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MARCH <strong>2018</strong> | Issue 22 | FREE<br />

Honeymoon<br />

with French Flair in<br />

New Caledonia<br />

Idyllic<br />

Settings for new<br />

beginnings<br />

New<br />

Classic Gowns &<br />

Bridal Trends<br />

Design<br />

Your Day<br />

at Home or Away<br />

PLan to<br />

perfection<br />

with the latest<br />


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MARCH <strong>2018</strong> | ISSUE 22 | FREE<br />


Star Media<br />

Level One, 359 Lincoln Road<br />

Christchurch 8140<br />

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Mark Sinclair<br />

021 913 566<br />

mark.sinclair@starmedia.kiwi<br />


Wendy Dunlop<br />

DESIGN<br />

Emma Smith<br />

Contents<br />

3–13 Bridal Trends & Fashions<br />

14–15 Bridesmaids & Flower girls<br />

16–19 Hair & Beauty<br />

20–<strong>23</strong> Jewellery<br />

24–25 Grooms<br />

26–31 Photography<br />

32–35 Mother of the Bride<br />

36–37 Themes & Flowers<br />

38–39 Planners & Budgets<br />

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76<br />

68<br />

40–61 Wedding Venues<br />

62–64 Ceremonies & Celebrants<br />

65–66 Invitations & Speeches<br />

The Christchurch Star Company Ltd is not responsible for any actions taken<br />

on the information in these articles. The information and views expressed<br />

in this publication are not necessarily the opinion of The Christchurch<br />

Star Company Ltd or its editorial contributors. Every effort is made to<br />

ensure the accuracy of the information within this magazine, however, The<br />

Christchurch Star Company Ltd can accept no liability for the accuracy of all<br />

the information.<br />

67–71 Cakes & Catering<br />

72–73 Wedding Styling & Décor<br />

74–75 Wedding Transport<br />

76–77 Gifts & Entertainment<br />

78–87 Honeymoons<br />

88–89 Hens & Bucks<br />

90–91 Wedding Shows & Expos<br />

92–100 Weddings in Hanmer Springs<br />

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Photography<br />

Dolce Wedding Photography<br />

Bridal Gown<br />

Brides of Merivale<br />

Makeup<br />

Hannah Wilson<br />

Flowers and Styling<br />

Kim Chan Events<br />

Model<br />

Lily Fletcher from<br />

Portfolio Model Agency<br />

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...it’s all<br />

about bridal<br />

confidence and<br />

sophistication.<br />

MODERN MINIMALIST designs are for brides who love understated<br />

elegance and uncluttered simplicity. To achieve it, the emphasis has<br />

to be on cut and detail. Current styles feature sleek fitted bodices, the<br />

flare of a panelled skirt, structured necklines and a single accessory such<br />

as a metallic belt, a coloured or black contrasting ribbon or a row of<br />

decorative buttons.<br />

NOTABLE NECKLINES range from demure to dramatic. <strong>With</strong><br />

backless gowns, décolletage on show or deep Vs plunging to the navel,<br />

it’s all about bridal confidence and sophistication. But lace is heavily<br />

featured to embellish, define or disguise showing too much skin.<br />

SLEEVES AND SHOULDERS make their feminine mark on many<br />

traditional and contemporary styles. Long fluttering bell-shaped<br />

sleeves make seasonal sense, lacy or beaded cap sleeves provide elegant<br />

alternatives to sleeveless and strapless designs, while the horizontal offthe-shoulder<br />

look is both structured and sassy.<br />

NEARLY NUDE is the colour sensation for modern brides who want<br />

to forgo traditional white. From the palest pink to a whisper of blue,<br />

gold or beige, it is often overlaid with lace, embroidery, applique and<br />

metallics for genteel yet eye-catching effect.<br />

BOHEMIAN CHIC is still on the agenda for brides wanting retrorelaxed<br />

or back to the beach ambience. No-fuss fabrics, crocheted<br />

lace, flared sleeves and loose floating skirts epitomise the carefree look<br />

of the 70s.<br />


for Bridal Inspiration in<br />

<strong>2018</strong><br />

Many of the modern bridal styles<br />

are a new take on designs that have<br />

stood the test of time. But the range and variety also allows<br />

you to personalise the look you love with contemporary<br />

accessories and embellishments.<br />

STRAPLESS REINVENTED: with our climate, the strapless gown<br />

has been a firm favourite for many seasons. But it has been reinvented<br />

with lace capes, coats and chiffon cloaks that rival veils and trains and<br />

re-imagined with oversized bows and cap sleeves.<br />

VICTORIANA INSPIRATION: the recently acclaimed British TV<br />

series about the young Queen Victoria has been inspiring brides in the<br />

UK to copy mid-Victorian fashions; off-the-shoulder elegance, the sheen<br />

of silk, full skirted crinolines, lace shrugs, cameo brooches, pearl drop<br />

earrings and low coiled hair bound with a braid, bow or flowers.<br />

Even the bonnet lined with flowers and trailing satin ribbons is finding<br />

favour with some brides as an alternative to a veil, fascinator, wreath or<br />

barette. It was Queen Victoria who revolutionised wedding fashions by<br />

wearing a white tulle dress for her marriage to Prince Albert and setting<br />

the trend for brides ever since.<br />

DETACHABLE OVERSKIRT offers two looks in one; the formal long<br />

skirt for the ceremony and photographs, which is then discarded for<br />

freedom, comfort and coolness for dancing at the reception.<br />

ELABORATE VEILS to offset the simplicity of classic bridal gowns,<br />

veils make a statement this season. Long veils that trail like a train, fall<br />

from the crown of the head or from the shoulders. Veils are exquisitely<br />

beaded, embroidered, sparkling with crystals, pearls or diamante, full<br />

lace or lace edged and may be a delicate floral print on chiffon or tulle if<br />

you like the idea of colour.

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Wedding<br />

CheCkLISt<br />

A helpful checklist and step-bY-step guide to plan your big day.<br />

9-12 MonthS Before<br />

1<br />

Month Before<br />

PLAN Style and budget of the wedding<br />

SET Date time & place<br />

VISIT Minister, Priest or Celebrant<br />

BOOK Venue(s), musicians/disco<br />

SELECT Caterer<br />

DISCUSS Wedding flowers with chosen florist<br />

CHOOSE Your photographer<br />

ARRANGE Video photography<br />

ORDER Wedding transport<br />

LOOK At wedding dress designs<br />

DECIDE Colour schemes<br />

6-9<br />

CHOOSE Your wedding dress<br />

SELECT Groom’s and attendants’ clothing<br />

VISIT Minister, Priest or Celebrant<br />

BAKE/ORDER the wedding cake<br />

RESERVE honeymoon travel & accommodation<br />

3-6<br />

FIT Suits for Groom and Groomsmen<br />

ESTABLISH Beauty and exercise regime<br />

FINALISE Wedding invitations<br />

ORGANISE Accommodation for guests<br />

MAKE hair and make-up appointments<br />

LIST Wedding gifts/registry<br />

2<br />

SEND Invitations<br />

SETTLE on reception menu and beverages<br />

CONFIRM floristry details<br />

CHECK Passports, travel plan\documents<br />

CHOOSE Gifts for attendants<br />

SELECT Wedding rings<br />

BUY Wedding shoes<br />

MonthS Before<br />

MonthS Before<br />

MonthS Before<br />

APPLY for Marriage Licence<br />

PURCHASE thank-you gifts for parents<br />

ARRANGE reception seating plan<br />

ATTEND hairdresser with veil/headgear<br />

ORGANISE wedding rehearsal<br />

LIAISE with florist, photographer, chauffeur<br />

and celebrant<br />

FIT wedding dress<br />

CONTINUE beauty and exercise regime<br />

2<br />

RECONFIRM All bookings, numbers, times<br />

and details<br />

WEAR Bridal shoes for wedding day comfort<br />

ENJOY hen’s night fun or pamper<br />

FINAL FIT Your dress and attendants’ outfits<br />

WRAP Gifts for attendants<br />

PRACTISE Your wedding vows<br />

1<br />

PACK for your honeymoon<br />

CHECK All travel details<br />

REHEARSE The ceremony<br />

REST As much as possible<br />

on the DAY!<br />

SLEEP Late<br />

WeekS Before<br />

Week Before<br />

EAT Breakfast<br />

PAMPER Yourself<br />

LET others do their job<br />

THANK family and friends<br />

RELAX Don’t stress over tiny details<br />


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To ChERISh<br />

the Complete Bridal Destination<br />

Start your fairytale wedding journey at To Cherish. It is the complete<br />

bridal destination where you will be mesmerised by the range of gowns,<br />

excited by the superb selection of accessories, amazed by the purposebuilt<br />

premises, pampered by dedicated staff and then dazzled by a range<br />

of prices you CAN afford!<br />

Located on a prime Barrington Street<br />

site, To Cherish is Christchurch’s most<br />

extensive bridal boutique and offers the<br />

ultimate “one-stop” for brides, bridesmaids,<br />

flower girls and mothers of the bride or<br />

groom. Exuding all the space, grace and<br />

comfort required for brides to choose<br />

their gown and accessories without haste,<br />

they are assured of one of the most special<br />

experiences of their lives.<br />

<strong>With</strong> exceptional facilities, To Cherish<br />

Bridal Boutique is able to provide<br />

dedicated departments and specialist<br />

consultants. As well as an impressive retail<br />

area to buy your gown right then and there,<br />

there is a separate designer bridal suite,<br />

well appointed fitting rooms for brides and<br />

bridesmaids and amenities for in-house<br />

alterations and private final fittings.<br />

<strong>With</strong> an international range of gowns<br />

alongside a superb selection of bridesmaid<br />

and flower girl dresses, complemented with<br />

veils, jewellery and wedding accessories<br />

including Trousseau Shoes, To Cherish is<br />

the place for every new bride to make her<br />

dream dress a reality.<br />

Choosing a wedding gown should be<br />

“pure delight,” says Alison, Director of To<br />

Cherish. Accordingly she has sourced a<br />

phenomenal range of gowns comprising<br />

both retail and designer collections that<br />

capture every imaginable style, feature<br />

exquisite fabrics AND are priced between<br />

$1500 and $4500. Unbelievable.<br />

Unlike many bridal boutiques, To<br />

Cherish consultation appointments are<br />

FREE but do require an appointment<br />

for selecting a gown from the designer<br />

collections of Justin Alexander, Fox<br />

Bridal, Jean Fox, International Couture,<br />

Zavana Bridal and Cizzy Bridal and<br />

recently arrived Rembo label from Europe,<br />

exclusive to To Cherish.<br />

Alison recommends brides focus on their<br />

day and what they want rather than listen<br />

to too many conflicting tastes and opinions<br />

of others. For this reason she believes<br />

brides should only invite one or two<br />

trusted people to share the experience of<br />

choosing a wedding gown. “If a bride loves<br />

what she has chosen, she will feel beautiful<br />

and look radiant,” says Alison.<br />

Whatever style a bride prefers, Alison<br />

believes it should always flatter their shape,<br />

fit to perfection and above all be elegant.<br />

“When a bride looks back at her photos in<br />

years to come, wedding gown styles may<br />

have changed, but the elegance will still<br />

be apparent and will therefore remain<br />

timeless.”<br />

Bridesmaid colours are very varied but<br />

popular shades include blush pink, navy,<br />

the re-emergence of red and beautiful<br />

fabrics ranging from soft floaty chiffons to<br />

rich patterned brocades. To Cherish has<br />

also developed a department for fabulous<br />

formal fashion, alluring accessories and<br />

exquisite millinery – the perfect place to<br />

discover your complete mother of the bride<br />

or wedding guest outfit or choose a special<br />

occasion or race day ensemble.<br />

To Cherish aims to make you feel special<br />

throughout your bridal experience and<br />

beyond. Light, bright and resplendent with<br />

mirrors and chandeliers, imagine seeing<br />

how your gown will look as you glide along<br />

the elegant catwalk, sharing the magic<br />

with your beautifully gowned bridesmaids,<br />

choosing all your accessories under one<br />

roof and then having your gown expertly<br />

fitted by the experienced staff at To<br />

Cherish. What more could you want?

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To Cherish<br />



Exciting Trends<br />

Among other exciting new trends are<br />

two-piece wedding ensembles, fabulous<br />

floaty bridal pants, gorgeous “illusion<br />

pop-over” tops and detachable overskirts<br />

that incorporate a beautiful train. They<br />

allow a bride the versatility of two<br />

different “looks” when worn for the<br />

wedding ceremony and photographs, then<br />

discarded for the reception and dance.<br />

Among the breath-taking selection of gowns at To Cherish, you<br />

will find the newest bridal trends that re-capture genuine classic<br />

elegance and feature blush, rum pink and nude tones that are soft<br />

and very flattering.<br />

There are gowns that feature wonderful<br />

textured lace, woven fabrics, exquisite<br />

tulle and sleek heavy satin. On more<br />

elaborate gowns, the beading and<br />

bling is more subtle and styles provide<br />

exceptional choice from flowing boho<br />

designs to structured gowns that enhance<br />

the silhouette. A more sophisticated boho<br />

style is provided by the arrival of the<br />

Rembo label designed in Belgium. Jean<br />

Fox has launched a new special collection,<br />

while Justin Alexander’s signature gowns<br />

bring a whole new level of magic to the<br />

gowns on show at To Cherish.<br />

Free Bridal Consultations<br />

by appointment<br />

Wedding Gowns,<br />

Bridesmaids, Flowergirls,<br />

Evening Shoes, Jewellery,<br />

Vails, Hats, Facinators,<br />

Handbags.<br />

Mother of the Bride and<br />

Special Occasion Wear.<br />

246 Barrington Street,<br />

Christchurch<br />

Phone (03) 337 0787<br />

www.tocherish.co.nz<br />

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of Your Dreams<br />

Every bride wants that “once in a lifetime”<br />

dress! Finding it may take you on a search<br />

of many different options, whether you<br />

buy, hire, make, borrow, inherit or have it<br />

designed. Sometimes the gown a bride has<br />

always imagined wearing is not the one<br />

she eventually chooses. It’s a wise bride<br />

who goes looking with an open mind to<br />

find the style and shade that suits her<br />

to perfection.<br />

Borrowed or Found<br />

There may be a vintage or heirloom gown<br />

belonging to family or friends that you could<br />

wear. Borrowed or inherited, such gowns<br />

provide special magic on your wedding day<br />

and are becoming very sought after. Care must<br />

be taken when handling a vintage dress as the<br />

fabric becomes fragile with age and requires<br />

expert cleaning and storage.<br />

Expensive and exquisite dresses are often<br />

to be found in the “for sale” columns, or on<br />

Trade Me. Many have been purchased or<br />

imported from overseas and you may<br />

discover a genuine designer bridal gown<br />

at a fraction of the original cost. You<br />

can always have it re-fitted or altered<br />

with beading, add a sparkly belt or<br />

trim to your personal taste.<br />

Top Shelf<br />

Beautiful wedding dresses are available “off the peg” at specialist<br />

bridal shops. As well as New Zealand designs, many are imported,<br />

so be sure to allow adequate time for the dress you select to be<br />

ordered from overseas. <strong>With</strong> a wonderful range of styles to “try<br />

before you buy”, your dream dress might be right there on the<br />

rack! Once chosen, your gown can be expertly fitted and altered if<br />

necessary. Bridal shops have an impressive selection of accessories<br />

and attendants’ dresses to complement your gown.<br />

Designed & Made<br />

Having a gown designed and made just for you is the ultimate in<br />

individuality, but naturally it will cost you more than a readymade<br />

dress. Your designer will want to discuss prospective ideas<br />

and styles with you, as well as what suits both you and your<br />

personality. Bringing an illustration, a piece of lace or item of<br />

jewellery is helpful for inspiration. The designer will have access<br />

to a range of fabrics and trimmings to create the dress you have<br />

chosen. While white is the obvious choice for bridal gowns, ivory,<br />

parchment, magnolia, silver, champagne, gold or blush can be<br />

even more flattering on some brides.<br />

Choose a pattern and some stunning bridal fabric and let a<br />

skilled dressmaker create an exquisite gown for you. <strong>With</strong> an<br />

inspiring selection of silk, satin, lace, brocade and voile, there<br />

won’t be another gown exactly like yours, and it won’t be as<br />

costly as a designer dress either. Be sure to choose a reputable<br />

dressmaker and always ask to see examples of<br />

their work before you decide.<br />

Alternatives<br />

Your wedding gown need not be a<br />

traditional bridal style, colour or price.<br />

Look at ball gowns, cocktail outfits<br />

and maxi dresses. Try summer sales at<br />

designer boutiques as well as chain store<br />

racks and mail order companies. <strong>With</strong><br />

style and imagination, a simple dress<br />

can always be beautifully and uniquely<br />

enhanced with classy accessories.

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Trousseau<br />

SHOES<br />

Trousseau Shoes Limited is the New<br />

Zealand distributor for the London<br />

Paradox brand of high fashion bridal<br />

and special occasion footwear. Since<br />

its establishment 30 years ago, Paradox<br />

London’s award-winning “Pink” label<br />

is regarded as one of the leading bridal<br />

and occasion footwear specialists in the<br />

world and has outlets in 35 countries<br />

including New Zealand.<br />

shoes<br />

Visit our online store at<br />

www.trousseaushoes.co.nz<br />

Ph: 03 3370 781

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Brocade<br />

Brocade is a rich woven fabric<br />

characterised by raised designs<br />

of the same or contrasting<br />

colours.<br />

The name brocade is derived from the Italian “broccato”<br />

meaning “embossed”. Dating back to the Middle Ages,<br />

the shuttle-weaving technique creates the fabric from<br />

the usual warp and weft threads, but an additional<br />

supplementary weft gives the appearance of an<br />

embroidered pattern on top.<br />

Brocade made of silk was one of the few luxury fabrics<br />

worn by nobility throughout China, India, Japan and<br />

Persia. In the Renaissance, trade between Italy and other<br />

European countries with the east, brought both the silk<br />

and brocade techniques to the west.<br />

The complexity of the silk weaving looms and the<br />

resulting quality of the silk made Italy the manufacturer<br />

of the finest fabrics in Europe by the 16th century. The<br />

fashions of the day paired perfectly with the luxury and<br />

elegance of brocade, damask and other jacquard patterns.<br />

Motifs initially remained Oriental, but over time Italy<br />

developed its own designs that were further embellished<br />

with precious stones and silver and gold thread.<br />

Modern brocades can still be silk, but are now<br />

predominantly manmade fibres that are less expensive to<br />

make and to buy. Brocade fabrics are mostly produced for<br />

upholstery and draperies and used for stage and theatre<br />

costumes that require lustre. However, the use of brocade<br />

for evening and formal clothing has been at the mercy of<br />

fashion changes for centuries.<br />

Brocade was extremely popular in the 1950s and 1960s<br />

for luxurious-looking wedding dresses and formal<br />

ballgowns, complementing the classic styles of the day to<br />

perfection. The resurgence of these retro styles has revived<br />

interest in elegant fabrics like damask and brocade for<br />

weddings, including waistcoats for the groom.

Davis Bridal<br />

BNZ Centre, 111 Cashel Street, Christchurch | Ph 343 3652<br />

Davis Bridal Christchurch | www.davisbridal.co.nz

Exhibitor Website Products and Services<br />

Alyssandra Striking Stationary<br />

Terrace Downs<br />

www.strikingstationary.com<br />

www.terracedowns.co.nz<br />

Invitations, Wedding Day Stationary and<br />

Thank you Cards<br />

Wedding Venue, Food & Beverage, Accommodation<br />

& Activities<br />

The Arena www.airsoftcombatguns.co.nz Entertainment, Sporting Goods<br />

Tandem Photography www.tandemphotography.co.nz Photography<br />

Photo Booth Fun www.photoboothfun.co.nz Photography, Entertainment<br />

Crème de la Rose www.cremedelarose.co.nz Floral Designer<br />

Mariessa Waddington www.mariessa.co.nz European Makeup artist & Stylist<br />

Selwyn Wedding Car www.selwynweddingcarhire.co.nz Transportation<br />

Christchurch Weddings www.christchurchweddings.co Wedding Directory, Blog, Planning<br />

Davis Bridal www.davisbridal.co.nz Wedding Gowns<br />

White Tie Catering &<br />

The Catering Department<br />

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www.cateringdept.co.nz<br />

Catering & Event Management<br />

Hanmer Springs Retreat www.hsretreat.co.nz Accommodation, Wedding & Conference venue<br />

VR Hotels www.vrrotorua.co.nz Accommodation, Wedding & Conference venue<br />

Ilam Homestead www.ilamhomestead.co.nz Venue Hire<br />

DJ Chick www.djchick.co.nz Entertainment, Karaoke, Disco<br />

The Tannery www.thetannery.co.nz Venue, Planning Services & Catering<br />

Larnach Castle www.larnachcastle.co.nz Wedding Venue<br />

Continental Catering www.continental.co.nz Catering<br />

The George www.thegeorge.com Hotel, Venue<br />

Garden Hotel www.gardenhotel.co.nz Functions, Venue & Catering<br />

Dean Norrie Photography www.deannorrie.com Photography<br />

Caci www.caci.co.nz Beauty & appearance Medicine<br />

Hanmer Springs & Huruni District<br />

www.hanmersprings.co.nz<br />

Venues, Food & Beverage, Wedding Planner, Bridal Party,<br />

Accommodation, Celebrant, Photography, Activities<br />

Plantation Island Resort www.plantationisland.com Venue<br />

Heritage Hanmer Sprigs www.heritagehotels.co.nz Accommodation & Wedding Functions<br />

G & T Catering & Larcomb Vineyard www.larcombvineyard.co.nz Wedding Venue, Catering, Planning<br />

Chateau on the Park Christchurch a Double<br />

Tree by Hilton<br />

www.hiltonasiaweddings.com Full Wedding Venue & Accommodation<br />

Black Shadow Project www.blackshadowproject.nz Car Hire, Birthdays, Wedding Celebrant, Promotions, Charities<br />

Bourbon Rose Florist www.bourbonrose.co.nz Florist<br />

Kelly Sheppard Hairstylist www.kellysheppard.co.nz Hairdressing<br />

Select Braemar Lodge www.selectbraemarlodge.com Wedding Venue<br />

To Cherish Bridal www.tocherish.co.nz Bridal Wear & Accessories<br />

Something Borrowed Something New www.sbsn.co.nz Hire, Events, Styling<br />

Chch Coach Charters www.chchcoachcharter.co.nz Taxi & Bus Transport<br />

Brides of Merivale www.bridesofmerivale.co.nz Bridal Wear & Accessories<br />

Dolce Wedding Photograpghy www.dolceweddingphotography.co.nz Photography<br />

Hyde Park Hire www.hydeparkhire.co.nz Marquee & Party Hire<br />

Tricia Warwick-Naziris<br />

www.triciawarwick-naziriscelebrant.<br />

co.nz<br />

Marriage Celebrant<br />

Hotshots Photobooth www.hotshotsphotobooth.co.nz Photobooth Hire<br />

Verve Real Food Catering www.vervecatering.co.nz Catering Company<br />

The Vines Club www.thevinesclub.co.nz Wedding Venue<br />

Corporate Cabs www.corporatecabs.co.nz Limousines, Wedding Cars<br />

Spit Roast Company www.spitroast.com Catering<br />

Rosebank Estate www.rosebank.co.nz Venue & Catering<br />

Polished Diamonds www.polisheddiamonds.co.nz Wedding <strong>Ring</strong>s & Jewellery

Bridalshow<br />

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Tickets $20pp<br />

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Whether you decide to have your BFF as your only bridesmaid<br />

or a cluster of the closest from your clans, you will want them<br />

looking fabulous in the most exciting styles and flattering shades<br />

on show this wedding season.<br />

A variety of current trends feature short, long, lacy, patterned, sleek, full<br />

flared, demure or sophisticated as well as unusual and inspired by every era<br />

from Victorian to Bohemian! So here are 10 new leads, looks and likes to<br />

follow a trend or break with tradition while guaranteeing all your maids are<br />

mesmerising!<br />

FLORALS make their colourful way down the aisle this summer. Hot house<br />

blooms, delicate florals or bold tropical prints provide exciting choice to<br />

match your wedding theme and style. Not only do they add a whole new<br />

dimension to your photos, but your bridesmaids can wear them again after<br />

your big day. But keep accessories minimalist, team with strappy summer<br />

sandals and simple toning bouquets to avoid a fussy look in the photos.<br />

COLOUR SENSATIONS of the <strong>2018</strong> season are nude and navy, copper is<br />

the metallic of the moment, lilac is favoured for vintage vibe and cinnamon<br />

enriches country and rustic themed weddings.<br />

SEPARATES return to favour and make a bridesmaid statement that can<br />

suit all shapes and sizes. For formal elegance try a structured skirt with an<br />

off-the-shoulder cropped top, for serious romance try a tulle maxi skirt and<br />

loosely tucked cami or for stop press newness – add black to the ensemble<br />

whether the top or the skirt.<br />

CULOTTES & JUMPSUITS are re-introduced for formal occasions,<br />

including weddings. Choose a tapered leg teamed with killer heels or wide<br />

fluid flares with a cami style top, V neck or cap-sleeved crop. Complement<br />

the sophisticated urban look with bling or a belt or both.<br />

SHIMMER & SHINE are big news for <strong>2018</strong> bridesmaids. Either demure and<br />

pretty with soft pink flowers and nude heels or the razzle dazzle glamour of<br />

sequins, strappy metallic shoes and sparkly Art Deco wreaths or barettes in<br />

their hair.<br />

RED CARPET: steal inspiration from Academy Award fashion. Think<br />

3D florals, second-skin metallics, knife-edged pleats, ballerina midis, 40s<br />

Hollywood satin and silk, necklines that plung, reveal or conceal and chic<br />

minimalist sheaths with a movie-star cape.<br />

LACE & DRAPE offer a relaxed vibe for your girls as they float down<br />

the aisle in soft sheer fabrics. Lace shrugs and capes equate with elegant<br />

formality or Bohemian style, while low draped backs and off-the-shoulder<br />

styles suit beach ceremonies and classic country weddings.<br />

LENGTHS OR LAYERS: soft floaty layers create different lengths for the<br />

girls’ gowns. From a mini to a maxi, small girls and tall girls can wear the<br />

length that suits them best. But to bring the look together, go for gowns in<br />

the same fabric and team with matching shoes and bouquets.<br />

MODERN & MISMATCHED: be subtle with bridesmaids in a colour<br />

spectrum from light to dark, or be bold with a rainbow of different colours<br />

chosen to suit each individual bridesmaid. Avoid a disjointed look by<br />

choosing single-toned flowers to unify the colour range.<br />

10<br />

Classic Corsages<br />

are revived as the ideal accessory for<br />

your bridesmaids. Worn in the hair,<br />

pinned to the gown or entwined<br />

on the wrist they create a “pop” of<br />

colour, delightful fragrance and<br />

hands-free convenience for both the<br />

ceremony and reception.

