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The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist: From Engagement to ‘I Do’

Congratulations on your engagement! As you embark on this exciting journey towards your special day, it’s natural to feel a whirlwind of emotions and excitement. Whether you’re envisioning a grand destination wedding that lasts all weekend or a simple lakeside ceremony during the week, the journey from “Yes” to “I Do” can be an unforgettable adventure. Here at VR Rotorua Lake Resort, Hanmer Springs Retreat, and Airport Gateway Hotel, we understand the importance of making your wedding day as seamless and memorable as possible.

1. Set Your Wedding Date The first step in your wedding planning journey is to choose a date that works for you and your partner. Consider factors such as season, availability of venues, and the schedules of your loved ones.

2. Choose Your Venue Selecting the perfect venue sets the tone for your entire wedding day. At VR Rotorua Lake Resort, our stunning backdrop of Lake Rotoiti provides an idyllic setting for your ceremony and reception. Meanwhile, Hanmer Springs Retreat offers a picturesque location amidst the Amuri Ranges, sure to sweep you off your feet. If you prefer a cityscape backdrop, consider Airport Gateway Hotel in Auckland, where our spacious and comfortable venue spaces offer the perfect backdrop for your unforgettable occasion.

3. Create Your Guest List Compile a list of family members, friends, and loved ones you want to share your special day with. Be mindful of your venue’s capacity and budget constraints when finalising your guest list.

4. Choose Your Wedding Party Select the friends and family members who will stand by your side as you say “I Do.” Consider individuals who have been supportive of your relationship and who you can rely on throughout the wedding planning process.

5. Set Your Budget Determine how much you’re willing to spend on your wedding day and allocate funds to different aspects such as venue, catering, attire, and décor. Be sure to prioritise elements that are most important to you as a couple.

6. Plan Your Ceremony and Reception Work with your chosen venue to plan the details of your ceremony and reception. Consider elements such as seating arrangements, décor, music, and any special touches that will make your day uniquely yours.

7. Choose Your Vendors Select reputable vendors such as photographers, florists, caterers, and musicians who will help bring your wedding vision to life. Don’t forget to read reviews, ask for recommendations, and schedule consultations to ensure you’re choosing the best professionals for your special day.

8. Finalise Your Attire Find the perfect wedding attire for you and your partner, as well as attire for your wedding party. Schedule fittings and alterations to ensure everything fits perfectly on the big day.

9. Send Out Invitations Send out your wedding invitations, including important details such as date, time, location, and RSVP information. Consider creating a wedding website where guests can find additional information and updates about your big day.

10. Relax and Enjoy In the midst of the wedding planning chaos, don’t forget to take time to relax and enjoy this special time with your partner. Remember that your wedding day is about celebrating your love and commitment to each other, surrounded by those who mean the most to you.

At VR Rotorua Lake Resort, Hanmer Springs Retreat, and Airport Gateway Hotel, we’re here to help you every step of the way on your journey from engagement to “I Do.” With our stunning venues, impeccable service, and attention to detail, we’ll ensure that your special day is as seamless and memorable as possible. Let us be a part of your love story and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Contact us today to start planning your dream wedding!

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