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on your Engagement! One of the most exciting days of a person’s life is when that special “someone” proposes to you. It is a breathtaking moment that will be cherished for years to come. Choosing the ring is a very important part, with a lot of couples both being involved in the process. For a very traditional engagement,

the element of surprise is key; whether it is a special night out to a favourite restaurant or a memorable romantic place with symbolic meaning. It doesn’t matter where you propose, the intention is the same, you want to spend the rest of your life with the person you love!

Make sure you call your closest friends and family before announcing your engagement on social media. The response to such an announcement can be exciting but overwhelming so take a moment with your other half to relax and enjoy being newly engaged before taking in

the avalanche of comments, calls and texts that will come once the news is out. Subscribe to wedding blogs, make a board on or subscribe to your choice of wedding magazines to help give you ideas and inspiration for your big day!

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st step to planning a The firs wedding is to set your budget. You can’t move forward with booking anything until you know exactly how much you can spend. It is important to remember that the dream wedding you have in mind may not be the dream wedding you can afford so be prepared to compromise on some things, to allow for others to flourish. First establish how much you think you and your other half would be able to put down on your wedding. Then sit down with your in-laws-to-be as well as your own parents and ask them if they would like to contribute. This can be an awkward conversation for some but keep in mind that it can also be a real privilege for parents to be able to contribute to the event. After you have tackled these conversations you will

have a better idea of the amount of money you have to play with. Before you book anything, make sure you read the fine print about deposits and refunds. If you decide later to cancel or alter any of the arrangements with your venue, caterer, photographer, chauffeur, will you get your money back? Make sure all quotes are gst-inclusive and not added later when payment is required. Be aware that extra time and distance to your venue can incur increased charges for transport, photographer, celebrant and catering. Once guest numbers are confirmed with the caterer you will be charged per head for that number even if someone doesn’t attend on the day. Standard marquee hire may not include linings and a dance floor. Hire of tableware cutlery and glasses may incur loss and

breakage fees. You may also need insurance cover with some companies. If you hire a hall, you may be expected to pay for commercial cleaning following the event and you can be charged for overtime by the band and/or the venue. Delivery charges may be additional to the cost of your flowers or cake and suit alterations or gown fittings may not be included in the purchase price or clothing hire fee. Even postage of fancy-sized envelopes for your invitations

costs more than standard sized ones. Make sure you get all quotes, agreements and confirmations in writing and keep them as a record until the wedding is over and all payments have been made. Tip: Always over budget! It is better to have money left over at the end than to fall short, so allow yourself some breathing room to ensure less stress come wedding day.

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Express your personalities Choosing a theme will help with your planning, and make that perfect day more memorable for you and your guests. Your theme will also dictate the colours and styles for your dresses, flowers, grooms attire, invitations, decorations, transport cake and more. Your venue could also be a key to choosing a theme. This year industrial is ‘in’ with venues being held in old sheds, retro spaces and warehouses. These venues tend to be a blank canvas where couples can create a unique and alternative look showing off their personality. Another theme that never goes out of fashion and makes the most of our beautiful Bay of Plenty is the beach or lakeside wedding. Traditionally a more casual style of dress with a seashell theme, maybe even tropical

flowers followed by cocktails and a seafood barbecue. A vintage themed ceremony offers plenty of scope for the imagination. Select an exquisite dress or design from a previous era and artfully mix with contemporary accessories and add table settings and decorations to match your selected era. A wedding set in an orchard, vineyard or garden could suggest a rustic theme with boutique wines, or cider, followed by an interesting photo shoot. A spring wedding might suggest fresh spring flowers such as daffodils or autumn gives scope for hues of latte and peach. Creating a mood board or scrap book is an effective and fun way of visualising how certain colours and textures would look together. You can add pictures of bouquets, centrepieces, dresses, shoes, accessories and cakes.

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BUDGET ACTUAL COST BRIDE Dress $ $ Alterations $ $ Veil $ $ Shoes $ $ Hair $ $ $ $ Make Up $ $ Accessories & Jewellery Manicure & Pedicure $ $ Hair removal $ $ Other $ $ TOTAL $ $ GROOM Suit (Shirt, Jacket, Pants) $ $ Accessories - Belt, Cufflinks $ $ Hair cut $ $ Tie or Bow Tie $ $ Shoes $ $ Socks $ $ Other $ $ TOTAL $ $ BRIDESMAIDS & CO. Dresses $ $ Alterations $ $ Shoes $ $ Hair $ $ Make Up $ $ $ $ Accessories & Jewellery Manicure & Pedicure $ $ Other $ $ TOTAL $ $ GROOMSMEN & CO. Suits (Shirt, Jacket, Pants) $ $ Belts $ $ Cufflinks $ $ Tie or Bow Tie $ $ Shoes $ $ Socks $ $ Other $ $ TOTAL $ $ STAT I O N E RY Save the Date $ $ Invitations $ $ $ $ Ceremony Programmes Menus $ $ Place Cards $ $ Table numbers $ $ Seating Plan Chart $ $ Thank You $ $ Postage $ $ Guest Book $ $ Other $ $ TOTAL $ $ TRANSPORT Bridal Party $ $ Guests $ $ Other $ $ TOTAL $ $

