Testimonials

Keep creating magic and thank you for making our wedding so special

Wow! We couldn’t have gotten married without you! You are the most incredible woman. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your work to pull off the best day of our lives. You have a truly amazing skill and business, which blew us both away. We are so happy to have chosen to work with you. We will miss our chats now that the planning is all over.

Keep creating magic and thank you for making our wedding so special.

Lots of love Grace and Alex
Grace and Alex
Waipara March 2021

We really couldn’t have got married without her help! She was a godsend!

Em was amazing from our very first meeting with her. She is organised, decisive and professional. She gave us the right amount of advice all the way along without being overbearing. We really couldn’t have got married without her help! She was a godsend!

Hi Em
Just wanted to say thank you sooooo much for all your organisation and work you did to make their day the best ever.  I was nervous when Shelley decided to have her wedding down south but you were amazing.  We all had the best day possible.    Hope you enjoyed your champagne.  Will highly recommend you.  Thanks so much again.

Loved your work
Love from
Sue (Mother of the Bride)

Shelley and Mike
Wanaka February 2021

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Emma to anyone planning a birthday large or small!

We had Emma plan my son’s wedding a couple of years ago and we didn’t hesitate to engage her to plan my 70th Birthday celebrations at home. We were pleased we did. Every detail was handled and with a smile on her face the whole time too. The suppliers Emma recommended and the team she surrounds herself with were equally great. We have had some lovely compliments from our guests about the whole evening and I was able to also enjoy my own party! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Emma to anyone planning a birthday large or small!
Adrienne Francis
Adrienne Francis
Christchurch January 2021

I highly recommend having Emma plan any events because they’re guaranteed to be amazing!

Asking Emma to plan our wedding was the best decision I made! She handled absolutely everything and had fantastic recommendations for suppliers, caterers etc. Everything we needed was sourced promptly and contact was amazing, with updates coming often.
We were the first of our friends to have a wedding planner and I think we have now set a trend as Emma made the entire process easy.
On the big day I was able to relax and enjoy it as I knew everything was handled. I highly recommend having Emma plan any events because they’re guaranteed to be amazing!

Teresa and Yasir
Christchurch November 2020

After working in the wedding industry myself for years when it came to planning my own wedding I knew exactly who I needed and trusted

EMMA NEWMAN is a true wedding superstar! After working in the wedding industry myself for years when it came to planning my own wedding I knew exactly who I needed and trusted to help me have the relaxed and calm day I dreamed off.

Emma is professional, organised and the perfect calm presence any bride needs on their big day. Emma has everything under control, no detail is over looked. She is amazing with making sure vendors are looked after, helping with any last minute jobs and ensuring guests have the best experience possible.

We cannot thank Emma enough for being apart of our special day. She is incredible and I could not speak more highly of her. She has the best advice when planning based on years of experience and makes the whole experience a dream. With Emma on board there’s not a single thing to be worried about as you know she’s got everything covered.

Thank you Emma you are a legend

Sophie and Simon

Sophie and Simon
Sheffield July 2020

goes over everything with a fine tooth comb

Emma Newman made our wedding day! The day we first met her we knew that we had to have her on board. As we had most of the big things sorted, the things that weren’t falling into place came together with Emma part of the team. The way it was run and timing she was all over it, with timetables, spreadsheets you knew Emma had it sorted. Everything went off without a hitch. From the moment Emma arrived to the moment she left, she made everything smooth, relaxed and so enjoyable. Anyone that needs a reliable, fun, ‘goes over everything with a fine tooth comb’ wedding planner get in touch with Emma Newman you will be so happy you did.

Thank you Katey and Rob

Katey and Rob
Tai Tapu July 2020

We really did have the best day

Hi Emma
From all of the help and and advice during the planning stage, to dropping in to say hi to Vanessa at the airbnb on the wedding morning, and your mammoth efforts in ensuring that everything was running smoothly  at the venue throughout the day – your input has been invaluable. We know not everything on the day went completely to plan, but thanks to you no one else would have guessed as it all went so well and we didn’t have any concerns – knowing that you would (and did!) ensure the best solutions were found. We were able to relax completely and fully enjoy the moments with our guests and each other, which is priceless. We really did have the best day.
Thank you again!
Take care and all the very best,
Vanessa and Matt
Vanessa and Matt
Christchurch March 2020

You are always so positive and full of solutions!!

Dear Emma

We can’t thank you enough, having you made it seriously so much easier for me!! You are always so positive and full of solutions!!

Sam

Samantha and Gus
Christchurch March 2020

The day was exactly as we had pictured it and you two were such a huge part of that!

Dear Emma and Alix

Thank you both so much for all the hard work you put in to our wedding. The day was exactly as we had pictured it and you two were such a huge part of that! We were relaxed on the lead up knowing you had everything covered and if something were to arise you would have it sorted and endless amount of hours you put in to have everything perfect was amazing, even down to making sure everything was packed down afterwards.
We will miss our emails and skypes together but wish you both all the best for the future, you truly are the best team!
Thank you so much again for all your help, we are so grateful
Lots of love
William and George

 

Dear Emma and Alix

Where do I begin (like the song!)
Georgina and William had the most wonderful wedding. Thank you for your seemingly effortless organisation.
I would go so far to say it was a triumph. So many positive comments and you must take the credit. You made the day especially enjoyable for our family. No worry or anxiety at this end and most of all Georgina was relaxed and happy on the day. I had always thought that weddings for Americans had the pedantic and terrifying planners but you have both given me an appreciation of the skill and hard work needed to make it all look easy (and not terrifying). A very big thank you for a fantastic day – I could go on and on.
Penelope and Selwyn Paynter
Em. Thank you again sooo much for all the amazing work you did since George and William got engaged, and yesterday when it all came together.
We have had numerous comments from friends and family about the way you ran things and how effortless you were in making sure it all got done in a timely fashion. Everything was dealt with so professionally!!
Please tell Alix that he did a wonderful job as well and we were thrilled to have had him at the rehearsal, and the way he ran that too.
You are incredible and delivered the best service and experience along the way. George and William and both sets of parents can’t speak highly enough of you too. Thank you again for your time and work and making the day seem so effortless for us all.
Hope you have a lovely few weeks prior to the next wedding, and get some time to yourself.
Hope to catch up soon xxx
Caroline Paynter
Georgina and Will
Christchurch February 2020

You were an absolute rockstar all day. Emma was there to ensure my husband and I, our families and friends had the best time in Queenstown.

Dear Emma

Thank you so much for all you did to make our day the best day of our lives. Truly, we wouldn’t change a thing. You were an absolute rockstar all day, helping everything run so smoothly. You came to us with solutions whenever there was a problem, which made us feel like you had everything under control, which you did. Our families loved you, our bridal party loved you, but most importantly, we loved you! Thank you!

And then some more lovely words later on…

Our wedding day was perfect, we wouldn’t have changed a thing. And this was not just because of the weather, the guests or the fact that we couldn’t wait to get married, it was in huge part because of our wonderful wedding suppliers and partners. But most importantly, the day was a dream because of our wedding planner, Emma. I knew from the first meeting, we had picked the right person to help us manage the day and she did just that so beautifully. From pre, to day of and days after, Emma was there to ensure my husband and I, our families and friends had the best time in Queenstown. Thank you Emma, from the bottom of our hearts, for helping to make our wedding day the best day of our lives.”

Ellie and Will
Queenstown February 2020

Down to earth and so great to deal with

Emma,
Dream maker and life saver!
Your communication, people management, ideas, problem solving, positive attitude, logistics management…..I just can’t cover it all! You took the time to understand who we are and what is important to us and helped us create a day that was so incredibly special. Not afraid to get in the thick of it and get your hands dirty! Down to earth and so great to deal with. Thanks for coming along the journey with us.
Our upmost gratitude
Kieran and Tara

Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did helping Tara and Kieran organise their Wedding Day.  What a great day we all had.  I don’t think we could have asked for anything better.  We were so lucky with the weather all the days we needed it to be fine.  I think everyone you organised to have anything to do with their Big Day were just perfect. On the day it was so great to have your support and doing all the extra stuff we didn’t have to worry about.  This certainly didn’t go unnoticed by me!!  We will certainly be recommending you and everyone else that made their Wedding Day so perfect for Tara and Kieran and their families.  We have had so much positive feedback from guests about everything that it makes all the hard work worthwhile.

A Huge Thanks from The Hickey and McHardy Families. (Tara’s Mother)

 

Tara and Kieran
Alexandra February 2020

valuable input without imposing her own “agenda”

We used Emma to plan our 40 person wedding at Rippon Hall in Wanaka. We live in Australia and Hong Kong, so we needed someone who could work and communicate effectively from afar. Emma did not disappoint. She delivered exactly what we wanted – a wedding that was beautiful and elegant with top-quality food and decor, but fun and low-key at the same time. She took the stress out of finding and following up with vendors, and actually made the planning process fun. At the wedding itself she was there from start to finish, personally ensuring that everything went smoothly. She was highly responsive, honest and transparent throughout the process, providing valuable input without imposing her own “agenda”. She offers a bespoke service that met our needs perfectly. I cannot recommend Emma highly enough!

Alison and Richard
Wanaka January 2020

Her years of experience, professionalism and extensive contacts are invaluable. And she’s lovely to boot!

We had an initial consultation with Emma to guide us while planning our wedding from overseas. She helped our decision making process immensely by providing advice and context that we wouldn’t have had otherwise. Her years of experience, professionalism and extensive contacts are invaluable. And she’s lovely to boot!

Annabel and Rasmus

Annabel and Rasmus
Akaroa January 2020

She has a calming smile that tells you to just enjoy yourself

“We couldn’t have done it without her! You don’t realise how much there is to do or the amount of pressure that comes on in the closing days. I did consider planning it myself but I’m so happy I didn’t. Emma gave us the ability to spend our time with friends and family in the days surrounding the wedding. It was a relief knowing that everything is under control and we could just enjoy the day. She has a calming smile that tells you to just enjoy yourself.”

Rosie and Tim
Nelson January 2020

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed planning our special day with you

Hi Em,

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed planning our special day with you and were very happy with how it all turned out. All our guests commented on how smoothly the day seemed to go and how well thought out it was. So a big huge thanks again for all your work.

Emma and Colin

Emma and Colin
Wanaka January 2020

Emma was probably some of the best money we spent throughout the wedding!

I was recommended Em through a friend and I also saw her in action at another friend’s wedding we attended the year before ours.
Emma was probably some of the best money we spent throughout the wedding! Having her help over the year of planning was amazing and I would 100% recommend her services to everyone. Not only is she amazing at her job but she is so personable and only ever a call or text away whenever you need her.
With Em having so much experience in weddings it really eliminated any worry we had. I would recommend Em to anyone who asked and I just thank her for making our wedding the best day ever.
xx
Sophie & Richie
Sophie and Richie
Christchurch December 2019

Thank you for everything Emma you’re our star! 

Dear Emma

We just left Hapuku and are on the way to the seal colony. Looking at the weather today we are so blessed with the last 2 days! On TOP of that we had a Super Star team that made our day so magical.
We didn’t get a chance to say proper goodbyes to you this morning, but Emma thank you so much for everything and for the phenomenal coordination for everything.
Tong and I and all our guests had the absolute best time – and we can’t wait to see the photos and videos!
Thank you for everything Emma you’re our star!

Sharon and Tong

Sharon and Tong
Kaikoura November 2019

I couldn’t have asked for a better planner

Darling Em,

Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for everything you did for James and I. We had the most magical day and I couldn’t have asked for a better planner. You are one truely amazing lady!
Ash Woods xxxxx
Ashleigh and James
Christchurch November 2019

Couldn’t love your work any more if I tried!

