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Heritage Hanmer Springs

A romantic backdrop: a wedding at the Heritage Hanmer Springs

When it comes to New Zealand wedding destinations, the romantic mountain views and landscaped gardens of the Heritage Hanmer Springs provide an amazing ceremonial backdrop.

Heritage Hanmer Springs
A landmark venue just 90 minutes from Christchurch, it’s a world away from the ordinary, in a stunning alpine retreat that will captivate you and your guests.
The venue can arrange everything, from tailormade menus, to beverage and staffing needs. There is a fabulous ballroom, complete with open fireplace, or enjoy a stylish and unforgettable lawn wedding in the picturesque gazebo set amongst beautiful gardens.
A range of accommodation is available, including three-bedroom villas located around a charming lake. Guests can enjoy all Hanmer Springs has to offer, including the world famous thermal pools, a short walk across the main street.
If you are looking for elegance, a spectacular location and personalised service, choose Heritage Hanmer Springs.
Email HanmerConf@heritagehotels.co.nz, phone 03-315 0065 or visit
www.heritagehotels.co.nz/hotels/heritage-hanmer-springs.

Ilam Homestead

A homestead with heart: weddings at historic Ilam Homestead

We have a secret to share with you; it’s a gem of a venue – Ilam Homestead.

Ilam Homestead
Tucked away down at 87 Ilam Road, it’s a venue with sweeping lawns to the river, stunning rhododendron gardens to walk through and old-style charm from the early 1900s.
There’s room for every type of function – cocktails for 20-30 in the nook, a 50-80-person canape mixer outside and 90 can be seated upstairs. Have your wedding photos amongst the garden, or by the river. It’s similar in style to Mona Vale, with that beautiful 1900s decor and staff who are just delightful.
Another surprise is the incredible range of boutique beers and wines available. With the choice of three catering companies to fit all budgets and styles, it would pay to take a wander down and have a look at Ilam Homestead.

Dakins

Function meets style: sorting out the often forgotten details of wedding days with Dakins Group’s posh portable bathrooms

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
Behind the glitz and glamour of the day itself, are key essentials fundamental to success. Few would know this better than Dakins Group, a true specialist in the sanitation industry.
Dakins has taken the concept of sanitation and made it into something extremely stylish. Offering everything from single unit portaloos to luxury facilities, guests can enjoy posh practicalities.
Offering the South Island’s largest selection of 20-foot and 40-foot portable toilet and bathroom blocks, the business’ pride and joy of the fleet is a state-of-the-art deluxe men’s and women’s bathroom block called the ‘Sheraton’ featuring contemporary vanities, full-length mirrors, hand lotion and even hair straighteners.
To discuss facilities for your event, contact the Dakin Group on 03-384 9100 or 0800 325 467, or email
info@dakins.co.nz.

Methven Resort Hotel

The winter wonderland: head out to the country for a wedding at Methven Resort

Whether you’re after winter wonderland bridal party accommodation or a family getaway during the impending ski season, there’s the perfect spot at the heart of Mt Hutt village. Just an hour’s drive from Christchurch, the Methven Resort Hotel can cater for both.

Methven Resort Hotel
Skiing may be the principal activity for daytime, but what could be better après ski than a soak in one of the resort’s three heated outside spas?
The menu offers a classic taste of New Zealand, with all dishes freshly prepared using locally sourced lamb, beef, salmon and venison when possible.
Select from the a la carte menu or a buffet is available offering everything from soups, salads and Asian dishes to carvery roast meats, vegetables and desserts. Enjoy drinks before or after the meal by the open fire in the Piano Bar.
The Methven Resort Hotel is located at 51 Main Street, Methven. Phone 0800 224 440 or email
booking@methvenresort.com. Visit www.methvenresort.com.

Salt on the Pier

A seaside setting: Salt on the Pier is the seaside location you need for your perfect beach wedding

With the seaside backdrop affording incredible views across Pegasus Bay and the New Brighton Pier itself providing access for stunning photograph opportunities, Salt on the Pier at New Brighton is a great location for your wedding or special event.

Salt on the Pier
According to Sam from Salt on the Pier, there are some great packages to choose from for any budget from Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Premium menus, all providing a wonderful night of delicious food and a great choice of beverages for even the most discerning palate.
The company’s highly experienced front of house staff and great chefs, who are extremely talented and knowledgeable, are there to facilitate your event and make it easy, so you can have a relaxing experience on the day. With online booking available at www.saltonthepier.co.nz, it’s easy to get it sorted.
Just download the function information package to find out everything you need to know or call Sam on 03-388 4483.

Ridge Road Gardens

A magical location: take your wedding guests on a romantic journey to the countryside at Ridge Road Gardens

In the lead up to your big day, one of the most essential aspects is deciding where to hold it. If you are looking for somewhere intimate, picturesque and thoroughly romantic, Ridge Road Gardens should be top of your list.

