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Award winning Couturiere, Robyn Cliffe wowed the crowd at the Great New Zealand Bridal Show in April with the release of their couture range at the 2016 Fashion Show. With the warmer weather you won’t have to wait long for the pre-release of their 2017 ranges as Robyn Cliffe and her talented team are already putting together their new spring collection. With New Zealand Fashion week upon us the creativity has been flowing after hugely successfully showings last year. As the South Islands only Couture designer Robyn relishes the opportunity to create some stunning one off gowns that then set the tone for the following season. If you can’t make it to Auckland you don’t miss out as Robyn and her team choose to showcase her award winning range each year at the Great New Zealand Bridal Show every April. ‘It’s a great opportunity for our team to show everyone locally where bridal fashion is at for the season and to set imaginations alight for just what is possible.’ Robyn’s range shows the diversity and quality of design available in New Zealand.

Bridal gown design is going through an exciting stage, with the increase in outdoor weddings and a return to nature, the gowns are evolving to suit this more fluid style. Emphasising drifts of colour through layers and giving a natural soft look to the gown or reflecting the soft pinks and greys of an evening sky. “Gosh we can hardly keep up, but the stimulation is very exciting, this season is no exception and I love it. Especially for New Zealand brides, we photograph our brides in such dramatic and natural landscapes, we want our gowns to reflect this but also to allow the brides personality to shine through ”says Robyn.

Well established in a beautiful studio in ST Albans, Robyn welcomes brides to the ample showroom and consulting area. With the sunny on-site workroom upstairs, stunning creations are emerging from her team. “We have also just acquired two new ranges to keep our customers on top of these new styles which are very exciting to view.You can get a sneak peak of these on our facebook page.There is something here for everyone.’ For budget minded brides Robyn has also a selected range of gowns for $500.00. She believes that “it competes with internet buying, but the gown can be tried on and bought with confidence with our name behind the purchase, so you can look lovely on your wedding day, without breaking the bank!” Brides are welcomed at Robyn Cliffe Couturiere located at 1064 Colombo St Edgeware Village St Albans Christchurch. Phone 03 366 1111 or visit www.robyncliffe.co.nz

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If you are a bride-to-be you will know there is plenty to organise and many decisions to make. The most exciting of your shopping experiences may also have arrived - finding the dream dress! Wilkins Bridal will ensure your visit provides you with the quality of service and care you deserve, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Finding 'the one' may seem complicated and daunting, but with the team's professional service, they are there to guide you through, offering all the help, honesty and advice you need. Selecting your dress will be an enjoyable, stress-free and unpressured experience. Store Manager April Meredith says, "Our gowns are designed in a wide range of styles from traditional to contemporary with

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exquisite fabrics including luxurious satins, flowing chiffons and sensational silks, complemented by elegant detail such as intricate embroidery or sparkling beading using genuine Swarovski crystals. We have a truly exceptional collection of gowns on offer that will capture the personality of every bride whether they are looking for soft classical, romanticism or traditional bridal drama." They are exclusive New Zealand stockists of stunning overseas designers such as Jack Sullivan, Brides Desire and De Lanquez, if you’re looking for something unique and truly one of a kind you’ll certainly find it there. With late night Thursdays and open Saturdays, Wilkins Bridal is more accessible for those with busy schedules. You can find them online at www.wilkinsbridal.co.nz or on facebook.com/wilkinsbridal.co.nz, with both showcasing the wide range of stunning bridal gowns, Mother of the Bride, Bridesmaids, Flowergirls dresses, jewellery and accessories. However, you really must see the gowns for yourself with a relaxing hour and a half bridal consultation. This involves a personalised one on one service to assist you by a team of extremely experienced staff. They will help guide you into the perfect gown for your big day and complete your bridal picture with the all-important job of accessorising. April believes that the moment a bride tries on 'the dress', she simply knows it's 'the One'. "It's a one-of-a kind magical feeling that can elicit tears or cheers of joy. I take personal responsibility for the happiness of my brides who all want to look gorgeous for the singular moment in their lives that will live on forever."


There may be a vintage or heirloom gown belonging to family or friends that you could wear. Borrowed or inherited, such gowns provide special magic on your wedding day and are becoming very sought after. Care must be taken when handling a vintage dress as the fabric becomes fragile with age and requires expert cleaning and storage.


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Expensive and exquisite dresses are often to be found in the “for sale” columns, or on Trademe. Many have been purchased or imported from overseas and you may discover a genuine designer bridal gown at a fraction of the original cost.You can always have it re-fitted or altered with beading or a trim to your personal taste.

Every bride wants that “once in a lifetime” dress! Finding it may take you on a search of many different options, whether you buy, hire, make, borrow, discover, inherit or have it designed. Sometimes the gown a bride has always imagined wearing is not the one she eventually chooses. It’s a wise bride who goes looking with an open mind to find the style and shade that suits her to perfection.


Having a gown designed and made just for you is the ultimate in individuality, but naturally it will cost you more than a ready made dress.Your designer will want to discuss prospective ideas and styles with you, as well as what suits you and your personality. Bringing an illustration, a piece of lace or item of jewellery is helpful for inspiration. The designer will have access to a range of fabrics and trimmings to create the dress you have chosen. While white is the obvious choice for bridal gowns, ivory, parchment, magnolia, silver, champagne, gold or blush can be even more flattering on some brides.


Beautiful wedding dresses are available “off the peg” at specialist bridal shops. As well as New Zealand designs, many are imported, so be sure to allow adequate time for the dress you select to be ordered from overseas. With a wonderful range of styles to “try before you buy”, your dream dress might be right there on the rack! Once chosen, your gown can be expertly fitted and altered if necessary. Bridal shops have an impressive selection of accessories and attendants’ dresses to complement your gown.


Choose a pattern and some stunning bridal fabric and let a skilled dressmaker create an exquisite gown for you. With an inspiring selection of silk, satin, lace, brocade and voile, there won’t be another gown exactly like yours, and it won’t be as costly as a designer dress either. Be sure to choose a reputable dress maker and always ask to see examples of their work before you decide.


Your wedding gown need not be a traditional bridal style, colour or price. Look at ball gowns, cocktail outfits and maxi dresses and try summer sales at designer boutiques as well as chain store racks.



Hiring a wedding gown often lets you have that dream dress for less than purchasing it or having it made. Unless you plan to keep your gown as an heirloom, hiring can be an excellent option for the budget conscious bride. As well as dedicated wedding hire shops, theatrical costume hire can sometimes provide you with a period gown for a themed wedding, or the inspiration for one!

With style and imagination, a simple dress can always be beautifully and uniquely enhanced with your own personal style of decoration; beading, trimming, appliqué, overlays of lace or chiffon. Add a sparkly belt, sheer sleeves, a sassy jacket or a bolero and hey presto your dress is truly “yours.”

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House of Kavina is celebrating four decades of helping brides find their dream gown! “So come and celebrate the next decade with us as we continue our flourishing business in Dunedin, making sure brides experience that wow factor” says Hilary Samuelson, the owner of House of Kavina. With a magnificent collection of 200-300 wedding gowns as well as Mother of the Bride or Groom, flower-girl and bridesmaid dresses, bridal accessories, school formal and high end evening fashions, House of Kavina has become a mecca for brides from all over the country. Among the racks you’ll find

exquisite gowns from Venus, Cizzy, Stella York, Essense and MartinaLiana Bridal and Zavana. House of Kavina specialises in sizes ranging form 2-28, with a good selection for our goddess curvy girls to try on. Choosing a bridal gown is not simply finding a dress you like, “it’s the whole experience of being a bride, including the touch and the feel of a gown and connecting to it in a way that isn’t possible if you buy online” says Hilary “You can’t get the wow factor from an on-line purchase based on a picture and it often results in a poor fit, a disappointing gown and a bad experience. It’s sad but true that usually you only get what you pay

for.” She believes it is helpful for a bride to “bring a friend but not a crowd” to a bridal consultation because it’s good to have a second opinion from someone you trust when you are trying different styles. It is a quieter more relaxing experience if there are not too many opinions! Unlike many bridal houses, Hilary’s exceptional stock of gowns means many of them can be purchased on the day of consultation, or ordered within a maximum time of 16 weeks. “Brides love being able to take their chosen gown home then and there, although I often advise them to “sleep on it” just to be sure about their choice” says Hilary.

In addition to the popularity of ivory, her range of gowns also includes soft romantic colours like oyster, blush and cafe which are exceptionally popular. “This season there are romantic floaty styles, figure hugging gowns, illusion necklines and backs, but most of all there is beautiful lace and soft floating tulle. This new season also features the revival of clean satin classic lines.” You won’t find a better selection of wedding gowns than House of Kavina which is open Monday to Friday 9-5.30pm and Saturdays 10-2pm. Bridal consultations on Saturdays are by appointment. So come on in and enjoy the House of Kavina bridal experience.

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Stockists of • Venus • Stella York • Essense • Martina Liana and more ‘An exquisite selection of dream gowns’

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Wearing a wedding veil is largely a matter of personal choice. Traditionally veils were worn to symbolize the purity and innocence of the bride but with secular ceremonies more popular than church weddings, the veil has become less symbolic religiously and more of a fashion statement or sentiment. But in its place is a serious selection of intricate headpieces to complement almost any bridal style.

A WATERFALL VEIL is a double layer and worn to waist length. Often rolled or lace edged, it complements a long gown and elegant upswept hairstyle. One layer may cover the face during the ceremony of a traditional wedding. A BLUSHER VEIL is usually chin length or shoulder length with a longer layer at the back and a short layer worn over the face if desired. It looks ideal with a short hairstyle and complements the “tea length” of popular 50’s style gowns.

HEADPIECES can be worn with a veil or instead of one. Many brides do both and simply remove the veil after the ceremony, leaving the decorative headpiece in place for the reception. Inspired by the popularity of vintage and Bohemian style, there is an exceptional range of headpieces available to add sparkle to your wedding day elegance and hairstyle of choice. COMBS, CLIPS, PINS AND BARETTES with sparkles, feathers or flowers can be used to secure your hairstyle or decorate a braid a bun or long loose waves simply and stylishly.

A MANTILLA is a Spanish styled veil of heavy or intricate lace worn with a concealed comb. Hair can be long or short, but the elaborateness of the veil is best complemented by a simple classic gown. A BIRDCAGE VEIL with toque or fascinator is retro 40’s and very popular at present. It works well with a slinky gown, suit or sassy cocktail length dress and bridges the style gap between veil and headpiece.

BANDS, TIARAS, CIRCLETS AND GARLANDS are an exquisite substitute whether they are natural or manmade. Worn on the crown of the head, across the forehead, woven around a braid or as a wreath of delicate jewellery or fresh flowers, they are ultra-chic this wedding season. AN HEIRLOOM VEIL is thought to bestow luck, love and long life to the new bride. It is often the favourite “ old” item to uphold the traditional theme of “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” A CATHEDRAL VEIL is long and trailing. It may overlay a train which is part of the wedding gown or be the train itself, but the style is usually worn for formal and elaborate weddings with attendants who carry the train for the bride.

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It won’t matter how expensive, exclusive or fabulous a gown might be, it won’t flatter you if the style isn’t right for your height and your shape. Your wedding dress should highlight your best features and camouflage your flaws so choosing a design for your body shape is the smartest move a bride can make! FULLER FIGURE AND TALL Often described as statuesque, extra height allows a fuller figured silhouette to carry off well cut designs with elegance. Draped fabrics that fall well are most alluring and a train can be carried off with aplomb if you wish.

AVERAGE HEIGHT AND FULLER FIGURE Avoid fuss and flounce and go for simplicity of style. Choose flowing fabrics and don’t be afraid of beads, embroidery, crystals or lace. Sleeves downplay a fuller figure and so does a beautifully fitted bodice with an A line skirt. Steer clear of a bias cut design that clings to your curves.

SHORT AND SLENDER Choose a design of simplicity that doesn’t swamp your small frame. Avoid full skirts and ruffles in favour of a straighter skirt in a soft draping fabric. A straight sheath is flattering or a style that flares from the hips. Alternatively look for a design that is sleek at the front with added fullness in the back of the skirt. Add height with high heels and an “up-do” hairstyle.

AVERAGE HEIGHT AND WEIGHT Oh lucky girl, you can almost any style that suits your taste and personality. You can accentuate waist, shoulders, back or décolletage if you wish, you can choose a full skirt or a sheath, empire line or waistedstyle and any fabric from classic to contemporary.

TALL AND SLENDER Your body shape is often angular, so you will want to create the illusion of curves. A full skirt with layers avoids straight lines that accentuate the thinner figure. Feature a boat neckline or backless design to draw the eye away from the chest and downplay height with a waisted gown highlighted with a belt or sash. Avoid drop waist styles that lengthen the body line.

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When you step into the brand new premises of To Cherish Bridal, you will discover a complete bridal destination.

With a dazzling international range of gowns alongside an elegant selection of Bridesmaids and flowergirls dresses and complimented with veils, jewellery and wedding accessories including Trousseau Shoes, it’s the place to be for every new bride. Exceptional refurbishment characterises the prime Barrington Street site and allows all the space and grace required for brides to choose their gown without haste. Utilising two levels with their own separate entrances, To Cherish is able to provide dedicated departments incorporating an impressive retail area, a designer

bridal suite, well appointed fitting rooms for brides and bridesmaids and facilities upstairs for in-house alterations and final fittings. Consultation appointments are FREE but do require an appointment for selecting a gown from the exceptional designer labels from Justin Alexander, Fox Bridal, International Couture, Zavana Bridal and Cizzy Bridal which Alison has sourced for her magnificent new shop. Perfection usually comes with a hefty price tag, but at To Cherish, a breathtaking designer gown can be yours from $1800-$3500 – unbelievable!

Light, bright and resplendent with mirrors and chandeliers, To Cherish will make you feel special throughout your bridal experience and beyond! See how your gown looks as you glide along the elegant catwalk, share the moment with your beautifully gowned bridesmaids, choose all your accessories under one roof and then have your gown fitted to perfection by the experienced staff of To Cherish. Alison is proud of being a founding member of the Wedding Industry Network (WIN), an organisation of professionals

recognised for pursuing the highest standards of excellence and professionalism within the wedding industry. Dedicated to sourcing beautiful bridal fashion for your special day, Alison welcomes enquiries, appointments & consultations at To Cherish Bridal Boutique, Barrington-Athelstan Corner Ph (03) 377 6800, visit their website www.tocherish.co.nz or be among the first to enjoy Christchurch’s newest bridal destination.

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Shoes are on show at your wedding but finding the right style to offset the design of your gown will depend on the formality of your wedding and the fit of your foot! Shoe fashions come and go, but your choice of footwear can help you maximise or minimise your height, be chosen to suit the theme or the season, be low key or low heeled, provide sassy elegance or a bold fashion statement.

TREAT YOURSELF TO: Luxurious shoes in silk, satin, lace, leather or manmade materials from a wedding shoe specialist. OR Find a simple court shoe and individualise them with buttons, bow, buckles and bling. OR Have shoes dyed to mix or match with the colour theme of your wedding. FIND YOURSELF The best option to complement your gown and those of your attendants from Sandals, jandals, slides, sling-backs, peep toes and Mary Janes. Go buckled, bowed, laced, strapped or a Parisien ankle boot for vintage elegance. GO HIGH WITH: Stillettos & Stack heels for height and elegance. Use gel-inserts for comfort and choose thicker stack heels over stilettos for stability. Platforms & Wedges and walk tall with confidence. Choose style carefully to avoid a clunky look or draw attention to big feet. GO LOW WITH: Kitten heels for comfort, stability and very tall brides! The are an elegant compromise when worn with gowns that are short or long. Ballet Flats are versatile for all ages and low key style includes patents, florals, buckles and bling. GO CASUAL WITH: Jandals and sandals are cool and casual at an island or beach. Styles are sensational with sparkles, flowers and pretty summer colours. FEEL FOR YOUR FEET If you are showing off your shoes! Prepare them for a day on demand; paint them with polish, pamper them with a foot bath, sooth them with lotion. AND Wear IN those wedding shoes before you wear them ON the day.

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Where you purchase your wedding gown is a huge part of your planning and overall experience. But because of the technical nature of wedding gowns it isn’t like dress shopping at the mall! The first priority is to choose a stylist who has had formal training and experience, so you can be confident about their advice. Astra Bridal’s most common piece of feedback is that the style the bride falls in love with is not what they thought of when they first looked at gowns online. The stylist is an expert in finding what suits your body shape. So you can’t go past trying on gowns before making one of the biggest purchase decisions in your life. Choose a bridal salon that has a reputation for delivery and has been established for a reasonable period of time. Many salons come and go leaving a wake of devastated

brides when they can’t deliver on their gown. Look at their testimonials – are they frequently updated and new or are they static comments? There are some dedicated sites for reviews for providers so make sure you look at testimonials given after the wedding. Some salons are friendly during the gown selection and then don’t want to know you once they have your money! You want to know they keep up the good work all the way through. A key point to be aware of is that if you buy your designer gown from what they call “bricks and mortar” stores then they will guarantee the authenticity of your gown. If the store isn’t listed as a stockist on the designer’s website then there is a good chance you won’t receive an authentic gown. Plus the designer won’t give you any post purchase support. A bridal boutique that offers “head to toe” service gives you the opportunity to see the finished look. Trying on your accessories with your gown gives you peace of


mind that the overall look will be perfect. The time you have with them should be fun and enjoyable. Therefore the salon you choose should be friendly, reputable and know their stuff. Astra Bridal’s motto is “Taking the Stress Out of the Dress.” That is what you should look for in your bridal boutique - a stress-free experience.

Astra Bridal owner, Lori McPherson wanted South Island brides to have the opportunity of an amazing bridal experience. Accordingly South Island brides receive a free consultation and $150 credit towards accessories on purchase of their dress. This generous offer is proving very popular and many brides enjoy a special weekend getaway to plan the wedding.

f or South Is land Brides

Travel to one of our stores, buy your gown, and we will give you a credit on account, towards those travel costs. We can deliver your gown to Christchurch so you need only travel once.

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Whether you decide to have just your BFF as your only bridesmaid or a cluster of the closest from your clans, you will want them fabulously gowned in the most exciting styles and flattering shades on show this wedding season. Dresses are short, sheath, long, lacy, patterned, sleek, flared, full, sophisticated or demure and inspired by every era from Victorian to Bohemian. But.. colour is the revelation!

RE-STORED Metallics are restored to glory so let your bridesmaids sparkle in lame, brocade or gold gossamer chiffon. Give them some silver screen glamour or crystal and sequin shine on bodice, belt or overlay. Team or tone with colours from neutrality to vitality.

RE-FINED Neutrals look refined in any style from vintage to modern and any fabric from cotton to lace. Present shades favour cream, parchment and ecru through to latte. But newest for chic chicks is the arrival of palest dove grey.

ROMANTIC Romance is never out of style but this season’s philosophy is “pale and interesting” with blush pink, lavender, lemon or floaty smoky blue. New prints and florals complement wedding gowns and summer tans and offer a myriad of options for accessories and pretty bouquets.

RAINBOW Dressing your maids in a rainbow of different colours or a spectrum of the same shade from light to dark is an emerging trend. The theme works best for larger wedding parties or suits an age range of attendants from flower girl to matron of honour.

RICH AND POWERFUL Dark colours are enriched against bridal white and floral arrangements and this season brings aubergine, navy, ruby, and graphite into the spotlight. But watch for the return of chocolate to challenge the popularity of black. RETRO-SPECT Colourful orange, saffron, aqua and peony are a blast from the retrospective past. These vivid shades are at home for a beach wedding or garden setting and beg for bold bright flowers to tone up or creamy blooms to tone down.

RE-INVENTED Green was traditionally shunned as unlucky for a wedding, but glorious shades of emerald and mint are too good to ignore. Meanwhile and newly chic pistachio and edgy chartreuse re-invent the colour adventure.

RE-BORN Like fine wines, the newest shades are red! Re-born as marsala, burgundy, pinot and rose, these ripe reds are a sophisticated foil for gorgeous flowers and statement jewellery. Team with cream, gold, coordinating berry shades or contrast with hints of barely blue.

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YOURSELF Depending on the style of the wedding you may need to buy or hire a suit for yourself and/or your groomsmen. Whether your preference is formal, traditional, contemporary, casual, funky or dapper, your “look” is expected to complement the style the bride has chosen for herself and her attendants. An ill fitting suit looks dreadful on the day and completely spoils the overall look in the photos. So don’t guess your size or that of your groomsmen and make sure the menswear store or the suit hire company measure waist, inside leg length, neck size, chest size and arm length. Make sure you have allowed sufficient time before the wedding for any alterations to be made.


For traditionalists, a morning suit is the most formal style for day time weddings, a dinner suit is right for a formal evening reception although a lounge suit is usually considered formal enough for most New Zealand weddings, especially if they include a waistcoat or vest. A suit jacket should fit smoothly without constricting movement of arms or shoulders and shirt collars should fasten comfortably at the neck. Waistcoats should button easily just below the waistband of the trousers and the hem of the trousers should rest on the instep, allowing 2/3 of the shoe to show. Make sure socks are the same colour as the suit and shoes are clean and polished.


Grooms who prefer contemporary style will find an appealing selection of suit styles and designs; single and double breasted jackets, fitted and double vented jackets and the comeback of blazers, tail coats and satin lapelled dinner jackets. Checks, (Prince of Wales and Houndstooth), flecks (Harris, Donegal and Lewis tweeds and stripes (pinstripe, chalk strip and Oxford) are “in” again and so are patterns and prints on shirts, vests and ties whether a bow or a knot!


More casual attire is often accepted for summer weddings and sartorial savvy can be achieved in several ways. Selecting a suit in a light colour such as grey, taupe or natural can look casual yet distinguished. Perhaps forget the jacket and simply wear a waistcoat over a crisp cotton shirt. Sometimes a light weight fabric is preferred but be careful about linen which tends to crease and look untidy in photos. Other options include shirts designed to be worn out rather than tucked in, large collars with no tie or even bold Hawaiian style shirts for a truly tropical or on-the beach wedding.


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It’s not enough to hire a suit, buy a ring, choose a Best Man and leave the rest to your Bride! Modern Grooms and “Good Grooms” are expected to be far more involved in all aspects of the wedding than many previous generations. SHARE THE PLANNING Getting married is one of life’s most momentous events and should reflect the beliefs, wishes and ideas of both of you. Planning a wedding requires commitment, communication and compromise – a pretty good test for life in general! CHOOSE THE BEST MAN CAREFULLY. He needs to be more than just your best mate when it comes to wedding duties. As well as being supportive, respectful and at ease with guests of all ages, ne must be reliable and punctual, take his responsibilities seriously and deliver a speech without mumbling or offending anyone. SPEAK WELL You too must make a speech on behalf of yourself and your new wife, thanking parents and guests for their attendance, gifts and good wishes. A good speech should be fluent, appropriate and sincere, so even if giving a speech makes you nervous, prepare it, practice it and keep it simple. Avoid pomposity, verbosity and profanity, don’t tell lies or mention past relationships and if you can’t tell a joke really well…don’t!

WEDDING RESPONSIBILITIES Traditionally the groom is responsible for the Marriage Licence, fees for the Celebrant and organist, the Bride’s wedding ring, wedding clothing for himself and his groomsmen, flowers for the Bride, Bridesmaids, Mothers of Bride and Groom and buttonholes for the groom’s wedding party. The groom may also take care of honeymoon arrangements. BIG DAY AHEAD It’s going to be a big day and you want it to be special for all the right reasons! So…don’t party the night before, have a big blokes breakfast to stave off nerves and hunger pangs, be sure you look your best in well pressed clothes and well groomed appearance, practice your speech one more time and then arrive ON TIME!

It’s not scary, doesn’t take forever and the results are immediately obvious. In between there will be cool lotions, hot towels, a neck and shoulder massage, a hydrating mask, time to almost-slumber while it works its magic, then a final smoothing The perception that beauty treatments moisturiser to pamper you for the rest are only for women is hopefully fading fast of the day. as more men take a pro-active interest A facial is the very least you should in looking good, feeling good & smelling do for your skin. Of course there are good! plenty of other treatments once your Often encouraged by their partners to try man has got the hang of it. In the products at home to cleanse, tone and nourish, the months leading up to the wedding you catalyst for getting men to a professional beauty can drip-feed the idea of a manicure, treatment is frequently THE WEDDING. eyebrow shaping, a man-wax and Men’s skin is just as susceptible to dryness, maybe a tanning treatment. oiliness or a combination as our own. But add the If he is still not sure, give him a gift daily abrasion of shaving and their skin might be voucher or send him along with the screaming for some extra soothing, hydrating and Best Man to a place that specialises moisturising. in beauty treatments for men – some First timers can get to grips with the relaxing of them evening have big screen TV’s atmosphere of beauty therapy with a facial. Simply and video games while you wait – put, the skin is cleansed, exfoliated and moisturised. painless!

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Hands and rings of are on show at the wedding HANDY HINT - have your rings cleaned and your hands manicured

Your hands will never be more on show than when you are a bride! You may already have strong healthy well shaped nails, but if yours are brittle, split and weak, you will need nail conditioning well before the big day. Strong nails need Vitamins A and B, calcium, zinc, iron and protein. So ensure your diet contains a regular intake of eggs, fish, chicken, bananas, seeds, nuts and broccoli. Protect your hands from harsh chemicals by using rubber gloves for household tasks, use an intensive hand and nail cream at night and massage your hands to stimulate nail growth. Have a professional manicure to hydrate and exfoliate the skin and shape your nails correctly before the expert application of nail polish and hardener. Invest in quality nail products for long term care of your nails. But if disaster happens before the wedding, you can always rely on acrylics!

To make sure your hairstyle looks right with your headgear HANDY HINT – take veil, garland, head piece or hat to your hairdresser before deciding To get an idea of the whole hair and make-up look HANDY HINT – arrange hair and make-up trials at the same time & place

To keep looking your beautiful best throughout the wedding, photos and reception HANDY HINT – have a make-up bag at your disposal to touch up and freshen up To avoid disturbing your lippy before the wedding HANDY HINT – drink with a straw

To avoid messing up hair styles and makeup before the wedding HANDY HINT – wear a button through shirt until you are ready to put on your gown or wedding outfit

To check your make-up tones for the wedding HANDY HINT – wear a neutral top when you go for a consultation

Ensure wedding photos will look timeless and classic for years to come HANDY HINT – choose soft natural make-up and avoid extreme trends that date easily

For a low necked gown to look beautiful HANDY HINT – have back, neck & arms exfoliated and then moisturised

For a strapless or sleeveless outfit to look its best HANDY HINT – avoid tan lines by wearing strapless swimwear all summer!

For a consistent tan without sunburn HANDY HINT – opt for a light spray tan from a reputable clinic well before the wedding

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Insufficient sleep is one of the casualties of our modern lifestyle. Over time, people experience increasing sleep-deprivation which in turn contributes to stress, breakouts and hormone imbalance. Ideally, adults should get 8 hours rest in a 24 hour period, but many people short change

themselves by reducing their sleep time with extra work, watching TV or answering mobiles and social media well into the night. Sleep is designed to rest the body and the mind. While you sleep cells repair, the heart rate slows, other organs and systems rest, the brain files away


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When preparing for your wedding, the best beauty therapy of all is to get more sleep and regulate your sleep patterns.

information and the muscles relax. Sleep also regenerates your skin because the muscles of your face are able to relax too. The systems of the body work best with regularity. Sleep is a habit that you can acquire by observing mostly regular routines in your meal times, exercise and bedtimes. 7 out of 10 people wake up more tired than when they went to bed because generally we eat too much food late at night, preventing our digestive system from working efficiently. Breakfast at 7 am takes 6 hours to digest and is the only meal that is assimilated 100%. After lunch at 1pm the digestive system operates at a slower rate having already been in action for 6 hours. Digesting the evening meal takes 10-12 hours, so your system works non stop, never gets to rest and is still digesting at 7am the next morning. So adopt the old adage to “breakfast like a king, lunch like

a prince and dine like a pauper at night”! What also counts is the quality, not the quantity of food that we ingest. Stay away from snacks and comfort foods that are hard to digest, especially in the evening. If you find it hard to get to sleep, try drinking a cleansing herbal tea of camomile before you go to bed. Have a relaxing shower or bath before going to bed or massage your neck and shoulders with a calming massage oil. Spray an aromatherapy mist in your bedroom or use a herb pillow of lavender to induce calm restful sleep. Listen to music quietly if you must, but turn off your TV, mobile and computer – they are the worst interrupters of sleep EVER! If anxiety before your wedding prevents optimum sleep, invest in rescue remedy spray or tablets, learn some relaxation techniques or try yoga classes.

