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14–15 Bridesmaids & Flower girls
16–19 Hair & Beauty
32–35 Mother of the Bride
36–37 Themes & Flowers
38–39 Planners & Budgets
40–61 Wedding Venues
62–64 Ceremonies & Celebrants
65–66 Invitations & Speeches
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67–71 Cakes & Catering
72–73 Wedding Styling & Décor
74–75 Wedding Transport
76–77 Gifts & Entertainment
88–89 Hens & Bucks
90–91 Wedding Shows & Expos
92–100 Weddings in Hanmer Springs
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MODERN MINIMALIST designs are for brides who love understated
elegance and uncluttered simplicity. To achieve it, the emphasis has
to be on cut and detail. Current styles feature sleek fitted bodices, the
flare of a panelled skirt, structured necklines and a single accessory such
as a metallic belt, a coloured or black contrasting ribbon or a row of
NOTABLE NECKLINES range from demure to dramatic. With
backless gowns, décolletage on show or deep Vs plunging to the navel,
it’s all about bridal confidence and sophistication. But lace is heavily
featured to embellish, define or disguise showing too much skin.
SLEEVES AND SHOULDERS make their feminine mark on many
traditional and contemporary styles. Long fluttering bell-shaped
sleeves make seasonal sense, lacy or beaded cap sleeves provide elegant
alternatives to sleeveless and strapless designs, while the horizontal offthe-shoulder
look is both structured and sassy.
NEARLY NUDE is the colour sensation for modern brides who want
to forgo traditional white. From the palest pink to a whisper of blue,
gold or beige, it is often overlaid with lace, embroidery, applique and
metallics for genteel yet eye-catching effect.
BOHEMIAN CHIC is still on the agenda for brides wanting retrorelaxed
or back to the beach ambience. No-fuss fabrics, crocheted
lace, flared sleeves and loose floating skirts epitomise the carefree look
of the 70s.
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Many of the modern bridal styles
are a new take on designs that have
stood the test of time. But the range and variety also allows
you to personalise the look you love with contemporary
accessories and embellishments.
STRAPLESS REINVENTED: with our climate, the strapless gown
has been a firm favourite for many seasons. But it has been reinvented
with lace capes, coats and chiffon cloaks that rival veils and trains and
re-imagined with oversized bows and cap sleeves.
VICTORIANA INSPIRATION: the recently acclaimed British TV
series about the young Queen Victoria has been inspiring brides in the
UK to copy mid-Victorian fashions; off-the-shoulder elegance, the sheen
of silk, full skirted crinolines, lace shrugs, cameo brooches, pearl drop
earrings and low coiled hair bound with a braid, bow or flowers.
Even the bonnet lined with flowers and trailing satin ribbons is finding
favour with some brides as an alternative to a veil, fascinator, wreath or
barette. It was Queen Victoria who revolutionised wedding fashions by
wearing a white tulle dress for her marriage to Prince Albert and setting
the trend for brides ever since.
DETACHABLE OVERSKIRT offers two looks in one; the formal long
skirt for the ceremony and photographs, which is then discarded for
freedom, comfort and coolness for dancing at the reception.
ELABORATE VEILS to offset the simplicity of classic bridal gowns,
veils make a statement this season. Long veils that trail like a train, fall
from the crown of the head or from the shoulders. Veils are exquisitely
beaded, embroidered, sparkling with crystals, pearls or diamante, full
lace or lace edged and may be a delicate floral print on chiffon or tulle if
you like the idea of colour.
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A helpful checklist and step-bY-step guide to plan your big day.
9-12 MonthS Before
PLAN Style and budget of the wedding
SET Date time & place
VISIT Minister, Priest or Celebrant
BOOK Venue(s), musicians/disco
DISCUSS Wedding flowers with chosen florist
CHOOSE Your photographer
ARRANGE Video photography
ORDER Wedding transport
LOOK At wedding dress designs
DECIDE Colour schemes
CHOOSE Your wedding dress
SELECT Groom’s and attendants’ clothing
VISIT Minister, Priest or Celebrant
BAKE/ORDER the wedding cake
RESERVE honeymoon travel & accommodation
FIT Suits for Groom and Groomsmen
ESTABLISH Beauty and exercise regime
FINALISE Wedding invitations
ORGANISE Accommodation for guests
MAKE hair and make-up appointments
LIST Wedding gifts/registry
SETTLE on reception menu and beverages
CONFIRM floristry details
CHECK Passports, travel plan\documents
CHOOSE Gifts for attendants
SELECT Wedding rings
BUY Wedding shoes
APPLY for Marriage Licence
PURCHASE thank-you gifts for parents
ARRANGE reception seating plan
ATTEND hairdresser with veil/headgear
ORGANISE wedding rehearsal
LIAISE with florist, photographer, chauffeur
FIT wedding dress
CONTINUE beauty and exercise regime
RECONFIRM All bookings, numbers, times
WEAR Bridal shoes for wedding day comfort
ENJOY hen’s night fun or pamper
FINAL FIT Your dress and attendants’ outfits
WRAP Gifts for attendants
PRACTISE Your wedding vows
PACK for your honeymoon
CHECK All travel details
REHEARSE The ceremony
REST As much as possible
on the DAY!
LET others do their job
THANK family and friends
RELAX Don’t stress over tiny details
ENJOY YOUR WEDDING DAY
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the Complete Bridal Destination
Start your fairytale wedding journey at To Cherish. It is the complete
bridal destination where you will be mesmerised by the range of gowns,
excited by the superb selection of accessories, amazed by the purposebuilt
premises, pampered by dedicated staff and then dazzled by a range
of prices you CAN afford!
Located on a prime Barrington Street
site, To Cherish is Christchurch’s most
extensive bridal boutique and offers the
ultimate “one-stop” for brides, bridesmaids,
flower girls and mothers of the bride or
groom. Exuding all the space, grace and
comfort required for brides to choose
their gown and accessories without haste,
they are assured of one of the most special
experiences of their lives.
With exceptional facilities, To Cherish
Bridal Boutique is able to provide
dedicated departments and specialist
consultants. As well as an impressive retail
area to buy your gown right then and there,
there is a separate designer bridal suite,
well appointed fitting rooms for brides and
bridesmaids and amenities for in-house
alterations and private final fittings.
With an international range of gowns
alongside a superb selection of bridesmaid
and flower girl dresses, complemented with
veils, jewellery and wedding accessories
including Trousseau Shoes, To Cherish is
the place for every new bride to make her
dream dress a reality.
Choosing a wedding gown should be
“pure delight,” says Alison, Director of To
Cherish. Accordingly she has sourced a
phenomenal range of gowns comprising
both retail and designer collections that
capture every imaginable style, feature
exquisite fabrics AND are priced between
$1500 and $4500. Unbelievable.
Unlike many bridal boutiques, To
Cherish consultation appointments are
FREE but do require an appointment
for selecting a gown from the designer
collections of Justin Alexander, Fox
Bridal, Jean Fox, International Couture,
Zavana Bridal and Cizzy Bridal and
recently arrived Rembo label from Europe,
exclusive to To Cherish.
Alison recommends brides focus on their
day and what they want rather than listen
to too many conflicting tastes and opinions
of others. For this reason she believes
brides should only invite one or two
trusted people to share the experience of
choosing a wedding gown. “If a bride loves
what she has chosen, she will feel beautiful
and look radiant,” says Alison.
Whatever style a bride prefers, Alison
believes it should always flatter their shape,
fit to perfection and above all be elegant.
“When a bride looks back at her photos in
years to come, wedding gown styles may
have changed, but the elegance will still
be apparent and will therefore remain
Bridesmaid colours are very varied but
popular shades include blush pink, navy,
the re-emergence of red and beautiful
fabrics ranging from soft floaty chiffons to
rich patterned brocades. To Cherish has
also developed a department for fabulous
formal fashion, alluring accessories and
exquisite millinery – the perfect place to
discover your complete mother of the bride
or wedding guest outfit or choose a special
occasion or race day ensemble.
To Cherish aims to make you feel special
throughout your bridal experience and
beyond. Light, bright and resplendent with
mirrors and chandeliers, imagine seeing
how your gown will look as you glide along
the elegant catwalk, sharing the magic
with your beautifully gowned bridesmaids,
choosing all your accessories under one
roof and then having your gown expertly
fitted by the experienced staff at To
Cherish. What more could you want?
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FOR ThE NEWEST
Among other exciting new trends are
two-piece wedding ensembles, fabulous
floaty bridal pants, gorgeous “illusion
pop-over” tops and detachable overskirts
that incorporate a beautiful train. They
allow a bride the versatility of two
different “looks” when worn for the
wedding ceremony and photographs, then
discarded for the reception and dance.
Among the breath-taking selection of gowns at To Cherish, you
will find the newest bridal trends that re-capture genuine classic
elegance and feature blush, rum pink and nude tones that are soft
and very flattering.
There are gowns that feature wonderful
textured lace, woven fabrics, exquisite
tulle and sleek heavy satin. On more
elaborate gowns, the beading and
bling is more subtle and styles provide
exceptional choice from flowing boho
designs to structured gowns that enhance
the silhouette. A more sophisticated boho
style is provided by the arrival of the
Rembo label designed in Belgium. Jean
Fox has launched a new special collection,
while Justin Alexander’s signature gowns
bring a whole new level of magic to the
gowns on show at To Cherish.
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of Your Dreams
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, 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
Borrowed or Found
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
Trade Me. 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, add a sparkly belt or
trim to your personal taste.
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.
Designed & Made
Having a gown designed and made just for you is the ultimate in
individuality, but naturally it will cost you more than a readymade
dress. Your designer will want to discuss prospective ideas
and styles with you, as well as what suits both 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.
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
dressmaker and always ask to see examples of
their work before you decide.
Your wedding gown need not be a
traditional bridal style, colour or price.
Look at ball gowns, cocktail outfits
and maxi dresses. Try summer sales at
designer boutiques as well as chain store
racks and mail order companies. With
style and imagination, a simple dress
can always be beautifully and uniquely
enhanced with classy accessories.
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Brocade is a rich woven fabric
characterised by raised designs
of the same or contrasting
The name brocade is derived from the Italian “broccato”
meaning “embossed”. Dating back to the Middle Ages,
the shuttle-weaving technique creates the fabric from
the usual warp and weft threads, but an additional
supplementary weft gives the appearance of an
embroidered pattern on top.
Brocade made of silk was one of the few luxury fabrics
worn by nobility throughout China, India, Japan and
Persia. In the Renaissance, trade between Italy and other
European countries with the east, brought both the silk
and brocade techniques to the west.
The complexity of the silk weaving looms and the
resulting quality of the silk made Italy the manufacturer
of the finest fabrics in Europe by the 16th century. The
fashions of the day paired perfectly with the luxury and
elegance of brocade, damask and other jacquard patterns.
Motifs initially remained Oriental, but over time Italy
developed its own designs that were further embellished
with precious stones and silver and gold thread.
Modern brocades can still be silk, but are now
predominantly manmade fibres that are less expensive to
make and to buy. Brocade fabrics are mostly produced for
upholstery and draperies and used for stage and theatre
costumes that require lustre. However, the use of brocade
for evening and formal clothing has been at the mercy of
fashion changes for centuries.
Brocade was extremely popular in the 1950s and 1960s
for luxurious-looking wedding dresses and formal
ballgowns, complementing the classic styles of the day to
perfection. The resurgence of these retro styles has revived
interest in elegant fabrics like damask and brocade for
weddings, including waistcoats for the groom.
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Whether you decide to have your BFF as your only bridesmaid
or a cluster of the closest from your clans, you will want them
looking fabulous in the most exciting styles and flattering shades
on show this wedding season.
A variety of current trends feature short, long, lacy, patterned, sleek, full
flared, demure or sophisticated as well as unusual and inspired by every era
from Victorian to Bohemian! So here are 10 new leads, looks and likes to
follow a trend or break with tradition while guaranteeing all your maids are
FLORALS make their colourful way down the aisle this summer. Hot house
blooms, delicate florals or bold tropical prints provide exciting choice to
match your wedding theme and style. Not only do they add a whole new
dimension to your photos, but your bridesmaids can wear them again after
your big day. But keep accessories minimalist, team with strappy summer
sandals and simple toning bouquets to avoid a fussy look in the photos.
COLOUR SENSATIONS of the 2018 season are nude and navy, copper is
the metallic of the moment, lilac is favoured for vintage vibe and cinnamon
enriches country and rustic themed weddings.
SEPARATES return to favour and make a bridesmaid statement that can
suit all shapes and sizes. For formal elegance try a structured skirt with an
off-the-shoulder cropped top, for serious romance try a tulle maxi skirt and
loosely tucked cami or for stop press newness – add black to the ensemble
whether the top or the skirt.
CULOTTES & JUMPSUITS are re-introduced for formal occasions,
including weddings. Choose a tapered leg teamed with killer heels or wide
fluid flares with a cami style top, V neck or cap-sleeved crop. Complement
the sophisticated urban look with bling or a belt or both.
SHIMMER & SHINE are big news for 2018 bridesmaids. Either demure and
pretty with soft pink flowers and nude heels or the razzle dazzle glamour of
sequins, strappy metallic shoes and sparkly Art Deco wreaths or barettes in
RED CARPET: steal inspiration from Academy Award fashion. Think
3D florals, second-skin metallics, knife-edged pleats, ballerina midis, 40s
Hollywood satin and silk, necklines that plung, reveal or conceal and chic
minimalist sheaths with a movie-star cape.
LACE & DRAPE offer a relaxed vibe for your girls as they float down
the aisle in soft sheer fabrics. Lace shrugs and capes equate with elegant
formality or Bohemian style, while low draped backs and off-the-shoulder
styles suit beach ceremonies and classic country weddings.
LENGTHS OR LAYERS: soft floaty layers create different lengths for the
girls’ gowns. From a mini to a maxi, small girls and tall girls can wear the
length that suits them best. But to bring the look together, go for gowns in
the same fabric and team with matching shoes and bouquets.
MODERN & MISMATCHED: be subtle with bridesmaids in a colour
spectrum from light to dark, or be bold with a rainbow of different colours
chosen to suit each individual bridesmaid. Avoid a disjointed look by
choosing single-toned flowers to unify the colour range.
are revived as the ideal accessory for
your bridesmaids. Worn in the hair,
pinned to the gown or entwined
on the wrist they create a “pop” of
colour, delightful fragrance and
hands-free convenience for both the
ceremony and reception.
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There’s nothing more adorable than cute kids in your wedding
party. For little girls it’s the ultimate opportunity to be a princess
for the day and they get a thrill from the frills. For little boys you
sometimes have to work harder to make the idea appeal!
Gifts for Your
AdorAble flower Girl
• a music box
• a novelty money box
• a charm bracelet
• a collector’s doll
• a favourite book
• a pretty picture frame
• a wedding photo
• a jewelled purse
• a picture for her bedroom
• an heirloom jewellery box
Gifts for Your
HAndsome PAGe boY
• a watch
• a wedding photo
• a collector’s model car
• a favourite book
• a money box
• greenstone pendant
• a picture for his bedroom
• a wallet
• sport supporter’s clothing
• decorative box for all his “stuff”
You’ll want them looking gorgeous, but they’ll want to
feel comfortable. So whatever you choose make sure the
outfits are not too hot, too cold or too tight, that they
are the right length, suitable size and definitely aren’t
Make Buy or Hire
Flower girl dresses can be purchased at bridal and ballet
shops or made at the same time as your own gown. For
a less expensive option, find a simple white or cream
dress in children’s wear shops or department stores and
trim with your own choice of embellishments. Little
lad’s suits can be purchased at some department stores
or bridal shops, but as they may not have many other
occasions to wear a suit again, hiring is often a sensible
option for your page boy.
Keep the dress simple and match a detail from your
gown such as a lace bolero, an overlay, a rosette or
appliqué or crystal beads that shimmer and shine just
like yours. Have her dress made in the same fabric,
but in a little girl style or in a shade that fits with your
wedding party colour scheme.
Little boys don’t much like the constriction of a formal
style suit and tie. If you MUST do the suit, let him
discard the jacket later or wear a waistcoat instead. If
you plan to be less formal, your page boy can still look
adorable in a cotton shirt and casual trousers.
Add colour with accessories; a sash, a petticoat, posy of
flowers or hair ribbons for her and a button-hole, vest,
coloured tie and funky socks for him. If it’s chilly, keep
your adorable flower girl warm with a colourful bolero,
cardigan, wrap or Victorian-style coat and a bright
lined jacket and cool dude hat for your page boy.
Tops and Toes
Keep hairstyles, hair decorations or hats as easy to
wear as possible and make sure their shoes fit properly
without slipping or rubbing. Don’t expect them to enjoy
hours of fussing to get them ready and don’t get them
dressed too early on the day or you risk creases and
stains on their clothes!
Practice Makes Perfect
Practice makes perfect so include your small fry in a
wedding rehearsal so they aren’t overwhelmed on the
day. Don’t give them too many instructions, provide
treats, drinks and toilet breaks, expect that they WILL
get tired, so keep it fun and don’t get cross.
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Tattoos are a popular personal decoration and New Zealanders
are among the most “inked” in the world. Tattoos range from
distinctive patterns of cultural significance, a small discreet motif
or an elaborate blend of colours and shapes that is meaningful to you.
While tattoos are generally an accepted style of personal expression and
decoration, when it comes to weddings, they can be quite controversial and
confronting for families and guests. Although you shouldn’t let the opinions
of others determine your preferences at your own wedding, brides often face a
dilemma as to whether to show them or hide them.
If you decide to hide your ink for your wedding you can either choose a
gown design that covers them or invest in a make-up like “derma-blend”. The
cosmetic was developed to cover scars and skin discolourations like birth
marks, but its high-coverage ability has also made it popular among those with
tattoos they wish to disguise.
Like almost any trend, fashions come and go, so it is probable that tattoos
will too. Your wedding photos will be looked at for years to come and by
future generations. Consider whether you would later regret either showing
them or hiding them before you make the choice. You can also compromise
if you are unsure whether to show or hide your ink, by covering them for the
ceremony and in some of the photos, then revealing them at the reception.
Adding to Them
If both you and your partner are “ink
lovers” then an event like a wedding is often
an opportunity to mark the occasion with
a “his and hers” tattoo. It may be the date
of the marriage, you could have tattooed
wedding rings as a permanent reminder, or
a larger scale design with significance for
Your tattoos are already an accessory, often
a bold one, so it is important to choose a
gown that won’t clash and become visually
distracting. Consider a custom-made gown
that is designed to show it off with attention
to necklines, sleeves, etc. Choose a fabric
with solid colour and avoid too many
textures and embellishments on the dress so
that the tattoos are the focus.
