(Closed) Giving my fiance a *surprise* wedding on a MOUNTAINTOP in NZ! Am I crazy?!

posted 7 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Hmm. While it’s not my cup of tea, per se, I think it’s kind of cool. What I would do is price everything out to the last penny for both options and then do a Pros/Cons type of thing.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@FutureMrsHoneybee:  How many days are you planning on staying? Where are you flying from?

NZ is a LONG way away so I’d make sure you aren’t going on such a whirlwind trip that you are both too jet lagged to enjoy it.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

My husband and I just spent a month in New Zealand, and it is my favorite place on Earth! (we’ve each been to about 30 countries). New Zealand doesn’t have to be super expensive – we stayed in some really great B&Bs and farmstays that were simply breathtaking, very clean/nice, and quiet! We didn’t pay more than US$70 a night while we were there. Most places like that also come with full kitchen facilities, which mean you can cook and save a lot of money (eating out in New Zealand is VERY expensive!).

National parks in New Zealand are all free. Hiking is free. New Zealand is not a place where you need a tour company to get you to the destinations – you will pay through the nose for this needlessly! Rent a car from a budget company like Apex and go for it yourself! And if you go to New Zealand and don’t do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike, well…that’s criminal!

Do more research. Whatever you do, don’t spend 25 hours traveling to get to NZ only to spend a couple of days there!

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Also, the weather on Mt Cook is incredibly tempermantal – see how much flexibility the vendors have in budging dates if you’re fogged in/rained in and can’t go up!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Holy moley, that videography is amazing!!! I think if you can do it, do it.. Its so sweet you want it to be about your Fiance. Be careful though, i imagine this may be even more overwhelming to plan than a normal wedding..

Post # 7
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5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

my first thought is you are going to need more than “a couple of days”  in NZ, to make the marriage legal.  you have to provide a signed document at least a week before you attend to marry and your application has to be signed by a “commonwealth representative” which means you have to get to an embassy i guess

otherwise i loved NZ,we were there last month for our 2nd visit.  such a pretty country and the exchange rate works in your favor

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Personally I’d save the money for a future trip when you can stay longer and really enjoy it. If you decide to do it, I’d talk to Fiance before booking anything, it’s his wedding too.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I really would reconsider surprising him with something this giant.  I also agree that I’d maybe save the cash and take the trip when you can stay longer.  But good luck, whatever you choose to do!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Idk it sounds beautiful; but I’m not sure this is something I would want to be suprised with. A wedding is about 2 people andI even if it’s a dream of mine I wouldn’t want someone taking the part of planning it away from me.

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