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Better together: Chateau on the Park

Wander through the hidden gardens of Chateau on the Park, a DoubleTree by Hilton and meet the handpicked local wedding suppliers.



The team is hosting a one day only wedding showcase on the five-acre property, which boasts a moat, a vineyard and a beautiful rose garden. Join them from 11am-3pm to explore this inner-city sanctuary, and chat to the team to find out how they can tailor the space for your big day.

There will be a selection of trusted wedding suppliers on-site to discuss details, from flowers to music. Joining them on the day are Brides of Merivale, Country Feasts, HMS Hair and Makeup Styling, Little Paper Store, I Do For You Weddings, Kim Chan Events and more.

Entry is free on the day. To register your interest, head to and search ‘Better Together’. Be inspired by the relaxed environment and let Chateau on the Park, a DoubleTree by Hilton make your dream wedding a reality.



Will you marry me?: Via Sollertia

Let’s face it, when it comes to proposals of marriage, nothing beats making it an unforgettable one. Who can resist the bended knee, the proffered ring and the view from atop the Eiffel Tower?



While it’s winter here, it’s summer over there, but you want this romantic getaway to be perfect – so you need to visit bespoke jewellers Via Sollertia at 11 New Regent Street!

Bring your thoughts and ideas to Clare and her dedicated team. They will craft and create that very special and unique ring that says everything about who you are as a couple and the love you share.

But even better, your beautiful ring comes with a bonus – it’s tax free! That’s a lovely surprise and incentive, isn’t it? So much so, that now you’re wondering about a gondola in Venice… or a beach in Bali… the Empire State building perhaps? The possibilities are endless.

Phone 03 366 8001 or visit



Bespoke and sentimental: Via Sollertia

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



A bespoke ring crafted from a piece of jewellery with sentimental value is a meaningful way of re-creating something beautiful, says designer Clare of Via Sollertia. “We often have customers bring in jewellery from their great grandmother or a family member who passed away, so we can turn it into bridal jewellery or an engagement ring. It’s my favourite thing to create – I love the family story and sentimentality behind it. And there is no wastage, so it’s also an eco-conscious, sustainable option.”

Located in the heart of the city on iconic New Regent Street, the family-owned business provides a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and can work with any budget. “We’re willing to go above and beyond what customers expect. Throughout the creation process, they are involved every step of the way.”

Find Via Sollertia on Instagram and Facebook. Phone 366 8001 or visit for more information.


A beautiful backdrop: Chateau on the Park

Nestled amongst five acres of stunning gardens and greenery, Chateau on the Park – Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton, has a number of ideal backdrops for your big day.



Its outdoor spaces lend themselves beautifully to an outdoor ceremony, with options to add on a casual platter-style poolside reception to celebrate with your closest friends and family. They have your wet weather options covered, in either the Baronial-styled Camelot room or The Great Hall for larger celebrations.

Chat to the team about the wedding package, inclusive of venue hire and set up, a Honeymoon Suite for the lucky couple and a first anniversary dinner in the Garden Court Brasserie. The team will take care of every detail from ceremony to reception to ensure you have the wedding of your dreams.

To start planning your big day, call 03 348 8999 or visit


Flowers from the heart: Victoria Florists

We have long celebrated big events with flowers and when it comes to big events, they don’t come much bigger than the wedding day.



After all, no wedding is complete without beautiful blooms, whether they are for décor, accessories or bouquets. Delivering the most beautiful displays for your big day is Victoria Florists. For Leanne Lovell and her team, floristry has always been more than just flowers. It’s about creating something really special and personal for their customers, turning their talented hands to beautiful, imaginative designs from the freshest blooms.

Since taking over Victoria Florists six months ago, they have transformed the premises on the corner of Idris and Wairakei Roads. With a cosy vintage feel, it is a welcoming and warm atmosphere for all their clients. Leanne would like to thank all her loyal customers and welcome new customers to have a look around. Phone 03 351 7444 or email

For more information, visit


Cape Town

While wearing a veil on your wedding day will continue to be a timeless look for decades to come, the bridal cape can be the majestic statement piece that adds something striking to your look, whether it be for the aisle or the after-party.




