Love makes time stand still, and those who witness your joy – friends, family or even strangers – are all the better for it. But no matter how smooth the day goes or seamless the scene looks, it takes more than a little luck and panache to pull off a memorable event. That's where New Zealand Weddings comes in. We're here to ignite your imagination and show you simple shortcuts to putting together something spectacular.
Melissa Gardi, New Zealand Weddings editor
Inside this issue:
Be inspired by real couples who dreamt up inspirational celebrations. See how six newlyweds styled their day in the spotlight. Also, be in to win a luxury prize package worth $10,000, including a seven-day escape to Rarotonga.
Spark your creativity with the latest and greatest styling ideas. Take your lead from your natural surroundings with the dreamy blues and greens of the sea, or look to our mood board for a taste of Tuscany with rustic textures, tomato-red accents and vibrant clusters of fragrant herbs and pretty petals. We’ve got recipes to tickle your taste buds, along with ideas for centrepieces, dresses, jewellery, guest favours and more – let your imagination run wild.
Get your bridal party dressed to the nines with our captivating fashion pages. Take your inspiration from the rejuvenated charm of decades past with the ethereal grace of the 1920s, or embrace exotica with intoxicating designs set against the elegant bustle of Shanghai. Plus, we have the latest styles from eight of the best local designers to send you down the aisle with a luminous grace.
If there’s one day a girl wants to look her best, it’s her wedding day. We’ve got the latest expert advice to get you glowing with bridal bliss – learn which makeup will have a flawless finish in front of the camera, and discover how to DIY your way towards red carpet locks. You’ll also find out how to maximise your workouts to feel fabulously fit for the big day, and we give you nutrient-rich juice recipes and the savviest supplements for your fast-track towards a radiant big-day glow.
Smart suits and suave accessories will have him looking every bit the esteemed gentleman, and can’t-forget details will ensure he appears prepped and polished with flawless ease. Also, columnist Ben Fahy walks us through the whirlwind of social events that soon-to-be-weds will encounter in the lead up to the big day.
Keep cool and collected with our guide to planning the wedding day of your dreams. We help you decide which wedding size is right for you, as well as providing essential know-how so you can effortlessly avoid a budget blowout. Plus, your post-wedding to-do list and DIY delights to infuse your day with personal warmth.
Make an escape to your cloud nine. Whether it’s a Shanghai city adventure or a dreamy retreat under the sails, we share all the essential knowledge to ensure your post-nuptials life gets get off to an invigorating start. Get the low down on the hottest honeymoon luxury accommodation and all the fashion essentials to take with you.
Ask the Experts
Assemble your A-Team with our vendor and supplier directory – we’ve got everyone from the photographer to the caterer in our comprehensive list of wedding professionals.