New Zealand Weddings - - PLANNING -

Take note of wed­ding plan­ner Emma Newman’s top tips:

Keep cock­tail hour sim­ple by serv­ing large plat­ters of lo­cal cheeses, gourmet crack­ers and other morsels.

Serve the main meal fam­ily style, kick­ing off with plat­tered breads and oils. For the main menu, serve up two dif­fer­ent pro­teins (meat or fish, for in­stance) and two veg­gies – con­sider a green or roasted med­ley, or a fresh salad.

Serve a dessert that can be made well in ad­vance – maybe brown­ies, or petit fours with berries and cream.

Want to keep it re­ally sim­ple? Go with food sta­tions – maybe a bar­be­cue, or a noo­dle bar com­plete with card­board noo­dle boxes, al­low­ing guests to make their own slid­ers. Keep well away from ice cream! En­list the help of fam­ily and friends. Be sure to have lots of meet­ings so ev­ery­one is on the same page, and keep a com­mu­nal spread­sheet go­ing of who is do­ing what.

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