At Complete Function Hire, we love providing event hire solutions for all kinds of parties and at all different locations across Melbourne. We work with venues such as restaurants, sports stadiums and dedicated function venues through to unique blank canvas style event spaces. Two Ton Max is centrally located in North Melbourne and is the ‘perfect blank canvas’ event space for wedding and event planners. Steeped in history, this 1910 space was originally an industrial workshop. Today, its beautiful burnished concrete floors, neutral colour scheme and discrete lighting all lend well to any kind of event or wedding style.
Seating 200 guests, Two Ton Max is a ‘sensitively transformed, beautifully detailed industrial warehouse…Hidden behind an anonymous street front, it is a blank canvas you can quickly and easily transform’.
Two Ton Max allows for a range of caterers to create amazing event experiences at the venue and is perfectly suited for product launches and corporate events to weddings and private soirées.
Only moments from Melbourne’s CBD, the venue has a huge range of impressive features including parking, air conditioning/ heating and the ever present ‘spectre of the yellow crane, spanning the entire space and waiting patiently to be called in to action’ – an amazingly unique part of this flexible and oh so chic event space.
Delivering amazing events is a team effort. Everything needs to be just perfect! A lot goes on behind the scenes at Complete Function Hire to ensure that our hire products and service delivery is on point so that we can make event and wedding planning stress free for our clients.
Our busy operation relies heavily on the awesome team of people that we work with. From logistics to customer service, to the team of perfectionists in our Kitchen Crew, everything needs to be just so.
Meet Jessica Kearney, one of our team of five hard working staff in the Complete Function Hire kitchen crew. Saints supporter and avid Tupperware collector, when she is not working hard in our kitchen to ensure our products are flawless, Jess loves spending time with her kids and playing Bingo. This is Jess’s first job in the events industry and what she loves most about working at Complete Function Hire is the great culture and team spirit.
Jess works with our kitchen crew where a typical day is made up of immaculately cleaning and polishing and meticulously wrapping, counting and packing our hire products (such as cutlery, crockery, glassware and catering equipment). Jess and the kitchen crew work hard to ensure that Complete Function Hire’s products are impeccable and ready for delivery to beautiful weddings and stunning event locations all over Melbourne.
We have a particular soft spot for our Hair Pin Range of furniture because we hand built the range ourselves (with love!). Melbourne brides, venue managers and event stylists are also crushing on our Hair Pin Range – here’s why.
Created with Pine wood, this sturdy yet stylish range continues to be popular for weddings, ceremonies, events and venues alike. The range came about from a need in the weddings and events industries to move away from the traditional dining tables that had to be covered with linen. Complete Function Hire realised a need to create an elegant (yet affordable) furniture range.
Striking in design, our Hair Pin Range is modern and industrial in style. Finishes come in white, natural and stylish black and the vast range of Hair Pin leg colours includes white, red, black, yellow and blue (and gorgeous pastels including pink, green, yellow and blue).
What does this range work well with? Honestly, we see this range used to complement so many different wedding and event styles and looks – the Hair Pin Range looks fresh in any setting.
Complete Function Hire works closely with Melbourne’s best event planners and brides to be to help create stylish looks for all kinds of parties.
Table settings are a speciality and aside from our many different silver cutlery ranges, we also hire many cool, classic and on trend colours to complement your style. So many event planners and wedding planners are now looking to complete their table settings with cutlery that’s just a little different. Here are our team’s favourite cutlery colours of the moment.
Gold cutlery was popular for both Melbourne weddings and corporate events last year and continue to add a fashionable yet timeless touch to the table in 2017. Gold cutlery is always impressive and complements either a modern or traditional look. Add extra glam to your tables with gold charger plates.
Bronze is an on-trend cutlery colour that is proving to be very popular for both wedding receptions and corporate events. Teaming well with neutral palettes and bright colour schemes alike, bronze cutlery adds elegance to the tables.
At Complete Function Hire, we love working closely with Melbourne’s foremost caterers, venues and event planners to deliver incredible events. We have the pleasure of working with the best in business! On this week’s blog, we speak to Ren Burton (Customer Relations and Social Media Marketing) from The Catering Company to learn about this year’s trends in catering and to find out what the awesome team of foodies at The Catering Company are up to.
