New Zealand Modern Chic Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

We love seeing weddings from all over, especially from New Zealand. An island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. Known for it’s rugged natural beauty and prestigious wines. We sure hope to visit  this beautiful place someday, but in the meantime let’s enjoy Sarah and Kayn’s modern chic wedding. Filled to the brim with details mostly made by Sarah.

From the save the dates to the favors, Sarah handcrafted the entire event. Bonus! She shares her budget breakdown. As always be sure to grab a closer look all the photos in the full gallery here, all captured by New Zealand wedding photographer  Meredith Lord.

classic wedding stationery

white wedding gown

rhinestone Verali wedding shoes

beaded pink bridesmaid dresses

getting wedding ready

pink bridesmaid dresses

From the Bride:
I probably should have asked for more help! I find it hard to ask for help but having someone who understood my ‘vision’ to help me be decisive during those stressful times, would have saved me hours. It was the most calm and fun day getting ready but I wish I had left myself an extra 10minutes to just sit and be with my ladies and just soak in the moment with them before leaving.

We got married and held the reception at The Old Church in the Hawke’s Bay which has a historic charm, but with a modern and chic feel.

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wedding programs

cathlioc wedding ceremony

wedding sign

Our table settings were based around the renowned couples of our most favourite romantic films. Our table was Breakfast at Tiffany’s which featured a behind the scenes picture of Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard playing Holly and Paul. The settings also featured our favourite quote from the film shown.

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kraft paper bags

paper bag wedding favors

church reception

It was the most perfect sunny day which illuminated the setting. Walking into the reception with the sun pouring in from the vineyards and hitting the gigantic chandeliers above all of our amazing friends and family, was just magical.

dessert table ideas

white wedding cake by Sherral Ross

Our guests all received a French paper bag bound in twine, with a CD in it of our favorite songs from the day and that have significance to us, our family and friends; songs that represent us. Our guests loved listening to this on their journey back home!

New Zealand Wedding

custommade wedding soundtrack

Photographer: Meredith Lord Photography
Venue & Caterer: The Old Church
Makeup: Candice Dear of Embellish Me
Cinematography: Josh Neilson
Dress Designer: Katie Yeung at Hera Bridal
Sash: Felicitys Bridal
Groom's Attire: Debut
Engagement Ring: David Keefe
Wedding Bands: Walker and Hall
Shoe Designer: Verali
Prop or Furniture Rentals: Touch of Elegance
Photobooth: Photo Booth Fun
Event Designer & Stationary: Sarah Miller (The Bride) | Hair: Cut Above Hair and Beauty | Cake: Sherral Ross (Cousin of the Bride) | Flowers: Arranged by Belinda Beagley | Officiant: Kevin John Foote (Brides Uncle) | Bridesmaids Dresses: Forever New

Read on to see how much this modern chic wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.

I found getting married out of Auckland, saved us a lot of money plus we were very sure about what our priorities were and I did a lot of DIY to try and keep the costs down. With a $30,000 budget, we split the costs into the following (approximate only):

Reception: 10%
Guest gifts / Entertainment / Stationery and Table Settings / Flowers. A lot of DIY kept the cost down here.  Includes Soundtrack CD, CD cases, french market bags and doilies and pegs from @LittleInkNZ and frames for our tables from a discounted factory frame store.   Also includes our DJ which we flew down from one of our favorite hangout spots in Auckland @HallertauBeer.  I did all the stationery myself which all came in under $150 and we purchased our flowers from a wholesaler in Napier and had a florist arrange them all for us who works from home (huge saving!)

Attire: 25%
Bridal Party Attire (including Bride and Groom). Also includes the cost of hair and makeup on the day.

Photographer and Videographer: 10%
We probably would have got a lower cost had we got an ‘all-in-one’ photographer and videographer team but I loved Meredith Lord’s style of photos so I knew I wanted her!  Then we found Josh Neilson who put together an amazing wedding video for us.  We only booked him two weeks before the wedding as it took me up until then to convince Kayn that we should have one.  Once he saw the video, he couldn’t have been happier that we hired him!

Other: 15%
We live in Auckland and got married in the Hawkes Bay (approx 6 hours’ drive away for most), so the 'other' costs included accommodation, travel costs, food and drinks.  This also includes extra beauty expenses and all other costs such as marriage licenses and gifts etc.

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  1. -100. @Wedding_Agent says:

    New Zealand Modern Chic Wedding #weddings

  2. -100. Ron Miller says:

    Love the classic car!

  3. -100. @weddingchicks says:

    Dapper New Zealand men today (in a wedding!) @meredithlord_nz @TheOldChurch1 @felicitysbridal @photoboothfunnz

  4. -100. Nicole Underwood says:

    Gorgeous indeed. Everything and everyone in the entire wedding party looks amazing!

  5. -100. Ali O says:

    Where did you find those bridesmaids dresses? LOVE THEM!

  6. -100. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the lovely feature Wedding Chicks!

    For Ali O, the dresses are from and then I just had the chiffon skirts made in different shades of pink.

    Thanks x

  7. -100. Candice says:

    Stunning photos!!! Sarah you look amazing! :)

  8. -100. Nikki says:

    What stunning pictures! Those bridesmaid dress are to die for! Simply beautiful in all aspects!

  9. -100. unique bridal gowns says:

    L’FAY provides all kinds of bridal dresses with latest collection of dresses on their wedding day for their dream gown. Our all wedding gown made by the finest European fabrics.

  10. -100. Kim Delagardelle says:

    What was the designer for the bridesmaids dresses? They are beautiful!

  11. -100. Andrea Gillgren says:

    Just wanted to know where the bridesmaid dresses are from and how much they were. Also, where can I order them? Please help!

  12. so pretty! Love how the co lours of the candies match the wedding theme.

  13. -100. Meredith says:

    For Kim Delagardelle and Andrea Gillgren – Sarah purchased the dresses from and then I just had the chiffon skirts made in different shades of pink. xx

  14. -100. channing says:


    I love the wedding photos! So Pretty! I love the bridesmaids dresses! I’m trying to plan my wedding in maui this summer and would love to know where you got these!! :)

    Please, please!!!

  15. -100. Robyn Mathes says:

    I have to find out where the bridesmaid dresses came from in the pictures above? We are looking at something similar for my sisters wedding. PLEASE HELP!!

  16. -100. Katelyn W. says:

    Do you know were the bridesmaid dresses are from?

  17. -100. Beth Wilson says:

    Hi there! Love the bridesmaid dresses—did you get them at Hera Bridal as well?!

  18. -100. Sarah says:

    Hi there, I love your bridesmaid dresses! Do you by any chance still have them as I would love to buy them off you if you do? :) such a beautiful wedding


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