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. 

Complete Function Hire Venues We Love – Melbourne Zoo & Werribee Open Range Zoo

The team at Complete Function Hire always enjoys being a part of amazing events and incredible weddings at Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. Every event is so different and every occasion is always so special.

With its beautiful natural surrounds, manicured centuries-old gardens and different habitats each designed to reflect native home of animal communities, the Melbourne & Werribee Open Range Zoos provides a magnificent setting for truly memorable weddings and events.

With world class food, flexible event spaces and a range of cool experiences to incorporate into your event, the team of event experts at Melbourne & Werribee Open Range Zoos are at your disposal, ready to make anything possible. On this week’s blog, we spoke to the awesome events team from Restaurant Associates about what makes weddings and events at the Zoo’s so spectacular.

The unique backdrops at both Werribee Open Range and Melbourne Zoo make for incredible photo opportunities.

Why are weddings at Melbourne and Werribee Open Range Zoo so amazing?

We can provide a truly unique event with the number of beautiful reception rooms and stunning outdoor ceremony sites to choose from, each with their own different atmosphere at the Zoo. You can do it all at the Zoo – ceremony, pre drinks before reception at a special location and of course our amazing Zoo grounds provide the perfect backdrop to beautiful wedding photography. Couples are escorted around the Zoo to take photos in the award winning gardens, interacting with animals and also just around the exhibits such as the stunning bamboo forest and famous carousal.


Tell us about some of the unique event experiences at the Zoos?

We can provide unique animal experiences or have the function set up overlooking various exhibits and different animals. Our special encounters such as feeding the giraffe, having a kiss by a seal, meeting our meerkats and keeper talks are very popular and bring that extra level excitement to the event and make it truly unique.

Are there any stand out events at the Zoos that stand out for your team and why?

We run Murder Mystery Dinners at both Melbourne and Werribee Zoo throughout the year, which is quite an unusual event but always such fun. People come as couples, groups of friends and even work groups to solve the mystery whilst dining on a two course meal and unlimited drinks. Everyone gets in the spirit by dressing up in the theme of the night and has fun with the photo booth and actors activities.

The spectacular scenery at the Zoos help create magical moments.

What’s on the menu at Zoos?

With the many types of events available at the Zoo, we have a huge variety of menus and packages – from gourmet gala lunches and dinners, innovative canapés to high tea styled bakery treats, classic breakfasts and family favourites. We also have our own onsite Zoo Bakery (the only Zoo in the world to have its own bakery) with our Pastry Chef making amazing wedding cakes and treats. Our food philosophy includes a commitment to sustainability and sourcing local and ethical produce (including all our seafood being MSC certified).

The Zoo’s in-house Pastry Chef at the onsite bakery creates stop shopping cakes.

What special offers are available at the Zoos?

During the winter months (June to August) we offer significant discounts for weddings at Werribee Open Range Zoo. Couples can save more than 25% off our standard wedding packages.

Contact the team at Melbourne and Werribee Open Range Zoos today about your upcoming wedding or event. 

For all your wedding and event hire needs, click here to enquire with the team at Complete Function Hire. 

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.

Image credit: Michael Briggs

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.

Image credit: The White Tree

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!

Image credit; Michael Briggs

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.