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So, you’ve

just been

proposed to

by the love of

your life, in


fashion no doubt. You’ve

screamed, you’ve cried

with happiness and

you’ve danced around the

house. Now it’s time to get down to business.

In this issue of With This Ring, you’ll find everything

you need to consider when planning the wedding of

your absolute dreams. From the dress, the legalities,

the need-to-know décor trends, to creating the most

romantic honeymoon getaway.

Here at With This Ring we fully understand that

before you get into the swing of things, planning

a wedding may seem pretty daunting, but if you

can manage to pry your eyes off your shiny new

diamond ring for at least a little while, we think our

helpful sections will make things as easy as can be.

We’ve even added a handy checklist for you to use

so you don’t forget a single thing – especially not the

rings, please.

I hope you love reading this issue of With This Ring

as much as I’ve loved diving into the industry and

writing all about it.




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From simplistic

stems to feature

flower walls



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Your wedding checklist


Do you need a wedding planner?



Wedding dress trends


How to buy a wedding dress


The bridal shoes


Groom attire


Groom grooming guide


Must-have groom accessories


Types of wedding ring


Ethical diamonds


Designing your ring


Hair and make-up advice


Make-up trends


Hair trends


Pre-wedding beauty


Pre-wedding fitness


Bridesmaid dress trends


Groomsmen style


Dressing mums


Father-of-the-bride advice


The flower girl


The pageboy


What to ask your florist


Flower trends


Beyond the bouquet


Seasonal flower options


An idea for forever flowers



Wedding photography explained


Questions for your photographer


Weddings and social media



Local honeymoon destinations


A Vanuatu retreat


Your packing guide



Questions to ask about your venue


Vineyard weddings


Home town weddings


Beach weddings


What do your guests expect?


Planning from a distance


Transportation options


Wedding legalities


Wedding décor trends


What is a celebrant?


Your music options


Serving a memorable feast


Questions for your caterer


Wedding cake inspiration


Wedding cake alternatives


Tempting food and drink stations


What are your alcohol options?


The day after the wedding


Dos and dont’s for hen and stag parties


A guide to Hanmer Springs


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your wedding checklist

Tick the boxes as you go, and don’t forget

to enjoy every second.


Announce your engagement

Set the date for the big day

Book your venue

Budget how much you want to spend

on the wedding

Determine your guest list

Make your hair and makeup


Choose your photographer and


Visit ministers, priests or celebrants

Order forms of transportation

Lock in colour schemes and décor


Select caterers

Pick your florist


Reserve your honeymoon


Secure your wedding dress choice

Decide upon clothing for groom and


Order the wedding cake

Start exercise regime

Select and purchase wedding rings

Send out a save the date


Fit suits for Groom and Groomsmen

Trial hair and makeup

Finalise and send out invitations

Organise accommodation for guests

Create a gift registry


Decide upon reception menu and


Confirm floristry details

Choose gifts for your wedding party

Purchase wedding shoes


Apply for your marriage licence

Arrange the seating plan

Organise the wedding rehearsal

Enjoy your hen night


Reconfirm all bookings and details

Wear in your bridal shoes

Have the final fitting of your dress

Wrap gifts for your bridal party

Practise your wedding vows


Pack for your honeymoon

Check over all details once more

Rehearse the ceremony

Relax as much as possible

Complete the beauty prep with a spray

tan, hair cut or colour, or anything else

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Eat a substantial breakfast

Let everyone do their jobs

Thank your family and friends

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The wedding dress is, undeniably, the

most important garment you’ll ever

purchase. Some of us dream about

‘that’ dress our whole lives, others give it

little thought until faced with a partner on

one knee, with a ring box in hand.

Today, much to our delight, the wedding

dress stereotype is being abolished. The

options on today’s market are endless, so

you can enjoy finding that one special style

that ticks all of your boxes.

These are the notable wedding dress

trends that are getting some serious

attention from the most stylish brides at

present, and rightly so.

Left: Lela Rose


Above: Pronovias





If you’re searching for a dress that offers

softness and drama in one fell swoop, a

feathered dress is the one for you. Lately, a

number of hugely talented designers, including

Monique Lhuillier and Naeem Khan, have

flocked towards this trend and we think that

their offerings are bound to tickle your fancy.

The beauty of this trend is that you can

peacock as much or as little as you desire;

it’s all down to your personal preference of

plumage! So whilst we’re not suggesting that

you pay homage to Big Bird on your wedding

day, the option is certainly there, as are

more modest styles that focus exclusively on

feathered details such as trains or cuffs.

If traditional embroidery isn’t your thing,

then a feathery frock is, frankly, the perfect

alternative, allowing you to achieve texture

and dimension, effortlessly and elegantly. A

feathered dress is sure to have you swanning

down the aisle.



Solange Knowles on her wedding day.

Paperswan Bride





For too long, bows on wedding dresses have

been restrained to the dainty and delicate

but today, bigger really is better. Pinned to

the nape of the back, cinched at the waist or

even adorning a shoulder; you’ll find these

statement-making details attached to almost

any given area of the dress.

Whilst there’s no compromising to be done

when it comes to the size of said bow, we

will allow you to decide upon its colour. To

achieve subtle sleekness, opt for a bow in the

same shade as the rest of the dress, but if you’re

looking to pack a punch, choose a completely

contrasting colour. To wrap up your wedding

ensemble, select only minimalistic shoes and

accessories, because you can count on an

oversized bow to do the talking.

This trend does seem rather fitting, given

that you’re the best gift your other half could

possibly receive.





Some of our favourite wedding designers,

including Jenny Packham, Viktor & Rolf, and

Carolina Herrera, are fighting the humble

jumpsuit’s corner, having received the memo

that dresses just aren’t for everyone.

Gone are the days of hopping around the

dancefloor with a cumbersome wedding dress

hoisted up and held under the arms, because

at long last, modern brides are free to dance

the night away with both hands free for


The traditional bride-to-be mustn’t be

deterred! Jumpsuits are entirely capable of

delivering more than adequate levels of bridal

elegance. By simply adding an exaggerated

veil, you can achieve the look and feel of a

train that would often be a primary selling

point of a gown. Let’s not forget that wedding

gowns are so often boxed up having been

worn just once, but a jumpsuit alternative can

be toned down and worn time and time again.

So jump to it.




Flirty and classic in equal measure; an offthe-shoulder

dress is arguably one of the most

romantic dress styles on offer.

By sporting this particular trend, attention

will be drawn to the exposed neck and chest

that serves as the perfect canvas for statement

necklaces, veils and styled hair.

When it comes to sleeve length, you’ll be

spoilt for choice. Short and middle length

sleeves have proved a firm favourite for some

time, whilst longer, more dramatic fluted

sleeves have recently been spotted going up

and down the catwalk on numerous occasions.

The key to choosing an off-the-shoulder dress

that’s perfect for you, is to ensure that the arms

sit comfortably without being too tight or

too loose. After all, you’ll be too busy fiddling

with your new ring to spend time rearranging

poorly fitting sleeves.



Marchesa marchesa.com





Wedding dresses with black detailing have

arrived and they’re here to stay. This style is

perfect for the bride that wants to cause a stir

without straying too far from the traditional

style of gown. Black and white is a colour

combination that hasn’t failed us yet, so

we’re confident in its ability to serve up equal

measures of classic style and daring.

On the more dramatic end of the spectrum,

some bridal boutiques have delivered headturning

options by experimenting with colour

blocking. But if a look this bold isn’t quite up

your street, a plethora of wedding designers

have incorporated hints of black with lacing

and trimming. Strategically placed black details

can prove to be extremely flattering. Detailed

side panels in muted black or just a simple belt

can pull all focus into the wearer’s waist.

When it comes to this particular wedding

dress trend, there really is no grey area, it’s

bound to cause a storm.

Jane Summers





For too long, short dresses have lived in

the shadows of lengthier alternatives, but

designers are now making cropped options

very hard to ignore.

A shorter gown definitely makes for a

smooth transition between the ceremony

and the reception, so if you intend to swing

around the dancefloor until the small hours,

free from the fear of tripping over lengthy

trains, a short wedding dress could be just the

one for you.

Short dresses are totally ideal for summer

weddings, leaving an ample distance between

the hem of your gorgeous new dress and the

golden white sands. Not to mention that

realistically, you’ve been breaking in that

show-stopping pair of shoes for weeks, and it

would be rude not to show them off.

Still more than capable of packing a punch,

with embellishments and details reaching new

heights, this is one wedding dress trend that’s

nothing short of perfect.

Viktor & Rolf




happy shopper...

We’ve all done it. Excitedly ordered an

item of clothing online, only

for it to arrive looking far from how

it appeared on the website. Today, shopping

is so easily done at just the click of a single

button, but when it comes to your wedding

dress, we think that significant time should

be spent in store rather than opting for a

quick online solution.

A wedding dress is one of the most

sentimental – not to mention expensive –

garments of clothing that we’ll likely ever

purchase, so shopping for it should be an

experience that’s as special and unique as the

dress itself. Here in New Zealand we’re spoilt

for choice, with boutiques showcasing some

of the most beautiful rails of wedding dresses

that we’ve ever seen.

Call us old fashioned, but we don’t think

your wedding dress should arrive in the

post – delivered by someone who has no idea

what precious cargo they possess. So, gather

your bridesmaids and enjoy every single

second of sifting through the rails, sipping

champagne, trying on options, sipping even

more champagne, and ultimately, picking a

dress that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

We know what you’re thinking… you’ll

head to the bridal shops to try on some

dresses, only to order the exact same one

online at a later date, at a fraction of the

price. But, before doing so, you may wish to

carefully consider the costs that will occur

further down the line, after you click to make

that seemingly obvious, initial purchase.

Additional costs, such as, but not exclusive

to, delivery and alterations are certainly

bound to occur and, more often than not,

once these extra costs are applied, you’ll

wonder why you didn’t pick a more personal,

supportive and overall, more cost-effective

shopping experience.

However, let’s say you fall in love with

a dress online that you’ve dreamt of your

whole life. A whopping majority of wedding

boutiques will endeavour to order it in,

just for you. So, you can pick from a wider

online range, whilst ultimately benefitting

from the aftercare that comes only when you

shop with a physical bridal store.

If we haven’t managed to persuade you

just yet, let’s consider the additional risks

that occur when you say ‘I do’ to buying a

wedding dress online.

• A high percentage of online retailers

won’t entertain the idea of refunds, or

even exchanges.

• When you buy online, your dress is

unlikely to fit as well as a shop-fitted

one would.

• If you don’t order far enough in advance,

your dress may not even arrive in time for

the big day.

• Most likely, it may arrive with the fit,

colour and overall style differentiating

somewhat from how it appeared online.

So, consider buying in store and

benefitting from on-site professionals

who are on hand with endless advice and

recommendations. After all, it seems crazy

to think you would ever risk paying so much

money for a dress you haven’t seen, let alone

tried on, doesn’t it?


Our Venus Woman’s

range is specifically

designed for curvy

brides with structure

and support in all the

right places.

Available in sizes 16 to 32.

Larger custom orders

are most welcome too.

Davis Bridal in the City Central, bridal and formal gowns and we do our own alterations.

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Four tips for picking the perfect wedding shoes

to avoid getting cold feet.




Getting married is no walk in the

park, so vow to pick a pair of shoes

that will keep you happily standing

for the duration.

Many people suggest wearing in

your shoes a few weeks before the big

day, but we think this should be a

precautionary measure at most – from

the first moment you slide your feet

into them, your shoes should be as

comfortable as you feel with your

other half.

For the bride-to-be, insoles will

happily take off the pressure, so pop

some into your shoes before the

festivities and/or pains begin.

Whilst blisters aren’t invited, they’ll

almost certainly crash the wedding.

So, stock up on transparent plasters

so you don’t end up borrowing bright

blue ones from the caterers.





When it comes to buying your

wedding shoes, take a seat until the

final dress choice is made. Only once

you’ve picked your dress will you truly

be able to determine the exact type

of shoe needed to complete the look.

Racing ahead to the shoe store could

easily turn your journey down the

aisle into a walk of shame.

The dress length can determine the

heel height. Falling too long or too

short is not a look worthy of a trip

down the aisle. In addition, your shoes

will need to compliment the shade

of your dress, so, to avoid colour

clashing, confirm your dress and let

the shoes follow in its footsteps.

When you have found your

matching pair, make sure to take them

to all fittings.




Before taking the plunge, it’s important

to ask yourself some pressing

questions like ‘How will adverse

weather affect my footwear choices?’

and ‘How long is the walk from the

dance floor to the bar?’ because the

answers to these questions will aid in

picking the perfect pair of heels.

Stiletto styles are perfect for

strutting on dry, solid ground but are

significantly less well suited for when

it’s unexpectedly wet underfoot. So,

if you’re tying the knot outside, we

suggest a wider heel, which will cope

with grass and mud far more amicably.

It’s also worth considering the

amount of walking that will be done

on the big day. If your wedding

doesn’t require much travel and

doesn’t span over a huge distance,

you may just be able to get away with

wearing a more daring height of heel.



Despite your best efforts, after an

exciting and emotional day on your

feet, your shoes may still start to

pinch. So, be sure to consider bringing

a flatter, wider alternative that you can

pop on at the drop of a hat, because

jiving around the dancefloor barefoot

or in a pair of old daps that your

bridesmaid found in the boot of her

car is certainly less than ideal. We’ve

been inspired by a cache of savvy

brides that went to the lengths of

getting personalised wedding sneakers

made for when the heels began to rub.

Talk about having a second wind!

Having a pair of more comfortable

shoes to hand will enable you to carry

on dancing until the champagne stops

flowing or until the band packs up;

whichever comes first!



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Nicholas Kirkwood nicholaskirkwood.com

Jimmy Choo jimmychoo.com

Sophia Webster bridal collection sophiawebster.com

Flat shoes

Comfort has never looked so good.

For too long, flat shoes have lacked

that special something that higher

heels have in abundance. Now,

however, designers have taken flat

bridal shoes to new heights.

Over the last few months, we’ve seen

the most happening brides strutting

down the aisle with a true spring in

their step; surely something to do

with their pain-free footwear. What

you’ll lack in height, you can easily

make up for in beautiful, on-trend

embellishments such as this year’s

favourite, pearls. Perfect for brides who

fully intend to dance until sunrise.

Statement shoes

Add a kick of drama to your bridal get-up.

Take a stand against boring, out-dated

wedding shoes with a pair of heels your

guests won’t be able to ignore.

Footwear presents the perfect opportunity

to incorporate a splash of colour to an

often monochrome outfit, and this year

has seen some of the most eye-catching

designs so far. And if bold and bright isn’t

your vibe, explore the endless palette

of romantic muted pastels that are still

capable of adding a little excitement.

Statement heels are particularly effective if

you’re going to be rocking a short wedding

dress, but look equally gorgeous peeking

out from underneath a longer gown.

Personalised options

After all, the big day is all about you.

Sure, there are endless incredible

options of shoes available on the

market, but why not walk the extra

mile? Brides are marking their special

day by putting a personal touch on

their wedding footwear. On one hand,

or foot, designers are offering full

personalisation options. From engraving

your new surname on the soles, to

covering the shoe entirely in your

diamonds of choice. And on the other

hand, your favourite designers, including

Sophia Webster, are rolling out special

wedding shoe collections that we’re sure

you’ll fall head over heels in love with.

How it Works for You


Contact us through our online booking tool to arrange an instore

appointment to set up your register. Our Gift Registry experts will

guide you through the process.


Our dedicated and experienced Registry consultants will help you to

browse the stores diverse range of gift categories and compile a list

of gifts you would like to receive from your guests.


We can supply you with registry cards to send out with your

invitations so your guests know you have a register at Ballantynes.

After that you just leave it to us!

How it Works for your Guests

Your guests will enjoy a seamless shopping experience as they

select the perfect gift.

Gift Selection Online, Instore or on the Phone

Friends and family can purchase from your personal register online

or simply telephone or email us to select a gift. We will help your

friends and family select a gift from your registry.

Gift Wrapped and Delivered

Your expertly and beautifully wrapped gifts will be held together

and delivered at your convenience.

The Thank You’s

At the end of your registry we can provide you with an itemised list

of all the gifts purchased and by whom to ensure you know exactly

who to thank!

To Find Out More


Please either visit our website: ballantynes.co.nz/gift-registry

Email us at: theregistry@ballantynes.co.nz

Or call Customer Services on: 0800 646 400


Bradley Cooper

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suits for the groom

When it comes to the groom’s wedding outfit, we can’t

help but think, why fix what ain’t broken?

The classic suit hasn’t failed a single groom yet, and that’s

a pretty big statement to make. This three-piece hero

is suitable for pretty much every type of wedding we’ve

come across, so let’s get better acquainted with the most

popular suit option on the market.

The classic three-piece suit will flatter every groom on this

planet, even more so if you settle only for the best tailoring

available. A well-made classic suit will do wonders for a

groom’s proportions; ensuring that each and every one of the

three pieces fits like an absolute glove.

The beauty of the classic suit is its versatility. Hot? Whip off

your jacket. The perfectly tailored waistcoat will ensure you

still look beyond dapper by keeping your shirt securely tucked

in – even when you’re busting out your very best dance moves.

Consider donning a pair of braces with your three-piece for

extra support and extra style points from us.

In regards to picking a colour, black may seem the obvious

choice but don’t disregard mid grey or navy too soon, both

colours work wonders for a groom’s complexion. Consider

your surroundings and the colour of your tie, shoes and pocket

square beforehand.

The cloth selection is hugely important and there’s only ever

one winner. Never opt for a shiny, glossy cloth. Keep it matte or

you’ll risk reflecting light off it all day and night. Matte clothes

will also appear far richer in colour.


• You’ll be able to wear it time and time again given its

sheer versatility.

• You can always mix it up with a new shirt and tie


• If our predictions are correct, they’ll never ever go out of

style, so your wedding photos will always look on trend.


Oh, there literally are none.



a groom’s guide

to grooming


Very, very kind. Oh, and no budget

haircuts before your wedding for

goodness sake. Invest in a good

haircut and make sure that your

barber knows exactly what style you’re

after. This really isn’t the time

to experiment with tram lines.


Still a little hungover from the stag do?

Yeah, we can tell. A cooling eye cream

will take care of the bags under your

eyes and a bloody Mary will sort out

that sore head.


A few months in advance, start using a

whitening toothpaste. Charcoal-based

products are particularly good at

making your pegs sparkle.



Dirty nails aren’t a good look.

Any good beauty parlour will offer

subtle manicures.


Put down that shaving foam and head

to the professionals. If you usually

sport facial hair, don’t surprise your

wife-to-be with a clean shave on your

wedding day.


Pick a scent that will always remind

you and your wife of your special

day. Then expect it in your Christmas

stocking for years to come.



There’s no need to start

experimenting with new serums,

especially close to your wedding.

They could have an adverse reaction

with your skin if it’s not something

that you’d usually use.


It’s been a hectic few months, right?

Get a massage, relax and unwind.

You’ll look and feel a thousand

times better for it.



dressed to impress

These are our must-have groom accessories that will

punctuate any suit to absolute perfection.

A pocket square.






If you’re getting married

overseas or during the

summer months, then

sunglasses are an absolute

must because squinting

throughout your wedding

album just isn’t a good look.

When picking your pair,

make sure you’re well

versed on what styles suit

the shape of your face.

Grooms with a square face

will benefit from curved,

semi-rimless frames in

order balance out strong,

distinctive features. Those

with rounder faces should

go for a more geometric

frame to lengthen the face,

so wayfarers will likely be

your go-to style. If yours is a

heart-shaped face, look for

a pair that will balance out

proportions; light-coloured

frames should do the trick!

And finally, for the guys out

there with an oval-shaped

face, most styles will suit

the proportions of your face,

so the world is your oyster.

Just as many brides will still opt for a

white dress; most grooms will stick to a

traditional black suit. However, if you’re

looking to add just a little bit of colour to

your wedding get-up, start experimenting

with the range of pocket squares that are

on the market. From subtle hues to much

bolder options, there’s a pocket square out

there to appease all tastes.

Folds can take on a number of

variations; from the one point pocket

square, the puff pocket square, all the way

to the presidential pocket square. When

it comes to picking the right fold for you,

there is only one rule to obey; it must be

folded to total perfection. Oh and also, if

you’re using an old pocket square, be sure

to dry clean rather than machine wash, as

this will ensure easier, crisper and more

precise folding.

Photo: dolcegabbana.com

A watch.



An impressive timepiece comes with all

manner of positive connotations such

as status and wealth. From placing the

wedding rings on fingers, to shaking

hands with each of your guests, your

hands will be a focus of many different

scenarios; so try accentuating your digits

with a flashy watch.

If you’re incorporating additional

jewellery, it’s key to stick to just one colour

throughout. That means, no pairing your

shiny gold watch with silver cufflinks, or

vice versa. Be sure to get the length of your

shirt and jacket just right, so that your

watch gets the wrist space that it deserves.