BUDGET RINGS Bride $ Groom $ TOTAL $ ACCO M M O DAT I O N Bridal Suite $ Other $ TOTAL $ CEREMONY Venue Hire $ Celebrant Fees $ $ Marriage Licence $ Signing Table Chairs $ Decorations $ $ PA System Music $ Food & Drink $ Other $ TOTAL $ RECEPTION Venue Hire $ $ Food Catering Bar Tab $ Cake $ Table/Chairs $ Cake Knife $ Tableware $ Glassware $ Linen $ $ Catering Table Decorations $ Entertainment $ $ PA System $ Corkage Fee Other $ TOTAL $ FLOWERS $ Bridal Party & Family $ Brides Bouquet Bridesmaids Posies $ $ Buttonaires & Corsages $ Ceremony Flowers $ Archway Urns $ Aisle $ $ Reception Flowers Head Table $ $ Centrepieces Room $ $ Flower Delivery & Set Up Other $ TOTAL $ PHOTOGRAPHY phy $ Photograp $ Videographer Albums & Prints $ Other $ TOTAL $ GIFTS Favours $ $ Bridal Party $ Helpers $ Familyy Other $ TOTAL $ HONEYMOON Travel $ Accommodation $ Spending $ TOTAL $ OTHER



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Countdown to the You have this under control! 12 months ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑

❑ Meet with officiant to discuss plans for ceremony ❑ Choose cake style & tastings ❑ Hire musicians

Set budget Decide your wedding theme Draft guest list Set wedding date Choose and book the venue Hire photographer Choose your wedding party Start looking at wedding dresses

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Send out Save the Date Reserve ceremony & reception venues Set up wedding registry Select a celebrant

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Select groomsmen attire Decide on hair and makeup Order cake Choose flowers Schedule dress fittings Book room for wedding night Finalise guest list

3 months ❑ Send out invitations

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❑ Order your wedding dress ❑ Reserve accommodation for guests ❑ Book florist

❑ Order favours

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❑ Finalise details with all suppliers ❑ Apply for marriage licence ❑ Attend dress fitting ❑ Buy accessories

Book honeymoon and flights Order bridesmaids dresses Buy wedding rings Book transport to and from venues

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Follow up with guests who have not RSVP’d Give final count to caterer Delegate wedding day duties Send directions to wedding day limo/ transport driver

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❑ Confirm all arrangements ❑ Prepare vows and speeches

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With this A wedding ring is a symbol of the union of hearts At the engagement stage few couples give thought to the wedding rings, often leaving their purchase until closer the wedding. But it does pay to have an idea of the wedding ring you want when shopping for the engagement ring. Will you wear the engagement ring and the wedding ring together? Probably, so the rings will have to fit well together on the finger and complement each other. Most choose the same metals, but yellow and white gold can also look chic depending on the design. If the setting and style of your engagement ring is very detailed, a plainer wedding ring will offset it better. Contemporary trends range from rose gold which flatters all skin tones, to mixed petals, vintage inspired designs, blooming flowers, vines and cluster styles which adds a feminine touch.

Another idea is to have a gem set east to west. Still popular is a simple solitaire – a classic choice. Pearls are ever popular along with crystals. For men two tone rings are popular such as white and yellow gold together. Black zircon rings are also gaining in popularity along with titanium, tungsten, white gold and even diamonds. Don’t forget the all-important accessories like earrings, headbands, brooches, bracelets and the thank you gifts for the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Traditional gifts might include a bracelet, a matching necklace or earrings in a presentation box that says something like “My I do wouldn’t be the same without you.” For the best man and groomsmen cuff links, tie clips and watches would be ideal if opting for jewellery as a thank you.