What are the trends in catering for 2017?
We have noticed a big lean towards sustainable driven products. People are becoming more aware of the impact on the environment and as a result bringing this information into the workplace.
At The Catering Company, we always have the environment in mind through all of our operations. We hand pick our own fresh produce from the Epping Markets which allows us to design seasonal menus that are bursting with fresh flavours!. We also love working closely with and supporting amazing local suppliers.
Packaging is a hot topic in catering at the moment and we have eliminated non-recyclable packaging materials and only use compostable products.
How do you accommodate the dramatic increase in special dietary needs and food allergies?
The level of special dietary needs for our clients continues to grow and we are not just talking Gluten Free and Dairy Free but a big rise in Veganism and Paleo diets also. People are becoming very conscious about what they are eating and cutting down on processed sugars and carbohydrates. To fulfil such requests, we have a Nutritionist and Dietary Chef in our team that are continually developing menus for The Catering Company to ensure we are able to cater to all kinds of dietary needs and so that we are at the forefront of food trends.
What are the most popular trends and styles for food presentation?
There is definitely a provincial / handmade trend in at the moment which celebrates the Artisan. This reflects in our food presentation too and we love presenting our food on simple wooden boards to let the food do the talking!
Some popular canapés of the moment are our ‘Lamb loin, shiso, lotus root, black sesame’ and our ‘Greenvale farm pork belly, black caramel, peanuts’.
The classics are always popular too and our ‘Pulled pork sliders with house made BBQ sauce and coleslaw’ is always a hit. Our corporate clients love the freshness and variety of our sandwich fillings and we can make up to 2000 a day! Our house baked goods from our pastry chef Tisa are always a crowd pleaser. She makes the best baked scones with jam and cream.
Our weekly buffet specials are new for 2017 which are collated with a theme in mind. Last week we offered a French provincial menu which included a beautiful Grain fed Beef Chateaubriand with bacon and shallots and Confit duck Legs with roast pears, fennel and asparagus. Coming up is our Mexican Street Food Menu which is a colourful and flavourful buffet that will impress your guests. We love providing variety and diversity for our customers and our new themed buffet specials have been a huge hit!
The team at Complete Function Hire enjoy being a part of so many different kinds of weddings, events, parties and celebrations all over Melbourne. What sets us apart is our team spirit, we are a tight knit bunch that works closely with each other and our event partners.
This month we chat to our diligent Warehouse Manager, Dev Darvall. Dev is a popular bloke around Complete Function Hire as well as being popular with our event partners and clients – we are forever receiving complements about his customer service.
It is Dev’s roll to manage our busy warehouse and ensure our furniture, equipment and AV hire products are of the best possible quality and that our operation runs smoothly. Carlton supporter and dog lover, Dev loves playing hockey and having a beer with family and friends when he is not working hard to deliver amazing events!
How long have you been involved in the wedding and events industry?
I’ve worked in the industry for 4.5 years at Complete Function Hire.
My first event was at a house in Toorak. I was with 3 other Complete Function Hire staff including one of the owners. I remember it distinctly because, as we pulled up to the house there was an Aston Martin DB5 in the driveway, which has always been my dream car!
Most memorable event or wedding you have worked on at Complete Function Hire and why?
We get to go to a lot of amazing places that you wouldn’t usually get to see like the inside of airfields and aeroplane hangars, inside Government House, underneath Parliament House and to the top floor of some of the tallest buildings in the CBD.
One of the most memorable events was setting up a sit down dinner inside the Carlton Football Club locker room for Grossi Florentino. As a Blues supporter, it was a dream come true to be in there.
The best thing about working at Complete Function Hire is that every day is different. It keeps you on your toes and every day is exciting. We work hard, but the nature of the job means there is always a good story to tell over a beer at the end of the day.
Favourite hobbies and past times?
I play a lot of hockey and spend most afternoons and weekends down at the dog park or beach with my 10 month old German Shorthair Pointer called Winston or spending quality time with my four nephews and one niece.
The team at Complete Function Hire are lucky to work closely with Melbourne’s foremost wedding and event planners. Our strong relationships with Melbourne’s best stylists and wedding planners sees us being involved in many incredible weddings, events and photoshoots.
