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  1. 1. Babies and Toddlers Business Services Education and Training, Clubs and Community Getting Married Health and Beauty, Sport and Recreation Living and Leisure Motoring, Marine, Industrial and Rural Property: Real Estate, Building and Development Senior Living Shopping and Retail, Wining and Dining Visiting the Hibiscus Coast and Rodney To feature in this booklet and on our Linku2 website plans start from $25 pm. For details phone: 09 428 0204, Email: or visit | About Linku2 Hibiscus Coast | Advertise with Linku2 Hibiscus Coast (Rates subject to change - for up to date information visit the website) Linku2 Hibiscus Coast Business and Community Services are kindly sponsored by Pak n Save Silverdale helping us support our local Community Visit | We Linku2 for information, articles and local service links for the following -  Style Tips for Attending a Wedding  The Perfect Wedding Shoes  How to be the Perfect Groom  Tips When Choosing Your Wedding Gown  Honeymoon Destinations Entwined with Hollywood - Amalfi Coast and Morocco  Ten Top Reasons for Choosing a Winter Wedding  What NOT to Wear to a Wedding  Look Amazing from Top to Toe: More Wedding Shoe Tips  The Groom’s Role: 12 Month To Do List  Wedding Dress Tips to Keep in Mind  Honeymoon Destinations Entwined with Hollywood - Paris and Hawaii  Winter Wedding Themes GETTING MARRIED Autumn/Winter 2013 Articles in this print issue: Articles on our web links: PRINT AND WEB -  The Celebrant’s Role  A Wedding Venue Delivering Romance - Queendom Gardens
  2. 2. We Linku2 local services, information and articles through our Linku2 website and print booklets in stands across the area. Our onsite web “We Linku2” sections and print booklets are updated quarterly bringing great information, articles and links to local services over 11 main sections from Babies to Proper- ty, Health to Seniors. Visit to find everything you need locally, pick up a free book- let from one of our many stands or download a copy on site. Linku2 also provide on site information including -  Free Classified Sales  Local Events Calendar  Latest news  Information on the local area and services (eg bus timetables, rubbish collections, librar- ies, emergency procedures, etc) Plus we run our own unique Fundraising Programme with paying Web and Booklet advertis- ers contributing back into our non-profit community. All local non-profit groups can register to receive funds. We welcome any feedback and love to be involved with our community Call us on 09 428 0204 or email Visit us today at and support our community to - Go Local, Grow Local ... LINKU2 - WHO ARE WE AND WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU? SO WHAT ARE QR CODES? A QR code is a type of bar code with an embedded URL that links to the internet. By using a QR reading programme on your smart phone you can link directly through the QR code to the link. If you have a smartphone but don’t have a QR App you can download a QR code scanner free at Or text “QR” to 710 (Vodafone)
  3. 3. STYLE TIPS FOR ATTENDING A WEDDING It’s wedding season again and it’s back to the dilemma of what to wear! Of course outfits will depend on what has been specified in the invites, the time of day and may even be influenced if the wedding has a specific theme or location but the general rule of thumb is if you know the three basic principles and follow these then your outfit should work well for the occasion. Firstly you need to know the wedding dress code. Usually this is specified on the invitation. If not ask! For Her If it is an informal daytime wedding then a short dress or suit. Again for a semi-formal daytime wedding a short dress or suit is recommended. For an informal evening wedding a cocktail dress is ideal. For a formal evening wedding wear long or short but dressy cocktail style. For Him For him, an informal daytime outfit would consist of a dress shirt and pants, a sports jacket can also look good. For an informal evening wedding, semi-formal daytime wedding a suit should be worn, any sensible colour. If it is a semi-formal evening or formal daytime wedding then a dark suit is more appropriate, a tie is recommended. If it is a formal evening a tuxedo (if invitation states "black tie") or dark suit if women wear short dresses. Venue Your decision can also be influenced by the venue of the wedding. For example if the wedding invite states semi-formal and is set on the beach with a reception at the local golf club you can safely assume this means exactly what it states. However, if the invite states semi-formal but the setting is in the town’s top hotel perhaps you should consider dressing it up just a little. Match! The third rule to keep in mind may seem obvious but can spell disaster if not adhered to! Know what your partner is planning on wearing. It is important you both dress to the same level of formality and whilst you don’t need to match do make sure the colours you wear complement each other! WHAT NOT TO WEAR TO A WEDDING... Now you know the general rules what you should wear find out what you should defi- nitely not wear to a wedding! Scan this QR code or visit | We Linku2 | Getting Married - Scrolling item or Article link We Linku2 our recommended … HIBISCUS COAST WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT | PLANNING SERVICES Event Designers, P O Box 83, Orewa, Ph: 021 716 713 E:, W: - To ensure your event is great every time, call Hellen and the Event Designers team.
