The Langham, Auckland

The Langham, Auckland
The Langham Auckland
The Langham Auckland – Lobby
The Langham Auckland
The Langham Auckland – Crystal Room
The Langham Auckland
The Langham Auckland – Chandelier
The Langham Auckland
The Langham Auckland – The Great Room
The Langham Auckland
The Langham Auckland : Crystal Room Pre Function Space


From an intimate ceremony to the most lavish banquet, The Langham Auckland’s elegant venues provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding.


The Crystal Room

The elegant and romantic Crystal Room is perfect for medium-sized weddings for up to 200 guests for dinner and up to 240 for cocktails. Four beautiful crystal chandeliers set a romantic tone while the private foyer creates an ideal space for pre-reception cocktails. Crystal also divides into two separate rooms and offers an elevated stage for the bridal table and a separate dance floor.

Opulent Chandelier is perfect for more intimate weddings with stunning banquet-style seating for up to 70 guests and cocktail parties for up to 130. Sparkling chandeliers and classic furnishings create an exclusive and luxurious atmosphere. Chandelier also has its own private bar, making it ideal for receptions.

The Great Room

This magnificent room is the perfect setting for a lavish wedding

celebration, with seating for up to 900 guests or 1400 for cocktails, a private entrance for a grand arrival and a large pre-function room for pre-reception cocktails. The Great Room can also be divided into four smaller rooms, which when coupled with the latest technology, exquisite cuisine and distinctive service, easily sets the stage for great weddings.

To make your wedding a sparkling success, call (09) 300 2901, email



















Muri Beach Club Hotel, Rarotonga

Muri Beach Club Hotel, Rarotonga

Muri Beach Club Hotel, RarotongaA white sandy beach, tropical lagoon waters lapping at your feet, the sun setting over the mountains and your honeymoon hotel just metres away … pure wedding bliss!

Celebrate your big day with the sand between your toes, a cool sparkling flute of champagne in your hand and the heady aroma of your tropical flower garlands filling the air. Fancy finishing with a romantic dinner on the beach? No problem!

Situated on the most pristine white stretch of beach in Rarotonga, a wedding and honeymoon at Muri Beach Club Hotel sets a picturesque scene of azure heavenly vibes and timeless love.

Planning a wedding is a journey of many emotions and, all too often, one that leaves both the bride and groom pondering a last minute decision to abandon the big wedding plans and simply elope thanks to the stress. Not so at Muri Beach Club Hotel. Your personal, professional wedding coordinator will take care of every fiddly detail so that the excitement you’ve felt since your engagement doesn’t fade in the lead-up to becoming Mr & Mrs. Your wedding licence will be arranged ,along with a local celebrant, minister, pastor or a priest … even witnesses, if you require them.

An adult-only oasis accommodating guests 18-years and over, Muri Beach Club Hotel is your Cook Islands wedding specialist. Choose to exchange vows lagoon-side, on one of the private palm-covered motus that sit just off the hotel’s sandy shore, or in the air-conditioned Lagoon Lounge overlooking tranquil Muri Lagoon.

Muri Beach Club Hotel, RarotongaWeddings At Muri Beach Club Hotel are fuss-free and flexible – essential qualities for making your wedding day every bit the fairy-tale you’ve longed for. The Club Classic wedding package, starting at NZD$999, is the perfect choice if you are looking for a low-key, intimate wedding, and great value for money. You’ll have everything you need, including gorgeous floral garlands, while barely lifting a finger (saving that for the most important moment of the day). No fuss, no stress – just the happiness and joy of your special day.

If you are planning a larger but still intimate affair with 30 of your closest friends and family, the all-inclusive “I Do” package is for you. For NZD$5,999, this is the complete wedding package and includes a beautiful ceremony under a floral archway at one of the hotel’s exclusive beachfront locations; your reception is held in a choice of three venues; there’s a Polynesian Buffet feast, 3-hour drinks package, a single-tier wedding cake, plus a 5-night stay in a Deluxe Beachfront Room for the Bride and Groom. That’s your wedding and honeymoon completely taken care of in one perfect package.

The hotel is also home to ‘Beauty & Spa’, the ideal spot for bridal parties to retreat and unwind before the big day. All wedding groups receive a 15% discount in the Spa. Enjoy a pre-wedding day girls’ pamper session, or a romantic couples massage plus. For a small additional cost, the hotel can organise canapés and cocktails to complete your day of indulgence.

