So you’ve decided on Waiheke Island for your wedding - wonderful! Now where do you start with finding the perfect venue?
I initially chat with you about all the types of venues on the island, including vineyards, restaurants and private properties, guided by your potential guest numbers, style and budget we then create a shortlist of potential possibilities to visit.
I can pick you up from the ferry and take you to 3-5 venues, advising on how best the venue might work for your day, plus the additional elements you might need to consider, like infrastructure you’ll need to hire, and potential suppliers you’ll need to contact.
After the viewings I can drop you back to the ferry or leave you at one of the vineyards for a wine tasting or meal.
I can then negotiate on your behalf with the venue’s proprietors regarding your specific requirements leading up to booking and confirmation of the venue.
If you are both based overseas, I can show a family member or friend around the venues on your behalf. I’ll photograph and video your shortlist options for you and advise on which will best work for your dream day.
The venue scout package is included in the Couture and Private Venue packages.
Every bride’s first port of call is Pinterest, but if you have hundreds of pictures, how do you make it all come to life? Which suppliers do you use to suit your style and budget? Where and how do you source everything on or off-island to make it a reality?
I offer design and styling advice, working with you on your Pinterest board, and then create a tailored styling plan to ensure every aspect of your day will look and feel like you.
I come with you to your venue to talk you through the possible arrangements for your wedding day, along with recommendations and key points to consider. If you’re based overseas this is even more relevant as I am very familiar with all the Waiheke Island venues and can offer more insight than any venue website.
I also offer guidance, recommendations and quotes for decor hire, lighting, specialty linen etc. I’ll negotiate the best hire rates, and freight options if applicable, with carefully vetted suppliers. I’ll also create a detailed supplier contact list with photos organising all of your decor for the day.
On the day management of deliveries, providing a full styling and setup service, is also part and parcel. This includes placement of your wedding decor, props, signage, stationery (order of service cards, name cards, table numbers, seating plan), favours, flowers, gift table, bar styling etc.
I also personally photograph all setups including many detail photos which are yours to keep. This can be especially handy if your wedding photographer is pressed for time on the day and captures limited setup before all of your guests arrive.
Packdown and returns are arranged after your wedding including flowers delivered to you or local resthomes here on the island.
Couples are often based overseas or have busy, full-time lives, and require an experienced local coordinator to project manage a more extensive range of planning details.
The Couture Package includes all elements of the Petite Package as well as...
Unlimited, in-depth Skype or in-person meetings, emails, and calls prior to your big day.
Wedding Suppliers - I can, if required, select suppliers on your behalf and liaise with them throughout the planning process, confirming all supplier bookings and details 2 weeks prior and the day before the wedding.
Seating Plan - tailoring your plan using our online seating management software to take care of all guests requirements.
Guest Accommodation & Transport - accommodation recommendations & group transport arrangements to and from the wedding.
Ceremony Rehearsal - help running the rehearsal; ensuring everything is finalised so you can rest easy the night before the big day!
Packdown - collection of gifts, flowers, decor etc and delivery to you or back to suppliers the day after. We can also arrange for flowers to be delivered to local rest homes on your behalf.
I offer full planning of your special day, liaising with all wedding suppliers on your behalf including...
- Ceremony location suggestions
- 1 night’s accommodation (additional nights can be arranged)
- Hair & Makeup for the bride
- Bridal bouquet of flowers and grooms buttonhole - seasonal flowers of your choice
- Gourmet picnic hamper for 2 with a bottle of Waiheke bubbles
- Transport - pickup from the passenger ferry at Matiatia and transfer to your local accommodation; transport to the ceremony location
- Photography coverage throughout the day with a relaxed beach photoshoot after the ceremony. This includes the provision of high resolution digital files on USB for you to keep.
This elopement package is flexible and can be tailored to suit - additional options such as dinner recommendations/reservations, vineyard tours and other Waiheke activities can also be added to this package at additional cost.
I’d love to help you plan a gorgeous Waiheke elopement!
This package is perfect for couples confident in planning and arranging most aspects of the big day but for peace of mind would like some guidance and support along the way, as well as someone there on the day to make sure everything goes to plan!
3 in-depth Skype or in-person meetings, unlimited emails/calls 3 months prior to your big day.
Venue Visit - recommendations for your ceremony & reception placement; additional furniture & decor options you may like to consider.
Wedding Suppliers - assistance with selecting suppliers; confirming all supplier bookings and details 2 weeks prior and the day before the wedding.
Timeline & Checklists - creating a comprehensive timeline for the day for all involved in the wedding; checklists to ensure nothing is missed.
Setup - of ceremony & reception areas at the venue; decor, table settings, favours, signage, gift table - making sure everything is exactly the way you envisioned it to be!
On The Day Management & Coordination - making sure the day runs smoothly including supplier deliveries, timings, music, guiding your MC and liaising with venue staff.
Having an experienced local coordinator pull it all together for you on the day, allows both you and your family and friends to fully relax and enjoy the day.
My photography style is very much candid documentary, capturing everything as unobtrusively as possible which I feel makes for much more relaxed and natural looking images - if you’re not aware that the photos are being taken, you tend to look relaxed and more like yourself!
The photography package includes full coverage of the day including:
- Boys enjoying their morning
- Girls getting ready; detail shots of dresses & accessories
- Guests arriving, plenty of natural, candid shots of people mingling
- Family and friends group photos (allow 1/2hr)
- Bridal party location shoot (recommend 1 hr)
- Reception setup and detail shots
- Grand entrance of the bridal party
- First 1/2hr of the reception
There is also the option of staying on at the reception until the 1st dance.
You receive: - 300-600 high resolution images on USB
- ‘Web sized’ versions via dropbox around 2 weeks after the wedding
- Colour and black & white images (including colour versions of all b&w images)
Many private venues on Waiheke require a local coordinator, as stipulated by the owners. These venues often have considerable temporary infrastructure requirements such as: marquee & flooring, furniture hire, lighting, catering, staff, security, tableware & linen, chillers, generators, portaloos, rubbish & recycling, transport & parking arrangements etc etc
Having an experienced, local on-island coordinator makes all of this a stress-free, seamless experience - looking after both the couple’s and property owner’s needs.
The private venue package includes all aspects of the venue scout and couture planning package.