Emma

I can’t find the words to express my appreciation and awe of your fabulousness!

Thank you on behalf of Pathway for all the extra miles that you went and thank you personally for being a support to me.

Couldn’t love your work any more if I tried!

Kirsten Billcliff, Pathway

Pathway Charity Dinner
Christchurch October 2019

Her ideas were spot on—the excursion entailed truffle hunting and a winery lunch, which was a massive success, and the dinner was stunning

I engaged Emma Newman Events to coordinate elements of the University of Canterbury AUC2019 conference, which attracted 80 delegates, 60 of which came from around the world.  I needed someone with cool ideas and superb planning to organise an excursion day to treat the delegates to a New Zealand experience, and an evening celebration dinner the following day.  I wanted to showcase what Canterbury had to offer and I needed it to be well run and enjoyable.  Having Emma on board meant I could concentrate on planning the actual conference papers, symposiums and lectures, but I didn’t need a full conference company either and Emma provided a number of options, which was great.

Emma kept me up to date with the arrangements and was great with details and keeping track of everything (including the budget).  On the day, she was superb at people movements and smiling and chatting to people as well. Prof. Karen Fleming remarked “Emma is amazing, so friendly!”.  Her ideas were spot on—the excursion entailed truffle hunting and a winery lunch, which was a massive success, and the dinner was stunning.  I received lovely comments from many of the delegates and we have set the bar very high for the next conference somewhere else.  Prof. Borries Demeler, who is organising the next meeting in Canada, quipped “We will have to hire her for our event in 2021!”.

Emma was great, she kept to budget, and to have a right-hand person to help you enjoy your event knowing someone is there in the background sorting everything was so valuable!

Ngā mihi nui, Renwick Dobson

AUC Conference 2019
Christchurch August 2019

Thank you for your energy and enthusiasm and thank you for all those things that we don’t even know that you did

Dearest Folder away of chairs, pourer of pre-wedding champagne and dinner wine, organiser of P\photos (and smiles), herder of Bridesmaids, runsheet writer of time, asker of important questions and patient replier to the unimportant, locator of loo lights, stress saver, warm welcomer.

Thank you for being the glue that held Pippa and Nick’s day together.

Thank you for your energy and enthusiasm and thank you for all those things that we don’t even know that you did.

With love Neil, Kate and the Smiths.

Pippa and Nick
Wainui March 2019

Lastly and most importantly working with Emma is just great fun! She is a wonderful person, great chat, obscenely organised and helpful.

Planning a wedding with Emma Newman is an absolute joy. From the very beginning Emma’s knowledge of vendors and recommendations saved us hours of time and stress contacting vendors for quotes we would never use. Emma helped us set a budget and made sure all of our vendors we all happy, organised and paid on time.
On the day Emma was an absolute champ, I can’t emphasise how valuable it is to have a contact person outside of the family or wedding party to make sure everything is on schedule/sort any little stuff ups/answer any questions the vendors may have, Having Emma there meant the only jobs our family and wedding party had was to enjoy themselves.
Lastly and most importantly working with Emma is just great fun! She is a wonderful person, great chat, obscenely organised and helpful.
Thanks so much again
Ben and Laura
Laura and Ben
Wanaka March 2019

Our over-the-top wedding expectations would never have been met had it not been for Emma Newman, Wedding Planner extraordinaire.

Our over-the-top wedding expectations would never have been met had it not been for Emma Newman, Wedding Planner extraordinaire. She is the perfect combination of BFF, Fairy Godmother, and conductor. Thanks to her amazing organisation in the lead up, and execution on the day, our wedding was totally stress free. We were able to enjoy the event and interact with our guests – our number one requirement – knowing that she was directing traffic in the background.

During the planning phase all decisions were actioned with the speed of light. No request was too big or too small. We were kept up-to-date on key items, and kept out of the operational conversations in the background (of which there were many).  She was there with a gentle but firm nudge when it was needed it, and she was incredibly understanding when we got wedding fatigue and needed her encouraging words. With her vast experience comes lots of ideas and suggestions, of which added much value.

On the big day Emma was on the ground directing family members for photos, fixing ties, coordinating suppliers, showing guests to their seats, making sure everything was running to plan, etc, etc, etc. “Who was that woman….”, a question we were asked by many who saw Emma in action and were suitably impressed. The icing on the (wedding) cake is that she has amazing energy and is so much fun!!

Emma is extraordinary and we wholeheartedly recommend her. But be warned, it’s a sad day when the wedding is over and you don’t have an excuse to talk to her every day…..

Thank you Emma, we love you xxx

 

Daya and David
Ohoka March 2019

We had the best day and knew we didn’t have to worry about anything having you there

Sorry this is a bit belated but think things are finally settling down after all the wedding craziness! But I just wanted to say a huge thank you from both Rowan and myself for all the amazing work you did for our wedding. We had the best day and knew we didn’t have to worry about anything having you there.
We also loved absolutely everybody you recommended for the wedding and thought we had such amazing suppliers who just got what we wanted the day to be all about! So a massive thank you.
Many thanks
Julia and Rowan x
Julia and Rowan
Christchurch March 2019

Every recommendation that she made enhanced our experiences in New Zealand

It is with the greatest pleasure that I would recommend Emma as a wedding planner. From the start of our discussions, Emma was available to adapt to our particular circumstance. Kiko and I are living and working in Shanghai, China without the capability of being on the ground in New Zealand. Emma made sure to start off all our conversations with energy and enthusiasm. She dealt with the time change and our crazy schedules, making sure to give us ample time to prepare and make decisions from a different hemisphere. She worked with us on all our needs and concerns, also dedicated herself to limit the stress of providing the perfect environment for our friends and family. Every recommendation that she made enhanced our experiences in New Zealand. If you are looking for a dedicated and knowledgeable wedding planner look no further because Emma will make your wedding day a breeze and the best day of your life. We would like to thank her for all of her hard work and appreciate everything that she did for us!!
Cheers
Kiko and Andrew
Kiko and Andrew
Akaroa February 2019

If we were ever asked to recommend a wedding planner, we’d wholeheartedly put Emma forward

Emma Newman from EN Weddings planned our wedding in February. The day was amazing, largely thanks to Emma’s thorough and very hard work in the months leading up to the event, and on the day itself. Emma told us early on that if our guests were well fed and watered, not too hot or cold and well entertained, they’d leave happy and only talking about how beautiful the bride looked, and her efforts in no small part contributed to that exact result. Emma’s easy-going personality, positive attitude, ability, supplier network, contacts and knowledge of all matters and people wedding-related made the planning for our wedding almost effortless for my wife and I, and If we were ever asked to recommend a wedding planner, we’d wholeheartedly put Emma forward.

Kind regards Gareth Holley

Sarah and Gareth
East Eyreton February 2019

Her wealth of knowledge meant all the fine details were thought of well in advance.

Emma was fantastic to work with. Right from the start she made it easy recommending and sourcing excellent vendors. Her wealth of knowledge meant all the fine details were thought of well in advance.
Emma kept the day running extremely smoothly. This allowed us as the bride and groom as well as our parents and family to enjoy the day to the full and worry about nothing.

We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending her services to any of our friends and family.

Antonia and Ned

Antonia and Ned
Ohoka January 2019

Everyone is in awe of what you do and how you made our day so seamless and wonderful!

Em,

Where do I start?

Thank you SO much for supporting us through the most amazing experience of both our lives and helping us create our dream wedding surrounded by friends and family.

We have had the most amazing, smooth run up to our special day and we can’t thank you enough for all that you have done.

Everyone is in awe of what you do and how you made our day so seamless and wonderful!

Your amazing and I can’t wait to share photos with you!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,

Taylor & Mitch xxxx

Taylor and Mitch
French Farm January 2019

Greatly appreciated

Hello Emma

Thank you for everyone’s input in making our wedding day so special. Greatly appreciated.
Luke and Claire
Claire and Luke
Christchurch December 2018

You are the main glue that makes everything go well for the wedding day!

Our wedding day turned out beautifully! Everything was perfect and went smoothly!
All the vendors made the day even better with their professionalism and great services. They were well-prepared and ready when they arrived at our wedding location, which made everything seamless. On top of that, everyone were so friendly to us and our guests, and they were also very accommodating to our requests. We could not have asked for better people to work with. And this includes you as our Wedding Planner.
 
We would also like to thank you personally for always being on the ball, always checking up on us and our vendors, ensuring that everything get sorted before the wedding day despite not being there physically. You are the main glue that makes everything go well for the wedding day! Thank you so much for recommending these wonderful vendors. We truly appreciate you and all the help that you have extended to us. You made the wedding planning so easy for us despite us being so far away from New Zealand.
Sarah and Hai
Queenstown December 2018

There was absolutely no way we were going ahead in the planning of our wedding without Em

From our very first meeting with Em her energy, passion and professionalism stood out. There was absolutely no way we were going ahead in the planning of our wedding without Em.
Every step of the way Em guided us through, there was never a question too silly or a moment that we felt like it was all getting too much. The meetings, emails, txts and calls made it so easy for us to always feel on top of it all.
A lot of people asked in the last few weeks leading up to the wedding if we were stressed about the day and our answer was simple… no. We have Emma looking after us! That peace of mind knowing Em is so efficient at her job certainly took the stress out of our wedding.
There are so many little things that to this day we still don’t even know that Em would have done on our wedding day, that’s how great she is! Em’s attention to detail, quick thinking and ability to problem solve anything made for such a smooth sailing day. The calm manner and beautiful smile that she greeted us and our guests with eased our last minute nerves and we still have comments to this day about how lovely and genuine Emma was.
We couldn’t recommend Emma highly enough, our wedding day was completely how we imagined and that was because Em helped us make it happen.
Anna and Ross
Christchurch December 2018

It was a seamless transition having Alix on the wedding day itself

For our wedding Nick and I decided to have a marquee at Nick’s parents place and on an empty section next door. There was a lot to organise and manage. We had had Emma recommended to us and we booked her as our wedding planner. We were pleased we did!

She was available for meetings and helped keep us on track during the lead up and then she and her husband Alix were available in the final days and on the day. He was very calm and superb with our guests and basically got things done. We are so grateful for the Newman’s help and would recommend them to anyone!

Abbie and Nick
Christchurch November 2018

Emma is prompt, friendly, decisive and will be up front with you if she doesn’t think something is going to work

From the very first email to running our wedding day Emma has been an absolute pleasure to work with. She takes about 30 seconds to reply to any text or email which is unheard of. She has great knowledge and relationships with many suppliers in Christchurch and the South Island, so you know you are in good hands.

We were lucky enough to have Emma help us right through and even be there on our wedding day. I would highly recommend having her on board the for the whole process. She organised everything from catering to hire companies, helping us make those endless decisions and the logistics of getting everything and everyone where they needed to be on the day.
We also used Hayley Harding who runs her own event styling company called Hayley & Co. Emma and Hayley work very well alongside one another; Emma in charge of the planning side of things and Hayley who brings your dream wedding vision to life. They work together on many weddings within the South Island and are a great team!
Emma is prompt, friendly, decisive and will be up front with you if she doesn’t think something is going to work. She is a very likeable character and makes the whole process seem effortless.
We can’t thank you enough for all of your efforts! (and we know our wedding wasn’t an easy one).
It makes me sad to know it’s all over now and we no longer have an excuse to meet and talk business.
We are so grateful!
Elise and Angus
Elise and Angus
Culverden November 2018

By involving Emma and Hayley from the start I had support nearby

Life is about making memories and as the Mother of the Bride I was really wanting my daughter Sophie’s wedding to create happy ones for everyone involved, including myself. Since the wedding I have been overwhelmed by the amount of positive feedback I have had and I know this is the result of my having involved Emma and Hayley in the planning and the day. I am in Christchurch, Sophie and Peter are in Melbourne and the wedding was in Wanaka so there was a lot of long distance coordination required and a lot of potential for error. By involving Emma and Hayley from the start I had support nearby. A lot can be done remotely but sometimes a face to face meeting is preferable and very reassuring. A wedding is a big event and if you haven’t organised one before you definitely lack the specific skills and experience it needs to make it a success without creating a lot of stress for yourself and the possibility of not quite getting across everything that needs to be arranged.