Don’t be afraid to veer away from
traditional bridal colours or styles, perhaps
pick a dress colour that tones with something
in your tattoo design. A white gown is often
too stark against coloured tattoos, while
black or dark ink designs can look dirty
against bright white and in the photos. If
you do want to display your tattoos to best
advantage in your photos, put a light layer
of Vaseline on them before the ceremony so
their colours look clear and bright in
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Your wedding make-up needs to last from firstlook
dressing, to dewy-eyed ceremony, to onlocation
photo shoot, right through to dining,
dancing and departing the reception. Therefore,
you will want to use everything at your disposal
to prevent shine, fade or frequent fix ups.
• Start with skin that is cool to the touch – cold water,
ice pack or cooling gel.
• Prep your skin with pore-tightening products that
will keep make-up application smooth.
• Thick make-up can cause more problems than light
coverage because it’s more obvious.
• Use an oil-free primer and less moisturiser to stop your
• Avoid make-up products that run, smear, flake or clump.
• Waterproof and tear-proof mascara is essential.
• Invest in a setting spray that is designed to “hold” your
make-up in place.
• For long-lasting lippy apply a lip primer first.
• Blot if it’s hot – a quick and easy way to remedy shine
or perspiration during the day.
• The simpler your make-up regime the easier it is to
UP DOS & Fringes
Among all the ways we coax our hair into different
shapes and styles to beautify, cute-ify and specify
our particular look, the “up do” still has pride of
place for formal occasions and weddings.
An “up do” adds elegance, is usually more elaborate than an
everyday style and offers plenty of choice in finding a style
that suits your hair’s texture and the shape of your face.
Dressed high on the head or low near the nape of the neck,
there are simple ponytails, braids, or a combination of both;
buns can be ballerina sleek or high fashion messy, there are
smooth chignons and pleats as well as loose coils and curls.
For brides especially, when the hair is up, your face is more
visible and there is more emphasis on the design of the dress,
particularly around the neck and shoulders. An up do stays
in place for the wedding and the reception, is impervious to
the wind for photographs and doesn’t need extra attention
during the proceedings.
But if you want to add a bit more “sass”, join the fringe
revival! The big textured fringe is back, resting just below
the eyebrows or layered to the level of the cheekbones at the
sides. A fringe softens the drama of the up do and provides
both elegant or casual style for formal weddings or beach
bride ceremonies. However, a big fringe doesn’t suit every
face so think carefully before you make the chop or go for a
lighter, wispier forehead fringe.
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For a bridal gown to fit perfectly, it is important to
choose the best underwear to enhance the style of
the dress, support the body shape of the wearer and
combine comfort with luxurious wedding day fabrics.
If you want to be a bride with that gorgeous
golden glow, but without exposure to the
harmful rays of the sun, it has never been
easier to fake it and make it look real!
INSTANT TANNING – has really come of age since
the first streaky results appeared on the market and
on your skin. Most instant tan products offer you
immediate colour which develops into a deeper tone
over the next few hours. Containing both a tint and
a moisturiser, your skin appears smooth, nourished
SELF-TANNING – is a DIY approach that you
can use in the privacy of your own home to create
a natural looking tan over a period of time. With a
milder perfume and smoother application than in
the past, the new green-based products produce a
more authentic tan to complement individual
GRADUAL TANNING – is achieved
with a moisturiser containing a mild selftanning
tint. A subtle change of colour
occurs gradualIy and particularly suits
fair skin or application in winter without
looking fake or unseasonal.
BRONZE-TANNING – can be used
beyond the face to provide depth of
colour on the body too. Avoid bronzers
with too much shimmer or it will look
fake, apply only to areas that are going to
be showing (shoulders, décolletage and
arms) and use a large powder brush to
get effective coverage.
SPRAY-TANNING – can be ultraeffective,
especially when applied
professionally and can last from 7-10
days. So, head for your tanning salon and
let an expert provide you with a seamless
tan from top to toe. Exfoliate beforehand
and avoid moisturisers and deodorants
on the day as they affect the tanning
product. Don’t go for too dark a tan that
looks fake or too stark against the white
of your bridal gown and in your photos.
Once the dress style has been chosen, even if the gown has
not been made, you can purchase your underwear. But always
purchase it before the second fitting of the wedding dress in case
alterations need to be made.
For the ultimate fit beneath their beautiful gown, brides
should arrange a consultation with a lingerie specialist. Research
shows almost 50% of women buy the wrong bra size, but with so
many underwear styles and shapes available it’s understandable,
especially as sizing can often vary from brand to brand.
Traditional light shades of white, cream and champagne are still
the most sought after lingerie colours for brides. Strapless styles
that work well under wedding gowns with open necklines are
always in demand and many ranges of bridal lingerie are designed
without seams to give a smoother shape under the dress.
However the current popularity of wedding dresses from bygone
eras has fostered a noticeable trend to vintage-inspired underwear
and accessories including garters and parasols. White, ivory or
nude stockings are “in” as well as the 40’s styles
that have back seams. But corselets still top
the list, they are elegant and slimming
and those with suspender
belts are currently very
As well as providing the
ideal fit for the gown, a
bride’s underwear should
also be comfortable. So
don’t wear your wedding
lingerie for the first time on
the day, instead, hand wash
items beforehand to remove
any unnecessary stiffness.
While soft, pale tones in silk
and lace are an obvious choice for
the big day, honeymoon lingerie
is often colourful, racy and lacy!
Brides may have chosen classic white
for the wedding day, but they often
want something a little sexy for the
honeymoon or wedding night.
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MAKE YOUR OWN
Making your own anything is usually pretty
satisfying, but an all-natural sugar scrub for face,
hands and feet is easy, effective and the least
fattening use of sugar imaginable! Combining simple
home ingredients, you will produce a unique beauty
product in minutes that will leave your skin silky
½ cup of sugar (either white or brown)
½ cup of oil (olive, coconut or almond)
1 tsp of essential oil of your choice
Optional essence or spice
(cinnamon, turmeric, vanilla)
2 drops of food colouring if desired
Combine the oil and sugar and mix well.
Stir in the essential oil(s) of your choice.
Add optional spice or food colouring.
Store in an airtight container or screw top jar.
Lasts 2-3 months
CHOICE OF ESSENTIAL OILS
As well as selecting your favourite essential oil for its
fragrance, also consider its particular
LEMON & LEMONGRASS – fresh and invigorating
GRAPEFRUIT, ORANGE OR LIME – tangy and
PEPPERMINT – cool and soothing
TEA TREE – cleansing and purifying
EUCALYPTUS – medicinal and healing
PATCHOULI – earthy and relaxing
LAVENDER – calming and rejuvenating
BERGAMOT – gentle and uplifting
GOOD TO GO OR GIFT FOR THE GIRLS
Try your homemade sugar scrub on your hands first
using 1 tablespoon rubbed in then rinsed – so good,
so soft, so simple! But pimp the jar and make some
fancy labels and you have a gorgeous gift for your
girls as well.
Weddings are hard on the feet – especially for brides,
bridesmaids and mothers of the bride and the groom.
To manage several hours of standing, walking and
dancing in your elegant heels or strappy shoes try the
“On Your Feet” wedding day guide!
Choosing the Shoes
You may wish to select shoes of a particular style to
complete your wedding outfit. Choose your shoes after your
outfit is confirmed so that the style and colour are exactly
right whether you favour a court, pump or platform sole.
Remember sparkly sandals and sassy heels make you look
taller and your legs look more shapely! Shoes can also be
coloured or covered as required by professional shoe dying
services, matching them to the fabric of your outfit.
Compatible and Comfortable
Choose them well in advance, but while you’re looking for
shoes to die for, look for comfort, comfort, comfort! Your feet
swell in summer heat and during the course of any day, so
choose a half size larger than usual and buy your shoes in the
afternoon. For extra comfort you can try gel inserts – great
for added “danceability”! Consider the height of the heels,
especially if you’re having a garden or beach wedding and
look for footwear that is appropriate for the season. If the
wedding is outdoors choose thicker heels that won’t sink into
Walk and Wear
Best advice is to wear them in before you wear them out
anywhere. Pop on a thin pair of socks and wear your wedding
shoes round the house often, to allow them to stretch and
soften. If the heels are higher than you are used to, practice
frequently so that your walk down the aisle is confident and
Pedicures and Pampering
Elegant shoes deserve elegant feet inside them! Have a
professional pedicure or purchase a home pedicure kit for
well presented toenails – especially for open-toed shoes!
Indulge in regular heavenly foot spas at home to soften
and remove hard or calloused skin. Nourish and
massage daily with soothing peppermint
BACK ON YOUR FEET
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RING IN A
One of the new style trends in engagement rings,
is the return of coloured stones.
Combined with the sparkle and purity of diamonds, multistone
designs can include your favourite shade of gemstone
or your birthstone. While sapphires, rubies and emeralds are
the “big 3” that always spring to mind, there are other stones
representing all the colours of the rainbow that will make
you an engagement ring of value and unusual individuality.
RED - Garnet
The name garnet comes from the old English “gernet”
meaning “dark red”. Garnets have a crystal structure and
range in colour from mid to dark red and from transparent
to opaque. They are less valuable than rubies but an
affordable and popular gemstone as well as being the January
birthstone. Garnets are mined in many parts of the world but
particularly India, USA, Australia and China.
ORANGE - Tourmaline
Tourmaline is a semi-precious hexagonal crystal gem that
can be of various colours including the unusual “chrome
tourmaline” which is orange. Produced in Zambia, India, Sri
Lanka and USA, the stone varies from transparent to opaque.
However, the rarest and most recently discovered variety of
tourmaline is the Paraiba which was found in Brazil in 1989
and has become sought after for its quality and value.
YELLOW - Topaz
Topaz is a rare combination of brilliance, hardness and
colour, with yellow topaz being more unusual and valuable
than blue. Meaning “fire” in the Sanskrit language, the
golden colour of yellow topaz has fascinated people
since ancient times and been associated with the
earth, harvest and fertility. It is mentioned in the
bible as one of the 12 gems worn by High Priests.
In modern times it has been adopted as the
BLUE - Aquamarine
Known as “the gem of the sea” and chosen as the March
birthstone, aquamarine is derived from the Beryl mineral.
Aquamarine is favoured for its glorious blue-green colours
but the best quality gems combine high clarity with ice blue
colour. Because of the light colour that shows any flaws, it is
important to cut the stone carefully in order to maximise its
brilliance. The best aquamarine is sourced from Brazil, East
Africa, Australia and India.
INDIGO - Tanzanite
This blue-violet toned gemstone is a variety of the mineral
zolsite and changes colour when illuminated, becoming
bright blue under fluorescent light. It was only discovered
in 1967 and has become particularly sought after as it is
only found in a very small area of Tanzania, hence its name.
Renowned international jeweller Tiffany’s uses the rare
tanzanite in a luxury selection of jewellery for wealthy
clients from all over the world.
VIOLET - Amethyst
Amethysts are violet-hued quartz stones named from the
Greek “amethystos” meaning “intoxicate”. The value of an
amethyst is primarily in its colour, ranging from violet to
deep purple – the darker the better. Purple was a colour
associated with royalty, so amethysts have always been
accorded status despite being widely available. The best
quality amethysts are found in Russia, Sri Lanka and Brazil.
GREEN - Peridot
The peridot is a pale green silicote
mineral gemstone. It is the August
birthstone, but was called the “gem
of the sun” by the Egyptians. The
intensity of the peridot’s colour
depends on the level of iron in the
stone and varies from pale leaf
green to olive. Peridots were first
found in ancient times on an
island in the Red Sea, but recent
findings of flawless crystals
Myannmar and Pakistan have
created new interest in the stone.
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Proven Quality & Craftsmanship
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 100s
or even 1000s 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 Jewellers.
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 wedding ring. But finding a
wedding ring to fit around these elaborate
rings can be impossible, so generally a
custom wedding ring is the only solution”,
be made at
the same time
to ensure a
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: email@example.com
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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 Cs 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.
CARAT refers to the weight rather than the size of the
diamond. Originally calculated on scales against carob seeds
that weighted 0.2g each, modern metric measurements define
a “carat” as 200mg. Each carat is further divided into 100
points thus allowing precise categorising of diamond value.
CLARITY relates to the brilliance of the stone and is
graded according to the combinations of mineral traces,
imperfections or visible fractures within it. Completely
flawless diamonds are extremely rare and therefore extremely
valuable as they offer the most natural brilliance.
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.
Your Diamond Investment
For future proofing your investment, buy the best diamond
you can afford. To stay within your budget you can
compromise on size, colour and clarity of the diamonds,
but don’t compromise on the cut. 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.
The unbroken shape of the ring has traditionally
symbolised the enduring vows of marriage and is a
custom of many cultures, especially in the western world.
Although wedding rings are still predominantly made
of gold, the use of other metals can provide modern and
Yellow gold in 18 carat or 9 carat is often chosen for its
longevity and its association with quality and riches. Since
12th century royal wedding rings have been traditionally
made of Welsh gold. Yellow gold keeps its bright golden
appearance, looks good with most precious stones and will
usually last a lifetime if the design is not too delicate.
White gold, either 18 or 9 carat depending on the amount
of alloy added, is a popular alternative and is well suited to
diamonds and ornate settings. You will sometimes see “bimetal”
wedding rings featuring both white and yellow gold
in the design. Rose gold is a combination of yellow gold
and the addition of copper to produce a reddish metal.
Platinum’s silvery look is currently in vogue for wedding
rings. It is also the strongest of metals and will last a
lifetime. Special skill is required to work with platinum
consequently it is also the most expensive wedding band
The wedding ring should always match and fit with the
engagement ring in style, shape and colour of the
metal. They are often designed as a set and
can be purchased together, or the
wedding band put on “layby” until
nearer the date of the wedding.
Modern chunky bling has really caught on for wedding
rings that are masculine statements of style and
engineering! Shunning shiny gold for their wedding rings,
many bridegrooms are choosing innovative designs in
black, silver and steel.
The popular, weighty industrial look of steel
can be polished, engraved or set with stones
for bling that’s rock-star bold! Tungsten is
often chosen for its strength and longevity
– it’s scratch resistant, hypo allergenic and
won’t tarnish. But it does have a down side –
you can’t cut a tungsten ring if your fingers or
hand are injured!
Platinum and white gold rings are often
more traditional, but the “beaten” look is
more contemporary and may also complement
the bride’s rings without losing ruggedness of
style. Traditionally the wedding ring is worn
on the third finger of the left hand, based on a
Greek legend that a nerve from this finger led
directly to the heart.
Ensure you buy your precious rings from a
reputable jeweller. If they are members of a
recognised jewellers association, standards of
design and codes of ethics can be guaranteed.
On purchase a valuation certificate should be
issued to make sure that the ring is
Perfection Made Possible
Custom Wedding Rings
Nestled among the boutiques on New Regent Street, Polished Diamonds provides a
unique experience allowing you to personally design the wedding ring of your dreams.
We realise that putting on a wedding can be an expensive task, which is why at
Polished Diamonds we aim to provide you with excellent value.
Advanced technology promises precision that ensures ultimate perfection. Laser engraving,
3D printing and virtual CAD modelling produce flawless symmetry and ensures the stone
and setting fit seamlessly together, as well as fit perfectly around other rings.
We can size and measure your existing engagement ring and create your wedding ring
to form a perfect set.
Each ‘haute couture’ item comes with a lifetime guarantee and the factory direct value
is simply exceptional – why go anywhere else?
• Lifetime Guarantee
• Made to Match Existing
• Platinum, Gold, Palladium
• Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire
• Gents Titanium, Platinum
• Custom Made – CAD Engineered
• Satisfaction Guaranteed
• Best Value Price Check
JEWELLER OF DISTINCTION
30 New Regent St, Christchurch CBD. 0800 233 299 www.polisheddiamonds.co.nz
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For grooms and male guests, fashion etiquette for a wedding can be confusing in this day and age! In the past
there were clear guidelines for formal or semi-formal attire when weddings were held in churches and chapels.
But with modern weddings at secular venues, in gardens or on beaches, there’s a change in the style of clothes
that are now considered “wedding-suitable.”
– as dressed up as you can ever be!
TRADITIONAL A top hat and tailcoat
with pinstriped striped grey trousers,
white gloves, a white vest, shirt and bow
tie OR a black dinner suit worn with a
white shirt, cummerbund and matching
CONTEMPORARY Any suit with shirt
and tie is now considered formal. It can be
any colour, any cut and almost any cloth.
For most seasons suits may be grey, black
or navy but suits for summer weddings
favour lighter shades, fine stripes or
checks, shirts may be pastel rather than
white, but ties are bold and bright.
– as dressed up as you want to be!
TRADITIONAL A two or three
piece suit, plain coloured shirt and a
coordinating tie OR a tuxedo with
coloured jacket or cummerbund and
matching bow tie.
CONTEMPORARY A suit jacket, sports
coat or blazer teamed with tailored pants,
chinos or khakis, but not denim. Add an
open neck or button down shirt that’s
worn without a tie and finish the look
with swanky lace up shoes in leather or
– as confusing as it gets!
TRADITIONAL Two piece suit or
tailored pants with a blazer or sports coat,
shirt and tie.
CONTEMPORARY Because “smart”
doesn’t always equate to casual and vice
versa this dress guide causes more agro
than anything else. Your best guess is semi
formal minus the jacket, but it still doesn’t
TRADITIONAL Rarely applicable,
but for those who did have low-key
weddings it was still a suit or at the very least
a waistcoat with shirt and tie.
CONTEMPORARY A cool short-sleeved shirt
over chinos, linen pants or tailored shorts. Boat
shoes, clean canvas sneakers or sandals are
preferable to jandals and a hat is great for
the sun – a fedora or straw panama is way
better style than a baseball cap. If the
wedding is island-themed you can
be more flamboyant with
STYLISH SHIRT ACCESSORIES
Shirt accessories are back in style! Once you have
selected your wedding shirt for its style, fabric and
formality, you can choose the ideal shirt accessories
for yourself and/or your groomsmen; tie tacks,
pins or bars, collar tips or cufflinks.
Tie Tacks and Bars
The tie “tack” was worn by wealthy gents to secure the folds of
cravats which were worn in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Commonly made of silk, satin, lace, lawn and brocade, the tack
held the expensive slippery fabric in place. By the end of the
19th century tie pins were worn more widely as cravats became
favoured sporting attire at golf, tennis, cycling and riding.
