Christmas Shopping

Christmas Shopping

Yes, I know … it’s early; but being so busy, I do like to be organised. I start my Christmas shopping well ahead of time, ensuring I (a) don’t run out of money, (b) that I don’t forget anyone and (c) that I find great gifts that I’ve given plenty of thought to.

Here’s a handy list of goodies to help you find gifts for your loved ones this Christmas, especially for those who are notoriously hard to buy for. Check back often … no doubt we’ll update it as we discover more!


Murad Gift Sets – For you or as a gift

Get Christmas ready with the NEW range of Murad Gift Sets – making gift buying easy or prepping your own skin for the festivities ahead. There are five limited edition Murad Gift Sets  featuring their  top-selling, most luxurious skincare solutions. These sets include: Merry & Polished, Party Perfect, Merry & Beautiful, Merry & Renewed and Merry & Glowing.

For more information visit

Murray Gift
Get Excited for Santa
Let Santa know if you’ve been naughty or nice this year when you visit him at Snowplanet!
Auckland’s only real white Christmas experience is back for another season. Santa’s magic castle in the snow is the perfect location for your annual festive family photos, then have family fun tubing down the slopes after your pictures. Santa at Snowplanet sessions start 19 November and run right up to Christmas eve.
For more information visit
Christmas Gifts
Never Miss A Moment
Capture every moment with instax! Unfussed by a myriad of bells and whistles and a mammoth instruction manual, instax is all about simplicity. Press the button and take a picture. Beautiful, real, physical photos, full of perfect imperfections, where you never know what you’re going to get until the image develops.
Take a break from loading on to social media and actually give a photo to someone. We guarantee you’ll get a very different, more satisfying, kind of ‘like’.
FUJI instax cameras are available at leading retailers nationwide. For full stockist information, please visit;
Christmas Gifts
Don’t Let Leftovers Go To Waste
If ever there was a need for a foodsaver it is the festive season! Hands down the easiest way to make the most of
what you have, by both prepping in advance and prolonging the life of leftovers.
Food Saver saves more than just food. Keep essentials clean and dry for your summer camping trip. Matches, first aid kits,  … you name it!
Sunbeam FoodSaver Available now from all leading appliance stores, including Farmers, JB HiFi, Smiths City, Heathcotes, 100% Your Electric Store, and Harvey Norman.
Christmas Gifts
Pop the Cork on Something Special
Celebrations and sparkling wine go hand in hand. Akarua know
how to add the shine to any occasion. With three outstanding
Methode Traditionelle wines in their stable; Akarua Brut, Vintage
Brut and Rose Brut. Multi award winning Central Otago Akarua
winery has every special event covered. Akarua Methode
Traditionelle captivates judges the world over, but it’s how you
impress your friends and family that matters most.
Available at leading restaurants, supermarkets, Glengarry and
other fine wine retailers nationwide.
Christmas Gifts
The Ultimate Audio
ART by Tivoli Audio presents a new way of looking at wireless speakers for the home. The first offerings from their new release collection consist of two Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled speakers, ORB and CUBE.
These speakers offer an effortless mix of style and sound, enhancing home décor with cable free high quality music streaming. With their easy- to-use controls and full feature app, the ORB and CUBE allow you to stream music from your favourite services, such as Spotify, Deezer, and Tidal via any iOS or Android device. The ART speakers can perform in mono, stereo, or be used as a multi-room system, and with their optional rechargeable battery, moving speakers throughout the home, boat or bach has never been easier.
Available in dark grey, oak and light grey. ART will be available from Tivoli Audio stockists throughout New Zealand and online at from November 1st.
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Super Skin
Sukin knows skincare. Give the gift of a glowing complexion with Sukin’s limited edition Christmas gift packs. Buff and shine or detoxify and nourish with these two beautifully presented gift sets.
Sukin products are available at Farmers, pharmacies, and health stores nationwide.
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Shave Kit
Delivering a great shave and healthy skin with an exclusive three-step regimen that takes into account beard type, hair growth pattern and skin condition. Even Santa will want to go clean shaven with this value packed Dermalogica skincare kit.
Contains: • Daily Clean Scrub • Pre-Shave Guard • Soothing Shave Cream • Post Shave Balm
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Christmas Gifts
Pucker Up for Santa
