Ceremoniously personal: Robyn O’Brien

Robyn O’Brien loves weddings and tailoring ceremonies to be exactly what couples want and to reflect their unique personalities. Her service is based on getting to know the people she’s marrying, guiding them through the ceremony process and doing her research.     Robyn has performed many bespoke ceremonies, some of which include rituals such […]

Romantic vintage styling: The Vintage Two

When Zoe Gallagher was planning her wedding in January, her sister Cushla Foster-Thorn lent a hand finding whimsical vintage décor. The teamwork sparked Cushla’s business and planning nous and Zoe’s creativity, and The Vintage Two was born.     Now, the West Coast-born, Christchurch-based duo team up with other local businesses, like West Coast Platters, […]

Wild and free: Victoria Florists

Big, beautiful, wild, loose and free, is how Victoria Florists describes the bridal bouquets of now.   “Dried and silk flowers woven with fresh blooms are spot on trend,” says owner Leanne Lovell. A bouquet of a fresh white king protea, silk hydrangeas and dried wild flowers springs to mind. “It’s very natural now, with […]

Best dressed guest

With few recent occasions to dress up for, weddings are the perfect events to whip out your glad rags. Here is Metropol’s style inspiration for the upcoming season.                            


From tails and tuxes to three pieces, business and lounge suits. There’s plenty to choose from to match your wedding theme, dress code and locations. Here are Metropol’s tips for suiting up, in style.                    

Romance in the city: The Milton Street Substation

Step inside the green doors of this ex-power station on the fringe of Christchurch’s city centre and you are transported to an industrial chic wonderland. The Milton Street Substation is a unique venue which provides a contemporary canvas for your wedding or event.     Despite being close to 100 years old, a clever makeover […]

Setting the scene

A defining feature of planning and organising a wedding is choosing a theme or style for the big day, which underpins the details on everything from invitations, to ceremony set-ups, reception tablescapes and venue styling. Metropol has rounded up three trends tipped to influence weddings in 2021 and beyond.     NOSTALGIC VIBES Embracing rustic […]

Baked with love

Wedding planning has got some sweet relief as the side effects of the Covid-19 pandemic look to be slowing down. And when it comes to choosing one of the sweetest parts of your big day, Metropol has rounded up some of the biggest confections trends for the wedding season ahead.     EDIBLE BLOOMS According […]

Down the aisle and beyond

In wedding seasons marked by constant disruption and cancellations, when it comes to wedding dress design it seems brides to be are shirking tradition and focusing on personal style and versatility. According to those in the know, modern brides want a wedding wardrobe that can take them from ceremony to dancing with ease.     […]

Ringing in autumn

For better or worse, we’re waving goodbye to summer. But don’t fret, we’re ringing in autumn with a look at what we can expect to see adorning fingers in 2021. Yes, we’ve got clarity on all the latest ring trends.     GOOD AS GOLD We might have been looking at gold through rose coloured […]