Dear soon to be Well Travelled Brides,
If snowy mountains, fireside cocktails and the great outdoors are your idea of heaven - then Wanaka is the destination of choice for you. Of course we would not just send you in the direction of any location. We have made sure there is everything you need to put together the perfect wedding, honeymoon or trip and have an absolutely fabulous time whilst you are there. We think Wanaka is magical because you are surrounded by untouched scenery and landscapes that look like painted backdrops. You will find all the comforts of a luxury trip with a little bit of adventure thrown in. Given we had the time of our lives, we're sure that with our curated guide to Wanaka, you'll make some special memories there too.
Lake Wanaka is an untouched, breath-taking ceremony backdrop, they literally conduct weddings on the mountain peaks. Most importantly there is an amazing collective of creative and genuine people that live and work across the region. Don't be afraid of sourcing your vendors from Queenstown or further afield in Central Otago, the distance is close and the vendors all service the wider area. They all know and love Wanaka and will be a valuable part of making your stylish wedding everything you want it to be.
Make sure you send us postcard and Travel Well,
Well Travelled Bride
THE LATEST FROM Lake Wanaka
We're taking a look back at our first destination shoot in the stunning lakeside town of Wanaka, New Zealand and remembering the behind-the-scenes details and moments.
Where Heaven meets Earth, Molly & William's Wanaka wedding is true alpine luxury.
Wanaka Wedding Planners
When planning a destination wedding, having the assistance of a planner can help take the stress out of the unknown. Wedding planners are a creative group of people always overflowing with suggestions on how to turn your ideas into a reality and how you can tie your designs together, reflect your individuality and make the impossible happen. Having these people on hand on your wedding day will mean you can enjoy your time with your guests, leisurely sip champagne and have endless photographs for you to swoon over for years to come.
Rebecca and her imaginative team offer planning, coordination, flowers and styling. Rebecca is a creative designer and she is able to deliver your entire wedding and regularly works with couples from overseas and knows the area very well.
Wanaka Wedding Venues
Wanaka made our Well Travelled series through its world-class wedding venues and backdrops. There is something for every imagination and every price point here. From low-maintenance snowy peaks with no extra styling required to architecture dream lodges the whole region is alpine luxury. We believe is New Zealand is your choice of wedding location, it doesn't get any more exclusive or picturesque than Wanaka.
This stylish glamping is the perfect pop-up for weddings, sleepovers and adventures. If a festival feel wedding was what you wanted you would not be able to beat this. Our favourite spot to camp up is Lake Hawea.
This stunning property with mountain views has it all. Its contemporary elegance and designer details make this venue feel luxurious yet its comfort makes you feel at home. You can host your guests in a number of settings.
We have to include this iconic Kiwi station. The rolling hills and landscapes are what the world pictures in their mind when they think of New Zealand, and this authentic wool station must be one of the best spots for a wedding.
As picturesque as the soaring mountains surrounding this impressive resort. Spa’s, restaurants activities and accommodation this is a special place to gather your loved ones to celebrate your wedding in truly unique style.
The private hall of heavenly winemakers Rippon. There are the stunning views, the timeless wooden loft styling and everything you need to create the perfect wedding, even a roaring fire for the colder months.
Wanaka Wedding Wardrobe
If you are arriving in Wanaka for your wedding then you will have to bring most of your bridal attire with you. There are however some extremely stylish designers and brands that are either based nearby or are available to travel (from within New Zealand) to make you look fabulous from head to toe. Get in touch with some of treasured finds to see what you can arrange, perhaps your dream gown waiting for you on arrival?
The Kelsey Genna bride is inspired by an iconic silhouette and stylish, contemporary design. Being based in New Zealand with frequent trips to Wanaka, this designer is the perfect choice for your Central Otago wedding.
Lover of all the things that make women smile, beautiful dresses, fabrics and trinkets. Margaret Wray offers a collection of gowns and custom designs to suit the bride who likes a contemporary finish with classic detailing.
Queenstown based Nemo carries a selection of finishing details for your wedding look, stoles, veils, gloves etc. They offer custom bridal gowns, alterations and dress pressing. Nemo have a selection of vintage fur to hire which is a must for Winter weddings.
