Like most couples planning their wedding, the first big decision we had to make was where the wedding ceremony and reception were going to be.
With only eight weeks to plan our day, we jumped right in. A day or so after the exciting news that we had won this amazing prize, we were able to view the two venues the Collective manage; Orakei Bay and The Wharf at Northcote point.
Soon after walking through the doors, we fell in love with The Wharf. With its breathtaking 180-degree sea views over the harbour to the lights of the cityscape, it was an easy choice for us both.
The Wharf boasts three amazing spaces for a seamless day. The Pearl Room where we had the ceremony, The Harbour Terrace for pre-dinner cocktails and canapés, and the amazing Grand View room where we had our reception with its views, pillars and chandelier. It really is a WOW space.
The Collective were aware a cruelty free, vegan wedding was non-negotiable for us and they were quick to address this by providing a full vegan beverage package and menu options. We selected our favourites and headed to their amazing new tasting room in George street, Mt Eden, that has open views into their commercial kitchen where you can watch your meal being made.
After filling our bellies until we were about to pop, we suggested a couple of small changes and even asked if they would have a go at making one of our favourite vegan dishes to provide us with an alternative main course. They were more then happy to accommodate and so with great anticipation for another delicious lunch, we went back a week later to eat more delicious vegan food.
We were thrilled with the changes and picked our favourite meals to complete our dream-wedding menu. The ability to taste the meals pre-wedding and speaking with the chefs personally really leaves you at ease knowing that the food will be amazing for your special day.
With the Collective running such a big operation, we had the pleasure of meeting many of their staff who were all lovely, helpful and shared as much excitement as we did for the big day. They were always accommodating, calm and collected making the process so easy and stress free for us.
TIP: Make sure you finalise your wedding menu early on in the process. Any delays with this will end up hindering other important aspects like final costing, wine pairing and designing and printing of your menus
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