Complete Function Hire Venues We Love – The Refectory, Werribee Park by Bursaria

The team at Complete Function Hire LOVE working with Melbourne’s most beautiful venues and incredible caterers. On this month’s edition of Venues We Love, we were thrilled to chat to the talented team of foodies from Bursaria about their newest venue, The Refectory at Werribee Park.

Located only 30 minutes from Melbourne CBD, The Refectory is nestled in 10 acres of formal gardens offering a variety of stunning ceremony and photography settings in the one location. We spoke to the sales and events team at Bursaria to find out all about this exquisite space.

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What does The Refectory – your newest venue space at Werribee Park – offer for couples?

For those who are seeking a stunning wedding venue that offers everything you can desire in one location … The Refectory by Bursaria awaits you.

Guests can host their garden ceremony in the gorgeous grounds, enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapés overlooking the grand Mansion on The Refectory front lawn and then move inside to enjoy Bursaria’s award-winning food and service.

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Bursaria offers an award-winning dining experience – what’s on the menu this wedding season?

Grazing or Plated. Modern or traditional. Our menu allows you to bring as little or as much of your personal style as you wish. Whether you choose our popular grazing menu to share, plated or cocktail style dining, our creative menu showcases the fresh seasonal tastes on offer.

Our 2017 Spring/Summer Menu is a fusion of fresh produce bursting with colour and flavour. This coming season is all about highlighting an array of amazing produce of the season to create delicious food concepts.

Couples love our grazing menu served down the centre of the table because of its communal atmosphere accompanied with a variety of seasonal side dishes. Our grazing menus are designed to be plentiful and for guests and family to share. When everything comes together at the event – it’s a colourful affair!

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Tell us about your wonderful special offer for 2018 Brides to Be?

A special offering for new couples who book their wedding in 2018 at The Refectory! Grazing or Plated package. Which will you choose?

All new couples who book their wedding at The Refectory on a Friday or Sunday evening during May to August 2018, have the opportunity to select from either a plated or grazing ‘dinner’ package for only $110 per person.

Want to know more about this gorgeous wedding venue? Contact The Refectory Werribee Park by Bursaria on 03 9731 7101 today or click here to enquire online. 

 

For all your wedding hire needs, contact the experienced team at Complete Function Hire today. 

Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire – Andrew Foulstone, Director

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Complete Function Hire has been delivering amazing events across Victoria for the last 17 years.

Our busy operation was founded by our fearless leaders Steve Withers and Andrew Foulstone – both of whom are heavily involved in the business today.

On this month’s Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire, we chat to our Director Andrew Foulstone to find out why he founded Complete Function Hire and to see what makes him tick. Mad Essendon supporter, published novelist and passionate event industry expert – it is Andrew’s role to ensure that we to continue to provide Melbourne’s best event hire service to our valued clients and event partners.

Furniture Hire MelbourneHow long have you been involved in the events industry?

20 years.

What prompted you to start Complete Function Hire?

I worked for another Melbourne hire company and I was told from the clients I dealt with that if I wasn’t there they wouldn’t use said hire company. I heard this enough times and thought, well why not start my own hire company? Steve was also hearing the same thing from his clients and we decided to get together and start Complete Function Hire and the rest is history.

First gig?

From small beginnings, our first job was a small cocktail party at a private residence in which we supplied glasses. We were so excited we sent the client a bunch of flowers to thank them for our first job.

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Andrew loves his footy and is a proud Essendon supporter.

Most memorable event you have worked on at Complete Function Hire?

The most memorable event was an outside broadcast/promotion for Triple M radio who were having a contest called ‘Buried alive for Live’. A contestant had to spend all day in a coffin to win tickets the Live concert. We set up a broadcast stage and marquee on Southbank and then had to create a pop-up graveyard for the audience to watch the contestant. We had to source a coffin, build a stage with a clear front and hole in the middle to lower the coffin down ‘underground’ to replicate the act of burying him alive. After weeks of preparation and sourcing it went off without a hitch. Steve and I even got to play the part of the funeral workers lowering the coffin under the stage.

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

Without a doubt, it would have to be the people. Staff and clients alike are what make this place special. We work hard and have a lot of fun doing it. I can’t remember that last time I came into work and didn’t have a least one good laugh.

Favourite hobbies and past times?

I love reading and writing. Time for some shameless cross promotion. In my spare time over the last few years I have written and published a seven book fantasy series. Here is my website and facebook page. Check it out!

http://sevenstonesofpower.com/

https://www.facebook.com/7stonesofpower/

 

Who do you barrack for in the AFL (and other sports) and why?

