We chatted with the team from Allely Estate to hear all about why the Kumeu venue is perfect for your big day:
Story by Julia Steel
Why choose Allely Estate?
If your idea of a dream day is to tie the knot outdoors in beautifully manicured gardens, and then celebrate with amazing food with family and friends in either a villa or gorgeous marquee setting, then you’ll love Allely Estate. Our guests often comment on how ‘instagrammable’ the Estate is, with so many stunning backdrops and incredible food! Our expansive gardens are such a lovely place for your guests to roam and enjoy canapes, music and outdoor games while you sneak off for your photos…
But aside from the gorgeous location, it’s our passion for weddings that really sets us apart – our team genuinely love creating magic for our couples and go over and above, every single time. We even have a wedding planner on our team, who uses her brilliant organisational skills and legendary contacts list to help each couple organise their special day – for free! Nothing makes us happier than getting gushing thank you’s from couples who can’t believe how perfect their wedding day was.
Where can ceremonies and receptions be held on the property?
We’re super lucky at Allely Estate that we have plenty of options for the ceremony and reception – which is especially important in Auckland when you can never be too sure of the forecast! Most of our couples choose to hold their ceremony outdoors – either on the steps of our villa, under our Jasmine adorned pergola or beneath our gorgeous Magnolia trees. If the sun refuses to shine, we go for our plan B: inside our heritage villa or our massive permanent marquee.
Most of our couples choose to hold their reception in our marquee – they use draping and lights and all sorts to give them the look they want. We’ve had everything from 50 up to 200 guests in that marquee – it’s magic how many it can fit! We love watching a couple take to the marquee dance floor for their first dance or head outdoors to waltz away under the fairy-lit Gleditsia tree – this always makes for a stunning photo!
For winter weddings or more intimate weddings, our couples often choose to hold their reception in our beautiful heritage villa with its lovely wooden floors and warm interior.
How many guests can Allely Estate host?
With extensions to our marquee we can seat up to 300 and even more if you just want a walk and fork-style wedding! But don’t be put off by the numbers – we also regularly hold weddings with around 60+ guests. Our venue magically shrinks and grows to accommodate!
How does Allely Estate work with couples throughout the planning process?
We actually provide a wedding planner, free of charge! We get that wedding planning can be time-consuming and, at times, overwhelming, so we do what we can to eliminate all that stress. Athina is our organisational superstar – she works with couples from the very beginning, right through the process. You should see the fan mail our lovely Athina gets – couples really do love working with her and appreciate what she does to make the planning process so much more enjoyable!
Where are the best places for wedding photos nearby?
Oh so many! At Allely Estate alone you have the gorgeous gardens (beautiful old trees, manicured hedges, fairy-lit trees) and the heritage villa, which has its very own bride room! Nearby there are gorgeous fields which look just incredible in the golden hour. Just a hop, skip and jump away are Muriwai Beach (black sand, theatrical sea backdrop, cliffs, sand dunes), Riverhead Forest (dappled light through towering trees and magical tree-lined paths), vineyards and countryside scenes… You’re spoilt for choice out here!
What options are available in terms of catering?
Food is one of the highlights of Allely Estate – we take food VERY seriously here and pride ourselves on our menu! You can see our menu choices on our website ( www.allelyestate.co.nz ) but let’s just say our food gets as much fan mail as Athina does – it’s very, very good! Our talented chefs are really flexible and can cook for any culture – you just need to ask. We have a variety of menu choices, but couples can choose from finger food, gourmet platters, buffet feasts or silver service. My particular favourites are the slow-baked pork belly, crispy crackling with braised red cabbage, and the divine dark chocolate tart with a rich chocolate mousse. Yum!
What happens in the event of bad weather?
The sides come down on our giant marquee and everyone stays dry, warm and happy!
What does Allely offer that other places might not?
Our happy couples say it’s the free wedding planner, the exceptional food, the stunning garden setting, the variety of locations on-site, the 1am liquor license (plenty of time to party!) and (we say this modestly) having a team that really wants to do anything to make their dream day all they’ve dreamed of…
Click here to see all that Allely Estate has to offer www.allelyestate.co.nz
393 State Highway 16,
Phone: 09 412 7206