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Enchanted Forest At Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre

Feel Good Events transformed Waverley Garden Shopping Centre into a magical Enchanted Forest play area, for their school holiday programs. 

Magical Forest Spotted At Waverley Gardens!

Waverley Gardens, a popular shopping centre in Mulgrave reached out to Feel Good Events in hopes of creating an Enchanted Forest play area for those kids on school holidays. Waverley Gardens was passionate about bringing a sense of cheer and fun back to their centre post lockdown. What a better way to do that than bringing a magical play area to entertain the kids (and the adults). The space was created so activities such as Mini Golf and Arts & Crafts could be used by the children whilst on their school break.

To bring a sense of wonder to this fairytale, Feel Good Events decked out the space with Artificial Astro Turf, White Drape and a large Enchanted Forest Backdrop. The look was completed with more greenery and styling products such as Mini Mushrooms, Gnomes, Wooden Crates and more. With all these combined, you’re ready to be taken into the magical enchanted forest for some fun games and activities. To view all of the products used in an Enchanted Forest Theme, click here.

We were delighted to have created this magical space at the popular shopping district. We got some great feedback from the directors and can’t wait create more exciting themes in the future.


Elke & Kyle Wedding

Elke & Kyle's Rustic Wedding

Elke & Kyle celebrated their wedding ceremony among the nature with friends & family. 

Stunning Subtle Rustic Wedding Ceremony

Elke & Kyle celebrated their love for each other at the beautiful Emu Bottom Homestead, a wedding venue located in Sunbury, Victoria. Only a 30 min drive from Melbourne CBD, The Epicurean Emu Bottom is the oldest homestead in Victoria, and a stunning wedding venue.

The chic wedding ceremony vision was brought to life by using White Padded Chairs, White Carpet Runner, and a Round Wedding Arch. The contrast of the white furniture against the natural colours of the environment really added to the gorgeousness of the ceremony. The Round Wedding Arch was covered in a rustic floral arrangement, making the moment they said ‘I Love You’ even more magical.

Behind the ceremony, the Light Up Love Letters were placed as a beautiful backdrop for walking down the isle. These letters are a great photo backdrop, and are actually a lighting source.

Suppliers List

Venue: The Emu Bottom Homestead – https://www.emubottom.com.au/

Florals: Floral Architecture – https://www.floralarchitecture.com.au/

Celebrant: Sonia Thomas – https://www.soniathomasweddingcelebrant.com/

Furniture & Seating: Feel Good Events – https://www.feelgoodevents.com.au/

Wedding Arch: Feel Good Events – https://www.feelgoodevents.com.au/

Light Up Letters & Carpet Runner: Feel Good Events – https://www.feelgoodevents.com.au/

Lighting: Pan & Tilt


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Top 10 Function Venues In Melbourne CBD

10 Popular Melbourne CBD Function Venues 

Are you struggling to find a venue that isn’t booked out? Or are you finding it hard to decide which venue is perfect for your style of event? Choosing a function venue isn’t an easy task, but we are here to help! Feel Good Events have put together a list of the Top 10 Function Venues In Melbourne CBD to help you with this process.

Once you have found your ideal venue, it’s time to start planning! Contact one of our party experts to begin creating your best event yet!

Higher Ground

Higher ground function venue

Higher Ground was once a power station, however now is an amazing function venue that merges cafe, restaurant, bar, and grand ballroom. Keeping its architectural heritage, the venue has exposed brick around the building and and vaulted ceiling which makes it all the more special. 

The great thing about Higher Ground is that the entertaining space can cater for up to 300 guests, due to the buildings 6 interconnected levels. 

The space is versatile for standing, sitting, dancing and dining. Higher Ground is the perfect option for private hirings and events. 

Website: https://darlinggroup.com.au/venues/higherground/

Phone: 03 8899 6219

Email: info@highergroundmelbourne.com.au

Address: 650 Little Bourke Street Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Glass Pavillion

Glass Pavillion Function Venue

Located in the centre of Docklands, the Glass Pavillion is set in a perfect location with a waterside view and open plan venue and balcony.

The venue is perfect for a cocktail-styled party with a capacity of up to 150 guests but can also accommodate for private/corporate functions with 70 seated guests

The venue also boasts an in-house catering system with a kitchen that can prepare gourmet canapés & grazing platters along with a set menu or buffet menu. 

Website: https://www.theharbourkitchen.com.au/glass-pavillion-function-room/

Phone: 96706612

Address: Waterfront Side, Ground Floor NAB Building, 800 Bourke Street Docklands Victoria 3008

Eureka 89 Dining & Events

Eureka 89 Function venue

Located in one of Australia’s tallest skyscrapers, Eureka 89 is one of the most unique event spaces available for private/corporate functions.

The renowned head chef Renee Martillano and Eureka 89’s kitchen can provide an array of fine dining options along with 5-7 course tasting menu’s which cater for up to 400 guests. 

Website: https://eureka89.com.au/

Phone: (03) 9693 8889

Address:  Level 89, Eureka Tower, 7 Riverside Quay Southbank Victoria 3006

Peacock Lounge

Peacock Lounge Function venue

A luxurious lounge room providing an intimate environment for it’s patrons, the Peacock Lounge is an ideal space for smaller functions such as birthdays and work events.

Located in the heart of Melboure, with a capacity of 100 standing and 75 seated, the venue can cater for all guests with their woodfire pizzas and pub menu, along with a wide variety of drinks and cocktails

Website: https://www.theemeraldpeacock.com/food-and-drink-cocktail-bars-melbourne

Phone: 03 9654 8680

Email: info@theemeraldpeacock.com.au

Address: 233 Lonsdale street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Champagne Lounge at La Di Da

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A newly renovated lounge room in the heart of Melbourne, boasting an impressive bar & dance floor and an outdoor courtyard.

The venue can accommodate up to 100 guests or 50 seated, perfect for birthday’s and engagement parties, with a DJ and entertainment provided.

La Di Da provides guests with an option for an assortment of starters and grazing plates and classic pub food meals.

Website: https://www.ladidapeople.com/

Phone: (03)9670 7680

Email: steve@ladidapeople.com

Address: 577 Little Bourke st. Melbourne, VIC 3000

Showtime Events Centre

Showtime Events Centre

A renovated docking shed turned luxurious function room located in South Wharf, sitting next to the Yarra River, Showtime Events Centre has everything you need to host a star-studded corporate function, wedding or birthday party. 

With a capacity of 1000 standing or 380 seated, the venue boasts a kitchen with the ability to provide meals from around the world and a number of fancy cocktails to match.

Website: https://showtimeeventgroup.com.au/where-we-do-it/showtime-events-centre/

Phone: (03) 9682 1777

Email: events@seg.melbourne

Address: 61 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf 3006

Father's Office

Father's Office function venue

A rooftop bar in the heart of Melbourne available for all birthday’s & private functions.

Father’s Office provides a range of pub meals and a wide variety of cocktails, along with a DJ and dance floor to keep guests entertained.

While this venue is smaller, holding a capacity of 100 standing, the ambience and décor will be sure to provide an intimate and memorable experience. 

Website: https://fathersoffice.com.au/

Phone: 03 9825 8900

Email: bookings@fathersoffice.com.au

Address: Little Lonsdale Street, 249, Melbourne, 3000

Ludlow Bar

Ludlow Bar function venue

A riverside terrace bar located in the heart of Melbourne, with a picturesque view of Southbank. 

Ludlow Bar is a venue with a capacity of up to 200 standing or 90 seated with an in-house catering team that can accommodate for brunch or provide a range of pub-style meals. 

Ludlow Bar specialises in hosting birthdays, corporate events and engagement parties. 

Website: https://www.ludlowbar.com.au/

Phone: 03 9699 1676

Email: hello@ludlowbar.com.au

Address: Building 3, 6 Riverside Quay Southbank Melbourne Victoria 3006

Campari House

Campari House function venue

Tucked away in the side streets of Melbourne, Campari House is an ideal venue for small and private functions.

With a capacity of 120 seated, the venue’s in house catering offers a number of fine-dining courses and a diverse cocktail range.

Website: https://camparihouse.com.au/

Phone: 03 9600 1591

Email: info@camparihouse.com.au

Address: 23-25 Hardware Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

The Cellar At The George On Collins

George on Collins

A modernly furnished cellar room with an intimate ambience, perfect for small private functions.