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Andrew is a die-hard Essendon Fan and Complete Function Hire are proud event partners of the club.

Can there be any doubt I am a die-hard Essendon man?! Great to see the team bounce back and make the finals after a very tough few years and we are proud corporate sponsors of the club. I also follow the San Francisco 49ers in NFL, been following them since the Montana/Rice days of the 80s. Cricket is another one, looking forward to a great Ashes series this year. Hopefully we can send the ‘poms’ packing this year.

For all of your event hire needs, speak to the team of customer service driven event experts at Complete Function Hire today.

Event Styling Trends for the Festive Season

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On this week’s Complete Function Hire blog, we were delighted to chat to Ruwini Gelo from Adore Every Detail. Adore Every Detail is a boutique event agency with a passion for all things event styling and design.

The creative team of event gurus at Adore Every Detail quite literally, ADORE EVERY DETAIL of your event – it’s all the fine details that create a lasting impression. Adore Every Detail specialise in delivering event perfection and we were thrilled to find out about their event style predictions for the festive season.

What are your event style predictions for Christmas and the festive season?

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Roving and canapé style events are still popular options for Christmas and end of year celebrations, with unique, alternative takes on traditional favourites.

Decadently styled grazing and food stations have also featured prominently this year and will be favoured alternatives to traditional sit-down events, particularly for end of year functions.

Niche experiences as part of an event, such as dress up themes or unique photo walls, continue to play a key role at events, particularly with our ever increasing love for sharing personal experiences via social media.

What colours, textures and features will be popular event style choices this Christmas?

Fairly neutral and monochrome colour palettes will feature more prominently this festive season. Think shades of white to grey, with hints of dark green and a touch of metallic, or varying shades of greens paired with earthy browns. Authentic, natural textures will feature, incorporating a touch of naturistic elements such as feathers, shells, dried florals and branches, matched with modern, elegant plateware and props. Keeping with the 2017 minimalistic trend, stand-out features, such as unique styled centrepieces or decorative elements will feature as stand-alone pieces.

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Neutral colour palettes will trend again this Christmas says Ruwini from Adore Every Detail.

What do you think makes a Christmas party really special?

Good food and excellent company are a must for any great party, but let’s not underestimate the importance of ambience at an event! Creating an overall sensory experience through styling the setting to suit the event, plays a key role defining the mood of the function. From beautiful plateware and place cards, to tailored seating and cutlery, the finer details play a crucial part in creating lasting, memorable experiences.

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Unique naturistic inspired stand out features will be popular this Christmas says Ruwini from Adore Every Detail.

What’s new at Adore Every Detail?

We have recently completed a bold, romantic styled shoot with a number of amazing vendors, featuring dramatic tones and deep hues paired with touches of softness and feminine overtones. I look forward to sharing this hopefully very soon!

The team at Complete Function Hire love working with Melbourne’s best event stylists and event planners to deliver exceptional events. For all your event hire needs, contact the friendly team at Complete Function Today.

Complete Function Hire Venues We Love – SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

Fancy partying with some adorable penguins this Christmas? The team at Complete Function Hire were thrilled to talk to Kate Stevenson, Event Manager at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium recently to find out about their super cool shared Christmas Party event experience, “Christmas with the Penguins” and to find out what makes SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium such an iconic Melbourne function space. If you are after an event experience that your guests will remember forever, this is the venue for you this event season.

Why are events at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium so unique?

Guests experience a special combination of nostalgia from having visited the aquarium as a child and the excitement of seeing the space transformed into a sophisticated event venue.

Whilst at most venues your biggest decision is picking a theme, our clients can choose between a back drop of King and Gentoo Penguins or a 5m Salt Water Crocodile! Our Fish Bowl event space in particular, is a pretty surreal experience, everyone enjoys fine dining, but fine dining at the centre of a shark tank, with a 360 degree view of the ocean’s most impressive creatures ensures a pretty memorable night.

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium offers an experience that can’t be recreated anywhere else. As well as the obvious unique feature of viewing the cast of finding nemo as you sip a cocktail, we also offer amazing experiences such as diving. It’s not every day a corporate function begins with the CEO greeting their employees from inside a shark tank.

What is the most amazing / unusual event that you have hosted at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium and why?

We recently hosted a drag night called ‘Dragged Under’. It was incredible to see such an avant-garde performance in an equally dramatic space. In terms of creating an atmosphere for your guests, drag queens and stingrays are a winning combination.

What’s new at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium?