Emma and Hayley have separate businesses and their own skill sets but they combined very well to ensure a seamless operation which covered every aspect of the wedding. They quickly tuned into what Sophie and I wanted to achieve and were able to save us a lot of cost, time and stress by coming up with solutions we liked first off. They also saved us cost, time and stress by communicating with the suppliers and double checking everything. They certainly didn’t have a checklist of things that they would do and went over and above any job description to respond to anything that came up and deal with it in a pleasant and efficient manner which sometimes included their physical labour! They were extremely good at communicating with us promptly and kept us in the loop at all times.

Over the wedding period we didn’t have to worry about any practical details and were totally free to enjoy our family and friends and instead of rushing backwards and forwards to the venue to set up and then clean up the seating and decorations. Any big event will have its glitches but Emma and Hayley were there to anticipate and correct for these or to sort things out as they happened. The venue decoration was amazing and far beyond anything I could have achieved alone and the whole day far exceeded our expectations and really did create those wonderful memories I was hoping for.

 

Jenny – The Mother of the Bride

Sophie and Peter
Glendhu Station Wanaka September 2018

Emma helped us with the initial stages of planning our Yorkshire wedding

Emma helped us with the initial stages of planning our Yorkshire wedding. We were quite nervous about planning it from so far away but Emma was fantastic. She listened to what we wanted to know/find out from her and highlighted so many practical important details that we would have never thought of! Would highly recommend her services; it was so valuable to have her input and experience in the early stages of planning, and I’m sure our fantastic wedding wouldn’t have run so smoothly without her initial help.

Zoe and Richard
Balton Abbey Estate, Yorkshire June 2018

We are so very thankful to have had the privilege of working with you

Dearest Emma,

Thank you so much for all that you did to make our day run so beautifully. It was such a blessing to our families to have someone there who welcomed them, made sure they were comfortable, fed and watered. Our Mums appreciated not having to rush between places, or be in charge of the hospitality.
Dan and I appreciate the help you gave us from the initial consultation, all the way through the planning process – talking with venues, organising the amazing vendors and caterers, writing run sheets, updating spreadsheets, considering back up plans, and helping us to stay in budget.
In the week of the wedding, we appreciated the amount of stress you alleviated for us by virtue of knowing you had things covered as we arrived in New Zealand, we appreciated you meeting with us to clarify everything, working with the adjusted seating plan, setting up the reception venue beautifully, picking up the flowers and all the other details you sorted.
On the day, I was so relaxed knowing that you had everything under control- I loved the way you interacted with our guests, the way you went above and beyond as a photographer’s assistant- throwing autumn leaves and you making the family smile for the photos, and the way you engaged in listening to our speeches. The fact that we hadn’t seen the reception venue until we arrived could have been stressful, but we knew everything would be beautiful from the way you had handled everything else, and we were right to trust you.
We are so very thankful to have had the privilege of working with you, and we (and our families) recommend you so very highly to anyone needing support with the planning process, and the event coordination on the day. You are a blessing.
Much Love,
Shelley and Dan
Shelley and Dan
Christchurch and Kaituna June 2018

We had a very short turn around from engagement to a large at home wedding, it didn’t rattle her at all!

We had a very short turn around from engagement to a large at home wedding, it didn’t rattle her at all!

We had a lot of laughs & spoke the same language so communication was easy. Emma made sure we were on track, following us up when need be & helped us keep an eye on costs. Emmas ‘gang’ of suppliers and contractors are hands down the best in the business, we were in very good hands.
I 100% recommend having Emma there on the day, this ensures you can spend your day relaxed and enjoying every moment. Like other Brides i’m sure, I felt sad when Emma was no longer in our daily lives! Thank you for everything Emma, you are a legend.
Rosa & Jame Milne
Rosa and James
Christchurch June 2018

the best DREAM TEAM

Greer & Andrews Wedding
My husband has always worked closely with Emma in the wedding industry and always came home after a shoot to talk about her attention to detail and straight out passion for her job as a Wedding Planner. It was easily decided from then she would be one of the first people we locked in for our wedding day!

After meeting her over coffee, already her humble nature, energy, passion and warmth would’ve been enough to win us over. But it was when we got closer to the day that I truly understood the level of her planning and wedding organisation.

She brought an energy to the day that put us truly at ease. It wasn’t until the following day did we know that we almost didn’t receive half the reception chairs needed and of course it was completely resolved and never a doubt on the day was ever spoken!

Another thing that truly left me in awe was her ability to take our vision and idea of the day (something very specific and logistically challenging) and ensure us that it was totally possible and was able to bring everything together so effortlessly.

A destination wedding in a very small town is not only logistically challenging but also comes with a lot of additional requirements and expenses. Em’s attention to detail to and working within our means meant everything we hoped for or that was important to us for our day, was totally taken care of and carefully considered.

Every now and then, you come across people who were simply born to do what they do. And when it comes to Emma, no words could speak more truth. Emma is one of those rare people and one we are now lucky enough to call a friend!

Thank you so much for making our beautiful day a dream come true and one we will treasure forever. You are truly amazing!! xx

x
Greer and Andrew
Tekapo April 2018

You are AMAZING

Jo and Jason's Wedding

Dear Emma

Wow – where do we begin to say a huge thank you for everything you did to plan and run our wedding day – it was fabulous and we had a blast and words cannot even begin to express our gratitude for what you did to for us. You are AMAZING

Love Jason and Jo xxx

Jo and Jason
Sumner March 2018

Everything went perfectly

Sabine and Edward's Wedding

Dear Emma

We wanted to thank you again for everything you did to make our wedding such an amazing day. Everything went perfectly and we are so appreciative of everything you did behind the scenes. All our friends and family were blown away and it will truly be a day to never forget! We hope you are getting some well deserved rest now that wedding season is winding down.

With lots of love Sabine and Edward

Dear Em

How fortunate were we to have you there throughout this process, helping us over the hurdles and getting us to the finish line. The day, the venue, the styling the food, the service, and the music, was just as I had envisaged and as Sabine and Edward had hoped for. The atmosphere of the entire wedding was all we had all hoped for. As you say, to see so many of all ages and all nationalities still on the dance floor dancing around Edward and Sabine at the end of the night was pretty special. To bring together a collection of people from Edward and Sabine’s life. Throw them into a tipi on a hillside and hope it all worked out was always going to have an interesting vibe, but I think what I enjoyed the most was the positive energy that the evening had and a real sense of joy and happiness. The whole evening ran like clockwork and to be only 5 minutes out at the end was extraordinary.

Em your energy over the last few days was second to none. Several guests with their various health and age issues all felt very included, considered and cared for, thanks to you. You were always consultative and kept me appraised of any issues or potential issues. I received so many lovely comments about you and thank you for your attention to our guests. I hope you have a chance to relax and gather some more of that extraordinary energy for the next occasion and the next fortunate people to engage you.

Em, I’ve loved working with you and look forward to another occasion when I can do so again.

Best wishes,
Julia (Mother of the Groom)

Sabine and Edward
Wanaka February 2018

a completely stress-free event

Libby and Clive's Wedding

What a cracker of a wedding that was Emma.

Thanks so much for making that a completely stress-free event for Libby and I. Knowing you had things covered means we could enjoy it as much as everyone else. I have not stopped hearing from every guest what an amazing time they had and I think its got to do a lot with you and all the service providers we had. So cheers again.

Thank you Clive and Libby.

Libby and Clive
Marlborough January 2018

We are still in awe

Julianne & Ryan's Wedding

Dearest Emma This little card cannot possibly contain enough words to completely express our appreciation for you. We are still in awe when we look back on all that you did for Ryan and I before, during and after our special day. You created the perfect Wedding Day for us in Wanaka and we will remember this day forever. Your planning, preparation and attention to detail was amazing. You really are an absolute expert at what you do Emma and we feel so honoured to have worked with you.

Thank you Alix too for your help on our wedding day also. We hope that you enjoy this wine together, you both certainly deserve it!

So much love

Ryan and Julianne.

Julianne and Ryan
Wanaka January 2018

Emma Newman was integral to the success of the day

Planning a destination wedding is almost impossible without having someone actually there on the ground, and for us Emma Newman was integral to the success of the day. She coordinated everything and took all the pressure and stress off us and our families. The food and wine pairing at the reception were outstanding and Brent from Gantleys did a sensational job. What was really amazing for us however, was the cake. I think it must be everyones favourite wedding cake and we still talk about Clare at Cakes of Wanaka today. We honeymooned around NZ after our wedding and had a slice every day. Incredible!

As published on line in Together Journal 

Aaron and Stephen
Queenstown January 2018

can’t recommend Emma highly enough

Wendy & Vanessa's Wedding

If you are reading this and are looking for a wedding planner, look no further! Emma is simply the best!

We live in the UK and took 18 months to plan our wedding in Queenstown. We looked at lots of wedding planners in the South Island, but from the moment we spoke to Emma, it was obvious she was the one for us. Planning a wedding overseas is hard work but everything with Emma was so easy. Emma was with us every step of the way: through initial bookings, grand plans and changing venues, to finding amazing suppliers, great providers and keeping us on track with payments to match our budget.

Emma was everything we wanted and needed in a wedding planner. She has a breadth of knowledge of excellent venues and suppliers across the south island. We had a fantastic photographer, beautiful flowers, delicious cake and an awesome band. The venue was perfect for us.

In the days before the wedding Emma was there for us and rolled with the punches when last minute changes were needed. She set the venue up and was on hand throughout the day to make sure everything ran smoothly. It was all so well planned it went without a hitch. We suspect she even arranged for the perfect weather on the day! All our guests commented on how efficient, professional she was, and above all, so warm and welcoming.

We can’t recommend Emma highly enough and we owe her a huge THANK YOU for helping us have our dream wedding.

Wendy & Vanessa x

Wendy and Vanessa
Queenstown January 2018

an unforgettable and stunning wedding

Stephanie & Darrens Wedding

Thank you to Emma for teaming up her connections to organise an unforgettable and stunning wedding for us that was absolutely far beyond our expectation. Being a wedding planner is not just about getting a venue booked and guests fed as there are other tiny things that do make huge difference in this special occasion. Emma has got what it takes to come up with lots of new ideas and foreseeing problems from all angles. Her expertise and experience have been very useful throughout the whole event. A big Like for you!

Stephanie and Darren
Queenstown January 2018

Emma was a Godsend

Holley & Carl's Wedding

Emma was a Godsend for my wedding. Six months counting down to the day, we were going through an emotional time having recently lost my Dad. Planning for the most important day of my life was hard enough without the family challenges we were now facing. Emma took it all in her stride with humility and tact, using her polished skill set: Managing all the planning, contact with suppliers, facilitating all admin booking tasks, maintaining our cashflow ensuring we got the very best within our budget requirements.

