Wedding-trends-2014What’s trending at Silverstream Retreat this wedding season

This is a busy time of the year for Silverstream Retreat as we help our happy couples prepare for their big days. We’re often asked by couples what’s trending for the upcoming season year. Wedding trends are always changing, colours, themes, clothes and accessories and in more recent years technology. Over the years we’ve seen the good, the bad and not so good. We’ve decided help out our couples by coming up with a few predicted trends for 2014-2015.

Wedding bird cageWedding Dresses

Layer and textures are popular for 2014 bridal gowns. Floor length dresses with open back and combinations of soft fabrics (lace, chiffon and organza).

Wedding Hair Styles

Loosely-done waves, super chic bobs are popular styles with flowers, hairpins and fascinators are popular accessories.

Wedding Colour Trends

The table below illustrates the popular wedding colour choices:

Wedding Bouquets

Most bouquets are hand-tied, with the flowers gathered together and wrapped in wide satin ribbon. The style is looser than previous years, with a ‘just picked’ look. Adding beads and brooches, crystals and feathers seem to be a continuing trend from the last year.

The choice of flower will often depend on the season, roses continues to be the most popular bouquet flower, hydrangeas, peonies and orchids are also very popular.

Wedding candy buffetWedding Reception Decorations

Couples are choosing to decorate their venues with more and more unique items bird cages, crystal trees, vintage furniture and one we really like is photos and portraits used as decorative elements.

Other popular decorating items include Chinese lanterns, tissue pom poms, garlands and oversized balloons.

A popular decorating trend is the confection bar, which is where a variety of lollies or treats are grouped together on a table, in glass jars of varying size. Silver spoons or scoops in each container allows guests to fill small boxes or bags as take-home wedding favours.

Wedding Cakes

Couples are sticking to the traditional sponge, chocolate, vanilla or fruit cake, choosing cake decorations that fit with the wedding theme.

Wedding Photography

Couples are choosing photo journalistic style (actions shots of the day’s events) wedding photography over the traditional posed portraits. Posed portraits are still requested with a mix of colour and black and white photos.

Wedding Themes

The most common wedding themes for the up-coming year are rustic, vintage, and garden all with a mix of glitter, glam and tradition.

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Tips to help plan a successful event

Event planners play an important part of any event, they require acute organisation skills and pay constant attention to detail. We often watch with great interest the event planners we have at Silverstream Retreat, you can usually pick them out of the crowd they’re the ones with the clipboards or iPads delegating jobs and directing traffic.

  • Organisation and preparation are key when planning an event. Use the tips below for successful event planning:
  • Set your budget – determine which items are necessities and which are luxuries
  • Create a schedule – create a timeline, when to send out invitations, deliveries etc.
  • Determine the target audience – Tailor the event to suit your target audience, knowing the age group of your guests help you choose catering options and entertainment.
  • Assign roles – e.g. marketing coordinator, treasurer, contact person …
  • Update your budget weekly, give your team regular updates to help keep everyone on track
  • Communicate clearly, be specific with your instructions to staff, clients and vendors
  • Evaluate the event – provide and evaluation form at the event

140430_Wedding-ringsTips on Choosing Wedding Rings

It is customary for married couples to wear wedding rings as a symbol of their love for each other. It’s important to buy the right rings, you’ll be wearing them for countless years to come. We’ve put together a shopping guide with some tips to ensure you choose wedding rings you love and wear forever.

When setting your overall wedding budget, be sure to include wedding rings. Seeing as you’ll be wearing your wedding rings forever, it would be nice to spend a little bit more than you would compared to your regular jewellery. Establish your budget before going out shopping it will help you stay on track.

Narrow done your options first. What colour metal e.g. yellow gold, white gold, platinum and titanium, whether you want precious stones or to keep the rings simple?

Start searching early, research styles and prices and visit several shops to ensure you are happy with your choice. Allow more time if you having the rings custom made or engraving.

