Venues We Love – The Deck, St Kilda

Located in the heart of St Kilda, The Deck at The Prince Hotel, has played host to some of Melbourne’s most elegant weddings and spectacular events. Eternally chic, The Deck’s contemporary style and exceptional food make it a popular choice for wedding planners year in, year out.

On this month’s Venues We Love, we were thrilled to speak to Sarah Bolitho, Sales Manager at The Deck, to find out why The Deck continues to be one of Melbourne’s most sought-after spaces for beautiful weddings and to get up to speed on some very exciting times ahead for this iconic venue.

Why are weddings at The Deck always so special?

The Deck is such a unique, yet iconically Melbourne venue. With panoramic views of both Port Phillip Bay and the city skyline, it’s a destination that feels like Melbourne, yet, as the sun sets over the bay also feels removed.

The Deck exudes chic style. Image/ Flowers Foxy Ever Green.

With both the inside function space and the large outdoor deck area, the property is also well suited to Melbourne weather which, at times, can be unpredictable (always great to have a wet weather option!). The Prince Hotel facility also encompasses a 38 room boutique hotel which makes it easy to accommodate guests travelling from abroad, and also gives the bride her own space for between-photo touch ups!

What are your team’s favourite wedding style predictions for the season?

Love in every way is exciting and we are really looking forward to helping all couples celebrate their love in 2018 and beyond.

Being able to mingle and speak to all your wedding guests is always important to our Brides, however can also be challenging. Our clients love incorporating roving entrées and desserts to maximise their time talking to friends and family, not to mention allowing for more time outside on the rooftop and on the dance-floor!

An impressive entrance to an elegant soiree. Image by Jerome Cole.

We continue to see a trend towards feasting style mains, which are a great way to offer variety and encourage interaction between guests.

We also love creating signature cocktails with our clients – if they have sipped something special somewhere in the world we can recreate for their wedding (our beverage manager loves a challenge!).

What’s new at The Deck?

We have some very big changes happening at The Prince Hotel in 2018. The entire property including The Deck and all food and beverage outlets, will see a renovation and rebranding this year. We are working with the extremely talented Iva Foscia on the redesign, which will commence with the renovation our restaurant space (Circa) from May. The Deck will follow in June/July – we can’t wait to give the space an amazing face lift.
In late 2017, we completed a full refurbishment on The Prince Hotel accommodation rooms. The interior design approach was focused on preserving the hotels original art deco architecture, offering a softer palette of alternating textures and hues, suggestive of Miami beaches and candy coloured ice-creams.

Perfectly romantic. Credit: Erin and Tara

What are your team’s top tips for making a wedding really memorable?

Make it personal – showcase things that represent you both eg: cocktails, signage, fave dishes.

Don’t over complicate things – keep it simple and don’t lose sight of what’s important to you.

Enjoy the process – it should be fun the whole way!.

Feature image credit: Badlands + Co

The team at Complete Function Hire can’t wait to discuss your special day with you! Contact our friendly team today.

 

The Most Beautiful Wedding Trends for 2018 – Toko Events

On this week’s blog, we had the pleasure of speaking to the passionate team of wedding and event experts at Toko Events.

Toko Events are completely obsessed with helping couples create their dream wedding – whether you need an event manager and a stylist to take care of every detail or to manage your event, Toko Events thrive on making everything just perfect.

An incredible styled photoshoot by Toko Events at The Line, Furniture: Complete Function Hire, Styling and Arch/Chuppah: Toko Events, Photographer: Pretty Flamingo, Florist: Georgie Boy, Bangin Hangins (decor).

Judith Weizman explained that “Just as a general note about Toko Events… we absolutely love weddings, we love working with people and relationships with our clients is our biggest priority… when we take on a wedding, we are in for the whole journey with you. As a wedding planner, our focus is on bringing our couples vision to life, ensuring they are comfortable with the process and always updating them along the way so they feel completely in control without taking on any of the stress”.

