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Beautifully bespoke: Canterbury Jewellers

The talented team at Canterbury Jewellers can turn your ideas into a beautifully handcrafted bespoke piece.



Located in the heart of the city, the family owned business has been providing an on-site repair, alteration and handcrafted jewellery service for over 35 years. Visiting the business is a refreshing change to what can sometimes be a daunting and sterile experience, says second generation jeweller, Jason Baylis. “We are honest, friendly and down to earth – many customers come back to us for that reason. Our business is built on word-ofmouth, so pretty much everyone who comes here are referrals.”

Delivering a personal design and creation service for anything from a unique engagement ring, to an elegant pendant, Canterbury Jewellers has a large, skilled team of 13 to keep up with demand and all jewellery is made in-house. Current trends indicate blue or pink sapphire engagement rings are popular and rose gold is back.


A beautiful backdrop: Chateau on the Park

Nestled amongst five acres of stunning gardens and greenery, Chateau on the Park – Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton, has a number of ideal backdrops for your big day.



Its outdoor spaces lend themselves beautifully to an outdoor ceremony, with options to add on a casual platter-style poolside reception to celebrate with your closest friends and family. They have your wet weather options covered, in either the Baronial-styled Camelot room or The Great Hall for larger celebrations.

Chat to the team about the wedding package, inclusive of venue hire and set up, a Honeymoon Suite for the lucky couple and a first anniversary dinner in the Garden Court Brasserie. The team will take care of every detail from ceremony to reception to ensure you have the wedding of your dreams.

To start planning your big day, call 03 348 8999 or visit


An idyllic location: Methven Resort

Just an hour from Christchurch, Methven Resort offers an unforgettable experience for a wedding venue or exceptional conference location.




This exclusive escape in Methven Village is renowned for fine food, fantastic facilities, entertainment, serenity and space in a beautiful mountain setting. Accommodation staff will personalise every detail for your event to ensure everything runs seamlessly. The main conference room, the largest in mid-Canterbury, accommodates up to 300 and can host a sumptuous banquet.

The resort attracts weddings and conferences all year round, with Mount Hutt offering a majestic backdrop for photos. Booking early is advisable, with summer weddings and conferences proving especially popular. Methven Resort is revered for exquisite top-class food, with the restaurant seating up to 100. There are 47 affordable and comfortable rooms, including family suites that sleep four, along with three steamy outdoor hot pools and a 25 metre heated pool.

Visit or phone 03 302 8724.


Flowers from the heart: Victoria Florists

We have long celebrated big events with flowers and when it comes to big events, they don’t come much bigger than the wedding day.



After all, no wedding is complete without beautiful blooms, whether they are for décor, accessories or bouquets. Delivering the most beautiful displays for your big day is Victoria Florists. For Leanne Lovell and her team, floristry has always been more than just flowers. It’s about creating something really special and personal for their customers, turning their talented hands to beautiful, imaginative designs from the freshest blooms.

Since taking over Victoria Florists six months ago, they have transformed the premises on the corner of Idris and Wairakei Roads. With a cosy vintage feel, it is a welcoming and warm atmosphere for all their clients. Leanne would like to thank all her loyal customers and welcome new customers to have a look around. Phone 03 351 7444 or email

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Cape Town

While wearing a veil on your wedding day will continue to be a timeless look for decades to come, the bridal cape can be the majestic statement piece that adds something striking to your look, whether it be for the aisle or the after-party.




Your wedding day is your time to shine – so consider embodying a glamorous look on your special day with something that’s a bit different. Although wedding capes aren’t groundbreaking in the realm of matrimony, they’re definitely making a huge splash in 2019 wedding trends as brides search for a fitting alternative to the traditional veil.

Whether you’re looking to cover up or show off, capes present the opportunity to let your imagination run wild – they’re ultimately a blank canvas that can be tailored to suit your gown. Opt for a sheer, delicate shawl embellished with elegant embroidery, or go all out and complement your classic gown with a full-length cape. Whatever you choose, you’ll definitely catch every eye when you’re twirling on the dancefloor.