With a capacity of 45 seated and 220 standing, this venue is perfect for intimate events or larger corporate events, the range of the venue is endless.

Tucked away on Collins Street, the venue is surrounded by public transport and high-fashion house stores.

Website: https://www.thegeorgeoncollins.com.au/

Phone: (03) 9663 7226

Email: events@thegeorgeoncollins.com.au

Address: 162 – 168 Collins St, Melbourne, 3000

Start Your Event Planning Now!

Whether you found one you love within the Top 10 Function Venues In Melbourne CBD, or you have out sourced your own, it’s time to start the fun stuff – planning your event! Feel Good Events are expert event decorators and planners that can help bring your vision to life. Contact Us today to create the best party of your life!


Popular Wedding Theme Trends

Have you chosen a theme for your wedding yet? If not, in this video you will find a range of popular wedding trends and ideas that you can use for inspiration for your special day. Feel Good Events are wedding experts and can help make your wedding become that fairy tale dream you have always dreamt of.

To view our wedding hire products, Click Here.

Need help with your wedding planning? Contact one of our wedding experts today.


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Popular Wedding Lighting Ideas

Are you in search of the perfect Wedding Lighting Options for your special day? Well, you are in luck! Feel Good Events wedding experts have put together the most popular wedding lighting ideas, with pictures of them in use! The lighting options range from fairy lights, festoon lights to even party lighting for those wild wedding receptions we all want! Click Here to view our Wedding Lighting Range.

Need help with your wedding planning? Contact one of our wedding experts today.


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Rustic Wedding Decorating Ideas

40+ Rustic Wedding Decorating Ideas that you can use for your wedding reception or ceremony! This video shows many hiring products such as draping & lighting options, furniture and the LED video screen bridal table backdrop. We also showcase some of the most popular styling items such as table decor, decorations, and props used for a Rustic Wedding.

To see more Rustic Wedding inspiration, Click Here

Want to create your dream Rustic Wedding? Click Here to get started.


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Hollywood Party Theme Decorating Ideas

Hollywood party theme decorating ideas to make your next party or event stand out from the crowd. If you are throwing a Hollywood Party, but are unsure of how and what to ideas to decorate your event space with, this video is for you! Our party experts have done so many Hollywood themed parties, they know exactly what items are needed to bring the theme to life.

This video will show you everything you need for a Hollywood party all the way from themed props to the draping on the walls. Whether you want everything to just a few items, you’ll be sure to deliver a great party with these Hollywood party themed decorating ideas.

If you want to create this Hollywood theme for an upcoming party or event, contact us today!

To watch a Hollywood party theme setup done by Feel Good Events, click here. 


Moroccan Party Theme Setup

Step into the Middle East with this Moroccan themed party setup. Inspired by Morocco and it’s culture, we have created this fully immersive party theme.

If you are wanting to recreate this theme, contact us today! Whether is be all or just some of the products shown in the video, Feel Good Events can help your Moroccan themed party dreams come to life!

To watch how we transformed a empty warehouse to this Moroccan party theme setup, click here


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Kids Party Theme Ideas

Here’s our favourite Kids Party Theme Ideas so you don’t have to go through the stress of finding one yourself. We know it can be hard trying to find the perfect party idea for your little one on their special day.

Whilst there are so many different types of parties for children, we like stepping out of the box and going all out. And, after all, you can keep pulling out the same tricks every year, so why not go out with a bang! To look at more photos from the themes in this video, head to our Party Themes page.

Whether you are wanting all of just some aspects of these party theme ideas, Feel Good Events can help you achieve your perfect party. One that the kids, and the adults will enjoy too! To re-create one of these kids party theme ideas for your child’s next birthday, contact us today!

To watch the full event set-up for these themes, watch them on our YouTube channel.


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Popular Party Theme Ideas

Watch as we go through these popular party theme ideas that will be sure to make your next event stand out from the crowd. If you are struggling to come up with a theme or idea for your birthday or special event, this video will show you a number of different ideas you can use!

Choosing a theme for your party or corporate event has a number of different benefits. Decor and dress code is much more easier for yourself and guests, plus your party planning will be less stressful. And of course, the biggest benefit it that your party will look and feel awesome!

Any of these popular party theme ideas can be rearranged or adapted to suit your style of party and event space. Whether you have a small number of guests invited, or a large event space – our party experts can make sure the theme you want works for your special day.

Let Feel Good Events party experts bring your next party to life by choosing a theme to suit your style of event – you won’t regret it! Contact us today.

If you are after more party theme inspiration, click here to watch a video showing more theme ideas.


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Havana Nights Party Theme Setup

Havana Nights Party Theme Setup at the Mulgrave Country Club. Party the night away in the tropics with this colourful and fun party theme. With these bright colours, summery fruits, tropical foliage & palm trees, you’ll feel like you are on a tropical holiday. Details of this Havana Nights Party Theme Setup include artificial tropical flowers & plants, wooden DJ booth, tropical media wall, illuminated LED furniture, bright coloured drape & more! For more inspiration photos from this setup Click Here

Want to re-create this Havana Nights Theme for your next party or event? Click Here to get started.


Ranelagh Club Mt Eliza

Ranelagh Club Mt Eliza Melbourne

Ranelagh Club Mt Eliza is the perfect venue if you are looking to have a seaside wedding in Melbourne. Located in beautiful Mt Eliza and sitting on top of the cliffside it has fantastic views of Port Phillip Bay. This venue with its Hampton style decor is perfect for any type of party or wedding. What makes the Ranelagh Club great is its indoor outdoor function space.

Depending on the weather you can choose to have the function room opened up completely to the large deck area. With beautiful sunsets in summer this really is a great wedding venue. You can choose to have your traditional sit down style function or this venue works really well for cocktail style as well.

The function space can easily hold 100 plus guests and can be decorated in any theme or style you choose. With its beautiful location and the relaxed feel that this venue creates you really cant go past the Ranelagh Club in Mt Eliza for your next event.

Parties & Weddings At The Ranelagh Club

If you are looking for a private and secluded spot for a party or wedding you definitely cant go past the Ranelagh Club. With its private entrance and away from any housing you really can party the night away with no issues with noise. The Ranelagh club suits all kinds or birthday parties or weddings and the events team at the club really add to the whole experience.

Wedding Ceremonies At The Ranelagh Club

The Ranelagh Club has a great location for wedding ceremonies if you want to keep everything for your wedding in the one place. With a large grass area overlooking the bay you can choose to set up your ceremony in the open or set up a marquee if the weather is not great. You can then choose to have pre dinner drinks on the lawn so your guests can enjoy the view and the sea breezes.

Then just a few short steps away you are inside the reception area where your guests can party and relax.
If you need help with wedding hire equipment for your wedding at this venue click here for inspiration.

Contact Details

Email: admin@ranelagh.com.au

Address: 3 Rosserdale Crescent, Mt Eliza, 3930 Victoria

Websitewww.ranelagh.com.au

Photos and Video At The Ranelagh Club


Emma & BJ's Wedding

Emma & BJ's Wedding

Emma & BJ's Wedding Day

Emma & BJ wedding was on the 27th of March 2021 and they were lucky enough that they dodged any Covid restrictions. Having been together for nearly 14 years their wedding was a long time coming if you ask Emma. Lucky for Emma she just happens to be the general manager at Feel Good Events so she had plenty of experience planning and decorating weddings. This was lucky for BJ as well as Emma took total control and I think all BJ had to organize was suits and transport to the wedding.

Emma  had a pretty clear idea on what she did and didnt want her wedding to be which really helped with the planning. She new she wanted a tropical theme and a cocktail style wedding. One of the key things both Emma and BJ wanted for the wedding was for it to be relaxed but also a fun and exciting party. Well the night went off without a hitch and their was plenty of fun and laughter to be had by all.

The ceremony and reception were held at the Ranelagh Club in Mt Eliza in a beautiful spot looking over Port Phillip bay.

Emma & BJ's Wedding Ceremony

The Ceremony was originally planned to be on a grass area at the venue out in the open but the weather had other ideas. Luckily Emma working in events new that she had to have a plan B when it came to outdoor weddings. The week of the wedding the weather was not looking good so a marquee which was on standby was then organized to be set up on the saturday.

