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Introducing: "Ask Rhonnie"

While Harlow Garland has been around for a number of years, we're yet to give you a proper introduction, so what better time than today as we launch our new segment!

My name is Rhonnie Snelgar and I am the owner of Harlow Garland Weddings and Events.

I wanted to start this segment because I know what it's like to plan a wedding and having planned hundreds over the years, I've had a number of questions from brides – both my clients and DIY brides who have contacted me directly for advice because they just needed a little guidance and knowing that so many of you willl have similar questions, a podcast community seemed a great way to give you all a place to ask questions anonymously and get the answers you're seeking.

This segment will provide you with tips and tricks, answers to any questions you have whether they're about choosing suppliers, dealing with an overbearing mother in law or anything in between. It's about learning and supporting and giving you a truly accessible knowledge base to help you in your planning.

Harlow Garland Director - Rhonnie Snelgar

Harlow Garland Director - Rhonnie Snelgar

Harlow Garland is the premier boutique wedding planning and styling company in New Zealand. Harlow Garland is inspired by the elegance and beauty of a bygone era and garnered its name from two of old Hollywood's most revered icons – Jean Harlow and Judy Garland who emitted the kind of radiance and effortless grace that every bride aspires to.

Unofficially, I've been personally planning and styling weddings and events for the past 15 years but Harlow Garland was officially incorporated in 2013 and since then has expanded to include additional planners, stylists, a dedicated wedding florist and our lovely assistants. Since then, we've received a lot of really positive press and features in publications like Magnolia Rouge, Bride and Groom and recently, on The Lane.com.

It takes roughly 200-250 hours to plan a wedding, add another 12 hours or so for the day itself and even more if you're doing it alone because there are the added time restraints involved in making your own favours, doing the decorating yourself, cleaning up, assembling bouquets, picking up props or attire and the like.

I'm not here to sales pitch, we have our sales information on the site and if your question is about the costs involved in planning and such I will include it but more so this segment is about supporting you in your journey and a number of you will be planning to go it alone – New Zealand is a DIY state after all so the focus is on just giving you free advice from my 16+ years in the business and helping you to solve some of the trickier aspects of wedding planning.

In order for this whole thing to work, I need to hear from you! I need you to ask those burning questions you want answered – so if you go to www.harlowgarland.com/askrhonnie, you'll see a recording widget and all you need to do is find a quiet place, hit record and ask away, it'll automatically submit your recorded question to me when you're finished and then from there I'll answer it as best I can. If you'd rather just email us your question, just click the button under the widget to do so. We'll either answer your question directly or turn it into a blog post like we've done for a few of our other write-ins.

I'm not the be all and end all of wedding planning knowledge but I know what you're going through and I do have a good frame of reference from my vast experience in the industry to provide you some advice and support.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and I hope you'll come back again and again to join in the community and get some resolution to all of your wedding planning questions and qualms.