About

Here at Southern Bride, we believe planning a wedding doesn’t need to be overwhelming. That’s why we share practical and down-to-earth wedding planning support for NZ brides and grooms wanting an amazing wedding day.

Southern Bride is a website, community and email course (all free, because weddings cost enough already). Our main goal here is to empower you to enjoy your wedding planning. There’s an expectation that your wedding day will be the best day of your life – so why don’t we make those months of wedding planning awesome too?!

Weddings (and the planning of them!) shouldn’t be overwhelming or complicated. Less stress sounds lovely right?

Get your wedding planning started

To get started on your stress-free wedding journey, sign up for a wedding planning to-do list here.  This wedding planning checklist is a helpful list of tasks, broken down roughly when they should be completed, so you can prioritise.

Wedding Planning Support at Southern Bride: How We Help

Step 1: Amazing PRACTICAL Wedding Planning Advice

Nearly 200 articles that tackle a wide range of wedding planning dilemmas are covered off on the Southern Bride website. Check out our archives for advice on bridesmaids, wedding budgets, dealing with guests, planning your ceremony, the logistics around wedding receptions and more.

Step 2: Wedding Planning Support via Top Notch Vendors

We aren’t doing this alone. Two heads are better than one, so we have pulled together some awesome wedding professionals to help with their advice and opinions on the tough stuff – this team is called Southern Bride Verified.

These guys sponsor the content on the blog (i.e. help pay for it to be created) which is why we can give so much helpful wedding planning support and advice for free.

They are on hand to answer the tough questions and they’re awesome people to hire for your big day. (If you are a wedding professional and you are interested in joining, leave your details here).

Step 3: Practical, Useful Wedding Planning Templates

We have created and curated a selection of awesome wedding planning diaries, budget templates, guest list spreadsheets, checklists and more available for purchase. Get organised for your wedding, without reinventing the wheel.

Amanada – Southern Bride Founder

But wait, there’s more – Enter Stage Left: The Wedding Planning Support Group

We have yet to share the best part with you – The Southern Bride Tribe!
 
We’ve got an awesome, supportive, helpful Facebook Group full of brides, newlyweds, wedding vendors and even occasionally a groom. All in there to help, inspire and get advice on wedding planning and relationships. Wedding planning support right where you are, so you don’t have to remember another login. Get amongst it.

Okay, last thing and we’ll let you go!

If you’ve signed up for the free wedding planning to-do list (get it here), then you’ll start getting our email course. It’s a series of helpful emails that’ll prompt you about important tasks*.
 
So that’s Southern Bride in a nutshell! Thanks for reading this far – contact us here if you want to chat further
 
 
*Handy Hint – update your newsletter subscription profile to include your wedding date. Sharing  your wedding date with us means your emails will be tailored to what stage you’re at with your wedding planning – we don’t want to spam you!

Dive into our wedding planning advice now – here’s a selection of our most popular posts to get you started:

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 thought of getting dolled up, slapping on a ton of foundation and hiring a makeup…

Giving a gift when you aren’t invited?

We know that giving a gift is expected if you are invited to an engagement party or wedding, but what happens if you aren’t invited? A couple of the Southern…

Online Bridesmaid Dress Shopping

I’ve mentioned before that looking for bridesmaid dresses stressed me the hell out. There wasn’t a ton of online shops about when I got hitched, and my attempt at online bridesmaid…

wedding to do checklist download

Wedding Planning To Do List

Wedding planning can be overwhelming. You’ve got a million different things to do – it can be stressful! One of the very first things you should do (and I don’t say you…

How to tell guests you are having an adults only wedding

More and more people are asking the question – “how do I tell parents that we don’t want their children at our wedding?” The reality is that more and more…

DIY a wedding day emergency kit - here's how

DIY Wedding Day Emergency Kit

When I go to a wedding, I’m there to have a good time. I don’t want worries about something relatively fixable to keep me away from celebrating with a Sav…

1st Wedding Anniversary Present Ideas

If you’re waiting for your wedding day to come around, time is probably dragging. But for us old-married-people, time goes freaking fast. Wasn’t I just married a couple of months…

25+ Wedding Guestbook Ideas

It’s often said that the photos, dress and invites are the only things left after your wedding… but there’s another keepsake from your wedding day to put some thought into: a…

Buying alcohol for a BYO wedding

Whether it is a glass of bubbly for toasting or a wee dram of whisky near the end of the night – the bulk of weddings held in New Zealand feature…

Do I need to inform guests it’s a cash bar only?

The bulk of New Zealand weddings serve alcohol, and it’s often assumed it’ll be free. If you’re serving alcohol but expecting guests to pay for their own drinks, that is…