Life is a journey of countless steps – steps best journeyed with a companion. Let the experienced wedding team at Muri Beach Club Hotel take care of everything, freeing you to relax, breathe and enjoy the first steps of your new life together. Bliss!

For more information, contact Anita Gatley of Wedding Travel who is an expert on wedding, honeymoon and other travel, specifically in the South Pacific. / 0508 HONEYMOON

Muri Beach Club Hotel, Rarotonga

Nuptials in Vegas

Nuptials in Vegas

Nuptials in VegasLas Vegas is not only the world’s largest center of tourism and recreation offering bright neon lights, casinos, luxury hotels and a fabulous nightlife,it is also the wedding capital of the world. Couples will find numerous wedding chapels, open all hours. It is a city that never sleeps!

The options are endless … and usually limited only by your imagination and budget!

It is possible to organise a wedding in the monumental chapels of the luxury hotels, on the golf courses and even in hotel rooms.

After all, Vegas wouldn’t be so famous if couples were offered a conventional, ordinary, every day wedding ceremonies. More than 100,000 marriage registrations are arranged in various ways and in a variety of styles in Vegas each year. Here, the wildest dreams and fantasies can and do come true.

One of the most popular wedding heroes is Elvis Presley. Fancy an Elvis look-alike conducting your wedding ceremony, singing some songs and taking you for a ride in his pink Cadillac?

Do you want your nuptials conducted in a helicopter while flying over the main street of Vegas? Maybe you prefer to be on the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower or on a pirate ship, white gondola, or in a hot air balloon. It is even possible to marry at the bottom of the stunning Grand Canyon, in the Valley of Fire.

Weddings in Las Vegas are unique because of the gambling. Couples flock here not only because of the whacky and unusual ceremony locations and venues, they go for the gambling and nightlife! Couples can even marry each other without ever leaving the car at a drive-in option. Get yourself into casino mode playing online casino games, and then hit the real thing when you get there!

The lighting of wedding candles is offered during ceremonies in many Las Vegas chapels. This process is very moving and romantic with the bride and groom lighting the candle simultaneously. It symbolises union of two loving hearts and the beginning of your married life. After the wedding ceremony, you can arrange a photoshoot anywhere along the stunning Vegas Strip.

While in Vegas, tempt your tastebuds with one fashionable restaurant after another. Lovebirds can celebrate their event in one of the nightclubs and dance until the morning or go to the casino to try their luck.

From partying with your hens or stags, through the wedding and the ensuing honeymoon, Vegas has it all!

More and more sweethearts are flocking to Vegas to tie the know. Many are taking family and friends on their once-in-a-lifetime family get-together. Guests enjoy the Vegas-style nuptials with you, and take home many exciting moments from an unforgettable holiday.

Extraordinary and marvelous at the same time … Vegas is a city where you can’t stop saying wow!


Venue – Tribeca Auckland

Venue – Tribeca Auckland

TriBeCa is a unique venue for your wedding or event.

Located in the historic Foundation Building, this gorgeous restaurant also boasts a stunning courtyard that is perfect for your pre-wedding/event drinks, canapes or ceremony … and there’s plenty of parking!

Over and above the central location in leafy Parnell, you’ll be wowed by the personal attention of their very experienced and highly talented wedding planner, Paula Holmes. Paula is know for her ability to pay attention to the smallest details so that you don’t have to.

Venue: Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Venue: Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Venue: Waitangi Treaty GroundsVenue: Waitangi Treaty Grounds


The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is where, in 1840, two peoples forged a relationship that has grown into a nationhood. This historic place of partnerships is an auspicious, inspiring venue for a very special wedding.

New Zealand’s most historic site is available for wedding ceremonies, receptions and wedding photo shoots. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds offers a full wedding venue with restaurant and onsite catering facilities.

The grounds offer multiple locations: magnificent lawns with panoramic views overlooking the Bay of Islands, bush settings, beach settings, gardens of national significance and cultural and heritage venues.

The Whare Waka Café, located in the Treaty Grounds, overlooks the Pacific Ocean and has received a serious makeover this winter, with new furniture and lighting, improved sound system and acoustics. Innovative menus are being designed for special events such as weddings, cocktail and dinner functions. Choose between indoor and el fresco Whare Waka Café locations or select a marquee location across the grounds.

