Wanaka Wedding Collective

It all started with the need of a community.

The Wanaka Wedding Collective

We saw a need in our community, actually, we saw several needs. The Wanaka Wedding Collective is an inclusive space where the Wanaka Wedding industry is CONNECTED, SUPPORTED and PROMOTED. We achieve this through our online directory, wedding fairs, marketing campaigns, socials, training events, and lobbying for support.

The Wanaka Wedding Directory

We wanted to create a wedding directory that was not only intuitive to use and seamless in design but also represented the high caliber of vendors in our community and showcased the very best that Wanaka has to offer. Our aim is to connect couples with the perfect vendors, who will help them create the wedding of their dreams, whatever that may be.

The Wanaka Wedding Fair

Our fairs are world class. We believe in doing things differently, this isn’t your usual wedding expo, this is an event in its own right. We pave the way for hybrid events intertwining our digital event with our physical fairs, and exploring virtual reality immersive experiences. Not confined to Central Otago, you can find the Wanaka Wedding Fair popping up in cities throughout New Zealand.

Wanaka Wedding Collective About

Meet our founder – Sam

I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of the limelight, you’ll often find me hiding out in the kitchen at parties doing the dishes. I used to be an actor and although loved the creative process it was the rehearsals I enjoyed more than being on stage. I fell into the world of events by accident, I had just finished a tour of Ireland doing pantomime and took on a 3-week contract at the Eden Project, Cornwall UK, and never looked back. From large scale music events, Glastonbury festival, theatre, circus and everything in between I was hooked, making sh*t happen is where I belong!

I grew up in Wanaka, it was a one-horse town in the ’90s and I was stoked to leave for the bright lights of the city. 15 years later I returned, began working as the business manager of an event venue and fell in love with the world of weddings. 

The Wanaka Wedding Collective is a result of years of hard work, determination and collaboration. We could not have done any of this without the support of some key people who have helped us be where we are today. A massive thanks to Lake Wanaka Tourism, White Light Studio, Jolt Marketing and all of the members of the wonderful Wanaka Wedding industry who choose to join us for this adventure.

Sam is also the owner of Tregold a wedding planning team that create exceptional weddings to remember. Together they will help you design a unique and special day to suit your style, budget and timeframe.

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Meet the team!

Trusty 2IC


I’ve been a Wanaka local since High School, and absolutely adore Wanaka and its beautiful scenery. To me, it’s all in the details. In my personal and working life, I’m all about the details and ensuring everything is carefully considered and in its right place! You can find me down at the lake in summer and keeping cosy in winter with a nice hot cup of hot choccy.
Social media extraordinaire


Amy is the creative force behind our Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest pages. A keen photographer and lover of all things beautiful Amy rocks the stories, pimps the posts and wrangles the reels!
Queen of the office

Barley Cat

Barley Malt Stout was a true rescue cat; found on the doorstep of Wanaka Beerworks brewery one rainy afternoon. She is now the undeniable queen of the office and our hearts. x

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