The Directory is where you'll find the perfect venue, photographer, dress, suit and so much more for your wedding. Just mouse over the menu tab to see the full range of categories.
Every category is packed with beautiful high resolution images, videos, a detailed business description of what they offer and full contact details including social media links. Shortlist those you love to keep track of notes about them, and use the enquiry form to quickly fire out requests for quotes.
You'll find that your enquiry details will autofill so you can easily request more information from many different vendors with a minimum of effort.
Our Wedding Showcase is a beautifully curated showcase of real Auckland weddings, designed to inspire you as well as giving you a first-hand look at what various venues, photographers and other suppliers can do.
We update the Wedding Showcase quarterly with the city's most beautiful weddings. Every showcase features 50 - 80 gorgeous professionally shot photographs, as well as comprehensive details on every aspect of each wedding - How We Met, Our Wedding Style, The Dress, Hair & Makeup, The Ceremony, The Reception and Advice for Brides To Be.
At the bottom of each showcase, you'll find contact details for all Auckland Weddings vendors featured.
Our Wedding Blog features expert advice from Auckland wedding vendors, such as the best time to have your wedding photo shoot, how to pick your first dance song, tips for bridesmaids much more. All articles are written by Auckland wedding experts for Auckland brides.
We update the blog at least once a week with articles covering everything from budgeting tips, top 10 lists, promotion of upcoming wedding events, competitions and recent trends as well as tips and secrets from the best in the business.
Use the Shortlist to keep all your favourite vendors in one place, and to record all your email and phone conversations with them for easy reference.
To add a vendor to your shortlist, just click the (show icon) icon. You'll need to be logged in to use this feature but if you are not a member already, clicking on the icon will open a register window where you can register with one click.
To review your shortlist, add notes and prices, and record who you have booked for your wedding, just click on My Shortlist, which appears in the menu when you are logged in.
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QUESTION: If you had JUST ONE DAY left to live would you... A: Buy as many things as your credit card would allow? B: Spend the day at the beach with the ones you love the most?
I know, it’s a tough one huh? *wink, wink*
More than anything, you want the wedding to be an amazing day, filled with love, laughter, happiness – an experience you’ll never forget. So it’s easy to get caught up in planning the wedding of your dreams. Out comes the hand-me-down stack of wedding magazines, and you spend hours surfing through countless websites and blogs for advice. It’s a feast of products and services the wedding industry is all too happy to provide you with.
And it’s exciting!! It’s finally your turn to get married and plan for the happiest day of you and your fiancé’s life.
But is what you’re doing really going to make you happy? Is pulling out your credit card the best strategy to creating the perfect wedding day?
"Social interaction is one of the most important determinants of human happiness.” - Amit Kumar
I believe Amit Kumar is a genius. He has a lot to say about the relationship between spending money and acquiring happiness. In short the key question he raises is this: Should you spend your money on ‘Things’ or ‘Experiences’? Which will give you greater happiness? Should you buy this decoration/item or create an experience with those around you?
However, ‘experience’ totally trumps ‘things’ when it comes to life happiness (this is good news for your wedding budget!). What you do, far outweighs what you have.
It’s not that ‘things’ don’t give happiness, but that they’re limited in their happiness potential. No matter how expensive something is, the novelty eventually wears off. Moreover ‘things’ will only ever be items you and I live alongside.
Contrast that with investing in experiences. Essentially, you are a product of everything that you’ve experienced up to this very moment. Your experiences are a part of you and define who you are. While material possessions fade over time, your life experiences continue to give and shape your future.
Let me ask a few more questions:
Do you remember the first time you kissed your now fiancé?
Do you remember the Christmas gifts you gave each other that year?
Do you remember when you left home or when you graduated?
Do you remember the cellphone you had at the time?
Do you remember where you were at the New Year’s Eve celebration of 1999?
Do you remember the car you drove to the New Year’s Eve celebration in 1999?
Almost every “… remember when” story is coupled with experiences rather than items or things acquired along the way. Physical things may last a long time, but it’s experiences that resonate with the life you live every day.
So with that being said, here are 15 tips on how to incorporate memorable ‘experiences’ into your wedding day. They’re ideas that steer away from “the materialism of a wedding day” and focus more on “the experience of getting married together”:
Let me rephrase the question I began with:
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A: Purchase the many things the wedding industry can offer you?
B: Create experiences with the ones you love the most?
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