You will cherish these luxurious knits, there is nothing quite like a New Zealand merino wool. There is a beautiful range to choose from and something for everyone in your wedding party, even the littlest members. Visit Website
We recommend your photographer is one of the first tasks whilst wedding planning. If you're hosting a destination wedding a natural choice is often to bring your photographer with you. Whilst thats always a fabulous option, its certainly not a requirement for Wanaka. There are some incredibly gorgeous wedding photographers on offer in Central Otago, we can't recommend our hand-picked selection higher. All locals, they know Wanaka well and will act as your personal tour guide finding gorgeous, hidden spots for your portraits.
With a passion for natural photography and holding dear the experience of sharing such a special time and adventure with people, Dawn loves working in this region for it’s beauty and ever changing landscapes.
This creative darling of the New Zealand photography scene loves to tell the story of your wedding day by capturing the special moments, the atmosphere and all the genuine emotion.
Mickey Ross has a contemporary story telling photographic style. Being a man of adventure himself he is perfectly suited to the Wanaka experience. Being a local he is completely charmed by all the dramatic changes in the seasons and works all year round.
Real life adventurer Nina will do anything to get the best shot. Climbing rocks, getting wet, whatever it takes. She is relaxed yet professional and loves to allow couples to enjoy their wedding whilst documenting all the best bits.
Having your wedding away from home can sadly mean that some of your guest list will not be able to join you. Having your day captured by a creative film maker can be the perfect way to share all the laughter, tears and highlights with those people after you return home. Long gone are the days of a shaky, four hour video of speeches and out of focus cake cutting scenes. These days the little short film format is something anyone would enjoy watching and it’s definitely something you and your groom will love to share.
With a wealth of worldly travels and experiences under the belt, Holly and her team offer you the chance to capture and create a beautiful wedding film to treasure. Holly’s creative approach means she has lots of ideas for you and lots of ways to create something that reflects your personal journey shared with all your loved ones. Visit Website
Floral designer and lover of pretty flowers, Charlotte makes innovative arrangements and beautiful bouquets at her Wanaka studio. Charlotte is creative and professional and regularly works a the region's best venues.
Shirley is a floral designer with a true love of Wanaka and its natural inspiration. Her floral work shows care and skill and she truly cares about making your floral dreams come true.
Cakes & Catering
We think the food is a pretty important part of a wedding. You do not have to go far in Wanaka to find people as passionate as we are about good food. It is important to work with your chosen venue and check what they offer or for any preferred suppliers that you must use. Remember hosting your guests for your wedding is a chance for you to show them a really good time and to showcase why you chose this location. Work with your suppliers to get the best of the season on the plate and discuss any opportunities to treat your guests to something special.
This delicious catering option delivered by passionate creatives, Lucy and the team are the ones to go to. Lucy's recipes showcase local, organic produce and look after any dietary needs. They have an amazing travelling kitchen for on location.
Not only offering fine food and service, the team at Forte Food are able to help you with their extensive wedding network. With a focus on being creative, Sarah and the team can look after your catering needs wherever you choose to tie the knot.
As sweet as her cakes and baking the very talented Laura will design, bake and create the dream wedding cake for you. With a really individual finish and charming handmade appeal, all of Laura’s cakes are scrumtious.
John and Karen are a knowledgeable team that can supply all the beverages for your wedding. They even have handy extras like glassware, chillers... With a large range of local and New Zealand wines, beers and spirits they are able to offer recommendations.
Hair and Makeup
Debbie is really passionate about her work and making brides look and feel beautiful on their wedding day. She is available to work on all your bridal party make up and help you create the look you after.
Working to create a look that makes you feel gorgeous and confident is Victoria's love. She is able to come to you where you and your bridal party are getting ready and complete your make-up to make you all feel extra special and looking aisle ready.
It can be tricky choosing the right celebrant for you. They can have various approaches and present themselves in different styles, talk to them about the type of ceremony you want and if you feel they offer suggestions you like then you have probably found the right one. The celebrant has an important role in making sure the ceremony has the right feel for you, you may want lots of laughs and personal references or you may just want something short and sweet. Don’t be afraid to ask them for advice, after all they will have been to lots of weddings and seen it all. Wanaka is busy throughout the year with weddings, so make sure you get in touch one of our lovely celebrants to get your date booked in.
