

Monogrammed Menus

Chair Covers & Bows

Pot plants

Mirrored centrepieces

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At Something Borrowed

Something New, (SBSN Ltd )

you’ll find everything you

could possibly need to create

a bespoke theme for your

special occasion.

“Wedding decorations and ideas

are naturally an important part

of the business, but we can also

theme private parties including

engagements, hens’ nights, corporate

functions, balls, 21sts, birthdays and

anniversary celebrations” says Lynn.

SBSN Ltd is developing a

comprehensive and affordable photo

catalogue of props for themed

functions, including back drop

displays, furniture, palm trees,

enchanted forest trees, floral displays

and children’s themed displays. We

can also can make and source items to

fit a particular theme” says Lynn.

As Christchurch’s leading store

for all your decoration requirements,