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Small<br />


There’s nothing more adorable than cute kids in your wedding<br />

party. For little girls it’s the ultimate opportunity to be a princess<br />

for the day and they get a thrill from the frills. For little boys you<br />

sometimes have to work harder to make the idea appeal!<br />

GIFTS<br />

Gifts for Your<br />

AdorAble flower Girl<br />

• a music box<br />

• a novelty money box<br />

• a charm bracelet<br />

• a collector’s doll<br />

• a favourite book<br />

• a pretty picture frame<br />

• a wedding photo<br />

• a jewelled purse<br />

• a picture for her bedroom<br />

• an heirloom jewellery box<br />

Gifts for Your<br />

HAndsome PAGe boY<br />

• a watch<br />

• a wedding photo<br />

• a collector’s model car<br />

• a favourite book<br />

• a money box<br />

• greenstone pendant<br />

• a picture for his bedroom<br />

• a wallet<br />

• sport supporter’s clothing<br />

• decorative box for all his “stuff”<br />

Outfits<br />

You’ll want them looking gorgeous, but they’ll want to<br />

feel comfortable. So whatever you choose make sure the<br />

outfits are not too hot, too cold or too tight, that they<br />

are the right length, suitable size and definitely aren’t<br />

scratchy.<br />

Make Buy or Hire<br />

Flower girl dresses can be purchased at bridal and ballet<br />

shops or made at the same time as your own gown. For<br />

a less expensive option, find a simple white or cream<br />

dress in children’s wear shops or department stores and<br />

trim with your own choice of embellishments. Little<br />

lad’s suits can be purchased at some department stores<br />

or bridal shops, but as they may not have many other<br />

occasions to wear a suit again, hiring is often a sensible<br />

option for your page boy.<br />

For Her<br />

Keep the dress simple and match a detail from your<br />

gown such as a lace bolero, an overlay, a rosette or<br />

appliqué or crystal beads that shimmer and shine just<br />

like yours. Have her dress made in the same fabric,<br />

but in a little girl style or in a shade that fits with your<br />

wedding party colour scheme.<br />

For Him<br />

Little boys don’t much like the constriction of a formal<br />

style suit and tie. If you MUST do the suit, let him<br />

discard the jacket later or wear a waistcoat instead. If<br />

you plan to be less formal, your page boy can still look<br />

adorable in a cotton shirt and casual trousers.<br />

Colour Coordination<br />

Add colour with accessories; a sash, a petticoat, posy of<br />

flowers or hair ribbons for her and a button-hole, vest,<br />

coloured tie and funky socks for him. If it’s chilly, keep<br />

your adorable flower girl warm with a colourful bolero,<br />

cardigan, wrap or Victorian-style coat and a bright<br />

lined jacket and cool dude hat for your page boy.<br />

Tops and Toes<br />

Keep hairstyles, hair decorations or hats as easy to<br />

wear as possible and make sure their shoes fit properly<br />

without slipping or rubbing. Don’t expect them to enjoy<br />

hours of fussing to get them ready and don’t get them<br />

dressed too early on the day or you risk creases and<br />

stains on their clothes!<br />

Practice Makes Perfect<br />

Practice makes perfect so include your small fry in a<br />

wedding rehearsal so they aren’t overwhelmed on the<br />

day. Don’t give them too many instructions, provide<br />

treats, drinks and toilet breaks, expect that they WILL<br />

get tired, so keep it fun and don’t get cross.

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About Ink<br />

Tattoos are a popular personal decoration and New Zealanders<br />

are among the most “inked” in the world. Tattoos range from<br />

distinctive patterns of cultural significance, a small discreet motif<br />

or an elaborate blend of colours and shapes that is meaningful to you.<br />

While tattoos are generally an accepted style of personal expression and<br />

decoration, when it comes to weddings, they can be quite controversial and<br />

confronting for families and guests. Although you shouldn’t let the opinions<br />

of others determine your preferences at your own wedding, brides often face a<br />

dilemma as to whether to show them or hide them.<br />

Hiding Them<br />

If you decide to hide your ink for your wedding you can either choose a<br />

gown design that covers them or invest in a make-up like “derma-blend”. The<br />

cosmetic was developed to cover scars and skin discolourations like birth<br />

marks, but its high-coverage ability has also made it popular among those with<br />

tattoos they wish to disguise.<br />

Like almost any trend, fashions come and go, so it is probable that tattoos<br />

will too. Your wedding photos will be looked at for years to come and by<br />

future generations. Consider whether you would later regret either showing<br />

them or hiding them before you make the choice. You can also compromise<br />

if you are unsure whether to show or hide your ink, by covering them for the<br />

ceremony and in some of the photos, then revealing them at the reception.<br />

Adding to Them<br />

If both you and your partner are “ink<br />

lovers” then an event like a wedding is often<br />

an opportunity to mark the occasion with<br />

a “his and hers” tattoo. It may be the date<br />

of the marriage, you could have tattooed<br />

wedding rings as a permanent reminder, or<br />

a larger scale design with significance for<br />

you both.<br />

Showing Them<br />

Your tattoos are already an accessory, often<br />

a bold one, so it is important to choose a<br />

gown that won’t clash and become visually<br />

distracting. Consider a custom-made gown<br />

that is designed to show it off with attention<br />

to necklines, sleeves, etc. Choose a fabric<br />

with solid colour and avoid too many<br />

textures and embellishments on the dress so<br />

that the tattoos are the focus.<br />

Don’t be afraid to veer away from<br />

traditional bridal colours or styles, perhaps<br />

pick a dress colour that tones with something<br />

in your tattoo design. A white gown is often<br />

too stark against coloured tattoos, while<br />

black or dark ink designs can look dirty<br />

against bright white and in the photos. If<br />

you do want to display your tattoos to best<br />

advantage in your photos, put a light layer<br />

of Vaseline on them before the ceremony so<br />

their colours look clear and bright in<br />

the images.<br />

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MAKING<br />

MAKE-UP Last<br />

Your wedding make-up needs to last from firstlook<br />

dressing, to dewy-eyed ceremony, to onlocation<br />

photo shoot, right through to dining,<br />

dancing and departing the reception. Therefore,<br />

you will want to use everything at your disposal<br />

to prevent shine, fade or frequent fix ups.<br />

• Start with skin that is cool to the touch – cold water,<br />

ice pack or cooling gel.<br />

• Prep your skin with pore-tightening products that<br />

will keep make-up application smooth.<br />

• Thick make-up can cause more problems than light<br />

coverage because it’s more obvious.<br />

• Use an oil-free primer and less moisturiser to stop your<br />

make-up “slipping”.<br />

• Avoid make-up products that run, smear, flake or clump.<br />

• Waterproof and tear-proof mascara is essential.<br />

• Invest in a setting spray that is designed to “hold” your<br />

make-up in place.<br />

• For long-lasting lippy apply a lip primer first.<br />

• Blot if it’s hot – a quick and easy way to remedy shine<br />

or perspiration during the day.<br />

• The simpler your make-up regime the easier it is to<br />

touch-up quickly.<br />

UP DOS & Fringes<br />

Among all the ways we coax our hair into different<br />

shapes and styles to beautify, cute-ify and specify<br />

our particular look, the “up do” still has pride of<br />

place for formal occasions and weddings.<br />

An “up do” adds elegance, is usually more elaborate than an<br />

everyday style and offers plenty of choice in finding a style<br />

that suits your hair’s texture and the shape of your face.<br />

Dressed high on the head or low near the nape of the neck,<br />

there are simple ponytails, braids, or a combination of both;<br />

buns can be ballerina sleek or high fashion messy, there are<br />

smooth chignons and pleats as well as loose coils and curls.<br />

For brides especially, when the hair is up, your face is more<br />

visible and there is more emphasis on the design of the dress,<br />

particularly around the neck and shoulders. An up do stays<br />

in place for the wedding and the reception, is impervious to<br />

the wind for photographs and doesn’t need extra attention<br />

during the proceedings.<br />

But if you want to add a bit more “sass”, join the fringe<br />

revival! The big textured fringe is back, resting just below<br />

the eyebrows or layered to the level of the cheekbones at the<br />

sides. A fringe softens the drama of the up do and provides<br />

both elegant or casual style for formal weddings or beach<br />

bride ceremonies. However, a big fringe doesn’t suit every<br />

face so think carefully before you make the chop or go for a<br />

lighter, wispier forehead fringe.<br />

Love is<br />

in the hair<br />


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LACY<br />

Lingerie<br />

For a bridal gown to fit perfectly, it is important to<br />

choose the best underwear to enhance the style of<br />

the dress, support the body shape of the wearer and<br />

combine comfort with luxurious wedding day fabrics.<br />

If you want to be a bride with that gorgeous<br />

golden glow, but without exposure to the<br />

harmful rays of the sun, it has never been<br />

easier to fake it and make it look real!<br />

INSTANT TANNING – has really come of age since<br />

the first streaky results appeared on the market and<br />

on your skin. Most instant tan products offer you<br />

immediate colour which develops into a deeper tone<br />

over the next few hours. Containing both a tint and<br />

a moisturiser, your skin appears smooth, nourished<br />

and natural.<br />

SELF-TANNING – is a DIY approach that you<br />

can use in the privacy of your own home to create<br />

a natural looking tan over a period of time. <strong>With</strong> a<br />

milder perfume and smoother application than in<br />

the past, the new green-based products produce a<br />

more authentic tan to complement individual<br />

skin tone.<br />

GRADUAL TANNING – is achieved<br />

with a moisturiser containing a mild selftanning<br />

tint. A subtle change of colour<br />

occurs gradualIy and particularly suits<br />

fair skin or application in winter without<br />

looking fake or unseasonal.<br />

BRONZE-TANNING – can be used<br />

beyond the face to provide depth of<br />

colour on the body too. Avoid bronzers<br />

with too much shimmer or it will look<br />

fake, apply only to areas that are going to<br />

be showing (shoulders, décolletage and<br />

arms) and use a large powder brush to<br />

get effective coverage.<br />

SPRAY-TANNING – can be ultraeffective,<br />

especially when applied<br />

professionally and can last from 7-10<br />

days. So, head for your tanning salon and<br />

let an expert provide you with a seamless<br />

tan from top to toe. Exfoliate beforehand<br />

and avoid moisturisers and deodorants<br />

on the day as they affect the tanning<br />

product. Don’t go for too dark a tan that<br />

looks fake or too stark against the white<br />

of your bridal gown and in your photos.<br />


Once the dress style has been chosen, even if the gown has<br />

not been made, you can purchase your underwear. But always<br />

purchase it before the second fitting of the wedding dress in case<br />

alterations need to be made.<br />

For the ultimate fit beneath their beautiful gown, brides<br />

should arrange a consultation with a lingerie specialist. Research<br />

shows almost 50% of women buy the wrong bra size, but with so<br />

many underwear styles and shapes available it’s understandable,<br />

especially as sizing can often vary from brand to brand.<br />

Traditional light shades of white, cream and champagne are still<br />

the most sought after lingerie colours for brides. Strapless styles<br />

that work well under wedding gowns with open necklines are<br />

always in demand and many ranges of bridal lingerie are designed<br />

without seams to give a smoother shape under the dress.<br />

However the current popularity of wedding dresses from bygone<br />

eras has fostered a noticeable trend to vintage-inspired underwear<br />

and accessories including garters and parasols. White, ivory or<br />

nude stockings are “in” as well as the 40’s styles<br />

that have back seams. But corselets still top<br />

the list, they are elegant and slimming<br />

and those with suspender<br />

belts are currently very<br />

popular.<br />

As well as providing the<br />

ideal fit for the gown, a<br />

bride’s underwear should<br />

also be comfortable. So<br />

don’t wear your wedding<br />

lingerie for the first time on<br />

the day, instead, hand wash<br />

items beforehand to remove<br />

any unnecessary stiffness.<br />

While soft, pale tones in silk<br />

and lace are an obvious choice for<br />

the big day, honeymoon lingerie<br />

is often colourful, racy and lacy!<br />

Brides may have chosen classic white<br />

for the wedding day, but they often<br />

want something a little sexy for the<br />

honeymoon or wedding night.

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Sugar Scrub<br />

Making your own anything is usually pretty<br />

satisfying, but an all-natural sugar scrub for face,<br />

hands and feet is easy, effective and the least<br />

fattening use of sugar imaginable! Combining simple<br />

home ingredients, you will produce a unique beauty<br />

product in minutes that will leave your skin silky<br />

smooth.<br />


½ cup of sugar (either white or brown)<br />

½ cup of oil (olive, coconut or almond)<br />

1 tsp of essential oil of your choice<br />

Optional essence or spice<br />

(cinnamon, turmeric, vanilla)<br />

2 drops of food colouring if desired<br />

METHOD<br />

Combine the oil and sugar and mix well.<br />

Stir in the essential oil(s) of your choice.<br />

Add optional spice or food colouring.<br />

Store in an airtight container or screw top jar.<br />

Lasts 2-3 months<br />


As well as selecting your favourite essential oil for its<br />

fragrance, also consider its particular<br />

therapeutic qualities:<br />

LEMON & LEMONGRASS – fresh and invigorating<br />

GRAPEFRUIT, ORANGE OR LIME – tangy and<br />

refreshing<br />

PEPPERMINT – cool and soothing<br />

TEA TREE – cleansing and purifying<br />

EUCALYPTUS – medicinal and healing<br />

PATCHOULI – earthy and relaxing<br />

LAVENDER – calming and rejuvenating<br />

BERGAMOT – gentle and uplifting<br />


Try your homemade sugar scrub on your hands first<br />

using 1 tablespoon rubbed in then rinsed – so good,<br />

so soft, so simple! But pimp the jar and make some<br />

fancy labels and you have a gorgeous gift for your<br />

girls as well.<br />

Weddings are hard on the feet – especially for brides,<br />

bridesmaids and mothers of the bride and the groom.<br />

To manage several hours of standing, walking and<br />

dancing in your elegant heels or strappy shoes try the<br />

“On Your Feet” wedding day guide!<br />

Choosing the Shoes<br />

You may wish to select shoes of a particular style to<br />

complete your wedding outfit. Choose your shoes after your<br />

outfit is confirmed so that the style and colour are exactly<br />

right whether you favour a court, pump or platform sole.<br />

Remember sparkly sandals and sassy heels make you look<br />

taller and your legs look more shapely! Shoes can also be<br />

coloured or covered as required by professional shoe dying<br />

services, matching them to the fabric of your outfit.<br />

Compatible and Comfortable<br />

Choose them well in advance, but while you’re looking for<br />

shoes to die for, look for comfort, comfort, comfort! Your feet<br />

swell in summer heat and during the course of any day, so<br />

choose a half size larger than usual and buy your shoes in the<br />

afternoon. For extra comfort you can try gel inserts – great<br />

for added “danceability”! Consider the height of the heels,<br />

especially if you’re having a garden or beach wedding and<br />

look for footwear that is appropriate for the season. If the<br />

wedding is outdoors choose thicker heels that won’t sink into<br />

the grass.<br />

Walk and Wear<br />

Best advice is to wear them in before you wear them out<br />

anywhere. Pop on a thin pair of socks and wear your wedding<br />

shoes round the house often, to allow them to stretch and<br />

soften. If the heels are higher than you are used to, practice<br />

frequently so that your walk down the aisle is confident and<br />

effortless.<br />

Pedicures and Pampering<br />

Elegant shoes deserve elegant feet inside them! Have a<br />

professional pedicure or purchase a home pedicure kit for<br />

well presented toenails – especially for open-toed shoes!<br />

Indulge in regular heavenly foot spas at home to soften<br />

and remove hard or calloused skin. Nourish and<br />

massage daily with soothing peppermint<br />

foot lotion.<br />


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RING IN A<br />

Rainbow<br />

One of the new style trends in engagement rings,<br />

is the return of coloured stones.<br />

Combined with the sparkle and purity of diamonds, multistone<br />

designs can include your favourite shade of gemstone<br />

or your birthstone. While sapphires, rubies and emeralds are<br />

the “big 3” that always spring to mind, there are other stones<br />

representing all the colours of the rainbow that will make<br />

you an engagement ring of value and unusual individuality.<br />

RED - Garnet<br />

The name garnet comes from the old English “gernet”<br />

meaning “dark red”. Garnets have a crystal structure and<br />

range in colour from mid to dark red and from transparent<br />

to opaque. They are less valuable than rubies but an<br />

affordable and popular gemstone as well as being the January<br />

birthstone. Garnets are mined in many parts of the world but<br />

particularly India, USA, Australia and China.<br />

ORANGE - Tourmaline<br />

Tourmaline is a semi-precious hexagonal crystal gem that<br />

can be of various colours including the unusual “chrome<br />

tourmaline” which is orange. Produced in Zambia, India, Sri<br />

Lanka and USA, the stone varies from transparent to opaque.<br />

However, the rarest and most recently discovered variety of<br />

tourmaline is the Paraiba which was found in Brazil in 1989<br />

and has become sought after for its quality and value.<br />

YELLOW - Topaz<br />

Topaz is a rare combination of brilliance, hardness and<br />

colour, with yellow topaz being more unusual and valuable<br />

than blue. Meaning “fire” in the Sanskrit language, the<br />

golden colour of yellow topaz has fascinated people<br />

since ancient times and been associated with the<br />

earth, harvest and fertility. It is mentioned in the<br />

bible as one of the 12 gems worn by High Priests.<br />

In modern times it has been adopted as the<br />

November birthstone.<br />

BLUE - Aquamarine<br />

Known as “the gem of the sea” and chosen as the <strong>March</strong><br />

birthstone, aquamarine is derived from the Beryl mineral.<br />

Aquamarine is favoured for its glorious blue-green colours<br />

but the best quality gems combine high clarity with ice blue<br />

colour. Because of the light colour that shows any flaws, it is<br />

important to cut the stone carefully in order to maximise its<br />

brilliance. The best aquamarine is sourced from Brazil, East<br />

Africa, Australia and India.<br />

INDIGO - Tanzanite<br />

<strong>This</strong> blue-violet toned gemstone is a variety of the mineral<br />

zolsite and changes colour when illuminated, becoming<br />

bright blue under fluorescent light. It was only discovered<br />

in 1967 and has become particularly sought after as it is<br />

only found in a very small area of Tanzania, hence its name.<br />

Renowned international jeweller Tiffany’s uses the rare<br />

tanzanite in a luxury selection of jewellery for wealthy<br />

clients from all over the world.<br />

VIOLET - Amethyst<br />

Amethysts are violet-hued quartz stones named from the<br />

Greek “amethystos” meaning “intoxicate”. The value of an<br />

amethyst is primarily in its colour, ranging from violet to<br />

deep purple – the darker the better. Purple was a colour<br />

associated with royalty, so amethysts have always been<br />

accorded status despite being widely available. The best<br />

quality amethysts are found in Russia, Sri Lanka and Brazil.<br />

GREEN - Peridot<br />

The peridot is a pale green silicote<br />

mineral gemstone. It is the August<br />

birthstone, but was called the “gem<br />

of the sun” by the Egyptians. The<br />

intensity of the peridot’s colour<br />

depends on the level of iron in the<br />

stone and varies from pale leaf<br />

green to olive. Peridots were first<br />

found in ancient times on an<br />

island in the Red Sea, but recent<br />

findings of flawless crystals<br />

Myannmar and Pakistan have<br />

created new interest in the stone.

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21<br />


Proven Quality & Craftsmanship<br />

Canterbury Jewellers has earned a<br />

reputation for fine craftsmanship and<br />

honesty in a trade where the client relies<br />

on information that is true and the quality<br />

of workmanship is high. Providing these<br />

two key attributes has allowed Canterbury<br />

Jewellers to be one of Christchurch’s leading<br />

repair, alteration and handcrafted jewellery<br />

manufacturer since the company was<br />

started 35 years ago.<br />

Some people may find their perfect<br />

engagement ring already made, sitting in a<br />

showroom waiting for them. Others aren’t<br />

so fortunate, having to trawl through 100s<br />

or even 1000s of designs. Some will decide<br />

to start from scratch and have their ideal<br />

ring sketched and then handmade.<br />

Finding your ideal ring is a bit like looking<br />

for a home, you know it’s just right when<br />

you see it. But unlike buying a home, having<br />

exactly what you want in a ring needn’t<br />

require a visit to the bank manager. “A<br />

common misconception is that hand-crafted<br />

pieces are an unaffordable luxury for most<br />

people. However you may be pleasantly<br />

surprised how they stack up against the<br />

average mass-produced rings pricewise”, says<br />

Jason Baylis of Canterbury Jewellers.<br />

Responding to an increasing desire<br />

from clients for a more personalized look,<br />

Canterbury Jewellers are fully equipped<br />

to create something incredibly unique. It<br />

may traditional with lots of fine detail, or<br />

bold and modern. <strong>With</strong> their experienced<br />

and fully-qualified team of on-site artisans,<br />

clients are invited to contribute to the<br />

creative process as little or as much as they<br />

like and are encouraged to visit at various<br />

stages of manufacture.<br />

“We see some amazing engagement rings<br />

that need a wedding ring. But finding a<br />

wedding ring to fit around these elaborate<br />

rings can be impossible, so generally a<br />

custom wedding ring is the only solution”,<br />

notes Jason.<br />

Ideally<br />

engagement<br />

and wedding<br />

rings should<br />

be made at<br />

the same time<br />

to ensure a<br />

complementary<br />

style and perfect<br />

fit. But for those<br />

who already have an<br />

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4Cs FOR<br />

Diamond Dazzle<br />

While diamonds are dazzlingly beautiful, valuable<br />

and the most sought-after jewel for engagement<br />

and wedding rings, they are also the hardest<br />

substance on earth and will therefore last a lifetime.<br />

All over the world, jewellers and gem experts rate diamonds<br />

according the 4 Cs of Cut, Carat, Clarity and Colour.<br />

CUT makes the diamond dazzle according to number of<br />

surfaces or facets that reflect the light. Most diamonds are<br />

cut with over 50 facets and geometric angles. These act as<br />

mirrors and reflect the light from one to the other before<br />

dispersing through the top of the stone. If the cut is too deep<br />

or too shallow, light escapes and the sparkle is reduced.<br />

CARAT refers to the weight rather than the size of the<br />

diamond. Originally calculated on scales against carob seeds<br />

that weighted 0.2g each, modern metric measurements define<br />

a “carat” as 200mg. Each carat is further divided into 100<br />

points thus allowing precise categorising of diamond value.<br />

CLARITY relates to the brilliance of the stone and is<br />

graded according to the combinations of mineral traces,<br />

imperfections or visible fractures within it. Completely<br />

flawless diamonds are extremely rare and therefore extremely<br />

valuable as they offer the most natural brilliance.<br />

COLOUR is also related to the diamond’s ability to reflect<br />

light. While we think of diamonds as white, the colour varies<br />

from white to yellowish. Jewellers grade a diamond’s colour<br />

on a scale from D (colourless) to Z which can contribute or<br />

detract from its overall value.<br />

Your Diamond Investment<br />

For future proofing your investment, buy the best diamond<br />

you can afford. To stay within your budget you can<br />

compromise on size, colour and clarity of the diamonds,<br />

but don’t compromise on the cut. But be sure to choose<br />

your diamond and rings from a reputable jeweller who will<br />

provide you with a valuation certificate for insurance and<br />

proof of purchase.<br />

For Her:<br />

The unbroken shape of the ring has traditionally<br />

symbolised the enduring vows of marriage and is a<br />

custom of many cultures, especially in the western world.<br />

Although wedding rings are still predominantly made<br />

of gold, the use of other metals can provide modern and<br />

creative alternatives.<br />

Yellow gold in 18 carat or 9 carat is often chosen for its<br />

longevity and its association with quality and riches. Since<br />

12th century royal wedding rings have been traditionally<br />

made of Welsh gold. Yellow gold keeps its bright golden<br />

appearance, looks good with most precious stones and will<br />

usually last a lifetime if the design is not too delicate.<br />

White gold, either 18 or 9 carat depending on the amount<br />

of alloy added, is a popular alternative and is well suited to<br />

diamonds and ornate settings. You will sometimes see “bimetal”<br />

wedding rings featuring both white and yellow gold<br />

in the design. Rose gold is a combination of yellow gold<br />

and the addition of copper to produce a reddish metal.<br />

Platinum’s silvery look is currently in vogue for wedding<br />

rings. It is also the strongest of metals and will last a<br />

lifetime. Special skill is required to work with platinum<br />

consequently it is also the most expensive wedding band<br />

option.<br />

The wedding ring should always match and fit with the<br />

engagement ring in style, shape and colour of the<br />

metal. They are often designed as a set and<br />

can be purchased together, or the<br />

wedding band put on “layby” until<br />

nearer the date of the wedding.<br />

For Him:<br />

Modern chunky bling has really caught on for wedding<br />

rings that are masculine statements of style and<br />

engineering! Shunning shiny gold for their wedding rings,<br />

many bridegrooms are choosing innovative designs in<br />

black, silver and steel.<br />

The popular, weighty industrial look of steel<br />

can be polished, engraved or set with stones<br />

for bling that’s rock-star bold! Tungsten is<br />

often chosen for its strength and longevity<br />

– it’s scratch resistant, hypo allergenic and<br />

won’t tarnish. But it does have a down side –<br />

you can’t cut a tungsten ring if your fingers or<br />

hand are injured!<br />

Platinum and white gold rings are often<br />

more traditional, but the “beaten” look is<br />

more contemporary and may also complement<br />

the bride’s rings without losing ruggedness of<br />

style. Traditionally the wedding ring is worn<br />

on the third finger of the left hand, based on a<br />

Greek legend that a nerve from this finger led<br />

directly to the heart.<br />

Ensure you buy your precious rings from a<br />

reputable jeweller. If they are members of a<br />

recognised jewellers association, standards of<br />

design and codes of ethics can be guaranteed.<br />

On purchase a valuation certificate should be<br />

issued to make sure that the ring is<br />

adequately insured.<br />


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Advanced technology promises precision that ensures ultimate perfection. Laser engraving,<br />

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We can size and measure your existing engagement ring and create your wedding ring<br />

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SUIT-ABLE Wedding<br />

For grooms and male guests, fashion etiquette for a wedding can be confusing in this day and age! In the past<br />

there were clear guidelines for formal or semi-formal attire when weddings were held in churches and chapels.<br />

But with modern weddings at secular venues, in gardens or on beaches, there’s a change in the style of clothes<br />

that are now considered “wedding-suitable.”<br />

Formal<br />

– as dressed up as you can ever be!<br />

TRADITIONAL A top hat and tailcoat<br />

with pinstriped striped grey trousers,<br />

white gloves, a white vest, shirt and bow<br />

tie OR a black dinner suit worn with a<br />

white shirt, cummerbund and matching<br />

tie.<br />

CONTEMPORARY Any suit with shirt<br />

and tie is now considered formal. It can be<br />

any colour, any cut and almost any cloth.<br />

For most seasons suits may be grey, black<br />

or navy but suits for summer weddings<br />

favour lighter shades, fine stripes or<br />

checks, shirts may be pastel rather than<br />

white, but ties are bold and bright.<br />

Semi Formal<br />

– as dressed up as you want to be!<br />

TRADITIONAL A two or three<br />

piece suit, plain coloured shirt and a<br />

coordinating tie OR a tuxedo with<br />

coloured jacket or cummerbund and<br />

matching bow tie.<br />

CONTEMPORARY A suit jacket, sports<br />

coat or blazer teamed with tailored pants,<br />

chinos or khakis, but not denim. Add an<br />

open neck or button down shirt that’s<br />

worn without a tie and finish the look<br />

with swanky lace up shoes in leather or<br />

suede.<br />

Smart Casual<br />

– as confusing as it gets!<br />

TRADITIONAL Two piece suit or<br />

tailored pants with a blazer or sports coat,<br />

shirt and tie.<br />

CONTEMPORARY Because “smart”<br />

doesn’t always equate to casual and vice<br />

versa this dress guide causes more agro<br />

than anything else. Your best guess is semi<br />

formal minus the jacket, but it still doesn’t<br />

mean jeans!<br />

Casual Beach<br />

TRADITIONAL Rarely applicable,<br />

but for those who did have low-key<br />

weddings it was still a suit or at the very least<br />

a waistcoat with shirt and tie.<br />

CONTEMPORARY A cool short-sleeved shirt<br />

over chinos, linen pants or tailored shorts. Boat<br />

shoes, clean canvas sneakers or sandals are<br />

preferable to jandals and a hat is great for<br />

the sun – a fedora or straw panama is way<br />

better style than a baseball cap. If the<br />

wedding is island-themed you can<br />

be more flamboyant with<br />

the shirt!


