‘ BRIDECHILL A’ TREND SWEEPS NEW ZEAL AND

A NEW GEN­ER­A­TION OF BRIDES IS EMERG­ING - BRIDECHILLA’S - AND IN TRUE CHILLED OUT STYLE, THEY ARE MOV­ING AWAY FROM TRA­DI­TIONAL WED­DING VENUES IN SEARCH OF SOME­THING MORE UNIQUE AND AF­FORD­ABLE. THE QUIN­TES­SEN­TIAL KIWI BACH HAS BE­COME THE NEW ‘ IT’ VENUE.

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Re­laxed and lev­el­headed, these brides are fo­cused on a stress-free and debt-free big day. They are more in­ter­ested in an in­ti­mate, out of the lime­light ap­proach rather than the more full-on tra­di­tional wed­ding cel­e­bra­tions. More and more are favour­ing bach lo­ca­tions that can ac­com­mo­date the bride and groom, al­low­ing them to spend more time with their guests, have pho­tos taken nearby and host a break­fast or bar­be­cue the fol­low­ing day.

Book­abach says lots of wed­ding en­quiries are com­ing through for hol­i­day homes of all shapes and sizes – ev­ery­thing from rus­tic cot­tages to mil­lion dol­lar lake­side homes. NZ spokesper­son, Gavin Lloyd, says lake­side hol­i­day homes in Ro­torua, for ex­am­ple, are at­tract­ing un­prece­dented at­ten­tion as an al­ter­na­tive wed­ding or hon­ey­moon choice.

“The Love Shack on the edge of Lake Ro­toiti can be utilised as a cost-ef­fec­tive wed­ding lo­ca­tion and re­cep­tion venue all in one.” Nes­tled in na­tive bush this small, self-con­tained cot­tage has stun­ning lake views and is de­scribed as the per­fect ro­man­tic get­away for ei­ther an in­ti­mate wed­ding or hon­ey­moon es­cape. At the other end of the scale, Te Manu Lodge is the ul­ti­mate wed­ding des­ti­na­tion near the sum­mit of Mount Ngongo­taha boast­ing stun­ning panoramic views across Lake Ro­torua. With five bed­rooms and ex­pan­sive man­i­cured lawns, the lodge has in­cred­i­ble views over the city and is the pic­ture-per­fect lo­ca­tion for wed­ding vows and the af­ter-party.

The Ro­torua Lakes area of­fers cou­ples a lot of op­tions with 18 lakes in the re­gion to choose from and the city is renowned for its world-class spa fa­cil­i­ties. As a well-known ad­ven­ture mecca, there’s also plenty of ac­com­mo­da­tion and ac­tiv­i­ties for hen and stag par­ties.

Wed­ding plan­ners agree that per­son­alised wed­dings with smaller guest lists and smaller bud­gets are the trend. Top tips for Bridechillas con­sid­er­ing a lake­side bach wed­ding: Ask the bach owner if the property has a boat or he­li­pad avail­able. Vol­canic Air Sa­faris are pro­fes­sion­als at cre­at­ing that mag­i­cal he­li­copter or float­plane bridal en­trance - www.vol­cani­cair.co.nz Many lake­side baches are in re­mote lo­ca­tions, so al­low budget to trans­port guests to the cer­e­mony and safely back to their ac­com­mo­da­tion af­ter­wards. For a cost-cut­ting ex­er­cise, buy your own al­co­hol to serve guests - just check about al­co­hol li­censes with the property owner. Sur­prise your guests with a sun­set cruise re­cep­tion and en­joy the lake well into the evening. Pure Cruise has a stun­ning 53-foot cata­ma­ran that can be hired on a per-hour ba­sis - www.pure­cruise.co.nz Col­lect props and think out­side the square with dec­o­ra­tions (e.g. lanterns down the jetty, or a ‘Just Mar­ried’ sign on the boat) and work with your pho­tog­ra­pher to make the most of the wa­ter­side lo­ca­tion.

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