Tell us about ‘Heritage Wedding Venues’ and where they are situated?
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga lists many historic properties throughout the country. However, it is not common knowledge that we have a portfolio of properties we care for ourselves. Some of which also operate as breath-taking wedding venues.
Old St Paul’s is located in the heart of Wellington city, in the leafy suburb of Thorndon, only a short stroll to the CBD.
Both Alberton and Highwic are easily accessible and situated on the fringe of Auckland in the suburbs of Mt Albert and Newmarket.
How many people can each venue accommodate?
Our venues can accommodate any size wedding. At Old St Paul’s, more intimate weddings are held in the chancel near the altar where the choir stalls hold up to 50 guests. For larger weddings we use the main pews and can seat up to 450 guests.
At Alberton, for an outdoor wedding in summer, we can host up to 100 guests. The ballroom is a grand space that can accommodate up to 70 guests for a seated meal.
At Highwic, ceremony and reception proceedings can take place in the ballroom or billiard house for up to 50 people. We can also hold large marquee functions or ceremonies in our sprawling grounds for up to 200 guests.
Tell us some more about what you provide for a wedding?
The picturesque settings will impress your guests, making history happen with their old world ambience. Heritage New Zealand wedding venue staff can assist you by making recommendations and ensuring the smooth, stress-free running of your wedding. They are happy to provide flexibility where they can, which enables you to personalise your special day by using the vendors of your choice.
Old St Paul’s venue hire includes use of the church for 90 minutes, and the choice from three incredible pew decoration options. If you are planning to have a longer service or would like to have photographs taken in or around the church, it is possible to organise additional time. We also offer special and traditional extras like the organ and grand piano, or the ringing of church bells.
Highwic and Alberton are historic mansions that offer several settings for ceremonies and receptions inside and out. The heritage gardens provide beautifully manicured backdrops for your wedding photography.
Your number one tip for couples who are venue scouting?
Choosing your venue is one of the earliest decisions of many when wedding planning, and although most want a sun-filled day, you can’t always rely on good weather. If you’re planning outdoors it is advised by celebrants to have an indoor backup plan. If you have considered our heritage properties, becoming weatherproof is one less concern on your wedding day.
What are the key features of each venue ?
Old St Paul’s – is renowned as one of the finest examples of wooden Gothic Revival architecture in the world. The illuminated stained glass windows tell stories of another time.
The once-upon-a-time Anglican pro-Cathedral is a setting from a fairy tale. Although Old St Paul’s is no longer a parish church, it remains consecrated. Now, the venue is non-denominational, which provides the beauty of diversity, meaning absolutely everyone can get married here.
Highwic – boasts a grand ballroom suitable for a ceremony or reception, a versatile billiard house, which is perfect to truly make your own, as well as extensive grounds suitable for a marquee.
Alberton – has a beautiful heritage garden with a shady flat lawn area suitable for a marquee. The ballroom is ideal for hosting smaller receptions of up to 17 guests. An expansive veranda overlooking the garden can be used for serving drinks and nibbles, or setting up a live band. Alberton has furniture available for hire as well as a collection of beautiful vintage china, silverware and linen.