And please, when you’re waiting at the

altar, try to refrain from checking the time

too frequently.

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diamonds are forever…

So educate yourself on all the different types of wedding

rings and the different ways they can be worn.


The classic solitaire.

Arguably the most classic of all

styles. Despite its popularity,

the solitaire can still be just as

unique as any other type given

that they can be set in platinum,

yellow gold or white gold.

The halo ring.

A popular style amongst

royalty and celebrities. The

centre diamond is surrounded

by micropave diamonds in a

circular shape.

The princess-cut ring.

A square-shaped diamond.

Whilst round diamonds are

often considered more popular,

square-shape diamonds can

deliver results that are just

as brilliant.

The cushion-cut ring.

With this style, a vintageinspired

square-cut diamond

boasts visibly rounded corners,

similar to those one may find on

a pillow. Many brides consider

the cushion cut ring to be the

most romantic of all styles.

When it comes to wearing your wedding ring,

here are a few styling tips…

You can wear your wedding ring with or without your

engagement ring. It’s all down to personal preference and how

much bling you want to wear on your finger each day. If you are

planning on wearing both rings, then opt for a matching wedding

ring set. This way, details such as embellishments and accents

will be consistent across both of the rings.

Ring stacking allows for the option of layering your wedding rings

with additional bands that you purchase on special occasions,

such as anniversaries.



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Since the 1940s, women have pined for

diamonds. Gentlemen, you have the

iconic jewellery company De Beers and

its legendary ‘A diamond is forever’ campaign

to thank for that.

Today, above-ground diamonds are the new

rocks on the block, offering both opulence

and ethics in order to charm the conscious

shopper. These lab-grown alternatives are

proving increasingly popular amongst

millennials, who relish the fact they retail,

on average, 30 per cent cheaper than mined

diamonds of the same quality.

So, let’s make a few things about manmade

diamonds crystal clear. Above-ground

diamonds are produced in a laboratory,

mimicking the exact process that creates

traditional, underground diamonds. As a

result, both varieties of diamond are

visually and atomically identical, to the

point where gemologists are simply unable

to tell the two apart without the aid of a

specialist machine.

One brand flying the flag for laboratorymade

diamonds is Monarc Jewellery.

This year, Monarc launched its Aboveground

Commitment Collection, the first to appear

on the New Zealand market. The ceremonial

jewellery collection features above-ground

diamonds that have been created at a foundry

in California using solar power, resulting

in a product that comes with a guaranteed

zero-carbon footprint. Each of the diamonds

in Monarc’s collection comes issued with a

certificate that adheres to only the strictest of

industry standards.

We caught up with Monarc

Jewellery’s founder, Kiwi

Ella Drake, to find out more

about the latest offerings in

man-made diamonds.

Why do above-ground diamonds make

the perfect engagement or wedding ring?

They’re more in line with the core values of

love and marriage. Monarc’s Aboveground

Commitment Collection brings

sustainability and transparency to the piece

of jewellery that signifies one of the most

important moments of our life.

Who and what inspired you to venture

into above-ground diamonds as an


I did a lot of research, to the point where

I found a wonderful team located in San

Francisco, where we create Monarc’s

above-ground diamonds today. Leonardo

Di Caprio is a key investor in The Diamond

Foundry and a huge inspiration.

New Zealand is a pioneering country

that prides itself on being environmentally

friendly, so releasing the collection here

seemed like a natural choice.

Photos: monarcjewellery.com

It’s certainly hard to pick a clear-cut

favourite. While the physical structure and

chemical composition of a mined diamond can

be perfectly duplicated, its sentimental worth

simply cannot. The emotional link with these

diamonds has encouraged us to associate the

‘real thing’ with status and love. On the other

hand, the future looks increasingly bright for

the above-ground diamond industry... We

think there’s room for both... set side by side in

a gold ring, perhaps?

“Creating affordable luxury.”

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Top tips for designing your




Your ring bearer will sweat

profusely over the responsibility

of safely delivering your rings to

the altar, and rightly so. An immense

amount of emotion, time and, of

course, money is poured into them.

As with the wedding dress, despite

thousands of options, you may still

struggle to find a style that meets all

of your requirements. But thankfully,

custom rings are easily accessible,

meaning you can design one that

you’ll happily wear on your finger,

forever more. However, unless you’re

a jewellery designer by trade, you’ll

likely find the thought of designing a

ring from scratch entirely daunting,

but we’re here to help with this list

of tips.


Designing and creating a custom ring

takes considerable time, so don’t put

the pressure on. Begin the process

far enough in advance that it can be

produced without concerns that it may

not arrive in time for your trip down

the aisle.


Whilst there’s no harm is day dreaming

about the possibilities, once you start

conversing with a jeweller, for your

sake and theirs, it’s important to be

realistic about affordability.



You wouldn’t shop for a coat at a shop

you didn’t love and respect, so you

certainly shouldn’t consider it when

picking a wedding ring designer. You

can’t beat recommendations from

family and friends.


It goes without saying that you need

to do your research before locking

in a design. It’s imperative both you

and your designer are crystal clear

on the brief. So collate and supply as

many images as possible in order to

illustrate your desires as best as

you can.


Trying on an abundance of rings is

hugely important. You may envision

yourself wearing a bulky, larger-thanlife

design, but, after trying a few on

and carrying out common actions such

as using your mobile phone or a pen,

you may find that you’re better suited

to a slimmer, more subtle alternative.

By familiarising yourself with different

sizes through vigorous testing, you’ll

be able to establish exactly what type

of ring you’re best suited for.


Marriage isn’t a seasonal fad that

comes and goes, and your wedding

ring shouldn’t be either. Avoid the

fads, and stick to the timeless options

that won’t look dated next season.


When you first lay eyes on your

new ring, it should absolutely be

love at first sight. So, take note of

the aforementioned tips and

get designing.



Proven Quality and Craftsmanship

Canterbury Jewellers has earned a

reputation for fine craftsmanship

and honesty in a trade where the

client relies on information that is true

and the quality of workmanship is high.

Providing these two key attributes has

allowed Canterbury Jewellers to be one

of Christchurch’s leading repair, alteration

and handcrafted jewellery manufacturer

since the company was started 35

years ago.

Finding your ideal ring is a bit like looking

for a home – you know it’s just right when

you see it. But unlike buying a home, having

exactly what you want in a ring needn’t

require a visit to the bank manager. “A

common misconception is that hand-crafted

pieces are an unaffordable luxury for most

people. However you may be pleasantly

surprised how they stack up against the

average mass-produced rings pricewise,” says

Jason Baylis of Canterbury Jewellers.

“We have noticed, in the last few years,

there has been an increase in engagement

rings brought in to us to repair that look

fantastic but, for one reason or another,

aren’t up to everyday wear. Some have very

light settings with the stones just waiting to

get knocked out and others have a centre

stone choice that will scratch and show wear

prematurely. It’s a little worrying that these

brides-to-be have a gorgeous ring that they

love but haven’t been informed it won’t last

the distance.

“Here we try and get the best of both

worlds, finding a design to suit the wearer

that will last. Be it a high flashy ring showing

the stone off to its full potential or a more

subtle more user-friendly design that is more

suited to wearing around the home and at

work without getting in the way as you go

about your day.”

Ideally engagement and wedding rings

would be made at the same time to ensure

a complementary style and perfect fit. But

for those who already have an engagement

ring that doesn’t lend itself well to any of

the readymade wedding rings, Canterbury

Jewellers can always make one to suit.

With an increasing desire from clients

for a more personalised look, Canterbury

Jewellers are fully equipped to create

something incredibly unique.

For sparkle that will last a lifetime, call

Canterbury Jewellers on 03 366 7737.

Leading the way in design, manufacture

and repair of exquisite jewellery

Unit 2, 73 Peterborough Street,

Central City, Christchurch

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


Westende – Over 50 years

of Sparkling Ownership

Last year Westende Jewellers celebrated

50 years of family ownership; an

impressive milestone that is a testament

to quality, integrity and loyalty. Justifiably

proud of the company’s reputation for service

and expertise, Westende Jewellers continues

to enjoy welcoming new and long-standing

customers to their elegant and sophisticated

premises in Sydenham.

For all of the important jewellery moments

in your life, including, “Will you marry me?”,

“I do” and “I love you”, Westende Jewellers

can provide the quality craftsmanship and

professional service that is so imperative when

choosing the perfect piece that will surely be

cherished for eternity.

Their incredibly diverse selection of

engagement and wedding rings offer a variety

of metals, stones and settings. Whilst the

classic diamond solitaire will always be a

traditional favourite, Westende Jewellers also

offers modern twists in the form of white

gold, platinum and palladium settings.

Contemporary wedding rings are often

set with stones too and can be specifically

designed to complement the engagement ring.

The ‘Ziro’ wedding ring range is a recent

addition to Westende Jewellers and is proving

a firm favourite amongst men, who often

forgo the traditional yellow gold band in

favour of white metals or titanium, further

enhanced with stones, patterns or engraving.

These dramatic wedding rings contain a black

mineral called Zircon (ZrSi04) and come in

plain black or can even be paired with rose

gold, gold or white.

Since the earthquakes, heirloom and antique

jewellery has been particularly treasured and

Westende Jewellers are on hand to offer an

extensive range of vintage antique jewellery.

They’re also able to restore items or remodel

existing pieces into a new setting to ensure

further longevity.

In order to accommodate all customers,

Westende Jewellers offers lay-by on purchases

for up to three months and finance is

available for up to 36 months. Customers

can also benefit from GST-free sales if they

are departing Christchurch or Auckland

on international flights, in which case their

purchases can be picked up at the airport.

In addition to engagement and wedding

rings, Westende Jewellers also has a fine

selection of gifts for the wedding party,

including watches, cufflinks, strings of pearls,

earrings and much, much more from a host of

designer labels including the extremely popular

Karen Walker, Kagi and Stow Lockets.

You can enjoy browsing over 300 styles of

New Zealand-made wedding rings in-store

with their knowledgeable staff whilst the full

collection is available to view online.

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Largest range of New and Vintage wedding rings in Christchurch


421 Colombo Street, Sydenham

Telephone 03 366 5475


bridal hair and make-up

It’s your big day. No pressure, but all eyes are on you – look back with confidence.

Getting your hair and make-up

absolutely perfect on your wedding

day is, quite frankly, imperative.

If you’re anything like me, you won’t be

relying on your own, predictably unsteady

hand to do the job. I caught up with makeover

expert, Sarah Butt, to get clued up on

what to look for when you’re searching for

that perfect hair and make-up artist.


First things first, you’re going to need

to book yourself an appointment. The

best hair and make-up artists are in high

demand, so Sarah recommends you book

your appointment at least eight months

before the big day, but the earlier the

better. It may seem a little extreme, but it

will take you that long to decide on the final

style, trust us.


Choosing a salon that specialises in both

hair and make-up has many great benefits.

For one, you’ll be able to sit back and relax

knowing the whole package is organised.

Also, your hair style should complement

your make-up, and a team that frequently

works together will be more than capable

of achieving consistent results.


Having your hair and make-up team come

to your home or wedding venue reduces

time spent travelling and touching up hair

and make-up. Running to the car with a

coat held over your head becomes a thing

of the past when you opt for a home visit.


Your hair and make-up team should

be fully competent in all areas of your

wedding make-over. So, be sure to check

that whoever you choose has a fantastic

reputation. Research their portfolio of

previous wedding looks, to ensure you’re

happy with handing them the responsibility

of getting you aisle-ready.


A hair and make-up trial comes highly

recommended. This is your chance to play

around with an array of different looks in

order to find the one you love the most.

During said trials, don’t be afraid to speak

your mind. You should be fully happy and

confident going forward from your trial. It’s

not unusual for a bride to test numerous

hair and make-up styles before picking one

to commit to.


Whilst it’s one of the biggest days of

your life, it’s important to look and feel

yourself. A bridal make-over should simply

enhance your natural beauty. So, unless

you don bright red lipstick every day, it’s

not suggested you do so on your wedding

day. If you want to shake things up a little

bit, wait until the reception, when hair and

make-up styles can be altered.


The key to reducing unnecessary stress

before walking down the aisle is time

management. Allowing ample time frames

for each element of your make-over means

that you can sit back, enjoy a glass of

champagne and admire your hair and

make-up before heading to the ceremony

and getting hitched!



bridal make-up


Metallic accents


Needless to say, we’re not talking full

spaceman. We’re after the slightest,

shimmering intricacies that go much

undetected by the untrained eye. Thin,

perfect lines are much more effective than

you may think, so there’s certainly no need

to layer it on thickly. The palette of options

includes gold, silver and rose to name just a

few. And, of course, you get bonus points if

you match your choice of colour with your

wedding ring. Details can be applied in many

forms, from eye liner flicks to nail art details,

so get that nail pen drawing on top of that

pale blue base.

Photo: tartecosmetics.com

Blue nail polish



Glossy pink lips


Your lips will be getting a fair bit of attention on

the day of your wedding, so get them looking

their softest and most sumptuous. Light pink lips

have been spotted at recent bridal shows and

we’re very happy about it. To avoid dry-looking

lips, pick a glossy variety over a matte one. On

your special day, you won’t wish to spend time

continuously reapplying the colour and wiping

stray lipstick off your pearly whites, so leave the

deep, dark shades at home and opt for a pale,

plumping pink instead.

Photo: Getty Images

It’s time to incorporate that

‘something blue’ element into your

bridal look. Pick a really, really light

shade of blue in order to enhance, not

distract, from the new rock on your

finger. It goes without saying that your

wedding day manicure should be chip

and smudge free, so perhaps it’s best

to relax with a glass of champagne

until your nails are bone dry. On the

day, keep a bottle of your chosen

colour close to hand, just in case your

digits require a little top up.

Photo: smithandcult.com

Barely there make-up


When discussing options with your makeup

artist, insist upon just a subtle bit of

contouring, delicate lashes and a smooth,

flawless complexion – a deliciously dewy

and fresh face is the ultimate goal. The secret

behind achieving this look is preparation,

and lots of it; so get to work! It’s all about

enhancing a bride’s natural beauty and putting

the emphasis on the dress, accessories and

hairstyle, instead. We love the idea of keeping

make-up minimal and realistic.

Photo: Getty Images



bridal hairstyles


Subtle waves

Arguably one of the most

romantic hairstyles. Whilst this

style should appear effortless,

a great deal of preparation

should go into it; so dose up

on treatments and oils during

the run-up because we won’t

entertain frizz in this strictly

flyaway-free zone. This is one

look that you certainly may be

able to achieve without the help

of a hair stylist, but be sure to

prepare and set your waves just

like the professionals would.

For ultimate wave inspiration,

look no further that the poster

girl of beach hair, Gigi Hadid.

Photo: Getty Images

Bow and ribbons

Bows and ribbons have

matured, and they’re no longer

applicable for flower girls alone.

Bridal shows and catwalks alike

have demonstrated a wide

range of styling varieties that

can easily be tried at home or

with your hairdresser. One of

our favourite styles is a thin

black ribbon around a sleek, low

ponytail. The key to this trend is

making sure that your bow stays

in shape and in place; undone,

half-fallen-out ribbons simply

will not suffice.

Pick a colour that complements

the rest of your theme.

Flower power

If tiaras aren’t your style,

strategically positioned flowers

are a great, fresh alternative. But

full flower crowns have had their

time, so opt for fewer blooms.

The key is quality over quantity.

Whether your hair is long or short,

straight, wavy, curly or even plaited,

a bit of delicate foliage can add

both elegance and excitement.

Your hairdresser will know how to

best secure the flowers into your

hairstyle. If the same flowers are

used throughout your wedding

styling, from your hair, to the

bouquet, to the flowers on your

cake, then extra points for you.

Probably not recommended for

hay fever sufferers. Photo: Getty Images

Glamorous curls

For this style, it’s all about

dramatic volume and definition.

This is one option for which we

definitely recommend getting

a stylist’s help, as they’ll know

exactly what size curls will best

suit the length of your hair and

the shape of your face. Hairspray

is this style’s best friend, so

make sure a member of your

bridal party has some to hand

at all times. It’s the ultimate

two-in-one look because, once

your curls presumably drop on

the dancefloor, you’re destined

to be left with a head of the

aforementioned waves.

Gisele Bundchen shows us how

it’s done. Photo: Getty Images

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On the big day it’s important to be radiant, perfectly dewy and

camera ready. During the run-up to your wedding, a few easy

additions to your skincare regime can make a world of difference.



Pucker up with a lip mask.

First things first, ‘that’ kiss will be observed by all of your guests, so you’d

better make sure your lips are plump, smooth and irresistible.

The Kissable Lips Hydrogel Mask from Mecca Cosmetica is your secret

weapon. It’s the effective and surgery-free way to achieve soft, fuller lips,

thanks to the mask’s unique combination of complex oils. Its $8.00 price tag

will have you blowing perfectly hydrated kisses left, right and centre.

You glow girl.

You’ll be looking angelic on your

wedding day, so get the heavenly

skin to match.

By incorporating a skin-resurfacing

toner into your daily skin regime,

you can effortlessly achieve a

brighter, smoother, more toned

and luminous-looking complexion

with the added bonus of perfectly

refined pores. We love the Ready

Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic from

the geniuses at REN. This particular

potion relies on a perfect blend of

willow bark extract and lactic acid.



Scrub up well with a coffee body scrub.

Most of us rely on a daily caffeine fix in order to get

through the working day. But, did you know that

incorporating coffee into your beauty regime can

have incredible results on your skin?

Coffee scrubs, in particular, the range from Frank

Body have caused a stir, and for good reason. In just

five minutes, these little magic beans can reveal

the softest skin imaginable whilst simultaneously

encouraging circulation. Simply hop into the shower

and scrub away! It’s time to wake up and smell the

coffee; scrub at least weekly pre-wedding.

Refresh and hydrate with a sheet mask.

Using sheet masks frequently can ensure your natural skin lends

itself to being a flawless canvas, on which your make-up artist can

achieve the most incredible results.

Hydrating sheet masks are the perfect way to deliver an instant

moisture boost, with the additional bonus of making you relax and

unwind for 10 minutes (a rarity during the lead-up to most weddings).

For optimum results, we recommend using a sheet mask weekly

during that final month of the wedding countdown. When it comes

to picking a mask, the abundance of options on the market make

it simple for you to choose one that meets all of your skin type’s

requirements. These variations from Origins are a good place to start.

Be bright eyed and bushy

tailed with an eye balm.

Don’t let puffiness, fine lines and dark

circles cast shadows on your special day.

With the help of a little eye balm, such

as the Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm

from Kate Somerville, you’ll be able to

blur out those dark circles and achieve

a much more youthful gaze; all thanks

to the light diffusing pigments that are

infused within. Tired eyes can be a thing

of the past, so get applying that eye

balm well in advance.





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I did on my

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With copious amounts of wedding cake to sample, and a seating

plan to alter several thousand times, I’m convinced that an

effective and realistic exercise regime simply doesn’t exist.

However, Ferrymead-based personal trainer and bride-to-be,

Meg Bolderston has set out to prove me wrong.

I’ve been invited to join personal trainer Meg Bolderston

for three 20-minute workouts over the course of a week.

Whilst I’ve got a busy schedule, there’s no getting out of

this one, because let’s face it, we can all spare just 60 minutes

over the span of seven days.

Meg understands that future brides simply aren’t able to

dedicate time to lengthy workouts every day, so recommends

three snappy ones a week, and she promises results. The night

before my first session with Meg, the alarm is set for 6am and

my hardly worn trainers are by the door.

When I arrive at the gym, there is no equipment to be seen

so I remain confident that this short workout should

be a total breeze, which ultimately makes me doubt the

aforementioned results. However, after completing a circuit

comprised of compound movements, including squats and

press-ups, I’m sweating, pumped and just about ready to

adopt the foetal position.

So, after just one workout with Meg, I’m eating my words.

I already feel energised, motivated and certain of the physical

and psychological benefits of this rapid regime. I’m left

uncharacteristically excited for my next workout, which is a

refreshed circuit of even more compound moves that work

multiple joints and muscles. The third session left me feeling

simultaneously exhausted and exhilarated once again.

Once I had caught my breath, Meg explained that these

20-minute workouts were all about getting ‘bang for your

buck’, meaning you can burn more calories and build more

muscle in far less time than traditional regimes. Meg’s circuits

are equipment free and require only your own body weight,

so you can do them wherever and whenever.

After just three sessions, I am converted. Committing to a

few months of this regime in the lead-up to the big day would

ensure you are looking and feeling absolutely incredible when

it matters the most.


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the bridesmaids

Things to remember when dressing your bridesmaids…

Each of your bridesmaids will have a unique personality,

style and body type so sometimes it’s just not realistic to

put them all in the same dresses, and that’s just fine! Some

of the best weddings we’ve seen lately have included a gang of

bridesmaids all working different dresses.

