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For every season : weather and weddings when to tie the knot

Whether you want a winter wonderland or a spring soiree, every season can play to its strengths; it just comes down to which of the weather gods you want to work their magic on your big day.

Wedding planning

While we don’t like to deal in cliches, we are keen advocates of what each season is synonymous with when it comes to creating a beautiful vibe, so here’s what you can expect or strive for if you’ve got a certain season in mind for your matrimonial celebrations.

Spring: Nothing can beat the blossoms and sweet smells of spring, from the delicious produce to the romantic blooms. All things bright and beautiful come with dependable spring, which also provides a gorgeous backdrop for photos.

Summer: It’s the most wonderful time of the year when guests have great energy; the weather is usually quite consistent; you can enjoy your gown without having to cover up; there are more options for an outdoor event. What’s not to love?

Autumn: Who wouldn’t gush over this seasonal showstopper? It’s arguably the most picturesque of the seasons with its rich colours – yellows, golds, chocolate brown. The perks of an autumn wedding are multitudinous. The chance of rain isn’t as high; it’s harvest time so there’s an abundance of delicious foods; costs are still reasonably affordable.

Winter: Think roaring fire; mulled wine; amaryllis, orchid, greenery and berry bouquets; furs (faux, to be kind) and snow if you win the wedding weather lottery. This glorious season has many benefits – potential increases in vendor availability in the ‘off-season’; a honeymoon in the sun to escape the grey skies; the divine details – wreaths, candles, a cosy ambience.

Lagoon Pools

Prime time for pools: Julie from Lagoon Pools tells us why winter is the best time to get your pool installed

With colder weather approaching, it may not seem like the time to be thinking about a swimming pool. However, now may be exactly the right time, says Lagoon Pools’ Julie Hastings.

Lagoon Pools

The busiest time is from September onwards, with people wanting their pool in by Christmas,” she says. “Pools can be put in all year round. Winter installs are very popular and allow for a no-rush, stress free time.”
While the actual installation of a pool only takes four to five days, there are a number of other things to consider and plan.
Julie and husband Warren are the owners of Lagoon Pools. It supplies most of the South Island with pools by ‘Leisure Pools’, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of composite fibreglass swimming pools.
Julie and Warren will help with every stage of the planning and installation, if required. Council consents generally take at least 20 working days to secure. Landscaping can take time, especially when you consider designing the layout, choosing pavers and fencing and having them installed. It can be a lengthy process, so it pays to get started early.
The Leisure Pools website – www.leisurepools.co.nz – has lots of information about the pools available,
as does the Lagoon Pools site – www.lagoonpools.co.nz – which provides information about the accessories available to make your new pool even more enjoyable. Automatic cover systems and hidden covers are popular. Fountains and strip lighting can make your pool a focal point of your landscaping, even in the winter months.
Contact Julie on 0800 92 72 82 or via  the website.