On the day of the wedding the heavens opened up in the afternoon but luckily enough the weather came good just before the ceremony was about to start. The marquee was still of great value as the wind had picked up and it still sheltered the guests. Everything went well with the ceremony and there was definitely lots of laughs.

Emma & BJ's Wedding Reception

The reception was the perfect venue for a relaxed cocktail style wedding with a tropical theme. Looking out over the water the venue had a great mix of indoor / outdoor space which felt like one area. This was great for keeping guests together but also for creating a great party atmosphere later in the night.

When it came to creating a tropical theme Feel Good Events went all out. With a team of 10 crew arriving at 9am the team worked hard to transform the venue and be ready by 4pm. Large tropical greenery and floral displays were made to hang above the dance floor as well as large tropical greenery walls behind the dj and above the bar.

The inside area was sectioned off to condense the space and create a food area with a large topical tree in the middle. Surrounded by the tree was a large grazing table for guests to pick at during the night. A large fairy light curtain along with lots or tropical plants , flowers and candles were used throughout the space.

To start the night their was a live singer playing chilled classics to set the mood. To bring the party to life later in the night the dj kicked in playing all the party classics to keep the guests on the dance floor. One of the main highlights for the night was the Brazilian dancers which performed a short show and then got everyone on the dance floor. Emma and BJ had one of the best days of their lives and the guests feedback was that it was one of the best weddings they had ever been to as far as atmosphere.

Emma & BJ's Wedding Suppliers

Wedding Planning – Feel Good Events

Wedding Decorating – Feel Good Events Decorating

Wedding Hire Products  – Feel Good Events Hire

Function Venue – Ranelagh Club

Flowers – Foxy Evergreen

Entertainment DJ – Feel Good Events Entertainment

Entertainment Dancers  – Entertainment Dance Creations

Photographer – Jessica Abby Photography

Celebrant – Shannon Jeans

Cake – Peninsula Cake Art

Hair – Home of Hair By Samantha Thompson

Dress – Raffele Ciuca Bridal

Make Up – Beth Mae

Videographer – Daniel Lawson Touch Contact

Marquee – Betta Event Hire


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What Does Party & Wedding Decorating Cost

What Does It Cost To Decorate A Party Or Wedding?

Party and Wedding decorator costs can always surprise people if they havent planned a party or wedding before. What does party & wedding decorating cost? Without sounding smart the short answer is whatever you have the budget for. If you can only afford $500 for decorating then that’s what it will cost. Obviously the more your budget is the more hire equipment and decorations you will get. You may find you don’t get much if you have a lower budget and you most likely wont be able to create your ideal party either. How much you should spend on decorating all comes down to what sort of atmosphere you want to create.

There is so much confusion around what it really costs when it comes to decorating a party or wedding. There are the obvious costs of actually buying or hiring props or decorations but there are also a lot of other costs that are associated with this as well. In this post we break down all the costs involved in hiring a party or wedding decorator.

If you are on a tight budget the best way to save on decorating costs is to do it yourself. If you have the skills and the time you can simply hire the decorations you need and do all the set up and pack down yourself. There maybe some restrictions with this as you may not be able to hire all the decorations you want to DIY. Not all event hire companies will allow you to hire whatever you want as you may need special skills to set up certain hire items.

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So What Does It Really Cost If You Want To Hire A Party Or Wedding Decorator

At Feel Good Events we have a minimum hire charge of $1000 on hire equipment plus any extra delivery and labour costs required. So if you are hiring a $1000 worth of equipment , by the time you add on any delivery or labour costs you are usually up for around $1500. This will vary depending on the type of equipment and location of delivery. If your budget is a lot bigger and you require mood boards, design and floor plans , custom decorations made and possibly site visits etc , the costs can go up quite quickly.

If your budget is less than this then maybe our DIY (do it yourself) hire option would be better. There is no minimum spend and you can hire just a few items if that’s all you need. You do have to pick up and set up the equipment yourself with this option but DIY is great if you are on a tight budget.

Click Here For DIY Hire Options

If you are wanting full room theming or decorating , size of your venue will greatly affect the cost. At Feel Good Events for a function room that holds approximately 100 people to decorate well you can be looking at anywhere between $10,000 and $20,000. There can be many variables in this and the level that you want your venue decorated will change things dramatically. For some of our larger events with full room decorations that create the wow factor you can be easily spending up over $30,000.
This may sound like a lot but by the time you add in furniture, dance floors , lighting, draping , props , florals , table decorations and labour costs the price can add up quickly.

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Party & Wedding Decorating Costs Broken Down

To give you a better idea of what costs are involved we have broken down each area below. This will hopefully give you a better understanding on what cost factors are involved when it comes to decorating your party or wedding.

Hire Product Costs

There is always the obvious cost of the actual hire products you want and how many. The amount of people you have may affect this cost or the size of your venue if you need to decorate a large space.

To get an idea of product costs click here to view our large range of party and wedding hire products.

Labour Costs

Labour costs really can shock some customers and it really is a case by case basis. The type of decorations you want and how much labour is involved to set that up are the main cost factors. There can be a lot of man hours that goes into decorating an event and a lot of clients don’t often realize this. Some events can take our team a whole day or multiple days in some cases with 10 or more people working on one event. If you are just hiring simple things like furniture that don’t really require any set up the labour costs will be lower. If you are wanting large floral displays or full room theming that require hours of set up then labour costs can be high.

Things that may influence your labour charges that you could be charged for are –

Set up of your hire equipment and decorations.
Pack down of your hire equipment and decorations.
Preparation of your hire equipment.
Custom built props or decorations.
Time of the day when equipment is required to be set up or packed down.
The day of your event and if it’s a public holiday.
If there is stairs or poor access to venue.
Location of venue.
Type of equipment you hire and how much work there is to set up each item.

Purchased Products

This could be the cost of disposable party or wedding decorations if you decide to go down this path. Even with disposable products the costs can go up quickly if you have a large amount of people or large venue.
Fresh flowers would also fall under this category and can be quite expensive if you are going for larger floral displays. Even if you are opting for more conservative floral arrangements for tables, costs can add up. Depending on how many tables you have and the type of flowers you use cost may add up quickly.

Other purchase costs could be for items that are required to build custom props and decorations. 

Delivery Costs

The main factors that affect delivery costs are how much equipment you require and how far your venue is from our warehouse. The delivery cost also factors in road tolls , loading and unloading of trucks both at our warehouse and at your venue.
Access into your venue and if the equipment needs to be delivered to high rise buildings will also add extra costs.

Design Costs

Design costs are usually for larger events that have lots of detail or cover large spaces. Design costs usually include site visits to your venue , mood boards ,floor plans and research to find the products and decoration you may need.

Damage Waiver –

Some decorators and hire companies charge whats called a damage waiver which can be anywhere between 7% and 10% on top of the total price. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that this is for any breakages that may happen to the equipment you have hired for your event. Unfortunately this is not the case and unless damage is very minor you would still have to pay for any damaged equipment.
What the damage waiver really covers is just general wear on the equipment you use as it is used for hire purposes. Not all companies charge this but it pays to ask the question so that you don’t get a bill shock when it is added at the end.

Installation Equipment

In some cases there may be extra equipment required to install your decorations that a typical decorator wouldn’t have. This could be things like scissor lifts to access roof areas for decorations or generators if there is no power. Depending on the size of the event and venue these costs can vary.

Permits

Some of the larger function venues are getting stricter with any decorators or suppliers that comes into their venue. In some cases venues are asking for police checks of these suppliers or also to do inductions to work in their venue. These costs are quite often passed onto you the hirer so this is also something to be aware of.

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How To Make It Quicker And Easier To Get An Accurate Quote

So how do you make it easier to find out party and wedding decorator costs? When it comes to getting an accurate quote and quickly information is key. It is very hard for your party or wedding decorator to just pull a figure out of the sky on what your decorations will cost. To make the whole process easier the more information you can supply at the beginning the quicker and easier it will be. If you are just wanting to hire equipment that doesn’t require any set up then the process will be a lot easier. With no set up required there is typically less information needed. If you require set up and delivery then there will be more information needed to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Below is a list of typical things that we would need to know to put together an accurate quote. There can be lots of variables in this depending on what equipment you want to hire but lots of information definitely helps.

