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Wedding Testimonials

Ricky and Anna – January 2015

We were so grateful for the care that the friendly team at Edgewater put into our special day.  We were supported and guided right from the beginning, their professionalism, experience, local knowledge and connections made planning a wedding from overseas easy and stress-free.  The location is stunning, marrying on the lakes edge was exactly what we wanted with Wanaka's beautiful lake and mountains forming our ceremony backdrop.  The beautiful location meant that we could do our wedding photos on site, meaning we could spend more time with our guests.

ricky and anna in kayak
After our ceremony we had our reception at Edgewater's Pavilion, with expansive glass opening out onto the lawns and towards the lake, our guests played golf and danced on the lawn till midnight!!

We loved that all our guests could stay on site at Edgewater, many extending their stay after they arrived!  It meant we could spend more quality time with our friends and family both before and after the wedding, which took the pressure off the big day.  What's more it allowed the wedding party time to get to enjoy each other's company with many new friendships forming.  During the wedding guests could go back to their rooms whenever they pleased, no taxi's or arranging transport required!
We would thoroughly recommend Edgewater as a wedding venue.  Edgewater's dedicated team and the facilities on offer combined with Wanaka's stunning views make it a very special place to be married.

Thank you for such a brilliant day.

*Ricky and Anna's image courtesy of Tasha Tylee Photography

Charlie and Jess – October 2014

As we were arranging our special day from overseas, it was important for us to pick a location and venue that offered the full package. Edgewater delivered on this and more. Sarah made the planning process so easy and was always responsive. Gaynor was a star in the lead up and on the day itself, so many of our guests commented on how fabulous she was.

We are truly thankful to Sarah, Gaynor and the team at Edgewater for all your assistance in making our big day so smooth. Everyone has said how amazing the venue was, the setup, the service, the food, the cheese cake, the accommodation and everything else. Put simply, everything was exceptional. We don't have any other comments, our experience was wonderful.

Hollie and Chris – January 2014

I can't say thank you enough for all you and everyone at Edgewater did for us. The whole day was amazing and I never imagined it would go so well with so little stress for me on the day - you guys really have everything covered!
It was the best food I have EVER had at a wedding - this comment was shared by our guests (a lot of whom are very fussy eaters!) The mousse in particular was AMAZING! I'm not even meant to eat cream based things but I couldn't resist and will now be attempting to make my own.
You guys all do such an amazing job and the day wouldn't have been the same without all the help from you and the other staff!  Especially the guy who packaged us up a dessert to take to our room for supper!
Thanks again for all your help and we will be coming in for a meal next time we are up in Wanaka for sure!

Cathryn and Paul – February 2014

Thank you so much for all your help in planning our wedding. We had an amazing day and were blown away by how things just seemed to fall into place.  One of the main reasons we picked Edgewater was because we wanted a beautiful, lakeside location where all the hard stuff would be taken care of for us.

We loved that the ceremony and reception spaces were both naturally beautiful and needed minimal decoration.  It was also great having everything, including accommodation, in one place so that our guests didn't have to worry about a thing once they arrived.

And it was a definite bonus not having organise hire items or clean up the following day!

The staff were wonderful, and it was great having Gaynor there with me for moral support just before I walked down the aisle.

Kate and Scott Cameron – February 2014

OMG we had the most amazing wedding day it was literally PERFECT. Thank you so very very much to your whole team at Edgewater. Your organisation and event co-ordination prior to our day and on the day was just so detailed and organised. We viewed a lot of venues and the minute we stepped into Edgewater that was it. The amazing staff, the back drop for our ceremony to the Pavilion having the lake back drop was us to a tee.

The whole day ran so smoothly you had so many staff to accommodate all of our guest and every single person just raved about you all at the barbecue the next day. And the fact that every single room in the hotel has a view of the lake was the icing on the cake :) 80% of our guest stayed at Edgewater and just loved it. We just want to thank you all so very much and would love you to pass this on to everyone in your staff.

Again thank you so very much Sarah, you were so easy to deal with and so organised I wouldn't change one thing.