Music to wedding planner’s ears! For added awesomeness, the team at Toko Events shares a passion to make the world a better place by donating 10% of all profits to a non-profit organization.

What are the Toko Events team’s wedding style trend predictions for this year?

It’s all about celebrating love and having a great big party! Photographer: Jeremy Blode Photography

Couples are looking for something unique and they want to create a wedding which is a celebration of love and a great big party. We are definitely moving away from the “conventional wedding” and this excites us because we can become really creative with our offerings and have some fun with the styling and planning. I think we will see more bold colour choices and couples choosing expressive and bright colour combinations both in florals and other styling elements – custom neons and signage are big and we love playing around with cheeky quotes!

What are the Toko Events team’s favourite colour palettes of the moment?

We are loving the mixture of textures and deep colours – love playing around with the emerald and blush tones and pairing these with lots of big branches and delicate florals for contrast. Burgundy, peach, pinks and foliage – heaven!

Team faves – what are the team at Toko Events crushing on right now?

We are loving couples choice of signage with playful phrases and the personal touches. We also cannot get enough of candles – simple, beautiful and romantic! Also, have you seen Bangin Hangins? They turn any space into a party!

An amazing mixture of textures and deep colours. Photographer: Free the Bird
Florals: Georgie Boy

What’s new at Toko Events?

Our Chuppah and Arch Range and our package to organise a couple’s ceremony which is especially helpful if it they are wanting ceremony and reception in different locations – we will take care of furniture, styling, timings, music and anything else that is needed.

“As a wedding planner, our focus is on bringing our couples vision to life”. Toko Events. Photographer: Free the Bird, Florals: Georgie Boy

Top tip for wedding planners?

Celebrate your love with the people you love. Photographer: Dan’O’Day

It’s really easy to get caught up in the stress of the planning and ideas of what your wedding should be… and it is just SO important to remember the reason you’re getting married… to celebrate your love with the people you love and keep that as the focus. For couples, choose suppliers you get along with so the people on your wedding journey could also just be your friends… and then it will all be much easier and so much more fun!

The team at Complete Function Hire love working closely with Toko Events to create Melbourne’s most stunning weddings. Discuss your special day with Complete Function Hire today.

Food Trends & Expert Tips For Event Planners – White Card Food & Events

The team at Complete Function Hire enjoys working with Melbourne’s most talented event planners and incredible venues.

On this week’s blog, we were delighted to speak to the team of foodies at White Card Food & Events to get their food trend predictions for the year ahead and some great tips on how to create an event that your guests will remember for years to come.

What are the White Card team’s catering trend predictions for 2018?

Wedding and event planners are going to continue to opt for shared menus and grazing stations this year. This style of catering is so wonderful for all kinds of events as it allows people to explore new flavours in a fun way and it also creates a visual experience too.

Grazing stations create a real wow factor!

We love featuring local produce through our menus and another food trend for this year will be around creating innovative ways of healthy eating including Buddha Bowls and really gorgeous mocktails.

White Card  manage events at some of Melbourne’s most unique spaces. Tell us why weddings and events at The Immigration Museum and Scienceworks are always so memorable?

Our spaces vary so much – from the elegance of the Immigration Museum to the rustic industrial feel of the Pumping Station .

Our Pumping station is so full of history with unique design features such as beautiful red bricks and metal engines. Minimal effort is needed to turn the space into your own to create your dream event. We have also enhanced the space with rows of Edison festoon lights which creates a gorgeous ambience for parties.

The Immigration Museum is conveniently located in Melbourne’s CBD and is the perfect location for summer cocktail parties.

The Immigration Museum is so elegant and full of light. The gorgeous urban courtyard is perfect for a summer cocktail party or end of year event. The Immigration Museum is conveniently located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD so it is a very popular choice for business events of all kinds.

We love our unique event spaces and work closely with our brides and corporate event clients to ensure we create extraordinary event experiences that incorporates their own personal style.

What are your team’s top tips for organising memorable events this year?

