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Little Slumbers

Beautiful bridal slumber parties: you can have a (grown-up) slumber party with Little Slumbers for your bridal shower

Amongst magical settings and themed tents, Little Slumbers began as a children’s slumber party business.

Little Slumbers

Owner Jen Collett, a teacher turned event stylist, also owns local event style and hire business The Little Carousel. After a number of requests for adult slumber parties, Jen decided to branch out one step further and came up with the idea for Bridal Slumbers. “This was a first of its kind in New Zealand when we launched it, and we are proud to be the original Bridal Slumber company,” she says.
Bridal by Little Slumbers has taken Christchurch by storm since it was introduced in August last year, providing a unique way to spend the night before the wedding with your girlfriends – reminiscing, laughing and sharing special times. “It’s a new take on finding a hotel then all taking off to your own rooms,” says Jen.
“With Bridal by Little Slumbers, we have the whole set-up completed by the time you get back from rehearsals – picture a glass of bubbles, platters and a whole lot of laughs. The next morning, while you and your bridal party are getting ready, we pack it all up for you, so you don’t have to do a thing.”
In addition to the package, the business also offers grazing platters, beauty treatments and nails for the bridal party, in conjunction with their fantastic partner vendors. “The best part about Bridal by Little Slumbers is that we are not limited to just bridal parties. In fact, our hen’s night and girls’ nights are just as popular, which is fantastic news for just about anyone wanting to get together with friends and relive old childhood memories.”
With a modern, boho-inspired theme, the bridal package provides beautiful lace teepees and larger mattresses, for extra comfort. Featuring a gorgeous blush, white and gold/rose gold colour theme – it’s the perfect way to spend time with the bridal party before tying the knot.
Little Slumbers has recently launched the Glamping Bell Tent, also taking the Slumbers outside for a natural, bohemian feel. Other options include picnic set ups, movie nights with a projector and screen, gaming nights and couples nights – whether you need the night of the wedding, date night or proposal – every aspect is covered.
Whatever the occasion, from hen’s nights to birthday parties, Jen can provide a fun, stress-free option and a range of gorgeous themes to choose from.

Little Slumbers
Phone: 021 065 3321

Wedding dress

Bridal gown style guide: how to choose “The Dress” for your dream wedding

The sentiment and commitment of any wedding day are, of course, the most important statements, but let’s be honest, the piece de resistance – the moment that leaves guests waiting with bated breath – is the entrance of the bride in her chosen attire, most traditionally, a gown.

Wedding dress

If you are planning your big moment and looking for some guidance on your gown, then look no further. We’re delivering a beautiful overview of the must have looks for 2018.

Chic capes: Solange Knowles is perhaps one of the most famous examples of brides who donned a cape or capelet on their wedding day. Hers was the perfect conclusion to an already-edgy jumpsuit that she donned while making her big entrance on a vintage bicycle. A firm favourite with designers during Bridal Fashion Week, the cape is for the bride that wants to contemporise tradition and become a caped crusader in lieu of wearing a veil.

Off the shoulder: A modest amount of glowing skin can play peek-a-boo in gowns with detached sleeves. Designers like Monique Lhuillier are giving us the cold shoulder in 2018, but in the best possible way. We are seeing a lot of off-the-shoulder styles, some even with puff sleeves in the mix. It might sound like the eighties are planning a comeback, but we can assure you there is nothing retro about this aesthetic, just pure romance written all over the look.

Mid-length: A floor-skimming gown has its foot firmly in traditional bridal territory, but hems are coming up for 2018 – to a very respectable mid-length. Modest and modern; this style pays homage to 1950’s style stars like Marilyn Monroe. This is the perfect compromise for the bride who still wants the glamour that a gown affords, but the comfort and practicality of a dress that can transition from the ‘I Do’s’ to the dance floor.

Metropol Editor Melinda Collins

Editor’s Perspective: on love, marriage and weddings

“He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began,” Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Metropol Editor Melinda Collins
Metropol Editor Melinda Collins

Whether it’s tying the knot, getting hitched, or simply taking one’s hand, when it comes to unions, there’s something pretty special about the one that links two people together in marriage.
It’s a union which has crossed the social, geographical, religious, cultural, economic and gender divides, with evidence of its existence tracing back to almost the beginning of civilisation itself.
Recognised in some way shape or form in almost every society since the beginning of time, it was born from the need to secure a safe environment in which to breed, handle the granting of property rights and protect bloodlines.
And yet despite the inherent practicalities behind its formation, marriage has always had love and romance at its very heart.
The engagement ring – a custom dating back to Ancient Rome – is believed to represent eternal love and is based on the belief that a vein or nerve ran directly from the ‘ring’ finger of the left hand straight to the heart.
There are few areas of modern day life which are as strongly influenced by such ancient customs and traditions as those which relate to the ‘big day’. And yet, despite this, never before have weddings been injected with the degree of personality as what they are today.
So if you’re planning your nuptials, you may wish to let tradition be your guide, but make sure you let your personality shine through too. After all, it may just be one day, but it’s one day that you will remember for the rest of your life.

