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RiverRidge Weddings are proud to be leading the Weddings Venue Industry on both exceptional Quality and outstanding Value for Money. In addition to this, take a look at the other reasons why RiverRidge Weddings are NZ’s premier provider of Dream Weddings

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7 reasons why you should get married with RiverRidge Weddings at the RiverRidge Retreat Venue

  1. An amazing Personalised Wedding Package Deal! - Have your dream wedding the exact way you have always dreamed it to be - to yours and your fiancée’s wants! After chatting with you, we will present you with a 100% individualised ‘dream wedding’ package, that matches your precise wants.
  2. Yours and Your Guests Ultra Memorable Wedding Story! You have the option of the celebration being about the two of you for three whole days (why invest so many resources for it to be all finished after just a few hours?) AND your guests are treated to a pristine venue, for three days, where they receive exceptional value - imagine what they will think!
    (n.b: There are one, two and three day options plus Elopement options)
  3. Easy, Simple and Fun For You! After all, it’s your celebration, so the build up also needs to be easy, fun and stress free. The most trusted professionals have all come together to take the pressure off your shoulders. Your guarantee is our reputation!
  4. All In One Venue! Your dream wedding Ceremony, Reception, Accommodation (sleep up to 80) and activities are all at the one location. This enables the day to flow seamlessly for you and your guests. Have everything organised: catering, photos, make up, decorations, invitations, hair - if you like.
  5. Beautiful! 15 acres of pristine grounds; numerous magical ceremony sites; a new elegant Reception centre; all in the heart of the stunning Catlin’s. Have your dream wedding at one of NZ's only unspoiled and untouched areas remaining.
  6. Flexible payment options..
  7. Have your very own RiverRidge Dream wedding formula, individualised to you. RiverRidge weddings can guarantee you will be 110% (+) ‘overjoyed’ with your wedding, and with the EASY process involved in the time leading up to your Special day(s). Take a look at the 9 steps that together (you and the RiverRidge team) will pass through to achieve your ultimate RESULT – Your DREAM WEDDING! RiverRidge Dream wedding formula RiverRidge Dream wedding formula.
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Wedding planning

Your Dream Wedding at River Ridge Retreat with Adele Dawkins

New Zealand's Most Trusted Wedding Planner

Adele's Story:

adele-dawkins-emailHi there and thank you so much for taking the time to learn a little about me.

Wedding planning has always been my childhood dream. I guess this is because the two most important values to me are Family and Love.

I am exceptionally passionate about helping to ensure your special day is exactly what you and your fiancé have dreamed it to be.

A little about my past:

I grew up in the country on a farm in Southland with a younger brother and two very supportive parents. I went to high school in Gore and then moved on to live in Dunedin.

I met the love of my life, who is now my husband, while in Dunedin. We were married in September 2010. We now have a beautiful little baby girl called Khloe.

Ironically, we were married at RiverRidge Retreat (then called Catlins Woodstock Lodge and Function Centre) long before we knew we would one day own the venue.

Adele and Gary's wedding

My parents farm is across the river from RiverRidge Retreat. Gary and I would often sit up on the hill and look down at the retreat. It was our dream to one day own this (although this did seem like a very unrealistic dream). After a lot of very hard work and relentless persistence, we took over Wood Stock Lodge and Function Centre in October 2011. It was renamed to RiverRidge Retreat – nature's paradise not long after this.Catlins beach small

My wedding day, without a doubt in my mind, was the most special day of my life. On the Saturday morning I woke up at the retreat to a foot of snow – the sun was shinning and all I could hear was snow melting and falling off the native bush and into the river, as I lay in bed. This was to be the majestic start to what was an absolute amazing day for me.

It was this amazing experience that gave me the final 'push' to begin wedding planning and in particular, wedding planning for weddings at RiverRidge Retreat.

I want to help make certain you have the wedding that you deserve – the wedding of your dreams! And I want to help make sure the build up to your very special day is fun, exciting and easy for you!

I am looking forward to chatting with you soon.

Adele Dawkins.

Why Is Adele Dawkins The Best Choice?

Adele has successfully planned over 110 weddings. She is the best choice for your dream wedding. She can do as little or as much as you want.

What Do The Brides Think? Look Below!

The brides below are only a few examples of the hundreds of ecstatic brides and grooms who have had their wedding planned with Adele.

This was going to be the most memorable day of my life. I wanted a wedding planner who listened to me and who I could trust.

As soon as I met Adele, when she drove all the way to Christchurch to meet me, I knew she was the perfect wedding planner for me. So genuine, yet so professional. You took all the planning stress away and made it easy and fun.

Thanks so much Adele. Looking forward to our next coffee catch up.

Ann – Marie Flannery, Christchurch, NZ

All of our planning was done with Adele over Skype. This was because we lived in Australia and desperately wanted to get married at the sought after RiverRidge Retreat destination wedding venue in the South Island of NZ.

Adele and I would Skype on a weekly basis for a solid 4 months. I always looked forward to these Skype calls because Adele would update me on progress.

Our wedding was planned to precision, even down to getting all our guests over from Australia.

Lesley Thomas, Melbourne, Australia

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100% NO RISK GUARANTEE! To make your decision even easier, Adele has come up with a guarantee for you that takes away any of the unforeseen events that may pop up.

This guarantee is truly AMAZING and Adele guarantees it will take away any wedding planning stress. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Call Adele NOW (0800 777 387) to find out what this guarantee is – you will be 'blown away'!

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We absolutely loved our wedding down there, it was perfect.

It really felt like it was about us. We had the whole venue to ourselves for the whole weekend.

The guests are still talking about what an amazing day it was!

Renae from Otago

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How To Find RiverRidge Retreat – Natures Paradise…

Getting here is easy! We are far enough to get away from it all, but not too far to get here!...

Drive 10kms south of Owaka on the Papatowai Highway.
Look for the Catlins River Walk sign, turn at the Catlins River Walk sign and drive 3.5 km to us.

You know you are getting close as you drive on the gravel road with the beautiful Catlins River on your right, birds, wildlife, sheep and cattle surround you at differing times of the year.

Look for the Catlins River Walk sign, turn at the Catlins River Walk sign and drive 3.5 km to us.

When you come from the south you are treated to a panoramic view of the Houipapa and Tawanui Valleys in the Catlins. After winding down what is known as Gibbs hill, the sign you are looking for is within a kilometre from the bottom of the hill.

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