We create exceptional Marquee Weddings.

‘Silk Estate – Marquee Weddings by Toni May’ has evolved as a specialised division of Peter May Marquee and Event Hire, Ashburton.

If you already have a booking with us, you’ll simply notice a change of branding in our communications with you, but you can still expect the same superb service, and meticulous attention to detail.

Silk Estate are consummate professionals. Toni is also very discerning about the quality of Wedding Hire products; from the immaculate marquees and silk linings, to beautiful tableware, accessories, decorative lighting, wedding chairs and furniture.


“It doesn’t really feel like ‘work’, because I love it so much! I’m always thinking ahead, so that clients don’t have to worry, and to ensure guests have an exceptional experience. It’s all in the detail; making sure every aspect is just right.”

Toni May specialises in planning Marquee Weddings in Mid and South Canterbury. The demand for Toni’s wedding services, through Peter May Marquee & Event Hire, led to the creation of Silk Estate – Marquee Weddings by Toni May.

Toni’s attention to detail has earned Silk Estate a reputation for having impeccable standards. Toni has a wealth of practical knowledge, and inspirational wedding ideas to share with you.

“A silk-lined wedding marquee is the perfect wedding venue – it gives our clients a blank canvas. We help them add their touch to it… I find that really exciting!”

Toni welcomes the input of family members, and the bridal party, as it’s very much a team effort, crafting a memorable wedding which is a true reflection of the bride and groom.


Designer Cakes
03 689 5557

Kaitys Cakes
027 324 4888

White Tie Catering

The Catering Department

Moveable Feasts

All Fed Up

Twenty-four Catering Co.
027 356 1212

Sandy Smith
03 308 1500

Lizzies Cusisine

Verde Café & Deli
03 693 9616

Carol Gunn
027 287 2468

Fleur Milligan
027 307 1111

Graham A. Jones
021 771 609

One Big Day

JFM Marketing + Design


  • Laura Johns Photography
  • Rachel Callander Copy
  • Sarah Clements Photography
  • Charlotte Sowman Photography
  • Frank Visser Photography
  • Love light Photography
  • Professional Wedding Videos
  • Andy Brown Photography


An amazing day of love, laughter, togetherness… These are the memories you’ll have of your wedding.

Silk Estate will provide inspiration, support and peace of mind – giving you the freedom to savour every precious moment. It’s important to enjoy your special day to its fullest; rather than be worrying about last-minute details. Silk Estate are experts at planning marquee weddings – we’ll make sure your wedding day unfolds seamlessly. It’s what we do, it’s what we love!

Silk Estate can also be there for you on the wedding day itself; working quietly in the background, so that you can simply enjoy being with the people you love. That, after all, is what a wedding is all about.




    Dave and I just wanted to say thank you so much. Nothing I could say would express the gratitude we have for you, your team your execution and delivery from all the months leading up to the day of the wedding. You have such a talent and great organization skills I couldn’t have done this without you. From all the emails, liaising with all our suppliers setting everything up on the day to perfection. You have made our day run so smoothly you go above and beyond and it was noticed not only by us but I have had guests comment on how fantastic you were on the day. You are one Amazing Woman! All the best and thanks again  

    Zoe + Dave Hunt

    Hi Toni, We’ve returned from honeymoon and wanted to just say how truly grateful I was that you were involved in our day. You and the team made it so effortless, I didn’t need to worry or stress on the day as you were all over it. Everything went seamlessly and we’ve had so many comments on how professional you were, and also how gorgeous it looked! You were so helpful from day one answering my silly questions and nothing was too much of an ask. You really put me at ease. The tables looked so elegant and you took what we’d talked about and made it look amazing so thank you! I cannot rave about how good you were enough, so thank you for the hard work and dedication you put into the day. We appreciated it a lot!

    Jamie + Zoe
    Jamie + Zoe

    Thank you very much for your generosity, help, support and advice towards our big day. You helped to make the setting perfect and the day magical. We are so grateful and appreciative of all you did and gave us. We will certainly be recommending you in the future. Best wishes.

    Stephen & Victoria
    Stephen & Victoria

    When our daughter asked if we would consider having her wedding in our garden in January, during harvest time, it was a daunting prospect. After talking to Toni I was confident that anything was possible. Like all parents I wanted the wedding to be perfect right down to the presentation of the tables. The marquee was breathtaking. It looked gorgeous with the silk lined roof and walls; fairy lights lined the walls and surrounded the dance floor. The fairy light curtains behind the bridal table looked wonderful in the photos. We also choose to have a silk lined entrance marquee which completed the picture. The linen and glassware were pristine. We hired almost everything from Toni and Peter including tables, chairs and dance floor. They delivered, installed and we appreciated Toni’s help setting up the tables on the morning of the wedding. We also had plan ‘B’ if it rained. Another marquee was on standby that would have been installed at short notice for the marriage ceremony; however the heavens blessed us with a remarkable day. Toni and Peter’s experience and willingness to work with us contributed to making our daughter’s wedding day perfect.

    Tony & Mandy

    Words cannot express our gratitude for all your support + help throughout our wedding planning + big day. Your professionalism and attention to detail certainly showed in all aspects of the marquee, the hire equipment and the feedback we have received since has reflected no end. Your team is simply outstanding, they are a real credit to you both. You have made us and our families feel at ease throughout the whole process, + the week prior was fun and enjoyable, opposed to stressful and tiring – which is often the case. Having the marquee at the family farm was very special to us and being able to use it the following day allowed for yet another special occasion. We cannot thank you enough for your help + commitment to our big day. It was all we had hoped for + more. The worst thing is, now it is all over!

    Hayley & Hayden
    Hayley & Hayden