ED­I­TOR’ S| let­ter

New Zealand Weddings - - EDITOR'S LETTER -

Aclose friend of mine re­cently got en­gaged. Af­ter the ini­tial elated flurry (tak­ing an up- close look at her ring and hear­ing her pro­posal story) the con­ver­sa­tion quickly turned to the big day it­self.

Noth­ing shines a light on the mo­men­tous na­ture of wed­ding plan­ning quite like those early dis­cus­sions – there’s the venue to or­gan­ise, themes to think of, a bri­dal party to select, and the list goes on. That’s what we’re here for: New Zealand Wed­dings aims to make the plan­ning process as smooth as pos­si­ble, all while show­ing you smart new ideas and ex­cit­ing trends for ev­ery as­pect of your spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion.

Flick to our Plan­ning sec­tion for tips on ev­ery­thing from sav­ing money on in­vi­ta­tions (page 136) to cre­at­ing a non­tra­di­tional gift reg­istry with­out caus­ing of­fence (page 148). ‘On the Menu’, page 154, serves as some­thing of a crash course in wed­ding cater­ing; whether you’re opt­ing for full- ser­vice venue pack­ages, a more flex­i­ble ap­proach, or sim­ply can’t de­cide be­cause you’re over­whelmed by the op­tions, I hope that this cheat sheet will shed some much-needed clar­ity.

As al­ways, our Real Wed­dings sec­tion serves as a mecca of in­spi­ra­tion. These sto­ries are a con­sis­tent favourite amongst read­ers (and us!), which is why we have made this is­sue’s Real Wed­dings sec­tion our big­gest ever. It in­cludes the story of our Dream Wed­ding win­ners Shani and Mark, who won a $60,000 cel­e­bra­tion thanks to our ‘Dream Team’ of gen­er­ous ven­dors. If you like what you see, turn to page 170 – we have yet an­other Dream Wed­ding up for grabs, this time held in the trop­i­cal par­adise of Fiji. Al­ter­na­tively, make a bee­line to page 98. You could be our Bride of the Year or Cou­ple of the Year, and win a prize pack­age worth $10,000 (in­clud­ing a hon­ey­moon in Raro­tonga. Yes please!) One of the high­lights on the New Zealand Wed­dings cal­en­dar is our an­nual run­way show at NZ Fash­ion Week, where the coun­try’s top bri­dal and menswear de­sign­ers will un­veil this sea­son’s col­lec­tions. If you’re still in search of your dream gown, this is the per­fect hunt­ing ground – join us run­way side on Septem­ber 2 for your dose of sar­to­rial in­spi­ra­tion. A few days af­ter my friend’s en­gage­ment, she de­scribed the out­pour­ing of plan­ning help she has re­ceived from friends and fam­ily. It’s a run­ning theme I hear from brides: when it comes to wed­dings, ev­ery­one seems happy to help. Such is the magic of wed­dings, af­ter­all; they’re joy­ful oc­ca­sions not only for you, but for your near­est and dear­est as well – and how lovely to give ev­ery­one a rea­son to cel­e­brate. Here’s to their hap­pi­ness, and yours, – and here’s to cel­e­brat­ing in style.

RACHEL RAM­SAY ED­I­TOR

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