First of all, the band would like to congratulate all newly engaged couples reading our website and wish you the very best for your future together.
If you are looking for an extra-special band to make your occasion a truly memorable experience, then you have come to the right place. The Garden City Big Band is a popular choice for weddings both in Christchurch and further afield and we invite you to view some of the feedback we've received from couples who have recently used us.
We know how important your wedding day is to you and how much planning is involved, and we understand how important it is for everything to be perfect on the day. Let us use our talent and expertise to add a touch of class to your celebration and give you and your guests a great experience that you will treasure always.
"We can't thank you all enough for the amazing job you did playing at our wedding. Having you play added so much to the night, and we feel very lucky to have met you all. We listen to your CD all the time! And our parents love them too. Looking forward to the next time we see you in concert! All our thanks."
Danae & Tony
Here is what you get when you decide to hire the Garden City Big Band:
We pay attention to detail and our focus is on giving you the best experience possible.
The Garden City Big Band features a great line-up of talented players, many of whom have years of experience playing in a number of different bands. The band as a whole has been providing wedding entertainment for many years and brings a wealth of experience to your special day.
The full band set up on stage with instruments looks great and never fails to impress wedding guests - especially when the band begins to play, producing the full sound that only a live big band can.
The Garden City Big Band is a 17 piece band - this large number of musicians means we can produce a depth and richness of sound that no smaller band could produce.
We are able to play a wide range of different styles which will keep all wedding guests happy. We are able to adapt to any venue - large or small.
We will work with you before your wedding day to help you create a list of songs/music from our existing repertoire, including the music for your first dance. Some couples (or their family members) request to be able to sing a few numbers themselves and we are always happy to accommodate these requests providing there is enough time to rehearse.
We are always happy to arrange to meet with you personally after your initial enquiry to discuss your requirements and to view your proposed venue. We will stay in touch with you throughout your planning process to make sure than none of your requests or plans are forgotten.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you available for my wedding?
How much will it cost?
Less than what you would expect for a band this size. Our prices compare very favourably with other wedding bands even though we have a lot more musicians. Please contact us through our online quote form to let us know the venue (if known) and date of your wedding and we will be in touch promptly with a price to suit you.
Where can I hear you play?
How long do you play for?
Generally the band will perform for up to 4 hours taking a short 10 minute break every hour, including when drinks/refreshments are served.
Can you also provide a smaller combo?
Yes. Many couples like to have a smaller combo playing during dinner, and we can provide this in addition to the full band.
Do you have any equipment/space requirements for our venue?
Generally we like to have a space of approx 10m x 5m for the band to setup, however we are used to playing in areas smaller than this. We are happy to visit your venue beforehand to check the available space. We also require the appropriate power supply and power points at your venue and prefer to have adequate space with lighting for the band to store their equipment (cases etc).
Can you set up before guests arrive?
Yes. Generally we would require approx 45 minutes to set the band up on stage and we will work with you to find an appropriate time to do this.
Are you available for weddings outside of Christchurch?
Yes. Generally we would require you to cover transport and accommodation costs and out of town expenses. Please use our online quote form and we will get back to you with details.
If you have any questions which are not addressed here, please submit an enquiry and we'd be happy to help.