There is an extra element of romance when a wedding is conducted on the grounds of a historic site, where other couples have walked the same ground many years before, sharing their love for each other with their guests. The aged aspect of a building seems to offer a sense of security and confidence that a newly married couple can look forward to a long life together. The following are some of the most romantic, beautiful historic sites:
Orongo Bay Homestead, Bay of Islands
This old homestead has been completely refurbished to add modern touches without sacrificing the originality of this historic building. For small, boutique weddings the gardens and homestead offer a serene, tranquil setting. Conduct the ceremony on the lawns surrounded by beautiful lush gardens and then enjoy fine dining for your reception function. Guests can enjoy views second to none and stay overnight or for the rest of the weekend to relax and restore the soul.
Alberton, Mt Albert, Auckland
Built in the 1860s this sprawling mansion is lovingly preserved and offers unique photographic opportunities as well as an amazing backdrop for a marriage ceremony. For those interested in colonial style living this truly is a spectacular place to exchange vows. Guests and bridal party can wander the grounds and house and explore, stepping back into the past and envisioning how life was so long ago. Due to the history of the mansion, it is often used for filming so some dates it is unavailable.
Woodlands Estate, Gordonton, Hamilton
15 acres of beautiful gardens and manicured lawns make Woodlands Estate an ideal wedding venue. Tranquil, natural surroundings provide the perfect location for a wedding ceremony and for the all-important photographs to memorialize the occasion. The historic homestead is able to be toured, and the specially built function centre is able to cater to up to 150 people but opens up for larger numbers, with the Music lawn adjacent. Woodlands Estate states that no wedding is too big or too small.
Woodside Estate, Tamahere, Hamilton
Waterfalls, spring waters, ferns and other natural foliage all contribute to one of the prettiest wedding venues the Hamilton area has to offer. A boathouse, various old buildings, bridges and a ponga house all offer magical settings for those vital photographic images and also work as ideal backdrops to the wedding ceremony. For those seeking a rustic theme to their special day, Woodside Estate has it in buckets full.
Air Force Museum, Wigram, Christchurch
For those with a love of flying or with ties to the Air Force, the museum offers a unique location for a very theme-specific wedding. The magnificent Aircraft Hall can accommodate up to 650 people for dining and 790 for cocktails, and there are lots of interesting and unique backdrops for great photographic memories to be made. The Atrium is perfect for smaller weddings with the ability to seat 300 people in a light and airy open space.
Charlemagne Lodge, Tauranga
With the stunning Kaimai Ranges in the background and beautiful grounds spreading in front of you, Charlemagne Lodge offers stunning surroundings for making a wedding day special. Couples can use the romantic gazebo for the ceremony, with guests seated on the lawn, followed by a fully catered dinner in the Function Room. Guests have the option to wander the grounds, explore the Lodge or enjoy a beautiful sunset from the patio before dancing the night away. Charlemagne Lodge staff is experienced in organizing weddings, so couples have only to focus on being there or can assist with organizing all of the details to the couple’s satisfaction.
Larnach Castle, Dunedin
Nothing says romantic more than a real castle, and a wedding held at this landmark location is one that will have more romance than can be imagined. Magnificent gardens, water features, expansive lawns and the Castle itself all lend themselves beautifully to ensuring whichever location on the property is chosen in which to exchange vows it will be perfect. Dine and dance in the Ballroom later among romantic surroundings from a time long gone by. For an additional touch of romance, the bride can arrive by horse-drawn carriage, in fitting with the style of the Castle.