Words of wisdom: My advice for brides-to-be

Now, looking back, what would they have done differently? We’ve asked past brides for their words of wisdom for those eagerly anticipating tying the knot.

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What would they have done differently – or know now looking back? We’ve asked past brides for their words of wisdom for those eagerly anticipating tying the knot. 

Natasha, Parnell 
‘Personal touches don’t have to be expensive but they are what make the day special. Enjoy the planning and let your friends and family be involved – it’s a chance to create special memories.’

Sandy, Rarotonga 
‘Look into a destination wedding. Give guests heaps of notice so that they can get used to the idea and use it an as a holiday. Plus, it means your wedding celebrations will last more than a day!’

Alex, Pirinoa 
‘Create the day you want and don’t be forced into a style that you are not comfortable with. Your wedding day is a reflection of who you are as individuals and as a couple.’

Julie, Kerikeri 
‘Gather around a good support network of friends and family. When people want to help, let them.’

Kylie, Christchurch
‘At the end of the day, it’s not the font on your place cards, your groom’s suit style of your wedding shoes that matter most about a wedding. It’s how happy the bride looks and what an amazing couple the bride and groom make.’

Danielle, Otago 
‘A wedding planner will guide you through the process and sort out all those little details. My day felt like the ultimate party, and with such a great wedding planner, all I had to do was turn up!’


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