Queenstown Wedding Planning Advice


Yesterday New Zealand moved out of Level 4 lockdown into Level 3 (lockdown with takeaways and construction we’ll call it!). This pushes us one step closer to getting back to doing what we love…planning your wedding day with you here in Queenstown! So while there is plenty of reason to celebrate, we get it, there is still lots of uncertainty and questions about the current pandemic situation – and how that could affect your wedding plans!

So we thought we’d try to share some advice and tips on how to keep your wedding plans on track while we all try to weather this coronavirus storm together! Here’s a few top tips to help you on your wedding planning way…

KEEP PLANNING – Has there ever been a better time to plan a wedding!? Talk about needing something to take your mind off the outside stresses of the world and focus on the positive things in life! You’ll need no excuse for browsing Pinterest for hours on end and dreaming up just how you’d like your wedding day to look! So don’t let the stress and uncertainty of this temporary time take the fun out of it…use it to your advantage and get that epic Pinterest board underway while you’ve got the time!

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STAY FLEXIBLE – We don’t know what we don’t know – and, it is literally anyone’s best guess at this stage when or how domestic travel or even the international borders are going to reopen. So what does that mean for destination wedding plans? Well, we think it’s pretty important to talk to all your suppliers and vendors to discuss flexibility around your wedding date (whether you’ve already booked a date or are looking to book a date). You may be surprised with how easy it is move your wedding date at this stage (when in the past it would have cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars to adjust a date). See below for more details on how we are managing this for our couples!

Queenstown Elopement Wedding Package

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX – Let’s be honest, we aren’t sure if and when a BIG wedding is going to be an option again, even after travel restrictions are lifted – there may still be limits on larger gatherings (thinking 100ppl+ here). Don’t let that get you down, just shift your mindset to think about how you might still be able to have all your friends and family there on your wedding day! Now may be the perfect time to think about planning a smaller wedding but live streaming the ceremony to your wider friends and family around the world – this option saves money but keeps everyone involved on the wedding day – win/win in our book! And good news… we don’t want you to have to worry about anyone missing out, so we are offering a FREE live streaming upgrade for all our weddings that book during lockdown (see below for details!).

CONSIDER YOUR BUDGET WISELY – Have a good think about what’s important to you as a couple. Does that large wedding with all the trimmings feel a bit out of reach now financially? Don’t be discouraged, there are SO many amazing ways to get married…and they all can make for lifelong memories…many that can be a bit friendlier on the budget! Now might be the perfect time to check out our elopement, intimate or small wedding packages – you may be surprised at all these incredible options and how affordable an epic wedding can really be!

Heli Mountain Wedding Package

LET US HELP – We are here to help, so come have a chat about how we can turn those wedding dreams into reality for you! We know confirming wedding plans during this uncertain time can feel a little daunting, so we have put in a place a few simple steps to keep things as stress free as possible! See below for some details on how we can help:

– FLEXIBLE RESCHEDULING OF DATES – We know it can be a little scary locking in any dates during this time, so we are guaranteeing the option to change your wedding date with us should your wedding plans become affected by the coronavirus pandemic and resulting government imposed travel restrictions – either by the NZ government or your home country. We’ve done this for all our current wedding couples and we will continue to do it for any new bookings as well – hopefully we are all on the other side of this pandemic before long, but in the meantime hopefully this gives everyone a bit of piece of mind knowing they won’t lose deposits or have their wedding plans cancelled if things in the future do change that are outside of our control.

– COMPLIMENTARY LIVE STREAMING UPGRADE – For all weddings that book during this lockdown phase (until we hit Level 1), where travel restrictions are a bit unknown, we think you deserve a little bit of certainty in this sea of uncertainty…so we are offering all couples that book with us the option to have their wedding ceremony live streamed at no additional cost! This means if any of your friends and family are unable to make it on wedding day, or if you just want to plan for a smaller celebration – you can still include everyone back at home, or around the world!

– REDUCED DEPOSITS – You can now secure any of our services or all inclusive wedding packages with a 25% deposit (normally 50%) to help you lock in a date at the current rates, but with a bit of extra time to pull together the rest of your deposit. Final payments are still due 30 days prior to the wedding, and the remaining 25% of the deposit will become due 4 months prior to your wedding date.

– SAME GREAT SERVICE – We are still 100% committed to making your wedding day dreams come true. So whether it’s an elopement for just the two of you, or a big celebration with all your friends and family…we’ll be right by your side turning your wedding day vision into a reality! Want to hear what our couples say about their wedding planning experience with us…check out our online reviews here, here and here!

Queenstown Wedding Planner Simply Perfect Weddings

Thanks to Carla Mitchell and Rich Bayley for the fab images above!