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Fashionistas usually recommend choosing a bag that matches your shoes, or complementing an outfit with one in a similar or contrasting colour. But for a impression is balanced, beautiful and practical. THE CLUTCH BAG is the overwhelming favourite for weddings and evening wear. For practicality it should close securely and fit your cards, keys, phone and lippy at the very least. If the wedding requires you to balance a wineglass and a plate, buy a “wristlet” clutch bag or one with a shoulder strap to leave your hands free. Carried in the hand or under the arm, a clutch bag can be unobtrusively elegant or supremely sassy with decorative details that command attention; buttons, buckles, bows and bling. The structure and material define the formality of the clutch bag; leather, satin, silk, manmade fibre or metal and its modest size forces you to declutter so that it does not bulge or spill out your essentials. THE ENVELOPE CLUTCH is a fold-over design with a triangular flap that tucks in like an envelope or is secured with a magnetised dome and is ideal for a daytime wedding. THE “MINAUDIERE” is a French ornamental jewelled clutch with a clip fastener that is usually used for evening occasions or weddings. THE POMPADOUR BAG is a soft material pouch with a drawstring worn round the wrist. Originating in medieval times to carry money and a sweet smelling pomander, its popularity re-emerged in Jane Austen’s regency era and in the 1920’s when they were made of the same material as the flapper girls dress and were embellished with jet beads, fringing and embroidery. The Pompadour is a pretty option for a flower girl or a way of introducing vintage style to bridal party gowns and wedding outfits. THE TOTE BAG is pure convenience for a shopping trip and all the stuff you need to prepare for the wedding; make-up, toiletries, lingerie, jewellery and shoes. “Tote” means “to carry” and the practical open topped style won’t crush or catch on your clothes while its large strap can be shortened or lengthened for hand or shoulder.

It’s your daughter’s special day, but as the Mother of the Bride you will want to look your best too. Make your mature skin look radiant with these 10 “must have” secret weapons in your beauty kit or caboodle! DEEP CLEANSER for daily protection from harsh elements TONER to refine pores and freshen the skin HYDRATING MOISTURISER to replenish drier mature skin ANTI-AGEING NIGHT CREAM to minimise fine lines and wrinkles LIFT SERUM to lift and contour facial muscles EYE CREAM to sooth delicate skin around eyes COLLAGEN TABLETS for strong skin, hair and nails FOUNDATION WITH SPF PROTECTION for coverage and protection from UV TRANSLUCENT PRESSED POWDER a light dusting to reflect light and look flawless MOISTURISING LIPSTICK to provide colour, definition & moisturise lips

Heavy make-up is very ageing so keep it light and subtle. Daily skin care regimes can take good care of minor flaws so that you can keep make-up more natural.

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Mothers of the Bride and the Groom often stress about what to wear to their offspring’s wedding, because the spotlight is on them too. Naturally they will want to look their best but the style should be appropriate for the time, season and location of the wedding AND flatter their age and taste. New Zealanders generally live quite a relaxed life style, so special occasion dressing is relatively rare. So here are some solutions to the dilemma of what to wear.

PLAY IT SAFE and choose designs that best suit your shape. If you aren’t sure about that be guided by a fashion designer or retail managers who are used to fitting customers of many different ages and silhouettes. Establish the style and then choose the colour.

NEW TWIST on a favourite item. If you already have an outfit in your wardrobe that you like and others admire when you wear it, consider having a pattern drafted and a new sassy version created for the wedding. Try a new colour or a different more luxurious fabric and formalise it with a stunning hat.

BRANCH OUT with a new look, length or shade. Wow them with a classic ensemble of elegance and style or surprise them with a contemporary dress, coat, culotte or gown. Choose a colour range you haven’t worn before, but be sure it suits your colouring to get maximum effect.

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Paisley is back AGAIN! The perennial design has returned many times since first becoming popular with westerners in the 1800’s. Although the “Paisley” pattern is a droplet-shaped motif of Persian origin, its western name comes from the textile town of Paisley in Scotland, where the designs were produced for the British and American market. The pattern is still popular in Iran and Central Asian countries where it is known as “boteh.” The woven design often features silver silk threads and other luxury textiles for gifts, weddings and clothing for special occasions. Alternatively it is also seen as a decorative motif on pottery, curtains, carpets, jewellery and paintings. The design appears to have been introduced to Europe by the East India Company who brought back cashmere shawls and silk cloth which were copied. From 1800 onwards the weavers of Paisley became premier producers of these shawls. New technology allowed them to develop looms that wove up

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to 5 colours when most weavers only managed to work with 2. The resulting multi-coloured patterns became a Paisley hallmark and the woven versions were later adapted for printing onto cotton, voile and wool, making the design universal. Over two centuries later, Paisley has undergone many re-inventions from elegant shawls worn in the Jane Austen era to the psychedelic fashions of the 1960’s. There have been pink paisley guitars, Prince’s Paisley Park record label and paisley has been used in interior design, architectural inspiration and landscaping. Known throughout the world, its distinctive pattern is equally appropriate whether traditional, retro or contemporary and is therefore unique. Paisley can be tone on tone in subtle understated colours or bright and vibrant. The pattern can be big and bold or a tiny print, beautifully embellished with embroidery or bling or printed onto simple cotton fabric. As a design Paisley has enjoyed exceptional longevity but while its popularity comes and goes, it is here to stay. Paisley is this summer’s signature in ladylike bridal lace, a mother of the bride dress and jacket, the bridesmaids’ floaty printed chiffon, silk ties for the groomsmen, as an inspiration for the icing on your cake or embossed onto your invitations.

For centuries, the art of millinery has created hats to enhance the simplest of outfits but there’s no better occasion than a wedding to strut your stuff in a hat! Whether you are the mother of the bride or the groom, one of the wedding guests, or the bride looking for an alternative to a traditional veil, a hat can add colour, allure, style and sass if it suits you! Whether your hat is chosen from a range of ready to wear designs, or is specially created to match your outfit by a professional milliner, the choice is phenomenal. Alternatively you can purchase a simple unadorned hat from department stores, boutiques and even some pharmacy outlets, then let loose and decorate it with the extraordinary array of finery from haberdashery counters and craft shops. As well as complementing the colour, length and style of your outfit, a hat needs to suit your hairstyle and the shape of your face. The width, height and shape of the hat should also be in proportion to your hemline and your height. So it’s “try on” time to see what suits you best. FASCINATORS AND COCKTAIL HATS These small but spectacular confections of tulle, feathers and ribbon are often worn on an angle and jauntily offset cocktail length dresses for special occasions. ASCOT HATS Named after the famous British Horse Race meetings dating from the 18th Century where the tradition of wearing elaborate hats developed and has continued to include special occasions like weddings. GAINSBOROUGH OR PICTURE HAT A high crowned big brimmed hat with elaborate trim of flowers, tulle, feathers and ribbons. Popular from the 1890’s to the First World War the style framed the face and was likened to a Gainsborough painting.

CLOCHE HAT Popular 1920’s style, the cloche is bell shaped and close fitting with almost no brim and a deep crown over the brow. The cloche was often decorated with a corsage, contrasting trim or ribbed ribbon to match an outfit. Ascot

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SLOUCH HAT OR GARBO A high crowned hat with a flexible drooping brim, it shields the face and was made famous by film star Greta Garbo who was somewhat reclusive.

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THE BRETON Often made of straw or felt and trimmed with a hat band or ribboned bow, the Breton has a wide round crown and turned up brim. THE PILLBOX A flat topped brimless hat that was made famous by Jackie Kennedy in the 1960’s, the pillbox was often decorated with birdcage veiling and worn as a cocktail hat. THE SNOOD An ornamental hair net worn over a long bobbed hairstyle. Often dotted with sequins or diamante, they were very popular in the 1940’s and are making a modern comeback for evening and bridal wear. Themed weddings also offer a funky opportunity for creative hats, recapturing the style of an era or the traditional elegance of top hat and tails. But whatever the style, be careful that your chosen hat will not hide or shade your face in the photographs.

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By tradition, a bride is supposed to wear “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue.” While an heirloom gown may be borrowed, it will also be something old and something very special. Combining romance, love and sentimentality, wearing an heirloom gown that was previously worn by a mother, grandmother or great grandmother is both rare and emotional. Depending on the age and fabric of the gown as well as the method by which it has been stored, its condition may be fragile. Unless it is in pristine condition, it will probably need cleaning. This should always be done by a professional who may need to hand clean the dress to remove oxidation and general discolouration of the fabric. Over time the fabric can deteriorate or the thread it was sewn with. If it is the latter, the seams can sometimes be re-sewn with modern thread that is more robust, but if it is the fabric that is fragile, the seams may

need binding to provide extra strength. The fit of an heirloom gown is likely to be tighter than modern designs, particularly in the waist measurement because a tiny waist was very fashionable and often achieved by corsetry. Plus, in general people are larger and heavier today than they were 50-100 years ago. Engage a skilled seamstress to see if the gown can be “eased” by letting out the side seams. Alternatively it may be possible to use any extra fabric from the train or underskirt to add panels to the bodice. If the dress fastens with a back zip or buttons, extra width can be gained by replacing original fastenings with lacing like a corset. If the dress is beyond safe repair consider using some part of it to embellish a modern gown or have a replica made so that the design and family history is not entirely lost. But if you can wear it, go right ahead, even if you compromise and wear it for the ceremony before changing into a contemporary gown for the reception and dancing.

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CARING FOR While silk is a natural fabric that breathes and is comfortable to wear in a variety of climates, it is also delicate and often hand woven and should be treated with special care. AVOID UV LIGHT - Never expose silk to harsh UV light and always hang silk garments away from direct sunlight. Do not leave your silk garment inside a car in a plastic bag which can sweat and stain if it’s a warm day. PRESSING - You can press silk garments with a cool dry iron. Do not use steam which may leave watermarks on the fabric. PREVENT STAINS - Wear alcoholfree deodorant, spray your perfume and/or your hairspray before you dress as both can stain the silk. If the silk is marked with splashes of tea, coffee or wine, flush repeatedly with cold water until the mark has gone. Do not use detergents, stain removers or home remedies and do not rub the stain and damage the silk fibres. CLEANING - Dry clean as soon as possible and ensure the cleaner knows the garment is 100% silk. But if there is a delay before dry cleaning, sprinkle the stain with talcum powder to draw the oil from the fabric. PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE - Silk should be dry cleaned by a reputable company experienced in cleaning delicate fabrics. your bridal gown cleaned as soon after the wedding day as possible to ensure any stains do not become “set” permanently and then store in a cool dry place.

Tailors and dressmakers are skilled professionals who specialise in sewing, repairing or altering clothing. There were once numerous tailors and seamstresses, but the modern mass production in today’s clothing industry has meant that a good tailor is increasingly hard to find. When you do, they are worth their weight in gold! Clothes are usually altered to create a better fit, update the fashion or make the garment more comfortable, hence the expression “tailor made.” Garments that are able to be repaired can sometimes be cost effective especially if it is made of quality materials, is a favourite item or perhaps a retro or vintage garment. A good tailor can repair rips and tears faultlessly, shorten sleeves and hems, re-set collars, cuffs and sleeves, or re-size a garment by “taking in “ or “letting out” side seams. Updating a garment

for current fashion may include changing the hemline, altering a jacket from double breasted to single breasted style, narrowing lapels, adding belt loops, removing or creating turnups, streamlining pleats on trousers or a skirt, removing sleeves, re-designing a neckline or making a skirt from what was previously a dress. To alter clothing successfully for a better fit, it is necessary to take accurate measurements of the wearer. Extra fittings may be required to ensure a perfect result. Some tailors work on men’s or women’s clothing, or both, while others choose to specialise in vintage tailoring or wedding apparel. Repairs and alterations should be discussed with the tailor and a quote given for the expected cost of materials and time. Once completed your repaired, altered or re-fitted garment should be returned to you cleaned and pressed like new.

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Getting your hair to behave on the big day will mostly be achieved by the style you choose. But your tresses can also be tamed into submission by some treatments and conditioners in the weeks leading up to the wedding. CONDITIONING MASKS replace moisture lost with the repeated use of chemical products and in the climatic elements of sun and wind. Weekly treatments for 6 weeks before the wedding will leave your hair shiny and healthy.

HEAT TREATMENT OILS prevent damage to blow dried or heatstyled hair and should be used once a month, or more frequently if you notice damage, dryness or brittleness.

REPAIR RINSES remove chemical impurities and add proteins to the strands so that they are able to resist splits and breaks. Have a good haircut to remove any existing split ends and then start the rinse treatments regularly in the months prior to the wedding.

VOLUME BOOSTERS add texture especially to fine hair. Boosting it into thicker more manageable volume also allows you to choose a variety of styles for your wedding day. SPRAY-IN SHINE adds gloss and smoothness to your hair whether long or short. Applied by convenient spritzer it can be used any time and on the day once your bridal hair style is complete. HAIR SPRAY provides a useful “on the day” conditioner, to keep hair in place and provide anti-frizz control.

HAIR STYLE Your choice of hairstyle will depend on what suits your face shape, your hair texture and the formality of the wedding. But there are plenty of different styles currently in vogue for brides and bridesmaids; • • • • • • • •

The slick wet look for elegant up-do’s The shoulder length long bob The precision cut short bob Intricate braids for long hair or short Boho style “messy” braids The petite pixie cut The versatile ponytail Retro crimping, finger waves or loose curls

Whatever your chosen style, nothing looks better than glossy healthy hair. So plan “a-head” and make your hair your genuine crowning glory.

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Hens and Bucks nights can be a great time to enjoy the company of your closest friends and celebrate your impending marriage. These “single send offs” can range from a few drinks or a meal to a whole weekend away. The groom’s celebration is usually devised by the Best Man, while the Chief Bridesmaid is generally responsible for the bride’s arrangements. Whatever you decide to do, make sure it’s acceptable to the individuals concerned and avoids anything that can disintegrate into activities of embarrassment, humiliation, injury or law breaking.

For Her THE CHALLENGE Make up a “challenge sheet” for your bachelorette to complete during the evening: Copy a stranger’s dance moves; dance on a chair or table; make a veil out of paper napkins; photo bomb a stranger’s picture; convince a stranger to serenade you orbuy you a shot; collect a coaster form every bar you visit; share a photo with another bride-tobe; have a photo taken with a guy who looks like your fiancé.

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THE CHALLENGE A popular bit of silliness where by the groom must complete a challenge or series of tasks, or risk a penalty (usually a drink) if he fails. Examples; serenade a girl, show off some dance moves, wear a superman outfit, converse only in song titles, win a bet, strike a pose on a pre-arranged signal, mime a drink or meal order.

NIGHT OUT While a night on the town for dinner, dancing and clubbing is very popular, there are plenty of other options if this doesn’t appeal. If you do go to town, try something different like a new restaurant and be sure to arrange safe, convenient transport for everyone involved. NIGHT IN If you or your friends don’t want to spend a lot of money, a girls’ night in can include a cocktail party, pot luck meals, party plan cosmetics, lingerie or makeover, karaoke hire or even a pizza and DVD. MAKE TIME A scavenger hunt is easy to organise and there’s always the fun of a dance class together, jewellery making, cooking school, cheese making or some divine pampering at a day spa. KITCHEN VINTAGE The forerunner of TAKE A TRIP There are the hen’s night in many wineries in and New Zealand was around Christchurch, so a the traditional wine tour and tasting can “kitchen tea”. be a fun day out with lunch included. Destinations Hosted by a like Akaroa, Methven, girlfriend, Kaikoura and Hanmer neighbour, Springs all within a two family member hour journey. With harbour or Mother of cruises, hot pools, whale the Bride, watching, train trips or this girls’ celebration comprised skiing in winter, there’s games, competitions, afternoon plenty of action adventure tea, occasionally some bubbly and too, not to mention golf, mountain biking and hot air the gift of small useful items for the ballooning. bride’s kitchen.


SPORTING CHANCE Enjoy your favourite sport together; tennis, touch, cricket or golf. Up the ante by trying “speed golf ” only 3 clubs plus a stop watch in your hand and a, sprint between shots and holes! Plan a mini Olympics with all-comer activities like bowling, mini golf, darts, laser strike, paintball or go-carts.

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While diamonds are dazzlingly beautiful, valuable and the most sought after jewel for engagement and wedding rings, they are also the hardest substance on earth and will therefore last a lifetime. All over the world, jewellers and gem experts rate diamonds according the 4 C’s of Cut, Carat, Clarity and Colour.

CUT makes the diamond dazzle according to number of surfaces or facets that reflect the light. Most diamonds are cut with over 50 facets and geometric angles. These act as mirrors and reflect the light from one to the other before dispersing through the top of the stone. If the cut is too deep or too shallow, light escapes and the sparkle is reduced. CLARITY relates to the brilliance of the stone and is graded according to the combinations of mineral traces, imperfections or visible fractures within it. Completely flawless diamonds are extremely rare and therefore extremely valuable as they offer the most natural brilliance.

COLOUR is also related to the diamond’s ability to reflect light. While we think of diamonds as white, the colour varies from white to yellowish. Jewellers grade a diamond’s colour on a scale from D (colourless) to Z which can contribute or detract from its overall value.

YOUR DIAMOND INVESTMENT For future proofing your investment, buy the best diamond you can afford. But be sure to choose your diamond and rings from a reputable jeweller who will provide you with a valuation certificate for insurance and proof of purchase.

The unbroken circle of a wedding ring symbolises love without end and the cycle of your life together. For sentiment and meaning it can’t be eclipsed, except perhaps by diamonds! The tradition of wearing the wedding ring on the fourth finger of the left hand dates back to the Roman’s belief that a vein ran form that finger directly to the centre of love, the heart. The variety of wedding rings today is impressive and ranges from simple metal bands to those set with stones or elaborately

engraved. Couples can be as creative as they wish and often are when it comes to a wedding band. Yellow gold, either 9 or 18 carat, has been a long standing tradition because gold was long lasting and associated with quality and purity. But fashionable variations on yellow gold are achieved by the addition of other metals; alloy to make white gold and copper to make rose gold. In spite of being more expensive than gold, platinum has also become popular for its strength and silvery look.

In the past the engagement ring had the stones and traditionally the wedding ring was plain. Alternatively a wedding ring inset with a stone or two might be the only ring if the budget was tight or there was a metal shortage as in wartime. Not so now! Ring sets for the bride can glitter with numerous diamonds and gems and the sparkle effect of both rings is dazzling. In terms of style, shape, colour and tone of the metal, brides should always match and fit their wedding band with their engagement ring. If the band is plain, the groom’s

CARAT refers to the weight rather than the size of the diamond. Originally calculated on scales against carob seeds that weighted 0.2 grams each, modern metric measurements define a “carat” as 200mgs. Each carat is further divided into 100 points thus allowing precise categorising of diamond value.

ring might be of similar style and tone, but increasingly the more masculine look of stainless steel, silver and black titanium are sought after. They too can be set with with stones or engraved. Engraved wedding bands are not only beautiful items of jewellery, they are also personal and meaningful to the couple. Intricate designs may have aesthetic and cultural significance, the date of the wedding may be inscribed inside the band or words of love and inspiration as well.


For all the important jewellery moments in your life, to say “Will you marry me?”, “I do” or “I love you”, Westende Jewellers can provide you with the expertise, craftsmanship and service necessary to choose the perfect piece to cherish forever. Westende Jewellers has been family owned and operated in Christchurch for almost 50 years. Now well established at their Colombo Street store in Sydenham, they enjoy welcoming new and long standing customers to the elegant and sophisticated space they have created.

For engagement and wedding rings the selection is superb with a variety of different metals, stones and settings on display. While the classic diamond solitaire still out-sells other engagement ring designs, the current popularity of white gold, platinum and palladium settings provide a “modern twist” to the traditional favourite. Within Westende’s diamond section is the remarkable “Astralis” diamond selection which is also exclusive. The creation of Gabi Tolkowsky, one of the world’s most celebrated diamond cutters, these diamonds are simply stunning and carry his signature on the girdle of every stone. With 89 facets, 32 more than a

traditional cut, the Astralis Round Brilliant diamond is “beauty unlocked” and features a visible 8 point star. Contemporary wedding rings are often set with stones too and specifically designed to complement the engagement ring as a set. Westende Jewellers has over 300 styles of New Zealand made wedding rings on display in store. For men, the traditional yellow gold band is often surpassed in favour of white metals or titanium, enhanced with stones, patterns or engraving. A recent addition to Westende’s wedding ring range is Ziro. These amazing and dramatic gents’ wedding rings contain a black mineral called Zircon (ZrSi04). They come in plain black or can be set in rose gold, yellow gold or white gold. Alternatively they can create a custom-made design according to the customer’s price range and preferences, including the currently popular vintage look. Since the earthquakes,

heirloom and antique jewellery has been particularly treasured and Westende Jewellers offer an extensive range of Vintage Antique jewellery for sale. They can also restore items or remodel existing pieces into a new setting to ensure further longevity. Westende offer lay-by on purchases for 3months and finance is available for up to 36 months. Customers can also benefit from GST-free sales if they are departing Christchurch or Auckland on international flights and their purchases can be picked up at the airport. In addition to engagement and wedding rings, Westende Jewellers also has a fine selection of gifts for the wedding party such as watches, cufflinks, pearls, earrings and bracelets, including Kagi, Karen Walker, Stow Lockets and Endless designer jewellery.

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40 With This Ring Gold, platinum, diamonds and other gemstones last indefinitely, but if you want them to stay dazzling for decades, you need to keep them clean! You should take them to a jeweller annually for a professional clean, polish and check to ensure the stones are still secure in the setting. But in between you can keep jewellery clean and shiny yourself by using simple easy methods at home:



SOAP + WATER Add mild liquid soap to a bowl of lukewarm water. Lightly brush each item of jewellery with a soft toothbrush. Rinse under warm tap and pat dry with a soft microfiber cloth.


COLD SOAK Soak jewellery for 30 minutes in a cold solution comprising equal amounts of water and ammonia. Leave to dry on a microfiber cloth then rub over gently for extra shine.


ULTRASONIC CLEAN An ultrasonic machine is filled with water and detergent then switched on to high frequency oscillation to remove dirt. Set for the required time as per the instruction manual.

LIQUID DIP Buy a commercial liquid jewellery cleaner. Dip your jewellery in the solution for the recommended time/ instructions. Remove, let dry and buff with a soft cloth.

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Promise rings indicate that there is a relationship and while the couple may not yet be ready for a formal engagement and marriage, they are committed to one another. Some couples see the promise ring as a step towards a future engagement. For others the trend is adopted by couples who set up home together without the expectation of marriage, so the ring becomes an alternative to an engagement or wedding ring. However the trend is not a new one. Giving a ring as a promise of affection dates back centuries to the “posy” ring which was engraved with a romantic sentiment; the “pansy” ring comes from the French word “penser” meaning “to think; the “friendship “ring was given when a girl and boy were too young for an engagement and the college “pin” in America meant the couple were dating seriously or “going steady.” Depending on the age of the couple and the stage of their relationship, a promise ring can be simple and inexpensive or more elaborate and valuable. Inexpensive versions are often sterling silver and can be found at costume jewellery outlets, department stores

and online stores, while those that are gold and set with precious stones are designed and sold at a jewellers. The design of the ring may have meaningful motifs like hearts (as in the Celtic Claddagh ring), engrave the names of the couple on the inside or outside of the ring or use birthstones in the setting. But regardless of the cost, a promise ring is about feelings and therefore its true value is intrinsic. There’s not always a special proposal with a promise ring but it is most often given on an anniversary of the first date, on Valentine’s Day, on a birthday or the start of a New Year. Promise rings can be worn on any finger and on either hand, although usually the intent is the 3rd finger of the left hand. Sometimes the ring is worn on a chain round the neck, especially if the “promise” is a secret.

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A wedding is an occasion to sparkle and glitz is definitely “in.” Whether you like traditional or modern pieces, jewellery is a popular wedding day accessory and should enhance the look of your gown. However, take care that too much jewellery doesn’t spoil the effect. If the bridal gown is very elaborate or already features beading or crystals, keep jewellery minimalist or simple in design. Strapless and low backed gowns lend themselves to a necklace and “up do” hairstyles offset earrings beautifully. A bride may wish to choose new jewellery to wear on the day, or there may be heirloom items of particular significance. Antique and retro jewellery recapture the style of a previous era, but can also complement modern gowns successfully. Jewellers can also re-work old settings and reset stones into more modern designs if you wish and there are numerous boutiques selling affordable accessories for you and your wedding party. Jewellery may be delicate or a dramatic statement of style! Modern crystal jewellery provides alluring shimmer and shine, while pearls are an enduring favourite, offsetting the current simplicity of wedding gown designs. For a new take, try a necklace of large pearls, a wide choker or a single beautiful pearl. Perhaps go vintage with a long string of pearls knotted at the front or draped dramatically down a low backed gown. Or you can introduce some glitz with a sparkly belt, a bracelet that jingles with charms, some diamond dazzle earrings, bejewelled shoes or a vintage look marquisite comb to secure your hair or veil.

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A locket is a ring or necklace with a pendant that traditionally opened and contained an image or lock of hair of a loved one. As an item of jewellery, the locket has been around for centuries. Elizabeth I wore one containing a picture of her mother, Anne Boleyn and she also gave them as gifts to loyal courtiers with her own image inside. In Victorian times, lockets became hugely popular after Prince Albert gave Queen Victoria a bracelet with locket charms containing the pictures of each of their 8 children. Worn on a chain or velvet ribbon, the locket could be worn by almost any age group. Associated with both romance or mourning a loved one, lockets reached the height of sentimental fashion in World War 1. When millions of soldiers marched to war they left behind their picture in a locket for their sweetheart to wear until their return. Early lockets had painted images, but with the invention of daguerreotype photos in the 1840’s, images could be fused onto glass. By the late 19th and 20th centuries, black and white photographs became a more affordable option. Keepsake lockets were made of many different styles, shapes and materials ranging from simple inexpensive versions in silver or 9ct gold to bespoke designs in 18ct gold or rose gold that were enamelled, embossed, engraved or inset with gemstones. Some had a clear glass front so that the image or hair inside could be seen without having to open the locket. The antique “vinaigrette” lockets were made of filigree with a tiny fabric cushion inside containing lavender, pot pourri or a sprinkle of perfume. Mostly the locket has been a symbol of romance, often worn secretly. The “message” locket contained love notes from an admirer, while a locket given on betrothal or marriage usually carried the images of the couple inside. As well as the traditional oval, lockets were also circles or heart shaped and designed to “hold the deepest secrets of your heart” for as long as it was worn.

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Canterbury Jewellers has earned a reputation for fine craftsmanship and honesty in a trade where the client relies on information that is true and the quality of workmanship is high. Providing these two key attributes has allowed Canterbury Jewellers to be one of Christchurch’s leading repair, alteration and handcrafted jewellery manufacturer since the company was started 35 years ago. Some people may find their perfect engagement ring already made, sitting in a showroom waiting for them. Others aren’t so fortunate, having to trawl through 100’s or even 1000’s of designs.

Some will decide to start from scratch and have their ideal ring sketched and then handmade. Finding your ideal ring is a bit like looking for a home - you know it’s just right when you see it. But unlike buying a home, having exactly what you want in a ring needn’t require a visit to the bank manager. “A common misconception is that hand-crafted pieces are an unaffordable luxury for most people. However you may be pleasantly surprised how they stack up against the average mass-produced rings pricewise” says Jason Baylis of Canterbury Jewellers. Responding to an increasing desire from clients for a more

personalized look, Canterbury Jewellers are fully equipped to create something incredibly unique. It may traditional with lots of fine detail, or bold and modern. With their experienced and fully-qualified team of on-site artisans, clients are invited to contribute to the creative process as little or as much as they like and are encouraged to visit at various stages of manufacture. “We see some amazing engagement rings that need a wedder. But finding a wedding ring to fit around these elaborate rings can be impossible, so generally a custom wedding ring is the only solution” notes Jason.

Ideally engagement and wedding rings should be made at the same time to ensure a complementary style and perfect fit. But for those who already have an engagement ring that doesn’t lend itself well to any of the readymade wedding rings, Canterbury Jewellers can always make one to suit. For sparkle that will last a lifetime, call Canterbury Jewellers on 03 366 7737.

