We were proud to be a part of a recent collaborative photoshoot at one of Melbourne’s hottest new event spaces, The Line.
Boasting high ceilings and polished concrete floors, The Line is a warehouse style blank canvas event space where the possibilities are endless.
Tucked down a Footscray laneway, The Line is minimalist with an industrial edge and can accommodate weddings, special occasions and corporate events for up to 200 guests for a cocktail style event.
This unique space allows you to create your dream wedding or amazing event from the ground up ‘with a team of dedicated event visionaries on standby to push the creative boundaries’. Incredible inhouse catering is provided with a range of stand out packages to suit even the most discerning tastes. The team at The Line are passionate, flexible and easy to work with (we know how important these traits are for both wedding and event planners).
The team at Complete Function Hire are footy mad! We also love a good party too and we are gearing up for an exciting footy finals season. If you are having your nearest and dearest at home to watch your favourite team, check out our checklist of equipment and furniture hire essentials that will make your footy finals party a hit.
Classic Aussie spreads for footy finals parties include BBQs with all the trimmings or a buffet selection (antipasto, fresh salads and don’t forget pies with lots of sauce!). Setting up a BBQ and a buffet are easy options to feed your hungry guests. Don’t forget to hire additional BBQ’s, hot plates or warming ovens if you have a larger group to cater for. Extra trestle tables always go a long way for a backyard party too.
A self service bar is always an easy bet for footy finals parties at home. While people generally remember glassware, there are a few other key items that will make your life easier. Trestle tables with ice tubs tucked away underneath create an easy to use bar for your guests. Dress up the bar area with some galvanised tubs and gorgeous punch bowls too.
Your footy fanatic friends will want a good view of the game. Extra screens are cost effective to hire and will allow everyone a great view of their team.
Hopefully the Melbourne weather won’t let us down! If you are organising a footy finals party at home, an outdoor lounge set up will be a popular place for your guests to hang out. Outdoor furniture and some market umbrellas will keep your guests cool and comfortable.
The team at Complete Function Hire love being part of amazing winter weddings! Winter weddings have grown in popularity over the years for so many reasons including cost savings, amazing photography opportunities and longer reception times.
On this week’s blog, we were thrilled to chat to passionate wedding industry expert, Elizabeth Hollingsworth from My Wedding Décor to get the low down on her wedding style predictions for the winter months and beyond.
What are your wedding style predictions for winter and beyond for the rest of the year?
The Instagrammification of anything bridal means many couples now plan weddings to be admired on social media, whether they work in hospitality and events (and want the publicity) or not. Their wedding simply has to look good enough to garner love hearts, likes and comments – so their choice of suppliers becomes crucial.
This means couples have become increasingly sophisticated about the importance of “points of impact” at their wedding which build to tell their specific relationship story.
These points of impact begin at the invitations (which set the scene), and include the wedding dress and bridal party clothing and accessories, the aisle decorations, signage, the décor around the pre-dinner drinks, the wow-factor piece that amazes guests upon entering the venue dining area, the fully coordinated tablescapes and the clever decorative details on the gift table, bridal table, and dessert and/or grazing table, and photo opportunity areas.
My prediction is that couples will increasingly endeavour to cover as many of these points of impact as they can so their wedding photos “break the internet”!
For wintertime wedding style, the bare-leafed trees and pale sky outside virtually demands visual drama. This is the ideal time to make strong monochrome statements with a pop of shock-value colour such as deep plum, emerald or apricot.
What colour palettes or themes are proving popular for Melbourne brides?
White flowers and green foliage with decorative highlights in silver, gold, copper or brass remain an evergreen palette choice for Melbourne brides.
Popular themes include an increasingly masculine rustic style that veers towards the medieval Game of Throne look: think rugged country tables, masses of pillar candles, burnished copper candlesticks, and iron-topped lanterns.
There has also been a growing interest in woodland-cum-Alice-in-Wonderland fantasy themes with moss runners, placemats, table numbers and gold candelabras.
The prettily reflective vintage-style mercury glass bowls in rose gold, gold or silver filled with David Austin roses on mirror strips or rounds with matching tea light holders continues to be popular.
What are your favourite wedding trends of the moment?
My favourite wedding trends are an increasing use of modern transparent or reflective materials to create a contemporary feel and to play with light. Some of these include customised neon signs, Perspex welcome signs, LED illuminated seating plans, glass display cloches (a sly nod to Beauty and the Beast), and mirrored acrylic table numbers. Food as entertainment is another trend, such as fairy floss carts, customised lollipops, personalised cookies, and antipasto/cheese/pizza/popcorn/ice cream/cupcake food stations. These are instant guest magnets!
