Wedding FAQ's

Exclusive USe FEE

Rates for Exclusive Wedding hire of Fiordland Lodge includes private use of the entire property, accommodation for up to 29 people and includes full breakfast the following morning for your in-house guests.
Wedding menu’s average out at $100 per person which includes continuous canapes directly after the wedding ceremony itself and includes a sit down 3 course menu. An average beverage spend would be around $45 per person.
There are no other onsite charges for staff, crockery, table cloths cutlery or any set-up and clean down that occurs with relation to your wedding.
A photographer and florist are always going to be your 2 main additional costs outside the venue hire itself. You may need to hire in chairs dependant on the size of the wedding and you also may need a PA system again dependant of the size of the wedding.

LOGISTICS

We can fit 100 in the Lodges GREAT ROOM for a sit-down meal on round tables.
Exclusive hire of Fiordland Lodge starts at 11am. We provide our Executive Suite complimentary for the bride and groom the night before the wedding so often the bride stays the night prior to the big day. Overnight guests can arrive from 1pm, this way we can ensure the bride is out of sight before anyone else arrives and that the room is set up before guests arrive.
Yes, you can drop table plans, name cards, favours etc. the day before your wedding.
Yes, we have 2 high chairs which you are welcome to use.
We serve breakfast from 7am- 10am and all rooms will need to be vacated by 11am. This is so that we have time to clean and service the rooms before other guests start arriving.
A microphone and PA system is recommended for speeches and for ceremony itself. We can provide you with a contact for both.
Yes, we provide an easel which can hold your table plan.
To conform with our Premises, licence all wedding parties must finish by 12 midnight.
Yes – you can have a long top table but please bear in mind that a long top table takes up the space of 3 round tables so can reduce the capacity in the Great Room.
We need an idea of your final numbers 4 weeks prior to your wedding date and actual final numbers need to be confirmed at least 5 working days before your wedding.
We don’t have a dedicated cloakroom but we do have a hanging rail by the front door, where guests can leave their coats.
When your wedding is confirmed we will give you a comprehensive contact list with details of local suppliers such as photographers, florists, cake makers etc.
Yes, they can, ideally they would advise the manager firstly.
Our restaurant transforms into the dance area which has wooden floors. This is not a wooden dance stage but works fine as a dance floor.
We can lay the table with your name places, favours, menus etc but prefer this job is allocated to one or two of the bridesmaids who can lay these out for you on the morning of your wedding.
Yes, we have a comprehensive fireworks menu and supplier for firework displays. We do not allow BYO fireworks.

Wedding Ceremony

We can entertain weddings for up to 100 guests on the property for outside wedding ceremonies.
Yes, rehearsals are usually held a day or two before for the wedding.
Yes, Andy or the Duty Manager will be present but additional staff do not normally attend rehearsals.
A microphone and PA system is recommended for the ceremony itself and for maybe background music. We can provide you with a contact for both.
No this is not allowed as it will interfere with the day to day running of the lodge and breach our day to day lodge house guest’s privacy.
Yes, we have 2 wine barrels onsite that we provide free of charge for wedding ceremonies.
Any functions of 40 or more yes you would be required to hire in chairs. We have a chair menu available for you to make your selection.
Fiordland Lodge has a few inside alternative options to host wedding ceremonies should it be raining outside. This can be discussed with you at the wedding show about.
Fiordland Lodge can offer weddings exclusive landing rights in beautiful remote locations in the Fiordland National Park. We can cater for just the bridal party for small and large groups. Fiordland Lodge offers many heli-wedding options that will make your special day truly unforgettable. Direct from the lodge lawn, let us whisk you & your wedding party away to a special location guaranteed to provide the most stunning backdrop for your wedding.

CATERING & WINE

A lot of emphasis goes into the dining at Fiordland Lodge and it is essential that we offer a consistently high standard of catering and therefore only offer our own kitchen team for weddings.
Yes, as long as we know in advance then we can cater for all dietary needs.
Anyone aged 11 and under is classified as a child.
All beverages and canapés are trayed and served by staff straight after the ceremony. After this the bar will be open but staff will also be walking around your guests doing top ups and tray service.
The wedding menu can take many forms, from a simple self-service buffet to an elaborate five course meal. In the more traditional version, a seated dinner is generally preceded by canapes or hors d'oeuvres whilst the wedding party are having photos and contains three courses: a first course, a main entree, and a dessert. It is our pleasure to customize the menus to reflect your individual style and taste.
Wine and champagne must be purchased through Fiordland Lodge and we don’t offer a corkage service. If there is something specific you would like to offer to your guests which isn’t on our wine list, we will be happy to try and source it on your behalf. Special requirements can be discussed with the lodge manager.
An average beverage spend would be around $45 per person.
Yes, you can taste all of our house wines from the wine list before choosing.

BEDROOMS

We have an Executive Suite which is our dedicated bridal suite; all 12 bedrooms are individually appointed so the bride and groom can then allocate the other rooms to their guests accordingly.
Most brides get ready in the Executive Suite as it has lots of natural light, plenty of mirrors, lots of space and its own bathroom.
We have 10 double rooms and 2 Log Cabins, so we can accommodate 29 guests overnight.
Yes children can bring their own cots and / or bedding.
You can choose to hire the Lodge the day before your wedding for a pre-wedding party if you’d like to. We offer a competitive Dinner, Bed & Breakfast rate for the night before, based on a minimum of 10 guests. Please enquire for further details.
Yes, there are plenty of other hotels and B&B’s locally.

DECORATIONS & ACCESSORIES

We welcome your ideas and input into decorations in the Lodge but please bear the following in mind:

Candles can be used on the tables as long as they are in a safe candle holder or jar.
We don’t allow the throwing of confetti or rose petals in the Lodge or grounds. Confetti and rose petals leave a residue and can get trampled into our wooden floors making them impossible to lift.

BOOKING PROCESS

We would be delighted to show you round Fiordland Lodge to bring to life what we can offer you for your special day. Please contact Andy to book an appointment.
We do not allow provisionally holds on wedding reservations.
Once you have a date, we will send out a contract and once a deposit invoice for 50% of the Lodge Hire fee is received we confirm your wedding date back to you. Seven days prior to your wedding date the balance of the Lodge Hire fee is due. The balance of payment to include all catering, drinks etc requires settled the morning of departure.
Andy Cunningham, Co-owner and Manager of the lodge is your only contact and coordinates all weddings at Fiordland Lodge. Andy will also be there on your wedding day to ensure that everything runs to plan. On wedding days Andy works from 6.30am right through to when the first dance starts.