Tie tacks and pins used pearls and other gemstones together
with gold, silver and other metals, but were also custom
designed with initials and family crests and later with sporting
club emblems and logos. When the Windsor knotted tie became
an integral part of menswear and school uniforms for both boys
and girls, the tie “bar” also had the purpose of holding the tie in
place, but was attached to the placket of the shirt front.
Collars required stiffening to allow the pointed ends of the
collar to either stand-up (like the winged collar) or sit neatly
against the waistcoat front or lapels of a jacket. Accordingly,
small whale-boned “collar tips” were inserted into the
pointed collar via a tiny hemmed slit, which allowed
them to be removed for washing.
Traditionally used to secure the buttonless
cuffs of mens’ shirts, post-war mass
production of shirts included machine sewn
buttons, so the use of cufflinks declined. However they have
recently made a comeback as a distinctive fashion statement
and feature anything from antique to ultra-contemporary
Dress etiquette once demanded gold cufflinks be worn by day,
silver in the evening and pearl for white tie occasions. There are
two main styles of cufflinks; double panels linked by a bar or
chain and a single panel with a swivel toggle to secure the cuff.
The decorative style of cufflinks often included inlays and
gemstones and featured family emblems, monograms and logos,
while today’s designs are colourful, frequently quirky and still
an acceptable gift for the groom and his wedding party.
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In the same way that hairstyles change
with seasons and fashion trends, so do
beards. While it is usually appealing for
guys to enjoy time out from the daily
shave, but women either love beards on
their man, or hate them!
Many beards develop over a summer holiday
when there is sufficient time to grow one beyond
the stubble stage. However, while keeping one
eliminates the daily “razor abrazer,” a beard still
requires some grooming to keep it looking tidy
Just like the hair on your head, the skin beneath
the beard needs to be healthy so there’s no itch or
scaliness. So buy some beard balm to condition
the skin while the beard thickens, then invest in
some Beard Oil to keep the hair itself moisturised.
Trimming and shaping the beard is a matter of
preference, but the style can change the shape of
the face and enhance other features like eyes and
teeth. Ideally it is best to visit a local barber to
establish the shape and style of the beard first, so
that you only have to trim it yourself from time
For grooms who want to sport a beard for their
wedding, be sure your bride is in favour of the
idea and if so, be fastidious about the length and
the longevity of the look in your photographs!
BUT if the beard has to go for clean-shaven
nuptials, remove the growth a week before the
big day so your skin has time to heal from any
irritation that results from clippers or blades. Use
a healing balm to moisturise the skin and SPF
protection if removing the beard leaves your skin
at increased risk of sun burn.
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In Awe of VIDEOS
Having your wedding captured on film is not only a
keepsake for you, but provides future generations with a
unique record of family members, friends, fashions,
food and the traditions at one of life’s greatest milestones.
Surprisingly many couples entrust the recording of this
milestone to an amateur videographer rather than a professional
with the experience and technology to make your wedding into
a story rather than a potentially disjointed sequence of events.
Good videographers are booked well in advance so checkout
costs, styles and packages early in your wedding planning. Ask
to see examples of their work including colour quality, picture
clarity, sound levels and special effects.
Discuss what is required to get the style and length of film you
envisage; how long they need to be at the wedding, how many
cameras they use, whether they have all the digital equipment to
cope with low light and bright sunlight, add music and special
effects and edit the film seamlessly.
Discuss the terms and conditions of any contract, ensure the
videographer is available for the date, time and location of the
wedding and negotiate the fee for both filming and finishing.
Check whether your venue has any restrictions on videography
then provide the videographer with the order of events at the
wedding. List the special guests and important moments you
especially want them to record and get them to liaise with your
photographer so that they don’t impede one another’s work
on the day.
Because a photographer only gets one chance
to capture the magic of a wedding you need
to know they are up to the task.
Rather than simply taking photos, the photographer’s
job is to record a family event for generations to come.
Staying within your budget is always important when
planning a wedding. But because your photographs
are literally priceless, cost should not be the sole
consideration. If you have a limited budget, you can
always book the photographer for a shorter period
A few stunning professional images are better
value than a host of unremarkable ones by amateur
friends or family. Alternatively you could suggest a
contribution towards photography, album or prints as
a wedding present or gift registry item.
It is important to find a photographer whose style
you like, so look at the work of several different
professionals before you decide. Do their portfolios or
online examples provide a range of formal images as
well as fun, creative and spontaneous shots and is the
quality of colour and clarity consistent throughout?
Also find out if the photographer has studio facilities
and “Plan B” in the event of bad weather!
Ideally choose a photographer who is a member of the
New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers
(NZIPP) which requires high standards of professional
ethic and expertise. Members are listed under “Find a
Photographer” link on www.nzipp.org.nz
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before: 31st August 2018
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“A wedding day comes and goes so very fast, many months
of planning pass in the blink of an eye. The photographer
is the most important presence on that day as the photos
taken are the memory of that special day, capturing all
the moments that in time can easily be forgotten. We
chose you as we both felt right from the start, very at ease
with you and after viewing your portfolio we were certain
you would do a great job. I am not even sure how to say
thank you as it seems to short change you somehow, the
images you took of our wedding day left us amazed, the
way you used light, angles and color, was truly beautiful,
you were very gracious to our family and guests and your
presence was unobtrusive. We would be more than happy
to personally recommend you to anyone who is looking
for a first-class photographer with a warm and friendly
manner”. Tina-Marie & Brendon Wright
“Thank you very much for the great job you did with
our photos, we were thrilled with them. We both had a
fabulous wedding day and have lots of special memories.
Thanks again! ” Annabel & Craig
International award-winning celebrity photographer
Dean norrie has photographed some of the world’s
most famous people including; Johnny Depp, Jean
Claude Van Damme, Kylie Minogue, Harry Connick Jr,
Madonna, George Clooney, Bear Grylls, rachel Hunter,
Michael Schumacher, Kelly Slater and the best rugby
player in the world, richie McCaw, to name a few!
My uniQue experience:
Dean Norrie, one-eyed Cantabrian studied professional
photography in Christchurch in 1991, since than he has travelled
extensively and photographed in over 70 countries from 1993
to 2006. After 12 years living and working abroad he finally
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fashion photography internationally, working for London’s
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at sea managing the photographic department on board some
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• “I cherish getting to know you personally, and the special
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photos will excite you. I will maximize your time creatively
breathing life into your images for you to cherish.”
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“The day goes by so fast! make sure to take the time to smell
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You should look and feel fabulous on your
wedding day, so why not show some catwalk
confidence as you walk down the aisle?
DON’T RUSH – instead take time to enjoy
the moment. Take a deep breath, then
make your entrance with a smile – it makes
you look happy and confident even if you
are nervous. Make eye contact with your
groom, let him see you are ready to begin
BE REGAL – hold your head up high,
stand straight and tall and make sure your
shoulders aren’t hunched. Don’t look down
at your feet, instead, glance at your guests
and give them a little smile too. Remember
good posture makes you look taller, more
confident and shows your beautiful gown
off to best advantage.
WALK WELL – don’t stride or shuffle and
be sure that you aren’t wincing with every
step because your shoes hurt! Avoid shoes
with heels that are too high for you to
manage or throw you off balance. Walking
in a long gown also takes practice; the
technique is to use the toe to gently push
the hem ahead of you as you walk.
LISTEN TO THE MUSIC as you make
your way down the aisle. It helps you to
focus on something other than taking the
steps and creates the right pace for you
to reach the altar. Don’t be afraid to use
something with a beat for timing your
walk or something you really like so that
you proceed up the aisle in an unhurried
SMELL THE FLOWERS – literally as
well as figuratively. Take time to savour
your own ceremony, but also enjoy the
fragrance of the flowers you have chosen to
carry just before you begin your walk down
the aisle – your senses will remember the
smell for years to come and you will always
associate that fragrance with your wedding
day. The bouquet gives you something to do
with your hands and disguises any nervous
shakes! Holding your bouquet at waist
height looks natural and relaxed.
DON’T LOOK AT THE
concentrate on your
PERFECT – make sure you
practice at home and in front of
a full-length mirror to get the
full effect. Play your music, grab
some flowers, practice wearing
a long skirt and break in those
wedding shoes so they don’t feel
new, even if they look it!
and trust your
on film in an
It’s a proud day for most
Dads when their son or
daughter gets married.
Traditionally the father of the bride
has more duties than the father
of the groom, although modern
weddings often share responsibilities
for hosting the occasion.
Dad’s first main duty is to pay for much
of the wedding! The groom and his
family traditionally help with the costs of
beverages, but they and the bridal family
may also contribute to other aspects of
financing the wedding.
Dads offer love and support and should
enjoy quality time with his son or his
daughter in the days or weeks before
the wedding. So make the most of those
moments and find some space in your busy
pre-wedding schedule to let Dad know he is
still important in your life – enjoy a coffee
or a quiet drink with just him, take him out
for breakfast or dinner, play a game of golf
or go to a movie you would both enjoy.
Dad is also meant to get his daughter to
the ceremony on time and look smart for her
special day. Dad escorts his daughter to the
ceremony, whether a church or civil occasion
and traditionally “gives her away” to the
Dad must also give a “father of the bride”
speech with anecdotes about the bride’s life
growing up, a welcome to his new son-inlaw
or life partner and a toast to the newly
married couple. Dad and the mother of the
bride are the primary hosts of the wedding,
mingling, meeting and greeting guests
throughout the reception
In modern families there are often Step-
Dads who may wish to be included in the
wedding day celebrations. Depending on
the family relationships and the level of
diplomacy required, step-parents may jointly
host the reception, give a speech or a reading
at the ceremony or simply be among the
If your wedding gown, bridesmaid
dresses or mother of the bride
outfit is being couturedesigned
or made by a
skilled dressmaker from a
commercial pattern, you
may be unsure of some of
the technical terms used
to describe or create a
particular design effect.
DRAFTING is the technical
process of making a paper pattern
for the garment, based on the exact
body measurements of the wearer.
TOILE is a cotton calico version of the gown
or garment. It is made first so that a perfect fit is
achieved before the actual gown is cut from the chosen,
more expensive fabric.
FRENCH SEAMS are sewn twice to provide extra
strength and prevent fraying or unravelling of the fabric.
Modern sewing methods often use overlocking for the
edges and a straight seam to join the parts of the garment.
GODET is a triangular piece of fabric sewn into a dress
or skirt. It adds extra width and volume to the hem and
allows the fabric to flare from the waist or hip.
BIAS CUT is when the pattern is laid across the grain of
the fabric when the garment is cut out. The bias cut is used
to achieve a draped effect, particularly with light materials
such as silk, chiffon and voile.
STRUCTURED gowns are those that are styled with
boning, stiffening or extra lining to ensure a firm fit.
Structure is particularly necessary for strapless dresses or
designs using heavier weight fabric or embellishments such
as crystals or beading.
ILLUSION is a sheer panel of mesh, organza, chiffon
or lace on the front or back neckline of a gown. It
provides delicate design detail and is more modest
than a strapless or backless dress.
APPLIQUE is the addition of pieces of material
or lace that are cut out and then stitched onto
the fabric of a gown to create decorative detail.
Beading is also stitched to the fabric and is
sometimes described as applique.
WEIGHTED HEMS allow the skirt or
train of a long gown to skim the floor and
prevent the skirt catching on the shoes or
heels. Small invisible weights are sewn or
taped along the hem of the gown.
RUCHING is when the dress fabric
is gathered, fluted or pleated for
trimming or to create a style effect.
PLEATING refers to folds in the
fabric which are stitched at the
top to create fullness for the
skirt. Pleating styles can
include inverted, box,
knife or sunray shapes.
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A handbag is the final touch for your
wedding ensemble. Unlike everyday
handbags and totes that contain
absolutely everything, a wedding handbag
only needs to carry the essentials for a few
Evening bags and clutches are brilliant and
beautiful; beaded, embroidered, silk, satin, leather
or metallic, they can be soft or hard sides with
clips, clasps, domes or zips.
Fashion fanatics recommend choosing a bag that
either matches your shoes, or complements an
outfit in a similar or contrasting colour. But for
a wedding you also need to consider the size and
shape of the bag, so that the overall impression is
balanced. If it is metallic, match the bag to your
other jewellery and if it’s a clutch bag, look for the
practicality of a shoulder strap or fine chain to
keep hands free for greeting guests, clasping a glass
and managing canapés!
THE CLUTCH BAG is the overwhelming
favourite for weddings and evening wear.
Carried in the hand or under the arm, it can be
unobtrusively elegant or supremely sassy with
decorative details. The structure and material
define the formality of the bag; leather, satin, silk,
manmade fibre or metal and its modest size forces
you to de-clutter so that it does not bulge or spill
out your essentials. For practicality it should close
securely and fit your cards, keys, phone and lippy
at the very least.
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
1920s when they were made of the same material
as the flapper girl’s dress and were embellished
with jet beads, fringing and embroidery. The
pompadour is a pretty option for
a flower girl or a way
vintage style to
In Awe of MUMS
Mums are special and never more so than on the day you get
married. She will be so proud of you, so why not pay tribute
with some thoughtful ideas that say how important your
Mum(s) is to you.
INCLUDE HER in your wedding
planning, choosing a gown,
bridesmaid pamper sessions,
hens' night celebration and the
excitement on the day of getting
PHOTO CALL and get some
special images just with you and
your Mum. In the busy-ness of the
day it’s a perfect pic opportunity
that is sometimes overlooked with
SOMETHING OLD, NEW,
BORROWED OR BLUE often has
extra special meaning if it has come
from your Mum. So ask her and if
nothing springs to mind, consider
replicating her own bridal bouquet
to represent an older era, new
flowers, a borrowed design and a
blue ribbon or blossom!
PUT IT IN WORDS and invite
your Mum to do a reading, a speech
or a toast at your wedding if she is
agreeable. But don’t forget to thank
her in your own wedding speeches!
A NOTE OR MESSAGE of thanks
is often all she needs. Send her a
note of thanks on the morning
of the wedding, present her with
flowers at the reception or give her
a little gift the day after.
ARM IN ARM with your Dad and/
or Mum and Dad down the aisle is an
increasingly popular trend. Or you
may ask her to be a matron of honour
– there are no rules, just wishes.
VIP OR MVP make her a special
sign, decorate her chair or reserve a
place at the top table.
SALUTE her signature specialty
from the kitchen by including it on
the reception menu or the wedding
FOCUS ON FAMILY with a table,
photo board or power point of
family occasions which also show
her role in your life growing up.
NEVER FORGET – even if you
no longer have a Mum she can still
be part of your special day – carry
her photo, wear her gown or her
jewellery, play her favourite music
and toast her memory.
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CLASSIC or Sassy
As a mother of the bride or the groom you will want
to look your absolute best at the wedding but often agonise for
months over what to wear.
Like the bride herself, mothers can be
spoilt for choice and unsure whether
to have their outfit designed, made or
bought off the peg.
But whether you favour classic or
sassy designs, always aim for a colour
that suits you, a style that’s ageappropriate
and feminine and never
compromise on getting a perfect fit.
Go shopping with an open mind.
Have fun trying on styles and colours
you have never worn before – you
might be surprised how much you like
Be dazzling on the day in a dress,
jacket or ensemble and if you are
unsure of the weather you’ll find layers
are a versatile choice. In a hot climate,
you can always wrap yourself in a
luxurious pashmina or gorgeous shrug
if the evening cools down.
Unless you are a completely standard
height and size, choosing an outfit that
is sold as separate pieces can achieve a
better overall fit. Although an outfit
can be altered or shortened, it is
always less stressful and less expensive
if alterations are not required.
Classic or simple pieces look good
in photos and can be jazzed up with a
stunning hat, statement jewellery or
elegant shoes. Quality garments made
in luxury fabrics also add “special
occasion glamour” to the simplest of
designs. You may have a favourite dress
or style already in your wardrobe that
can be copied and reinvented for a
wonderful wedding outfit.
Select a fabric that breathes, that
doesn’t crease too much and enhances
the style of the outfit. Always choose a
colour range that suits your skin tone
and hair shade, but avoid white or
cream – that’s the bride’s prerogative!
Hats can set off an outfit with
real style and flair and for mothers
of the bride or groom, as well as
guests, hats are back whether the
wedding is formal or informal. The
choice of colours, styles and fabrics is
exhilarating, whether you are choosing
from a range of ready to wear hats or
employing the services of a milliner to
create that special "one off" model.
The style of your outfit, your height,
face shape and hairstyle are all factors
affecting what will suit you. For
weddings the flattering wide brimmed
hat is still favoured for its elegance as
well as the 1920s cloche style. If you
prefer a smaller style, little cocktail
hats and fascinators are very popular
and easy to wear with numerous
shapes and designs to suit the occasion.
Also be careful that your hat will not
hide your face in the photographs.
But if you aren’t planning on a hat or
fascinator, experiment with an elegant
hairdo for the big day.
Traditionally Mothers of the Bride
choose their outfits before the Mother
of the Groom, but there’s nothing
to stop you discussing your ideas or
even shopping together to ensure
the colours and styles you wear
complement one another.
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& Theme It
Themed weddings are very popular overseas, often
involving guests in a costumed production like a
Hollywood movie set. While less prevalent in New
Zealand, the idea of modestly theming your wedding is
catching on. So try these ideas for size and for fun!
Rig up a big screen with a Bollywood movie in the background,
get dressed in spectacular sari silks, put on an Indian food feast
and learn some Bollywood dance moves to share with your guests.
Enjoy iconic Kiwi bach style or a marquee by the beach.
Decorate with kiwiana and cook up a barbecued feast
followed by pavlova, strawberries or hokey pokey ice-cream
in a cone. Enjoy the best New Zealand wines or keep it
casual with handles, jandals, beach cricket and the music of
your favourite Kiwi bands.
Go glitz and glamour with all the fun of a ball. Include
masks in the dress code and keep your guests guessing,
provide elegant dance cards for your friends to fill and
twirl the night away with romantic waltzes and your
favourite music. Serve canapés and a carvery then unmask at
midnight with a wicked laced punch.
Cruise through your reception with a captain’s table, an elegant
sit-down dinner and silver service by waiters in crisp nautical
whites. Decorate walls with posters of gleaming ships and
stunning destinations, hang bright coloured bunting and dance
the night away to a big band sound or orchestra.
Choose a well-known musical like Mamma Mia and guests of all
ages will happily sing for their supper. Do a full 70s retro with
outrageous fashion and a buffet supper or delight the guys with
a 50s Jersey Boys theme, diner-style reception and rock around
the clock until you drop.
