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Wedding Open Day October 2016

Wedding Open Day Labour Weekend

Silverstream Retreat Wedding Open Day

Monday 24 October 2016 (Labour Day)   11am–3pm   Free entry

Silverstream Retreat is one of the most reputable wedding venues in Wellington, catering to the greater Wellington region. This peaceful environment is dedicated to creating a memorable occasion for your wedding. Whether inside or out, elaborate or intimate, Silverstream Retreat is the ideal location for your big day.

Our Open Day is a great opportunity to meet the Silverstream Retreat team, view our beautiful venues set up with your ceremony and reception dreams in mind PLUS we have some wonderful visiting exhibitors looking forward to helping you design every aspect of your wedding here at Silverstream Retreat.

Happy Hire MarqueeIf you have dreamed of having your Wedding in a beautiful silked marquee, HAPPY HIRE have partnered with us to show you how the Silverstream Retreat gardens are the perfect place for this.

“Providing the best products, unrivalled level of service, all for the best price. Let our team help create a magical marquee wedding at Silverstream Retreat.”

Book and pay a $1,000 deposit at our Open day and you will receive a two Night Stay in our stunning Oak View Cottage* with complimentary Gourmet Breakfast with Bubbles PLUS a goodie bag containing vouchers and special offers from our Visiting Exhibitors.

* First night up to six guests stay with complimentary gourmet breakfast. On the night of the wedding the Oak View Cottage becomes your Bridal Suite with complimentary breakfast for the Bride and Groom

Visiting exhibitors
Go Cake Yourself, Red Pebble Event Design, Mel Waite Photography, Musical Cheers, Fabula Spa, Pretty & Sweet Candy Buffet, Crystal Bouquets by Robbie, Wedding Belles, Helen Thomas, Jude Best, Karen Huaki-Feaver, Chloe Thorne and more.

To confirm your attendance phone 04 562 9080 OR email functions@staywithus.co.nz OR simply show up on the day at 3 Reynolds Bach Drive, Lower Hutt.

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Autumn Wedding Package

Autumn wedding package 2016

Autumn Package – $159 per person

Book and confirm your Wedding at Silverstream Retreat during the months of April-June 2016 for a minimum of 80 guests and all your wedding requirements will be met by our professional and friendly staff. In either of our beautiful venues, the Rustic Boardwalk Complex with stunning views and outdoor Gazebo or our beautifully intimate Pillars and Courtyard area, you will receive the following:

Venue hire, waiting staff and buffet menu (the Bridal table receives table service throughout the reception), bar service and beverages as per list below, chair covers and sashes, centrepiece vase ready for use by your florist and fairy light curtain or panels PLUS a complimentary glass of bubbles for all your guests immediately after your ceremony.

Please phone us for more details on 04 5629080 or email our Functions Manager functions@silverstreamretreat.co.nz


House Sparkling Wine
Jacobs Creek Brut Cuvee
Local Wairarapa Vineyard Wines
Johner Cabernet Merlot
Lynfer Estate Pinot Noir
Hamden Estate Chardonnay
Lynfer Sauvignon Blanc
Johner Estate Pinot Gris
Julicher Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Locally Crafted Beer – Kereru
Steinlager Pure
Light Beers
Apple Cider
Pear Cider
Berry Cider


Please refer to our wedding packages page for our menu choices. Our Plated Menu option is available with this package for a further $10 per person.

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DIY Wedding Favour Box

Download our FREE Do it yourself Wedding Favour Box.

All you need to do is print it, cut it and then fold it.

If you are getting married at Silverstream Retreat and have a particular colour or pattern you would like, contact our Functions Manager and she can arrange for our graphic designer to change it for you. Enjoy!

DOWNLOAD your Free Wedding Favour Box here.


