Buy local with Wellington's Coolest Wedding Vendors
— By Raashka Mannie
21 July 2021
Who doesn't love local? It's all the more reason to make your love local.
'Buy local.' We're sure you've all heard this phrase being toted around, especially during recent times. There is more and more encouragement to reach out to your local experts, creators and suppliers when it comes to goods and services. This is equally true of weddings.
Buying local has a whole plethora of benefits. Besides the clear side effects of strengthening the local economy and helping to keep tax rates nice and low, it also benefits your community. You'll be adding to local employment the more you buy local when planning your wedding. Small businesses are actually the largest employers in most areas; they employ more people directly per dollar of revenue while also creating more job opportunities and avenues for other local businesses. Shippers, printers, accountants, lawyers and more - all these local workers are directly benefiting the more you shop local. When local entrepreneurs get involved, you see a definitive upturn in resources poured into their crafts and services. These vendors are also much more likely to persevere during economic fluxes to remain open.
Business aside, there's also the other major plus to buying local: being eco-friendly. You're adding to a healthier, more sustainable environment by going local with your wedding. All your local wedding vendors require fewer resources such as land, travel time and other relevant factors, resulting in a smaller footprint. How's that for a green wedding? It's so much easier to stroll to your local florist or zip down to your local bakery when planning your big day; it's easier on our planet, too.
Another cherry on top is the warmth of it all. Buying local for your wedding means a more personalised experience from vendors that really take time getting to know you. It's so much more than just clicking 'add to cart' on a website. When planning a wedding, the whole point is to connect with others and share the love - what better way than to reach out to nearby experts for all the details? Better service, first-hand experiences and a tight-knit sense of community are all important factors in buying local. We know that your big day is something that should be done exactly as you want it to be, whether it's quaint and cosy or a lavish bash. Either way, Wellington has some of the most outstanding wedding vendors around to make your dreams spring to life.
Local wedding venues
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Set on a rolling hillside, a breezy hour away from Wellington, Sudbury makes a fashionable statement. This Wellington wedding venue offers a range of country-influenced ceremony spaces. Take your pick from the beautiful Pergola Garden, the rustic Hay Barn or the Garden Bar (which also has an impressive open fire). Sudbury has also partnered with the Canapé Company for an exquisite dining experience in The Stables if you're keen for some on-site catering. The dining area is in a modified stable filled with character, chic bathrooms, modern tableware, and a petanque court. A rugged west coast beach, with views of Kāpiti Island, lies only minutes away, making for stunning wedding photos. The team at Sudbury will even provide you with a picnic while you venture out to get the perfect shot.
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Escape into eco-paradise at Zealandia. This Wellington venue is an emerald jewel, surrounded by tranquil waters and nature. You can have your wedding ensconced in the heart of the wild, with native birdsong and flora all around. Hosting up to 200 guests, they accommodate weddings of all sizes and styles, offering wet weather options, elopement packages, incredible catering and more. Zealandia is all about providing you with everything you need and more when planning your Wellington wedding. As an added bonus, this Wellington wedding venue is 100% non-profit, so your wedding will make a valuable contribution towards conservation.
Anam Cara Gardens
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Anam Cara Gardens will have you surrounded by 10 acres of manicured gardens on your special day. This Wellington wedding venue is new to the wedding market, and the hosts will make their best effort to create the wedding you've always dreamed of. Located on the Kāpiti Coast, an hour away from Wellington CBD, these gardens are perfect if you're after an unforgettable outdoor ceremony. The modern and minimal function centre lets flora and fauna do the talking. Anam Cara Gardens can host 120 guests, with a bar, dance floor and kitchen inside. They are flexible on caterers and allow BYO for beverages. This venue also boasts modern accommodation on-site. This means 14 lucky others can stay with you and relax before or after your wedding festivities.