  4. 4. THE PERFECT WEDDING SHOES You’ve got the dress – now you need the shoes! Here are six tips to help you in your selection. Choose Your Dress First Do not select your shoes before you have decided on a dress. It is always easier to match shoes to a dress. Having the dress first allows you to find shoes that complement your dress. Comfort is key It may seem obvious but find comfortable shoes! If you have a long dress, the shoes don't show so you can wear a shoe that is more comfortable. If you are wearing a shorter dress, your shoes will be of greater importance. You don’t want to be focussing on your sore feet by half way through your big day! Have Two Pairs of Shoes If your budget allows don’t restrict yourself to just one pair for the day. One for the wedding ceremony and photos, one for the reception and dancing. Those heels may look good in the photos but are they practical for that first dance as you are swept around the floor! Choose shoes compatible with your surroundings Wedges and flats are best for receptions in the country to save yourself from muddy heels. Flat sandals are best for beach weddings and certain older venues. It seems obvious but if you are marching across a sandy beach stilettos will not work but you need to remember that before the day! Don’t wear new shoes on the day Break your shoes in. Wear the shoes around the house or practice dancing in them. Whatever you do, your wedding day should not be the first day you wear the shoes. You want to glide up the aisle, not stagger with a sway! Pick an appropriate heel Pick a heel height that is comfortable for you. All eyes will be on you and there is nothing worse than not feeling confident in the shoes you are in. Also, consider the heel height for standing next to the groom. If you are tall, you don't want a three inch heel if you will tower over the groom. A team of caring, talented florists have a passion for their work and can create stunning designs for any occasion! Deliveries local and overseas High quality product and service 5 Riverside Road, Orewa Ph: 426 5287 or 0800 268 738 LOOK AMAZING FROM TOP TO TOE For more great tips on shoe choices scan this QR code or visit | We Linku2 | Getting Married | Look Amazing from Top to Toe scrolling item or article link
  5. 5. HOW TO BE THE PERFECT GROOM Often the groom steps back from the planning of the wedding. This is not a bad idea for most of the organisation, especially if you have a bride who has a very clear idea on what she wants for her wedding! However, as a groom, if you step back too much you can look disinterested in the whole procedure and risk the wrath of your bride for not caring. But remember, it is your day too, so how do you create that happy balance to make you the perfect groom. Here are a few tips to ensure you are in your bride-to-be's good books! Have an Opinion Whilst it is easy to step back and let her make all the decisions remember this is your wedding too and showing an interest will be important to her. Give your opinion on the major planning points; it'll let your fiance know she's not in this alone, you are interested and also let you know a little about your wedding before the day! Take an Interest in your Present List In fact you may have some opinions on things you feel would be good to have on the list (and no we don't mean upgrading your fishing rod!). Remember throw that plasma TV on the list and a group of friends may buy it for you! Don't Be a Pushover If there's something she wants but you don't let her know. There's bound to be a compromise! Give Her a Break If she's doing the majority of the planning for your wedding, and you are beginning to see the signs of stress and strain, she's probably getting "wedded out". Take a night, cook dinner or take her out. Do the dishes or treat her to a movie or quiet night with her favourite DVD. Remind her why wedding planning is worth the stress and of course don’t forget to tell her how much you love We Linku2 our recommended … HIBISCUS COAST WEDDING VENUES AND RECEPTION SERVICES Queendom Gardens, 240 Monowai Road, Tahakeroa, Wainui, Ph: 09 420 3470 E:, W: - The perfect setting for: Weddings, Parties, Corporate Meetings, Product launches and all functions. Verdelais, 36 Tindalls Bay Road, Whangaparaoa, Ph: 424 7031, F: 424 7031 W: - Verdelais is a French Mediterranean mansion, surrounded in gardens with a back drop of the sea. The views are spectacular, especially at sunset. Weddings can be celebrated both indoors and outdoors. Verdelais is the perfect venue for a small, elegant and relaxed wedding for up to 60 guests.
