My DIY wedding - Wellington, NZ! See pic descriptions for details :)

A board I thought to put together that documents my recent experiences organising my own wedding for 200 guests in Wellington NZ. I know how much of a nightmare it can be so if this helps even one soul then it was definitely worth it!
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One thing I loved about the ceremony was that the Groomsmen walked in with women from our families. Here is my brother with my older sister who was pregnant at the time and my other sister sang us in to The Prayer - Celine Dion and Andrea Boccelli version. My hubby walked arm in my arm with his parents and 3 other groomsmen with his 3 older sisters. It was truly special and made all feel so included. I also walked down the aisle with mama and papa! But I loved this gesture!

One thing I loved about the ceremony was that the Groomsmen walked in with women from our families. Here is my brother with my older sister who was pregnant at the time and my other sister sang us in to The Prayer - Celine Dion and Andrea Boccelli version. My hubby walked arm in my arm with his parents and 3 other groomsmen with his 3 older sisters. It was truly special and made all feel so included. I also walked down the aisle with mama and papa! But I loved this gesture!

Let your culture shine! Your culture doesn't have to be an obligatory bore at family events! Honestly I love being a Kiwi- Samoan and love my new Tongan family! We showed that through our clothing for the reception, and also it was a bonus as I didn't have to keep fussing over my dress! Lol! But you can have culture and stick to a reasonable schedule so guests aren't restless! The dj and I had codes by the end of the night about when to turn down music and round up performances etc and…

Let your culture shine! Your culture doesn't have to be an obligatory bore at family events! Honestly I love being a Kiwi- Samoan and love my new Tongan family! We showed that through our clothing for the reception, and also it was a bonus as I didn't have to keep fussing over my dress! Lol! But you can have culture and stick to a reasonable schedule so guests aren't restless! The dj and I had codes by the end of the night about when to turn down music and round up performances etc and…

St Andrew's Church for the ceremony! I love this progressive church. They are very involved in the wellington community and very reasonable in price! They also let me pay off weekly! I made the most of my Tongan inlaws who did a beautiful job with the fine mats and tapa cloth, I again printed out Corinthians 13 myself and framed in $2 frames for along the aisle as I had seen this on Pinterest. The wedding topiary like balls were bought second hand on Trademe - they'd been through a few…

St Andrew's Church for the ceremony! I love this progressive church. They are very involved in the wellington community and very reasonable in price! They also let me pay off weekly! I made the most of my Tongan inlaws who did a beautiful job with the fine mats and tapa cloth, I again printed out Corinthians 13 myself and framed in $2 frames for along the aisle as I had seen this on Pinterest. The wedding topiary like balls were bought second hand on Trademe - they'd been through a few…

Guests tables! I wish wish wish I out individual plates on but suggested by caterer not to - but I should have done so! I bought all candelabras for $59 on Trademe - cheaper than hiring - it came with the bit of bling attached and then adding the candles with bluetac inside was very cheap I almost didn't have to do much after that - but I kept going which is why there's a lot more. In fairness though the diamanted style balls were $2 each at farmers, I received a bed bath and beyond voucher…

Guests tables! I wish wish wish I out individual plates on but suggested by caterer not to - but I should have done so! I bought all candelabras for $59 on Trademe - cheaper than hiring - it came with the bit of bling attached and then adding the candles with bluetac inside was very cheap I almost didn't have to do much after that - but I kept going which is why there's a lot more. In fairness though the diamanted style balls were $2 each at farmers, I received a bed bath and beyond voucher…

Set up at the boatshed. Nearly all the items for the set up were bought on Trademe :)  The Boatshed is located on the waterfront their website is here: http://www.theboatshedvenue.co.nz for rates! You can't beat the view of the harbour and city! Awesome points about this is that you just HIRE the venue and take in your own food and alcohol! The fairy lights in the ceiling, tables and chairs can be hired and you just dress it up however formal or informal you like. As I had 200 guests! (Blame…

Set up at the boatshed. Nearly all the items for the set up were bought on Trademe :) The Boatshed is located on the waterfront their website is here: http://www.theboatshedvenue.co.nz for rates! You can't beat the view of the harbour and city! Awesome points about this is that you just HIRE the venue and take in your own food and alcohol! The fairy lights in the ceiling, tables and chairs can be hired and you just dress it up however formal or informal you like. As I had 200 guests! (Blame…

Food Glorious Food!!!! Now with 200 there was no way I could afford to pull off a plated dinner so instead it had to be buffet! I used Fine Cuisine, Elaine can do fancy, cheap or somewhere in between. Also works with you if you want to bring some of your own! I had canopies for arrival, buffet dinner and buffet dessert. Choose wisely from menu list and work out a deal for numbers! They also provided all the food and bar staff and set up final touches on tables, cake and dj arrival etc. it's…

Food Glorious Food!!!! Now with 200 there was no way I could afford to pull off a plated dinner so instead it had to be buffet! I used Fine Cuisine, Elaine can do fancy, cheap or somewhere in between. Also works with you if you want to bring some of your own! I had canopies for arrival, buffet dinner and buffet dessert. Choose wisely from menu list and work out a deal for numbers! They also provided all the food and bar staff and set up final touches on tables, cake and dj arrival etc. it's…

Entrance to Reception: we wanted our parents to get into the groove of things so the MC introduced them in first and they boogied on in and set the tone as everyone loves it when the oldies dance! Our entrance song: TI BringEmOut! We wanted Uptown Funk but our friends the very weekend before had already used that - so went with TI instead! :)

Entrance to Reception: we wanted our parents to get into the groove of things so the MC introduced them in first and they boogied on in and set the tone as everyone loves it when the oldies dance! Our entrance song: TI BringEmOut! We wanted Uptown Funk but our friends the very weekend before had already used that - so went with TI instead! :)

The bridal party! Brides dress:$80 Trademe. Bridesmaids - $99 each! Fancy my dress being cheaper! Lol The men: whole get up including shoes for $199 hallensteins each! Unfortunately one of the groomsmen came from overseas and couldn't fit their pants and hence the colour difference - but I had a whole 72 hours to get over it!

The bridal party! Brides dress:$80 Trademe. Bridesmaids - $99 each! Fancy my dress being cheaper! Lol The men: whole get up including shoes for $199 hallensteins each! Unfortunately one of the groomsmen came from overseas and couldn't fit their pants and hence the colour difference - but I had a whole 72 hours to get over it!

Daughters birthday dress! For the life of me I cannot find a full length photo right now. But this was made to order from Trademe by a mother in the South Island. $80 but colours and headpiece were made from scratch and I was consulted throughout the whole process! I loved it on her! For my mother - something that I loved doing was presenting her with jewellery to wear for the day along with a note from me saying everything I was grateful for up to that moment. I did the same for my…

Daughters birthday dress! For the life of me I cannot find a full length photo right now. But this was made to order from Trademe by a mother in the South Island. $80 but colours and headpiece were made from scratch and I was consulted throughout the whole process! I loved it on her! For my mother - something that I loved doing was presenting her with jewellery to wear for the day along with a note from me saying everything I was grateful for up to that moment. I did the same for my…


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