  • Try and find spaces that offer an experience for your guests. We can organise for your guests to view one of our original steam pumps in action or to lie back and enjoy a planetarium show before a cocktail or dinner event. Incorporating one of these special experiences will leave a lasting impression on your guests
  • Guests love a grazing table with an interesting selection of tasty bites. We find that grazing stations enhances the event space and creates a real wow factor when guests arrive
  • Get in early if you have your heart set on a special event space for end of year events!

What’s new at White Card Food & Events?

We are currently finalising our end of year packages so stay tuned to White Card & Museum Spaces for more details very soon! Baja was a huge success in 2017 and we are working on something very special for the end of this year which we can’t wait to share.

If you are looking for a unique Melbourne venue to create your dream event, speak to the team at White Card Food & Events today.

 

For all your wedding and event hire needs, click here to contact the team of event experts at Complete Function Hire.

 

Complete Function Hire’s Best Bits of 2017

The team at Complete Function Hire would like to wish our wonderful clients, supporters and amazing event partners a very Merry Christmas.

Oh what a year it has been! With too many extraordinary events to mention here – we took 5 to ask our team of event experts about their best bits of 2017 and to spread some Christmas cheer.

Amazing Events – All Over Melbourne!

2017 was chock full of so many amazing events, it really is impossible to mention them all. We are privileged to work with so many talented and creative event planners at Melbourne’s best venues. Cam Munro, our General Manager, said that ” My event highlight of the year was the Australian Republic Movement Gala Dinner at the iconic Royal Exhibition Buildings. It was a HUGE event and I was proud of the way the whole team worked together seamlessly to get it done”.

This amazing event at the Royal Exhibition Buildings was a team highlight for 2017! Photo credit Stewie Donn.

Our Loyal Clients

The Complete  Function Hire team feel lucky to work with Melbourne’s best wedding and event professionals. Jamie Staton, our Business Development Manager, gives our wonderful clients a shout out, “I just wanted to say a big thank you to all our major clients for a fabulous 2017. We appreciate all the support and we enjoy working with you all. On a personal level, I hope that you all have a fabulous Christmas with family and friends and we look forward to an amazing year ahead. Please stay safe and I hope that you all get a well-deserved break after an extra crazy event season this year”.

Wow Factor weddings kept the team busy in 2017. We love helping people celebrate their special day.

Nathan Purcell agrees that working with great people is one of the best parts of working at Complete Function Hire. “The annual highlight for me would be the end of the year, another successful one almost down. With a big thanks to all our staff, but mostly our clients who without them it wouldn’t happen.. cheers and thanks to all”.

Steve Withers, Complete Function Hire Director said that his highlights of the year came from the huge amount of positive client feedback, “I have been so delighted with the number of positive calls and emails from clients regarding our staff throughout the year”, said Steve.

Team Work

Through all of our cool monthly staff profiles (Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire), one thing that stands out is that our team really enjoy working together (and working hard!). “The real highlight of this year, has been seeing Nic Lema step in to run Operations and excelling in the role under a lot of pressure during peak season” says Cam Munro.

We are lucky to work with Melbourne’s best and most unique event spaces! Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium.

Nic Lema, Operations Manager, said that, “I would like to thank the team especially Matty for helping me out with the load of work that has to be set out, day in and day out… I love when the team comes together to get a massive job done.
Looking forward to the wedding season!”.

Much loved member of staff, Matt Slingo congratulates his team for their hard work across the year, “It’s impressive to see Nic step up to run operations. With that role comes a new set of challenges for Nic – to deliver quality product to our clients during our busiest time of year. It’s always good to see a new batch of road and kitchen staff working together to make it all happen”.

Things We Built – With Love

Andrew Foulstone, Complete Function Hire Director said that, “In a slow year for new product our team were able to build new Lemonade Stands for a large show a the Royal Exhibition Buildings that look fantastic. When asked to custom build something we always aim to exceed our clients’ expectations.”

Thank you once again to all of our followers, clients and event partners for a sensational 2017. We look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

Click here to contact the passionate team of event experts at Complete Function Hire today. 

