(Closed) Any Kiwis out there?

posted 12 years ago in New Zealand
Post # 17
472 posts
Helper bee

@texas – fruit cake – yes!  they have fruit cake wedding cakes – with raisins and such.  i actually liked this but i bet most people wouldn’t.

@miss geek – L&P is yummy!  I also thought about trying to serve L&P

Post # 18
6 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

Oh yeah serve L&P with hokey pokey icecream!Little stuff like that, is what we love. I thik the “spiral shape” you are looking for might be a koru-try looking it up online, you coud incorporate that somehow.


By the way I’m a totally kiwi bride, marry a kiwi man in the mainland (south island)!!!

and I’m doing save the dates as my friends are all in UK/Aussie/or travelling!But our save the dates tend to be a publisher print our. The other thing we never do in Engagement Photos. Unless its mum and dad doing it lol

Post # 19
264 posts
Helper bee

NZer here. Our weddings aren’t any different to US ones.


I suggest you have a pav or 3 for dessert though. 🙂


We don’t do rehearsal dinners.  But it’s common for there to be a big dinner party beforehand.  Is that the same?  I’m not too sure what a rehearsal dinner is to be honest.

I think it does depend on your future husband, but if you try to get all kiwiana it’ll just come across tacky, like a Taihape Diner 😉  It also might not be appropriate to do a mihi, karakia or hongi.  

If you’re in the upper north you can have a nice beach wedding or in a park.


So exciting!

Post # 21
288 posts
Helper bee

obviously this isn’t a tradition but my friends entered their reception to “Slice of Heaven.”

Post # 22
264 posts
Helper bee

hah, i guess a kiwi tradition could be making sure your dance music includes lots of Exponents, Split Enz and Dave Dobbyn songs.

Post # 23
472 posts
Helper bee

@tobin and aloweha – I love Dave Dobbyn!

Post # 24
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I’m Australian, my DH is a Kiwi, and we’re both living in and were married in Auckland. The most Kiwi part of our wedding was a surprise – Father-In-Law brought a live sheep on stage during his speech! (DH’s nickname used to be ‘farmboy’ so Father-In-Law brought it out as his ex-girlfriend…) The Aussie guests are still raving about it.

Our other Aussie / Kiwi touches:

* favours / lolly additions to the dessert buffet were chocolate fish (NZ classic) and caramello koalas

* the wines were Australian and New Zealand varieties

* we had an Australian (willie wagtail) and New Zealand (fantail) bird on our invitations and stationery, in that bird & branch silhouette style that’s so common on etsy etc at the moment

* the bouquets and table arrangements had Australian gum leaves and New Zealand ferns in them


I’ve never heard of fruitcake as being a particularly Kiwi thing. I thought fruitcake is a traditional wedding cake in most countries (probably being European originally)…? Most people have ditched the tradition (including at most of the weddings I’ve attended) because not many people actually like it.

But pavlova, definitely – although Australians would argue that they invented it (and there’s actually no evidence that has definitively proven it either way!) And lamingtons would have to be pink – chocolate lamingtons are most definitely Australian but I’d never heard of pink lamingtons until I moved to NZ.

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