Leading the way in design, manufacture and repair of exquisite jewellery

Unit 8, 73 Peterborough Street, Central City, Christchurch P. 366 7737 E: enquiries@canterburyjewellers.co.nz

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The next risk is not being able to do much about it. It’s difficult to send the dress back if it isn’t right, you will incur extra shipping charges and there may be too little time to get a replacement even if the company was agreeable. New Zealand’s Consumer Guarantees Act doesn’t apply to overseas goods and the company you have bought your gown from is unlikely to provide much customer service back-up. There’s also a security risk using a credit card and you could get a computer virus when you order from an unknown internet site.You have to wait for your items to be despatched and sadly, there’s no guarantee that having paid for your gown that you will

actually receive it. A recent overseas scam involved customers making their choice from internet gown illustrations, sending their money and eventually receiving a sewing kit containing a few metres of cheap material, a dress pattern, a reel of thread and some stickon bling! These are all personal risks associated with cheap internet purchase, but there are wider issues as well that you may never have considered. Inadvertently you are

It’s your wedding and you want the gown of your dreams. You have pored over wedding magazines, looked at fabrics and designs, been to bridal shops and THEN discovered your perfect wedding gown on the internet at a fraction of the cost! Of course you are tempted. It’s so simple; choose the style, colour, fabric, send your measurements and your money and within a few weeks, your gown will arrive. It will be beautiful and so will your bank balance, so where is the harm or the risk? The first risk is the potential for disappointment. The internet can’t show you the actual dress, nor its quality, fit or finish. New Zealand dressmakers and bridal shops frequently see brides who come to them distraught because the gown they thought they were getting has arrived and is badly made, doesn’t fit, looks cheap and has wasted their money instead of saving it.

helping to damage the wedding gown industry in this country. Cheap copy gowns are actually theft of a bona fide designer’s intellectual property and the images used to sell the copies may also breach copyright. Your copy gown may also allow child labour to flourish in poor countries overseas. Factories overseas that make genuine gowns pay their workers fairly for their skill and expertise and do not employ children. However factories making fake gowns cut costs by employing young children

housed in appalling accommodation and paid a pittance. When you know that, can you really feel a beautiful bride? The same risks are just as applicable when you order suits for your wedding party, jewellery for your bridesmaids or wedding rings for yourselves. What seems a genuine bargain online, offers no guarantee of quality or integrity.

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Planning a wedding takes a lot of organisation and in many cases arrangements have to be made many months in advance in order to secure the desired location or venue. Because marriage is such a milestone event, of course couples want the wedding to be perfect. However it can become allconsuming, especially for the brideto-be who wants to do everything herself. No wonder it can become a recipe for stress, strained relationships, budget blow-outs and loss of enjoyment in something that should be memorably serene! So here are some ways of avoiding the bridal blues. DON’T try to DIY everything DO use a wedding planner for some or all of the arrangements DON’T get bogged down with too much detail DO keep ideas simple and achievable DON’T exclude the groom from decision making DO delegate and involve family and friends in plans DON’T try to please everyone else DO make sure the wedding pleases you DON’T spend money you can’t afford DO enjoy preparing for the wedding DON’T stress about tiny details no one else will notice DO focus on your guests’ enjoyment DON’T worry about minor mishaps on the day DO let the wedding planner/ coordinator do their job DON’T lose sight of the big picture DO relax and concentrate on what’s important DON’T forget to be happy and SMILE! DO thank everyone who has helped you

Are you a perfectionist?


Have standards that are impossible to meet? Experience frequent mood swings? Are you impatient? Expect everyone to follow your orders? Fall out with friends and family? Don’t trust the wedding coordinator? Exclude your partner from wedding decisions? Talk about wedding plans all the time? Keep changing your mind?

Want the best of everything? Expect lavish gifts from the guests? Rarely say thank you? Think money is no object? Forget how to relax?

Or won’t compromise?

Take him for by tiny details? granted?

Never think about anything else?

Refer to “My Day” not “Our Day”

Become obsessed

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When you are ready to plan your wedding and all the arrangements it entails, you can’t do better than calling in the experts. Wedding Professionals NZ Planners provide full wedding designing, planning, coordination and production to create a seamless, stress-less wedding day. “We can provide partial planning for those who need the expertise or who have little time to get that special look or find that perfect wedding venue, photographer or delicious cake” says Manager Suzanne Carson.

A Wedding Professionals consultant acts as a “PA” to the wedding couple. Sharing many years of industry experience, design flair and numerous contacts, your special PA will work with you to achieve the most memorable day possible for all who attend. “Imagine knowing that you have a team that shares in the excitement of your day and being able to relax knowing the endless “to do’s” are no longer on your checklist! No more madly calling around, no more worrying about asking the right questions or getting the best quotes, no more trying to figure out what

colours coordinate well” explains Suzanne. All that can be a thing of the past because Wedding Professionals aim to give you the time and attention you deserve, to give your wedding the skill and organization it requires and to give you the day that surpasses your every expectation. As experts in wedding styling with impeccable attention to detail, your own individual style and creative vision will be represented and, “your personalities will be reflected in every facet of the event’s design.” An “On the Day Package” ensures everything runs smoothly and on time. Enjoy the wonderful

feeling that someone else is there overseeing all aspects of your wedding. Let your Mum enjoy her role as Mother of the Bride without having to attend to anything but family and friends and be a stress-free bridal couple yourselves instead of a wedding organiser. “Imagine walking down the aisle and noticing all the beautiful details that you thoughtfully planned and arriving at the reception in awe of the stunning way everything turned out. Then realise you made the best choice of all by leaving it all in the experienced hands of professional perfectionists.

Wedding Planner, Consultant & Designer Our services include full planning, partial planning, designing and hiring. It’s your choice on how much or how little help you require from your very own ‘personal assistant’. • Guidance on where to get started, time planning to ensure nothing has been forgotten and clever budgeting. • Enhancement of your unique personality, style, preferences and ideas or something created especially for you. • On the day management for a worry-free smooth day. • Lycra chair covers, colour bands, organza sashes, Grecian pillars & decor enhancements. • Special South Pacific & NZ wide wedding packages.

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Whatever organisational methods you choose to plan and convey your wedding arrangements remember to back up your computerised records on discs and drives if you are “PRO TECH.” Losing any of it would be a DATA DISASTER so to be on the safe side, you can’t go past LOW TECH for a paper trail that includes photocopies of important documents and decisions Technology can’t be ignored! It is with us every day, so it definitely has a role in planning a wedding. It can save you time, money, mileage and aggro, it can be creative, make a statement and involve your techsavvy guests at the press of a button or scroll of a screen. But it can also be over-used, gimmicky, intrusive and make your wedding sound impersonal and impolite. It can also exclude older or technophobic guests who don’t have the latest model, the means to access your clever communications or find the process too complicated to participate. So mixing and matching techno pro and low is a nice touch and a wise move.


A diary of important dates Books and magazines for research Calendar or Yearly planner Newspaper wedding announcements Paper perfection for your wedding stationery Post or couriers to send invitations A guest list for RSVP’s Mood boards of design ideas Blackboard seating plans A Marriage license

frame and edit pics Printstagram pics into posters, prints, books & calendars Stickygram your pics into fridge magnets for gifts & guests Eventstagram live feed for absent guests to share the wedding iPod your music selections You Tube any wedding bloopers Visa your wedding/honeymoon Selfie pics from your honeymoon Language App for overseas destinations Electronic cards to say thank you


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Pre-nup agreements Insurance Certificates Passports Tickets and travel vouchers Marriage Certificate Maps for out of town guests Guest visitor book Photo Album on display Files for important quotes and documents Thank You Cards or notes Postcards from your honeymoon destination

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Facebook, Tweet, Twitter or Text to update your mates A spreadsheet for costs and budgets Apps to enter wedding and reception information for guests Pinterest for a zillion wedding ideas Websites to research wedding suppliers and services Email to confirm quotes and bookings Internet banking to pay deposits and bills Paperless Post to send online invitations & receive RSVP Online website for gift registries GPS directions to venues Digital photography on CD’s and mobile Instagram your wedding with your own hashtag Snapseed to crop, colour,


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OF CANTERBURY VENUES Post earthquake, many of Canterbury’s wedding venues have now been restored, re-invented, re-located or spectacularly re-built! Consequently the province continues to offer plenty of innovative and exciting venues from A to Z. Imaginative, original or even quirky locations are becoming popular for wedding ceremonies and receptions, whether you favour traditional church, historic significance, dramatic backdrop, contemporary style or a unique place of special appeal. Consider the size and style you want for your wedding and whether you will have the ceremony and reception at two different venues or in the same place. The latter is often chosen for appealing continuity, cost and convenience. There’s no break in the proceedings, the ambience is not interrupted and your guests can relax while you have the photos done.

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Ambience of a small wedding at home Beach at numerous options around the city or peninsula Cruise your wedding on the water with Black Cat at Akaroa Dedicated wedding centre at Riccarton Park or Pemberton Event-managed at a premier city hotel like The George or The Elms Farm friendly at Alpaca Farm’s Valley of Peace Wedding Centre Garden setting at Swan Lake, Hampton Lea or the Botanic Gardens Heritage church like St Michaels or St Augustines Ice – cool wedding at the Antarctic Centre Jump aboard a double decker London bus Kiwis witness your wedding at Willowbank Wildlife Park Luxury at exclusive Grasmere or Hanmer’s Select Braemar Lodge Marquee - anywhere you want it NEW – at the spectacular Tannery or Christchurch Golf Club Old historic homes like Tangley on Clyde and Otahuna Planes to test fly your wedding at Airforce World Quaint and authentic at Ferrymead Heritage Park Restaurants and Resorts at Terrace Downs or Peppers Clearwater Sports clubrooms like Russley, Netball Centre, Cashmere Club Themed and theatrical at Auroroa Centre or Sumner’s Hollywood Cinema Uniquely scenic at Church of the Good Shepherd Tekapo or Hermitage Mt Cook Vineyards for wine and dine amid the vines Wineries in and around the city – Trents, Langdale or Rossendale eXtraordinary quarry (Halswell) Yacht Club at Akaroa for indoor outdoor maritime setting Zoo- your wedding on safari at Orana Park

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Treat your guests to a classic Kiwi theme with a marquee by the beach. Dazzle them with kiwiana decorations and a dress code that includes jandals, boardies and sunnies. Treat them to a barbequed feast from our surf or our turf, an iconic pavlova with fresh fruit on top and a chilly full of craft beers and fine New Zealand wines. Play beach games and cricket on the hard packed sands and dance to the music of great kiwi bands.

Cuba has just become the “must go” destination, so why not theme your wedding reception with Caribbean customs and cuisine. Arrive in a Cuban classic 50’s car. Create a carnival atmosphere, with flamboyant frills, colour and glitz. Think rumba and reggae, salsa and steel bands, calypso and limbo. Serve up lechon asado (spit roasted pork), jerky – spice-rubbed chicken or beef, grilled fish, Cuban tacos or a seafood cocktail with tropical fruit. Chill out with Jamaican rum punch, a pina colada or a Cuban mojito and Havana cigar!


Make winter your theme with a white wonderland. Create a white sparkly backdrop with snowflake inspiration and let your wedding party add sumptuous colour and luxurious style. Add ambience with candles, lanterns and a crackling fire and serve warm rustic foods to tempt and relax. Swap champagne for toddies and ruby mulled wine then dance old fashioned waltzes with music to match.


Adopt the style and pizzaz of the 20’s and 30’s with a vintage vehicle, glamorous gown and gorgeous garden setting. Serve an elegant dinner with waiters and maids and sip champagne and cocktails like a silent movie star. Light up a marquee for dancing, learn the lindy or the Charleston or a wedding dance foxtrot.


Extend your wedding colour theme to include your guests. Ask them to wear something in a particular colour or divide your guests into colour coded clans for seating, dancing and breaking the ice. Choose colourful foods and musical moods with a colour theme – “yellow submarine,” “I see Red” “Blue Moon” that each colour coded group must dance to!

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WITHOUT GUILT Wedding anticipation and preparation can be absorbing and stressful, but rest and relaxation are two of the best beauty benefits. Regular sleep patterns keep you refreshed, time out lets you rest and recharge and relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, spa treatments or aromatherapy are great to combat fatigue and keep you calm.

SPA TREATMENTS are a delightful way to improve your sense of well being. Day spa facilities and resorts have pamper packages that include specialized facials, organic peels and exfoliations, body scrubs and wraps, massage therapy, manicures and pedicures, waxing, makeup and tanning. Some also offer a selection of medi-spa treatments including micro-dermabrasion and IPL for skin rejuvenation and hair reduction. Thermal pools and hot tubs can simply soak your cares away and are often part of the spa environment alongside spa treatments. HATHA YOGA is the foundation of all yoga styles and incorporates postures, regulated breathing and meditation. It aims for calm, grace and control as various poses are performed and is a combination of low impact exercise and stress management techniques. You can attend classes to learn enough to then practice yoga in the privacy of your home.

AROMATHERAPY is often used in pre-wedding beauty treatment to calm and relax the bride and wedding party. The brain is influenced by aromas and aromatherapy is defined as “a form of alternative medicine that uses essential oils found in plant extracts to enhance mood, health or well-being.” Infused, inhaled or used as massage or bath oils, specific aromas or blends are chosen for their particular qualities.

Chamomile and almond to calm and relax Lavender to reduce anxiety and stress Lemon to enhance your mood Allow yourself d time to relax an en os ch ur yo m fro benefit ur yo x to treatment. De of d in m ur yo body, free d an ts gh ou th l stressfu phere revel in an atmos lm ca , of fragrance and quiet.

RELAX YOUR OWN WAY There are many different ways to relax and the one that suits you is often dependent on your interests and lifestyle. Try deep breathing or a warm fragrant bath to soak away the tension. You may find a quiet walk, a swim, listening to your favourite music, reading a book or cuddling a pet is infinitely calming and so is having simple time out to do whatever you please or nothing at all. Just don’t feel guilty about it!

Peppermint to soothe Chamomile, bergamot, lavender for insomnia Bergamot, orange and jasmine to diffuse irritability Ginger, rosemary and lime to energize Geranium, rose, sandalwood and citrus for peace and happiness

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In the years since Canterbury’s earthquakes, many of our favourite wedding venues have reopened, re-located or re-created their amenities and ambience offering this year’s brides impressive venues and unlimited choice.


Most hotels resorts and event centres have the facilities to accommodate weddings with style and space, inside or out. Many have dedicated wedding and event coordinators to arrange the chosen theme, the catering, entertainment and the ceremony and they often have a range of competitively priced wedding packages to suit different budgets. Hotel accommodation and facilities are still being rebuilt in Christchurch city, so those beyond the city are also an option to consider.


With a little imagination, almost any venue can become an appealing place for a wedding supper, reception or dance. Halls can be decorated, furniture hired, caterers booked and music made.


Christchurch’s heritage buildings have been badly damaged, so those that remain are doubly precious and in great demand for weddings. Check-out their availability for your proposed date. If it’s not possible but you have always imagined your wedding in a restored Edwardian home or at a beautiful church, look beyond the city to country houses, B&B’s, and the churches of nearby rural towns.


Quiet country settings amid productive vineyards and charming local wineries provide wonderful locations for a wedding celebration and photo shoot. Some venues provide a “one stop” location for the entire wedding from ceremony to reception, and even guest accommodation too. Alternatively you can have your ceremony elsewhere and your reception on the estate.You will probably be expected to purchase the vineyard’s own wines, but their buying power and food/wine knowledge make for a memorable dining occasion.


For a low key alternative, especially in summer, a garden and gazebo wedding can be charming and less expensive. Hire, buy, borrow or make what you need for an alfresco barbeque, an afternoon picnic or a “bring a plate” old time wedding.


Mobile and moveable, you can have your wedding almost anywhere if you have a marquee. Always popular in summer, they can also be adapted all year round to provide unique shelter in any weather and are available in a variety of sizes. Erected on a field, a farm, a beach, a garden, a hilltop or at your place, marquee hire can include silk linings, tables, chairs, dance floor, buffet, bar, lighting, sound, heaters and decorations!

Each of the 53 spacious bedrooms and suites are designed with a stylish eye for detail. But its central location, beautifully appointed facilities and tranquil surroundings also make it a sought after wedding and honeymoon venue. Located opposite Hagley Park and the Avon River, the hotel offers a single exquisite setting for the ceremony, photographs,

reception and accommodation. The George's wedding facilities comprise of Parkview, which can be configured and decorated to accommodate 90 guests for a sit-down dinner or high end buffet, or 160 for a cocktail themed event, and The Residence, an adjoining heritage property with beautiful lawns and gardens for the ceremony and a gracious intimate dining room for up to 18 guests. Restored at the end of 2015 to the highest standards, The Residence offers privacy and elegance and is an increasingly popular setting for those looking for genuine heritage and tradition. Its delightful ambience is ideal for smaller wedding parties, remarriages and renewal of vows ceremonies. It is also possible to book the entire villa and its accommodation rooms for your exclusive use. Top chefs from The George provide


The George is Christchurch’s most luxurious boutique hotel with a reputation for style, elegance and exemplary service.

various menu options to suit the individual tastes and style of the couple, including fully plated two or four course dinners, buffets, or the popular and innovative “trio set” of plated entrees and desserts complemented by a buffet or plated main course. Having your wedding at The George means personalised service from our experienced team. “We take away all the stress of organising your special day while you enjoy every moment with your guests” says the hotel’s wedding coordinator. Couples are encouraged to meet at the hotel with our wedding coordinator,Yolanda, to discuss the many options available to them. They can view

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the accommodation, the different venues and examples of various menus and set-ups, so that we can get it absolutely right. Due to its reputation, expertise and focus on service, The George has become increasingly busy with weddings. With their renowned flair, enthusiasm and meticulous attention to detail, you can be assured that your wedding at The George will be chic, stylish and memorable. To look, to book or simply to enquire about The George for your wedding, contact Yolanda P: 03 371 0255, E: weddings@thegeorge.com W: www.thegeorge.com

54 With This Ring • Is your location remote or accessible? • Do you need permission to use the location? • Is there a private or semiprivate area for the ceremony? • Who will set it up? • How long will set up take? • Will guests stand or do you need seating? • Where will guests park? • Is it far to walk? • Will the ground be sandy, dirty or muddy? • Will there be sun glare or shadow at the time of the ceremony? • Is there shade from the sun for you and your guests? • If it’s by the beach, remember to check the tide! • Is it sheltered from the wind? • Can you have drinks nibbles and photos nearby?


There’s something romantic and charming about an outdoor wedding. You may have always imagined a ceremony at a beach, garden, park, lake, mountain or forest so take the Alfresco Test and see if it’s going to be Mission Possible or a logistical challenge.

THE PLUS SIDE The upside of a wedding held outdoors is undoubtedly the beauty of the setting and the informality of the surroundings. It also costs less than a church or other hired venue, and sometimes costs nothing at all. There’s no limit on the number or guests, you don’t need to decorate it beforehand or clean too much up afterwards and your photos will be magnificent!

THE MINUS SIDE You can’t predict the weather or the temperatures, outdoors can be noisy, your guests may not hear the ceremony, your wedding may be interrupted by onlookers and the terrain may be difficult for access or uncomfortable for guests. You always need to arrange a back-up plan which involves extra time and cost and it’s very stressful waiting for the weather forecast!

Omarino Wine Park • New venue seating up to 200 • Great for music and dancing • Ceremony in our beautiful vines or gardens • Your choice of caterers • Award winning wines • Country venue in the city limit • Only minutes city side of airport 638 Harewood Road Phone Eileen 360 0924 www.omarinowinepark.co.nz info@omarinowinepark.co.nz

YOUR PLAN B Have a foolproof and easily invoked alternative if you need it.Your Plan B may be as simple as a supply of umbrellas, a covered verandah or a gazebo, or it may need to be a church, a hall or wedding venue after all.You will need to convey any change of location to all your guests at short notice so there is no confusion on the day and you may have to make alternative arrangements for transport, food and photos.

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Once you have decided the date, size and style of the wedding, it’s time to appraise reception venues, which can be booked up to a year or more in advance. Time of day, type of meal, number of guests and your budget will all come into the equation and if possible you should visit several different venues to be able to compare costs and services fairly. Check that the venue is easy to find and within a convenient distance of the ceremony, or consider having both ceremony and reception at the same venue. Look at the room(s) available for your reception and find out what flexibility there is to decorate it for your theme. Some venues, particularly heritage ones have restrictions on use of tape, staples and candles. Enquire about catering arrangements, whether there’s an in-house caterer or options for self

catering. Check if they have a full liquor licence or BYO and whether they charge a bond and corkage fees. Will the venue be exclusive for your wedding or are other members of the public likely to be using its facilities at the same time? Is there an in-house wedding planner who can coordinate the reception and your suppliers? Will the sound system be adequate for your live music or DJ? Is there a room for the wedding party to freshen up or change and is there adequate access and parking for guests, with or without valet fees? Ask about deposits, cancellation policies, noise or time restrictions and any additional charges for public holidays, cleaning, breakages or insurance. Get all quotes and bookings and payment plans confirmed in writing. Liaise regularly with the venue’s manager or wedding coordinator prior to the reception and confirm final guest numbers by the agreed date.

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Christchurch is aptly named the Garden City and several of its public gardens and parks can be used for weddings for free or for a modest fee. Established grounds, well maintained plantings and seasonal colour provide a wonderful natural backdrop for an intimate ceremony or photo location. Some can also be used for a garden ceremony with permission from the local councils that administer them and sometimes a modest fee or donation. Beyond the city there are equally delightful outdoor venues where your ceremony can be conducted simply and inexpensively. ASHBURTON DOMAIN is has been considered the district’s “jewel in the Crown” since its establishment in 1874. The domain provides an area of natural beauty and botanical variety and includes specimen plantings of health and maturity and a beautiful rose garden that forms a picturesque backdrop for wedding vows and photo shoots. www.ashburtondc.govt.nz

MONA VALE beautiful established grounds are still available for outdoor ceremonies and photographs on the Mound Lawn, the Mill Stream Lawn and the formal surrounds of the Lily Pond. The house has recently re-opened as a function venue following its earthquake repair and refurbishment. It is now back to its elegant best so you could have your reception here as well. www.ccc.govt.co.nz

Lacebark Wedding Venue Enjoy our stunning new wedding venue and function centre featuring a newly renovated, modern and luxurious barn in a beautiful garden setting. All only 15 minutes from Christchurch Airport. Visit our website for more information. Lacebark FUNcTION ceNTre WeDDING VeNUe LUXUrY accOMMODaTION

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WOODHAM PARK is beautifully endowed with mature trees including Daimo Oak, Trembling Poplar, Chinese Wingnut and Slippery Elm specimen varieties. Border plantings feature hedges of laurel and yew and herbaceous plants interspersed with hydrangeas, camellias and an outstanding selection of rhododendrons. Add a romantic gazebo and you have a charming Old English style venue for photos and ceremonies. www.ccc.govt.co.nz OKUTI GARDEN is the epitome of the peaceful, relaxed environment of Banks Peninsula just 45 minutes from Christchurch. The informal garden allows you to create your own wedding space using an on-site marquee, yurts, tipis and art studio. www.perfectvenue.co.nz

CHRISTCHURCH BOTANIC GARDENS’ was established beside the Avon River in 1863 and an English oak was planted to celebrate the marriage of Prince Albert and Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Impressive plantings over 21 acres include 5 specific areas available for wedding ceremonies and photographs; Cockayne Memorial Garden; The Pinetum; The Azalia and Magnolia Garden; the historic Bandsmen’s Memorial Garden and the Daffodil Woodland, while the conservatory, fernery, rock garden and water garden are complemented by the iconic tea kiosk and new visitor centre and new visitor and function centre. www.ccc.govt.co.nz

58 With This Ring SUPPLY your own decorations and beverages that you can purchase “on special” and return for refunds if you have over-catered. Whatever the size of your wedding or the constraints of your reception budget, there are some clever ways to get more for less! AVOID the most popular “marrying months” between November & March when there is most competition for popular venues. BOOK a different date or season and enjoy reduced hire rates for the venue & often the catering too. PICK a mid week day or a Friday to get a discount on many wedding services. FINISH the reception at 11pm for extra savings before midnight for band, staff or cleaning. CHOOSE a single venue for ceremony and reception to save time and costs for transport and photography bookings.

LIMIT the variety of beverages you need by providing what’s most popular – beer, red or white wine, soft drink. RESERVE bubbles just for the toasts rather than costly champagne throughout the wedding. REDUCE the time allocated for pre-dinner drinks and nibbles. KEEP guests entertained while your photos are being taken so they drink less. PROVIDE soup rather than expensive entrees and serve wedding cake as a dessert.

You’ve heard the horror stories of things going wrong at weddings; gowns not arriving; rings being stolen, hotels being flooded, reception venues double booked, photographers becoming ill not to mention cyclones interrupting honeymoon plans… yet many couples never give a thought to protecting their biggest expense other than a car or a house! Wedding insurance provides cover in case a pre-booked wedding service is faulty or unable to be supplied before or on your big day. It may seem unromantic but it can offer genuine peace of mind when thousands of dollars are at stake for the event. Before searching for the best wedding insurance, check first to see if your car or contents insurance company has a relevant policy that is available to you as an existing customer.You may get a discount for your loyalty. Most wedding insurance policies cover supplier’s products and services from the date of your

deposit and include your wedding dress and your venue, both of which comprise the largest portion of your wedding costs. Inclusions may involve cancelled venue, stolen rings, non delivery of flowers or cake, liquidation of suppliers, photographer’s equipment failure, breakdown of transport, personal accidents, death or illness of a family member causing a wedding cancellation and possible liability of damage to a venue. However you are not usually covered for a situation you have control over like changing your mind or cancelling a service or product you can’t afford. They can also refuse cover if you haven’t “minimised risk” such as rings being stolen from an unlocked car or leaving gifts in an unsecured location. When trying to budget for all the components of your big day, you may view wedding insurance as an unnecessary cost. But it’s a small price to pay if something does go wrong and it’s far cheaper than trying to replace or re-book at your own expense. Don’t forget to insure your honeymoon plans too!

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Five years after the Christchurch earthquakes caused the closure of many much admired venues, it’s time to celebrate those that have been restored and recently re-opened. THE GREAT HALL, CHRISTCHURCH Designed in gothic revival style by architect Benjamin Mountfort, the Great Hall was built in 1877 as part of the University of Canterbury. When the university moved to a new site in Ilam in 1975, the original buildings became the city’s Arts Centre and the Great Hall was used for a variety of public and private functions. The complex was closed after sustaining serious damage in September 2010 but following a 16 million dollar restoration, the Great Hall is resplendent once more thanks to the skill of both craftsmen and engineers.




THE GAIETY THEATRE, AKAROA Originally built as an Oddfellows Lodge in 1879, the building has been the focus of gatherings in Akaroa for over a century. Its Italianate design by Architect A W Simpson would usually feature stone work, but the Gaiety is constructed entirely of wood. Following damage in the Canterbury earthquakes, the building was closed in 2011, but its restoration and recent re-opening makes “the Gaiety” open for community events and functions once more.

SIGN OF THE TAKAHE, CHRISTCHURCH The property has been a much admired Cashmere Hill landmark and is also due to re-open later in 2016 following earthquake repairs to the building which has a Category I listing with NZ Historic Places Trust. Designed by JG Collins and constructed between 1918 and 1948, the Sign of the Takahe was initially one of Harry Ell’s Port Hills roadhouses before becoming a popular restaurant and function centre with spectacular views over the city.

GAIETY THEATRE MONA VALE, CHRISTCHURCH The property was built as a private home in 1897 for Frederick Waymouth, but in 1905 it was bought by heiress Annie Townend who re-named it “Mona Vale” after the Tasmanian birthplace of her mother. For many years the house was a popular wedding, restaurant and conference venue until earthquake damage forced its closure. Its intricate restoration is complete and the property is due to re-open mid 2016.



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Your MC may be a trusted family friend or a hired professional who’s primary task is to keep the wedding itinerary “on song and on time.” The ideal Master of Ceremonies is like the stage manger of a production and should observe the following guidelines:

Be confident with a microphone Keep everything as simple as possible so that nothing gets misunderstood

Always introduce themselves even if the majority of guests know them already

Remember people’s names – especially those of the couple and their parents

Be familiar with the Bride and Groom’s proposed schedule throughout the day

Introduce each speaker and their relationship to the bridal couple

Make announcements of when each phase of the wedding is going to happen

Have a fun way of attracting the attention of guests during the reception (a whistle, animal noise, klaxon, flashing light, hand signals)

Liaise with event staff including planners, caterers, waiters, DJ’s or the band Be aware of any contingency plans that might need to be announced

As well as ensuring the smooth running of the reception, the MC also acts as a toastmaster, controls the lineup for the buffet, conveys important information or “housekeeping” details, gets the dancing going and brings the reception to a close.

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Imagine having your wedding ceremony amid four acres of spectacular gardens and welcoming your guests at a wedding resort with all the facilities and services to make your day exceptional! Barely an hour’s drive from Christchurch, Hotel Ashburton is the district’s most expert and versatile venue for weddings, conferences and accommodation. Offering a selection of indoor venues, the hotel can cater for intimate or large weddings and events from 50 to 400 guests. The hotel’s much- admired gardens are available for exquisite wedding ceremonies and breathtaking photo shoot locations. Outdoor cocktail style receptions can also be held in the gardens, but there is a guaranteed indoor option in inclement weather to ensure you have absolute peace of mind.