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Choose a celebrant that suits your personality Selecting your celebrant is a very personal choice. You will need to take into consideration your religious beliefs, the style of ceremony that you want to have, not to mention the personality of the celebrant who will lead you. Make sure you choose someone who will make you both feel at ease throughout your ceremony as it can be the most important (and nerve-racking) part of the process. Some celebrants are very sombre and traditional, while others can be more flamboyant and humorous. It is important to think about what type of personality suits you both best and this will lay a foundation for exactly who will make your shortlist. From there you’ll want to chat to them and ask some questions to ensure they are the perfect match for you both.

Once you decide you should then be offered a personal consultation to plan the ceremony and discuss vows, readings and poems. The celebrant should also attend to all paperwork and legal aspects required.

Questions for your Celebrant:

• What is your celebrant style? • Can we write our own vows? Do you have a template for us to work from? • Do you arrange the wedding licence or do we? • Will you require anything additional? Eg. dinner, travel costs • Will you have any other weddings on the same day? A wedding ceremony requires a Registered Marriage Celebrant, and may be performed at any time of

the day/night on any day of the year at any venue. If you are members of a church your local minister or priest will generally

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Set the mood with your music Your wedding will require many different tones of music and you will want to choose songs that are meaningful to your relationship and set the right tone for your theme and vision. Throughout the day you will have key moments, which will involve a specific choice of song, and there will be other times that you won’t mind so much but will need a playlist or background music. Key moments to consider music for are: • Walking down the aisle • Signing the marriage documents • Walking out of the ceremony • Grand reception entrance • First dance • Father daughter dance Aside from these moments keep in mind that there

is a large importance for background music at the beginning of your ceremony as your guests are being seated, and at the end as guests mingle. There will usually be a time for socialising before dinner and for the reception as guests are enjoying the

evening, prior to your late night entertainment. From here it is dancing time where you can flaunt your choice of DJ, band, or singer for the dance party to follow the events of the day and get everyone up and strutting their stuff.

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It’s time to say ‘I do’ The ceremony is meant to be the most meaningful part of your wedding day. It is the main event where you and your other half declare your love for each other, say vows, exchange rings and seal it all with a kiss. Your chosen theme will play a big part in the ceremony. If you are having an outdoor ceremony, ensure you have a wet weather option for the big moment as the last thing you want is to be caught in the rain. Traditionally, the bride is escorted by her father, while the groom waits for her up the front. The order of appearance generally starts with the family making their way to their seats, before the groom enters and takes his place up the front. You can either have the groomsmen walk the bridesmaids in or have them stand up front before the groom enters with the bridesmaids entering one by one. Lastly we have the entrance of the bride. The celebrant sets the scene for the ceremony by welcoming everyone. They will take a moment to highlight the significance of the vows, and can also be a reminder of your duties and roles in marriage. The exchange of the vows are your promises to each other, and you may repeat the familiar “to have and to hold, for better or for worse” vows, or recite ones you’ve written yourselves. The giving and receiving of a ring is a custom of many cultures and formally seals

the marriage. Symbolically the unbroken shape of the ring recognises the unbreakable vows of marriage and is intended to be worn for a lifetime. The Pronouncement of Marriage is where the celebrant makes it official with a statement of “I now pronounce you husband and wife” or, “I now pronounce you married in love and in life”. Signing of the legal documents, depends on the celebrant and your personal preferences, however most people like to do this after the kiss. While this is happening there is usually entertainment of some sort, which can come in the form of a reading, musical performance or having your song of choice played to the guests. At the close of the ceremony you will exit together as a married couple. This is the time for confetti if you are having any, and most people choose an upbeat song to walk out to which can add to the atmosphere and create a magical ending.


and Favours Personalised stationery and gifts From stationery to place and menu cards, guest books, candles, stickers, table decorations and favours, there is a world of options that need not cost a fortune. Favours to take away are given as a gesture of appreciation to guests from the bride and groom normally after the ceremony. Traditionally they were known as bonbonniere and were small trinkets made of crystal or porcelain. Later on sugar almonds became fashionable and they are still a tradition in Italy and elsewhere. Today favours could include personalised soap, chocolate, wine, jam, herbs and spices, cupcakes or macarons. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no limit to what can be done and even

you guest book can be as unique as you are. Presents for bridesmaids and groomsmen tend to be more traditional such as necklaces and earrings, but there is a huge range of things like monogrammed bags, ring dishes, champagne flutes, bottle openers and so on. There are plenty of traditional options for men too, such as monogrammed cuff links, engraved hip flasks and personalised USB sticks. Other ideas to make your wedding day even more special are matching robes for the bride and bridesmaids, crazy socks for the men, jandals for guests to wear or monogrammed sunglasses for all.

