Schupepe marquees have covered countless backyard weddings throughout New Zealand’s beautiful north island. Couples choose to hire a marquee and host their reception in the garden of their home, or their parent’s home, for a wide variety of reasons. In addition to keeping the costs down, backyard weddings are popular because it allows you to take absolute control of your wedding celebration.

There are fewer restrictions on the maximum number of guests, ranges of drink, menus, and finishing times. Marquees are the perfect solution for those that do not have the capacity to fit a large number of guests in their home, in addition to the fact that marquees add an element of elegance and grandeur to a wedding celebration.
Backyard weddings are a perfect opportunity to showcase a couple’s individual style in a sentimental backdrop. Here at Schupepe, weddings are what we do best! We want you to have a memorable, stress-free event so we have compiled a list of 4 tips to avoid backyard wedding blunders.


A rule of thumb in wedding planning is to never assume that something will take less time than you think it will. Allow yourself enough set-up time. You may think that most people will arrive later than the time given on the invites, but the opposite is generally true. Guests will usually start arriving 30 minutes before the official ceremony time. The pre-wedding photos should be done as soon as possible and vendor delivery times should be scheduled accordingly.

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Some couples will try to cut down on wedding costs by only getting one set of chairs for the ceremony or the reception. Most wedding ceremonies last longer than 10 minutes – anything over 10 minutes is too long to be standing in high heels, straining to see over-top of people’s heads. Nana may be sprite for her age, but chances are she would appreciate a seat. If you are planning on moving chairs from the ceremony to the reception, you may want to reconsider. This would be a tricky logistical nightmare. No one wants to transfer chairs from one area to another, especially during cocktail hour when caterers are serving food and drinks. The last thing you want to do is ask your guests to move chairs. Another thing to think about is providing chairs outside of the tent. Schupepe offers a wide variety of affordable seating options to cover all your bases.

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Lighting not only sets the tone for your event, it also provides guidance for those tipsy, stiletto-clad guests who are trying to navigate their way to the restroom and back to the bar. You must take into consideration that guests need to be able to see what they are eating and the caterers need to see where they are serving and what needs to be taken away once the guests are finished with their meals. Guests will require a well-lit route to the parking area as well. Schupepe can provide string lights for the interior and exterior, as well as lamps for larger areas.


Even in the summer temperatures can drop drastically and suddenly. Space heaters inside the tent are a must-have for every season. Placing heaters strategically outside of the tent is also a smart idea. The last thing you want is for Nana to catch a chill! Schupepe provides a wide variety of heating hire options to help keep the warmth in and the cold out. We have standard patio heaters for the interior and exterior of the tent. Diesel fan heaters are also available for those cool, unpredictable summer evenings. These types of heaters are able to fill the entire tent will bursts of warmth.

Contact Schupepe today and let us help make your backyard wedding memorable – not stressful.