Stuffy, typical, single-use bridesmaid’s dresses needn’t be

considered. Do your girlfriends justice and pick them an outfit

they’ll get pleasure out of wearing time and time again, just

without the bouquet next time.

Printed dresses.

Printed dresses are shaking up the bridesmaid colour

palette; a welcome change after seasons of blush.

On one end of the spectrum prints can be muted

and subtle; on the other, they can be bigger, bolder

and darker. Refrain from making things too loud by

keeping shoes and accessories light and neutral.

Photos: Reformation thereformation.com


Two pieces.

This style certainly isn’t traditional but it’s definitely

making a name for itself in modern bridesmaid fashion.

If you have concerns over modesty, the top and bottom

can overlap, even just slightly. But if confidence is of the

bucket load when it comes to breaking the rules, dare to

bare a sliver of skin. Mix up the shades and the materials

of both halves for added depth and texture.

Photo: bhldn.com

One-shoulder dresses.

Banish strapless dresses, at least for the next few months,

because it’s time for single-shouldered designs to play

the supporting role. We’re more than happy to get behind

the one-shoulder dress trend because it offers your

bridesmaids ample support whilst revealing just the right

amount of skin. To really make a statement, dress just a

small percentage of your bridesmaids in them amongst

designs with both straps.

Photo: Getty Images

Silk slips.

Whether you opt for long styles or something shorts, you’ll

still achieve a most elegant look with a silk slip dress. If you

are looking to dress all of your bridesmaids the same, this

is the frock for you. However, to keep things exciting, we

recommend letting your girls slide into different shoes to

one another. This is definitely a style that they’ll get some

serious use out of post wedding.

Photo: wellmadeclothes.co.nz


ten style rules

For the most suave wolf pack of groomsmen imaginable.

1 2







Joe might want to wear

a tie whilst Craig might

be hell bent on wearing

a bow tie, and that’s

alright. Just make sure

they compliment each

other – the accessories

that is.



This isn’t the time or the

place for garishly bright

colours. Show your tailor

some respect and pair

your perfect suit trousers

with a sleek, stylish pair

of dark-coloured socks



Not the orthodontic

kind. Braces are a great

way to support your suit

trousers without them

looking like they’ve been

hoisted up too high.



Experiment with

materials such as velvet

and corduroy.

Just trust us, OK?



It’s the wedding

accessory that can do no

wrong. Just make sure

all of the groomsmen

opt for the same style

of fold.

6 7 8

9 10



They’re stylish, practical

and, frankly, no suit is

complete without one.



Not only applicable for

summer weddings.



Whether it’s in the form

of the aforementioned

pocket square, a tie or

a subtle, muted shirt.

Just make sure the

groomsmen don’t clash

with each other.



Remember when we

told you to ditch the

comical socks? Consider

a burgundy pair instead.

You’re welcome.



This goes without saying

but honestly, you’d be

surprised. Keep a cloth

and some polish to hand

in case one of the boys

doesn’t get the memo.



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Canterbury Bride of the Year 2018

If you’re a new bride or bride to be, you’ll

have likely heard of Canterbury Bride of

the Year.

This fantastically romantic event is an

evening filled with much excitement as past

brides slip back into their wedding dresses

to relive their special day once more. This

year, beautiful new brides graciously

competed for the title of Canterbury Bride

of the Year 2018, with incredible prizes at

stake. To win, competitors went in front of

a judging panel formed of highly respected,

industry experts. When it comes to wedding

venues, the Tannery is one of the most

wonderful in Christchurch, thus the perfect

setting for the competition which took place

on May 12th, 2018.

This ticketed event was kindly supported by

Canterbury’s leading wedding professionals,

so ticket holders were right to assume they

were in for a night of fun, romance and

excitement. Spot prizes, official event goody

bags and giveaways made for even more thrill

and suspense. Not just for newlyweds, recently

engaged couple were given a highly anticipated

sneak peak of next season’s wedding musthaves

whilst Canterbury’s very own Mandy

Pickering provided a perfect backing track.

This year, Canterbury Bride of the Year

2018 wasn’t just about reminiscing, looking at

beautiful new season’s dresses and planning

future weddings. It was about giving back.

Retiring wedding couturier Robyn Cliffe

donated a sensational $2800 wedding gown

to the event Chosen Charity Auction. In

addition, Canterbury Bride of the Year 2018

partnered with 14-year-old Maddie Collins,

the young inspiration who, after years of

waiting for a suitable kidney transplant

donor, was paired with a match on January

16th, 2018 despite chances of finding a

suitable donor in New Zealand standing at

just two per cent. Proceeds of the event’s

auction went towards the promotion of

‘Organ Donation Awareness’ following

Maddie’s speech at the event. It truly is a

story of love, endurance, commitment and

bravery; themes that have direct ties with

marriage, wouldn’t you agree?

It really was an event full to the brim of love

and we can’t wait for next year.

Congratulations to the winner Marie Lucas,

runner-up Liz Lees and second runner-up

Courtney Williams.

Register for Canterbury Bride of the Year 2019 at




mum’s the word

Dressing the mother-of-the-bride.

Your wedding day will be one of the proudest days

of your mum’s life. No doubt, all of your guests will

flock towards her to say congratulations and offer

her a tissue and/or glass of champagne, so a wonderful

outfit is absolutely imperative.

Suit up.

The bride’s dress is, of course, the most important one

of the day, so some mothers opt to wear a suit instead.

At present there are endless great styles available on the

market. Suits are particularly perfect for destination and

more casual weddings, given how easy they are to style.

Whether you opt for a skirt or trousers, fashion-forward

mothers can upgrade their look with hats, fascinators

and statement jewellery. Either way, a suit looks just as

impressive when worn with heels during the day or flatter

shoes when it’s time to dance.

Photos: Chanel, Getty Images.

Love lace.

When it comes to

romance, few things

do it as well as lace

does. This classic

wedding trend isn’t

going anywhere fast so

a lace dress will serve

any mother-of-the-bride

well. We love the styles

that incorporate a more

generous length and full

sleeves. No matter what

colour you pick, a lace

gown will always cause

a stir.

Photo: Platform fashion,

Getty Images

Power pastels.

Pastels have always and will always be a reputable

palette for mothers to pick from. But don’t settle for

pale, weathered pastels that lack vibrancy. Often,

pastels can come across as being overly feminine

and fragile, but this year our favourite designers have

delivered a range of pastel colours that pack a serious

punch. The key to wearing pastels is adding depth, so

mix up your shades and incorporate darker touches.

Photos: Elie Saab and Giambattista Valli, Getty Images


of 2018.

No surprises here but Doria

Ragland definitely takes

the trophy for best-dressed

mother-of-the-bride. The

proud mother wore a mint

green dress that showcased

beautifully embroidered

flowers by one of the most

romantic designers, Oscar de

la Renta. The outfit was the

perfect balance between subtle

and making a statement.

Photo: Getty Images

Communication is key.

Make sure the mother-ofthe-bride

and mother-of-thegroom

communicate with each

other. You don’t want them

turning up in the same colour –

or worse, identical outfits!



Wedding of Prince

Christian of Hanover and

Alessandra de Osma in

Lima, Getty Images.

fashion for the father-of-the-bride

When walking the bride down the aisle, the father-of-the-bride

should look dapper, sharp and effortlessly cool.

Get a suit that fits perfectly.

It’s essential that your suit fits like a glove, and this may not be possible

with options that come straight off the rack, so make sure you leave

enough time for alternations to be made.

Base the level of formality on the venue of the wedding.

For the most formal of weddings you should probably just stick with

the classic black tux or morning suit. It’s a safe bet that will never ever

go out of style. For more casual weddings, consider suits of grey or

navy. Your choice of shoes will also depend on the venue, but, whatever

footwear you decide upon, make sure they’re polished and buffed

to perfection.

Co-ordinate with the groomsmen.

The father-of-the-bride and the groomsmen should don similarly

coloured suits or at least ones that compliment each other well. You can

still put your personal touch on things by adding a patterned pocket

square or tie into the mix.

Tips for writing that all

important speech…

Keep it snappy

No one enjoys an overly long speech

Include the new hubby

You’re family now

Make them laugh

It’s the happiest day of their lives

Offer some words of wisdom

They’ll thank you for it



the cute factor…

Flower girls are an adorable addition

to your bridal party.

Here are some little tips for keeping your flower girl (and her

parents) happy…

Whilst you’ll no doubt want your flower girls to look a

certain way, it’s hugely important to make sure they’re comfortable.

So, consider how you can achieve hair and make-up styles in the

least invasive ways possible.

If you’re going to be incorporating a floral bouquet and head

piece into your flower girl’s outfit, make sure it’s small in size and

light in weight.

Keep dress lengths safe and sensible. Long dresses can cause

tripping hazards, so keep hems high – about ankle height.

When it comes to footwear, make sure shoes are not too tight

fitting. It’s a long day of standing and dancing for everyone, but

especially your flower girl.

Flower girl trends do come and go

but certain styles are timeless…


Floral dresses stay especially true to the theme.

Whether printed or applique, a floral flower

girl’s dress is one of the most appropriate styles

that you could possibly pick.

Tiered skirts.

Few styles of flower girl dresses are as adorable

as those that have tiered skirts. The top half

of the dress can be left comfortable and simple,

leaving the tiered skirt, often in tulle, to do

the talking.

Pastel colours.

The flower girl will likely spend a fair bit of time

stood next to the bride. So a pastel coloured

dress is an effective way to contrast against a

white bridal gown. Not to mention, the same

pastel tones can be used throughout the rest of

your wedding styling for optimum effectiveness.


Bows, positioned either on the front or the

back of the dress, add a lovely bit of detail. So

much so, additional items such as jewellery, are

barely necessary.



the pageboy

Giving the youngsters a role in your wedding comes at a

risk, but we think it’s one worth taking.

It’s a long day for the little ones so reduce the

chances of tears by keeping them comfortable,

happy and entertained.

If you’re getting married during the winter months,

then keeping them warm is absolutely key. During

the warmer months, make sure shirts and shoes

are breathable and consider if a tight tie or bow tie

is fully necessary. Printed cotton shirts are a great

option when it comes to keeping your pageboy

looking and feeling cool. The opposite is to be

considered for weddings during the winter months;

keep them toasty with layers, sturdier shoes and a

hat if applicable.

An additional aspect to consider is an outfit

change. Once the more formal proceedings have

been completed, why not change your pageboy into

a far less restrictive outfit that allows for dancing,

eating and partying until his curfew. At this point

in the day, waistcoats and neck accessories simply

aren’t necessary, so hang them up and let your

page boy enjoy the rest of the evening in a more

comfortable fashion.

Our professional tailors and dressmakers specialise in high quality

bridal alterations in Christchurch. You can rest assure that you are in the

right hands when you use Merivale tailoring and Alterations.

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pick of the bunch

When you’re looking for the perfect florist for your wedding,

here are the questions that should be asked.

Is our date available and how many

other weddings will you be doing on

the same weekend? Because whilst you

want to choose a popular florist with

a good reputation, you want to ensure

that on your chosen date, they won’t

be inundated with other weddings.

Can we see some examples of your

work? This really goes without saying, but

it’s important to check you like their work!

These floral arrangements should appeal

to your personal tastes.

I’m no flower expert, can you help

educate and inspire? The florist you

decide on should be just as excited to

plan your wedding as you are. They should

be knowledgeable and happy to help, so

don’t settle for less.

Can you create an arrangement

that will compliment our colour

scheme? If you’ve already got a scheme in

mind, it’s important to consider whether

your florist can compliment it from the


Will the flowers we like be available

at the time? You’re favourite winter

flowers may not be available for your

summer wedding. So be sure to clarify

exactly what you’re after in order to avoid


Will you assist with the set-up or

simply deliver the flowers? You may

require your florist to help set the scene

or this might be something you’d like to

do with your bridal party. If you’re opting

for the florist to set up, be sure to consider

if there will be an additional cost.

Have you worked at our venue before?

If they haven’t, it’s a great idea to schedule

in a site visit so they can plan the floral

arrangements with a clear vision

in mind.

Can I see a mock-up of the bridal

bouquet? You don’t want to end up

unhappy with your bouquet when

it’s too late to make changes. It’s not

unreasonable to request a mock up ahead

of time.

What is included in the price? Don’t

get stung by unexpected fees. Make sure

you’re clear on exactly what’s included in

the overall price.

Am I missing anything? This may well

be your first time dealing with a florist,

so don’t be afraid to ask for help!

What happens after the wedding?

Make sure that both parties are aware

of the after-wedding logistics, especially

if vases and decorations are also being

hired from the florist.

As for the flowers themselves, we have a

few ideas of our own…



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flower trends

Ones that have truly blossomed…

A few simple stems.

It’s about quality not quantity.

Many wedding bouquets have slimmed down significantly, and

now simply consist of a small number of long stems. This trend

is easy to carry and even easier on the eye. Extra time and love

must be put into picking just the right flowers to pull off this

look but we definitely think it’s worth it. Not to mention, there

are huge savings to be made when it comes to the cost of your

wedding flowers when you choose to flaunt just a few flowers

over dozens upon dozens.

Wreaths and hoops.

This trend won’t have you going round in circles.

From large wreaths displayed at your ceremony, to floral hoops

held lovingly by your bridesmaids and small wreath-shaped

buttonholes sported by groomsmen, round flower displays

are rolling in to all aspects of the floral arrangements. It’s key

to make sure the flowers are properly attached to the circular

frames, so chat with your florist about how to ensure your

blooms will stay perfectly in place. This trend definitely has us

wondering what shape will be next.

Photo: www.thewhitebulb.com

Deep, dark tones.

Your bouquet should be the only thing that’s moody.

Flowers are so often synonymous with light pinks

and ivories, but much darker shades are having their

time in the spotlight, and they’re hugely deserving

of it. These darker hues are obviously a great choice

for autumn and winter weddings, but the contrast

they create against spring and summer weddings

is beautifully dramatic, so we certainly recommend

weaving them into your warm-weather bouquets. If

you’re on the fence about using these darker flowers,

try integrating just a few into your arrangements to

add a bit of depth.



Moss details.

Yes, we were sceptical at first too, but we can see

what all of the fuss was about.

Moss is a great way to fill the empty spaces that

would otherwise be bare white spaces. You

might take some convincing on this one but rest

assured that moss is proving itself worthy of a

wide range of roles; from table runners and moss

walls to bar displays and moss signs. However,

we really don’t recommend heading for the

fields and scavenging your own. Get your florist

on board to source the exact type and amount of

moss you require. Moss will have your wedding

feeling magical.

Locally grown.

Your wedding florist is just a stone’s throw away.

Local growers and florists are a bride’s best

friends. Today, it’s not about searching far and

wide for exotic, hard-to-reach species of plants.

Instead, brides are choosing to support the local

community and we think that’s just wonderful.

You may think the flowers you love and pine for

are only available from faraway destinations, but

you really will be surprised by the huge range of

flowers that can be grown in your own backyard.

Forever Ribbon Roses

Artificial flowers for all occasions


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where will your flowers be used?

These days, your

wedding flowers

will span further

than just the bouquet

you’ll carry down the aisle

before throwing into a

crowd of excited wedding

guests. We love the idea

of using the same types

of flowers across the

whole wedding, and these

creative ideas are some

of the best way to show

them off…

Suspended flowers.

But bigger and better than ever before. Suspended flowers are

an incredible way to make a huge impact. Brides often choose to

position theirs above the dining area as it’s a great way to aid in

filling large, open spaces. Suspended flowers are equally as effective

when positioned outdoors for summer weddings. This floral trend

guarantees to deliver depth and drama, in the most magical way.

Photo: thewhiteorchid.com.au

Flower walls.

Flower walls have been

springing up at all of the

coolest weddings of late, and

we’re very happy about it.

Said walls are usually set up

at the reception venue where

wedding goers can admire it

all night long. Flower walls

are especially effective when

it comes to brightening up

indoor, winter weddings.

We just know your guests

will thoroughly enjoy taking

endless photos in front of the

flower wall.

Floral cocktails.

Floral cocktails are trending in restaurants and

bars all over the world and are now being poured

at the most enviable weddings. A few delicate

petals or sprigs of lavender make for a most

photogenic garnish. We think these drinks are a

great way to jazz up a typical cocktail reception.

Young guests are bound to love looking at the

floral drinks so make sure that non-alcoholic

versions are readily available too.

Add the delicate touch of a Phalaenopsis

Orchid to your Wedding Day

Bouquet, Venue Styling, Hair and beauty

However you choose to incorporate it, an Orchid

is a symbol of Love, Luxury, Beauty and Strength

The perfect pick for your special day.

Visit www.gellerts.co.nz

for your local stockist


seasonal flowers

Picking seasonal flowers for your wedding is

certainly worth considering. Not only will they

better compliment your settings, they’ll also be less

pricey with a drastically reduced carbon footprint.

We caught up with Rose Tinted Flowers to discover

all of the wonderfully seasonal and sustainable

floral options New Zealand has to offer.

for a spring wedding…


“Cornflowers are one of those flowers that evolution

engineered perfectly for the ‘just-picked’ garden or

wildflower bouquet – they strike the stunning balance

between wild and formed. The most common cornflower

colour is blue, however less common colours such as lighter

pinks, lavender, white and dark maroons can also be found.”


“It’s a prolific scrub-type plant in New Zealand, and

definitely one we could be using more in our wedding

floral arrangements. Branches of manuka look stunning

as bouquet foliage that doesn’t just take the role of ‘filler’

– manuka not only occupies space but steals some of the

limelight too. It offsets ruffly flowers like roses with the

hardier bristly character, but its white/pink colouration

keeps things looking gentle and romantic overall.”


“A regular best-seller in florists worldwide, paeonies are

gorgeous quintessential wedding flowers that brides can’t

seem to resist including in their arrangements. They can

be used either when the petals are tight and snug, or when

they’re wider and more open for a slightly more relaxed,

care-free feel. Available in shades of white, off-white, yellow,

and numerous pinks and reds, there’s a shade that would

complement any style of bouquet.”






for a summer wedding...


“What flower is more perfect for a bridal bouquet than this

enduring symbol of romance? Some brides assume that

roses are too cliché for a modern wedding and request for

alternative blooms from the get-go, but they’re probably

thinking of the kinds available at your nearest dairy. Garden

roses have been bred and cultivated to yield lush, ruffly petals

that swirl around the centre for an effortlessly romantic look.”


“Anthurium, also known by other names such as the

tailflower and flamingo flower, are heart-shaped flowers

that are particularly great to use in summer wedding floral

arrangements as they endure well throughout the day. The

spathe (the single leaf-like structure surrounding the ‘tail’

which is called a spadix) comes in different colours – white,

pink, and green being popular shades for weddings.”


“Tuberose is well known for its fragrance; extracts are

frequently used for notes in perfumery. However, their charms

extend beyond the olfactory domain – the lovely white flowers

are commonly used in wedding arrangements as well as for

general floral art compositions. A note of caution if using

tuberose is to be mindful of the scents of other flowers in the

planned arrangement, as not all smells will mix well.”





for an autumn wedding…


“In the language of flowers, dahlias symbolise dignity.

They are the perfect way to add some colour to wedding

arrangements. They come in all manner of colours, as well

as shapes (there are 14 different ‘groups’ of dahlia flowers

identified by the Royal Horticultural Society). They do tend

to be a bit more delicate with a tendency to bruise if not

handled carefully.”


“Echinacea is a group of plants belonging to the daisy

family. They’re commonly called coneflowers, but the name

echinacea originates from the Greek word for hedgehog

due to the spiky look/feel of the flower heads. Florists often

remove the petals from echinacea specifically so that the

heads can be used in arrangements such as bouquets,

boutonnières, and even table décor.”


“Berries can be an excellent bouquet filler alternative to

simple foliage – they provide texture, colour, and unique

form that make them visually striking accents. There

are many, many different types of berries including (but

not limited to) hypericum, pepper, berzelia, viburnum,

elderberries, snowberries, and tallow berries… so finding

berries that will complement and enhance the beauty of

your blooms will be incredibly easy.”

for a winter wedding…


“The sheer size and architectural intrigue of the king

protea makes it a statement bloom like no other.

Sufficiently striking to feature in a single-stem bouquet,

but versatile enough to work with all manner of more

conventional blooms, these exotic ‘sugarbush’ flowers

of South African origin are perfect for the bridal or

bridesmaid bouquets.”


“Pieris is a little bit like amaranthus in that it will add

some textural diversity and a more flowy look to your

floral arrangements. The trailing clusters of flowers

tend to be shorter with pieris, but the flowers have

a softer look making it particularly suitable for

complementing other flowers in classically romanticlooking



“The anemone is a wedding bouquet favourite, and it’s

easy to see why. The relaxed, flowy petals feel romantic;

the structured black centres add an element of the

dramatic. The most popular variety tends to be the

white petalled anemone with black centres (so crisp and

especially perfect for monochromatic wedding palettes),

but they do come in a variety of hues including red, pink,

purple, and blue.”



blooming wonderful

After the big day, don’t let your breath-taking

wedding flowers wilt away.

