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Accessorising for the big day

Bridal accessories may just be the icing on the wedding cake when it comes to the big day – and this year beholds beautiful pieces aplenty. We’re pleased to present the best bridal accessories we can expect to see heading down the aisle this year.


Vogue veils

Veils are the icing on the cake when it comes to bridal attire, offering brides the chance to showcase their own signature style, whether that’s dainty and demure or bold and beautiful.

This year we’re expecting to see a shift from plain and simple veils toward more unique, modern designs.

Embroidered and lace-edged styles are sure to remain steadily popular, while unconventional coloured designs are expected to have their moment.

But veils covered in pearls, crystals or flowers are what true wedding dreams are made of – and they’re definitely a bridal fashion favourite for 2020.

Heavenly headpieces

Whether you embrace a big, bold band or take the minimalist approach with a more delicate piece, headbands make for eye-catching additions to more simple wedding attire, as do crowns, hair vines, barrettes and pins.

This year, these ladylike headpieces feature pearl embellishments, shiny diamantes and funky 3D florals that will elevate your wedding hairstyle into something unforgettable.

A thick, jewelled headband can be attached to a veil for fuss-free functionality, while those opting for no veil can consider flower crowns or hair vines featuring metal flowers and diamantes.

For the minimalists, why not adorn your tresses with the natural, whimsical beauty of dainty pins featuring sparkling crystals, opalescent pearls or romantic florals?

High-fashion hats

Calling all high-fashion brides-to-be!

This wedding veil alternative is the perfect crowning glory to your big-day look. Perhaps the most unexpected yet practical wedding accessory of all, hats are proving themselves to be a popular bridal accessory for the fashion-forward among us.

While it is, of course, important to consider the setting of your wedding when selecting a statement hat, the possibilities are endless – how about a straw hat for that French-countryside feel?

A Provencal-style one with ribbons for 20th century appeal? Or a floppy black hat for indie boho-inspired nupitals?

Statement sleeves

These arm adornments are hot topic in the street fashion sphere, so it’s not surprising they’ve made their way into the bridal world too.

From delicately embellished sleeves to big, bold, balloon sleeves, these over-the-top statement-makers reigned supreme on the bridal runways of 2020 – the poofier, the better!

Offset a simpler silhouette with long, voluminous sleeves for that much-needed sartorial edge, or try puffy, shorter mesh sleeves for a sweet, feminine feel. Love the long-sleeve look but want to keep things sexy?

Consider opting for an off-the-shoulder style or one with a plunging neckline.


Ramping up for 2022 wedding season

The beginning of a New Year means it’s time to look ahead and start making plans for all those upcoming family celebrations sitting in your diary.



When it comes to organising a wedding, anniversary, birthday or gathering, it’s important to know you’re booking a venue with people who have proven experience and expertise.

Graham and Liz Jones have been with Rossendale for more than 20 years and operating at the Rossendale Vineyard site for the last 10.

Specialising in weddings, each year they return to work to discover a flurry of bookings following Christmas and New Year’s engagement announcements.

While there is still time to secure your place for 2020, they’re now taking bookings for 2022.

Graham says they offer guests a picturesque, relaxed setting that can accommodate up to 150 guests and there’s plenty of car parking.

“Often, when people book venues, they have to book someone to help organise the event, someone to run the bar and a caterer, but we do it all,” he says.

“We have a team of chefs, a wedding coordinator on-site every day and dedicated staff, so you’re always dealing with one person. That consistency and communication is so important.”

The in-house catering team is highly experienced, serving fresh, delicious food that caters to all dietary requirements.

“It’s quite a big venue, but we’ll do anything from two to 200 people,” Graham says.

“We have a lot of loyal customers who come back and book all their family events and occasions with us.”

Phone 03 322 7780 for a no obligation chat to discuss your options today.


Tying the knot in 2020

You’ve got your something old? Something borrowed? Something blue? Well if you’re still running around trying to find your something new – we’ve got you covered. Who says the rhyme must only apply to what the bride is wearing down the aisle? We investigate the upcoming trends of tying the knot in 2020.


  1. Green thumb: Being sustainable is trending and Mother Nature would give that a big seal of approval.

    Reduce your wedding’s carbon footprint by purchasing a pre-loved wedding dress, adopting an heirloom ring, avoiding bottled water or even refraining from printing out hundreds of paper invitations (opt for online).

    If you’re feeling bold, why not try a zero-waste event… it might just give your guests the push they need to try it at their own wedding.

    You wouldn’t dump rubbish onto your guests as they’re sitting down at your wedding, so don’t forgot about one of the most important guests there – Mother Nature.

2. Party of two (or a few): Who says extravagant weddings are essential to a lifetime of happy marriage (the rom-coms don’t count)?

Forking out the big dollars for people who were even umming and ahhing coming to the event may seem silly, but it happens.

That’s why limiting your nearest and dearest to 40 – or even less – is starting to become a regular occurrence. Less people means the budget per guest is higher, this leaves room for personal and even elaborate touches – this is one trend that is all about quality over quantity!