Make a statement this holiday season. Let your pout make a bold impression with the Liquid Lip Paint range from Kiwi brand Mellow Cosmetics.
From dusky nudes to rich burgundies, there’s a shade for every mood and celebration, every colour as expressive as you are. Long lasting with a velvety soft finish that never dries hard.
Mellow Cosmetics are available online through
Christmas Gifts
Skin fit for Summer
Get all-over skin health benefits with the Dermalogica Body Therapy kit, containing cleansing, exfoliating, and hydrating aromatherapeutic favorites for smoother, softer skin.
Contains: • Conditioning Body Wash (botanical soap-free cleanser) • Exfoliating Body Scrub (creamy skin polisher) • Body Hydrating Cream (conditioning body smoother) • Climate Control Lip Treatment (soothing lip shield) • Hydro-Active Mineral Salts sample (sea-salt polisher/bath soak)
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Christmas Gifts
Mix Something Fancy
Cointreau Noir is the ultimate blend of Cointreau orange liqueur and Remy Martin Fine Champagne cognac. It is a deliciously smooth drink with soft vanilla and nut notes, a golden amber colour and a clean long finish.
The perfect way to try Cointreau Noir is simply poured over ice, or create your own luxury masterpiece by mixing with lime and soda.
Cointreau is available where all quality liquor is sold.
Christmas Gifts
Perfect Coffee
First we drink the coffee, then we do the things. The Café Series Espresso Machine plus Multi-Capsule™ Handle delivers the best in home coffee options. Busy mornings racing out the door are pod mornings, and lazy Sunday’s are made for fresh ground espresso. Whatever the landscape of your morning, Sunbeam has the solution in one sleek machine.
Available now from all leading appliance stores, including Farmers, JB HiFi, Smiths City, Heathcotes, 100% Your Electric Store, and Harvey Normans. For further information please visit;
Christmas Gifts
Ice Cream Magic
Treats for everyone! Get the lick on the finest homemade frozen treats with the no mess Sunbeam Snack Heroes Ice Cream Maker. Create Gelato, Ice Cream, and Sorbet at home. Impress your guests with limitless flavor options. Your limit is your imagination.
Available now from all leading appliance stores, including Farmers, JB HiFi, Smiths City, Heathcotes, 100% Your Electric Store, and Harvey Normans. For further information please visit;
Christmas Gifts
Avoid the Crowds
Get all your Christmas shopping done without fighting for a carpark. With everything from jewellery to fashion, electronics to homeware, there really is something for everyone in your whole family, but beware, TVSN shopping is so much fun, it’s oh-so-easy to grab a little something extra for yourself.Christmas colour that lasts a lifetime!
The special woman in your life will love the stylish simplicity of this 3ct Brazilian Rosanite Garnet & Diamond Ring showcases a striking cushion cut Brazilian Rosanite Garnet centre stone with ten round cut diamond accents on a 9ct yellow gold band.
Shop online now at
Christmas Gifts
Year Round Must Have
Silk Island kaftans are created with love for women to experience pure luxurious comfort. Slip into an enchanting kaftan to feel instantly glamorous thanks to the high quality range of silk materials. Feel and look beautiful in the fabulous Silk Islands range of prints and diamante embellished pieces, whether you are on the beach, by a resort pool side, going on a fabulous cruise or to a summer wedding!
Shop online now at
Christmas Gifts
Sparkle & Shine
Diamonesque offers you stunning jewellery at a price you can afford. Using the finest quality simulated diamonds, these earrings will add sparkle to everyday wear, or transform evening attire into a Cinderella story (but this time you get to keep them after midnight!)
Shop online now at
Christmas Gifts
Sweet Dreams
For the ultimate in luxury sleep and loungewear from around the world Esalare is the name. Exhale is the meaning.
The Esalare ranges feature quality natural fibres, particularly silk, cotton, cashmere, linen and merino.
Enjoy the most luxurious sleep of your life with the highest quality sleepwear. You’ll be the best dressed in early morning Christmas pictures as you delight in family opening their gifts.
Christmas Gifts
Satisfy His Inner Child
Ford, Holden and Chevrolet lovers will be delighted with these die cast replica models. The range of limited edition 1:18 scale models include opening doors, hood and bonnet, complete with detailed interior, rubber tyres and a steering wheel that really turns! Icons any car enthusiast will adore are available exclusively. This is not a toy for children! Dimensions approx 26.5cm(L) x 8cm(H) x 10.5cm(W)
RRP from $54.95 – $289.00
Search collectible cars at
Christmas Gifts

Fabulous Feedback

Cover August 2016Our 7th anniversary bumper issue is being hailed as a huge success … and it’s early days yet!