On the day Emma was the ultimate wedding planner of the silver screen, going over and above with a tight timeframe to collect the groomsman’s forgotten shoes which were left behind in Christchurch when we were already at our destination Hanmer Springs! It was such an overwhelming relief to know I could trust Emma to follow through! The day was perfect and guests commented on Emma’s efficiency and how smooth it ran and how relaxing and enjoyable the event was – many thanks to Emma Newman Weddings, she was a magician and made the entire process seamless and a joy.

Based on my experience I would tell any bride a Planner is essential and not hesitate to recommend Emma’s professional service to remove all stresses associated with wedding planning.

Thank you for gift of your wonderful service Em” – Holley

Holley and Carl
Hanmer Springs September 2017

the day was amazing everything was AMAZING!!

Pia & Zacs Wedding

Our amazing day was exactly that it was amazing and this was all because of you. It was so perfect we would not change a single thing without you this could not of happened. You made our day run smoothly and not once did we feel any stress.

You were amazing the day was amazing everything was AMAZING!!

Thank you to you and everyone that was a part of our wedding . Without you all, the day wouldn’t of been so perfect and we now have such an amazing thing to remember. Every one of our friends have said they had the most amazing day as well

Love always Mr & Mrs Sheehan !

Pia and Zac
Wanaka August 2017

Emma not only made our wedding day perfect, she made it possible!

Emma not only made our wedding day perfect, she made it possible! Trying to organise a wedding from the other side of the world could have been an impossibly hard task but Em was so amazing at co-ordinating every last detail. She was such a pleasure to deal with, supportive, fun and hard working! 

She made what could have been a stressful time so enjoyable for us. We can’t recommend her highly enough!

Thanks for everything Emma

xxx

Laura and Tyler
Pemberton, Christchurch June 2017

a heartfelt thank you

Caronline & Joseph's Wedding

Dear Emma

Once again a heartfelt thank you for the beautiful wedding that you arranged for us! Besides perfect organisation, all of the coordination and you being our witness and doing the reading during the ceremony, we are grateful to you for making us feel at home in New Zealand and as if we were surrounded by our families! We hope to you soon here in Japan!!

Lot os Love Carolin and Joseph

Carolin and Joseph
Annandale Banks Peninsula May 2017

hands down the best decision we made

There are no words to describe just how grateful we are, I can tell you right now that it’s not going to fit into a card! You were hands down the best decision we made in this whole of this wedding process, we really did have the best day of our lives and we will treasure it forever. For two people who were very much out of their element you were patient, understanding and clear in your communications. Thank you for the late nights, the never ending emails, the laughter and the memories. From the venue to the band, photographer, florist and everyone involved we were blown away by the cohesion and beauty in every aspect of our day.

Emma is so much more than a wedding planner, she is an angel who goes above and beyond on all occasions. Her knowledge, attention to detail, and dedication are just amazing. She is a rarity and a diligent professional, from the little details to the overall picture she made our day absolutely perfect. People don’t believe us when we said we never felt stress, only joy, but it’s true.

A small THANK YOU for a BIG job.

Much much love Georgie and Niki xxx

Georgie and Niki
Queenstown April 2017

I couldn’t recommend Emma high enough

Emma helped us plan our wedding at Rippon in Wanaka in April 2017 and our day was perfect. It was just the way we wanted it . 

Emma is amazing, her attention to detail is outstanding.

She is a great organiser and replies very promptly.

She is super efficient, very easy to get on with, gets things done, and fits into any situation. 

Everyone that was involved with our wedding commented on how lovely Emma was.

I couldn’t recommend Emma high enough as a Wedding Planner. She goes the extra mile to make your day so special.

Thanks so much Emma you have become a friend to us. 

Justin , Nikki and our wee Skye xxx 

Nikki and Justin
Wanaka April 2017

mum and dad didn’t have to worry about a thing

We can’t thank Emma enough for all the work and effort she put into making our wedding day so special! Such a seamless day with so much happiness and fun.  

In the lead up to our wedding we were so busy moving towns and working in the family business that we had very little time to plan a wedding. We could not have done it without Emma – so much behind the scenes work that we didn’t even know was going on and all taken care of by Emma.

Having a wedding at my parents house, we knew we needed some help and mum and dad didn’t have to worry about a thing (apart from the garden). Having Emma a part of our wedding made it stress free and a fun time.

Would never have a wedding without Emma involved!!

Thank you so much Emma, you truly are a star

Xx

Amy and Chris
Christchurch April 2017

 This is a time when thank you seems insufficient

Emma,  This is a time when thank you seems insufficient.

But thank you.

Thank you for helping us navigate the terrifying world of planning a wedding. Your smiling face on the end of FaceTime was always a delight!

You were patient and encouraging, always striving to help us to fulfil the vision we had for our wedding (even when some of our ideas were ridiculous!).

Your calm and reassuring presence on the day and in the days leading up to the wedding meant it was stress free for us and our families. Thanks to you (and Alix [what a man!]) we could really relax and just enjoy our time together in the lead up to the big day.

We honestly could not have imagined a more perfect day and it was thanks to you that it was possible!

Thanks again Emma

xxx

Georgina and Mario
Queenstown 2017

We love what you do! You’re very good at it.

Dearest Emma

We love what you do! You’re very good at it.

Thank you so much for all your tireless work leading up to our wedding and during. So much fun! We loved working with you. The wedding was amazing, one we will cherish forever. What a Fantastic party!

Em you were a huge part of our lives in 2016, you’re relaxed, caring, professional and talented. We won’t forget you. 

Love Andrew, Lizzie, Ziggy and Willa. xxx

Eliza and Andrew
Christchurch December 2017

Emma’s genuine passion and care for making our day the best

From the moment we had our first session with Emma, we knew our wedding was going to be an awesome event.

Emma had been referred to us by the property managers of the location we were staying at in Scrubby Bay NZ and we couldn’t have been happier with the outcome.

What was immediately obvious to us was Emma’s genuine passion and care for making our day the best it possibly could be. Nothing was too much trouble, no request too crazy, and over the months during the pre-planning, we developed a very special relationship with Emma (one we hope to continue).  Skype sessions and communications were fun, frequent and easy, with Emma checking and double-checking as standard practise.  Emma took all of the stress and worry away to ensure we could enjoy our day as much as possible.

Emma was also instrumental in pulling together the larger components of our day (given we live in Australia). These included fantastic recommendations for a Wedding Celebrant, the Florist and our Cake Artist – the 3 key ingredients to an amazing event – all of whom we would also highly recommend, and who proved a lasting testament to Emma’s capabilities and experience as a Wedding Planner.

On the day itself, Emma ensured everything ran like clockwork and that a glass of bubbly was never too far away.  The table setting and decoration that occurred whilst our photos were being done was just breathtaking and I do honestly believe that without Emma’s help and professional approach we wouldn’t have experienced such a magical occasion to the level she was able to create for us.

We would highly recommend Emma’s services to anyone thinking about using a wedding planner, and would go so far as to say ‘stop thinking about it and call her now’.

Emma states on her website

‘I understand the importance of sharing the love between two people with family and friends. I have an eye for detail, excellent organisational skills, and a passion for weddings and hosting a great day.

This is why I love being a wedding planner.’

We would absolutely agree with this statement as Emma  totally delivered on that promise!

Thank you again Emma. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Brad and Dan
Scrubby Bay November 2016

big thanks to you for calming me down

“… we had the most incredible day yesterday! So so grateful to everyone who played a part! 

So a big thanks to you for calming me down and helping me make decisions! 

Best wedding planner ever!!!! …. Lucky brides that get your full services I tell ya! xxx

Sheena and Michael had to change venues very quickly due to the Kaikoura Earthquake of November 2016

Sheena and Michael
Christchurch November 2016

The respect you demonstrated towards our families and friends was simply amazing

Dear Em

Thank you for everything you did to make our special day the amazing day that it was. We could not have had the day that we did without your guidance, professionalism and amazing ability to organise and maintain calm.

Your relationship with suppliers and our venue made for a seamless event and allowed us to enjoy every minute of our day. The respect you demonstrated towards our families and friends was simply amazing and we can’t thank you enough for how hard you worked to ensure everyone was accommodated for.

We wish you all the best for the future and would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone looking for a wedding planner. We already miss working with you! All the best, Miles and Michelle

Michelle and Miles
Tai Tapu September 2016

you kept us calm and brought fun to each step!!

Hi Em!!!

Thank you so so much for everything you have done to make the wedding so wonderful for us, we literally had the time of our lives and loved working with you! You are an amazing wedding planner, you kept us calm and brought fun to each step!!  Literally cannot thank you enough!!! Thank you thank you thank you! 

Lots of love 

Alice and Nasi xxx

We absolutely loved working with Hayley for the styling of our wedding, she has such a great ability to turn thoughts and ideas into a reality. We were so lucky to have the combination of Hayley and our wedding planner Emma Newman, as they work so well together and were able to transform our ideas into something more than we could have ever imagined. When we first decided to have the wedding we were a little bit worried about planning it from the UK and arriving into Christchurch the week before, however Hayley and Em’s communication and organisation couldn’t have been better and we felt so relieved to be in such capable hands with literally nothing to worry about! Thank you both so much for the most amazing and beautiful day xxx

Alice and Nasi
Christchurch June 2016

Our day wouldn’t have been the same without you, you were amazing!!

Hey Emma,

Our day wouldn’t have been the same without you, you were amazing!!

Love Mel and Brad xo

Um, so what just happened???? The most amazing wedding that’s what!!!!!!

Love Rachel Callander (Photographer)

Mel and Brad
Timaru April 2016

Nothing was a problem and you really did create our perfect day

Dearest Emma

Just a little note to say how much we appreciated your help organising our wedding. Nothing was a problem and you really did create our perfect day. It was lovely to have your warmth and energy. We miss you!! We hope you and Alix (My husband who worked on this wedding too) can have a lovely evening out together on us.

Thanks again Pip and Jake xxx

Dear Emma and Alix

I know you are a champion emailer but I do want to put pen to paper to thank you for the wonderful job you did planning Pip and Jake’s wedding. Thanks to the efficiency of you and your FAB team – Hayley Josie, other Emma and all and the generosity of Pip and jake I was able to enjoy the role as “Mother of the Bride” to the hilt with NO stress. I hope when your children marry one day that you have a panner as lovely as you.

Warm wishes Susan and Cyril (The Bride’s parents)

Emma,

I just wanted to send a personal thank you and acknowledgement for your  role in making Jake and Pips wedding a very special day. I find its not often that I become involved in a major event that I cannot reflect back on it and not have a few things that I would change or improve on.  In the case of Jake and Pips wedding I would not change a thing and frankly cannot raise a single item that could be improved upon.

I want to congratulate you and your team for your kindness, thoughtfulness, professionalism, skill and your ability to over deliver on all aspects on the day. I am well aware of what it takes to achieve customer satisfaction and you certainly did this.

I wish you well with your business, I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone I come across looking to plan their wedding and I would be delighted to provide a reference for you at any time in the future if you required it.

Kind Regards Robin (Father of the Groom)

Pip and Jake
Sumner March 2016

You had everything running like clockwork

To Emma

Thank you seems so inadequate but thank you so much for the amazing job you did on Friday.

You had everything running like clockwork and I didn’t have to worry about a thing.

You did a great job and I had a great day so everything worked out as planned. Thank you, thank you, job well done!!