  6. 6. and appreciate her! Be a Buffer if necessary If your Mum or sister keep calling with their opinion there is a risk of conflict. Keep an eye on things. Be responsible for communicating with your family so that you can filter out petty worries from legitimate concerns. Get Some Help This is one of the best things you can often do when planning your special day. Build it into your budget, have an expert help and take away the stress and little forgotten items. Now you are definitely set to be the perfect groom and help ensure you both have the perfect wedding day! BRIDEGROOM 12 MONTH CHECKLIST To make sure you do follow through on your responsibili- ties as groom we have a 12 month checklist you can fol- low. Scan this QR code or visit | We Linku2 | Getting Married | 12 Month Checklist scrolling item or Article link VERDELAIS PERFECT WEDDING VENUE Verdelais is a French Mediterranean luxury beach front villa, surrounded in gardens with a back drop of the sea. The views are spectacular, especially at sunset. Weddings can be celebrated both indoors and outdoors Verdelais is the perfect venue for a small, elegant and relaxed wedding for up to 60 guests 36 Tindalls Bay Road, Whangaparaoa  P: 424 7031  F: 424 7031
  7. 7. TIPS WHEN CHOOSING YOUR WEDDING GOWN It is always helpful to have some ideas before you head out to buy your dress. Here are some tips to get you started – Set Your Budget It is important to know your limits. Getting married can be very expensive regardless of who is paying and it is important to stick to your budget wherever you can! Try not to look at dresses out of your price range, unless you can’t find anything to suit within that range. Remember if you change your dress budget this may well impact on everything else! Have Style Ideas Flick through magazines and have an idea of the style of dress you're looking for – do you want to appear romantic, classic, elegant or glamorous. Take into account the whole style and feel you want for your day. Also consider your venue and time of year. Take a friend with you Head out with a friend or your mother. It’s best to take only one person as too many opinions can be as bad as none at all if they all want their input! Remember though to remind them that it is your choice and not their dress and ensure they have a very clear understanding about your goal and your bridal style and budget. Ask for Advice It's also worth asking the designer or retailer for advice both on how the style suits, good styles for your body type and size, on cleaning the fabric in case of small spillages on the day! Consider Accessories and other Design Points If you want to wear your hair up with flowers, try a simple style with the dress to get the feel. If you would like to wear a veil, again try one on with the dress, try different lengths and styles unless you have a very specific style or length in mind in which case you will need to ensure the dress matches! Think Colour Themes While you don't have to show your bridesmaids your dress before their own dresses are chosen, make sure their gowns tie in with the theme and colours of your wedding as a whole. Be Open-Minded Be prepared to try on a range of dress styles. It’s surprising how often you may find a style you think won't suit you actually looks great. Don't Rush Don't be rushed into any decisions. If you think you've found 'the one', go away and think about it. Consider the dress within the whole concept of your wedding plans before We Linku2 our recommended … HIBISCUS COAST FLORISTS Flowers by Joanne, 12 Bakehouse Lane, Orewa - Ph: 426 5285 E:, W: - For all your floral requirements - bouquets, posies, wedding flowers and a wide range of gifts. Specialists in wedding bouquets and arrangements VERDELAIS GARDEN WEDDING
