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Hamilton Local Nivanah Gallagher began planning her dream wedding to fiance (now husband) Riley in March 2020. The wedding was planned for February 2021 and the first major decision to be made was the location and venue for the reception. After researching various options in and around Hamilton Nivanah decided on a marquee wedding at a lifestyle block at Horsham Downs.

Initially Nivanah was a little worried about the level of planning and sourcing involved in a marquee wedding given everything must be transported to site, but she had envisioned a bespoke experience which was highly personalised, and a marquee wedding would allow that.

Nivanah began to investigate wedding and marquee hire specialists and soon realised that she had a connection through family to The X-Site Group. She contacted Donna at X-Site for an initial discussion around her vision and requirements and from there Donna & the team arranged a site visit to gain a better understanding of the area they had to work with. Nivanah details that initial experience:

"X-Site came out to the reception location to scope out the setting, they were extremely professional and provided ideas, direction and advice, they really understood our needs. From the location visit they were able to pre-empt and discuss any potential challenges, at that point we knew that we had made the right decision connecting with them."

To accommodate the bridal party and 75 guests X-Site recommended a 10 x 25m marquee which would seat everyone at tables and allow a free-flow entertainment area. Nivanah was impressed with the range of hire equipment on offer by X-Site,

"They are able to cater to such a variety of wedding themes from modern to rustic, boho to country - they have all the products & equipment to make your dream a reality. They supply everything from plates & cutlery to bar equipment and heaters, they're a one stop shop, and it makes things so much easier dealing with just one supplier."

Nivanah and Riley made the decision to contract X-Site to fit out their wedding reception, supplying a marquee, all hire elements big and small and managing the set-up on the day, they felt immediate relief knowing they could rely on the X-Site team's expertise.

"It felt like a weight had been lifted off our shoulders once we had Donna & the X-Site team on board, we just knew they would take care of everything and that they would deliver what we had envisioned. They are just normal people, they're friendly and they understood our needs so well."

When it came to catering Nivanah had a favourite choice in mind, but they had never actually catered a wedding before and were concerned about the scale and facilities. X-Site were able to help facilitate the catering arrangement by providing guidance and all the required equipment to the catering contractor to make it happen.

"They really are a full-service marquee and wedding hire specialist; they go above and beyond to make things possible, nothing is a problem, and they will do their utmost to accommodate your wishes."

The setup of the wedding reception at Horsham Downs went to plan and Nivanah was relieved to be able to enjoy her special day as a bride without having to worry about any issues with the setup. She was highly complementary of the X-Site team whilst on site for the setup,

"When it came to the setup the X-Site staff were fantastic, we felt like we'd known them for ages and there was a lot of trust. They really knew what they were doing and constantly checked that things were exactly as we wanted, attention to detail in a wedding is so important."

Nivanah and Riley's bespoke marquee wedding was a true celebration of love amongst friends and family, ran very smoothly and was a big hit with the guests. Nivanah couldn't have been happier and counted the seamless delivery of the event by X-Site as a key factor to the day's success. Guest feedback of the event very much reflected her own sentiments, Nivanah shares,

"After attending our wedding, some of our engaged friends were so impressed that they decided to scrap their venue wedding arrangements and have since planned their own special day as a marquee wedding with X-Site. That was a real testament to how well the day went. We certainly wouldn't have recommended anyone else but X-Site to them."

To others looking at engaging with X-Site as a wedding & marquee hire specialist Nivanah would say,

"Just do it, call the X-Site team to discuss your wedding needs, they will deliver your dream and won't be disappointed! They really understand that it is "your day" and by the end of your experience, they will feel like part of the family."

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    Owner and Co-Founder
    Hamish Lamb (Hamilton)
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    Owner and Co-Founder
    Donna Lamb (Hamilton)
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    Sales Representative
    Kevin Wanless (Hamilton)
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    Sales Representative
    Tony Muller (Hamilton)
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    Business Development Manager
    Oka Muaimalae (Christchurch)

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