On this month’s blog we spoke to Lauren Ellis, Director and Event Planner at Melbourne’s Wedding Planner. Lauren and the lovely team at Melbourne’s Wedding Planner are wedding obsessed stylists and planners that are meticulous about all the fine details that go into making your wedding perfect. They also have that special eye for all things beautiful and we were thrilled to get their advice on the most sought after wedding style trends for 2017.
What are the trends for Melbourne weddings in 2017?
Tall floral centerpieces are still trending from 2016 and growing by the metre! Abundant greenery and native flowers are making an appearance in bouquets, arbours and even table runners this year. Hexagon’s are also trending and being used for place card tiles, favours and even hanging from the ceiling. Unique and lavish floral back drops and installations will also be very popular for 2017 weddings.
What colour palettes / styles will be popular for this year?
Metallics are in this year – especially gold and copper which will continue to feature on the table (centerpieces and cutlery). Blush paired with metallic is gorgeous and will continue to be a popular choice for weddings this year. All things white will always be in style for weddings and marble is the new favourite for Melbourne brides.
What are the more interesting / out there wedding style trends that you have seen?
Donut walls (and we aren’t complaining!!!) are the latest addition to weddings and events as Melbourne continues its obsessions with gourmet donuts. This was featured at the Melbourne Cup Carnival last year in the Yellowglen Marquee and now has found its way to many weddings and events. We love this unique trend as it’s a great way to add wow factor and supply your guests with an extra touch of food. Who doesn’t love donuts right?!
What are the most popular Melbourne wedding hire items for furniture, décor etc.?
In terms of furniture hire, the Melbourne wedding classics are definitely the Tiffany or Bentwood Chairs which lend themselves well to many wedding styles. Other popular wedding hire items for this year are candy carts and peacock chairs to suit the bohemian wedding style. Ceremony arches and arbours are always in trend and this year it’s all about the seriously large, abundant and spectacular floral centrepieces.
Party With Lenzo Photoshoot
This shoot (full credits listed at the end of this article) was organised with the amazing ladies at Lenzo. We set up at the beautiful Estate Trentham and worked with many amazing suppliers on the day. The team had an incredible vision and Complete Function Hire were amazing enough to contribute their Ghost Chairs that worked so well on the gorgeous colourful bridal table – the Ghost Chairs are such a stunning addition to any table.
Thank you to the amazing team at Melbourne’s Wedding Planner for sharing their wedding style tips and these images of their collaboration with Lenzo with us! Photography by Kas Richards. Supplier credits and thanks go to Kas Richards, Lenzo, Belle Loves, Lark, Cami Repellin, Isabella Quinn, The Estate Trentham, Bianca Bonnici Cakes, Pickawall, Jane Hill Bridal, Belle Balloons, Raven and The Rose, Kallure Jewellry, Harry The Hirer, POPS Australia, Co.Co, Amelia Lane Paper, Something Special Photobooth.
The team at Complete Function Hire love helping our clients create amazing events at home. What better excuse for a house party with family and friends than Australia Day?! In Melbourne, you never know what the weather will do so planning ahead is important. Make sure you have all the furniture and equipment you need to show your guests an Australia Day party they will remember with the Complete Function Hire Australia Day party checklist.
Australia Day BBQ
No Australia Day party is complete without a good Aussie spread. A BBQ at home is an easy and cost effective way to feed your hungry guests. Fire up the ‘barbie’ to throw some ‘shrimp’ on. If you have lots of hungry mouths to feed, hiring an extra BBQ, hot plates or warming oven is a good move to ensure your food stays hot and your guests stay full. Classic Australia Day menu choices include lamingtons and a Pavlova – we have a range of platters, cake stands and crockery to make sure your home cooked creations take pride of place on the buffet.
A well-stocked bar is an Australia Day party essential. An easy option for party planners is to create a self-serve bar for guests to help themselves. Ensure you have plenty of trestle tables and ice buckets to create an awesome self-serve bar as well as plenty of glassware to serve ice cold beers and refreshments.
What will the Melbourne weather do on Australia Day? If it is going to be a scorcher or teaming with rain, it is a good tip to plan for both. Market umbrellas will add coverage for both types of weather and our Paddle Furniture range is a great option to provide extra seating for your back-yard party.