Shirt accessories are back in style! Once you have<br />

selected your wedding shirt for its style, fabric and<br />

formality, you can choose the ideal shirt accessories<br />

for yourself and/or your groomsmen; tie tacks,<br />

pins or bars, collar tips or cufflinks.<br />

Tie Tacks and Bars<br />

The tie “tack” was worn by wealthy gents to secure the folds of<br />

cravats which were worn in the 19th and early 20th centuries.<br />

Commonly made of silk, satin, lace, lawn and brocade, the tack<br />

held the expensive slippery fabric in place. By the end of the<br />

19th century tie pins were worn more widely as cravats became<br />

favoured sporting attire at golf, tennis, cycling and riding.<br />

Tie tacks and pins used pearls and other gemstones together<br />

with gold, silver and other metals, but were also custom<br />

designed with initials and family crests and later with sporting<br />

club emblems and logos. When the Windsor knotted tie became<br />

an integral part of menswear and school uniforms for both boys<br />

and girls, the tie “bar” also had the purpose of holding the tie in<br />

place, but was attached to the placket of the shirt front.<br />

Collar Tips<br />

Collars required stiffening to allow the pointed ends of the<br />

collar to either stand-up (like the winged collar) or sit neatly<br />

against the waistcoat front or lapels of a jacket. Accordingly,<br />

small whale-boned “collar tips” were inserted into the<br />

pointed collar via a tiny hemmed slit, which allowed<br />

them to be removed for washing.<br />

Cufflinks<br />

Traditionally used to secure the buttonless<br />

cuffs of mens’ shirts, post-war mass<br />

production of shirts included machine sewn<br />

buttons, so the use of cufflinks declined. However they have<br />

recently made a comeback as a distinctive fashion statement<br />

and feature anything from antique to ultra-contemporary<br />

designs.<br />

Dress etiquette once demanded gold cufflinks be worn by day,<br />

silver in the evening and pearl for white tie occasions. There are<br />

two main styles of cufflinks; double panels linked by a bar or<br />

chain and a single panel with a swivel toggle to secure the cuff.<br />

The decorative style of cufflinks often included inlays and<br />

gemstones and featured family emblems, monograms and logos,<br />

while today’s designs are colourful, frequently quirky and still<br />

an acceptable gift for the groom and his wedding party.<br />

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BEARD<br />

BASICS<br />

In the same way that hairstyles change<br />

with seasons and fashion trends, so do<br />

beards. While it is usually appealing for<br />

guys to enjoy time out from the daily<br />

shave, but women either love beards on<br />

their man, or hate them!<br />

Many beards develop over a summer holiday<br />

when there is sufficient time to grow one beyond<br />

the stubble stage. However, while keeping one<br />

eliminates the daily “razor abrazer,” a beard still<br />

requires some grooming to keep it looking tidy<br />

and trendy.<br />

Just like the hair on your head, the skin beneath<br />

the beard needs to be healthy so there’s no itch or<br />

scaliness. So buy some beard balm to condition<br />

the skin while the beard thickens, then invest in<br />

some Beard Oil to keep the hair itself moisturised.<br />

Trimming and shaping the beard is a matter of<br />

preference, but the style can change the shape of<br />

the face and enhance other features like eyes and<br />

teeth. Ideally it is best to visit a local barber to<br />

establish the shape and style of the beard first, so<br />

that you only have to trim it yourself from time<br />

to time.<br />

For grooms who want to sport a beard for their<br />

wedding, be sure your bride is in favour of the<br />

idea and if so, be fastidious about the length and<br />

the longevity of the look in your photographs!<br />

BUT if the beard has to go for clean-shaven<br />

nuptials, remove the growth a week before the<br />

big day so your skin has time to heal from any<br />

irritation that results from clippers or blades. Use<br />

a healing balm to moisturise the skin and SPF<br />

protection if removing the beard leaves your skin<br />

at increased risk of sun burn.

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In Awe of VIDEOS<br />

Having your wedding captured on film is not only a<br />

keepsake for you, but provides future generations with a<br />

unique record of family members, friends, fashions,<br />

food and the traditions at one of life’s greatest milestones.<br />

Surprisingly many couples entrust the recording of this<br />

milestone to an amateur videographer rather than a professional<br />

with the experience and technology to make your wedding into<br />

a story rather than a potentially disjointed sequence of events.<br />

Good videographers are booked well in advance so checkout<br />

costs, styles and packages early in your wedding planning. Ask<br />

to see examples of their work including colour quality, picture<br />

clarity, sound levels and special effects.<br />

Discuss what is required to get the style and length of film you<br />

envisage; how long they need to be at the wedding, how many<br />

cameras they use, whether they have all the digital equipment to<br />

cope with low light and bright sunlight, add music and special<br />

effects and edit the film seamlessly.<br />

Discuss the terms and conditions of any contract, ensure the<br />

videographer is available for the date, time and location of the<br />

wedding and negotiate the fee for both filming and finishing.<br />

Check whether your venue has any restrictions on videography<br />

then provide the videographer with the order of events at the<br />

wedding. List the special guests and important moments you<br />

especially want them to record and get them to liaise with your<br />

photographer so that they don’t impede one another’s work<br />

on the day.<br />


Because a photographer only gets one chance<br />

to capture the magic of a wedding you need<br />

to know they are up to the task.<br />

Rather than simply taking photos, the photographer’s<br />

job is to record a family event for generations to come.<br />

Staying within your budget is always important when<br />

planning a wedding. But because your photographs<br />

are literally priceless, cost should not be the sole<br />

consideration. If you have a limited budget, you can<br />

always book the photographer for a shorter period<br />

of time.<br />

A few stunning professional images are better<br />

value than a host of unremarkable ones by amateur<br />

friends or family. Alternatively you could suggest a<br />

contribution towards photography, album or prints as<br />

a wedding present or gift registry item.<br />

It is important to find a photographer whose style<br />

you like, so look at the work of several different<br />

professionals before you decide. Do their portfolios or<br />

online examples provide a range of formal images as<br />

well as fun, creative and spontaneous shots and is the<br />

quality of colour and clarity consistent throughout?<br />

Also find out if the photographer has studio facilities<br />

and “Plan B” in the event of bad weather!<br />

Ideally choose a photographer who is a member of the<br />

New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers<br />

(NZIPP) which requires high standards of professional<br />

ethic and expertise. Members are listed under “Find a<br />

Photographer” link on www.nzipp.org.nz

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“A wedding day comes and goes so very fast, many months<br />

of planning pass in the blink of an eye. The photographer<br />

is the most important presence on that day as the photos<br />

taken are the memory of that special day, capturing all<br />

the moments that in time can easily be forgotten. We<br />

chose you as we both felt right from the start, very at ease<br />

with you and after viewing your portfolio we were certain<br />

you would do a great job. I am not even sure how to say<br />

thank you as it seems to short change you somehow, the<br />

images you took of our wedding day left us amazed, the<br />

way you used light, angles and color, was truly beautiful,<br />

you were very gracious to our family and guests and your<br />

presence was unobtrusive. We would be more than happy<br />

to personally recommend you to anyone who is looking<br />

for a first-class photographer with a warm and friendly<br />

manner”. Tina-Marie & Brendon Wright<br />

“Thank you very much for the great job you did with<br />

our photos, we were thrilled with them. We both had a<br />

fabulous wedding day and have lots of special memories.<br />

Thanks again! ” Annabel & Craig<br />

DeAn nOrrIe<br />

Photographer<br />

International award-winning celebrity photographer<br />

Dean norrie has photographed some of the world’s<br />

most famous people including; Johnny Depp, Jean<br />

Claude Van Damme, Kylie Minogue, Harry Connick Jr,<br />

Madonna, George Clooney, Bear Grylls, rachel Hunter,<br />

Michael Schumacher, Kelly Slater and the best rugby<br />

player in the world, richie McCaw, to name a few!<br />

My uniQue experience:<br />

Dean Norrie, one-eyed Cantabrian studied professional<br />

photography in Christchurch in 1991, since than he has travelled<br />

extensively and photographed in over 70 countries from 1993<br />

to 2006. After 12 years living and working abroad he finally<br />

returned to his mother country to set up business, buy a slice<br />

of paradise, get married and start a family. Experiences include;<br />

fashion photography internationally, working for London’s<br />

largest night clubs (Hippodrome) shooting events, four years<br />

at sea managing the photographic department on board some<br />

of the world’s largest cruise ships. It has photographed over 500<br />

weddings around the world from Miami and London to Sydney<br />

and Christchurch.<br />

Why book DeAn:<br />

• Photographed over 500 Weddings internationally<br />

• Confident managing people and directing large groups<br />

• Friendly, assertive and relaxed personality<br />

• Specialises in wedding photography<br />

• 27 years professional wedding photography experience<br />

• Creative eye for truly beautiful imagery<br />

• Professional photographic member of the SWPP<br />

• Creative wedding album design included in all wedding<br />

photography services<br />

• “I cherish getting to know you personally, and the special<br />

details of your big day to capture images to truly reflect you.”<br />

• Offers affordable photography packages from $1600<br />

DeAn's proMise to you:<br />

“It would be an absolute privilege to get the opportunity to tell<br />

your unique love story, I will bring my refined technical ability,<br />

creative, candid and unobtrusive approach to your wedding<br />

photography. My passion for story telling through authentic,<br />

intimate and romantic imagery and my relaxed style of taking<br />

photos will excite you. I will maximize your time creatively<br />

breathing life into your images for you to cherish.”<br />

DeAns tip for the big DAy:<br />

“The day goes by so fast! make sure to take the time to smell<br />

the roses, delegating the management of the day to your MC<br />

and others. Also make sure to book an experienced professional<br />

wedding photographer early! you only get one shot at it.”

* Best quality & options.<br />

* Lifetime of experience.<br />

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* Many extras available.<br />

* We listen to you.<br />

* Free planning advice.

Garry and Karyn are a sought after Husband and Wife photography, video<br />

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Call them for a no obligation chat about your plans and discover<br />

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Ph: 03 313 8774 - Mob: 0274 330 733 - E-mail: garry-karyn@xtra.co.nz<br />

Web: www.garrywalls.co.nz

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Confidence<br />

You should look and feel fabulous on your<br />

wedding day, so why not show some catwalk<br />

confidence as you walk down the aisle?<br />

DON’T RUSH – instead take time to enjoy<br />

the moment. Take a deep breath, then<br />

make your entrance with a smile – it makes<br />

you look happy and confident even if you<br />

are nervous. Make eye contact with your<br />

groom, let him see you are ready to begin<br />

the ceremony.<br />

BE REGAL – hold your head up high,<br />

stand straight and tall and make sure your<br />

shoulders aren’t hunched. Don’t look down<br />

at your feet, instead, glance at your guests<br />

and give them a little smile too. Remember<br />

good posture makes you look taller, more<br />

confident and shows your beautiful gown<br />

off to best advantage.<br />

WALK WELL – don’t stride or shuffle and<br />

be sure that you aren’t wincing with every<br />

step because your shoes hurt! Avoid shoes<br />

with heels that are too high for you to<br />

manage or throw you off balance. Walking<br />

in a long gown also takes practice; the<br />

technique is to use the toe to gently push<br />

the hem ahead of you as you walk.<br />

LISTEN TO THE MUSIC as you make<br />

your way down the aisle. It helps you to<br />

focus on something other than taking the<br />

steps and creates the right pace for you<br />

to reach the altar. Don’t be afraid to use<br />

something with a beat for timing your<br />

walk or something you really like so that<br />

you proceed up the aisle in an unhurried<br />

manner.<br />

SMELL THE FLOWERS – literally as<br />

well as figuratively. Take time to savour<br />

your own ceremony, but also enjoy the<br />

fragrance of the flowers you have chosen to<br />

carry just before you begin your walk down<br />

the aisle – your senses will remember the<br />

smell for years to come and you will always<br />

associate that fragrance with your wedding<br />

day. The bouquet gives you something to do<br />

with your hands and disguises any nervous<br />

shakes! Holding your bouquet at waist<br />

height looks natural and relaxed.<br />


CAMERA<br />

– instead<br />

concentrate on your<br />


PERFECT – make sure you<br />

practice at home and in front of<br />

a full-length mirror to get the<br />

full effect. Play your music, grab<br />

some flowers, practice wearing<br />

a long skirt and break in those<br />

wedding shoes so they don’t feel<br />

new, even if they look it!<br />

groom, family<br />

and friends<br />

and trust your<br />

photographer<br />

to capture<br />

your most<br />

cherished<br />

moments<br />

on film in an<br />

unobtrusive<br />


A<br />

DATE<br />

WITH<br />

YOUR<br />

DAD<br />

It’s a proud day for most<br />

Dads when their son or<br />

daughter gets married.<br />

Traditionally the father of the bride<br />

has more duties than the father<br />

of the groom, although modern<br />

weddings often share responsibilities<br />

for hosting the occasion.<br />

Dad’s first main duty is to pay for much<br />

of the wedding! The groom and his<br />

family traditionally help with the costs of<br />

beverages, but they and the bridal family<br />

may also contribute to other aspects of<br />

financing the wedding.<br />

Dads offer love and support and should<br />

enjoy quality time with his son or his<br />

daughter in the days or weeks before<br />

the wedding. So make the most of those<br />

moments and find some space in your busy<br />

pre-wedding schedule to let Dad know he is<br />

still important in your life – enjoy a coffee<br />

or a quiet drink with just him, take him out<br />

for breakfast or dinner, play a game of golf<br />

or go to a movie you would both enjoy.<br />

Dad is also meant to get his daughter to<br />

the ceremony on time and look smart for her<br />

special day. Dad escorts his daughter to the<br />

ceremony, whether a church or civil occasion<br />

and traditionally “gives her away” to the<br />

groom.<br />

Dad must also give a “father of the bride”<br />

speech with anecdotes about the bride’s life<br />

growing up, a welcome to his new son-inlaw<br />

or life partner and a toast to the newly<br />

married couple. Dad and the mother of the<br />

bride are the primary hosts of the wedding,<br />

mingling, meeting and greeting guests<br />

throughout the reception<br />

In modern families there are often Step-<br />

Dads who may wish to be included in the<br />

wedding day celebrations. Depending on<br />

the family relationships and the level of<br />

diplomacy required, step-parents may jointly<br />

host the reception, give a speech or a reading<br />

at the ceremony or simply be among the<br />

invited guests.<br />

If your wedding gown, bridesmaid<br />

dresses or mother of the bride<br />

outfit is being couturedesigned<br />

or made by a<br />

skilled dressmaker from a<br />

commercial pattern, you<br />

may be unsure of some of<br />

the technical terms used<br />

to describe or create a<br />

particular design effect.<br />

DRAFTING is the technical<br />

process of making a paper pattern<br />

for the garment, based on the exact<br />

body measurements of the wearer.<br />

TOILE is a cotton calico version of the gown<br />

or garment. It is made first so that a perfect fit is<br />

achieved before the actual gown is cut from the chosen,<br />

more expensive fabric.<br />

FRENCH SEAMS are sewn twice to provide extra<br />

strength and prevent fraying or unravelling of the fabric.<br />

Modern sewing methods often use overlocking for the<br />

edges and a straight seam to join the parts of the garment.<br />

GODET is a triangular piece of fabric sewn into a dress<br />

or skirt. It adds extra width and volume to the hem and<br />

allows the fabric to flare from the waist or hip.<br />

BIAS CUT is when the pattern is laid across the grain of<br />

the fabric when the garment is cut out. The bias cut is used<br />

to achieve a draped effect, particularly with light materials<br />

such as silk, chiffon and voile.<br />

STRUCTURED gowns are those that are styled with<br />

boning, stiffening or extra lining to ensure a firm fit.<br />

Structure is particularly necessary for strapless dresses or<br />

designs using heavier weight fabric or embellishments such<br />

as crystals or beading.<br />

ILLUSION is a sheer panel of mesh, organza, chiffon<br />

or lace on the front or back neckline of a gown. It<br />

provides delicate design detail and is more modest<br />

than a strapless or backless dress.<br />

APPLIQUE is the addition of pieces of material<br />

or lace that are cut out and then stitched onto<br />

the fabric of a gown to create decorative detail.<br />

Beading is also stitched to the fabric and is<br />

sometimes described as applique.<br />

WEIGHTED HEMS allow the skirt or<br />

train of a long gown to skim the floor and<br />

prevent the skirt catching on the shoes or<br />

heels. Small invisible weights are sewn or<br />

taped along the hem of the gown.<br />

RUCHING is when the dress fabric<br />

is gathered, fluted or pleated for<br />

trimming or to create a style effect.<br />

PLEATING refers to folds in the<br />

fabric which are stitched at the<br />

top to create fullness for the<br />

skirt. Pleating styles can<br />

include inverted, box,<br />

knife or sunray shapes.<br />

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BAGS OF<br />

Style<br />

A handbag is the final touch for your<br />

wedding ensemble. Unlike everyday<br />

handbags and totes that contain<br />

absolutely everything, a wedding handbag<br />

only needs to carry the essentials for a few<br />

hours.<br />

Evening bags and clutches are brilliant and<br />

beautiful; beaded, embroidered, silk, satin, leather<br />

or metallic, they can be soft or hard sides with<br />

clips, clasps, domes or zips.<br />

Fashion fanatics recommend choosing a bag that<br />

either matches your shoes, or complements an<br />

outfit in a similar or contrasting colour. But for<br />

a wedding you also need to consider the size and<br />

shape of the bag, so that the overall impression is<br />

balanced. If it is metallic, match the bag to your<br />

other jewellery and if it’s a clutch bag, look for the<br />

practicality of a shoulder strap or fine chain to<br />

keep hands free for greeting guests, clasping a glass<br />

and managing canapés!<br />

THE CLUTCH BAG is the overwhelming<br />

favourite for weddings and evening wear.<br />

Carried in the hand or under the arm, it can be<br />

unobtrusively elegant or supremely sassy with<br />

decorative details. The structure and material<br />

define the formality of the bag; leather, satin, silk,<br />

manmade fibre or metal and its modest size forces<br />

you to de-clutter so that it does not bulge or spill<br />

out your essentials. For practicality it should close<br />

securely and fit your cards, keys, phone and lippy<br />

at the very least.<br />

THE POMPADOUR BAG is a soft material<br />

pouch with a drawstring worn round the wrist.<br />

Originating in medieval times to carry money<br />

and a sweet-smelling pomander, its popularity<br />

re-emerged in Jane Austen’s regency era and in the<br />

1920s when they were made of the same material<br />

as the flapper girl’s dress and were embellished<br />

with jet beads, fringing and embroidery. The<br />

pompadour is a pretty option for<br />

a flower girl or a way<br />

of introducing<br />

vintage style to<br />

bridal party<br />

gowns and<br />

wedding<br />

outfits.<br />

In Awe of MUMS<br />

Mums are special and never more so than on the day you get<br />

married. She will be so proud of you, so why not pay tribute<br />

with some thoughtful ideas that say how important your<br />

Mum(s) is to you.<br />

INCLUDE HER in your wedding<br />

planning, choosing a gown,<br />

bridesmaid pamper sessions,<br />

hens' night celebration and the<br />

excitement on the day of getting<br />

ready together.<br />

PHOTO CALL and get some<br />

special images just with you and<br />

your Mum. In the busy-ness of the<br />

day it’s a perfect pic opportunity<br />

that is sometimes overlooked with<br />

later dismay.<br />


BORROWED OR BLUE often has<br />

extra special meaning if it has come<br />

from your Mum. So ask her and if<br />

nothing springs to mind, consider<br />

replicating her own bridal bouquet<br />

to represent an older era, new<br />

flowers, a borrowed design and a<br />

blue ribbon or blossom!<br />

PUT IT IN WORDS and invite<br />

your Mum to do a reading, a speech<br />

or a toast at your wedding if she is<br />

agreeable. But don’t forget to thank<br />

her in your own wedding speeches!<br />

A NOTE OR MESSAGE of thanks<br />

is often all she needs. Send her a<br />

note of thanks on the morning<br />

of the wedding, present her with<br />

flowers at the reception or give her<br />

a little gift the day after.<br />

ARM IN ARM with your Dad and/<br />

or Mum and Dad down the aisle is an<br />

increasingly popular trend. Or you<br />

may ask her to be a matron of honour<br />

– there are no rules, just wishes.<br />

VIP OR MVP make her a special<br />

sign, decorate her chair or reserve a<br />

place at the top table.<br />

SALUTE her signature specialty<br />

from the kitchen by including it on<br />

the reception menu or the wedding<br />

favours.<br />

FOCUS ON FAMILY with a table,<br />

photo board or power point of<br />

family occasions which also show<br />

her role in your life growing up.<br />

NEVER FORGET – even if you<br />

no longer have a Mum she can still<br />

be part of your special day – carry<br />

her photo, wear her gown or her<br />

jewellery, play her favourite music<br />

and toast her memory.

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CLASSIC or Sassy<br />

As a mother of the bride or the groom you will want<br />

to look your absolute best at the wedding but often agonise for<br />

months over what to wear.<br />

Like the bride herself, mothers can be<br />

spoilt for choice and unsure whether<br />

to have their outfit designed, made or<br />

bought off the peg.<br />

But whether you favour classic or<br />

sassy designs, always aim for a colour<br />

that suits you, a style that’s ageappropriate<br />

and feminine and never<br />

compromise on getting a perfect fit.<br />

Go shopping with an open mind.<br />

Have fun trying on styles and colours<br />

you have never worn before – you<br />

might be surprised how much you like<br />

them.<br />

Be dazzling on the day in a dress,<br />

jacket or ensemble and if you are<br />

unsure of the weather you’ll find layers<br />

are a versatile choice. In a hot climate,<br />

you can always wrap yourself in a<br />

luxurious pashmina or gorgeous shrug<br />

if the evening cools down.<br />

Unless you are a completely standard<br />

height and size, choosing an outfit that<br />

is sold as separate pieces can achieve a<br />

better overall fit. Although an outfit<br />

can be altered or shortened, it is<br />

always less stressful and less expensive<br />

if alterations are not required.<br />

Classic or simple pieces look good<br />

in photos and can be jazzed up with a<br />

stunning hat, statement jewellery or<br />

elegant shoes. Quality garments made<br />

in luxury fabrics also add “special<br />

occasion glamour” to the simplest of<br />

designs. You may have a favourite dress<br />

or style already in your wardrobe that<br />

can be copied and reinvented for a<br />

wonderful wedding outfit.<br />

Select a fabric that breathes, that<br />

doesn’t crease too much and enhances<br />

the style of the outfit. Always choose a<br />

colour range that suits your skin tone<br />

and hair shade, but avoid white or<br />

cream – that’s the bride’s prerogative!<br />

Hats can set off an outfit with<br />

real style and flair and for mothers<br />

of the bride or groom, as well as<br />

guests, hats are back whether the<br />

wedding is formal or informal. The<br />

choice of colours, styles and fabrics is<br />

exhilarating, whether you are choosing<br />

from a range of ready to wear hats or<br />

employing the services of a milliner to<br />

create that special "one off" model.<br />

The style of your outfit, your height,<br />

face shape and hairstyle are all factors<br />

affecting what will suit you. For<br />

weddings the flattering wide brimmed<br />

hat is still favoured for its elegance as<br />

well as the 1920s cloche style. If you<br />

prefer a smaller style, little cocktail<br />

hats and fascinators are very popular<br />

and easy to wear with numerous<br />

shapes and designs to suit the occasion.<br />

Also be careful that your hat will not<br />

hide your face in the photographs.<br />

But if you aren’t planning on a hat or<br />

fascinator, experiment with an elegant<br />

hairdo for the big day.<br />

Traditionally Mothers of the Bride<br />

choose their outfits before the Mother<br />

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DREAM IT<br />

& Theme It<br />

Themed weddings are very popular overseas, often<br />

involving guests in a costumed production like a<br />

Hollywood movie set. While less prevalent in New<br />

Zealand, the idea of modestly theming your wedding is<br />

catching on. So try these ideas for size and for fun!<br />

Bollywood<br />

Rig up a big screen with a Bollywood movie in the background,<br />

get dressed in spectacular sari silks, put on an Indian food feast<br />

and learn some Bollywood dance moves to share with your guests.<br />

Kiwi Classics<br />

Enjoy iconic Kiwi bach style or a marquee by the beach.<br />

Decorate with kiwiana and cook up a barbecued feast<br />

followed by pavlova, strawberries or hokey pokey ice-cream<br />

in a cone. Enjoy the best New Zealand wines or keep it<br />

casual with handles, jandals, beach cricket and the music of<br />

your favourite Kiwi bands.<br />

Masked Ball<br />

Go glitz and glamour with all the fun of a ball. Include<br />

masks in the dress code and keep your guests guessing,<br />

provide elegant dance cards for your friends to fill and<br />

twirl the night away with romantic waltzes and your<br />

favourite music. Serve canapés and a carvery then unmask at<br />

midnight with a wicked laced punch.<br />

Love Boat<br />

Cruise through your reception with a captain’s table, an elegant<br />

sit-down dinner and silver service by waiters in crisp nautical<br />

whites. Decorate walls with posters of gleaming ships and<br />

stunning destinations, hang bright coloured bunting and dance<br />

the night away to a big band sound or orchestra.<br />

Musical Moves<br />

Choose a well-known musical like Mamma Mia and guests of all<br />

ages will happily sing for their supper. Do a full 70s retro with<br />

outrageous fashion and a buffet supper or delight the guys with<br />

a 50s Jersey Boys theme, diner-style reception and rock around<br />

the clock until you drop.