Select rings that reflect not just your personality but your lifestyle also. If you’re a conservative person then a simple metal band may suit you best, perhaps you’re a little more contemporary and choose platinum with accents and interesting details. Keep in mind that you wear your wedding rings every day, if you work with your hands you may consider a smoother style.

Don’t forget you ensure your rings (including the bride’s engagement rings encase they get stolen or go missing.

Lastly, don’t forget your rings on the day!


Silverstream Retreat Wedding Survival Kit

We all hope that our wedding day will go off without a hitch, but unfortunately there will always be hiccups along the way. A chipped nail, broken heal or a stained dress. We’ve put together this handy Wedding Survival Kit list so you can remember all the last minute things you might need for your big day. Feel free to download the list and print it for the wedding day. Happy planning.

Personal Hygiene

  • Perfume
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Razors
  • Tooth Brush
  • Tooth Paste
  • Dental Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Tampons/Panty Liners
  • Chapstick/Lip Gloss
  • Tissues
  • Tweezers
  • Deodorant
  • Hand Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Make Up Remover
  • Cotton Tips

First Aid

  • Prescription Medication
  • Paracetamol
  • Plasters
  • Antacid
  • Antihistamine


  • Hair Comb
  • Hair Spray
  • Hair Bands and Bobby Pins
  • Clear Nail Polish (for stocking runs)
  • Nail polish remover
  • Nail file
  • Concealer
  • Safety Pins
  • Glue
  • Small Mirror
  • Spare Underwear
  • Extra stockings
  • White Chalk for a quick stain disguise
  • Baby Wipes
  • Fashion Tape
  • Small Sewing Kit
  • Small Scissors
  • Lint Roller


  • Bottle of Water
  • Mints/Breath Spray
  • Snacks

Download a printable version of the Wedding Survival Kit here.

Common food restrictions and allergies

Silverstream Retreat is committed to meeting the needs of guests who have special dietary restrictions (such as a food allergy, intolerance or other medically restricted diet) and recognises that many of our guests may also adhere to a vegetarian or vegan diet. The Silverstream Retreat Function Manager can safely and reasonably guide event planners in making menu selections which can accommodate their guests.

Below is a basic outline to provide some knowledge into the most common restrictions and allergies. We have not included religious food restrictions as they are vast and complex.

 Gluten free (Celiac)

Gluten is a protein found in all forms of wheat (including durum, semolina, and spelt), rye, oats and barley. When people with celiac disease consume gluten, the absorptive villi in the small intestine are damaged, preventing the absorption of many important nutrients. The long-term effect of untreated celiac disease can be life threatening. However, with a completely gluten-free diet, the intestinal lining will heal completely allowing most patients to live a normal, healthy life as long as they remain free of gluten in their diet. Even a small amount of gluten can cause symptoms to reoccur.

Gluten is hidden in many unsuspecting foods such as liquorice, soy sauce, vinegar, some flavourings, most processed foods, self-basting turkeys, some cold cuts, and many prepared stocks and soups. It’s also used as a binder in some pharmaceutical products and can be the starch in unidentified food starch, modified food starch, caramel colouring, and vegetable protein. Avoid products where the ingredients are of questionable origin or are listed as simply “natural flavourings, flavour extracts, or spice extracts.”

Products to be avoided in any form are;

  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Oats
  • Spelt, semolina, millet, buckwheat
  • Couscous, kamut
  • Commercial salad dressing
  • Instant coffee, malted milk
  • Canned stock, soup
  • Avoid white vinegar, beer, ale and anything made from grain alcohol
  • Curry powders, dry seasoning, some gravy mixes
  • Oil that was previously used for frying breaded foods
  • Canned tuna (except tuna containing only water and salt)


There are several types of diabetes. The most common are type 1 and type 2. In type 1, the pancreas makes little or no insulin. Individuals with type 1 need insulin injections in order to stay alive. Type 1 can occur at any age, but is usually seen in children and young adults.

With type 2 diabetes, the pancreas produces some insulin. Type 2 diabetes need insulin to regulate their blood glucose, while others respond well to diet therapy and exercise alone, or a combination of diet, exercise and oral medication.