Wedding parties are able to arrive at the Treaty Grounds by limousine, boat or Maori waka. A traditional or contemporary Maori welcome by the performing arts group Te Pito Whenua is another option for wedding parties.

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds work closely with the Copthorne Resort & Hotel Bay of Islands, located along the waterfront within walking distance from the Treaty Grounds, for accommodation packages.


Planning and executing a destination wedding

Planning and executing a destination wedding

Wedding planner diaries: Planning and executing a destination wedding

Planning and executing a destination wedding

Does the sound of waves gently lapping on a tropical beach tempt you to run away to the romance of the islands for your wedding celebration? Over the last few years, many couples have chosen to escape the challenges of a big wedding at home, navigating guest lists and budget blow-outs to intimate and special celebrations with close family and friends in an overseas location.

Planning and executing a destination wedding is a little different from a wedding on home turf. It combines the special traditions of a wedding ceremony with the enjoyment of a sunny holiday.

One of the key differences with getting married overseas is that everyone invited has to travel and they will all need somewhere to stay. Talking with Anita from Anita Gatley Travel she highlighted that planning is key to ensuring you keep this as easy and stress free as possible for everyone. By using a travel company in New Zealand, they can negotiate group deals on your behalf and coordinate all travel for the guests including their flights, accommodation and any additional activities. We have summarised a few key tips that we hope you will find helpful.

1. Use an Expert

Travel and wedding consultants have the experience, resources and contacts to make planning a destination wedding faster and easier. They take care of many of the details that can be significant in making your planning seamless, along with providing you a local contact in NZ to coordinate with.

2. Relax

With the challenges of language barriers, currency exchange and a lack of familiarity around locations, distances, geographical layouts and who to trust, it is important to recognise that all of these small

things can create hiccups along your planning journey. Relax, recognise any issues and evaluate how best to work through it. If you’re getting married somewhere like Rarotonga, take inspiration from their laidback approach and go with the flow.

3. Your Guests

Determine your guest list and put thought and consideration into who will be able to afford the costs. Your loved ones will want to be there for your big day but may not have the money and resources to attend. The cost of flights, accommodation, time away from work and children are all hurdles your guests need to work through before confirming their attendance. Most importantly, if you’re asking guests to spend money on attending your wedding, it’s a good idea to specify no gifts or wedding registry – their attendance will be the gift itself.

4. Do your Research

Organising a wedding in another country makes it difficult to know who you can trust. Ensure you conduct your research – talk to friends or family who may have been to these locations, had a wedding overseas or attended one. Ensure you pay deposits, get contracts in writing, ask for testimonials and request a list of preferred suppliers from the wedding venue. Ensure you take hard copies of all and any documentation with you when you travel.

5. The Legal Bit

Each destination has their own set of laws and rules around getting married in their country. Ensure you check these out beforehand so you know what is required. Some locations specify that you have to arrive three days prior to the wedding date, so be sure to factor this in to your travel plans.

6. The Weather

Getting married offshore sometimes means you are looking at the opposite of a traditional wedding season in NZ. Your wedding date may be during the winter months, so make sure you have planned this ahead – do your research on weather patterns to avoid any potential issues with monsoons or hurricanes. Make sure you think about travel insurance to protect you in the likelihood that you may need to make alternative plans or postpone the date. The bonus for your guests is a mid-winter escape.

7. Planning

Kick off your planning as soon as you decide you want a destination wedding. Negotiating flights and accommodation in advance can ensure you get the best deals. Hotels and resorts will often allow you to hold blocks of rooms at a more competitive rate. Be sure to send out a Save the Date and let guests know as soon as possible so they can save for the trip. Setting up a wedding website is the ideal way to share information with your guests.