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COLOUR – traditionally bridal bouquets were often white
with leafy green foliage. While still a popular choice with
brides, the trend of using colours that match the shade of
bridesmaids’ gowns has become more prevalent and is more
vibrant in the wedding photographs.
SIZE – the size of your bouquet is a matter of personal
choice, but florists often advise smaller brides to choose
a smaller bouquet so they don’t appear overwhelmed or
hidden by foliage. Fashions in flowers also come and go
ranging from tight posies to the current popularity of hand
SHAPE – the style of your gown whether full
skirted or slimline will dictate the optimum
shape of your bouquet to achieve balance and
proportion. Bouquets can be created in many
different ways, but there are 5 main floral shapes:
1. POSY – a circular shape using flowers of equal
size which are grouped in a close, structured
bunch. Colours can be varied, concentric or
random and the flowers can be contained within
a circlet of leaves, lace or ribbon.
2. TRAIL – uses long stemmed flowers like roses
or orchids to create a slender shape from top
to tip, complemented by a wide or narrow trail
of foliage, ribbons or both. The flowers may be
wired to maintain the shape.
3. TEARDROP – combines a round posy-shaped
top with a trail that narrows down to the tip. The
flowers are usually wired so they do not droop.
4. SHEAF – also known as a spray, the sheaf lies
along the forearm or hangs down from the hand.
It is formed with stems of even-length flowers
bound together with ribbon or leaves such as
5. HAND TIED – these bouquets look “just
picked”. The stems are visible and the flowers are
unwired to appear the most natural.
BUT always heed the advice of your professional
florist who will discuss the best flowers for
your preferred shape of bouquet and provide
numerous floral ideas for your bridal party as
well as eye-catching arrangements for decorating
your cake, tables, venues and vehicles.
A beautiful bridal bouquet is a visual work of art, but
fittingly the French word “bouquet” not only means a
bunch of flowers, but is also the word for fragrance.
As one of the most exquisite wedding day accessories, a bouquets
colours and style should always complement your gown and the season
of the wedding.
Historically bridal bouquets featured fragrant herbs and wild flowers
before becoming more formally arranged with special blooms. The
Victorians attributed special meanings to particular flower varieties
such as love, faithfulness and purity, but top of the list then and now,
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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
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 and then make
payments for other services and products as you confirm them. Avoid
credit card purchases but if you do “put it on the plastic” pay the bill
on time and don’t incur any late payment penalties.
Can save you hundreds of dollars if you use some financial and
negotiation skills; buy in bulk, sale or return, end of season sales,
customer loyalty rewards and discounts for cash.
• Shop around for everything – you’ll be amazed at the variation
• Use the same location for ceremony and reception – it saves extra
• Marry any day but Saturday – it’s cheaper and you’ll get the venue
• Have an off-season wedding – it’s fun and far less expensive
• Reduce the number in the wedding party – saves on wedding attire
• 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 buffets or banquets
• Use a single layer wedding cake as your dessert, decorate with fresh
• 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
• Use the skills and expertise of family and friends
• Enjoy a current wedding style that is “small, chic and classy”
• Avoid expensive hen/buck celebrations – keep it simple
• Honeymoon in NZ or look for all-inclusive packages overseas
• Invite guests to contribute to a money wishing well rather than to gifts
• Don’t arrange a lavish wedding that will put you in debt
With a regular savings plan your estimated wedding
budget will become apparent. You can then allocate
the percentage of the budget you have available for
each category of the wedding costs:
& LICENCE 7.5%
MISC COSTS 4.5%
Rather than over-spend, look for ways to “cut
according to your cloth” as the old saying goes. It
means be realistic, find ways to stretch your budget
and be prepared to compromise on some of your
plans if they don’t justify the cost.
purchases but if
you do “put it on the
plastic” pay the bill on
time and don’t incur
any late payment
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If the time and stress of organising your wedding
is going to create personal panic, help is at hand
in the form of a professional wedding planner/
Increasingly, couples are turning to experienced wedding
planners whose knowledge and contacts are often worth
their weight in gold. Sometimes over-looked or viewed as an
unnecessary expense, hiring a professional can often save you
valuable time and money.
The Total Event Coordinator
– will cover all the bases from sourcing products, places and
options, creating the theme, confirming all the details, budget
management, liaising with suppliers and celebrants, arranging
accommodation and styling the day. Many of the most successful
wedding companies offer a variety of wedding coordination
packages that take care of the tiniest details from first discussion
to honeymoon departure! The total event coordinator is
particularly indispensable if you are planning a ceremony away
from home or a destination wedding overseas.
often save you
The Partial Planner
Many wedding planners offer custom-designed packages allowing
brides to choose the amount of professional help they need.
It may simply be during the final week before the wedding,
allocating a specific task or two that you can’t manage yourself or
acquiring general hands-on-help on the big day. Planners often
step in to define and refine plans in the months leading up to
the wedding especially if there is disagreement or the myriad of
decisions becomes overwhelming.
A Wedding Stylist
While there are many coordinators and planners who can style
your wedding beautifully, a stylist is a specialist in creativity.
Focusing on the artistry of a picture-perfect setting, stylists will
“dress” or “stage” the venues for your ceremony and reception.
Using flowers, lighting effects, props, furniture and decorations,
every detail of your design and colour ideas comes to life.
A Wedding MC
Your MC may be a trusted family friend or a hired professional
who keeps the wedding itinerary “on song and on time”. As
well as ensuring the smooth running of the reception, the MC
also acts as a toastmaster, introduces the speeches and speech
makers, controls the line-up for the buffet, conveys important
information or “housekeeping” details, gets the dancing going and
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Although some of Christchurch’s favourite
wedding venues disappeared after the earthquakes,
many have re-opened, re-located or
re-created amenities with much admired
individuality. Within the city and beyond there’s
an impressive variety of venues to suit the style,
size and ambience of your wedding.
Vineyards & Wineries
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.
Hotels, Resorts &Event Centres
Most hotel resorts and event centres have services for weddings
to be accommodated with style and space, inside or out. Many
have dedicated wedding and event coordinators to arrange
your chosen theme, catering, entertainment and ceremony
and they often have a range of competitively priced wedding
packages to suit different budgets.
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
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&Bs, and
the churches of nearby rural
Church Halls & Sports Clubs
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.
Gardens, Gazebos & DIY
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 barbecue, an afternoon picnic or a
“bring a plate” old time wedding.
Be bold and imaginative; ultra stylish weddings seek art galleries,
cloisters, atriums, museums, arcades and theatres as wedding venues
of unique re-purpose, accoustics and ambience.
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Each of the venues and the 53 spacious
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beautifully appointed facilities and tranquil
surroundings make it a sought-after
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opposite Hagley Park and the River Avon,
the hotel offers an exquisite setting for
your ceremony, photographs, reception and
accommodation. Your simple solution.
Wedding facilities at The George include;
Parkview, which can be configured and
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Multi award winning, The Residence
offers privacy and elegance and is an
increasingly popular setting for those
looking for a boutique wedding experience.
Its delightful ambience is ideal for intimate
wedding parties and renewal of vows
ceremonies. It is also possible to book the
entire villa and its accommodation rooms
for your exclusive use.
The cuisine team from The George provide
a variety of menu options to suit your
individual tastes, including fully plated
two or four course dinners, buffets, or the
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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 an
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 the wedding coordinator, to
discuss the many options available to
them. It is the ideal opportunity to view
the accommodation, the different venues
and examples of various menus and setups,
so you can create your perfect day
together. When you meet with the wedding
coordinator to discuss your special day, you
will receive a glass of Nautilus on arrival
(terms & conditions apply).
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 remarkable. The
George are hosting a wedding open day on
Sunday 29 April where you will be able to
view the venues, meet with the team, ask
questions, and check availability for your
preferred wedding date. Mark the date in
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Open Day Sunday
29 April 2018 from 11am until 4pm
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Come and view the venues and rooms at The George, meet our team and
talk about your plans for your wedding day.
Plus a range of our favourite wedding suppliers will be on site from cakes
to flowers, photographers to wedding planners, shoes to jewellers.
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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.
a Ambience of a small wedding at home
b 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 city hotel like The George or Garden Hotel
Farm friendly at Alpaca Farm’s Valley of Peace Wedding Centre
Garden setting at Taunton, 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 Terrace Downs, or Hanmer’s Select Braemar Lodge
m Marquee anywhere you want it
New owners, Dan Shanks and Jonny Schwass, at ilex Cafe
Old historic homes like Tangley on Clyde and Otahuna
Planes to test fly your wedding at Air force Museum of NZ
Quaint and authentic at Ferrymead Heritage Park
Restored and resplendent at Mona Vale or Knox Church
Sports clubrooms Russley, Netball Centre, Cashmere Club
Themed and theatrical at Auroroa Centre or Isaac Theatre Royal
Uniquely scenic at Church of the Good Shepherd or Mt Cook
Vineyards for wining and dining amid the vines
w Wineries in and around the city – Trents, Langdale or Waipara
eXtraordinary quarry (Halswell) or outdoor chapel (Gethsemane)
Yacht Club at Akaroa for indoor-outdoor maritime setting
Zoo your wedding on safari at Orana Park
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If you’re looking for delicious food at competitive
prices, Spitroast.com is the perfect option.
Our ‘I do’ wedding package menu includes our famous mouthwatering
meats cooked on the spit and a selection of great Kiwi
veggies, salads, and dessert favourites. Ideal for large or small
groups from 40-500 people, we have pick-up/delivery options
available or we can bring the spit and cook onsite at your
reception, serving your guests their meal with a smile. Whatever
your choices and however you roll, Spitroast.com will be a
popular, welcome addition to
your wedding party. 0800 333 666
J.Mc J.Mc Photography & & Cinema
j Jump aboard a double-decker London bus
k Kiwis witness your wedding at Willowbank Wildlife Park
l Luxury at Terrace Downs, or Hanmer’s Select Braemar Lodge
m Marquee anywhere you want it
n New owners, Dan Shanks and Jonny Schwass, at ilex Cafe
o Old historic homes like Tangley on Clyde and Otahuna
With years of
experience in the wedding
industry, The Vines Club team
provide a genuinely warm welcome and
top-class, professional service. For extra
peace of mind, one of the crew will be on
hand throughout to take care of all the details,
so you can truly relax and enjoy your big day.
Set in a relaxed, rural environment, The Vines
Club is close to town and the airport, and has
ample onsite parking. With beautiful food
and beautiful surroundings, it really is
the perfect spot to celebrate and
create wonderful memories
to cherish forever.
J.Mc Photography & Cinema
a Ambience of a small wedding at home
b Beach at numerous options around the city or peninsula
c Cruise your wedding on the water with Black Cat at Akaroa
d Dedicated wedding centre at Riccarton Park or Pemberton
e Event-managed at a city hotel like The George or Garden Hotel
f Farm friendly at Alpaca Farm’s Valley of Peace Wedding Centre
g Garden setting at Taunton, Hampton Lea or the Botanic Gardens
h Heritage church like St Michaels or St Augustines
i Ice cool wedding at the Antarctic Centre
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Tucked away in spacious landscaped grounds down a
long, tree-lined driveway, The Vines Club is the ideal
place to celebrate your wedding day.
An inviting entranceway sets the scene on arrival, with a
meandering pathway leading you to spacious, well established
gardens overlooking a miniature vineyard. If you are planning
an outdoor wedding, our unique wedding dell provides a
picture perfect spot for you to exchange your vows.
The beautiful, natural surroundings also provide lots of
great photo opportunities and, as the venue opens out onto
a sheltered patio, your guests can relax, mingle and enjoy the
view while you are having your wedding photographs taken.
With room for up to 100 people, a marquee on the lawn adds
extra space and there is plenty of room for dancing the night away.
Our philosophy is “Your day, your way”. We are flexible in
our approach, and with various different packages on offer, will
work together with you to create the setting and feel you want.
As well as a fabulous venue, we appreciate that good food
plays an important part in your wedding celebrations. The
Vines Club offers a range of different catering options from
delicious, traditional Kiwi food from SpitRoast.com, through
to sumptuous boutique wedding feasts by Verve Real Food
Caterers, who will prepare whatever dishes you wish to serve.
We have a fully licenced bar available and/or you can BYO if
With years of
experience in the wedding
industry, The Vines Club team
provide a genuinely warm welcome and
top-class, professional service. For extra
peace of mind, one of the crew will be on
hand throughout to take care of all the details,
“ Your day,
extra space and there is plenty of ro
Our philosophy is “Your day, yo
An inviting entranceway sets the
meandering pathway leading you
gardens overlooking a miniature
an outdoor wedding, our unique
picture perfect spot for you to ex
The beautiful, natural surround
great photo opportunities and, as
a sheltered patio, your guests can
view while you are having your w
With room for up to 100 people
651 Pound Road, Christchurch
Contact: Dee Taylor
Phone: 021 914 817
Tucked away in spacious lan
long, tree-lined driveway, Th
place to celebrate your wedd
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What to ask your Wedding Suppliers
What style of photography do you specialise in?
May we see a folio of your work?
What prices and packages can you offer?
Are you available for our wedding date?
Are you a member of NZIPP?
How long will you attend the wedding for?
When will images from the wedding be available?
Can you provide a mix of colour and black
When do we need to confirm booking?
What size cake do we need for our
number of guests?
Can you provide a variety of flavours?
Do you have photos of cakes you have
Can we have a tasting?
What prices and packages do you offer?
When will it be delivered?
Will you provide a display stand?
When do we need to confirm and
pay a deposit?
Is the venue available for our date?
Are you licensed for civil ceremonies?
How many guests will it accommodate?
What do your packages include?
What deposit do you require?
What is the cancellation policy?
Would we have exclusive use on the day?
Is there guest accommodation?
Is it discounted?
Do you have mandatory suppliers we must use?
What is the cost range per head?
Do you offer menu tastings?
Do you cater for vegetarians and other
Do you provide crockery, cutlery and glassware?
Have you worked at our preferred venue before?
Do you have your own serving staff?
How many weddings do you cater in one day?
When do you require confirmation?
What is your cancellation policy?
What other catering costs are there?
Weddings with style, elegance,
beauty and atmosphere.
Facilities and catering for your Special day!
• Beautiful Banquet room complete with wine barrels,
• The Cabernet Cottage for smaller intimate weddings
• Beautiful gardens with many special areas like
a pond to tie the knot
• Gardens lit up at night to create a great atmosphere
• Excellent dance area with party lights
• Weddings large and small (25-250 people)
• Affordable wine, beer and aother beverages
• Excellent catering and menus
• Low venue hire charges for off-peak weddings
Call 03 323 7353 or 323 9314 to make a booking
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the
arrangements with our Function Manager to make your
special day, really special.
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
CHRISTCHURCH BOTANIC 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 Azalea 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 and function centre.
EDMONDS FACTORY GARDEN on Ferry Road is an oasis
of smooth lawns, bright borders, a rose garden and a lily pond
providing a variety of settings for a pretty wedding. Thomas
Edmonds, manufacturer of New Zealand’s baking powder,
commissioned the gardens to be built around his factory in
1923. Depicted on the cover of the iconic Edmonds Cookery
Book, the beautifully maintained garden is now all that remains
of the famous Christchurch landmark.
PARK is located on the
shores of Lyttelton Harbour
overlooking Charteris Bay,
the tree lined grounds provide
a superbly natural setting for
picnics, events and weddings.
The old schoolhouse dating
from 1876 can also be hired
and will seat 40 guests.
MONA VALE'S 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.
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Gardens and Parks
WOODHAM PARK 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 ceremonies.
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your wedding at
Terrace Downs and to enquire
about special rates for mid-week
and winter weddings visit
If you are looking for a truly beautiful wedding venue, then look
no further than the scenic tranquility of Terrace Downs Resort.
With indoor and outdoor spaces for your ceremony, reception
and dance as well as luxurious accommodation for the wedding
party and guests, Terrace Downs is the perfect choice for a
wedding at any time of the year.
Located in the heart of a high country, yet within an
hour’s convenient drive of Christchurch and its airport,
Terrace Downs Resort features breath-taking mountain
vistas, deluxe accommodation, superb cuisine, an 18-
hole championship golf course and numerous on site
A unique rustic Clubhouse overlooks panoramic
views of the golf course up to the Alps and Mt Hutt,
and offers a spacious and spectacular venue for dining,
with different space options for weddings large or small.
There are wonderful wedding photo opportunities
nearby as well as more secluded locations accessible by
helicopter or jet boat.
The warm and distinctive décor of the Clubhouse
reflects the high country surrounds making it the ideal
backdrop for indoor photography, while the open fire
creates a magical atmosphere for winter weddings.
Part of the excitement is the wedding party’s
preparation: the generously sized Ladies Powder Room
in the Clubhouse is simply stunning and the perfect
place for the bride and her bridesmaids to have their
hair and make-up done while enjoying delicious snacks
As well as a dedicated Wedding Coordinator to
ensure everything about your special day is perfect, the
Terrace Downs food and beverage team will present a
wedding menu designed to match your theme or style,
served with flair and an attention to detail that will
ensure total enjoyment for you and your guests.
For the ultimate in guest entertainment, pre and
post wedding activities can include the fun of golf,
archery, clay pigeon shooting, horse riding and spa
treatments, with plenty more nearby. And to complete
the total experience, a range of stylish accommodation
is available for up to 110 guests, in beautifully appointed
villas or chalets with stunning views over the golf
course to the Alps. The option of booking the whole
resort is also available for that extra level of privacy and
A VISTA FOR
AT TERRACE DOWNS RESORT
Terrace Downs Resort is the perfect setting for your special day, whether it’s an intimate wedding or
lavish affair. We offer multiple ceremony sites such as The Gorge, with its dynamic scenery or the
cosy atmosphere of The 4th Hole. Indoor venues are also available for weather contingency.
Come for a site view and enjoy a complimentary lunch for the bridal couple.
Book your Summer 2018-2019* wedding before May 31st and receive our unique Powder Room
to spend the morning of your special day getting ready in, free of charge. Book a site view
through our website and quote 'unique' in the comments for this to be available to you.
*Summer, November 2018 - March 2019
Photos courtesy of Mandy Caldwell Photography (TOP ROW) & Handmade Photography (BOTTOM ROW).
Please contact our Events Team for a personalised service.
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You can’t ignore technology, 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 tech-savvy 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 a bit
of both tech and tradition is a nice touch and a wise move.
Avoid a Data Disaster
Whatever 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 a TECHNOPHILE. Losing any of it
would be a data disaster, so to be on the safe side, you can’t go past the
TECHNOPHOBE’S paper trail that includes print or photocopies of
important documents and decisions.