Starches (pastas, rice, bread, cake, potatoes, corn, etc.), fruit and milk are high in carbohydrates. Once in your body, they break down into your cells’ preferred form of energy glucose. Insulin is needed to help your cells take in the glucose. With diabetes, your insulin cannot do this task properly. A diabetic diet helps you schedule your carbohydrate intake so that your cells can get the glucose that they need. Consuming too many carbohydrates – containing foods can raise your blood glucose way above normal; eating too few, can hurt your body by denying it the high quality energy that it needs. The timing of your meals is also important. The more that you eat at one meal, the more insulin you will need to utilize the energy from the breakdown of those foods. If you eat smaller portions throughout your day, you will not need as much insulin to bring down your blood sugar.

There are many types of diabetic diets. Some require a lot of measuring; some don’t require any measuring at all. All are planned to provide you with the proper balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat, along with vitamins, minerals, fibre and other nutrients needed to keep you healthy. It would pay to have the guest give you some guide lines to what would be a suitable meal.

Medical and food allergies

True food allergies come in various forms. It can be a slight case such as a headaches or a rash to a certain product to some causing severe reactions, including death. The most common individual food allergies include those to peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, pecans etc), fish, shellfish, eggs, milk, soy, corn and wheat. If you are given information a guest has a food allergies to a product make sure you consider all the ingredients used in the meal being served. Read the ingredients on the packet of any products used in the guest’s meal.

Do not ever think that “little bit should not matter”. Allergies can kill!

Milk Allergies and Lactose intolerant (dairy free)

Lactose intolerance is the inability to properly digest milk sugar, also known as lactose. Symptoms of lactose intolerance include abdominal bloating, gaseousness, flatulence, cramping, and diarrhoea following the consumption of food containing dairy products or by products. Milk protein allergy is an allergic reaction to proteins commonly found in cow’s milk. It is caused by your immune system reacting because it believes the protein in the milk is a threat to your body. Your immune system will do it’s best to get rid of the invader, just as it would a foreign virus or poison. During the allergic reaction your body releases histamine, a chemical which causes blood vessels to dilate and leak, mucous membranes to start producing skin rashes, vomiting and other effects.

Rice milk and soy milk and tofu are excellent substitutes. Avoid any dairy products such as butter, cheese, some margarines, cream and milk powders.


Lacto-ovo Vegetarians eat dairy foods and eggs as well as plant foods. They do not eat the following;

  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish

Ovo-vegetarians eat only eggs and plant foods. They do not eat the following;

  • Dairy foods
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish

Lacto-vegetarian eats dairy foods and plant foods. They do not eat;

  • Eggs
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish

Vegans eat only plant foods and products. They do not eat any;

  • Animal foods
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products


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What to look for in a wedding videographer


Your wedding day should be the happiest day of your life, and there’s no better way to remember it than having a video made. You will be so involved with the atmosphere and proceedings that it will not be possible for you to enjoy every moment as it happens.

Firstly you have to find somebody that is within your budget. Make a list of things that you want and find a videographer that can give you everything you want for the best price. Videographers will offer different packages according suit many budgets. Don’t compromise by going cheaper instead of getting what you want.

Packages usually contain many options such as, multiple cameras, bride and groom interviews, slideshows for the reception, additional hours, multiple copies, and the list goes on. So make a list of the options you want before looking at packages, then find packages to fit your needs.

Experience & Reputation

The internet is always a great place to start searching for a local wedding videographers, but don’t forget to ask friends and family and even other wedding vendors if they recommend anyone. Browse each videographer’s website and watch their wedding demos, make sure you also ask to see an entire wedding, demos on websites are usually the ‘cream of the crop’. Ask the videographer how many years’ experience they have and how many weddings they have shot.

You might also like to ask for references from previous customers, testimonials are also often found on websites.


A great wedding videographer should be able to clearly articulate what their video style is. A wedding video with a cinematic style resembles a movie, including a trailer at the beginning and montages set to music, which require heavier editing. Documentary or journalistic videos incorporate more natural sound and the order of the video will mimic the real-life progression of your wedding day.

