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TWO wedding enthusiasts are helping Southland couples to organise their special day by gathering Southland’s wedding-related vendors on a dedicated website – southlandweddingcollective.co.nz.

Southland Wedding Collective creative director Steph Paterson said before they started the project, they did not know some of the businesses even existed in Invercargill.

“We want to push the vendors collaboratively, to work together and to recommend each other.

“Both of us have businesses in the wedding industry and the idea basically came about because we wanted to be able to collaborate more with other vendors,” Mrs Paterson said.

The website would provide advice, blog posts, check lists and tips, a directory of businesses and interviews with the vendors.

Co-director Sophie Taetuli said the project was also about creating “a community” of the vendors for couples.

“My friends who were planning their weddings down here didn’t know where to find anyone, so building a community is a way to help couples and to bring more weddings to Southland. There are so many cool places to get married down here,” Mrs Taetuli said.

Mrs Paterson said they also wanted to share real wedding stories.

“I get excited seeing couples in love and we want people to tell us their stories, especially if they had Southland vendors involved. We want to hear about the engagement, the process of planning – we want to know the whole thing.”

Southland vendors who want to be added into the directory can do so for free until September. Forms are available on the website.

More information also can be found at the Southland Wedding Collective Facebook page.

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