The trees have begun to sprout green leaves, blossoms are painting the streets with colour, and each morning, it seems to be getting lighter and lighter. Spring is here, at long last, and with it comes the promise of sunny evenings spent amid the ambience of barbecues, fresh swims, and what will hopefully be a long, hot summer.
If you’re counting down the last months until “I do”, there is of course even more to get excited about – and this is where New Zealand Weddings comes in.
Our Planning section features lots of detail-oriented goodness for those of you whose wedding is on its final approach: The Ultimate Guide to Flowers (page 142) has everything you need to know about choosing blooms, while there’s some serious eye candy on page 130 as six cake designers showcase their best takes on the season’s tiered trends.
As always, we have included a wealth of information for the freshly engaged as well. If you’re yet to settle on a colour scheme, arm yourself with a highlighter and complete our colour palette quiz on page 138. Or if you’ve been struck down with a bad case of budget blues, make a beeline for page 146, where we present 50 quick-fire ways to save hundreds. (It might not be as hard as you think!)
Of course, you could always enter to win your entire celebration for free on page 58. There is a destination wedding up for grabs for one deserving couple – you could be jetting off to Fiji to say “I do” in the ultimate tropical triumph.
Elsewhere in the magazine, our Real Weddings section is brimming with inspiration on all topics from centre pieces to first dance songs; the creativity of our featured couples never ceases to amaze our team.
And if it’s gown inspiration you’re after, head straight to our Style section: as well as the usual range of inspirational fashion shoots, we’ve included a full run-down of the recent New Zealand Weddings Collection runway show at NZ Fashion Week. It’s hard not to be swept up in the spirit of love when so much care and attention is poured into the featured designs, and with more than 50 looks to choose from, you’re sure to find something to suit you – and maybe even your groom.
If your wedding is feeling imminent, I implore you to, in the spirit of spring, stop and smell the roses. It’s easy to get frazzled about the chaos of menu decisions, the cost of gown alterations or the notion that your guests are going to fixate on the vase arrangements as much as you are. Remind yourself that all anyone wants is to see the pair of you – happy. Concentrate on giving the people what they really came for.
Rachel Ramsay, editor