Planning a wedding in Christchurch? The city has no shortage of great options for venues as well as a special, stand-out choice for wedding transportation. Check out these options for a little inspiration while you plan your big day:
What could be more appropriate than getting married in a garden in the Garden City? True to its nickname, Christchurch has an abundance of charming garden settings you can hire for your wedding. Imagine your ceremony set among a backdrop of flowers, native trees and bird calls… What could be more magical?
The Botanic Gardens are a popular and very budget-friendly option for anyone looking for a garden ceremony. In addition to the Botanic Gardens, the city allows you to book spaces in a number of public parks around Christchurch, including Risingholme (Opawa), Abberley Park (St. Albans), Avebury park (Richmond), Edmonds Factory Park (Linwood) and Woodham Park (Linwood).
For a different kind of outdoor wedding, why not take advantage of the regions burgeoning wine industry? There are a number of vineyards edging the town that will happily accommodate weddings and events. Neat rows of grape vines running across gently rolling hills makes for a lovely background to any ceremony, plus it makes it easy to decide what kind of drinks to serve.
No matter what area of town you want to be in, there’s a vineyard venue close by. Take a look at Trent’s Vineyard (Templeton), Omarino Wine Park (Harewood), Rosebank (Northwood) or Rossendale (south of Halswell). Omarino Wine Park is convenient to the airport, which may be a consideration if you have a lot of guests coming in from out of town.
While the earthquake in 2011 closed most of central Christchurch for the better part of a year, the city is opening back up and being revitalised in really exciting ways. In addition to old favourites like the Antigua Boatsheds and the Christchurch Art Gallery, there are new bars and restaurants, the colourful container mall and an ever-changing collection of eclectic gap filler projects.
It’s an exciting time for central Christchurch, and there are a number of venues in the area that allow you to take advantage of the urban setting. Check out the Heritage Hotel, the George or Eliza’s Manor Boutique Hotel.
Of course, choosing your venue is only one part of the day—you’ve got plenty more decisions to make before the wedding. One area that sometimes gets overlooked is how your guests are going to move from the ceremony to the reception, but this can be a great opportunity to customize the experience and make sure that every aspect of your wedding day is especially memorable. Hassle-free Tours is always happy to work with you and work a charter around your needs. We can even arrange for a special license that allows your guests to enjoy bubbles and beer on the bus ride.
A wedding bus hire gives you use of our two vintage, double-decker buses for wedding transport as well as for use as a unique prop for wedding photos (you’ll love the way your wedding party’s outfits pop against the bright red buses). Don’t miss this opportunity to make your wedding extra special.