There’s nothing quite like a wedding in paradise – whatever your version of paradise looks like. But how do you go about putting your personal stamp on the day when your dream location is foreign territory? Sharron and Jane from Tekapo Weddings & Events specialise in making destination celebrations magical. Here, they shares their top tips.
How would you describe what you do?
We offer clients wedding and event planning services including catering, floral design, transport, hair and makeup styling, venue and entertainment hire. Our sister company, Le De Da Event Hire, has an extensive hire range designed specifically for Lake Tekapo and the surrounding South Canterbury region. Because of the area’s picturesque setting, its quaint, homely feel and the fact that it’s home to the Church of the Good Shepherd – one of New Zealand’s most photographed churches – the area is a destination wedding hot spot, so we regularly help out-of-town brides and grooms-to-be pull together a cohesive, memorable event.
If they’re going to recruit the help of an event designer or planner from afar, what do you suggest couples look for?
Someone who acts more like a wedding ‘coach’ than a ‘planner’. In order for your wedding to maintain an air of individuality and ‘youness’, it’s important that your chosen professional embraces your style and vision while offering guidance and inspiration where needed. It’s also important, especially when you’re not familiar with the area, that they share a close relationship with top local suppliers and can make solid recommendations based on those relationships.
What questions should couples ask prospective designers or planners who will be helping with décor and hireage?
Ask to see photos of previous weddings – a good planner will have lots of inspirational examples on hand. However, you should never feel pressured to tread along the same lines as another couple’s big day – no two weddings are ever the same. Also, enquire about the packages they offer (and how flexible they are – this will let you know whether they are capable of working to your budget) and be sure to ask what their wet weather plan is!
What can couples do to make large reception spaces feel cosier?
Large reception spaces – think community halls or club rooms – can feel empty and hostile if they aren’t used in the right way. To create an intimate effect, cluster the tables close together. If you feel as though the area is still too large, consult your hire company about using silk draping to reduce the space.
What decorations would you recommend for an outdoor ceremony?
When couples get married in Tekapo, we recommend as few as possible! Generally, the glacial blue lake and the majestic display of mountains that act as a backdrop are decoration enough. Keep it simple and allow your guests a clear view of the scenery.
What’s one décor element definitely worth investing in?
Lighting! It’s imperative for creating a warm and inviting room. Check whether your venue has dimmer switches – if not, consider incorporating candles on tables and fairy lights overhead to evoke a romantic ambience.