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Table Nothing says elegance and adds wow to the reception than a beautiful table setting If you have a look in mind, work with the experts at the venues and with your florist. Venues will often offer table decoration as service, with you paying for any particulars such as flowers. With table decorations, think simple so as to avoid a cluttered look. Even if it seems like a minimal approach on each table, when the whole room is set it will look more coordinated than over killing the accessories. Decide on either flowers or a runner. If going for a runner, a trend is to personalise it with design or wording. Tall vases make great centerpieces. Fill with water and place fresh fruit or flowers at the bottom and floating candle on top, or hang crystal drops inside the vase. Twigs either natural or sprayed white or silver bring the outdoors in. For a vintage

look, make loose country style bunches of flowers jars. Candles add a romantic ambiance and can make for an easy centerpiece in a vintage or coloured bottle. Fairy lights on white sheeting are a beautiful

wall hanging for around the room. When going simple on the table decorations, you can add the wow factory on the guest’s place names. The aim is for delight when they sit down and

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to give them something that they can keep as a memento. Ideas include stones from the beach with names painted on, embroidered handkerchiefs with their name or a personalised champagne flute each.


Time to relax and let the celebrations begin A large portion of your budget will be allocated to your reception so your choice of venue needs careful thought. There are many options when it comes to where you can enjoy your reception so have a scout for what suits your theme and needs and set up multiple viewings so you get a great idea of what is out there. Think about the closeness of the reception venue to the ceremony, the time of day, type of food and entertainment you’d like. Would you like a formal sit down meal with table service or a buffet (which might be more cost effective)? Visit your shortlisted reception venues and check what is included in their price

per head. The functions team should give advice on how much alcohol to order per head for toasts and meals. If you’re on a tight budget, ask if you are able to bring your own alcohol. If you are hiring a marquee you may need to factor in the hire of crockery, glassware, table linen and toilets, lighting, heating, flooring, tables, and chairs. There are local hire companies offering everything from vases to chair covers, candelabras and more. When deciding on a venue you need to consider a number of factors: • How many people will be attending? Is there enough room for everybody? • Do you want the ceremony at the same place as the

reception? (This could save time and money.) • Is there a wet weather option – for both your ceremony and reception? • Where is the venue located? Is there guest accommodation, transport and enough parking? • What time of year are you getting married? Weekend weddings in the typical high season (November to March) will need bookings very well in advance. Ask about

mid-week or winter season options, which may offer you a big cost saving. • What does the fine print say? It pays to find out exactly what is included in the price quoted. Some places charge more for things like set up or tablecloths. You should expect to receive a contract that includes everything you have agreed on, including payment terms, deposit information and cancellation policy.

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Enjoy good food and wine For some people the venue will come with its own catering however for those venues who don’t, finding the best caterer for you can be hard work.The catering that you choose to provide will be an important part of the day, the type and style of catering that you select will need to fit in with the style of the wedding that you are planning. Ensure that you engage the services of a professional well established company and select a menu and service style that fits in with your overall theme and budget. Decide on the style of food that is going to suit your wedding as well as type of service for your meal. There are many different ways to get food to your guests. This can come in the form of a buffet, plated meals, or even the latest fad of platter mains that are delivered to the table and shared around. Cheeseboards

and grazing tables are another alternative, where guests can help themselves throughout the evening when they want. Questions for your caterer: • Can we sample your food? Is there a cost for samples? • Can we swap and change from different menus that are available? • Do you have testimonials from recent clients that I can view? • When do you need to have the menu confirmed? • When do I need to confirm final numbers? Ask friends and workmates for recommendations, consider not only your likes and dislikes but those of your guests – ensure that you provide options for those with special dietary requirements (allergies, gluten free, dairy free, lactose-intolerant, cealiac, vegetarian and vegan).

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There’s plenty of history and symbolism associated with wedding cakes Traditionally, wedding cakes were made to bring good luck to all guests and the couple. However these days wedding cakes are more of a centrepiece and the options available are as broad as your imagination. Cakes can be round, square, stacked, cup-cakes, croque-enbouche, meringue, ice-cream, sorbet, chocolate, red, yellow, pink, depending on taste and your theme, even something to match your shared interests. There are some excellent cake designers in the Bay of Plenty, who are only too happy to discuss ideas and offer samples for the all-important taste test. Most cake designers will have an album of photos and a web site for you to view their range of work. Once the culinary masterpiece has been made, the artistry of the

decoration begins. Your wedding cake will be a main talking point and should be a reflection on your style and taste. Whether classic, modern, fun, funky, sculpted, shaped, piled, painted or piped, the icing can reflect almost any colour scheme or theme, so make sure you portray this to your cake creator. Practical things to consider when choosing your cake is the number of guests and whether the cake will be served as dessert. The bride and groom traditionally make the first cut of the cake together.This first piece is shared between the couple with the groom feeding the bride first, then the bride feeding the groom.Then it’s shared with guests during the reception. Tip: The trend for 2018 is minimalist white wedding cakes.

