Personalise your wedding ceremony by choosing the perfect wedding venue


In “How to Personalise Your Queenstown Wedding Ceremony” I gave 5 quick tips on personalising your own Queenstown wedding. Now let’s delve into more detail on just one of these ideas – choosing the perfect Queenstown wedding venue.

What do you want from your Queenstown wedding ceremony venue?


First of all ask yourself, what do I really want from my wedding ceremony venue? Remember that in New Zealand your wedding ceremony can be held anywhere. Your ceremony location does not necessarily have to be the same spot as your reception venue, in fact it doesn’t have to be a “venue” at all.

Make a list of what your essential requirements are so that you have a clear view of what you really want.

Now do your research

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Armed with your Queenstown wedding venue check list you’re ready to start your research. Online research is a great start, especially the Queenstown Wedding Association website: But remember that these directories and Google listings are focused on the more mainstream venues. How can you find out about Queenstown’s hidden gems? Read on…

Ask someone in the loop


Ask for recommendations from people you trust. You can ask a local in the Facebook forum Queenstown Trading. And you can directly contact local industry professionals such as caterers, photographers and celebrants who have great local knowledge and contacts that you can take advantage of.

Pay a visit


Visiting in person allows you to really get a feel for the place. Ask yourself, can I imagine my wedding day here? If you can’t be there yourself then send someone you trust to have a nosey around and take photos for you.

Find out what’s included in the price

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Find out what you’re getting for your money and don’t be afraid to negotiate to get the best deal. If you need help styling your ceremony space and setting up for the wedding day then talk to a wedding planner- it’s always money well spent!

Make sure that the venue states what they are offering and at what price, in writing. And remember to read any terms and conditions carefully.

Have a back up plan


I’ve already written about the need for a plan B ceremony venue in “How to Get Your NZ Marriage Licence in 5 Simple Steps“. It’s a case of hoping for the best but planning for the worst as your marriage licence is only valid for the two locations listed on it.

Ideally your back up venue will not be on the same site as your first choice venue in case the area is affected by flood or fire. Your plan B ceremony venue needs to be sheltered from the elements in case of bad weather. Here’s hoping everything goes to plan with your first choice venue, but you need to be comfortable with your back up plan should it be needed.

It’s Your Big Day, Your Way

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Remember that choosing a location for your Queenstown wedding ceremony is all about you as a couple, your relationship and your personalities. Focus on what’s important to you and how you want things to feel on the big day.


If you’re looking to get married in Queenstown and want help choosing a venue or other ways to personalise your ceremony get in touch with me today.