  8. 8. making your mind up. Get others opinions but at the end of the day the decision is yours so think things through. Trust Your Choice When you've found the perfect dress, don't try on any more! Seriously don’t start confusing things but do make sure you are absolutely sure! You can then arrange fittings and shopping for underwear, shoes and any other accessories. Follow your instincts. HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS ENTWINED WITH HOLLYWOOD AMALFI COAST AND MOROCCO How many times do you watch a movie and comment how you’d love to visit that destination! Linku2 feature a number of these as perfect honeymoon destinations including …. MOROCCO Where is it? Morocco is the most westerly of North African countries with sea borders on both the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. A culturally rich country with Arab, Berber, African and European influences. Known for its food and spices, colourful traditional clothing and music, Morocco is a diverse and colourful country. Movies filmed in Morocco Movies filmed in Morocco include -  Alexander the Great  Troy  Lawrence of Arabia  Jesus of Nazareth  Rendition  Gladiator  The Bourne Ultimatum  The Mummy  Sahara  Kingdom of Heaven  Babel  Sex and the City 2 Romantic things to do in Morocco include –  Head into the desert and look up at the heavens with star gazing  Wander the streets of Casablanca  Discover the inhospitable beauty of the TIPS WHEN CHOOSING YOUR WEDDING DRESS For more tips and indepth points to keep in mind when choosing your wedding dress scan this QR code or visit | We Linku2 | Getting Married | Wedding Dress Tips to Keep in Mind scrolling item or article link
  9. 9. desert on the back of a camel  Bathe in the cool waters or take a raft ride at the base of the Cascades d’Ouzoud  Immerse yourself in the hustle, bustle and atmosphere of the souk’s of Marrakesh AMALFI COAST Where is it? The Amalfi Coast is a 28 mile stretch of coastline on the southern coast of the Province of Salerno in Southern Italy. The Amalfi Coast is known for its beautiful scenery, winding, narrow cliff top roads, its limoncello liqueur, pretty fishing villages and crops of lemons. Movies filmed on the Amalfi Coast Movies filmed on the Amalfi Coast include -  The Talented Mr Rigby  Il Postino  A Good Woman  Only You  Under the Tuscan Sun Romantic things to do on the Amalfi Coast include –  Enjoy a picnic along the Via Tragara in Capri  Visit the captivating ancient ruins of Pompei  Watch a sunset from the cliffs of Massa Lubrense  Swim in the iridescent green waters of the Green Grotto cave  Spend an evening on the private beach along the shores past Marina Grande in Sorrento  Dine at the converted fisherman’s hut in Procida, Ristorante Caracle We Linku2 our recommended … HIBISCUS COAST WEDDING ARRANGEMENTS Don Gibson, Marriage Celebrant, 196 Blackbridge Road, Dairy Flat, Ph: 426 1284, E: - For a tailormade service to fit every requirement, Don will help make your important day a day to remember. Glenys Ferguson, c/o Verdelais, 36 Tindalls Bay Road, Whangaparaoa, Ph: 424 7031, F: 424 7031, W: - Glenys can help manage and oversea your whole wedding including being your celebrant at Verdelais her French Mediterranean mansion, surrounded in gardens with a back drop of the sea. The views are spectacular, especially at sunset. Weddings can be celebrated both indoors and outdoors. Verdelais is the perfect venue for a small, elegant and relaxed wedding for up to 60 guests. HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS ENTWINED WITH HOLLYWOOD - PARIS AND HAWAII Love the thought of romantic destinations, how about the city of romance or island paradise? Scan this QR code or visit | We Linku2 | Section - Scrolling item or Article link
  10. 10. Winter themed weddings can give a lot of scope for using your imagination. For ideas check out our WinterThemed Wedding Article at | We Linku2 | Getting Married | WinterThemed Weddings
  11. 11. TEN TOP REASONS FOR CHOOSING A WINTER WEDDING Off-season rates can be a factor for many couples choosing a winter wedding, however, there are lots other great reasons to have your big day during the winter months. Read on to find out more… White Wedding Every winter bride imagines the white drifts of snow across the scene. Whilst you will need to pick your particular location in New Zealand to guarantee real snow you can always theme your venues to give you that wonderful white winter feel! Wedding Costs One of your biggest considerations. Most venues and suppliers have off season rates, but many also offer incentives and bonuses not available in the popular summer months. Fireside Temptation Welcome your guests with a roaring open fire. Feel the glow and