Your wedding arrangements will be in the capable hands of a designated wedding coordinator while your choice of cocktail, BBQ, buffet or formal plated menus will be customised and served with flair by the talented award winning team in the kitchen. Hotel Ashburton also has the ability to be an exclusive resort for all your pre and post wedding events with comfortable accommodation for your guests. Imagine setting the tone of your

wedding weekend with a rehearsal dinner or “night before” cocktail party, enjoy a quiet wedding day brunch with your family, arrange pre-wedding sightseeing or exciting adventure activities in mid Canterbury and then farewell your guests with a relaxed post wedding barbeque beside the hotel’s pool. Special touches and packages allow you to plan your big day according to your individual style and budget and include venue hire and set-up, chair and table décor, bridal suite bed and breakfast,

ceremony set up in the garden, dance floor and stage, bridal table service plus cake table and knife. Hotel Ashburton’s wedding coordinator is poised to plan the wedding you have always wanted. Your day will be special and stress free and if you confirm your wedding booking before 31st March 2017, you will receive a generous discount of $850. Visit www.hotelash.co.nz or phone 03 307 8887 for further information or make a journey of discovery to Hotel Ashburton and secure a venue of delight.

Hotel Ashburton is a complete wedding resort featuring beautiful gardens, modern accommodation and award winning cuisine. Our function rooms allow the flexibility to host 20 or 400 guests. Enjoy every moment with not only your spouse‑to‑be but with family and friends with pre‑ and post‑wedding events.

Your Wedding, Your Way

With Hotel Ashburton’s designated Wedding Coordinator by your side throughout the entire planning process, and with personalised support from the Hotel’s staff, you will enjoy a hassle‑free day, where everything is taken care of. With multiple venues, flexible spaces and the ability to customise, we can work with you to create your wedding, your way.

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Decorate your venue with seasonal splendour! Whether you favour a colour palette that is subtle or sassy, be inspired by the time and place you have chosen.

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SPRING evokes greenery and watercolour freshness and lends itself to rustic style. Fill willow baskets or earthen ware pots with big white hydrangeas, calla lilies or large headed daisies. Make arches and garlands of ivy and clematis. Set long rustic tables with hessian runners and pretty napkins on crisp white cloths. Gather sweet peas and freesias in vintage glass vases for dainty table settings. SUBTLE – watercolour shades in romantic pastels with a whisper of white SASSY – white on green from bottle shades to bold brilliant lime


WINTER fires up with colours of warmth, depth and luxury. Glassware sparkles, candles flicker and tables are dressed with elegant linens and gold candelabra. Use traditional carnations, chrysanthemums and your favourite roses in vases of classical crystal. Decorations are formal with pillars and pedestals and chandeliers dazzle above a shiny dance floor. SUBTLE – simply white with sophisticated black and a dash of silver SASSY – glamour-ised with ruby red, royal purple and rich gleaming gold


SUMMER sizzles and speaks of laid back beach in boho style. White chairs facing the sea, a muslin-draped arch tied with vibrant bows and exotic ceramic urns filled with summer blooms. Tables beneath awnings or umbrellas, eye catching runners with paua shell centrepieces and tealight candles among soft sifty sands. SUBTLE – natural shades of seashells, pebbles and sand hill grass SASSY - bright ocean blues, shimmering sand and sunset tones of orange and flame

AUTUMN glows with a woodland palette of fallen leaves. Decorate with nature’s timber, wildflowers, pinecones and evergreen bunting, make lanterns that glow after sundown and light braziers to roast chestnuts with smoky allure. Dress tables with plains or prints, put fragrant pot-pourri in terracotta pots and light aromatic candles to set the mood of fall. SUBTLE – cream, gold and peach with evergreen foliage SASSY – harvest tones of orange, yellow, cerise, berry and chocolate




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Terrace Downs Resort is the perfect setting for your special day, whether an intimate wedding or lavish affair, we offer: • Multiple ceremony sites • Reception rooms with spectacular views • Catering • Accommodation • Activities and more. Our Events Team are here to offer a personalised service to ensure your day is seamless.

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64 With This Ring In New Zealand our commitment to a clean green environment is well-established, so it isn’t unusual if couples decide to plan an eco-friendly wedding. Essentially, “eco-friendly” means using products, materials and services that are not wasteful or harmful. Armed with a philosophy of conservation and preservation, an eco wedding is easier than you think and incorporates many stylish trends we already enjoy.


Retro Revival

Embracing retro and vintage styles is very popular at present. So sourcing vintage table linen, glasses or china, wearing a heritage bridal gown or heirloom wedding rings are already making an ecostatement.


Alternatively choose beautiful natural fibres for your wedding gown and wedding party clothing. Not only are silk, cotton, linen and merino wool sustainable products, they are also more comfortable because they breathe.


Reject our “throw away” society and choose re-cycled paper for wedding stationery, make your own from a paper making kit or design and make your own decorations.

Natural Setting

Celebrate your wedding with a ceremony in a garden, park, vineyard or beach and enjoy a natural setting that needs no decoration.

In Season and Local

Reduce your carbon footprint by choosing items that are in season and available locally. Order flowers that reflect the season you have chosen for the wedding and source cheaper locally produced foods.

Go Organic

Look for healthy options for your reception menu with organically grown fruit and vegetables, free range produce and a selection of bio dynamic wines. Encourage your guests to throw rice, organic confetti or rose petals at your wedding. Decorate your venue with flowers, foliage and flax.


Serve finger food to save on dishes and be careful about food wastage. Use hybrid wedding cars for energy efficiency, arrive on foot or by horse and carriage and go for co candlelight - less electricity more romance!

ACCOUNTS • Set up a special high interest savings account as soon as you have set the date. • Have regular salary deductions paid into it. • Pay deposits from the account to secure your venue well in advance. • Make payments for other services and products as you confirm them. • Avoid credit card purchases wherever possible. OR • Pay the bill on time and don’t incur any late payment penalties.

Weddings are expensive, but you can trim the expense without forgoing style and use a bit of cost-saving savvy so you don’t overspend and finish up in debt to start your married life.



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AMOUNTS With a regular savings plan your estimated wedding budget will become apparent.You can then allocate the percentage of the budget you have available for each category of the wedding costs:








RECEPTION DEALS AND SPECIALS can stretch the dollars. Source items at end of season sales or liquidation sales, use your customer loyalty rewards, look for “buy one get one free,” half price deals, introductory offers, search Trademe, garage sales and markets, enter competitions and giveaways and shop around for everything – you’ll be amazed at the variation in price.





DISCOUNTS can save you hundreds of dollars if you use some financial savvy skills to buy in bulk, purchase by “sale or return,” check on discounts for cash, trade in old for new and avoid lavish arrangements that will put you in debt by being “Wedding Wise”: • Enjoy a current wedding style that is “small, chic and classy” • Use the same location for ceremony and reception saves extra transport costs • Marry any day but Saturday – it’s cheaper and you’ll get the venue you want • Have an off season wedding it’s fun & far less expensive • Reduce the number in the wedding party saves on wedding attire expense • Trim the guest list as much as you can, then trim it again! • Buy your own wholesale beverages with return option • Cocktail style and finger food is less costly than buffet or banquet • Use a single layer wedding cake as your dessert, decorate with fresh flowers • Dispense with expensive and unnecessary wedding “favours” • Serve jugs of water not bottles • Make, borrow or hire anything if it helps your budget • Use an ipod playlist for reception music • Utilise the skills and expertise of family and friends • Avoid expensive hen/bucks celebrations, keep it simple • Invite guests to contribute to a money wishing well rather than gifts • Honeymoon in NZ or look for all inclusive packages overseas • After the wedding on-sell any items you don’t want to keep




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RiverRidge Retreat is one of New Zealand’s few 'real’ destination wedding venues. Come to this majestic retreat with family and friends and experience a destination wedding in nature’s paradise. We are located in the beautiful Catlins, Otago, in the South Island of New Zealand.


Have your most special day last for three days, with all your loved ones right here with you the entire time! This is South Islands only ‘real’ All In One Venue!


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Have your dream wedding Ceremony, Reception, and Accommodation (for up to 80 people) all at the one venue! Have everything organised for you' catering, photos, make up, decorations, invitations, hair if you like.


Have your very own RiverRidge Dream wedding formula, individualised to you.

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SEATING A seating plan is like a jigsaw puzzle and an exercise in diplomacy if you have ex partners, blended families, guests of all ages to accommodate and groups of friends who may or may not know each other well! How and where guests are seated depends on the numbers, the style of the wedding and the size and shape of the venue. BRIDAL TABLES may seat just the bridal party, or traditionally include the parents of both bride and groom. Modern weddings often have a “parents” table for each side of the family located adjacent to the bridal “top table.”

SIGNAGE is all the rage at modern weddings, whether it is simply directing your guests to venues so they don’t get lost, creating a mood with clever quotes or presenting a blackboard menu at the reception.

VINTAGE STYLE FLYERS can be attached to gates or trees, old fashioned easels or recycled holland blinds can display your seating plan or recycled holland blinds. CONTEMPORARY flair might include glow-in-the-dark paint or your names up in lights but for a contemporary twist, guide your guests through the day via social media incorporating Instagram, Facebook and Twitter logos with a personal hashtag!


WOODEN SIGNS with arrows and “mileage” can direct guests to the ceremony, the reception, the marquee, the toilets or the smoker’s corner! Decorate with paint, timber stain or use stick on decals to make them visible and visual.

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CHALKBOARDS are very popular for garden weddings providing an order of events or a funky range of clues to lead your guests to food, drink and photos! You may know someone who can illustrate your chalk board, or you may prefer to use a professional to create unique logos, decorations and handwritten fonts. The same design may be a feature of your invitations and other stationery.

LONG TABLES are a good arrangement for informal weddings and can seat from 12-20 guests. The long banquet seating maximises space and numbers in smaller venues and suits buffet meals as well as shared plates and platters set in the middle of each table. The disadvantage is that guests only converse with those beside or opposite them.

MESSAGES In the past messages of congratulation were posted by guests unable to attend the wedding. Later, these were replaced by telegrams, often from overseas, that sent messages of love and support which were read out at the wedding by the Best Man. Today’s couples encourage inspirational “messaging” from any or all of their guests.

• In a special “Guest Book” • On a chalk board that is

photographed as a keepsake • On post-it notes attached to a whiteboard On cards or notes “posted” • in a special box to be read later • By email, text or Facebook • On a scroll that can be framed or included in the wedding photo album

ROUND TABLES are more traditional and formal and suit both small weddings and larger ones. With seating for 8-10 guests per table, the atmosphere is more intimate and guests can converse more easily. Generally the settings are arranged alternately make and female with immediate family seated at the tables closest to the bridal table. RECTANGULAR TABLES usually seat 10-12 guests with extra seats at each end for single guests, a child’s high chair or an MC. The arrangement works well in smaller venues as it allows space for a dance floor and meal styles from buffet to sit-down with waiters to serve. HANDY HINTS – once ALL RSVP’s have been received make a mock up of your seating plan using moveable post-it notes or a magnetic white board. They allow you to move names around until you have the arrangement correct. Then transfer it to your master-plan for display at the wedding. If you are worried someone will change it or swap places, laminate the final copy! Alternatively create a modified seating plan by assigning guests to a particular table but let them choose where they sit around it.

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There are lots of details that help make your wedding a day to remember. It’s easy to get lost in the minutiae of organisation and advice that everyone wants to give you, but the bottom line is that it’s all about what you mean to each other, what you say to each other and how you celebrate the start of your married life together. Once you have made the plans and paid the plans, relax and have confidence it will be memorable. Minimize stress by engaging a wedding planner who will coordinate everything before the day and on the day. Their job is to keep everything running smoothly your job is to enjoy it. When you are getting ready, don’t forget to eat, even if you feel too excited to have much appetite. Organise some finger

food to share with your wedding party, or have a nice breakfast to keep you going throughout the day. Keep hydrated with water but use a straw so you don’t ruin your make up or splash your gown. Have a touch-up make-up kit at the wedding and a more comfortable pair of shoes for dancing if you are worried about being footsore during the reception! Your wedding day is your first celebration as a married couple – so share the day together, talk to guests together and don’t be a couple who hardly see each other until the day is over. Create a manageable timeline throughout the day so that no one feels rushed and stressed. Don’t let tiny details rob your enjoyment of the day. Keep the big picture in mind and if little mishaps occur, they will either be soon forgotten or become a unique part of the memories.

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When Alana Pottinger and Hayden Harper married earlier this year they chose Trent’s Vineyard for their venue “because we liked the established garden and the historic building which allowed us to mix modern with old and rustic features” says Alana. With a wish list that included “a good photographer, great music and our own style and design of decorations,” the couple were also keen to involve family and friends in their wedding plans. “The flowers on the tables were in pottery vases that I made at my auntie’s pottery studio in Diamond Harbour with some friends, my Mum and my aunties – it was a great crafty thing for everyone to get involved in during the winter months” laughs Alana. Photographer Cam McDermid was a friend of Alana’s brother and he captured the whole day through and into the evening. Adam Caves, another friend was a gem setter so “we were very privileged to have my wedding band and engagement ring made by him and go through the amazing process of designing my own unique ring.” Not to be outdone, Hayden, who was a

graphic designer also created the stationery for the wedding which Alana agreed “was a great way to include him in the organising!” Alana’s exquisite wedding dress had an art deco look with a low back, rucching, buttons and two layers of lace, the top layer being beautifully beaded. “I loved everything about it and topped it off with a long veil that was so soft and elegant.” The gown was made by Christine Reeves, an experienced and renowned dressmaker in Christchurch. “She had made my sister-in law’s dress and had done such a great job that I wanted her to do mine.” Alana’s bridesmaids wore dresses they sourced at Forever New. The simple style in navy was a very flattering colour that suited everyone and was offset by neutral flowers with “a pop of peach” created by Aromaunga florists. The

guys’ grey suits from Hallensteins were worn with crisp white shirts and black ties, complemented by peach buttonholes and a peach tie for Hayden. Forsaking tradition, Alana and Hayden chose to have their photos taken at Mona Vale before the wedding! “We were less nervous for the ceremony and had time together without rushing back to the guests. The boys arrived first and set up by the fountain for the girls to walk in for the “grand reveal” then the bridal party had a picnic at Mona Vale before setting off for Trent’s.” Using a 1927 vintage car owned by their groomsman’s grandfather, Alana arrived at Trent’s for the 3pm ceremony which was held outdoors facing “horses in the paddocks and doves in the trees.” “We wanted our parents all involved so Hayden’s Dad gave us the rings, we had our

Mums sign the register for us, but it was very special to have Dad walk me down the aisle because he had been very ill and couldn’t even walk a year before the wedding.” With their formal photos already taken, Alana and Hayden were able to share canapés and their wedding cake by Sugar Baby Cakery after the ceremony. Then it was time to enjoy music, dancing and a delicious barbeque as well as a photo booth set up in a boat – which everyone loved! “Our wedding venue organiser Amanda made the day run seamlessly, the speeches were brilliant which made us feel very loved, we wished the dancing could have gone on longer, but best of all was having all our friends and family in one place to enjoy our day with us.”

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Wedding guests usually look forward to speeches that capture an atmosphere of happiness sprinkled with sincerity and some humour. So if you are the Groom, the Father of the Bride or you have been chosen to be the Best Man, make sure you have “speak-ability.” A bit like the 4 C’s that classify diamonds, your speech needs to be Competent, Clear, Confident and a little bit Creative if you can. COMPETENT You can deliver a perfectly competent speech using a simple template to cover the basic requirements of wedding etiquette: Introducing yourself and how you know the couple, describing their most endearing qualities and why they make a good couple, mentioning an amusing story without embarrassing them or their families, then make a sincere toast for their future happiness. CLEAR Devise your speech then memorise it so that you don’t need to read it or shuffle prompt cards that can be very distracting.You can also look at the guests throughout and enjoy their reactions to your speech. Practise often so that you don’t stumble or mumble and avoid speaking too quickly. Drink in moderation before your speech so there is no chance of forgetting it or slurring your words.

CONFIDENT Preparing and practising your speech allows you to be confident on the day. But you also need to be confident that your jokes won’t offend anyone, your clichés won’t be boring and your speech isn’t too long - aim for 5-8 minutes max. If in doubt follow the unwritten speech making rule “ stand up, speak up then shut up!”

CREATIVE Speech making at modern weddings has become increasingly interactive and creative. If it suits the atmosphere of the event, where guests are keen to interact you could incorporate a: Rap or Rhyme; A Toast from every Table; Power point “this is your life”; Lip sync or a debate.You may use props, stunts, photos or videos to make a documentary or take a risk and show a “mock-umentary!”

WHATEVER THE WAY And whatever you say, be sure to make your speech, audible, genuine, gracious and good humoured and in good taste and avoid verbosity, pomposity, crudity, bad jokes and embarrassing anecdotes ALWAYS.

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If possible it should be arranged so that every member of the wedding party can attend the rehearsal including the bride and groom, parents, Celebrant, Wedding Planner, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearers, readers, musicians and sound technicians and even the photographer if necessary. Set a suitable date and time together with the exact address and directions for the venue. EVERYONE should practice their role so that they feel confident to perform it in front of all the guests on the day. Make sure readers have enough light, know how to adjust the microphone and will speak audibly, that attendants walk at the right pace down the aisle, that they know the order they should enter, exit and line-up, etc. Be patient with your flower girl and ring bearer and avoid too many instructions that they could forget or misunderstand. THE CELEBRANT should also run through the order of the service and liaise with the organist or musicians so that the choice of music is played, timed and tested for volume. While it is important to get everything correct, resist the urge to “over rehearse” and don’t add anything new to the ceremony to create extra stress or confusion at this late stage.

A rehearsal for your wedding ceremony is usually a good idea to ensure everyone knows who, what, when, why and how it is all going to happen without a hitch on the day! THE REHEARSAL DINNER is a popular trend in America and is increasingly being embraced in New Zealand. It usually follows a rehearsal for your ceremony and is generally hosted by the groom’s parents or both sets of parents if they prefer. Because the couple, their parents and the bridal party are required for the ceremony rehearsal, it’s logical for them to be included in the rehearsal dinner afterwards. It is a nice opportunity to spend special time with close family and friends, especially if they have travelled from out of town or from overseas. Similarly, a dinner is a lovely gesture of welcome to arriving guests if your wedding is at an overseas destination. It’s also the ideal moment for the bride and groom to give gifts of appreciation to their respective attendants. You can make the dinner as formal or informal as time, budget and preference allow. The gathering might be as simple as drinks and canapés, a barbeque or a picnic. Alternatively you might book a table at a favourite restaurant or go the “whole nine yards” with a magnificent intimate dinner that sets the scene for your big day. Whatever style is decided, the Rehearsal Dinner is meant to relieve the stress of the wedding. If it is going to add to the stress, don’t plan the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding. Instead, have it during the week beforehand and make sure it ends early so you can get your beauty sleep!

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The Commodore is one of Christchurch’s best known hotels and its facilities are ideal for business and leisure travellers as well as conferences and weddings. Whether you envisage an intimate setting for 40 guests or a gala celebration for up to 140, the Commodore Airport Hotel has several different function rooms that can be configured to suit the style and size of your event. Decorations and table settings can be themed to enhance the wedding atmosphere of elegance and romance. The new resort-style terrace is perfect for an outdoor ceremony and a popular place for guests to enjoy aperitifs before the wedding reception. The hotel’s banquet team can design the ideal repast for you and your guests. Using the finest New Zealand ingredients, their contemporary dishes reflect the cultural traditions of Europe, Asia and the Pacific. Bridal couples will enjoy a night in one of the hotel’s exclusive 5 star Business Level rooms and guests can be accommodated in the

Commodore Hotel’s business, premium or family friendly rooms. Located within easy reach of the city centre, the Commodore is also conveniently close to the airport and offers a complimentary shuttle service for guests arriving or departing the Christchurch International Airport. The Commodore Airport Hotel and Sue Marsh the event manager welcome enquiries and site visits if you are considering the venue for your wedding or event. For further information phone Sue on 03 358 8129 or visit www.commodorehotel.nz

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The chief bridesmaid is the bride’s trusted companion and is often a sister, a cousin or a long time best friend. Ideally she is calm, diplomatic, helpful, self assured and gets along with the other bridesmaids and the Mother of the Bride. Before the wedding she may be included in choosing gowns, fabrics and flowers and she is the traditional organiser of the bridal shower and/ or hen’s night. She is there to support, encourage and share the special moments of wedding preparation. On the day of the wedding she helps the bride dress and prepare for the ceremony. She oversees younger bridesmaids and flower girls and arranges the bride’s veil and train for entry into the venue. She takes the bouquet during the exchange of rings and signs the register as a witness to the wedding. She will also need to talk graciously to the guests and look lovely in the wedding photos! After the ceremony she assists the bride during the photo session and throughout the reception. She ensures gifts are collected from the reception and may be responsible for returning any garments or accessories that were hired.

The Best Man is the Groom’s right hand man and is often a brother, cousin, best mate or even an older son if the wedding is a remarriage. It is usually considered an honour and a privilege to be someone’s best man, but whoever you ask, ensure that they are reliable, diplomatic, crisis proof and a good time manager. The Best Man also needs to deliver a decent speech, stay sober and sensible and communicate easily with guests of all ages. The Best Man may be consulted on the choice of suits and wedding vehicles in preparation for the wedding and is the traditional organiser of the bucks’ night. On the day of the wedding he assists and supports the groom, looks after the bride’s ring until it is required at the ceremony and signs the register as a witness to the marriage. He is also entrusted with paying the church fees if applicable and helps the ushers to direct guests to the reception. As well as his speech, the Best Man traditionally proposes a toast to the bridesmaids and reads any congratulatory messages that have been received. Sometimes the Best Man will also take the role of MC at a wedding reception and after the wedding he may be responsible for returning hired suits, helping at a post-wedding brunch or even driving the couple to the airport for their honeymoon getaway.

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Create an inexpensive lantern for your garden wedding or reception table decoration.

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METHOD Wash the glass jars in hot soapy water Dry naturally or steam dry in dishwasher Cut out shapes to make your design template OR

MATERIALS • Glass Agee jars (large or small depending on candle size) • Design templates or paper doilies • Adhesive or masking tape • Coloured or metallic spray • Copper wire • Wire cutters • Candles or tea lights • Sand

MAGICAL Light the candle and watch it shine through the sparkly design on the glass. Hang your lantern, making sure it is level so the candle won’t tip and go out. Or place your lantern on the table as a pretty centrepiece. For even MORE sparkle and shine, stand it on a piece of mirror glass.

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Use a paper doily with a ready made cut-out design Wrap the template/doily around the jar Secure it with adhesive or masking tape Spray the template with colour or glitter Allow to dry Remove template/doily carefully Wind copper wire round the mouth of the jar Twist the ends to secure it tightly Cut the excess wire with wire cutters Attach a cord or copper wire hook of desired length Pour an inch of sand into base of the finished jar Push the candle or tea light firmly into the sand


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Set in the South Island’s most famous spa town, the Heritage Hanmer Springs offers style and charm in a unique historic setting for your special day. The hotel has a long history of memorable weddings since this spectacular building was competed in 1932. The unique Spanish style architecture with large colonnades, dramatic arches and even a bell tower, offer an unsurpassed romantic backdrop. Inside is an elegant ballroom that boasts lovely views over gorgeous established grounds through wall to ceiling windows and French doors that open on to sun drenched terraces. The ballroom is suitable for

events up to 160 guests expertly presided over by an experienced wedding coordinator in tandem with accomplished chef, Dean Robinson, who will create a tailored banquet for your needs. Dean has catered for many special events in his career both in New Zealand and abroad in Chile where he opened 2 new restaurants and was often chosen to cater for embassy events for visiting dignitaries. Dean’s experience with show case culinary events is evident in the care and flare he has weddings and events. “It’s great working in such a special part of the South Island. The local ingredients and local wines are outstanding and Heritage Hanmer Springs is a

very special hotel and venue,’ says Dean. In summertime, wedding ceremonies can take place in the pretty on-site wedding pergola or rose garden and larger events can be held under a marquee by arrangement. For a cosy winter event, Isobels restaurant has a welcoming open fire and lovely atmosphere for intimate events. Heritage Hanmer Springs has a choice of hotel rooms including a honeymoon suite in the original lodge building, plus, garden rooms and three bedroom self-contained villas; ideal for family groups travelling together. The hotel is also available for exclusive hire for the duration of the event. On site is a summer swimming pool, tennis and petanque court.

The hotel is adjacent to the award winning Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa, ideal for soothing away pre-wedding nerves or a relaxing wind down after the formalities are over. Enjoy this exclusive special offer for the With This Ring Bridal Show - Book your wedding within a month of the show and go into the draw to win back $1000* from your wedding.

*Applies to new bookings only, wedding must be held before 31st March 2017, minimum spend of $5,000 excluding accommodation, further conditions may apply.

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Commanding breath-taking pristine views and outstanding architectural design, this award winning hotel is the ideal setting for your wedding.

Lovingly crafted from local schist river stone and timeless in design, Heritage Queenstown is reminiscent of a European ski lodge, with an ambiance of exclusivity and luxury. Positioned above the alpine resort town of Queenstown, Heritage Queenstown has spectacular Lake Wakatipu views and an unparalleled sweeping panorama of the Remarkable Mountains arcing around to

spectacular Cecil Peak. The hotel’s Icon Centre award-winning architectural design (with capacity for 160 people for a banquet) provides a flexible range of options to stage the most memorable day of your life. Enjoy superb views from picture windows that capture the drama and majesty of your lofty location. Choose from exclusive cocktails on the spectacular rooftop deck, or a banquet in the Icon Room. The choice is yours. Your event will be skilfully managed by an experienced team, whilst banqueting is a breeze. Heritage Queenstown’s experienced food and beverage

services manager, Adrian Lowry, brings a symphony of locally sourced ingredients and flavours to your menu, paired with superb local wines. Adrian has been the Heritage Queenstown chef for some years and has a unique skill set. Not only because he is a trained chef with years of experience in respected dining establishments, but also because of his studies in oenology (wine) studies. Amanda McKee, the hotel’s experienced wedding coordinator, has plenty of creative ideas on ways to stage your day that suits you and your guests the best. Family and friends will love to gather here to share your day

and overnight in the luxury of Heritage Queenstown’s recently refurbished rooms and suites, all complete with legendary tranquil beds. The hotel’s exceptional guest facilities include Mackenzies restaurant and bar complete with an open fire place, a swimming pool, spa, sauna and health club. For extra privacy the entire hotel can be hired exclusively for your wedding event. For information on Heritage Queenstown weddings please call 03 450 1526 or email amandam@ heritagehotels.co.nz or visit www.heritagehotels.co.nz/ weddings

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A bridal shower is an ideal excuse for a party with your gal pals. The idea originated with the intention of “showering” the bride with household gifts in preparation for married life. Today’s bride’s often already have their home set up, so modern bridal showers frequently encompass other themes to pamper the bride. KITCHEN TEA is a traditional shower whereby guests bring small gift items for the kitchen such as linens, utensils, cookbooks, new gadgets, spices, sauces, preserves and containers. RECIPE SHOWER is an inexpensive option but a very personal one. Each guest brings a copy of their favourite recipe along with the dish itself. The recipe contributes to a DIY cookbook and the “bring a plate” dish is shared at the shower. SPOIL HER SHOWER includes a little bit of luxury to spoil the bride whether it is chocolate, champagne, an expensive soap, a manicure, a massage or a favourite book or movie. COSMETICS SHOWER Fill a pretty cosmetic bag with all the make-up items the bride will need on her wedding day or honeymoon. Find her favourite products and necessities and create a useful travel-sized version of her bathroom cabinet!

BED AND BATH SHOWER gives guests plenty of gift choice from bath and shower toiletries to towels, linen, accessories, robes, sleepwear, slippers, rugs, wraps, throw and cushions. SHOWER O’CLOCK quirky idea where every guest is allocated a set time of day and brings a gift associated with that time. For example 8am might be a shower gel, 10am could be coffee mugs, 7pm could be wine coasters, etc. ALPHABET SHOWER similar idea but instead of a time of day guests are allocated a letter of the alphabet and must find a gift starting with that letter. For example; “T” for towels or “G” for a garlic-crusher, etc. DEMO SHOWER set up a demo or party plan evening for makeup, lingerie, wine tasting, arts, crafts or cooking school to enjoy together.