Thanks so much once again.

Jemma and Mark – February 2014

We absolutely loved our wedding at the Edgewater and I really appreciate all your help. The whole team were fantastic and made it all really special for us- I will highly recommend Edgewater as a wedding venue to everyone.

Emma and Liam - 30 November 2013

We loved our wedding at Edgewater - all the staff were very friendly and helpful, which lead to a stress free time. We would recommend Edgewater to anyone getting married in Wanaka, it is beautiful and so much fun with great staff and facilities.

Ami & Mark's Vintage Wedding -12 November 2013

There are some gorgeous photos of this wedding on photographer Fredrik Larsson's blog site.  Check it out now.

Anna and Jared - October 2013

Thank you for all you help with our wedding.  We had done a little shopping round prior to getting to Edgewater but as soon as we met Hayley we knew that we’d found the right person to help us coordinate our big day.  From that moment nothing was a stress, Hayley’s band recommendation was spot on and we had an amazing day.  We had 83 guests and after a little encouragement from Hayley we added on the clip on marquee which housed the band…. thanks for the gentle encouragement in leaning us toward that decision.  The space we had was perfect for our numbers.
The staff did an awesome job, everyone was friendly, attentive and glasses were kept nice and full which made for a great party atmosphere.  We would highly recommend the Edgewater venue to anyone looking for a top draw venue.

Belinda and Adam - 6 July 2013

Once again I would just like to say that having our wedding at Edgewater and having your services - Hayley - was absolutely amazing. Adam and I chose this venue as it was somewhere we had stayed on a previous ski trip and it had special meaning to us. I'm glad we did as I am super happy with how everything panned out. Your service and help was invaluable, it made planning a wedding (from overseas) so much easier knowing that you were there to help me achieve exactly what i had pictured in my mind. I simply could not have achieved the final product without your amazing advice and help.

The communication from the time of booking and leading up to the wedding and even after the wedding was outstanding. No question was too much and you were happy to help with the planning of pre-wedding activities for guests in the days prior to the wedding. Your grounds are so beautiful and despite the weather we managed to get some amazing photos at the Edgewater.

Family and Friends are still commenting on how amazing Wanaka is, how amazing the Edgewater was and how fabulously friendly and helpful everyone was. The food was amazing, the customer service wonderful. I wouldn't have wanted to get married anywhere else in Wanaka you helped make our day truly memorable and special. So thank you so much. We really appreciate it and you will always hold a special place in our memories.

Claire and Eamon Young - 26 April 2013

From the very first conversation with Hayley at Edgewater it was a fantastic experience. I wasn't someone who had put much thought into the perfect day so needed a friendly, guiding hand in what was possible and what wasn't. Everything was possible! Working with the Edgewater team was like asking friends for help, they did everything they could to support us in making our day as special as it was. From silk roofs, to bagpipers, help with the service and advice on loads of wedding extras nothing seemed to much trouble. The venue was perfect, the staff were fantastic and the day was exactly what we wanted it to be. Hayley and Gaynor's calm and supportive direction made it easy and stress free. Thank you for being so wonderful!

Riki and Eamon Young - 13 April 2013

Would like to thank Hayley and her team at Edgewater for doing such a fabulous job leading up to our wedding and on our wedding day - it ran so smoothly.  Nothing was a problem and we appreciated any advise you had to offer.  Our day was just perfect, one we will never forget.  A beautiful setting and the food was delicious.  Our guests were more than impressed by the views and the hospitality that your team provided.  I am happy to highly recommend Edgewater.

Belinda and Adam - 6 July 2013

Thank you for being so fabulous and organised. It has been awesome working with you in planning our wedding. Your ideas and suggestions were invaluable and kept me sane.  You’ve honestly made the process so much easier & it was very much appreciated.  Love your work!

Chris and Sarah Chambers - 27 April 2013

Thanks Hayley for the effort you put into making sure our special day ran smoothly.
The whole planning process was easy with your help and you managed to accommodate all our requests.
Edgewater was the perfect venue for us (the beautiful weather helped).
All the food was excellent and the service staff were great.