Old St Paul's
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Old St Paul's combines all the traditional wedding elements with a modern twist. This wedding venue proves popular with couples, located right in the heart of Wellington CBD. The historic church, which comes under the care of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. It is framed with high wooden ceilings and grand stained-glass windows. You are free to create your ceremony as you wish, with an on-site wedding coordinator to bring your ideas to life. Its central location makes the flow easy to the reception of your choice in the city. Wellington CBD has many great accommodation options so that you can base yourself close to the venue. This wedding venue is the perfect intimate space if you're after a modern chapel to say your vows.
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Dockside brings you the beauty of a premium waterfront wedding in Wellington. Located in the heart of Queens Wharf, you and your guests will be surrounded by breathtaking ocean views and moored yachts to make your wedding day even more charming. This Wellington wedding venue is expansive, with multiple rooms, outdoor decking and a bar to offer a seamless flow throughout. Dockside frequently hosts weddings, meaning that the staff know the drill and will make sure your big day runs smoothly. They have an in-house wedding coordinator who will be in charge of your wedding so you can lay back and relax. Their seafood-inspired menu brings the wonders of the ocean to your plate, perfectly capturing everything Dockside is about. This wedding venue can cater for 150 people in a seated dinner layout but has the capacity for 500 cocktail-style. As a result, it's great for receptions, ceremonies and everything wedding-related.
The Dowse Art Museum
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For all of the art lovers out there, there's The Dowse Art Museum. After all, your wedding day is art, so why not display it amongst some of the most acclaimed pieces in the nation? This Wellington wedding venue has unique spaces to hold ceremonies and is located in central Lower Hutt. The minimal and open areas mean you can create your day however you wish, with a capacity of up to 200 guests. With catering discounts, glasses, furniture, a sound system, bar staff and a team to help you set up and pack down included, you won't have to lift a finger. The couple will even get their name engraved on a brick near the entryway to The Dowse Art Museum. What a way to add to that extra special feeling on your special day!
Landing at Homebush
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Combining grace and romance in a lush countryside setting, Landing at Homebush is a beloved Wellington wedding venue. Get ready to feel as though you've escaped it all in the manicured grounds surrounding the space. This wedding venue is located 5 minutes from Masterton or 90 minutes from Wellington CBD. You can choose to have your ceremony in several outdoor areas, like the chapel vineyard, the rose and ivy archway or in the pavilion. There are tons of fun activities for your guests, including tennis, croquet, petanque and giant checkers. Landing at Homebush has a multitude of reception options. These include luncheons, picnics, high tea garden parties or traditional dinners followed by a dance. There is on-site boutique accommodation for a select few, ensuring that this Wellington wedding venue is the complete package.
Local wedding photographers
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Bonnie Photographics has been in the business of wedding photography since 2014. Starting as a photographer for newborns, she branched into events and weddings as she discovered her passion for them. "Weddings do (even still) have an epic effect on me," she says. "As a photographer, capturing those fleeting, magical moments and making them last forever is a feeling like none other." Bonnie Photographics has a natural, candid style of wedding photography. Her goal is for everyone on your special day to feel relaxed and at ease. She likes blending into the background and capturing your day as organically as possible, letting everything unfold in all its beauty.
Avodah Photo + Cinema
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Settled in Palmerston North but happy travellers, Avodah Photo + Cinema have been around for the last 7 years. They capture Wellington weddings and beyond with a keen eye for detail. Avodah Photo + Cinema is comprised of an award-winning team dedicated to both wedding photography and videography. "We love to push the creative boundaries and are constantly on the lookout for new, contemporary ways to tell stories," they say. Once just as a husband and wife team, Avodah Photo + Cinema has quickly grown into a collective of creatives. The common factor is that they all adore weddings and connecting with their clients, delivering wedding photography that will leave you breathless.
Michelle Davies Photography
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The centre of all Michelle Davies Photography's work is real happiness. The very essence of joy can be found in wedding photography, and it is her goal to capture this. She works tirelessly with you to find those golden moments in your day, preserving them and guaranteeing that your wedding photography is a stunning tale of your special day. "My photography is about embracing the simple moments and appreciating the uniqueness of a person – the quirks – to develop something that isn't perfectly posed or manufactured, but real," she shares. Michelle Davies Photography has over a decade of experience when it comes to wedding photography in Wellington and beyond, and has worked over 100 weddings in that time, adding that she cannot imagine a life away from the lens.