A diary for important dates
Books and magazines for
Calendar or Yearly planner
Paper perfection for your
Post or couriers to send
A guest list for RSVPs
Mood boards of design ideas
Blackboard seating plans
A Marriage licence
Tickets and travel vouchers
Maps for out-of-town guests
Guest visitor book
Photo album on display
Files for important quotes and
Thank you notes
Postcards from your honeymoon
A bit of both
tradition is a
nice touch and
a wise move.
Facebook, Tweet, Twitter or Text for
updating friends and status
A spreadsheet for costs and budgets
Apps to enter wedding and reception
information for guests
Pinterest forum for a zillion wedding ideas
Websites to research wedding suppliers and
Email to confirm quotes and bookings
Internet banking to pay deposits and bills
Paperless Post to send online invitations and
Online website for gift registries
GPS directions to wedding events and venues
Digital photography on CDs and mobile
Instagram the wedding with a hashtag
Snapseed to crop, colour, frame and edit pics
Printstagram pics into posters, prints, books
Stickygram their pics into fridge magnets for
gifts and guests
Eventstagram live feed for absent guests to
share the wedding as it happens
iPod the music selections
You Tube any wedding bloopers
Visa all the wedding/honeymoon travel
Selfie pics from their honeymoon
Language App for overseas destinations
Electronic cards to say thank you
Children can make or break a wedding! Don’t feel
bad if you decide not to invite the children of all
friends and family. But if you do want youngsters
at your wedding, make it “child friendly” for you
and your guests by keeping them restrained and
contained with activities to keep them amused.
EXPECTATIONS: Don’t be too formal or want your littlies
to be. Their attention spans can be short and a wedding is not
everyday-familiar to them, so get their photos done as quickly
ENTERTAINMENT: Let them dance and use up some energy.
If that’s unsuitable have some “kids only” moments on the
dance floor. Have a children's corner with favourite toys or
games, put on a movie in a special “kid zone” or give them
some time in the photo booth with some dress-up items.
Guest lists can be one of the biggest wedding
nightmares. Guest list expectations are why families
fall out, couples elope and friends get offended!
Naturally you and your families want everyone to share your
happiness, but unless you have unlimited funds, you can’t
invite “the world and his wife”. So if you have a full house and
need to prune down your guest list, do it fairly and without guilt.
Make a potential guest list before you start planning the
wedding budget. Include those who have been the most
important influences in your lives growing up and add those
who are important parts of your lives now. They should be the
core of your guest list.
But there will also be pressures to invite your parents’
friends, ex-neighbours, work colleagues, the children of friends
and family and distant relatives! But if your budget is modest
or you simply prefer a small wedding, eliminate the following
from your guest list:
• Children (except your own!)
• Ex wives or husbands (really?)
• Single friends’ new partners (too soon)
• Workmates (except for a special colleague perhaps)
• Relatives you haven’t seen for a decade (too late)
• The boss, bank manager, doctor or accountant (keep a
Don’t feel obliged to invite someone because they invited you
to their wedding, don’t invite anyone you actively dislike and
don’t be bullied into inviting people neither of you know!
If you absolutely can’t bring yourselves to reduce the
numbers or cope with the flak, compromise; invite everyone
you want to the ceremony, serve a toast and wedding cake
afterwards to all guests, then have only your nearest and
dearest at the reception, or elope to a distant destination!
FOOD: Make sure some things on the
menu are suitable for children. Keep sugary food
and drinks under control and don’t require them to sit through
several courses. If need be, feed them earlier than the adult guests.
CURFEW: Don’t expect young children to last until midnight.
Have a couch or two where they can lie down or arrange a room
and a babysitter. Perhaps invite little children just for the ceremony
and nibbles or have a friend or relative take them home early.
Tie the knot & kick up your heels
Keep the day fun with
treats and rewards, provide
food, drink and toilet stops.
Give them “activity” packs like
the airlines to avoid boredom
or join in with guest games
if you have some
Nestled amongst five acres of beautiful rose gardens, Chateau
on the Park, a DoubleTree by Hilton is the ideal backdrop for
the big day you’ve been dreaming of.
With packages starting from just $2,000, our dedicated
wedding experts will take care of every detail from ceremony
to reception to ensure your wedding day is unforgettable.
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A newly popular
trend is for the
“top” table to be
among the guests’
The bridal or “top” table is the centre of attention at the
reception. Guests want to see the happy couple and those making
speeches during the occasion, but how to seat the bridal party is
often a dilemma without offending your nearest and dearest.
The traditional seating of the bridal table used to include the bride and
groom and their parents, plus the best man and the chief bridesmaid.
However blended families and the trend to larger numbers in the bridal
party has made this arrangement more difficult.
Contemporary solutions are often to seat the newlyweds and their
attendants at the top table, while their parents each host a nearby table
of their relatives and close friends. This can still work even if one or both
sets of parents are divorced. A newly popular trend is for the “top” table
to be located centrally among the guests’ tables, thus allowing them to be
more social and interactive with their guests.
When deciding who should sit where and with
whom, the following guidelines are useful for
creating a seating plan that works for your
guests whether they are family, friends, single,
couples, families or different age groups.
• seat guests who already know each other together
• OR seat those together who you think will get
• Don’t split up couples to even the numbers per table
• Don’t stick rigidly to equal numbers of males and
females per table
• The closer people are seated to the bridal table,
the more honoured
• Avoid seating divorced couples next to each other
• Create a specific seating plan for formal weddings
• For informal weddings, designate the table but
allow guests to choose their seat
• Allocate an area for families with young children
with highchairs and activities
• seat older guests together where they can hear
• Display your seating plan prominently
• Don’t allow guests to swap seats – it upsets
numbers and ruffles feathers
• Choose the best table size and shape for
convenience and conversation
• Make sure there is adequate space for guests
to sit comfortably
At home, on a beach, in the middle of nowhere -
where ever it might be, we’ve got everything you need to create a
beautiful marquee or destination wedding.
We’ll help you create a venue that’s just right for you and your guests. We offer various marquee styles and
sizes, all with beautiful fitout options. We’ve also got all the accessories you need to add your personal touch
and bring your vision to life. From elegant glassware, crockery, cutlery and high-quality furniture to
beautiful silk liners and options for the all-important dance floor. We can also provide outdoor and location
based wedding event essentials like luxurious portable toilets, lighting and power.
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Styling your venue should be fun! But before
you start looking at all the fine details and
decorations you need to establish the colours
you like, the level of formality you are comfortable
with and the theme you envisage, whether classic,
rustic, romantic or quirky.
If you already have the colour, formality and theme sorted, you can
decide on who and how it is all going to take shape. If you want
spectacular wow and your budget allows for it, then engaging the
services of a stylist will give you an expert eye for the detail. Their
skill and experience can create a mood or a look that brings furniture,
lighting, fabric and décor together in a way that complements the
style of the venue and the theme you desire.
It is helpful to a stylist if you meet over an inspiration board that
highlights your favourite fashion and decorator ideas and gives
them an insight into your personality and individual style. They will
certainly be full of innovative ways to bring your theme and colour
palette to life with flowers, linen, lights, tableware and accessories.
Flowers are ideal for establishing mood, colour and formality.
There are flowers to suit every taste and budget; they can decorate
aisles, tables, walls and marquees, they can be the star attraction or
a beautiful backdrop and they can be romantic, exotic, minimal,
colourful, simple or elaborate.
Fabrics can transform a room from plain to elegant
effortlessly. Draping swathes of fabric on the walls or ceilings,
around poles or over chairs is a clever disguise that swaps
functional for magical in an instant.
Table Linen is a key component of creating the
right atmosphere. Most venues provide floor length white
tablecloths and napkins that can be accessorised with your
colour theme, although usually you will have to pay extra if
the venue supplies the non-white items. Alternatively, you can
source coloured table cloths, runners and napkins yourself,
either purchased or hired.
Tableware supplied by the venue will most often
include white china, standard stemware and cutlery that can
be dishwasher-cleaned. But there are venues that provide
luxury level crystal, silverware and fine china if you wish
to pay more. Whatever you choose or afford, be sure all the
cutlery matches and the china and stemware conform to the
same design, size and shape.
Table Sizes &Shapes are also part
of styling the room depending on its dimensions and the
formality of the wedding. Round tables create intimacy,
oblong tables are good for seating a large number of guests
and long tables are ideal for a banquet-style reception.
Décor: Accessories comprise all the finishing touches
to the room and make your style visually apparent; lights,
lamps, candelabra, urns, pedestals, plants, topiaries, vases,
table decorations, bowls, baskets, bunting, signage, menus and
place cards. By all means dress up the room but be sure your ideas
won’t impede the waiting staff and don’t clutter the tables with so
many decorations that there is no room for plates and glasses!
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&Divvy-ing the Duties
Organising all the aspects of a wedding is difficult enough, but family dynamics
can be dynamite! The pressure on the bride and groom to meet everyone’s wishes
and expectations can be immense, especially if there are blended families, divorced
parents, step relationships and new partners to consider.
and leave no
There’s no formula to successfully sorting the
situation, but avoiding potential strife, tension,
offence and disagreement is always easier if
you can talk things over before they get out of
hand. The bride and groom need to take the
lead, be firm, be diplomatic and be as inclusive
as possible when it comes to divvy-ing up the
If divorced parents are on good terms, they
will want to share a happy, stress-free wedding
day and are also likely to share its expenses. If
there is tension, the bridal couple can simply ask
the various parties to put aside their differences
so that the occasion can be enjoyed on the day
and in retrospect.
Invitations usually name both sets of birth
parents as hosts of the wedding, but if there
are step parents and new partners, an agreed
compromise might have to be made – name all
of them or none of them and just provide the
names of the wedding couple!
The bride chooses who will walk her down the
aisle, gives her away and makes a speech. It can
be Dad or Mum, or both, it might be a Stepdad
or even both Dads, or a brother if it becomes
too competitive. But involve your Dad and your
Stepdad in some way to avoid them feeling
unimportant on your big day. Also ask the
partners of your divorced parent(s) to help with
something at your wedding so that they can also
Seating can also become too associated with
family hierarchy. Disputes about who sits closest
to the bride and groom can be alleviated if the
top table accommodates just the bridal party,
while divorced parents can each host their
special guests at their own table nearby.
Make sure your wedding photos include your
birth parents together as well as with their new
partners/other children. Your wedding is your
day for sure but it is also a family milestone so
be gracious and leave no one outside the circle.
We make good things happen,
when you say ‘I do’.
Riccarton Park have so many ways to create the wedding of your
dreams, with a lifetime of memories.
Experience the Riccarton Park difference. With beautiful parkland settings, a wide
selection of indoor venues and outdoor areas, and an experienced team of wedding
co-ordinators and caterers on hand, we can make your very special day, perfect.
We welcome enquiry, so visit our website for
lots of helpful information, and to explore
all our venues and current menu options.
Remember, these can all be tailored to
suit your individual requirements, so don’t
hesitate to give us a call.
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information or to
view the venue
contact the Wedding
Team on 03 385 3132
ON THE LAWN
“Love on the Lawn”
is the Garden Hotel’s
intimate wedding venue.
Located at 110 Marshland Road, the hotel is
well known for its Garden Buffet Restaurant,
GBC (Garden Bar Café) and selection of
accommodation options. But with the
addition of facilities dedicated to wedding
ceremonies, the Garden Hotel offers a venue
that covers all the bases and is ideal for
intimate weddings of up to 60 guests.
“Wedding receptions have always been
popular at the Garden Hotel, but we are
now pleased to offer a special area that can
accommodate wedding ceremonies too,” says
Margaret Wong, General Manager. “An ornate,
romantic gate opens to a private courtyard
with a manicured raised lawn surrounded by
paving, plantings and a spectacular pagoda
that was specially designed to resemble a
Beyond the courtyard is an attractive
function room with full bar facilities and
comfortable amenities for a wedding
reception. The simplicity of the area means
that a bridal couple can transform it with
their own theme, personalised with flowers,
plants, chair covers, decorations and candles
and lights to make it magical.
Catering can be created according to the
couple’s preferred style and taste. From dainty
canapés or cocktail finger food to a seated
banquet buffet complemented by a selection
of New Zealand wines as well as imported
wines, beers and spirits, Margaret and the
Wedding Team at the Garden Hotel can
design a menu to suit any budget.
On-site accommodation and various
accommodation packages also provide the
ideal comfort and convenience for the couple
and their wedding guests.
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SEE US AT THE
SHOW DAY DEALS
at Garden Hotel & Restaurant’s
Love on the Lawn
At the Garden Hotel & Restaurant we are
delighted to provide you with a range of
options to tailor your special day and
assist in making your day unforgettable.
For more information please contact THE WEDDING TEAM on 03 385 3132
110 Marshland Road, Shirley, Christchurch
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Dunedin is one of New Zealand’s iconic cities
and combines strong Scottish heritage and fine
architecture. Alongside a scenic location of
hills and harbour, the Dunedin City Council
operates some superb venues that offer unique
ambience for your wedding ceremony, civil union
THE DUNEDIN CHINESE GARDEN is New Zealand’s
only authentic Chinese Garden, the only authentic Scholar’s
Garden in the Southern Hemisphere and one of only three
outside China. A perfect miniature of a traditional Chinese
landscape painting, this garden encapsulates the essence of
There are many different spots around the garden which
will provide beautiful backdrops for your wedding photos.
The traditional high garden wall encloses you and your
guests in your own private sanctuary, and the rest of the
world seems far removed.
The Dunedin Chinese Garden is a flexible venue offering a
sophisticated, memorable setting for up to 100 people.
THE DUNEDIN PUBLIC ART GALLERY is a distinctive
and elegant venue for your civil union or wedding ceremony
and reception. A team of professional, friendly and
experienced staff will work with you to put together the
right combination of spaces for you and your guests.
These can include canapés and a glass of champagne on
arrival in Donaghy’s Foyer; the couple’s entrance down the
Gallery’s grand staircase and a dine and dance in the ODT
Gallery under the glass ceiling. The Gallery is fully licenced
and you have the option to use your own caterer if you wish.
TOITŪ OTAGO SETTLERS MUSEUM is within walking
distance of the Octagon and accommodation facilities and
is the perfect venue for your wedding reception. Offering
a combination of diverse spaces, the museum is able to
accommodate everything from small, intimate functions to
larger, lavish events.
With floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking Dunedin’s
Heritage District, warm heart rimu floors and Oamaru and
local bluestone detailing, the expansive Josephine Foyer
is large enough to accommodate up to 500 people. The
stunning Art Deco NZR Lounge is an ideal space for drinks
and nibbles and great for small social events at any time of
the day or evening.
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Just a few kilometres from downtown Dunedin, Otago Peninsula
forms the southern boundary of the harbour. While small
settlements cluster around some of the many bays, others are
the preserve of a rare variety of protected wildlife. This largely
unspoiled environment of hills and coastline provides Dunedin
with a unique recreational, historical and ecological playground.
Best known among the attractions of the peninsula are the Royal Albatross
colony at Taiaroa Head and Larnach Castle. Taiaroa Head is home to the
only mainland colony of albatross in the world as well as a unique number
and variety of seabirds and marine life, attracted to the area by an abundant
source of food. Wildlife can be viewed on land or from a cruise on the
Other ecological attractions are the Yellow
Eyed Penguin Conservation Reserve and
the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre
at Portobello. The reserve offers an
amazing opportunity to view the
activities of the penguins within 2m
without the birds being disturbed
and to learn about conservation.
of hills and coastline
provides Dunedin with
a unique recreational,
historical and ecological
Larnach Castle was built in 1871 by merchant,
baron and politician William Larnach. The
finest materials were sourced from all over the
world to complement its imposing grandeur and
spectacular peninsula location. A fascinating past
of drama, scandal and ghosts adds to the castle's
intriguing history. As well as a tearoom, gift
shop and a plant boutique, the modern Larnach
Lodge is set in the castle’s magnificent grounds
accommodating overnight guests.
Also in 1871 George Gray Russell purchased 30
acres of land on the Otago Peninsula and built a
fine home which he named Glenfalloch. Around
the homestead he planted magnificent trees and
gardens which subsequent owners have added to.
Today Glenfalloch Woodland Garden is popular
with many visitors who can also enjoy a meal at
the homestead, or cafe and wine bar as well as
the facilities for conferences and functions.
The peninsula has also become home to many
local craftsmen; potters, spinners, weavers and
painters, many of whom combine their crafts
with homestay and farmstay opportunities
for visitors. Fishing, swimming, sailing, horse
treks, 4WD tours, rock climbing, tramping and
kayaking are all made possible by the diversity of
Otago Peninsula's hills and harbour. While easily
explored independently, visitors can also enjoy
the peninsula experience by joining a number of
small group tours that are available, taking the
Otago Peninsula Express, flightseeing or cruising.
Discover Larnach castLe
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Discover a city of quintessential
Scottish charm which has
provided New Zealand with its
first university, the only castle,
the steepest street, a city of fine
Victorian buildings and naturally,
its own Scotch whisky!
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 on its scenic excursions
daily from this grand Edwardian edifice. Nearby
is the magnificently redeveloped Toitu Settlers
Museum and the Chinese Garden or you can
indulge in a Cadbury World experience or visit
Speight’s Brewery which produces a fearsome
number of pints each week.
Forsyth Barr Stadium is the only covered
stadium in the country and is a fine venue for
sporting and concert events too. The university
buildings date from 1869 and the Otago Museum
is renowned for its excellent exhibitions, 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!
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 an integral part of
your southern road trip
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org • www.dunedinrailways.co.nz
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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.
A RELIGIOUS CEREMONY
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.
AN INTERDENOMINATIONAL WEDDING
May be held in an “all faiths” chapel with the minister or celebrant
of your choice and include religious and non-religious traditions
A CIVIL CEREMONY
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, a Judge or a Justice of the Peace and includes a simple
exchange of vows with a minimum of two witnesses.
A SECULAR WEDDING
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.
SAME SEX CEREMONY
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 opt for a religious wedding or choose a secular ceremony.
A MILITARY WEDDING
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.
the heart of the
A SHIPBOARD CEREMONY
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’s captain, the chaplain or a celebrant who comes on board to
officiate. Most couples continue afterwards on a honeymoon cruise.
