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Wedding Myths

Your wedding day will probably be one of the most important days of your life and most couples get caught up in traditions and myths long since past their use-by date. To help make your wedding as unique as you are, we have crafted together the top wedding myths you shouldn't believe:

Your wedding day is all about you and your fiance.

Of course, your relationship is at the heart of the wedding, but it is also a very special day for your loved ones; family and guests. They have supported you throughout the relationship, been there in the good times and the bad, so making them feel appreciated during the planning process and the day is important. Balancing your own ideas and need with those around you will make for a smooth track to the bring the amazing bride everyone loves.

You have to spend a fortune

With advice coming from everyone and everywhere, it can often feel like every part of the wedding day comes with a worrying size price tag. Overspending can be easy when you find all the perfectly wonderful extras that you love and will look great on the day. But making sure you take plenty of time to figure out priorities, necessities and extras can avoid going over budget. Allowing enough time to work through the budget can prevent this.

Every tiny detail must be perfect

Wedding days are seen as the day where everything has to be perfect to ensure all guests are happy - if it’s not perfect, everyone will notice. This ideal becomes something that is impossible to reach. Chasing the idea of a dream wedding with everything done perfectly can be exhausting leading up to the day. Most guests won’t notice if all the table candles are matching or the aisle isn’t perfect with fresh flowers. Time spent on the bigger picture will reflect how happy the bride and groom will be.

Stick to wedding traditions

In this day and age, wedding traditions are slowly being phased out. Of course, some couples wish to remain traditional as their parents and grandparents once were, but ‘should’ stick to tradition isn’t a must. The bride’s father walking her down the aisle, the groom should have only male groomsmen, the bride must wear white….. These are long history traditions. If this is a choice you and your future husband want, of course - go for it. But brides shouldn’t be tied down to a traditional if it doesn’t feel right. Make the day your own and maybe set your own tradition.

Wedding venue: Criffel Station Woolshed, Wanaka

Selecting a venue for your wedding can sometimes be the most difficult decision in the whole the wedding planning process. So, to make your decision that little bit simpler, we present one of our favourite new wedding venues, the rustically beautiful Criffel Station Woolshed.

The Criffel Station Woolshed venue is a romantically relaxed setting among Wanaka’s rolling landscape. The 2000 hectare high country deer farm is only seven kilometres from Wanaka town, but feels like you’re on another world.

The venue offers three idyllic rural venues; Criffel Station Woolshed, Stone Hut Terrace and the 100-year-old Homestead. The Station’s rural charm is the perfect backdrop for a stunningly, memorable wedding. The Woolshed boasts natural charm creating the warmth of a rural, rustic wedding in the heart of Central Otago. The history of the Woolshed has been retained using materials from around the station.

The newly landscaped Stone Hut Terraces is another location option. It’s an area exclusively fenced off - for a marquee - from the working farm that looks out to Mt Barker and across the Wanaka basin. While it is a site purpose built, it keeps in with the natural landscape but includes tended lawns, a gravelled fire pit with outdoor seating. As part of a wedding package, this venue offers a one-night stay at the shearers cottage for the bridal and groom.

When it comes to photography you’ll be spoilt for choice of backdrop. Whether it be in the woolshed among memorabilia or out near the yards. This combined with Wanaka’s renowned dry landscape in the summer or snow-capped mountains in the winter, there will always be the perfect background. Or if you love the rural surroundings but wanting more summer feelings, Lake Wanaka is close by for stunning lakeside photos.

Guests will have the options of various rural-style accommodation. The Gardener’s Cottage are for those we love an authentic experience and to be surrounded by fields where deer roam. Or for those summer wedding, guests can be treated to glamping, tipi-like-bell tents that are reminiscent of vintage safari and summer time.

The end of the wedding day will continue outside on the makeshift dance floor with the live band, or continue indoors. With its rustic country setting, Criffel Station Woolshed is a unique venue for your wedding day. Its various ceremony location and accommodation options, as well as their extra packages, it will ensure a perfect day beyond compare for any couple.

Tips for Dress Shopping

For any bride, finding the perfect dress is one of the most exciting parts of the wedding planning process. But having a plan of attack rather than just hitting the shops can save a lot of time if each one is ticked off.

That’s why we have put together a list to finding the perfect dress to make sure it goes without a hitch, and you come away looking and feeling stunning.

Forming the budget

Talking about the budget should be one of the very first steps in planning a wedding. If you know the limit, then it is much easier to stick to. Otherwise, you’ll be shopping around, wasting time looking at dresses outside the budget.

Budgets can obviously differ from each couple to the next, but there are many factors that all couples have to factor when deciding: will you buy a brand new dress, get it made or find a pre-worn gem, what accessories will go with it such as a veil, shoes and jewelery.

Research time

Some woman know the gorgeous dream dress they will wear, and have so for many years. But for others who aren’t as prepared, set time aside to flick through magazines, Pinterest and wedding blogs for inspiration.

If this is done before going into a store, the search may be easier than going in with no direction. But bearing in mind, each dress looks different on every woman, so single out a handful of the most stunning dresses during research and have a rough idea before hitting the bridal boutiques.

However, the old saying goes, the dress you chose is one you never would have thought of.

Know the wedding date, style and venue

Certain dress lengths, styles and fabrics can depend on which season the wedding will be in, where it will be held and what the theme of the wedding day is.

