3 Interns, 3 Stylists, 3 Events, 3 Hours – Event Styling Competition

3 Interns, 3 Stylists, 3 Events, 3 Hours – was an exciting competition held in July at the new No.1 event space in Malvern. The competition was the brain child of the always innovative Elizabeth Hollingsworth, Director of My Event Décor.

Complete Function Hire were thrilled to be part of this 20 strong industry supplier collaboration as the concept was just so cool! The competition was created to help event management students understand what clients want (and on a limited time frame which is very much an event industry standard these days).

One of the talented event management students, Clare Brown setting her Jumanji themed table (long rustic table provided by us).
Credits: Event management college: William Angliss Institute, Stylist: Artmospherix,
Organiser: My Event Decor, Photographer: Jackie Dickson,Venue: No 1, Bark candle holders, monstera placemats, antler bones, faux mother of pearl cutlery: My Event Decor
Trees: Green Event, Zebra print napkins: Wholesale Wedding, Leopard print velvet table runner: Di Simmons Linen Hire, Props: The Prop Store

 

 

 

3 creative students – Clare Brown from William Angliss, Sam de Silva from Victoria University and Ishita Mandal from Holmesglen Moorabbin, had to complete one table setting per event in an hour or less. The heat was on but it did provide real industry exposure for these talented students. Experienced event stylists from Ruffles and Bells, The Hattie and Bairn Tribe and Artmospherix created mood boards and creative briefs that were then utilised by the students who needed to select items from the rental range at My Event Décor (and had to liaise with a suite of suppliers – from florists to stationary designers – to complete their looks).

A stunning corporate launch look for Exponet developed by Clare Brown featuring our gold cutlery.
Credits: Event management college: William Angliss Institute, Stylist: Artmospherix, Organiser: My Event Decor, Photographer: Jackie Dickson, Venue: No 1, Jazz chair: Exponet, Test tube chandelier: My Event Decor, Casper white weave tablecloth, bright orange damask napkins: Di Simmons Linen Hire

 

 

The students sourced items for themed events including corporate product launches, a Mad Men themed 40th party, a one-year old’s pink birthday party, a Jumanji themed 30th and several wedding looks including Moroccan bohemian, glamorous and contemporary. This exciting competition was captured on video and camera – thus giving the students an excellent portfolio to utilise for their careers ahead.

Talented student Ishita Mandal created an impressive look for Melbourne Watch.
Credits: Event management college: Holmesglen, Stylist: Ruffles and Bells, Organiser: My Event Decor, Photographer: Jackie Dickson, Venue: No 1,  Watch, acrylic display poster: Melbourne Watch, Gold charger plates: Weddings of Distinction, Illuminated acrylic display cube, gold striped candle holders: My Event Decor, Gold Tiffany chairs, gold cutlery, white plinth: Complete Function Hire, Red napkins: Wholesale Wedding, White dinner plates, black vases and flowers: Kmart

Major suppliers included My Event Décor, Complete Function Hire, Weddings of Distinction, Cacao, The Prop Store, Di Simmons Linen Hire, Mini Party People, RTR Productions, Greenevent, Thrive Flowers, Exponet, Melbourne Watch and Helen’s Hill Estate.

An epic Mad Men themed table for a 40th birthday party styled by Sam de Silva.
Credits: Event management college: Victoria University, Organiser: My Event Decor, Photographer: Jackie Dickson, Venue:  No 1, Black bentwood chairs, black easel, communal table, gold cutlery:  Complete Function Hire, Gold charger plates: Weddings of Distinction, Gold striped vase, gold striped candle holders, antler bones:  My Event Decor, 
Place cards:  Sweetheart Creative, 40th birthday sign: Letters from A to Z, Cupcakes: House of Varin

Congratulations to all the students involved and to the team of event gurus at My Event Décor on creating such a fresh concept that encourages creativity and supports career growth in our industry.

 

Contact the friendly team at Complete Function Hire today to discuss your upcoming event. 

 

 

 

How to Create A Stylish Winter Event – Levian Events

The team at Complete Function Hire enjoys working closely with Melbourne’s most talented event designers and stylists to help create exceptional events and perfect weddings.

Levian Events go above and beyond to create the most special occasions. With their full range of event services including wedding and event design and styling, the team at Levian Events are a team of creatives that loves adding a touch of magic to every event including beautiful florals, spectacular centrepieces and elements of technical audio and visual lighting solutions.

On this week’s blog, we were thrilled to speak to the passionate team at Levian Events to explore the latest trends and to get their tips on how to create stylish events that stand out this winter.

What makes winter events so memorable?

Winter events are memorable as clients tend to explore different themes and styles. Themes can be Winter Wonderland to Enchanted Forest – this becomes fun when clients are completely invested in the theme and allow us to work our magic!

For clients that don’t necessarily want a particular ‘theme’, we can experiment with different colour palettes and tones that complement the winter months. These tones can either be quite classic with neutral, muted tones or darker, richer tones for a more dramatic effect.