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COLOUR – traditionally bridal bouquets were often white<br />

with leafy green foliage. While still a popular choice with<br />

brides, the trend of using colours that match the shade of<br />

bridesmaids’ gowns has become more prevalent and is more<br />

vibrant in the wedding photographs.<br />

SIZE – the size of your bouquet is a matter of personal<br />

choice, but florists often advise smaller brides to choose<br />

a smaller bouquet so they don’t appear overwhelmed or<br />

hidden by foliage. Fashions in flowers also come and go<br />

ranging from tight posies to the current popularity of hand<br />

tied bouquets.<br />

SHAPE – the style of your gown whether full<br />

skirted or slimline will dictate the optimum<br />

shape of your bouquet to achieve balance and<br />

proportion. Bouquets can be created in many<br />

different ways, but there are 5 main floral shapes:<br />

1. POSY – a circular shape using flowers of equal<br />

size which are grouped in a close, structured<br />

bunch. Colours can be varied, concentric or<br />

random and the flowers can be contained within<br />

a circlet of leaves, lace or ribbon.<br />

2. TRAIL – uses long stemmed flowers like roses<br />

or orchids to create a slender shape from top<br />

to tip, complemented by a wide or narrow trail<br />

of foliage, ribbons or both. The flowers may be<br />

wired to maintain the shape.<br />

3. TEARDROP – combines a round posy-shaped<br />

top with a trail that narrows down to the tip. The<br />

flowers are usually wired so they do not droop.<br />

4. SHEAF – also known as a spray, the sheaf lies<br />

along the forearm or hangs down from the hand.<br />

It is formed with stems of even-length flowers<br />

bound together with ribbon or leaves such as<br />

flax.<br />

5. HAND TIED – these bouquets look “just<br />

picked”. The stems are visible and the flowers are<br />

unwired to appear the most natural.<br />

BUT always heed the advice of your professional<br />

florist who will discuss the best flowers for<br />

your preferred shape of bouquet and provide<br />

numerous floral ideas for your bridal party as<br />

well as eye-catching arrangements for decorating<br />

your cake, tables, venues and vehicles.<br />


A beautiful bridal bouquet is a visual work of art, but<br />

fittingly the French word “bouquet” not only means a<br />

bunch of flowers, but is also the word for fragrance.<br />

As one of the most exquisite wedding day accessories, a bouquets<br />

colours and style should always complement your gown and the season<br />

of the wedding.<br />

Historically bridal bouquets featured fragrant herbs and wild flowers<br />

before becoming more formally arranged with special blooms. The<br />

Victorians attributed special meanings to particular flower varieties<br />

such as love, faithfulness and purity, but top of the list then and now,<br />

are roses.<br />

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Accounts<br />

& Discounts<br />

Weddings are expensive, but you can trim the expense<br />

without forgoing style and use a bit of cost-saving savvy<br />

so you don’t overspend and finish up in debt to start your<br />

married life.<br />

Accounts<br />

Set up a special high-interest savings account as soon as you have set<br />

the date. Have regular salary deductions paid into it. Pay deposits<br />

from the account to secure your venue well in advance and then make<br />

payments for other services and products as you confirm them. Avoid<br />

credit card purchases but if you do “put it on the plastic” pay the bill<br />

on time and don’t incur any late payment penalties.<br />

Discounts<br />

Can save you hundreds of dollars if you use some financial and<br />

negotiation skills; buy in bulk, sale or return, end of season sales,<br />

customer loyalty rewards and discounts for cash.<br />

SO…..<br />

• Shop around for everything – you’ll be amazed at the variation<br />

in price<br />

• Use the same location for ceremony and reception – it saves extra<br />

transport costs<br />

• Marry any day but Saturday – it’s cheaper and you’ll get the venue<br />

you want<br />

• Have an off-season wedding – it’s fun and far less expensive<br />

• Reduce the number in the wedding party – saves on wedding attire<br />

expense<br />

• Trim the guest list as much as you can, then trim it again!<br />

• Buy your own wholesale beverages with return option<br />

• Cocktail style and finger food is less costly than buffets or banquets<br />

• Use a single layer wedding cake as your dessert, decorate with fresh<br />

flowers<br />

• Dispense with expensive and unnecessary wedding “favours”<br />

• Serve jugs of water not bottles<br />

• Make, borrow or hire anything if it helps your budget<br />

• Use an iPod playlist for reception music<br />

• Use the skills and expertise of family and friends<br />

• Enjoy a current wedding style that is “small, chic and classy”<br />

• Avoid expensive hen/buck celebrations – keep it simple<br />

• Honeymoon in NZ or look for all-inclusive packages overseas<br />

• Invite guests to contribute to a money wishing well rather than to gifts<br />

• Don’t arrange a lavish wedding that will put you in debt<br />

Amounts<br />

<strong>With</strong> a regular savings plan your estimated wedding<br />

budget will become apparent. You can then allocate<br />

the percentage of the budget you have available for<br />

each category of the wedding costs:<br />

RECEPTION 35%<br />

FLOWERS 5%<br />

CLOTHING 20%<br />



GIFTS 5%<br />


& LICENCE 7.5%<br />

TRANSPORT 3%<br />

MISC COSTS 4.5%<br />

Rather than over-spend, look for ways to “cut<br />

according to your cloth” as the old saying goes. It<br />

means be realistic, find ways to stretch your budget<br />

and be prepared to compromise on some of your<br />

plans if they don’t justify the cost.<br />

Avoid<br />

credit card<br />

purchases but if<br />

you do “put it on the<br />

plastic” pay the bill on<br />

time and don’t incur<br />

any late payment<br />


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Professional<br />



If the time and stress of organising your wedding<br />

is going to create personal panic, help is at hand<br />

in the form of a professional wedding planner/<br />

coordinator/trouble shooter!<br />

Increasingly, couples are turning to experienced wedding<br />

planners whose knowledge and contacts are often worth<br />

their weight in gold. Sometimes over-looked or viewed as an<br />

unnecessary expense, hiring a professional can often save you<br />

valuable time and money.<br />

The Total Event Coordinator<br />

– will cover all the bases from sourcing products, places and<br />

options, creating the theme, confirming all the details, budget<br />

management, liaising with suppliers and celebrants, arranging<br />

accommodation and styling the day. Many of the most successful<br />

wedding companies offer a variety of wedding coordination<br />

packages that take care of the tiniest details from first discussion<br />

to honeymoon departure! The total event coordinator is<br />

particularly indispensable if you are planning a ceremony away<br />

from home or a destination wedding overseas.<br />

Hiring a<br />

professional can<br />

often save you<br />

valuable time<br />

and money.<br />

The Partial Planner<br />

Many wedding planners offer custom-designed packages allowing<br />

brides to choose the amount of professional help they need.<br />

It may simply be during the final week before the wedding,<br />

allocating a specific task or two that you can’t manage yourself or<br />

acquiring general hands-on-help on the big day. Planners often<br />

step in to define and refine plans in the months leading up to<br />

the wedding especially if there is disagreement or the myriad of<br />

decisions becomes overwhelming.<br />

A Wedding Stylist<br />

While there are many coordinators and planners who can style<br />

your wedding beautifully, a stylist is a specialist in creativity.<br />

Focusing on the artistry of a picture-perfect setting, stylists will<br />

“dress” or “stage” the venues for your ceremony and reception.<br />

Using flowers, lighting effects, props, furniture and decorations,<br />

every detail of your design and colour ideas comes to life.<br />

A Wedding MC<br />

Your MC may be a trusted family friend or a hired professional<br />

who keeps the wedding itinerary “on song and on time”. As<br />

well as ensuring the smooth running of the reception, the MC<br />

also acts as a toastmaster, introduces the speeches and speech<br />

makers, controls the line-up for the buffet, conveys important<br />

information or “housekeeping” details, gets the dancing going and<br />

makes announcements.

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VENUES<br />

Unlimited<br />

Although some of Christchurch’s favourite<br />

wedding venues disappeared after the earthquakes,<br />

many have re-opened, re-located or<br />

re-created amenities with much admired<br />

individuality. <strong>With</strong>in the city and beyond there’s<br />

an impressive variety of venues to suit the style,<br />

size and ambience of your wedding.<br />

Vineyards & Wineries<br />

Quiet country settings amid productive vineyards and<br />

charming local wineries provide wonderful locations for a<br />

wedding celebration and photo shoot. Some venues provide a<br />

“one stop” location for the entire wedding from ceremony to<br />

reception, and even guest accommodation too. Alternatively<br />

you can have your ceremony elsewhere and your reception<br />

on the estate. You will probably be expected to purchase the<br />

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

knowledge make for a memorable dining occasion.<br />

Hotels, Resorts &Event Centres<br />

Most hotel resorts and event centres have services for weddings<br />

to be accommodated with style and space, inside or out. Many<br />

have dedicated wedding and event coordinators to arrange<br />

your chosen theme, catering, entertainment and ceremony<br />

and they often have a range of competitively priced wedding<br />

packages to suit different budgets.<br />

Marquees<br />

Mobile and moveable, you can have your wedding almost<br />

anywhere if you have a marquee. Always popular in summer,<br />

they can also be adapted all year round to provide unique<br />

shelter in any weather and are available in a variety of sizes.<br />

Erected on a field, a farm, a beach, a garden, a hilltop or<br />

at your place, marquee hire can include silk linings, tables,<br />

chairs, dance floor, buffet, bar, lighting, sound, heaters and<br />

decorations!<br />

Houses<br />

& Heritage<br />

Christchurch’s heritage buildings<br />

have been badly damaged, so those that<br />

remain are doubly precious and in great<br />

demand for weddings. Check-out their<br />

availability for your proposed date. If it’s not<br />

possible but you have always imagined your<br />

wedding in a restored Edwardian home or<br />

at a beautiful church, look beyond the<br />

city to country houses, B&Bs, and<br />

the churches of nearby rural<br />

towns.<br />

Church Halls & Sports Clubs<br />

<strong>With</strong> a little imagination, almost any venue can become an appealing<br />

place for a wedding supper, reception or dance. Halls can be<br />

decorated, furniture hired, caterers booked and music made.<br />

Gardens, Gazebos & DIY<br />

For a low key alternative, especially in summer, a garden and gazebo<br />

wedding can be charming and less expensive. Hire, buy, borrow or<br />

make what you need for an alfresco barbecue, an afternoon picnic or a<br />

“bring a plate” old time wedding.<br />

Uniquely Re-Purposed<br />

Be bold and imaginative; ultra stylish weddings seek art galleries,<br />

cloisters, atriums, museums, arcades and theatres as wedding venues<br />

of unique re-purpose, accoustics and ambience.

Your Choice for<br />


The George is Christchurch’s luxury<br />

boutique hotel offering style,<br />

elegance and personalised service.<br />

Each of the venues and the 53 spacious<br />

bedrooms and suites are designed with a<br />

stylish eye for detail. The central location,<br />

beautifully appointed facilities and tranquil<br />

surroundings make it a sought-after<br />

wedding and honeymoon venue. Located<br />

opposite Hagley Park and the River Avon,<br />

the hotel offers an exquisite setting for<br />

your ceremony, photographs, reception and<br />

accommodation. Your simple solution.<br />

Wedding facilities at The George include;<br />

Parkview, which can be configured and<br />

decorated to accommodate 90 guests for a<br />

sit-down dinner or high-end buffet, or 150<br />

To look, to book or<br />

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guests for a cocktail themed event; and The<br />

Residence, an adjoining heritage property<br />

with beautiful lawns and gardens for the<br />

ceremony and a gracious intimate dining<br />

room for up to 18 guests.<br />

Multi award winning, The Residence<br />

offers privacy and elegance and is an<br />

increasingly popular setting for those<br />

looking for a boutique wedding experience.<br />

Its delightful ambience is ideal for intimate<br />

wedding parties and renewal of vows<br />

ceremonies. It is also possible to book the<br />

entire villa and its accommodation rooms<br />

for your exclusive use.<br />

The cuisine team from The George provide<br />

a variety of menu options to suit your<br />

individual tastes, including fully plated<br />

two or four course dinners, buffets, or the<br />

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popular and innovative “trio set” of plated<br />

entrees and desserts complemented by a<br />

buffet or plated main course.<br />

Having your wedding at The George<br />

means personalised service from an<br />

experienced team. “We take away all the<br />

stress of organising your special day while<br />

you enjoy every moment with your guests,”<br />

says the hotel’s wedding coordinator.<br />

Couples are encouraged to meet at the<br />

hotel with the wedding coordinator, to<br />

discuss the many options available to<br />

them. It is the ideal opportunity to view<br />

the accommodation, the different venues<br />

and examples of various menus and setups,<br />

so you can create your perfect day<br />

together. When you meet with the wedding<br />

coordinator to discuss your special day, you<br />

will receive a glass of Nautilus on arrival<br />

(terms & conditions apply).<br />

<strong>With</strong> their renowned flair, enthusiasm and<br />

meticulous attention to detail, you can be<br />

assured that your wedding at The George<br />

will be chic, stylish and remarkable. The<br />

George are hosting a wedding open day on<br />

Sunday 29 April where you will be able to<br />

view the venues, meet with the team, ask<br />

questions, and check availability for your<br />

preferred wedding date. Mark the date in<br />

your diaries!<br />

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LOVE<br />

celebrate<br />

weddings at the george<br />

Open Day Sunday<br />

29 April <strong>2018</strong> from 11am until 4pm<br />

50 Park Terrace<br />

P: 03 371 0255<br />

E: weddings@thegeorge.com<br />

www.thegeorge.com<br />

Come and view the venues and rooms at The George, meet our team and<br />

talk about your plans for your wedding day.<br />

Plus a range of our favourite wedding suppliers will be on site from cakes<br />

to flowers, photographers to wedding planners, shoes to jewellers.

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A-Z<br />

of<br />

Canterbury<br />

Venues<br />

<strong>With</strong> most<br />

wedding venues<br />

now repaired or<br />

rebuilt following<br />

earthquake<br />

damage,<br />

Canterbury can<br />

offer plenty of<br />

innovative and exciting<br />

venues from A to Z.<br />

Imaginative, original or even quirky locations are<br />

becoming popular for wedding ceremonies and<br />

receptions, whether you favour traditional church,<br />

historic significance, dramatic backdrop, contemporary<br />

style or a unique place of special appeal.<br />

Consider the size and style you want for your wedding<br />

and whether you will have the ceremony and reception<br />

at two different venues or in the same place. The latter<br />

is often chosen for appealing continuity, cost and<br />

convenience. There’s no break in the proceedings, the<br />

ambience is not interrupted and your guests can relax<br />

while you have the photos done.<br />

a Ambience of a small wedding at home<br />

b Beach at numerous options around the city or peninsula<br />

Cruise your wedding on the water with Black Cat at Akaroa<br />

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Dedicated wedding centre at Riccarton Park or Pemberton<br />

Event-managed at a city hotel like The George or Garden Hotel<br />

Farm friendly at Alpaca Farm’s Valley of Peace Wedding Centre<br />

Garden setting at Taunton, Hampton Lea or the Botanic Gardens<br />

Heritage church like St Michaels or St Augustines<br />

Ice cool wedding at the Antarctic Centre<br />

Jump aboard a double-decker London bus<br />

Kiwis witness your wedding at Willowbank Wildlife Park<br />

Luxury at Terrace Downs, or Hanmer’s Select Braemar Lodge<br />

m Marquee anywhere you want it<br />

New owners, Dan Shanks and Jonny Schwass, at ilex Cafe<br />

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Old historic homes like Tangley on Clyde and Otahuna<br />

Planes to test fly your wedding at Air force Museum of NZ<br />

Quaint and authentic at Ferrymead Heritage Park<br />

Restored and resplendent at Mona Vale or Knox Church<br />

Sports clubrooms Russley, Netball Centre, Cashmere Club<br />

Themed and theatrical at Auroroa Centre or Isaac Theatre Royal<br />

Uniquely scenic at Church of the Good Shepherd or Mt Cook<br />

Vineyards for wining and dining amid the vines<br />

w Wineries in and around the city – Trents, Langdale or Waipara<br />

eXtraordinary quarry (Halswell) or outdoor chapel (Gethsemane)<br />

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Yacht Club at Akaroa for indoor-outdoor maritime setting<br />

Zoo your wedding on safari at Orana Park<br />

dee@spitroast.com | 021 351 905<br />

0800 333 666<br />


If you’re looking for delicious food at competitive<br />

prices, Spitroast.com is the perfect option.<br />

Our ‘I do’ wedding package menu includes our famous mouthwatering<br />

meats cooked on the spit and a selection of great Kiwi<br />

veggies, salads, and dessert favourites. Ideal for large or small<br />

groups from 40-500 people, we have pick-up/delivery options<br />

available or we can bring the spit and cook onsite at your<br />

reception, serving your guests their meal with a smile. Whatever<br />

your choices and however you roll, Spitroast.com will be a<br />

popular, welcome addition to<br />

your wedding party. 0800 333 666

J.Mc J.Mc Photography & & Cinema<br />

j Jump aboard a double-decker London bus<br />

k Kiwis witness your wedding at Willowbank Wildlife Park<br />

l Luxury at Terrace Downs, or Hanmer’s Select Braemar Lodge<br />

m Marquee anywhere you want it<br />

n New owners, Dan Shanks and Jonny Schwass, at ilex Cafe<br />

o Old historic homes like Tangley on Clyde and Otahuna<br />

<strong>With</strong> years of<br />

experience in the wedding<br />

industry, The Vines Club team<br />

provide a genuinely warm welcome and<br />

top-class, professional service. For extra<br />

peace of mind, one of the crew will be on<br />

hand throughout to take care of all the details,<br />

so you can truly relax and enjoy your big day.<br />

Set in a relaxed, rural environment, The Vines<br />

Club is close to town and the airport, and has<br />

ample onsite parking. <strong>With</strong> beautiful food<br />

and beautiful surroundings, it really is<br />

the perfect spot to celebrate and<br />

create wonderful memories<br />

to cherish forever.<br />

J.Mc Photography & Cinema<br />

a Ambience of a small wedding at home<br />

b Beach at numerous options around the city or peninsula<br />

c Cruise your wedding on the water with Black Cat at Akaroa<br />

d Dedicated wedding centre at Riccarton Park or Pemberton<br />

e Event-managed at a city hotel like The George or Garden Hotel<br />

f Farm friendly at Alpaca Farm’s Valley of Peace Wedding Centre<br />

g Garden setting at Taunton, Hampton Lea or the Botanic Gardens<br />

h Heritage church like St Michaels or St Augustines<br />

i Ice cool wedding at the Antarctic Centre<br />

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Tucked away in spacious landscaped grounds down a<br />

long, tree-lined driveway, The Vines Club is the ideal<br />

place to celebrate your wedding day.<br />

An inviting entranceway sets the scene on arrival, with a<br />

meandering pathway leading you to spacious, well established<br />

gardens overlooking a miniature vineyard. If you are planning<br />

an outdoor wedding, our unique wedding dell provides a<br />

picture perfect spot for you to exchange your vows.<br />

The beautiful, natural surroundings also provide lots of<br />

great photo opportunities and, as the venue opens out onto<br />

a sheltered patio, your guests can relax, mingle and enjoy the<br />

view while you are having your wedding photographs taken.<br />

<strong>With</strong> room for up to 100 people, a marquee on the lawn adds<br />

extra space and there is plenty of room for dancing the night away.<br />

Our philosophy is “Your day, your way”. We are flexible in<br />

our approach, and with various different packages on offer, will<br />

work together with you to create the setting and feel you want.<br />

As well as a fabulous venue, we appreciate that good food<br />

plays an important part in your wedding celebrations. The<br />

Vines Club offers a range of different catering options from<br />

delicious, traditional Kiwi food from SpitRoast.com, through<br />

to sumptuous boutique wedding feasts by Verve Real Food<br />

Caterers, who will prepare whatever dishes you wish to serve.<br />

We have a fully licenced bar available and/or you can BYO if<br />

you prefer.<br />

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<strong>With</strong> years of<br />

experience in the wedding<br />

industry, The Vines Club team<br />

provide a genuinely warm welcome and<br />

top-class, professional service. For extra<br />

peace of mind, one of the crew will be on<br />

hand throughout to take care of all the details,<br />

“ Your day,<br />

your way.”<br />

extra space and there is plenty of ro<br />

Our philosophy is “Your day, yo<br />

An inviting entranceway sets the<br />

meandering pathway leading you<br />

gardens overlooking a miniature<br />

an outdoor wedding, our unique<br />

picture perfect spot for you to ex<br />

The beautiful, natural surround<br />

great photo opportunities and, as<br />

a sheltered patio, your guests can<br />

view while you are having your w<br />

<strong>With</strong> room for up to 100 people<br />

651 Pound Road, Christchurch<br />

Contact: Dee Taylor<br />

Phone: 021 914 817<br />

info@thevinesclub.co.nz<br />

www.thevinesclub.co.nz<br />

VINES<br />

Tucked away in spacious lan<br />

long, tree-lined driveway, Th<br />

place to celebrate your wedd<br />


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What to ask your Wedding Suppliers<br />


What style of photography do you specialise in?<br />

May we see a folio of your work?<br />

What prices and packages can you offer?<br />

Are you available for our wedding date?<br />

Are you a member of NZIPP?<br />

How long will you attend the wedding for?<br />

When will images from the wedding be available?<br />

Can you provide a mix of colour and black<br />

and white?<br />

When do we need to confirm booking?<br />


What size cake do we need for our<br />

number of guests?<br />

Can you provide a variety of flavours?<br />

Do you have photos of cakes you have<br />

made/decorated?<br />

Can we have a tasting?<br />

What prices and packages do you offer?<br />

When will it be delivered?<br />

Will you provide a display stand?<br />

When do we need to confirm and<br />

pay a deposit?<br />

VENUE<br />

Is the venue available for our date?<br />

Are you licensed for civil ceremonies?<br />

How many guests will it accommodate?<br />

What do your packages include?<br />

What deposit do you require?<br />

What is the cancellation policy?<br />

Would we have exclusive use on the day?<br />

Is there guest accommodation?<br />

Is it discounted?<br />

Do you have mandatory suppliers we must use?<br />


What is the cost range per head?<br />

Do you offer menu tastings?<br />

Do you cater for vegetarians and other<br />

dietary requirements?<br />

Do you provide crockery, cutlery and glassware?<br />

Have you worked at our preferred venue before?<br />

Do you have your own serving staff?<br />

How many weddings do you cater in one day?<br />

When do you require confirmation?<br />

What is your cancellation policy?<br />

What other catering costs are there?<br />

Weddings with style, elegance,<br />

beauty and atmosphere.<br />

Facilities and catering for your Special day!<br />

• Beautiful Banquet room complete with wine barrels,<br />

French trellises<br />

• The Cabernet Cottage for smaller intimate weddings<br />

• Beautiful gardens with many special areas like<br />

a pond to tie the knot<br />

• Gardens lit up at night to create a great atmosphere<br />

• Excellent dance area with party lights<br />

• Weddings large and small (25-250 people)<br />

• Affordable wine, beer and aother beverages<br />

• Excellent catering and menus<br />

• Low venue hire charges for off-peak weddings<br />

Call 03 3<strong>23</strong> 7353 or 3<strong>23</strong> 9314 to make a booking<br />

or email: bookings@rosebank.co to discuss the<br />

arrangements with our Function Manager to make your<br />

special day, really special.<br />



Christchurch is aptly named the Garden City and<br />

several of its public gardens and parks can be used<br />

for weddings for free or for a modest fee.<br />

Established grounds, well maintained plantings and seasonal<br />

colour provide a wonderful natural backdrop for an intimate<br />

ceremony or photo location. Some can also be used for a<br />

garden ceremony with permission from the local councils<br />

that administer them and sometimes a modest fee or<br />

donation. Beyond the city there are equally delightful outdoor<br />

venues where your ceremony can be conducted simply and<br />

inexpensively.<br />


was established beside the Avon River in 1863<br />

and an English oak was planted to celebrate<br />

the marriage of Prince Albert and Princess<br />

Alexandra of Denmark. Impressive plantings<br />

over 21 acres include 5 specific areas available<br />

for wedding ceremonies and photographs;<br />

Cockayne Memorial Garden; The Pinetum;<br />

The Azalea and Magnolia Garden; the historic<br />

Bandsmen’s Memorial Garden and the<br />

Daffodil Woodland, while the conservatory,<br />

fernery, rock garden and water garden are<br />

complemented by the iconic tea kiosk and new<br />

visitor and function centre.<br />

EDMONDS FACTORY GARDEN on Ferry Road is an oasis<br />

of smooth lawns, bright borders, a rose garden and a lily pond<br />

providing a variety of settings for a pretty wedding. Thomas<br />

Edmonds, manufacturer of New Zealand’s baking powder,<br />

commissioned the gardens to be built around his factory in<br />

19<strong>23</strong>. Depicted on the cover of the iconic Edmonds Cookery<br />

Book, the beautifully maintained garden is now all that remains<br />

of the famous Christchurch landmark.<br />


PARK is located on the<br />

shores of Lyttelton Harbour<br />

overlooking Charteris Bay,<br />

the tree lined grounds provide<br />

a superbly natural setting for<br />

picnics, events and weddings.<br />

The old schoolhouse dating<br />

from 1876 can also be hired<br />

and will seat 40 guests.<br />

MONA VALE'S beautiful<br />

established grounds are<br />

still available for outdoor<br />

ceremonies and photographs<br />

on the Mound Lawn, the<br />

Mill Stream Lawn and the<br />

formal surrounds of the Lily<br />

Pond. The house has recently<br />

re-opened as a function venue<br />

following its earthquake<br />

repair and refurbishment.<br />

It is now back to its elegant<br />

best so you could have your<br />

reception here as well.<br />

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Gardens and Parks<br />

WOODHAM PARK is beautifully endowed with mature trees<br />

including Daimo Oak, Trembling Poplar, Chinese Wingnut and<br />

Slippery Elm specimen varieties. Border plantings feature hedges of<br />

laurel and yew and herbaceous plants interspersed with hydrangeas,<br />

camellias and an outstanding selection of rhododendrons. Add a<br />

romantic gazebo and you have a charming Old English style venue<br />

for photos and ceremonies.<br />


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To Book<br />

your wedding at<br />

Terrace Downs and to enquire<br />

about special rates for mid-week<br />

and winter weddings visit<br />

www.terracedownsresort.co.nz<br />

or wedding@terracedowns.co.nz<br />


Romance<br />

If you are looking for a truly beautiful wedding venue, then look<br />

no further than the scenic tranquility of Terrace Downs Resort.<br />

<strong>With</strong> indoor and outdoor spaces for your ceremony, reception<br />

and dance as well as luxurious accommodation for the wedding<br />

party and guests, Terrace Downs is the perfect choice for a<br />

wedding at any time of the year.<br />

Located in the heart of a high country, yet within an<br />

hour’s convenient drive of Christchurch and its airport,<br />

Terrace Downs Resort features breath-taking mountain<br />

vistas, deluxe accommodation, superb cuisine, an 18-<br />

hole championship golf course and numerous on site<br />

adventure activities.<br />

A unique rustic Clubhouse overlooks panoramic<br />

views of the golf course up to the Alps and Mt Hutt,<br />

and offers a spacious and spectacular venue for dining,<br />

with different space options for weddings large or small.<br />

There are wonderful wedding photo opportunities<br />

nearby as well as more secluded locations accessible by<br />

helicopter or jet boat.<br />

The warm and distinctive décor of the Clubhouse<br />

reflects the high country surrounds making it the ideal<br />

backdrop for indoor photography, while the open fire<br />

creates a magical atmosphere for winter weddings.<br />

Part of the excitement is the wedding party’s<br />

preparation: the generously sized Ladies Powder Room<br />

in the Clubhouse is simply stunning and the perfect<br />

place for the bride and her bridesmaids to have their<br />

hair and make-up done while enjoying delicious snacks<br />

and beverages.<br />

As well as a dedicated Wedding Coordinator to<br />

ensure everything about your special day is perfect, the<br />

Terrace Downs food and beverage team will present a<br />

wedding menu designed to match your theme or style,<br />

served with flair and an attention to detail that will<br />

ensure total enjoyment for you and your guests.<br />

For the ultimate in guest entertainment, pre and<br />

post wedding activities can include the fun of golf,<br />

archery, clay pigeon shooting, horse riding and spa<br />

treatments, with plenty more nearby. And to complete<br />

the total experience, a range of stylish accommodation<br />

is available for up to 110 guests, in beautifully appointed<br />

villas or chalets with stunning views over the golf<br />

course to the Alps. The option of booking the whole<br />

resort is also available for that extra level of privacy and<br />


Romance<br />



Terrace Downs Resort is the perfect setting for your special day, whether it’s an intimate wedding or<br />

lavish affair. We offer multiple ceremony sites such as The Gorge, with its dynamic scenery or the<br />

cosy atmosphere of The 4th Hole. Indoor venues are also available for weather contingency.<br />

Come for a site view and enjoy a complimentary lunch for the bridal couple.<br />

Book your Summer <strong>2018</strong>-2019* wedding before May 31st and receive our unique Powder Room<br />

to spend the morning of your special day getting ready in, free of charge. Book a site view<br />

through our website and quote 'unique' in the comments for this to be available to you.<br />

*Summer, November <strong>2018</strong> - <strong>March</strong> 2019<br />

Photos courtesy of Mandy Caldwell Photography (TOP ROW) & Handmade Photography (BOTTOM ROW).<br />