Many brides will choose to gift their bouquets

to the bridal party, dry them out or press

them into a book or frame. But recently,

we’ve discovered an alternative that will preserve

your flowers in a truly special way, and the results

are totally to dye for…

Let us introduce you to New York-based, Cara

Marie Piazza, the exceptionally talented natural dyer

who gives bridal bouquets the second chance they

so deserve. Once the wedding flowers have served

their initial purpose, Piazza immortalises them onto

a garment of the bride’s choice. Vibrant but delicate

hues from the petals are beautifully pressed into

the garment, be it a silk robe or a slip dress. Piazza

creates these hugely impressive and sentimental

results via alchemical dye sessions, ancient shibori

techniques and bundle dying.

We absolutely love the idea of wrapping yourself

up in a one-of-a-kind, botanically dyed robe that

encapsulates the sheer uniqueness of not only the

flowers, but your wedding day too.






in your image

A little overwhelmed by all of the terms surrounding photography?

We’re not surprised, but don’t worry, we’re here to help clear things up.

DIGITAL: The most common option, digital photography

offers a very fast turnaround time, meaning you can see your

wedding photos sooner.

FILM: Photos produced using film are usually more

expensive and take longer to process, but often capture a

larger range of shadows and highlights.

REPORTAGE STYLE: This style of photography captures

those candid moments so it’s perfect for couples who don’t

enjoy posing. Your photographer will capture the emotions

and expressions, without you even realising it.

PORTRAITS: Portraits usually focus primarily on the

happy couple, who will have some time alone with the

photographer, during which a number of full-length photos

will be taken.

TRADITIONAL: From signing the register and cutting the

cake to the first dance – all the key points of your day will

be photographed. Many of these traditional shots will be

directed and staged.

ARTISTIC: Heavily staged and directed photos, these may

not age as gracefully as more natural types might. However,

some love the opportunity to look truly picturesque.

COLOUR: Colour photography brings your imagery to life.

When edited well, it can put focus on certain elements too.

BLACK AND WHITE: Your wedding photos will be extremely

vibrant, especially if you’re getting wed in summer or spring.

However, using black and white creates a timeless and

romantic effect that can complement your album.

SEPIA: Photos are edited to give off a vintage effect. As with

black and white, the outcome is classic, timeless and hugely


PHOTO BOOTHS: When your photographer finishes their

shift, we’re all about letting your guests strike several

(thousand) poses in front of an unmanned camera. Photo

booths are always an amusing way to capture the very best/

tipsiest of your guests.

These days, we’re all pretty clued up with social media,

so a fully digital photo booth seems like an obvious choice.

In this way guests can take unlimited photos that can be

shared through social media accounts. There are sleek,

lightweight and portable options that look almost as good as

your wedding selfies will. Physical copies of the images can

be ordered after the wedding for an extra fee and make for

the best thank-you cards we’ve seen in a while. So coin your

wedding hashtag and get snapping.

Photo: selfiestation.co.nz



getting the most out of your

wedding photographer

These are the questions you should ask before your

photographer starts snapping away…

Will you be able to travel to our venue?

Your photographer may charge additional

travel expenses, so be sure this is

something you discuss in advance.

How much do you charge? Don’t get

stung by additional charges. Make sure

the upfront quote includes all of the little

extras, such as editing.

How many weddings have you taken

photographs at? You’ll want to feel

confident that your chosen photographer

has the experience necessary to capture

the very best of your day.

What weddings do you enjoy shooting

most? If your photographer doesn’t overly

enjoy shooting the type of wedding that

you’re planning, then we recommend

finding one that does.

What can we do to help prepare for the

big day? This may mean creating a

brief with the type of images you’d like

or nominating someone (with a booming

voice) to help gather people for group

shots. It’s all about efficiency.

How long will it take for us to receive our

images? You’ll no doubt be itching to see

your images, so it’s good to get a rough idea

of how long you’ll be waiting.

How will we receive our images?

Digital, physical or both? Extra charges may

occur if require both, so make sure you’re

aware of what you are getting.


the digital age

Rachel Smart owns a social media and

creative agency based in Sydenham,

so, when it came to her wedding, this

tech-savvy individual decided to put her

professional skill set to very good use.

Rachel and her now husband, Paddy, had

just four months to prepare for the big day.

Time was of the essence. Traditional postal

invites gave way for instant and efficient

digital alternatives.

For this unique Marlborough Sounds

wedding, the invitation came in the form of

a website. Rachel set up a simple, functional

website that housed all of the necessary

information regarding the event, including

details about travel and accommodation.

Through this one-stop shop, the lucky guests

were also able to RSVP.

Having already eliminated the need for

paper invitations, Rachel decided to keep

on running with digital options. During

the lead-up to the wedding, the initial

website was constantly updated with any

relevant information regarding logistics;

which was surely hugely appreciated by

guests given the wedding’s remote location.

If guests weren’t already well informed, a

few days before the wedding, Rachel saw to

it that further communication was sent to

each and every one of the guests. The email

included a pertinent weather update that

advised guests to bring their waterproofs –

so, when the heavens did indeed open, not a

single guest’s spirit was dampened.

There was no stopping the social

media guru. On the day itself, guests were

informed of a unique Instagram hashtag

that could be used to share all of the photos

taken. To implement this clever idea, all it

took was researching hashtags to find one

that had barely been used before. After the

reception, the happy couple were able to

enjoy scrolling through all of the imagery

that had been hashtagged and, of course,

they can still search it months on from that

special day.

Most of us use social media every day, so

it’s exciting to see how a modern approach

can be taken when considering something

as traditional as a wedding, don’t you think?

Photos: Naomi Haussmann

a wedding that

we loved

Emma and Brendan got hitched

at Founders Heritage Park, Nelson. The hugely

talented Aleisha Liebezeit took the loved-up

couple to Glenduan, where she captured their

most romantic, unfiltered antics. There were

120 well-watered guests, one box of chicken

nuggets and uncountable laughs.





In no particular order, With This Ring

presents the top four honeymoon

destinations here in New Zealand…

The destination: Auckland


It’s hard to miss the largest urban

area in the country. There are often

reasonably cheap flights available

to Auckland, making a trip to the big

smoke well within reach.


prefer city bustle to beach breaks.


There is so much on offer. From

shopping, sampling the finest bars

and restaurants, open-air cinemas

to whale-watching tours that depart

daily from the popular Viaduct area.

You’re bound to be planning your next

visit before you’ve even concluded

your honeymoon.


Hotel options are truly endless. Cut

down on traffic headaches by aiming

for the city’s heart.


Summer is warm but, though

stunning, you may wish to visit during

the cooler seasons in which exploring

the city won’t be impacted upon by

uncomfortably humid weather.


Despite being a bustling city, with no

shortage of shops, bar and restaurants,

there are always less crowded and

more chilled-out options close to hand.

Nearby parks make for great spots to

sit down and enjoy a picnic as a couple.

With This Ring recommends…


A trip to the Vodka Room for a

touch of opulence.


Coffee and brunch on

Ponsonby Road.


If the city gets a little too much,

Waiheke Island is just a short

journey away.



The destination: Bay of Islands


The Bay of Islands is a small district of

New Zealand’s Northland region, just a

35-minute flight from Auckland.


love the ocean. Water babies will be

spoilt for choice with the wide range of

water activities on offer.


Getting their feet wet. Big game

fishing, diving, kayaking, yachting and

watching out for dolphins and whales

all come highly recommended.


For happy campers, we recommend

setting up base at Urupukapuka

Island, only a short ferry ride away

from the main attractions. Stunning

glamping tents are also fantastic

options if you’re looking to make

the most of the beautiful nature that

surrounds you.


Whilst summer months will of course

be a little busier, it’s certainly best

to visit when the weather is that little

bit warmer.


The turquoise waters that flow

around 150 undeveloped islands are

unrivalled when it comes to beauty.

With This Ring recommends…


Taking time to understand and appreciate the

historical significance of this incredible place.


A trip on a sailing boat is imperative. You can

even get married on board many of them!


A walk across the beach as the sun sets seems

stereotypical, but on the Bay of Islands, it just

oozes romance.



The destination: Central Otago


Central Otago, or ‘Central’ as it’s

known by frequent visitors, is New

Zealand’s most inland region. It’s

situated on the South Island, in the

southern half.


are a little adventurous and looking

for something other than a beach

getaway after their big day.


Couple can tour the many wineries,

discover and enjoy walking tracks,

spend a day fishing, discover the

area by mountain bike or by fourwheel



There are accommodation types

to fit every budget, which is sure to

come as a relief having splashed

out for your wedding. Camp sites

offer affordable options with all of

the amenities, whilst lodges and

boutique lodges can provide absolute

luxury, at a price.


The distinct seasons offer new and

exciting scenery every few months,

so it really is all down to personal

preference. Although, there really is

something extra special about winter

in Central Otago.


The landscapes of Central Otago

are purely breath-taking and the

local residents are some of the most

hospitable that we’ve come across.

With This Ring recommends…


During winter, skiing or snowboarding is a must.

There are four ski fields in close proximity to cater

for all abilities.


Finding your new favourite winery. There are an

abundance from which to choose, so try as many as

you can and pick your favourite from the bunch.


Trying something new. Getting married was no

doubt a unique experience so why stop there?

Try one of the adventurous activities Central Otago

has to offer. You’ll be spoiled for choice.



The destination: Coromandel


The Coromandel Peninsula is

located on New Zealand’s North

Island, situated 85 kilometres from

the western end of the popular Bay

of Plenty.


enjoy a balanced lifestyle. You can

explore the beautiful surroundings

by foot, kayak, stand-up paddle

board or bike, whilst incorporating

ice creams, stargazing, spa

experiences and lunches at one of the

Coromandel’s wineries.


Relax in hand-dug pool at Hot Water

Beach, enjoy long beaches that boast

warm white sands, stroll around

wonderful farmers’ markets and even

learn to surf.


If you’re willing to camp then a spot

at Opoutere Beach is one of the best.

But if you’re looking to keep your

wedding manicure dirt-free, there’s

an abundance of spas and lodges that

will keep you happy and comfortable.


Over the holidays such as Christmas

and New Year, the Coromandel has

a buzz of busyness about it, so if

you’re looking for a more chilled-out

and romantic honeymoon, it may be

preferable to arrange your trip outside

of these periods.


It’s a beautifully laid-back location for

your honeymoon, but certainly won’t

bore you. There’s a long list of activities

for newlyweds to tick off, at their leisure.

With This Ring recommends…


Some of the Coromandel’s best-kept

secrets are only accessible by water. So

hire a kayak and get paddling.


A swim at Cathedral Cove is an absolute

must, so pack your swimsuit.


After a day in the water, be sure to relax

on the beach with some fish and chips.



Discover where the colour

blue was invented

Founder of the Lonely Planet travel

guides, Tony Wheeler, considers a

place called Aitutaki to be the world’s

most beautiful island. That’s some accolade

from one of the world’s most widely

travelled people. The colour of Aitutaki

Lagoon is such an intense shade of turquoise

that legend even has it that the colour blue

was invented here.

So where is Aitutaki? It’s one of the

15 islands which make up the Cook Islands,

and to get there you take a 3.5-hour flight

aboard Air New Zealand, Virgin or Jetstar

into Rarotonga International Airport,

then take the 45-minute onward flight

to Aitutaki.

Once there you’ll discover the only

private island in the Cook Islands, the

sublime Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island

Resort – Adults Only, which occupies the

entire island of Motu Akitua, situated a

two-minute ride via private ferry from the

main island of Aitutaki.

Named one of the world’s 12 Best

Private Islands by Islands (USA) magazine

and voted one of the Top 25 Resorts in

the South Pacific by readers of Condé Nast

Traveler magazine, from this prime spot at

Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort you

can drink in the best views of magnificent

Aitutaki Lagoon, lauded by many as the

world’s most beautiful lagoon.

Here at this intimate resort you can let

yourself deeply relax into nature’s rhythms.

The gentle lapping of the waves upon the

shore, the rising and setting of the sun and

moon, and the awe-inspiring sight of trillions

of twinkling stars set against a midnight-blue

sky, unaffected by light pollution.

Have a honeymoon, babymoon,

anniversary or special birthday coming up?

Always dreamt of staying in an overwater

bungalow? Then you’ve come to the right

place, because this boutique private island

resort for guests aged 16 and over also

has the distinction of offering the only

overwater bungalows in the Cook Islands.

For incurable romantics, that feeling

of ‘floating’ above Aitutaki Lagoon in

your own Overwater Bungalow is a

wonderful sensation which will stay with

you forever. Imagine taking a few steps

onto your deck and seeing the tropical

fishes in the blue lagoon right beneath you.

Then gently slip into the lagoon directly

off your bungalow deck to immerse

yourself in its embrace. What bliss.

Next morning, start with a

complimentary fresh tropical fruit

breakfast at HMS Bounty Restaurant

& Bar (yes, the HMS Bounty actually

landed on this island, just 17 days before

the infamous Mutiny on the Bounty).

Book a picnic lunch and paddle across

the lagoon in a couple of the resort’s

complimentary kayaks to the nearby

uninhabited island E’e to enjoy a delicious

picnic for two on your own deserted beach.

Return in the afternoon for a relax in a

hammock swaying beside the blue lagoon

with a good book. Then stroll hand-in-hand

down the beach to the Flying Boat Beach

Bar & Grill and kick-back with a cool

sunset cocktail as you drink in Aitutaki’s

most mesmerising views with the vibrant

colours of the setting sun playing across

the water. Share a delicious beach-gourmet

dinner as a deep calm settles over the

lagoon, and plan the next day’s adventures.

How about some complimentary standup

paddleboarding followed by a spot of

snorkelling? Maybe a bicycle ride around

the motu (island)? Then maybe a deeplyrelaxing

massage at SpaPolynesia Aitutaki

to ease away those work-a-day stresses?

What about following that with a heavenly

Private Candlelit Dinner under a dark

velvet-blue sky twinkling with trillions

of stars? So many choices...

To make the most of every moment,

each evening check out the resort’s Guest

Newsletter detailing the following day’s

events such as sessions in ‘ura (hula)

dancing, playing of the ‘ukarere (ukulele)

and tokere (log drums), fresh flower ei

(lei) making, fish feeding, crab hunting,

crab racing, and more. The Resort

also offers a range of complimentary

watersports equipment and there’s also

a gift shop, guest laundry and tour desk

on-site as well as resort-wide Wi-Fi.

Excursion options include the famous

Aitutaki Lagoon Cruise and BBQ Lunch

(have your passport stamped at the world’s

smallest post office on One Foot Island!),

Aitutaki Safari Tour, kitesurfing, scuba

diving, fishing, golf, local Friday afternoon

rugby matches, Sunday morning church

service with resounding ‘island gospel’

hymn singing, island cafes and more.

Today’s ultimate luxury is privacy, and

here at Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island

Resort you have the space, privacy and

freedom to rediscover the best in yourself

and in your special someone and make

wonderful new memories together. Like

visiting Heaven while you’re still on Earth.




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vanuatu’s must-dos

No honeymoon to the island is complete without

ticking these things off your list.


Your wedding and honeymoon

will involve copious amounts

of champagne, we’re sure, so

a trip to Champagne Beach

seems only fitting. Named

after the volcanic activity that

simmers away below the glassy

water, the bubbly waters are

complemented by the whitest

of sands.


A tour of Millennium cave is

certainly not for fainted-hearted

couples, but if you’re looking

for a day of adventure to break

up the standard honeymoon

relaxation, then this is one

excursion not to be missed. Trek

through tropical forest, explore

Vanuatu’s largest cave and then

cool down in a serene river.


Hideaway Island seems a world

away from the bustling capital

but, as a matter of fact, is just

a short journey from Port Vila.

The island that sits amongst

the most pristine open ocean

is synonymous with worldclass

snorkelling and diving,

so come down from cloud nine

and explore the glory that lays

beneath the surface.


Mele Cascades is a wonderfully

photogenic swimming spot

that is easily accessible from

Port Vila. A 35-metre waterfall

takes pride of place, but is

surrounded by a series of

crystal-clear pools, all of

which flow beautifully into a

natural plunge pool. It’s little

wonder Mele Cascades is one of

Vanuatu’s most popular tourist


And make sure that you kick back

and relax with a beer and some

fresh fish – the perfect way to end

any Vanuatu day.



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memorable honeymoon in Vanuatu. Lay back and indulge

yourselves with amazing cuisine, sun-drenched beaches

and crystal-clear water, or get active and explore.



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Welcome to

Ramada Resort Port Vila…

After much anticipation, we’re over the

moon to introduce you to the Ramada

Resort Port Vila. This wonderful

four-star resort is located on the cliffs of

Erakor lagoon, where unrivalled views of lush

vegetation and glistening waters make for

the perfect wedding venue.

Getting to this breath-taking resort

couldn’t be easier; Ramada Resort Port

Vila is a short ten-minute drive away from

Bauerfield International Airport and the

wonderful resort staff will be more than

happy to organise transfers for the happy

couple and their guests.

This outstanding resort is just one year

old, so you can expect the most modern

amenities, facilities and services that include

a 24-hour reception, a sports bar, spa services,

high speed WiFi and a gymnasium, to name

just a few. Before and after the wedding,

relaxing and unwinding is easily done when

you take a dip in the gorgeous pool area,

complete with a swim-up bar. We think that

this is where the local beer – Tusker – tastes

its absolute best.

Couples and guests staying at the resort are

welcome to opt for the venue’s self-contained

rooms that offer the opportunity to save

money through self-catering; an option that

is always well received by both couples and

guests, given the many expenses of organising

and attending a wedding. But, rest assured, if

you do opt for room service or to dine at one

of the resort’s restaurants, you’ll experience

the highest quality of both food and staff. The

Akiriki Restaurant will no doubt wow you

with its offering of Oceanian blend of flavours

that ooze influence from Melanesia and

Polynesia, whilst incorporating international

cuisine that boasts a fabulous French flair. It

really is out of this world.

Planning a destination wedding can often

seem daunting, but you can be confident that

the talented and committed team at Ramada

Resort Port Vila can take care of everything

from the wedding rehearsal, documentation

and wedding cake, to the bride’s bouquet,

groom’s buttonhole and the beverages for

the toast.

Whilst we’re sure it’s not necessary, if you do

need a little more persuading, just check out

the Ramada’s incredible wedding offer! When

you book a minimum of 12 rooms for four

nights, you’ll receive a canoe arrival, a wedding

cocktail party and your honeymoon night

absolutely free of charge. Now, how sensational

does that sound?


Wedding packages

start from NZ$1949*



Book a minimum of 12 rooms

for 4 nights and receive:

your canoe arrival +

your wedding cocktail party +

your honeymoon night for free!*

* Conditions apply

Planning a wedding involves endless details, deadlines, family drama, and far

too often enough stress to make you want to just elope. With Ramada Resort

Port Vila, you can just relax and enjoy the best day of your life.

*Enquire for further details, specific dates and conditions apply.

Email: weddings@ramadaresort.com.vu www.ramadaresort.com.vu

PO Box 6335, Akiriki Parade, Paray Bay, PORT VILA



Imagine saying “I do” with your

close family and friends by your

side, celebrating your marriage and

commitment in the location of your

dreams. Helloworld Fendalton can make

this happen for you. Planning a wedding

can sometimes be so overwhelming that

you lose sight of what your wedding day

actually symbolises.

Getting married overseas can take the

stress out of planning your special day.

The team at Helloworld Fendalton have

handpicked their favourite romantic

destinations, with resorts offering

wedding packages and the services of

a wedding co-ordinator to cater to your

needs, ensuring your wedding day is

memorable and stress-free.


Pressure free. Choosing to marry in

the South Pacific, Thailand or Bali is

a fantastic idea as these destinations

provide an idyllic escape from the

pressures of organising a wedding

at home.

Have an entire resort to yourself.

Many boutique resorts will allow

wedding parties to take over whole

resorts and enjoy total privacy.

Everything is organised for you.

Resorts will happily organise all

details, including arranging the legal

requirements. Most resorts provide

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a wedding co-ordinator in the price of

their wedding packages.

A choice of beautiful locations.

Without doubt, azure locations and

pristine beaches are a major attraction

when planning your wedding. Sparkling

waterfalls, tropical forests or the

grounds of resorts provide a number

of settings, each one as magnificent

as the last. A mix of colonial and

modern architecture also provides

wedding and reception options.

Not having to travel to your

honeymoon. What better way to start

your honeymoon than by simply walking

up the beach?