Planning and executing a destination wedding



Fort Island, Dubai

Fort Island, Dubai

Fort Island, DubaiMadinat Jumeirah opens new Fort Island

Set on a private beach in Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah resort is an authentic recreation of ancient Arabia, capturing the natural beauty of the region. Madinat Jumeirah features two grand boutique hotels, Jumeirah Al Qasr and Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, accommodation in 29 traditional summer houses in Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf, conference and banqueting facilities including two grand ballrooms, a 1000-seat amphitheatre and the region’s only dedicated entertainment centre and multi-purpose venue, Madinat Arena. The facilities are interconnected by 3km of waterways and landscaped gardens. The resort also provides extensive leisure and health facilities including Talise Spa and Talise Fitness, as well as Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a traditional retail and dining experience with 90 boutiques and restaurants showcasing the best of Arabia, including nightlife destination Pacha Ibiza Dubai.

Madinat Jumeirah offers the largest hotel event space in the United Arab Emirates. The new expansion was completed in October 2015. Set over 1,750 square meters, the space has tripled in size and is set to host banquets, parties, exhibitions, product launches, music concerts, weddings, sports events and festivals for up to 1,400 people. In the past six months the space was converted to host several international events including Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), the World Economic Forum, the Museum of the Future and Art Dubai.

Fort Island is connected to the resort by four bridges and guests can also access the venue by the traditional wooden abra boats when staying in one of Madinat Jumeirah’s three hotels. Its privileged location, steps away from the bustling Souk Madinat, the 600-seater outdoor amphitheatre, Madinat Theatre and the nearest hotel, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam makes Fort Island a one-of-a-kind venue for spectacular events.

Fort Island was built in 2003 and has since been a unique stage for a significant number of conferences, events and a range of high profile occasions. The new Fort Island offers over 1,750sqm of events space, an overflow terrace area and four new bridges. In addition, it includes a new and enlarged fort building comprising a roof terrace, pantry, reception counter, prayer rooms, ablution facilities, and restrooms. The space can be arranged to cater for either 1,100 people banquet style, 1,400 people for cocktail/events, or alternatively can accommodate a large marquee of 35m x 30m.


Casino Wedding Tendencies in Nevada: Now and Then

Casino Wedding Tendencies in Nevada: Now and Then

It has been years since the first weddings were established in the biggest gambling centre of Nevada. Las Vegas became a wedding mecca for many couples seeking non-traditional ways of organising the ceremony.

What’s the tendency now? New Zealanders, being rather eccentric and enthusiastic in terms of any entertainment, often seek out wedding spots like Nevada casinos, despite the threat of ending up in regret and swift divorce, afterwards.

Las Vegas began to recover after the 2009 crisis as a popular tourist destination. In 2010, the number of tourists in the city increased by 2.7%. That’s up to 37.3 million.

Despite the fact that the popularity of Las Vegas increased amongst tourists, and despite the popularity of budget weddings in the state which enticed millions of adventuresome couples, the number of marriages in the city decreased by 7.2%, according to USA Today.

Casino Wedding Tendencies in Nevada: Now and ThenIn 2010, some 92,000 weddings were carried out in the city’s chapels, the lowest number since 1993. The most productive year for weddings was 2004, when more than 128,000 wedding ceremonies took place.

Nowadays, a wedding ceremony in Las Vegas is once again a popular consideration from couples all over the world, primarily due to a fairly simple procedure of marriage registration, but also due to the unlimited entertainment opportunities the city offers. It truly is is one of the most amazing cities of the United States.

Some couples find their homegrown nightlife quite boring : disco with DJs, concert halls, theatre, ballet, jazz and many other hot spots that, while well organised, seem too traditional. That’s why a lot of young and more risque couples prefer the immense variety of the Las Vegas casinos, night clubs, cabarets, concerts and live performances.

If you’re planning a Nevada wedding in a casino, and fancy a little online practice, head to Online Casino Guide.

It will either whet your appetite or put you off Las Vegas for life!


Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji – Oceans of Happiness

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji – Oceans of Happiness

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, FijiLocated on the island of Vanua Levu, the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort overlooks the peaceful waters of Savusavu Bay and offers an exclusive escape for those looking to experience magical natural surroundings and authentic Fijian traditions. With exceptional hospitality, breathtaking views, and unparalleled experiences, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort provides unique offerings for every discerning traveler. The resort has it all – adventure, romance, kids programming, eco-friendly features, and more.

The special Oceans of Happiness – Dive, Explore, Give holiday package from Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji is on your radar. Set against a spectacular coastal setting, surrounded by azure water and white sand beaches, the all-inclusive, eco-luxury resort offers an unparalleled dimension of hospitality.

