Choosing the Perfect Season for Your Queenstown Wedding: A Guide to the Best Times of Year

Lights, camera, action! Your Queenstown wedding isn’t just a celebration; it’s a blockbuster in the making. And just like any epic film, choosing the right season sets the stage for cinematic perfection. Let’s roll out the red carpet and guide you through picking the perfect season for your Queenstown wedding, all while keeping those camera-ready moments in mind.

Which season photographs best?

Autumn in Arrowtown is best known for its enchanting colours and historic charm.

Arrowtown elopement

Spectacular Spring Wedding (September to November)

Spring in Queenstown is a blossoming romance waiting to be captured on camera. Picture exchanging vows amidst the vibrant blooms of the Queenstown Gardens, with the majestic Remarkables mountain range as your backdrop. Afterward, a romantic stroll along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, framed by the iconic steamship TSS Earnslaw, adds a touch of vintage charm to your wedding story. Be sure to rug up, though, as there’s a decent chance you might see some snow!

Spring is dynamic with snow one day and mild temperatures the next.

Splendid Summer Wedding (December to February)

Classic wedding season, the long daylight hours of summer in Queenstown are a dream with sunset running as late as 10pm. Imagine a drone shot capturing your outdoor ceremony at the historic Cecil Peak, with panoramic views of the Southern Alps and Lake Wakatipu stretching before you. As the sun sets, transition to your reception at one of Queenstown’s renowned wineries, such as The Winehouse or Gibbston Valley, where vineyards and mountains merge into a cinematic tableau. Keep in mind that video and photography are best done outside the middle of the day when the sun is directly overhead.

Don’t forget your sunnies. The sun is strong and days are long.

Enchanting Autumn Wedding (March to May)

Autumn in Queenstown paints a cinematic masterpiece with its palette of rich, earthy tones. Picture your love story unfolding amidst the golden hues of Arrowtown’s historic Main Street t, a quaint and picturesque backdrop that evokes a sense of timeless romance. The iconic Shotover River can provide dramatic shots, with its turquoise waters winding through rugged landscapes, adding depth and allure to your wedding film. If throwing leaves into the air and twirling around in your flowing wedding dress is on your bucket list, Autumn is the season for you.

Dance in the Autumn foliage like Ray and Doris.

Wonderful Winter Wedding (June to August)

Winter weddings in Queenstown are a cinematic spectacle straight out of a fairy tale. The snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps transform into a winter wonderland, offering enchanting settings for your ceremony and photography sessions. Capture intimate moments by a roaring fireplace at the many rustic venues in town or strap on your skis and combine a ski trip with your elopement. Extra points if you exchange vows while hooning down the slopes.

No matter which season steals your heart, Queenstown’s iconic landmarks offer a cinematic canvas that turns your wedding into a timeless masterpiece. Lights, camera, happily ever after – coming soon to a screen near you!

Snow and beautiful light characterise this time of year best.