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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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

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, 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.