5 Fantastic Reasons to Have a Garden Wedding

By Markovina Vineyard Estate and

Garden wedding venues can infuse your day with a whimsical, fairytale-like quality that can be achieved or enhanced by personal styling. Here are our top 5 reasons why a garden wedding at Markovina Vineyard Estate is such a perfect choice.

Wedding venue options vary as widely as any other aspect of wedding decision making, like the dress, cake or menu options, making it all somewhat overwhelming! For that reason selecting a venue based on criteria including convenience, ease of planning and flexibility seems like the logical, stress-free choice for your big day. 

  1. Multiple ceremony location options

A garden wedding lends itself to the possibility of multiple ceremony locations. We all like to work with options and a garden setting gives you just that, and often includes the choice of an outdoor or indoor ceremony area perfect for those who are a little weather weary.

  1. All-in-one ceremony and reception venue

For some wedding guests venue changes can be quite an inconvenience and nobody enjoys a time-break in between, this simply interferes with the flow and energy of the day. A garden  venue can cater for both the ceremony and the reception with equal levels of quality maintained throughout, from excellent reception and dining areas to quality lighting, sound and dance floors.

  1. Menu choices

We all know and appreciate how important the food and drinks are on your wedding day, so it’s understandable to want a level of perfection. Buffet, platter or plated style dining each have their own advantages. A buffet allows room for elaborate table settings, with dishes created to suit your personal tastes and preferences. Platter-style meals can be served quickly with a mini buffet served to each table, while plated menus give you the opportunity to create your ideal wedding menu.

  1. Stress-free planning

With experienced wedding staff on hand you have the confidence to know your day will run as smoothly as possible. Their role is to make the whole planning process as stress-free and easy as possible. Their expertise, knowledge and insight are invaluable. Developed over time and through experience they will prove to be a wealth of information with recommendations for local florists, photographers, DJs, celebrants and accommodation options for out of town guests.

  1. Off-peak package options

It is common practice for service-based providers to operate during both high and off peak times throughout the year. The more expensive high peak season occurs over the warmer and festive months of the year. So for couples operating off a strict budget, an off-peak season wedding could be just the cure for your budget woes. Winter weddings lend themselves well to personal styling that brings out the unique beauty of the cooler months. For exmple, the autumnal colours can deliver stunning results that translate into beautiful photography opportunities.

Markovina Vineyard Estate

Markovina Vineyard Estate is a wedding venue of premium proportions, located in the wine growing heart of Kumeu just west of Auckland. Established in 1966, the beautiful garden venue carries with it a fraction less than half a decade of entertainment and hospitality history.

Which to choose?

When considering a garden venue, Markovina should top your list, for convenience, flexibility and overall quality. The venue and staff are, quite simply, hard to beat. Put into perspective, two to three ceremony locations within one venue is great. But Markovina trumps that with 5 options to choose from! Four are outdoor spots, incorporating mature native trees, ponds and rock formations as backdrops to your nuptials. The fifth is a covered option with clear drop down sides that allow the outdoor feel to remain, while protecting you and your guests from the elements.

All in one

For the sake of flow and fluiditiy, a ceremony followed by a reception in the same location is ideal.

Markovina provides a fully hosted service, from ceremony to reception. What propels their service and what sits at the heart of operations at Markovina is “care” - that is hospitality in its purest form, along with a willingness to meet any bride or grooms needs. Their service includes as a standard:

  • Venue hire and staff costs
  • Use of any ceremony location including ceremonial chairs
  • Wedding buffet or platters menu
  • Beverage package - wine, beer and non-alcoholic refreshments
  • Table linen, linen napkins, glassware, crockery
  • A quality in-house music system, DJ lighting and fairy light curtain
  • Your choice of start time
  • Undivided attention and best service as Markovina operates only one wedding per day

Styled to perfection

One of the great benefits Markovina provides is flexibility, both with the venue itself and for ease of access for personal styling. Past weddings indicate a strong focus on personality, infusing the venue with styled touches that speak to guests on a fun, personal or intimate level.

The wedding in May 2014 of Michaela and Nelson saw a minimal approach to decorating that allowed the venue to showcase its natural beauty with a few, simple, personal touches added, like the hanging lanterns and hand potted table settings.Other weddings have applied similar logic with many taking a hands on, hand-made approach to personalising their special day, in a way that resonates with their family and friends.


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