Beware the… Momzilla?

Sarah Pollok • March 11, 2018
Beware the… Momzilla? - WeddingWise Articles
We are all familiar with the timeless ‘bridezilla’ stereotype, a manic control-freak bride, who goes to any lengths to have their Pinterest-perfect day. But what happens if this demanding perfectionist isn’t the bride… but her mother? The planning of a wedding can whip the best of us into a frenzy of excitement and dramatics, so what happens when your usually patient and kind-hearted parent is replaced with an argumentative and demanding Momzilla? While their lengthy lectures and large demands may feel overwhelming, with a little communication and empathy, a momzilla is the perfect person to have in your corner when planning your special day.

1 The Pursuit of Perfection

Firstly, it’s important to understand the reasons for their behavior, as often their love and support can come across as being controlling and selfish. Mother of the bride is a significant role, and can leave moms feeling solely responsible for the success of the wedding day. So remember she isn’t…

Family Affair: 7 Roles for a Sibling!

Sarah Pollok • January 09, 2018
Family Affair: 7 Roles for a Sibling! - WeddingWise Articles
You’ve survived chaotic holidays and unfair curfews together. Shared more tubs of ice-cream and pointless arguments than you can count, and while you no longer live in the same house, city, or even country… there is no one you’d rather have by your side on the most important day of your life! So from greeting guests to getting ordained, here are seven ways your siblings can be involved in your wedding ceremony.

1 Join the Wedding Party

The most obvious role that a sister can play is, of course, maid of honour, or bridesmaid. Coordinating pre-ceremony celebrations, delegating tasks and acting as a right-hand during the planning, it’s easily the most responsibility you can give. So make sure they’re up to the job! Have a brother? Then bring him on as a “bridesman” (yes it’s a thing and we so approve!) or ask your fiancé to have him as a groomsman. 

2 One for the performers

Getting loved ones to perform readings is always a popular way to personalize your…

Emergency Kit for the Groom!

Sarah Pollok • December 23, 2017
Emergency Kit for the Groom! - WeddingWise Articles
I’m going to go on a limb and say that where weddings are concerned, the groom doesn’t tend to be *ahem* super invested in the organisation and planning of the big day. So for those of you whose grooms may not understand the many (many) little accidents than can happen, it may pay to help them prepare.  So here are 10 items that can save the groom (and his groomsmen!).

Slip Ups

Want a quick way to ruin every single wedding photo? Two words; ketchup stain. Get the better of any splatters, splashes or splodges with stain removing wipes. Simply test in a small spot, then apply as soon as possible for the best results.

Itty-bitty kits

You know those little sewing kits always provided at hotels? The ones you never ever seem to use? Well now is where they come in handy! Even top quality suits or tuxedos can have loose hems or buttons. So pack a little sewing kit with needles, buttons, thread, hem tape and safety pins, to fix up any little wardrobe worries.


Get a…

How To Write Wedding Vows!

Sarah Pollok • December 22, 2017
How To Write Wedding Vows! - WeddingWise Articles
It may be a month, a week, or the night before the wedding. Your trashcan is full of crumpled first-attempts, the newest blank page is staring you down and suddenly the phrase “Webster’s Dictionary defines love as…” is starting to look like a pretty strong opening. Whether you write for a living, aced high school English, or can’t string prose together to save your life, writers block hits all of us. Especially when you’ll be reading it out to a room of expectant people and have no clue what your spouse has up their sleeve. Lucky for you, we’ve put together the best tips for getting past your vow-writing worries!

Just write

Sit through enough English classes and you will have encountered this top-notch technique. Sit down at your writing pad, laptop, typewriter or phone, set a timer for 2 minutes (or more if you feel fired up!) and start writing with your partner in mind. Don’t stop for even a second until the timer goes off. You may go on a tangent, cut…

How To Avoid Bridal Burnout!

Sarah Pollok • October 23, 2017
How To Avoid Bridal Burnout! - WeddingWise Articles
You’re sitting amongst a pile of bridal magazines, on the edge of tears and the idea of yet another dress fitting/cake tasting/vendor meeting is making the idea of eloping in Vegas look more inviting every day. If this sounds familiar, then you may be experiencing bridal burn out. The good news? A little awareness, support and self-care will have you excited and energised to plan your big day in no time!

I’ll do it tomorrow…

With a to-do list longer than Kate Middleton’s train, beware falling into the procrastinating trap. Important tasks like booking vendor appointments and deciding venues can feel overwhelming at the best of times. If you find yourself putting these decisions off and dealing with smaller less urgent jobs instead, you may be suffering from burn out. The best fix for this is to break down large jobs into smaller and more manageable tasks, or delegating tasks to trusted friends and family members.

