Now you’ve said, “I do”, it’s time to get onto the to-dos. Because nobody turns up to their wedding looking flawless without a little bit of preparation. Metropol has pulled together your beauty checklist leading up to the happily ever after.
Your skin is the canvas on which makeup artists will do their magic. Many brides opt to prepare their skin for the big day by going on a professional plan which addresses any concerns like acne, pigmentation or fine lines and wrinkles.
Check in with your skincare specialist to see how any products and treatment are working. Now is the time to get the low down on injectables, and to try out anything new like brow tints or microblading, fake tanning and lashes.
Most injectables start to look their best a few weeks (up to six) after the treatment, so you will want to time this just right. Hair conditioning treatments should be done about a month before the big day, and colour about two. Teeth whitening is recommended three weeks prior.
So the proposal is locked in, and you’ve set the date. But now another question arises: Where should you tie the knot? Luckily, Canterbury is home to an array of urban and rural venues which will ensure a memorable day for all. Not to mention those locations on our doorstep, too.
Christchurch’s proximity to some of the best vineyards in the world has not escaped many couples getting married here. Whether it’s the sprawling options in North Canterbury, or those in Tai Tapu, Ashburton and beyond – a wedding amongst the vines always guarantees a good time.
The jewel in Canterbury’s landscape crown, Banks Peninsula and its harbour views, jagged hills and rolling farmland paints a perfect background for a perfect day. Take your pick from the bays which piggyback their way from Lyttelton to Akaroa and back again.
INNER CITY MAGIC
Make the most of the new Christchurch with the beautiful gardens and unique mix of modern and historic venues. Photo opportunities with street art, yet-to-be repaired buildings and new architectural wonders abound: And at the rate of change around here, will forever be your own piece of local history.
It’s no secret the scenic wonders which lie south of Christchurch, and many couples make the trip to explore ceremonies and receptions in Tekapo, Queenstown, Wanaka and beyond. A destination wedding is always fun.
Choosing a wedding gift can be a daunting task; you want to purchase something special which will be well used and loved by the loved-up couple, but there is so much to choose from! So, here are Metropol’s tips for picking a winning wedding gift.
TASTE OF LUXURY
As the happy couple have likely splashed out for their big day, they may not have the budget to buy anything luxurious for a while. So, why not set them up for their new life together with something useful which will last a lifetime. Some favourites include; luxe throw rugs and bed linen, fine glassware and cookware; and beautiful ornate picture frames.
VOUCH FOR IT
Of course, many modern couples already have their homes and have filled them with items they love. So, why not consider gifting an experience? Travel may be off the cards for now, but it will be back eventually. And in the meantime, NZ is full of bucket list worthy destinations and activities to tick off which can all be purchased with a voucher.
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST
Many couples choose a wedding registry for guests which contain the items they most covet. Choosing these items is a sure way to gift something the couple wants and loves, while still picking something personal, too. If your couple doesn’t have a registry, browse the “most popular” lists on sites like Mildred & Co. and tyingtheknot.co.nz for gift ideas.
A wedding reception usually makes up bulk of the big day, so it is no wonder the care and consideration which goes into planning this part of the celebrations. If your reception is going to be outdoors, here are some ideas to help set the scene.
MARQUEE-ING THE OCCASION
No matter how outdoors a wedding reception is, many couples opt for some kind of roof just in case. And these come in the forms of marquees. Designs in recent years have included contemporary clear, bohemian giant teepee-style as well as repurposing less temporary structures like old barns or woolsheds.
While the bridal party take photos and guests are left to their own devices, add a fun element to the afternoon with some lawn games. From croquet to pétanque, corn hole, kubb, giant Jenga and ring toss – there is nothing like having some competitive fun in the afternoon sun. Especially if there is some music, canapés and champagne involved, too. You can even make them yourself!
LIGHT IT UP
Festoon, fairy, chandeliers, and lanterns – ideas for creating a romantic glow when the sun goes down can be as endless as your imagination. While candles create the ultimate atmosphere, these come with obvious caveats (wind, hazard), but many electric options mimic the desired soft glow and can be hung from trees, tents or poles for height, or arranged as part of table centrepieces.
A seated dinner of course provides tables and chairs for guests to rest and soak in the speeches and their table’s company, but pre- and post-meal it can be a convenient (and cute) idea to create seating zones. From antique-style furniture, to hay bales and bean bags – get creative to create interesting chillout zones.
Bridal bouquets and floral arrangements are often a crucial element of the big day as modern couples pay homage to traditional wedding day accoutrements. Canterbury is home to many talented florists who can make your floral fantasies come to life, but you can also take the reigns to make the blooms last, long after the reception ends. Here are Metropol’s tips for preserving your big day blooms.
IM-PRESS-IVE PETALS: Some professional framers and florists can press and frame your flowers for you; and they look timeless in a classic glass frame, hanging on the wall or resting atop a side table. Or, if you’d like to get crafty yourself, simply select the blooms you’d like to press and spread them out wax paper. Then, pop the wax paper inside the pages of a heavy book, sandwiched between another piece of wax paper. Dry for seven to 10 days. Remember, you only have one shot at pressing so make sure the blooms are arranged as you want them in their final form.
