There are some spectacular privately owned properties around Auckland that charge very reasonable rates to rent their land for weddings and events. A large paddock with a view of the ocean provides a beautiful vista and great photographic opportunities. Working with a large ‘blank canvas’ does mean you need to organise everything from the ground up: toilets, heating, generators, transportation, a food prep area, car parking, lighting, furniture, and the list goes on. If its a rural area don’t forget suppliers will need transportation costs covered.
Islands (such as Waiheke) are idyllic settings but transportation for both suppliers and guests can be an issue, along with travel time restrictions. Try to find a location near the main centres to avoid these additional costs. Look for a site where property owners are experienced in event planning and can help you pull everything together. Jonkers Farm is a great example of a stellar location with owners that have enormous experience in wedding and event management.
Choose a farm or private open site that aligns with your vision for the wedding. Consider factors like accessibility, views, available space, and local regulations.
Permits and Regulations
Depending on your location, you may need to obtain permits for hosting events, particularly if it involves temporary structures like marquees. Check with local authorities and the property owner about any necessary permits and regulations.
Rent a suitable marquee that can accommodate your guest list comfortably. Marquees come in various sizes and styles, from traditional to modern, and you can choose one that matches your wedding theme.
Farms and open sites might require some preparation, such as leveling the ground, ensuring proper drainage, and addressing any potential weather challenges.
Since outdoor weddings are susceptible to weather changes, it’s essential to have a solid backup plan in case of rain or adverse weather conditions. You might consider renting additional tents or having an indoor space available.
Amenities and Facilities
Depending on the chosen location, you might need to provide facilities such as restrooms, catering areas, and power sources. Some farms might already have these amenities, while others might require additional arrangements.
Catering and Bar
Coordinate with a catering service experienced in outdoor events. Ensure they have the necessary equipment to prepare and serve food in a remote location. The same goes for the bar setup.
Decor and Theme
The natural surroundings of farms and open sites can serve as a beautiful backdrop for various wedding themes. Incorporate decor that complements the setting, whether it’s elegant, rustic, vintage, or bohemian.
Consider transportation logistics for your guests, especially if the chosen location is a bit remote. Provide clear directions and perhaps even arrange shuttles if needed.
Lighting and Ambiance
As the day turns into night, proper lighting becomes crucial. String lights, lanterns, and other creative lighting solutions can enhance the atmosphere and create a magical setting.
Plan entertainment that suits the outdoor setting, whether it’s live music, lawn games, or other outdoor activities that your guests can enjoy.
Farms and open sites often offer stunning natural scenery, providing plenty of photo opportunities. Work with your photographer to identify the best spots for capturing memorable moments.
Be mindful of the environment and the property you’re using. Clean up thoroughly after the event and follow any waste disposal guidelines provided by the property owner.
Keep your guests informed about the outdoor setting so they can dress appropriately and be prepared for the conditions.
Jonkers is situated a breath away from Bethells Beach and has spectacular panoramic views of both the east and west coasts. For ninety years, five generations of the Jonkers family have farmed the land at ‘Puketotora’ (the original Maori name for the land on which Jonkers Farm now stands) and run it as a working farm. This spectacular 540 acre property is also a global destination for film and special events. The property boasts streams, waterfalls, native bush and even an air-strip – and owners Greg and Jo are well rehearsed in pulling together amazing events here. Be sure to book with them well in advance as they are an operating farm as well as a much-in-demand film location. Click here if you would like more information about Jonkers Farm. www.jonkersfarm.co.nz – phone 09 – 8108189