Date Of Function.
How many people at your event.
Cocktail style or sit down function.
Types of equipment required – this could be general but the more specific the better.
Theme or Style you are wanting – Is it a certain theme or more of a basic style with certain colours that you want.
Approximate Budget – This will have a big effect on what can be done and how much equipment you can hire.
Event Location address.
Delivery time required.
Pick Up Time Required.
How long do we have access to the venue for set up.
How long do we have access for pick up.
Is the function space on ground floor.
If not on ground floor is there a lift.
If a lift is required how big is the lift so that we know if equipment will fit.
How far from the drop off area to the function space is it to get equipment in.
Photos of function space to see layout.
Measurements of function space.

If you don’t know a lot of this information then giving you an accurate quote can be very hard and it would really be just a ruff estimation to begin with. 

The good news is if you don’t want all the stress of finding out all the information above Feel Good Events can help. If you are really not sure about these things we can organize possible site visits or meetings to slowly put together everything we need. Site visits and contacting your venue to get more details may cost extra but this will save you a lot of stress.

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Conclusion 

As you can see from the above there are a lot of factors that can influence the costs of decorating a party or wedding. If you use an experienced party or wedding decorator a lot of these things will be quick and painless. If you choose to DIY you will have a lot more work to do and things may not always go to plan.

The good news is that if you don’t want to do all the work mentioned above you can hire Feel Good Events to do it all for you.

Some people might ask is it worth all the stress and money to decorate your event. I would say absolutely as the memories and experience that a well decorated party creates , well and truly out weighs the cost and the work required to organize it.

Click Here to contact our office today if you require decorating help for your party or wedding.


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Emma's Wedding Journey Ep 13

The Big Day

Emma’s Wedding the big day finally came and boy what a night. In this episode you will hear about how everything went from getting ready to the wild party that it turned out to be.
We discuss everything from the set up to weather and the guests reactions to the decorations and entertainment.

If you would like to learn more about Emma’s wedding journey click here.

If you are looking for help and inspiration regarding planning and wedding decorating click here.


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Emma's Wedding Journey Episode 12

One Week Till The Big Day

Emma’s Wedding Journey podcast, One week until the big day. In this episode of Emma’s wedding journey we discuss all the last minute things that need to be done. We discuss with Emma how she is feeling one week out and what she is nervous about.

If you would like to hear more about Emma’s wedding journey click here for more episodes.

If you would like help planning or decorating your wedding from party and wedding experts click here to learn more.


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The Ultimate Guide To Party & Wedding Marquee Hire

Everything You Need To Know About Hiring A Marquee

Are you thinking of hiring a marquee for your next party, wedding or event?

This is the ultimate guide to marquee hire and has everything you need to know when hiring a marquee. With so many things to think about when hiring a marquee it can feel a bit overwhelming. This marquee hire ultimate guide covers everything from marquee sizes , different types and how many people they hold. The ultimate guide to party and wedding marquee hire also covers everything to do with decorating , lighting, permits and pricing.

If you are looking for marquee hire options in Melbourne there are also suppliers listed below to help you find the right marquee hire company.

What Is A Marquee

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To put it simply a marquee is a large tent used for social or commercial functions. Depending on which country you are from will depend on how marquees are referred to. In America they are more commonly known as party or event tents. In Australia and the UK they are more commonly known as Marquees.

Marquees can be a permanent or semi permanent structure and are more widely used for events and parties.

Benefits Of Hiring A Marquee

There are many benefits when it comes to hiring a marquee for your party or wedding. If you are not sure if you should hire a marquee here are a few reasons why.

Location – Marquee’s can be set up pretty much anywhere which gives you flexibility on where your party is.
Blank Canvas – You can decorate your marquee how ever you want.
Tight Budgets – You can choose a marquee size that will fit your budget.
More Guests – With function venues you have a guest limit based on the size of the venue. Marquee size can be chosen to fit the number of guests.
Flexibility – Marquee’s will suit and can be used for any type of party , wedding or event.
Outdoor Events – Marquee’s allow you to incorporate the outdoors into your event easier if you wish.
Privacy – You usually dont get unwanted guests wandering into your event it like you might at a function venue.

Based on my experience working with marquee’s for many years they typically create a more relaxed atmosphere. The atmosphere a marquee creates is very different to most function venues. They typically feel more intimate and guests feel more connected. The main benefit for me is that they are so versatile and can be decorated anyway you want for any type of event.

Downfalls To Hiring A Marquee

Along with most things in life there are usually a few downfalls when it comes to hiring a marquee. Below are some of the potential down falls to look out for when considering marquee hire.

You Need to Think Of Everything – Unlike hiring function venues when you hire a marquee you need to think of hiring everything else that you may need. You will need to bring in everything from furniture to catering products and a whole lot more.
Time Factor – You will need to allow alot more time for both marquee set up and pack up as well as decorating and setting everything up.
Cost – Alot of people think hiring a marquee will be cheaper than a venue. Once you factor in everything you need they can cost the same or more as a function venue.
Noise Issues – Marquee’s are typically less sound proof than a normal venue so this could be a potential problem with music and guest noise.
The Clean Up – With marquee hire you may have to clean everything up afterwards. With a function venue you leave the cleaning up to them.
Price Changes – Like function venues depending on the season may mean different pricing to hire. Summer is usually alot more to hire than winter.
Weather Issues – Depending on the season weather may affect your event more. Heating and cooling is another factor to consider that you dont have in a function venue.

As you can see there are some down sides to hiring a marquee all of which in most cases can be easily solved. Working with experienced marquee hire companies and suppliers will help resolve alot of these issues.

What Can You Use A Marquee For

Classic Peaked Marquee hire

Typically marquee’s are mostly used for parties, weddings and events. In reality though they can be used for such a wide range of functions that require some form of shelter. In recent times they have been used as testing centres for Covid-19.

Other uses for marquee’s are in construction. military, and areas that require temporary housing.

Things To Consider When Deciding What Size Marquee To Hire

When deciding on what size marquee to hire there a few things to consider.

Number of Guests – Obviously the number of guests will determine the size you need.
Dance Floor – Are you planning to have a space for a dance floor as you will need to allow for this.
Bar – Are you planning to have a bar set up. You will need to allow both space in front and behind bar to function properly.
Furniture – How many chairs and tables are you planning to have. Is its a sit down or cocktail event.
Decorations – are you planning any large decorations that may take up floor space.
Catering – Will caters be using some of the floor space for there preparation or serving area.
Entertainment – Whether your dj or band is on a stage or not you still need to allow room for this.

All of these will play a part in determining how much space you will require. Your marquee hire company should be able to help you work this out but you will need a list of everything first.

How Many People Do Marquee's Hold

marquee

There is a massive range when it comes to marquee sizes ranging from 3m x 3m up to massive structure marquee’s that cold hold thousands of people. Most marquee hire companies have similar sizes but there are some variations in width depending on the brand of marquee’s they use.

The chart below will give you a basic guide on popular size marquee’s and how many people they hold. You do need to remember all the things mentioned earlier as these sizes only allow for guests and round tables only. All the extra things you want will require bigger marquee’s than listed below.

There is slight differences in size and capacity of marquee’s based on which marquee hire company you speak to. The chart below is based on round tables 1.8m wide when it talks about seated. The chart below allows approximately 75cm x 75cm per person without furniture. If you like a bit more room and have the budget 1m x 1m per person is a good size.

marquee size chart

How Much Space Do I Need For A Marquee

If you look at the chart above it will give you an idea in the far right column how much space to allow for each size marquee. Things to consider when allowing enough space for your marquee are the following.

Marquee Weights – What size weights or tie downs does the marquee require.
Catering – Will you require a separate marquee for catering purposes.
Pre Dinner Drink Area – Are you planning to have a pre dinner drinks area or chillout space out the front of your marquee.
Access To Space – How easy is it to get the marquee into the space to be set up.

Ideally you would require a minimum of 1.5m all around your marquee to be able to set it up without too many issues.

What Are The Different Types Of Marquee's

There are 3 main types of marquee’s that most marquee hire companies use. They can all be slightly different depending on the marquee brand. There are also custom style marquee’s that some of the bigger event and party hire companies use.