May be carefully planned “getaway” weddings or spontaneous
ceremonies 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
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
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
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• APPLY FOR YOUR MARRIAGE
LICENCE IN PLENTY OF TIME
• WRITE DOWN YOUR VOWS IN
CASE YOU FORGET THEM
• HAVE A BACK-UP PLAN FOR BAD
• DO A MUSIC SOUND CHECK
BEFORE THE BIG DAY
• CLARIFY THE VENUE’S POLICY
• BRING PEW OR AISLE
• ENSURE YOU HAVE CANDLES,
LIGHTER AND A PEN
• HAVE READING GLASSES ON
HAND IF YOU NEED THEM
• DON’T FORGET THE RINGS
• ALWAYS HAVE A REHEARSAL
WITH THE WEDDING PARTY
of Meaning &Dignity
The main event of any wedding is the ceremony which legally
binds two people to the promises they make to one another.
Amid all the details of planning the big day, never forget
that the ceremony is more about what you say than what you
wear or what you eat!
When planning to marry, a couple should consider when and where the
ceremony will be held. The setting helps to create a special atmosphere for
their marriage vows, enhanced by the music, readings and rituals they choose
to include. Whether a wedding is religious or secular, certain ceremonial
elements are usually present and help to establish the format of the
CONVOCATION The gathering family and friends to witness the
INVOCATION The actual words of the marriage ceremony
CONSECRATION A reminder of the serious intent of the ceremony
READINGS To illustrate values of special significance to the couple
VOWS The promises of a lifetime
RINGS Blessed and exchanged
PRONOUNCEMENT Recognition that the couple are now legally
husband and wife
KISS OR EMBRACE Seals the promises they have made
BENEDICTION To offer good wishes to the newly married couple
SIGNING Of the register which is a legal requirement of any wedding
You may choose to marry in a church, a hall, house or hotel, in a park, garden,
vineyard or marquee, on a boat or a beach, in a forest or on a mountain, but
if your wedding is non-religious, you will need the services of a registered
marriage celebrant to ensure the legality of the marriage.
Provided you observe the legal requirements of marriage in New Zealand,
your ceremony can be as individual as you wish. However, a wedding has
serious intent and therefore the ceremony deserves some solemnity. It can be
spiritual without being religious, but it should always be meaningful
The perfect venue
for both indoor and
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to Do or Ditch
Many wedding traditions are based on cultural customs or
superstitions, or are long standing. In New Zealand, due to
decades of immigration by many different cultures we have
embraced a hybrid of customs from all over the world.
Frequently they have evolved into modern versions of old traditions
and sometimes the original meaning has been lost. Today’s wedding
couples may want to do the traditional things, but if not, it’s ok to
ditch them and create new customs of your own.
It’s unlucky for
the groom to see
the bride before
are the only
A Father gives
the Bride away
Tradition began when
Queen Victoria wore
white for her wedding
and we have continued
it ever since
Enjoy the element of
surprise when you
meet at your wedding
Diamonds are the
hardest stones hence
the belief that they
Most Dads are proud
to do this special duty
Wear any colour you like from
shades of cream or subtle
pastels to bold red, gold, silver
or even dramatic black
Embrace the new trend of
“first look” photos before the
ceremony or arrive together
Sapphires are the colour of
fidelity and many coloured
stones can be just as rare and
valuable as diamonds
But you can be given away by
a brother, mother, friend, or
no-one if you prefer
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 celebrant.
But… what do they do, what will they charge, will they help
with writing vows, what are the legal requirements, will they
accommodate your wishes, can you meet them beforehand
and do you like them?
A marriage celebrant is registered by the Deptartment
of 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
Choose two or three to contact and discuss your
wedding plans with them. From their response
you will be able to decide who “fits” with your
plans best and of course who is available for
the date you have set. Expect fees of up to $500 for
their services on the day.
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
their name after
Are usually your
nearest, dearest and
most trusted guy and
It’s expected by the
guests and a lighthearted
Becoming “Mrs” may
be thrilling for a new
Roles are no longer genderspecific.
A girl can be your
supporter in the role of
Best Man and a guy can be the
Bride’s attendant if you wish
You might prefer your
bouquet to be a keepsake or
donate it to someone
Many brides choose to keep
their maiden name, especially
if it is their business profile and
inconvenient to change or explain
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Creating Everlasting Memories
MARRIAGES • ELOPEMENTS • LGBTQI • VOW RENEWALS • ANNIVERSARIES
My genuine passion, creativity, knowledge and experience enables
me to create a partnership with my couples. I have a special interest
in Social and Cultural Diversity, Traditions and Rituals. This enables
me to encapsulate and reflect the “True Essence” of the couple
throughout their ceremony. Styled with a refreshing, fun experience
by blending both Traditional and Contemporary elements within my
Delivered with a unique, candid and modern feel.
Tania Johnson Scott CELEBRANT
Certificate in Celebrant Studies Member of the Celebrants Association of New Zealand
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Creating with you
a personal service
to reflect your love
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Your Guide to
1. CREATING AN IMPRESSION
Once you have announced you are getting married, you will begin
to plan your wedding day, one of the biggest events of your life.
The role of your invitations is to get your guests excited about the
event and the effort you put into your stationery style tells your
guests what to expect. A gorgeous invitation instead of a plain card
conveys an elegant impression and makes them want to attend.
2. AVOID A STATIONERY DISASTER
Decide whether you want to make your own invitations or
purchase your wedding stationery – it’s all about the money or
the time! Making or buying a sample of your stationery design
helps you make a confident decision. Investigate the costs – you
may find DIY less economic than you expect once you have added
up all the components. Every stationer is different so ask what is
included and what is extra so that you can make a fair comparison.
3. AVOID PROCRASTINATING
Life just gets busier so get organised! Traditionally wedding
invitations are sent out 6-12 weeks in advance of the wedding.
However, out of town guests who may need to make travel and
accommodation plans, will need an earlier invitation or perhaps
a “save the date” card. Invitation designs and printing can take
several weeks, so order them so you have plenty of time to get
them to your guests.
4. CONFIRM THE GUEST LIST
Guest list expectations can become awkward and often require
compromise to keep the numbers realistic. Some brides have
a “must invite” list and a backup list of guests who receive an
invitation if another guest can’t attend. Make sure you have a
comprehensive and accurate record of addresses for all your
5. AVOID ETIQUETTE MISTAKES
Some modern brides save time and money by using email
or social media to invite people to their wedding. But many
wedding consultants discourage the practice as “poor etiquette
and disrespectful to their guests”. They accept email, Facebook or
texts for low-key events and parties, but they believe a posted or
hand-delivered invitation is a better match for the specialness of a
6. HAVE CLEAR RSVP INFORMATION
It is recommended to have the RSVPs returned a month after
sending the invitations allowing you time to confirm numbers
with your reception venue and caterers. If your invitation also
includes guest information about transport, accommodation,
babysitters you are arranging for them, be sure to include a space
to RSVP on those as well.
7. PROOFREAD YOUR STATIONERY
Typos are so easy to miss, but any mistakes are guaranteed to
spoil the effect of your wedding invitations. Go through every
word, every line and every name to ensure there are no spelling or
grammar errors, the information is correct and makes sense, that
the font size and style is suitable and the layout is consistent. If
you are not confident to proof everything yourself, get a trusted
friend or family member with an eye for detail to help you.
8. ORDER YOUR
When you are happy with
your proofing the final version
is confirmed you will need to
order your stationery, which
may include RSVP cards, place
cards and thank you cards as
well as the invitations. Total
how many of each item you
will require as an all-in-one
purchase is usually more cost
effective. Order a minimum of
10 extra invitations just in case
and keep one as a memento.
9. ADDRESSING YOUR ENVELOPES
If you are hand-addressing your envelopes order 10% more of them
to account for smudges or errors. Alternatively you could create
some fancy labels with guest names and addresses to put on the
10. PAYING THE POSTAGE
Envelopes with distinctive shapes and sizes are exciting to receive,
but posting them can cost more if they don’t conform to standard
weight, shape, dimensions and thickness. So make up a sample
and check out the potential cost at the post office first because
you wouldn’t want your beautiful invitations returned for lack of
postage.Other options include hand delivering to guests who live
locally so that you only need post those at distant locations.
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Wedding speeches are meant to convey good wishes to the
bridal couple and good manners to the parents and the
guests. A fluent, audible and entertaining speech is always
appreciated, but an inappropriate one can spoil the event
and give offence long after the celebration is over.
Don’t freak if you have to speak! If the
wedding is formal, simply provide a
formal toast to the Bride and Groom
and some gracious comments about the
couple’s lifestyle relationship and future
together. Further toasts and replies to
parents, bridesmaids and absent friends
A good speech is all about preparation,
so speak clearly, be sincere and natural,
keep it short, practise beforehand,
have prompt cards if you wish, make
eye contact with the guests, propose
A good speech
is all about
the toasts properly, pronounce names
accurately and use humour carefully.
If the wedding is informal, there is
scope for introducing more creative
speech making that involves interaction
between the wedding party and their
guests. With technology you can prepare
your speech as a documentary about
the couple. Introduce a weddingthemed
quiz with rounds of questions
throughout the reception. Put your
speech to music or write it as a poem or
a rap with a chorus from the guests.
If there’s going to be music at
your wedding, then as the hosts
you’ll be expected to dance!
Instead of an embarrassing
shuffle round the floor, why not
approach your first dance as a
couple with confidence?
Dancing has become popular again and
there is plenty of dance tuition available,
both private of in a class. Many dance
studios offer special lessons for the bride
and groom or even the entire wedding
Most dance tutors can help a novice
with some simple steps for a first
wedding dance, or choreograph a special
routine for you to perform at your
wedding if you wish. Beyond a one-off
brush up of basic moves, you could
throw yourself into dancing as a new
activity for fun and fitness together!
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We all know that along with the venue and your
dress, the food you serve plays such a special part in
your wedding day.
venues and marquees,
to wool sheds and beachside
settings, we work our culinary magic
in all sorts of wonderful locations. We
partner with a huge number of wedding
destinations and venues, and we also have
a fully mobile commercial kitchen, which
means we can treat your guests to
delicious, real food wherever you
Real food, wherever you want it
From traditional venues and marquees, to wool sheds and beachside
settings, we work our culinary magic in all sorts of wonderful
locations. We partner with a huge number of wedding destinations
and venues, and we also have a fully mobile commercial kitchen, which
means we can treat your guests to delicious, real food wherever you
are celebrating. We also pride ourselves on providing exceptionally
high levels of service so that your wedding feast is sure to be a truly
memorable part of your celebrations.
If this all sounds like a fairytale, please do visit our website,
www.vervecatering.co.nz to see testimonials from our very happy
customers. Please note, we are a boutique catering company and our
diary fills particularly quickly in the wedding season. We have chosen
to remain small so that you receive the first class service personal you
deserve. This exclusivity means that you do need to book us promptly if
you want your guests to enjoy the Verve Real Food experience on your
You’ll enjoy real food prepared with flair and the freshest of
local seasonal ingredients when you choose Verve Real Food
Catering to look after you on your special day. Our talented
team cook everything from scratch and are well known for
being flexible when it comes to menu design. We can make
recommendations from our extensive repertoire to create
exactly the menu you want and are more than happy to
incorporate your favourite dishes, make your favourite family
recipes and, if you’ve caught your own crayfish or venison for
example, can even use your own special ingredients.
We are real foodies and true romantics at Verve, and will be
flexible not only with your menu, but can also work within
your budget to give you the wedding feast your heart desires.
And what’s more, we can cook for you and your guests, pretty
“The food was delicious,
the service was faultless
and they were such a lovely team of people.
Our guests raved about the food.
We honestly could not have asked for
Mr & Mrs Jones, wedding breakfast,
served with love.
Whatever you want,
wherever you want it.
Fresh and exquisite...
a real food experience.
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03 374 6662, 021 709 220
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There is some sweet new inspiration and innovation in wedding
cakes! You no longer have to have a rich traditional fruitcake
unless you want one, but with the trend to having your wedding
cake as a dessert, style, taste and flavour take precedence and you
can let your sweet imagination run wild.
A decadent scarlet-coloured sponge beneath dark
chocolate icing or white cream cheese fondant. Serve it
spectacularly with berries.
A dense very moist chocolate cake that keeps well and
cuts without crumbling. Its richness means only small
slices are required offset with fresh fruit.
A light sponge which can be flavoured to your taste;
lemon, orange, coffee, chocolate, banana or a different
flavour for each tier of the cake.
A sponge cake with layered swirls of vanilla, chocolate
and strawberry to create a marbled effect.
Traditional celebration cake with dried fruits, nuts and
spices. Sometimes chosen for one tier to have with coffee
or kept as for the 1st anniversary or birth of the 1st child.
Custard-like dessert cake made with cream cheese over
a biscuit base. Rich creaminess can be offset with citrus
zest, mango, apricots or berries.
Tower of individual profiteroles filled with cream and
drizzled with toffee. Can be served with fruit and ice
cream or alongside end-of-meal coffee.
Two soft-coloured almond-based biscuits sandwiched
with ganache or buttercream. Can be served as finger
food or to top a sundae.
Small individually baked cakes in a variety of
flavours and elaborately decorated with coloured icing
A dense sponge made with eggs, sugar, and
flavoured with fruit syrup or liqueurs. Best
served warm with crème fraiche, yoghurt
or a tart ice cream.
A chocolate sponge layered alternately
with cherries and cream, or raspberries if preferred.
A moist baked sponge layered with apple slices and
cinnamon, served warm with cream and caramel sauce.
ways to make
your cake a
TOP it off
Stylish cake toppers are a sweet way
to finish off your beautiful wedding
Traditionally, plaster figurines of a bride
and groom were popular and symbolised
their future life together. But with the
artistry of modern cake decorators, there
are many exciting ways to make your cake a
Cake decorators can handcraft amazing
individual toppers or you can find a
selection of ready-made toppers from cake
shops, stationery stores and bridaldécor
outlets. Some toppers are
made from edible substances
like modelling fondant and
chocolate, some are painted
onto non-edible materials such
as Styrofoam and plastic. Your
choice of edible or non-edible
depends on whether you wish
to retain your topper as a
Toppers are often designed
to complement the chosen
wedding colours and themes,
but popular trends for cake
toppers include symbols
such as hearts, stars,
rainbows, bunting and
doves; replica flowers,
fruit and foliage;
flags, figures and
and quotes; or laser
cut shapes, jewellery
and even sparklers!
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For couples on a budget, or couples who want a
special drink for themselves or their wedding party,
serving a signature cocktail can be a smart move and
a romantic one. Even the simplest of ingredients can
look spectacular once shaken, stirred, poured and
garnished. But for your special cocktail to be totally
memorable, make it taste FRESH, put it in a classy
glass to look FABULOUS and then give it a fancy
name for FUN!
50ml limoncello liqueur
1 scoop of lemon sorbet
1 scoop of vanilla ice-cream
300ml of sparkling white wine
50ml lemon syrup
1 scoop of lemon sorbet
1 scoop of vanilla ice-cream
300ml sparkling white grape juice
Bombonieres is an Italian word meaning
“sweet favours” that were given to guests
at Italian and also at Greek wedidngs.
Traditionally wrapped in a lace doily, these
bomboniere were five sugared almonds
representing health, wealth, happiness,
fertility and good luck.
Today, “bomboniere” has come to mean any gift that
the bride and groom give to their guests to thank them
for their presents and presence at the wedding. Sugared
almonds are still popular at receptions, but other
edible options now include chocolates, biscuits, jams,
chutneys, preserves and fudge or small bottles of wine
with personalised labels.
Modern couples have also expanded the idea into a
range of merchandised favours including personalised
soaps, pens, photo frames, pot plants, packets of seeds,
tins of tea or coffee beans, candles, bottle openers,
fridge magnets, keyrings, engraved glassware, mugs, golf
balls and coasters!
Giving favours is a nice tradition, but be careful that
the cost of these commercial items does not blow your
budget, otherwise get creative and give something
simple and inexpensive – like sugared almonds maybe!
Pour all the ingredients into a large blender.
Blend until evenly mixed and smooth.
Pour into a champagne glass.
Garnish with a slice of fresh lemon.
Cool, white and elegant with the pure taste of
lemon. Celebrate a beautiful bride or “Bella Sposa”
in a glass.
Be specific with
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Your wedding day has been months in the making, so don’t
let the stress of planning the catering overwhelm you or
underwhelm your guests! So here are a few tips from a
catering professional that make perfect sense.
• Organise a tasting with your caterer to sample food options before
you decide on the menu
• If your reception is in a restaurant, book in for a meal beforehand to
check food and service
• Be specific with your caterer about timing, set-ups and service
• Be guided by the fact that “fresh is best” and “local” is easiest to source
• Discuss dietary requirements early to give your caterer time to design
the menu accordingly
• Trust your caterer to provide menu options that cover all the major
• Decide if the wedding cake will also be your dessert
• Keep cocktail food bite-sized as a pre-cursor to the main meal
• Ask your caterer for their food-wine match recommendations
• Encourage your wedding MC to liaise with catering staff so the
reception runs smoothly
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What to ask about
A marquee literally creates a venue for your
wedding, family event or corporate function.
As a portable blank canvas, the marquee can be
decorated with silks, lighting and various tablecloth/
sash combinations, turning it into a place of style and
elegance, whether large or small. But before you decide on
a marquee, here are some questions you should ask first.
We have everything you need to
hire for your wedding.
• Chair Covers
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and much more!
Contact us today to see how we can help you.
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• What size marquee will I need for my number of
• Do I have enough space for it?
• Is the ground level?
• Can it be erected on uneven ground?
• Can the marquee be adjoined to a building?
• What will it cost?
• What does a basic hire consist of?
• What extras/packages does the supplier offer?
• How long is the hire period?
• What is the difference between a lined
and an unlined marquee?
• How much time is required to set it up?
• How soon after the wedding must it be dismantled?
• Can the marquee sides be opened in warm weather?
• Do I need a dance floor installed?
• Is lighting/heating supplied?
• Does the supplier need a power
source or bring a generator?
• What health and safety regulations
must be adhered to?
• Is a local council permit required?
• If so, who arranges it?
• What vehicular access does the supplier require?
• Is the supplier insured?
• Can a quote be provided?
• What are the payment and cancellation options?
• How long before the wedding should a marquee
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at 311 Blenheim
Rd with parking right
outside. Open 10am-5pm
weekdays & 10am-2.30pm
Saturdays. Ph 03 343 5984,
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As Christchurch’s leading store for
all your decoration requirements,
SBSN has an impressive selection of
products available to view for hire or
With all the latest décor trends and props,
you can set up your own displays in store
and experiment with your own colours and
ideas from classic to contemporary and
simple to flamboyant.
