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Weddings at Christ’s College

Our doors are open for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

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Enjoy your special day set amongst some of Christchurch’s most extraordinary architecture, both old and new, at Christ’s College.

Our stunning Chapel is open and you can have your pick of two reception areas – our impressive historic Dining Hall or the award-winning Chapman Room. There are plenty of great areas on-site for photos, plus the Christchurch Botanic Gardens are just next door.

If you’re looking for a unique venue, we would love you to come and see what we have to offer.

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Availability

Christ’s College facilities are available for weddings during school holidays, which generally fall into:

  • January: 3 weeks/3 weekends
  • April: 3 weeks/4 weekends
  • July: 2 weeks/2 weekends
  • Sept/Oct: 3 weeks/4 weekends
  • December: 2 weeks/1 weekend

Please enquire to see if your desired date is available to be booked.

Make an enquiry

Our facilities

Our stunning Chapel is open and you can have your pick of two reception areas – our impressive historic Dining Hall or the award-winning Chapman Room.

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Chapel

Built in 1867, the Chapel is the heart of Christ’s College and can seat up to 600 people. Its stunning timber ceiling features intricately carved decorations in scarlet for sacrifice, green for growth, blue for truth, and gold for true values. Use of the Chapel is subject to approval. Wedding services can also be conducted in the Dining Hall or Chapman Room, or in sheltered outdoor areas.

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Dining Hall

Designed by Cecil Wood, the Dining Hall was built in 1925 and is a mix of Gothic and Tudor architecture. The exterior is made from a variety of stone, while the interior walls are panelled in mahogany with matai floors and roof beams originating from Oregon. The Dining Hall can accommodate 240 guests for a buffet or seated dinner service.

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The Chapman Room

Overlooking our large, manicured fields, the Chapman Room has won architectural accolades since its completion in 2015. In this intimate venue, we can cater for up to 160 guests with a buffet or seated dinner service.

FAQ

  • What is included in the venue hire?

    Chapel

    • Christ's College organ
    • Sound system and microphone
    • Cleaning of venue

    Dining Hall

    • Space for 240 guests
    • 120-year-old oak tables and benches that seat 10 per table (chairs can be provided if preferred)
    • Elevated area for the bridal table
    • Minstrel gallery for entertainment or dedicated children's area
    • Bar area
    • Cake table and gift table
    • White table linen
    • Quality white dinnerware, glassware, and cutlery
    • Sound system and microphone
    • Security
    • Cleaning of venue

    Chapman Room

    • Space for 160 guests
    • Round tables with chairs (8 guests per table)
    • Bar
    • Cake table and gift table
    • White table linen
    • Quality white dinnerware, glassware, and cutlery
    • Sound system and microphone
    • Security
    • Cleaning of venue
  • Do we require a Wedding co-ordinator?

    Christ's College has a designated Wedding Co-ordinator – Kim Chan Events. Kim and her team will look after your wedding and styling requirements, including all your floral needs, for your special day.

  • Can we choose our own caterers?

    We use our own highly respected Christ's College caterers and staff to make your occasion memorable. Their familiarity with our facilities ensures your day goes off without a hitch.

  • What menus do you offer?

    From grazing tables to buffets to fine dining, our caterers use the freshest of seasonal ingredients to create beautiful menus that cater for a variety of dietary requirements and budgets.

  • What beverages do you offer?

    We offer a range of New Zealand wines (including low-alcohol options), Kiwi craft beers, and a range of non-alcoholic drinks. Beverage packages and cash bar options are available. Please note that the usual legal requirements for serving alcohol apply.

  • How long can we have the venue for?

    Your booking allows for:

    • Two site visits before your booked date
    • Access the day before your wedding or from 9am on the day
    • Refreshments until 11pm, with our venues closing at 11.30pm
  • What happens if our wedding is affected by Covid-19?

    We adhere to Government guidelines at each Traffic Light Level. If your wedding is unable to go ahead because of Covid-19, Christ’s College will reschedule the event – as planned – at a mutually agreed date and time at no additional cost.

    Note: This will change according to Government recommendations.

Costs

Cost is subject to the facilities you choose and will be provided on enquiry. Discounts are available for two or more venues.

Booking enquiries

To enquire about booking, please fill in the form with your contact details, a message, and potential dates for your wedding and we will contact you as soon as possible.

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Gill Blackler
Gill Blackler

Advancement and Events Coordinator