Ridge Road Gardens
Photography by Many Caldwell

Located at 451 Ridge Road, Motukarara, the series of beautiful cottage gardens and landscaped ponds full of colourful plantings is a special setting for when you tie the knot.
Sheltered by huge macrocarpa and poplar hedges, the gardens are the perfect place to set up a beautiful Silk Estate Marquee with options for larger or smaller weddings and even a fantastic archgola area for a small undercover, reception alternative.
The front rooms of the 1880s cottage are available for the bridal party, while the surroundings vistas and garden rooms are ideal for photos. Ridge Road Gardens is a truly magical and tranquil location.
To arrange a visit, or make a booking, visit
facebook.com/ridgeroadgardens or phone 03-942 7089.

The George

That something special : Weddings at The George are like a fairytale

Heading our way is the chance to view, meet, plan and book everything The George has to offer on Sunday, 29 April from 11am until 4pm.

The George

With a glass of champagne on arrival, you will be immersed in some of the finest suppliers in the wedding industry, from dresses, suits and jewellery, to flowers, cakes, shoes, accommodation options and even honeymoon travel.
The George is the convivial place for any function but excels at making that special day something to remember. Discuss your plans for the big day, leave feeling inspired and knowing that your wedding day will be relaxed and memorable and very personal – a day that is delightfully yours.
Enjoy a taste of the luxury and refinement that is The George and get ideas on just how good your special day will be. If you want to find out more, email weddings@thegeorge.com. The George is something special.

The Vineyard at Rossendale

Exquisitely romantic: weddings at The Vineyard at Rossendale

The Vineyard at Rossendale is an exquisitely romantic wedding venue, created especially for the occasion. The ambience and space, flexibility and flow, are unsurpassed for a perfect day.

The Vineyard at Rossendale
Floor to ceiling windows form a vista through 10 acres of pinot noir grapes. With room for up to 200, the functional floorplan allows the bridal table to be seen from all angles. There’s a vineyard-themed bar, and a dance floor wing draped in fairy lighting. This leads to an intimate lounge retreat and bridal room with spacious ensuite and separate entrance. The neutral interior, exuding warmth, can take on any theme. Two foyers provide grand entrances – further enhancing the stunning approach through the grapevines.
With more than 18 years’ experience here, Graham and Liz Jones are the attentive, adaptable hosts on both the day itself and the important lead up. Catering by on-site chefs is top class – with Rossendale’s wines a luxurious complement.

Bramble Grove

Setting a beautiful scene: Bramble Grove is the Instagram-perfect location for your wedding day

Under new ownership since June 2017, romantic Bramble Grove’s weddings are stress-free and memorable, thanks to warm hospitality from wedding coordinator extraordinaire Liz Breach and her husband Jason.

Bramble Grove

Enchanting gardens set a beautiful scene for the service, bridal walk, exploring and photos. The Garden Pavilion filters the sunlight by day and twinkles with fairy lights by night. “We are fully BYO for food and drink with no corkage fees, making us a very affordable venue option,” Liz says. “We can also offer recommendations for fantastic caterers and other wedding service vendors.”
A flat fee of $2,800 engages her professional assistance for the wedding, the venue, all staff and many invaluable trimmings (listed on the website). There is room for 120 to party with a large dance floor, but it’s also an equally intimate setting for 30.
Bramble Grove is at 19 Old North Road Kaiapoi. Limited dates available for 2018/2019 season, now taking bookings for 2019/2020. Visit www.bramblegrove.co.nz.

French Farm Winery

A luxurious lodge: French Farm Winery is the boutique wedding venue you must see

French Farm Winery is unique. A boutique luxury lodge in French provincial style with commanding views of Akaroa harbour, exceptional accommodation and meandering streams and birdlife.

French Farm Winery
The ideal spot for the perfect wedding any time of the year

There is a special tranquillity to it. Located at French Farm, not far from Akaroa, there are four luxury ensuite studios with kitchenettes, a courtyard area and spa.
French Farm can cater for 120 seated in the main house, up to 70 in the new atrium and up to 270 with a marquee.
You choose your caterer from any one of the lodge’s range of specially-selected caterers. With the beverages supplied and served, you can relax and enjoy your wonderful day at French Farm Winery.
With beautifully manicured lawns, it is the ideal location for an outdoor wedding and, with the indoor space also available, it is the ideal spot for the perfect wedding at any time of the year.
Heather and Warwick are your hosts and go out of their way to ensure your day is absolutely memorable.
Located at 12 Winery Road, French Farm. For more information phone 03-304 5784 or visit www.frenchfarmwinery.co.nz.