Wedding Invitation Wording Samples

Deciding how to word your wedding invitation can be challenging. The wording on the invitation will depend on the formality of your wedding as well as who is hosting. If you are planning a casual wedding the wording can be fun and playful, if your wedding is going to be more traditional you will want to use more traditional wording. The most important details to include are the names of the bride and groom, wedding date and time and ceremony location. Here are a few examples of wording.

Parents Host

Mr & Mrs Thomas Jones
Mr & Mrs John Smith
request the pleasure of
the company of
Sally & Michael Clark
at the marriage of their children
Sarah Jones
Matthew Smith
at Silverstream Retreat
3 Reynolds Bach Drive, Lower Hutt
on Saturday 26 March 2016
at 3pm
with a reception to follow
RSVP by Monday 11 January 2016
to Mary Smith mary@mail.co.nz
or 04 123 4567

Couple Host

Sarah Jones
Matthew Smith
request the pleasure of
the company of
Sally & Michael Clark
at their marriage
at Silverstream Retreat
3 Reynolds Bach Drive, Lower Hutt
on Saturday 26 March 2016
at 3pm
with a reception to follow
RSVP by Monday 11 January 2016
to Sarah Jones sarah@mail.co.nz
or 04 123 4567

If you have booked your wedding at Silverstream Retreat check out our free printable wedding invitations here.

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Wedding Open Day March 2016

Wedding Open Day March 2016

Start planning your special day

Silverstream Retreat, Sunday 6 March, 2016 3–6pm

This is a great opportunity to meet the Silverstream Retreat team, view our beautiful venue and see samples of the set-up options. You’ll also be able to view the bridal suite and guest rooms.

Book your wedding and pay a deposit at the open day and receive a Two Night Stay in our stunning Oak View Cottage (night before wedding and night of wedding) and a complimentary Gourmet Breakfast with Bubbles the morning of the wedding.

Please confirm your attendance, phone 04 562 9080
or email functions@silverstreamretreat.co.nz

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FREE Printable Christmas gift tags

In the spirit of the Christmas season we’ve designed some beautiful Christmas gift tags to add a splash of colour to your gift wrapping this year. Simply download the PDF below and print it onto a sheet of good quality white card, set your printer to ‘fit to page’. Use scissors to cut along each of the lines and then use a hole punch to make the holes.

Download your Free Christmas gift tag here.

Have a very Merry Christmas from the team at Silverstream Retreat.


Preparing your business for the holiday season


Christmas is fast approaching, yes only six weeks to go and now it’s time to make sure everything runs smoothly for your business over the holiday season. There is a lot to consider to make sure this time is stress free and that work resumes smoothly once the Christmas decorations are down. We wanted to help by putting together a handy checklist to make sure you are ready.

Staff cover and leave
Make sure you plan your staff schedule well in advance. Depending on the type of business you have Christmas may be the busiest time of the year and require more staff and additional opening hours. On the other hand, you may be a business that slows down towards Christmas and closes for a holiday at this time. In that case you need to make staff aware of these dates.

Postal services
If your business posts products make sure you check the postal dates and allow plenty of time for delivery. Don’t forget to let your customers know the date they need to order by to ensure delivery in time for Christmas.

Opening hours
Let your customers know in advance what hours you will be operating over the Christmas period. If you have a shop you could display the opening hours in the front window, if you have a website make it clear to customers what your availability is and send out an email newsletter if you have a client database.

Festive marketing
The Christmas season is a great time to promote your business. Show your existing customers your appreciation by posting a Christmas card or emailing a virtual card. It’s also a great time to entice customers with discounts and sales. Use a variety of media, such as website adverts, social media, print advertising and mail outs.

If you have any other helpful tips on preparing your business for Christmas, send us a message and we’ll add it to the list for next year.



