New Zealand weather on any given day: high chance of scorching hot sun rays, equally high chance of a torrential downpour. It’s part and parcel of living on a set of islands all on their own in the middle of the Pacific Ocean – you can never leave the house without an umbrella and be completely confident you’ve made the right decision.
That’s why this investment has caught our particular fancy: Parasoul’s range of parasols. Parasols are available in thai silk, sa paper and – our favourite – wax cotton appropriate for both rain and shine, plus a few lace creations. Designed in New Zealand, they are handcrafted in Thailand under a fair trade arrangement employing well-paid workers.
Created in sizes from 60cm – hello, photo prop! – to two metres (ideal for shadowing a group) they fabulously ward of New Zealand’s sizzling rays. Dish them out amongst your guests, gift one to each of your bridesmaids, or carry one yourself instead of a bouquet – then keep it for all your future picnic and musical festival needs.
The best bit? There are a range of different colour options, so there’s something for every wedding style and colour scheme. Beats a golf umbrella any day.