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Flowers add the final finishing touches to your special day No matter what your budget, flowers are an important aspect of your wedding and help add romance, atmosphere, creating impact and visual appeal. There are many considerations when selecting flowers for your big day such as the overall wedding theme, the colour scheme, the season and whether it’s a formal or informal celebration. Styles could range from classic, to

wild or contemporary and there’s an amazing range of options when it comes to colour, shape and size. A good florist will help you choose what’s best for you and your budget. You might ask to see a portfolio of their work before settling on a florist you think will do a good job. Think about your overall wedding theme, your chosen colour scheme, the season you will be getting

married in and what floral arrangements you need. You will need to plan your flowers carefully and order for the bride, bridesmaids’ and flower girls, the groom, best man, attendants, page boys, mothers and grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers and ushers. Consider ordering corsages for your grandparents as this can be a great way to show how special they are to you.

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Don’t forget the allimportant floral decorations for the wedding ceremony and reception venue. Tip: Bring in colour swatches and photos when you visit your florist as this will help to match colours to your specific theme. Traditionally: Flowers were a sign of fertility, and used to ward off evil and masked unpleasant odours!


Choosing This is your chance to be a princess for the day Finding the perfect wedding dress may take you on a search of many different options, whether you buy, hire, make, borrow, inherit or have it designed. The most important thing is not how much it costs or what colour the dress is, but how it makes you feel when you are in it. You need to love your dress, that way when you are taking those graceful steps down the aisle you will feel beautiful and all the more at ease. Have a good browse through various blogs, magazines and websites to get a good understanding of what bridal boutiques you want to visit. If you like a particular brand you can look at who their stockists are on their website and this generally points out the type of boutiques that stock your style. Bear in mind that most boutiques

will charge for fittings so you will want to make the most out of your visit. Once you are booked in, prepare yourself by picking out your favourites on their website. You generally get the chance to try on six or so dresses, so suggest you have a good selection ready to save time. If you are having your dress made, it is important to have an idea of what styles look great on

you. It might be beneďŹ cial for you to bring in some pictures of what you are looking for or even try on various dresses in store to understand your ideal look. You could have a look in fabric stores and request swatches of materials, lace and ribbon that you can take to your dressmaker and they should be able to guide you the rest of the way. Having a gown designed and made just for you

Enjoy being pampered Make sure you leave plenty of time to enjoy being pampered with your hair and makeup. It is an enjoyable experience and will help you to relax before the big event. It is recommended to have a make-up trial at the same time as your hair trial so that you can get a picture of what you will look like on the day. It will also help you to get a gauge on how much time you will need to put aside for getting ready. Plan your hairstyle well in advance of your wedding day especially if you are thinking about growing or colouring your hair. Collect images of hair styles you think would suit your big day and take them along to your stylist who will be happy to help work out the best style, colour and cut. Arrange for a trial styling and take along any accessories you plan on wearing in your hair,

to ensure you are happy with the hairstyle you have chosen and make sure you have ďŹ rm bookings for the wedding day. Many stylists, and makeup artists, will visit you at home or wherever you are preparing for the wedding to save stress.

Make-up artists know what they are doing, as long as you are clear with what you are wanting, it should be easy to trust your expert and relax on the day. Be careful not to overdo it and be too different from your usual style. Your makeup should be timeless, so that in ten yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; time when you look back at your photos you will still love how you looked.

Also it is important to remember that long lasting makeup is a must so it still looks amazing well after the ceremony.

is the ultimate in individuality, but it will cost you more than a readymade dress. Tip: This year rose and champagne dresses are making a sttatementt. Boleros and capes are on trend as well as back drop necklaces perfect for backless gowns and for ultimate comfort, stylish jumpsuits.

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Show off your style Accessories can truly transform a look and tell the story of your own personal style. It’s all about finding the balance with details and understanding what is necessary and what becomes too much. The key to bridal accessories is that they should draw the eye to the dress rather than over power. If your dress is simple and elegant, you can be more daring with jewellery and accessories. Pearl necklaces and earrings are a classic and timeless look. Sparkles look amazing against white and Swarovski have elegant stunning sets. If your dress is already ornate with beading or sequins then less is more! Consider your hairstyle on the day when choosing earrings. If wearing hair up, longer earrings suit, but if you have a very curly do, small diamond or pearl studs will look best. Also if you have your hair down you may not need a necklace.