Love Debbie and Andy xxx

Debbie and Andy
Christchurch March 2016

Everything went perfectly

Thank you so much Emma! We had such an amazing time! It was everything we hoped for and we couldn’t have asked for better.

xx Abby and Ben

Hi Emma

Congratulations on running such a successful Wedding.  Everything went perfectly – we felt that it was a particularly special day – Christov was brilliant , the music great , speeches we very honest and intimate , the Bride spectacular and no hitches anywhere. 143 people all were very happy.  I would like to go back and play the whole thing again in slow motion as the day went so quickly – and didn’t get a proper chance to appreciate all the finery of the day. So many nice touches.  The Venue was great – Gustavs when the sun came out was really warm and loverly , the food over this period very good. The conversion of the “shopping Mall” into a reception area was completed seamlessly. The desert bar hugely impressive . Terry did a great job with the sound.

Your positive spirit throughout the whole preparation period set a tone which carried through to the day – melted away tension, and held everyone together as a seamless team. A joyful day. We are very appreciative and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your services.

Thank you John (Bride’s father).

Dear Emma

Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did for us. Everything was fabulous and you were so calming and friendly Abby, Ben and Families xxxx

Abby and Ben
Christchurch February 2016

We had the absolute best day

Dear Emma
Just wanted to write properly and say thank you so much for all your help organising the wedding. We had the absolute best day thanks to your organisational skills and great personality…Thanks again and will look forward to seeing you at another wedding in the future no doubt! (Not mine!)

Lots of love Vic and Oli.

Victoria and Ollie
Little Akaloa and Akaroa January 2016

Thank you for Everything!

Dear Emma

Thank you for Everything!

Much Love Anna and Matt

Anna and Matt
Akaroa January 2016

Nothing seemed to be too much trouble

Hi Emma

A special thank you to you for everything that you did for us in the lead up to and day of our wedding.  You really did help us pull together the most special day of our lives.  You remained unfailingly positive, despite a few weather complications and pushed for us to get what we really wanted from our wedding day.

Nothing seemed to be too much trouble at any stage along our wedding journey.  You were always approachable and quick to respond so that we were never left wondering.

It was obvious that you had everything so firmly under control, which meant that both us and our families could relax and enjoy our day.

I would absolutely recommend that people use your services.  It has been a pleasure working with you and we truly appreciate everything you have done for us. Love Mr and Mrs A

Jane and George
Kaikoura January 2016

It was truly the best day of our lives and we will treasure the memories

Dear Emma

Words cannot express how grateful we are for everything you did for us. It was truly the best day of our lives and we will treasure the memories. Your professionalisim, dedication, humour and kindness created the most prefect day. Thank you.

With love Shalon and Carl

Dear Emma

Thank you for being the best organiser in the world – your efforts are appreciated and will never be forgotten

Lots of Love and Best Wishes

Glenda and Seymore (Parents)

Shalon and Carl
Wanaka New Years Eve 2015

one word ‘essential’

Emma Newman, one word ‘essential’. My mother and I knew from meeting her that she would be the perfect planner for our day. From one meeting we knew she was knowledgeable, experienced, and had great energy and excitement for planning our wedding day. She portrayed an image of success!

Emma remained in control of our wedding at my parent’s home from day one. Her spreadsheets were meticulous with every detail required to ensure our wedding went off without a hitch!

I would absolutely recommend her to anyone planning a wedding.

Caroline and Matt
Timaru December 2015

Our day wouldn’t have been the same without you

Dearest Emma

I don’t have the words to thank you! You’re amazing Em, such a beautiful genuine person.

Our day wouldn’t have been the same without you, you made it what it was. You have such a gift Emma, and you went above and beyond with us.

Thank you Love Sam and Brad.

Sam and Brad
Christchurch December 2015

No issue was too big or small to attend to

It’s not very often that you come across a business, a service or a person who blows you away in terms of what they can deliver. 

For us, this was exactly the case with Emma Newman, she is phenomenal. 

Living in Brisbane we were really happy in doing the right thing by returning ‘home’ to be married in Akaroa in Banks Peninsula, Canterbury. This is a super special place for us as this is where our family had landed in New Zealand over a hundred years ago. We chose two venues across Pigeon Bay for the ceremony Annandale and then reception The Point. Planning to organise a wedding in a remote part of New Zealand, two locations, one which had never held a wedding ceremony … we needed serious help. 

After some time researching for wedding planners we were fortunate enough to come across Emma Newman. A quick skype call later and we knew we had found the right person to help us put together an amazing day. From the start of our time with Emma to when we said ‘goodbye / see you soon’, Emma was faultless. Her ability to organise, provide advice, keep on top of all the details (and there was a lot) was stunning. 

One tricky area for us was that we didn’t know any suppliers (cake, decorating, beverage, photographer, catering, equipment, audio, celebrant, entertainment … the list goes on) in Christchurch. We soon found out it wasn’t a matter of what Emma knew, but who knew Emma. She was able to provide great options and recommendations for all of our wedding suppliers. Not only did they also faultlessly deliver to a very high standard, they were just wonderful people to work with who really cared about our day which made a big difference. 

Where Emma was incredible was her management of the wedding day itself. Emma had planned and was across everything so well that all was left was for us to spend the time with our family and friends and to celebrate a great wedding. After months of planning one of the comments from the bride Charlie was that it was incredibly refreshing not to have to worry about a thing on the day and just enjoy. No issue was too big or small to attend to, nothing left uncovered. We had our share of ‘oh bugger’ moments on wedding day, we had left some really important items back at the wedding venue. We mentioned it to Emma and faster than Flash Gordon she had driven back to the wedding venue and saved the moment. It’s’ not just about all of the great work that Emma did, but how she went about it, just awesome. 

All in all one of the best feelings we have about our wedding is we wouldn’t have changed a thing. A lot of feedback from the day was that it was the best wedding many had been to. Emma played a huge part in this, we wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to recommend Emma for any planning, support and management of your wedding. Emma, is certainly not just a wedding planner, she is an absolute expert in this area and we’ll be forever thankful for all of her help. 

Charlie and Ross
Pigeon Bay November 2015

I know it was really challenging pulling it off in an operable construction site

“Many thanks for arranging a fabulous party for us last night. I know it was really challenging pulling it off in an operable construction site. However you did a fantastic job. The party was a huge success and everyone had a great time.”

Best regards Ant (Ant Leighs)

Leigh's Construction 20th Anniversary
Christchurch September 2015

Emma is a wedding planner extraordinaire

Emma is a wedding planner extraordinaire; helping to successfully execute a wedding despite all parties being in 3 different time zones (New York, New Zealand, and Singapore) and all correspondences done via email and Skype.

We hired Emma to help coordinate our wedding from start to finish (including the actual day) and were completely blown away by how everything came together. Emma always had everything in control and there was never a time where we needed to worry about anything. She handled the few last minute hiccups like an absolute pro which allowed us to spend time with friends who had travelled halfway around the world to celebrate our special day with us.

We couldn’t ask for a smoother execution of the wedding day itself. Emma did a wonderful job shepherding everyone, including the bride and groom, along to their respective venues and activities. All our guests had an amazing time; some of our friends had their toddlers with them and were impressed with how Emma went out of her way to make sure they were all well looked after.

Long story short – we feel, and all our guests concur, that Emma is the reason our wedding was absolutely unforgettable for all the right reasons.

Cheri and Jeremy
Queenstown May 2015

Two words ‘dream woman’

Two words ‘dream woman’. Not only is Emma a dream to work with but she was instrumental in putting  together the ‘dream team’. Everything we imagined and much more was achieved by a truly dedicated and  passionate bunch of people. Thanks again Emma for keeping things on track, pushing us when we needed to  be pushed and for a magical day that went off without a hitch. Dreams can come true 🙂

Candice and Scott
Christchurch March 2015

She was able to take our ideas and turn them into a fabulous day

We chose Emma as our wedding planner as we had recently moved back to Christchurch and didn’t know where to start with planning a wedding! We were both busy at work and wanted it to be an enjoyable process, rather than taking over all of our spare time. Emma was fantastic to work with. She was able to take our ideas and turn them into a fabulous day. Her advice on styling and suppliers was perfect. Her recommendations and planning led to a seamless day where we could totally relax, enjoy each other and our guests – without having to worry about a thing. Emma is organised, lovely to work with and nothing is a problem. We can’t thank Emma enough and would definitely recommend her to others.

 

Jane and Scott
Methven March 2015

From start to finish Emma took meticulous care of every detail

Anna

Wow – where to start? Emma is amazing! From day one enquiring with Emma, knowing absolutely nothing about organising a wedding she made me relax and feel like I was in good hands. Nothing was ever a problem and her bright, bubbly, positive personality was an absolute pleasure to work with. From start to finish Emma took meticulous care of every detail to ensure our vision was brought to life.

Having Emma on the day was one of the best decisions we made when planning our wedding. Emma and her lovely husband Alix being on site, making sure everything was tickety boo and everyone was doing as promised allowed  us and our families to relax and enjoy the day (and what it’s all about).

I honestly thought we wouldn’t need a wedding planner but looking back we actually could not have pulled off such a wonderful occasion to be remembered forever without her. Emma is a godsend when planning a wedding.

Mother of the Groom Robyn

I just wanted to thank you so much for your amazing job at Mark and Anna’s wedding. We both enjoyed the day so much more and just knew it would all go according to plan thanks to you. You worked tirelessly and it paid off and the food, wine and speeches were a tribute to your organisation.  Thank Alix as well and will highly recommend you to any one who is looking for a wedding planner.

Anna and Mark
Peel Forest February 2015

We both had a wonderful stress free day

Hi Emma,

A big thank you from Summer and I for what you had achieved for us. We both had a wonderful stress free day and an awesome experience. Thank you.  Your team also did a great job, the decorations were fantastic, from Lanterns to flowers. The food was great and the desserts  just divine.

We have only great memories of the whole experience and really appreciated your positive , sparkling and fun approach to the planning of this event.  Please pass on our heart warm application  and thanks to the rest of you team.  Many thanks. Karel and Summer Adriaens.

Summer and Karel
Christchurch February 2015

Even my husband said it was the best money we spent for the wedding!

Emma was absolutely amazing for our wedding!

Even my husband said it was the best money we spent for the wedding!

Thank you Em for making our wedding even more enjoyable and special. The guests are still talking about you! Beautiful person and without a doubt the best wedding planner ever!!

Kate and Mike
Ashburton January 2015

The day itself ran beautifully

Choosing Emma to plan our wedding was quite simply the single greatest gift we could ever have given ourselves.  So many of our guests commented not only on how amazing the day was, but on how calm and relaxed we were throughout, and the praise for both is owed entirely to Emma.  We had high hopes for how all of our many ideas would translate, but really never imagined that our expectations would be so thoroughly surpassed.

Throughout the planning process, she remained undaunted by any request or hurdle that arose and was always able to provide the ideal solution.  The day itself ran beautifully; with Emma at the helm we were able to just enjoy ourselves, footloose and fancy free.  Each and every vendor she recommended was also an absolute pleasure to work with and similarly went above and beyond to ensure our wedding was a magical occasion.

We will forever be grateful we found Emma and can’t imagine how we would have coped without her.  Not only a brilliantly organised wedding planner, but a skilled diplomat, master of family relations, negotiator, peace-keeper, and most notably of all, a truly lovely person.

Lucy and Leith
Tat Tapu December 2014

It made all the difference and was worth every penny!

Emma took all the stress out of the wedding. She easily gave us options for what we wanted and covered all those aspects that we would never have thought of. It meant instead of trying to find out if we were being charged too much for something we could spend time writing vows and enjoy visiting family.

It made all the difference and was worth every penny!

Hazel and Sam
Christchurch December 2014

You rock!!!

Julia The Bride’s mother

You rock!!! I don’t think we could have pulled off a more perfect day if it hadn’t been for your expertise!!! Bouquets to you and a humongous thank-you and hug for making this such a special day!!