If you’re worried about not enough people seeing the ceremony, they can see it all online when you post about it (we’re sure you will!).

3. Help yourself: One of the great things about a wedding, as a guest, is the open bar.

Anyone who tells you otherwise is just trying to be polite.

Most of us know the process of going up to a bar, ordering a drink and walking away.

Make this part of the night a fun experience for everyone by including a self-serve refreshments area.

Wall mounted dispensers, punch bowls, a jampacked bar of pour-over drinks accompanied by some garnishes to top off the drinks; we’re yet to hear a negative.

No need to think of signature cocktails because every guest will be able to create one of their own.

Although it may pay to have one of the staff helping to occasionally cast an eye over the set-up… just in case Uncle Jim starts to drink enough for himself… and five others.


The Bespoke Specialists

The true meaning of bespoke refers to handcrafted design, developed in close consultation with the client.



The talented team at Via Sollertia are the bespoke specialists, delivering a personal design and creation service for clients who want a unique piece of jewellery.

“We design and craft creations fully by hand – without using CAD (computer aided design) or cast and assembled design – which is the true meaning of bespoke,” says designer Clare.

There is also a stunning selection of timeless, unique pieces showcased at the store – all beautifully crafted by the on-site jeweller.

Located in the heart of the city on iconic the New Regent Street, the family-owned business provides a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and can work with any budget.

“Good service is our number one priority and we’re willing to go above and beyond what customers expect.”

Find Via Sollertia on Instagram and Facebook.

Phone 366 8001 or visit for more information.


Personalised Love

The zeitgeist of ‘you do you’ extends even and perhaps especially, to that most unifying of life’s milestones; the point at which the one you love becomes your pair-bond from this day forward unto the great hereafter.



Modern couples understand a successful marriage allows the individual essence of both parties to thrive and this is mirrored in their selection of personalised wedding rings.

The days when wedding rings matched – just because – are a relic of a more prescribed era. Personal taste, colouring, and hand dimensions now drive the choice.

A delicate rose gold and diamond ring can join in matrimony with a solid platinum – the combinations are as varied as the wedded bliss they symbolise.

The team at Via Sollertia believes every wedding ring should represent the unique brand of love and honour its owner brings to the union.


Beauty for the big day

Brides will be letting their true beauty really shine through this decade, with makeup magic that has come a very long way.



Hailing from Christchurch, Charlotte Edwardes, a wedding makeup artist at Island Beauty on romantic Waiheke Island, makes up stunning brides from all nationalities.

Her number one tip: “keep it natural to radiate warmth from within – so you’re glowing from the inside.”

“A softer, natural look seems to be the trend, and products are now unbelievable in how they can achieve this. Contouring is less pronounced now – much softer – as there are too many high-definition lenses out there to capture any stage tricks!”

She says no particular trend reigns; people just like to look different to what they do every day at work.

Also, personality, skin tone, and what suits the colour of the skin and face shape matters the most.

“However, there are less nude-shaded lips now and more colour. Some brides really suit that classic matte red, especially for a Chanel ’40s look. Some with naturally rosy lips are opting for just gloss. They might want a pink lippy to match a pink bouquet for example. Soft corals, apricots and peaches are also featuring – glorious with an heirloom antique-lace dress. Pink undertones fair better than orange and brown for whiter-looking teeth, and a lip conditioner makes a big difference.”

Charlotte see brides of all ages looking absolutely beautiful for their big day.

“The latest formulas of powder-cream blushes are more forgiving for fine lines, and are best applied directly on the cheek. Pigments are now richer, sharper and a lot finer – and therefore more flattering. Gold-shimmered eyelids and bronze highlights can be sensuously subtle. Mineral foundations are perfectly lightweight for dewy skin at any age, and I use a high-definition setting powder.”

A highlight for the bridal party is getting glammed up together. “I recently made up a grandmother of the bride in her ‘90s. She was crying because she felt so beautiful.”

The eyes express all on the wedding day. Local eye-makeup influencer Nikita Rindel is all about eyes on her popular Instagram page Nikitahhx.

Over the past couple of years, she’s noticed brides and bridal parties wanting a more natural and simplistic look, rather than a defined contour and smokey eyes, and says 2020 will mark this exact trend.

“Brides will instead concentrate on enhancing their natural beauty rather than on the ‘creativity’ of the makeup. Fake lashes always make the eyes pop, so I feel this won’t go away anytime soon – but rather than rock a winged liner and daytime smokey eye, brides will opt for a light and more simplistic look such as a light shimmer and semi-dramatic lashes. Ardell offer the best bridal lashes in my opinion; lightweight yet dramatic enough to make a statement.”

Experimenting and trialling new products and different looks is always an exciting part of the planning.

Youngblood is a makeup line developed by former medical aesthetician Pauline Youngblood.

Its luxurious base of fine natural minerals avoids common irritants often found in makeup – imperative for a stress-free wedding day.

Feeling calm and serene in your skin ensures you will look it too.


Here comes the bride!

