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:

15 Bridesmaid Gift Ideas Under $25

They’ve been your right-hand-ladies, threw an amazing hen’s night and scrub up alright… so you want to treat your Maid of Honour and Bridesmaids with a present to say thank…

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…

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…

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Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas by year

Once your wedding has been and gone, the next milestone to look forward to is your first wedding anniversary! Your wedding anniversary is a great chance to reflect back on how…

thank you card wording templates

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…

How to deal with friends assuming they’re invited to your wedding (when they’re not)

One of the most-argued parts of the wedding planning process is the guest list. Each guest who gets that golden ticket (i.e. wedding invite!) is carefully considered. You both want…

Christmas present ideas for fiance

Christmas Gift Ideas for the bride-to-be in your life

Christmas is not just creeping up on us, it’s barrelling towards us. So what better to blog about today, than some seriously excellent gift ideas for the newlywed brides and the brides-to-be…

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…

2nd wedding anniversary present ideas

Second wedding anniversary present ideas

It’s fair to say my love language is gift giving. I get so excited about my loved ones birthdays and Christmases… and my own wedding anniversary. Finding the perfect present…

Understanding & Explaining Wedding Usher Duties

Ever found yourself wondering exactly what wedding usher duties involve? Does your usher or usherette simply show people to their seats at your reception? Or are they involved in the…