9 Expert Event Manager’s Tips For The Festive Season

Planning the company end of year event can be stressful for event organisers. Be sure to impress your colleagues, clients and boss with these  great tips from CIS Event Management!

Know your audience.

Understand who is attending your event. This will help you make decisions around menu selection, ice breakers, venue location etc.

Outline your event aims.

What are you trying to achieve? Is the event a reward for the hard work of the staff or appreciation of your stakeholders and partners? Like all events, determining the aims from the get go is an important exercise.

Make it easy for your guests.

Be clear as crystal with your invitations. Go the extra mile and include directions, details on where to park or details for sourcing fancy dress (if your event is themed). Always consider what is going to make your guests lives easier!

Team guidelines for staff end of year events.

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Ask Management or HR to send a quick reminder (for staff events) around alcohol policies and acceptable behaviour.

Budget for incidentals.

Allocate a little extra budget for incidentals (such as last minute guest invitations by management).

Budget for an AV technician.

Where your audio visual requirements go beyond the norm (e.g. microphone, lectern, data projector), you should consider budgeting for an AV Technician to be on site at your venue. This will help you avoid any unforeseen technical issues so that your event can run to schedule.

Check your contracts.

Get to know your venue contract and understand terms such as slippage clause (which is the adjusted price per person increase should your numbers fall below a certain amount). Never sign anything before totally understanding it and getting sign off from management.

Check, double check and triple check every last detail!

This goes without saying! A professional event manager is fastidious about every detail – we check, double check and then triple check every aspect of each event.

Extra support.

Working with a professional event manager such as CIS Event Management, doesn’t mean that you will miss out on planning parts of the event. Professional event managers are called in to either manage events end to end, or to work closely with event planners to support them during busy times.

Happy event planning! Be sure to contact the team at Complete Function Hire for all your Christmas event hire needs – from AV to furniture to décor to equipment- we are your one stop shop this festive season. 

Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire – Caitlin Stafford, Kitchen Crew

At Complete Function Hire, we enjoy working with Melbourne’s best event planners, venues and event stylists to help create amazing events.

We continue to work with the best in the biz because we take extra great care of our hire products. Our hardworking Kitchen Crew is responsible for cleaning and polishing our party hire products to perfection!

On this month’s “Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire” we chat to one of our awesome Kitchen Crew team members, Caitlin Stafford. When she is not working hard in our Kitchen to get our hire products looking immaculate, Caitlin is studying to be a nurse and loves to play video games.

How long have you been involved in the wedding and events industry?

I have been working for Complete Function Hire for about 3 and a half years.

What prompted you to start working at Complete Function Hire?

My uncle got me the job to help me get through university (and to help pay for my shopping habits!).

Caitlin and our Kitchen Crew work tirelessly to ensure all of our hire products are immaculate for each and every event.

Most memorable event or wedding you have worked on at Complete Function Hire and why?

Probably all of them! We are always too busy behind the scenes in the kitchen to see the amazing set ups that the Road Crew do.

What do you enjoy best about working at Complete Function Hire?

I love that everyone is a big family. We all work hard and it’s a really friendly environment.

Favourite hobbies and past times?

Playing video games and shopping.

Favourite food and drink?

Vegan burrito from Trippy Taco in Fitzroy and Rekorderlig cider.

Who do you barrack for in the AFL (or other favourite sport) and why?

I go for the Bulldogs because they won last year and Richmond because they won this year!

Speak to the team of event experts at Complete Function Hire about your upcoming event today.

How to Host The Perfect End of Year Event – CIS Event Management

With event season in full swing, the team at Complete Function Hire are busy delivering furniture, equipment, AV and décor to Melbourne’s best venues. We see all kinds of Christmas events – from casual family fun days in the park to glamourous VIP client events (and everything in between). So, what makes a corporate Christmas party really memorable?