Levian Event’s style tips:

Don’t be afraid to experiment with deeper, richer tones in winter months.

Use lighting where possible to enhance settings and interiors.

What are the Levian Events team’s event styling predictions for the cooler months ahead?

Rich and warm colour palettes will be a popular choice for wedding and event planners this winter and candles throughout your event space will add a romantic touch.

We love classic colour palettes for winter, incorporating greys, blues and whites. For those clients that like to experiment with colour, our team loves using burgundy and red tones with abundant dark foliage to create drama.

We enjoy introducing more lighting in winter such as fairy lights and festoon lights which creates a gorgeous atmosphere. As guests will arrive to evening events in the dark during Winter, we love up lighting the exterior of venues to create an impressive entrance.

What are the Levian Events team’s top tips for corporate event planners to ensure a stress free experience in the lead up to their event this winter?

• Research a style or theme that you prefer
• Establish a budget for all aspects of your event
• Get organised early to avoid stress (e.g. source suppliers and obtain quotes)
• Keep regular contact with your chosen suppliers
• Don’t leave things to the last minute
• Delegate, delegate, delegate!

What’s new at Levian Events?

Recently we have been working on some very large scale events that have allowed us to be extra creative and really think outside the box. Something that has been very popular for us of late is hanging features for weddings and events – this is something that we really special in.

Speak to the team at Levian Events to make sure your Winter Event exudes style and really stands out.

For all your winter event hire needs – contact the team at Complete Function Hire today. 

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. 

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.

Winter Event Style Trends – JAK Creative

The Complete Function Hire team LOVE being part of winter events in Melbourne! On this week’s blog, we were thrilled to chat to our dear friend’s at JAK Creative to find out what makes winter events so cool and what the hot event styling trends are for the chilly months ahead.  Here’s what Kerryn Howell, Creative Director and guru of all things event styling had to say about winter event style.

“Winter is a great time to get creative especially at JAK Creative. In Winter, we get to spend time rugged up at our desks (in our colour coordinated Ugg Boots and fingerless gloves) trawling the world for inspiration. This year there has been some wonderful trends coming through that you’ll be able to see in our work later in the year. And there are also trends that we are dying to embrace, just waiting for the perfect briefs to unleash them on!

Over the past couple of months there has been an influx of inspiration from overseas.  The world of Design and Interiors has been busy with loads of international fairs and showcases and we recently had Denfair right here in Melbourne.

There is some real stand out trends which will effortlessly translate into super stylish event spaces. Some of them make great hybrids too. Most of them will transition right through into the new year and beyond. I also expect to see some of these looks emerging through Spring Racing Carnival 2017.

Here is our top Winter Trends. I hope they inspire you too!”

Timber

Timber is being appreciated in every which way right now. Stacked, cut, joined or moulded. Rings exposed or grains exposed. Raw or polished. High-End design or timeless Scandi style are all perfectly acceptable.

Add fire or candle light for the nights. Add botanic touches and organic details for day time. Raw linens and fur throws add texture, softness and neutral tones to keep it feeling classic. Bold colours and graphics bring it into the now.

Winter Event Style Tips from Complete Function Hire and JAK Creative.
JAK Creative’s Viking theme featuring raw cut timber stacks, candle light and fur with faux deer antlers.

Green & Gold

This combination used to be something I avoided at all costs (I think it had something to do with merchandise from Australia winning the America’s Cup in the 80’s). Later in life I learned that green could be foliage or a cushion and gold could be furniture, a vase or charger plate. This changed everything and I now find them quite enchanting as a combination. When in doubt, change the context!

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JAK Creative’s Botanical and Gold table setting featuring Complete Function Hire’s Gold Charger Plate. Floral by Floretta.

Again, greenery and foliage are the heroes of this trend and work as a print or graphic as well as actual plants. Secondary elements like concrete and marble are great additions too.

Pantone’s colour of the year ‘Greenery’ has been a big influence on this trend across all design industries from print and fashion to interiors and technology.

Be sure to watch out for the next instalment of our winter style blog featuring more hot winter event style trends from the team at JAK Creative.

For all your winter event hire needs, we can’t wait to talk to you – call the friendly team at Complete Function Hire today.

5 Unique Cutlery Colours by Complete Function Hire

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Black cutlery makes a striking impression on the tables.

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

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Gold Cutlery adds instant glamour to any table setting.

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.

Black Cutlery

If you are looking to make a statement, black is a striking colour choice. Teaming well with a neutral colour palette, black cutlery is a stylish alternative to traditional silver.

White Cutlery

White cutlery provides a really unique accent to your table settings. White cutlery complements all styles and is both understated and elegant.

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White Cutlery makes a unique impression on the table.

Blue Cutlery

Dare to be different by adding a vibrant pop of colour to your tables. Our distinctive metallic blue cutlery gives table settings a modern edge and provides a great talking point for your guests.

Bronze Cutlery

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.

To find out about our huge range of cutlery to complement your dream wedding or special event, contact the friendly team at Complete Function Hire today.

Image thanks to our friends at Etihad Stadium.