PANTRY OR CELLAR SHOWER stock the bride’s pantry with non perishable items – tinned goods, spices, baking ingredients, preserves OR start her wine cellar with a selection of white, red, rose, sparkling and dessert wines! GARDEN SHOWER provide bride (and groom) with the basics for creating an appealing outdoor space or garden – pots, plants, seeds, garden tools, garden gloves, watering can, sculptures and garden art.

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A gift registry allows you to nominate the store and the style of the wedding gifts you would like to receive. While this may seem mercenary, it is the acceptable custom at modern weddings. A gift registry removes uncertainty for the guests and allows them to select something that will be appreciated and also won’t be duplicated. Once you have decided on the date of the wedding you should arrange your preferred store(s) for your gift registry. Choose well known stores with nationwide outlets for the convenience of your guests. Those with online purchasing are also appreciated by those who live out of town or overseas. Most popular items include general home ware, glassware, china, cutlery, kitchen appliances, table linen, bedding and towels. Ensure there is a broad price range within your gift registry so that guests spend what they can afford. Couples vary in their expectations of gifts. Some are very specific about brands and models on their gift list, others may indicate that wedding gifts are optional or even unnecessary, or they prefer a wishing well for monetary donations at the wedding. However as many couples have already set up a home, the custom for specialist gift registries has begun to encompass big ticket items such as furniture, house deposits, garden landscaping and honeymoons. Some guests are comfortable with the idea while others are less keen to contribute. But if your wedding is a destination event and your guests are funding their overseas travel and accommodation, definitely keep gift ideas affordable or optional! Your wedding invitations should notify guests about your gift preference, where your registry is held or whether you will have a wishing well.

WHEN MAKING SELECTIONS FOR YOUR GIFT REGISTRY INCLUDE: • What you need for your home that you don’t already have • Any items you already have that need replacing or updating • Renowned brands • Items of lasting quality • Special occasion items you will treasure throughout your marriage

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Let’s be honest, we’ve all received gifts that delight us and we confirm their acceptability by using them at every opportunity. Equally we have all received gifts that miss the mark in terms of our personal taste, usefulness or store-ability. Remember it IS the thought that counts even if you seek discreet disposability of the item at a later date.



His and Hers clothing except bathrobes


Hideous home or garden ornaments


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A pet of ANY kind

Gift card for an obscure or obsolete store


Embarrassing or suggestive items Large artwork you have painted yourself Souvenir from your last holiday

Enrolment for a course on relationships

Money or Vouchers


Luxury bed linen


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Anything that’s being re-gifted

If you’re scratching your head for a gift for your guys, try some of these for fun and others for size!

Gifts They Can Keep Wedding picture or DVD Engraved mug or hip flask Wine glasses Leather Wallet


7 8 9

A cheesy book about marriage

Gifts They Will Wear Wedding shirt and tie Funky cufflinks Monogrammed bathrobe Novelty socks + boxers Favourite branded clothing

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Gifts They Can Use Chilly bin and picnic rug Beach umbrella BBQ set Handyman tools Car accessories Gift vouchers Boxed wine or whisky Gifts They Can Try Sport membership Event tickets Gym membership

Items off the Gift Register

BBQ equipment All purpose cook book Frame or canvas of your wedding photo Hamper of gourmet foods Case of wine Pots for garden or patio Set of suitcases

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It’s not always easy to know what gifts to give to your bridesmaids and flower girl, so try these for size! and here are 20 suggestions depending on whether your mates are single, attached, detached, married or have a family! Gifts to Keep Gifts to Enjoy Framed photo of the wedding Spa treatment DVD of the wedding Bottle of Wine Jewellery box Gym membership Elegant mirror Gift Voucher Painting or artwork Cookbook Tableware Gifts to Wear Gifts for the Wedding Gorgeous lingerie Bridesmaid outfit Cosmetics Sassy shoes Special fragrance An item of jewellery Beautiful scarf Sarong and Sunnies

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Silk Sashes are elegant to complement the wedding theme Coloured tassels provide a splash of colour and are less formal Lengths of lace add all-white vintage charm

Even the most modest chairs can be dressed up to look chic whether they are rustic, resort or regal. Most dedicated wedding venues have chairs that are necessarily versatile to suit different wedding themes and colour schemes. This is often achieved with neutral toned chair covers which can then be accessorised as you wish:

Attach coloured name tags to the back of each chair as your seating plan Drape the chair backs with bunting, garlands or leis Decorate with posies of herbs or flowers Tie with beads, motifs or wedding bells Paint plain chairs white, bright or metallic Add coloured cushions for comfort on chairs, pews or benches Dress pews or aisles of chairs with bows, tulle or posies

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Links Functions and Events is within a newly built Clubhouse at the Christchurch Golf Club; one of New Zealand’s most iconic and premier golf courses. Opened in January 2016, this elegant and versatile venue offers a striking backdrop for your wedding, conference, golf tournament or any other of life’s special events. The modern, state of the art facilities offer spectacular views through floor-to-ceiling glass. Or step outside and enjoy sweeping golf course views and dramatic sunsets from the terrace or covered veranda. Inside, painted wood panelling and soft lighting provide ambient warmth and charm, while extensive bar and on-site catering facilities offer a variety of food and beverage options for up to 230 guests. The Links Café and Bar is another perfect place to relax and is also available for private hire for

a more intimate gathering. With delightful indoor and outdoor spaces for your wedding ceremony, reception and dance, Links Functions and Events has appealing versatility and perfect on-site locations for taking memorable photographs. Menus feature fresh selections for a variety of different tastes and dietary requirements. From formal reception menus to informal barbeques, Links own executive chef has assembled unique gastronomic offerings and is eager to help with special requests and 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 and 20 minutes from the airport,

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 021 061 3250 or email karyn@linksevents.co.nz

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DRESS CODE - WHITE TIE This is the most formal and least likely in New Zealand as it is generally reserved for royal occasions, award ceremonies, celebrity weddings or extra wealthy people!

HE WEARS Tuxedo with black jacket and tails, white vest, white shirt with wing collar, white bow tie, black shoes, white gloves optional.

SHE WEARS Full length ball gown, formal hairstyle, glamorous make up and formal jewellery.

DRESS CODE - BLACK TIE The next most formal style is usually worn for a late wedding and formal evening reception with sit down dinner.

HE WEARS Dinner suit tuxedo, bow tie, cummerbund and black shoes, waistcoat optional.

SHE WEARS Less formal long gown or a dressy cocktail outfit.

DRESS CODE - SEMI FORMAL Many New Zealand weddings adopt this level of formality for a daytime wedding and evening reception.

HE WEARS A lounge suit in traditional or modern style with coordinating shirt and tie.

SHE WEARS Smart day wear whether a dress, ensemble or dressy evening pants with a top or jacket. Hat optional.

DRESS CODE - SMART CASUAL Often chosen for an informal wedding, this dress code confuses guests. Some will dress at the smart end of the spectrum while others take “casual” to mean what they wear at home. So wear what you would choose for an evening out in a good restaurant.

HE WEARS Light or dark trousers, shirt of choice,vest, tie and jacket optional.

SHE WEARS Cocktail length dress, skirt and top or pants and blouse, jacket optional. DRESS CODE - CASUAL This really does mean casual and is often the code for a beach wedding or a tropical resort.

HE WEARS Light pants or board shorts, occasionally jeans, a shirt of choice but no tie, sandals or loafers, hat and sunnies optional.

SHE WEARS A sundress or maxi dress, hat for the sun, pretty sandals, hairstyle and make up natural, sunnies optional .

Although they are worn almost anywhere, jeans are rarely suitable for a wedding unless the ceremony is at the beach. Whatever you wear to a wedding and/or reception, make sure it is clean, pressed and not past its best.Your hosts will have puts months of time and a lot of money into this special occasion, so don’t insult them by arriving inappropriately attired for the dress code or the style of wedding they have indicated.

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Most weddings are eagerly anticipated by the guests, but you can enhance their enjoyment and memories of the day by making them a priority. BEFORE THE WEDDING Announce your wedding date and send invitations in ample time for guests to plan their travelling arrangements especially from overseas. For out of town guests provide welcome packs and useful information about locations, transport and accommodation. Include a wide range of items and prices on your gift register so guests have plenty of choice. Put up clear signage directing guests to the ceremony and the reception. Reduce the time gap between the ceremony location and the reception venue or consider having a single venue for the convenience of you and your guests.

DURING THE WEDDING & RECEPTION Ensure the room temperature is comfortable, that there is plenty of seating for elderly guests and facilities for guests to freshen up if they wish. Seat people together with similar ages and interests and consider organising an activity for guests to mix and meet each other. Engage a good MC, limit speeches, make sure your music is not too loud and appeals to guests of all ages. Keep children amused with activities and ensure you have accommodated any special dietary needs of your guests. Pamper them with fine food and drinks, provide entertainment while you are having your photographs taken. Be sure to circulate at your reception and be certain to talk to all the guests, even if you haven’t met them before. Always thank your guests for their gifts and for coming to your wedding, especially those who have travelled long distances to be there.

AFTER THE WEDDING Make sure your MC or groomsmen check that all guests have transport to their home or accommodation. Find time to thank the caterers and reception staff before you leave the wedding. Set up a website for guests to view photos and videos of the day and write to formally thank guests for their individual gifts or role in your wedding. It’s also customary to give or send flowers to the mothers of bride and groom for their love, support and help at your wedding, or on return from your honeymoon, invite immediate family to a “newly weds thank you dinner.”

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Vintage style shows no sign of waning, perhaps because it showcases romance and suits settings that range from rustic or regal. It’s also an easyto-achieve theme across many aspects of your wedding so there’s creativity as well as continuity of style. But don’t confuse vintage with retro which is generally defined as post war 1940’s and 50’s onwards, while vintage captures the style of the 1920’s and 30’s back to the Edwardian era of World War. Vintage Chic Silk, satin, lace and crepe de chine, shades of ecru, antique rose, lavender and cream, flounces and frills, drop waists and pleated tulle, sashes, bows and torsolettes, handkerchief veils or picture hats, low heeled shoes and parasols. Vintage Décor Marquees and gazebos, urns and statues, lights and lanterns, crisp white linen and sparkling silver, monogrammed menus and vases of flowers.

Vintage Jewellery Pearls, diamonds, emeralds and garnets, rose gold, marquisite, cushion cuts, pave settings, brooches and hat pins.

Vintage Gifts Crystal bowls and goblets, fine china teacups and cake plates, damask cloths, engraved cutlery and a silver tray, cocktail glasses and a shaker, embroidered towels and monogrammed sheets, printed stationery.

Vintage Blooms Roses, peonies, lilac, lavender, lily of the valley, pansies, hydrangeas, forget-me-nots, sweet peas and baby’s breath.

Make beautiful wedding memories

at Westhaven Gardens Award Winning Wedding Venue. Exclusive use allows you to celebrate in complete privacy whilst enjoying the idyllic rural surroundings. Our complete wedding packages offer you the convenience of having your entire day in one stunning location.

Torlesse Road, West Melton Phone Rochelle 03-347-4470 or 027-615-5073 www.westhavengardens.co.nz

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For memories that last a lifetime, distinguish your perfect day and set the stage for the wedding of your dreams. Celebrate your wedding in our picturesque vineyard setting and elegant, contemporary wedding venue. With experienced hosts to make your wedding wishes come true, you and your guests will be delighted! Combined with almost 20 years experience of hosting weddings, The Vineyard @ Rossendale is a versatile venue for that once in a lifetime event. Set against the backdrop of our working Pinot Noir vineyard

and exquisite mature gardens, the location provides captivating surroundings for your ceremony, photographs and reception. The Vineyard @ Rossendale is available for weddings throughout the year, with each season bringing its own unique visual beauty. Whether you have dreamed of a lavish wedding breakfast, a sophisticated cocktail party or an elegant lunch, The Vineyard team will listen to your ideas and then use their knowledge and experience to enhance them and “make it happen.” By making the planning simple and the day itself effortlessly

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enjoyable, couples are able to focus on what really matters; “you, your family, your friends and your commitment to each other” says Graham Jones Manager and Wedding Coordinator. Our superb venue incorporates the Pinot Noir Room accommodating up to 200 guests, a spacious dance floor, relaxing lounge and a private, luxurious retreat for the bridal party to freshen up during the wedding. A variety of buffet or served menus offers a selection of delicious dishes prepared on site by The Vineyard’s team of chefs and there is flexibility to select the dining style that suits you.

The Vineyard’s own wines or beverages of your choice complement the superb cuisine. Served indoors or outdoors, at sunrise or sunset, your guests will be treated to a day to remember. Our staff are dedicated to assist you in creating an unforgettable occasion. The venue is available for viewing and we invite you to discuss your dream wedding at The Vineyard by phoning Graham or Liz on 03 322 7780. For further information visit www. rossendale.co.nz or the facebook page for a 360 degree virtual tour.

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There’s nothing nicer than a wedding where guests mix and mingle no matter which side of the family or group of friends they represent. But sometimes you need a way of breaking the ice and planning something they can enjoy while the bridal party are being photographed. So try these games that are fun for all ages.

BIG GAMES The popularity of giant garden games has made it an affordable option for wedding entertainment. Chess, draughts, giant jenga, pick-up sticks, snakes & ladders are suitable for almost all age groups and therefore encourage guests to interact with each other.

SMALL GAMES Croquet, lawn bowls and mini golf are easily set up on an expanse of lawn and don’t need elaborate equipment. Most ages can play whether individually or in a group or team. Other options include petanque or quoits.

FIND A PERSON WHO… Is wearing the same colour as you e letter Whose name starts with the sam Is drinking white wine Is wearing a hat Drives a Toyota Lives in the North Island Lives in the South Island ne Has come to the wedding by pla Is aged under 21

MIX AND MINGLE QUIZ Print out a finda sheet for every guest and let them get busy! You can even quiz them on how well they know each other in the speeches.

Has grey hair Is blonde Can speak another language Wears glasses Has a birthday in the same month Owns a dog Is left handed Is wearing a tie Owns their own business Is wearing nail polish Looks happy

PHOTO BOOTH Entertain guests with a photo booth for some great candid shots of your favourite folks throughout the reception. Provide some props and costumes and a backdrop and let them loose.

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Christchurch’s Quality Hotel Elms has been designed to maximise its beautiful surroundings and live up to the expectations of its garden city location. Offering an exceptional wedding venue and stylish comfortable accommodation, the hotel offers a delightful setting for your ceremony, your reception and your guests.

The elegant facilities allow you to have a charming ceremony amid manicured gardens and a purpose built reception area for you to host up to 120 guests. Quality Hotel Elms has developed three different packages to make your wedding day arrangements as smooth and simple as possible. In a stress-free three step process you can choose the ideal meal, beverage and venue set-up for your style and budget requirements.

Each package offers you a range of inclusions while delivering an exemplary standard of food, wine, service and accommodation. Whether you choose a small intimate wedding or a large event with all your family and friends, Quality Hotel Elms professional Functions Manager can coordinate everything to make your special day extra special. With 96 beautifully appointed rooms or deluxe rooms, you and your guests can also be accommodated in fastidious

comfort. The hotel’s location is also ideal with convenient access to Christchurch city and local attractions including Northlands Mall shopping, cinema and a variety of restaurants. Elegant, refined and ready to make your wedding wonderful, Quality Hotel Elms is a venue worth waiting for. So visit them to secure your date as soon as possible. www.qualityhotelelms.co.nz

WEDDINGS All inclusive packages and free venue hire gives you more choice for your wedding day.

QUALITY HOTEL ELMS www.qualityhotelelms.co.nz P. 0800 10 99 10 E. events@qualityhotelelms.co.nz


Whether you are looking for a classic, vintage, intimate or elegant occasion, Tuscany Downs Estate offers a stunning setting. Planning a wedding away from home is attractive to different couples for different reasons. But whether you are looking for a classic, vintage, intimate or elegant occasion, Tuscany Downs Estate offers a stunning location just 25 minutes drive from Christchurch City Centre. There is something special about driving to the countryside for a special occasion and with a touch of rural splendour, Tuscany Downs Estate at Kirwee offers a perfect setting to stage your dream wedding. This private, picturesque venue is impressively situated amidst acres of manicured lawns and beautiful tree-lined gardens, while its stunning lake setting provides an ideal location for romantic spring, summer or autumn weddings.

Parking is plentiful and with 5 luxury rooms onsite, Tuscany Downs Estate offers opportunities for bridal party accommodation, or indeed family travelling to Christchurch from out of town. Likewise, it is a wonderful opportunity for the bridal couple to stay for the weekend whilst entertaining guests in style. Your wedding reception can be beautifully decorated in an intimate ambient style or alternatively in a stunning silk lined marquee under the stars. For the wedding nuptials, an elegant indoor or beautiful garden setting awaits. With superb facilities comprising a heated indoor swimming pool, outdoor patio and expansive lawn, a pre or post wedding

function could also be enjoyed. What better way to delight your guests than to have your function in a beautiful and private country location, with fabulous food featuring fresh local produce and seasonally inspired menus, innovatively presented with impeccable service. Tuscany Downs Estates’ international award-winning wedding planner is a dedicated, experienced professional with a reputation for ‘service excellence.’ Having spent many years developing relationships with wedding industry suppliers, you can rely on their confidence, expertise and recommendations to suit individual styles and budgets when creating your perfect day.

Whether a small wedding of 20 or a larger affair, Tuscany Downs Estate can provide the ideal setting with views of country splendour. Perfect country location Picturesque outdoor ceremony setting Stunning garden and lake photo opportunities 5 luxury accommodation rooms Stylish indoor and outdoor reception facilities Outdoor entertaining facilities, ideally designed to farewell guests the following day Spanning lawns for that perfect marquee setting

Tuscany Downs’ Estate international award-winning wedding planner is a dedicated, experienced professional with a reputation for ‘service excellence’. Suzanne will co-ordinate your day to perfection.

Contact Suzanne and discuss your dreams E: suzanne@tuscanydowns.com M: 021 369 414 W: www.tuscanydowns.com

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Discover a city of quintessential Scottish charm which has given New Zealand; its first university, the only castle, the steepest street, a city of fine Victorian buildings and naturally, its own Scotch whisky! It is a place to savour and explore with some unique attractions both natural and manmade. The Octagon is the civic heart of Dunedin and is dominated by a statue of Scottish bard, Robbie Burns who has stared benevolently over the city for 150 years.You will also find St Paul’s Cathedral, Dunedin Public Art Gallery and the Visitor Centre, plus various shops, cafes and a thriving

Saturday market. Trek steeply up Stuart St to find Moana Pool and the stately Olveston House, while a stroll towards Otago Harbour takes you to the Railway Station. Nowadays, the building houses the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame and only the Taieri Gorge Railway departs daily from this grand Edwardian edifice. Nearby is the magnificently redeveloped Toitu Settlers Museum and the Chinese Garden or you can indulge in a tour at Cadbury World or Speight’s Brewery which produces a fearsome number of pints each week! The northern end of the city is dominated by the classic architecture of Otago University founded in 1869. Otago Museum

is right beside it and its various exhibitions and “Tropical World Butterfly House” will not disappoint. The Forsyth Barr Stadium is the only covered stadium in the country and a fine venue for sporting and concert events too. The long established Botanic Gardens are beautifully maintained, while nearby Baldwin Street rises an impressive 200m and its steep gradient has challenged the fit and the foolish for decades. Dunedin has its share of superb restaurants and cosy pubs with live music, the Fortune Theatre produces fine professional productions and the Casino is open late for a supper ‘n’ flutter. Built during goldrush prosperity its opulent gaming rooms are a

visual treat whether you win at the tables or not! But just a few kilometres from downtown Dunedin, Otago Peninsula provides the city with a unique recreational, historical and ecological playground. Best known attractions are the Royal Albatross colony at Taiaroa Head the Yellow Eyed Penguin Conservation Reserve, the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre at Portobello, Glenfalloch Gardens and Larnach Castle built extravagantly in 1871 and wonderfully restored for today’s visitors to appreciate. With accommodation ranging from castle to camping, visitors to Dunedin are well catered for whether you stay put and get to know Dunedin in depth or the city is part of a southern road trip itinerary.

There are so many romantic, beautiful wedding venues located on the rail links. At a church, a restaurant, on a beach, in the country, or in the Taieri River Gorge? You can even get married on a train. We can accommodate any number of guests. You can hire a complete train set, or a single carriage, or travel on the first class comfort of the ‘Dunedin Silver Fern’ railcar which seats 94. All trains are fully licensed and have buffet nibbles. Give our Rail Journey Planner a call today.

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

Discover Larnach castLe New Zealand’s Castle

“THE PERFECT SETTNG FOR YOUR WEDDING” Phone 03 476 1616 Freephone 0800 527 6224 | Email functions@larnachcastle.co.nz | www.larnachcastle.co.nz

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It’s a year round resort that captivates its visitors from near and far; a romantic getaway with scenery to sigh for, wild adventures to nearly die for, a winter wonderland to see and ski or a summer sojourn of lakeside leisure. But for a honeymoon, Queenstown is a diamond destination! Rising 800m above Lake Wakatipu, Bob’s Peak has to be one of the most romantic views in the world. Accessed by gondola, or perhaps a champagne helicopter ride, enjoy a candlelit meal high above the lights of Queenstown at the skyline restaurant, which has delighted diners for decades. The lakefront dazzles at night and is also home to some of Queenstown’s most historic attractions.

Eichardts is the town’s oldest hotel and has an atmosphere all its own as well as a long pedigree of refurbishments from gold rush to contemporary plush. The TSS Earnslaw has been cruising Lake Wakatipu since 1912 and nostalgia is all part of the “Lady of the Lake’s” allure. But if a trip on the historic steam ship is too genteel, hop aboard the Kawarau or Shotover Jet boat for a wet and wilder ride. Your honeymoon may be the ideal time to enjoy one of Queenstown’s wacky adventures together. Depending on your bravery rating, you can do anything from the fun of a luge or Ziptrek flying fox to iconic bungy jumping, white water rafting or the lunacy of a canyon swing. Then again you may prefer taste adventure at Central Otago’s best wineries; Gibbston Valley, Chard Farm or Amisfield where you can sample fine wine, fine food, fine

surroundings and fine company of course. The romance of the area’s gold mining past is worth a trip to Skippers Canyon where the Shotover River was once the world’s largest gold-bearing river. It squeezes through a narrow gorge that is now the venue for a heart stopping 9km Skippers Jet boat ride. High above the canyon, Winky’s Museum traces Skippers gold history from boom to bust and the original miner’s cottage is crammed with authentic memorabilia, implements and relics including a stack or gold pans for you to try your luck. Nearby Arrowtown offers a heritage adventure among restored pioneer cottages and picturesque shops and pubs dating from the 1860’s when the town’s population reached 7000 at the peak of the gold rush. There’s still gold in the Arrow River and beside it, the Chinese’s miner’s village is an authentic reconstruction of life as they knew it. Surrounded by self-guided walking tours, bike

trails and three golf courses, Arrowtown is a treasure in its own right and its remarkable history is well documented at the Lakes Museum. For a romantic indulgence, book a spa treatment at one of Queenstown’s premier hotels or retreats. Discover fine dining restaurants, enjoy wicked cocktail concoctions at The Boileroom or the quirky chill of the Icebar which gives you a taste of winter by the glass! When it is really winter Coronet Peak and The Remarkables will lure you to the slopes to ski, snowboard, toboggan or go tubing. If it’s summer you can still ride the chairlifts or mountain bike from top to stop and Queenstown is a heavenly hub for exploring Fiordland by road, boat or scenic flight. Adventure, heritage, indulgence or all three, Queenstown is a resort for all seasons and all reasons, and what better reason than your honeymoon?

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Sherry has just become the “in” tipple of choice among a generation that would only have seen it previously in Grandma’s sideboard or before the turkey dinner at Christmas! But believe it or not, there are now “Sherry Bars” in the edgier parts of London, sales have increased there by 33% in a year and the range of different sherries is as varied as your favourite wines. Of course sherry has never been out of style in Spain where it is produced, but the global popularity of tapas, paella and jamon has also served to re-introduce sherry as a sophisticated food and wine match. Ranging from bone dry to rich and sweet, sherry is also superbly versatile as an aperitif, a cocktail, a dessert wine and an after dinner drink. Viniculture was first introduced to Spain by the Phoenicians in 1100BC, was continued by the Romans in 200BC and refined by the Moors when they invaded in 711AD. Columbus took sherry supplies with him to the New World, Magellan took sherry when he circumnavigated the world and when Francis Drake fought Spain and conquered Cadiz, he commandeered 3000 barrels of sherry and took it home to England. By the end of 16th century the drink was considered the world’s finest wine. Sherry is made from white Palomino grapes grown in the Cadiz region of Andalusia, where the centre of the industry is the town of Jerez de la Frontera. Sherry varieties range from light versions (Manzanilla and Fino) which are similar to white table wines to darker versions that have been barrelaged such as Amontillado or Oloroso. Sweet dessert sherries are made from a blend of Moscatel and Palominio grapes, while Cream Sherry was first made in 1860 by blending Oloroso and Pedro Ximinez. After fermentation the base wine is “fortified” or made stronger with grape spirit to increase the alcohol content to 15.5%. Similar to French laws regarding the protection of the origin of Champagne, under Spanish law, all wine labelled as “Sherry” must come from the “Sherry Triangle” in the southern province of Cadiz. Because of its high alcohol content, Sherry is best sipped and savoured and lends itself to the “platter” style of dining. But best of all Sherry is remarkably affordable for a quality beverage with a pedigree that goes back 3000 years. According to Wine Magazine, Sherry has been the most under-appreciated wine since its popularity waned in the 1970’s. New devotees are becoming smitten with the taste, although they sometimes need guidance when choosing a sherry to enjoy with their cuisine. “Salude” In many countries, a “sherry” glass is designated for alcoholic beverages such as sherry, port, aperitifs and liqueurs and its small size allowed a modest measure of the drink to be sipped. However, the traditional Spanish sherry glass or “copita” has a narrow taper to enhance the aroma, but essentially is a medium sized wine glass with a tulip shape.

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Canape style receptions are a popular wedding trend with mouth watering finger food on easy-to-serve trays. But while they encourage guests to mix and mingle, they can be less than easy to eat! So in the interests of practicality and good manners, serving stuff on a stick reduces the chance of dripping, slipping, slopping or dropping your food down your front, or someone else’s!!


Thread a selection of fresh fruit pieces onto small sticks for a colourful healthy dessert. Keep soft fruits like strawberries, orange segments and kiwifruit slices in place by interspersing firm fruits like grapes, melon, pineapple and pear at either end of the stick.


Slide a colourful selection of vegetables and juicy meat cubes along the skewer, baste with oil and grill. Try tomatoes, mushrooms, capsicum, eggplant, pumpkin, tiny potatoes or parsnips between your choice of meat or put slices of apple with pork.


Minced beef, pork, chicken or lamb can be seasoned with a variety of herbs and spices, pressed around the skewer and cooked quickly. Provide dipping sauces that represent different cuisines and let your guests enjoy tastes from around the world.


Use short skewers or toothpicks for dainty pre-dinner nibbles; devils on horseback, cheese and pineapple, cranberry and brie, smoked salmon, a seafood selection, teeny bite sized club sandwiches or sliders.


An alternative way to serve your wedding cake, cake pops are bite sized fondant covered morsels on a stick. Displayed on trays and tiers they are neat, new and novel.


Ramp up the original meal on a stick and make your sausage centres totally gourmet; honey soy, lamb and mint, pork and apple or smoky bacon. Battered, crumbed or herb crusted, tomato dipped or served with sweet chilli sauce, a hot dog is still a firm favourite.


Freeze your favourite fruit or yoghurt into ice blocks, or serve fancy frozen cocktails on a stick. They are refreshing on a hot day, are a light cooling dessert at the end of a reception meal and a no-mess option that can be prepared well in advance.


Or you can “stick n serve” bite sized brownies, mini macaroons, petit fours, tiny cubes of cheesecake, soft centred chocolates, turkish delight, coconut coated rum truffles, russian fudge or chocolate coated strawberries.

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For couples on a budget, or couples who want a special drink for themselves or their wedding party, serving your own signature cocktail can be a smart move and a romantic one!

Even the simplest of ingredients can look spectacular once shaken, stirred, poured over ice and garnished. To serve it as your own special cocktail, make it taste FRESH, name it for FUN and choose the right glass for it to look FABULOUS.

COCKTAIL RECIPE - 15mls cointreau orange liqueur - 15mls brandy - 1 cube of sugar - Dash of bitters - 120mls Champagne

MOCKTAIL RECIPE - 15mls orange juice - 15mls ginger ale - 1 cube of sugar - 1 sugar cube - Dash of bitters - 120mls sparkling Grape juice

METHOD Place the sugar cube at the bottom of a champagne flute and soak it in bitters. Add the liqueur and brandy (or OJ and ginger ale), top up the glass with champagne (or grape juice) and garnish with a twist of orange. NAME IT Sweet with orange and sugar, warmed by the brandy and tickled by celebration bubbles this is a “GOODNIGHT KISS� in a glass!

