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First impressions are everything. Will your guests
remember that last-minute Facebook event you put
together on your lunch break, or the custom invitation
you spent hours perfecting with gold foiling? Put in the
hard yards here and the RSVPs will come flooding in!
E-invites Sites like Paperless Post, Punchbowl and eVite
have stunning designs that can be sent out instantly.
While in most cases e-invites are less effective, they are
cheaper, instant, and can be accessed everywhere.
Hardcopy Invitations by post offer a personalised touch
and aesthetic flair unachievable online, and allow you to
think outside the box (synthetic turf and a tee, packaged
and sent out for a corporate golf day, for example).
Think back to games night with the clan – was it Jenga, Connect Four, or
how about a good old-fashioned match of Noughts and Crosses that earned
your reputation as games champion? Now is your chance to confirm your
title with some fun life-sized games at your next party. Think giant chess and
checkers, inflatable ten-pin bowling, wooden dominoes, Snakes & Ladders
and Pick Up Sticks. No cheating!
Coloured confetti shooting off into the crowd
is a spectacular sight. Electric and handheld
confetti cannons are cost-effective hire options,
easy to use, and the perfect finale.
Who to call
Hire King (08) 6180 3899
ProDesign (08) 9409 8964
Cardile Fireworks 0418 848 188
Matrix Productions (08) 9371 1551
Yes, flower arrangements are expensive, but boy,
do these blooms have an impact on the aesthetics
of your function.
Things to consider Choose seasonal
flowers that can last well out of water. Before the
event, store flowers in a cool, dark place and keep
them in water right up until they are needed. For
weddings, request an extra buttonhole flower
for the groom, as it can get damaged in post-
Who to call
Velvet Betty 0434 076 885
Yardparty 0448 093 027
Banyan Creative (08) 9474 2343
Perth Garden Games 0432 913 268
Active Games & Entertainment 0411 140 249
Heart Strings Hire & Style 0438 915 398
Seen at Hollywood’s A-list
parties – even Kim and
Kanye’s wedding – flower walls
provide a beautiful backdrop for
photos. A cost-effective way
to achieve this look is hiring out
a pre-made wall of silk flowers. It
will look like the real deal, at
a fraction of the price.
“Think about flowers for the car – a garland
swagged across the back can be the same
garland that decorated the entrance sign at
the ceremony. Flowers adorning the aisle can
be taken to the reception to be reinvented as
flowers for the gift table.”
– Susan Di Paolo, owner, Angel Flowers.
The Wallflower Co.
Scroll through anyone’s ‘secret’ wedding board on Pinterest, and
you’re bound to find pins of fairy lights and garlands of festoon
lighting. Lighting is one of the most crucial factors, and will make
or break an event. Here’s our pick of the latest trends.
Gobos Metal or glass stencils that go over a spotlight. Great for
displaying text, patterns, or logos for corporate branding.
Festoon/fairy lighting A popular choice for outdoor weddings,
to set a romantic scene. Make sure you have enough power, and
engage a qualified electrician to install lights safely.
Projection mapping Specialised software is used to project images
or animations on 3D objects.
“Festoon, fairy and pendant lighting all need points to be tied to – exposed
beams are fantastic, or other structures such as balcony balustrades and alfresco
roofing work great, too. For lighting calculations, we factor in the wattage of the globes,
how many globes on each strand, and how many circuits of power we have available.”
– L isa Mackenzie, events and design manager, Festoon Lighting Perth.
Festoon Lighting Perth
(photography Piotrek Ziolkowski).
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