If your dress has a statement back, then you won’t want a long veil to take away from this aspect of the dress. The most important thing is that you feel beautiful and comfortable. The key to finding the perfect wedding shoes is to find a pair that will be comfortable. This may sound very practical, but will save your feet on your

special day. If you want all the glamour and elegance for the ceremony and photos then go for the gorgeous high heeled shoes, but would suggest having a pair of back up shoes for the reception that you can change into without anyone noticing any difference. Are your shoes matching your dress or do you want to have them contrasting colours, making

them a point of difference? If matching colours, ensure you take a sample of your dress with you for colour matching. If comfort is a high priority, a low height or block heel for comfort will ensure you last the whole day. Tip: This year it is all about comfort, with flats over heels.

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Create a personal look These da ays mos st grooms are not afraid to express their own style and it seems that anything goes from suits and ties to shorts and even jandals. Much depends, of course, on the theme of the wedding, the venue and the degree of formality. The groom usually wears something to distinguish him from his best man and groomsmen. They might wear the same suits but different coloured shirts or perhaps a differently styled jacket. Men too come in all shapes and sizes and care should be taken to choose a suit, or outfit to suit their body type. For formal weddings a tall, thin guy might suit a double breasted jacket and pleated trousers, whereas a shorter male may suit a longer

jacket and tailored trousers. Small touches make all the difference such as coordinated ties, matching socks or special cufflinks which work together to blend with the tone of the ceremony and overall colour scheme. Also have a think about how the groomsmen will look alongside the bridesmaids will the style of their outfits, and colours, match? The choice of footwear will also depend, to some extent, on the style and formality of the wedding, along with the key colour theme. Traditionally the male attendants will all wear matching footwear. The fathers of the bride and groom will also want to look their best and a bit of coordination between all parties will ensure that there


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are no fashion faux pas on the day. Generally speaking there should be the same level of formality for all the men with the fathers perhaps distinguishing themselves with different coloured

waistcoats or ties and matching their buttonholes. Tip: The latest trend is going tie-free, which makes a more relaxed groom.


Important people on the day You would normally have the people who are closest to you and your other half who will help make your day special. They will be the ones to assist with the planning and lead up, also being there to help on your wedding day and making sure the day runs as smooth as possible. This decision can be a tricky one, but is exciting and essential. You can have as many people as you want in your entourage, but remember that having more members could also mean more expenses. To give you an idea on who to consider, and depending on how big or small you would like to have your wedding party, you can have more than one or less people.

• Best Man • Maid of Honour • Flower Girl's • Ring, coin, and bible bearer • Bridesmaids • Groomsmen • Junior bridesmaids • Junior groomsmen Your Maid of Honour and Best Man will have the most important jobs, assisting you and your groom during the ceremony. They will be entrusted with responsibilities and will have to be the calming influence when under stress. Normally, these two will be the best friends of the bride and groom or close relatives. By tradition, both are in charge of the

bridal shower and the bachelor party.

Bridal Party Wear

Once you have rounded up the troops, and they have confirmed as an attendant, you will need to decide on what they will wear while

standing with you. Think about the theme and colour scheme for your day and choose outfits for both sides that will complement each other without taking away from the most important people, you and your partner.


The clubhouse at Omanu Golf Club really is a perfect spot for your wedding reception. We can offer a fully stocked bar and bar service, onsite catering, beautiful surroundings and extremely affordable pricing. If you like the view of the clubrooms, wait till you see the view FROM the clubhouse.You and your guests will love the view, the spacious deck and the elegant interior. We are happy to chat about just what you need to make your reception a success and our team will do anything they can to ensure everything is exactly as you want it.



Mums are the best! Tradition says that the mother of the bride chooses her outfit first, but it’s also become customary to discuss choices with the mother of the groom beforehand if you wish. Wait until the bride has decided on the wedding style and colour theme so that you can coordinate your outfit accordingly. Look at a dress style that is appropriate to the style of wedding, whether casual, semi-formal or formal. The time of day can also dictate whether you wear short, cocktail length or a floor length gown, or whether you wear a hat. Pick a colour range that complements your natural colouring, the season and the wedding party. You can either select the same general colour palette but a different tone, or go for the diametrically opposite shade on the colour wheel. Alternatively you could select a patterned fabric that highlights the colour of the bridesmaids’ gowns or go for a neutral outfit with colourful accessories. Look for gorgeous, but also for comfort. If you are unsure of the weather, consider a jacket, bolero, shrug, wrap or sleeves and make sure your outfit will let you sit, stand, walk and dance without fear! Tip: Accessories can make or break an outfit, so take care with shoes, bag, hat and jewellery. Less is usually more and a single statement item will always be classier than the busy look.

