‘ 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.
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.