A beach wedding will call for a different style to a traditional church wedding ceremony. Knowing these details, or having a rough idea can narrow down dress shopping styles as well as ensure that you look the part on the day.

Mark it on the calendar

It may sound straight-forward, popping into a handful of bridal boutiques with girlfriends and pulling out the perfect dress. But time is key when looking for a dress. Leaving it to the last minute to find it will only stress you out with the rest of the wedding to plan is not what any bride wants.

Marking days on the calendar in which you know you and a few girlfriends will be free to go shopping is vital. Leaving it last minute won’t allow for any fitting, ordering delays or alterations. It also shouldn’t be rushed, looking and feeling amazing on the day is important, and the dress is the key to that. So having dates to work to cane put that time pressure at ease.

Shopping support

Dress shopping can be a special time for a bride and her bridesmaids as well as close friends and family. Not a large group of support, but having those with you who you know have a great sense of style and will be honest has to be a weight off your shoulders. However, there is nothing wrong with going along on the first shopping days before getting second opinions on your favourites. Enjoy

Lastly, the moment you find the dress that you fall in love with and look and feel amazing is is the best feeling. So enjoy the experience.

Favour Ideas For Your Wedding Day

Favour boxes by Bespoke by Harlow Garland. Image by  Adelina Photography

Favour boxes by Bespoke by Harlow Garland. Image by Adelina Photography

Many couples opt to give each of their guests a wedding favour as a memento of the special day. Here are some of our favourite wedding favour ideas that you can easily create.

Mini Potted Plant

Mini potted plants are a great choice for your wedding favours that can also double as a place card! When choosing a plant, succulents are perfect option because they are easy for your guests to care for once home. Opt for small pots that coordinate well with your wedding colours and tie around a ribbon to add a card with each guests name.

Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers are the perfect favour option for a Spring wedding – and also double as a gorgeous piece of décor! Display bunches in metal buckets on a tiered stand next to your doorway. Once your wedding comes to an end, invite guests to take a bunch of the blooms as they are leaving.

Personalised Chocolate Bar

Personalised chocolate bars make for a wedding favour that everyone is sure to love. Choose your favourite store bought chocolate bars and personalise them by rewrapping them in paper that coordinates with your wedding theme and colours. Tie ribbon or twine around each one and add a piece of card with the bride and grooms name and the wedding date – here you could even also write a short message to each guest!

Candle

Candles are a thoughtful wedding favour that is sure to last well after your wedding. Choose one scent or a variety and if you are making your own, put them into containers that suit your theme – whether this is a mason jar or teacup.

Jar Condiments

If you and your partner are the foodie type, then jarred condiments are the perfect wedding favour idea. As they are simple to make in bulk, opt for your favourite jams, pickles and chutneys. Add labels with what is inside and personalise with each guests name!

Mini Wedding Cakes

For something slightly different than the traditional tiered wedding cake, opt for mini wedding cakes as your favour. Put the cakes into individual boxes and decorate them to coordinate with your wedding. This is also a great budget option.

Candy Station

Candy stations are becoming increasingly popular for wedding favours. Have a table with a variety of sweets where your guests can pick and choose their favourites and then put into bags to take home with them. For something extra, have your bags personalised with the bride and grooms names and the wedding date.

Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Colour Scheme

For many couples choosing a colour scheme for your wedding day can be a very important decision. If you are going to have a specific colour scheme for your wedding it is best to decide on this early in your wedding planning process to help make other important decisions easier, such as choosing your flowers and designing your invitations. Follow our suggestions to help with choosing the perfect colour scheme for your wedding day.

Get Inspired

Firstly it is good to get some inspiration so you can understand what colours you like and what colours you don’t like for a wedding palette. Pinterest is the perfect place for this, as well as wedding magazines or even old wedding albums of family and friends.

Consider The Season

Depending on what season your wedding is in you may want to bring it into your colour scheme. For an Autumn wedding you may want to opt to use deep reds or oranges in your colour scheme, or for a Summer wedding you may want to choose colours that are more bright, such as yellows and pinks.

Creating A Mood

Another important aspect you may want to think about when choosing your colour scheme is whether there is there a certain mood you want to convey through your colour scheme? If you want to create a lot of drama, opt for a jewel-toned palette. To enhance the romantic atmosphere go for reds or shades of pinks.

Look At A Colour Wheel

If you are having difficulty with what colours go well together have a look at a colour wheel. Typically, the colours on opposite sides of the colour wheel will go well together, for example, coral and turquoise look gorgeous together.

Accent Colours

Some people choose to complete their colour scheme by adding in one or two accent colours. For example, you may want to add accents of soft orange yellow to your hues of pastel pink colour scheme. This can help add more dimension to your chosen colour scheme.

Be Creative

Be creative when choosing your colour scheme. Don’t be afraid to add a pop of metallic to your favourite hue. Gold, copper and silver are becoming increasingly popular and can add an element of glam to your day. It is also fun and modern to introduce an unexpected colour pairing, such as combining a bright fuchsia with indigo. Whatever you choose remember that you do not need to follow any rules - choose a colour scheme that you love!

If you're still stuck or need any advice, don't hesitate to call or email one of our wonderfully talented planner/stylists to help!