Welcome to Southern Bride!

Southern Bride is a wedding planning support site offering practical and down to earth advice for NZ couples. As well as a blog and Facebook group, there’s a year-long wedding planning course.

Have a look around, join the community, and get some advice.  We’re excited to have you!

Check out the latest wedding planning advice:


“It’s your day” – it’s rubbish advice.

When people trot out the “it’s your day, do what you want” line… I roll…


Wedding budget tips from real brides-to-be

When I shared my wedding budget a couple of weeks ago, I knew it would…


Wedding day makeup tips for brides who usually don’t wear any

If you don’t wear a lot of makeup – or any at all – the…


When should the bride have their wedding makeup done?

It is regularly put out there that when prepping for the wedding, the bride should…


Wedding Gift Registry Wording Ideas: How to ask for gifts from a registry

Getting married is exciting, and it’s not just the wedding that you have to look…


Guilting guests: “If they’re invited, I’m not coming”

One of the most stressful components of wedding planning is writing the guest list. Chances are…

finding awesome wedding vendors for your wedding day dream team

My wedding hack for finding awesome wedding vendors

The absolute foundation of an amazing wedding day is having a team of awesome wedding vendors…


Tips for stress-free wedding planning – from real brides

With the launch of the Little White Wedding Planning Bundle, a set of wedding planning…

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Destination Wedding Insurance

Destination weddings have a reputation for being a little more relaxed and easy-going than a local wedding day.…

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Who is Southern Bride?

Who is Southern Bride Profile PictureI’m Amanda, your fairy god-sister. I’m the main lady behind this (more info here) but I’m not doing this alone.  Two heads are better than one, so I have pulled together some awesome wedding professionals to help with their advice and opinions on tough stuff – this team is called Southern Bride Verified. As well as contributing content, and being on hand to answer the tough questions, they’re awesome people to hire for your big day. Southern Bride Verified is your #squadgoals for your wedding day dream team.

Join the Southern Bride Community

The Southern Bride Community is a supportive group for brides getting married in the New Zealand. Your wedding woes, drama and wins are our cup of tea. Come share what’s going on, get practical solutions, support… and a listening ear or two (or 530 at last count…).

The advice you get from us is honest and practical, and also takes into account what’s the “done” thing: i.e. the applicable etiquette.  We’ve got your back! If you’re ready to join (and it’s free, so why not) then pop your details below. You’ll also receive a wedding planning to-do checklist that you can download. It’ll help you get through wedding planning overwhelm into that cool, calm, collected bride you want to be.

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