Queenstown and It’s Seasons

This time we have a more casual blogpost for you, just to talk about Queenstown’s seasons and what it can be like to get married in the different months of the year!

To answer your questions upfront…what is the best time of year to elope or get married in Queenstown? ANYTIME! 😍😍

 

Some things to keep front of mind are:
– What sort of backdrop are you dreaming of – blue skies and pristine blue lakes, green and orange hillsides, or are snow covered mountains are priority?
– What temperatures are you comfortable with when all dressed up for a wedding: warm, mild or below freezing? Because there is no kidding anyone…snow sure is beautiful but it is also COLD!
– Do you have your heart set on a particular bouquet? Some flowers are only in season for a very short time in NZ, so for the peony lovers out there, it would be wise not to book a mid-winter wedding! 😉

 

Thank you so much to the lovely Sarah from The Flower Room for collaborating on us with this blogpost, and also for creating all of the gorgeous bouquets featured below!! ❤️💐❤️

Spring

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Spring time combines the best of both worlds – warmer temperatures, longer days and fresh, bright colours transform the landscape. At the start of spring, there is still plenty of snow on the mountains to get some great skiing in before the mountains close (usually about mid October). Once day-light savings begins, sunset starts to get later and later so that our days stretch out and sunny afternoons seem to go on well into the evening.

 

Spring also has a beautiful flower palette to work with, including peonies, lilac, sweet peas, tulips, ranunculus, anenomes, snowball viburnum and jasmine to name a few.

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Summer

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Summer is of course the height of Queenstown’s popular season, as the days are so long and there is just so much to do in our wonderful town. With hot temperatures and a bustling township, it’s wonderful to escape to the outdoors to enjoy picnics on the lake, walking trails and for the more daring…a dip in the “fresh” lake water!

 

It is very hard to find snow in summer, even in the mountains. Around Queenstown itself, there are very few spots that will be guaranteed to have snow. If your heart is set on the fluffy white backdrop but you aren’t a fan of winter conditions then get in touch and we can let you know what options we do have available.

 

The flowers you can expect during summertime in NZ are garden roses, hydrangea, lisianthus, tuberrose, lavender and dahlias galore!

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Autumn

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Autumn in the South Island of NZ is something to remember. As summer ends and temperatures start to decrease to just above freezing, our leaves start to dance through their colours. From green to yellow, orange and then red, the landscape bursts into become a blaze of colour, with Arrowtown in particular being a cornucopia with gorgeous autumn leaves and berries.

 

The peak time to see autumn in Queenstown would normally be the last two weeks of April, when temperatures aren’t too cold and you don’t need snow boots for our Heli Wedding yet!

 

Autumn flowers can include rich textural elements such as berries, twigs and autumnal leave as well as antique hydrangeas, japanese anenomes, scabiosa, seeded grasses and seed pods.

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Winter

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From June to September, Queenstown transforms into a winter wonderland. Nestled in the middle of the Southern Alps, we are quite literally surrounded by snow and mountains but with the winter months also comes much colder temperatures than the rest of the year. You should be prepared for days with a high temperature of maybe 5 degrees, and temperatures down to -5 or lower at times. Heli weddings, being an extra few thousand feet up high, are exposed to even crisper conditions and we seriously advise wearing boots, thermals and a beautiful coat for a winter ceremony as the temperature will be uncomfortably cold.

 

In saying that, the ski season is known for its crisp blue-sky days and you can’t deny that the scenery is very beautiful with snow-capped peaks underneath a perfectly blue sky.

 

Winter bouquets often feature lots of lush wintery foliages, proteas,  jonquils, hyacinth, kale, hellebore, wintersweet and orchids in abundance.

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So what do you think, is there a particular season that tickles your fancy? 🙂 Contact us today to secure a wedding date at your favourite time of year!

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Photos are by a number of our lovely friends: Rich Bayley Photography, Williams Photography, Holly Wallace Photos, Emily Adamson and Alpine Image Co