Please contact our Events Team for a personalised service.<br />

PHONE 03 318 6943 || wedding@terracedowns.co.nz<br />


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or Technophobe?<br />

You can’t ignore technology, it is with us every day, so it<br />

definitely has a role in planning a wedding. It can save you<br />

time, money, mileage and aggro, it can be creative, make a<br />

statement and involve your tech-savvy guests at the press of a<br />

button or scroll of a screen.<br />

But it can also be over-used, gimmicky, intrusive and make your wedding<br />

sound impersonal and impolite. It can also exclude older or technophobic<br />

guests who don’t have the latest model, the means to access your clever<br />

communications or find the process too complicated to participate. So a bit<br />

of both tech and tradition is a nice touch and a wise move.<br />

Avoid a Data Disaster<br />

Whatever organisational methods you choose to plan and convey your<br />

wedding arrangements remember to back up your computerised records<br />

on discs and drives if you are a TECHNOPHILE. Losing any of it<br />

would be a data disaster, so to be on the safe side, you can’t go past the<br />

TECHNOPHOBE’S paper trail that includes print or photocopies of<br />

important documents and decisions.<br />

Technophobes Love:<br />

A diary for important dates<br />

Books and magazines for<br />

research<br />

Calendar or Yearly planner<br />

Newspaper wedding<br />

announcements<br />

Paper perfection for your<br />

wedding stationery<br />

Post or couriers to send<br />

invitations<br />

A guest list for RSVPs<br />

Mood boards of design ideas<br />

Blackboard seating plans<br />

A Marriage licence<br />

Pre-nup agreements<br />

Insurance Certificates<br />

Passports<br />

Tickets and travel vouchers<br />

Marriage Certificate<br />

Maps for out-of-town guests<br />

Guest visitor book<br />

Photo album on display<br />

Files for important quotes and<br />

documents<br />

Thank you notes<br />

Postcards from your honeymoon<br />

destination<br />

Technophiles Love<br />

A bit of both<br />

tech and<br />

tradition is a<br />

nice touch and<br />

a wise move.<br />

Facebook, Tweet, Twitter or Text for<br />

updating friends and status<br />

A spreadsheet for costs and budgets<br />

Apps to enter wedding and reception<br />

information for guests<br />

Pinterest forum for a zillion wedding ideas<br />

Websites to research wedding suppliers and<br />

services<br />

Email to confirm quotes and bookings<br />

Internet banking to pay deposits and bills<br />

Paperless Post to send online invitations and<br />

receive RSVP<br />

Online website for gift registries<br />

GPS directions to wedding events and venues<br />

Digital photography on CDs and mobile<br />

Instagram the wedding with a hashtag<br />

Snapseed to crop, colour, frame and edit pics<br />

Printstagram pics into posters, prints, books<br />

& calendars<br />

Stickygram their pics into fridge magnets for<br />

gifts and guests<br />

Eventstagram live feed for absent guests to<br />

share the wedding as it happens<br />

iPod the music selections<br />

You Tube any wedding bloopers<br />

Visa all the wedding/honeymoon travel<br />

Selfie pics from their honeymoon<br />

Language App for overseas destinations<br />

Electronic cards to say thank you


the Kids<br />

Children can make or break a wedding! Don’t feel<br />

bad if you decide not to invite the children of all<br />

friends and family. But if you do want youngsters<br />

at your wedding, make it “child friendly” for you<br />

and your guests by keeping them restrained and<br />

contained with activities to keep them amused.<br />

EXPECTATIONS: Don’t be too formal or want your littlies<br />

to be. Their attention spans can be short and a wedding is not<br />

everyday-familiar to them, so get their photos done as quickly<br />

as possible.<br />

ENTERTAINMENT: Let them dance and use up some energy.<br />

If that’s unsuitable have some “kids only” moments on the<br />

dance floor. Have a children's corner with favourite toys or<br />

games, put on a movie in a special “kid zone” or give them<br />

some time in the photo booth with some dress-up items.<br />


Guest lists can be one of the biggest wedding<br />

nightmares. Guest list expectations are why families<br />

fall out, couples elope and friends get offended!<br />

Naturally you and your families want everyone to share your<br />

happiness, but unless you have unlimited funds, you can’t<br />

invite “the world and his wife”. So if you have a full house and<br />

need to prune down your guest list, do it fairly and without guilt.<br />

Make a potential guest list before you start planning the<br />

wedding budget. Include those who have been the most<br />

important influences in your lives growing up and add those<br />

who are important parts of your lives now. They should be the<br />

core of your guest list.<br />

But there will also be pressures to invite your parents’<br />

friends, ex-neighbours, work colleagues, the children of friends<br />

and family and distant relatives! But if your budget is modest<br />

or you simply prefer a small wedding, eliminate the following<br />

from your guest list:<br />

• Children (except your own!)<br />

• Ex wives or husbands (really?)<br />

• Single friends’ new partners (too soon)<br />

• Workmates (except for a special colleague perhaps)<br />

• Relatives you haven’t seen for a decade (too late)<br />

• The boss, bank manager, doctor or accountant (keep a<br />

professional distance)<br />

Don’t feel obliged to invite someone because they invited you<br />

to their wedding, don’t invite anyone you actively dislike and<br />

don’t be bullied into inviting people neither of you know!<br />

If you absolutely can’t bring yourselves to reduce the<br />

numbers or cope with the flak, compromise; invite everyone<br />

you want to the ceremony, serve a toast and wedding cake<br />

afterwards to all guests, then have only your nearest and<br />

dearest at the reception, or elope to a distant destination!<br />

FOOD: Make sure some things on the<br />

menu are suitable for children. Keep sugary food<br />

and drinks under control and don’t require them to sit through<br />

several courses. If need be, feed them earlier than the adult guests.<br />

CURFEW: Don’t expect young children to last until midnight.<br />

Have a couch or two where they can lie down or arrange a room<br />

and a babysitter. Perhaps invite little children just for the ceremony<br />

and nibbles or have a friend or relative take them home early.<br />

Tie the knot & kick up your heels<br />

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Keep the day fun with<br />

treats and rewards, provide<br />

food, drink and toilet stops.<br />

Give them “activity” packs like<br />

the airlines to avoid boredom<br />

or join in with guest games<br />

if you have some<br />

arranged.<br />

Nestled amongst five acres of beautiful rose gardens, Chateau<br />

on the Park, a DoubleTree by Hilton is the ideal backdrop for<br />

the big day you’ve been dreaming of.<br />

<strong>With</strong> packages starting from just $2,000, our dedicated<br />

wedding experts will take care of every detail from ceremony<br />

to reception to ensure your wedding day is unforgettable.<br />

182 Deans Ave, Riccarton, Christchurch 8011<br />

christchurchdoubletree.com | 03 343 9744 | chcnz_cb@hilton.com

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A newly popular<br />

trend is for the<br />

“top” table to be<br />

located centrally<br />

among the guests’<br />

tables<br />

PLeAse<br />

Be seAteD<br />

The bridal or “top” table is the centre of attention at the<br />

reception. Guests want to see the happy couple and those making<br />

speeches during the occasion, but how to seat the bridal party is<br />

often a dilemma without offending your nearest and dearest.<br />

The traditional seating of the bridal table used to include the bride and<br />

groom and their parents, plus the best man and the chief bridesmaid.<br />

However blended families and the trend to larger numbers in the bridal<br />

party has made this arrangement more difficult.<br />

Contemporary solutions are often to seat the newlyweds and their<br />

attendants at the top table, while their parents each host a nearby table<br />

of their relatives and close friends. <strong>This</strong> can still work even if one or both<br />

sets of parents are divorced. A newly popular trend is for the “top” table<br />

to be located centrally among the guests’ tables, thus allowing them to be<br />

more social and interactive with their guests.<br />

Reception Guest-iquette<br />

When deciding who should sit where and with<br />

whom, the following guidelines are useful for<br />

creating a seating plan that works for your<br />

guests whether they are family, friends, single,<br />

couples, families or different age groups.<br />

• seat guests who already know each other together<br />

• OR seat those together who you think will get<br />

on well<br />

• Don’t split up couples to even the numbers per table<br />

• Don’t stick rigidly to equal numbers of males and<br />

females per table<br />

• The closer people are seated to the bridal table,<br />

the more honoured<br />

• Avoid seating divorced couples next to each other<br />

• Create a specific seating plan for formal weddings<br />

• For informal weddings, designate the table but<br />

allow guests to choose their seat<br />

• Allocate an area for families with young children<br />

with highchairs and activities<br />

• seat older guests together where they can hear<br />

speeches easily<br />

• Display your seating plan prominently<br />

• Don’t allow guests to swap seats – it upsets<br />

numbers and ruffles feathers<br />

• Choose the best table size and shape for<br />

convenience and conversation<br />

• Make sure there is adequate space for guests<br />

to sit comfortably

At home, on a beach, in the middle of nowhere -<br />

where ever it might be, we’ve got everything you need to create a<br />

beautiful marquee or destination wedding.<br />

We’ll help you create a venue that’s just right for you and your guests. We offer various marquee styles and<br />

sizes, all with beautiful fitout options. We’ve also got all the accessories you need to add your personal touch<br />

and bring your vision to life. From elegant glassware, crockery, cutlery and high-quality furniture to<br />

beautiful silk liners and options for the all-important dance floor. We can also provide outdoor and location<br />

based wedding event essentials like luxurious portable toilets, lighting and power.<br />

continentaleventhire.co.nz<br />

Ph 0800 252 555<br />

Auckland • Feilding • Nelson • Blenheim • Rangiora • Christchurch • Queenstown • Dunedin

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Your Venue<br />

Styling your venue should be fun! But before<br />

you start looking at all the fine details and<br />

decorations you need to establish the colours<br />

you like, the level of formality you are comfortable<br />

with and the theme you envisage, whether classic,<br />

rustic, romantic or quirky.<br />

If you already have the colour, formality and theme sorted, you can<br />

decide on who and how it is all going to take shape. If you want<br />

spectacular wow and your budget allows for it, then engaging the<br />

services of a stylist will give you an expert eye for the detail. Their<br />

skill and experience can create a mood or a look that brings furniture,<br />

lighting, fabric and décor together in a way that complements the<br />

style of the venue and the theme you desire.<br />

It is helpful to a stylist if you meet over an inspiration board that<br />

highlights your favourite fashion and decorator ideas and gives<br />

them an insight into your personality and individual style. They will<br />

certainly be full of innovative ways to bring your theme and colour<br />

palette to life with flowers, linen, lights, tableware and accessories.<br />

Flowers are ideal for establishing mood, colour and formality.<br />

There are flowers to suit every taste and budget; they can decorate<br />

aisles, tables, walls and marquees, they can be the star attraction or<br />

a beautiful backdrop and they can be romantic, exotic, minimal,<br />

colourful, simple or elaborate.<br />

Fabrics can transform a room from plain to elegant<br />

effortlessly. Draping swathes of fabric on the walls or ceilings,<br />

around poles or over chairs is a clever disguise that swaps<br />

functional for magical in an instant.<br />

Table Linen is a key component of creating the<br />

right atmosphere. Most venues provide floor length white<br />

tablecloths and napkins that can be accessorised with your<br />

colour theme, although usually you will have to pay extra if<br />

the venue supplies the non-white items. Alternatively, you can<br />

source coloured table cloths, runners and napkins yourself,<br />

either purchased or hired.<br />

Tableware supplied by the venue will most often<br />

include white china, standard stemware and cutlery that can<br />

be dishwasher-cleaned. But there are venues that provide<br />

luxury level crystal, silverware and fine china if you wish<br />

to pay more. Whatever you choose or afford, be sure all the<br />

cutlery matches and the china and stemware conform to the<br />

same design, size and shape.<br />

Table Sizes &Shapes are also part<br />

of styling the room depending on its dimensions and the<br />

formality of the wedding. Round tables create intimacy,<br />

oblong tables are good for seating a large number of guests<br />

and long tables are ideal for a banquet-style reception.<br />

Décor: Accessories comprise all the finishing touches<br />

to the room and make your style visually apparent; lights,<br />

lamps, candelabra, urns, pedestals, plants, topiaries, vases,<br />

table decorations, bowls, baskets, bunting, signage, menus and<br />

place cards. By all means dress up the room but be sure your ideas<br />

won’t impede the waiting staff and don’t clutter the tables with so<br />

many decorations that there is no room for plates and glasses!


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&Divvy-ing the Duties<br />

Organising all the aspects of a wedding is difficult enough, but family dynamics<br />

can be dynamite! The pressure on the bride and groom to meet everyone’s wishes<br />

and expectations can be immense, especially if there are blended families, divorced<br />

parents, step relationships and new partners to consider.<br />

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...be gracious<br />

and leave no<br />

one outside<br />

the circle.<br />

There’s no formula to successfully sorting the<br />

situation, but avoiding potential strife, tension,<br />

offence and disagreement is always easier if<br />

you can talk things over before they get out of<br />

hand. The bride and groom need to take the<br />

lead, be firm, be diplomatic and be as inclusive<br />

as possible when it comes to divvy-ing up the<br />

wedding duties.<br />

If divorced parents are on good terms, they<br />

will want to share a happy, stress-free wedding<br />

day and are also likely to share its expenses. If<br />

there is tension, the bridal couple can simply ask<br />

the various parties to put aside their differences<br />

so that the occasion can be enjoyed on the day<br />

and in retrospect.<br />

Invitations usually name both sets of birth<br />

parents as hosts of the wedding, but if there<br />

are step parents and new partners, an agreed<br />

compromise might have to be made – name all<br />

of them or none of them and just provide the<br />

names of the wedding couple!<br />

The bride chooses who will walk her down the<br />

aisle, gives her away and makes a speech. It can<br />

be Dad or Mum, or both, it might be a Stepdad<br />

or even both Dads, or a brother if it becomes<br />

too competitive. But involve your Dad and your<br />

Stepdad in some way to avoid them feeling<br />

unimportant on your big day. Also ask the<br />

partners of your divorced parent(s) to help with<br />

something at your wedding so that they can also<br />

feel included.<br />

Seating can also become too associated with<br />

family hierarchy. Disputes about who sits closest<br />

to the bride and groom can be alleviated if the<br />

top table accommodates just the bridal party,<br />

while divorced parents can each host their<br />

special guests at their own table nearby.<br />

Make sure your wedding photos include your<br />

birth parents together as well as with their new<br />

partners/other children. Your wedding is your<br />

day for sure but it is also a family milestone so<br />

be gracious and leave no one outside the circle.

We make good things happen,<br />

when you say ‘I do’.<br />

Riccarton Park have so many ways to create the wedding of your<br />

dreams, with a lifetime of memories.<br />

Experience the Riccarton Park difference. <strong>With</strong> beautiful parkland settings, a wide<br />

selection of indoor venues and outdoor areas, and an experienced team of wedding<br />

co-ordinators and caterers on hand, we can make your very special day, perfect.<br />

We welcome enquiry, so visit our website for<br />

lots of helpful information, and to explore<br />

all our venues and current menu options.<br />

Remember, these can all be tailored to<br />

suit your individual requirements, so don’t<br />

hesitate to give us a call.<br />

03 336 0055 www.riccartonpark.co.nz<br />


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For further<br />

information or to<br />

view the venue<br />

contact the Wedding<br />

Team on 03 385 3132<br />

or: functions@<br />

gardenhotel.co.nz<br />

Love<br />


“Love on the Lawn”<br />

is the Garden Hotel’s<br />

intimate wedding venue.<br />

Located at 110 Marshland Road, the hotel is<br />

well known for its Garden Buffet Restaurant,<br />

GBC (Garden Bar Café) and selection of<br />

accommodation options. But with the<br />

addition of facilities dedicated to wedding<br />

ceremonies, the Garden Hotel offers a venue<br />

that covers all the bases and is ideal for<br />

intimate weddings of up to 60 guests.<br />

“Wedding receptions have always been<br />

popular at the Garden Hotel, but we are<br />

now pleased to offer a special area that can<br />

accommodate wedding ceremonies too,” says<br />

Margaret Wong, General Manager. “An ornate,<br />

romantic gate opens to a private courtyard<br />

with a manicured raised lawn surrounded by<br />

paving, plantings and a spectacular pagoda<br />

that was specially designed to resemble a<br />

wedding veil”.<br />

Beyond the courtyard is an attractive<br />

function room with full bar facilities and<br />

comfortable amenities for a wedding<br />

reception. The simplicity of the area means<br />

that a bridal couple can transform it with<br />

their own theme, personalised with flowers,<br />

plants, chair covers, decorations and candles<br />

and lights to make it magical.<br />

Catering can be created according to the<br />

couple’s preferred style and taste. From dainty<br />

canapés or cocktail finger food to a seated<br />

banquet buffet complemented by a selection<br />

of New Zealand wines as well as imported<br />

wines, beers and spirits, Margaret and the<br />

Wedding Team at the Garden Hotel can<br />

design a menu to suit any budget.<br />

On-site accommodation and various<br />

accommodation packages also provide the<br />

ideal comfort and convenience for the couple<br />

and their wedding guests.

Say oo I II doo<br />





at Garden Hotel & Restaurant’s<br />

Love on the Lawn<br />

At the Garden Hotel & Restaurant we are<br />

delighted to provide you with a range of<br />

options to tailor your special day and<br />

assist in making your day unforgettable.<br />

For more information please contact THE WEDDING TEAM on 03 385 3132<br />

Email: functions@gardenhotel.co.nz<br />

110 Marshland Road, Shirley, Christchurch<br />

www.gardenhotel.co.nz<br />


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Superb<br />


VENUES<br />

Dunedin is one of New Zealand’s iconic cities<br />

and combines strong Scottish heritage and fine<br />

architecture. Alongside a scenic location of<br />

hills and harbour, the Dunedin City Council<br />

operates some superb venues that offer unique<br />

ambience for your wedding ceremony, civil union<br />

or reception.<br />


only authentic Chinese Garden, the only authentic Scholar’s<br />

Garden in the Southern Hemisphere and one of only three<br />

outside China. A perfect miniature of a traditional Chinese<br />

landscape painting, this garden encapsulates the essence of<br />

nature.<br />

There are many different spots around the garden which<br />

will provide beautiful backdrops for your wedding photos.<br />

The traditional high garden wall encloses you and your<br />

guests in your own private sanctuary, and the rest of the<br />

world seems far removed.<br />

The Dunedin Chinese Garden is a flexible venue offering a<br />

sophisticated, memorable setting for up to 100 people.<br />

THE DUNEDIN PUBLIC ART GALLERY is a distinctive<br />

and elegant venue for your civil union or wedding ceremony<br />

and reception. A team of professional, friendly and<br />

experienced staff will work with you to put together the<br />

right combination of spaces for you and your guests.<br />

These can include canapés and a glass of champagne on<br />

arrival in Donaghy’s Foyer; the couple’s entrance down the<br />

Gallery’s grand staircase and a dine and dance in the ODT<br />

Gallery under the glass ceiling. The Gallery is fully licenced<br />

and you have the option to use your own caterer if you wish.<br />

TOITŪ OTAGO SETTLERS MUSEUM is within walking<br />

distance of the Octagon and accommodation facilities and<br />

is the perfect venue for your wedding reception. Offering<br />

a combination of diverse spaces, the museum is able to<br />

accommodate everything from small, intimate functions to<br />

larger, lavish events.<br />

<strong>With</strong> floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking Dunedin’s<br />

Heritage District, warm heart rimu floors and Oamaru and<br />

local bluestone detailing, the expansive Josephine Foyer<br />

is large enough to accommodate up to 500 people. The<br />

stunning Art Deco NZR Lounge is an ideal space for drinks<br />

and nibbles and great for small social events at any time of<br />

the day or evening.

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Peninsula Playground<br />

Just a few kilometres from downtown Dunedin, Otago Peninsula<br />

forms the southern boundary of the harbour. While small<br />

settlements cluster around some of the many bays, others are<br />

the preserve of a rare variety of protected wildlife. <strong>This</strong> largely<br />

unspoiled environment of hills and coastline provides Dunedin<br />

with a unique recreational, historical and ecological playground.<br />

Best known among the attractions of the peninsula are the Royal Albatross<br />

colony at Taiaroa Head and Larnach Castle. Taiaroa Head is home to the<br />

only mainland colony of albatross in the world as well as a unique number<br />

and variety of seabirds and marine life, attracted to the area by an abundant<br />

source of food. Wildlife can be viewed on land or from a cruise on the<br />

harbour.<br />

Other ecological attractions are the Yellow<br />

Eyed Penguin Conservation Reserve and<br />

the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre<br />

at Portobello. The reserve offers an<br />

amazing opportunity to view the<br />

activities of the penguins within 2m<br />

without the birds being disturbed<br />

and to learn about conservation.<br />

<strong>This</strong> largely<br />

unspoiled environment<br />

of hills and coastline<br />

provides Dunedin with<br />

a unique recreational,<br />

historical and ecological<br />

playground.<br />

Larnach Castle was built in 1871 by merchant,<br />

baron and politician William Larnach. The<br />

finest materials were sourced from all over the<br />

world to complement its imposing grandeur and<br />

spectacular peninsula location. A fascinating past<br />

of drama, scandal and ghosts adds to the castle's<br />

intriguing history. As well as a tearoom, gift<br />

shop and a plant boutique, the modern Larnach<br />

Lodge is set in the castle’s magnificent grounds<br />

accommodating overnight guests.<br />

Also in 1871 George Gray Russell purchased 30<br />

acres of land on the Otago Peninsula and built a<br />

fine home which he named Glenfalloch. Around<br />

the homestead he planted magnificent trees and<br />

gardens which subsequent owners have added to.<br />

Today Glenfalloch Woodland Garden is popular<br />

with many visitors who can also enjoy a meal at<br />

the homestead, or cafe and wine bar as well as<br />

the facilities for conferences and functions.<br />

The peninsula has also become home to many<br />

local craftsmen; potters, spinners, weavers and<br />

painters, many of whom combine their crafts<br />

with homestay and farmstay opportunities<br />

for visitors. Fishing, swimming, sailing, horse<br />

treks, 4WD tours, rock climbing, tramping and<br />

kayaking are all made possible by the diversity of<br />

Otago Peninsula's hills and harbour. While easily<br />

explored independently, visitors can also enjoy<br />

the peninsula experience by joining a number of<br />

small group tours that are available, taking the<br />

Otago Peninsula Express, flightseeing or cruising.<br />

Discover Larnach castLe<br />

New Zealand’s Castle<br />

“THE<br />


SETTNG<br />

FOR YOUR<br />

WEDDING”<br />

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


Discover a city of quintessential<br />

Scottish charm which has<br />

provided New Zealand with its<br />

first university, the only castle,<br />

the steepest street, a city of fine<br />

Victorian buildings and naturally,<br />

its own Scotch whisky!<br />

The Octagon is the civic heart of Dunedin and is<br />

dominated by a statue of Scottish bard, Robbie<br />

Burns who has stared benevolently over the<br />

city for 150 years. You will also find St Paul’s<br />

Cathedral, Dunedin Public Art Gallery and the<br />

Visitor Centre, plus various shops, cafes and a<br />

thriving Saturday market.<br />

Trek steeply up Stuart St to find Moana Pool<br />

and the stately Olveston House, while a stroll<br />

towards Otago Harbour takes you to the Railway<br />

Station. Nowadays, the building houses the New<br />

Zealand Sports Hall of Fame and only the Taieri<br />

Gorge Railway departs on its scenic excursions<br />

daily from this grand Edwardian edifice. Nearby<br />

is the magnificently redeveloped Toitu Settlers<br />

Museum and the Chinese Garden or you can<br />

indulge in a Cadbury World experience or visit<br />

Speight’s Brewery which produces a fearsome<br />

number of pints each week.<br />

Forsyth Barr Stadium is the only covered<br />

stadium in the country and is a fine venue for<br />

sporting and concert events too. The university<br />

buildings date from 1869 and the Otago Museum<br />

is renowned for its excellent exhibitions, The<br />

long established Botanic Gardens are beautifully<br />

maintained, while nearby Baldwin Street rises<br />

an impressive 200m and its steep gradient has<br />

challenged the fit and the foolish for decades.<br />

Dunedin has its share of superb restaurants and<br />

cosy pubs with live music, the Fortune Theatre<br />

produces fine professional productions and the<br />

Casino is open late for a supper ‘n’ flutter. Built<br />

during goldrush prosperity its opulent gaming<br />

rooms are a visual treat whether you win at the<br />

tables or not!<br />

<strong>With</strong><br />

accommodation<br />

ranging from castle<br />

to camping, visitors to<br />

Dunedin are well catered for<br />

whether you stay put and get<br />

to know Dunedin in depth or<br />

the city is an integral part of<br />

your southern road trip<br />

itinerary.<br />

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61<br />

There are so many romantic, beautiful wedding venues located on the<br />

rail links. At a church, a restaurant, on a beach, in the country, or in<br />

the Taieri River Gorge? You can even get married on a train.<br />

We can accommodate any number of guests. You can hire a complete<br />

train set, or a single carriage, or travel on the first class comfort of the<br />

‘Dunedin Silver Fern’ railcar which seats 94. All trains are fully licensed<br />

and have buffet nibbles. Give our Rail Journey Planner a call today.<br />

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

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Standing on<br />


Your ceremony is the heart of the wedding and the<br />

reason for it. What, how and where you say your vows<br />

should be the most meaningful aspect of the day whether<br />

you choose a religious or secular marriage service.<br />


Takes place in a house of worship according to the religious beliefs<br />

of the couple. They may be members of the local congregation<br />

or marrying in a different location. The ceremony is usually<br />

structured to include traditions and customs of their faith.<br />


May be held in an “all faiths” chapel with the minister or celebrant<br />

of your choice and include religious and non-religious traditions<br />

and blessings.<br />


Generally takes place at a registry office, town hall or embassy. It<br />

is non-religious, is officiated by a Registrar of Births Deaths and<br />

Marriages, a Judge or a Justice of the Peace and includes a simple<br />

exchange of vows with a minimum of two witnesses.<br />


Non-religious and usually conducted by a registered marriage<br />

celebrant. The venue may be formal or informal, indoors or out, large<br />

or small. The couple are free to adhere to traditional formalities or<br />

customise their wedding as informally as they wish.<br />


<strong>This</strong> may range from a commitment ceremony or civil union to a<br />

wedding service depending on the law of the location where it is held.<br />

If same sex marriage is legalised and accepted by the church the couple<br />

may opt for a religious wedding or choose a secular ceremony.<br />


Contains many formalities and traditions and includes the wearing of<br />

a full dress uniform for enlisted members of the wedding party. The<br />

couple may be married by an armed forces chaplain, or participate<br />

in a civil ceremony, but rituals usually include a special salute from<br />

guests who are also enlisted personnel.<br />

Your<br />

ceremony is<br />

the heart of the<br />

wedding and<br />

the reason<br />

for it.<br />


These occurred more frequently when long journeys were by ship<br />

not aeroplane, but the popularity of cruise travel has seen increased<br />

interest in shipboard wedding. The ceremony is conducted in port by<br />

the ship’s captain, the chaplain or a celebrant who comes on board to<br />

officiate. Most couples continue afterwards on a honeymoon cruise.<br />


May be carefully planned “getaway” weddings or spontaneous<br />

ceremonies once the couple reaches their destination. The marriage<br />

usually takes place with few guests or none at all. In the past Gretna<br />

Green in Scotland was popular for elopements because you could<br />

marry at 16 there without the parental permission required in<br />

England!<br />


Are quite rare because most couples want their own celebration, but<br />

for siblings or close friends who would be inviting many of the same<br />

guests, a double wedding can be fun and financially sensible. Couples<br />

can share the ceremony or have individual rituals and celebrants<br />

followed by a shared reception.<br />


These are exceptionally popular and usually include all inclusive<br />

wedding and honeymoon packages for the couple and a holiday for<br />

their guests. Often held in in picturesque locations in the same<br />

country or overseas, the number of guests is usually quite small due<br />

to cost and travel time, but allows an intimate wedding with close<br />

family and friends.<br />


Held in an overseas destination, couples need to comply with all<br />

legal requirements for marriage in that country. It may include a<br />

period of pre-wedding residency, a civil and a religious ceremony,<br />

extra paperwork and the services of a dedicated planner if there’s a<br />

language barrier.<br />


A marriage “by proxy” is where one or both of the individuals<br />

being united in marriage are not present at the ceremony and<br />

are represented by another person. While this is rare, it usually<br />

relates to situations of military service, imprisonment, travel or<br />

Visa restrictions or when the couple lives in a jurisdiction in which<br />

they cannot legally marry. In wartime proxy marriages are more<br />

common and in New Zealand, marriage by proxy is only permitted<br />

when one party is on active military service and cannot return to<br />

New Zealand.

