Well Travelled Bride Lake Wanaka NZ Honeymoon Guide

Lake Wanaka

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




Weddings in
Lake Wanaka

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Well Travelled Bride Lake Wanaka Wedding Elopement

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. 


Well Travelled Bride Lake Wanaka New Zealand Wedding Venues

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.


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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?



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.


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.


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. 

Hair and Makeup 


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.


Hire Services

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…


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.


Lake Wanaka




Visas and Passports
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