Your wedding day is your time to shine – so consider embodying a glamorous look on your special day with something that’s a bit different. Although wedding capes aren’t groundbreaking in the realm of matrimony, they’re definitely making a huge splash in 2019 wedding trends as brides search for a fitting alternative to the traditional veil.

Whether you’re looking to cover up or show off, capes present the opportunity to let your imagination run wild – they’re ultimately a blank canvas that can be tailored to suit your gown. Opt for a sheer, delicate shawl embellished with elegant embroidery, or go all out and complement your classic gown with a full-length cape. Whatever you choose, you’ll definitely catch every eye when you’re twirling on the dancefloor.


Marriage made in heaven: Polished Diamonds

Engagement and wedding rings are special treasures and, when they are bespoke, perfectly fitted and sit seamlessly together, this is a marriage made in heaven. Polished Diamonds in New Regent Street can be the officiator of both.



When it comes to designing the wedding ring, the team is able to tailor design and make a wedding ring that is the perfect companion for any engagement ring. If you haven’t got the engagement ring yet – they can do that too!
This award-winning jeweller will then use cutting edge architectural CAD technology to model your ring so you can see how it will actually look. Add in workshop direct value and you have the highest quality craftsmanship, at affordable prices.
Your bride can don a uniquely designed and engineered wedding or engagement ring, which is future-proofed and backed by a lifetime guarantee.

For your own piece of haute couture perfection, contact Polished Diamonds phone 0800 233 299 or


Celebrate your happiest moments: Christchurch Function Centre

Life has so many happy moments and the Christchurch Function Centre is the perfect place for you to celebrate them.



The venue has four beautifully presented versatile function rooms suitable for larger groups or more intimate gatherings. Set within garden surroundings, there are comfortable accommodation options and convenient parking for everyone.
So whether you want to plan the perfect intimate outdoor ceremony in the garden with only your nearest and dearest or entertain a larger group of up to 200 for your wedding reception, the team at the Christchurch Function Centre is ready to exceed your expectations.

To discuss your function needs or to have a look around, please contact Events Co-ordinator, Catherine at or phone 03 352 9165. To find out more see


The Old Stone House

Character and ambience: The Old Stone House

Providing a unique, picturesque setting for your special day, the Old Stone House is a beautiful historic building at the foot of the Cashmere Hills.


The Old Stone House


Perfect for intimate gatherings of up to 100 guests, the venue offers an inimitable character and ambience, as well as the freedom for couples to create their own personalised wedding.

For a reasonable fixed rate, the building’s facilities include a full kitchen, tables, chairs, cutlery and crockery – and no catering services means couples can choose their own. Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor wedding, the heritage gardens and striking architecture provide an elegant and memorable backdrop.

Built in 1870, the building also serves as the Cracroft Community Centre and is available for hire for a range of events. The building reopened at the beginning of last year after a full restoration and earthquake strengthening.


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New kids on the block: Fermentist

They’re the cool new kids on the culinary block, a micro-brewery, taproom and eatery with beer at its roots and sustainability in its heart.



The Fermentist offers so much more than delectable food and beverages; it’s also a popular function venue. After all, the micro-brewery’s guiding philosophy is to bring people together over great beers and food and that’s what you’ll find at the heart of any great event.

Catering to both small and large groups, there’s options to suit everyone, from brewery tours through to personalised functions and events.

Its own signature beers and cider are brewed onsite, complemented by a unique approach to food, with a menu that is focused on plant-based, locally sourced produce and fermented foods, with herbs and vegetables harvested from onsite edible gardens.
Opening hours are 8am to 10pm Monday to Friday and weekends from 10am to 9pm.

To try The Fermentist experience, find them at 380 Colombo Street, Sydenham or visit