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New Zealand Weddings - - EDITOR' S LETTER -

As I lost my­self in the nine New Zealand cou­ples’ wed­ding gal­leries fea­tured in this is­sue, not long be­fore go­ing to print, I felt a rush of ex­cite­ment for not only the won­der­ful peo­ple who shared their cel­e­bra­tions with us (page 35), but also for you and the thou­sands of duos who are em­bark­ing on or are mid-way through the plan­ning and per­son­al­i­sa­tion of your own wed­ding day.

Con­grat­u­la­tions are in or­der if you’ve re­cently said ‘yes’, and a wave emoji for you if you’ve picked up a copy of this mag­a­zine as a fam­ily mem­ber or friend who’s part of the bride’s sup­port team.

I’d like to think that New Zealand Wed­dings is a part of your tribe too, and that the idea-packed pages you’re about to dive into can pro­vide in­tel about what you want your wed­ding to look like and, im­por­tantly, to feel like.

With more than 65 bridal gowns shown in this is­sue, we present by far the most ef­fi­cient way of win­dow shop­ping be­fore you book your ses­sion at the bou­tique. We’ve got the blokes cov­ered as well; sim­ply leave the book open at page 112 and he’ll find his look faster than you can say, ‘love ya’.

From what you tell us at bridal shows ( Did you see our In­sta­gram high­lights from the Hitch’d Wed­ding Fair?), two sticky points when plan­ning is: 1. Find­ing great brides­maid dresses and, 2. The bud­get. We thought we’d ease the pain for both. Check out the huge va­ri­ety of oc­ca­sion dresses in our Fash­ion & Style sec­tion, and – for those go­ing DIY – dis­cover Lucy Mag­ill’s bud­get­ing ad­vice on page 157.

Speak­ing of... DIY and back­yard wed­ding styles are boom­ing in New Zealand. We take a look why, and nut out a must-read pros and cons list on page 140.

See you in a few months, for our next is­sue.

Softly does it Gown by Pronovias from Modes; wooden cake top­per by Peg Cre­ative; Lin­den Leaves dif­fuser; Elie Saab In White fra­grance; heels from For­ever New. Some­thing blue The waters of The Raro­ton­gan Beach Re­sort; brides­maid dress from The...

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