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. 

 

 

 

The Most Beautiful Wedding Trends for 2018 – Toko Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s new at Toko Events?

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

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

Top tip for wedding planners?

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

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

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

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.