So when narrowing down the list of videographers go with the one that fits your budget and your needs.

Natalie and Brady’s Wellington Wedding

Take a look at this time lapse video by Von Photography. Shot outside in our Boardwalk garden on a beautiful Wellington day.  It’s a great example of how wedding videography can be creative and fun.



Von Photography


Choosing your wedding theme should be one of your first wedding planning steps. Your theme is usually incorporated into all aspects and details of the wedding, such as invitations, flowers, cake, bridesmaid dresses and cars.

When you start thinking about your wedding theme consider things like your personal style, what you wear, what furniture you like, things that you love to do such as hobbies and interests. Family culture, family heirlooms and traditions can also be a great starting point.

Sometimes a wedding venue dictates the theme of a wedding, Silverstream Retreat for example is located in beautiful Wellington with natural surroundings and rustic features that can be transformed into any number of theme. We’ve had artful vintage styles, romantic floral-inspired themes and elegant retro themes. We always enjoy watching our wedding venues transform.

Use the lists below to help you decide on a wedding theme, pull out the two or three that mean the most to you and your future spouse.

Formal, casual, modern, natural, rustic, country, seasonal, glamorous, medieval, whimsical, cultural, beach, decade, sophisticated.

Printable Wedding Photography Shot List

Make sure you don’t miss any of those must have wedding shots, download our Wedding Photography Shot List and start planning your wedding photography. This list will give you some ideas of the types of shots normally taken at a ceremony. Your wedding photographer will probably take most of these photos but make sure you let them know which ones are the most important. We also suggest giving your final list to a family member or guest on the wedding day to ensure know one is missed out.

Download our Wedding Photography Shot List here.

Indoor vs Outdoor wedding

Indoor or Outdoor Wedding: : Deciding on the right choice for you

Always dreamed of an intimate summer wedding outside? Or maybe a romantic candlelit indoor wedding.

At Silverstream Retreat we cater for both indoor and outdoor weddings, our elegant Boardwalk Garden makes a magical backdrop for any wedding, with a rustic gazebo overlooking the bush and river below. The Boardwalk complex is an indoor venue which incorporates a foyer and café area with beautiful stone fireplace and rustic furniture, and Rafters Room with natural wood rafters, a state-of -the-art multimedia screen, lighting and audio equipment. The Pillars Room is an indoor venue with bi-fold doors opening out onto a deck and outdoor courtyard, perfect if you want both indoor and outdoor options.

Deciding on the right choice for your wedding is important, whether you have your wedding indoors or out, it is worth considering the pros and cons of each option. We’ve found a great list of pros and cons which may help in your decision making. If you have any questions about how Silverstream Retreat can cater for your indoor or outdoor wedding contact us today.


Outdoor Wedding

PRO: Little Décor Necessary – Pretty flowers, rolling hills, elegant gardens, and greenery aplenty – a scenic outdoor ceremony doesn’t require a lot of flourish to make it spectacular.

CON: Lighting Limitations –  Depending on the time of day, shadows and overhanging trees and brush could make it a challenge for your photographer and videographer to get good pictures. Keep in mind it’s always a good idea to take a walk-thru beforehand at the same time of the day you plan to have your wedding.

Indoor Wedding

PRO: More Family Friendly – Keeping a toddler or a 10-year-old engaged and occupied is much easier to do outside than it is in a restricted indoor space. From blowing bubbles to hula hoop and kite lessons for the kiddies, ALL your guests will have a great time when Mother Nature plays host on your wedding day.

CON: The Weather – While we’d all love a crystal ball, the simple fact of the matter is that having a wedding outside is a gamble. You just can’t anticipate rain, high winds, or sweltering heat when planning something up to a year in advance. If you’re worried about any of these things ruining your perfect day, choose a venue that offers an indoor space to accommodate guests if inclement weather does strike.

All-in all, it’s entirely your day and you can make the most of it with these helpful considerations for whichever venue you choose!