We have a vast selection of event product
for sale, including, rolls of fabric, sashes,
table décor and wedding accessories just
to name a few. Items for hire reflect the
current trends of the vintage and rustic
look including very lifelike foliage garlands
for centre pieces, festoon lighting, coloured
linen tableware including 10 m soft muslin
table runners, signage, blackboards, as well
as fabulous glassware, rustic lanterns and
stunning candelabra, for table decor.
We also have a great range of backdrops
including floral, fern and greenery walls, a
2 metre circle, 2 metre wooden freestanding
love sign and wooden posts backdrop just
to mention a few.
With free in-store consultations Lynn
and her team can offer advice based on
many years of experience, to help achieve
distinctive individuality of style for your
special occasion. You may choose to
decorate your own venue or take advantage
of the company’s Venue Setting Service as
we offer a styling and setup/pack down
Our motto is “You Get Dressed We’ll
Dress the Rest!”
SBSN also has a comprehensive and
affordable catalogue of props for themed
functions, including back-drop displays,
furniture, palm trees, enchanted forest
trees, floral displays and children’s themed
displays on the website. “We can also
provide bespoke items to fit a particular
theme,” says Lynn.
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.
“We even have the things you haven’t
thought about yet, so come in and talk to
us about what we can do for you. Don’t
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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 availability and
practicality when making your choice of wedding vehicle.
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
Last Word in Luxury
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.
Rent a Car
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.
Friends & Neighbours
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
On the Hoof
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.
Trains, Boats & 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.
Cool & Creative
You may plan to be unconventional and
arrive by truck, motorbike, rickshaw
or sedan chair. Perhaps, in European
tradition, you’ll walk to the wedding
so that local residents can wish you
Paying your Way
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.
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DECORATE Your Wedding Car
Christchurch for your
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used to make a
The theme of your wedding can be
continued through to the decorations
on your wedding car. Overseas there
are dedicated wedding car decorators,
who may also be the florist or reception
stylist. In New Zealand it is usually
the wedding vehicle company who
provide decorations, although most will
accommodate your own ideas or items
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Traditionally ribbons are the most
popular and adorn the bonnet to
the windscreen. There may also
be rosettes or bows at the front
radiator grille, or tied to door handles
like pew decorations. Some couples like
to use bride and groom figurines or soft toys,
while overseas balloons, hearts and rings are popular motifs on
the grille and bonnet, although in some countries you will see
outrageously elaborate decorations, themes and vehicles.
Flowers are increasingly used to make a colourful and elegant
statement. Artificial flowers are preferable for decorating the
exterior of the vehicle because they are more durable, don’t
lose their colour or their shape and will not stain the car’s
paintwork with pollen.
Shops sell a range of decals and stickers but be careful that
choice does not mark or mar the paintwork. Also ensure that
any decorations do not impede the driver’s vision or create a
distraction to other drivers. Inside the car you may like flowers
along the back-window shelf, silk covers on the seats to protect
your gown and in winter, a warm wrap.
After the wedding it is traditional for guests to decorate the
car with balloons, “just married” signs and the rattle of noisy
tin cans, designed to ward off evil spirits. More high-spirited
decorations have included wrapping the entire car in toilet
tissue or filling it completely with balloons!
But whatever you do you DON’T USE; spray paint, glue and
confetti, whipped cream or Sellotape!. But you
soap, shaving cream, streamers, placards, balloons and string.
Going the Extra Mile
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bridal cars in Christchurch,
Queenstown and Dunedin.
Our drivers who have been
trained in bridal work, take
great pleasure in providing a
reliable, professional and fun
service for the bridal party.
Whether it be calming the
nerves of the bride or assisting
with both planned and
unplanned last minute events
we do it with a smile and
Our extensive fleet enables us
to supply multiple matching
vehicles so no matter how
many you need we will be able
Wedding guests can also travel in the luxury of our 6 seater vans
or phone 03 379-6162 for further details.
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Let your guests know gift registry details when you
send your invitations. Choose nationwide stores for
the convenience of your guests and include a selection
of items with a wide price range to suit all budgets.
The Wishing Well
For couples who have already set up a home, or will be living
overseas after the wedding, money is a welcome and convenient
alternative. The Wishing Well provides an acceptable way of both
giving and receiving gifts of money and the request for money is
usually worded in the wedding invitation.
Most venues can provide a wishing well, but there are other
options that may fit suitably, creatively or quirkily with your
theme or wedding décor; a basket, a barrel or a letterbox, a
suitcase, treasure chest or phone booth, a pin board, a silver tray
or a collection plate.
Pledge a Gift
For older couples or those with well-established homes already,
the idea of receiving a pledged gift from guests has considerable
merit. It may be a gift of time (to help prepare food, flowers,
decorations or outfits for the wedding) or a gift of expertise (to
renovate or landscape the couple’s home, maintain their car, fix
their computer, frame their photos, make some furniture).
Gifting to Charity
This has become increasingly popular with couples who feel they
don’t need wedding presents. Instead guests are asked to give a
donation to a charity, special fund or an organisation here or
At the reception be sure to thank guests for their contributions
in your speech but also send an individual message of thanks to
each guest for their gift and if it is money, tell them what you
have decided to do or to buy as a result of their generosity.
Radio alarm clock
Saucepans + steamer
Utensils + knife block
Baking tins + dishes
Spice + storage jars
Plastic storage boxes
SHED & GARDEN
Table and Chairs
Ironing board + iron
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Once upon a time the wedding was the
entertainment for the guests! They ate,
drank, danced, chatted and generally
caught up on the news of family, friends
and other events. But guests at modern
weddings are often provided with various
activities to keep them amused until the
couple return from their lengthy photo
shoot between the ceremony and the
If you plan activities for your guests, look for ideas
that are inclusive, suit different age groups, break
the ice without breaking any bones and don’t add
unnecessary dollars to your wedding budget.
CROQUET is a genteel game of accuracy but
requires no previous experience of the participants.
All ages can play, you won’t get hot and sticky, a
croquet set is inexpensive to buy and it’s easily set
up on a patch of lawn.
PROPS AND PHOTO BOOTHS are increasingly
popular, allowing guests to dress up and take
quirky pics to add to the couple’s collection of
candid wedding day images. Look for inexpensive
op-shop hats, glasses, ties, jackets or themed outfits
alongside umbrella, chairs and colourful backdrops.
JIGSAW PUZZLE of a well-known destination set
up on a side table that guests can try and complete
before the wedding is over.
TREASURE HUNT – hide clues around the venue
to find your way to your table, win a bottle of
bubbly, a dance with the bride or the groom, or a
seat at the top table.
MESSAGE BOARD – set up a message board, a
guest book or a letter box for friends and family to
record special thoughts, wishes, jokes and messages
for your day and your future.
CROSSWORD – guests complete a crossword
about the bride and groom; their family history,
their childhood, their likes and dislikes. Answers
are given during the speeches with a prize for the
winner if you wish.
DANCE LESSON – teach your guests a simple
group dance they can perform for you or with you
during the reception. Make sure the steps are easy
and the music has a definite regular beat.
KARAOKE can be a mixed blessing. It’s great if
someone can sing but excruciating if they can’t.
It’s no good if guests are shy or ill at ease with each
other, but it can be a guest bonding exercise if
someone takes the lead.
MOVIES – run those old home movies, slides or
family videos on a big screen for your guests to
reminisce or see for the first time.
NAME THE COCKTAIL – serve a delicious
signature cocktail and ask guests to name it or
design a label for it.
ideas that are
inclusive & suit
Mix and Mingle Quiz
Print out a sheet for every guest and let them get
busy! You can even quiz them on how well they
know each other in the speeches.
FIND A PERSON WHO… NAME:
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...
Can speak another language...
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...
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If time allows, venture
by flight or catamaran to
more Pacific perfection with a
day or two on the Isle des Pins or the
Loyalty Island destinations of Lifou,
Mare or Ouvea. World renowned for
their unspoiled beauty and simple
Melanesian lifestyles, these islands
are a paradise for visitors looking
for a tranquil escape from
VIVE la Différence
For a honeymoon destination that offers fun, flair and isn’t far away, New
Caledonia is just a little bit fancy! A world of difference awaits just three
hours flying time from New Zealand; a Pacific island paradise combining
the finesse of French customs with the relaxed pace of Melanesian culture,
New Caledonia is a destination like no other.
Whether you choose the sophisticated
resorts of popular Anse Vata for your
honeymoon, an apartment or bungalow
that gives you the freedom to self-cater
with divine French foods and wine, or the
solitude of a sojourn on the near-perfect
Loyalty Islands or Isle of Pines, New
Caledonia gives you sun, sand and special
Situated on the south west coast of the
main island of La Grande Terre, the capital
of New Caledonia is Noumea, a bustling
cosmopolitan centre originally founded by
the French in 1850. Delightful remnants
of French colonial architecture share
boulevards and pretty side streets with
modern businesses that cluster around the
Place des Cocotiers, an attractive square
shaded by superb flame trees in the heart of
Explore on foot to discover the shops and
markets, enjoy an espresso or café au lait at
a sidewalk café and the leisurely pursuit of
people watching. The patisseries are mouthwatering
and local produce in the busy
market of Port Moselle is an invitation to
pick up a picnic to savour on your balcony
of local beach.
Be tempted by the local and international
cuisine which has French flair and
Melanesian flavour. The French most often
eat their main meal at lunchtime, so the
cafés and restaurants offer varied and
affordable dishes at midday. Tourists who
discover this custom will delight in a twocourse
lunch with a glass of wine and coffee
at prices that are far less expensive than
evening dining. So look for a “Plat du Jour”
or a “Prix fixe” menu and sample the “real”
taste of New Caledonia.
Board “Le Petit Train” for a scenic circuit
between the city and the popular beaches
of Anse Vata stopping at key attractions
along the way like the Noumea Museum,
Mt Koghi, the Aquarium and the Botanic
Gardens with its colourful tropical plants
and wildlife including the cagou (or kagu),
the exotic white plumed national bird of
Anse Vata and Baie des Citrons are focal
points for beach activities with watersports
including some of the best diving in the
world, petanque, entertainment, market
stalls and the alluring chic of French
boutiques close to the island’s best hotels,
casinos, marinas, clubs and restaurants.
Absorb the cultural history of New
Caledonia that encompasses the sea
voyages of the Melanesians, colonization
by the French, convict settlements, wartime
American Military Bases, the nickel
mining boom of the 1970s and the fight for
independence in the 1980s. A visit to the
Tjibaou Cultural Centre is a “don’t miss”
experience of music, theatre, dance and
crafts that showcase the various cultures of
But surrounded by the azure blue ocean,
be sure to indulge in some exquisite time
out. A day trip to Phare Amedee is utterly
and visually memorable. In the middle of
the ocean, Amedee Lighthouse stands on its
own tiny isle, fringed by crystal clear waters
and impossibly white sand. Laze in the sun,
snorkel or scuba to your heart’s content,
feast on a sumptuous lunch and swim in
warm relaxing shallows before boarding
your vessel back to reality.
Dazzling honeymoon IN QUEENSTOWN
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 destination that dazzles like your
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 attractions. Eichardt's is the
town’s oldest hotel and has an atmosphere all of 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 course.
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 f 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 1860s 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 or experience
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 honeymoon?
indulgence or all
is a resort for all
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cuisine and guided
visits ashore to the
many stops along
A cruise seems such an exotic word, conjuring visions of sparkling
waters, dazzling sunshine and all the facilities for a luxurious
holiday with a few destinations to explore en route.
For a honeymoon you should choose the best standard of cabin you can afford
so that you have a comfort, privacy, a view and preferably a balcony too. If
you haven’t ocean cruised before you will be amazed at the onboard amenities;
swimming pools, spa pools, movie theatre, casino, gymnasium, restaurants,
cafés, beauty therapy, bars, shops and lounges.
The irresistible excitement of shipboard
life is offered in a tantalising selection of
cruises starting and ending in Auckland or
“fly cruises” that take you to a departure
point overseas. You may choose to cruise the
Pacific Islands or the Queensland Coast or
go further afield if time and money permit.
As well as ocean cruising there are popular
river cruises along the some of the world’s
largest waterways; the Rhine, the Seine, the
Danube, the Yangtse, the Mekong, the Nile
or the Mississippi. Their gentle journeys can
range from a few days to several weeks and
represent a new class of travel that combines
supreme comfort, exceptional cuisine and
guided visits ashore to the many stops along
But if you prefer a more private holiday
for your honeymoon, why not hire your
own houseboat on Australia’s Murray River
or at Myall Lakes in New South Wales.
Luxuriously appointed like a floating
apartment with a spa pool too, you can stop
when and where you like and add a city stay
in Adelaide or Sydney too.
Then again you could visit the tropical
north and charter your own yacht from
Queensland’s Airlie Beach. Either go it alone
or have a crew sail your private sailboat
through the magnificent Whitsunday
Islands. Discover secluded bays, swim and
snorkel off your own bows, enjoy fabulous
food prepared by you or your crew, moor at
the deserted pristine sands of Whitehaven
Beach or tie up at Hamilton Island for some
So if the idea of a honeymoon cruise
tempts you, cruise down to your travel
agent and take advantage of the deals,
discounts and destinations on offer. Near
or far you’ll find surprising affordability
and variety whether you island hop in the
Pacific or the Caribbean, head for Alaska or
Antarctica, river cruise the heart of Europe,
circumnavigate New Zealand or float your
own boat in Oz.
information on these
and more honeymoon
destinations, phone the
Honeymoon Experts at House of
Travel 0800 838 747, “Proud to
be your locally owned and
The complete “flop and drop” honeymoon is
still very desirable, with couples frequently
looking for easy-to-access destinations
where the pace of life instantly reduces
to an amble. Conversely, many active
couples not wishing to take the foot off
the accelerator are craving adventure, and
cultural immersion. For those reasons Fiji
and Vietnam are the current honeymoon
destinations of choice.
Fiji is just 4 hours non-stop travel time
from Christchurch and the strength of
the New Zealand currency makes it more
affordable currently too. From Nadi airport
Destinations of Choice
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Following the excitement of the wedding preparations, ceremony and
reception, couples often look to customise their honeymoon experience to
provide that complete break from their daily lives. And interestingly there are
contrasting preferences on what the perfect honeymoon looks like.
there are a plethora of locations awaiting awaken the senses.
your Fijian escape.
A country, with land mass not a great
Whether you choose the exclusivity deal larger than New Zealand, Vietnam
of your own beachfront bure in the
is home to over 90 million of the most
Mamanucas for your honeymoon hideaway, friendly faces you could meet anywhere.
or the luxury and variety at one of Denarau Take an overnight Junk cruise of Ha Long
Island’s 5 star resorts, Fiji sets the tropical Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site, meet
scene while you set the pace.
the Hilltribe locals when trekking in the
Another great alternative for a Fiji mountains around Sapa, try a cooking
honeymoon is a 7 night Blue Lagoon Cruise, school whilst your new clothes are being
sailing the Yasawa Islands, where the most tailored in Hoi An, crawl through the Cu
active you will be is diving over the back Chi tunnels after some target practice with
deck for a swim in the morning before an AK47, just out of Ho Chi Minh. The
breakfast. New islands to explore every day, diversity of exciting activities is endless, and
all meals included, and you unpack only once! then there are the beaches….
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Don’t over pack,
instead mix and
match and then
you'll have plenty
of space for gifts.
Couples in search of tranquil days and romantic nights
will know that tropical resorts and cruises are ideal for
newly-wed relaxation and stres-free holiday packing.
With sun sizzle all day and warm balmy temperatures
by evening, the dress code is usually simple.
PACKING FOR YOUR
Resort or Cruise
HOME from your Honeymoon
• Have your dress professionally
cleaned as a keepsake or to sell
• Write your “Thank You” cards
and messages without delay
• Post reviews of your suppliers
on relevant websites
• Change your name on any
• Update friends with your news
on social media
• Close your gift registry
• Order your wedding photos
• Pay all your bills, especially
your credit card expenses
• Go shopping with any
wedding vouchers or
• Host your
FOR HER: light floaty kaftans, pretty summer dresses that go
from daytime to dinner time; a sassy swimsuit (or two) and a
couple of gorgeous sarongs.
FOR HIM: board shorts, T-shirts, light cotton pants, polo shirts
and cool cotton shirts for evening, togs, tanks and a hat or cap for
on the beach.
Your resort room or cabin may be some distance from beach, pool
or sundeck, but even if it isn’t you’ll want all your stuff close at
FOR HER: a stylish tote to carry camera, sunnies, towel, book, or
FOR HIM: a day pack or drawstring duffel for iPod, keys, e-reader
Stay sun smart, tan over time and make for the shade in the heat
of the day:
FOR HER: a wide-brimmed hat, big framed sunnies, cool cover
up and some high SPF.
FOR HIM: a cap with a peak, serious sunnies, slip-slop-slap and
rash top or T-shirt.
Pool sides and boat decks can become slippery, sand gets hot and
coral can cut you so don’t assume you’ll be footwear free:
FOR HER: bright summer sandals for beach or boat deck, reef
shoes for swimming and chic ballet flats for evening.
FOR HIM: jandals for beach, sand shoes for boats and sandals at
The secret of savvy packing is easy care clothes, a few basic colours
then dress up your outfit with simple accessories or a splash of
dress up with heels, beads and bling. Sparkle in cool
marine shades of turquoise and blue or dazzle in coral and gold to
offset your tan.
dress up crease-free in crisp shirt and dark pants.
Don’t over pack, instead mix and match and then you’ll have
plenty of space for the gifts and the treasures you’ll want to bring
4 nights accommodation | Personal wedding coordinator | Wedding license processing |
Beachside fijian wedding bure venue | Church minister/celebrant | Private buffet &
3 hour beverage package for 30 people | 3 course candlelit romantic dinner |
Wedding cake (based on 1 tier) | Seasonal tropical flower arrangements |
Bouquet & button hole | Fijian warriors to escort the Bride
Why Choose Plantation Island Resort For Your Wedding?
• Stunning beach location & photo backdrop
• On-site wedding celebrants offering a one stop shop
• Easy access from the mainland & Nadi airport
• Range of wedding and accommodation packages to suit all budgets
& family sizes
• Beautician, hair, cake & florist services all available onsite
• Activities that cater to all ages so friends & family have a holiday too
• Exceptional value for money
Reservations Contact Details
Email: email@example.com | Call: (+679) 6722444 | Website: www.plantationisland.com
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Wedding in Fiji
When Shontelle and Steven Roe got married last year,
they chose Plantation Island Resort in Fiji.