Some of our newest items include rainbow iridescent cutlery, Perspex seating plans and guest place cards, red mercury glass balloon fairy lights, personalised copper name napkin rings, baby olive tree sapling guest favours, 3D-printed grass and flower aisle runners, and 100cm-tall gold floral centrepiece stands.
The team at Complete Function Hire are a bunch of experienced and passionate event industry professionals. Led by our fearless General Manager Cam Munro, we are all about going that extra mile for our clients and event partners!
On this month’s Who’s Who, we spoke to Cam about what it’s like to work at Complete Function Hire and to find out what makes him tick. When he is not managing our busy operation, he is kicking back with family and friends over a nice Shiraz or jumping in the car with the camping gear to see where the road takes him.
How long have you been involved in the wedding and events industry?
I have been around the traps for 20 years in one way or another, that’s a scary realisation! I have been working for Complete Function Hire for 10 years. I was recommended by some friends in the industry who had worked with Complete Function Hire – they told me to give the boys a call as it was a great place to work.
My first gig at Complete Function Hire was an audiovisual setup for a corporate client in South Melbourne. I still enjoy doing a bit of tech work when I can get away from driving the desk!
Most memorable event you have worked on at Complete Function Hire and why?
Over the last 10 years, I have been really lucky to be a part of so many amazing events here in Melbourne. One of the recent stand outs is this weekend’s huge event for 850 guests at the Royal Exhibition Building for the Australian Republican Movement 2017 Gala Dinner. We are providing equipment and furniture hire for this big event and it’s all hands on deck for a mammoth bump out!
What do you enjoy best about working at Complete Function Hire?
The best part about working at Complete Function Hire is the people – clients and staff alike. We work with some very talented people and have been a part so many amazing events and special occasions over the years.
It has been great to see people succeed and watch the businesses grow from strength to strength. I get to meet new people all the time which I really enjoy and no day is the same.
Favourite AFL or sports team?
I’m born and bred in Hawthorn so am a keen supporter of the Hawks. It has been so exciting to partner with the Essendon Football Club this year and be a part of their return to success! I’m also a recent convert to Super Rugby due to our partnership with the Melbourne Rebels – it has been a real pleasure to work with the team there and cheers to a bigger and better 2018!
Melbourne boasts some of Australia’s most unique event spaces – from purpose built function centres to venues that moonlight as event spaces in the evening, our amazing city has an event space to suit everyone.
Blank Canvas style event spaces can present exciting opportunities for wedding and event planners to create their dream event and let their imaginations run wild! The beauty of this style of function space is that you can create the event that you want in the style that you want. When planning your wedding or event in one of Melbourne’s blank canvas style venues, there is a lot to consider in terms of equipment and furniture hire. That’s where we come in! Here are our top 7 must haves when hosting your party in a ‘blank canvas’ event space.
The dancefloor is where the magic happens (or at least that’s what it feels like after a few beverages). Depending on your venue, you may want to consider a parquetry dancefloor for your guests to dance the night away.
The bar is always an extremely important component to any party! Depending on your venue, you may like to consider making the bar a central feature, using eye catching stand alone bars in acrylic or pressed metal.
While most venues include tables and chairs as part of the venue hire, you might wish to explore some alternative options to complement your style. On trend pieces such as the Hairpin Range can add a pop of colour to your party and were created for event and wedding planners who don’t want to incorporate linen into their table settings.
From acrylic options such as the on trend Ghost Chair to the Melbourne classic, the Bentwood – a chair can add interest to your overall look. As well as traditional black, white and brown finishes, our chair ranges come in a variety of bright and pastel colours to complete your desired look.
Setting up an outdoor area is always a good bet. Café tables, market umbrellas and some outdoor heaters for winter events will create a comfortable break out environment for those wanting some fresh air.
While some venues do include basic audio-visual equipment, it’s worth asking your venue manager what is included. Depending on your formalities and your entertainment choice, you may need to hire in some additional AV equipment to ensure your guests can clearly hear your speeches and to ensure your band or DJ are sounding their best.
While your chosen caterer will no doubt have the necessary service equipment to feed your hungry guests, we are seeing a big trend towards coloured cutlery and charger plates to complement table settings. On trend metallics are a classy addition to any party table and a touch of gold or bronze adds glamour to the table.