Caitlin the Bride

Thank you so much for everything you have done! Yesterday was more amazing then I ever imagined, it was absolutely perfect. I’m so happy to have gotten to know you over the last year, I am so happy that Frank recommended you to me! You made our day so special and we are so thankful that we had you there. We were so sad when you left! We really appreciate everything you have done xx

Caitlin and James
Rakaia Gorge December 2014

We always felt like a priority

A wedding planner is essential not just for brides who’ve been dreaming of the day since they were little but even more so for those of us who hadn’t! As the groom and I were a blank slate Emma helped us tap into an aesthetic that was true to us and that we could get excited about. In contrast to an event held at a professional venue, our at-home wedding required even more planning than we had anticipated and she brought to our attention numerous details that we had never considered.

We always felt like a priority even though Emma had other clients to attend to. From the first consult to the day itself she kept us on track and motivated with her constant enthusiasm, and in many respects exceeded her brief regarding this.  Having access to her ready-made list of tried and tested suppliers saved us a huge amount of time in the planning process and from any disappointments on the day, and it was hugely reassuring for us and family to have Emma take over completely in the final couple of weeks.

Our wedding day was just what we had hoped for and we fielded endless compliments over the overall organisation, the decision to have a children’s entertainer, and the choice of caterer – all thanks to Emma! Another point of difference was the large number of children attending and as a result of Emma’s recommendations the kids had a great time as well as their parents.

On behalf of us both and our families – my parents especially – we’re immensely appreciative of all your efforts Em. Many thanks for all of your support during the year and for working so hard for us on the day. We would highly recommend Emma to any potential bride and groom

Fiona and Tristan
Christchurch November 2014

Emma was wonderful to deal with and we would highly recommend her

As we are travelling from Australia to Queenstown for our wedding, we wanted a wedding planner to assist with the organisation of our big day. After our first interactions with Emma via email and Skype, we had found a wedding planner that was passionate, knowledgeable and very prompt with her responses. We originally booked Emma for supplier recommendations only but after experiencing the benefits Emma provided with our planning, we organised for her to do our bookings also. Doing all this from another country, it is definitely worth the investment! Emma was wonderful to deal with and we would highly recommend her as a wedding planner to anyone planning their wedding in New Zealand’s South Island.

Nadine and Dan
Queenstown September 2014

You have made this wedding process such a pleasure

Thank you so much! Words aren’t really enough to express how incredibly grateful Darran and I and also Mum and Dad are to you.  You have made this wedding process such a pleasure and I am so sad that now I don’t get to have lovely catch ups with you! Yesterday was so amazing it exceeded my expectations on every level. Even the weather turned up at just the right time. Nothing went wrong, it was seamless.  All down to your impeccable planning and unflappable nature.

I had so much fun, and surely that is the hallmark of a great celebration.

Louise and Darran
Wanaka April 2014

Emma working for me in NZ was a godsend

From the moment I first skyped Emma I knew that my wedding day was in capable hands.  I was pretty stressed having to organise a marquee wedding in a 5 months from the other side of the world but having Emma working for me in NZ was a godsend. Nothing was too much trouble and she gave me a fantastic list of vendors as well as sourcing a number of props that I couldn’t find.  She kept my planning on track and sorted out all the details that I hadn’t even thought about (like power supply for the Dj and water for the caterers!). The best bit was the days before the wedding when Emma came down and took over the set up. She organised the families and coordinated all the vendors as well as dealing with all my last minute requests and changes.    Having Emma there meant we got to feel like guests at our own wedding and our families were able to relax and enjoy the day with us.  Our day was amazing and I’m so glad we decided to hire Emma to help us, I wouldn’t hesitate recommending her to anyone.

Anna and Geoff
Ashburton March 2014

Emma was always available to us

I never thought that we would be the type of people who would use a wedding planner, however its a decision I would never regret.

Having Emma on tap was having someone who knows the best parts of weddings and what to avoid and meant that our wedding was better than we could have possibly imagined.

Emma was always available to us, and all of the people she put us onto gave us a fantastic service.  Her knowledge of the industry also meant that she was able to give us accurate information on what services would cost.  She was also incredibly fun to work with!

For my Husband (Still fun saying that) it meant that his life wasn’t taken over by wedding planning and he was quite happy to sit through a regular meeting every few months with Emma rather than have it be a daily occurrence.

I would recommend to anyone having a conversation with Emma about how she could support you in planning your Wedding to make it a stress-free and happy day for yourselves and your families.

Rachel and Kerry

Just a message to say how incredibly grateful we were to you for all your organisation and planning of Rachel & Kerry’s wedding.  No doubt Rachel will send you some photos but it was a truly wonderful day that we will always remember.  Its success was due to your meticulous organization and the fact that there was no stress in the weeks before.  The morning of the wedding was really lovely and we were all able to completely enjoy the occasion.  It was summed up by one of Rachel’s uncles saying it was the “best wedding ever”.

Rachel’s parents Graeme and Gwynneth

Rachel and Kerry
Christchurch February 2014

Our wedding was amazing!

Our wedding was amazing! Thank you for all your help at the start. I wouldn’t have been able to do this with out you!!!

Whitney

Whitney and Jason
Oxford January 2014

She provided fantastic guidance and advice throughout

We wanted a wedding planner because we had a short time frame, busy work schedules, and we wanted minimal stress. Thankfully, Emma delivered. Our first impression of Emma was someone who was competent and professional. We soon added prompt, patient, fun and flexible to the list!

Emma has great contacts, and an excellent reputation with many suppliers. She provided fantastic guidance and advice throughout the whole journey. She was always organised and calm, and kept us up-to-date and reassured.

And on the day itself, the weather behaved, the schedule ran perfectly, and we had a wonderful time. Emma was always busy in the background, and we still marvel at how easy it all seemed afterwards. Our guests always comment about how smooth and well-structured it was. We sincerely thank Emma for making our special day so wonderful for both us and our guests. We would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone.

Joni and David
Christchurch November 2013

We often say we had the A-team of weddings for our day

Em I don’t even know where to begin in thanking you from the bottom of my heart for all of your expertise and knowledge, advice and love in helping Andy and I plan what our guests have dubbed “the best wedding, ever”!

We often say we had the A-team of weddings for our day, and that was all thanks to you!  From all the way over here in Perth, it was no mean feat trying to find wedding suppliers in Christchurch, but with you by our side, it was a breeze and we could not have hoped for a more amazing team!  Not being there in Christchurch never felt like an issue, knowing you had our backs, and I always came away from our Skype catch-ups feeling incredibly excited about what we had in the works.

To have had no stress in the couple of weeks leading up to the wedding, as well as on the actual wedding day, was simply superb!  Andy still comments on how amazing and easy our wedding day was, with no concerns ever brought to our attention.  We are sure that there was the odd hiccup over the course of the day (as with any wedding day), but having you there meant we were none the wiser!  From hand delivering bouquets to keeping two year olds entertained and quiet during the ceremony, and arranging a basket of goodies to take with us during our photos to ensuring the venue was spick and span the following day, you did it all plus much more and we will be forever thankful for that.

My parents still talk about the amazing Emma (now an honorary member of the family, I’m sure) and what love, life, fun and happiness you brought to our wedding!  We cannot speak highly enough of you and readily recommend you to anyone planning a wedding in New Zealand!  Not only do you help save time, money and stress, but you also offer professionalism, a huge knowledge base and a beautiful shining personality to support any couple in the planning of their big day!

Felicity and Andy
Christchurch September 2013

You are knowledgeable, practical and most importantly to us personable

Thank you so much Emma you are truly outstanding at what you do and if I had one piece of advice to couples planning to wed it would be to get you on board. You are knowledgeable, practical and most importantly to us personable. The base work you put into our Queenstown wedding made all the difference. Thank you again for helping us make our wedding so incredible.

Marewa and David
Queenstown September 2013

what a dream wedding it was!!!!

We would like to thank the AMAZING Emma Newman for the love and support through our wedding time and making it such a breeze and joy to create our dream wedding……and what a dream wedding it was!!!!

We would absolutely recommend this wonderful woman to anyone who is planning their wedding. I know in NZ most of us think we should take on the whole shindig, but to be honest Emma will save you money and so much stress especially when you have a large wedding like ours was (150). She has all the contacts and fabulous people around her to make it one of the best times in your life

Tara and Abel
Rakaia Gorge March 2013

We had the best day ever my beautiful wife was really relaxed and we have you to thank for that

Emma – We wanted to just say thank you for helping us organise our big day. You are a star and any bride and groom who are lucky enough to have you plan their big day will never regret it.

Quite simply we could not have done it without you – with me working in Australia and Fiona running her business here in Christchurch we simply did not have the time to do everything that was required.

Right from the first meeting until the end of our day you listened, advised and organised to make sure that we got the wedding we wanted but you organised.

Your attention to detail and amazing communication skills kept us informed and gave us such confidence and made us feel in control of our wedding throughout the whole process.

We had the best day ever my beautiful wife was really relaxed and we have you to thank for that.

Once again thank you Emma for making our day truly amazing!

Fiona and Al
Rangiora February 2013

From early on, it was clear that she was the right person to help us plan our celebrations

We asked Emma Newman to assist us with the preparations for our February 2013 wedding.  From start to finish she did an excellent job and exceeded all our expectations.  As a result, we have already recommended her services to several other engaged couples.

Emma’s contributions to our wedding included:

  • guiding us through the planning process step by step
  • recommending outstanding suppliers, such as the marquee hire company, caterers and florist
  • proposing budget-friendly solutions – yes, having a wedding planner can save you money!
  • being an on-call troubleshooter
  • ensuring a stress-free wedding day by serving as the point of contact for all things logistical

In all of the above, Emma was reliable, extremely prompt in returning communications and highly organised.  A natural people-person, Emma also  got on well with both our families and worked hard to ensure that everyone felt included in the wedding preparations.

Emma takes great pleasure in wedding planning and the quality of her work reflects her enthusiasm.   From early on, it was clear that she was the right person to help us plan our celebrations.   We were delighted with the result, and our wedding truly was one of the best days of our lives.

Anna and Hayden
Rangiora February 2013

You have such a lovely way with people

Dear Emma

Again thank you so much for planning our amazing wedding. It was everything we hoped for and more! You have such a lovely way with people and the relationships you have built up with various suppliers is amazing. You have a dream team around you! Woody and I both wish we could do it all again (maybe 10th Anniversary). Lots of love Jess

Jess and Woody
Ohoka February 2013

We simply couldn’t have done it without you.

On behalf of my wife and I, I would like to say the biggest THANK YOU to you most of all. So many people were outstanding in their professionalism, courtesy and care for our wedding, but as with a beautiful orchestra symphony, the star of the show is the conductor.

We simply couldn’t have done it without you.

We honestly felt like everything (even the weather!) fell into place perfectly and we wouldn’t change a thing or could have hoped for anything better. Your help in liaising with all the excellent service providers and the superb Otahuna staff really helped every single person at our wedding have the most wonderful time. Penny and I are so happy and glad we made all of the choices that you helped us with and our memories of every single facet of the day will always be special.

Penny and Peter
Tai Tapu December 2012

A huge sincere thanks for all your hard work

A huge sincere thanks for all your hard work and efforts behind the scenes which made our lives easier. I honestly think it would have been a near impossible task trying to organise it from afar, given the amount of time we are out of the country.

So, thank you Emma once again, I am sure we will cross paths again soon.

Gilly and Aaron
Tai Tapu December 2012

Em, you succeeded spectacularly!

..Em, you succeeded spectacularly! We are both extremely happy with the day and the lead up and wish to thank you with all our heart for your help in achieving this. You are incredibly professional, patient, encouraging and most of all passionate in your role.