Photography by Andie
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Wedding photography is as dreamy as it gets with Photography by Andie. She believes that wedding photography is not just about those big moments filled with fireworks, but also the little details that mean a thousand wonderful things. There's so much spontaneity and love on your special day, so capturing all of that is essential to his process. "I love using natural light, gorgeous colours and classic black and white to capture emotion and tell your story with your photographs," she says. Photography by Andie understands the importance that wedding photography plays in making the memories of your wedding day last forever. This is why she's one of Wellington's favourite wedding photographers.
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A fun-loving Wellington wedding photographer that's been around for over a decade, Kirsten Walsh is as experienced as she is passionate. With her, wedding photography is a seamless experience of connection and understanding. She has pre-wedding meetings, so she can ensure she captures your big day through the lens of your personality. "I will showcase your day as it unfolds, getting all those genuine, authentic moments providing you with beautiful memories of your very special day," says Kirsten Walsh. Knowing how much time you spend with your wedding photographer, she is keen to have you feeling relaxed and happy. Because of this, your imagery is as gorgeous as can be.
Patina Photo + Film
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One of Wellington's most beloved dynamic duos, Patina Photo + Film is a husband and wife team that has paired up to capture your wedding in a stunning display of art. Both wedding photographers and videographers, they travel all around New Zealand following their passion. "A wedding is the greatest party you'll ever throw; this idea drives everything about our business," they say. To Patina Photo + Film, the best weddings are all about unforgettable experiences, from having a delicious cake with your loved ones to burning up the dance floor. They want to capture those moments - those ones full of pure, undiluted emotions - and give you a keepsake you'll never forget. Everything about their wedding photography is authentic and artistic, with a perspective on weddings unlike any other.
Ryan McCauley Photography
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Ryan McCauley Photography has been a growing Wellington wedding photographer for the last 7 years. He believes in learning, understanding and the fluidity of love. To him, love takes so many forms in so many couples, ever-changing but always gorgeous, and this shines through in his wedding photography. "Love is not rigid, fixed and fastened; it's passionate, spontaneous, messy, soft-spoken and loud and proud at the same time," he says. "It's as diverse as the people I photograph, and that is what excites me the most." The most important part of Ryan McCauley's wedding photography is documenting your big day in an unobtrusive and honest way.
Local wedding gift registries
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Take a step towards your dreams with Hitchd. This wedding registry is all about making things easy for you and your guests when it comes to giving and receiving. Fund your honeymoon, your ideas and more with their easy-to-use site. Completely customisable and safe, it has features such as a multitude of layouts, personal messages of thanks and more. Hitchd was designed for the modern couple; everything about this wedding registry centres around a contemporary feel that embraces the wishes and wants of today's couples. When thinking about wedding gifts, gone are the old ways of lists of knickknacks. Hitchd is here in all its flexibility, ensuring that your wedding registry is as simple as it is stylish.
Local wedding videographers
Patina Photo + Film
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Nothing says wedding videography like Patina Photo + Film, a duo committed to capturing the fantastic celebration that is your wedding day. They believe a wedding is the most fabulous party you'll ever throw, and this idea drives everything about their business. Patina Photo + Film are authentic photographers and filmmakers, aiming to capture the vibe and feel of your wedding day - a wedding film that is, in a nutshell, as cool as you are. "Fast cuts, great music, no cheese - simply all the feels from the greatest party you'll ever throw" is their pledge, and, boy, they know how to deliver!
Avodah Photo + Cinema
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Based in Palmerston North and established in 2012, Avodah Photo + Cinema are ever-growing wedding videographers. Award-winning, passionate and genuine, they are a team of creatives that prides themselves on fresh ideas and new takes on the traditions of wedding photography and wedding videography. They began as a husband and wife duo, quickly evolving into a team that welcomes all couples looking for creative wedding videography. With their contemporary style and unique ways of photography and filmmaking, it's easy to see why Avodah Photo + Cinema are favourites in the Wellington wedding videography scene.