Below are the 3 most common types of marquee’s used.

Structure Marquee

Structure Marquee

Structure marquee’s or also known as clear span marquee’s are probably the most common type of marquee’s used for hire. These marquee’s can be adapted to suit any size function by just adding more bays. These marquee’s are more commonly used for corporate and larger events.

Peg and Pole Marquee

Peg and pole marquees or also known as traditional marquee’s have been used for years. They are held up by centre poles and held down by long pegs or stakes on the outside. 

This type of marquee is usually only used on grass areas as the pegs need to be banged into the ground. They also are quite often used for weddings as the have a more classic softer look. These marquee’s can be made quite big but are normally suited for functions no bigger than 200 people.

Frame Marquee / Pagoda Style

Frame marquee’s are a solid metal frame marquee that are more commonly used for smaller house parties and events. They can be weighed down by either concrete or water weights and also be tied to the ground with stakes. These marquees typically have a lower profile roof.

The pagoda style is the more pointy roof in this type of marquee if you like that kind of look.

Clear Roof Marquee's

marquee clear roof

In more recent years marquee manufacturer’s have been able to produce both clear roof panels and walls. This is a great look and even better if the location has nice gardens. The downside to these types of clear roof panels is if its a hot day you have no shade. This also means your marquee will also heat up a lot more if it is mostly closed.

Where Can You Have A Marquee

marquee

You can pretty much put a marquee anywhere providing its level ground. In some cases some marquee companies have also set them up on hills and built temporary structures to hold them up.

The type of marquee you use will be dependent on the ground surface and access to set them up.

Do I Need A Permit To Have A Marquee

This varies depending on what country and state you live in. If you are unsure check with your marquee hire company as they will know the regulations around this.

In most cases for private events on private properties you dont need a permit in Australia. Where things change is depending on the size of the marquee and if it is being used in a public space.

Your marquee hire company will know all these regulations for this so check with them first.

Can You Have A Marquee In A Public Space

The short answer is Yes. In Melbourne and Australia you will need permission from the local or state governments depending on where you wish to set up the marquee. Again check with your marquee hire company as they will know more information regarding this.

Usually there are strict restrictions on the amount of time the marquee be set up in a public space.

How Long Does It Take To Set Up A Marquee

In most cases most marquee’s can easily be set up in one day. If its a smaller marquee for example 6m x 6m this may only take a few hours. Bigger structure marquee’s depending on size would take at least 6 to 8 hours undecorated.

Variables for how long a marquee takes to set up would be the following.

Type of Marquee
Access to Set Up The Marquee
Type of Ground Surface
Type of Weights Used
Type of Flooring Being Put Into The Marquee
Decorations and Lighting Being Installed
Access To Power

Do Marquee's Come In Different Colours

The most common colour for marquee’s is white. They do come in other colours but these are usually the smaller pop up style marquee’s.

The main types are usually white which then creates a great simple backdrop to decorate how ever you want.

Can Marquee's Be Set Up If It is Windy

Most commercial grade marquee’s have a wind rating of up to 80km an hour. Variables for this will be the size of the marquee and the types of weights used.

Your marquee hire company will know the wind ratings for their type of marquee. For safety reasons they usually wont set them up if the wind is too strong.

For smaller budget style marquee’s that you can set up yourself they are not really rated for winds over 15 – 20km and hour. If it is windy it is strongly recommended by hire companies not to use these smaller style marquee’s.

How Are Marquee's Weighted Down

The type of weights used to tie down the marquee will depend on the marquee type. Typically the weights are either water barrels, concrete blocks or stakes in the ground.

The type of ground surface and access to power and water will also influence this. The amount of space around the marquee will also determine what weights can be used.

Do Marquee's Cause Damage To The Ground

If the marquee is set up on grass it can have temporary damage to the ground depending on what flooring is used. Even if the flooring is just the bare grass your guests may cause some damage to this.

If your surface is concrete there is usually know permanent damage to the ground once marquee is removed. Using temporary flooring in your marquee will usually protect the ground surface.

Marquee Wall Options

ClearSpan structure Marquee hire

Marquee’s usually come with two wall options with most hire companies. You can have the choice of solid white walls or clear walls. Depending where your marquee is set up you may want solid white walls to block out certain areas that you dont want to see. Most hire companies will give you the option to choose what will suit you best. Some hire companies do have different types of window walls with different designs. If the weather is good you can also choose to have no walls at all.

How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Marquee

There are lots of variables when it comes to the cost of hiring a marquee. The type you hire , the size and location access will all affect costs.

To give you an idea on costs for a 6m x 3m structure marquee you can pay around $650 right up to $6800 for a 10m x 30m marquee. As mentioned there may be other variables that could add extra costs. To get a more accurate idea on marquee costs click here.
Most hire companies include the set up and pack down cost of the marquee in the hire price but this is something you should check. Delivery in most cases is usually on top of the hire cost and is based on location.

Can I DIY The Set Up If I Hire A Marquee

In most cases the answer to this question is no unless its a small pop up marquee. Commercial quality marquee’s usually require multiple people who are trained in setting up a marquee properly. You may find some hirers that will allow some DIY on marquee’s but usually the answer is no.

Should I Buy My Own Marquee

cheap marquee hire in back garden

You can buy cheap plastic frame marquee’s from Bunnings at low costs but usually the quality is very poor. Unless the weather is perfect and you only intend to use it a few times these are not great to use.

Many a time have we had distressed clients ringing on a friday as their cheap DIY marquee has blown away and has let them down the day before their party. In my opinion if you dont want any stress stay away from these types of marquee’s.

Should I Hire A Cheap Marquee

cheap marquee set up

Cheap marquee’s like the ones mentioned above or pop up style marquee’s are only really suitable for basic use. If you are just wanting a bit of shade and the weather is perfect these would be fine.

If you are having a party and the weather is not great it would be wise to spend the money on a commercial grade marquee.

Is There A Difference Between Party and Wedding Marquee's

marquee set up for wedding on property in country

There is no difference between wedding and party marquee’s. All marquee types can be used for any type of function. It really comes down to costs and personal choice on what marquee type you use.

What Is An Instant Pop Up Marquee

pop up white metal frame marquee

An instant pop up marquee are usually seen at markets and trade shows. These are usually metal frame that expands and can be set up in minutes. As mentioned previously these are best used for shade and good weather options.

Flooring Options For Marquee's

When it comes to flooring options for marquee’s there are multiple choices. If the marquee is set up on concrete or grass that is in good condition then you may not need flooring at all. If you are wanting to cover the ground then the options below are usually available from most marquee hire companies.

Solid Wood Floor – This is a temporary wooden floor that is usually built after the marquee goes up. This can be made out of various types of timber depending on what the hire company has.

Pro Floor – This is a plastic flooring that is heavy duty and can be rolled out and made into any size floor. Pro Floor is great for protecting your grass but also lets it breath so your grass will recover quicker. 

Grass Matting / Artificial Turf – If you have a solid foundation like concrete but still like the grass look, you can also use artificial turf. This can be rolled out very quickly an is usually a cheaper option compared to the others.

Solid flooring that can handle large amounts of foot traffic and a lot of furniture weight is super important. A lot of people skimp on the flooring and then quite often regret it afterwards.

Lighting Options For Marquee's

marquee lighting in green and blue

Lighting options for marquee’s are endless and are usually relatively easy to install. Lighting is usually an extra cost on top of the marquee hire price. Below are some different options when it comes to lighting your marquee.

Flood lights – Simple and cheap way to light up the marquee. This is not really a great mood light though.

Pendant Lights – These can come in a massive range of choices and can be picked to suit your decoration style. You can either choose the raw look of just globes or add different style lamp shades to suit. Click here to learn more.

Festoon Lights – Festoon lights are very popular for indoor and outdoors when it comes to marquee lighting.Make sure you hire a dimmer as these can be quite bright if you have a lot of them. Click here to learn more.

Chandeliers – These suit wedding really well and come in various styles and sizes. Click here to learn more.

Led Mood Lighting – There are multiple options when it comes to creating colour in your marquee. Click here to learn more.

Fairy Lights – Another popular options for weddings in marquee’s. Fairy lights look great but can cost a lot for installation as they are very time consuming. Click here to learn more.