– Love the Metropol team

Continental Event Catering

Catering to commitment: we talk weddings with Continental Event Catering

One of the most important considerations to make when planning a wedding is the food you are going to serve your guests. With so many possibilities, and so many other things to arrange, it is definitely an advantage to use a catering company that is dedicated to “making your wedding day, as well as the planning process, as relaxed and simple as possible”.

Continental Event Catering

That is Continental Event Catering’s commitment to brides and grooms. With more than 50 years’ experience catering all manner of events in Canterbury, the South Island and beyond, the team prides itself on the knowledge and understanding the company brings to every event.
Working with wedding planners, or directly with brides and grooms, “the only limit is your imagination,” says Event Manager Kate McLauchlan.
Keeping abreast of modern trends, and setting a few of their own, Continental’s team of enthusiastic staff provides efficient, professional, and friendly service at every stage. There is a wide variety of menu options, using the freshest local produce and catering to all dietary requirements. Bespoke menus can also be designed specifically to complement your desires and the character of your special day.
Between now and 31 August this year, Continental has an amazing offer for couples getting married. Book the catering for your wedding with Continental and you will go into a draw to win a Continental food and beverage package to the value of $10,000! Details, terms and conditions of this fantastic opportunity are available at
An intimate affair for 50 or an extravaganza for 2000 (or more!), Continental is your #trustedcaterer.

Via Sollertia

Somewhere Special : Via Sollertia is bringing your wedding ring dreams to life

It feels like a relaxed art gallery space – a place to browse, chat and fall in love with something precious. Via Sollertia Jewellers on New Regent Street sparkles a little differently.

Via Sollertia

“Many think handmade means out of reach,” says Manager Clare. “In reality, it isn’t.”
The 28-year-old has already been in the industry for 11 years. She’s fun, incredibly inspiring and her craft is her world. Treating every client equally, Via Sollertia creates affordable simplicity through to exquisite high-end.
Clare pushes boundaries by adapting up-to-the-minute trends from America, Asia and Europe – from period styles to contemporary simplicity. She hand-draws all her designs, encouraging client involvement, which are then handcrafted in-house. Display pieces are unique hand makes too.
“We also recreate old into new. Recently, a lady had her grandmother, aunt and mother’s jewels redesigned into a new ring. “There were hugs, tears of joy, laughter and sentiment. It automatically became special. That’s what this is about.”


Where function meets style: Dakins’ posh solution to your practical wedding day needs

A couple’s wedding day is arguably the holy grail of any possible event. The true definition of a celebration, each and every detail comes together to create memories that will last a lifetime.


Dakins Dakins

Behind the glitz and glamour of the day itself, are key essentials fundamental to the success of the day. Few would know this better than Dakins Group, a true specialist in the sanitation industry.
In a stroke of irony, Dakins has taken the concept of sanitation and made it into something extremely stylish – an impressive feat! Offering everything from single unit portaloos to luxury facilities, guests can enjoy posh practicalities.
The business is justly proud to be the owner of the South Island’s largest selection of 20-foot and 40-foot portable toilet and bathroom blocks cementing its place as the region’s foremost supplier to large scale events.
The pride and joy of the fleet is a state-of-the-art New Zealand-built deluxe men’s and women’s bathroom block called the ‘Sheraton’ with contemporary vanity areas, full-length mirrors, hand lotion and even hair straighteners for that special touch.
“Throughout any event all our facilities are monitored by service technicians charged with keeping everything in pristine condition. We know that every event is judged on the quality of its portable toilet facilities,” owners Diane Dakin and Jay Ritchie say.
Able to take an event’s sanitation needs from conception through to creation, the highly ambitious and skilled Dakins team members offer impressive expertise. They can take care of the small details from the necessary planning and implementation right through to staffing.
Services are now available in Wanaka and Queenstown. To discuss facilities for your event, contact the Dakin Group on
03-384 9100 or 0800 325 467, or email