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When it comes to planning a wedding, it’s hard to know where to begin. We have written numerous blog posts relating to all aspects of wedding planning. From food to flowers, we have covered every topic and, yet, it seems there can never be too much information regarding wedding planning.

We know how important it is to plan the wedding of your dreams and, being experts in all things weddings, we try to put as much information out there as possible to make it easier for our couples.

We thought it would be a helpful tool to bring all our past wedding planning blog posts into one to give you the definitive guide to wedding planning. On that note, here’s everything you need to know about planning a wedding in New Zealand in 2019.

Our top 10 wedding planning tips and tricks

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

The advice from those who have been there and done that counts for a lot when it comes to planning a wedding. Having hosted hundreds of weddings, we have plenty of advice to offer and we know how to make your day truly spectacular. These lesser-known tips and tricks will steer you in the right direction throughout your planning journey.

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Newly engaged? A simple guide to planning your wedding

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

Being newly engaged is an incredibly exciting time and most couples want to dive straight into wedding planning. But where do you begin? This simple guide gives couples an idea of how to get the ball rolling, with a few hot tips for planning the wedding you’ve always dreamed of.

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Five ways to make wedding planning a time of joy, not stress

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

The most important thing about wedding planning is to have fun and to work together as a team. For the most part, all couples will find joy in their

wedding planning but there can be times when things get a little stressful. It’s best to prepare for these times, realise when they’re about to happen and reconnect as a couple. Here’s how to make wedding planning a time of joy.

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5 common wedding planning mistakes couples make

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

For first-time wedding planners, it can be hard to know if you’re on the right track. With a long to-do list in front of you, it may seem a little overwhelming. Often couples make mistakes throughout the process that are easily avoidable but difficult to rectify. Here are five of the most common.

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5 signs you need to take a break from wedding planning

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

Wedding planning can be equal parts stressful and exciting. As we typically give ourselves just over a year to plan, it’s okay if you take a break from time to time. If things start to get on top of you and you’re struggling to find enjoyment in your wedding planning, it may be time to focus your energy on other things for a while and pick up where you left off when you’re ready to go back to it. These five signs are what you need to look out for.

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The top five wedding myths debunked to make wedding planning easy for you

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

A lot of the wedding planning advice given to couples these days is centred around long-standing myths. Sometimes, trying to incorporate this advice just makes the planning process more difficult. When someone tells you what you should or shouldn’t do on your wedding day, stop, take a breath and ask yourself: is that fact or myth? Here are the top five wedding myths, debunked.

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How to plan a wedding on a short engagement without feeling rushed

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

The typical engagement period is 15 months but, for many couples, this is simply too long to wait. It is possible to plan a wedding on a short engagement, there are just a few simple ways to make the process easier for you. With solid organisational skills, you will be walking down the aisle in no time. In this post, learn how to plan a wedding on a short engagement without feeling rushed.

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Simple wedding ideas for a small and intimate wedding

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

For many of us, the idea of a large wedding can be daunting. If big weddings are not your cup of tea, don’t feel pressured to invite every man and his dog. A small, intimate wedding could be right up your alley. With this easy guide, you could plan the most beautiful wedding, perfectly designed for you as a couple.

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10 little wedding details that will have a big impact on your day

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

When you first begin planning a wedding, you tend to think of the major elements of the day – the venue, the food, the attire. But it’s the smaller details that allow you to add your personal touch to the day. You’ll be surprised at what a big impact these 10 small details will give to your wedding.

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The 5 final tasks of the wedding planning countdown

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

The final weeks of wedding planning are some of the most crucial. It’s when that to-do list you had been checking off begins to grow again and you start to wonder how you’re going to get it all done. Don’t fret! It will come together. The key is to stay calm and ensure you’ve ticked off these five final tasks.

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All brides need a wedding checklist for the final week

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

Regardless of how organised you are, the week leading up to your wedding can be hectic. Tying up those loose ends requires just as much thought as all of the other tasks you have completed. The final week before your wedding doesn’t have to be a mad rush. This post gives you a checklist for each of the last seven days to ensure you have everything ticked off in time for the big day.

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Glamorous wedding ideas to match a stunning wedding venue

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

For many of us, planning a wedding is a process of injecting as much glamour as possible into your day. If you envisage a highly glamorous wedding, you need a venue to match. There’s simply nothing like Markovina Vineyard Estate. With the perfect space and atmosphere, Markovina is the ideal venue for a glamorous wedding. These ideas will bring all the glamour to your stunning wedding venue.

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The dos and don’ts of a DIY wedding

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

We all love a little wedding DIY but it’s not always realistic to expect that we can recreate what we see on Pinterest. When done well, wedding DIY can add all kinds of amazing touches to your wedding day. However, there are plenty of dos and don’ts. In this post, we’ll tell you what these are.

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5 great ideas for non-traditional wedding couples

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

Wedding traditions are not for everyone and, these days, couples can choose whether to take them or leave them. While many traditions are alive and well, we’re seeing more and more couples dismiss them altogether, making their wedding a truly memorable experience. If you’re not one for traditions, this post will give you five easy ways to plan a non-traditional wedding.

