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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.

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!