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HANDY HINTS...<br />

FOR YOUR<br />






















of Meaning &Dignity<br />

The main event of any wedding is the ceremony which legally<br />

binds two people to the promises they make to one another.<br />

Amid all the details of planning the big day, never forget<br />

that the ceremony is more about what you say than what you<br />

wear or what you eat!<br />

When planning to marry, a couple should consider when and where the<br />

ceremony will be held. The setting helps to create a special atmosphere for<br />

their marriage vows, enhanced by the music, readings and rituals they choose<br />

to include. Whether a wedding is religious or secular, certain ceremonial<br />

elements are usually present and help to establish the format of the<br />

ceremony:<br />

CONVOCATION The gathering family and friends to witness the<br />

ceremony<br />

INVOCATION The actual words of the marriage ceremony<br />

CONSECRATION A reminder of the serious intent of the ceremony<br />

READINGS To illustrate values of special significance to the couple<br />

VOWS The promises of a lifetime<br />

RINGS Blessed and exchanged<br />

PRONOUNCEMENT Recognition that the couple are now legally<br />

husband and wife<br />

KISS OR EMBRACE Seals the promises they have made<br />

BENEDICTION To offer good wishes to the newly married couple<br />

SIGNING Of the register which is a legal requirement of any wedding<br />

You may choose to marry in a church, a hall, house or hotel, in a park, garden,<br />

vineyard or marquee, on a boat or a beach, in a forest or on a mountain, but<br />

if your wedding is non-religious, you will need the services of a registered<br />

marriage celebrant to ensure the legality of the marriage.<br />

Provided you observe the legal requirements of marriage in New Zealand,<br />

your ceremony can be as individual as you wish. However, a wedding has<br />

serious intent and therefore the ceremony deserves some solemnity. It can be<br />

spiritual without being religious, but it should always be meaningful<br />

and dignified.<br />

The perfect venue<br />

for both indoor and<br />

outdoor weddings.<br />


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to Do or Ditch<br />

Many wedding traditions are based on cultural customs or<br />

superstitions, or are long standing. In New Zealand, due to<br />

decades of immigration by many different cultures we have<br />

embraced a hybrid of customs from all over the world.<br />

Frequently they have evolved into modern versions of old traditions<br />

and sometimes the original meaning has been lost. Today’s wedding<br />

couples may want to do the traditional things, but if not, it’s ok to<br />

ditch them and create new customs of your own.<br />


Brides wear<br />

white<br />

It’s unlucky for<br />

the groom to see<br />

the bride before<br />

the ceremony<br />

Diamonds<br />

are the only<br />

real wedding<br />

jewellery<br />

A Father gives<br />

the Bride away<br />

DO IT<br />

Tradition began when<br />

Queen Victoria wore<br />

white for her wedding<br />

and we have continued<br />

it ever since<br />

Enjoy the element of<br />

surprise when you<br />

meet at your wedding<br />

ceremony<br />

Diamonds are the<br />

hardest stones hence<br />

the belief that they<br />

“last forever”.<br />

Most Dads are proud<br />

to do this special duty<br />

DITCH IT<br />

Wear any colour you like from<br />

shades of cream or subtle<br />

pastels to bold red, gold, silver<br />

or even dramatic black<br />

Embrace the new trend of<br />

“first look” photos before the<br />

ceremony or arrive together<br />

Sapphires are the colour of<br />

fidelity and many coloured<br />

stones can be just as rare and<br />

valuable as diamonds<br />

But you can be given away by<br />

a brother, mother, friend, or<br />

no-one if you prefer<br />

Choosing a<br />


Finding the right celebrant to conduct your wedding<br />

is not always easy. If you are not planning a church<br />

wedding, where the local minister will preside, you<br />

will need to engage a registered celebrant.<br />

But… what do they do, what will they charge, will they help<br />

with writing vows, what are the legal requirements, will they<br />

accommodate your wishes, can you meet them beforehand<br />

and do you like them?<br />

A marriage celebrant is registered by the Deptartment<br />

of Internal Affairs Births, Deaths and Marriages to legally<br />

conduct wedding ceremonies. To find out about those in your<br />

area or the location where the wedding will take place, visit<br />

www.celebranz.org.nz<br />

Choose two or three to contact and discuss your<br />

wedding plans with them. From their response<br />

you will be able to decide who “fits” with your<br />

plans best and of course who is available for<br />

the date you have set. Expect fees of up to $500 for<br />

their services on the day.<br />

Most celebrants like to meet the couple two or<br />

three times before the wedding to go through the<br />

ceremony and the vows they will make. Often,<br />

they will be able to suggest appropriate readings,<br />

music or order of service if you are unsure about<br />

some details.<br />

Best Man<br />

and Chief<br />

Bridesmaid<br />

Throwing the<br />

bouquet<br />

Brides change<br />

their name after<br />

the wedding<br />

Are usually your<br />

nearest, dearest and<br />

most trusted guy and<br />

girl respectively<br />

It’s expected by the<br />

guests and a lighthearted<br />

moment<br />

Becoming “Mrs” may<br />

be thrilling for a new<br />

bride<br />

Roles are no longer genderspecific.<br />

A girl can be your<br />

supporter in the role of<br />

Best Man and a guy can be the<br />

Bride’s attendant if you wish<br />

You might prefer your<br />

bouquet to be a keepsake or<br />

donate it to someone<br />

Many brides choose to keep<br />

their maiden name, especially<br />

if it is their business profile and<br />

inconvenient to change or explain<br />

Creating<br />

unforgettable<br />

memories<br />

Kim Woodham Jackson<br />

Marriage Celebrant<br />

027 319 3145 | kimwoodhamjackson5@gmail.com<br />

www.celebrant4ceremonies.co.nz<br />

Words <strong>With</strong> Soul<br />

Creating Everlasting Memories<br />


My genuine passion, creativity, knowledge and experience enables<br />

me to create a partnership with my couples. I have a special interest<br />

in Social and Cultural Diversity, Traditions and Rituals. <strong>This</strong> enables<br />

me to encapsulate and reflect the “True Essence” of the couple<br />

throughout their ceremony. Styled with a refreshing, fun experience<br />

by blending both Traditional and Contemporary elements within my<br />

ceremonies.<br />

Delivered with a unique, candid and modern feel.<br />

Tania Johnson Scott CELEBRANT<br />

Certificate in Celebrant Studies Member of the Celebrants Association of New Zealand<br />

M: 027 751 8753 E: tania@taniajohnsonscott.co.nz W: www.taniajohnsonscottcelebrant.co.nz<br />

F: www.facebook.com/TaniaJohnsonScottCelebrant<br />

Tricia WarWick-Naziris<br />

Marriage Celebrant<br />

Creating with you<br />

a personal service<br />

to reflect your love<br />

021 143 9488<br />

triciaandathawn@hotmail.com<br />


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Your Guide to<br />




Once you have announced you are getting married, you will begin<br />

to plan your wedding day, one of the biggest events of your life.<br />

The role of your invitations is to get your guests excited about the<br />

event and the effort you put into your stationery style tells your<br />

guests what to expect. A gorgeous invitation instead of a plain card<br />

conveys an elegant impression and makes them want to attend.<br />


Decide whether you want to make your own invitations or<br />

purchase your wedding stationery – it’s all about the money or<br />

the time! Making or buying a sample of your stationery design<br />

helps you make a confident decision. Investigate the costs – you<br />

may find DIY less economic than you expect once you have added<br />

up all the components. Every stationer is different so ask what is<br />

included and what is extra so that you can make a fair comparison.<br />


Life just gets busier so get organised! Traditionally wedding<br />

invitations are sent out 6-12 weeks in advance of the wedding.<br />

However, out of town guests who may need to make travel and<br />

accommodation plans, will need an earlier invitation or perhaps<br />

a “save the date” card. Invitation designs and printing can take<br />

several weeks, so order them so you have plenty of time to get<br />

them to your guests.<br />


Guest list expectations can become awkward and often require<br />

compromise to keep the numbers realistic. Some brides have<br />

a “must invite” list and a backup list of guests who receive an<br />

invitation if another guest can’t attend. Make sure you have a<br />

comprehensive and accurate record of addresses for all your<br />

potential guests.<br />


Some modern brides save time and money by using email<br />

or social media to invite people to their wedding. But many<br />

wedding consultants discourage the practice as “poor etiquette<br />

and disrespectful to their guests”. They accept email, Facebook or<br />

texts for low-key events and parties, but they believe a posted or<br />

hand-delivered invitation is a better match for the specialness of a<br />

wedding.<br />


It is recommended to have the RSVPs returned a month after<br />

sending the invitations allowing you time to confirm numbers<br />

with your reception venue and caterers. If your invitation also<br />

includes guest information about transport, accommodation,<br />

babysitters you are arranging for them, be sure to include a space<br />

to RSVP on those as well.<br />


Typos are so easy to miss, but any mistakes are guaranteed to<br />

spoil the effect of your wedding invitations. Go through every<br />

word, every line and every name to ensure there are no spelling or<br />

grammar errors, the information is correct and makes sense, that<br />

the font size and style is suitable and the layout is consistent. If<br />

you are not confident to proof everything yourself, get a trusted<br />

friend or family member with an eye for detail to help you.<br />

8. ORDER YOUR<br />


When you are happy with<br />

your proofing the final version<br />

is confirmed you will need to<br />

order your stationery, which<br />

may include RSVP cards, place<br />

cards and thank you cards as<br />

well as the invitations. Total<br />

how many of each item you<br />

will require as an all-in-one<br />

purchase is usually more cost<br />

effective. Order a minimum of<br />

10 extra invitations just in case<br />

and keep one as a memento.<br />


If you are hand-addressing your envelopes order 10% more of them<br />

to account for smudges or errors. Alternatively you could create<br />

some fancy labels with guest names and addresses to put on the<br />

envelope.<br />


Envelopes with distinctive shapes and sizes are exciting to receive,<br />

but posting them can cost more if they don’t conform to standard<br />

weight, shape, dimensions and thickness. So make up a sample<br />

and check out the potential cost at the post office first because<br />

you wouldn’t want your beautiful invitations returned for lack of<br />

postage.Other options include hand delivering to guests who live<br />

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<br />

bridal couple and good manners to the parents and the<br />

guests. A fluent, audible and entertaining speech is always<br />

appreciated, but an inappropriate one can spoil the event<br />

and give offence long after the celebration is over.<br />

Don’t freak if you have to speak! If the<br />

wedding is formal, simply provide a<br />

formal toast to the Bride and Groom<br />

and some gracious comments about the<br />

couple’s lifestyle relationship and future<br />

together. Further toasts and replies to<br />

parents, bridesmaids and absent friends<br />

may follow.<br />

A good speech is all about preparation,<br />

so speak clearly, be sincere and natural,<br />

keep it short, practise beforehand,<br />

have prompt cards if you wish, make<br />

eye contact with the guests, propose<br />

A good speech<br />

is all about<br />

preparation..<br />

the toasts properly, pronounce names<br />

accurately and use humour carefully.<br />

If the wedding is informal, there is<br />

scope for introducing more creative<br />

speech making that involves interaction<br />

between the wedding party and their<br />

guests. <strong>With</strong> technology you can prepare<br />

your speech as a documentary about<br />

the couple. Introduce a weddingthemed<br />

quiz with rounds of questions<br />

throughout the reception. Put your<br />

speech to music or write it as a poem or<br />

a rap with a chorus from the guests.<br />

Care to<br />

DANCE?<br />

If there’s going to be music at<br />

your wedding, then as the hosts<br />

you’ll be expected to dance!<br />

Instead of an embarrassing<br />

shuffle round the floor, why not<br />

approach your first dance as a<br />

couple with confidence?<br />

Dancing has become popular again and<br />

there is plenty of dance tuition available,<br />

both private of in a class. Many dance<br />

studios offer special lessons for the bride<br />

and groom or even the entire wedding<br />

party.<br />

Most dance tutors can help a novice<br />

with some simple steps for a first<br />

wedding dance, or choreograph a special<br />

routine for you to perform at your<br />

wedding if you wish. Beyond a one-off<br />

brush up of basic moves, you could<br />

throw yourself into dancing as a new<br />

activity for fun and fitness together!<br />

DJ<br />

Chick<br />

Great receptions don’t happen by chance...<br />

Christchurch’s elite professional mobile disco.<br />

Providing high quality, tasteful entertainment for<br />

wedding receptions for over 20 years, with the<br />

experience and the skill to create something<br />

special just for you.<br />

Therese Mitchell<br />

(a.k.a DJ Azure)<br />

Ph: 349 2501<br />

Mob: 021 216 2610<br />

www.djchick.co.nz<br />


VERVE<br />

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Real Food<br />

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We all know that along with the venue and your<br />

dress, the food you serve plays such a special part in<br />

your wedding day.<br />

From traditional<br />

venues and marquees,<br />

to wool sheds and beachside<br />

settings, we work our culinary magic<br />

in all sorts of wonderful locations. We<br />

partner with a huge number of wedding<br />

destinations and venues, and we also have<br />

a fully mobile commercial kitchen, which<br />

means we can treat your guests to<br />

delicious, real food wherever you<br />

are celebrating.<br />

Real food, wherever you want it<br />

From traditional venues and marquees, to wool sheds and beachside<br />

settings, we work our culinary magic in all sorts of wonderful<br />

locations. We partner with a huge number of wedding destinations<br />

and venues, and we also have a fully mobile commercial kitchen, which<br />

means we can treat your guests to delicious, real food wherever you<br />

are celebrating. We also pride ourselves on providing exceptionally<br />

high levels of service so that your wedding feast is sure to be a truly<br />

memorable part of your celebrations.<br />

If this all sounds like a fairytale, please do visit our website,<br />

www.vervecatering.co.nz to see testimonials from our very happy<br />

customers. Please note, we are a boutique catering company and our<br />

diary fills particularly quickly in the wedding season. We have chosen<br />

to remain small so that you receive the first class service personal you<br />

deserve. <strong>This</strong> exclusivity means that you do need to book us promptly if<br />

you want your guests to enjoy the Verve Real Food experience on your<br />

wedding day.<br />

You’ll enjoy real food prepared with flair and the freshest of<br />

local seasonal ingredients when you choose Verve Real Food<br />

Catering to look after you on your special day. Our talented<br />

team cook everything from scratch and are well known for<br />

being flexible when it comes to menu design. We can make<br />

recommendations from our extensive repertoire to create<br />

exactly the menu you want and are more than happy to<br />

incorporate your favourite dishes, make your favourite family<br />

recipes and, if you’ve caught your own crayfish or venison for<br />

example, can even use your own special ingredients.<br />

We are real foodies and true romantics at Verve, and will be<br />

flexible not only with your menu, but can also work within<br />

your budget to give you the wedding feast your heart desires.<br />

And what’s more, we can cook for you and your guests, pretty<br />

much anywhere.<br />

“The food was delicious,<br />

the service was faultless<br />

and they were such a lovely team of people.<br />

Our guests raved about the food.<br />

We honestly could not have asked for<br />

anything more.”<br />

Mr & Mrs Jones, wedding breakfast,<br />

January <strong>2018</strong><br />

Real food,<br />

freshly made,<br />

served with love.<br />

Whatever you want,<br />

wherever you want it.<br />

Fresh and exquisite...<br />

a real food experience.<br />

Contact: Nicky Geddes,<br />

03 374 6662, 021 709 220<br />

info@vervecatering.co.nz<br />


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SWEETInspiration<br />

There is some sweet new inspiration and innovation in wedding<br />

cakes! You no longer have to have a rich traditional fruitcake<br />

unless you want one, but with the trend to having your wedding<br />

cake as a dessert, style, taste and flavour take precedence and you<br />

can let your sweet imagination run wild.<br />


CAKE<br />

MUD CAKE<br />


CAKE<br />




CROQUEM-<br />

BOUCHE<br />



TORTE<br />


CAKE<br />


CAKE<br />

A decadent scarlet-coloured sponge beneath dark<br />

chocolate icing or white cream cheese fondant. Serve it<br />

spectacularly with berries.<br />

A dense very moist chocolate cake that keeps well and<br />

cuts without crumbling. Its richness means only small<br />

slices are required offset with fresh fruit.<br />

A light sponge which can be flavoured to your taste;<br />

lemon, orange, coffee, chocolate, banana or a different<br />

flavour for each tier of the cake.<br />

A sponge cake with layered swirls of vanilla, chocolate<br />

and strawberry to create a marbled effect.<br />

Traditional celebration cake with dried fruits, nuts and<br />

spices. Sometimes chosen for one tier to have with coffee<br />

or kept as for the 1st anniversary or birth of the 1st child.<br />

Custard-like dessert cake made with cream cheese over<br />

a biscuit base. Rich creaminess can be offset with citrus<br />

zest, mango, apricots or berries.<br />

Tower of individual profiteroles filled with cream and<br />

drizzled with toffee. Can be served with fruit and ice<br />

cream or alongside end-of-meal coffee.<br />

Two soft-coloured almond-based biscuits sandwiched<br />

with ganache or buttercream. Can be served as finger<br />

food or to top a sundae.<br />

Small individually baked cakes in a variety of<br />

flavours and elaborately decorated with coloured icing<br />

A dense sponge made with eggs, sugar, and<br />

flavoured with fruit syrup or liqueurs. Best<br />

served warm with crème fraiche, yoghurt<br />

or a tart ice cream.<br />

A chocolate sponge layered alternately<br />

with cherries and cream, or raspberries if preferred.<br />

A moist baked sponge layered with apple slices and<br />

cinnamon, served warm with cream and caramel sauce.<br />

There are<br />

many exciting<br />

ways to make<br />

your cake a<br />

statement!<br />

TOP it off<br />

Stylish cake toppers are a sweet way<br />

to finish off your beautiful wedding<br />

cake.<br />

Traditionally, plaster figurines of a bride<br />

and groom were popular and symbolised<br />

their future life together. But with the<br />

artistry of modern cake decorators, there<br />

are many exciting ways to make your cake a<br />

statement!<br />

Cake decorators can handcraft amazing<br />

individual toppers or you can find a<br />

selection of ready-made toppers from cake<br />

shops, stationery stores and bridaldécor<br />

outlets. Some toppers are<br />

made from edible substances<br />

like modelling fondant and<br />

chocolate, some are painted<br />

onto non-edible materials such<br />

as Styrofoam and plastic. Your<br />

choice of edible or non-edible<br />

depends on whether you wish<br />

to retain your topper as a<br />

keepsake.<br />

Toppers are often designed<br />

to complement the chosen<br />

wedding colours and themes,<br />

but popular trends for cake<br />

toppers include symbols<br />

such as hearts, stars,<br />

rainbows, bunting and<br />

doves; replica flowers,<br />

fruit and foliage;<br />

flags, figures and<br />

animals; names,<br />

letters, monograms<br />

and quotes; or laser<br />

cut shapes, jewellery<br />

and even sparklers!

Win your<br />

Wedding<br />

with<br />

Book your catering with Continental at any of our venues<br />

or the venue of your choice before 31st August <strong>2018</strong> and<br />

you will be in the draw to win a Continental Food and<br />

Beverage Package to the Value of $10,000. (T&C’S apply)<br />

Venues<br />

- Mona Vale - The Great Hall - Christchurch Art Gallery<br />

- Lacebark - Harpers Homestead - The Christchurch Gondola<br />

- Omarino Wine Park - Isaac Theatre Royal<br />

- Waipuna Estate - Your Place or a Marquee<br />

Continental’s Annual Win your Wedding Competition.<br />

enquiries@continental.co.nz<br />

or Ph 0800 426 684<br />

# trustedcaterer

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Your Signature<br />



For couples on a budget, or couples who want a<br />

special drink for themselves or their wedding party,<br />

serving a signature cocktail can be a smart move and<br />

a romantic one. Even the simplest of ingredients can<br />

look spectacular once shaken, stirred, poured and<br />

garnished. But for your special cocktail to be totally<br />

memorable, make it taste FRESH, put it in a classy<br />

glass to look FABULOUS and then give it a fancy<br />

name for FUN!<br />


30ml vodka<br />

50ml limoncello liqueur<br />

1 scoop of lemon sorbet<br />

1 scoop of vanilla ice-cream<br />

300ml of sparkling white wine<br />


30ml lemonade<br />

50ml lemon syrup<br />

1 scoop of lemon sorbet<br />

1 scoop of vanilla ice-cream<br />

300ml sparkling white grape juice<br />


Bombonieres is an Italian word meaning<br />

“sweet favours” that were given to guests<br />

at Italian and also at Greek wedidngs.<br />

Traditionally wrapped in a lace doily, these<br />

bomboniere were five sugared almonds<br />

representing health, wealth, happiness,<br />

fertility and good luck.<br />

Today, “bomboniere” has come to mean any gift that<br />

the bride and groom give to their guests to thank them<br />

for their presents and presence at the wedding. Sugared<br />

almonds are still popular at receptions, but other<br />

edible options now include chocolates, biscuits, jams,<br />

chutneys, preserves and fudge or small bottles of wine<br />

with personalised labels.<br />

Modern couples have also expanded the idea into a<br />

range of merchandised favours including personalised<br />

soaps, pens, photo frames, pot plants, packets of seeds,<br />

tins of tea or coffee beans, candles, bottle openers,<br />

fridge magnets, keyrings, engraved glassware, mugs, golf<br />

balls and coasters!<br />

Giving favours is a nice tradition, but be careful that<br />

the cost of these commercial items does not blow your<br />

budget, otherwise get creative and give something<br />

simple and inexpensive – like sugared almonds maybe!<br />

METHOD<br />

Pour all the ingredients into a large blender.<br />

Blend until evenly mixed and smooth.<br />

Pour into a champagne glass.<br />

Garnish with a slice of fresh lemon.<br />

NAME IT<br />

Cool, white and elegant with the pure taste of<br />

lemon. Celebrate a beautiful bride or “Bella Sposa”<br />

in a glass.

Be specific with<br />

your caterer<br />

about timing,<br />

set-ups and<br />

service<br />

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Your wedding day has been months in the making, so don’t<br />

let the stress of planning the catering overwhelm you or<br />

underwhelm your guests! So here are a few tips from a<br />

catering professional that make perfect sense.<br />

• Organise a tasting with your caterer to sample food options before<br />

you decide on the menu<br />

• If your reception is in a restaurant, book in for a meal beforehand to<br />

check food and service<br />

• Be specific with your caterer about timing, set-ups and service<br />

• Be guided by the fact that “fresh is best” and “local” is easiest to source<br />

• Discuss dietary requirements early to give your caterer time to design<br />

the menu accordingly<br />

• Trust your caterer to provide menu options that cover all the major<br />

food groups<br />

• Decide if the wedding cake will also be your dessert<br />

• Keep cocktail food bite-sized as a pre-cursor to the main meal<br />

• Ask your caterer for their food-wine match recommendations<br />

• Encourage your wedding MC to liaise with catering staff so the<br />

reception runs smoothly<br />

Relaxed,<br />

Rustic,<br />

Romantic<br />

Specialists in relaxed<br />

rustic style weddings<br />

for 30-250 guests<br />

307 Larcomb Rd, Rolleston 022 425 8628 info@gtcatering.co.nz www.larcombvineyard.co

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What to ask about<br />

hiring a<br />

mArquEE<br />

A marquee literally creates a venue for your<br />

wedding, family event or corporate function.<br />

As a portable blank canvas, the marquee can be<br />

decorated with silks, lighting and various tablecloth/<br />

sash combinations, turning it into a place of style and<br />

elegance, whether large or small. But before you decide on<br />

a marquee, here are some questions you should ask first.<br />

We have everything you need to<br />

hire for your wedding.<br />

• Marquees<br />

• Chairs<br />

• Tables<br />

• Tablecloths<br />

• Chair Covers<br />

• Crockery<br />

• Glassware<br />

• Cutlery<br />

• Dance Floors<br />

• Chiller Trailers<br />

and much more!<br />

Contact us today to see how we can help you.<br />

61 Shakespeare Road, Christchurch<br />

P: 03 365 3339 E: events@hydeparkhire.co.nz<br />

• What size marquee will I need for my number of<br />

guests?<br />

• Do I have enough space for it?<br />

• Is the ground level?<br />

• Can it be erected on uneven ground?<br />

• Can the marquee be adjoined to a building?<br />

• What will it cost?<br />

• What does a basic hire consist of?<br />

• What extras/packages does the supplier offer?<br />

• How long is the hire period?<br />

• What is the difference between a lined<br />

and an unlined marquee?<br />

• How much time is required to set it up?<br />

• How soon after the wedding must it be dismantled?<br />

• Can the marquee sides be opened in warm weather?<br />

• Do I need a dance floor installed?<br />

• Is lighting/heating supplied?<br />

• Does the supplier need a power<br />

source or bring a generator?<br />

• What health and safety regulations<br />

must be adhered to?<br />

• Is a local council permit required?<br />

• If so, who arranges it?<br />

• What vehicular access does the supplier require?<br />

• Is the supplier insured?<br />

• Can a quote be provided?<br />

• What are the payment and cancellation options?<br />

• How long before the wedding should a marquee<br />

be booked?

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Something Borrowed<br />

SOmEthINg NEW<br />

Located<br />

at 311 Blenheim<br />

Rd with parking right<br />

outside. Open 10am-5pm<br />

weekdays & 10am-2.30pm<br />

Saturdays. Ph 03 343 5984,<br />

visit www.sbsn.co.nz<br />

& like us on<br />

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As Christchurch’s leading store for<br />

all your decoration requirements,<br />

SBSN has an impressive selection of<br />

products available to view for hire or<br />

to purchase.<br />

<strong>With</strong> all the latest décor trends and props,<br />

you can set up your own displays in store<br />

and experiment with your own colours and<br />

ideas from classic to contemporary and<br />

simple to flamboyant.<br />

We have a vast selection of event product<br />

for sale, including, rolls of fabric, sashes,<br />

table décor and wedding accessories just<br />

to name a few. Items for hire reflect the<br />

current trends of the vintage and rustic<br />

look including very lifelike foliage garlands<br />

for centre pieces, festoon lighting, coloured<br />

linen tableware including 10 m soft muslin<br />

table runners, signage, blackboards, as well<br />

as fabulous glassware, rustic lanterns and<br />

stunning candelabra, for table decor.<br />

We also have a great range of backdrops<br />

including floral, fern and greenery walls, a<br />

2 metre circle, 2 metre wooden freestanding<br />

love sign and wooden posts backdrop just<br />

to mention a few.<br />

<strong>With</strong> free in-store consultations Lynn<br />

and her team can offer advice based on<br />

many years of experience, to help achieve<br />

distinctive individuality of style for your<br />

special occasion. You may choose to<br />

decorate your own venue or take advantage<br />

of the company’s Venue Setting Service as<br />

we offer a styling and setup/pack down<br />

service.<br />

Our motto is “You Get Dressed We’ll<br />

Dress the Rest!”<br />

SBSN also has a comprehensive and<br />

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functions, including back-drop displays,<br />

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trees, floral displays and children’s themed<br />

displays on the website. “We can also<br />

provide bespoke items to fit a particular<br />

theme,” says Lynn.<br />

You’ll find everything you could possibly<br />

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or Exit<br />

The theme, style or atmosphere of a wedding is often<br />

reflected in the mode of transport chosen for the bride’s<br />

arrival and sometimes the couple’s departure from the<br />

reception. You might want to make your entrance or exit<br />

in unique style, but it is wise to check out availability and<br />

practicality when making your choice of wedding vehicle.<br />

Classically Vintage<br />

Vintage and classic cars can sometimes be hired from dedicated<br />

wedding transport companies. Alternatively you can contact local<br />

car clubs and enthusiasts who are often asked to source vehicles<br />

and drivers among their members. You may also know someone<br />

with a restored vehicle who would drive it for your wedding<br />

transport.<br />

Last Word in Luxury<br />

Luxury vehicles like a Rolls-Royce or limo provide the bridal<br />

couple with “once in a lifetime” grandeur. A bride’s gown, train<br />

and veil are less likely to be creased in a spacious limousine and<br />

there are the additional facilities of bar, privacy screen, sound<br />

systems and tinted windows for your comfort and relaxation on<br />

the big day.<br />

Rent a Car<br />

Rental car and taxi companies are usually able to provide matching<br />

vehicles as well as the services of a chauffeur for the occasion if<br />

required. They often have a selection of decorations and ribbons<br />

that suit the colour and theme of the wedding.<br />

Friends & Neighbours<br />

Your guests may own late model cars that you could use for<br />

the wedding, or you could hire identical vehicles from a rental<br />

car company and find reliable drivers among family, friends or<br />

neighbours.<br />

On the Hoof<br />

There’s something special about arriving at the wedding by horse and<br />

carriage. Look for local listings and ensure you will have experienced<br />

drivers and horses with a friendly, unflappable temperament.<br />

Trains, Boats & Planes<br />

Arriving by air or sea is a spectacular way to make a wedding<br />

entrance. Hot air balloon, chopper, plane or launch may be<br />

possible options, if you are prepared for the cost and logistics. But<br />

in New Zealand there are fewer and fewer train options unless you<br />

hold your wedding in a Heritage Park.<br />

Cool & Creative<br />

You may plan to be unconventional and<br />

arrive by truck, motorbike, rickshaw<br />

or sedan chair. Perhaps, in European<br />

tradition, you’ll walk to the wedding<br />

so that local residents can wish you<br />

luck!<br />

Paying your Way<br />

Wedding transport is generally booked<br />

for the estimated time and number of vehicles required to take<br />

the bridesmaids and the bride and her father to the ceremony,<br />

the bride and groom from the ceremony to the location for<br />

photographs and from there to the reception venue.<br />

Arrangements other than this can usually be accommodated if<br />

they are discussed with the company concerned and a written<br />

estimate is provided for your additional requirements. But<br />

whatever type of transport you choose, you will still want comfort,<br />

punctuality and reliability.