Party Lighting – Dont forget about creating the right atmosphere for dancing with your lighting choice. Multiple types of party lights are available to suit your party style. Click here to learn more.

Silk Roof Lining For Marquee's

marquee set up with silk roof lining in white

If you dont like the raw look of metal beams in your marquee you can hire silk lining to cover the inside of the roof. Most hire companies offer this on certain types of marquee’s but it does usually cost extra.

Dont Forget Power

Power is obviously important but is quite often overlooked when it comes to hiring a marquee. If you are planning on placing your marquee in the middle of a paddock then power maybe an issue.The next option for this if you cant run power leads from a house or building is to hire a generator. If you need to go down this path it is important that you hire one large enough to cover all bases. You will need to consider lighting, catering use, entertainment and heating and cooling.

Ask your marquee hire company for help with this as this is a common issue that pops up when hiring a marquee.

Click on the below to find generators for hire.

Southern Generator Hire

Better Rentals

Coats Hire

Furniture Hire For Marquee's

wedding marquee set up with green and white table setting

Furniture hire for marquee’s can be simple but you do need to think of multiple areas. If you are planning a sit down dinner you will need round or trestle tables as well as enough seating for your guests. You may also need lounge or cocktail furniture for other areas as well depending on what is happening.Cocktail furniture like bar tables and stools are a lot simpler and cheaper if you are choosing a cocktail style event. Your flooring option as mentioned earlier needs to be very stable for any type of furniture.

Click here for furniture options and ideas.

Decorating A Marquee For A Party Or Wedding

wedding set up in garden inside beach. Closeup of flowers

The fun part about any party or wedding is the decorating. When it comes to marquee’s they are perfect for decorating as they are a blank canvas. There is usually plenty of beams and places to attach decorations if required. Things to think about when decorating your marquee are listed below. Click on the below items to learn more.

Table Decorations

Party Props

Draping

Styling Products

Marquee Heating And Cooling Options

Heating and cooling is very important when choosing a marquee for your event. You maybe lucky and get just the right temperature on the day of your event. This dosent always happen so it is good to be able to fix the problem if it cools down or heats up at the last minute.

Portable heaters and coolers can be hired to use in marquee’s but check with your hire company first. Below are some hire companies specializing in heating and cooling for marquee’s if you live in Melbourne.

Active Air 

Aggreko

Climate Rentals

Dance Floor Hire Options For Marquee's

Depending on what flooring options you have chosen for your marquee you may not need a dance floor. Obviously the type of function you are having may not require a dance floor anyway.

If you do want a separate dance floor or need something more suitable for dancing, click here for different options.

Cool Room Hire For Marquee's

Nobody likes warm drinks so another thing to think of is how you are going to keep your drinks and food cold. You can choose buckets of ice or maybe hire fridges if you dont have a lot of drinks or food.

Another option is to hire portable cool rooms which can hold quite a lot and will also keep food cold. Below are some cool room hire companies in Melbourne.

Melbourne Cool Room Hire

Hire A Cool Room

Valley Cool

Toilet and Bathroom Hire For Marquee's

If your marquee isnt set up near a house or toilets you will need to hire some in. Again you will need to consider power for these if you are also hiring in a generator. If you are based in Melbourne below are some portable bathroom and toilet hire companies.

Black Tie toilet Hire

Melbourne Toilet Hire

Aim Hire

Marquee's For Catering And Change Rooms

marquee used as a kitchen for an event

In some cases you may need to hire a separate marquee for the kitchen area or possibly a change room for the bride or entertainment. Smaller marquees can easily be set up next to the main marquee for these purposes.

The benefits of this is it wont take up floor space in your main marquee. It will also keep the noise from kitchens and maybe entertainers separate from the guests. This does add extra cost to your event but is definitely worth doing to create a better experience for everyone involved.

Where To Hire Marquee's In Melbourne

If you live in Melbourne below are some of the marquee companies that will be able to help you with your event.

Click on the links below to learn more about each company.

Feel Good Events – Covering Melbourne Metro

Betta Event Hire – Yarra Valley and Melbourne Metro

Prestige Events – Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula

Melton Party Hire – Western Suburbs

Conclusion

As you can see from the marquee hire ultimate guide above there is a lot to think about when hiring a marquee. You really do need to think of everything in some cases. If you are hiring a marquee to put in your back garden then most of these things really arent an issue. If you are deciding to hire a marquee to put out on a large property in the country there is more to think about. 

The good news is if you use an experienced marquee hire company like Feel Good Events then we will make the whole process easy and stress free.

If you would like help with hiring a marquee for your next party or event contact us today.


How To Throw A Covid-19 Safe Party In Melbourne

Are you thinking of throwing a party or wedding during the current covid-19 crisis? There is so much confusion at the moment on the rules and regulations on what you can and can’t do. To make things a bit easier we have put together everything you need to know about throwing a Covid-19 safe party in Melbourne.

Everything in this article is current as of February 2021 but as restrictions change you may need to check for up to date information. You can do this by going to the DHHS website or contact our office. Learn how to throw a covid-19 safe party or wedding to avoid doing the wrong thing. 

covid safe party sign

What Are The Different Rules For Throwing Covid-19 Safe Party

If you are planning a party or wedding in Melbourne the rules will vary for multiple reasons. Rules will vary based on where your party is, for example – your home, function venue or outside.

At minimum, all functions venues in Melbourne must follow the minimum 2 square metre rules. This rule applies to function venues, restaurants or anywhere indoors that can have functions. If the venue is not set up to collect guests details electronically, they need to follow the 4 square metre rules. So, what is the 2 square metre and 4 square metre rules?

What Is The ‘Two Square Metre’ Rule?

To limit the number of people gathering in a venue at the same time, some businesses must only allow entry to one person for every two square metres of available floor space.

To be able to apply the two square metre rule, businesses must use electronic record keeping. QR codes are a barcode that people scan using their Australian Playamo smartphone camera. The QR code takes the person to a website where they enter their details.  

2 square metre rule for parties

For example, if an indoor space is 8 metres long and 1 metre wide, its total area is 8 square metres. Its density quotient is 2, so no more than 4 people would be permitted to be in the outdoor space at the same time. The density quotient must be rounded down, for example a density quotient of 9.68 becomes 9 patrons.

The spaces specifically available for staff only (for example, behind bars or counters) are not included when calculating the density quotient for customers. 

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2 square metre rule explained

What Is The ‘Four Square Metre’ Rule?

To limit the number of people gathering in a venue at the same time, some businesses must only allow entry to one patron for every four square metres of available floor space.

4 square metre rule explained

For example, if a space is 8 metres long and 2 metres wide, its total area is 16 square metres. Using the ‘four square metre’ rule, the density limit (also called the density quotient in the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s directions) is 4. So, no more than 4 people would be permitted to be in that indoor space at the same time.   

The density limit must be rounded down to the nearest whole number. For example – a density limit calculation of 9.68 becomes 9 people.

4 square metre rule explained with more than one person

The spaces that are specifically for staff only (for example, behind bars or counters) are not included in the total floor space when calculating the density limit for customers.

4 square metre rule with lots of people

Closed areas within venues (for example, storage areas that are accessed only by staff) cannot be included when calculating the number of members of the public permitted under the four square metre rule. 

What Venues Does The ‘Four Square Metre’ Rule Apply To?

The four square metre rule applies to gaming machine areas, adult entertainment venues, staffed sport and exercise facilities, play centres, indoor skateparks and trampoline centres, indoor amusement parks, indoor pools and dance floors. The four square metre rule applies when businesses use manual record keeping.   

Karaoke bars are also bound by the four square metre rule. However, electronic record keeping is mandatory in these settings.

What Happens If I Have Invited More Guests Than The Venue Is Allowed

 If you have invited more than the venue has space for based on the 2m rule you are only allowed to have that many. Potential fines can be handed out if this rule is broken.

What To Think About If Planning a Covid-19 Safe Party

party planning during covid 19

If you are organising a small party at home a wedding, corporate event or even an event outside you need to create a Covid safe plan. These are some of the things you should think about when planning your party or event.