Kate and Mitch - 24 May 2013

Edgewater provided us with an absolutely stunning venue for our wedding ceremony.  Hayley, the wedding co-ordinator was very professional, easy to contact and only too happy to help with any detail to make the day run very smoothly.  I am happy to highly recommend Edgewater.

Lucy and Aidan - 23 March 2013

Our day was absolutely magical, which was in no small part thanks to the very professional and comprehensive organising skills of Edgewater's wedding planner Hayley 

She really did think of everything and helped the at times stressful lead-up to our big day go so much more smoothly. She always had time for our many questions/requests and made us feel like she genuinely cared about making our big day special.

All other Edgewater staff were extremely friendly and helpful too, and the resort's absolutely stunning setting right next to Lake Wanaka really can't be beaten. Our Irish guests got to see our wee hometown from the best possible vantage point.

We would highly recommend this venue to all brides and grooms :-)

Newlett-Hammersley Wedding - May 2013

From Bride's Mother: My daughter recently got married in Wanaka, the staff the looked after our party were just great.  I would like to thank you all for making her day such a beautiful one.  Our stay with you was fantastic.  Wish we could have had another night there.

From Bride: I just wondered if you could please pass on to your wonderful staff, again, how amazing they all are. They were all very friendly and accommodating and everyone was very impressed with the service they provided. Gaynor and her helper did an incredible job with all of the table set-up and arrangements - we will send some photos through soon. Alex the porter was most obliging and helpful. Hannah and the other waitress were lovely and when we got thrown the curve ball of 5 extra guests staying for dinner on the night, they and the Chef made it happen without a drama. And of course a huge thank you to you for your guidance and patience in the planning.

Stephen and Jo Robinson - March 2013

Thank you for all your help leading up to our big day and making it so special.  We THANK YOU.

Read Wedding – May 2013

We arranged our wedding via email from Australia with Hayley of Edgewater. Hayley was exceptional in her details creating a picture of what we could not see, sending through pictures to give us a visual idea of our options. She thought of things that we had not even considered and offered timelines and ideas.

Looking back there is nothing that we could fault with the service we received from Edgewater, they exceeded every expectation we had of them and to top it all off it was very financially affordable. The bonus of not setting up or cleaning up of the complex took so much stress off the organising of the wedding as well. You really get everything included in the whole package, yet we were welcomed to make our own personal touches whenever. Food was excellent and service - overall we highly recommend them. 

Flo and Tony’s Wedding – April 2013

Thanks for sharing our wedding day with us and for helping organising our special day.
It would not have been the same without your help, recommendations and advice. It went so smoothly and so perfectly thanks to you and your staff for such a great professional specialised and friendly service.

It was just amazing and we enjoyed every single moment of the day. It was one of the most beautiful day of our life and we will both remember it forever

Thanks again for helping us organizing our special day.

Cartwright Wedding – April 2013

Wow, what a fantastic setting for our wedding.  

The autumn colours, the 360 views, and yet so peaceful and intimate too.  Having all your guests on site was the ultimate bonus.  The party started the night before and extended to breakfast the day after and to coffee in the lounges by the fire.   The food was top quality and commented on as such by our guests.  

The Edgewater staff were wonderful, even helping beyond the call of duty with re-bustling the bridal dress up for dancing! They were all friendly and accommodating.  Gaynor's wealth of experience shone through on the day, and Hayley helped with enthusiasm and had heaps of good ideas in the build-up and planning.  

Best of all they worked together to make our wedding an individual seamless experience.  Thank you Team-Edgewater.

Alana and Scotts Wedding – March 2013

Thank you so much for all your input into Alana & Scotts wedding - everything went swimmingly & a great time was had by all!

The organization on your part was everything we hoped for & more!  We are very happy that we chose Edgewater as our venue & would definitely recommend it to others.

Again thank you so much - it was truly a splendid day!

Bromwich Wedding - February 2013

The day was fantastic, the weather was amazing and never thought I would say it was almost too hot!
We had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the day. 