Exceeding your expectations! One bite at a time! P 03 383 1403 ext 3



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YEARS A testament to fine food and professional integrity, Kiwi Cuisine is celebrating 20 years in the catering business “We want to thank the brides of Canterbury and beyond for allowing us to be part of their special day” says Director Stu Mackenzie. The company is also proud to have been part of the local wedding scene for so long and extends its appreciation to venue operators and all other industry-based businesses that have supported and worked with Kiwi Cuisine so loyally for 20 years. To help them celebrate, Kiwi Cuisine will


to one lucky bride and groom who book for 2017 to the value of $2000 (terms and conditions apply). After two decades of catering weddings and events, the Christchurch based company consists of a professional team with

respected experience and longevity in the food industry. Kiwi Cuisine has developed an extensive range of menus to suit all styles, occasions and budgets which can be viewed on the company’s informative and user-friendly website. With the ability to cater for large weddings not only in Canterbury but anywhere in the South Island, customers have always shown appreciation for their upfront pricing, flexible “mix and match” menu options, fresh food, special dietary catering, complimentary salad samples and professional service. “Whichever menu you select, you can rest assured that we will provide the perfect balance between quality and quantity with a level of service we are proud of ” says Stu Renowned for value and variety, Kiwi Cuisine’s serviced buffets

include your cutlery, crockery, buffet table and tablecloth along with all the catering equipment required to serve and present your chosen menu, as well as uniformed and professional staff to serve you and your guests. The company also operates a liquor licence allowing customers to buy directly or serve their own range of beverages. Kiwi Cuisine can then offer professional bar staff to serve your beverages without an additional corkage fee. Whilst primarily a catering company Kiwi Cuisine can provide you with the complete event and a complimentary online wedding planner. They will go to any venue you choose from mountain top to marquee and are proud to be a preferred caterer at delightful wedding venues like Pembertons, Tipapa Woolshed, Rosemount,

Darjon and Mt Vernon to name a few, or a simple wedding on the beach and at New Brighton Memorial Hall Kiwi Cuisine also works closely with many reputable suppliers so whether it is booking a venue, organising a marquee, arranging table settings, cakes, flowers, photographers or music they can help. “We look forward to being part of weddings in Canterbury for many years to come, so let us guide you with our years of knowledge and experience” says Stu. Call now to secure your preferred date and place and discuss your wedding reception ideas with the experts. For further information & inspiration visit www.kiwicuisine.com or visit their Facebook page: Kiwi Cuisine Catering.

100 With This Ring Want to look your sparkling best on your wedding day? Believe it or not you can eat yourself beautiful with these 10 super foods in your regular diet.


Packed full of anti oxidants, potassium and healthy fats, avocados can reduce age spots, heal scars, burns and soothe inflamed ski. The natural sugar in avocados also boosts collagen formation and is the vegetable of choice for fighting skin blemishes.



The ultimate super food, in just100g of blueberries you’ll find the same amount of age-defying antioxidants as 5 servings of other fruit and vegetables. Blueberries also combat the effects of free radicals which are a pesky cause of wrinkles! So increase your blueberry intake to keep skin looking younger for longer.




Isn’t it great that it’s actually healthy to eat a bit of chocolate - so long as it is dark. Dark chocolate is rich in the anti oxidants that improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.


Porridge really is good for you! As well as being low in fat, it’s chock full of calcium, potassium, protein and B & E vitamins – great for skin, stress and alleviating tiredness.




Pumpkin pulp and seeds are loaded with a variety of nutrients that help maintain the health of your heart, eyes, bones and skin. So don’t just go for pumpkin on Halloween, roast them and toast them for everyday use.



Filled with anti oxidants and beta carotene, spinach is an impressive source of iron for energy and keeps hair and nails strong and healthy. So go green often!


High in iron and a natural digestive cleanser, strawberries are a terrific super-food. They also contain high levels of Vitamin C which is crucial to immunity, healthy eyes and inhibition of wrinkles.



The beta carotene and anti oxidants in tomatoes help to support our immune system, lower the risk of disease and protect the skin from sun damage. Retain them as part of your diet year round.

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With the highest levels of anti oxidants and essential fatty acids, walnuts are good for heart health, mood balance and stress. Just what you need when planning a wedding!


Often perceived as tasteless, this garnish works like a natural antibiotic and heals skin blemishes from the inside out. For a zit-free wedding day, add watercress to all your salads!

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LET THE The time honoured tradition is to celebrate special moments in life with feasting – a simple word that indicates a meal that is well prepared and abundantly enjoyed.

There are few more important celebrations than two people declaring their love and the following rejoicing includes a form of feasting, no matter how simple or lavish. If you’re at the stage of considering who you might trust with your wedding catering, contact Continental, a Canterbury family-owned business with more than 50 years’ experience of serving food and beverages at weddings and other special occasions all over the South Island. A passion for exceptional catering is at the core of Continental: the team aims to deliver on-trend, tasty, stylish cuisine served with flair by friendly and attentive professionals. This is the team you can trust to guide you through the intricacies of planning your wedding. Particular dietary requirements are not a problem (Continental has its own 100% gluten free production kitchen,

for example) and most budgets or guest numbers can be catered for.


Due to its superb reputation, Continental has exclusive or preferred access to many special and/or unique function spaces: mountain, rural or seaside vistas, traditional or modern decor, charming or sophisticated ambience. Within Christchurch and Canterbury, these venues include: • Mona Vale Homestead • The Iris Lawn at Mona Vale • Christchurch Gondola • Christchurch Art Gallry • The Great Hall • Tipapa Woolshed • Waipara Winery • Valley of Peace • Harpers Homestead • International Antarctic Centre


Continental also has an extensive knowledge base of other professionals you might need: hire equipment and marquees, lighting and sound; theming and flowers.

Have a look at the website or contact the team: www.continental.co.nz enquiries@continental.co.nz

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A “cake” of some sort has been a long standing feature of weddings for centuries. In Ancient Rome, weddings were finalised by breaking a cake of wheat or mustaceum, over the bride’s head for good fortune in the marriage. The couple then ate some of the crumbs together in a custom known as confarreatio – meaning “together.” Guests shared the rest as a gesture of good luck and toasted the couple by throwing a handful of fruits and nuts or confetto, which later evolved into the tradition of throwing rice, petals or paper “confetti. When the Romans invaded England in 55BC, many of their traditions arrived with them and develop into the customs we know today. By 17th century wedding cakes were made in pairs; the Bride Cake was eaten at the wedding while the Groom’s Cake was a rich fruit cake cut into small squares and given to guests to take home. The tradition of a Groom’s cake still survives in America, because the English took the custom with them when they settled the New World in the 17th century. By 18th century Bride Cake was iced with white powdered sugar which was thought to symbolise purity but it also demonstrated wealth because the whiter the refined sugar, the more expensive it was! Queen Victoria is credited with making white bridal gowns fashionable, but she also introduced the multi-tiered wedding cake, which she had decorated with doves, cupids and a statue of Britannia. Today there are no rules to define a wedding cake. Contemporary styles can be simple or sumptuous, single or multi-tiered and of every possible colour, shape or flavour.

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Wedding cakes have always been part of the proceedings, but with decorative decoration techniques and technology they have become confections of visual perfection. The artistry of the decoration can be classic, modern, fun, funky, sculpted, shaped, piled, painted or piped and reflect almost any colour and theme the confectioner can deliver!


ON DISPLAY • A tiered cake of separate • Choose a table the same shape as the cake flavours per tier • Or feature a tea trolley, a barrel, bar • Croquem Bouche pyramid leaner or wine table of profiteroles • Cup cake tower of individual • Set it with linen that enhances the colour of the cake cakes or macaroons • Select an elegant knife and cake slice • Dessert gateau, layer cake, • Ensure the cake stands out against a mud cake or moist torte plain background • Baked cheesecake with fruit • For extra light decorate with mirror or iced decoration glass, fairy lights or candles • Cheese wheel with fruit, nuts and crackers to serve • “Naked” un-iced cake that’s topped ICED THEN SLICED

• Fondant icing is sweet sugar/gelatine dough rolled like pastry as a smooth surface for further decoration • Ganache is a rich soft blend of chocolate and cream for topping or filling a dessert cake • Buttercream blends egg, cream and butter for piping and individual decorations • Marzipan is a paste of sugar and ground almonds for making decorations or a smooth layer for royal icing • Royal Icing is a smooth mix of egg white and icing sugar for piping and topping that hardens over time


Toppers are the final decorations that provide the finishing touch Fresh flowers Artificial flowers Figurines Stars Flags Motifs Monograms Words & Names


• Ask for a taste test • Order 3-5months ahead • Choose a reputable cake maker • Buttercream and ganache need to be kept cool • Square cakes serve more guests than round ones • Fruit cakes “keep” and can be made well in advance • Make a small tier gluten free if necessary for some guests • Dessert cakes need to be freshly made just before the wedding • More cake is needed to serve as dessert as slices are bigger than supper

Make your cake as unique as you and your wedding day


• Cut for photographs and serve later • Cut and serve with champagne between ceremony and reception • Serve as the dessert

• Serve as one of the desserts • Serve at the end of the wedding meal • Serve late at supper with liqueurs, port or coffee

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Food and drink have been synonymous with wedding celebrations for centuries, but putting on a feast can literally swallow up vast chunks of your budget.

So, you can either start culling the numbers of guests or you can look at more frugal fare to feed your chosen number of guests. If it is possible to reduce the numbers then it is a first good option and a substantial saving as many menus cost up to $100 per head or more. Reduce your list by 10 people and there’s up to $1000 saved. But if having fewer guests is non negotiable, a buffet is a budget friendly option because you don’t have to pay for waiters at every table. A sit down menu has a set portion per person but a buffet is bulk prepared and therefore goes further among guests.Your budget can be stretched even further if your wedding reception avoids a costly dinner and opts instead for a late lunch, a high tea or a chic but short canapé and wine event. However, if you prefer a sit down meal, select a set menu that limits the number of choices per course which is both time and cost effective. Keep dishes simple but tasty. Omitting an expensive garnish can save dollars and a bowl of salad or vegetables shared between guests is more economical than individual side dishes. You may wish you could have luxury foods like lobster on the menu.You can, but if cost is the issue, offer it as a canapé or an entrée but not as a main course! Don’t over-cater and offer your guests a bewildering variety of nibbles when three or four would be adequate. Avoid overpriced items, when a similar cheaper brand is perfectly acceptable. Be savvy about seasonal fare because out of season fruit and vegetable items are often imported or hot house produced. Choose what’s local and what’s freshly available because it will save your cash and pass the taste test with your guests.

Elaborate desserts absolutely EAT up your money. Have a wedding cake that doubles as a dessert and serve with a fresh fruit salad. Alternatively have a large tray of chocolate brownie or lemon slice that can be cut into fashionably small portions to have with the fruit and reserve your wedding cake for supper time. Wedding cakes are expensive so definitely don’t order a bigger wedding cake than you need for the number of guests. Reduce the number of beverages you provide to your guests and you will reduce your bar bills substantially. Individually prepared cocktails will seriously dent your dollars, but a “signature” cocktail punch can be served to all guests without breaking the bank. For the table, select reputable red and white wines that are moderately priced or available by the case on special. Reserve the champagne just for the toasts. If genuine champagne is beyond your budget, choose a good sparkling wine instead. Provide a popular brand of beer for guests who prefer ale to wine, have a nonalcoholic juice available and always provide plenty of water.

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Wedding favors aren't always necessary but they are a thoughtful way

to thank your guests

for sharing your wedding day with you.

Wedding favours are small gifts given to wedding guests as a souvenir of the day, a gesture of appreciation for attending the wedding or as a token of good luck. The tradition is thought to have originated among European aristocrats who gave their guests “bonbonnieres” – small decorative trinket boxes made of crystal, porcelain or precious metals. Designed to hold “bonbons” or other confectionery, they were a show of wealth when sugar was an expensive commodity. In Europe small bags or boxes of 5 sugared almonds are still the most traditional confections for wedding favours and signify the 5 wishes of Health, Happiness, Longevity, Peace and Love. With different variations and interpretations the custom of giving wedding favours appears in many different cultures; candles in Russia, tiny bells in Ireland, shortbread in Scotland, a little hand crafted elephant for luck in India, a glass luck charm in Greece, Bridal sugar in the Netherlands and fortune cookies in China. In Europe the customary wedding favours remain small and chic, in North America the custom has tended to become lavish, while in New Zealand wedding favours are not obligatory and may be chocolates, flower seeds, photo cards of the couple or perhaps a flax flower. Without doubt, wedding favours will add dollars to your budget, so it’s your choice whether you give your guests a gift, or simply provide memorable food and drink at the reception or you simply send them a personal note of thanks afterwards.

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Understanding photography terminology can help the communication between you and your wedding photographer both on the day and when you receive your finished images. PORTRAITURE is a traditional style of wedding photography involving formal shots of the bridal party and group shots of the guests. These are often taken immediately after the ceremony and at the locations chosen by the couple and/or the photographer. CANDID SHOTS are informal images that document special moments of the wedding as they happen. Usually the photographer will aim to be unobtrusive and may use zoom lenses or vantage points. HIGH RESOLUTION refers to the quality of the image - the higher the “res” the clearer the detail for producing premium prints and enlargements. Images can be “cropped” or trimmed to improve the image and eliminate unnecessary background details. POST PRODUCTION refers to the work that the photographer does to produce high quality prints or improve the image by making digital alterations.

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Videography captures aspects of a wedding that still photography is unable to do; voices, music, sounds, speeches, movements, fleeting expressions and candid moments. The skill of the cameraman allows you to re-live your wedding day every time you look at the film. It’s not only a keepsake for you, but provides future generations with a unique record of family members, friends, fashions, food and the traditions of one of life’s greatest milestones. Digital technology has

revolutionized photography and produces a memorable record in sophisticated cinematographic quality as well as digital animation, web streaming and video blogging. But a quality film requires quality disc, sound, lighting plus camera and editing equipment, so an experienced professional is required. Ask to see an example of the videographer’s work. Discuss what you would like filmed at your wedding, the format you require, the music you would like to accompany the film footage and confirm what the fee includes before making the booking.



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Garry Walls is both a wedding photographer and a DJ! Not only does he specialise in stunning, high quality wedding images that capture the essence of your wonderful day, but he also provides a professional DJ service that can include music for your ceremony, reception and wedding dance. As a husband and wife team, Garry and Karyn work in Canterbury and beyond and pride themselves on producing uniquely personal wedding photographs you will treasure for a lifetime. “Selecting a wedding photographer is a decision that should not be rushed, so we believe it is essential to meet the photographer to ensure it is someone you can work with” say Garry and Karyn. They recommend you commission your photographer based on their photographic style, their personality and their price. Almost anyone can take a photograph, but to achieve the standard of photography a wedding deserves, you need someone who is “organised, professional and experienced, someone who listens to what the client wants and goes to great effort to achieve the photos on their wish list” says Garry, who has been a full time professional wedding photographer all his adult life. In his business he spends many hours creating special effects to produce images that are simply stunning. He provides the first images within 24 hours of the wedding and also gives clients high resolution files so they can print large wall prints if they wish. He warns bridal couples against cheap photography deals from inexperienced people within New Zealand’s unregulated wedding photography industry and is often approached to “fix up” bad photos. “Obviously we can’t, the photography has to be right first time. It has been said a thousand times before that the wedding photos are one of the few things you get to keep from your special day. They need to be awesome” says Garry. In their award winning DJ service, Garry and Karyn use technology to the max! A miniature wireless microphone ensures the ceremony can be heard by all the guests, while their investment in mobile broadband allows any song request to be downloaded for the evening dance. Karyn plays music as guests arrive and professionally plays your music selection for the ceremony while Garry takes the photos. Background music is played during the reception and a microphone is supplied for speeches. The evening dance comes complete with lighting of course. For further information and inspiration phone 03 313 8774 or visit www.garrywalls.co.nz

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Photo booths have become a hugely popular wedding venue accessory! As well as amusing and involving your guests, instant images spill out of the memory making machine to provide you with the ultimate candid camera moments. You can hire the booths which feature high tech digital cameras with colour and black and white options. Your photos are instantly available and also saved on to a digital device for you to keep, share or print. The photo booth invites your guests to be creative, informal and relaxed so you get spontaneous shots that are entirely unique and personal. For even more fun, provide a box of props such as; Novelty glasses Masks Wigs Sunnies Hats Scarves & boas Bling Backdrops A bicycle Musical instruments Sports clothing Sporting goods Furnishings Mirrors Plants Posters Themed clothing ‌ Enjoy!

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“It is my belief that the best wedding photography is simple graceful and well seen”

says Johannes Van Kan - wedding photographer. “It creates a beautiful emotional reflection of a moment, person, or place. This is what I want to give my brides and grooms. My job is to find stories and beauty in the people, details and relationships that I photograph.”

Strong photography is not accidental and creativity is not something found in a Photoshop filter. Creativity starts before the image exists. For Johannes it starts with the first meeting.

“My photography is about simple, strong, imagery that tells stories. Beautiful classic imagery is important to my story telling. This is my strength as a photographer and as an artist.”

Johannes Van Kan www.jvk.co.nz 027-229-9291

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Most wedding photographers shoot in colour and digitally convert some of the images into black and white using editing software. They can also convert black and white digital images back into colour, which black and white film was unable to do.

BLACK & WHITE With the wonderful colour and digital image technology available, it’s often a surprise that people still love black and white photographs. But they provide exceptional detail, dramatic contrast between dark and light as well as subtle shades of grey and offer an ageless look that looks great for decades to come. Current interest in vintage and retro weddings has made black and white images even more popular and once framed, they make a timeless display that suits any décor.

SEPIA IMAGES The red-brown tones of sepia images are usually associated with old photos but the technique has been popular for decades. Its return to popularity has now been aided by the development of sepia filters in digital cameras. The effect was achieved by photographic “toning” – a chemical process during printing, but today sepia images are effectively produced using digital filters or post-production photo-shop software programmes.

SELECTIVE COLOUR Sometimes referred to as “spot colour”, this technique is an image editing technique where a colour photo is predominantly converted to black and white, but leaves an area of the photo or an item in colour. Selective colour is in popular usage for advertising but can produce eye catching wedding photos where flowers or a car remain in colour when everything else is black and white.

SOFT FOCUS This film and photographic technique features a deliberate blurring of definition. It is used to create a dreamlike quality to the image and is understandably popular with bridal couples for their wedding photographs. Be guided by your professional wedding photographer on the style of photography they can produce for you and the costs associated with a variety of effects and techniques.

R e l a x e d , N a t u ra l , B e a u t i f u l & F u n Specialising in breathtaking, timeless and authentic wedding photography

Wow!! Mandy really did manage to capture the real emotions, the real moments, the real laughter and all the love through out our day. That’s what makes her such an amazing photographer and our photos such a joy to share with our friends and family.

To book or find out more please get in touch. Ph: 0225007008 • E: info@mandycaldwell.co.nz • www.mandycaldwell.co.nz

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Nothing personalises your home more than the photos and pictures you have on display, especially the images of your wedding. Whether you have small spaces or acres of walls waiting to be adorned, there are smart and creative ways to display the pictures that have captured the atmosphere of your special day. SIGNATURE IMAGE Your favourite wedding day photo may be the one you choose as a single signature image to feature most prominently in your home. Wedding photography packages usually include a portrait sized image in gloss or matt finish that you can frame in the style of your choice or you may prefer to have your photograph converted to a canvas to hang on the wall.

GALLERY WALLS A gallery wall is a great way to show off your collection. Like creating an art folio, centre your gallery round your favourite photo or a large picture then fit your smaller frames around that. Some displays work best on a white wall, others need a bolder back drop if there is a lot of white in the photo. SELECTING PHOTO FRAMES Framing should be an integral part of the picture process because your choice can make or break the display. Frames need not be expensive, but they should complement the photos in colour, size and materials. Look for vintage style frames to enhance your vintage wedding images or modern simplicity for a more contemporary setting.

IN SERIES You could also choose a series of images to create a feature wall; in a row, up a stairway or in a cluster as a wall art feature. Depending on the size and number of photos you group together, decide whether the display requires symmetry and uniformity or will be more eye catching with an asymmetrical arrangement.

COFFEE TABLE ALBUM A professional album may also be part of your wedding photography contract and usually contains a selection of images taken throughout the day. Alternatively you can create your own album on a computer to have inexpensively processed as a unique book to share with family and friends. DIGITAL FRAMES Digital technology has revolutionised photography and we now take hundreds of pictures on digital cameras, ipads and mobile phones.Your wedding photos will probably include hundreds of shots on a CD, so why not load them onto a digital picture frame you can view everyday as it scrolls through your special day.

SMALL DISPLAYS If you haven’t got much suitable wall space choose some photos to hang on a magnetic wire, create a wedding photo table or a picture shelf or make a collage of lots of different images to have printed and framed.

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POINTS TO BE PICKY ABOUT • If you have a budget to adhere to, don’t pick a novice photographer whose inexperience you might regret. Instead, choose an experienced professional but engage them for a shorter period of time. You’ll get fewer photos but you will get quality images. • As well as discussing picturesque generic locations, suggest the photo locations that are especially personal to you so that your images are meaningful to you and your families. • Invite your photographer to the rehearsal if you wish, so that any particular ceremony images can be confirmed. • Liaise with your photographer about the photo schedule with details about who, when, where and what is required. Then make sure you are organised and punctual. • The “signature” image of your wedding is usually the two of you. So ensure you have a selection of “couple only” shots to consider for the image you want to frame and keep forever. • Provide a “shot” list for the photographer to ensure all your guests will be included in the wedding photos and no one will be missed out or hidden from view. • Most photographers appreciate suggested groupings of friends or relatives and special guests, but a good photographer will also be looking out for spontaneous moments too. • If you like the idea of special effects like rice, confetti, rose petals or water from a fountain or the use of props, discuss them first. While they may look candid to you, the shot may need to be set up especially for light, location or lenses. • Try not to take charge of the pic proceedings. By all means ask for a shot if a spontaneous idea occurs to you, but let the man/woman behind the shutter do their job. They see the whole scene and usually know what works. • Don’t let guests muscle in on the photographer’s shots. It’s their gig and you have paid for their expertise. Having a guest sidle up and take a similar shot is very annoying and discourteous.

Your wedding photos are not just your personal record of the day. They also become an heirloom for generations to come, so no wonder you want perfect pics for your wall, album and archives.

It’s good to know the type of photos you want so that you can choose a photographer whose style appeals to you. It is also important to communicate effectively with your photographer so that your ideas and theirs are compatible and achievable.You are paying so you are allowed to a little bit picky, but the photographer is also the expert so they are also allowed to guide you without “pique”!

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Once upon a time brides arrived at the wedding in a carriage and the happy couple departed by coach or carriage after the celebrations. Today, a carriage is much harder to find, so if a romantic wedding conjures up horse and carriage transport, you will need to do your research and find an experienced horse and handler close to the location of the wedding. Like motor vehicles, there were a number of carriage models that found their way to New Zealand in the days of early settlement. Our terrain and the need for practical transport meant carriages, except for the wealthy, were often multi purpose vehicles for town and country.

ONE HORSE CARRIAGES Buggies or Gigs featured two or four large wheels pulled by one horse. Able to seat two people the buggy was the most common vehicle in the country and popular with women who only had to manage a single horse. OR The Surrey was a 4 wheeled carriage beneath a sunshade roof which like the popular Victorian song has “a fringe on the top.” Drawn by one horse, the Surrey can carry two passengers.

TWO HORSE CARRIAGES Phaetons and Landaus were elegant 4 wheeled carriages drawn by a pair of horses. They were low to the ground and easily stepped into by ladies in long gowns. Being open-topped and able to seat four people they were popular summer vehicles, although the Landau featured a folding hood to cover the passengers in bad weather. OR Waggons were the horse drawn equivalent of today’s SUV! Ideal as a heavy duty unembellished country vehicle pulled by 2 horses, the bench seat could accommodate the driver and a couple of passengers, with a large back tray for hay, animals, wood, goods or children! MORE HORSE CARRIAGES Stage Coaches were introduced for regular routes and long distance travel. The large closed carriage was pulled by team of 2 to 4 pairs of horses. The stage coach could accommodate 4 to 6 passengers inside and up to 6 more seated on the roof, while luggage was carried on sack covered racks at the rear of the carriage.


For further information visit the websites of the following Canterbury businesses: www.taitapucarriageco.co.nz www.horseandcarriagehire.co.nz www.hirethings.co.nz

The theme, style or atmosphere of a wedding is often reflected in the mode of transport chosen for the bride’s arrival and sometimes the couple’s departure from the reception. You might want to make your entrance or exit in unique style, but it is wise to check out both availability and practicality when making your choice of wedding vehicle.

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CLASSICALLY VINTAGE Vintage and classic cars can sometimes be hired from dedicated wedding transport companies. Alternatively you can contact local car clubs and enthusiasts who are often asked to source vehicles and drivers among their members.You may also know someone with a restored vehicle who would drive it for your wedding transport.

LAST WORD IN LUXURY Luxury vehicles like a Rolls Royce or “limo” provide the bridal couple with “once in a lifetime” grandeur. A bride’s gown, train and veil are less likely to be creased in a spacious limousine and there are the additional facilities of bar, privacy screen, sound systems and tinted windows for your comfort and relaxation on the big day.

RENT-A CAR Rental car and taxi companies are usually able to provide matching vehicles as well as the services of a chauffeur for the occasion if required. They often have a selection of decorations and ribbons that suit the colour and theme of the wedding.

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FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS Your guests may own late model cars that you could use for the wedding, or you could hire identical vehicles from a rental car company and find reliable drivers among family, friends or neighbours.

PAYING YOUR WAY Wedding transport is generally booked for the estimated time and number of vehicles required to take the bridesmaids and the bride and her father to the ceremony, the bride and groom from the ceremony to the location for photographs and from there to the reception venue. Arrangements other than this can usually be accommodated if they are discussed with the company concerned and a written estimate is provided for your additional requirements. But whatever type of transport you choose, you will still want comfort, punctuality and reliability.

ON THE HOOF There’s something special about arriving at the wedding by horse and carriage. Look for local listings and ensure you will have experienced drivers and horses with a friendly, unflappable temperament. TRAINS AND BOATS AND PLANES Arriving by air or sea is a spectacular way to make a wedding entrance. Hot air balloon, chopper, plane or launch may be possible options, if you are prepared for the cost and logistics. But in New Zealand there are fewer and fewer train options unless you hold your wedding in a Heritage Park. COOL AND CREATIVE You may plan to be unconventional and arrive by truck, motorbike, Kombi, Hummer, double decker bus, rickshaw or sedan chair. Perhaps, in European tradition, you’ll walk to the wedding so that local residents can wish you luck!


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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.

Contact gerard@corporatecabs.co.nz or phone 03 379-6162 for further details.

118 With This Ring Finding readings or blessings to include at your ceremony often means searching the work of poets, philosophers, authors and song writers for something appropriate. Because many weddings are now secular, the bible is frequently overlooked as a source of meaningful words like this verse from the Book of Corinthians.

If you are writing your vows or making a speech, this anonymous poem may have meaning for you:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

I cannot promise you a lifetime of only sunshine I cannot promise you riches, wealth or gold, I cannot promise you an easy path That leads away from change or growing old, But I can promise you my devotion A smile to chase away your sorrow A love that’s true and ever growing A hand to hold through each tomorrow

Song lyrics don’t have to be sung. They can also be spoken and often carry more meaning because the words are heard more clearly.

Walk through this world with me Go where I go Share all my dreams with me I need you so In life we search and some of us find I’ve looked for you for a long long time And now I’ve found you New horizons I see Come take my hand and walk this world with me

You are my husband I am your wife, My legs shall run because of you My feet shall dance because of you My heart shall beat because of you My mind thinks because of you And I shall love because of you

Or you may look to another culture for words that say how you feel, like this Inuit Love Song.

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Any wedding celebrates the establishment of a new couple and brings their extended families together. If the wedding is a second or subsequent marriage for either the bride or the groom, or both, there may be children who will become part of a “blended” family. Celebrate your new unity and family entity by incorporating a special custom at your ceremony.

• Light a candle of unity together • Plant a tree or commemorative rose • Combine coloured sands into a glass bowl in layers • Create a new family motto to live your life by • Include the children as your attendants

• Let them choose or perform a reading, song or music • Give a special individual gift to each child • Blend coloured water into a new shade such as red+blue = purple • Have a fun family photo shoot together • Ask an older child to make a speech on behalf of them all

Inviting guests to your wedding usually generates plenty of excitement and gives everyone a first hint of the style and theme you have chosen. Many wedding dates are set months, even a year to 18months in advance, so “save the date” stationery has become a new pre-invitation phase of announcing the event.

