Natalie & Justin on their wedding day - 18th March
Wedding venues in the Wairarapa? The first and
still the best wedding venue in the Wairarapa that springs to mind
has to be Lansdowne House. Nestled in an acre and a half of
beautiful grounds with soaring majestic trees, rose gardens,
gazebos, waterfalls and more, Lansdowne House is a premier wedding
venue that has everything a bride and groom could wish for. With its
historic significance as the largest house in Masterton and its
romantic beginnings, Lansdowne House has to be seen to be fully
appreciated. As a wedding venue it is licensed for 150 people and
boasts a huge ballroom that seats more than 120 guests comfortably.
With a smaller more intimate dining room for romantic dinners and
smaller weddings, a light and airy lounge bar opening onto a brick
walled courtyard, three open wood fires and the warm glow of candle
light, Lansdowne House has something for everyone...
and your beloved dog is welcome here as well to enjoy and
participate in your special day.
As a wedding venue in the
Wairarapa, Lansdowne House has so much to offer. The house itself is
unique with wood panelling, sparkling chandeliers, polished wooden
floors and antiques aplenty. Outside the gardens have been extended
and enhanced to offer several private areas for the ceremony itself
either in the red & white rose garden or under one of the huge old
trees. Whatever the weather, whether inside or out, Lansdowne House
can provide you with a special, very private venue for the wedding
ceremony itself as well as countless photo opportunities to record
your special wedding day with all its memories.
If you are
thinking of having your wedding in the Wairarapa there are other
things you need to consider as well as the venue. These include
designing a very special ‘wedding breakfast’ to celebrate your
marriage and commitment to one another as well as having warm,
friendly, well trained staff on the day
who will make you and your
guests feel welcome and ‘at home’. The accommodation, too, needs to
be arranged and all the
little details that go into making your wedding in the Wairarapa
perfect need to be organized. At Lansdowne House it is our very
special pleasure, free of charge, to
assist you to organize and arrange your wedding so that no stone is
left unturned, everything from our very special honeymoon suite, our
wedding accommodation package, a ‘one off’, sumptuous menu, the
flowers and the music, the table colours and settings, special
touches like Grace & Favours as well as organizing the wedding
rehearsal and brunch for your guests the day after the wedding. All
of these things and more we can help you with at Lansdowne House so
that your wedding day in the beautiful Wairarapa is special, unique
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Lansdowne House is a truly unique and magical venue. It has old
world charm and an ambience which cannot be duplicated in modern
establishments. With spectacular polished floors, gorgeous
chandeliers and splendid antiques, you have the opportunity to make
your special day one of a kind.
As well as the outstanding qualities of the main house, the gardens
have recently been extended and given a complete makeover. They
feature many old trees of exceptional beauty, gardens full of colour
and several new water features including a pond with an arched
bridge and a waterfall as well as a private, walled garden with a
striking water cascade.
Image courtesy of
Photo kindly supplied with the
compliments of Donald Yee
Image courtesy of
Hamish & Sophie Lindsey on their wedding day - 28th
January 2012 - with their family & friends. Photos by Anna Campbell
The combination of the house and the garden complex offer you the
chance to enjoy your wedding day all in the one place, everything
from getting dressed in one of our huge honeymoon suites, to the
ceremony itself, the wedding breakfast and the dancing afterwards.
At the end of the evening you can say “goodnight” to your guests and
then amble up the grand staircase to your fabulous honeymoon suite.
The photo opportunities are endless and mean that you can have
wonderful photographs to treasure whilst still being able to stay on
site with your guests.
Whether your wedding is a
large spectacular, a more intimate soiree or a themed
theatrical, we will work with you to create something absolutely
unique and one of a kind. You will have a day to remember and
memories to cherish.
Venue Hire for Wedding Day -
There are no hidden or extra charges!
The full use of three expansive, wood panelled reception
rooms on the ground floor of Lansdowne House with
chandeliers, mood lighting and leadlight windows.
Photo kindly supplied by Penny Towns
Access to our extensive garden areas with many large, very
beautiful trees, two stunning new water features and a
private walled garden, all of which can be used and enjoyed
for photo shoots from
11.00a.m. onwards on the day of your
wedding ( or earlier by arrangement).
Extensive help and advice with all aspects of planning your
wedding - everything from table decorations and flowers to
designing menus, photographers, celebrants and more.
Richard has even agreed to act as Master of Ceremonies on
Time at Lansdowne House for your pre wedding rehearsals
All your catering requirements – tables, chairs, table linen
and napkins, table glasses, cutlery and several silver
Flowers in all the reception areas.