Within hours of the issue being sent out, the email accolades started pouring in … here’s a small selection of them:

  • I was just reading the new issue of My Wedding – Happy Dance! – Antoinette, PR, Sydney, Australia
  • Wow Gayle…..what can I say – What an absolutely fabulous issue. Congratulations that is the VERY best bridal magazine I have seen – Irene, celebrant, Waiheke, Auckland, NZ
  • A great issue Gayle. I love the clothes by Kiri Nathan – Jenny, cake designer, Auckland, NZ
  • First time reading My Wedding since it went changed to monthly, looks really good! – Sam, PR, Auckland, NZ
  • It looks great – Farah, jewellery designer, London, UK
  • It looks absolutely beautiful; stunning issue!!! – Sonya, Marketing & Development Manager, Samoa

And it’s not just the advertisers and PR’s raving …. here are a few of our favourites from readers:

  • So much to get through. WOW! Love the latest issue – Janine, Auckland, NZ
  • I am so glad I found your magazine in time for the seventh anniversary issue. It’s amazing! – Hilary, Brisbane, Aus
  • Loving the latest issue. So much to drool over and great giveaways!!! – Melanie, Auckland, NZ
  • I love your magazine. It is so easy to read, so easy to browse through again and again! I’m off to sign up for a year after buying this one single issue. – Maryanne, Hamilton, NZ

Subs August 2016Have you bought your copy yet?

And don’t forget that if you subscribe during this current issue, you’ll be in the draw to win a stunning pearl and cubic pendant and earring set from Stewart Dawsons!

Happy reading and happy planning



Pure Langham Luxury on Mother’s Day

Pure Langham Luxury on Mother’s Day

Pure Langham Luxury on Mother’s DayEd: Brides are mum’s too, so we’re going all out to find you relevant goodies to make this Mother’s Day a special day!

Make this Mother’s Day a luxurious and indulgent occasion for your Mum with The Langham, Auckland. Whether you indulge in a Champagne breakfast, a decadent Afternoon Tea or lunch and dinner in Eight with your family or friends, you’ll be spoilt for choice on Sunday May 8, 2016.


Champagne breakfast in Chandelier

Celebrate mum’s special day with a Champagne breakfast from 7am to 11am for all the family. There’ll be a glass of Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne on arrival for the adults and a soft drink for the kids before indulging in Eight’s sumptuous breakfast buffet. Every mum will also receive a special chocolate gift. Just $85 per person. Children 5 – 12 years are half price and 0-5 year-olds are complimentary.

Sumptuous lunch and dinner in Eight Restaurant
Eight will have all your delicious favourites from our Eight kitchens, plus a glass of bubbles to welcome you on arrival, a soft drink for the kids and a special chocolate gift for Mums to take home for just $129 per person. Lunch is from 12 noon to 2:30pm and dinner is 5:30pm to 10:00pm. Children 5 – 12 years are half price and 0-5 year-olds are complimentary.
Decadent Afternoon Tea 
A stylish and decadent Champagne afternoon tea together is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day.


Enjoy our exquisite Langham Afternoon Tea experience and sip on a glass of Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne as live music creates the perfect ambience. Enjoy the exquisite array of sweet and savoury teatime treats – plus Mums receive a special chocolate gift – all for just $125 per person. Children 12 years and under are half price.


There are three sittings to choose from: 11:30 – 1:30pm,  2:00pm – 4:00pm and 4:30pm – 6:30pm.