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Depending on your requirements and your budget, your stationery may include a range of products: • Save the Date Cards • Wedding Invitation & RSVP • Hens or Bucks Night Notification • Bridal Shower Invitations • Order of Service • Reception Place Cards • Thank You Cards

CONTEMPORARY The digital age is part of everyday life for most modern couples, so chances are they, or their stationery designer will be using it to plan their wedding and invite their tech-savvy friends. There are no etiquette rules for style, words or format, so the invitation may be as formal or colloquial as you desire. It may also be creative and interactive. ELECTRONIC Some couples will choose to go completely online with website information, paper-less invitations and RSVP’s by email, saving both time and money on print and post. BUT for those older guests who may not be familiar with apps and social media, create a few conventional invitations to send to them. OTHER ALTERNATIVES • For a vintage wedding, order a custom-made stamp for use on your cards or paper. • Press flowers for an eco- designed invitation on recycled paper. • Use the exceptional selection of scrapbooking products to decorate and personalise your stationery or choose the range of pretty scrapbooking papers and coordinating cards.

There are many options available for creating memorable stationery whether they are traditional or contemporary or electronic. These days, anything on paper is considered traditional, but while technology has taken over much of the modern world, curiously there’s never been a greater selection of decorative stationery! Allow several months to choose your design and ensure the invitations are printed and available to send to your guests 6 weeks before the big day. Invitations are available from specialist designers, stationers, department stores, craft outlets, card shops, bridal boutiques, printers, artists and on the internet. Depending on your budget you can have your wedding stationery completely custom designed, printed onto pre-purchased cards or created from templates online. There is a stunning variety of paper products in many shades, grades and textures plus overlays, inserts and embellishments to customise your selection. Most ready-made invitations come with matching envelopes, while custom-designs may require special envelopes.Your invitations can be almost any size and shape, flat, scrolled or an open card style, but remember that it may cost more to post envelopes that are non-standard in format. For small numbers of invitations the most cost-effective method is digital printing. Letterpress printing is popular again, as well as foil-stamping which provides a metallic finish. Choose your font size and style carefully so that it is easily read and looks attractive. Invitations are usually sent by the hosts of the wedding – traditionally the bride’s parents. Proof read your stationery samples before going to print. Ensure all details are correct – names, spelling, date, time, location, dress code and how to RSVP! Order a few extra invitations as spares in case of last minute changes or mistakes and if you want additional stationery such as order of service, place cards, RSVP’s or thank you cards, order them all at the same time to avoid delays or extra costs.

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Flowers are the ultimate bridal accessory combining visual impact with fragrance and romance. But even the simplest bouquet needs to be chosen with care and created with skill so that it complements your gown, stands out in the photos and reflects your taste whether traditional, classic, bold or innovative. Consider the style of your gown when you are choosing the shape of your bouquet. The popularity of particular flowers depends on fashions and seasons and the vast variety of blooms, colours and effects means every bouquet is individual. However there are five main shapes that florists use to develop bouquet arrangements.

THE POSY is traditionally round in shape and uses flowers of equal size to maintain the shape. Alternatively modern posies feature flowers grouped in a structured bunched effect. The original posies contained sweet smelling flowers and herbs to ward off germs and diseases! Modern posies can be made small enough for a little flower girl and are ideal for shorter stemmed spring flowers and popular miniature roses. THE TEARDROP bouquet is a floral classic. Essentially a posy at the top, the addition of a trail replicates the teardrop shape. A variety of flowers and greenery can be used, with blooms being wired to hold them in place. Teardrops can be large or small to suit the individual bride and the style of her gown and a combination of different flowers and colours can be used effectively. THE SHEAF or arm spray uses long stemmed blooms bound together with ribbon or natural fibres like flax or greenery. Held along the forearm or hanging downwards from the hand, roses, lilies, gladioli, gerberas and orchids are popular flowers for a sheaf arrangement. THE HAND TIED bouquet with a “just picked” look is extremely popular for both modern and vintage weddings. The flowers are not wired and look natural, the stems are visible and the gathered flowers are loosely tied with ribbon. Popular versions include roses, peonies, sweet peas, freesias and ranunculas.

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Since opening a retail store last year, Charmed Flowers has become known for its beautiful flowers that are just a little bit different.

“Local businesses in the area have become great fans, they simply love our style and service” says owner Ginny Fagan. As a full service florist providing flowers for everyday occasions, funerals and weddings, Charmed Flowers can also offer exquisite styling and floral props for your wedding venue too. “People sometimes don’t know what can be done with flowers so I

like to find out what couples envisage for their day and create the look and feel of it through the flowers” says Ginny. While every wedding is uniquely different, people often recognise Ginny’s personal style of floristry which is quite natural, rustic and unstructured. “I love big blooms like peony roses, dahlias and hydrangeas and enjoy sourcing items like hop vines to provide a less conventional background” she says. Florists are often called upon to replicate overseas trends and currently wedding styles include long lush table garlands, big, loose hand tied bouquets, floral crowns

and hanging floral installations. We can do almost anything that bridal couples want, but they often don’t realise the cost and time involved for elaborate floral effects. We often suggest combining fresh flowers with our hire range of beautiful silk floral props to make it more affordable” says Ginny. “A big trend coming through this wedding season is foliage and lots of it. The effect is informal but so pretty, it’s very natural and lush which is why I think it appeals to so many couples.” The Charmed Flowers team provides free consultations and

meets with most couples before the wedding to discuss their preferences, colours and requirements. An itemised quote is then emailed out and once accepted, the florist will then “touch base” 6-8 weeks before the wedding and then again 1-2 weeks before to finalise all the details. The experienced staff at Charmed Flowers can provide a complete package including the floral styling of your wedding venue or they can source wholesale flowers through their sister company Stems Wholesale Flowers if couples want to DIY their floral decorations.

Beautiful Wedding Fowers & Floral Styling truly What can I say, you me made my dreams co ere true! The flowers w a big always going to be g day part of our weddin orist so we chose our Fl o carefully. I am sooo rmed glad we chose Cha Flowers Ginny, my tely bouquet was absolu nue stunning and the ve I could looked better than are have imagined, you d so truly talented an t you obviously love wha om the do, we thank you fr ts. bottom of our hear 16 Genna & Jas, Jan 20

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124 With This Ring Your ceremony is the heart of the wedding and the reason for it. What, how and where you say your vows should be the most meaningful aspect of the day whether you choose a religious or secular marriage service. ELOPEMENTS


Takes place in a house of worship according to the religious beliefs of the couple. They may be members of the local congregation or marrying in a different location. The ceremony is usually structured to include traditions and customs of their faith.


May be held in an “all faiths” chapel with the minister or celebrant of your choice and include religious and non religious traditions and blessings.


Generally takes place at a registry office, town hall or embassy. It is non religious, is officiated by a Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages, or Judge or a Justice of the Peace and includes a simple exchange of vows with a minimum of 2 witnesses.


Is non religious and usually conducted by a registered marriage celebrant. The venue may be formal or informal, indoors or out, large or small. The couple are free to adhere to traditional formalities or customise their wedding as informally as they wish.


This may range from a commitment ceremony or civil union to a wedding service depending on the law of the location where it is held. If same sex marriage is legalised and accepted by the church the couple may have a religious wedding, or opt for a secular ceremony.


Contains many formalities and traditions and includes the wearing of a full dress uniform for enlisted members of the wedding party. The couple may be married by an armed forces chaplain, or participate in a civil ceremony, but rituals usually include a special salute from guests who are also enlisted personnel.

May be a carefully planned getaway wedding, or a spontaneous ceremony once the couple reaches their destination.The marriage usually takes place with few guests or none at all. In the past Gretna Green in Scotland was popular for elopements because you could marry at 16 there without the parental permission required in England!


Are quite rare because most couples want their own celebration, but for siblings or close friends who would be inviting many of the same guests, a double wedding can be fun and financially sensible. Couples can share the ceremony or have individual rituals and celebrants followed by a shared reception.


These are exceptionally popular and usually include all inclusive wedding and honeymoon packages for the couple and a holiday for their guests. Often held in in picturesque locations in the same country or overseas, the number of guests is usually quite small due to cost and travel time, but allows an intimate wedding with close family and friends.


Held in an overseas destination, couples need to comply with all legal requirements for marriage in that country. It may include a period of pre-wedding residency, a civil and a religious ceremony, extra paperwork and the services of a dedicated planner if there’s a language barrier.


A marriage “by proxy” is where one or both of the individuals being united in marriage are not present at the ceremony and are represented by another person.While this is rare, it usually relates to situations of military service, imprisonment, travel or visa restrictions or when the couple lives in a jurisdiction in which they cannot legally marry. In wartime proxy marriages are more common and in New Zealand, marriage by proxy is only permitted when one party is on active military service and cannot return to New Zealand.


These occurred more frequently when long journeys were by ship not aeroplane, but the popularity of cruise travel has seen increased interest in shipboard wedding.The ceremony is conducted in port by the ship chaplain or a celebrant who comes on board to officiate. Most couples continue afterwards on a honeymoon cruise.

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Finding the right celebrant to conduct your wedding is not always easy. If you are not planning a church wedding where the local minister will preside, you will need to engage a registered celebrant. A marriage celebrant is registered by the Dept Internal Affairs Births Deaths and Marriages to legally conduct wedding ceremonies. To find out about those in your area or the location where the wedding will take place, visit www.celebranz.org.nz Most celebrants like to meet the couple two or three times before the wedding to go through the ceremony and the vows they will make. Often they will be able to suggest appropriate readings, music or order of service if you are unsure about some details. Choose two or three celebrants to contact and discuss your wedding plans with them.Your wedding is very personal, but from their responses you will be able to decide who you feel most at ease with. Male or female, ensure their style and demeanour best “fits� with your plans before confirming they are available for the date, time and location you have set. Expect fees of up to $500 for their services on the day.

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“The Department of Internal Affairs helps people when they are making plans for a very significant event in their life. Whether they’re getting married, recognising the birth of their child, or dealing with the death of family or friends, Births Deaths and Marriages has an important role to play.” As New Zealand’s RegistrarGeneral of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM), Jeff Montgomery is responsible for registering all births (including stillbirths), deaths, marriages, civil unions and name changes in New Zealand. His team issue over 350,000 certificates, print outs and marriage licences each year. “We’ve now made it easier for New Zealanders to find BDM information, and – I hope – make it easier for you too.” Births, Deaths and Marriages information has

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While wedding ceremonies have to incorporate certain legalities, there are many ways to make yours uniquely personal and movingly memorable.


You can marry at any time of the day, but the romance of candlelight provides special ambience. The bridal party can carry candles or lanterns, guests can light candles during the ceremony and the couple can light a single candle to signify their joint life together. If there is a pool or lake nearby, floating candles make a magical effect.


When planning your ceremony, your celebrant can provide advice and suggestions for the vows you will make whether you choose traditional wording or more contemporary expressions. Some religious ceremonies require you to choose from a selection of relevant readings approved by the church.

It has been the custom for a father to walk his daughter down the aisle, but many brides break the tradition by asking both parents to escort her to the altar. It is also traditional for the chief bridesmaid and best man to sign the register as witnesses, but asking both mothers to be signatories is also a nice touch.


If you decide to write your own vows search books, poems, prayers and song lyrics for inspiration or turn to the internet for examples of wedding vows. Don’t be afraid to inject a little humour if it suits your style. One bride promised “not to expect holidays at any time during the rugby season.”


It has been the customs for generations to celebrate the marriage by showering the couple with rice, confetti or rose petals to signify love and good luck. Modern weddings are often marked with the release of doves to symbolise a journey or balloons for good luck.


Reciting an odd number of pledges before the wedding vows was an ancient tradition before the formalisation of wedding ceremonies.Today pledges such as truth, honesty, faithfulness, courage, patience and compassion are often included in the vows.


Inscribe your weddings rings with the date of the wedding or inspirational words, have your cake knife inscribed as a keepsake or share your first toast together with commemorative champagne flutes or goblets.

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Every wedding is unique and should be followed by a honeymoon that is everything you dreamed it would be. However, with all the delightful destinations on offer, “making your plans with the help of travel experts should be the first step to ensuring your honeymoon ticks all of your boxes” says Liz Ditmer of Helloworld. She advises every couple to start planning their honeymoon as early as possible. “Couples will often plan every detail of their wedding a year or more in advance, but miss out on opportunities for top deals and availability of their preferred honeymoon destination by leaving their plans too late.” To help your travel professional

create your perfect trip decide on the budget and the style of honeymoon that appeals to you both. Are you looking for total relaxation by a pool or on a cruise, do you prefer an adventure, a cultural experience or an exotic destination you have always wanted to visit? Don’t assume you both want the same! If you don’t, plan a “mix and match” holiday that combines both adventure and lazing at leisure. Your honeymoon may be one of the largest single expenses after you have financed the wedding. So don’t let your honeymoon be a budgeting after- thought. Ideally set up a special savings account and make regular contributions to your honeymoon funds. Have a clear idea of what you can afford but if

the budget is tight, think about a bridal registry with your local travel expert. “The money contributed can be used towards your honeymoon travel expenses and is a convenient and easy gift idea for your wedding guests” says Liz. Decide how much time you want to be away and how far you are willing to travel to reach the destination that inspires you.You won’t want to spend half your honeymoon on a plane, so choose a location that is accessible for the time you have available. Some couples choose not to travel right after the wedding, preferring to delay their honeymoon trip according to the season, a special event or their ability to take extra leave from their employment. Your travel professional can provide

options and alternatives if you wish. “Always make sure you have documentation ready early because you don’t want to be worrying about renewing passports in the last few weeks before the big day” advises Liz. “Once you have decided on your perfect honeymoon you can leave the rest to us and concentrate on the big day ahead.Then all you need to do is make a time to pick up your documents, arrange your insurance and foreign currency and say “bon voyage.” Helloworld’s experienced consultants welcome the opportunity to discuss all your travel ideas and plans. Previously Harvey World Travel the company has recently re-branded and has Helloworld offices in both Rangiora and Rolleston.








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Wing your way to Vanuatu and you will discover an archipelago embroidered with lush tropical jungle, extraordinary geographical features, a natural adventure playground, outstanding resorts and restaurants, unique customs and ancient cultures and the quirkiest language you will ever hear! Best of all, this honeymoon destination is barely 3 hours flying time from home to hideaway! At Port Vila on the main island of Efate you will find agreeable places to stay around the sparkling Erakor Lagoon. Whether you choose all inclusive resort amenities and activities, the independence of a self catering bungalow or the luxury of a private paradise like the Havannah on the northern coast, relaxation is mandatory amid the warmth of a tropical climate. But for perfect bliss indulge in a unique volcanic spa and massage; a volcanic ash scrub to exfoliate, a mud wrap to detox, a deep tissue massage for your muscles and a hedonistic bathe in coconut milk to de-stress completely. Sightseeing on Efate includes Port Vila’s colourful history, markets and shops, as well as an insight into traditional village life at the Ekasup Custom Village or the Botanic Gardens. At the stunning Cascade Falls, walkers are rewarded with wonderful waterfalls and rock pools for a cool freshwater swim and nature’s own hydro-slide. For a delightful day out, take the tour or ferry to the marine reserve of Hideaway. As well as an excellent restaurant and beach bar, guests and day trippers can hire snorkelling and diving equipment to make the most of

the spectacular marine life around the island. Then again a day aboard the wooden ketch “Coongoola” will transport you to some of Efate’s finest diving and snorkelling sites, introduce you to a turtle farm and provide you with a superb barbeque lunch on the Island of Tranquility. Among Efate’s newest adventures is the Jungle Zipline which comprises a kilometer of six zip lines and suspension bridges high in the jungle canopy, plus the recently opened Big Zip Trek – a seven zip 1.4km zap over a 300m canyon if you dare! Or, combine the two with a heli tour to the Summit above Mele Bay and then come down to earth in the soothingly tropical Summit Gardens. Vanuatu offers visitors a variety of cuisines and you’ll find everything from an island style buffet to Michelin quality at Restaurant Le Jardin des Saveurs. Vanuatu was under French rule until 1980 and their legacy is alive

& well in food with flavour to savour! Beyond Port Vila, the many outer islands allow visitors to appreciate the distinctive geographic and cultural entities that make up the 83 islands of Vanuatu. Among them Esperito Santo, Tanna and Pentecost are the best known and are accessible by Vanair services for day trips or longer. There are some wild adventures to be had there too! On Tanna, Vanuatu’s “Island of Fire” fascinated visitors peer into Yasur’s molten heart and feel a deep rumble shudder from its depths. At night they stand riveted by its sound and light show as embers fall around them like glow-in- the dark confetti. Nearby, Tanna’s custom villagers shun modern comforts to live traditionally in simple palm woven huts. Pentecost is famous for its Land Diving ceremonies – forget elastic, this is the original bungy using vines and a less than scientifically calculated tower to

launch from! It’s not for tourists however, and you only get to watch this cultural rite of passage into male adulthood. Espiritu Santo is a diver’s mecca featuring clear waters with stunning reefs and shipwrecks from WWII when 100,000 American troops were based here, including Million Dollar Point and the SS Coolidge. Hidden in Santo’s tangled interior the Millenium Cave is open-mouthed in a 15 metre yawn leading to the Vantar River and provides an Indiana Jones experience! Alternatively you could be super-indulgent and stay at Bokissa Private Island Resort. Just a 20 minute boat ride from Santo, its “away-from-it-all” environment makes you feel there’s nothing but you surrounded by blue. So if you want a good holiday you belong in Vanuatu – or in Bislama, the country’s wonderfully idiomatic language… “yu wantem sam gud holede, yu blong Vanuatu.”

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A honeymoon paradise is yours in less than 5 hours flying time! Captain Cook discovered it for us, Gauguin painted it for us and ever since the world has had a love affair with Tahiti. A legacy of French and Pacific heritage garnished by dazzling white sands, turquoise waters and rich green clad mountain peaks, makes Tahiti visually and culturally irresistible. New Zealanders will find English widely spoken, particularly in tourist areas and that exploring Tahiti is a rewarding and exciting experience. Tahiti is the largest island of French Polynesia and its capital, Papeete is a busy town and bustling port with major hotels and luxurious resorts sprinkled along its fluted coastline. At Papeete’s heart the daily market is a colourful melange of produce and crafts with local women making intricate wreaths of fresh flowers to wear on Saturday night. The coffee is good and the patisserie entirely too tempting to ignore! Nearby, the dignity of the 170 year old Cathedral is evident in white plaster walls simply adorned

by a Tahitian frieze of Christ’s life and death and a vivid stained glass window set high above the altar. An atmosphere of tranquility and contemplation contrasts with the busy streets outside. A visit to the fascinating Perles Musee traces the history of pearls and Tahiti’s thriving cultured pearl farm industry. Exquisite informative displays are easily followed with the help of multi lingual staff and brochures.Tahiti’s famous black pearls are a popular gift or souvenir and can be bought in Papeete’s jewellery shops and pearl outlets. Price varies depending on the quality of the pearl so be sure to choose carefully and get a certificate of verification with your receipt. For more local colour and Tahiti’s most affordable dining experience visit Les Roulottes – caravan-style restaurants on wheels that have become an evening institution in Papeete’s car parks.The food variety is great and the atmosphere is as laid back as the tropics. Alternatively you can find romantic fine dining in the hotels and restaurants but at much greater expense. Displays of vibrant pareus in the

market and local shops remind you that the beaches beckon, especially well known islands like Bora Bora or Moorea which is just seven minutes away across the bay by regular ferry. Rugged bush clad mountains rise abruptly behind the coast road around the island while cruise liners bask in Cook’s Bay below the 240m Le Belvedere lookout. To get to your accommodation hop aboard Le Truc – the open-sided public transport that circumnavigates the island for just a few francs each. Galleries and shops line the winding road at intervals, fresh fish dry on racks in the sun, colourful screen printed fabrics flutter in a gentle breeze and everywhere there’s an alluring glimpse of pure turquoise ocean. Several inviting resorts with cottages and over water bungalows command prime sites on the shores of the lagoon. Stretch your budget at the local supermarket or at small village restaurants nearby with reasonable tariffs. For Kiwis with a sense of adventure and independence, Moorea is particularly easy to explore by car or bicycle. A range of water sports and

sightseeing options can be easily organised with local operators to go swimming with dolphins, aqua walking, para sailing, 4WD safari, sailing or shark and stingray diving. In the evening discover the Tiki Village Theatre’s traditional buffet, followed by a spectacular dance show depicting Tahitian legends. Bora Bora may only be a short flight from Papeete but it’s another world when you get there. A spectacular honeymoon hideaway with an exquisite lagoon and coral reef, enjoy the privacy of a luxury resort, romantic dinners Polynesian style, breakfast delivered by canoe, lazy days on the beach, a sunset cruise and a couples’ private spa treatment. Tahiti is characterised not only by vivid colour - fish, water, sand and scenery, but by the “tiare Tahiti” a variety of gardenia blooming in every garden and worn by every woman, with a fragrance the painter Matisse once said “wipes away memories of the past and all fear of the future.” Sounds like the perfect honeymoon philosophy don’t you think?

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Charming, undemanding and unspoiled the Cook Islands are easy to reach and hard to leave. They are tropical, magical, reachable and reasonable, so what better place to exchange your vows or enjoy the simplicity of an island honeymoon? Rarotonga is the largest of the Cook Islands, but you can easily discover its beaches and lagoons as you navigate its 32km circular road by local bus, hire vehicle or popular motor scooter. It’s impossible to get lost and every detour is a scenic, cultural or historic delight. Several of Rarotonga’s popular resorts have wedding and honeymoon packages that provide couples with romantic venues to exchange their vows and add a variety of special touches like a tropical bouquet, wedding photography and a celebratory dinner. The Rarotongan Resort Hotel is the island’s best known property and its idyllic beach location on the shores of Aroa is just one of several that couples can choose for their ceremony. With comfortable accommodation, superb amenities, numerous activities and privacy for guests, it’s also a sought after location for a relaxing and memorable honeymoon.

As well as warm clear waters and a coral reef teeming with colourful fish, the island’s volcanic origins have produced a rugged hinterland of mountain and rainforest to discover on foot, horseback or mountain bike. Small villages dot the coast, so you’ll find deserted stretches of sand for a languid swim and excellent little cafes, restaurants and beach bars. Order a simple tasty lunch, enjoy a sunset cocktail, chill-out in the heat of the day or laze in a sand-frilled lagoon. Avarua is the capital of Rarotonga and a busy service centre for the 14 islands of the Cook group. The Cook Islands uses the New Zealand dollar so shopping couldn’t be simpler whether you visit duty free shops or buy local products include clothing, crafts and jewellery, especially the island’s

beautiful black pearls. On Saturdays the thriving Punanganui Market attracts visitors and locals to try, buy and enjoy homegrown coffee, bright sarongs, wood carvings, basketry, jewellery or traditional tivaevae quilts or rito hats. Treat yourself to a divine tropical fruit slushy and fresh baked coconut rolls, amble over to the legendary Trader Jacks for a seafood lunch and a lager or retreat to your villa, bure or resort for an afternoon swim or siesta. Dancing, crafts, church, food and flowers are the cornerstones of Cook Island life. A visit to Te Vara Nui, Rarotonga’s purpose built cultural centre is an interactive journey into its history, culminating in a spectacular island night of entertainment and feasting on local delicacies. Alternatively you

can choose an authentic cultural ceremony at Highland Paradise Village near Aorangi village. Many couples find Rarotonga’s gentle pace ideal for their entire honeymoon, but others may choose to fly to the island of Aitutaki for the ultimate honeymoon getaway. The atoll is just a short flight from Rarotonga and the luxury Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa is your perfect Pacific paradise and recently ranked in the Top 25 resorts world wide by Conde Nast. Described as a destination for incurable romantics, Aitutaki is an exquisite atoll, fringed by golden sands and set in the most vivid luminous turquoise waters you can imagine. After being welcomed with a frangipani lei, you will be invited to leave your cares behind and adopt laid back island time throughout your stay.

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“Houston we have a problem” is Apollo XIII’s unforgettable one liner, but getting to Houston is no problem for New Zealand travellers. With Air New Zealand’s direct route to this Texan city, travellers have a new geographic wonderland to explore because Houston opens the gate to the southern United States and some seriously exciting cruise destinations. Houston is the fourth largest city in the USA, sprawling from the coastal Gulf of Mexico towards the oil rich plains of Texas. Founded in 1836, remnants of Houston’s early history associated with cotton are to be found in the charming Market Square Park and the heritage precinct along Buffalo Bayou. But modern Houston has become home territory for NASA.

The launch pads of the LB Johnson Space Centre are here and at the “must visit” Space Centre Houston, you’ll be immersed in things astronaut-ical from space shuttle replicas and Apollo capsules to artefacts and interactive displays that will literally space you out! In a city of glitz and glass there are fast paced attractions with allure for adventurers; indoor skydiving with the thrill of the plummet without the plane ride; laps on the Fittipaldi Racetrack, ranch and rodeo experiences, a ball game at the famous Astrodome or a retail adventure at outlet malls the size of a small New Zealand town! But there are also softer sojourns to taste the region’s emerging wine industry, or a daytrip to Galveston Island where heritage buildings like the ante bellum beauty of Ashton Villa take you back to the days of the Civil War. The cotton industry had established Galveston as the leading cotton port in the world until the hurricane of 1906. The imposing architecture of the Bishop’s Palace and Grand Opera House are evidence of Galveston’s importance to Texas.

The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico are home to bottlenose dolphins and numerous water sports. But Galveston is also a cruise port where exotic destinations like Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean are within easy reach. Cruise itineraries from four to fourteen days can take you in love-boat luxury to Acapulco, Belize, Honduras, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Grand Cayman, the British and US Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico. With early bird discounts and affordable late availability deals, a cruise is the perfect mix and match option for a Texan honeymoon. If a road trip has appeal, there’s plenty of Texas to see; Dallas, Austin, San Antonio or the charm of Corpus Christi. Austin is the state capital of Texas and manages to mix up business acumen with wild-west ambience.You’ll find pick-up trucks next to state of the art sports cars, Stetsons worn with business suits and cowboy culture in suburban malls. San Antonio has created a 15 mile tree lined river walk that incorporates a 5 mile city boardwalk through its parks, gardens and historic precinct. Lined with barges if you prefer to sightsee on the water or bike trail if you like wheels, San Antonio is one of the

most visitor friendly destinations in Texas. The city’s Alamo was once an 18th century mission, now a museum and marks an infamous battle for Texan independence from Mexico in 1836. Alternatively you could head for Texas’ border with Louisiana and experience paddle steamer journeys on the mighty Mississippi, or discover the jazz and pizzazz of New Orleans. On the way, let your taste buds loose on southern cuisine; Cajun or Creole, gumbo and jumbalaya, shrimp or crawfish and cornbread. If Elvis is more your style, road trip north to Memphis or Nashville or turn south for Florida sunshine and the thrills of Orlando’s theme park metropolis, the wildlife of the Everglades or the laid back beach resorts of Key West.


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Make your wedding the complete love story on an island that is described as “360 degrees of wonder.” Norfolk Island is just 2 hours flying time from New Zealand and is an enigmatic destination of heritage and scenic splendour. This tiny sub tropical island barely 10km long and 5km wide, boasts a wedding venue that’s like no other. A Professional Wedding Coordinator can oversee all the arrangements including the legal paperwork. You can be offered a ceremony at a variety of unique locations including an historic church, world heritage buildings, a resort, a homestead, on a golf course, a beach, a cliff top, on a jetty, a farm or in a botanical garden. You can choose any or all of Norfolk Island’s wedding services; celebrant, floristry, hairdressing, beauty therapy, transport and photography. You can enjoy a resort for your reception or one of the island’s renowned restaurants, book a romantic dinner for just the two of you or arrange caterers at a church hall or sports club. You can even take a champagne picnic to one of Norfolk Island’s most scenic settings and sample the island’s wonderful fresh fish, organic produce and its own wine, coffee, beef, liqueurs, chocolate, cheese and honey.

You can stay in your own executive cottage set amid sub tropical gardens. With self catering facilities, private patio and a tariff that includes a rental vehicle for the duration of your stay, you can explore this delightful little island at your leisure. Discover the crystal clear waters of Emily Bay, go snorkelling along the coral reef, be mesmerised by the island’s convict history, go kayaking, horse trekking or fishing, try golf or tennis, explore the tracks and trails of the national park or indulge in some serious relaxation with a spa treatment and massage. With no traffic jams, no queues, no pollution, no crime and no stress, Norfolk Island is the perfect place to celebrate your wedding, renew your vows or enjoy a honeymoon that provides total time out for just the two of you. Best of all you could WIN A WEDDING in NORFOLK ISLAND by simply entering the prize draw for Loving Memories in Paradise!

