Michelle & Kieran Oneroa Bay Vineyards March 2017

Thank you so much Michelle! From day one when enquiring with you, knowing absolutely nothing about organising a wedding you made me relax and feel like I was in good hands. Nothing was ever a problem and your bright, bubbly, positive personality was an absolute pleasure to work with. From start to finish Michelle took meticulous care of every detail to ensure our vision was brought to life.
Having Michelle on the day was one of the best decisions we made when planning our wedding. Michelle being on site, making sure everything was tickety boo and everyone was doing as promised allowed us and our families to relax and enjoy the day (and what it’s all about) was a godsend!

A selection of the beautiful weddings & events we have planned over the years

Our Services - Venue Sourcing

Waiheke has many stunning venues, and we have exclusive rights to a number of them

Waiheke Island is a very special place and, apart from the amazing vineyards, Waiheke Island Weddings and Events also have exclusive rights to numerous beautiful Private Homes & Venues for your special event.
After an initial consult we can provide you with a a list of carefully selected venues that match your requirements. From your chosen shortlist we can then arrange suitable viewing times.
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WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT MAKING YOUR DAY OR EVENT PERFECT

We pride ourselves on high standards, attention to detail

A wedding is one of those special moments in everyone’s lives where everything needs to be perfect.  Emotions are high and the main emphasis is on the couple and why they are celebrating… love of course… what’s not to love being part of a day celebrating this? The event is very personal and specially tailored for the couple so that their wedding is one of the most special days they will have. By having a wedding planner you will have someone who you work directly with, that can take care of any request and help cherish those special moments.

Our Team

Michelle Gras

Director & Event Co-ordinator

My approachable and calm nature helps ensure that your day goes without a hitch and you get to enjoy this most special event. I have been working in the fashion industry most of my career in London, Paris and Australia and designed wedding dresses for Jasper Conran, ball gowns for Pierce Fionda, Ben de Lise and many other designers in London. During this time I worked closely with Collette Dinnigan on her shows in Paris and when I returned to Australia managed her design room. I further went on to manage the Willow design team taking Willow over to New York fashion week for her inaugural show. In these high pressure events it pays to have a calm head, think on your feet and find solutions to any issues that may arise. With this experience I can provide the right temperament, creative and organizational skills to be the go to girl on your special day. It has been said I am unflappable and solution driven.  I like the idea of being part of a special event that has positivity, celebration and joy as its main emphasis.

Our Services - Full Planning

Our most comprehensive service

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This service covers all aspects of organising your wedding or event; from the initial planning stages of creating the design concept, finding the perfect venue and sourcing all suppliers, we will make sure every last detail is in place for your special day.

This is for the client who would like the expertise and full support of our services to ensure their special day exceeds their expectations without the stress and time it would take to organise it entirely themselves.

Our Services - Partial Planning

For clients who wish to plan part of their day or event

I in goldHere at Waiheke Island Weddings and Events we can do as much or as little as you require. We can coordinate your day so you are free to enjoy it knowing that all aspects of supplier deliveries, set up and timing of the day go to schedule, or maybe you have underestimated the work involved and therefore need support and advice to realise your dream day.

This service is tailor-made to your personal requirements so you can select a few elements of the full wedding service or we can step in and help at any stage.

One of our most popular services is the On the Day package where you select and organise your suppliers and we take over the coordination of the day. We provide all your suppliers with detailed run-sheets, making sure everything goes to plan and are there on the day providing support and advice in case any issues that may arise on the day.

Our Services - Other Events

We offer the same level of service and detail to plan a variety of different events

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While we specialise in weddings, we also love being involved in other special events such as engagements, birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers, bachelor parties, product launches etc. We love a challenge so even if you only have a few ideas about what you are looking for we can work with you to create something incredible.

Our Services - Wedding Dress Consultancy

a new special service unique to Waiheke Island Weddings and Events

& in goldWith over 25 years experience in the fashion industry; designing and dressing everyone from Hollywood stars, models and celebrities to working on the Paris, New York and Australian fashion weeks our wealth of experience and insider knowledge will help you find the dream dress that fits you perfectly. Sometimes an unbiased opinion or looking at something you wouldn’t have considered could be the one perfect dress.

Let me take you shopping and find that perfect dress.

Our Services - Styling

Down to the smallest details, we can make your event unique

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You may already have some ideas about the colour scheme and look for your wedding or event or alternatively may feel overwhelmed by the options available. We can use our creative know how and wealth of experience and resources to provide ideas to give you inspiration or develop an idea to make your vision a reality. Right down to the smallest details, we can personalise your special day making the event unique to the client. Inspirational boards covering different themes, colours, floral ideas, lighting and table settings. We know where to find most things and if not will source them for you. Lastly we will help set up the on the day with the venue and your team so that the venue is everything you wished for.

