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:

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…

Why You Should Choose a Historic Wedding Venue

Make your day even more memorable by choosing to hold your ceremony and reception at…

Exploring Your Wedding Photo Printing Options

Feel like you’re entering into muddy waters when it comes to choosing which wedding photo…

Choosing the Right Wedding PA System

You’re saying some of the most important words in your life and using a wedding…

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…

5 Ways to Repurpose Your Wedding Dress

Instead of leaving it in a box for eternity, why not repurpose your wedding dress…

7 Ways to Make a Big Wedding Feel Intimate

You may have invited dozens of guests, but you can still make your big wedding…

Wedding Ceremony Seating Options

Chances are, you may be leaving your wedding ceremony seating up to the venue to…

What Are My Wedding Registry Options?

Wondering if you should register with a wedding registry, or been asked if you have?…

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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.