Where to get married/legal

requirements. Discuss with Helloworld

Fendalton the options of where to get

married. Some destinations have strict

legal requirements. Alternatively, you

can get married in New Zealand first, and

then celebrate your wedding overseas.

Plan and book early. Some resorts

have three to four weddings a day,

especially in the South Pacific, so ensure

you book well in advance to secure your

wedding date, best venue, preferred time

of the wedding and to make sure there’s

enough availability for your guests to

stay at the resort.

Take out insurance. Ensure you take

out insurance for an overseas wedding.

Make sure your policy covers you for

cancellations, damaged wedding goods,

attire and lost items.

Group bookings. Various resorts offer

group discounts for large wedding

parties. Be sure to take advantage of

these discounts to save you and your

guests money. Look out for wedding

packages that include free offers.

Marriage fees. These vary depending

on the destination where you are getting

married, so make sure you have these

fees covered to avoid any surprises.


Choose a dress that is practical for your

wedding destination – a simple dress

in a cool natural fibre will be more

comfortable. If you are planning a beach

wedding, be aware that high heels are a

nightmare in sand.

When making flight bookings, be sure

to tell the airline you are travelling to

your wedding or honeymoon. Pack your

dress in a separate box or bag so it can

be placed appropriately on the plane.

Hang your dress up as soon as you

arrive. The humidity of the tropics will

help any creases fall out.

Take care in the sun on your big

day and use plenty of sunscreen – you

don’t want to look like a lobster in your

wedding photographs.

Make friends with your wedding coordinator

– she/he is there to help you.



honeymoon & more

At helloworld Fendalton we understand

that every Wedding is unique…

We work with you to ensure your overseas

Wedding is memorable and all the finer details

are taken care of. We will make certain that

your Honeymoon will be inspiring and romantic.

You can also create a Gift Registry for your

dream Honeymoon that your guests can

contribute to as their Wedding Gift to you.

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pack right

It’s easy to go overboard with packing or take a bag two sizes larger than you need to.

We set out some golden rules to ensure transit’s a breeze.

1 3



Before you go anywhere, ensure you’ve

got the right suitcase. Think light, think

hard-wearing and invest in something

that will make you smile as you put only

good things inside it.



Turn your bedroom into a practical

mood board of all the outfits you wish

to make the journey with you. Going for

five days? Stick to five day-time options,

with two evening looks. (You can always

buy something new!)


You only need three pairs max.

Something for the beach, something for

the streets, and something for stepping

out in the evening.



Wheeled carry-on suitcases are great,

and hold absolutely everything you

could possibly want. However, can you

wheel it easily alongside your check-in

suitcase? Do a test run so you’re not left

looking uncoordinated and flustered

between terminals. You might find a tote

bag with a zip better – it can be stored

away in your main suitcase if you decide

you won’t be reading that doorstop

novel after all.


Don’t leave packing to the last minute.

You’ll feel so much more at ease

heading to the airport knowing you’ve

already had time to remember what

you’ve forgotten.



Whether you’re cold, tired, jetlagged or

all of the above, having a lightweight

scarf or poncho handy is something you

won’t regret. If it fits in your handbag,

it’s not only great for the plane but you

immediately have an option to throw

around your shoulders if the evening

temperature drops before you’re ready

to go back to the hotel.





a choice venue

Picking your wedding venue isn’t easy, but by asking these questions

you’ll soon find out if you've found the right one.

Is our date available? I mean, this seems

pretty obvious, but let’s not get ahead

of ourselves.

Do the staff make us feel confident and

relaxed? When you meet with the staff, they

should make you feel reassured that they’ll

plan and execute the very best wedding


Do we like the venue’s décor? If you want

an industrial-style wedding and your venue

sports traditional wedding décor, you’d

better keep looking.

Does the venue fit our budget? Double and

triple check how much the venue will cost

for your chosen dates as prices will often

vary at certain times of the year. Ask about

any surprise costs that are likely to pop up

along the way, as these can add up faster

than you can say ‘I do’.

Are we happy with the view, from every

angle? Whilst the view from the main area

may take your breath away, you don’t want

to be left heartbroken by the rubbish tip

view from the honeymoon suite, so have a

thorough look around.

Is there the right amount of room? When it

comes to space, too little of it will leave you

and your guests feeling like sardines but too

much of it will make it feel like a ghost town.

So, consider the number of guests you’ve

invited, and imagine how the space will look

with them all in attendance.

Does the venue offer adequate privacy?

Some venues just can’t be closed off to the

public, but most venues should do what

they can to see that your wedding goes

mostly undisturbed. Check what procedures

they have in place to ensure you won’t

have random people in the back of your

wedding photos.

Is the venue wheelchair accessible?

Perhaps at the time you send out invitations,

none of your guest list will require it. But

a drunken stumble on the stag do could

change this! So, make sure that no matter

what happens in the interim, all of your

guests are able to access the venue.



Is there ample parking on site? There will be

designated drivers who will wish to drive to the

wedding, so make sure they have somewhere to

park, and for free.

What’s the plan B? If your venue is outside, make

sure they offer an indoor back-up should the

heavens decide to open.

What is their sound system like? Your band or DJ

will likely charge extra if they’re required to bring

their own equipment, so find out what your venue

supplies, and do this in advance so there are no

musical complications on the day.

Will guests be able to get there easily? If you’re

getting married in the middle of nowhere, and

public transport isn’t available, consider organising

a shuttle from the most convenient location nearest

to the venue itself.

What’s the venue’s cancellation policy? Whilst

we hope that you won’t have to cancel, sometimes

it’s just unavoidable. So, get clued up on your

venue’s policy.

What are the noise restrictions? You’re going to

want to party until the small hours, so make sure

your venue allows for just that!

Stunning destination,

everlasting memories.

Choose scenic mountain and lake views as an amazing backdrop for

your wedding.

HQTN303 07/18

Talk to our friendly weddings team to start planning your special day.

Email: Weddings_hqtn@heritagehotels.co.nz

Phone: +64 3 450 1526



a vineyard for your vows

Here in New Zealand we’re absolutely spoilt for choice with wineries, so it’s little

wonder so many couples choose a vineyard vista for their wedding.


It goes without saying that the wine will be

unrivalled. From Auckland to Nelson, Christchurch

to Central Otago, and everywhere in between; there

are so many incredible options all over the country. If

you’re planning to head further afield, then Australia,

South Africa and California have huge offerings.


Many wineries are just as well respected for their

food options as they are their wine, meaning that

catering could be easily taken care of on site.


The landscapes that surround vineyards are

undeniably romantic and make for the most perfect

backdrop for your wedding photographs.


What we particularly adore about using a winery as

a wedding venue is the fact that for years to come,

you’ll be able to enjoy a glass of wine from a bottle

that came from that exact vineyard.


If you’d like to have your whole wedding in one

location, a winery is a great option. Most of them will

have ample space for the ceremony and plenty of

room for the reception.


A venue with a wet-weather contingency plan is hard

to come by. However, wineries can often deliver on

spectacular outdoor settings that come with the

safety net of an indoor alternative.

Oh, and did we mention the wine?



things to consider with a

winery wedding…

Harvest times may affect your wedding. So be sure to

speak to your chosen winery well in advance.

Your chosen winery may be open to the public. This

might not be an issue for you, but it’s still worth checking

so you know what you can expect on the day.

Make sure you opt for suitable footwear. If you get wed

at a vineyardyou should be prepared for the different

surfaces that will appear underfoot.

A wine licence is entirely different to a liquor licence.

Avoid any alcohol mishaps by double and triple checking

exactly what licences the winery holds.

Be aware of sound restrictions. There are likely to be

sound restrictions in the areas surrounding the vineyard.

Make sure you’re clear on them to avoid any upset from

the neighbours.



home sweet home

Having a wedding in your home town has both pros and cons that should

be carefully considered before setting your location in stone.

Simply Unique,

Distinctively Methven

Have you ever thought of a Winter Wedding, at

Mt Hutt Memorial Hall/Function Centre

Blank canvas so you can add your personal touch

Lovely little churches within our area

Amazing wedding photos as memories

Variety of accommodation within

5 to 10 minutes of the venue

An a amazing venue in the summer as well.

160 Main St, Methven | ph: 03 302 9666

email: info@mthuttfunctioncentre.co.nz




Your guests can travel to your wedding easily.

Travelling to a destination wedding can often be

difficult for guests, especially those with young

families. So a wedding in your home town is a great

way to ensure most people are able to attend

with ease.

Your home town may have sentimental value…

Perhaps you and your partner both grew up in the same

home town or maybe you met there, either way, you

may have an emotional bond to your home town that

simply can’t be rivalled at any other location.

Guests don’t have to pay for often pricey

accommodation… Hotel rooms, especially those

at wedding venues, can be a huge expense for your

wedding guests but by getting married in your home

town, a majority of guests will be able to taxi home at

the end of the evening, saving them money and saving

you additional planning that may come with organising

a wedding that requires accommodation for many of

your guests.

Sourcing local suppliers means you can check in

on them during the run-up to the wedding with

total ease… Not only will you be able to visit the

dressmaker, caterer, venue, celebrant and florist easily,

you may also make some of your choices based upon

recommendations from locals who have used certain

suppliers in the past. Getting that fragile wedding cake

to your venue will be a total breeze!

Older guests that would be unable to travel afar for

your wedding will more likely be able to attend…

You’ll want your nearest and dearest around you,

and that includes grandparents who might otherwise

struggle with the travelling that’s associated with

weddings far from home. Reduced travel times may

also mean guests will not have to book time off work,

again, making their attendance that much easier.

Friends and family will be able to lend a hand…

During the lead-up and even after your wedding, friends

and family will be able to help with transporting items,

attending rehearsals and even offering to let travelling

guests use their spare rooms, if necessary.


Guests will likely expect you to arrange

transportation options to and from the wedding…

Given that a large number of them will live in the same

town, they may expect a shuttle service to be provided

to get them to and from the various locations of your

wedding. This is an additional cost you may not have

allowed for in your wedding budget.

You might miss out on some of the excitement

that comes with getting married in a less familiar

setting… Planning a wedding in your home town may

just feel a little too at home. You may find the old village

hall doesn’t excite you as much as a venue further afield

could. If you and your partner are keen adventurers,

then having a wedding in your home town might not

give you that special feeling.

Your wedding may seem familiar to those of friends

and family that have previously wed there…

If friends and family have also tied the knot in your

home town, you may find yourself dealing with similar

suppliers that deliver recognisable services. Where

small towns are concerned you’ll almost definitely be

using a venue that many close connections have used

before you.

You may be limited by the supplier and venue

options that are in close proximity… Wedding

suppliers may be limited to just a few options, and you

may not be totally blown away by what they have to

offer for your big day. Sourcing them from further afield

is, of course, an option but this means a plan must be in

place to enable all suppliers can deliver to your home

town venue.

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life’s a beach

Beach weddings are a favourite amongst many future

couples and for good reason, but, before you start dreaming

about running across golden sands into each-other’s arms,

make sure you’ve asked yourself these important questions.

Will I be able to walk in high heels? Unless the

beach you’re getting wed on has a wooden walkway

you intend to use as the aisle, it may be best to opt for

a smaller heel, a flat shoe or even no footwear at all.

Whichever option you go for, make sure the length of

your dress still allows for this.

Will my guests be able to find shade if it’s

extremely sunny? We all want the sun to shine on

our wedding day but it’s crucial to consider what will

happen if it’s too sunny! Make sure that your venue

can supply parasols, if necessary. In order for them

to match you colour scheme, consider getting rental

parasols priced up and hired as a back-up. Supplying

sunscreen and plenty of water is also a smart way to

ensure your guests stay hydrated and cool.

What will happen if it rains? Well, firstly, you’re

allowed to have a bit of a tantrum, but just a short

one. Then, think about your plan B. Beach resorts

will more than likely have an indoor option close by

to use when the weather isn’t playing ball. Whilst this

is not ideal, your venue will have dealt with it many

times in the past. So, breathe and crack on with the

indoor option, until the sun comes back out to play

at least.

If I choose to have the reception on the beach, can

it be catered for? Having a sandy wedding reception

on the beach as the sun sets certainly does sound

dreamy and some venues will allow for it. From a

caterer’s point of view, it’s all about accessibility.

Caterers will need to transport all of their delicious

food and drinks to the beach, so tee up a chat with

both the venue and caterer to see if this is possible.

Tables and chairs must also be considered – no one

wants to eat dinner off a wobbly table whilst sitting

on a chair that’s half wedged in the sand.



Will members of the public still be able to access the beach?

This is all dependent on the venue that you choose. Obviously no

venue will allow non-guests to stroll too close to the ceremony, but

talk to your venue or wedding planner about this particular grey

area so that you’re fully briefed for the big day.

Will changing tides affect the ceremony? This is a good question

and one that many of us don’t even think about. However, your

venue will have thought about it, and they won’t set your wedding

up anywhere that could result in any part of it being swept away.

So, you can reassure your guests that they don’t need to pack their

togs and snorkels.

Will it be easy for all guests to access our beach wedding? It’s

crucial to consider the general accessibility of the beach. It may be

a case of allowing additional time in the proceedings for guests to

move at their own pace, comfortably and with ease.

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what should your guests expect?

When it comes to transport and accommodation, your guests may have some expectations.

Whilst no one expects the bride and groom to fork out on their behalf, there are things you

can do to make their experience easier on both the planning and expense front.


Whist you’ll have been researching the

venue, accommodation, transport options

and all other elements of the wedding

right down to the tiniest details, your

guests probably won’t have, so keep them

in the loop. If your wedding planner has

advised against certain accommodation

options, taxi companies or even routes

to the wedding venue, share this info!

Attending a wedding should be fun and

easy, so help your guests out as much

as you can.


There’s nothing worse than having

invitations thrown at you last minute,

is there? A lot of planning goes into

attending a wedding so make sure you

give your guests ample time to book days

off work, sort out accommodation, arrange

their transportation and child and pet care

if applicable. I’m sure you can relate! Even

picking an outfit and having it delivered,

booking a hair appointment and getting

a manicure will take considerable time.

So send out a ‘save the date’ as soon

as you can and follow up with any details

as and when they’re finalised.


As you well know, attending a wedding

is damn expensive, especially if you’re

getting married overseas or at a venue

that really requires guests to stay

the night. Most hotels and transport

companies will offer significant discounts

for group bookings, so check out their

deals and inform your guests as soon as

you can. Keep an eye out for any deals

that may reduce the cost for your guests.

They’ll be extremely grateful of any savings

they can make, and hey, this might

mean they have more cash to spend

on your wedding gift!


No close friend or member of your

family would ever want to miss out

on your special day. But sometimes,

given the expenses surrounding

accommodation, transport, a wedding

gift and a suitable outfit, sometimes

they will simply have to decline your

invite. Not to mention, some guests will

have young families consisting of many

children, all of whom would either

have to attend or be looked after; and

this can certainly add up! If a close

friend can’t stretch their pay packet far

enough, don’t take it personally and

make sure you tee up a coffee or glass

of champagne for after the wedding.

Weddings with style, elegance,

beauty and atmosphere.

Facilities and catering for your Special day!

• Beautiful Banquet room complete with wine barrels,

French trellises

• The Cabernet Cottage for smaller intimate weddings

• Beautiful gardens with many special areas like

a pond to tie the knot

• Gardens lit up at night to create a great atmosphere

• Excellent dance area with party lights

• Weddings large and small (25-250 people)

• Affordable wine, beer and aother beverages

• Excellent catering and menus

• Low venue hire charges for off-peak weddings

Call 03 323 7353 or 323 9314 to make a booking

or email: bookings@rosebank.co to discuss the

arrangements with our Function Manager to make your

special day, really special.



Beauty, elegance and practicality all come together in

the newly built clubhouse of the Christchurch Golf Club

Links Functions and

Events is within a newly

built Clubhouse at the

Christchurch Golf Club. The

vista across the iconic Shirley

Links Golf Course offers a

magnificent backdrop for your

wedding, engagement party,

cocktail function or any other

of life’s special events.

The modern, state-of-the-art

facilities offer spectacular views

through floor-to-ceiling glass. Or

step outside and enjoy sweeping

golf course vistas and dramatic

sunsets from the covered veranda

or beautiful wedding lawn.

Inside, painted wood panelling

and soft lighting provide ambient

warmth and charm, while

extensive bar and on-site catering

facilities offer a superb food and

beverage options for up to 230

guests. In addition, Links Café

is open daily for relaxing,

grabbing a coffee or catching

up with friends or colleagues.

With delightful indoor and

outdoor spaces for your wedding

ceremony, reception and dance,

Links Functions and Events has

appealing versatility and perfect

on-site locations for taking

memorable photographs.

Menus feature fresh selections

for a variety of different tastes

and dietary requirements. From

formal reception menus to

informal barbecues, Links’ own

executive chef has assembled

unique gastronomic offerings

and is eager to help with special

requests and repasts.

Light, bright and sparkling

new, this lovely venue has the

latest technology for your event

or function and convenient

complimentary parking for you

and your guests. Located just

10 minutes from the city, Links

at the Christchurch Golf Club

is a green and gracious oasis

any time of the year.

Staff are devoted to making

your special occasion memorable

every step of the way, from

planning to execution. If

you would like to discuss

availability and options for your

wedding or event, contact

Links Manager, Karyn Yorston

call 021 247 1022 or email


Magical Wedding Venue

Links functions and Events is an elegant and stylish venue offering a beautiful back drop

that will make your wedding day very special.

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Christchurch Golf Club’s rolling fairways and pristine greens, this elegant venue can

host up to 150 guests. Our all-inclusive wedding packages encompass everything from ceremony through to reception.

• Make your wedding magical. • Up to 150 guests.

• On-site bar and catering. • On-site parking.

• Indoor or outdoor ceremony. • Private function room. • Superb food options. • Just 10 minutes from the city.

Contact: Karyn Yorston 03 385 9506 or 021 247 1022 Karyn@linksfunctions.co.nz, www.linksfunctions.co.nz

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Perhaps you and your partner have already been to your

chosen venue on holiday, maybe you even got engaged

there, but regardless of whether or not you’ve been to

your chosen wedding venue before, we can’t stress the

importance of visiting again and meeting with venue

staff to have a proper walk and chat about all of the

possibilities. It’s risky to rely on a website’s imagery and

details, so, despite the additional cost of a physical visit,

it comes hugely recommended. When you’re there, take

time to scope out the accommodation options for your

guests so you can report back to them. You may even be

required to make several trips to meet with the planner

and venue, so be sure to add these costs into your budget

as even short trips can add up.


Planning a wedding from a distance is a near impossible

task without the assistance of the venue team. To make

things easier still, we certainly suggest hiring a wedding

planner who resides and works in close proximity to your

chosen venue. The relationship that you have with your

venue’s team and planner is of huge importance. They

should make you feel confident at all times and reassure

you that everything is going to run smoothly on the big

day. But, of course, this will come at a price. So add any

fees into your budget from the get-go. Once you’ve footed

the bill, your venue and planner are expected to be on the

end of the phone or just an email away should you need

them, just don’t forget to consider any time differences

that there may be before you leave any angry voicemails!


For both you and your guests, transportation to and

from your destination will require significant planning

and funding, so it’s imperative to give everyone as much

notice as possible. Giving notice will allow wedding goers

to either book in advance when transportation options

are less expensive or mean they can take their time and

wait for any special rates and deals that will likely occur

during the run-up to the wedding. From flights to your

destination to airport shuttles to get the guests to the

venue, it is likely expected that you will share as much

information with them as possible so they can get from

A to B with ease. It’s definitely worthwhile to consider

group bookings as these can usually reduce prices

significantly, so put the feelers out and help your doting

guests as much as you can.


As with your venue, it’s most preferable to meet with

your wedding suppliers in person so both parties can

be fully clear on the brief, eliminating the chances you’ll

be left unhappy with the outcome on your wedding

day. This may mean you have to take a trip back to your

destination, but it can always be tied in with a venue

visit, and, if you plan ahead well enough, you can meet

with all of your suppliers during one trip. Tried and tested

is the way forward when it comes to suppliers so tee up

meetings with your caterer, cake maker, florist and any

other applicable vendors. Don’t take the risk by using

suppliers you haven’t met unless your venue and planner

absolutely swear by them.


Last but by no means least, let’s consider wedding

dress logistics. Firstly, when it comes to flying to your

destination, absolutely do not risk putting your dress

in the luggage hold. We have nightmares about dresses

getting lost in transit so take them on board with you.

Most airlines will jump at the opportunity to hang your

special garments up somewhere safe on the plane,

although we wouldn’t blame you for holding on to it

tightly for the entire journey. Secondly, consider the

materials of the dress and ask yourself if it will be well

suited for the climate of your destination. If you’re

tying the knot somewhere extremely exotic, make sure

you’ll be cool and unflustered when donning your gown.

