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Wedding tourism offers economic potential for Motueka

January 16th, 2015

Wedding tourism in the Motueka area offers great economic potential for the town, says an avid promoter of the concept, Terri Everett.

Her business, The Dream Maker, offers full wedding planning services that enable considerable spending in the area.

It's potential was highlighted yet again by a $20,000 package she recently put together, which resulted in a "beautiful letter" from a British same-sex couple married here last year, which Terri wanted to share with the community.

Part of the letter said "We wanted to take a moment to thank all the people you had involved and helping you throughout our stay.

"I know we won't remember all the names exactly, but a big shout of thanks go to our friendly bus driver (Mike), Clare and her family for looking after us at the Water, Annemieke's beautiful harp playing, your two beach helpers who were brilliant.

"Our boat driver who gave us that great tour after the wedding and of course all the people at the different venues we visited on our tours along the way."

Terri said the wedding package included not only the wedding day (pictured above) but also organising and hosting of two bus trips in the Golden Bay and Moutere areas.

"They stayed in local accommodation, ate locally, and I used my Dream Team of at least 11 local businesses, with connection to the Dream Maker, and we injected around $20,000 into the region," Terri said.

The services included accommodation at the Waters, five day car hire, two full-day bus charter with On The Bus, boat charter, catering from Toad Hall and Flaming Hot, flowers by Devine events.

Terri was the celebrant, Oliver Webber the photographer, several locals acted as hosts and helpers, Hooked on Marahau, and Riwaka Wine whose wine was purchased for the ceremony.

"This is a perfect example of what wedding tourism can do for the local economy and something I have tried so hard to promote and gather support," said Terri.

"I have seen a huge difference in people's attitudes last year, and more than ever other local business joining my packages. Last season I had seven weddings, and now it's grown to 20 this season. And now we are also being recognised for other special events and treats.

"I want to thank those who have supported the Dream Maker over the past two years and look forwards to the team growing and everyone enjoying the benefits, even the hidden ones, the local shopping, the cafe visits, the art studios.

"I have also had a group purchase of over $2000 worth of art work, now in their apartment in New York. All these things show how we can work together, as this is a sample of how our story can be told all over the world by our guests and customers."


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