16 Kahu Road



New Zealand

(03) 348 6190

James & Petrina's Cocktail Style Wedding

June 22, 2019



Petrina and James were married at Local at Riccarton House on Friday 4 January 2019. With a guest list of 103 people a cocktail style wedding reception was a perfect way for them to utilize the house and get maximum time with their family and friends.


The team here at Local at Riccarton House know how to put together a cocktail style reception seamlessly ensuring the day is special, relaxed and everyone leaves with special memories. A common perception of a cocktail style wedding is that people won’t be as well fed as with a seated dinner.


Our events team know this is one of the most important aspects of the day and they work closely with our couples to ensure the right amount of catering is arranged. On the day the front of house team know the best ways to work within the space to ensure everyone is reached and that food service is served at the appropriate times.


Hannah worked with Petrina and James to create the perfect menu for their day which included canapes, sliders, supper bowls, wedding cake as dessert and a late night snack.


Children and those with any dietary requirements were catered for outside of this menu to suit their needs.


James and Petrina's Menu

Friday 4th January 2019



Smoked Akaroa salmon filo tart with citrus crème fraiche & baby capers

Whipped goat's curd, spring pea & ricotta tart with olive salt

Rice paper roll with drunken chicken & sesame ginger dressing (gf)

Mushroom, mascarpone & lemon arancini with truffle aioli

Southern style popcorn chicken with chipotle aioli

Posh sausage rolls with pork, sage & pistachio



Zany Zeus halloumi with herb pesto and micro radish

Pulled pork with chipotle aioli & ranch slaw


Supper Bowls

Braised beef cheek ragout with truffle mash & gremolata salsa verde

Panko crumbed market fish with hand cut agria chips, lemon cheeks and sea salt



Wedding cake


Late Night Snack

Cheese rolls


We asked Petrina and James a few questions following their special day which they have been kind enough to share.


Why did you choose Local at Riccarton House as your venue?

We chose Riccarton House because of the beautiful garden area and native trees. The gardens provided many ceremony options dependent on number of people, weather conditions and themes. Having the food catered onsite was a massive bonus. The traditional styling was also what we loved.


What was your most memorable moment from the day here?

Ceremony under the gorgeous big pear tree and speeches in the rose garden!


What is a piece of advice you would give for anyone currently planning their special day?

Make it yours, slow down, enjoy the experience surrounded by your favourite people in this beautiful setting.


Suppliers for their day included:

Cake - The Cake Eating co- http://www.thecakeeatingco.co.nz 

James’ Suit - Working Style

Groomsmen- Hallensteins

My dress - Daisy Brides

Bridesmaids - BLAK

Band - The Eastern

Celebrant - Scott Cardwell

Florist - Petrina’s sister

Photographer - Rachel Wybrow Photography- http://www.rachelwybrowphotography.com/​


If you are interested in a cocktail style wedding reception here at Local at Riccarton House contact the Events Team. Lauren and Hannah would love to meet with you to talk about your dream day here at Local at Riccarton House.


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