The Complete Function Hire team LOVE being part of winter events in Melbourne! On this week’s blog, we were thrilled to chat to our dear friend’s at JAK Creative to find out what makes winter events so cool and what the hot event styling trends are for the chilly months ahead. Here’s what Kerryn Howell, Creative Director and guru of all things event styling had to say about winter event style.
“Winter is a great time to get creative especially at JAK Creative. In Winter, we get to spend time rugged up at our desks (in our colour coordinated Ugg Boots and fingerless gloves) trawling the world for inspiration. This year there has been some wonderful trends coming through that you’ll be able to see in our work later in the year. And there are also trends that we are dying to embrace, just waiting for the perfect briefs to unleash them on!
Over the past couple of months there has been an influx of inspiration from overseas. The world of Design and Interiors has been busy with loads of international fairs and showcases and we recently had Denfair right here in Melbourne.
There is some real stand out trends which will effortlessly translate into super stylish event spaces. Some of them make great hybrids too. Most of them will transition right through into the new year and beyond. I also expect to see some of these looks emerging through Spring Racing Carnival 2017.
Here is our top Winter Trends. I hope they inspire you too!”
Timber is being appreciated in every which way right now. Stacked, cut, joined or moulded. Rings exposed or grains exposed. Raw or polished. High-End design or timeless Scandi style are all perfectly acceptable.
Add fire or candle light for the nights. Add botanic touches and organic details for day time. Raw linens and fur throws add texture, softness and neutral tones to keep it feeling classic. Bold colours and graphics bring it into the now.
Green & Gold
This combination used to be something I avoided at all costs (I think it had something to do with merchandise from Australia winning the America’s Cup in the 80’s). Later in life I learned that green could be foliage or a cushion and gold could be furniture, a vase or charger plate. This changed everything and I now find them quite enchanting as a combination. When in doubt, change the context!
Again, greenery and foliage are the heroes of this trend and work as a print or graphic as well as actual plants. Secondary elements like concrete and marble are great additions too.
Pantone’s colour of the year ‘Greenery’ has been a big influence on this trend across all design industries from print and fashion to interiors and technology.
Be sure to watch out for the next instalment of our winter style blog featuring more hot winter event style trends from the team at JAK Creative.
No day is the same at Complete Function Hire! We love being a part of amazing Melbourne events in our city’s range of unique function spaces. We work closely with wedding and event planners and our venue partners to provide furniture, décor and equipment hire to perfectly suit your style. On this month’s Complete Function Hire’s Event Spaces We Love, we put the spotlight on Space338 and spoke to Mel Karliecek from this chic venue to find out why Space338 is the perfect choice for your next event.
“Space338 is a versatile event space located in the heart of North Melbourne, just minutes from Melbourne’s CBD. Boasting sand-blasted brick walls, concrete floors and soaring ceilings with industrial beams overhead, Space338’s open plan design is perfect for all sorts of events, giving you true flexibility in how you can utilise it.
When you book Space338, you will have a blank canvas for the night – it’s your space to shape as much, or as little, as you want. Roller door access makes it easy to move equipment, furniture and installations into the space and a servery on site means you can easily store and dish up refreshments and drinks.
Space338 is designed as a DIY venue – you have a space where you have the freedom to bring in whatever you need to make your event a success. Additionally, unlike a lot of other event spaces, there are no hidden costs and no minimum spends, making budgeting for your special event that much easier, there is no limit and we are quiet flexible”.
Complete Function Hire can help create your event at Space338. We can provide a range of furniture ranges to suit this flexible space from tables and chairs to lounge areas and décor to create your desired look. Our Hair Pin range looks striking in the venue as does more classic ranges such as our Bentwood Chairs. For those who want their guests to dance the night away, we can also provide the dancefloor and AV equipment to create a dancefloor like no other!
Space338 is a must see – for your event enquiries, contact Mel (and don’t forget to ask about their 25% OFF venue fee special when you book a Sunday event this month).
The team of event professionals at Complete Function Hire love what we do! One thing we all have in common (aside from enjoying a game of footy and a cold beer), is that we all love to provide the best possible customer service to our Melbourne wedding and events clients and event partners.
On this month’s Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire, we chat to longstanding Complete Function Hire staff member and ‘Director of Advanced Management Operations’, Nathan Purcell. Nathan had a laugh with his title but in reality, the work that our Nathan does behind the scenes coupled with his willingness to bend over backwards to service our clients, makes Nathan a key player in the team. Health fanatic, avid Demons fan and all round great bloke, Nathan has been a vital part of the Complete Function Hire team for over 15 years.