Local wedding bakeries
Stiletto Studio Cakes
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A damn good wedding cake is what Stiletto Studio Cakes promises, so a damn good wedding cake is what you get. Straightforward and committed, their team is here to provide you with a wedding cake of any kind. You name the cake, and they'll create it, from rustic to minimalistic, with over 500 wedding cakes baked in 9 years. They make things easy at Stiletto Studio Cakes, with an inquiry form to fill out and an attentive team to help you design the ideal wedding cake for you. They're also more than happy to have a cake tasting with you, an evening that you can sign up for on their website. Stiletto Studio Cakes brings their cakes to you far and wide - all you have to do is ask.
Em & Skye Cake Co.
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Bespoke, individually designed and elegant, Em & Skye Cake Co. is here to make wedding cakes that match who you are. Everything is handmade from scratch, with the finest ingredients and their team working to ensure that your wedding cake is nothing short of perfection. Em & Skye Cake Co. bakes in small quantities to guarantee that you receive that special homemade quality for your wedding cake, as well as to make sure that your requests are carried out. If you're keen for a tasting with them, pop down to the Underground Market, where their sweet treats are often featured. All you have to do is check with Em & Skye Cake Co. for the dates, and you're good to go.
Local wedding beauty experts
Wedding Hair by Rachel
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Passion for fashion drives Wedding Hair by Rachel, a qualified and creative wedding hairstylist based in Wellington. She works with you to create the perfect look for any occasion, from your big day to your engagement or even a special event like a ball. Wedding Hair by Rachel also boasts a wide range of carefully made hair accessories, hand-crafted and beautiful, designed to bring an extra sparkle to your wedding hair. When it comes to weddings outside of Wellington, she's happy to travel her way to you upon request, all to ensure that you end up working with one of the most fabulous wedding hairstylists around.
Veronica Hair & Makeup
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With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Veronica Hair & Makeup is as seasoned as they come. Working both internationally and locally, she has accrued experience and talent like few others, working in television, print, catalogue, music videos, and numerous runway shows. Her expertise lies with weddings, combining simple beauty with touches of glamour and timeless elegance to ensure that you look your best on your special day. To Veronica Hair & Makeup, finding the perfect balance between enhancing one's natural features and adding elements that complement them is the key to creating a classic bridal look. She is dedicated to her work, only using high-end products that she has put through the test of years and years of use, tried and trusted to the very core.
Local wedding planners and stylists
George & Co.
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Meticulous, methodical and magical, George & Co. brings a touch of something extra special to wedding planning and styling in Wellington. They specialise in wedding planning, day-of coordination, consultation and styling - the full gamut, as it were. Whether you need them for two weeks or an entire year, they'll be at your side to help you piece together a day as wonderful as you and your partner are. George & Co. is comprised of a detail-loving team that loves to delves into the finer points of wedding planning and styling. Headed by a real romantic that founded her company when she was planning her own big day, you can trust that this Wellington wedding planner and stylist will shed tears of joy at your side.
The Wedding Coach
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For a mystical wedding day that you can bask in from start to finish, The Wedding Coach is your go-to wedding planner and stylist. From coaching to coordinating, they offer a whole variety of services designed to make wedding planning and styling a whole lot easier. They boast a range of packages to suit your needs, from monthly wedding coordination to artful styling. They work with your needs and your timeline to ensure that your special day is exactly what you'd dreamed it'd be. The Wedding Coach has tons of experience with everything from vision boards and budget management to venue visits and creating run sheets to ensure that your wedding is utterly perfect. You'll be totally relaxed with this specialist, knowing that your love story is about to unfold with gorgeous ease.
Local wedding suits
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Contemporary style is just the beginning with Mandatory Menswear, wedding suit specialists located in the bustling Wellington City. Experts in wedding suits and outfits, they have been in the industry for over two decades. They work closely with their clients to deliver individualised solutions to your wedding suit needs. They have a range of ready-made suits, as well as entirely custom-made options for you to choose from. Mandatory Menswear are also experts in alternative wedding attire; they can happily create custom made trousers, waistcoats, shirts, and more.