Testimonials

Brittney & Linton

Waikopou January 2017 "From day dot, Michelle made us feel at ease with her bubbly, approachable and friendly personality and after our first conversation, we knew she would be the one to create the most magical day for us! And she delivered above and beyond, creating a day we couldn’t have even dreamed of. Michelle was the first wedding planner we talked to, and living in Australia, we felt so comfortable leaving the planning in her capable hands. With Michelle’s knowledge of the island, and experience in planning weddings, we were aware of all possibilities and she was incredibly patient in sharing with us all she knew to make the day unique. Nothing was impossible with Michelle, nor was any request denied, she did all she could to make the day exactly what we hoped for and she always did it with a smile. I can’t stress enough how valuable it was having Michelle on hand on the wedding day, I didn’t have to worry about a thing and everything ran smoothly thanks to her. I think it’s pretty rare for a bride to be completely stress free in the lead up to a wedding, but Michelle made this possible. We can’t thank you enough Michelle for all you’ve done for us! We wouldn’t change a thing, and our only wish would be to do it all again!" View Brittney & Linton's Wedding

Kelly & Kate

Kauri Springs Lodge – February 2018   Destination weddings definitely bring a different level of undertaking to the wedding planning process so we decided that a Wedding Planer was the way to go.   When we got in touch with Michelle it was almost an immediate weight lifted from our shoulders. Michelle seemed to fully understand the type of wedding we wanted as well as us as individuals and the emotion behind the day and we had not even met her yet. We connected with her in an instant.   Michelle went above and beyond in every area to help our vision become a reality. Nothing was a problem or unachievable.   To say that Michelle made the day is an understatement. We did not have to worry about a thing. She was there with us – by our sides every step of the way. We felt it and so did our guests.   Michelle there are no words to truly express what you did for us and how special you made this day for us – you will forever remain in our hearts because you were more than just a Wedding Planner for us. You became a friend who continually was there to support our love and the vision we had to express that.   Thank you for everything from the bottom of our hearts!   Love Kate & Kelly xo View Kelly & Kate's Wedding

Lillian & Tony

Mudbrick February 2018 Having my wedding on Waiheke Island has been one of my dreams. However, it seemed originally like a mammoth task, when I had to start planning from overseas in Australia. That was when I found out about Michelle.   I am so thankful to have crossed paths with her. She has been an absolute pleasure to work with both leading up to, as well as on my big day. In addition to Michelle’s awesome, warm personality, her speediness of replying and getting things done, and her calming presence, I just want to list some of things that made me really, really thankful that I had Michelle in my corner throughout this entire process.  
  1. Her being essentially the boss lady for Waiheke weddings - knowing all the vendors, able to get a hold of the relevant people with a snap of a finger, when I couldn't reach them at all.
  2. Michelle is always reachable by phone, emails and would always respond quickly (even when she is out of the country!).
  3. On the day of our wedding, Michelle would help out with anything and everything, made sure everything was running smoothly and stayed up extra late to ensure we had a wonderful evening.
  I would not hesitate to recommend Michelle to anyone for their special day; as long as Michelle is there, you can be sure that everything will be perfect   Once Again thank you so much Michelle!   Much love, Lilian and Tony Lilian & Tony at Mudbrick

Ashleigh & Scott

Oneroa Bay Vineyards April 2018 “From the day I meet Michelle, I knew she would be a fabulous addition to any event. Her positive attitude, attention to detail and awesome connections on Waiheke Island meant that no detail was too hard for her to organise on the lead up to our wedding. On the day, Michelle was onsite to make sure everything went seamlessly. She exceeding my expectations by removing any stress while managing all the moving parts and logistics. Having her take care of the details with such care and attention allowed my Mother and I to just enjoy the day. She did it all with style and flair, no request was too much trouble. Thank you Michelle for helping making our dreams come true!” View Ashliegh & Scott's Wedding Ashleigh & Scott Oneroa Bay Vineyards

Charlotte & Jake

The Venue Feb 2018 Michelle is such a lovely person to share your special day. From the moment we met with her, she understood the kind of thing we were going for and made brilliant suggestions on how to bring it all together. I even threw a couple of curve balls at the last minute (as brides can do) and she took it in her stride and came up with awesome solutions. She is a fantastic person that will bring her creativity and project management skills to ensure your wedding is beautiful and stress-free. View Charlotte & Jake's Wedding
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