A Kiwi Barn Wedding at Waimauku, Auckland
Sophie and Jonathan
Not every engaged couple have the same vision for their wedding day, good thing Sophie and Jonathan have the same page for their barn wedding. Sophie shared, “When we first started planning our wedding, we had a conversation about what was important to us and what our priorities were. Luckily, we were on the same page and agreed that friends and family were the most important element and we didn’t want to skimp on the guest list. It was important that everyone had a relaxed; chilled out day and that there were enough food and drink and good music.” She continued, “We had a lot of friends and family coming from overseas and we wanted to give them a taste of a ‘kiwi summer barbeque’, where people would change into sandals after the ceremony and shorts were perfectly acceptable.
This charming barn wedding was held in Waimauku, a small locality in Auckland, where everyone can enjoy the fresh breeze and beautiful outdoor area of the location. Sophie shared how perfect this location for their wedding needs. She said, “The big pro was that we could rent it for a whole week leading up to the wedding. It was a ‘blank canvas’ which allowed us to do everything exactly as we wanted.” However, being a blank canvass, it also means a lot of wedding ideas and wedding decorations needed to put their vision to life. Sophie added, “Luckily, my sister was an amazing Maid of Honour and is the queen of spreadsheets.”
On their big day, it rained so they ended up having their ceremony inside the barn instead of having it out in the woods. “It really wasn’t a big deal,” Sophie said. “Everyone including the guest and vendors took this in their stride.”
The style of the reception of this barn wedding is unique. “We opted for ‘fork and walk’ style food from a food truck which meant no sit-down meal. It made things more relaxed and let us avoid making a seating plan. We also had a Mr. Whippy which was a big hit – more ice creams sold than guests present!” This is a great choice for couples who want their wedding guests to feel laid-back and candid.
There are two wedding tips Sophie shared with our Kiwi brides. First, doing the “First Look” before the ceremony that gave them a moment to take in the day. And second, have a ‘maitre d’ or a person in charge to take care of things on your wedding day. “There was a lot to coordinate on the morning of the wedding and with the bridal party off getting ready; we really didn’t want a family member taking on this large role.”
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