On this week’s blog we were honoured to chat to Dee Nicholas, Director of CIS Event Management to get her helpful tips for event planners. Dee has been producing amazing events in Melbourne, Australia and all over the world for over 25 years and we enjoyed getting her expert advice on how to make sure your Christmas event is talked about for years to come.

Mix It Up!

The easy option is to do what you did the year prior however variety is the spice of life! There are so many incredible event spaces in Melbourne – the possibilities are endless. If you truly believe you have ‘been everywhere’, why not let your imagination run wild in a warehouse style space or one of Melbourne’s incredible gardens? It is good to mix up the format up too – if you have had a formal seated event in the past, why not mix it up with a cocktail party style event or a picnic?!

Add the element of surprise by changing up your event format this year.

First Impressions

Get creative with your invite. The Christmas Party is seen as recognition to staff (or clients) for their hard work and many look forward to the event each year. To help with getting maximum attendance, create an exciting invite with a teaser of what they may expect on the night.

The WOW Factor

Whether it be incorporated into your entertainment, your styling, your menu choice or your gifting – it is always important to think about incorporating points of difference e.g. signature cocktail designed especially for your business, a special theme, interactive activity or high tech digital element.

A special theme can give your end of year event the WOW factor.

Food, Glorious Food

Food is always an important factor when creating an amazing event. Ensuring there is ample food, as well as variety and consideration of guest’s special dietary needs will always be received well. Food stations, Charcuterie and Cheese tables and dessert buffets are all very popular at the moment. Incorporating food stations will ensure that guests can continue to ‘graze’ throughout the event and it can become a stylised feature and talking point at your event, creating a lasting (and delicious) impression for years to come.

Recognition

For end of year staff parties and client entertaining events alike, it is always important to place emphasis on recognition. A well delivered speech by Management including company highlights for the year will help end the year on a positive note. A personal touch is always well received and appreciated.

Break The Ice

Do your guests know each other? For larger businesses with multiple departments or for client entertaining events, it is possible that guests may not know each other that well so it’s important to break the ice. Interactive activities such as Gif booths, photobooths and roving entertainment are great starters.

If you want your event to make an impact, speak to the team of business event professionals at CIS Event Management today.

For all your event hire needs this Christmas and beyond, click here to contact the team at Complete Function Hire. 

Complete Function Hire’s Stylish New Crockery & Furniture Hire Ranges for 2018

Complete Function Hire are proud to announce our new furniture and crockery ranges for hire. Coming soon are our two new furniture hire ranges – Cruise Range and Torquay Range.

Cruise Range

Understated and elegant, the Cruise Range is a stylish addition to any venue or event. Coming in two seater and one seater sizes, the Cruise Range is modern with a versatile colour palette of black on charcoal.

Torquay Range

We are excited to introduce the Torquay Range. Coming soon to Complete Function Hire, this simple yet striking range is suited to both indoor and outdoor events.

Concrete Range

Meet the super stylish Concrete Range. Designed to complement a modern or industrial interior, this chic range is available to hire in Entrée, Main, Side and Dessert plates

The Concrete Range adds a stylish touch to the table.

The Duck Egg Range

The Duck Egg range comes in a soft Blue and complements all kinds of cuisines. Coming soon to Complete Function Hire, the Duck Egg range is an elegant crockery choice for any occasion.

The Duck Egg (Blue) crockery range will be available to hire soon.

Speak to the team at Complete Function Hire today about our elegant new crockery and furniture hire ranges. Available to hire for your event very soon! 

 

Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire – Andrew de Vos, Road Staff

With Melbourne event season in full swing, we rely on our hardworking team to maintain our (always) high levels of customer service when we go from busy to really busy in October. Our conscientious team includes 15 Complete Function Hire Road Staff. These guys are the glue that holds our operation together over event season with their tireless efforts to ensure our hire products are delivered, bumped in and set up on time, every time. And with a smile! Our Road Staff make sure our furniture and equipment are in top condition and that our busy warehouse is running like clockwork.

Andrew is part of our hardworking Road Staff team.