The main reception room set up to meet your individual
A specially decorated bridal table which is set with bridal
linen as well as quality china and silver and glassware.
The choice of a gorgeous Edwardian silver and brass wedding
cake stand or a square mirrored stand.
The use of many fine pieces of antique silver and glassware
to celebrate your special day.
Tables, chairs and umbrellas outside for those who like to
sit and chat in the sun or enjoy a glass of wine under the
stars on a balmy summer’s evening.
Up to 25 guests:
$2000.00 + GST
26 - 50 guests:
$3000.00 + GST
Over 50 guests:
Please note that on all Statutory days and holiday weekends
there is an additional surcharge of $750.00 incl. GST.
Along with your reception, Lansdowne House is available for
your wedding ceremony, either:
In the garden under the wonderful old willows, by the pond
with the Japanese bridge and the good luck horseshoe of
roses or in the private walled garden in front of the
waterfall and the Dublin Bay roses, or
In front of a roaring log fire.
To set up and arrange your wedding
ceremony including seating and a special table & chair to
sign the register along with time
given for the wedding rehearsal the day before, the price is
$650.00 plus GST
Photos kindly supplied with the
compliments of Penny Towns
(Traditionally called this
because it is your first meal together as a married couple)
Your wedding is special. You have
your own ideas and preferences and you know the likes and dislikes
of your family and friends. This is your day and you want a wedding
breakfast menu that will reflect your individuality.
We recognise this and we are happy to sit down with you to
design a ‘one off’ bespoke menu which will celebrate and reflect
your special day.
Prices range for
your wedding breakfast
For a 'stand up' cocktail style occasion offering a range of
continuous hors d'oeuvres… from $55.00 – $80.00 per person
For a full seated wedding breakfast… from $85.00 - $130.00 plus per
person incl. GST (which includes)…
A range of pre-dinner hors d'oeuvres.
A served buffet style main course includes a wide selection of carved
meats, vegetable dishes, salads and more.
Desserts galore all made on the premises and including a wide selection
of our own homemade ice-creams.
A wide choice of teas and filtered coffee and accompanying 'naughty
A full brunch for guests the following morning not resident 'in
house' ... $45.00 incl. GST per head.
Whilst traditional in style, we
have an extensive range of food options and we are always willing to
try something new. We take pride in preparing as much as possible on
the premises and our homemade ice-creams are a special favourite.
Click on the menu
titles below to see sample menu selections from recent Weddings :
alternative wedding day option… at Lansdowne House
these days do not want the stress, fuss and rigidity of a formal
wedding with a top table, lots of speeches, a big cake and guests
sitting at designated tables.
For a much
more informal style for up to 150 people, some couples choose to
have the whole wedding and reception in our garden with tables set
out randomly under the trees and guests free to wander from one area
to the other. They like the idea of continuous tasty nibbles, little
club sandwiches & spicy chicken morsels. Instead of a formal dinner
we can set out a buffet table outside laden with platters of freshly
cooked meats such as scotch fillet still pink, glazed ham straight
from the oven or even a range of gourmet sausages accompanied with
homemade chutneys, mustards & horseradish from the garden, huge
cheese boards with crackers and bread rolls, focacia & brown breads
& a variety of mouth watering quiches or a seafood platter with
mussels, prawns & Galax salmon – just imagine a giant picnic with
all the trimmings! Afterwards your guests can finish up with a huge
bowl of strawberries to go with a variety of our homemade icecreams
and a 36 egg lemon meringue Pavlova or perhaps a thick, creamy
Your day would take on a
very casual, relaxed style and as the sun goes down we light the
table lanterns and switch on the outdoor lighting for those who want
to kick back and chat under the stars. For the more energetic
guests, we can organize a live band in the main house to play until
midnight. There you can dance the night away to the twinkling
candles of the candelabra.
Even if the heavens open and
the weather turns nasty you don’t have to worry because we can still
organize your ‘casual’ style wedding in the main house. Whatever the
weather, we will make sure your day is relaxed and laid back …just
as you wanted it to be
We have a full On-Licence and we can source your favourite beers and
wines at very competitive prices. We also have a wide range of
spirits and special whiskeys to celebrate the occasion. After dinner
ports or liqueurs are also available.
An ‘in house’ system for background music is available. We can also
suggest musicians and pianists to suit your requirements and a top
of the range English upright piano can be hired.