  1. Always check local guidelines before planning your event.
  2. Brief guests about precautions before the event starts; during the event, remind guests of these precautions and ensure they are followed.
  3. Designate a Covid marshal to police things on the night and make sure everyone is doing as they should.
  4. Choose outdoor venues over indoor spaces – if indoors, ensure the area is well-ventilated.
  5. Minimize crowding by staggering arrivals and departures, numbering entries, designating seats/places and marking the floor to ensure physical distancing between people of at least one and a half meters.
  6. Provide all necessary supplies – hand hygiene stations, hand sanitizer or soap and water, tissues, closed-lid bins, distance markers, masks.

What Are The Rules Regarding Dancing At Parties During Covid-19

It doesn’t matter whether you are having your party at home or in a function venue you need to abide by the 4 square metre rule. If you are in a venue the rule might be 2 square metres for the number of guests but for dance floors the 4 square metre rule always applies. When it comes to the size of your dance floor it will need to be quite big. This is so that more than a few people are allowed to dance at once. This rule applies for both inside and outside parties.

If you look at a 4m x 4m dance floor this would normally comfortably hold 16 to 25 people. Based on this rule you would only be allowed 4 people at a time. What this means is your dance floor is going to be pretty empty and the atmosphere pretty flat.

What Are The Current Rules For Having A Party At Home In Melbourne

If you are planning to have a party at home the most you are allowed during the current restrictions is 15 people. This is the same rule whether your guests are inside or out at your home. As mentioned if planning for dancing the 4m rule applies.

You would also need to keep track of everyone’s contact details for contract tracing as well.

What Are The Rules For Having A Party Or Wedding Outside In Melbourne During Covid-19

The current rules for having a party or wedding outside will be determined by its location. If it is a function venue you can have up to 150 people maximum. If your party or wedding is at home but outside you are still restricted to 15 people maximum. If you wedding or party is in a public space, guest numbers will be determined by the state government. You will be required to have a permit for any event in a public space which will tell you how many people you can have based on the type of event.

What Are The Face Mask Rules When Having A Party or Wedding In Melbourne

If you are choosing to have a party at home or in a function venue face masks must be worn unless eating or drinking. Face masks must be worn also when dancing.

What Are The Current Rules If You Are Having A Wedding In Melbourne During Covid-19

covid safe weddings in melbourne

Current restrictions for having a wedding in Melbourne is a 150 guest provided that you are having it in a hired function venue. The venue does need to follow the 2 square metre rule for the number of guests. The 4 metre rule also applies if having dancing and a dance floor. If you are choosing to have you wedding at home the limit is still 15 people maximum.

Is It Worth While Having A Party or Wedding During Covid-19

When you look at all the current restrictions in Melbourne you have got to ask the question is it worth all the stress involved in throwing a party. It all comes down to what sort of party you want and if you are willing to wait until restrictions ease. If you have the budget hire a venue as you will be able to invite more people. If you are wanting a party with dancing and more than 15 people, then a function venue really is your only choice.

If you are planning a more low-key event with no dancing and a few people, your house is a great option. Garden Parties and Dinner Parties are definitely on trend at the moment as they are easier to plan for. Any event outside is usually a lot easier to manage but you do need to allow for weather.

The other issue that makes planning parties hard at the moment is the constant changing of restrictions. In a short space of time restrictions can be changed and parties have to be cancelled. If you really want to have a party and restrictions do ease over the coming months you need to be flexible. I think moving forward anyone planning a party will need to plan on short notice. Make sure you have a backup plan if things do not go your way.

Make sure that anything you book or hire you have an option of credit or refund so that you also do not lose too much money. If this all just sounds too hard maybe just wait until things improve for the better.

We do ask as a party, wedding and event company that you do have a party as soon as you can to keep our industry alive.


Engagement Party

7 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Party Planner

If you are not sure if you should get some help with your party here are 7 reasons why you should hire a party planner.

There are various reasons to hire a party planner. Yet, the bottom line is that party planners can save you a lot of stress, unnecessary expense, and are big time savers. More importantly they are experts at throwing parties and will help you create a better party experience.

Alister Clare, CEO and Financial Specialist at Credit Capital, agrees on the valuable help of party planners. According to Clare, “It’s normal to have doubts about hiring a party planner for your events. Yet, look at it this way.  If you’re not a certified plumber, would you mount the plumbing system in your house? Certainly not! Planning a party might seem like an easy task, or you think it would save you money if you do it yourself. But the drawback of DIY-ing a party could bring more hours of work and possibly end in a terrible event. Party planners are super-organised professionals who have a knack for imagination and know exactly what you need for your party.  So, if you’re having a party, save yourself the hassle and call a party planner.”

If you’re not convinced yet, here are the specifics:

1 - Saves You Time and Money

party timeline

Contrary to popular opinion, hiring a professional party planner can help you save time and money.

Party planners are well connected with venues, entertainment, party decorators, party hire services, caterers, photographers and a whole lot more. People quite often under estimate the time it takes to find suppliers and get quotes. The average party can take a minimum of 30 to 50hrs to plan if you want to create a memorable party.

Party planners can also get rebates and markdowns that may Aussie Online Casinos not be available to private individuals. They also know if the pricing is too high when getting quotes and who is providing the best value for money.

Party planners already have a detailed checklist of everything to plan and think about. If it’s your first time at organising a party, there’s the likelihood that you’ll miss a detail or two. It could be the cake topper, the dietary restrictions of your guests or something more important.

2 - Takes The Pressure Off Your Shoulders

Planning a party can be exhausting and stressful. For the last 6 years party and event planning has been rated in the top 10 for most stressful jobs. Running into a burning building or joining the army is only just in front of being a party planner. So its important not to underestimate the stress that you can get from planning a party.  Employing an party planner makes it possible for you to take a breather and concentrate on the more essential things. Would you rather fuss over the silverware or focus more on your speech?

The main question to ask yourself is do you want to be working at your party or enjoying it. The more organized you are and the more help you have the less you need to do. Don’t miss out on the fun because you were too busy running your party. Too many people are burnt out by the time it gets to their party and over the whole thing before it starts.

3 - On The Day Venue And Party Management

staff setting up a function

In some cases your party planner will not only help you plan the whole party but they can also act as a function manager on the night. It is important not to let all the hours and hours of  planning go to waste as no one was there to manage things on the night.

To provide the best experience possible, party planners/ function mangers can monitor visitors, food, drink, music, entertainment, security, and all the other factors. This means the  minor details of the party will not interrupt you on the night. Do you really want to  stress over the ice running out at the bar or there’s not enough glasses on the night. This further guarantees your undivided attention on your guests and the party.

Most importantly this allows you more time to have FUN.

4 -Helps You Choose the Right Theme For Your Party

Choosing a theme can be complicated or stress full when planning a party. Not everyone chooses a theme but if you do it can make your party more fun and exciting. Choosing a theme also helps with what direction to head in and colour schemes to choose etc.

Where an expert party planner can help in this area is they can help you choose a party theme or style that will fit in with your budget. Your party planner will have a better understanding of what types of themes you can do well based on how much money you have to spend. This can also save you a lot of disappointment and hassle. You wont then do a lot of research work to then discover you cant afford to do the theme you want.

An experience party planner will not only help achieve your objectives with a confident style but also design a perfect theme for your party. That way, your event creates better connections between guests and a party to remember.

5 - Party Planner’s Add Passion And Experience

event staff setting up a wedding

Party planners live and breathe on creating successful events. Nearly all party planners are genuinely passionate about their roles. They bring along this passion to their craft, and such enthusiasm translates to the success of your event.

Where an expert party planner really adds value is their knowledge of what does and doesn’t work to create a great party experience. These little tips and tricks all add up to getting a better end result and  a better chance that your party will be a success.

6 - Flexibility and Problem Solving

wedding decoration set up

If you have been involved in planning a party before or organised your own you will know that things can change very quickly. Extra guests might need to be added last minute or some of the decorations or furniture isnt available and needs to be changed. A party planner usually has the patience and ability to make changes quickly and put out any spot fires. These issues can occur in the lead up to your big party or even on the day if you havent used a supplier before.

Trusting the suppliers you have booked if you havent used them before is a common problem a lot of people have. Party planners will usually have a team of different party suppliers they have worked with before and trust. This also makes changes and solving problems easier and quicker.

Quite often if a party is based on weather this can cause big issues last minute. Knowing that you have a professional party planner on your side to help solve this issues will give you great comfort.

