Beautiful Wedding Arches

Looking for ways to take your ceremony to new heights?  Frame the moment you become newlyweds with a surrounding that reflects the mood of your special day.  It makes the perfect photo backdrop!

Top Five Summer Wedding Trends

Create the perfect summer wedding with these hot trends for the upcoming season.

TROPICAL PARADISE

Think luscious tropical plants/foliage, Watermelons and Pineapples and delicious tropical cocktails!

KEEPING THE BEER CHILLED

The Beer Barrow is very on trend this summer but we are also seeing some other unique ideas on ways to chill your drinks!

BALLOONS ARE BACK

Balloons are back in vogue this summer.  Use them to create special words or use as an alternative to the traditional floral bouquet!

FESTIVAL FEEL

Creating the perfect outdoor wedding with festival props, from tee pees to flower crowns and live music!

OUTDOOR PHOTO BOOTHS

A fun activity for your guests, this trend isn't going anywhere! With polaroid cameras and dress up props you will be sure to capture some amazing photos!

Table Runner Envy

Here's some ideas on how to wow your guests and go all out with these creative runner ideas

Rustic

If you're planning a rustic wedding, then the popular burlap or hessian table runner is the perfect choice.  Add a spin on this trendy look by adding lace or ribbon to the edges

Graphic Pattern Prints

For a more modern and contemporary edge, the patterned print is clever option.  This style is very on trend for 2016 with a huge array of different variations on this look becoming popular.

Lace

Adding lace to your table decor adds a touch of tradition and vintage.  Pair it with soft/romantic tones and you have a winning combination.

Bohemian

For a Bohemian wedding style and inspiration for a boho chic wedding, try creating your own tie-dye table runners.

Sequins

We all love abit of bling sometimes.  Why not add it to your tables.  Sequins can create a glamorous yet sophisticated feel.

Floral

If flowers are your thing, then using them as a table runner is perfect for you. Intertwining coloured roses into ivy not only gives your table a beautiful, rich style but will also fill your reception room with perfumed scent!

Book Pages

Get craft and use pages of your favourite books to create a one of kind table runner.

What does your wedding bouquet say about you?

As we know, flowers mean different things to different people.  Some just love the colours and others drool over the scents they produce.  Here's a list of meanings for flowers you may choose to have in your bouquet on your big day!

 The ROSE is the most traditional of all wedding flowers.  These beauties have the meaning of 'Love'.  Every colour has its own unique meaning.  White symbolizes 'purity' and Red means 'true love'.

The ROSE is the most traditional of all wedding flowers.  These beauties have the meaning of 'Love'.  Every colour has its own unique meaning.  White symbolizes 'purity' and Red means 'true love'.

 GYPSOPHILA signifies 'festivity', and is fast becoming one of the most popular wedding flower choices.

GYPSOPHILA signifies 'festivity', and is fast becoming one of the most popular wedding flower choices.

 With its elegant trumpet shape, the CALLA LILY more than stands for its meaning of 'regal'.

With its elegant trumpet shape, the CALLA LILY more than stands for its meaning of 'regal'.

 The sweetly fragrant FREESIA represents 'innocence' and 'friendship'.

The sweetly fragrant FREESIA represents 'innocence' and 'friendship'.

 The round blooms of tightly packed petals in the HYDRANGEA signify 'perseverance' and 'heartfelt emotion'.

The round blooms of tightly packed petals in the HYDRANGEA signify 'perseverance' and 'heartfelt emotion'.

 Not generally a common choice for bridal bouquets but hugely versatile, the CHRYSANTHEMUM symbolizes 'joy'.

Not generally a common choice for bridal bouquets but hugely versatile, the CHRYSANTHEMUM symbolizes 'joy'.

 Brides may love PEONIES for their luscious looks, but will cherish their meaning of a 'happy marriage'!

Brides may love PEONIES for their luscious looks, but will cherish their meaning of a 'happy marriage'!

 Carrying this exotic beauty on your wedding day is not only a sign you love a dramatic touch but that you are also a woman of 'refinement' and 'charm'.

Carrying this exotic beauty on your wedding day is not only a sign you love a dramatic touch but that you are also a woman of 'refinement' and 'charm'.

 Dating back 300 million years the PROTEA symbolizes 'courage' and 'diversity'.  It was named after the Greek god Poseidon's son, Proteus.

Dating back 300 million years the PROTEA symbolizes 'courage' and 'diversity'.  It was named after the Greek god Poseidon's son, Proteus.

 With it's beautiful scent and dainty blooms, LILY OF THE VALLEY represents 'sweetness' and 'purity of the heart'.

With it's beautiful scent and dainty blooms, LILY OF THE VALLEY represents 'sweetness' and 'purity of the heart'.

Thinking about a winter wedding?