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Flowers are<br />

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The theme of your wedding can be<br />

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on your wedding car. Overseas there<br />

are dedicated wedding car decorators,<br />

who may also be the florist or reception<br />

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Traditionally ribbons are the most<br />

popular and adorn the bonnet to<br />

the windscreen. There may also<br />

be rosettes or bows at the front<br />

radiator grille, or tied to door handles<br />

like pew decorations. Some couples like<br />

to use bride and groom figurines or soft toys,<br />

while overseas balloons, hearts and rings are popular motifs on<br />

the grille and bonnet, although in some countries you will see<br />

outrageously elaborate decorations, themes and vehicles.<br />

Flowers are increasingly used to make a colourful and elegant<br />

statement. Artificial flowers are preferable for decorating the<br />

exterior of the vehicle because they are more durable, don’t<br />

lose their colour or their shape and will not stain the car’s<br />

paintwork with pollen.<br />

Shops sell a range of decals and stickers but be careful that<br />

choice does not mark or mar the paintwork. Also ensure that<br />

any decorations do not impede the driver’s vision or create a<br />

distraction to other drivers. Inside the car you may like flowers<br />

along the back-window shelf, silk covers on the seats to protect<br />

your gown and in winter, a warm wrap.<br />

After the wedding it is traditional for guests to decorate the<br />

car with balloons, “just married” signs and the rattle of noisy<br />

tin cans, designed to ward off evil spirits. More high-spirited<br />

decorations have included wrapping the entire car in toilet<br />

tissue or filling it completely with balloons!<br />

But whatever you do you DON’T USE; spray paint, glue and<br />

confetti, whipped cream or Sellotape!. But you<br />

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soap, shaving cream, streamers, placards, balloons and string.<br />

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Our drivers who have been<br />

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Our extensive fleet enables us<br />

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Wedding guests can also travel in the luxury of our 6 seater vans<br />

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THE WISH<br />

List<br />

Let your guests know gift registry details when you<br />

send your invitations. Choose nationwide stores for<br />

the convenience of your guests and include a selection<br />

of items with a wide price range to suit all budgets.<br />

The Wishing Well<br />

For couples who have already set up a home, or will be living<br />

overseas after the wedding, money is a welcome and convenient<br />

alternative. The Wishing Well provides an acceptable way of both<br />

giving and receiving gifts of money and the request for money is<br />

usually worded in the wedding invitation.<br />

Most venues can provide a wishing well, but there are other<br />

options that may fit suitably, creatively or quirkily with your<br />

theme or wedding décor; a basket, a barrel or a letterbox, a<br />

suitcase, treasure chest or phone booth, a pin board, a silver tray<br />

or a collection plate.<br />

Pledge a Gift<br />

For older couples or those with well-established homes already,<br />

the idea of receiving a pledged gift from guests has considerable<br />

merit. It may be a gift of time (to help prepare food, flowers,<br />

decorations or outfits for the wedding) or a gift of expertise (to<br />

renovate or landscape the couple’s home, maintain their car, fix<br />

their computer, frame their photos, make some furniture).<br />

Gifting to Charity<br />

<strong>This</strong> has become increasingly popular with couples who feel they<br />

don’t need wedding presents. Instead guests are asked to give a<br />

donation to a charity, special fund or an organisation here or<br />

overseas.<br />

Giving Thanks<br />

At the reception be sure to thank guests for their contributions<br />

in your speech but also send an individual message of thanks to<br />

each guest for their gift and if it is money, tell them what you<br />

have decided to do or to buy as a result of their generosity.<br />


Washing machine<br />

Clothes dryer<br />

Fridge/freezer<br />

Dishwasher<br />

Lawnmower<br />


Sheet sets<br />

Quilt/blankets<br />

Duvet/cover<br />

Pillows<br />

Radio alarm clock<br />

Mirror<br />


Saucepans + steamer<br />

Electric frypan<br />

Mixing bowls<br />

Utensils + knife block<br />

Chopping boards<br />

Casseroles<br />

Baking tins + dishes<br />

Slow cooker<br />

Food processor<br />

Toaster<br />

Kettle<br />

Espresso machine<br />

Blender/juicer<br />

Sandwich press<br />

Scales<br />

Spice + storage jars<br />

Plastic storage boxes<br />

Dinner set<br />

Cutlery<br />

Glassware<br />


Handyman tools<br />

Power tools<br />

Solar lights<br />

Security lights<br />

Garden tools<br />


Towels<br />

Bathrobes<br />

Bathroom scales<br />

Electric toothbrushes<br />

Toilet bags<br />


Beach umbrella<br />

Chilly bin<br />

Picnic rug<br />

Table and Chairs<br />

Welcome mat<br />


Lounge suite<br />

Dining suite<br />

Entertainment unit<br />

TV/DVD player<br />

Coffee table<br />

Bookshelf<br />

Mirror<br />

Cushions<br />

Floor rug<br />

Wall clock<br />

Artwork<br />

Vases<br />

Lamps<br />

Photo frames<br />

Ironing board + iron<br />

Laundry basket<br />

Trays<br />

Wine rack<br />

Table linen<br />

Cookbooks<br />

TRAVEL<br />

Travel<br />

Luggage<br />

Digital camera<br />

Luggage straps<br />

Luggage labels

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Once upon a time the wedding was the<br />

entertainment for the guests! They ate,<br />

drank, danced, chatted and generally<br />

caught up on the news of family, friends<br />

and other events. But guests at modern<br />

weddings are often provided with various<br />

activities to keep them amused until the<br />

couple return from their lengthy photo<br />

shoot between the ceremony and the<br />

reception.<br />

If you plan activities for your guests, look for ideas<br />

that are inclusive, suit different age groups, break<br />

the ice without breaking any bones and don’t add<br />

unnecessary dollars to your wedding budget.<br />

CROQUET is a genteel game of accuracy but<br />

requires no previous experience of the participants.<br />

All ages can play, you won’t get hot and sticky, a<br />

croquet set is inexpensive to buy and it’s easily set<br />

up on a patch of lawn.<br />

PROPS AND PHOTO BOOTHS are increasingly<br />

popular, allowing guests to dress up and take<br />

quirky pics to add to the couple’s collection of<br />

candid wedding day images. Look for inexpensive<br />

op-shop hats, glasses, ties, jackets or themed outfits<br />

alongside umbrella, chairs and colourful backdrops.<br />

JIGSAW PUZZLE of a well-known destination set<br />

up on a side table that guests can try and complete<br />

before the wedding is over.<br />

TREASURE HUNT – hide clues around the venue<br />

to find your way to your table, win a bottle of<br />

bubbly, a dance with the bride or the groom, or a<br />

seat at the top table.<br />

MESSAGE BOARD – set up a message board, a<br />

guest book or a letter box for friends and family to<br />

record special thoughts, wishes, jokes and messages<br />

for your day and your future.<br />

CROSSWORD – guests complete a crossword<br />

about the bride and groom; their family history,<br />

their childhood, their likes and dislikes. Answers<br />

are given during the speeches with a prize for the<br />

winner if you wish.<br />

DANCE LESSON – teach your guests a simple<br />

group dance they can perform for you or with you<br />

during the reception. Make sure the steps are easy<br />

and the music has a definite regular beat.<br />

KARAOKE can be a mixed blessing. It’s great if<br />

someone can sing but excruciating if they can’t.<br />

It’s no good if guests are shy or ill at ease with each<br />

other, but it can be a guest bonding exercise if<br />

someone takes the lead.<br />

MOVIES – run those old home movies, slides or<br />

family videos on a big screen for your guests to<br />

reminisce or see for the first time.<br />

NAME THE COCKTAIL – serve a delicious<br />

signature cocktail and ask guests to name it or<br />

design a label for it.<br />

Look for<br />

ideas that are<br />

inclusive & suit<br />

different age<br />

groups<br />

Mix and Mingle Quiz<br />

Print out a sheet for every guest and let them get<br />

busy! You can even quiz them on how well they<br />

know each other in the speeches.<br />


Is wearing the same colour as you...<br />

Whose name starts with the same letter...<br />

Is drinking white wine...<br />

Is wearing a hat...<br />

Drives a Toyota...<br />

Lives in the North Island...<br />

Lives in the South Island...<br />

Has come to the wedding by plane...<br />

Is aged under 21...<br />

Has grey hair...<br />

Is blonde...<br />

Can speak another language...<br />

Wears glasses...<br />

Has a birthday in the same month...<br />

Owns a dog...<br />

Is left handed...<br />

Is wearing a tie...<br />

Owns their own business...<br />

Is wearing nail polish...<br />

Looks happy...<br />


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If time allows, venture<br />

by flight or catamaran to<br />

more Pacific perfection with a<br />

day or two on the Isle des Pins or the<br />

Loyalty Island destinations of Lifou,<br />

Mare or Ouvea. World renowned for<br />

their unspoiled beauty and simple<br />

Melanesian lifestyles, these islands<br />

are a paradise for visitors looking<br />

for a tranquil escape from<br />

civilisation.<br />

VIVE la Différence<br />

For a honeymoon destination that offers fun, flair and isn’t far away, New<br />

Caledonia is just a little bit fancy! A world of difference awaits just three<br />

hours flying time from New Zealand; a Pacific island paradise combining<br />

the finesse of French customs with the relaxed pace of Melanesian culture,<br />

New Caledonia is a destination like no other.<br />

Whether you choose the sophisticated<br />

resorts of popular Anse Vata for your<br />

honeymoon, an apartment or bungalow<br />

that gives you the freedom to self-cater<br />

with divine French foods and wine, or the<br />

solitude of a sojourn on the near-perfect<br />

Loyalty Islands or Isle of Pines, New<br />

Caledonia gives you sun, sand and special<br />

ambience. Salut!<br />

Situated on the south west coast of the<br />

main island of La Grande Terre, the capital<br />

of New Caledonia is Noumea, a bustling<br />

cosmopolitan centre originally founded by<br />

the French in 1850. Delightful remnants<br />

of French colonial architecture share<br />

boulevards and pretty side streets with<br />

modern businesses that cluster around the<br />

Place des Cocotiers, an attractive square<br />

shaded by superb flame trees in the heart of<br />

the city.<br />

Explore on foot to discover the shops and<br />

markets, enjoy an espresso or café au lait at<br />

a sidewalk café and the leisurely pursuit of<br />

people watching. The patisseries are mouthwatering<br />

and local produce in the busy<br />

market of Port Moselle is an invitation to<br />

pick up a picnic to savour on your balcony<br />

of local beach.<br />

Be tempted by the local and international<br />

cuisine which has French flair and<br />

Melanesian flavour. The French most often<br />

eat their main meal at lunchtime, so the<br />

cafés and restaurants offer varied and<br />

affordable dishes at midday. Tourists who<br />

discover this custom will delight in a twocourse<br />

lunch with a glass of wine and coffee<br />

at prices that are far less expensive than<br />

evening dining. So look for a “Plat du Jour”<br />

or a “Prix fixe” menu and sample the “real”<br />

taste of New Caledonia.<br />

Board “Le Petit Train” for a scenic circuit<br />

between the city and the popular beaches<br />

of Anse Vata stopping at key attractions<br />

along the way like the Noumea Museum,<br />

Mt Koghi, the Aquarium and the Botanic<br />

Gardens with its colourful tropical plants<br />

and wildlife including the cagou (or kagu),<br />

the exotic white plumed national bird of<br />

New Caledonia.<br />

Anse Vata and Baie des Citrons are focal<br />

points for beach activities with watersports<br />

including some of the best diving in the<br />

world, petanque, entertainment, market<br />

stalls and the alluring chic of French<br />

boutiques close to the island’s best hotels,<br />

casinos, marinas, clubs and restaurants.<br />

Absorb the cultural history of New<br />

Caledonia that encompasses the sea<br />

voyages of the Melanesians, colonization<br />

by the French, convict settlements, wartime<br />

American Military Bases, the nickel<br />

mining boom of the 1970s and the fight for<br />

independence in the 1980s. A visit to the<br />

Tjibaou Cultural Centre is a “don’t miss”<br />

experience of music, theatre, dance and<br />

crafts that showcase the various cultures of<br />

the Pacific.<br />

But surrounded by the azure blue ocean,<br />

be sure to indulge in some exquisite time<br />

out. A day trip to Phare Amedee is utterly<br />

and visually memorable. In the middle of<br />

the ocean, Amedee Lighthouse stands on its<br />

own tiny isle, fringed by crystal clear waters<br />

and impossibly white sand. Laze in the sun,<br />

snorkel or scuba to your heart’s content,<br />

feast on a sumptuous lunch and swim in<br />

warm relaxing shallows before boarding<br />

your vessel back to reality.

Dazzling honeymoon IN QUEENSTOWN<br />

It’s a year round resort that captivates its visitors<br />

from near and far; a romantic getaway with scenery<br />

to sigh for, wild adventures to nearly die for, a<br />

winter wonderland to see and ski or a summer<br />

sojourn of lakeside leisure. But for a honeymoon,<br />

Queenstown is a destination that dazzles like your<br />

diamonds!<br />

Rising 800m above Lake Wakatipu, Bob’s Peak has to be one<br />

of the most romantic views in the world. Accessed by gondola,<br />

or perhaps a champagne helicopter ride, enjoy a candlelit<br />

meal high above the lights of Queenstown at the skyline<br />

restaurant, which has delighted diners for decades.<br />

The lakefront dazzles at night and is also home to some<br />

of Queenstown’s most historic attractions. Eichardt's is the<br />

town’s oldest hotel and has an atmosphere all of its own as<br />

well as a long pedigree of refurbishments from gold rush to<br />

contemporary plush. The TSS Earnslaw has been cruising<br />

Lake Wakatipu since 1912 and nostalgia is all part of the “Lady<br />

of the Lake’s” allure. But if a trip on the historic steam ship is<br />

too genteel, hop aboard the Kawarau or Shotover Jet boat for<br />

a wet and wilder ride.<br />

Your honeymoon may be the ideal time to enjoy one of<br />

Queenstown’s wacky adventures together. Depending on your<br />

bravery rating, you can do anything from the fun of a luge<br />

or Ziptrek flying fox to iconic bungy jumping, white water<br />

rafting or the lunacy of a canyon swing.<br />

Then again you may prefer taste adventure at Central<br />

Otago’s best wineries; Gibbston Valley, Chard Farm or<br />

Amisfield where you can sample fine wine, fine food, fine<br />

surroundings and fine company, of course.<br />

The romance of the area’s gold mining past is worth a trip<br />

to Skippers Canyon where the Shotover River was once<br />

the world’s largest gold-bearing river. It squeezes through<br />

a narrow gorge that is now the venue for a heart-stopping<br />

9km Skippers Jet boat ride. High above the canyon, Winky’s<br />

Museum traces Skippers gold history from boom to bust<br />

and the original miner’s cottage is crammed with authentic<br />

memorabilia, implements and relics including a stack f gold<br />

pans for you to try your luck.<br />

Nearby Arrowtown offers a heritage adventure among<br />

restored pioneer cottages and picturesque shops and pubs<br />

dating from the 1860s when the town’s population reached<br />

7000 at the peak of the gold rush. There’s still gold in the<br />

Arrow River and beside it, the Chinese’s miner’s village is an<br />

authentic reconstruction of life as they knew it. Surrounded<br />

by self-guided walking tours, bike trails and three golf courses,<br />

Arrowtown is a treasure in its own right and its remarkable<br />

history is well documented at the Lakes Museum.<br />

For a romantic indulgence, book a spa treatment at one of<br />

Queenstown’s premier hotels or retreats. Discover fine dining<br />

restaurants, enjoy wicked cocktail concoctions or experience<br />

the quirky chill of the Icebar which gives you a taste of winter<br />

by the glass!<br />

When it is really winter, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables<br />

will lure you to the slopes to ski, snowboard, toboggan or<br />

go tubing. If it’s summer you can still ride the chairlifts<br />

or mountain bike from top to stop and Queenstown is a<br />

heavenly hub for exploring Fiordland by road, boat or scenic<br />

flight.<br />

Adventure, heritage, indulgence or all three, Queenstown is<br />

a resort for all seasons and all reasons, and what better reason<br />

than your honeymoon?<br />

Adventure,<br />

heritage,<br />

indulgence or all<br />

three, Queenstown<br />

is a resort for all<br />

seasons<br />

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Supreme<br />

comfort, exceptional<br />

cuisine and guided<br />

visits ashore to the<br />

many stops along<br />

the way.<br />


Journey<br />

A cruise seems such an exotic word, conjuring visions of sparkling<br />

waters, dazzling sunshine and all the facilities for a luxurious<br />

holiday with a few destinations to explore en route.<br />

For a honeymoon you should choose the best standard of cabin you can afford<br />

so that you have a comfort, privacy, a view and preferably a balcony too. If<br />

you haven’t ocean cruised before you will be amazed at the onboard amenities;<br />

swimming pools, spa pools, movie theatre, casino, gymnasium, restaurants,<br />

cafés, beauty therapy, bars, shops and lounges.<br />

The irresistible excitement of shipboard<br />

life is offered in a tantalising selection of<br />

cruises starting and ending in Auckland or<br />

“fly cruises” that take you to a departure<br />

point overseas. You may choose to cruise the<br />

Pacific Islands or the Queensland Coast or<br />

go further afield if time and money permit.<br />

As well as ocean cruising there are popular<br />

river cruises along the some of the world’s<br />

largest waterways; the Rhine, the Seine, the<br />

Danube, the Yangtse, the Mekong, the Nile<br />

or the Mississippi. Their gentle journeys can<br />

range from a few days to several weeks and<br />

represent a new class of travel that combines<br />

supreme comfort, exceptional cuisine and<br />

guided visits ashore to the many stops along<br />

the way.<br />

But if you prefer a more private holiday<br />

for your honeymoon, why not hire your<br />

own houseboat on Australia’s Murray River<br />

or at Myall Lakes in New South Wales.<br />

Luxuriously appointed like a floating<br />

apartment with a spa pool too, you can stop<br />

when and where you like and add a city stay<br />

in Adelaide or Sydney too.<br />

Then again you could visit the tropical<br />

north and charter your own yacht from<br />

Queensland’s Airlie Beach. Either go it alone<br />

or have a crew sail your private sailboat<br />

through the magnificent Whitsunday<br />

Islands. Discover secluded bays, swim and<br />

snorkel off your own bows, enjoy fabulous<br />

food prepared by you or your crew, moor at<br />

the deserted pristine sands of Whitehaven<br />

Beach or tie up at Hamilton Island for some<br />

onshore entertainment.<br />

So if the idea of a honeymoon cruise<br />

tempts you, cruise down to your travel<br />

agent and take advantage of the deals,<br />

discounts and destinations on offer. Near<br />

or far you’ll find surprising affordability<br />

and variety whether you island hop in the<br />

Pacific or the Caribbean, head for Alaska or<br />

Antarctica, river cruise the heart of Europe,<br />

circumnavigate New Zealand or float your<br />

own boat in Oz.

For further<br />

information on these<br />

and more honeymoon<br />

destinations, phone the<br />

Honeymoon Experts at House of<br />

Travel 0800 838 747, “Proud to<br />

be your locally owned and<br />

operated travel<br />

company.”<br />

The complete “flop and drop” honeymoon is<br />

still very desirable, with couples frequently<br />

looking for easy-to-access destinations<br />

where the pace of life instantly reduces<br />

to an amble. Conversely, many active<br />

couples not wishing to take the foot off<br />

the accelerator are craving adventure, and<br />

cultural immersion. For those reasons Fiji<br />

and Vietnam are the current honeymoon<br />

destinations of choice.<br />

Fiji is just 4 hours non-stop travel time<br />

from Christchurch and the strength of<br />

the New Zealand currency makes it more<br />

affordable currently too. From Nadi airport<br />

Destinations of Choice<br />

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Following the excitement of the wedding preparations, ceremony and<br />

reception, couples often look to customise their honeymoon experience to<br />

provide that complete break from their daily lives. And interestingly there are<br />

contrasting preferences on what the perfect honeymoon looks like.<br />

there are a plethora of locations awaiting awaken the senses.<br />

your Fijian escape.<br />

A country, with land mass not a great<br />

Whether you choose the exclusivity deal larger than New Zealand, Vietnam<br />

of your own beachfront bure in the<br />

is home to over 90 million of the most<br />

Mamanucas for your honeymoon hideaway, friendly faces you could meet anywhere.<br />

or the luxury and variety at one of Denarau Take an overnight Junk cruise of Ha Long<br />

Island’s 5 star resorts, Fiji sets the tropical Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site, meet<br />

scene while you set the pace.<br />

the Hilltribe locals when trekking in the<br />

Another great alternative for a Fiji mountains around Sapa, try a cooking<br />

honeymoon is a 7 night Blue Lagoon Cruise, school whilst your new clothes are being<br />

sailing the Yasawa Islands, where the most tailored in Hoi An, crawl through the Cu<br />

active you will be is diving over the back Chi tunnels after some target practice with<br />

deck for a swim in the morning before an AK47, just out of Ho Chi Minh. The<br />

breakfast. New islands to explore every day, diversity of exciting activities is endless, and<br />

all meals included, and you unpack only once! then there are the beaches….<br />

Vietnam is desirable as an exotic Asian If the allure of an overseas destination<br />

honeymoon and surprisingly accessible seems beyond reach, or you would like<br />

too. <strong>With</strong>in hours you can be amongst the to further enhance your honeymoon<br />

throng of busy Ho Chi Minh, experiencing experience, set up a House of Travel<br />

fresh taste sensations from street vendors Honeymoon Gift Registry and let family<br />

and wandering the enormous Ben Thanh and friends contribute to your post-wedding<br />

market with all its intense aromas to holiday costs – the gift you’ll never forget.<br />

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Dreaming of the perfect<br />

Honeymoon<br />

destination?<br />

Make your dreams a reality with the House of Travel Honeymoon Bridal Registry! Allow<br />

your guests, both overseas and at home, to contribute to your honeymoon with ease.<br />

It works in the same way as any gift registry except that your guests’ gifts to you are in<br />

the form of monetary contributions directly towards your wedding and honeymoon.<br />

Benefits of the Honeymoon Bridal Registry are:<br />

• FREE to set up so you will receive the entire monetary contribution<br />

from your guests to use towards your honeymoon or travel<br />

requirements booked with House of Travel<br />

• Hassle free, gives you a gift you really need and helps reduce your costs<br />

• Allows you to add activities to ensure you get the most from your<br />

honeymoon experience<br />

• For a minimal cost we can supply Honeymoon Bridal Registry cards<br />

which can be sent out with your wedding invites<br />

• Your register has no cut-off date prior to the wedding<br />

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Don’t over pack,<br />

instead mix and<br />

match and then<br />

you'll have plenty<br />

of space for gifts.<br />

Couples in search of tranquil days and romantic nights<br />

will know that tropical resorts and cruises are ideal for<br />

newly-wed relaxation and stres-free holiday packing.<br />

<strong>With</strong> sun sizzle all day and warm balmy temperatures<br />

by evening, the dress code is usually simple.<br />



Resort or Cruise<br />

HOME from your Honeymoon<br />

• Have your dress professionally<br />

cleaned as a keepsake or to sell<br />

• Write your “Thank You” cards<br />

and messages without delay<br />

• Post reviews of your suppliers<br />

on relevant websites<br />

• Change your name on any<br />

necessary documents<br />

• Update friends with your news<br />

on social media<br />

• Close your gift registry<br />

• Order your wedding photos<br />

and album<br />

• Pay all your bills, especially<br />

your credit card expenses<br />

• Go shopping with any<br />

wedding vouchers or<br />

monetary gifts<br />

• Host your<br />

first “Mr<br />

& Mrs”<br />

dinner<br />

for<br />

family<br />

and<br />

friends<br />

FOR HER: light floaty kaftans, pretty summer dresses that go<br />

from daytime to dinner time; a sassy swimsuit (or two) and a<br />

couple of gorgeous sarongs.<br />

FOR HIM: board shorts, T-shirts, light cotton pants, polo shirts<br />

and cool cotton shirts for evening, togs, tanks and a hat or cap for<br />

on the beach.<br />

Your resort room or cabin may be some distance from beach, pool<br />

or sundeck, but even if it isn’t you’ll want all your stuff close at<br />

hand:<br />

FOR HER: a stylish tote to carry camera, sunnies, towel, book, or<br />

beach mat.<br />

FOR HIM: a day pack or drawstring duffel for iPod, keys, e-reader<br />

and cap.<br />

Stay sun smart, tan over time and make for the shade in the heat<br />

of the day:<br />

FOR HER: a wide-brimmed hat, big framed sunnies, cool cover<br />

up and some high SPF.<br />

FOR HIM: a cap with a peak, serious sunnies, slip-slop-slap and<br />

rash top or T-shirt.<br />

Pool sides and boat decks can become slippery, sand gets hot and<br />

coral can cut you so don’t assume you’ll be footwear free:<br />

FOR HER: bright summer sandals for beach or boat deck, reef<br />

shoes for swimming and chic ballet flats for evening.<br />

FOR HIM: jandals for beach, sand shoes for boats and sandals at<br />

sundown.<br />

The secret of savvy packing is easy care clothes, a few basic colours<br />

then dress up your outfit with simple accessories or a splash of<br />

colour:<br />

FOR HER:<br />

dress up with heels, beads and bling. Sparkle in cool<br />

marine shades of turquoise and blue or dazzle in coral and gold to<br />

offset your tan.<br />

FOR HIM:<br />

dress up crease-free in crisp shirt and dark pants.<br />

Don’t over pack, instead mix and match and then you’ll have<br />

plenty of space for the gifts and the treasures you’ll want to bring<br />


All Inclusive<br />

Wedding Package<br />

NZ$4699<br />

Offer Includes:<br />

4 nights accommodation | Personal wedding coordinator | Wedding license processing |<br />

Beachside fijian wedding bure venue | Church minister/celebrant | Private buffet &<br />

3 hour beverage package for 30 people | 3 course candlelit romantic dinner |<br />

Wedding cake (based on 1 tier) | Seasonal tropical flower arrangements |<br />

Bouquet & button hole | Fijian warriors to escort the Bride<br />

Why Choose Plantation Island Resort For Your Wedding?<br />

• Stunning beach location & photo backdrop<br />

• On-site wedding celebrants offering a one stop shop<br />

• Easy access from the mainland & Nadi airport<br />

• Range of wedding and accommodation packages to suit all budgets<br />

& family sizes<br />

• Beautician, hair, cake & florist services all available onsite<br />

• Activities that cater to all ages so friends & family have a holiday too<br />

• Exceptional value for money<br />

Reservations Contact Details<br />

Email: wsc@raffehotels.com | Call: (+679) 6722444 | Website: www.plantationisland.com

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A REAL<br />

Wedding in Fiji<br />

When Shontelle and Steven Roe got married last year,<br />

they chose Plantation Island Resort in Fiji.<br />

After deciding to get married overseas and do something different<br />

from their friends, the idea worked perfectly as they also wanted a<br />

small intimate wedding. Plantation Island has an enviable variety of<br />

exquisite locations in and around the resort and all the services on<br />

site for a unique memorable wedding and the romance of an island<br />

honeymoon.<br />

Shontelle already knew Plantation Island having stayed there as<br />

a child and also when celebrating her 21st birthday. “It seemed to<br />

be the perfect place for us,” she said. Anticipating 27 guests, the<br />

couple booked an all-inclusive wedding package for 30 people that<br />

incorporated all the food and drinks as well as accommodation and the<br />

ceremony itself.<br />

The resort also provided the services of a wedding planner who<br />

made most of the arrangements. “Everything was done for you”, said<br />

Shontelle of her wedding day. We had breakfast at a different time to<br />

the boys, who could go off and do what they wanted while we got our<br />

hair and make-up done and they brought us platters of food. It was so<br />

relaxed.”<br />

The couple’s top tips for planning an island wedding are; to do the<br />

research, know what you want and take pictures of your preferences<br />

to show the resort; check the seasons to be sure you have the right<br />

weather; and try to deal with one person who has all the information<br />

so that you don’t have to repeat all your requests.<br />

Shontelle and Steven particularly liked how relaxed it was to get<br />

married in the islands and how they could include the local culture<br />

into the wedding. “We had fire dancers come and do a show for us. It<br />

was amazing and everyone loved it.” Their guests were also thrilled that<br />

they could attend the wedding and all have a holiday too.<br />

“We loved our wedding. There’s nothing we would change and<br />

we would do it all over again if we could. We even like the idea of<br />

repeating a visit for our 10 year anniversary.”