The same is to be considered for the groom’s suit, so

do your research to determine what the weather will

be like at your destination at the time of year you plan

to get wed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Superb Dunedin venues

Dunedin is one of New Zealand’s iconic cities and combines strong Scottish heritage and fine

architecture. Alongside a scenic location of hills and harbour, the Dunedin City Council operates some

superb venues that offer unique ambiences for your wedding ceremony, civil union or reception.

The Dunedin Chinese Garden is New

Zealand’s only authentic Chinese Garden,

the only authentic Scholar’s Garden in

the Southern Hemisphere and one of only

three outside China. A perfect miniature

of a traditional Chinese landscape

painting, this garden encapsulates

the essence of nature.

There are many different spots around

the Garden which will provide beautiful

backdrops for your wedding photos. The

traditional high garden wall encloses

you and your guests in your own private

sanctuary, and the rest of the world seems

far removed. The Dunedin Chinese Garden

is a flexible venue offering a sophisticated,

memorable setting for up to 100 people.

The Dunedin Public Art Gallery is a

distinctive and elegant venue for your civil

union or wedding ceremony and reception.

A team of professional, friendly and

experienced staff will work with you to put

together the right combination of spaces

for you and your guests.

These can include canapés and a glass

of champagne on arrival in Donaghy’s

Foyer; the couple’s entrance down the

Gallery’s grand staircase and a dine and

dance in the ODT Gallery under the glass

ceiling. The Gallery is fully licensed and

you have the option to use your own

caterer if you wish.

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum is within

walking distance of the Octagon and

accommodation facilities and is the

perfect venue for your wedding reception.

Offering a combination of diverse spaces,

the museum is able to accommodate

everything from small, intimate functions

to larger, lavish events.

With floor-to-ceiling glass windows

overlooking Dunedin’s Heritage District,

warm heart rimu floors and Oamaru and

local Bluestone detailing, the expansive

Josephine Foyer is large enough to

accommodate up to 500 people. The

stunning art deco NZR Lounge is an ideal

space for drinks and nibbles and great for

small social events at any time of the day

or evening.


Situated in the heart of

Dunedin’s picturesque

heritage district, Toitu – Otago

Settlers Museum offers a

range of high quality venue

options, perfect for your

special day.

31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin | Phone 03 477 5052 | Email toituosm@dcc.govt.nz | www.toituosm.com



This Garden of National Significance offers an

exclusive environment for you and your guests

to celebrate your wedding ceremony, cocktail

reception or wedding photographs.

Corner of Rattray and Cumberland Street s,

Dunedin | Phone 03 477 3248




all aboard

Transport your guests from A to B in style.


A number of your wedding guests will have

likely been in your lives since the school days.

So we think that shuttling all of your guests

to your various venues on an old school bus is

the perfect way to reflect upon years and years

of making memories with family and friends.


If you’re getting married near a lake or the ocean,

we love the idea of sailing your guests into a dock.

Your guests will fondly remember this floating

experience. Just be sure to provide sea sick tablets

for anyone who may need them.


To warm everyone up for the dance floor,

hire a party bus. Party buses are ideal for

any size of wedding due to the wide range of

vehicles that boast different capacities. Disco

lights, social seating and sound systems are

common place and more often than not, you

can provide your own alcohol to get your

guests into the spirit.


A hay ride is the perfect transportation

option for rural, countryside weddings.

Decorate yours with bunting and flowers

and be sure to smooth down any surfaces

that may snag dresses or suits. Drinks can be

enjoyed on board as the tractor driver gets

the guests to their destination.

Christchurch for your

Wedding Transport


Also available for General Charter,

Corporate functions, Childrens birthday parties etc plus

a genuine English 70 seater Double Decker bus.

Organise your guests’ and

Bridal transport, in Classic

vehicles with one phone call




PH: (03) 355 6159 | www.chchcoachcharters.co.nz


here comes the bride…

When you arrive at your wedding, hopping out of your day-to-day

runabout just isn’t an option, so why not make a real entrance with

one of these forms of transport?


Bound to get you to the

church on time, we love

the idea of using your

favourite sports car. You

and hubby may wish to

take it for a spin a little

later, once the vows have

been exchanged.


On a motorbike, your

guests will hear you before

they see you. You’d be

surprised by how stylish

you’ll look by pairing your

wedding dress with a

helmet and leather jacket.

Equally as cool if ridden

alone or with a designated

rider, with a single bike or

as part of a convoy.


If you’ve always dreamed of a fairytale wedding, then a

horse-drawn carriage is surely the only mode of transport

that you’d possibly consider. Just make sure that yours

won’t turn into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight.


If you’re really looking to make an entrance

then you’d best opt for a helicopter ride.

Many venues, especially vineyards, will have

helipads that you can use at an additional

cost, so why not take for the skies?


the legal stuff


Decide whether you wish to be wed by

a marriage celebrant or at a registry office.

With a registered marriage celebrant you

can pick when and where you tie the knot,

write your own heartfelt vows and pick the

celebrant based on personal preference,

including religion. When opting for a

registry office ceremony, your wedding will

occur during normal office hours with the

use of standard vows.


Apply for a marriage licence. This can

be done online or via a paper form, up to

three months before the ceremony. Make

sure you allow for a minimum of three

working days before the wedding day.

Said licence will cost $150 when using a

celebrant, or $240 when using a registry

office. If you decide to use a celebrant, the

application must be supported with the

celebrant’s name, the wedding location and

approximate date. When issued with your

licence by email, courier or in person, you’ll

also receive two sets of your ‘Particulars

of Marriage’, which must be given to your

celebrant before the wedding.


Now for the fun part; get married!

Your celebrant or the registry office will

officially register your marriage. Following

the solemnisation, two copies of your

‘Particulars of Marriage’ will be signed

by yourselves, the celebrant and both

witnesses. You will keep one copy and

the celebrant will send the other to the

Registrar who issued the licence.


Obtain a marriage certificate. These

certificates can be ordered with ease and

serve as legal proof of your marriage.


If applicable, change your name. You’re

free to start flaunting your new name

straight away. To update your passport,

driver’s licence and so on, a copy of your

marriage certificate will be required. For

the electoral roll, you’ll automatically be

sent a form to update your details.

Oh, and don’t forget that if you’re getting

married overseas, legal requirements

may differ.

Going the Extra Mile

NZ Limousines provides

both dressed and undressed

bridal cars in Christchurch,

Queenstown and Dunedin.

Our drivers who have been

trained in bridal work, take

great pleasure in providing a

reliable, professional and fun

service for the bridal party.

Whether it be calming the

nerves of the bride or assisting

with both planned and

unplanned last minute events

we do it with a smile and

considerable pride.

Our extensive fleet enables us

to supply multiple matching

vehicles so no matter how

many you need we will be able

to help.

Wedding guests can also travel in the luxury of our 6 seater vans

Contact gerard@corporatecabs.co.nz

or phone 03 379-6162 for further details.


Your Choice for Style and Elegance

e take away all the stress of organising

“Wyour special day while you enjoy every

moment with your guests.”

When it comes to luxury and elegance, The

George is Christchurch’s boutique hotel offering

that never compromises on service or style. So,

you can rest assured your wedding will be chic,

impressive and utterly remarkable.

Located centrally, just a short stroll from

Hagley Park and the River Avon, it’s the perfect

place to catch a breath of fresh air. Not to

mention, this luscious area is an ideal space for

not just your ceremony, but photographs and

the reception too. It really is no wonder that this

tranquil venue is such a sought-after wedding

and honeymoon venue.

The facilities at The George are second

to none. Parkview can be configured and

decorated to comfortably accommodate up

to 90 lucky guests for a sit-down dinner or

high-end buffet, or up to 160 guests for a

cocktail reception. Multi-award-winning,

The Residence is the adjoining property that

boasts beautiful lawns and gardens as well

as an intimate dining room for 18 special

guests. The beauty of The Residence is the

sheer privacy that creates an ambience that’s

oh so perfect for intimate wedding parties,

remarriages and the renewal of vows.

The George truly understands the

importance of fantastic food at any given

wedding. So, the cuisine team from The

George provide a variety of menu options

to suit your individual tastes, including fully

plated, two or four course dinners, buffets, or

the popular and innovative “trio set” of plated

entrees and desserts complemented by a buffet

or plated main course.

We certainly think that you’ll fall in love

with The George but couples are encouraged

to meet at the hotel with the wedding

coordinator, to discuss the many options

available to them. This is the ideal opportunity

to view the accommodation, the different

venues and examples of various menus and

set-ups, so that they can create your perfect

day. In fact, the team are so confident you’ll

love The George that they’re giving away a

bottle of Nautilus Cuvee to prospective couples

(terms and conditions do apply).

And that’s not all! For all of your honeymoon

needs, Regent of Rotorua, Hulbert House in

Queenstown and, of course, Hotel Montreal,

will tick all of your boxes. So, get in touch and

explore the endless options with the talented

team. 03 371 0255, weddings@thegeorge.com,



Weddings at The George

The luxury boutique hotel on the park

P: 03 371 0255

E: weddings@thegeorge.com

W: https://www.thegeorge.com/weddings


The chosen ones.

married up in the Gods,


feeling like king and queen of

all your survey” is how someone

recently described the Christchurch Gondola

as a venue.

Available for weddings and other special

occasions, business meetings and gala dinners,

the venue sits in an extraordinary natural

environment of exposed rock and tussock

with incomparable vistas.

After parking in the large carpark

at Base Station, guests are magically

whisked up to the top of Mt Cavendish

in the gondolas, smoothly climbing 1km

above Christchurch before being warmly

welcomed into the venue’s atrium by the

serving team.

While the journey up to the Gondola

affords stunning views of the city and across

the plains to the Southern Alps, on arrival

the sparkling Lyttelton Harbour is revealed

to the south. As the sun sets, the day view

turns into a carpet of fairy lights over the

city at night.

The breath-taking outdoor environment

of Christchurch Gondola lends itself to

gorgeous ceremony and photographic

opportunities, whilst the interior with

its clean lines, contemporary décor and

expansive balconies offers an ideal all

seasons alternative.

Licensed until 12am, with no noise

restrictions, the reception venue is located

on a separate floor to daytime visitors to the

Gondola. Superb food tailored for your guests

combines with attentive, stylish service to

enhance an already memorable day.

For your perfect wedding – Christchurch

Gondola. www.gondola.co.nz or



wedding themes

we adore

Get making those mood boards…

Name of the trend: NEON SIGNS

A little description: We admit it; we’re more than a little bit

obsessed with the neon sign trend. It’s been around for a while but

we’re convinced it’s not going to run out of power any time soon.

Neon signs can be custom-made and spell out your new surname,

your wedding hashtag, the place you met or even a lyric from your

first dance song. So, light up your ceremony and reception with a

neon sign that is bound to create a buzz.

Why we love it: What we love most about this trend is the fact you

can get joy from it long after your wedding day. With most being

customised to perfection, happy couples find it easy to display

them in their homes after the big day. Neon lights are a great

addition to wedding photos as they emit such warmth. We’re also

crazy for this trend because it ties in perfectly with the personalised

décor trend that we’ll talk about next.

Type of wedding it’s great for: Absolutely any type of wedding,

without a doubt. They make a gorgeous backdrop to a minimalist

indoor wedding but are hugely effective when they join forces with

fairy lights for an outdoor reception in the evening.

Tips for achieving it: Always be sure to allow ample time for your

neon sign to be created, especially if you’re opting for a custom

design (which you totally should, by the way). Pick a company

that suits your personal style, budget and has a good track record

for delivering neon signs on time and in one piece. The best in the

business will have a neon sign generator on their website.



Name of the trend: PERSONALISED DÉCOR

A little description: Your wedding day is obviously

all about the newlyweds, and this trend eradicates

all chances of your guests forgetting it. By

personalised décor, we’re talking about printing your

initials or surname repeatedly across the wedding;

from invitations, to cupcakes, balloons, napkins and,

our firm favourite, matching leather jackets.

Why we love it: This big day is all about you and

nothing illustrates that as well as the personalised

décor trend can. Non-edible items make great

keepsakes for your guests who will always remember

your wedding fondly. This trend is also a great way to

coin your wedding hashtag, making it easy for your

guests to share imagery.

Type of wedding it’s great for: Printing your initials

everywhere may seem a little over the top for some

couples, so we think this trend is best suited for

small, intimate weddings where the personalisation

is limited by the size of the venue. After all, we’re

talking about icing your initials on your macaroons

and napkins, not projecting them onto the side of

a building.

Tips for achieving it: To make this trend most

effective, keep your font the same across the

board, from invitations, to bunting, to your fancy

new neon sign. You may be under the impression

that a personalised wedding scheme will cost the

earth in customisation charges but you can avoid

these fees by having a stencil made and getting

the paintbrushes out (we recommend getting the

bridesmaids to lend a hand).

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Photo: Cake topper


The perfect venue

for both indoor and

outdoor weddings.



Name of the trend: VIDEO MAPPING

A little description: Banish the feeble disco ball

because video mapping is here, and is tipped to be

one of the biggest wedding trends of 2019. Video

mapping is when projectors are used to transform

rooms and outdoor areas with impressive light

displays. Video mapping can be designed and

programmed to fit any theme of wedding. Your

choice of lighting display will be projected onto

floors, walls or ceilings, much to the amazement of

your guests.

Why we love it: At long last, due to more brands

adding this service to their resume, video mapping

is becoming more and more accessible to couples

around the world, including here in New Zealand.

Most companies can even create a custom

monogram that will light up any dancefloor (thus

nailing the aforementioned personalisation brief as

well). Video mapping can be used throughout the

day but we love how effective it is when it comes to

putting the spot light on the bride and groom for

their first dance.

Type of wedding it’s great for: This trend is,

without a doubt, best suited for grand, largescale

weddings. When adapted for more intimate

weddings, the varied and flashing lights are likely to

be more distressing than they are romantic. Large

venues are often hard to fill, but a lighting display is

the perfect way to do so.

Tips for achieving it: This isn’t a job for one of the

bridesmaids or groomsmen to take on. So, call in

the professionals who will happily assist with the

set-up, monitoring and pack down of this usually

complicated lighting option.

Photo (top): www.3dmappingfactory.com

Located in the picturesque boutique town of Geraldine, just a two-hour drive south of Christchurch,

Stonebridge is the ultimate wedding venue to bring together family and friends to celebrate your

special day. With multiple ceremony sites, a sculptured lake, manicured gardens and lawns perfect for

post ceremony drinks and lawn games, magical woodland grounds to create timeless photographs

and a purpose-built venue to hold your reception, Stonebridge really is the perfect venue.

The team at Stonebridge love what they do. Let new owners Justine and Adelle take your thoughts,

hopes and aspirations and turn them into the wedding you have always dreamed of. Their

uncompromising attention to detail and hands-on management style means that you can relax and

focus on marrying the love of your life.

Stonebridge is an all-inclusive wedding venue that needs to be seen in person to truly understand its

beauty and versatility. Contact us today to arrange a viewing.

Photo Credit – Paul Wilson Weddings


842 Winchester Geraldine Road



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Name of the trend: GEOMETRICS

A little description: Geometric shapes are a great way

to create a running theme throughout your wedding

from invitations, terrariums and cake toppers to place

names and tea light holders.

Why we love it: Brides have admired geometric

designs for a few years, but lately, they’ve been given a

real upgrade. Geometric shapes go hand in hand with

the floral accents that are present at most weddings

because the angular lines complement the natural

aspects most perfectly.

Type of wedding it’s great for: This trend is extremely

versatile so it’s ideal for most weddings. However, we

think that the angular geometric shapes look best

when showcased in a venue with either an industrial

or rustic feel. In regards to size, this trend suits either

large or more intimate weddings, so most brides can

consider incorporating geometric details into their


Tips for achieving it: Keep the colour scheme

consistent. From cake decorations to table numbers,

be sure to stick to just one colour throughout.

Obtaining all of your décor in the same colour may

prove tricky, and the easiest, most budget-savvy way

may be to get the spray paints out.




Specialists in relaxed

rustic style weddings

for 30-250 guests

307 Larcomb Rd, Rolleston 022 425 8628 info@gtcatering.co.nz www.larcombvineyard.co


High Country Romance

At Terrace Downs Resort

Let us introduce you to the ever-scenic,

Terrace Downs Resort. This beautiful

wedding venue has both indoor

and outdoor spaces that are ideal for your

ceremony, reception and dance. In addition,

the luxurious accommodation that is available

for the wedding party and guests, truly makes

this unique venue the perfect choice for your

wedding, no matter what time of year you

choose to tie the knot.

Terrace Downs Resort is just an hour’s drive

from Christchurch International Airport, so

you can be transported to the heart of the

high country most conveniently. You’ll feel

right at home in the rustic clubhouse that

offers incredible panoramic views over the

18-hole championship golf course, right up to

the Southern Alps and Mt Hutt. Inside, the

warm and welcoming clubhouse, complete

with the open-fire crackling, reflects the highcountry

backdrop, offering an idyllic setting

for photography. You can also access more

secluded locations by helicopter or jet boat

if you so desire. Your wedding album

will certainly be one to remember fondly.

This venue understands that getting ready

is half the fun. The generously sized Ladies

Powder Room is situated in the clubhouse

and is the best place for the bride and

bridesmaids to enjoy getting ready for the

big day, whilst enjoying a hearty range of

snacks and beverages.

If you weren’t already sold, let us go

on to mention more features of this wonderful

venue. Pre and post wedding entertainment

options include golf, clay pigeon shooting,

horse riding and spa treatments. And, once

your guests have tired themselves out, they

can kick back and relax at the range of stylish

accommodation including villa and chalet

options that can sleep up to 110 people. If

you’re looking for an extra level of exclusivity,

you can, of course, book the entire resort,

for your use only.

Together, your dedicated Wedding

Co-ordinator and events team will ensure

smooth running from start to end. A unique

wedding menu will be designed to match your

theme and it will be served with incredible flair

that will only result in total enjoyment for each

and every guest.

So, whether you’re planning a wedding large

or small, Terrace Downs Resort provides the

ultimate venue. Breath-taking mountain vistas,

deluxe accommodation and spectacular dining

options, all just a pleasant one-hour drive from

the Christchurch airport.

To book your wedding at Terrace Downs

Resort or to enquire about special rates for

mid-week and winter weddings visit

www.terracedownsresort.co.nz or email



The Art of a Wedding


Terrace Downs Resort is the perfect setting for your special day, whether it's

an intimate wedding or a lavish affair, we offer a variety of options including:

Multiple ceremony sites both

outside and indoors

Reception facilities

Exclusive use Powder Room

Flexible menu options

Onsite accommodation for up to

95 guests

Various onsite activities including

spa and golf

Personal wedding co-ordinator

Confirm your wedding with us before 31 October and receive

a $1000 credit for a reception with 50 guests or more OR a $500 credit for a reception with 20-49 guests*

*Credit will be applied to the final account following the wedding

Photos courtesy of Andy Currie - top, Dolce Wedding Photography bottom left, Krystle Photograpy bottom right

Coleridge Road | Windwhistle

Just 60 minutes drive from Christchurch

03 318 6943







Many people, celebrants included, struggle to define

precisely what a celebrant does due to the wide spectrum

that they cover during the run-up to your wedding, on

the day itself and even afterwards.

Celebrants are people who conduct formal ceremonies

within the communities, namely weddings. They’re

authorised under law and play a major role in any legal

wedding. The live and breathe all things weddings; it’s

their passion! Months of training is whole-heartedly

poured in to gaining all of the knowledge necessary to

successfully become a celebrant.

Celebrants are able to conduct ceremonies that

perfectly reflect the beliefs of the couple, religious or

otherwise. So, celebrants come well versed in a wide

variety of traditions, beliefs, cultures, religions and

lifestyles. There’s just no denying the crucial role that

celebrants will play when it comes to making your

wedding unique.




It goes without saying that you should have an initial spark with your

celebrant. They’ll be playing a big part in your special day, so picking

one that you bond with is hugely important. There’s nothing to say you

can’t check out a few different celebrants before picking one you truly


Naturally there will be other determining factors, such as the

celebrant’s cost as well as their availability, and if they’re able to travel

should your wedding be further afield. But without a doubt, we believe

the primary factor for choosing your celebrant should be how they make

you feel. They should make you feel happy, comfortable and confident.


You can and should expect your celebrant to pull out all of the stops to

make your wedding the best that it possibly can be. So, you can certainly

expect an initial meeting. From the get-go, you’ll know if you want to

take things further, or continue on your search for the perfect celebrant.

Once you’ve decided upon a celebrant, you’ll meet up again; this is

your chance to discuss your wedding plans and to get to know each other.

During the lead-up to your wedding your celebrant should,

without a doubt, be communicating with you continuously. They

should be at the end of the phone should questions or queries arise.

Now, this is the important bit, your celebrant should clearly

instruct the couple about all of the legal requirements for the

ceremony, such as what documents should be obtained beforehand.