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If your honeymoon plans encompass summer sun, a cruise, a resort or a tropical destination, then classy beach wear should be on your mind and in your suitcase! The variety is impressive for in the water or out of it and caters to all tastes and body shapes.

and mesh illusion can be a flattering compromise. For ocean swimming and active water sports the modified wetsuit is another useful style with sleeves, boy leg cut and zip front.

FOR THIS SEASON’S SWIMWEAR Cool colours: Navy, white, turquoise, fuschia, orange and TWO PIECE SWIM SUITS black of course are represented by a range of “In” prints: Aztec, Hawaiian, paisley, bikini styles which can be animal, nautical stripes and polka dots purchased together or as mix and Special effects: Lace, tie dye, match in different sizes and colours. crotchet, fringing, frills Bikini tops may be bandeau, halter and mesh inserts or bra cup style, but the blurring of

swim wear and gym wear designs also sees the crop top in the bikini range. If you prefer more coverage, the camisole top is also available. Bikini bottoms can be low style, waist high, hipster or boy- leg cut, while the option of kick shorts, skort and running shorts provide additional beach-to-gym interchange if you wish.

ONE-PIECE SWIMSUITS are always flattering and incorporate numerous design details for fashion and comfort. Styles may be sleek, rucched, discreet or cut-out. Necklines include plunge, bandeau, shoestring camisole or an asymmetric shoulder strap. Backs can be crossed, scoop or plunging, the front and sides of the swimsuit can be laced

COVER-UPS are an essential beach accessory to protect you from the sun and keep the chill away after a swim or at sundown. For versatility you can’t beat a sarong – it packs perfectly, dries in minutes and can be worn in a dozen different styles! The revival of boho fashions sees the return of muslin kaftans and crocheted tunics. Oversized T shirts are easy and practical and the split beach trouser will keep you cool in cotton or voile. An elegant cover-up can also take you to cocktails and dinner, so pack a maxi dress, some palazzo pants or a jumpsuit that can be wowed with some bling and a belt.

SUN HATS need to be part of your beach babe experience whether your choice is functional, fashionable or both. THE BASEBALL CAP is adjustable, stays secure in the wind, keeps long hair in place and shields your eyes but not your ears or all of your face. THE STRAW PANAMA OR FEDORA is small brimmed and stylish, suits short or long hair, protects your eyes and ears and some of your face. THE WIDE BRIMMED FLOPPY HAT is best for fierce sun, it provides good shade, looks great with all outfits and if its un-crushable it will go anywhere too. THE SUNSHADE is an option if you don’t love a hat. It shields your eyes and your face but not the top of your head, so beware of the burn. BEACH BAG bold will standout at the pool and hold all the stuff you’ll want away from your room like book, sunnies, towel, hat, coverup and your essential SPF. Straw bags look great but they let in the sand so a waterproof lining will keep your items clean and dry, but look a zip top for security. Otherwise, back packs are versatile and a fold-up shopper takes no room in your luggage.

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If you like the sound of 144 little islands, unspoiled beaches and bays, interesting history and heritage, sub tropical temperatures, beautiful resorts and places to stay, fine food and a host of activities and adventures, then the Bay of Islands is the ideal honey-swoon destination for you! Tourists from all over the world rave about the beauty of the far north, yet many New Zealanders have never discovered its unique charm and glorious coastline. Base yourself in a beautiful apartment or resort in the Bay of Islands and plan day trips as the mood takes you. Alternatively fly to Auckland and then embark on a round trip journey of discovery at your own pace whatever the place. Beyond Auckland’s harbour bridge, travel the Hibiscus Coast to Orewa Beach, luxuriate in the Waiwera Hot Pools, sample beautiful local cheeses at Puhoi, explore the pretty township of Warkworth or take a short ferry ride to Kawau Island where Governor Grey’s historic Mansion House (1846) is now a museum. Between Warkworth and Whangarei there are seriously good beaches at Mangawhai and Waipu Cove, but the jewels in the crown are the crescents and coves that frill the turquoise waters of the Bay of Islands. Each of the small towns dotting its coastal landscape has its own special ambience. A European

mission was established in Paihia 1823, while nearby Waitangi is where the historic signing of the Treaty of Waitangi occurred in 1840 and the Treaty House is preserved as a memorial and a museum. Today Paihia is well endowed with accommodation, shops, restaurants and tourist services for exploring the area on and off the water. A short ferry ride will take you across to Russell where quaint colonial buildings and French Bishop Pompallier’s House have survived the town’s torrid past as the fortified Maori settlement of Kororareka, then as a whaling port, followed by the Northland Land Wars in 1845. In Kerikeri you’ll find New Zealand’s oldest stone and wooden constructions (the stone store in 1833 and Kemp House in 1821), while across the river is a reconstruction of Chief Rewa’s Maori Village and a series of picturesque walks. Maori grew large kumara crops in Kerikeri (meaning

“to dig”) and the town continues to be a centre for produce, wines and home of many artisans. Scenic cruises operate from Paihia including the renowned “Cream Trip” and Hole in the Rock tour, Urupukapuka Island, dolphin viewing and swimming, as well as deep sea fishing charters, tall ship sailing, kayaking and scuba diving. Popular resorts and other water sports are on offer at Karikari Peninsula and Mangonui in Doubtless Bay. The historic town is also a good base for exploring the far north attractions of 90 Mile

Beach and Cape Reinga, Kaitaia, the Hokianga Harbour and the ancient kauri forests of Waipoua on the west coast. Along the way you can try sand-tobogganing, quad biking, mountain biking, glow worm caves and the history of the region’s unique Maori settlements and kauri gum industry. From here it’s an easy route back to Auckland via the Kauri Coast, Bayly’s Beach, Dargaville, Kaipara Harbour and the vineyards of Helensville, or perhaps another hot water soak at Waiwera to be sure you are truly relaxed!


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“Music can really make a wedding” says Therese Mitchell who owns and operates DJ Chick, Christchurch’s elite professional mobile disco. With her team’s many years music experience, including being part of live bands, Therese and her team aim to play the appropriate music at the right time and at the acceptable volume for everyone to enjoy the event! “We bring life to your party” and for weddings, DJ Chick can

provide the ideal music for the ceremony, background music and reception dance, or all three! It’s important for the wedding couple to discuss the best type of music for their style of wedding. Some want lots of input, while others are unsure of what to select and rely on Therese’s suggestions which often include “a little bit of everything” she says. Therese tries to get couples to think of their guests rather than just their own music tastes, especially if the ages of guests spans several

decades. Therese believes the staff of DJ Chick knows about music and aims to play what people know so that they will sing along and get up and dance. “We’re passionate about making sure everyone has a good time. If they don’t dance, we haven’t done our job well enough!” she says. DJ Chick can play anything from the “1920’s to now” but loves to specialize in retro especially the great tracks from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s that get things rocking. However they’re also versatile enough to play current Top 40 and club style if that’s what is wanted. While it is unusual to have women as DJ’s Therese says it works well and she has bookings four or five nights each week for birthdays, parties, karaoke, school functions, corporate events as well as many weddings and DJ Chick can tailor a package to suit individual requirements. Usually they are booked to play for 4 hours “and we play right to the very end of when the venue is booked” says Therese. With quality portable equipment, bookings include lighting, laptop or CD’s &

DJ Chick Great receptions don’t happen by chance... Christchurch’s elite professional mobile disco. Providing high quality, tasteful entertainment for wedding receptions for over 20 years, with the experience and the skill to create something special just for you.

Therese Mitchell (a.k.a DJ Azure) Ph: 349 2501 Mob: 021 216 2610 www.djchick.co.nz djchick@djchick.co.nz

either Therese herself, or one of her 3 experienced and enthusiastic DJ’s. Because the company owns all their own gear, they have control over its quality, use and condition, “We also guarantee to set up quietly and discreetly so as not to disturb any proceedings, but whenever possible we set up in advance.” Provided there’s a power source Therese says DJ Chick can play anywhere “and we have – halls, paddocks, and even the back of a truck!”With competitive “middle of the road” rates that can be negotiated, DJ Chick offers mobile music to achieve the fun, relaxed, and enjoyable atmosphere that will make your wedding memorable because “great receptions don’t happen by chance.” 2015 and 2016 are already busy for weddings, so book early with DJ Chick to secure your preferred wedding date, perhaps consider a mid week or winter wedding and then leave it to the experts! Ph Therese Mitchell 347 2669 or 021 216 2610, visit www.djchick.co.nz or email your enquiry to djchick@djchick.co.nz

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Almost any venue can be transformed into a stylish wedding ceremony or reception setting with some imagination, flair and items you can make, buy or hire:

INDOORS Drapes & Netting Swathes of fabric Garlands & Topiaries Vases of flowers Pots and Plants Pictures & posters Paintings or Stage Sets Balloons & Bows Fairylights Lamps & Candles Bunting Disco ball

OUTDOORS Archways Screens or Trellis Gates or pickets A Gazebo or Awning Garlands & Wreaths Decking or Platform Pots & Plants Urns & Statues Columns & Pedestals Lights & Lanterns Mirrors Firepits and braziers

TABLE SETTINGS Multi layered linen Bowls of beads or pebbles Sprinkle crystals & stars Fresh flowers Dried Flowers & Flax Pot Pourri & Oils Candelabra Place Cards or Stones Monogrammed Menus Chair Covers & Bows Pot plants Mirrored centrepieces

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At Something Borrowed Something New, (SBSN Ltd ) you’ll find everything you could possibly need to create a bespoke theme for your special occasion. “Wedding decorations and ideas are naturally an important part of the business, but we can also theme private parties including engagements, hens’ nights, corporate functions, balls, 21sts, birthdays and anniversary celebrations” says Lynn. SBSN Ltd is developing a comprehensive and affordable photo catalogue of props for themed functions, including back drop displays, furniture, palm trees, enchanted forest trees, floral displays

and children’s themed displays. We can also can make and source items to fit a particular theme” says Lynn. As Christchurch’s leading store for all your decoration requirements, an impressive selection of products is available to view, to hire or to purchase.With all the latest décor trends and props, you can set up your own displays in store and experiment with your own colours and ideas from classic to contemporary and simple to flamboyant. “We have a vast selection of event product for sale, including, rolls of fabric, sashes, table décor and wedding accessories.” Other items for hire in this delightful store reflect the current popularity of the

vintage and rustic look and include: lighting, hessian items, bunting and lace runners, blackboards, as well as fabulous glassware and candelabra, for table decorations. There are a number of new backdrops including floral/ivy walls, 2 metre wooden freestanding love sign, 3 dimensional wooden printed back drop just to mention a few. With free in-store consultations Lynn and her team can offer advice based on 15 years experience to help achieve distinctive individuality of style for your special occasion. You may choose to decorate your own venue or take advantage of the company’s Venue Setting Service. For a minimal per person charge, SBSN

will deliver your chosen items and expertly decorate your venue to the highest possible standards. 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. Located at 393 Main South Road Hornby, with free parking available out front open 10-5pm and 10-2.30pm Saturdays. Ph 03 349 4713, visit www.sbsn.co.nz and Facebook

Specialising in: • Wedding/ Event Hire • Corporate Functions • Bespoke Props • School Ball Themes • Birthday Party Themes

393 Main South Road, Hornby. Ph: 349 4713. www.sbsn.co.nz

Open 6 days a week.

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2nd April 2017 Trafalgar Centre

2nd APRIL 2017 Fashion Show Prizes and much more....


Wedding shows and expos have become ideal “one stop” events to provide information, advice and inspiration for couples planning a wedding. Offering comprehensive information on wedding attire, flowers, jewellery, cars, venues, caterers, wining and dining, chapels, celebrants, locations, photographers, music, honeymoons and gifts, Wedding Shows and Expos are an “A to Z” resource where you can browse at your leisure, gather useful information and consult suppliers about their products and services. Depending on the size and location of the wedding show you will find local and out of town suppliers and sometimes international brands represented as well.You can also discuss your ideas in person with experienced wedding planners who can offer a

variety of solutions and options you may not have considered. Shows are also an opportunity to compare the prices of different suppliers, see the latest styles and trends and try your luck in many of the competitions and giveaways that are often part of each show. Take advantage of any deals, discounts or special packages that may save you additional time and money. Collect any relevant business cards or brochures you may want to refer to or contact later. Held in many main centres and provincial towns throughout New Zealand, wedding shows are the ideal way for wedding service providers and customers to “find each another.” Look out for the next wedding show in your area and plan your perfect wedding but for a fun day out too, take your BFF with you and revel in wedding mania to your heart’s content!

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There’s nothing like music to create the desired atmosphere at any occasion, but a wedding reception has several phases and needs the right music at the right time. As guests arrive at the reception venue, soft background music allows greetings, introductions and conversation to flourish. Ideal “mood” makers are a string quartet, a small jazz band or “café” music on a playlist. During the meal, background music lets guests enjoy both the company and the cuisine. Choose instrumental “cocktail” music that is themed to suit the style of your wedding or lyrics that are easy on the ears. The First Dance indicates formalities are almost over and it is time for the party to begin.You may stay traditional with a Bridal Waltz or surprise your guests with something fun and funky instead. The music that gets your guests onto the dance floor needs to have a definite beat, be well known with a variety from all decades to accommodate all ages. A live band creates excitement and theatre, but may limit the style of music to their specialism be it jazz, blues, soul, pop, reggae, country, cultural or rock n roll. Discuss a performance list of what they will play, how long they will play and ensure the venue can accommodate their electronic and acoustic requirements. Alternatively a DJ can cover a lot of musical bases with a varied choice throughout the evening. Tailor the music to provide changes of mood and pace from smooth croon to pumping beats as the party peaks. You may want to involve other entertainment like karaoke for your guests, dance demos, jugglers, comedians, soloists and other musicians or pyrotechnics to music and a laser light show – so if the music mood takes you, have the time of your life!

Wedding Dance Choreography Specialising in a variety of dance styles, the First Dance will design and choreograph a dance routine for your special day. Selection of packages and private lessons available.

Contact: 021 22 55 321 | thefirstdance@outlook.co.nz www.facebook.com/thefirstdancechch

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BRIDE AND GROOM A gift is the traditional way to show your appreciation of how you have made the day special for each other. Ideas: a watch for him and a locket for her.

YOUR PARENTS Even if you are sharing the costs of the wedding, your parents will undoubtedly have helped and supported you. So say so! Ideas: flowers for the Mums, gift voucher for Dads’ favourite hobby.

YOUR BRIDAL PARTY They are your inner circle of friends so say thanks with an individual gift. Ideas: Girls:Jewellery, perfume, wedding photo, homeware item or pashmina. Boys: wallet, grooming kit, ipod case, wine glasses, bottle of wine.

FAMILY Those who have helped with planning, sewing, making decorations, sharing ideas and keeping you sane deserve your appreciation. Ideas: thank you card, wedding photo.

SPECIAL FRIENDS Whose advice you consulted or expertise you used should be recognised. Ideas: thank you card and an invitation to dinner at your place.

GUESTS Always thank guests for their gifts and attending the wedding. Ideas: say so in your wedding speeches and send a personal note of thanks.

CELEBRANT Your celebrant will appreciate your thanks for their part in your big day. Ideas: thank you card, or one with your wedding image on it.

WEDDING CO-ORDINATOR + MC They often put a lot of time into making your wedding day run smoothly so acknowledge their effort. Ideas: say thanks in your speech, send a card afterwards.

WEDDING SUPPLIERS AND VENDORS Say thank you to any suppliers that impressed you with their product and/or their service. Ideas: email them after the wedding & create an online blog of recommendation. HONEYMOON DESTINATION/ ACCOMMODATION If it was good, show your appreciation. Ideas: write an online review.

In the days when your beloved picked flowers to give you or hand crafted gifts to delight you, love tokens were often useful items for the home you would eventually share and might range from a kitchen utensil to a piece of furniture.

Rolling pins were traditionally given as a love token by departing mariners and were hollow inside to contain salt. The rolling pin was hung by the fireside to keep the salt dry with the expectation that the sailor would return home again before the salt ran out. Early rolling pins were made of wood and could be fashioned by hand or on a simple lathe. However the timber had to be a variety that had no sap to leach and affect the flavour of the pastry! Some rolling pins were ridged to crush oats or rock salt while others were sanded smooth to prevent the pastry sticking. Porcelain rolling pins became popular in the days before refrigeration because they could be filled with cold water to keep the pastry cool and pliable. Glass versions served the same purpose but embossed designs on the glass could create fancy patterns in the pastry and often featured love hearts, stars, leaves and flowers.

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Every bridal couple was given a canteen of cutlery, often monogrammed with their initials? A canteen was frequently a leather or wooden velvet-lined box containing sets of six knives, forks, bread and butter knives, dessert forks, dessert spoons, soup spoons and teaspoons plus two large serving spoons. Other items might also be added such as a carving set, salad servers, a cake slice, a salt spoon, a gravy ladle and matching napkin rings.

Combining waiter service with self service is a modern wedding reception idea that is still elegant but less orchestrated than a formal dinner. Known in Brazil as Rodizio, a roving “gaucho� waiter serves barbequed meats to seated guests

who then help themselves to side dishes of vegetables, salads, sauces and condiments that are placed on the table. Rodizio is ideal for a big wedding because it saves long queues at the buffet table. It also creates a nice atmosphere at a smaller wedding, where the guests are seated in small groups and can mix more sociably.

Orange blossom is a particularly fragrant flower that is an important component in making perfume, an ingredient in French and Middle Eastern cuisine and dried for making a fragrant herbal tea. But orange blossom is most sought after for bridal bouquets and wreaths. It is thought that orange blossom was synonymous with purity and innocence in Ancient China and the

The cutlery was often silver or silver-plated and used for special occasions like Sunday lunch, birthdays, christenings and Christmas. To gleam and sparkle against a traditional white tablecloth it had to be polished before use and hand washed afterwards! But with the advent of stainless steel cutlery that no longer required polishing and could be cleaned in a dishwasher, the days of the silver canteen were numbered and today they tend to be inherited heirlooms.

idea made its way to Europe. But it was Queen Victoria who wore a white gown and a grand wreath of orange blossoms at her Royal Wedding in 1840 and established the fashion for both ever since! In fact orange blossom was so popular that when the flowers were in short supply seasonally, wax replicas were created instead. Today they are still a fragrant and delicate feature in many bouquets and bridal wreaths.

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Select Braemar Lodge and Spa has always been renowned for refinement and exclusivity, so having your wedding there is sure to be in a class of its own.

Offering elegant surroundings and dedicated experienced staff to take care of the smallest details, Select Braemar Lodge and Spa can give you a dream wedding in a dream location. Nestled within the hills overlooking the Hanmer Valley and facing the majestic peaks of the Southern Alps, Select Braemar Lodge and Spa has captured one of Hanmer’s most remarkable settings. Amid snow capped winter splendour or basking in the rich colours of summer, Select Braemar Lodge is like nature’s stage set for your special day. You will have exclusive use of the lodge’s public rooms for your reception and special bed and breakfast rates can be arranged for those attending the wedding. But for the most memorable wedding of all, you can enjoy the exclusive use of the entire lodge! Make your vows on the picture perfect landscaped terrace or within the ambience of a logfired lounge, share champagne and canapes with your guests, be photographed in stunning

surroundings and then enjoy an exquisitely prepared meal, fine wines and your wedding cake. A divine selection of menus and catering styles ensures your wedding reception is tailored to your needs and tastes. There’s no better place to be. Everything can be arranged by Braemar’s wedding coordinator; flowers, photography, celebrant, ceremony set up, decorations, venue, menu and luxurious accommodation too.You can simply concentrate on spending time with your in-house guests, pampering your self with spa treatments to look your loveliest and celebrating your marriage with style and sophistication. While Hanmer Springs is a magical destination all year round, you could have your dream

wedding in a winter wonderland! Select Braemar Lodge and Spa offer fantastic all-inclusive winter weddings between May and September. Imagine your day starting with snow sparkling on the mountains, dazzling you with clear blue skies and winter sunshine and ending with the romance of a sugar pink sunset. Then when all the guests have gone, you can truly relax in Braemar’s wonderful Bridal Suite and enjoy a honeymoon destination with as much or as little to do as you wish. Select Braemar Lodge

and Spa welcomes wedding enquiries and looks forward to arranging a preliminary visit for you to discuss your ideas, sample the food of the Altitude Restaurant and Bar and savour the special surroundings of one of New Zealand’s most beautiful international properties.

• 24 Suites for the night of the wedding • Including the Braemar Honeymoon Suite • Exclusive use of The Lodge for up to 48 guests

• Celebrant & Cake from Divine Desserts • Canapés and bubbles after the ceremony • 3 course set menu

Prices From $10,995

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You don’t have to go far to have a wonderful honeymoon amid some of New Zealand’s loveliest regions. Tourists are quick to praise the accessibility and variety of attractions and activities that we take for granted. So pack your bags and discover the top of the South Island on a round trip road trip!

Hanmer Springs is just 90 minutes from Christchurch and the ideal first stop for post-wedding relaxation. Ever since the hot springs were discovered in 1859, they have been luring us for a stress-less soak and alpine retreat all year round. With hot pools, sauna, hydro slide and large lido pool, you can enjoy the water by day or in the evening and pamper yourselves with a spa treatment or couples massage too. Surrounded by hills, rivers, forest and mountains, adventure isn’t far away either; jet boating, fishing, bungy jumping, mountain biking, horse treks, walks, golf and skiing in winter! Stay at the iconic art deco Heritage Hotel which has been the heart of the village for decades. Enjoy its restored facilities or on-site villas while you browse Hanmer’s shops and restaurants. Alternatively, treat yourselves to a luxury stay at nearby Select Braemar Lodge or contemporary accommodation like Village Lake apartments. Make your way north to Nelson, where you will find some of the best beaches and sunshine hours in the country. Visit its markets, arts precincts and galleries to discover its deserved reputation for being an arts and crafts mecca. Be mesmerised by its permanent display of Wearable Art alongside a remarkable Classic Car Museum. With abundant seafood and a climate that nurtures fruit, vegetables and wine production, you have an organic foodie’s heaven. Take a wine or arts trail to Mapua or Motueka or visit Abel Tasman National Park for stunning walks, kayaking and remote hideaway bays like Awaroa Inlet, New Zealand’s recently purchased crowd-funded beach. Stay in Nelson city at the Rutherford Hotel, close to shopping and entertainment, enjoy a beachfront apartment at Tahuna or a beautifully appointed cottage with village ambience at the Monaco Grand Mercure. Travel east to Marlborough where the magnificent deep water sounds are as beautiful as the region’s wines. The home of world class Sauvignon Blancs, enjoy wonderful trails that conclude with tastings and a winery lunch or call in at Blenheim to experience aviation heritage at Omaka. Take to the water with cruises, kayaking, sailing trips and charter fishing. Be transported by boat to waterfront accommodation at Furneaux Lodge, Lochmara or Punga Cove for rest, relaxation and romance or luxury lodge indulgence at the Bay of Many Coves. Hug the scenic coast all the way to Kaikoura, where a marine experience awaits.Visit seals on the rocks, see pelagic birds on the wing and whale watch from the air or on the water. Discover the town’s historic whaling past, get fabulous views on a quad bike tour and then savour the crayfish Kaikoura is famous for at Nin’s Bin on the shore. For novelty and luxury stay in a purpose built tree house at Hapuku Lodge! Return to Christchurch via theWaipara Valley where a lunch at CanterburyWuines or Pegasus Bay will not disappoint. Or turn inland atWaiau and treat yourselves to one more indulgent hot soak and swim at Hanmer to conclude your honeymoon where it began.

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Amazing Days, based in Hanmer Springs is owned by Debbs Moody who has 9 years experience working with happy couples in Hanmer Springs.

Amazing Days has huge knowledge of all aspects of preparing for your wedding, from venues in Hanmer Springs and the Hurunui District, to local make-up artists and hairdressers. Hanmer Springs is a popular destination for couples who are looking to celebrate their wedding for more than one day with their family and friends. With a large range of options from campgrounds, boutique properties and private

homes to the popular Hurunui Winery, Marble Point Winery, Hot Springs Motor Lodge or Heritage Hotel, there is a venue just perfect for you and your loved one to celebrate your special day. Debbs Moody from Amazing Days is also a registered Marriage Celebrant and works with her couples to create the ceremony they are looking for. No question about weddings is too big for Amazing Days. Hanmer Springs has such uniquely stunning wedding venues

and scenery that there is bound to e something for everyone. And no visit to the beautiful village is complete without a visit to Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa or the new Artisan Spa which specialises in papering and preparing wedding couples for their day. Amazing Days also has a selection of centrepieces for hire and by working with Amazing Days, they will help you find your perfect wedding venue and help create your perfect ceremony.


furnishings of timeless elegance and quality. The self contained accommodation with full kitchens and relaxing spa baths in most units provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy Hanmer Springs at any time of the year, but the Village Lake Apartments is also a stylish venue to celebrate a wedding, anniversary or honeymoon. Intimate weddings can be held in a gazebo or lakeside lawn and

APARTMENTS The Village Lake Apartments offer guests 5 Star Qualmark luxury and an idyllic lakeside setting in Hanmer Springs. The 13 beautifully appointed premier apartments comprise 9 with 2 bedrooms plus 4 spacious 3 bedroom suites and feature

‘Imagine a place so luxurious and comfortable you never want to leave’ Nestled in the centre of this gorgeous Alpine Village we have the ultimate in luxury 5 Star Accommodation offering intimate Weddings and special occasions for up to 60 guests


catering can be arranged for up to 60 guests for canapés or an elegant sit down dinner for 20. All your wedding plans can be arranged locally in Hanmer leaving you free to enjoy every minute of your special day. “We love to spoil our guests and guarantee you will leave with

wonderful memories” say your Village Lake hosts Bryan and Cathy Berryman.

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More and more kiwis are opting to go away to get married and it’s easy to see why. A group of friends and family relaxing on holiday together and creating lifelong memories is the perfect setting for a wedding. The ceremony and reception are often just the icing on the cake!

With a wish list that included “a good photographer, great music and our own style and design of decorations,” the couple were also keen to involve family and friends in their wedding plans. “The flowers on the tables were in pottery vases that I made at my auntie’s pottery studio in Diamond Harbour with some friends, my Mum and my aunties – it was a great crafty thing for everyone to get involved in during the winter months” laughs Alana. Photographer Cam McDermid was a friend of Alana’s brother and he captured the whole day through and into the evening. Adam Caves, another friend was a gem setter so “we were very privileged to have my wedding band and engagement ring made by him and go through the amazing process of designing my own unique ring.” Not to be

outdone, Hayden, who was a graphic designer also created the stationery for the wedding which Alana agreed “was a great way to include him in the organising!” Alana’s exquisite wedding dress had an art deco look with a low back, rucching, buttons and two layers of lace, the top layer being beautifully beaded. “I loved everything about it and topped it off with a long veil that was so soft and elegant.” The gown was made by Christine Reeves, an experienced and renowned dressmaker in Christchurch. “She had made my sister-in law’s dress and had done such a great job that I wanted her to do mine.” Alana’s bridesmaids wore dresses they sourced at Forever New. The simple style in navy was a very flattering colour that suited everyone and was offset by neutral

flowers with “a pop of peach” created by Aromaunga florists.The guys’ grey suits from Hallensteins were worn with crisp white shirts and black ties, complemented by peach buttonholes and a peach tie for Hayden. Forsaking tradition, Alana and Hayden chose to have their photos taken at Mona Vale before the wedding! “We were less nervous for the ceremony and had time together without rushing back to the guests. The boys arrived first and set up by the fountain for the girls to walk in for the “grand reveal” then the bridal party had a picnic at Mona Vale before setting off for Trent’s.” Using a 1927 vintage car owned by their groomsman’s grandfather, Alana arrived at Trent’s for the 3pm ceremony which was held outdoors facing “horses in the paddocks and doves in the trees.” “We wanted our

parents all involved so Hayden’s Dad gave us the rings, we had our Mums sign the register for us, but it was very special to have Dad walk me down the aisle because he had been very ill and couldn’t even walk a year before the wedding.” With their formal photos already taken, Alana and Hayden were able to share canapés and their wedding cake by Sugar Baby Cakery after the ceremony.Then it was time to enjoy music, dancing and a delicious barbeque as well as a photo booth set up in a boat – which everyone loved! “Our wedding venue organiser Amanda made the day run seamlessly, the speeches were brilliant which made us feel very loved, we wished the dancing could have gone on longer, but best of all was having all our friends and family in one place to enjoy our day with us.”

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