We have had so many positive messages from our family and friends from both NZ and Australia commenting on how wonderful the day was and how much they enjoyed themselves.

Thank you Em, for ensuring that our long awaited day was worth waiting for!

Warmest wishes

Jan and Brian
Christchurch November 2012

she made us feel completely at ease

My husband Kieran and I saw Emma three times during the planning stages of our Wanaka wedding and we feel very lucky to have done so!!! During each meeting she made us feel completely at ease and she was very helpful and professional. She was a breath of fresh air to deal with, bubbly, personable and an absolute darling. We both highly recommend using Emma for any amount of wedding planning you may need before your special day, she was absolutely brilliant – our day was a complete success and we can’t thank her enough!!

Sophie and Kieran
Wanaka November 2012

Your attention to detail and professionalism was evident were ever we looked.

I am really sad that we will no longer be talking regularly….

Em we feel the day was a real success and the feed back we have received from our guests has been all positive, everyone had an amazing time. This is totally down to you without you the day would not have been as well organised or unique reflecting us in every way. Your attention to detail and professionalism was evident were ever we looked.

Not having a bridesmaid was something I was conscious of, but you were amazing with our reassuring conversations and the bubbly at appropriate times, I really appreciate you helping me with the photo’s holding my bouquet and the shawl to stop me freezing.

You really have found your calling and have a natural gift when it comes to planning weddings. I realise the huge amount of work you put in but would like you to know it is worth it, you made us feel important and valued every step of the way.

Janet and Matthew
Tai Tapu September 2012

you really got us focused and helped us get a better idea of what we wanted

We just wanted to say a huge, massive thank you for all your help and support – it was great to work with you, you really got us focused and helped us get a better idea of what we wanted and then made sure we got that. I’m confident now that our day is going to be magical and perfect for us… it brings a little tear to my eye just thinking about it! 🙂

Love

Eve & Stewart

Eve and Stewart
Wanaka April 2012

Emma is the best thing (after us of course) that happened to our wedding

Emma is the best thing (after us of course) that happened to our wedding. Craig and I got engaged the week after the February earthquake, we both decided 8 years together let’s do this!! Neither of us are the ‘plan a wedding from your childhood’ type so we actually had NO idea where to start. We contacted Emma and organised her for an initial planning meeting. I immediately felt at ease with her and she was able to find out (through clever questions) that we did actually have an idea, she was just able to put it into words and enable us to visualise it.

We quickly decided that having Emma for the wedding day package would be an excellent idea, from there it all picked up steam with Emma by our sides to help with everything from general advice, problem solving and positive comments to wrangling wayward relatives. Emma is the most amazing wedding planner and comes with so many tricks up her sleeve I doubt there is anything she could not fix or solve!! We never imagined that our wedding day could be so fun and we were able to relax and enjoy it knowing that Emma was there to support us. We have had so many positive comments about our wedding day mostly that everything was so us, and that is all thanks to Emma. All of our guests loved our wedding day and our wedding planner and so did we.

Thank you Emma, we are so happy that we got to know you through this process, you are one in a million!!

Claire and Craig
Tai tapu March 2012

we were both very relaxed about the proceedings

We wanted to say a massive thank you for all your help leading up to the wedding day, and a special thanks and huge appreciation for your work on the day, which meant we were both very relaxed about the proceedings.

Molly and Alice in person; the Barbecue was a great evening, and after such a long time planning things via email and Skype, it was really good to meet for real and share some good food and drink as friends.

Lots of Love

Lynda and Kevin
Marlborough Sounds March 2012

everything went like clockwork on the day

Thank you very much for all your help over the 18 month build up to our wedding and then ensuring everything went like clockwork on the day. It wouldn’t have been what it was without you.

Aleisha and Michael
Christchurch February 2012

Even though I know you had other clients it really felt like I was your main focus through the duration of the planning

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the truly amazing job you did with our wedding. You really went above and beyond for us and we had the most fantastically perfect day because of it. Even though I know you had other clients it really felt like I was your main focus through the duration of the planning and I don’t think there are many people who could do that!. You really are awesome at what you do and I cant thank you enough for being there for us.

Mel and Blair
Ashburton January 2012

Emma your support, calmness and willingness to get stuck in on the day and morning before was so great

You guys were absolutely amazing and we really appreciated all the help you gave us and what that added to our day. Emma your support, calmness and willingness to get stuck in on the day and morning before was so great (even an offer to do some ironing!) and Alix’s calmness and control on the day was invaluable support to aid in the smooth running. He also took some great photos on one of the bridesmaids cameras which was an added and unexpected bonus! Thank you so much.

Pippa and George
Ohoka January 2012

I would recommend Emma’s wedding planning service to anyone

After announcing our engagement in late October 2011 my wife and I decided we wanted to get married sooner rather than later. I had absolutely no idea where to start planning and thought very quickly we had bitten off more than we could chew. I had worked with Emma Newman in the past so I gave her an email and asked for some advice. Within an hour Emma came down to see me and told me that anything was possible with the right information, tools and help. Very quickly Em had organised us a list of possible venues and began liaising with various contacts she had to find us somewhere we loved at short notice in the middle of wedding season.

After a 2 hour consultation with Emma and another email with templates, website links, suggestions and ideas I started to feel we could actually pull this off. Without Emma’s help and advice along with the vast amount of resources and contacts she has there would have been no way we could have organised our wedding so quickly. Emma’s ongoing support and desire to make sure we had the perfect wedding was something I can’t thank her enough for and am truly grateful.

I would recommend Emma’s wedding planning service to anyone looking to get married in the Canterbury region. Whether for an initial consultation and framework to plan the wedding yourself or for the full package as she is an absolute pleasure to deal with and is without doubt the best in the business.

Catherine and Alex
Christchurch January 2012

She is so friendly, professional and considerate

We are from Hong Kong and thanks to Emma, we had a wonderful intimate wedding in Christchurch last November. We approached Emma by recommendation from a Christchurch photographer. Emma gave us all the help & advice from the early planning, choice of the team and preparation through to every little details that made our big day run smoothly. She is so friendly, professional and considerate in all aspects we needed, which is especially important to us as we are not familiar with the area. Moreover, she managed to deal with any unpredicted issues which happened with her experience and her capability which gave us great confidence.

We knew from the beginning that this would be an experience of a life time for us to get married here and Emma didn’t disappoint us. I will definitely recommend Emma as a wedding planner to any bride & groom to be who are going to get married in New Zealand.

Thank you so much Emma.

Carrie and Kevin
Ohoka November 2011

The Best Wedding planner in Christchurch!

Dear Emma,

The Best Wedding planner in Christchurch! You were and are fantastic. We couldn’t have done it without you. You kept us on track in the lead up to the wedding, introduced us to some great suppliers and worked incredibly hard on the day.

We sincerely thank you for helping to make our dreams come true.

Love Bec and Nick.

Bec and Nick
Christchurch May 2011

Emma couldn’t do anymore than she did for our special day.

We planned our dream wedding on Waikuku Beach North ChCh for March 2011. This was a special place for me and my wife as it was her first sight of the stunning beach and pacific ocean that is New Zealand.

As we live in the U.K we decided we needed a Wedding Planner to help create our special, perfect day.

We found Emma online and organised a ‘Skype’ chat. We hit it off instantly and she fully understood what we wanted to create. This was a must as we had to trust her judgement and skills as we were on the other side of the world.

Emma was brilliant from the word go, always professional, friendly, great sense of humour, nothing was to much trouble….’its your day I’ll frick’in find it for you’

Emma couldn’t do anymore than she did for our special day.

We never dreamt that the day could have been as magical and perfect as it was. Emma took full control of all the days events, her people skills are amazing and all our guests commented on how organised and wonderful she was.

We couldn’t recommend Emma highly enough. If you are looking for the ‘Perfect Wedding Planner’ look no further.

We can’t thank Emma enough for our AMAZING DAY, we now consider her a very special friend indeed.’

Tracy and Alec
Waikuku March 2011

You’re energy and professionalism creates the perfect mixture

If there was one big thing I wanted to achieve for our wedding, it was that I didn’t spend the day stressing about things. I’m a bit of a control freak, and on top of this, our relocation from Christchurch to Hawke’s Bay meant I couldn’t even be in the same place as our wedding. So I sent Emma an email explaining that I just wanted some confirmation from our reception venue and it wasn’t happening. She called me straight away and did some initial butt kicking for us to get things in place. I liked the idea of having someone down in Christchurch watching our back, so what started off as a small task ended in the year long project management of our wedding. Emma would Skype us every second month and told us all the things we needed to get sorted. I loved this as I was still in control of what our wedding was, but she highlighted the things that we needed to make decisions on for the next 2 months. If things got tricky, Emma even made the calls and emails I really didn’t want to make. This relationship proved invaluable when the earthquakes hit Christchurch. I knew Emma had my back, and if there was anything that became too much for me to deal with, she was willing to sort it out.

Emma, you are a truly wonderful person and you’re more like part of the family then our wedding planner! You’re energy and professionalism creates the perfect mixture of someone that is easy to get on and can get stuff done. You planned around OUR vision of our wedding, rather than plan YOUR vision of our wedding, which meant that although we had ‘help’, everything was completely ‘us’. Because of your support, I had the most relaxed and enjoyable day.

Andrea and Garth
Lincoln March 2011

As it turns out, no amount of planning could of prepared us for the February earthquake

After months of being overwhelmed in trying to plan our wedding, I can honestly say that contacting you was one of the best decisions we made. Thank you enough for all your wonderful advice and recommendations. As it turns out, no amount of planning could of prepared us for the February earthquake. With our wedding day only 4 days after the quake and Irish relatives in transit, it was fair to say we were in bit of panic. I felt terrible calling you in such a state of disaster but the moment I spoke to you, I immediately felt better. Thank you for taking the time to help us find new venues in less than 2 days. We couldn’t possibly thank you enough Em xxx

Jasmine and Edna
Christchurch Week after the earthquake

Emma’s planning over the year was meticulous

If I had to choose between having my dream wedding dress and having Emma plan our wedding, there would be no contest. I’d choose Emma. And make no mistake; I truly loved my Louise Anderson gown.

Emma’s planning over the year was meticulous.  Her support was constant. Her suggestions were inspired. Her inside knowledge on suppliers was a dream.

Emma left nothing unplanned – and even then she had a plan B in place for everything. Even after Emma’s contract had finished she was offering assistance. Such is the dedication of Emma. She was the best investment we made for our day of celebration. We offer our wholehearted endorsement.

Jennifer and Andy
Christchurch December 2010

It was truly exactly what we envisioned

David and I are home: very happy and just a little bit tired … Thank you so much for everything you did to make our wedding day so special and perfect. It was truly exactly what we envisioned.

Joanna and David
Waipara March 2010

We had a perfect day in a perfect setting

Thank you for making all the arrangements for our wedding, We had a perfect day in a perfect setting. Phillipa made it feel very special and we have some great memories to take home with us. Thanks to your planning it was everything we hoped for and more. Thanks again Neil and Stephanie

Stephanie and Neil
Queenstown February 2010

And another major , you were a joy and fun to work with.

Hi Gorgeous Emma
The dust is starting to settle, but euphoria and marital bliss live on.

Ali and I are so grateful to you for your pivotal role in organizing the “bestest” wedding ever!!

We are so pleased in hindsight Ali saw your add in the magazine and responded immediately. We are frenetically busy people and could never achieved the marvelous occasion and standards you reached

Your “savoir faire”, reading of our likes and dislikes and tastes was so intuitive, and your connections to the best or most appropriate in the business of photography, make up, music, apparel, transport, florist etc etc saved so much time and I’m sure money and negated the chance of failure or mistakes in these critical areas. And I know your being with us throughout the day and night (pleased you left before I swept my bride away at night though!!) was great reassurance.