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Proven simple ways to save on wedding costs that will surprise and delight you

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

Setting a budget is very much a reality for most of us when planning a wedding. However, just because you have a budget doesn’t mean you can’t create the wedding of your dreams. These ideas will show that you can cut wedding costs without having to scrimp on the things you want most.

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5 easy tips for a wedding guest to keep to a budget

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

Budgeting is a hot topic, not just for wedding couples but for wedding guests as well. It’s not uncommon to have several weddings to attend in one season and the cost of travel, outfits, accommodation and presents can quickly add up. So this post is for the guests – here’s how to keep the costs down.

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How to choose your wedding date

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

Unfortunately, choosing a wedding date is not as easy as plucking one from thin air. There are many things to consider such as venue availability and how suitable the date is for your guests. Take your time when choosing a wedding date to ensure it works for you, your guests and your suppliers. Here’s how.

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These winter wedding trends could make you rethink your wedding date

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

While summer is considered ‘wedding season’ here in New Zealand, many couples are beginning to see the benefits of having their wedding in winter. With unique wedding attire and earthy winter tones, this post might just make you reconsider your wedding date.

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Five tips for planning the perfect destination wedding

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

Destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular. As the perfect opportunity to take a holiday and travel abroad, who wouldn’t love to plan a destination wedding? While it’s the perfect idea for many couples, there are a few important things you need to know. Find out what they are in this post.

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5 easy tips for cooling off at a hot summer wedding

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

Summer is the most popular season for weddings. With warm, predictable weather, it’s easy to see why we favour summer when choosing a wedding date. But, as beautiful as sunny summer days can be, the heat that comes with it can be challenging. How do you stay cool at a hot summer wedding? Read this post to find out.

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Top tips for creating a fail-proof wedding run sheet

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

A wedding run sheet is your little piece of security that your day’s events will run as smoothly as you’d planned. Given to all suppliers and coordinators on the day, a wedding run sheet is one of the most important parts of planning a wedding. If it’s simple to understand, your wedding will go off without a hitch. In this post, you’ll learn how to get it right.

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Five essential tips for creating a wedding guest list

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

Creating a wedding guest list is one of the more challenging aspects of planning a wedding. Whilst we’d all love to include everyone we know on our guest list, it’s important to exercise some restraint in this area. These five tips will give you what you need to create your ideal wedding guest list.

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Top tips for creating a wedding seating plan

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

Ah, the seating plan. This can feel like an impossible puzzle for couples during the last weeks of their planning phase. When you come to doing your wedding seating plan, it’s a good idea to stop and think of a few important factors. Find out what they are in this post.

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Five wedding favours your guests will love

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

Wedding favours are a small token of appreciation to your guests for joining you on your special day. Whether it’s something edible or a take-home gift, there are endless ideas when it comes to wedding favours. You don’t need to go overboard, here are five easy ideas that your guests will love.

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How to master the etiquette of wedding invitations

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

The wording and timing of your wedding invitations are much more important than you think. So what should they say and when should you send them? This post covers everything you need to know about wedding invitation etiquette and how to ensure you get it right.

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10 questions to ask your marriage celebrant

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

As the first person to officiate your marriage, your marriage celebrant plays a critical role in your wedding. It’s crucial that you develop a good relationship with your marriage celebrant and are comfortable with who you choose to take on this important task. By asking your potential celebrants these 10 questions, you’ll find the perfect fit for you as a couple.

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10 essential questions to ask your wedding photographer

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

Your wedding photos are your lasting memories of your wedding day. As an ever-important keepsake, your wedding photos are something you can look back on for years to come and remember the wonderful day you shared. Your wedding photos must reflect who you are as a couple and you must feel confident that your wedding photographer will create something truly unique to you. Learn how to find the right wedding photographer in this post.

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Five stylish ideas for unique bridal bouquets

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

Uniqueness is what every couple strives for when planning a wedding. From fashion to flowers, couples go over and above to make their wedding day their own. In this post, we take you through five stylish and surprising ways to create a unique and stunning bridal bouquet.

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Ten ways to honour lost loved ones at your wedding

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

Major events can often remind us of lost loved ones and how much we wish they could be there to share the moment with us. Wedding days are especially difficult for those who have lost someone close to them but there are plenty of beautiful ways to honour a lost loved one at a wedding. Here are ten lovely ideas.

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The ultimate A to Z guide to wedding planning

The 2019 definitive guide to planning a wedding in New Zealand

And just in case you haven’t got enough information for your wedding planning,  this A to Z guide covers it all.

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Planning a wedding takes a lot of time, energy and organisation. With the right tools, your wedding planning process can be enjoyable and stress-free.

This definitive guide to wedding planning will give you everything you need to know throughout your journey. We have created each post with a specific topic in mind and, over the course of a few years, we have covered every aspect of planning a wedding.

We love to offer as much advice to our couples as possible. As wedding experts, we have plenty of advice to give and nothing is in the too-hard-basket.

We’re more than just a wedding venue here at Markovina Vineyard Estate. We’re also a supportive team who are here to help every step of the way. If you’re about to begin planning a wedding, give us a call today and find out why we truly are the venue that does it all.

 

 

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