If you’d like some additional Mother’s Day pampering, there’s always the indulgent Louis Roederer beverage package. For just $175 per person, you can enjoy all of the above plus a two-hour Champagne package.
Bookings for Mother’s Day dining are essential and can be made on (09) 300 2924 or email

In Chuan Spa

Why not pamper your mum with a luxurious “Revitalise Me” spa treatment package? With this special package, she’ll enjoy a lovely Body Massage (45 minutes), a gorgeous Thalgo Booster Facial (15 minutes), and a take home Chuan gift for just $185 (usually $230). Valid from now until June 30, 2016, Monday to Fridays, 9am-6pm. For reservations: call (09) 300 2960, email or visit


Gift Cards

Searching for an original gift idea to provide the perfect treat for Mum this Mother’s Day? A gorgeous Gift Card from The Langham Auckland is sure to delight. Treat Mum to a luxury night’s sleep in a Blissful Bed, a delicious dining experience at Eight restaurant, The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood in Palm Court or a pampering spa retreat at Chuan Spa. Beautifully presented, a Gift Card from The Langham Auckland is the perfect way to thank Mum too.

To purchase a Langham Auckland Gift Card, telephone (09) 300 2924 or order your Gift Cards online at

Casino weddings: are they all they’re cracked up to be?

Casino weddings: are they all they’re cracked up to be?

Casino weddings: Are they all they’re cracked up to be?

Little Chapel of the Flowers
Little Chapel of the Flowers

A recent business report from the Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati showed that the casino had suffered its lowest revenue in its whole existence this October.

The casino managed to gross just $13,956,000 during the month, trailing the other large casino in the region, Lawrenceburg, which grossed $14.1 million. The total is the lowest since December 2013, when the casino grossed $14.2 million, and casino owners are blaming a multitude of sources for the drop in revenue. For one, people are turning to online alternatives like while others are just looking for fun elsewhere.

In response to this, the casino is expanding its customer offering by echoing what’s made Vegas so famous: a whole lot of wedding chapels. It beggars the question then, what is it about casino weddings that makes them so popular?

Indeed, the majority of them may end up in regret and swift divorce – think Britney Spears and Jason Alexander in 2004. However, for the serious, and sober, amongst us, there has to be some appeal to the casino wedding. After all, why would Vegas have so many wedding chapels if it wasn’t a popular option?

Hangovers we’d rather forget aside, casino weddings do have a huge potential for fun – for one, the Las Vegas chapels certainly don’t scrimp on the décor. From flowers to hot desert backdrops, the celebrants will do their best to make sure your special day looks amazing.

And of course, there’s always the gaming element. Vegas is a huge function room in itself, so there are plenty of options for entertainment. If you feel like something different, you could get married on the world famous Roller Coaster at the New York New York hotel for a little thrill. Once the ceremony’s over, take your friends and family around the gaming rooms – it’s one thing to go home with the memory of the wedding, but another to tell friends how much money you’ve won!

Of course, on the flip side, a casino wedding does have its fair share of flaws, particularly within Vegas. With so many hotels available, it might sound good to be spoilt for choice, but could this lead to the potential ire of your guests? Moreover, if you’ve a gambling addict in the family, a casino wedding could be the worst thing for them.

In summary, there are definitely benefits to having a casino wedding, but they are best reserved for the kind of couple who like to live life on impulse – chances are then, that your friends will be the same, so you can all afford to take a little risk.

Why are Women Crabby?

Why are Women Crabby?

Why are Women Crabby?


The source of this piece is unknown – it’s one of those beauties that lands in your email inbox and you just know you have to share it. I laughed my socks off – and then realised the only step they’d missed in a woman’s excruciating journey was planning a wedding!

We started to ‘bud’ in our blouses at 9 or 10 years old only to find that anything that came in contact with those tender, blooming buds hurt so bad it brought us to tears. So came the ridiculously uncomfortable training bra contraption that the boys in school would snap until we had calluses on our backs.

Next, we get our periods in our early to mid-teens (or sooner). Along with those budding boobs, we bloated, we cramped, we got the hormone crankies, had to wear little mattresses between our legs or insert tubular, packed cotton rods in places we didn’t even know we had.

Our next little rite of passage was having sex for the first time which was about as much fun as having a ramrod push your uterus through your nostrils (IF he did it right and didn’t end up with his little cart before his horse), leaving us to wonder what all the fuss was about.

Then it was off to Motherhood where we learned to live on dry crackers and water for a few months so we didn’t spend the entire day leaning over Brother John. Of course, amazing creatures that we are (and we are), we learned to live with the growing little angels inside us steadily kicking our innards night and day making us wonder if we were preparing to have Rosemary’s Baby.

