Beautiful flowers, brilliant green foliage, the sweet smell of nature in the air all contribute to making a garden wedding very special. Trees, flowering bushes, and lush green grass also provide the perfect backdrop for gorgeous wedding photographs that will memorialize the special occasion. The following are some of the best locations for garden weddings:
Bramble Grove, Kaiapoi
With one and a half acres of gardens to enjoy it is little wonder that Bramble Grove is one of the most sought-after locations in North Canterbury. Their on-site wedding coordinator ensures a couple’s special day is everything they could possibly want, with a beautifully romantic reception Pavilion and the choice of location for the ceremony to be conducted.
Fountain Gardens, Tauranga
Lush green lawns, a magnificent lake view and a backdrop of native trees, shrubs and ferns are just some of the things that attract engaged couples to choose Fountain Gardens as their desired wedding venue. Add in the trickling, tranquil sounds of the many water features throughout the gardens, and you really do have a location that is second to none. An outdoor ceremony can be followed by dinner and dancing in the silk-lined marquee, with food, drinks and music provided if desired.
Windy Ridge, Ohaupo
Serving the Waikato region, this is a wedding venue that offers intimate, romantic surroundings, with The Secret Garden being the perfect location for the exchanging of vows. Follow the ceremony with dinner and dancing in one of the two elegant reception venues on offer. The facility provides wedding packages that can be customized to suit the bride and groom’s vision of their perfect day.
Westhaven Gardens, West Melton, Canterbury
This is the ideal wedding venue if rustic, rural charm is the theme. The ceremony can be conducted within the on-site chapel, or outside on the lawn, with the lush green foliage and brilliant splashes of colour provided by the many flowers as the perfect backdrop. For lovers of vintage style and romance, a horse-drawn carriage can be hired. A wide variety of photographic opportunities ensure that the couple’s day is memorialized in style.
The Waterlily Gardens, Waihi, Waikato
As the name suggests the Waterlily Gardens has an abundance of stunning water lilies that serve as a beautiful background to both the wedding ceremony and for photographs. A number of gorgeous lakes and lush native bush add to the attraction of this tranquil spot within driving distance of Auckland, Tauranga and Hamilton. Saying ‘I Do’, surrounded by such spectacular natural beauty is sure to make a couple’s wedding day perfect.
Melton Estate, West Melton, Canterbury
The perfect venue for those who appreciate a good bottle of wine, the Melton Estate is a boutique winery that has won many accolades. The facility caters up to 150 people in their seated dining area, and there are several reception rooms to choose from, as well as a number of beautiful outdoor locations for the ceremony. Surrounded by lush gardens, trees and of course, being a winery, rows upon rows of beautiful vines, the scenery provides ample photographic opportunities.
One of Otago’s oldest properties, Glenfalloch Gardens and Restaurant are located on the Peninsular and offers spectacular gardens, lush greenery, and views of the water close by. Couples can choose to hold the wedding ceremony among the beautiful gardens and then enjoy a sumptuous dinner or champagne lunch with their guests in the newly refurbished Chalet restaurant, before taking a leisurely stroll through the extensive selection of ferns and trees Glenfalloch is famous for.
The Old Church, Napier
For couples seeking a more traditional wedding in a beautiful church steeped in history and full of charm, the Old Church is the perfect location. The facilities cater to as many as 175 people but are adept at creating a fairy-tale wedding for a smaller number of guests. Outdoor wedding ceremonies are catered to also, with on-site staff willing to assist in ensuring a day the couple and their guests will remember for the rest of their lives.
The Red Barn, Waikato
Once a livery stable for stagecoaches to change horses, the Red Barn is now a picturesque reception facility for weddings and other major events. Large lawns, landscaped gardens and an outdoor fireplace all add ambience to what is already steeped in history and charm. Able to cater to up to 140 people it is a favourite wedding location for couples in the Waikato region and beyond.