Plantation<br />

Island has an<br />

enviable variety<br />

of exquisite<br />


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Relaxation<br />

is mandatory<br />

amid the<br />

warmth of<br />

a tropical<br />

climate.<br />


on Show<br />

Wing your way to Vanuatu and you will discover an<br />

archipelago embroidered with lush tropical jungle,<br />

extraordinary geographical features, a natural adventure<br />

playground, outstanding resorts and restaurants, unique<br />

customs and ancient cultures and the quirkiest language<br />

you will ever hear! Best of all, this honeymoon destination<br />

is barely three hours flying time from home to hideaway!<br />

At Port Vila on the main island of Efate you will find agreeable<br />

places to stay around the sparkling Erakor Lagoon. Whether you<br />

choose all-inclusive resort amenities and activities, the independence<br />

of a self-catering bungalow or the luxury of a private paradise like the<br />

Havannah on the northern coast, relaxation is mandatory amid the<br />

warmth of a tropical climate.<br />

But for perfect bliss indulge in a unique volcanic spa and massage;<br />

a volcanic ash scrub to exfoliate, a mud wrap to detox, a deep tissue<br />

massage for your muscles and a hedonistic bathe in coconut milk to<br />

de-stress completely.<br />

Vanuatu offers visitors a variety of cuisines and you’ll find<br />

everything from a tempting island-style buffet to international fare.<br />

Vanuatu was under French rule until 1980 and their legacy is alive<br />

and well in food with flavours to savour!<br />

Sightseeing on Efate includes Port Vila’s colourful history, markets<br />

and shops, as well as an insight into traditional village life at the<br />

Ekasup Custom Village or the Botanic Gardens. At the stunning<br />

Cascade Falls, walkers are rewarded with wonderful waterfalls and<br />

rock pools for a cool freshwater swim and nature’s own hydro-slide.<br />

For a delightful day out, take the tour or ferry to the marine reserve<br />

of Hideaway. As well as an excellent restaurant and beach bar, guests<br />

and day trippers can hire snorkelling and diving equipment to make<br />

the most of the spectacular marine life around the island. Get wet on<br />

the Thunder Jet boat, book a Reef Explorer trip or board the wooden<br />

ketch “Coongoola” to discover some of Efate’s finest diving and<br />

snorkelling sites and a turtle farm on the Island of Tranquility.<br />

Among Efate’s newer adventures is the Jungle Zipline, which<br />

comprises a kilometre of six zip lines and suspension bridges high in<br />

the jungle canopy, plus the more recently opened Big Zip Trek – a<br />

seven zip 1.4km zap over a 300m canyon if you dare! Or, combine the<br />

two with a heli tour to the Summit above Mele Bay and then come<br />

down to earth in the soothingly tropical Summit Gardens.<br />

Beyond Port Vila, the many outer islands allow visitors to<br />

appreciate the distinctive geographic and cultural entities that make<br />

up the 83 islands of Vanuatu. Among them Espiritu Santo, Tanna<br />

and Pentecost are the best known and are accessible by Air Vanuatu<br />

services for day trips or longer.<br />

On Tanna, Vanuatu’s “Island of Fire” fascinates visitors, who peer<br />

into Yasur’s molten heart and feel a deep rumble shudder from its<br />

depths. At night, stand riveted by its sound and light show as embers<br />

fall around you like glow-in-the dark confetti. Nearby, Tanna’s<br />

custom villagers shun modern comforts to live traditionally in<br />

simple palm woven huts. Pentecost is famous for its “Land Diving”<br />

ceremonies – forget elastic, this is the original bungy using vines and<br />

a less than scientifically calculated tower to launch from! It’s not<br />

for tourists however, and you only get to watch this cultural rite of<br />

passage into male adulthood.<br />

Espiritu Santo is a diver’s mecca featuring clear waters with<br />

stunning reefs and shipwrecks from WWII, when 100,000 American<br />

troops were based here, including Million Dollar Point and the SS<br />

Coolidge. Hidden in Santo’s tangled interior the Millenium Cave is<br />

open-mouthed in a 15-metre yawn leading to the Vantar River and<br />

provides an Indiana Jones experience you will never forget.<br />

Alternatively you could be super-indulgent and stay at Bokissa<br />

Private Island Resort. Just a 20-minute boat ride from Santo, its<br />

“away-from-it-all” environment makes you feel there’s nothing but<br />

you surrounded by blue.<br />

So, if you want a good holiday you belong in Vanuatu – or in<br />

Bislama, the country’s wonderfully idiomatic language… “yu wantem<br />

sam gud holede, yu blong Vanuatu.”

Honeymoon<br />

in Vanuatu<br />

SPA AND<br />



T R A N Q U I LI T Y<br />


WAT E R S P O R TS<br />

R O M A N C E<br />

In just three hours you can be carried away to a<br />

memorable honeymoon in Vanuatu. Lay back and indulge<br />

yourselves with amazing cuisine, sun-drenched beaches<br />

and crystal-clear water, or get active and explore.<br />

BOOK NOW!<br />

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LOVE<br />

Tokens<br />

In the days<br />

when your beloved picked<br />

wildflowers to give you, or handcrafted<br />

a gift to delight you, love tokens<br />

were often useful items for the home you<br />

would eventually share and could range from a<br />

utensil to an item of furniture.<br />

Shells appeared in a variety of 19th century<br />

decorative objects and were popular sailor’s love<br />

tokens. Trinket boxes were fashioned out of<br />

driftwood and then decorated with shells gathered<br />

on their travels. Sometimes crushed shells of<br />

various shades would be formed into a unique<br />

pattern on the box, or the whitest shells the<br />

sailor could find would symbolise the<br />

purity of his bride-to-be.<br />


Wedding veils were once re-used to drape the bassinet<br />

of your first child and the fabric of your wedding<br />

train, underskirt or lace trimming was made into a<br />

christening gown for the next generation. Recycling<br />

is not a new phenomenon and the tradition began<br />

when fine fabric was hard to come by and expensive.<br />

New Zealand’s early settlers were thrifty and<br />

practical, turning scraps of material into rag rugs and<br />

patchwork quilts and deconstructing existing clothing<br />

into items for their children.<br />

WHAT IS Old? WHAT IS New?<br />

WHAT IS New?<br />

The earliest surviving needlework sampler was made<br />

in America in 1647 by a descendant of the Pilgrims. By<br />

the 1700s it had become a popular custom to develop<br />

needlework skills by creating cross stitch samplers of<br />

the alphabet and numbers. Later they became a feature<br />

of almost every home as betrothed young women<br />

designed intricate examples incorporating names,<br />

emblems and the date of their marriage as well as<br />

quotes, psalms and inspirational messages on love and<br />

marriage. In the USA and in the UK, heritage samplers<br />

are still valuable, while the idea of making your own<br />

wedding sampler is finding favour again.<br />

The “Man-gagement” ring first became a trend in the USA<br />

among celebrities. Just like HER engagement ring, his<br />

also says “I’m spoken for” and found favour<br />

with fiancees during a long engagement!<br />

Designs can be as simple or elaborate<br />

as you wish but is usually distinctly<br />

masculine in style while<br />

often incorporating<br />

diamonds, onyx or<br />

engraving into the<br />

gold, platinum or<br />

titanium metal.

New Age STAG PARTIES<br />

Guess what guys – dodgy pub<br />

crawls, tacky strip clubs and stupid<br />

stunts are all old hat. The new<br />

age bachelor party is all about<br />

awesome activities with your real<br />

mates and enjoying some good fun<br />

with a bit of class and maturity.<br />

Some modern bachelor parties<br />

even invite the bride and her<br />

bachelorettes along too!<br />

Craft beer has come of age, so why not<br />

choose a tasting at a local craft brewery or<br />

outlet with some good food too. Breweries<br />

often offer great “dude food” matched<br />

with a pint of your favourite cold beer.<br />

Test your nerve with a big ticket activity<br />

like sky diving or a tandem sky dive.<br />

Maybe give it a go on a flight simulator<br />

or race track or take your friends to an<br />

escape room experience at Escape Artists<br />

and test your ability to solve puzzles and<br />

crack codes as a team!<br />

Enjoy a local gig or music festival,<br />

book tickets for a show, a favourite<br />

international artist on tour or a comedy<br />

club evening. Spend a day at the races<br />

in town or out in the country or enjoy<br />

yourselves at a sporting spectacle like Big<br />

Bash, ODI or rugby sevens.<br />

Get away from it all on a traditional<br />

fishing, camping or road trip, or book<br />

a bach by the beach, hire a jet ski, learn<br />

to sail or have a surf lesson or try a new<br />

activity like paddle boarding.<br />

Challenge your sidekicks to golf, a car<br />

rally, an “Amazing Race”, a poker evening<br />

or a mini Olympics with quirky activities,<br />

sports and challenges. BUT whatever you<br />

decide to do, make it fun, play it safe, be<br />

sure it is legal and take some photos to<br />

look back on later!<br />

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Afternoon<br />


A sugar-licious bridal shower tea party is in<br />

vogue, romantic, elegant and easy on the bank<br />

balance, so what’s not to like for your girly<br />

guests of all ages?<br />

Picture a range of beautiful teas, served in beautiful fine<br />

china cups, with dainty finger food displayed on tiered<br />

cake plates and delicate platters.<br />

Tea foods won’t break the budget and you can prepare<br />

many of the selections yourselves – remember New<br />

Zealand has a long tradition of “bringing a plate” so it’s<br />

perfectly acceptable to continue the custom.<br />

You will want to feature light, delicate sandwiches<br />

with dainty fillings and crusts removed, little vol au vent<br />

cases oozing with savoury flavour, cute little quiches and<br />

tasty bites on sticks or in tiny cones and perhaps some<br />

international finger foods like mini samosas, sushi or<br />

arancini balls.<br />

Follow up the savoury with sweet treats – cookies,<br />

cakes, featherlight biscuits, chocolate-dipped<br />

strawberries, iced muffins, buttered loaves, sugared<br />

almonds, praline, fudge and handmade chocolates.<br />

Compliment your beautiful edibles with a menu of<br />

fragrant teas; traditional, Earl Grey, herbal, and fruit<br />

flavours, served hot or ice cold. Make them by the cup, in<br />

a chilled glass or in a silver teapot. Go fancy with sugar<br />

cubes and tongs, petite milk jugs and silver spoons.<br />

Use beautiful table linen that is genuinely vintage or<br />

evokes the elegance of the past, tie napkins with pretty<br />

ribbon and decorate the table with posies of tea roses.<br />

Best of all you can have your tea party at the traditional<br />

time of 4pm, make it a morning event, or serve it as a<br />

light and languid ladies lunch to sit over and savour well<br />

into the afternoon!

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& EXPOS<br />

Wedding shows and expos have become ideal<br />

“one stop” events to provide information,<br />

advice and inspiration for couples planning a<br />

wedding.<br />

Offering comprehensive information on wedding attire,<br />

flowers, jewellery, cars, venues, caterers, wining and<br />

dining, chapels, celebrants, locations, photographers,<br />

music, honeymoons and gifts, wedding shows and expos<br />

are an “A to Z” resource where you can browse at your<br />

leisure, gather useful information and consult suppliers<br />

about their products and services.<br />

You can also discuss your ideas in person with<br />

experienced wedding planners who can offer a variety<br />

of solutions and options you may not have considered.<br />

Shows are also an opportunity to compare the prices<br />

of different suppliers, see the latest styles and trends<br />

and try your luck in many of the competitions and<br />

giveaways that are often part of each show.<br />

Held in many main centres and provincial towns<br />

throughout New Zealand, wedding shows are the ideal<br />

way for wedding service providers and customers to<br />

“find each another”. Look out for the next wedding<br />

show in your area and plan your perfect wedding.<br />

Insurance<br />

SAVES<br />

THE DAY<br />

You’ve heard the horror stories of things<br />

going wrong at weddings – gowns not<br />

arriving, rings being stolen, hotels being<br />

flooded, reception venues double booked,<br />

photographers becoming ill – yet many<br />

couples never give a thought to protecting<br />

one of their biggest expenses!<br />

Wedding insurance provides cover in case a prebooked<br />

wedding service is faulty or unable to be<br />

supplied before or on your big day. It may seem<br />

unromantic but it can offer genuine peace of mind<br />

when thousands of dollars are at stake for the<br />

event.<br />

Before searching for the best wedding insurance,<br />

check first to see if your car or contents insurance<br />

company has a relevant policy that is available<br />

to you as an existing customer and possibly<br />

discounted for your loyalty.<br />

Most wedding insurance policies cover supplier’s<br />

products and services from the date of your<br />

deposit and include your wedding dress and your<br />

venue, both of which comprise the largest portion<br />

of your wedding costs.<br />

Inclusions may involve cancelled venue, stolen<br />

rings, non delivery of flowers or cake, liquidation<br />

of suppliers, photographer’s equipment failure,<br />

breakdown of transport, personal accidents, death<br />

or illness of a family member causing wedding<br />

cancellation and possible liability of damage to a<br />

venue.<br />

However, you are not usually covered for a<br />

situation you have control over, like changing<br />

your mind or cancelling a service or product you<br />

can’t afford. They can also refuse cover if you<br />

haven’t “minimised risk” such<br />

as rings being stolen from an<br />

unlocked car or leaving gifts in an<br />

unsecured location.<br />

When trying to budget for all<br />

the components of your big day,<br />

you may view wedding insurance<br />

as an unnecessary cost. But, like<br />

travel insurance, it’s a small<br />

price to pay if something does<br />

go wrong, and far cheaper than<br />

trying to replace or re-book at<br />

your own expense.

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amaZing<br />

Days<br />

amazing Days, based in Hanmer Springs,<br />

is owned by Debbs moody, who has over<br />

12 years of experience working with happy<br />

couples in Hanmer Springs.<br />

amazing Days has huge knowledge of all aspects of<br />

preparing for your wedding, from venues in Hanmer<br />

Springs and the Hurunui District, to local make-up<br />

artists and hairdressers.<br />

Hanmer Springs is a popular destination for couples<br />

who are looking to celebrate their wedding<br />

for more than just one day with their<br />

family and friends. The large range of<br />

options from camp grounds, boutique<br />

properties and private homes<br />

includes The Heritage Hotel,<br />

offering pure elegance for your<br />

formal wedding with the option<br />

of having your ceremony within<br />

their 9.5 acres of lush gardens.<br />

Heritage Hotel, the historic<br />

hotel situated in the centre of<br />

Hanmer Springs, offers either the<br />

ballroom or the large restaurant for<br />

weddings.also in Hanmer Springs<br />

there is Waiau river estate, Hanmer<br />

Springs retreat, Select Braemar Lodge and<br />

several more casual options. new to the town is the<br />

beautiful percival Homestead, which is beautiful for a<br />

garden ceremony and offers a grassed tennis court for<br />

a marquee wedding. Debbs works with all the venues<br />

and is very passionate about the Heritage Hotel after<br />

working there for 8 years.<br />

Debbs moody is also a registered marriage Celebrant<br />

and works with her couples to create the ceremony<br />

they are looking for. No question about weddings is<br />

too big for amazing Days. amazing Days also has a<br />

selection of centre-pieces for hire and by working with<br />

Amazing Days you can be sure they will help you find<br />

your ideal wedding venue and help create the perfect<br />

ceremony.<br />

Hanmer Springs has such uniquely stunning venues<br />

that there is bound to be something for everyone.<br />

But no trip to this beautiful alpine village is complete<br />

without a visit to Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and<br />

Spa or the new artisan Spa which<br />

specialises in pampering and<br />

preparing couples for their<br />

big day.

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Exquisite<br />

Weddings<br />

Transform your day into something truly<br />

spectacular at the Heritage Hanmer<br />

Springs, with majestic mountain views and<br />

immaculate gardens providing an amazing<br />

backdrop for your ceremony.<br />

<strong>This</strong> romantic landmark venue has been completely<br />

restored to complement an alpine village experience<br />

for guests. While you are just 90 minutes from the<br />

heart of Christchurch, you’re a world away from the<br />

ordinary, in a stunning alpine retreat that will enchant<br />

you and your guests.<br />

The Heritage Hanmer Springs team can take the<br />

stress away by arranging all the details for your special<br />

day – from tailor-made menus to pampering massages.<br />

There’s a range of venue options – a fabulous ballroom<br />

complete with open fireplace, or a stylish charming<br />

and unforgettable lawn wedding in the picturesque<br />

gazebo. Walk amongst beautiful gardens for fabulous<br />

photographs and enjoy a complimentary honeymoon<br />

suite on your wedding night with complimentary<br />

bottle of bubbles (conditions apply).<br />

Heritage Hanmer Springs offers elegance, a<br />

spectacular location, and personalised service –<br />

making it a year-round wedding destination like<br />

no other.

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Contact us<br />

on 0800 315 000,<br />

stay@hsretreat.co.nz<br />

or visit us at<br />

www.hsretreat.co.nz<br />

We have options<br />

to suit all!<br />

Hanmer Springs<br />


Located in the panoramic alpine setting of<br />

Hanmer Springs, the resort offers on-site<br />

accommodation and catering options to suit all.<br />

At Hanmer Springs Retreat, your wedding reception can<br />

be held in the rustic atmosphere of the dining room or set<br />

up within the privacy of the conference centre. The resort’s<br />

Wedding Portfolio sets out a selection of menus and useful<br />

guidelines to help you plan the ideal day for you and your<br />

guests.<br />

Get ready for the wedding in hassle-free space and enjoy<br />

a relaxed day with everything arranged at one venue. Join<br />

your guests for a post-wedding brunch the next day or stay<br />

on for a honeymoon in Hanmer Springs.<br />

The facilities are idyllic for a wedding reception. The<br />

hotel garden and function rooms look out over the Amuri<br />

Ranges, offering a lovely ambience. <strong>With</strong> all the comfort<br />

of home and the atmosphere of your local, at Five Stags<br />

Restaurant Hanmer Springs, you can enjoy high quality<br />

food and a menu tailored to match the drinks along with it.<br />

<strong>With</strong> 33 well appointed rooms ranging from studio rooms<br />

to three-bedroom units, you and your guests will appreciate<br />

warm comfortable accommodation at Hanmer Springs<br />

Retreat. It is fully equipped with guest laundry along with<br />

dryer or clothes lines, a BBQ area – where guests can relax,<br />

cook their own meals and enjoy the views from a sheltered<br />

outdoor dining area.

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Dream Location<br />

Select Braemar Lodge and Spa has always been<br />

renowned for refinement and exclusivity, so a<br />

wedding there is sure to be in a class of its own.<br />

Offering elegant surroundings and dedicated experienced<br />

staff to take care of the smallest details, Select Braemar<br />

Lodge and Spa can give you a dream wedding in a dream<br />

location.<br />

Nestled within the hills overlooking the Hanmer Valley<br />

and facing the majestic peaks of the Southern Alps, Select<br />

Braemar Lodge and Spa has captured one of Hanmer’s most<br />

remarkable settings. Amid snow-capped winter splendour or<br />

basking in the rich colours of summer, Select Braemar Lodge<br />

is like nature’s stage set for your special day.<br />

Make your vows on the picture-perfect landscaped<br />

terrace or within the ambience of a log-fired lounge, share<br />

champagne and canapés with your guests, be photographed<br />

in stunning surroundings and then enjoy an exquisitely<br />

prepared meal, wines and your wedding cake. A divine<br />

selection of menus and catering styles ensures your wedding<br />

reception is tailored to your needs and tastes.<br />

You will have exclusive use of the lodge’s public rooms<br />

for your reception and special rates can be arranged for<br />

those attending the wedding. But for the most memorable<br />

wedding of all, you can enjoy the exclusive use of the entire<br />

lodge!<br />

There’s no better place to be. Everything can be arranged<br />

by Braemar’s wedding coordinator; flowers, photography,<br />

celebrant, ceremony set up, decorations, venue, menu and<br />

luxurious accommodation too. You can simply concentrate<br />

on spending time with your in-house guests, pampering<br />

yourself with spa treatments to look your loveliest and<br />

celebrating your marriage with style and sophistication.<br />

While Hanmer Springs is a magical destination all year<br />

round, you could have your dream wedding in a winter<br />

wonderland! Select Braemar Lodge and Spa offer fantastic<br />

all inclusive winter weddings between May and September.<br />

Imagine your day starting with snow sparkling on the<br />

mountains, dazzling you with clear blue skies and winter<br />

sunshine and ending with the romance of a sugar pink<br />

sunset.<br />

Then, when all the guests have gone, you can truly relax in<br />

Braemar’s wonderful Bridal Suite and enjoy a honeymoon<br />

destination with as much or as little to do as you wish.<br />

Select Braemar Lodge and Spa welcomes wedding<br />

enquiries and looks forward to arranging a preliminary<br />

visit for you to discuss your ideas, sample the food<br />

of the Altitude Restaurant and Bar and savour the<br />

special surroundings of one of New Zealand’s<br />

most beautiful international properties.

Dream Weddings, Dream Location<br />

All inclusive packages<br />

• 24 Suites for the night of the wedding<br />

• Including the Braemar Honeymoon Suite<br />

• Exclusive use of The Lodge for up to 48 guests<br />

Prices from $10,995<br />

• Celebrant & Cake from Divine Desserts<br />

• Canapés and bubbles after the ceremony<br />

• 3 course set menu<br />

Conditions apply<br />

Call us on 03 315 7555<br />

or visit our website for further information<br />


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in Hanmer Springs<br />

Paul Flanagan’s a romantic at<br />

heart and he chose the perfect<br />

spot to ask his now-wife, Anna,<br />

to marry him – on a boardwalk<br />

over a lake in the picturesque<br />

alpine village of Hanmer Springs.<br />

“It was perfect,” says Anna. So, when<br />

it came time to tie the knot, the<br />

Christchurch couple headed back to<br />

Hanmer Springs to look for venues.<br />

“We’d looked at a lot – and I mean a<br />

lot – of venues around Christchurch<br />

but nothing seemed right. As soon as<br />

we arrived in Hanmer Springs to look<br />

around, we relaxed and immediately<br />

knew it had to be there.”<br />

Just over a year later, Anna and Paul<br />

said “I do” under the gazebo at the<br />

Heritage Hanmer Springs.<br />

“It was an absolutely stunning day<br />

with a glorious blue sky. Being close to<br />

Christchurch meant that most of our<br />

friends and family were able to come.<br />

And, because so many of us were away<br />

for the weekend, everyone was relaxed<br />

and in no rush at all.”<br />

On the morning of the wedding, Anna<br />

and Paul managed to sneak an hour to<br />

themselves so they headed back to the<br />

boardwalk and gave each other a gift.<br />

“That was such a lovely way to start<br />

the day,” says Anna. “From there, the<br />

boys headed off to one holiday home<br />

and the girls stayed at another to get<br />

ready.”<br />

Together Anna and Paul have six<br />

children from previous marriages so<br />

they wanted to allow plenty of time for<br />

photos.<br />

“We decided to take some before the<br />

ceremony. We did capture the ‘first<br />

look’ when Paul saw me. It was a really<br />

lovely moment and, of course, it took<br />

place on our boardwalk,” says Anna.<br />

<strong>With</strong> forests, mountains and<br />

incredible views over the Waiau River,<br />

Hanmer Springs has numerous photo<br />

locations – all within minutes of each<br />

other.<br />

“Our photos are sensational,” says<br />

Anna. “And, after it’s all over, that’s<br />

what we have to remember the day.”<br />

Was it hard to organise a wedding<br />

away from the city you live in?<br />

“Not at all,” says Anna. “It’s close<br />

enough to take things with you and<br />

there are plenty of suppliers in and<br />

around the village. In fact, I think it<br />

worked out cheaper overall.”<br />

Her favourite part of the day?<br />

“There was this moment, just after<br />

the ceremony, when Paul and I were<br />

walking back down the aisle holding<br />

hands. We just looked at each other and<br />

both had the biggest, most stupid grins<br />

on our faces... after months of planning<br />

we were married and it was time to<br />

relax and have fun!”<br />

...everyone<br />

was relaxed<br />

and in no rush<br />

at all.<br />


At Every Stage<br />

You’d be hard pressed to find a Canterbury<br />

couple that hasn’t experienced Hanmer<br />

Springs Thermal Pools and Spa. The awardwinning<br />

complex, which consistently<br />

tops ‘must-do lists’, is a popular wedding<br />

destination and not just for the big day.<br />

“I couldn’t fathom a guess at how many<br />

proposals have been made in Hanmer<br />

Springs. It’s also a great place for prewedding<br />

parties and honeymoons,” says<br />

Debbs Moody, a wedding celebrant and<br />

Amazing Days event coordinator based in<br />

the village. “You’ll often see groups away on<br />

hens’ and stags’ weekends unwinding in the<br />

pools.<br />

“It’s a great place to get married or have a<br />

‘day after’ function. The thermal waters and<br />

landscaped setting look fabulous in photos<br />

and you can arrange exclusive use of the<br />

pools outside normal operating hours.”<br />

And, of course, with everything from<br />

massage to manicures on its menu, The Spa<br />

is also popular with brides wanting to look<br />

and feel their best.

Helping you create your perfect wedding.<br />

Pre-wedding girls weekends<br />

Bridal party pampering<br />

Honeymoon relaxation<br />

0800 873 529 hanmersprings.co.nz/spa

Pamper. Perfection.<br />

Passion.<br />

The intimate wedding destination<br />

Whether you’re after some pampering for your big day, a fun getaway for pre-wedding parties or a unique<br />

venue for your ceremony and reception, Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa is ideal.<br />

<strong>With</strong> boutique shopping, restaurants and spa treatments on tap – we’re a honeymooners paradise too.<br />

HC HST2218<br />

0800 4 HANMER hanmersprings.co.nz Open seven days

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