reflect after the event with a hot toddy warm in the comfort of your new husband’s warm embrace! Early till Late In winter of course dusk falls early. This gives you an extended evening for winter warming celebrations. Take advantage by using candles, fairy lights, fireworks and fancy lighting designs. Experiment and have fun creating atmosphere and excitement to your long evening. Make a date to remember The New Zealand winter has few memorable dates during the winter months, so add your own for a great excuse for a winter holiday or  Corporate Events  Christmas Parties  Special Occasions  On-Site Management  Room Dressing  Baby showers  Christenings  Birthdays  Engagements  Weddings  Dinner Parties For an obligation free chat call 021 716 713
  12. 12. at least a special celebration every year! Something Different If you have a wide group of friends some of your guests may have ‘wedding fatigue’ by the time your summer wedding comes around. A winter wedding will be a seasonal highlight. Honeymoon Heaven Fly somewhere warm and exotic after the event. Relax on the beach in the Maldives, Fiji, Samoa or Northern Queensland. You’ll enjoy the beautiful weather all the more coming in winter and it gives you a good excuse each winter to celebrate away in the sun! Sunshine Stress Getting married in winter totally eliminates any weather related stress. You don’t have that worry what to do if it rains. Guests expect colder weather and an indoor focus, so the attention will be on what’s going on indoors. Great Availability Winter is low season, meaning it shouldn’t be too difficult booking your venue, church/ celebrant and other services at slightly shorter notice. It’s also easier finding accommodation for visiting guests. Winter Fashion Statements Last, but surely not least, a winter wedding is your chance to sport some stylish bridal wellies, ideal for a kiwi bride, or a beautiful fake fur or a soft velvet cape. Mobile Service, Hibiscus Coast and North Shore Ph: 0800 444 233 Mob: 021 1518427 E: One of the first things people notice about you when they meet you is your smile Does your smile look good? WINTER WEDDING THEMES If you are considering a winter wedding, check out some great Winter Wedding Theme ideas by scanning this QR code or visit | We Linku2 | Getting Married | Winter Wedding Themes scrolling item or article link
  13. 13. THE CELEBRANTS ROLE Tips from Don Gibson Marriage Celebrant Celebrants are now performing 65% of all marriages in New Zealand. There are a number of reasons for this! The couple are able to be married in a favourite place. The couple may have met there or made love there for the first time etc. The seaside remains very popular, because there is a special something about water - about the sea! The Country Restaurant with the beautiful garden and lawns never fails to please. I believe this is because it is so easy to organise everything, by way of a phone call. Order what is needed. What is more beautiful, than that clean country air, on a beautiful sunny day in January, February, March, taking advantage of daylight saving. The garden setting at the home of a family, relation or friend, leans itself well to the smaller type wedding. So when you compare the traditional church wedding, which in the eyes of many people, is very appropriate, the modern Celebrant wedding, is more meaningful to the happy couple, because they have generally been encouraged to contribute to their own service - e.g. I always invite the couple to write their own vows, with the reasons why they had been drawn together and why they "want to spend the rest of their lives with each other". Some beautifully worded promises are made this way and this puts the couples own stamp on an unforgettable day. The marriage celebrant's role is vital as she/ he must not only cater for the needs of the couple being married, but also consider the guests at the ceremony. The ceremony should be meaningful and satisfying to all those present - not too short or over before some of the people realise that a marriage has taken place. I usually say to the couple, allow 20 minutes for the ceremony. To most people, especially elderly relatives, it is often the words that are Don Gibson Marriage Celebrant Blackbridge Rd, Dairy Flat Ph: 426 1284 E: Together We Work to Make Your Day Special  Blessing of the Hands  Candles  Wine drinking ceremony  Releasing of the doves Make sure your day is exactly as you hoped