Ever been wowed by those beautiful images of bridal couples photographed on top of snow capped mountains and thought about the option of a winter wedding?  But then those doubts flashed through your mind.  How would you keep your guests warm?  What would you wear?  And more importantly, will the champagne be too cold?

Well stop worrying and start planning because you will be one of the new trendsetters who are now considering tying the knot knee deep in snow!   While summer brides are busy worrying about how to stop their makeup from running, you and your bridesmaids get to wrap yourselves up in luxurious wraps or capes and skip the heels for some warm, comfy boots under your dresses.

And where better to have your winter destination wedding, but here in Lake Tekapo where you are surrounded by winter scenery so beautiful that your wedding will be the most memorable anyone has ever been to.

Here’s 5 tips on how to make your winter wedding a dream come true in Lake Tekapo.

To favour or not to favour

We were recently asked whether it’s still an expected tradition to include wedding favours in the wedding budget.  Our response was naturally of reassurance – “it’s perfectly fine to not have a wedding favour if it means stretching your budget and excluding other important items, such as flowers.”  But the question did make us think…why do we have favours and does it matter if they are left out.

Favours are a centuries old tradition, steeped in history.  It is believed that they originated amongst the French aristocracy and were called Bonbonnieres – a small gift given to guests at weddings, amongst the high classes.  Typically they would be a small box, made of crystal or precious stones, containing sugared almonds or other sweet treats.  In those days, sugar was considered an expensive luxury.  This tradition was adopted across Europe, even as far as the Middle East where the bride would provide five almonds for her guests to represent fertility, wealth, longevity, health and happiness. 

Wedding favours are considered a symbol of good luck but are also a way for a couple to thank their guests for sharing their big day.  If your budget is a little tight and you are on the fence about whether to provide your guests with a favour or not, here’s our top five ideas for an inexpensive, memorable and more importantly, useful favour idea.

Choosing the best wedding destination

Choosing your wedding destination can be an extremely daunting and difficult task. Get it right and you and your guests will have created wonderful memories forever. Get it wrong and you risk your wedding not being the incredible day you have always dreamed of. There are so many amazing places in New Zealand that offer couples every style of wedding imagineable from a romantic lakeside ceremony to a country rustic barn dance. Lake Tekapo is one of these very special places. 

Even on an overcast day, Tekapo provides a dramatic and grand landscape. It offers a multitude of options for a wedding couple and everything you need is here from make up, hair stylist, florist, caterers, wedding planning services, pamper treatments, wedding hire and much more. Lake Tekapo really is the ultimate wedding destination!

Swing under the stars

Lake Tekapo is famous for its night sky, but for one night only, we helped to create a very special looking venue for the local Swing Under The Stars fundraising event. Using simple decorations such as balloons, old music paper and lots of fairy lights, it's easy to turn a basic room into a magical starry night.

An effective way to use helium filled balloons is to create a floral bunch which can either be used as a centrepiece or as an entrance statement.  Blow up one balloon, twist the top and place a peg over the twist.  Blow up a second balloon, pinch it with one hand, and carefully remove the peg from the first balloon with your other hand.  Then tie the two together.  Repeat this again so you have two double balloons.  Then you can either twist or tie these two sets together and you have a bunch.  We used 5 balloons in our table display.  To finish them off just drape curling ribbon over the ties, and allow to hang down.  We also hung abit of coloured ribbon which complimented the curling ribbon.

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Small things that make a big impact

Part of the fun of wedding planning is finding all the little details that make your day unique. Here, we reveal our hot picks and share the mini buys that will make a big impact on your day…

 Using bright green apples layered with clear cellophane and cream topiary balls in a tall vase is a simple and inexpensive way to give your centrepiece the wow factor.

Using bright green apples layered with clear cellophane and cream topiary balls in a tall vase is a simple and inexpensive way to give your centrepiece the wow factor.

 Using coloured or fragrant candles instead of the traditional white tealight candle gives a subtle colour explosion in any room.

Using coloured or fragrant candles instead of the traditional white tealight candle gives a subtle colour explosion in any room.

  Inverted wine glasses as candle holders is such an easy and inexpensive way to display candles on a table.  And then you can add a rose or flower to match your colour theme.

Inverted wine glasses as candle holders is such an easy and inexpensive way to display candles on a table.  And then you can add a rose or flower to match your colour theme.

Eclectic wedding styling

If you are in the throws of planning a gorgeous Southern affair, then this shoot by Rachel Callander (Callander Girl Photography) with design and styling by La De Da & Tekapo Weddings and Events is so up your alley...

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Ceremony in the sky

Lake Tekapo is famous for its observatory on top of Mt John. Boasting its 360 degree views, it is a very popular wedding ceremony location. We can deliver and set up your wedding ceremony, manage the bar, and pack down so you can relax and celebrate.

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