Thanks for your help with the evening. The table decorations and set-up was amazing and well above expectations, so it really set the scene up for a great experience.

Everything for the evening went really well, the staff were great, the food was great and we really enjoyed ourselves, so thanks again.

Tara and Gavin Kicks - February 2013

We just wanted to say a really big thank you for everything that yourself and the whole team did for us. The day went perfectly. We couldn't have asked for better a day not only weather wise but for the way everything was run. We had a fantastic day and so did all our guests.

If you could pass along our thanks for everyone that was involved it would be greatly appreciated.

Kim and Tim Richards - February 2013

Many guests actually said it was the best wedding they had gone to. They said the rooms were lovely, the setting fantastic and the staff amazing. My parents were very impressed by how you and Gaynor ran the show and even though communication was a bit of an issue since they’re French, they loved you to bits.

Nothing bad to say about the staff as they were all amazing, from gorgeous Suzanna at reception who dealt with many of my requests to Hannah, Gaynor, Rick, Waiting staff, cleaning staff, and of course yourself.

The food was really good and everyone loved the roasted kumara, lamb, beef and chocolate mousse was also very popular and talked about.

The room was lovely and stunning and as we said, we are definitely hoping to be back for our first anniversary.

Hayleigh and Dean Clarkson - December 2012

Everyone said how amazing all the wait staff were and I personally liked the guy who was carving the ham, that was awesome. The food was amazing too!

All the staff were perfect, it was like you didn't know they were there but when you needed to find someone you could.

There would be nothing we could fault, and the way everything was packed up so nicely and easily was awesome, the setup was brilliant and thank you so much for being there with me before I walked down the aisle, that was a huge help.

I'll send some photos through when I get them.  Thanks a million!

Moses Wedding - December 2012

So weird being a Mrs, bet you felt the same way too after your big day. But it’s back to work, back to the gym and back to normal every day life where wedding planning is a thing of the past!

I just wanted to take the time to say we had truly the most fantastic wedding we could have ever planned for. The weather was amazing and Wanaka lived up to its reputation as one of the most romantic places in the world to get married. We loved every minute of it. We have watched our video over about 10 times already, just can’t get enough!

A big part of the success came from having it at the Edgewater Resort and having you on hand. The resort really is blessed to have such a wonderful, caring, down-to-earth person assisting with the functions. It was like organising it with my friend! You were there for me 100% of the time, even in my moments of constant questionning. You are amazing.

As for the Edgewater, there were the big ticket items like the acccommodation (which we could not fault and we will stay with you again), the food (which was delicious, well prepared and on time) and the venue including the grounds and the Pavilion. We loved our location and our room for the reception! It made the day so magical.  Then there are the small things which people don’t think of like the amazing first class customer service that EVERYBODY at Edgewater gave us, from you, to the receptionist, to the Duty Manager even to the cleaners who wished me good luck the day before and congratulations the day after. Edgewater is lucky to have such a fantastic bunch of people working there. Then there is another small thing like the bottles of water you brought me before I went down the aisle! It was exactly what I needed at that exact moment, I was just so thankful to have you there!

Both Kereru and I know that our day would not have been the same if we had not chosen Edgewater as our location for our wedding. We would recommend it without a doubt and could not fault even one thing! It was the best weekend of our lives! Please thank everyone on our behalf including Gaynor (?) who was also so helpful on the day.

I sure am going to miss our emails, I really wish you the best and please feel free to add any of the above (or ask me for) a testimonial, I am your number 1 fan! I do follow Edgewater on Facebook but not sure if you can see me. If not, add me as a friend (Kat Moses) if you like as I added about 180 photos taken at Edgewater just from our family’s cameras. I am happy for you to use any of them, or if you want something in particular, I probably have one! I will also send you some if I can when I get them from Tim.

FYI, if people ask for recommendations on photographers, celebrants, hair/makeup, flowers and helicopters, I used the following and I cannot fault any of them. They were all amazing! Has anyone had a wedding where nothing went wrong??!! I am sooo thankful!