Wedding bad weather backup plan

bad-weather-backupWedding bad weather backup plan

We all imagine that the weather on our wedding day will be perfect. But what if it rains or there are gale force winds on my wedding day? It’s best to be prepared for all types of weather. Unfortunately we can’t change the weather but we can plan for a fantastic day whatever the weather. Here are some tips and tricks to help you with your wedding backup plan

Time of year

Firstly consider the season and month you are planning your wedding. Do some research into average temperatures, wind and rain levels for that time. Looking at historical data from the MetService June has the highest average rainfall and February followed by January have the lowest.

Venue options

If you are planning an outdoor ceremony or reception make sure you discuss alternative indoor options with the venue host. You could also consider using an outdoor cover like a marquee.

Ensure that the alternative venue can accommodate all the guests and that any furniture needs to be rearranged. Check that the venue is warm enough in the winter and well ventilated in the summer.

Plan for all weather

Make sure you don’t just make plans for rainy days, consider any implications if it is going to be extremely windy, you will need to make sure that anything not tied down isn’t going to blow away; if it’s really hot you may want to think about shade cover to avoid guest getting sunburnt.

Involve your photographer

Don’t forget to discuss bad weather alternatives with your photographer, find covered locations and have umbrellas on standby.

Here at Silverstream Retreat we have a number of different indoor and outdoor wedding venues and are happy to help you with your backup planning. Contact us today to start planning.


How to make meetings productive and more enjoyable

Fun and productive meetingsWork meetings play an important part in any business and can take up a large amount of the business day, so it is important that the time is used effectively. Making meeting enjoyable and productive encourage participation and creativity. Laughter can also be a great way to improve employee morale.

While the priority of any meeting isn’t to have fun, it’s about creating a productive atmosphere. Try some of the ideas we’ve come up at your next meeting.

  • Most people learn by doing. Whenever possible, include hands-on activities, demonstrations, role-playing, games etc. Mix it up and keep people interested.
  • Organise contests to generate ideas and offer prizes to encourage participation. A little friendly competition can bring great results.
  • Change some aspect of your meeting every twenty minutes: presentation style, questions and answers, use a panel discussion, small group breakouts, videos, team presentations, feedback, etc.
  • Take away the table or remove all the chairs in the meeting room, and hold the meeting standing up. This should help encourage creative ideas and get through the meeting quickly.
  • Take turns being the meeting facilitator and come up with a new activity.
  • During nice weather, hold all or part of the meeting outside. A change in environment and spark new ideas.

Do you have any tips for spicing up a boring meeting? Give us your best tips in the comments below.

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Wedding exhibitors get ready


Planning your exhibition

Here at Silverstream Retreat we have been busy planning our exciting new Wedding Expo. Between 29 August and 4 September we’ll be down at Westfield mall in Lower Hutt promoting the expo and all the great things Silverstream Retreat have to offer.

For those of you that have already booked an exhibition space at the expo we thought we’d use our experience planning the event to help you with the planning of your exhibition.

  1. Planning The success of your exhibition will depend on the amount of time you spend preparing, not only what your exhibition will look like but the objective of the exhibition. Are you selling products and services or introducing a new business to the market.
  2. Budget – Set a budget early on, invest in a few key items that will give your exhibition the WOW factor. Not everything needs to cost the earth, remember to ask friends and family for items or look at second hand items.
  3. Time – Allow plenty of time for designing and preparing your stand. Have a trial run of setting up your stand and time it. Don’t forget to organise transport, checking that your display will fit. If you are planning to give away promotional items like pens and notepads make sure you allow time for delivery.
  4. Marketing material – Not only does your stand need to look great, you need to think about what your potential customers are going to take away with them. You may want to think about having an exhibition special, giveaway or prize draw. If you are able to collect client contact details you can touch base after the expo when they aren’t so overwhelmed. Have information on hand such as flyers, brochures and business cards and think about how you will display these perhaps on a stand or loosely on a table.
  5. Creating a winning display –Your display should firstly attract clients, create an impression of your business and then show what makes you stand out from the competition. Don’t overcrowd your display, use lighting or motion like video to draw the clients in and use simple signage that says who you are and what you do.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all there. Good luck.