Let’s be honest: there are elements in planning a wedding that are more fun and exciting than others. And one of them is choosing the entertainment for the day (and night)!
The main question to ask yourself first is ‘Do we want a DJ, a solo singer or a band?’
Some couples will decide to have two of these options: an acoustic band or a soloist plays when guests arrive and again following the ceremony. Then, after dinner, a wedding DJ will be on hand to get the party started!
Your choice will depend on many things including wedding style, space / location, budget, and the atmosphere you imagine for your wedding.
Soloists offer a refined and sophisticated vibe to any wedding. Acoustic instruments with captivating voices, this is a truly memorable addition to add to any wedding.
There are many bands that you can hire for your wedding, their music styles are all very different. The band you will select will set the tone for the day or night. Wedding bands can be flexible and will, if able, be happy to play songs requested by the audience or the couple in advance. This will bring a great energy to the party and your guests will definitely enjoy live music.
A wedding DJ is a safe choice as you will be able to have much more say in the playlist. With guests that range from young children to grandparents, it’s great to offer a varied selection of music that suits everyone. With mp3s and streaming platforms, a DJ will have access to every song imaginable – just ensure there’s a WIFI connection for any last-minute song requests!
If you need a bit more help to decide on your wedding entertainment, we have listed some of our favourite Christchurch based soloists, bands and DJ’s that we love to work with.
The best solo singers for weddings in Christchurch
Lee Martin is a New Zealand-based singer/songwriter who has been impacting the music scene with her thought-provoking lyrics and storytelling writing style. She is South African born and has recorded two original albums that received ample radio play and enjoyed great success with her fans from all the corners of the world. A childhood spent listening to greats such as Van Morrison, Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, Leonard Cohen, etc. has greatly influenced her music. Lee started her training in classical guitar at the age of 9 and has been singing and performing ever since.
Martin is an old soul with a versatile writing style that allows her to cross genres as she glides easily between Soul, folk, rock, blues, and country, all the while maintaining her unique sound.
- Website: https://www.leemartinmusician.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leemartinmusician
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leemartinmusician/
Joe Oliver (via Pulse Entertainment)
Joe has amazing talent with his sultry and un-mistakable voice and specialises in Wedding and Corporate Event Support. Joe will impress and relax you and while making you and your guests fall in love with him as he strums the guitar and sings covers of fresh, summery beach vibes.
- Website: http://www.pulseentertainment.co.nz/acoustic-vocalists.html
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JoeOliverMusic/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joeolivermusic/
The best bands for wedding entertainment in Christchurch
Danger Baby (Band + Duo)
Danger Baby is a quality power house POP/ROCK Christchurch Covers Band. With an extensive repertoire that spans the decades. Danger Baby play all the massive anthems, classic hits you know and love and guarantee a professional & polished performance everytime! Danger Baby use top of the line PA & lighting equipment but more importantly you are hiring seasoned, experienced musicians that will keep your dance floor rocking all night long!
- Website: https://www.dangerbaby.co.nz/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dangerbabyband
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dangerbaby_band
Mirrors (Band + Duo)
Mirrors formed in January of 2017 as an acoustic duo, specialising in a range of pop/funk/rock/blues music. Since then, they have expanded to become Mirrors Entertainment, working with a range of talented musicians playing a range of genres, as well as performing at multiple venues across New Zealand.
Whether you are looking for acoustic live music while walking down the aisle, a party band or DJ to liven up the night, they offer personalised entertainment options to suit every need and budget.
- Website: https://mirrorsentertainment.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mirrorsentertainment
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mirrorsentertainment
Corner Sounds Band (Band + Duo)
Corner Sounds is a four piece cover band from Christchurch. Covering a huge range of artists.
The Black Velvet Band (Band + Soloist)
Often cited as being New Zealand’s greatest influence on the folk rock revival, The Black Velvet Band embraces traditional and contemporary Celtic songs, original compositions and fresh interpretations of old favourites. Formed in the early 1990s at The Loft Bar, Christchurch by Ian Costello.
The Black Velvet Band generate an intense energy in their performances and can be booked to perform at almost any occasion, venue or event.
D’sendantz (Band + Duo)
Christchurch’s best wedding DJs
Pulse Entertainment is a premium Wedding and Events entertainment supplier. They deliver a professional and personalised service to each and every client. They work together with you to create the best night and make your party memorable by creating an environment and atmosphere unlike any-other.
With more than a decade of experience they understand the need for a quality and premium service.
Pulse Entertainment partner with some of the best Christchurch DJ’s, Singers, Bands, Saxophonists and more. Covering the wider Canterbury Region, Pulse Entertainment can support your event and look forward to discussing your requirements.
- Website: http://www.pulseentertainment.co.nz/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pulseentertainmentnz
If you are looking for a flexible, affordable, versatile, experienced and of course entertaining DJ, you have found your match! DJ4You is New Zealand’s premier DJ Services Provider – Travelling the country to provide you a night you will never forget. With over 10 years of experience you can rest assured that the music for your event is in the best hands.
- Website: https://dj4you.co.nz/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DJ4YouLtd
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dj4younz
Brendan has vast experience in providing music entertainment and MC services for a wide variety of events, priding himself on his ability to read a crowd and in knowing what works and what doesn’t. With each and every event, Brendan endeavours to make it special, and exceed his clients’ expectations. He adapts and reacts to situations quickly and professionally, providing a seamless service.
- Website: https://www.boogiebeats.net/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/boogiebeats.dj/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/boogie.beatsdj
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