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Make an Your theme will reflect your transport and arrival You might want to make your entrance or exit in unique style, but it is wise to check out availability and practicality when making your choice of wedding vehicle. Whatever type of transport you choose, you will still want comfort, punctuality and reliability. Here are some ideas for your big day: • Classic or vintage cars – These tend to be booked up well in advance so act quickly once you’ve decided on the date for the wedding. • Boat - If you’re going near waterways, arriving by boat could be memorable. • Horse and carriage or horseback - For a truly romantic start to your ceremony nothing can beat arriving in a horse drawn carriage.

• Helicopter - What about a chopper for serious thrills and a grand entrance? If there’s a distance to travel it could also be quite practical. • Two wheelers – For something even less conventional, you might consider a vintage motor bike and side car or a tandem bike, or even a scooter if you don’t have far to travel. Double-decker bus or coach, are a fun way to get around and can also transport your wedding guests, ensuring they get to the ceremony, reception venue and back to their accommodation safely. Tip: Popular choices for 2018 are Roll Royce and Kombi Vans, and depending on your wedding theme maybe a less formal entrance.


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Stationery Wedding stationery is not as it used to be. In the place of invitations are wedding websites and RSVPs are no longer written, but emailed, texted or online. However, in this digital age it is important to remember your guests will love and appreciate the odd bit of snail mail and personalised words, so a mix of both works best. The most important thing to remember is that your stationery, from invites to thank you cards, should have a similar look and design. Your aim is to be able to lay everything out and have it look uniform. Bearing in mind that your ‘Save the Dates’ will go out first, it would be best to first design your invitations so that you can create everything else to match. Save the Date’ is a placeholder to send to your guests before you are ready to finalise details for your big day. This card is send out well in advance and not long after the engagement party so as to announce the date of your nuptials and allows your guests to save your date. Sent out between six and four months, your invitations

are the most necessary form of stationery. On your invitation you should confirm the date and time, have information on where the wedding will be held and offer a nod to your family and those contributing. If you are not using a wedding website, then your invitation should be accompanied by an RSVP card and an information card with directions and information on gifts and registries. These are the latest fad when it comes to the modern wedding. A website is a great way to get all information to your guests, as well as monitor your RSVPs. Websites can really be whatever you want them to be so have a browse online at some example sites and find a great web designer who you can collaborate with to make it happen. Your website can offer links to accommodation options, and your online registry. It can also include maps to your wedding locations, timelines, and most importantly an easy online form where your guests can RSVP and ask questions.

When it comes to wedding gifts you may have a specific idea of what would be most helpful as a gift from your guests, whether that be money towards a home, kitchen appliances or honeymoon assistance. Although it can be difficult if you have been living together and have most of the things you need for your home. Bear in mind too that everyone has a different idea of what is preferred when it comes to gifting, so the safest way to cover all bases is to consider offering all options. Set up a gift registry for your guests who would like to give you a physical gift. These are

the types of people who thrive on shopping and selecting a gift that will be kept as a reminder of their offering to you. Set up your own register. Visit www. for an example of what these sites can look like. For those who would like to gift something, but want to make sure their money doesn’t go to waste, transferring a monetary gift via bank account can be a blessing and easy. This also ensures you and your other half have the means to put towards a home, or a honeymoon which can be greater than any physical gift.

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Invite? START Are they Family?






NO Do you or your partner talk with them regularly?



YES Have you or your partner spoken with them in the last 6 months?




Do you hang out outside of work? NO YES INVITE Can you imagine your wedding without them?




Would you be upset if they didn't invite you to their wedding?


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Choosing the right photographer is right up there with choosing the right dress. Your wedding day will fly by so it is really important you have the good photos to help the memories last longer. First of all it is important to know that all photographers have a different style to their photography. Some are more traditional, and others like to be more artistic. The best way to establish what style you and your partner prefer is to click

through a few wedding blogs online. These blogs are a great tool as they feature multiple ‘real weddings’ of all sorts of styles and themes. Not only will this help you with inspiration for almost every aspect of your day, they feature photography from hundreds of different photographers which gives a massive variety of examples for your own photography choices. Do plan for a videographer in your budget, unfortunately they

are not cheap, but are well worth it, and chances are you will regret it if you don’t! Your day passes so quickly and it can all be a bit of a blur. Having a video is a great way to see the things you missed, as well as keeping the memories alive well into the future. You will be able to see the tears and laughter on your beautiful day, and hear the sounds and emotional words that are spoken. Not everyone will be able to make it to your wedding,

especially if you have family and friends overseas. Having a video of your wedding means that you can share the memories with those loved ones and they can still feel a part and share in the experience with you despite not being there. It is also a beautiful way to capture memories of loved ones who may not be with us for much longer. For a more affordable option, look at a photographer who is also a videographer.



