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Choosing your Wedding Theme

A wedding theme as we've previously discussed, is not a necessity, the only thing you need to factor in is 'Rhonnie's rule of cohesion' (a rule our director speaks passionately about.) but if you will opt for a theme or you need help working to that rule of cohesion, we have put together a list to make sure you both choose the perfect theme that reflects you both. Right from the start, it is good to have an idea of what your wedding vision is. This can help with planning from the beginning and avoid any finer details issues.

The season

Knowing what season you want to be married in can help with the colour palettes, flowers and venue. If you have always dreamed of being married in the summer where guests can use umbrellas to shade from the sun, or in the winter where a large fire can warm the reception area for guests. Choosing the right season can have an effect on many things such as venue bookings and weather. Just like any part of the wedding, but organised is key.

The couple

Because the wedding is celebrating both the bride and groom, drawing on something that you both share can make your day even more special and individual. This could be anything from something simple like a favourite colour you both share, to your favourite restaurant or a hobby that you both love. Whatever it is, it can be incorporated through the table settings, props for photos, colours and even dresses and outfit.

The wedding venue

Venues can be seen as inspiration for other details of the wedding. Sometimes it is best to have the wedding venue decided before taking the next steps, it is easier to work with it rather than not. Similar to choosing a season, once a venue is chosen, the colours and additional features fall into place so they can compliment the venue.

Personal connection

Having a culture that is close to both your hearts, whether is be a religion, tradition, or even a language, drawing on that can be a powerful addition to the wedding. This can be drawn on anywhere, from the ceremony style and vows, to the type of food or outfits. Culture can be a visual impact such as colours and flowers too.

Research

Once you have chosen, or even just thought of, a theme, research. Making sure you have the right food for the right theme, or the correct phrase from a religious reading can be vital on the day. You don’t want to look foolish for using the wrong details within the theme of your perfect day.

Choosing Your Wedding Season

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Your wedding day will probably be one of the most important days of your life and making sure you tie the knot in the perfect weather can be tricky. So to help make sure you pick a season, and venue to go with it, we have crafted together the go-to list:

New Zealand can offer some of the most stunning venues In the world. Depending on the season, landscape backdrops can include waterfalls and the beaches in the summer and snowy mountains in the winter. Different seasons can alter the menu, colour scheme, dresses, flowers and so much more.

Summer

If you have always dreamed of a beach wedding, New Zealand can be less temperamental throughout the summer. While the North Island beaches are typically warmer, some northern South Island beaches such as Golden Bay are picturesque at this time of year.

Some would argue that everywhere in New Zealand is beautiful in the summer and while this may be true, some places stand out more than others. For a warmer more humid climate, try the Bay of Islands, East Coast and Northland. For a hot, dry temperature where the afternoon sun leads well into the night, central Otago can be at the top of the list.

Autumn

A typical New Zealand autumn day can be described as a clear blue sky with a touch of winter’s fresh crisp air. Imagine walking up the path of one of Wellington's idyllic historic churches amongst a backdrop of autumn's stunning natural colours. Or down the streets in Arrowtown with the array of orange and yellow leafed trees lining the paths.

Central Otago can be breathtaking in the autumn with its colour scheme from the trees’ leaves changing and the dry hills in the distance.

Winter

The cooler season can often be overlooked as the one to say ‘I do’ in, but if planned correctly, winter can offer so much. Venues can be less busy meaning higher chance of securing them, and if you’re after a snowy backdrop, this could be on the cards.

The winter months can be perfect for cosy, candlelit celebrations. Imagine the setting at one of Canterbury’s charming venues with a cosy log fire, creamy hot chocolates and fair lights. It's the time of year that suits warmer decorations and a hearty menu.

Spring

While the season can sometimes be unpredictable with fluctuating temperatures, and thehours of sunlight increase. It is also the month of greener growth and beautiful spring flowers, there can even still be snow capped mountains with the warmer air lingering. Spring offers the most amazing garden setting with perfect outdoor venues amongst native bush or country styled venues.

Whichever season you choose, consider that each one can influence the theme, colour and added extras for guests comfort. Some pastel shades complement a spring wedding, while an autumn celebration would suit a palette of gold and rustic tones.

And don’t forget to take the climate of your honeymoon destination into consideration, too.

Honeymoon Venue: Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, Morocco

When considering an overseas honeymoon (or even a destination wedding), the venue selection can be rather harrowing with an entire world to consider. As part of our #honeymoonhumpday series, we bring you a variety of venue profiles, honeymoon styles and tips every Wednesday to help you narrow your options down to somewhere truly amazing.

This week's honeymoon venue is the beautiful Mandarin Oriental, situated in Marrakech, Morocco. The five star luxury resort lies upon 20 hectares of gorgeous gardens and olive groves. Just minutes away from the city centre of Marrakech, Mandarin Oriental offers the ultimate Moroccan escape for an incredibly unique honeymoon.

Mandarin Oriental’s villas and suites showcase Moroccan heritage and Middle Eastern charm. The stunning villas are private retreats which provide its guests with luxury, space, style and comfort. With an array of villas and suites to chose from, there is something to suit every couples wants and desires. Should you opt for the Panoramic suite, enjoy they likes of picturesque views of the surround gardens, olive groves and the Atlas Mountains. With Moroccan designs, the interior provides a sense of luxury and authenticity combined with the best in modern technology. With a seamless indoor outdoor flow, enjoy an expansive terrace with you own private pool as well as sun loungers and a dining table for el fresco dining during the beautiful Moroccan evenings.

Dining at Mandarin Oriental is at an experience to remember. With four different dining options, there is something to suit every couple. We recommend firstly opting for Mes’Lalla, where you will find classic Moroccan cuisine with exciting modern twists. For a small bit to eat to accompany your evening cocktail, head to the resorts beautiful Chinese restaurant – Ling Ling. For breakfast or afternoon tea, Le Salon Berebere can offer you with an elegant buffet, tea lounge and champagne bar. Lastly is the Pool Garden restaurant. Here is the perfect place to relax and enjoy an el fresco Mediterranean lunch. Overlooking the expansive pool and gardens, the atmosphere is calming and tranquil.

When in Marrakech there are endless activities to do and sights to see. First and foremost, we recommend you explore Djemaa el-Fna – the main square in Marrakech. Here you will find restaurants, musicians, exhibitions and even snake charmers. Jardin Majorelle is another gorgeous attraction that was gifted to Marrakech by the iconic Yves Saint Laurent. Here you will find a gorgeous blue Moroccan villa and surrounding gardens which began cultivating in 1924. Now open to the public, the villa is now a museum which displays over 600 artefacts.

After busy days exploring the stunning streets of Morocco, return to Mandarin Oriental for a visit to their spa and wellness centre. Here you can enjoy the hamman (a traditional Moroccan ritual based body treatment), which involves different treatments until the skin glows.

Marrakech is an incredibly unique honeymoon destination for any adventurous couple. Mandarin Oriental will provide you with the ultimate in luxury service, accommodation and culture for an unforgettable experience.