Our once flat bellies looked like we swallowed a whole watermelon and we pee’d our pants every time we sneezed. When the big moment arrived, the dam in our blessed Nether Regions invariably burst right in the middle of the mall and we had to waddle, with our big cartoon feet, moaning in pain, all the way to the ER.

Then it was huff and puff and beg to die while the OB says, ‘Please stop screaming, Mrs. Hear-me-roar. Calm down and push. ‘Just one more good push’ (more like 10), warranting a strong, well-deserved impulse to punch the %$#*@*#!* hubby and doctor square in the nose for making us cram a wiggling, mushroom-headed 10 pound bowling ball through a keyhole.

After that, it was time to raise those angels, only to find that when all that ‘cute’ wears off, the beautiful little darlings morphed into walking, jabbering, wet, gooey, snot-blowing, life-sucking little poop machines.

Then come their ‘Teen Years.’ Need I say more?

When the kids are almost grown, we women hit our voracious sexual prime in our early 40’s – while hubby had his somewhere around his 18th birthday.

So we progress into the grand finale: ‘The Menopause,’ the Grandmother of all womanhood. It’s either take HRT and chance cancer in those now seasoned ‘buds’ or the aforementioned Nether Regions, or sweat like a hog in July, wash your sheets and pillowcases daily and bite the head off anything that moves.

Now, you ask WHY women seem to be more spiteful than men, when men get off so easy, INCLUDING the icing on life’s cake: Being able to pee in the woods without soaking their socks…

So, while I love being a woman, ‘Womanhood’ would make the Great Gandhi a tad crabby. You think women are the ‘weaker sex?’ Yeah right!


Equality Regardless

Equality Regardless

equalityWe all remember the opening scene of Sex in the City 2 where Stanford marries Anthony in a wedding extravaganza – a palette of black and white, with swans swimming in a moat complete with a bridge for guests to walk across to the ceremony. Stanford entered to the sound of a beautiful choir backed by an orchestra and was greeted by their marriage celebrant, Liza Minnelli. Finishing the ceremony with a bang, Liza delivered the perfect ballad. Is this how we imagine all gay weddings? One thing is for sure – they do have style and know how to throw a pretty good party!

Growing up, two of my closest friends were gay. They were, and still are, two of the nicest people I know. Twenty years ago this was a taboo subject, and I experienced how rough and bumpy this journey can be. Same sex couples have now become more widely accepted as part of daily life. Popular TV shows like Shortland Street, Go Girls and now the widely debated Mitre 10 Dreamhome all feature gay or lesbian relationships. New Zealand sweethearts like Tamati Coffey and Alison Mau have spoken out as advocates in the gay community to have their relationships acknowledged, and for acceptance of that special person they have chosen to share their life with.

New Zealand is now the 13th country to legalise same sex marriage – on 19 August it became legal for couples of the same sex to formalise their relationships. While this has been the topic of much debate, new businesses and directories have popped up all over the place to capitalise on the opportunity.

It’s an historical moment in our history, showing we’re progressive and able to move with the times. This Bill means identical rights, fairness, choice and equality for couples who have long wanted to have their relationships formalised. While a civil union has been available, it’s not the same as a marriage which has a more significant meaning.

Marriage is a legal union between two people where a relationship is acknowledged and formalised in a legal way.
It is a celebration with loved ones who want to be a part of and share in the joining of these two lives, irrespective of orientation or gender. With many same sex couples already living together and already having made a commitment, the Bill gives them the ability to have the same rights as any other couple getting married. We live in a modern society and, as such, this is a natural progression. We continue to evolve through change and this is another step towards equality.

Since Australian couples still don’t have the option to marry there, the opportunities for the local economy and tourism sector are significant. It opens doorways to showcase New Zealand on the world stage and draw new visitors to our country.

These are exciting times and we look forward to the journey ahead and being part of many more couples’ big days.

Aaron Bloomfield, a marriage celebrant and the front man behind said: “It’s about the progress of equality. The ability for same sex couples to now marry means it’s a day that will be infused with so much emotion that they’ve finally made it”.

Chris Dillon, owner and lead photographer at Dillon Photography said: “In 21 years we’ve shot hundreds of weddings. The only thing that’s the same in every single wedding is the celebration of love between two people. Same sex weddings aren’t new to us – we’ve never called them civil unions. To us, no matter who is marrying whom, a wedding always has been, always will be, a marriage.”