Holly and Ben Jeffrey - December 2012

Hayley you were amazing and completely put Ben and I at ease, making us feel like everything was under control and taken care of.  You were so helpful and accommodating to our wishes and everything ran so smoothly, it was perfect.
Thank you for providing our guests with umbrellas when it rained and also chairs to sit on.  Something at the ceremony I wasn't expecting but just showed how you were wanting our day to be just as perfect as us. 

I know how many weddings you must do at Edgewater yet we both felt so special and not like just another couple getting married.  I would like to thank all the staff that helped like Gaynor and Hannah and also the waiting staff and bar staff everyone was so friendly and helpful.

Cannot say enough good things it was just perfect.  I would also like to thank the kitchen the food was delicious, all of my guests were saying how yummy it all was and some even saying the best wedding food they have had.

Thanks again and we hope to be back soon.

Tania and Sam Jenkins - November 2012

We would like to thank all the staff at Edgewater Resort for making our wedding day so special.  Such a beautiful location with stunning views and the weather was perfect!  The day ran so smoothly and we were very pleased with how it all went.  So many comments from our guests about an amazing venue.

Mr and Mrs Savage - October 2012

Thank you so much for everything.  We had the best day of our lives.  So perfect. We really really appreciated all your help and wouldn't have changed a thing!

Mr and Mrs Robinson - October 2012

The wedding was amazing through and through!  Vaughan and I were so pleased with how smoothly everything went and how great the staff were in all departments.  It was great having your help and we really appreciated everything you did for us.

Mr and Mrs Green - October 2012

Edgewater is the most beautiful spot with incredibly well kept grounds, lovely clean accommodation and amazing staff.  There for our wedding, with around 50 others, many have commented on the great attitude of, and service received from Edgewater staff.  I would not hesitate to recommend Edgewater for accommodation or any event.  Very reasonable pricing for such a remarkable vista.

Micheal and Jessica Robertshaw - November 2012

Thank you for making our special day so magical.  Your team is so friendly and helpful, and the whole experience (right from Dec 2011) has been a credit to your reputation.  Highly recommended. 

Cindy and Warwick – February 2012

Warwick and I want to thank you and the team at Edgewater for making our wedding such a breeze. It sounds cliché but honestly it could not have been more perfect. We chose to get married at Edgewater because you were such a pleasure to deal with, and your prompt response to our enquiries along with your "happy to help" attitude really put us at ease.

Having never been to Edgewater before and planning a wedding from Sydney, I expected a few hiccups or miscommunications on the day but the staff had everything covered, they knew who we were as soon as we checked in and it really felt like we were staying with family. Even the bar and restaurant staff knew that we were Warwick and Cindy and what room we were in and offered to help out in any way possible.

We felt like royalty! We had dinner at the Wineglass cafe several times during our stay and were impressed with the meals every time, and our friends and family all commented that their meals were beautiful.The staff are just so great, thank you so much for an amazing worry free week.  

Lee-ann and Brendan – February 2012

We had a fabulous day – it/I was very relaxed, in retrospect I think that can be attributed to you and your ‘team’. I have heard many positive comments from family who attended. Special thanks to the staff for their tireless efficiency and consummate professionalism throughout the evening. Many positive comments about the attention to detail and the service that was provided to the guests.We will certainly recommend the Edgewater to all and sundry! Once again – many thanks for helping us create out special day!!

Diannah and Shane – January 2012

I just wanted to say thank you so much for all of your help and advice in planning my wedding day. Everything went smoothly and I couldn’t have done it without you. Edgewater was just the dream location. All of the guests commented on how beautiful the room was. Please also pass my thanks onto the other staff. They were amazing on the night and even organised for roll away beds to be brought down to the reception for the kids to go to sleep on!  Thank you so much for making our wedding such a memorable and relaxing day.

Sarah and Daniel - June 2012

Sarah and Daniel chose to have their wedding in Wanaka as it was their favourite holiday spot.  They selected Edgewater to celebrate their special day.  Read their story here.


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