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Fresh ways with Flowers

The tradition of having flowers at a wedding dates back as far as the ceremony itself. Flowers have always played a big part in the wedding ceremony. The origin of the bridal bouquet comes from the days when people didn’t bathe frequently, and the bouquet masked the...

What if it doesn’t go to plan?

So you have a magnificent outdoor beach-style wedding planned … The forecast has been for an incredible day, but come the morning it looks like it will bucket down. What to do? Renowned for its fabulous weather that often brings rain at night and fine skies during the...

Capturing the Moment

Choosing a wedding photographer is a lifetime investment. After all, you will want to look at the photographs for years to come. Select a photographer you feel comfortable with – someone who hears you out when you voice your opinions and, at the same time, makes...

Choosing the Ring

THE ring is a symbol of your love for each other, something you will look at every day. Here are the top 10 tips for choosing rings for you and your beloved: Narrow the choices from the outset. Shop for rings together. Start early, especially if you are having rings...

Choosing the Dress

MANY women have dreamt about their wedding day since they were first read fairy tales as a youngster, and a wedding dress epitomises this vision.  Age, practicality and children may tone down that vision, but if the dress is the thing you want to splash out on – the...

Alternate Ways to Feed Guests

Feeding guests is one of the most hospitable parts of any wedding. The cost to cater for your wedding depends largely on how many guests will be attending and the style and theme. The food and drink should complement your theme – and of course be delicious. It could...

Looking and Feeling Good

No matter where the wedding, how small or large the budget, every bride has a common goal – to look her absolute best. While beauty does come from within and part of the “glow” that people comment on is the radiance of happiness, there’s also plenty of self-help,...

Speeches Add a Special Touch

Asking other people to take part in your special day is an honour and a privilege. Sometimes the options for the wedding party are so obvious it requires little discussion, but it is a good idea to talk openly with your other half in the early stages of planning....

Choosing a Celebrant

There are a number of marriage celebrants in the Eastern Bay who can legally conduct a wedding ceremony. Like all other aspects of your special day, this is one that requires consideration. Usually people choose a marriage celebrant from the local area, as obviously...

The Man’s Role

It’s true that weddings have changed over the years – you can get married anywhere, in anything, you can even be the same sex. But one thing that has not changed is the man’s role. Up to the proposal you have done all the work, bought the ring, asked her father,...

Gift Etiquette

When it comes to getting married these days, many people already have their home set up. This can make it difficult to buy gifts for couples who seem ‘to have everything’. Often couples pay for weddings themselves, so the idea of money for a honeymoon, down-payment on...

Keep the lines open during wedding planning

A sense of humour is a must when you plan your wedding. That advice comes from many a couple who have experienced the highs and lows of wedding planning. As well as finding the funny side of events leading up to your big day – keeping the lines of communication open...

Changing or keeping your name?

Sometimes the trigger for changing a name is ensuring all the family, including the children, end up with the same last name. For some people they get around this by giving their children both parent’s surnames (either hyphenated or not) or by having one surname as a...

Legal Bits & Bobs

It is important to get the legalities out of the way in plenty of time before your wedding ceremony. There are two ways to get married or have a civil union in New Zealand. Either by a registered marriage celebrant (and you can choose): When and where you’ll get...

Balancing the Budget

It’s not that romantic, but one of the first items on the wedding plan needs to be setting a budget and deciding who is going to pay. An average New Zealand wedding costs between $25,000-$35,000. However, small budget weddings can be as personal and special as large...

Happily Ever After begins with great planning

So you’re taking the plunge and getting married. Whether you’re a traditionalist and want a big white wedding with all the trimmings, or have a small intimate wedding in mind — the Beacon wedding planner has advice, tips and information to help. For most people,...