About

Hiya! I’m Amanda, and I believe planning a wedding doesn’t need to be overwhelming. That’s why I share practical and down-to-earth wedding planning support for NZ brides and grooms wanting an amazing wedding day. Think of me as your fairy-god-sister.

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?

wedding planning support for NZ brides

 

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 into roughly when they should be completed, so you can prioritise (because you’ve got other things to do right… like hmmm, a job!)

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

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.

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

My favourite part of event planning (back when I worked in the corporate world) was my templates and processes. So I’ve 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.

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

At the risk of channelling my girlhood idol Suzanne Paul, I 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 I’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 me 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:

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…

The Perfect Wedding Anniversary Present (and a confession)

Last week it was our wedding anniversary. Hubby took me out for dinner and sent a beautiful bunch of lilies (my favourite!). And I… didn’t do anything. No actually, I…

Wording Template for Creating your Wedding Order Of Service

The wedding Order of Service, or wedding program, is usually handed out by ushers to guests as they arrive.  It’s relatively simple to put one together, but since it is…

My Wedding Budget – Real-life figures, my actual spend + wedding budget planner

I regularly ask my Southern Bride Community – “what’s the biggest challenge you’re facing in your wedding planning right now“… the answers can vary, but it’s not usual to hear: “Trying…

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…

7 Thank You Card wording ideas + a template

I remember sitting down to write first wedding thank you card full of excitement and old-fashioned glee.  And then I wrote a few… after maybe 6, I became so disenchanted by the…

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…

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…

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…

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?”. Adults only weddings are not uncommon affairs, but…