SILICA SOLUTIONS: A solution used by professionals, silica gel removes moisture from flowers, preserving the shape and colour. Done professionally, this returns exceptional results – but you can also try a DIY version, too. Available at most craft stores, simply cover your flowers in the silica and leave in an airtight container for up to a week. Make sure to layer the silica so it doesn’t crush the petals!
NEW FORM FLORA: Once flowers are dried or preserved with silica gel, combine bouquets and arrangements into an impressive new form which can be used as a wall hanging or table arrangement. Combining the flowers together helps your memories live on, while adding an exciting new and on-trend feature to your interior design scheme. Display in an architectural vase, or suspend from the ceiling.
DRY IT OUT: There is no need to bid adieu to your bouquet and flower arrangements when you can tap into the floral trend that just keeps keeping on: dried flowers. Professionals can help you out with drying, as there are techniques and tricks like painting which add aesthetic appeal. However, if you want to DIY, simply hang your desired stems upside down (one by one is best) in a dry and warm area, such as a cupboard, and let dry for a week or longer.
Following extensive renovations, Eliza’s Manor is back on the scene as one of Christchurch’s most intimate and historic wedding venues to choose for your big day.
Marking its 160-year anniversary, this iconic Manor at 82 Bealey Avenue radiates old-world charm and ambiance from the very moment you step through its doors.
Eight bedrooms are the perfect accompaniment for the bride and her entourage to relax and enjoy wedding day preparations before the ceremony, and for the bride and groom and guests, to retire to for the night. Staff are on hand to make it the most memorable day of your life.
Guests will enjoy silver service while dining on a delicately inspired French-styled menu or alternatively a cocktail party with canapés afterwards to take in the atmosphere at the bar.
If you are planning a wedding, book in a high tea or lunch and see what all the fuss is about.
It may be the happy couple’s big day but that does not mean you can’t look amazing celebrating them. We talk to Christchurch Zebrano manager Michelle Carter on how her team can help you find your iconic look for any wedding.
Whether you prefer a flirty feminine feel or more of a beautifully bold style, finding those clothes starts with impeccable design. Which is why Zebrano stocks high-end New Zealand designers including Maaike, Obi, Jason LIngard, Curate by Trelise Cooper, LaLa, Moyuru and Rundholz Black.
And it is the only Christchurch store to stock Mela Purdie from across the ditch.
Each piece is carefully chosen for its place in the store, considered as much for its design as for its fabrication and reflection of classic and current styles.
Amongst those styles designed for and by New Zealanders, there’s inspiration from what’s happening globally in fashion – from statement spotlight-worthy pieces to elevated essentials. All of which would be a great option for any occasion celebrating love.
Find Zebrano at 169 Victoria Street, phone (03) 962 2035 or online at the website.
Planning a wedding or family celebration is looking a lot brighter in recent times, and if a vineyard setting is calling, look no further than Rossendale.
A beloved venue for many years, this beautiful and unique property offers the ultimate setting for any celebration, big or small.
With in-house catering, experienced and friendly professional staff and beautiful gardens as a backdrop for ceremonies and photography, Rossendale is available year-round with each season offering its own opportunities.
A wealth of information is available on their website with an amazing 360-degree visual tour and drone-shot video that shows just how beautiful the setting and venue is.
For an on-site visit please call venue managers, Graham or Liz to arrange a day and time for them to show you around and discuss your plans.
Decided the date? Next up is venue, so why not choose one that does it all? A beautiful wedding could not be simpler at Amuri Estate in Hanmer where the supreme views take the effort out of creating an unforgettable setting.
The venue seats up to 200 guests and there is a luscious variety of spaces on the property. The ceremony lawn looks across the valley to the mountains – and lawn seating, or grandstand-style seating rising up the bank are options.
The paved canapé and drinks terrace is large enough for dining, and inside options include the large reception hall and the drawing room.
“It’s ideal for an intimate winter reception,” Manager and Wedding Planner Vanessa Orr says.
Working with three catering companies, Amuri Estate can offer you the cuisine and drinks of your choice in buffet, plated, and shared styles from the fully-equipped kitchen and bar.
Accommodation is available onsite, with a lodge sleeping six within three king rooms with ensuite, and a kitchen/living area. The Wallace Peak Cottage sleeps two in a king room and has kitchen, living and log fire.
Qualified event manager, Vanessa is your wedding co-ordinator on the day, or throughout the planning process, if you wish. Organising meetings, the run sheet, event plan, rehearsal, she liaises with the MC, photographer and caterer on the day.
Table settings are available to hire, make your own selection or simply leave it all to Vanessa on the day if you prefer.
“I love seeing couples’ days come together; our stunning views ensure a picture-perfect start to married life.”
Whilst Youngman is his last name, 30-plus years’ experience in the marquee hire and events industry suggests Andy is a well-seasoned professional. With a wide range of quality marquees, indoor and outdoor furniture, fairy lights and fire pits for hire it’s not a matter of if but a matter of where and when.
“We are passionate about event planning and management and take great pride in our friendly, personalised service,” says Andy.
“There is nothing we like more than helpings clients to create their dream event.”
High end events are a speciality, he says. Get in touch today to see how to make your mark.