Matakana Weddings Expo 2016

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Four years ago, a number of small businesses got together to discuss how they could take their products and services to the growing wedding market on the Matakana Coast. They mostly worked from home, and thought it’d be great if they could somehow present themselves as a group to potential clients. The Weddings Matakana Expo was created to do just that.

Fiona and Melita of Destination Matakana organise and host the Expo at the Matakana Country Park. They’ve created a website and a print directory showcasing local products and services for anyone planning their wedding on the Matakana Coast. Naturally, everyone getting married here wants to come and see first-hand what’s possible – the directory is a well-used tool for this purpose.

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“Melita and I alone are contacted by 60-plus brides a year, all wanting guidance on where to start with their wedding planning on the Matakana Coast. We always inform them first they must reserve the venue and second the accommodation. Once this is locked in, they can book the celebrant and photographer, hair, makeup and manicure, then organise the wedding dress, suit hire and the rest of the bridal party’s outfits.

If they are having a DIY wedding (Country Park’s Woolshed is ideal), catering and beverages will be required. We always recommend serving local drinks, at least to start – the Matakana Coast is well known for its wineries, as well as award-winning beers and ciders. We can help with all of this, as well as hireage – tables, chairs, tablecloths and lighting.

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“We estimate 80% of all weddings held in the area (between 200 and 250 at last count) are coming from outside the region. Waiheke has been the place to have your wedding for some time – but Matakana Coast could well be becoming the new jewel in Auckland’s crown when it comes to beautiful venues and services.”

This year, Junction is the Weddings Matakana Expo’s new media partner – in keeping with our goal of boosting local businesses, we’re helping to sponsor the event.

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The Expo itself will run over the 20th and 21st of August. It’ll be a relaxed affair where you’ll find new ideas and chat to providers of all of the above to find your ideal matches and secure some great deals. Reserve the dates now – it’s a fun day out! There’ll be wine and food tasting, live entertainment, and great lunch options from on-site cafés Bramble, The Stables or Smith Bar.

If you’d like your business to be involved in the Weddings Matakana Expo 2016, get in touch with Fiona or Melita. And follow them on www.facebook.com/weddingsmatakana – there are fantastic prizes to be won!

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www.weddingsmatakana.co.nz Fiona 021 944 191  |  fiona@destinationmatakana.co.nz Melita 0275 155 455  |  melita@destinationmatakana.co.nz