We are hosting a Shared Christmas Party Event called “Christmas with the Penguins”. It is ideal for those looking for a more informal work Christmas party or as an opportunity to enjoy the aquarium child-free with a cocktail in hand. The penguins themselves are of course adorable and with our fun additions including a gourmet BBQ in the adjoining courtyard, Christmas dessert bar and interactive photo booth, it’s going to be a very memorable night!

Thank you to Kate and the team of event experts at the spectacular SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium! We can’t wait to visit again very soon.

For all your event hire needs, contact the friendly team at Complete Function Hire today.

What’s Hot for Event Season? Food Stations

Food Stations are going to be HUGE again this event season in Melbourne. Why? Because food trucks and street food continue to trend in both the private and corporate event markets. Lavish cheese stations overflowing with charcuterie, fruits and (of course) many stunning cheese varieties are an event ‘must have’ at the moment.

Clever caterers include food stations / grazing stations as part of their menu offering and we have some on trend equipment hire items that will complement this style of service.

Our Paddle Food Stalls look great as is OR they can be styled up with foliage or blooms to complement your style or theme.

Our Paddle Food Stalls work well as a bar or as a food station and the chalkboard allows you to create clear signage to showcase what’s on offer to your guests. These lovely stands come in single (shown) or double size for larger crowds.

Lemonade anyone? Our classic Lemonade Stand is retro cool with its pink and white candy stripes and creates the perfect oasis at your event for your guests to refresh themselves (with a lemonade or a mojito).

 

Want your upcoming event to be exceptional? Chat to the friendly team at Complete Function Hire today.

Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire – Brent Stafford, Team Leader

On this month’s Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire, we chat to our diligent Team Leader, Brent Stafford. Brent makes sure our busy warehouse runs like a well-oiled machine and that every job we do at Complete Function Hire (no matter how big or small) gets executed with precision and performed with a smile.

When he is not working hard at Complete Function Hire delivering amazing events, he enjoys gaming, hockey and playing his guitar. Find out what it’s like to be part of the Complete Function Hire team and what makes Brent tick on this week’s blog.

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

Ever since leaving High School 4 years ago.

First gig?

My first event with Complete Function Hire was an exhibition set up at Jeff’s Shed.

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

Probably a sit down at Crown Palladium for 800 guests. We got to see the dress rehearsal of the show as we were bumping in and the atmosphere in the lead up to such a big event at such a huge venue was really exciting.

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

I enjoy the opportunity to be “paid to keep fit”! It’s very enjoyable work and it’s always something different every day which makes it fun. We also get to see some amazing places and people that you ordinarily wouldn’t.

Favourite hobbies and past times?

Guitar, Hockey and gaming

Favourite food?

Pizza

Favourite AFL or sports team?

Carlton is my team, I have followed them since I was a kid when my dad introduced me to footy.

If you want to work with an event supplier that is committed to making every event outstanding, contact the team at Complete Function Hire today.

Complete Function Hire Venues We Love – The Line

We were proud to be a part of a recent collaborative photoshoot at one of Melbourne’s hottest new event spaces, The Line.

An amazing photoshoot at The Line with a great group of event partners – Toko Events, The Line, Pretty Flamingo Photography, Georgie Boy , Bangin Hangins & Complete Function Hire

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.

Let your imagination run wild at The Line and create your dream wedding or perfect 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). 

Check out our recent blog on equipment and furniture hire items you may wish to consider to create your dream wedding or event at The Line.

Don’t hesitate to contact the team at Complete Function Hire to discuss your hire requirements today.  

Complete Function Hire’s Guide to Footy Final Parties

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.

Food

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.

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Bar

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.

Big Screen

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.

Outdoor Areas

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An outdoor area is a party hire essential. Our hand built Paddle Range is always a popular choice.

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.

 

Having a footy finals party at home? Contact the footy loving team at Complete Function Hire today to discuss your furniture and equipment hire requirements. 

Winter Wedding Style Report – My Wedding Decor

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.

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Gorgeous Melbourne wedding style by My Wedding Décor.

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.

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The Instagrammification of anything bridal means many couples now plan weddings to be admired on social media.

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.

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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.

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Metallic touches continue to trend.

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!

What’s new at My Wedding Décor?

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.

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Perspex seating plans are a stylish and on trend option for winter and summer weddings.

Click here to talk to the team at Complete Function Hire about your winter (or Summer!) wedding today.

Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire – Cam Munro, General Manager

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.

Cam Munro, General Manager, has enjoyed working with Complete Function Hire for the last 10 years.

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.

First gig?

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!

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The Complete Function Hire team are committed to providing the best event hire products and customer service to our wedding and event clients.

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!

If you want to work with an event supplier that is committed to making every event outstanding, contact the team at Complete Function Hire today.