Frequently Asked Questions
We get it – planning a destination wedding can be stressful!
Lucky for you, we’ve done this a few hundred times before…
BUT we also understand that every wedding is different and that you will no doubt have a few questions along the way! We wanted to provide a place for you to find easy answers to some of our most commonly asked questions, so welcome to our FAQ page!
If you don’t find the answer to your question here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to get back to you with what you need to know.
How many weddings have you planned?
That’s a good question! We’ve been planning weddings here in Queenstown for over 10 years and have been lucky enough to help close to 500 couples get married here. We seriously love what we do and have built an incredible team of talented and world-renowned suppliers that we know will provide you with the best experience on your wedding day. So you can rest assured that your wedding plans are in good hands when you book with us, but don’t take our word for it – why not check out our online reviews from our previous couples – here, here, and here!
What happens if it rains on my wedding day?
Good question! The good news is more often than not we are able to work around the weather, as it is fairly rare for it to rain ALL day here in Queenstown. Saying that, we do always have a Plan B ready to go…and sometimes even a Plan C, D, E…we are planners after all!
Micro Wedding Packages
We will always have a backup plan if the weather poses an issue on your wedding day. This may involve moving the ceremony to an indoor location at the same venue or moving it to a Plan B location – the options will vary depending on the package you choose. We do always try to remain as flexible as possible and if the weather is only mildly inclement, then we also have a stock of large white wedding umbrellas that we can make available to your guests for the ceremony period.
Eco Elopement Weddings
For our eco elopement weddings, as it’s just the two of you, we have a bit more flexibility and can always look at moving the time of the ceremony earlier or later in the day to work around weather where possible. At times, we can even look to move the wedding to a different day if possible, however this is dependent on the package suppliers’ availability, as well as your availability (hint…we recommend booking a buffer day before/after the wedding where possible). We also have some beautiful large white umbrellas that can provide perfect coverage for a romantic first kiss in the rain! If Plan B and C don’t work out, then we also work with some beautiful private indoor venues, or could even look at your accommodation (depending on where you book) as alternate options (upgrade fees may apply for private ceremony venues). No matter what, we promise to get you married and we promise it will be amazing!
When is the best time of year to get married in Queenstown?
Honestly every season here in Queenstown is beautiful for different reasons. Some of the most popular months are December, January and February for summer weddings with long/warm days, while July, August and September are perfect for those snowy winter weddings. October and November are wonderful for spring weddings and the autumn colours are gorgeous in late March, April and early May.
Keep in mind that as we are an island nation, the weather can change dramatically from one week to the next – no matter the time of year, so we always recommend packing layers (especially for our mountaintop weddings) and you may just get to experience the magic of all 4 seasons in a week here in Queenstown! 😊
For more information on the seasons in Queenstown, check out our recent blog post here !
How do I secure my wedding package with you?
The first step in securing your wedding date with us is to let us know which package best suits your needs. From there we can confirm date availability with the package suppliers and then draw up a contract for you to review. Then it’s just the signed contract along with the deposit in order to secure your wedding date with us. Easy!
How much of a deposit is required to secure my wedding date?
In order to secure your wedding date with us, we will need a 50% deposit to begin securing the arrangements for your wedding package. The final payment is due 30 days prior to your wedding day. If you are booking more than 12 months in advance, we do offer the option to confirm the package with a 25% deposit and then the remaining 25% would be due on the one year pre-anniversary to your wedding date.
Can I pay by credit card?
Sure can! We do accept credit card payments via the secure PayPal system, which does incur a 3% surcharge to cover the fees of the service.
Most of our overseas clients prefer arranging a bank transfer, and many choose to use services such as Transfer Wise or Orbit Remit to process international payments through to us.
When do we apply for our marriage licence?
The marriage licence can be applied for up to 3 months prior to your wedding date, however we usually suggest getting it underway around 4-6 weeks prior. It is a simple online process and we will provide all the details you need to complete the necessary forms alongside your celebrant as the wedding date nears.
You will apply for your official marriage certificate at the same time, which will be mailed to you at your home address around one month after the wedding (after the celebrant files the signed marriage licence with the registrar post-wedding).
Please note the fees for the marriage licence and certificate will need to be paid online during the application process, and those fees are not included in our wedding packages.