Assistance in writing one another’s vows can also be requested,

so if you’re a little lost for words, get your experienced celebrant to

lend a hand.

Celebrants can certainly help with the more general side of

wedding planning such as the wedding rehearsal and even the order

of events.

On the day of the wedding, your celebrant should arrive bright and

early to ensure everything is running smoothly.

Then, for the exciting part; they’ll professionally perform your

wedding as well as supervise the signing of the wedding licence

alongside your witnesses.

Once all documents are correctly signed, your celebrant will send

it all to the authorities, leaving you to enjoy your reception.

Tricia WarWick-Naziris

Marriage Celebrant

Creating with you

a personal service

to reflect your love

021 143 9488



Words With Soul

Creating Everlasting Memories


My genuine passion, creativity, knowledge and experience enables

me to create a partnership with my couples. I have a special interest

in Social and Cultural Diversity, Traditions and Rituals. This enables

me to encapsulate and reflect the “True Essence” of the couple

throughout their ceremony. Styled with a refreshing, fun experience

by blending both Traditional and Contemporary elements within my


Delivered with a unique, candid and modern feel.

Tania Johnson Scott CELEBRANT

Certificate in Celebrant Studies Member of the Celebrants Association of New Zealand

M: 027 751 8753 E: tania@taniajohnsonscott.co.nz W: www.taniajohnsonscottcelebrant.co.nz

F: www.facebook.com/TaniaJohnsonScottCelebrant


Top five first

dance songs

At Last

Etta James

the sound of music

Your Song

Elton John

Better Together

Jack Johnson

All of Me

John Legend

How Sweet It Is

(to Be Loved by You)

James Taylor

If I Ain’t Got You

Alicia Keys

Music is a hugely important aspect of any

wedding. In any given public situation,

it’s hard to satisfy everyone’s music

tastes. But when it comes to weddings, it’s

harder than ever, given the sheer range of ages

and personalities that will be present. There are,

however, a range of options that, when integrated

well, can ensure that nobody will be able to resist

singing along.

Live bands can be hugely romantic especially

when toned down to fit an acoustic brief. Just

make sure that if the band is intended to serve

primarily as background sound, that guests are

still able to hold conversations over the top. It’s

also worth checking that a live band will sound

good in your given venue, as this can often make

a huge difference. When sieving through band

options, ask around and check if anyone has

heard them live. If not, then tee up a little taster

session to make sure they’re exactly what you’re

looking for. Finally, it’s more than OK to brief

the band on how you’d like them to dress.

When it comes to DJs, certain elements should

be considered. As with live bands, you should

check the genre of music suits your personal

taste. In addition, it’s key to plan in advance.

Make sure that either the DJ or your venue has

all of the equipment that is required. On the

note of venues, it’s important to consider any

noise restrictions that are in place.

Perhaps opt for a combination of the two.

Live acoustic music is perfect for creating an

atmosphere when guests are enjoying drinks and

dinner whilst a DJ can aid in getting everyone to

the dance floor when the time is right.

We love the idea of getting each guest to

submit a song of their choice for the wedding

playlist. Sharing this playlist with guests after the

wedding is also a lovely gesture; you’re all sure to

enjoy listening back to the selection of tracks.



Something Borrowed

Something New

Our motto is “You get dressed we’ll dress the rest!”

Here at Something Borrowed Something

New, we’re proud to be Christchurch’s

leading store for all of your decoration

requirements. Our impressive range of

products includes all of the latest décor trends

that are available to hire or purchase. From

classic options to the more contemporary,

come on in and experiment with setting up

your own displays here in store. Whether

you’re after simple décor or something more

flamboyant, we’ll have just what you need.

We have an extremely vast selection of

event product for sale, including rolls of

fabric, sashes, table décor and wedding

accessories, to name just a few. The items that

we have available reflect the current trends,

including the vintage and rustic look. We are

pleased to stock very lifelike foliage garlands

for centrepieces, festoon lighting, coloured

linen tableware, signage, blackboards, as well

as fabulous glassware, lanterns and stunning

candelabras. In addition, we also have a great

range of backdrops including but not limited

to floral, fern and greenery walls and a twometre

wooden freestanding love sign, to

name just a couple.

With free in-store consultations, Lynn and

her team can offer advice based on many

successful years of experience to help achieve

distinctive individuality of style for your most

special occasion. You may choose to decorate

your own venue or take advantage of the

company’s Venue Setting Service as we offer a

styling and set-up/pack-down service.

SBSN also has a comprehensive and

affordable catalogue of props for themed

functions, including backdrop displays,

furniture, palm trees, enchanted forest trees,

floral displays and children’s themed displays,

that are available on the website.

You’ll find everything you could possibly

need to create a bespoke theme for your

special occasion. “Wedding decorations

and ideas are naturally an important part of

the business, but we can also theme private

parties including engagements, hens’ nights,

corporate functions, balls, 21sts, birthdays and

anniversary celebrations,” says Lynn.

“We even have the things you haven’t

thought about yet, so come in and talk to us

about what we can do for you. Don’t forget to

like us on Facebook and check it regularly for

in store specials too,” suggests Lynn. So, what

are you waiting for? Head down and see us

today, and together, we’ll get the ball rolling.

Located at 311 Blenheim Road with parking

right outside. Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm and

10am-2.30pm Saturdays. Phone 03 343 5984,

visit www.sbsn.co.nz and like us on Facebook.


Specialising in:

• Wedding/Event Hire

• Corporate Functions

• Styling & Set Ups

• Wedding Supplies

Mon to Fri 10am - 5pm

Sat 10am - 2.30pm

311 Blenheim Road

03 343 5984



dinner is served

Guests are happiest when full of beautifully cooked food, so picking the right

caterer is absolutely key to creating lasting memories.

Here are some of the most popular and effective forms of wedding day catering…

A seated reception dinner

Often comprised of three separate

courses, served by waitstaff, this

catering choice is unsurprisingly,

one of the most expensive you can

pick. It’s the traditional option that

requires your guests to remain seated

for an extended period of time, so

it’s important to consider how young

children will cope. Guests with dietary

requirements are accounted for well

in advance – as long as you have

requested this information is returned

alongside their RSVP.

Banquet-style catering

Not to be confused with wedding

buffets, banquet-style dining involves

varied platters being placed on the

tables of your guests. Guests will serve

themselves, so be sure to check plenty

of appropriate utensils will be supplied.

Known also as French platter style, it’s

a great way to break the ice between

guests while offering a wide range of

foods. The thing to consider is how

much table space your platters will take

up; you don’t want to leave your guests

struggling for space.

Cocktails and canapés

This option goes down extremely well

at afternoon weddings – or as a starter

before the main dinner. If a cocktail

and canapé reception is in the place

of sit-down dinner, be sure to let your

guests know so they won’t expect a

full meal and can instead feast heartily

on the smaller bites provided. Unlike

other catering options, cocktails and

canapés often eliminate the need to hire

additional serve wear like plates and

bowls as these mini morsels are likely to

be eaten from a napkin.



A wedding buffet

A great catering choice if you’re keen to offer a wide range of

foods that will suit the palates and dietary requirements of all

of your guests. Buffets can include both hot and cold foods that

are usually placed across a long table allowing guests to stand

up and serve themselves as many times as they wish. Foods

for guests with dietary requirements can be clearly labelled or

positioned on a separate table to ensure that there is enough to

comfortably go round.

A barbecue or spit roast

This is a great casual way to feed your wedding guests.

Perfect for summer weddings and those that will see a lot

of young families in attendance. If your catering budget

is somewhat restricted, barbecues and spit roasts are a

delicious way to cut costs as waitstaff and cutlery costs

can be reduced significantly. Your guests will love having

the option to mingle and chat with one another during the

dinner period of the evening.

Key things to consider when you’re deciding upon your menu…

The numbers.

Obviously, the more people come to

your wedding, the more you’ll have

to pay for catering. Be sure to check

your catering candidates are able to

provide for the number of guests you are

expecting as most catering companies

will have minimum and maximum

numbers that they’re able and willing

to cater for. If your chosen company is

best suited for more intimate weddings,

don’t stretch them too far. You’ll want

them to deliver the very best food they

can and catering for more guests than

they are comfortable with could have

the opposite outcome.

The nibbles.

By the time dinner rolls around, your

guests will likely be pretty ravenous,

so, with the help of your caterer you

should plan what snacks can be provided

especially if you’re going to be holding

a cocktail hour. A great option is to have

waitstaff bring around plates of various

bite-sized foods, both sweet and savoury.

If you opt for pre-dinner nibbles, be

absolutely certain of the amount of food

that is needed, how much it will cost and

if your caterer will be able to prepare it,

given your location. Where snacks are

concerned, it’s still imperative to cater for

those guests with dietary requirements.

The season.

The time of year in which you choose to

get married can have a huge impact on

your wedding day menu. Do a little bit of

research and find out what ingredients

will be tricky for your caterers to get

their hands on during your timing of

choice. If out-of-season ingredients need

to be acquired, a massive additional cost

could arise that you’d rather not spend

your wedding budget on. It’s important

to be willing to compromise on the

menu in relation to the seasons; instead

of paying more just to source certain

produce, embrace the foods readily

available at that time of the year.

the cake eating company

cakes made to be different


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0800 333 666


food for thought

Don’t forget to ask your wedding caterers these important questions.

Do you have a licence, including one for liquor

liability? You’ll want to be fully confident that

everything is legal, safe and professional.

Do you offer taste testing? It’s always a great sign if

your caterer is more than willing to provide this service.

Can we read reviews and references from previous

couples? Whilst it’s key that the food tastes great,

you’ll also want to find out if the catering company is

easy to work with.

What does our chosen package cost? Prices vary hugely

depending on the caterer, the venue, your chosen menu

and the number of guests who will be in attendance.

What’s included in our package? Make sure you’re clear

on the price breakdown. You won’t want to get stung by

any hidden charges that may occur.

Have you ever catered at our venue before?

This will help with logistics including set-up times

and proceedings.

From where do you source your ingredients? If organic

and local is your personal preference then be sure

you pick a caterer that can deliver the goods.

What is your favourite food to whip up? This gives

a strong indication about their style. We always

recommend trying to include their favourite dish in

your wedding day menu, if it’s your cup of tea.

Are you able to cater for food intolerances, and will

this be at an additional cost? You’re likely have at least

a few guests who require certain food types, so picking a

caterer that can provide those guests with

food that’s just as delicious is imperative.

Do you provide cutlery, napkins and other serving

essentials? If they don’t, you’ll be faced with a huge

amount of additional planning, so certainly consider

using one that provides everything that is required.

Are you able to provide waitstaff? If so, make sure

you’re aware of how many are needed and how much

they’ll cost.



Verve Real Food Catering

We all know that along with the venue and your dress, the food you

serve plays such a special part in your wedding day.

You’ll enjoy real food prepared

with flair and the freshest of local

seasonal ingredients when you

choose Verve Real Food Catering to look

after you on your special day. Our talented

team cook everything from scratch and

are well known for being flexible when

it comes to menu design. We can make

recommendations from our extensive

repertoire to create exactly the menu

you want and are more than happy to

incorporate your favourite dishes, make

your favourite family recipes and, if

you’ve caught your own crayfish or

venison for example, can even use

your own special ingredients.

We are real foodies and true romantics

at Verve, and will be flexible not only with

your menu, but can also work within your

budget to give you the wedding feast your

heart desires. And what’s more, we can

cook for you and your guests, pretty

much anywhere.


From traditional venues and marquees,

to wool sheds and beachside settings,

we work our culinary magic in all sorts of

wonderful locations. We partner with a

huge number of wedding destinations and

venues, and we also have a fully mobile

commercial kitchen, which means we can

treat your guests to delicious, real food

wherever you are celebrating. We also pride

ourselves on providing exceptionally high

levels of service so that your wedding feast

is sure to be a truly memorable part of

your celebrations.

If this all sounds like a fairytale,

please do visit www.vervecatering.co.nz

to see testimonials from our very

happy customers.

Please note, we are a boutique catering

company and our diary fills particularly

quickly in the wedding season. We have

chosen to remain small so that you receive

the first-class service personnel you

deserve. This exclusivity means that you

do need to book us promptly if you want

your guests to enjoy the Verve Real Food

experience on your wedding day.

“The food was delicious,

the service was faultless

and they were such a lovely team of people.

Our guests raved about the food.

We honestly could not have asked for

anything more.”

Mr & Mrs Jones, wedding breakfast,

January 2018

Real food,

freshly made,

served with love.

Whatever you want,

wherever you want it.

Fresh and exquisite...

a real food experience.

Contact: Nicky Geddes,

03 374 6662, 021 709 220




piece of cake

A wedding cake really is the cherry on the top of an

amazing event. We caught up with the baking geniuses

at the Cake Eating Company for the lowdown on all

things cake.


Before you pick a cake maker, check out their

social media. You’ll likely have a strong idea of

what style you’re after so make sure that any

potential bakers are capable of working in a

similar style.

Portion sizes are important. Be sure to specify

whether you intend to serve the cake for dessert

or as a snack with supper so that the cake maker

can be sure to make enough to go round. There

are no industry standard sizes, so just make sure

your cake maker is clear.

Have a budget in mind, be it as a whole or

per person. This way, your cake maker will be

able to achieve the design you want in relation

to said budget or will be able to let you know if

it’s not feasible.

Most companies will offer delivery or pick

up. Picking up likely means you’ll save money

on delivery charges but be sure to follow their

advice as how to best transport the cake.

Fresh flowers are a wonderfully cost-effective

cake decoration. If you are considering using

flowers, we recommend contacting your florist

so they can send some to your cake maker.

This way, the flowers on your cake will match

the flowers in your additional arrangements.

Oh, and be sure your cake maker knows which

flowers are toxic!


Here are some traditional wedding cakes that

never fail to impress each and every guest,

fondly named by the Caking Eating Company.



1. CAKE NAME: Glenda

Flavours: Belgian chocolate mud cake;

lemon, raspberry and passionfruit; and sticky

date with toffee sauce.

Decoration style: Traditional white fondant.

A little description: A classic white fondant

three-tiered cake, no less. The bottom tier

is covered in hundreds, yes hundreds, of

individually hand-made ruffles, with the

middle tier featuring a large sugar-paste

anemone. The simple black ribbon provides

a contrast to the white fondant, perfect for a

black and silver wedding theme.

Why is it so special? The Glenda was named

after the bride, who had saved an image of a

similar cake, which we used as a base before

adjusting it to suit her unique colour scheme

and flower. Four hours of loving labour went

into creating the ruffles, so it’s safe to say, we

got pretty attached.

How many people can enjoy it? This one was

pretty enormous! It served 170 coffee-sized

portions, or 85 dessert-sized portions.

2. CAKE NAME: Gold Leaf

Flavours: Lemon, raspberry and passionfruit

with black forest.

Decoration style: The smoothest ivory butter

cream decorated minimally with a cascade

of 24k Italian gold, which complements fresh

flowers perfectly.

A little description: This three-tier cake is

actually one of our most popular sizes for

weddings and, given how elegant it looks,

it’s easy to see why.

Why is it so special? It’s just one of those

cakes that is a joy to look at. It’s classy and

gorgeous in a most understated way.

How many people can enjoy it? This beauty

is big enough for 70 coffee portions, 35

dessert portions.

3. CAKE NAME: Gold and Black

Flavours: Both tiers are Belgian chocolate

mud cake.

Decoration style: Fondant with the most

incredible detail.

A little description: The bottom tier is

comprised of hand-pressed images painted in

gold with gold leaf detail, whilst the top tier is

covered in stunning sugar flowers.

Why is it so special? It was one of those cakes

where we were inspired and then got given free

rein, so we just went for it.

How many people can enjoy it? 70 coffee

serves, 35 dessert portions.

4. CAKE NAME: Lucy

Flavours: Lemon, raspberry and passionfruit;

and chocolate with fudge, cookies, caramel

and custard.

Decoration style: Semi-nude buttercream.

A little description: Two tiers of semi-naked

cake with a dark chocolate drip, gold leaf detail

then a tonne of fresh flowers, macarons, fruit,

meringues, and greenery.

What makes it so special? Another cake where

we got absolute free rein. The only parameters

were the number of tiers, and the flowers,

which were delivered by their florist.

How many people can enjoy it? 80 delicious

coffee servings or 40 dessert servings.

5. CAKE NAME: Olivia

Flavours: Dark chocolate mud cake with

lemon, raspberry and passionfruit.

Decoration style: Wafer paper and gold leaf.

A little description: The bottom tier is covered

in a custom-designed wafer paper image and

the top with 24K gold leaf, finished with fresh

florals and greenery.

What makes it so special? Olivia’s sister-in-law

designed the image for the bottom tier, so it

has that special family connection.

How many people can enjoy it? This cake is

suited for 40 coffee serves or 20 dessert serves.



let them eat cake



Debatably, the most important ring of

the day. Ringed doughnuts are giving

traditional wedding cakes a serious

run for their money. Whether you stack

them up, set up a doughnut dessert bar

or even give them their own dedicated

wall, including doughnuts in your

wedding’s catering plans is bound to

be a success amongst your guests.

The crowd-pleasers can come glazed,

sprinkled or even in the shape of the

newlywed’s initials. So say ‘I do’ to this

fun alternative. And if you’re looking for

a slightly classier, flakier alternative,

may we suggest the cronut?


Incredible pavlova centrepieces are

proving popular at weddings around

the country, and we’re into it. This

gluten-free dessert is perfect year round.

Whilst traditionally enjoyed during

warmer months, it’s easily adapted to

suit any season by simply adjusting the

topping. Just consider edible flowers

and tropical fruits for a summer wedding

and seasonal fruits that ooze dark juices

for a winter one. The pavlova’s support

act is more than often, a host of smaller,

colourful meringues that are readily

available to guests. Pavlova bars allow

wedding goers to top their serving with

an array of toppings including creams

and seasonal fruits.


A croquembouche at a New Zealand

wedding isn’t considered common

place at all, but a wedding in France

simply wouldn’t occur without this

awe-inspiring dessert. The French

favourite consists of cream-filled choux

pastry balls that are arranged into a

magnificent cone, encased with the

most delicate spun caramel, sugared

almonds, details of chocolate and even

flowers. When it comes to the decadent

filling, a vanilla bourbon cream is a

favourite amongst Parisian brides, with

pistachio and orange blossom proving

themselves as worthy runners-up.

The tallest croquembouche stood at a

staggering 4.5 metres, so get building.


With absolutely endless flavour and

colour combinations, it’s so easy to

see the appeal of a macaron tower in

place of a traditional cake. Each level

of the tower can be a different colour

and flavour, ensuring every sweettoothed

guest is left more than satisfied.

Of course, there’s no need to cut this

wedding cake alternative with a knife,

guests are able to grab a macaron,

as and when they please. Whilst we

somehow doubt the tower will stay

standing, any leftover macarons can

be easily swiped up by guests as they

depart. Pick a colour palette and pile

them up high.


Another French classic, the once

humble éclair has been given a massive

makeover and, as a result, serving them

at your wedding is sure to put you in the

running for the most on-trend wedding

of the year, if not century. With éclairs,

beauty starts from within. The cream

fillings have been suitably upgraded

from plain creams to the most diverse

and flavoursome. When it comes to

external beauty, the world’s most

prestigious patisseries are taking éclair

toppings to a new level. Edible gold,

petals, sugar art and even personalised

icing are just the beginning for this

delectable trend.



The Vines Club

Tucked away in spacious landscaped grounds down a long, tree-lined driveway,

The Vines Club is the ideal place to celebrate your wedding.

An inviting entranceway sets the

scene on arrival, with a meandering

pathway that leads you to spacious,

well-established gardens, overlooking a

miniature vineyard. If you are planning an

outdoor wedding, the unique wedding dell

provides a picture-perfect spot for you to

exchange your vows.

The beautiful, natural surroundings also

provide many great photo opportunities

and, as the venue opens out onto a

sheltered patio, your guests can relax,

mingle and enjoy the view while you are

having your wedding photographs taken.

With room for up to 100 people, a

marquee on the lawn adds extra space,

and there is plenty of room for dancing the

night away.

The philosophy at The Vines Club is

“Your day, your way”. The team is flexible

in their approach and, with various

different packages on offer, will work

together with you to create the setting and

feel you want.

As well as being a fabulous venue,

The Vines Club offers a range of different

catering options from delicious,

traditional Kiwi food from Spitroast.com,

through to sumptuous boutique wedding

feasts by Verve Real Food Caterers, who

will prepare whatever dishes you wish to

serve. A fully licenced bar is available and/

or you can BYO if you prefer.

With years of experience, The Vines Club

team provides a genuinely warm welcome

and top-class professional service. For

extra peace of mind, one of the crew will

be on hand throughout the day to take

care of all the details, so you can truly

relax and enjoy your moment.

