About

I’m Amanda, and I believe planning a wedding doesn’t need to be overwhelming. That’s why I provide practical and down to earth wedding planning support for NZ brides wanting an amazing wedding day.

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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.

The blog content, email course and Facebook community are all free for brides and grooms. To get yourself signed up for all the goodies, join the community and I’ll flick you a free wedding planning to-do list.

Who is behind Southern Bride?

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I’m your fairy god-sister, Amanda. Southern Bride began as a blog on Be My Guest. I quickly realised there was a need for online wedding planning support that provided practical and down to earth advice for NZ couples. What was once a small email course to help Dunedin brides, has evolved into something a lot larger and more exciting. With size becomes more opportunities and more support. I’m excited for me, but I’m excited for you too.

I’m not doing this alone. I’m not a wedding planner (although I do have a background in events).  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. (If you are a wedding professional and you are interested in learning how to apply, leave your details here).

Check out the blog posts that cover off:

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Thank you for your support!

Weddings are expensive, and I don’t want to add to the wedding budget! However this website does cost money to run, so there is sponsored content on here.  Occasionally I share affiliate links within the blog. That means, at no additional cost to you, I may receive a small commission if you decide to make a purchase. I recommend the people, services and products I do, because they are helpful and useful. Not because of any commissions I may get if you buy something.

Making a purchase through these affiliate links enables me to continue empowering brides to have a wedding day with less overwhelm. Thank you so much for your support!

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