How long have you been involved in the wedding and events industry?
I started my career in events 15 years ago. I was visiting a cousin who worked with Complete Function Hire back in 2001 and I think I asked if I could come in and help out – the rest is history! I have been here ever since.
Most memorable event you have worked on at Complete Function Hire and why?
The most memorable event was the Essendon vs Melbourne AFL Event we were proud to be a part of last month. It was inspirational to meet and chat to Neil and Terry Daniher during the game. Since then, I have been inspired to start running again and have since entered cure fight MND fun run on the 30th July and I have also registered to be a cure MND volunteer.
What do you enjoy best about working at Complete Function Hire?
The people I’ve worked with over the last 15 years – both the Complete Function Hire team and our clients – make it a wonderful place to work. I have made long lasting friends here at Complete Function Hire – it’s great to work with great people in an industry where no day is the same. There’s never a dull moment!
Favourite hobbies and past times?
I enjoy running three times a week and going to the gym 5 or 6 times a week. Golf, Cycling and fishing are also favourite past times (depending on the weather).
Favourite food and drink?
I used to enjoy a cold beer and Thai food but now I am all about the protein shakes and chicken which is boring but part of my health kick.
Who do you barrack for in the footy?
Melbourne in AFL and Rebels in the Rugby.
For all your event hire needs, speak to the passionate team at Complete Function Hire today, we would love to help with your upcoming event.
Complete Function Hire have all your event hire needs sorted! From furniture hire to AV and equipment hire to décor – we are your one stop shop for your winter events.
As an added bonus (and for a bit of fun), we are running an exclusive WINTER COMPETITION with INCREDIBLE PRIZES to be WON including tickets to the Portsea Polo with Helicopter transfers, exclusive marquee tickets to Oaks Day for Spring Racing Carnival and a magnum of Laurent Perrier Champagne. We are excited to be giving away nearly $5,000.00 worth of prizes!
All you have to do is place your event hire orders with us over the winter months and you will instantly go into the prize draw when you spend$500.00 on hire. The more you spend with us over winter, the greater chance you have of winning one of these amazing prizes!*
AMAZING PRIZES TO BE WON!!
1st Prize – 2 x Tickets to Microflite Portsea Polo Marquee with return Helicopter Transfersfrom Melbourne City Helipad. Arrive at the Polo in style and party in the exclusive Microflite Portsea Polo Marquee.
2nd Prize – 2 x Tickets to the Idiom Events Marquee – Oaks Day, Flemington. Base yourself Trackside in the glamourous Idiom Events Marquee for an exclusive cocktail party.
3rd Prize – 1 x Magnum Laurent Perrier Champagne
How to Win
For your chance to be in the draw to win one of these awesome prizes, simply order from Complete Function Hire over the winter months. For every $500.00 you spend during June, July or August 2017, you will receive one ticket into the prize draw which will be announced early September 2017.
Terms and Conditions*
All confirmed orders placed for events occurring in the months of June, July and August 2017 will receive an automatic entry ticket into the prize draw for every $500.00 spent on hire items (ex. GST) with Complete Function Hire in June, July or August 2017. Total price excludes delivery charges. Prizes will be drawn at random on Thursday 7th September, 2017 and winners will be contacted in person on the day and/or by email. Prizes are not refundable or transferrable.
Complete Function Hire love working closely with Melbourne’s best function venues to supply furniture, décor and equipment for amazing events. Melbourne boasts so many incredible event spaces of all shapes, styles and sizes (we are spoilt for choice!).
Situated in the heart of Brunswick, Brunswick Foodstore is a popular local foodie hot spot. At night, the bustling café becomes a warehouse style function space – a blank canvas that can been transformed to suit all kinds of corporate and private events.
Nestled inside the skeleton of a beautiful old Heritage building, the Brunswick Foodstore has a cool, industrial edge and is incredibly versatile in terms of set ups and style. Many of our furniture ranges for hire fit so well into this flexible space including our funky Hair Pin Range. Our Bentwood Chairs are always a popular choice and no party is complete without a dancefloor to dance the night away!
With a cool, industrial edge, Brunswick Food Store is a unique Melbourne function space, bursting with character for your next party of up to 150 guests. Looking for a function space that is just a little bit different (and very cool?), make sure you speak to the friendly team at Brunswick Food Store.