And another major , you were a joy and fun to work with.

Many, many thanks, you don’t get a more important day than wedding day and ours was a stunner thanks in no small measure to you.

We would happily speak to anyone contemplating working with you

Alison and Phil
Rakaia Gorge January 2010

Truly, you are incredible, the way you dash around everywhere, tirelessly pleasing us all….

Rich and I are just leaving Hawaii (sad frown) after having spent a lovely few days lying in the sun post wedding. We are so grateful for everything you did to make our day so amazing. Truly, you are incredible, the way you dash around everywhere, tirelessly pleasing us all….

Will talk soon. Thanks again, it was the best day of our lives.

Love Celia

Celia and Richard
Christchurch December 2009

Our guests could not stop saying how much they enjoyed the wedding day.

Thanks for your great help in suggesting all our suppliers who contributed to the success of our day. Our guests could not stop saying how much they enjoyed the wedding day.

all the best,
Christopher & Veronica

Veronica and Christopher
Christchurch December 2009

We definitely could not have done it without you

We are both so happy with all the effort you put in to make sure that our day was just perfect. We definitely could not have done it without you & wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to anyone.

Ineke and Charles
Christchurch December 2009

You have been such an amazing support

Thank you for being a part of our wedding. You have been such an amazing support.

Love Hayley and James

Hayley and James
Christchurch October 2009

Thank you so much for making everything so seamless and stress free

Reece and I really want to sincerely thank you for your incredible support to us all – not only on the wedding day but through out the entire week and experience. You were truly brilliant and have immense talent – I was personally bowled over by how completely ‘in to it’ you are. But not only that but you were so much fun to have as a part of it and a special person to have as part of the journey.

Thank you so much for making everything so seamless and stress free – your expertise was quote something to behold.

With love and thanks Becky and Reece Morrow

Rebecca and Reece
Christchurch July 2009

We were immediately impressed with Emma’s quick response

We first approached Emma Newman via e-mail when we came across her website on Google. Since we were organising a wedding in Blenheim from London we wanted someone on the ground that could ensure the planning and coordination would run smoothly.

We were immediately impressed with Emma’s quick response to our original query, her professional and friendly manner ….

During the course of the year Emma helped us identify all our wedding suppliers. The list was extensive and we really valued her wealth of knowledge and experience about identifying those suppliers that would best meet our needs and desires.

We found Emma very approachable and found her extremely responsive to any questions. At the same time Emma was proactive and helped us identify things we might not have otherwise considered – another big plus.

Our wedding day was a huge success and would not have run as smoothly without Emma’s help in planning and coordination on the day. We can’t thank Emma enough. All our suppliers were outstanding and there was no stress leading up to the day because everything was so well planned. We would strongly recommend Emma to anyone planning a wedding.

 

Amanda and Simon
Blenheim February 2009

The logistics were flawless, all the bits and pieces came together effortlessly

Emma helped plan our wedding, which took place in November 2008. As we live in the UK, her role was much more than helping: she acted for us in planning, sourcing suppliers and services, and in the indefinable but so important matter: taste and style. She had to make decisions which reflected what we would have wanted had we been there ourselves.

How did she do? We had a stunningly successful day. The logistics were flawless, all the bits and pieces came together effortlessly (or so it seemed), and we and our guests (who had come from across NZ, from the UK and even from Afghanistan) had time to really enjoy the day.

None of this is easy. Emma is a tireless, methodical organiser. She uses her own contacts and network on your behalf effectively and ethically, and she understands the importance of getting the atmosphere as well as the details right. Emma has superb taste, and an ability to genuinely support the bridal couple without being intrusive or obvious as she does so.

We count ourselves fortunate to have had her help for our wedding. We have some cloudless, poetic memories of the day – made possible because the hard work had been done by Emma. If you want a great wedding day in Christchurch, you’d be silly not to start with Emma Newman.

With Many Thanks

Elizabeth and Ian
Christchurch November 2008

Emma is the type of person who really takes the initiative

Emma is very capable and efficient and immediately won our trust by showing us she really wanted to understand who we were, our likes and dislikes, and our ideas for the wedding…Emma made the planning of the wedding stress free but that wasn’t all. On the day, she was absolutely indispensable. Emma is the type of person who really takes the initiative, taking care of things the couple might otherwise overlook, particularly on the big day. We were able to relax and really enjoy the entire event, knowing that Emma was more than capable of handling anything that might need attention. I would definitely recommend Emma to anyone planning a wedding, even those who think they don’t need a planner, Emma will enhance your day!

Helen and Scott
Banks Peninsula September 2008

The whole day progressed without a hitch

The local surf club helped clear one end of the beach for our ceremony, and our fabulous – and very hands-on – wedding planner, Emma Newman, directed the layout….The whole day progressed without a hitch thanks to careful planning by Janene and Emma. It was a perfect day in all respects!

(extract from the NZ Bride and Groom Featured Wedding May – July 2009)

Janene and Chris
Taylors Mistake and Tai Tapu March 2008

After talking to Emma for just a few minutes we decided to use the services of Emma as she portrayed to us confidence, sincerity and experience. We found her to be extremely well organised, friendly and totally dedicated

…After viewing her website in August 2007 my husband and I decided to make contact via email to Emma, her response was almost immediate. Within twenty minutes of sending an email to her we received a phone call.

After talking to Emma for just a few minutes we decided to use the services of Emma as she portrayed to us confidence, sincerity and experience.

We found her to be extremely well organised, friendly and totally dedicated to making our wedding day dreams come true…

Lana and Patrick
Banks Peninsula December 2007

I couldn’t imagine any of this without all your help and encouragement

I can’t say enough thank you’s to you Em. The day was immensely special to everyone there and we all felt as though we had a zen-like experience (for lack of a better term). Everyone was so connected and it was very emotional for all of us. I remember less about the details and more about the feeling that was produced…this overwhelming sense of calm. And not just because it was finally over. 😉 Since I am such a perfectionist, I have never said that anything was perfect before, but I think that our wedding truly was perfect. I couldn’t imagine any of this without all your help and encouragement. Thank you so very much.

Marilyn and Nic
Port Hills May 2007

everyone commented on how incredibly lovely you were and how helpful

Thank you again for everything you did for us for the wedding you were invaluable and everyone commented on how incredibly lovely you were and how helpful.

Woman’s Day 2006 about Melanie Lynskey and Jimmi Simpson’s wedding
“Finally out of frustration, Melanie searched for a wedding planner. “I found an amazing woman called Emma Newman who has absolutely saved me”

Melanie and Jimmi
Queenstown March 2007

Emma, we are so glad we found you

A friend, who is getting married later this year, asked for hints on how to pull off a successful wedding. She had worked in the same office as me for a year and new that I was a ‘stresser’. She wanted to know how I managed to be so calm on my wedding day. The secret…wedding planner extraordinaire, Emma Newman.

The greatest part about having Emma at our wedding was being able to enjoy every aspect of our special day with the knowledge that everything was being taken care of…Emma’s supplier suggestions enabled us to pick suppliers with confidence. All were businesses that Emma had worked with before and had had positive experiences with.

Beyond the call of duty, Emma had just given birth to baby Alice. Alice was just 14 days old on our wedding day and Emma and her wonderful husband had a plan of attack to ensure Emma was able to be with us on the big day. Such was Emma’s dedication to our wedding.

Making sure I ate something before leaving for the church… is an example of Emma’s attention to detail. When nerves take over it is easy for the bride and her family to be absorbed in the moment, Emma made sure the practical jobs were all taken care of. Even down to the final re-assurance that we all looked gorgeous as we stepped through the church door, Emma stood there with tissues and rescue remedy in hand just in case.

Emma provided bible reading suggestions for a non-religious couple and also organ music suggestions, she answered our wedding etiquette questions too like which side of the bride my granddad would stand. Emma provided amazing electronic planning templates, colour scheme suggestions, even sending clippings of ribbon she had found and lovely regular emails just to see how I was getting on.

Emma, we are so glad we found you. Your advice and support was so beneficial – We really couldn’t have done it without you. I was completely at ease about getting married knowing that we had put the work in prior and that you were there on the day. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your assistance to anyone that wants their big day to be entirely stress free and memorable.

Thank you, thank you, and thank you!!

Rachel and Steve
Banks Peninsula January 2007

Emma’s support turned the whole experience into a dream come true

Emma’s networks and relationships with the florist, photographer, caterer and so on saved so many hassles. She was able to get everything organised, agreed and signed off very efficiently. Her relationship with them also meant we got that extra level of service…

I am very organised and focused at work, so it was wonderful to have someone with the same tenacity to work with in preparing for our special day. Our wedding would’ve have been half of what it was without the work Emma put in…

Almost every guest commented on the attention to detail and planning that must have gone on to create such a seamless and relaxed day…

Planning a wedding in NZ from overseas would’ve been a nightmare. Emma’s support turned the whole experience into a dream come true. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Jane and Mark
French Farm February 2005

you thought of everything

Where can I start… The hugest thank you from both of us for the most amazing effort you went to for our wedding… you thought of everything.

Katie and Dan
Lyttelton January 2004

keeping us to date and in line

Thank you so much for all of your very hard work and keeping us to date and in line – it helped make the day as perfect as it was.

Kirsty and Will
Burnham December 2003

You have given us some truly special memories we will cherish forever

Emma thank you so much for creating such a stunning, gorgeous amazing day for us! Everything was just so perfect. You have given us some truly special memories we will cherish forever.

Annie and Simon’s Bestman PJ
Wanted to make sure that you were told what a fantastic job you had done. The whole thing was top notch and your organisation integral to the smooth running of what was a wonderful celebration. Many Congrats and well done!!

Annie and Simon
Banks Peninsula December 2003

If you ask Emma to do something you know she will do it quickly, efficiently and to the best of her ability

Emma made herself absolutely indispensable both in the planning and on the day. With her extraordinary people skills and calming personality she is extremely good at what she does…She is very capable and efficient and somewhat of a perfectionist who inspires 100% confidence. If you ask Emma to do something you know she will do it quickly, efficiently and to the best of her ability.

Emma is also a very creative person and pays attention to the finer details which a preoccupied bride is unlikely to think of, especially on the day. She continually came up with great ideas from 12 months before my wedding up until the day, when she added many thoughtful touches, taking the initiative, taking care of things I hadn’t though about… with her outgoing, friendly personality she is comfortable in any social situation, She made a strong impression on many of our guests and people still ask after her. Having a wedding planner of Emma’s skill, expertise, creativity and passion facilitated the planning and enhanced my wedding day in many ways and I would strongly recommend her as a wedding planner.

Nicky and Dave
Marlborough Sounds December 2003

Emma makes what can be a stressful, busy time enjoyable

As a relative newcomer to Christchurch, I found Emma’s extensive knowledge and experience of wedding arrangements invaluable. She was able to give me a list of recommended providers in most areas I required in the areas I required, along with comments on their level of service. This gave me the assurance of using providers with a proven record as well as allowing a cost effective approach.

I was impressed by Emma’s professional yet friendly approach when providing advice and ideas. She was able to offer suggestions without being forceful and while everyone has their own personal taste, I didn’t feel she was trying to influence my style, but draw out my themes and dreams for the day. .. In conclusion, Emma makes what can be a stressful, busy time enjoyable with her enthusiasm and genuine interest in planning for one if the most significant days of your life.

Lois and Adrian
Port Hills August 2002