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To have and to hold from this day forward In New Zealand, there are strict legal requirements regarding marriage and civil unions that must be adhered to. The Department of Internal Affairs website,, has everything you need to know, as well as a list of all the marriage celebrants in New Zealand. • Your Minister or Marriage Celebrant must be registered and licenced to conduct marriages. • Your Marriage must be witnessed by two people. • You must be over 18, or have parental consent if aged 16 or 17. • A Marriage Licence must be obtained from the

Department of Internal Affairs Births Deaths and Marriages Office. • As well as a Marriage Licence fee, you must complete a notice of intention to marry, including your full names and ages, all of your parents’ particulars, where the marriage will take place and

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the name of the Minister or Celebrant. Something to think about before your marriage is whether you want a prenuptial agreement. This is a written agreement that lists assets that each party wants to retain in the event of separation. Prenuptial agreements are particularly

beneficial for parties wanting to protect significant assets they owned prior to their relationship or to provide financial security to children from a previous relationship. They are legally binding if they are in writing and signed by both parties once they have received independent legal advice.

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Time to relax and enjoy your new life together Your honeymoon is a private celebration of your new life together. It’s a chance to relax, unwind and chill out after what’s likely to have been a frantic time in the lead up to the wedding. We are lucky to have a wealth of beautiful locations on offer in our own backyard, from boutique countryside accommodation, chalets in the mountains, riverside cottages to seaside resorts. However if you are planning to head overseas then there are plenty of options available. It is best to contact a travel agent to get an idea of

destinations, which are great for your idea of honeymoon, but within your price range. When considering your honeymoon it is important to think first about the “when”. Will you and your partner jet away as soon as possible, or would you both prefer a couple days of family time before your first major adventure as newlyweds. Romantic escape options cater to all tastes but the unifying theme for honeymoons is romance and cuddles, often with a touch of luxury flowers, champagne or chocolate and all

with seclusion and grand views such as lakes and snow covered mountains. Hot springs and spa pools also lure honeymooners. Private cottages offer all sorts of surprises from sumptuous interiors to outdoor bathing and candlelight suppers. You could rent a house on a glorious beach, go camping, or glamping in a renovated bus. Perhaps indulge in a first class hotel while doing some fun filled activities like a luxury helicopter wine tasting tour or a personalised 4wd drive tour complete with refreshments.

New Zealand destinations are popular with honeymooners, and those looking for a touch of romance, include Northland and the Bay of Islands, Waiheke Island, the Coromandel Peninsula, Rotorua, Taupo and the Wairarapa. The scenery of the South Island is quite different with winter honeymooners being able to enjoy mountain views and snow based activities. Popular destinations include Nelson and Blenheim, the West Coast, Queenstown and Wanaka, Milford Sound and Christchurch.

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In association with Prepare Enrich NZ and Family Life NZ More than 350 couples have benefited from relationship programmes and couples seminars that we have promoted and provided in Tauranga & Western Bay each year since 2000. Our purpose:- To help strengthen family relationships, provide pre-marriage counsel and advice for married, engaged and unmarried couples in collaboration with the Christian churches of Tauranga Moana & Western Bay of Plenty. We achieve this by:• Promoting and hosting events for married, engaged and unmarried couples in collaboration with the Christian churches of Tauranga & Western BOP in association with Family Life NZ. • Helping couples with limited finances and resources, by providing free or low cost marriage preparation and counsel and meaningful and relevant wedding services.

Prepare-Enrich Couples Programme - Pre-marriage counsel and relationship strengthening. Building healthy relationships and stronger marriages. Prepare Enrich is an online assessment that couples complete to help identify their strengths and growth areas. Based on the results, using the Couples Report a trained facilitator will provide 4 - 5 feedback sessions, helping the couples to understand and learn new relationship skills. In these key areas:• Learning effective communication skills • Conflict resolution • Partner style & habits • Marital expectations • Family of origin issues • Sexual expectations • Children & parenting • Financial management • Personality assessment • Spirituality In association with Prepare-Enrich NZ - Tauranga Marriages - Ph 9269692 – Mob 021-400874 – Tauranga Marriages is a ministry of Tauranga Moana Marriages Trust – 2641312 Registered by the NZ Charities Commission – N0 CC53580

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