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What does it cost for a marquee wedding in Canterbury, New Zealand?

I could respond to this with "how long is a piece of string" all because the cost of a marquee wedding depends on the different options you choose. And there are so many possibilities - from clear marquees, to black frame marquees, stretch tents, tipis....then the style of furniture and decor you imagine for your day.

To give you an idea the price for a marquee for around 100 guests ranges from around $4500-$6500 depending on the marquee company and style of marquee you choose. Then as a marquee is a bare structure, everything needs to be supplied from tables and chairs, to linen, lighting, to dinnerware, cutlery and glassware. Even the price of chairs varies from $6.50 to $15 per chair. Then there's the table styling options whether you want fresh or artificial florals or candles, to signage such as a welcome board, seating plan and table numbers, to menus and place name cards. The most popular ceremony settings usually include an arch or backdrop, styled beautifully with florals, and seating, which when we setup marquee weddings we often use some of the dining chairs then move them into the marquee after the ceremony. It's common to hire a bar and glassware along with bar leaners and lounging furniture to have an outside setting for canapes and drinks to be served while you're away having photos taken. Of course everything has to be delivered, setup, then dismantled and removed the day after the wedding. The list of what's needed is rather extensive, and there are many considerations from the practical to the beautiful elements, so it can be overwhelming knowing how to start, and how to even gain an understanding of what a marquee or tipi wedding will cost you.

At The Event Boutique we've designed and styled many marquee weddings for couples in Canterbury and throughout the South Island. As we're a full service company we can organise everything to create your marquee wedding. And couples have found this a massive relief as this has removed any stress and uncertainty with us providing guidance from start to finish. We're all about giving you the day you want, providing guidance and direction to design a look that's perfect for you, and anything we dream up together, we can organise to bring your marquee wedding to life.

"Lisa made everything so easy and stress free for us. All our guests are still talking about how beautiful our marquee wedding was, and couldn't believe our garden was transformed into such a romantic setting. "

Below are images from just a few of the marquee weddings we've created for our couples. As you can see these are all totally different styles. So we'll design the style that suits you and source from a range of marquee suppliers and hire companies, along with using items from our own hire collection, plus design any stationery and create all your florals.

"Lisa and her team truly made our wedding day more than we ever imagined. We were blown away with the end result, the details were perfect and she made our dream of “rustic romance” come true! From our first meeting right through to the day of our wedding the process, communication and organisation was amazing. I highly recommend Lisa, she truly does go above and beyond for you!"


We offer a design service, priced from $550 which includes us visiting your property to talk through what you have in mind, provide advice on what will best suit your property, discuss what needs to be taken into consideration and recommend the best location for your ceremony and marquee. We'll measure up, then advise on the marquee size, create floor plans, then put together a complete quote for everything needed including working out the quantities of tables and all the decor. Our quote will include delivering and setting everything up beautifully, then packing it all away. So you won't need to do anything, except get the property ready for the wedding. We've found for most couples and their families having a wedding on their property means they finally get all those jobs and landscaping finished!

Depending on how much support you need, we also offer wedding planning and a co-ordination service. Further information and guidance on these services and pricing can be found HERE.


The starting point we always ask for is for you to create a Pinterest board and gather images showing all the ideas of what you love. This helps provide inspiration so we can see the look and feel of what you love and we use this to put together a quote for all the furniture, design, decor and floral elements.

THE GORGEOUS DETAILS - Designed to suit you

We love working with our couples to create a look that perfectly represents the two of you and we love creating special details and features - from invitations, to all your signage, to feature lighting, to suspended florals (see above) and all your bridal party florals. We'll even provide advice on colour palettes and help provide direction on the styling to come up with a look that you love! From rustic to eclectic, modern to black and white or colourful to classic - we can do it all!


As a guideline for a fully styled marquee wedding our couples have spent from $12,500 for an intimate marquee wedding for 40 guests, to between $18,000 -$35,000 for up to 120 guests. Keep in mind this is for the marquee and all the equipment, furniture, decor and all venue and bridal party florals.

To gain an understanding into the cost of a marquee wedding, click HERE to download an example quote from a fully styled wedding we created. And if you'd like me to design your marquee wedding and put together a quote to suit you, and give you a day that's better than you're wishing for....get in touch and let's talk.

Lisa xx


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