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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.

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“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

Beverages

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

Menus

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.

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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
and
Mr & Mrs John Smith
request the pleasure of
the company of
Sally & Michael Clark
at the marriage of their children
Sarah Jones
and
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
and
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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Wedding bad weather backup plan

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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.

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Wedding exhibitors get ready

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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.

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FREE Floral wedding invitation

If you’re having a wedding at Silverstream Retreat we’ll send you a personalised wedding invitation

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Fill in the details below and let us know the date of your wedding at Silverstream Retreat Wellington and we’ll email you a printable invitation to print off. It’s that easy.
If you wish to customise the design, please use the form below to contact us. Watch this space for more wedding invitations.
  • Email address or phone number
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Winter Weddings at Silverstream Retreat

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Things to consider when planning a winter wedding

Winter weddings are often overlooked in favour of warmer summer weddings. But we think there are lots of reasons why a winter wedding is a great idea.

Wedding bookings in summer are often booked solid, it’s more likely that you will be able to secure the date you want in the winter. Photographers, florists and entertainers should also be easier to coordinate. This is ideal if you have a short planning time.

Holding both the ceremony and reception at the same venue is a good idea in winter, this means that guests don’t have to travel and can stay warm and dry. Silverstream Retreat is an ideal location with our two venue options, onsite catering team and plenty of accommodation options.

Winter provides the perfect canvas for unique wedding styling. With the subdued tones of a winter backdrop, any colour goes. Rustic pastels to rich deep hues. Embrace the early darkness and incorporate some lovely soft lighting. Flickering tea lights in jars, lanterns, maybe even a cosy rustic fire place. Not only do they look spectacular they’ll keep your guests warm.

Winter sets the stage for some amazing wedding photos. Winter weather creates perfect lighting for portrait photos with flattering ambient light without the hot sun and harsh shadows. Be prepared for bad weather, coloured umbrellas, textured blankets and gumboots can be make for some fun props.

Clothing options for a winter wedding are endless. Layers of luxurious fabric, long sleeved dresses, winter coats, shrugs and faux fur wraps. The men won’t need to worry about wearing a three piece suit and melting in the sweltering summer heat.

Winter weddings at Silverstream are cosy and unique. Check out our wedding packages and try our new wedding calculator to get you started.

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Wedding gifts and registers

Tips for organising your wedding gift registry

You’ve decided to open a wedding registry but aren’t quite sure where to begin. To help we’ve put together some tips from our own experiences and from talking to some of our clients.

Make sure you organise your gift registry early, six to nine months before the wedding allows guests plenty of time to purchase gifts, some guest may want to purchase engagement party and bridal shower gifts also.

Don’t limit your gift registry to one shop, two or three is ideal. Make sure at least one shop has an online registry for out-of-town or overseas guests and that at least one shop is department store. Department stores have lots of basic household items, are often located in the major cities and they have gifts in all price ranges. Choosing shops that suit your style is also important.

Do some research into which shops offer gift registers and find out if they offer any special incentives, like discounts for your guests or reward points for the bride and groom.

Traditionally wedding registry details weren’t included in wedding stationery but over the last decade this has changed and people almost expect that this will be included. If you choose not to include the wedding registry details make sure your immediate family and bridal party know where the register is.

Consider the size of your guest list when choosing gifts, people like plenty of choices. You will want to register for at least twice as many gifts as the number of guests. Don’t be afraid to include some high priced items for generous guests and groups of guests.

You’ll need to manage your registry, as guests start buying gifts check to make sure there are plenty of options at different prices.

Don’t forget to keep a record of the gifts you receive and write thank you notes as soon as possible after the wedding.