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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.

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: Royal Malewane, South Africa

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're going to be bringing you a variety of venue profiles, honeymoon styles and tips every Wednesday to help you narrow your options down to somewhere truly amazing.

This weeks honeymoon venue is Royal Malewane, a luxury safari lodge in South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park that oozes adventure, beauty and romance. Your own exclusive wildlife experience will give you insight into the ways of South Africa’s captivating ecosystem.

Be guided on specialised Land Rovers by one of the most qualified teams in Africa through your safari experience where nature is paramount. The vehicles have a maximum of six guests in order for ultimate viewing, comfort and photography opportunities. With over 300 bird species and 130 mammals to experience in their own habitat, Royal Malewane delivers an unforgettable wildlife experience. Listen as lions roar, watch as buffalos drink from waterholes and leopards protect their cubs from hyenas. Having a wide range of package safari experiences available, there is something for all levels of adventurers and couples to enjoy.

Royal Malewane is made up of just six luxury suites, two royal suites and the Africa House. All suites provide you with incomparable views, opulence and are elegantly designed in a gorgeous colonial style while in the heart of the African bush. Should you opt for a royal suite, enjoy the sun from your own expansive private deck and pool. The spacious Africa House is made up of six bedrooms. The eclectic furnishings, outdoor showers, carved four-poster beds from Kenya and Persian rugs help to create an exotic atmosphere. Due to the lodges open plan design, wildlife can easily be viewed from the comfort of your own suite, with Elephants drinking from your pool and Monkeys sitting on your balcony.

Dining at Royal Malewane is an exceptional experience. Executive Chef Brandon Souris and his exceptional team prepare the contemporary cuisine where beautiful presentation is second nature and the dishes become art. Royal Malewane offers an array of South Africa’s finest wines, ranging from leading reds to boutique pinots. The lodge also offers the largest whiskey selection of any safari lodge and informative whiskey tastings.

After long days of exploring the African wildlife, relax at the award winning Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa. Famous all over the world for its picturesque scenery and luxury treatments, it is a special oasis. It is devoted to your personal comfort, to enrich your stay at Royal Malewane.

The multiple award-winning Royal Malewane is beautifully intimate and luxurious and is the ultimate safari lodge for any couple after an adventurous honeymoon.