When Tamarin Vermeer started to research her own wedding last year she was so horrified at the cost of hiring a venue that she started a new business.
Backyard Weddings is a web-based service that aims to put couples planning their nuptials in touch with homeowners.
“The average wedding costs $30,000. I didn’t think it could possibly be that much,” Tamarin says.
“When I started my research I realised it’s easy to spend that amount and a large portion goes on the venue.”
Tamarin and her husband Rene wanted a small garden wedding. After their search for a cost-effective venue didn’t pan out, they decided to get married in Samoa.
“It was a small wedding and it actually worked out cheaper for us.”
When Tamarin isn’t organising weddings she works as a customer experience designer in Auckland. The job involves making sure any user of a service gets the best possible experience. She loves travel and the job enabled her to work in Cambodia for three months.
“Teachers needed help there with pupils independent learning. In Cambodia it’s more cost-effective to have an older android phone or tablet rather than textbooks and stationary. I was able to help them design an educational app which encouraged self learning.”
Tamarin says that many people across Mahurangi have beautiful gardens, lifestyle properties, farms or holiday homes. The close proximity to Auckland also makes them appealing for wedding guests.
“Each venue owner can set their own rules, from a small garden ceremony to full house rental. It’s a new concept for a lot of home owners which is why I have made it very flexible.”
You can list your property for free at www.backyardweddings.co.nz