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Find a theme that
suits who you are
to make your day
THEME IT: Finding a colour, culture, or
common interest to base your wedding
on can help pull it all together. This
couple chose a Victorian fairytale theme.
There are certain aspects to any wedding that
all will have in common. To be legally united,
you need to be married by a JP or recognised
celebrant -- whether from the church or a lay-
person -- and you need to sign a marriage
certificate. Apart from that, this is your day, so
make it yours!
Why not serve up a fabulous mojito or
marguerita to your guests as they arrive,
instead of the traditional bubbles, or get the
barman at your favourite bar to invent your
own special signature cocktail for you.
Another great place to start is to find a
culture or lifestyle aspect that you both
identify with and use that to theme
I have a friend who has dark curly hair and
she and her intended's favourite restaurant
was the Spanish place at the bottom of the
hill. It was hardly surprising, then, that she got
married in a fabulous red, off one-shoulder
dress, and the evening was one of great food
and dancing, with a constant stream of tapas
-- wonderful, flavoursome mouthfuls and bites
-- coming out of the kitchen.
Or you could recognise our Asian rim
neighbours with stylish, simple flowers; hot,
sour and spicy dishes; and an emphasis on
Or just keep it Kiwi -- but not ordinary.
Another couple -- horsey friends -- had a
remarkable day that totally summed them up.
They were married in their garden, but had set
the barn out with trestle tables and with hay
bale seating around the dance area. All the
music was from New Zealand albums. There
was a pig and a lamb on the spit, home-kill
sausages on the barbecue (manned by the
local scout group), massive bowls of coleslaw,
buckets of roast potatoes ... and the wedding
cake was a triple-layered pavlova.
The cost of your big day -- weddings don't need to break the bank
Not everyone has tens of thousands
of dollars to throw at their wedding,
especially when times are tough and
you're trying to prioritise other
important decisions such as buying
a house or moving to where the
That doesn't mean that your day
needs to be any less special just
because you're working to a
Firstly, rope in the help of friends
and family, and don't be afraid to
ask for favours instead of wedding
presents. Do you know anyone who
is musical -- there's your wedding
march and perhaps even your dance
band. Is someone you know a
fabulous baker -- there's your cake.
Someone is sure to have a lovely
garden -- there's your bouquet.
What are the places that make
you happiest? The garden of your
family home, the beach you used to
ramble along when you were dating,
the park where you used to picnic as
children, your favourite restaurant, a
friend's bach. There's your perfect
With all the wedding and scrap-
booking websites around, making
your own invitations, orders of
service and table place-names is
easy and cost-effective.
You want to look amazing for
your wedding, but while hiring suits
for the guys is a widely accepted
practice, lots of brides like to keep
their dresses as a memento.
Then there are those who are
moving on to new countries or who
just don't have the room to store
their outfit, and there they are in
their hundreds on Trade Me. One
careful lady owner.
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