Yes, we’re in wedding season again with sunny skies ahead and long balmy evenings just made for celebrating outdoors.


We get regular requests from the hassled bride’s mother about having the garden picture-perfect for the big day, or for the next day’s after-match function. So here are a few pointers to get the wedding look – easily.

First pointer, don’t let ‘garden stress’ spoil what should be a fun party for everyone, including the hosts. Everyone’s there to have a memorable time, not to pick over the garden looking for weeds. Talking loudly, laughing and inhaling your expensive bubbly will blur any detailed memories of the garden.

Green lawns, trimmed edges/hedges instantly give the garden a manicured look and mowing regularly for the three weeks prior avoids the ‘scalped’ look. Feed the lawn six weeks before the big day and water deeply if there’s no rain around. A final mow three days before the wedding gives the best look.

Focal points of massed colour are the easiest way to create the ‘wow!’ factor as guests arrive and mingle. Large tubs of a single colour of flower are the most eye-catching and place them where they’ll have the most effect. Make sure there’s enough room for two people to walk between them – very important for the bride and groom!

The front gate, the front door, entrances to pergolas or marquees, beside gaps through hedges and gates to pool areas are all focal points. The scale changes with large numbers of people, so large tubs have more impact.

Roses really set the scene and “How can I have the perfect roses just at the right time?” is probably the pre-wedding question we get asked the most. Water is the basic requirement of roses and it’s almost impossible to over-water them.

Trickling a hose steadily at the base is the best way to water, rather than on the foliage, but if you can’t avoid overhead watering do it first thing in the morning, rather than the evening.

Feeding six weeks before the required date promotes fresh, new, clean growth, and the period from pruning to flowering is around six weeks. Regular spraying halts pests and diseases – if you need any advice on roses just ring or call us.

Flower beds can easily be a riot of colour all through summer with a bit of TLC and the good old reliable varieties are still the way to go – white petunias, white alyssum, lobelia, blue cornflowers, cream marigolds, white cosmos, blue salvias, and white impatiens in shade.

Pockets of summer annuals will reinforce your colour schemes and larger numbers of less varieties will have maximum impact. Rows of geraniums in terracotta pots are simple and effective. Weddings can be a once-in-a-lifetime event – enjoy the fun!


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Timeless Romance: The George

Your wedding planned to perfection; an intimate ceremony and romantic reception with timeless classic details to your exact requirements.


The George


From vintage textures to on-trend splashes of bold colours, you will be spoiled from the moment you arrive to when your guests say farewell. Enter The George, where your personal wishes and vision are made possible with professional wedding planners.

Would you like to arrive by vintage car or in the newest Bentley, or why not serve a cocktail in your favourite colour that will bring joy together with your own unique style? Celebrate family traditions or create your own new rituals to complement the memories that will last a lifetime.

Personal and heartfelt service to suit your style with their commitment to offer the best planning advice is The George’s gift to you. or a day filled with love, laughter, kindness and fun, phone 03 371 0255,

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Avoid a cookie-cutter wedding: Canterbury bride

Let’s be honest, from the minute we say ‘I do’, our heads are stuck in bridal magazines and we’re hunting out inspiration from wherever we can glean it. But amongst all the Pinterest and Instagramming, how do you create that one of a kind vibe? After all, your big day should never be a one size fits all affair.

canterbury bride

Today’s most memorable weddings are becoming less about the 6-tiered wedding cakes, expensive floral arrangements and guest lists the length of your arm. Today it is all about a wedding that is unique, personal and reflects who you are as a couple.
We’ve got all the inspiration you need to be a trendsetter not a copycat.

Be a storyteller

Where did you meet? How did your partner propose? What do you both enjoy doing in your spare time? You can’t get more authentic than telling your story through your theming.
Incorporating things which are meaningful to you will be fun and all it takes is one single object, memory or emotion to get the creative ball rolling.

Personalised vows

A sure fire way to ensure no other ceremony will be quite like yours, while making it special and intimate, is writing your own vows.
However, reciting the tried and true doesn’t automatically doom you to a ‘basic’ big day after all, mixing the modern with the classic is a clever way to create matrimonial magic.

Careful curation

Many venues offer package deals and, while this is certainly a saving in time and effort, it’s also a saving in personalisation because, the more freedom you have to select your vendors, the more unique your big day will naturally be.
Research your venues thoroughly to ensure you’re not tied into specific vendors before you sign on the dotted line.

Powerful playlist

Think outside of the box when it comes to your playlist, after all how many first dances have been done to John Legend’s All of Me?
Pick a playlist that truly speaks to you. Warning: this could take some time, but your efforts will totally pay off!

Culinary creativity

Much like your playlist, your menu should reflect who you are. A five-course silver service is always going to be out of place for a beers and BBQ kind of couple. Think there’s no place for beers and a BBQ on your big day? Think again.
Much like Converse shoes or gummies tucked under a wedding dress, it’s about making it your own. And anyway, you’re not here to please anyone else but yourself – and perhaps your other half.