After deciding to get married overseas and do something different
from their friends, the idea worked perfectly as they also wanted a
small intimate wedding. Plantation Island has an enviable variety of
exquisite locations in and around the resort and all the services on
site for a unique memorable wedding and the romance of an island
Shontelle already knew Plantation Island having stayed there as
a child and also when celebrating her 21st birthday. “It seemed to
be the perfect place for us,” she said. Anticipating 27 guests, the
couple booked an all-inclusive wedding package for 30 people that
incorporated all the food and drinks as well as accommodation and the
The resort also provided the services of a wedding planner who
made most of the arrangements. “Everything was done for you”, said
Shontelle of her wedding day. We had breakfast at a different time to
the boys, who could go off and do what they wanted while we got our
hair and make-up done and they brought us platters of food. It was so
The couple’s top tips for planning an island wedding are; to do the
research, know what you want and take pictures of your preferences
to show the resort; check the seasons to be sure you have the right
weather; and try to deal with one person who has all the information
so that you don’t have to repeat all your requests.
Shontelle and Steven particularly liked how relaxed it was to get
married in the islands and how they could include the local culture
into the wedding. “We had fire dancers come and do a show for us. It
was amazing and everyone loved it.” Their guests were also thrilled that
they could attend the wedding and all have a holiday too.
“We loved our wedding. There’s nothing we would change and
we would do it all over again if we could. We even like the idea of
repeating a visit for our 10 year anniversary.”
Island has an
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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 three 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
Vanuatu offers visitors a variety of cuisines and you’ll find
everything from a tempting island-style buffet to international fare.
Vanuatu was under French rule until 1980 and their legacy is alive
and well in food with flavours to savour!
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 hydro-slide.
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. Get wet on
the Thunder Jet boat, book a Reef Explorer trip or board the wooden
ketch “Coongoola” to discover some of Efate’s finest diving and
snorkelling sites and a turtle farm on the Island of Tranquility.
Among Efate’s newer adventures is the Jungle Zipline, which
comprises a kilometre of six zip lines and suspension bridges high in
the jungle canopy, plus the more 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 Gardens.
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 Espiritu Santo, Tanna
and Pentecost are the best known and are accessible by Air Vanuatu
services for day trips or longer.
On Tanna, Vanuatu’s “Island of Fire” fascinates visitors, who peer
into Yasur’s molten heart and feel a deep rumble shudder from its
depths. At night, stand riveted by its sound and light show as embers
fall around you 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 experience you will never forget.
Alternatively you could be super-indulgent and stay at Bokissa
Private Island Resort. Just a 20-minute boat ride from Santo, its
“away-from-it-all” environment makes you feel there’s nothing but
you surrounded by blue.
So, if you want a good holiday you belong in Vanuatu – or in
Bislama, the country’s wonderfully idiomatic language… “yu wantem
sam gud holede, yu blong Vanuatu.”
T R A N Q U I LI T Y
WAT E R S P O R TS
R O M A N C E
In just three hours you can be carried away to a
memorable honeymoon in Vanuatu. Lay back and indulge
yourselves with amazing cuisine, sun-drenched beaches
and crystal-clear water, or get active and explore.
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In the days
when your beloved picked
wildflowers to give you, or handcrafted
a gift to delight you, love tokens
were often useful items for the home you
would eventually share and could range from a
utensil to an item of furniture.
Shells appeared in a variety of 19th century
decorative objects and were popular sailor’s love
tokens. Trinket boxes were fashioned out of
driftwood and then decorated with shells gathered
on their travels. Sometimes crushed shells of
various shades would be formed into a unique
pattern on the box, or the whitest shells the
sailor could find would symbolise the
purity of his bride-to-be.
Wedding veils were once re-used to drape the bassinet
of your first child and the fabric of your wedding
train, underskirt or lace trimming was made into a
christening gown for the next generation. Recycling
is not a new phenomenon and the tradition began
when fine fabric was hard to come by and expensive.
New Zealand’s early settlers were thrifty and
practical, turning scraps of material into rag rugs and
patchwork quilts and deconstructing existing clothing
into items for their children.
WHAT IS Old? WHAT IS New?
WHAT IS New?
The earliest surviving needlework sampler was made
in America in 1647 by a descendant of the Pilgrims. By
the 1700s it had become a popular custom to develop
needlework skills by creating cross stitch samplers of
the alphabet and numbers. Later they became a feature
of almost every home as betrothed young women
designed intricate examples incorporating names,
emblems and the date of their marriage as well as
quotes, psalms and inspirational messages on love and
marriage. In the USA and in the UK, heritage samplers
are still valuable, while the idea of making your own
wedding sampler is finding favour again.
The “Man-gagement” ring first became a trend in the USA
among celebrities. Just like HER engagement ring, his
also says “I’m spoken for” and found favour
with fiancees during a long engagement!
Designs can be as simple or elaborate
as you wish but is usually distinctly
masculine in style while
diamonds, onyx or
engraving into the
gold, platinum or
New Age STAG PARTIES
Guess what guys – dodgy pub
crawls, tacky strip clubs and stupid
stunts are all old hat. The new
age bachelor party is all about
awesome activities with your real
mates and enjoying some good fun
with a bit of class and maturity.
Some modern bachelor parties
even invite the bride and her
bachelorettes along too!
Craft beer has come of age, so why not
choose a tasting at a local craft brewery or
outlet with some good food too. Breweries
often offer great “dude food” matched
with a pint of your favourite cold beer.
Test your nerve with a big ticket activity
like sky diving or a tandem sky dive.
Maybe give it a go on a flight simulator
or race track or take your friends to an
escape room experience at Escape Artists
and test your ability to solve puzzles and
crack codes as a team!
Enjoy a local gig or music festival,
book tickets for a show, a favourite
international artist on tour or a comedy
club evening. Spend a day at the races
in town or out in the country or enjoy
yourselves at a sporting spectacle like Big
Bash, ODI or rugby sevens.
Get away from it all on a traditional
fishing, camping or road trip, or book
a bach by the beach, hire a jet ski, learn
to sail or have a surf lesson or try a new
activity like paddle boarding.
Challenge your sidekicks to golf, a car
rally, an “Amazing Race”, a poker evening
or a mini Olympics with quirky activities,
sports and challenges. BUT whatever you
decide to do, make it fun, play it safe, be
sure it is legal and take some photos to
look back on later!
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A sugar-licious bridal shower tea party is in
vogue, romantic, elegant and easy on the bank
balance, so what’s not to like for your girly
guests of all ages?
Picture a range of beautiful teas, served in beautiful fine
china cups, with dainty finger food displayed on tiered
cake plates and delicate platters.
Tea foods won’t break the budget and you can prepare
many of the selections yourselves – remember New
Zealand has a long tradition of “bringing a plate” so it’s
perfectly acceptable to continue the custom.
You will want to feature light, delicate sandwiches
with dainty fillings and crusts removed, little vol au vent
cases oozing with savoury flavour, cute little quiches and
tasty bites on sticks or in tiny cones and perhaps some
international finger foods like mini samosas, sushi or
Follow up the savoury with sweet treats – cookies,
cakes, featherlight biscuits, chocolate-dipped
strawberries, iced muffins, buttered loaves, sugared
almonds, praline, fudge and handmade chocolates.
Compliment your beautiful edibles with a menu of
fragrant teas; traditional, Earl Grey, herbal, and fruit
flavours, served hot or ice cold. Make them by the cup, in
a chilled glass or in a silver teapot. Go fancy with sugar
cubes and tongs, petite milk jugs and silver spoons.
Use beautiful table linen that is genuinely vintage or
evokes the elegance of the past, tie napkins with pretty
ribbon and decorate the table with posies of tea roses.
Best of all you can have your tea party at the traditional
time of 4pm, make it a morning event, or serve it as a
light and languid ladies lunch to sit over and savour well
into the afternoon!
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Wedding shows and expos have become ideal
“one stop” events to provide information,
advice and inspiration for couples planning a
Offering comprehensive information on wedding attire,
flowers, jewellery, cars, venues, caterers, wining and
dining, chapels, celebrants, locations, photographers,
music, honeymoons and gifts, wedding shows and expos
are an “A to Z” resource where you can browse at your
leisure, gather useful information and consult suppliers
about their products and services.
You can also discuss your ideas in person with
experienced wedding planners who can offer a variety
of solutions and options you may not have considered.
Shows are also an opportunity to compare the prices
of different suppliers, see the latest styles and trends
and try your luck in many of the competitions and
giveaways that are often part of each show.
Held in many main centres and provincial towns
throughout New Zealand, wedding shows are the ideal
way for wedding service providers and customers to
“find each another”. Look out for the next wedding
show in your area and plan your perfect wedding.
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 – yet many
couples never give a thought to protecting
one of their biggest expenses!
Wedding insurance provides cover in case a prebooked
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
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 and possibly
discounted 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 wedding
cancellation and possible liability of damage to a
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
When trying to budget for all
the components of your big day,
you may view wedding insurance
as an unnecessary cost. But, like
travel insurance, it’s a small
price to pay if something does
go wrong, and far cheaper than
trying to replace or re-book at
your own expense.
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amazing Days, based in Hanmer Springs,
is owned by Debbs moody, who has over
12 years of experience working with happy
couples in Hanmer Springs.
amazing Days has huge knowledge of all aspects of
preparing for your wedding, from venues in Hanmer
Springs and the Hurunui District, to local make-up
artists and hairdressers.
Hanmer Springs is a popular destination for couples
who are looking to celebrate their wedding
for more than just one day with their
family and friends. The large range of
options from camp grounds, boutique
properties and private homes
includes The Heritage Hotel,
offering pure elegance for your
formal wedding with the option
of having your ceremony within
their 9.5 acres of lush gardens.
Heritage Hotel, the historic
hotel situated in the centre of
Hanmer Springs, offers either the
ballroom or the large restaurant for
weddings.also in Hanmer Springs
there is Waiau river estate, Hanmer
Springs retreat, Select Braemar Lodge and
several more casual options. new to the town is the
beautiful percival Homestead, which is beautiful for a
garden ceremony and offers a grassed tennis court for
a marquee wedding. Debbs works with all the venues
and is very passionate about the Heritage Hotel after
working there for 8 years.
Debbs moody is also a registered marriage Celebrant
and works with her couples to create the ceremony
they are looking for. No question about weddings is
too big for amazing Days. amazing Days also has a
selection of centre-pieces for hire and by working with
Amazing Days you can be sure they will help you find
your ideal wedding venue and help create the perfect
Hanmer Springs has such uniquely stunning venues
that there is bound to be something for everyone.
But no trip to this beautiful alpine village is complete
without a visit to Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and
Spa or the new artisan Spa which
specialises in pampering and
preparing couples for their
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Transform your day into something truly
spectacular at the Heritage Hanmer
Springs, with majestic mountain views and
immaculate gardens providing an amazing
backdrop for your ceremony.
This romantic landmark venue has been completely
restored to complement an alpine village experience
for guests. While you are just 90 minutes from the
heart of Christchurch, you’re a world away from the
ordinary, in a stunning alpine retreat that will enchant
you and your guests.
The Heritage Hanmer Springs team can take the
stress away by arranging all the details for your special
day – from tailor-made menus to pampering massages.
There’s a range of venue options – a fabulous ballroom
complete with open fireplace, or a stylish charming
and unforgettable lawn wedding in the picturesque
gazebo. Walk amongst beautiful gardens for fabulous
photographs and enjoy a complimentary honeymoon
suite on your wedding night with complimentary
bottle of bubbles (conditions apply).
Heritage Hanmer Springs offers elegance, a
spectacular location, and personalised service –
making it a year-round wedding destination like
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or visit us at
We have options
to suit all!
Located in the panoramic alpine setting of
Hanmer Springs, the resort offers on-site
accommodation and catering options to suit all.
At Hanmer Springs Retreat, your wedding reception can
be held in the rustic atmosphere of the dining room or set
up within the privacy of the conference centre. The resort’s
Wedding Portfolio sets out a selection of menus and useful
guidelines to help you plan the ideal day for you and your
Get ready for the wedding in hassle-free space and enjoy
a relaxed day with everything arranged at one venue. Join
your guests for a post-wedding brunch the next day or stay
on for a honeymoon in Hanmer Springs.
The facilities are idyllic for a wedding reception. The
hotel garden and function rooms look out over the Amuri
Ranges, offering a lovely ambience. With all the comfort
of home and the atmosphere of your local, at Five Stags
Restaurant Hanmer Springs, you can enjoy high quality
food and a menu tailored to match the drinks along with it.
With 33 well appointed rooms ranging from studio rooms
to three-bedroom units, you and your guests will appreciate
warm comfortable accommodation at Hanmer Springs
Retreat. It is fully equipped with guest laundry along with
dryer or clothes lines, a BBQ area – where guests can relax,
cook their own meals and enjoy the views from a sheltered
outdoor dining area.
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SELEct BRAEMAR LODGE & SpA
Select Braemar Lodge and Spa has always been
renowned for refinement and exclusivity, so a
wedding there is sure to be in a class of its own.
Offering elegant surroundings and dedicated experienced
staff to take care of the smallest details, Select Braemar
Lodge and Spa can give you a dream wedding in a dream
Nestled within the hills overlooking the Hanmer Valley
and facing the majestic peaks of the Southern Alps, Select
Braemar Lodge and Spa has captured one of Hanmer’s most
remarkable settings. Amid snow-capped winter splendour or
basking in the rich colours of summer, Select Braemar Lodge
is like nature’s stage set for your special day.
Make your vows on the picture-perfect landscaped
terrace or within the ambience of a log-fired lounge, share
champagne and canapés with your guests, be photographed
in stunning surroundings and then enjoy an exquisitely
prepared meal, wines and your wedding cake. A divine
selection of menus and catering styles ensures your wedding
reception is tailored to your needs and tastes.
You will have exclusive use of the lodge’s public rooms
for your reception and special rates can be arranged for
those attending the wedding. But for the most memorable
wedding of all, you can enjoy the exclusive use of the entire
There’s no better place to be. Everything can be arranged
by Braemar’s wedding coordinator; flowers, photography,
celebrant, ceremony set up, decorations, venue, menu and
luxurious accommodation too. You can simply concentrate
on spending time with your in-house guests, pampering
yourself with spa treatments to look your loveliest and
celebrating your marriage with style and sophistication.
While Hanmer Springs is a magical destination all year
round, you could have your dream wedding in a winter
wonderland! Select Braemar Lodge and Spa offer fantastic
all inclusive winter weddings between May and September.
Imagine your day starting with snow sparkling on the
mountains, dazzling you with clear blue skies and winter
sunshine and ending with the romance of a sugar pink
Then, when all the guests have gone, you can truly relax in
Braemar’s wonderful Bridal Suite and enjoy a honeymoon
destination with as much or as little to do as you wish.
Select Braemar Lodge and Spa welcomes wedding
enquiries and looks forward to arranging a preliminary
visit for you to discuss your ideas, sample the food
of the Altitude Restaurant and Bar and savour the
special surroundings of one of New Zealand’s
most beautiful international properties.
Dream Weddings, Dream Location
All inclusive packages
• 24 Suites for the night of the wedding
• Including the Braemar Honeymoon Suite
• Exclusive use of The Lodge for up to 48 guests
Prices from $10,995
• Celebrant & Cake from Divine Desserts
• Canapés and bubbles after the ceremony
• 3 course set menu
Call us on 03 315 7555
or visit our website for further information
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HAPPILY EVER AFTER
in Hanmer Springs
Paul Flanagan’s a romantic at
heart and he chose the perfect
spot to ask his now-wife, Anna,
to marry him – on a boardwalk
over a lake in the picturesque
alpine village of Hanmer Springs.
“It was perfect,” says Anna. So, when
it came time to tie the knot, the
Christchurch couple headed back to
Hanmer Springs to look for venues.
“We’d looked at a lot – and I mean a
lot – of venues around Christchurch
but nothing seemed right. As soon as
we arrived in Hanmer Springs to look
around, we relaxed and immediately
knew it had to be there.”
Just over a year later, Anna and Paul
said “I do” under the gazebo at the
Heritage Hanmer Springs.
“It was an absolutely stunning day
with a glorious blue sky. Being close to
Christchurch meant that most of our
friends and family were able to come.
And, because so many of us were away
for the weekend, everyone was relaxed
and in no rush at all.”
On the morning of the wedding, Anna
and Paul managed to sneak an hour to
themselves so they headed back to the
boardwalk and gave each other a gift.
“That was such a lovely way to start
the day,” says Anna. “From there, the
boys headed off to one holiday home
and the girls stayed at another to get
Together Anna and Paul have six
children from previous marriages so
they wanted to allow plenty of time for
“We decided to take some before the
ceremony. We did capture the ‘first
look’ when Paul saw me. It was a really
lovely moment and, of course, it took
place on our boardwalk,” says Anna.
With forests, mountains and
incredible views over the Waiau River,
Hanmer Springs has numerous photo
locations – all within minutes of each
“Our photos are sensational,” says
Anna. “And, after it’s all over, that’s
what we have to remember the day.”
Was it hard to organise a wedding
away from the city you live in?
“Not at all,” says Anna. “It’s close
enough to take things with you and
there are plenty of suppliers in and
around the village. In fact, I think it
worked out cheaper overall.”
Her favourite part of the day?
“There was this moment, just after
the ceremony, when Paul and I were
walking back down the aisle holding
hands. We just looked at each other and
both had the biggest, most stupid grins
on our faces... after months of planning
we were married and it was time to
relax and have fun!”
and in no rush
RELAX & INDULGE
At Every Stage
You’d be hard pressed to find a Canterbury
couple that hasn’t experienced Hanmer
Springs Thermal Pools and Spa. The awardwinning
complex, which consistently
tops ‘must-do lists’, is a popular wedding
destination and not just for the big day.
“I couldn’t fathom a guess at how many
proposals have been made in Hanmer
Springs. It’s also a great place for prewedding
parties and honeymoons,” says
Debbs Moody, a wedding celebrant and
Amazing Days event coordinator based in
the village. “You’ll often see groups away on
hens’ and stags’ weekends unwinding in the
“It’s a great place to get married or have a
‘day after’ function. The thermal waters and
landscaped setting look fabulous in photos
and you can arrange exclusive use of the
pools outside normal operating hours.”
And, of course, with everything from
massage to manicures on its menu, The Spa
is also popular with brides wanting to look
and feel their best.
Helping you create your perfect wedding.
Pre-wedding girls weekends
Bridal party pampering
0800 873 529 hanmersprings.co.nz/spa
The intimate wedding destination
Whether you’re after some pampering for your big day, a fun getaway for pre-wedding parties or a unique
venue for your ceremony and reception, Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa is ideal.
With boutique shopping, restaurants and spa treatments on tap – we’re a honeymooners paradise too.
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