The Budget Savvy Bride is crossing a a few continents today to bring you this stunning wedding from New Zealand! How lovely are the details at their wedding ceremony? The rose petals and braided rug are absolutely perfect I love Alle's unique dress and antique veil from her great-grandmother. Enjoy this lovely New Zealand Wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Alle + Brad
November 28, 2015
Hahei, The Coromandel Peninsula, NZ | Purangi Gardens
What was your budget?
We hoped to keep our wedding budget under $10,000
Venue hire: $800
Event hire: $1700
Photographer: $1500 + travel/accomodation costs of $250
Wedding Dress & custom under skirt: $1250
Groom Outfit: $400
Ring bearer & Flower Girl outfit: $200
Celebrant & Paperwork: $550
How many guests did you have?
We had 32 guests.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We tried to personalize every aspect of our wedding to make it truly us. I am a fine artist and I tend to have a sentimental approach to my work so I tried to apply this wherever possible in our wedding. Brad is practical and gets things done.
I hand made the booklet-style watercolor invites, place cards and many decorations. I had my Mum make white sailor knots as symbolic favours for everyone and my dear friend made watercolour paper discs. My bridesmaids and friends helped me do all our flowers, styling and decorating. I wore my great-grandmother's veil that is over a century old and we said our vows standing on a woven rug that my late Grandad and my Grandmother made.
The wedding ended up being the perfect blend of Brad’s and my style.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We saved money on everything by doing lots of research and, wherever possible, by doing things ourselves. I knew that it would be a big job but I liked that it put that unique stamp on our day. We found the perfect venue in a secluded holiday house with a big garden. I bought our flowers wholesale then foraged all our greenery to make our bouquets and table/cake flowers. All the decorations were handmade or from thrift stores.
Bottom line, however, we had so much help from our wonderful friends and family: From their chef prowess, to hair and makeup, to set up and pack down and decorating, they were tireless! We were even gifted lamb from one friends farm for our feast. We were so amazed and blessed to have this help and ultimately it meant immense savings on the overall costs.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
We planned our wedding in New Zealand from our home in Australia, which presented its own set of challenges. For location weddings my best advice would be to do lots of research, think outside the box and ask as many locals for advice as you can.
The best advice for wedding planning would be to try not to lose sight of what you and your partner truly envision for your special day. Everyone is so different, with different things they value and desire for their day. There will be lots of distractions, obligations, too many ideas and some things you just have to let go of along the way but its important to get on the same page about the way you’d like your wedding day to go. This also makes sticking to a budget much easier.
What was your biggest splurge?
My biggest splurge was my dress. I fell in love with the Daughters of Simone ‘Jude’ dress from the start but let it go as I had set my budget a lot lower initially. I had hoped to find a beautiful vintage or second hand dress instead. However, as luck would have it, I found the ‘Jude’ dress in my size, close to home – the very last of a sample sale. I had to get it and I’m so glad I did.
I knew that finding the right photographer was also important to us and may require a bit of a splurge. I was so lucky to have found Michael Shultz at Vignoto Photo, he exceeded expectations and at such a reasonable price. A true artist, he captured our day beautifully.
What was your favorite detail?
I loved all the little sentimental touches that made the day special for us. We loved that our intimate guest list meant that we were able to share our day in such a real way with everyone.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
A special moment for me was Brad's steadying hand on mine while I tried to get through my vows. When our ceremony was finished, my brother had a big old weep of happiness while hugging us – that was a moment that meant more than words.
Photographer: Michael Shultz of Vignoto Photo • Officiant: Rehka Giri Percival, Whitianga Marriage Celebrant • Dress: Daughters Of Simone • Flowers: Wholesale Flowers – Auckland • Cakes: Hahei Beach Café • Rentals: Peninsula Party Hire • Venue: Purangi Gardens Accommodation
Editor's note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more resources for planning a pandemic wedding here.