Give the gift of travel with the Oceans of Happiness – Dive, Explore, Give package. What’s more, the resort will donate $100 with each booking to Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, which works to protect the ocean. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, FijiThe Oceans of Happiness – Dive, Explore, Give package includes:

  • 6 nights’ accommodation in an Oceanfront bure (2 nights complimentary)
  • A choice of the following for 2 adults:

–   3 x 1 tank dives for certified divers

–   A 1/2 day resort course & 1 tank dive for non-certified divers

–   3 spa treatments: a Bobo Massage, a Dilo & Aloe Body Wrap treatment, and a Hair and Scalp Therapy


Price: USD $5,512 inclusive of tax for all valid dates except May. USD $5,776 for May.

Validity:  Oct. 4 to Dec. 19, 2015; Jan. 5 to Mar. 19, 2016; and May 2016 (subject to availability)

Prices valid at time of publication

Great Savings for Seabreeze Guests

Great Savings for Seabreeze Guests

Seabreeze ResortThe romantic and intimate Seabreeze Resort, Samoa has released two amazing deals where guests can save up to $1680 Tala for two people per villa. All deals are on sale until 31 December 2015.

Stay a minimum of five nights at Seabreeze Resort and receive a $350 Tala food and beverage credit per villa, one 30-minute massage per person, Champagne breakfast daily and one way arrival transfers for two people.

Stay a minimum of seven nights at Seabreeze Resort and receive a $500 Tala food and beverage credit per villa, one 30-minute massage per person, Champagne breakfast daily and one way arrival transfers for two people.

These two deals are valid for travel until 31 March 2016 with block-out dates from 24 December 2015 to 02 January 2016.

Seabreeze Resort is the ultimate in boutique luxury, gently nestled into a private secluded bay on Samoa’s famous south east coast of Upolu.  The resort provides the ideal romantic getaway for honeymooners and couples or those seeking luxury and intimacy.

Since its re-opening in 2011, Seabreeze has become one of the most sought after resorts for total exclusivity in Samoa, winning accolades around the world.

Recent awards include winning Samoa’s Leading Hotel at the 2014 and 2013 World Travel Awards, and being voted as one of the Top 25 most Romantic resorts in the South Pacific in TripAdvisor’s “Travellers’ Choice® 2014 and voted as one of the TOP 10 resorts in the South Pacific for “Romance & Value in 2013. Seabreeze also won the 2012 New Zealand Restaurant Challenge, in 2013 it won the award for “Best innovative design and technique” and then in 2015 won Best Atmosphere and service.

Seabreeze has 11 air-conditioned villas including the ultimate Honeymoon Point House, all with ocean, lagoon or reef views and are designed to provide guests with a sense of relaxation and tranquillity.

With quality, innovative cuisine and outstanding customer service paramount, Seabreeze Resort offers three dining options including the romantic a la carte Waterfront Bar & Restaurant offering uninterrupted ocean and lagoon views, Cbreeza Pizzeria and Paulini’s Pool Bar.

From the time guests wake there is always something to experience at Seabreeze Resort. Guests can relax by the infinity pool, laze on the beach, cuddle in their private hammock, take a dip within the protection of the pristine lagoon, grab a glass kayak or snorkelling equipment and discover the beautiful underwater world in resorts private lagoon.

Seabreeze Resort has a recipe for relaxation, “when hungry you eat, when thirsty you drink, when tired you sleep and be pampered at every opportunity”.  With this motto in mind, guests can be treated to a range of totally indulgent and nurturing massages and facials in the privacy of their own villa.

A five night stay at Seabreeze Resort starts from NZ$1059 per person twin share and a seven night stay starts from NZ$1399 per person twin share.

Prices are land only and include the Tala food and beverage credit where offered, one 30-minute massage per person, daily Champagne Breakfast, personalised guest orientation, meet and greet by Seabreeze owners on arrival, use of kayaks and snorkelling equipment, Cultural afternoon on Friday’s, use of guest library, room service during restaurant hours, owners/manager onsite 24/7, use of cell phones during stay and a food platter in room for arrivals after 9pm and before 8am.

For further information and bookings contact your local travel agent or Seabreeze Resort, T; 685 7748643, email: or visit and quote booking code: SBZLS350 for offer 1 and booking code: SBZLS500 for offer 2.