Insistent indecision

When we’re stressed, our…

10 Ways To Balance Colour At Your Wedding

Sarah Pollok • October 16, 2017
10 Ways To Balance Colour At Your Wedding - WeddingWise Articles
While it seems simple, choosing the perfect wedding palette is far more complex than picking your two favourite colours and calling it a day. The endless rules and techniques about shades and hues are overwhelming at the best of times, so we’ve put together a list of the 10 most common colour mistakes, and how you can avoid them. 

Mistake #1 Too many colours

Like a kid in a candy store, it’s easy to get excited about all the different colours and palettes you can choose for a wedding. The key here is to keep it simple. With a mix of 2-4 colours, you’ll keep your wedding décor cohesive, making it look polished and classy.

Mistake #2 Staying Strict

While you don’t want your wedding looking like a mismatched rainbow, it’s also important not to fall too strictly into two exact colours and shades. To avoid this, palettes will often include a neutral complementary colour like cream or tan, as well as playing on lighter or darker shades of the primary colours. For…

Five Wedding Etiquette Tips Every Millennial Bride Should Know

Sarah Pollok • October 02, 2017
Five Wedding Etiquette Tips Every Millennial Bride Should Know - WeddingWise Articles
Let’s face it, social media has changed life as we know it, and weddings are no exception. While some customs like chapel weddings, lace garters and even white wedding dresses are on the way out, there are still some traditions that are key for a classy modern wedding. So here are five top etiquette tips every millennial bride should know.

1Gran before the Gram

The proposal, the ring, the emotions, it’s easy to get swept up in the moment and like us millennials do with most things, celebrate the event with our online friends. While a social media announcement (or hint) is always the most efficient and dramatic way of breaking the news, it’s certainly not the most personal. So before you get posting, snapping or gramming, make sure that the important family and friends hear the news first, face to face or by phone call. Your tech-clueless grandma will appreciate it, I promise.

2It’s Complicated

Much like changing passports or bank statements, the updating of your…

DIY weddings - where to spend and where to save money

Trisha Miller • March 27, 2017
DIY weddings - where to spend and where to save money - WeddingWise Articles
It’s no mystery that weddings are expensive. In fact, the average wedding costs around $30,000. Although most of us wish we could spare no expense on the happiest day of our lives, it’s just not always a reality. So, the question is, how do you achieve a DIY, budget-friendly wedding that is still the wedding of your dreams? Let’s dive into the basics of what you need to know in order to do this at a fraction of the traditional wedding price.


This will often vary wildly depending on where you live, but if your perfect wedding involves an outdoor ceremony, check with local parks, beaches, and recreation areas to see if a wedding ceremony is allowed. It may be a matter of paying a small fee for a permit to use the space. This could potentially save heaps compared to a fancy venue. Do you know a friend or family member with a house or bach in that perfect seaside or rural setting? Organise a less formal wedding in that space instead of a commercial wedding venue.…

What to do when you don’t want alcohol at your wedding?

Trisha Miller • February 22, 2017
What to do when you don’t want alcohol at your wedding? - WeddingWise Articles
When you think of a wedding, do you see champagne bubbles? Toasts with wine glasses in the air? Or maybe you think your family would prefer a keg of beer? If you said “no” to any of the above questions, then you’re in the right place. It may seem unheard of, but heaps of weddings choose not to serve alcohol. It could be because you’ve made a personal choice not to drink, maybe you don’t want the party to get too rowdy, or you just don’t want to spend the extra cash it costs to load up the venue with spirits. No matter the case, there are multiple solutions to your dry wedding conundrum. 

If You Decide Not to Serve Alcohol

Distract from the fact that it’s a dry wedding. Having a dry wedding is nothing to be ashamed of, but traditionally people are used to having alcohol served at these types of functions. So, having a lot of activities planned is always a good idea. This way, you won’t receive too many questions about where the booze is. This option…

WeddingWise Awards - Best of 2016

Benek Lisefski • January 11, 2017
WeddingWise Awards - Best of 2016 - WeddingWise Articles

Welcome to the seventh annual WeddingWise Awards!

We’re honouring the best of the best in New Zealand & Pacific weddings, as chosen by the public and by our editors. With greater competition and more attention to online reputation each year, WeddingWise Awards are more difficult to earn than ever before. So winners, be proud to be listed among the best of the best! Congratulations to all of the amazing wedding vendors who are honoured this year! Read below to learn about each award and see the winners.

2016 Top Rated NZ Wedding Vendors

This is our most prestigious award which is given to the vendors who stood out for receiving the highest praise from their customers. To qualify for this award vendors must have received 15 or more positive WeddingWise ratings and reviews in 2016. The winners of the 2016 WeddingWise Top Rated Vendor Awards are:  {listings1} This group of NZ’s finest wedding vendors continue to set the highest standard of service, as evident by their large…

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