Set in a relaxed, rural enviroment,

The Vines Club is close to both town and

the Christchurch International Airport,

and has ample on-site parking. Combining

beautiful food and beautiful surroundings,

this is an idyllic spot in which to celebrate

and create wonderful memories you will

cherish forever.

“ Your day,

your way.”

651 Pound Road, Christchurch

Contact: Dee Taylor

Phone: 021 914 817




food and drink stations


Whist your wedding day will likely be a rather

rapid blur of excitement, it’s actually a long day

for guests, especially children. So, it’s key to keep

them well fed and watered from start to finish.

Luckily for you, food and drink stations have been

taken to the next level, and they’ve never looked

or tasted better. Here are just a small list of some

of our favourites:

For summer



Guests will love cooling down

with a trip to the ice-cream

station. Most stations will

consist of a few different

flavours, accompanied by

different sauces, toppings,

cones and bowls. Avoid a

flavoured milk station by

ensuring your venue has

the means to keep the ice

creams frozen.


Visually impressive and undeniably delicious, charcuterie

stations are often comprised of cold meats, bread, oils and

other tasty accompaniments that will have your guests making

many return visits. When the weather is hot, these cold meats

are ideal for wedding day grazing.

For family-friendly



Stock up on large jars and fill

’em up high with a selection

of lollies. Simply provide

scoops and paper bags and

let your guests run wild.

Perfect for both snacking on

during the day and taking

home at the end of the night.

Children and adults alike will

adore this sweet idea.


Get your hands dirty with a DIY taco and nacho station. Guests

of all ages will take great pleasure in piling up guacamole,

jalapenos, salsa and more. This option is bound to keep your

wedding-goers fuelled up until it’s time to hit the dancefloor.

For winter



Keep your guests warm

with a festive hot chocolate

station. Stocking the station

is simple; just set up a vat of

high quality hot chocolate,

mugs, marshmallows,

cream, chocolate shavings

and candy canes.


When it comes to s’mores, you know the drill. Lay out crackers,

marshmallows, chocolate chips and fudge. A small open fire is

needed to roast the marshmallows, so it goes without saying that

younger guests should be supervised. We love this cosy option.

For boozy weddings…


Shake things up with a cocktail station. Provide spirits, mixer and

garnishes aplenty. There’s no need to recruit an additional bar

man. Instead, laminate several recipes including the classics, such

as martinis and margaritas. For an extra unique touch, why not

create a special cocktail recipe named after the bride and groom?



Oysters aren’t for everyone,

but champagne is practically

universal. As with any type

of seafood, it’s crucial to

serve them at the correct

temperature, so consider

asking your caterer to man

this particular station. This

option is guaranteed to

impress your guests, whether

they indulge or refrain.



Confidence in your wedding

partner makes for a happy day

If you’re newly engaged, the question of where to get married

will come up pretty quickly.


Due to its trusted reputation, Continental –

which recently celebrated 50 years catering

for weddings and special occasions – has

exclusive or preferred access to many

special and/or unique function spaces,

the range covering venues with rural or

city vistas, traditional or modern décor,

charming or sophisticated ambience.

Within Christchurch and Canterbury,

the list on the website is extensive,


Mona Vale Homestead and Iris Lawn,

Christchurch Gondola,

Isaac Theatre Royal,

The Great Hall,

Valley of Peace,

Waipara Winery,

Tipapa Woolshed, Greta Valley.

Once the ‘where’ is sorted and the ‘when’

confirmed, at some stage of the planning

your thoughts will turn to the reception

and catering.


A passion for exceptional catering is at

the core of Continental: the team aims

to deliver on-trend, tasty, stylish cuisine

served with flair by friendly and attentive

professionals. This is the team you can

trust to guide you through the intricacies

of planning your wedding.

The Continental cuisine team offers

menu options or will design entire one-off

menus just for your special day, allowing

for special dietary requirements so you

can rest assured all of your guests will be

able to enjoy the full wedding experience.

Happy to discuss serving styles, timing,

beverage requirements and a whole host

of things you may not have considered,

just one call or email connects you with

an experienced event planner who can

assist you with all your catering and

venue decisions.

Have a look at the website or contact

the team: www.continental.co.nz or



raise a glass

From toasting with your bridesmaids to toasting after the speeches,

alcohol plays an integral part of any wedding. There are many

different options when it comes to how best to provide beverages

at your wedding. Budget, the number of guests and venue can all

ultimately affect your final choice.


Naturally a firm favourite amongst

your guests. An open bar means that

friends and family can leave their wallets

at home. Guests are able to order

whichever drink they please and can

return to the bar time after time. You’ll

pick up the tab after the wedding.


It’s no secret that weddings are

extremely expensive, so guests won’t

assume that alcohol at your wedding will

come free of charge. If you can’t squeeze

a free bar out of your budget, don’t put

yourself into a sticky financial situation.


Some venues will allow you to bring

your own choice of alcohol and still

serve them for you. Be sure to check

how much alcohol you’re allowed

to bring, what types of alcohol are

applicable and what extra charges

(e.g. corkage) will apply.


If a totally free bar isn’t a viable

option, this could be the perfect

solution. With a limited bar, you

pick a select range of drinks to serve

during specific times, such as during

the speeches and cocktail hour.



Welcome to Rossendale Vineyard

Rossendale Vineyard is a gem on the Old

Tai Tapu Road. Your wedding will be

set apart from the rest, when you choose

to celebrate at such an incredibly elegant and

contemporary venue. This most versatile

setting is available for weddings throughout

the year, with each season providing an equally

breath-taking backdrop.

The surroundings are most captivating, with

a working Pinot Noir vineyard and mature

gardens, with a stream boundary, offering

phenomenal photograph opportunities to

compliment your ceremony and reception.

Lucky are the wedding guests who

experience this superb setting, which

incorporates the Pinot Noir room, a separate

dance floor and lounge with the added bonus

of a luxury retreat that the bridal party may

use during the celebrations.

When it comes to dining, Rossendale

Vineyard sets the bar high. From buffet

options to served menus, the selection

of dishes that are prepared freshly on site

by their team of talented chefs are sure to

whet the appetite. Of course, it goes without

saying that Rossendale’s own wines are the

perfect tipple to accompany your choice of

cuisine, with the sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

cementing itself as a firm favourite amongst

recent wedding guests.

For the team at Rossendale Vineyard, the

sky is the limit. Be it a casual lunch, formal

dinner or a glamorous cocktail party, your

hosts at Rossendale Vineyard strive to tick

all the boxes in a most stress-free manner. As

a result, couples and guests are able to enjoy

both the planning process and the wedding

itself, with time to focus on what really

matters; “You, your family, your friends and

your commitment to each other,” says Graham

Jones, Manager and Wedding Co-ordinator.

To view this sensational venue contact

Graham or Liz on 03 322 7780 today, and

start planning your dream wedding. In the

meantime, head to www.rossendale.co.nz for

a 360-degree virtual tour of the one and only,

Rossendale Vineyard.


love on the lawn

on the Lawn” is the Garden

Hotel’s intimate wedding venue.


Located at 110 Marshland Road,

the hotel is well known for its Garden Buffet

Restaurant, GBC (Garden Bar Café) and

selection of accommodation options. But

with the addition of facilities dedicated to

wedding ceremonies, the Garden Hotel offers

a venue that covers all the bases and is ideal for

intimate weddings of up to 60 guests.

“Wedding receptions have always been

popular at the Garden Hotel, but we are

now pleased to offer a special area that can

accommodate wedding ceremonies too,” says

Margaret Wong, General Manager.

“An ornate, romantic gate opens to a

private courtyard with a manicured raised

lawn surrounded by paving, plantings and a

spectacular pagoda that was specially designed

to resemble a wedding veil.”

Beyond the courtyard is an attractive

function room with full bar facilities and

comfortable amenities for a wedding reception.

The simplicity of the area means that a bridal

couple can transform it with their own theme

personalised with flowers, plants, chair covers,

decorations, candles and lights to make

it magical.

Catering can be created according to the

couple’s preferred style and taste. From dainty

canapés or cocktail finger food to a seated

banquet buffet complemented by a selection

of New Zealand wines as well as imported

wines, beers and spirits, Margaret and the

Wedding Team at the Garden Hotel can

design a menu to suit any budget.

On-site accommodation and various

accommodation packages also provide the

ideal comfort and convenience for the

couple and their wedding guests.

For further information, to view the venue or

to book the Garden Hotel for your special day,

contact the Wedding Team on 03 385 3132 or

email functions@gardenhotel.co.nz


Say oo I II doo





at Garden Hotel & Restaurant’s

Love on the Lawn

At the Garden Hotel & Restaurant we are

delighted to provide you with a range of

options to tailor your special day and

assist in making your day unforgettable.

For more information please contact THE WEDDING TEAM on 03 385 3132

Email: functions@gardenhotel.co.nz

110 Marshland Road, Shirley, Christchurch




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the morning after…

It can be a rarity to get the whole gang together, so we suggest you

drag out the celebrations for as long as possible.

Serve up the rest of that cake, re-use your beautiful floral

arrangements and put the rest of the rosé on ice…

(Ok, who are we kidding, the rosé ran dry before the

speeches, right?) There’s still time to make the most of your

hired venue, if the after-party was part of your pre-planning.

If not, a more casual approach to any festivities is most

certainly acceptable – with gatherings hosted at home a

favoured choice.

If some of your nearest and dearest were unable to attend

the wedding itself, continued celebrations present an

opportunity for them to catch up on the fun. We love the idea

of either a large, extended breakfast or a garden party.

When it comes to catering, popular options include mouthwatering

grazing platters, quality cookouts and even the

couple’s favourite food trucks. Refrain from sit-down options

and give your guests the opportunity to mingle. You’ll find

that many catering companies and venues will offer reduced

rates for couples who purchase a package that comprises

of both the wedding itself and the day after. It might be as

simple as leftovers – and how good does that sound!

The dress code should be as laid-back as the catering.

Brides will have likely donned a white dress at the wedding

itself, so the day after is the time to opt for a more colourful

outfit. We don’t think you can go wrong with a high-quality

cotton dress if you want to make a statement whilst still

adhering to the more casual dress code. Not to mention,

you’ll get plenty of further use out of it during your

honeymoon. Some of our favourite styles come from Dodo

Bar Or. And, as your feet are likely to be throbbing from all of

the dancing the night before, sling your wedding heels back in

the box for now, and slip on a pair of sandals instead.

Take your time to enjoy talking properly to guests after

the often rushed conversations that occur at the wedding

reception. Thank your bridal party for all of the assistance

in planning a perfect wedding and, of course, spend some

blissful time with your other half.






































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hens and stags

If you’ve been tasked with planning the hen or stag party,

take note…

DO choose an option that suits everyone’s


DO consider the ages and abilities of

everyone in the party when planning


DO capture every single moment with

images that the hen and stag will cherish

for a lifetime.

DO keep their other half in the loop.

DO put the hen or stag in your shoes

and consider what type of party they

would love.

DO keep it classy.

DO mark the occasion with a special

keepsake for everyone who attends.

DO keep their glasses topped up at

all times.

DON’T leave planning until the last

moment. Make sure everyone

has plenty of notice.

DON’T peer pressure the hen or stag;

they should enjoy every single moment.

DON’T forget anyone! Be sure to invite old

friends and important family members.

DON’T make it memorable for the

wrong reasons.

DON’T forget to thank everyone who

assisted with the planning.

DON’T purposefully plan anything

that you know will make the hen or

stag uncomfortable.

DON’T reduce the hen or stag to tears,

unless they’re tears of happiness.

DON’T shave off any eyebrows!



planning a hen party or a stag do?

We think that any bride or groom would totally love these ideas.

For the Hen…


A little exercise and a lot of

wine, makes for pretty much

the perfect hen do.


Sail away your best babes for a

day on the water.


Pack your gumboots and

your headlight.


Create your new favourite

scent that will remind you of

the special occasion.


The perfect way to unwind

during all of the wedding



Give your wedding florist a run

for their money.


With so many beautiful

destinations just a short

flight away, why not?


Face masks, champagne

and reminiscing.

For the Stag…



Take this stag to new heights

with a hot air balloon stag



Impress your new Mrs with a

recipe she hasn’t tried before.


Cast your line and catch dinner

for the lads.


Get dressed up and

head trackside, just don’t

bet away your entire

honeymoon fund.


Because hey, it sounds better

than saying you’re just going to

the pub!


Pour yourselves a dram, or

several, and learn all about the

different varieties.


Not sure how you’ll be styling

your hair on the big day? A

grooming session is a great way

to learn new tips and tricks.


Grab the tent, pack the beers

and head into the wilderness.



a guide to Hanmer Springs

Just a 90-minute drive from Christchurch is Hanmer Springs, a wedding

haven that has everything you need for the wedding of your dreams.

Hanmer itself has developed considerably over the years and could

easily be mistaken for a European alpine village thanks to its boutique

shops and diverse eateries.


A 10-minute drive from Hanmer’s main

street, Select Braemar Lodge is a luxury

spa resort offering stunning views

across the valley towards the mountains

and alpine forests. Complete with spa

facilities and an excellent restaurant,

it’s a wonderful location for a wedding.

The Heritage Hanmer Springs is situated

right in the heart of the village and offers

fantastic service and facilities ideal for

family oriented weddings.


Either side of the wedding, Hanmer Springs

is the perfect place to entertain your guests.

You can jetboat down the spectacular Waiau

Gorge or even bungy jump off the historic

135-year-old Ferry Bridge – a 35-metre free

fall no less. A forest walk is a great way to

spend time with your other half, so why not

head up Conical Hill? The route is about

an hour round-trip and provides great

views around the valley and into the forest

behind. The Hanmer Forest trail is relatively

flat and ideal for walkers and bikers so

suggest to your guests to bring their walking

boots. Take an afternoon wander through

the shopping village, or hire a tandem bike

for a romantic ride through the township.


Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa will

melt away any stress, pre or post wedding.

The spa has a wide variety of pools for both

fun and relaxation, including 12 open-air

thermal pools, six private indoor thermal

pools, and three sulphur pools. Studies

have shown that the thermal water takes

173 years to reach the pools. Meaning the

water you bathe in fell as rain and snow on

the mountains of Hanmer 173 years ago –

you can’t get more pure than that.



Hanmer Springs

– for exquisite


At Heritage Hanmer Spings, the

breath-taking mountain views and

incredible gardens are sure to provide

a spectacular backdrop for your ceremony.

And despite being just 90 minutes from the

heart of Christchurch, you couldn’t be further

from the ordinary. This undeniably romantic

landmark venue has been fully restored in

order to complement a stunning alpine village

experience that your enchanted guests are

sure to love.

Let the talented team from Heritage Hanmer

Springs take every ounce of stress away. From

tailor-made menus to scheduling pampering

massages, they’ll be readily on hand to arrange

and execute even the smallest details of your big

day. With a range of venue options, including

a fabulous ballroom complete with an open

fireplace and a gorgeous gazebo that makes for

an unforgettable lawn wedding, there’s sure to

be something to please every couple.

Capture the big day amongst the beautiful

gardens that are the perfect setting for those

sentimental images, every season of the year.

Heritage Hanmer Springs strives to

offer elegance, a spectacular location and a

personalised service that’s second to none.

The cherry on the cake, perhaps, is the

complimentary honeymoon suites and bottle

of bubbles offered to the happy couple

on their wedding night.


Dream Wedding,

Dream Location

Well known for refinement and

exclusivity, it’s little surprise that

a wedding at Select Braemar Lodge

and Spa is truly out of this world. Your

wedding wishes will come true, thanks to

the dedicated and most experienced staff

who endeavour to perfect even the smallest

details. And, of course, the sensational

location and elegant surroundings are

bound to impress.

This wonderful location surely sets the

scene for your special day. With views of the

Hanmer Valley and the snow-capped peaks

of the Southern Alps, Select Braemar Lodge

is easily one of Hanmer’s most spectacular

settings. Year round, this venue delivers

the magic, with both winter splendour

and vibrant summers.

Winter wonderland weddings are particular

popular here and for good reason. With snow

sparkling on the mountains, clear blue skies

and vibrant sunsets, it truly is an excellent

destination. Between May and September,

Select Braemar Lodge and Spa offers fantastic

all-inclusive winter weddings.

These stunning surroundings are the

ideal backdrop for sharing champagne and

canapés, taking photographs and dining upon

an exquisitely prepared meal. The extensive

selection of menus and catering styles mean

your reception can be precisely tailored to

your exact needs and tastes.

The lodge’s public rooms are yours to

use exclusively during the reception and

special rates can always be arranged for

wedding guests. If you’re after a most

private and intimate wedding, why not

enjoy the use of the entire lodge? It would

surely make for the most impressive and

memorable wedding.

After the wedding, when it’s time for

guests to leave, happy couples have the time

to enjoy Braemar’s wonderful Bridal Suite;

the real cherry on the cake.

Wedding enquiries are warmly received;

Select Braemar Lodge and Spa truly looks

forward to arranging your visit. Talk through

all of your wonderful ideas, sample the

incredible food at the Altitude Restaurant

and Bar, and take in the breath-taking

surroundings of this most beautiful property.


Dream Weddings, Dream Location

All inclusive packages

• 24 Suites for the night of the wedding

• Including the Braemar Honeymoon Suite

• Exclusive use of The Lodge for up to 48 guests

Prices from $10,995

• Celebrant & Cake from Divine Desserts

• Canapés and bubbles after the ceremony

• 3 course set menu

Conditions apply

Call us on 03 315 7555

or visit our website for further information



Relax and indulge to your

heart’s content

Hanmer Springs and its wonderful thermal pools and spa are hugely popular

with any loved-up Canterbury couple, and for good reason.

The Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools

and Spa has won many awards and

frequently tops the bucket lists of

those visiting the area. It really is a one-ofa-kind

destination that proves a worthy

wedding venue – the reviews speak for


“I couldn’t fathom a guess at how many

proposals have been made in Hanmer

Springs,” says Debbs Moody, a wedding

celebrant and Amazing Days event

coordinator based in the village. “It’s also

a great place for pre-wedding parties and

honeymoons. You’ll often see groups away

on hens’ and stags’ weekends unwinding in

the pools.”

And, of course, with everything from

massage to manicures on the menu, The

Spa can have brides and grooms alike

feeling and looking their very best before

the big day.


Paul Flanagan’s a romantic at heart and he

chose the perfect spot to ask his now-wife,

Anna, to marry him – on a boardwalk over

a lake in the picturesque alpine village

of Hanmer Springs. “It was perfect,” says

Anna. So, when it came time to tie the knot,

the Christchurch couple headed back to

Hanmer Springs to look for venues, and we

can’t blame them.

“We’d looked at a lot – and I mean a lot –

of venues around Christchurch but nothing

seemed right. As soon as we arrived in

Hanmer Springs to look around, we relaxed

and immediately knew it had to be there.”

Just over a year later, Anna and Paul said

“I do” under the gazebo at the Heritage

Hanmer Springs. “It was an absolutely

stunning day with a glorious blue sky,”

recounts Anna.

“Being close to Christchurch meant

that most of our friends and family were

able to come. And, because so many of us

were away for the weekend, everyone was

relaxed and in no rush at all.”

On the morning of the wedding, Anna

and Paul managed to sneak an hour

to themselves so they headed back to

the boardwalk and gave each other a

sentimental gift. “That was such a lovely

way to start the day,” says Anna.

“From there, the boys headed off to

one holiday home and the girls stayed at

another to get ready.”


Together Anna and Paul have six children

from previous marriages so they wanted to

allow plenty of time for photos.

“We decided to take some before the

ceremony. We did capture the ‘first look’

when Paul saw me. It was a really lovely

moment and of course, it took place on our

boardwalk,” says Anna.

With forests, mountains and incredible

views over the Waiau River, Hanmer

Springs has a plethora of incredible photo

locations that are all conveniently close to

one another. “Our photos are incredible,”

exclaims Anna.

“It’s close enough to take things with you

and there are plenty of suppliers in and

around the village. In fact, I think it worked

out cheaper overall.”

Anna’s favourite part of the day? “There

was this moment, just after the ceremony,

when Paul and I were walking back down

the aisle holding hands. We just looked at

each other and both had the biggest, most

stupid grins on our faces… after months of

planning we were married and it was time

to relax and have fun.”

Getting married here sounds like an

absolute dream, doesn’t it?



...with pure indulgence.

Experience the ultimate in relaxation

and luxurious pampering before your

big day by treating yourself and your

bridesmaids to a weekend of indulgent

body and facial treatments.

Or start your honeymoon early with our

Couples Retreat package – a heavenly

experience to share with your special someone.

Learn more at: hanmersprings.co.nz/spa

or call 0800 873 529

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The intimate wedding destination

Whether you’re after some pampering for your big day, a fun getaway for pre-wedding parties or a unique

venue for your ceremony and reception, Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa is ideal.

With boutique shopping, restaurants and spa treatments on tap – we’re a honeymooners paradise too.

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