Background music is an Australia Day party must have. If you are listening to Triple J’s Hottest 100 Countdown (an Australia Day tradition) or if you need speakers to play your Best of John Farnham (and other Aussie classics), Complete Function Hire offer a one stop shop for all your AV and sound equipment needs.
The team at Complete Function Hire enjoys working with Melbourne wedding and event clients to help create memorable experiences. For us, delivering seamless events is all about meticulous planning and team work. On this month’s Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire, we get to know our industrious Operations Manager, Mitch Costin.
Working for Complete Function Hire for the last 8 years, Mitch knows the business inside and out. Mitch is a much-loved member of the team that we could not do without! Geelong supporter, passionate beer brewer and perfectionist, it is Mitch’s role to ensure our busy operations department runs like clockwork to provide the best possible service to our wedding and event clients.
How long have you been involved in the wedding and events industries?
I started work at Complete Function Hire during University holidays back in 2009, and continued to work casually throughout my University degree. After completing my degree, I decided I preferred the physical work and I loved the culture at Complete Function Hire. I have worked here ever since, working my way up to my current role as Operations Manager.
Most memorable event you have worked on at Complete Function Hire and why?
One of the most memorable events for me was a dinner event for 900 guests at the Royal Exhibition Buildings. This event was many years ago and at the time, it was one of the largest events I had been a part of – it was exhilarating to be a part of such a huge event at such an iconic Melbourne venue! We get to work at so many weird and wonderful Melbourne venues and locations which is one of the best parts of the job – no event is ever the same.
Favourite hobbies and past times?
Getting out of town to the family farm and going to the footy at the MCG. I also enjoy commercially brewing my own beer and working on our pub in Lavers Hill.
Favourite food and drink?
Definitely Tacos and beer. A match made in heaven!
Where did you grow up?
I grew up on a farm on The Great Ocean Road, between Apollo bay and The 12 Apostles.
What do you enjoy best about working at Complete Function Hire?
The relaxed friendly team culture and the flexible work environment. It is great to work hard for a company that really looks after its staff.
The team at Complete Function Hire sincerely wish our clients and event partners all the very best for Christmas and a happy new year.
What a year it has been! We have been very busy this year working with our event partners on a range of incredible events and weddings all over Melbourne. For the tenth time this year, it was an honour to work closely with the wonderful team at St Vincent’s Hospital and Fred and Ginger Catering to provide furniture and equipment hire for the Opera in The Market event for St Vincent’s charity. Another stand out charity event for the year was the ‘Off the Menu’ event for Camp Quality Victoria which we were proud to support. Le Tout Melbourne was another exciting 2016 event that showcased the awe-inspiring Hisense Arena. This event was so much fun for our team to work on and attend and really enjoyed working in collaboration with a great group of event suppliers and the awesome events team at Melbourne and Olympic Parks. It was exciting to work in collaboration with our industry partners on various amazing venue showcases this including A Night at The Museum (in conjunction with Restaurant Associates) and A Night on The Park (in conjunction with Melbourne Events Group).
We were excited to launch several new ranges and products this year including our gorgeous, on trend pastel ranges and our stunning Hair Pin furniture range (which was built in house). Our hand built Paddle Range was hugely popular again this year as was our range of coloured cutlery (including black, blue, bronze, gold and white). Other popular event hire products for the year included our timeless Bentwood Chairs which were hired for so many events and weddings as well as our Gold Charger Plates and new white picket fencing.
We were thrilled to launch our ‘Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire’ blog series that allows our wonderful clients to get to know our team. We also launched a series of blog articles designed to assist event planners and brides with the most up to date trends and advice. We were so excited for Complete Function Hire ‘All Rounder’ Matty Slingo who announced the arrival of his son this year and we congratulated Mitch Costin who stepped up into the role of Operations Manager. We were proud to announce our partnership with the Melbourne Rebels football club this year and a team highlight was a guided tour of AAMI Park Stadium as well as attending some exciting matches and events.
Thank you to our valued clients and trusted event partners for your ongoing support – our team loves working closely with you all and we are gearing up for a huge 2017!