Marriage made in heaven: Polished Diamonds

Engagement and wedding rings are special treasures and, when they are bespoke, perfectly fitted and sit seamlessly together, this is a marriage made in heaven. Polished Diamonds in New Regent Street can be the officiator of both.



When it comes to designing the wedding ring, the team is able to tailor design and make a wedding ring that is the perfect companion for any engagement ring. If you haven’t got the engagement ring yet – they can do that too!
This award-winning jeweller will then use cutting edge architectural CAD technology to model your ring so you can see how it will actually look. Add in workshop direct value and you have the highest quality craftsmanship, at affordable prices.
Your bride can don a uniquely designed and engineered wedding or engagement ring, which is future-proofed and backed by a lifetime guarantee.

For your own piece of haute couture perfection, contact Polished Diamonds phone 0800 233 299 or


Celebrate your happiest moments: Christchurch Function Centre

Life has so many happy moments and the Christchurch Function Centre is the perfect place for you to celebrate them.



The venue has four beautifully presented versatile function rooms suitable for larger groups or more intimate gatherings. Set within garden surroundings, there are comfortable accommodation options and convenient parking for everyone.
So whether you want to plan the perfect intimate outdoor ceremony in the garden with only your nearest and dearest or entertain a larger group of up to 200 for your wedding reception, the team at the Christchurch Function Centre is ready to exceed your expectations.

To discuss your function needs or to have a look around, please contact Events Co-ordinator, Catherine at or phone 03 352 9165. To find out more see


Creating a fabulous feast: Fiona’s Food

If you are searching for relaxed and affordable catering for your special day, look no further!


Perfect for weddings – alongside birthdays, corporate events and other special occasions – boutique catering company Fiona’s Food can work with you to tailor make a menu that suits every possible taste. Fiona and her professional team pride themselves on creating a personalised, memorable and seamless catering experience and, with everything made lovingly from scratch using fresh and healthy ingredients, you know you are getting the best quality and flavours, coupled with the very best service! With options for all dietary requirements and preferences, you can rest assured each guest will enjoy every bite.

Check out their sample menu options at, or give Fiona a call on 027 229 5671/03 351 3414 or email to see how the team can help you host a delicious wedding feast for your breakfast, lunch, dinner or reception.


A Vintage Wedding: Cross Hares


The guests raise their glasses in reply to the toast just given by the best man, “To the bride and groom!” They sip their wine, they become silent, they sip again, they smile. The bride watches her guests chatting across the tables, hears their laughter. She murmurs to the groom, “Look, the Cross Hares Effect”.

The groom sees his mother quaffing her ‘Greenman’ pinot noir and flirting with the bride’s father. He nudges the bride. “Your Dad’s just finished his ‘Ahuriri Run’ pinot gris and now he’s signalling the waiter for the following year’s vintage.” His bride giggles, “Wait till he tries the ‘Ahuriri Run’ 2018!” They look at the happy faces around them.

“Clever you,” says the groom, raising his glass to his bride. “To Cross Hares wines,” she replies, raising her glass, “The best decision I ever made… apart from saying yes to you, darling!”

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Something Blue

We’ve long tokenised ‘something blue’ when it comes to our wedding day, so it’s hardly a ground-breaking colour combination. But it seems that little something blue is now playing more of a starring role when it comes to the big day.



Because, not only has this match made in matrimonial heaven marched its way down the aisle, but it’s equally marched its way into our hearts. In fact, not only are bridesmaids donning this clever colour in 2019, but brides themselves are increasingly making waves in this cool hue.

There are plenty of options when it comes to finding the perfect partner for this stylish shade. Navy blue is a romantic partnership with dusty rose; soft French blue pairs prettily with white; midnight blue looks regal with gold; navy blue and burgundy are deep and delicious; navy blue and sunflower yellow contrast beautifully; or why not try mixing a range of blues throughout your wedding accessories?

Often associated with depth and stability, blue symbolises trust, loyalty, wisdom, intelligence, faith, truth and heaven and we can’t think of anything more appropriate for the day you commit to spending your life with your significant other.