Meet Andrew de Vos. Andrew plays an integral role at Complete Function Hire as part of our awesome Road Staff. Pizza fan, beer lover and fanatical Essendon Supporter, Andrew is a meticulous member of our team that loves providing the best possible customer service to our clients and event partners.

How long have you been involved in the events industry?

Just over a year.

What prompted you to start working at Complete Function Hire?

I joined Complete Function Hire because I believed the event industry would be interesting and I could utilise my background in customer service and hospitality.

First Complete Function Hire gig?

My first job was a corporate dinner at Munich Brauhaus.

Andrew and the Complete Function Hire team love working on weddings and events at Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

Most memorable event or wedding you have worked on at Complete Function Hire and why?

We’ve done a few weddings in the Royal Botanic Gardens. I always enjoy delivering and setting up there as there are so many amazing locations throughout the Gardens – it’s hard to top!

What do you enjoy best about working at Complete Function Hire?

The variety of function venues we go to always keeps the job interesting. We are able to go to places that we wouldn’t normally have access to and see amazing spaces and events – there’s never a dull moment.

Favourite hobbies and past times?

I am a huge basketball fan (and horrible basketball player!). I also enjoy drawing and painting and anything creative.

Who do you barrack for in the AFL (or other favourite sport) and why?

The mighty Bombers!! It runs in the family. It’s been great to work so closely with Essendon Football Club this year as we (Complete Function Hire) are event support partners of the club.

Contact the team of service driven event professionals at Complete Function Hire today about your upcoming wedding or event. 

 

 

 

Events We Love – Kennedy Twilight Beach Polo 2018

Complete Function Hire are proud to be an Official Event Supplier Partner of the exciting Kennedy Twilight Beach Polo 2018  which hits St Kilda’s foreshore this February. We look forward to providing furniture and décor hire (with packages designed to suit the beach) for the exciting range of private and corporate hospitality options on offer.

The Kennedy Twilight Beach Polo 2018 will be the second annual Melbourne Beach Polo event and will be played on St Kilda’s iconic West Beach.

To be held on Friday 16th February 2018 from 3pm – St Kilda’s foreshore will be home to the thrills and excitement of this glamorous event. While the world-class Beach Polo will be the star attraction, guests will also enjoy sumptuous food, wine and a vibrant social scene, while fashion will also play an integral part on the day.

Facts about Beach Polo in Melbourne

• The Kennedy Twilight Beach Polo first launched to rave reviews in 2017.
• With in-excess of 1800 people at the 2017 event, St Kilda’s West Beach came alive to a carnival atmosphere with live crosses showcasing the event on Channel 9 and Channel 10 news.
• St Kilda shares the limelight with iconic locations such as: Miami, Ibiza, Dubai, England, Singapore & Thailand where Beach Polo is played.
• The game is played on a smaller arena, with a larger ball and only 3 x players per team.
• The game is highly competitive, fast paced yet different to field polo as the sand impacts both player and rider.

What guests can expect

The Kennedy Twilight Beach Polo is now a major event on Melbourne’s social calendar and caters for both corporates and individuals who wish to witness and share in the excitement of this world-class sport.

Guests can experience the polo from within a number of private and syndicated marquees all overlooking the polo field and beyond and all with first class views of the polo field and all the action – including the entertainment, live feed, large screens and the CHADSTONE – FASHION ON THE SANDS.

The event is held from 3pm – 8pm and is the perfect timeslot for corporate entertainment or a Friday catch-up with friends, in a location that is easily accessible and simply stunning.

With spectacular views of St Kilda, Port Phillip Bay and beyond, guests can be entertained in a relaxed environment, with premium service, food and beverages. It’s an event not to be missed.

KENNEDY TWILIGHT BEACH POLO
St Kilda West Beach
Friday 16th February 2018
3pm-8pm

For more information on the event, please visit www.twilightbeachpolo.com.au

For all your Kennedy Twilight Beach Polo furniture and décor hire needs, contact the team at Complete Function Hire today.