Glennys Logan is warm and approachable Celebrant. Glennys sees her role to create the ‘heart’ of your wedding, her mantra is LIVE life to the fullest, LOVE with all your heart, WED fabulously!
It’s easy to see the genuine pleasure and enthusiasm Liz brings to working with people from all over the world. As a Counsellor of 25 years, she knows how to create a personal ceremony that captures the uniqueness of each couple.
Some people just ooze the music that’s in their soul, Kim is like that. Energetic and fun we think she would probably be able to get 'Uncle Grumpy' off his chair and twirling to a beat. She also has all the technical know how for your set up and talk to her about ceremony options too.
Robert’s blues, rock and popular music sets really are smooth music to the ears. This talented artist can create the beautiful atmosphere you require at your ceremony and entertain your guests with song at the reception.
Putting a wedding together is made much easier by delegating any technical support you need and hiring what you don't need to invest in permanently. We are huge fans of adding lighting, ambience and small details to venues, it can transform an already incredible space into something outrageously magical. You will find everything you need in Wanaka to make your day…
Providing complete wedding lighting and sound options, this dedicated team will be able to enhance your celebrations adding to the ambiance of the occasion.
You will be spoilt for choice with the selection of racy cars they have, its one of the best collections in New Zealand. Available to book in short sessions, how much fun would it be to have one drive you around all week?
The legal process of getting married in Hungary is a relatively complex one. Some couples will opt to do a symbolic ceremony in Budapest and make it official in their home country. For those up for the adventure of doing it legit - be well-prepared, do you research and have fun with it.
This luxury Wanaka property is stylish and comfortable. With open fires and big squishy chairs to sink into, whilst relaxing and enjoying the quiet of the country setting. The rustic, elegant decor is inspired by travel and worldly adventures.
We are quite sure that anyone who stays at Mantells never wants to leave. Romantic and glamorous it’s the perfect place for couples to indulge in some time together and enjoy the fabulous decor and contemporary chic vibes.
A very comfortable stay and perfect place for getting ready on your wedding day the loft has spacious rooms and plenty of space on the property for your entourage and make up artist etc. The Loft and your hosts Pieta and Ian will book a place in your heart and leave all your wishes fulfilled.
You will love this luxury property, unspoilt views of the landscape and all the very best comforts to make your stay perfect. Highlights include skiing concierge, long summer days by the pool, berry picking (in season) and a wine collection to help yourself to.
With lots of quality, worldly details and infectious magic, this charismatic Villa is not to be missed. Sunbathe on the deck overlooking the lake in Summer or sip mulled wine by the fire in the winter, no matter what the season you will adore the character of Villa South Pacific.
A visit to the region would not be complete without a long lunch and wine tasting at this beautiful winery. World renowned for exceptional wine and food, they have a fabulous “trust the chef” option which we highly recommended.
Our personal favourite fine dining spot within the township of Wanaka. A chic, atmosphetic offering with award winning chefs creating inspired dishes and a fun wine tasting menu.
Always striving to do everything ‘that little bit better’ is well reflected in the beautiful wines and enthusiasm the vineyard seeps. Archangel recently opened a cellar door and is well worth the trip for delicious wines, our favourite is their Chardonnay.
This a family Estate with Lucie the wine making hailing from the famous Burgundy wine region in France. They are passionate about crafting sensational organic wines on a small scale. There is a cellar door open for tastings and VIP tours available by arrangement.
This high energy activity is thrilling and full of excitement, with various options available enabling you to do some incredible and impossible things. A great activity to finish your trip on a literal high.
When in Paris you must see the Eiffel Tower, when in London you wouldn’t pass Big Ben by without a look, so we really can not leave out the very famous Wanaka Lake tree. This might possibly be the only time you will feel crowded in Wanaka!
Perhaps Wanaka's most Instagram'd spot.
This well known, award winning ski field is open to day skiers and locals. Even if you don't ski it is worth a visit for coffee and cake at the top cafe. Open 23 June to 2 October 2016.
It just does not get more Kiwi than this, rushing down a shallow river at great speed through the family farm on the edge of a National Park. An absolute must do, we promise you won't be disappointed.
Handcrafted artisan French baking from this dedicated husband and wife team, includes the world famous gingerbread biscuits which are mouth watering with some strong cheese.
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