  14. 14. remembered longer, than "what the bride wore". When a couple decide to ask a marriage celebrant to perform their wedding ceremony, they will have to contact an appropriate person. How to find a marriage celebrant? A. Personal recommendation. Some friends have been very happy and satisfied with the marriage celebrant they chose. Word of mouth is the best recommendation. B. The couple may have attended a wedding and been impressed with the sincerity of the words of the service and the efficiency of the celebrant conducting the ceremony. C. The Yellow pages of the telephone directory lists marriage celebrants. D. The local office of the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages, and all Government depository libraries, have a list of Marriage Celebrants published in the New Zealand Gazette, a choice can be made from here. E. Linku2 lists local Celebrants registered with us for the Hibiscus Coast under the Getting Married section. Always remember - the Marriage Celebrant will either make or break your special day - take time to obtain one who is prepared to listen to you. Don Gibson can be contacted on 426 1284 A WEDDING VENUE DELIVERING ROMANCE QUEENDOM GARDENS Queendom Gardens is one of the most picturesque settings for a party, function or wedding. Nestled amongst 70 acres of rolling hills, shady mature trees, native bush and landscaped gardens, just 15-20 minutes from North Shore, you get there by taking the Silverdale turnoff from the Northern Motorway, only a 10 minute drive, towards Wainui. Marlies Braddock is the owner of Queendom Gardens comes from Bavaria in Southern 240 Monowai Road, Tahekeroa See photos of our beautiful gardens by scanning this QR code with your smartphone or tablet
  15. 15. Germany. She fell in love with New Zealand’s natural beauty and with a great deal of careful loving, planning and hard work has developed Queendom Gardens over the past 8 years. “My ambition has been to develop this wonderful location into an iconic and exclusive rural events centre for weddings, corporate functions, parties and garden tours”. The gardens have been designed to look and feel as natural as the surrounding landscape, allowing the native fauna and flora to be an integral part. The new French Country style events centre is perfect for all occasions, with seating for up to 120 people. The gazebo is a fully covered area taking up to 28 people and the Lake house offers total privacy, with seating for 12 people and a terrace for more than 60 people. A recent addition is the Lakeside Boat House that is designed to be used as a miniature church or chapel with its panelled timber interior and ancient pegged trusses in the ceilings. A romantic place to hold a wedding ceremony including a large deck that looks out over the lake. At Queendom Gardens there are incredible photo opportunities within the 2.5 ha of gardens with water features including the big lake, waterfall and three ponds. These beautiful gardens provide the most exclusive real estate for formal weddings right through to picnics. Caterers of your choice prepare menus from finger food to the highest standard. Visitors can also enjoy a bush walk, succulents, rocks, the sunset garden, the Bavarian garden, the native grove as well as the exotic hydrangea gardens. Unique to Queendom Gardens is the exclusive use of all the facilities for the entire wedding day. These facilities include the Bride’s suite. This special room, yours for the entire day, is designed for the bride and/or bridal party to have their own space to prepare for the wedding day in a relaxed environment. Plus at Queendom Gardens there is parking on site for all your guests, whether they come in their own car or by coach. We Linku2 our recommended … HIBISCUS COAST WEDDING PREPARATION SERVICES Sparklewhite Teeth, Hibiscus Coast, Ph: 0800 444 233, Mob: 021 1518427 E:, W: - Are beautifully white teeth something you've always wanted? Get a great smile with Sparklewhite Teeth WINTER THEME AT QUEENDOM
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