There are 12 chandeliers on the ground floor as well as a fabulous
chandelier in the stairwell and period ‘up lights’ in the buffet and
blue rooms. We also have a range of mood lighting and can turn
pelmet lighting to a soft yellow or a warm red for evening dancing.
These give a wonderful romantic feeling to the room.
A select number of photographers can be suggested to you.
The house and the grounds lend themselves to a large number
of photographic opportunities and the upstairs veranda can
be used for a unique group shot.
We provide seasonal flowers in all the main rooms. We can also
assist you with individual arrangements as required. We have a
variety of options or the tables which we can discuss with you
including candelabra and table centrepieces. Once we know your
colour preference, we will order flowers to match your colour
One of our most popular options to conclude your wedding
extravaganza in style. Invite all your guests back to join you in a
tasty satisfying brunch the next morning. It is a wonderful
opportunity for family and friends to reminisce and swap stories
from the day before whilst offering them some traditional home
cooked favourites which everyone loves after a night of revelling
and frivolity! It is also another chance for people who have
travelled some distance to attend your wedding to get together again
and spend quality time together. Some brides like to take this time
to open their presents so that they can thank people personally for
their gifts. Everyone, however, loves the extra time they can spend
with their loved ones young and old. Brunch can be set up in the
ballroom or outside in the courtyard on a lovely summer's morning.
The choices are endless as are the menu options.
For one of our most popular options, click here
A Sample Brunch menu.
Photo supplied by Penny Towns
Available for 12 guests.
has two honeymoon suites and a large double room. All the rooms
contain irons and hairdryers as well as the use of an upstairs
kitchen to make tea and coffee and enjoy our ready supply of
cookies. In the rooms there are fresh flowers as well as a well
stocked fruit bowl.
There is also a very large and beautifully appointed
original bathroom with claw foot bath and a huge shower
which all the guests are free to use.
The Williams Suite also has
its own ensuite.
The Williams Suite is huge! It has a king size sleigh bed and a
working fireplace along with two huge mirrors and several
antique pieces including a Victorian dressing table. The suite
has its own sitting area in front of the fire with an antique
lounge suite and large brass coffee table. There are also
tiffany style lights to create a romantic atmosphere as well as
top quality drapery and fittings plus a gorgeous ensuite. The
standard price for this suite is $275.00 which includes a full
Lansdowne House breakfast for two.
The Eastwood Suite is another
room of very generous proportions. It boasts a queen size
wrought iron four poster with top of the range Sheridan bedding.
There are several antique pieces together with tiffany light
fittings, a stunning central chandelier and top quality drapery.
A built in dressing mirror adds to the atmosphere. The standard
price for this room is $245.00 incl. G.S.T. which includes a
full Lansdowne House breakfast for two.
The Scott Room is a
substantial double bedroom with an art deco bedroom suite
including two single beds, a large dressing table and a tallboy.
Both beds have top quality Sheridan bedding and are very
comfortable. The room boasts an original wash basin and there
are two beautiful rugs as well as period style lighting. The
price for this room is $195.00 incl. G.S.T. for a double or
$165.00 incl. G.S.T. for a single. The price also includes a
full Lansdowne House breakfast
For weddings where all the rooms are taken we will negotiate a
special package price.
is a self contained, spacious retreat with 3 double bedrooms
all with quality queen sized beds and top of the range
Sheridan towels and linen. There is a new bathroom and a
well appointed kitchen as well as a separate dining room and
a large lounge with television, two bookcases loaded with
books, picture windows and a log fire. The Villa with two
guests sharing twin is offered at $215.00 incl. G.S.T. per
night. Each additional guest will cost $75.00 per room incl.
G.S.T. per night with a maximum of 6 people. A full English
or continental breakfast is available on request.
We do ask for a deposit of $1,000.00 once the venue and wedding date
have been confirmed. The balance of the final invoice is payable
upon departure. This deposit is not refundable if the wedding is
cancelled unless another booking of similar numbers can be found to
Our modus operandi is to work with you to create a magical event
which you can celebrate in a relaxed and carefree atmosphere with
friends and family. Because Lansdowne House is one of a kind, you
will enjoy a unique experience and have memories to treasure in the
years to come.
If the concept of Lansdowne House appeals to you,
we are open daily for
viewings between 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. except when we have
functions. However, pre arranged appointments are essential.
number is: 06 3782097
Fax number: 06 3780451
or email us on:
Please note that these prices apply as of 1st
and may be
subject to change.
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