7 - Turn Your Vision Into Reality

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Not every party planner is a party decorator as these are quite often separate jobs. An expert party planner does however usually have quality expert party decorators on their books to help bring your vision to life. At Feel Good Events we are both expert party planners and decorators which does make everything that bit easier. 

Professional party planners will first interview their clients to know how they want the party to be and then advise them on how to make it better. The most important question your party planner should ask is what sort of experience do you want to create for both you and your guests. If they don’t ask you this they may not have the experience you need.

A good party planner won’t seize total control; they are your partners. It is important to share your ideas, thoughts, and concerns because these can be addressed in the early stages of planning. Being very clear on what you do and don’t like in the beginning will make sure you achieve the end result you want.

A professional party planner will ask you lots and lots of questions to achieve this result. Don’t be afraid to trust your party planner once you have seen their work as remember they are the experts.

Ready To Throw The Best Party In Town? 

cocktail party

Investing in a party planner will guarantee that you save time, money and is more stress free. Bear in mind that fantastic, rave-worthy parties don’t usually just happen! These require talent, experience, and hard work.

Feel Good Events is Australian leader in party planning and decorating. From corporate events to private parties, we can turn your vision into reality. Connect with us and let’s start planning an awesome party!

Blog Post Co AuthorJasmine Mason


Fergusson winery wedding table setting

Fergusson Winery

Fergusson Winery Yarra Valley

Fergusson Winery is located in Dixons Creek in the Yarra Valley and is the perfect setting to hold any wedding or event. Fergusson Winery weddings has fantastic views of the vineyards in a private and quiet setting. If you are planning to have your wedding or private function at Fergusson’s you have the choice of 2 separate function spaces.

The Barrel Room – This function space can seat up to 80 people and still allows room for a dance floor. It is surrounded by French oak barrels that provide a fantastic backdrop and a nice wine aroma to set the mood. This room can be decorated to suit or you can go with the existing wine barrel backdrop.

Rustic Restaurant – For larger functions you can choose the rustic restaurant with its natural timbers and slate floors. Overlooking the vine yard this function space can hold up to 120 people with a dance floor. You can choose from round or square tables and the room can be decorated by Feel Good Events to suit your tastes.

Wedding Ceremonies – When it comes to your wedding ceremony you also have multiple choice depending on the weather. There is a quaint chapel, large grass area or the wine barrel room depending on your taste.

Multiple options for both ceremony and wedding reception makes Fergusson Winery a great place to get married. When you hire the Fergusson Winery you get exclusive use of the venue even though there are multiple spaces. Tie in this great location with fantastic wine and beautiful food and you have the perfect spot for your event.

Venue Website: www.fergussonwinery.com.au/weddings/

Venue Address: Wills Road, Dixons Creek, VICTORIA 3775 AUSTRALIA

Phone Number: 5965 2237

Best Contact at Venue: Teearn – Wedding/Function Coordinator

If you would like help in decorating your wedding at Fergusson Winery contact us by clicking here.


Party Decorating The Ultimate Guide

The Ultimate Guide To Party Decorating 

How To Decorate Your Party

This is the ultimate guide to party decorating. You will find lots of tips , ideas and how to’s to make your party decorating that little bit easier. Decorating your party can be simple or you can go all out. There are many factors to consider when it comes to party decorating. The main factors that will influence your party decorating is your time, how much work you want to do and your budget. The main factor to consider is what sort of party experience do you want to create.

The first thing to think about when it comes to party decorating is who is the party for? Whether you are planning the party for yourself or someone else what is the end result you want. If the party is for someone else make sure you have a good idea on what sort of party they want to create. Ask them lots of questions on what they do and dont like when it comes to party decorations and what sort of party atmosphere they want. 

Why Is Decorating Your Party Important

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To create a great party experience for your guests its all about stimulating your guests 5 senses. Party decorating is the best way to do this and set the right mood for the type of party atmosphere you want.. Decorating you party well will change how your guests feel for the better if it stimulates their senses in the right way. Going to some effort with your party decor will also help create a great party story for your guests to tell. Most importantly it will create a party to remember.

The amount of decorating you do , the colours you choose and the layout of your decorations will all have an impact on your guests party experience. At Feel Good Events we usually find the more decorating you do the better the experience.

Do It Yourself Or Hire A Party Decorator

This is a really important decision as party decorating can take a lot of time especially if you want to do it well. There are both advantages and disadvantages to both of these but usually it comes down to your party budget. If you have the money, hire expert party decorators to design and decorate your event for you. They will not only save you time and stress but in most cases they will create a better end result as they are decorating experts. If you are looking for custom decorations deigned and made, a party decorator will have the skill and contacts to help do this.

Going down the do it yourself option or (DIY) may save you money but you do need to value your time. It may cost you a lot more time in both sourcing decorations and installation of your party decor if you want to go all out. The set up of your party decorations if you are going all out will always take longer than you think if you havent done it before. The main reason most people choose DIY is their budget. Another reason is they also dont really see much value in party decorations and what they can add to the party.

What Outcome Do You Want To Achieve With Your Party Decorating

It is really important from the beginning to know what outcome you want to achieve with your party decorating. By this I mean how do you want your guests to feel when they are at your party. Everything you use to decorate your party venue and the colours you choose will effect your guests mood. If you have a clear idea of this from the beginning it will help guide you in the right direction.

For me when I am planning a party for myself or clients I want the guests to experience different feelings. This will help make to make the party more exciting. Ultimately I want the guests to feel good and create a happy atmosphere. I also like to mix it up so that it is a unique experience as well. You can do this by choosing lighting that colours can be changed easily throughout the night. If possible I like reveal new areas of the party at different times so that something new is happening all the time. This is all dependent on the size of your party space and budget but it can help create a great experience.

Where To Find Inspiration For Your Party Decorating

Finding party decoration inspiration is always the fun part to planning your party. Looking at inspiration pictures and videos will help you decide what party theme or style you want to create. To start with you can always check out our party themes page if you are not quite sure. Party Theme Ideas

The most popular place for alot of party inspiration is Pinterest. There are so many different types of party themes and styles to really get your creative juices flowing. You can create your own mood boards which will help in choosing different types of decorations once you have decided on your theme or style. The other easy and usual places to look for party inspiration would be google images , instagram and facebook. Partyslate is another great website for party inspiration. Partyslate is an American based directory but has lots of great images and ideas.

Choose a Party Theme or Style

Choosing a particular party theme or style will make planning your party so much easier. It will give you more direction on what party props to use, colours to choose and even what dress code to have. Not everyone wants a certain party theme but even choosing a party style will make everything easier from the beginning. Choosing a style or theme will usually make the party atmosphere more fun and is a great way of showing your personality. Infusing your personality into your party decorations will help make your party more unique and personal.

The other great thing about choosing a party theme is that your decorations choice can be your own interpretation of that theme. At Feel Good Events we might do 10 Hollywood party themes in a one year but they can all be different. The venue style and layout , clients budget and their personality will all influence the outcome. Some themes or styles will be easier to do than others and less expensive. If you are wanting something easy and less expensive choose a more popular theme as party decorations will be more readily available.

Decoration Display or Full Party Theming

So what do I mean by display or full party theming? By display I mean that you might just create a small area with decorations to try and create the right mood. Full theming means that you have transformed and decorated your whole party venue in your chosen theme or style. Full theming will help to create a fully immersive party experience. The photos above shows a display on the left and full room party styling on the right.

Quite often displays are created just a for a photo backdrop as guests arrive or for a more low key event. Party displays are often chosen as the party planner or host also has a very low budget. Full theming is the way to go if you have the time and budget. Hands down it will create a better party experience and definitely make it more memorable. 

Do Your Party Decoration Research And Set A Budget

One of the most common questions we get asked as party and wedding decorators is how much does a certain theme cost. There are so many variables that determine costs so this is where you need to do your research. I would suggest that until you have done some research into what things cost you cant really set your budget. You might think that you only want to spend $1000 on you decorations but then realize this wont even get you close to creating the atmosphere you want.

So how do you start to determine costs for your party decorations? The first thing to do is find party hire companies that will hire the items you need. Our Hire Products page will help you find pricing for party props , party decorations and more. Once you have found what you need from the different suppliers you then need to contact these suppliers to get costs on delivery and installation. In a lot of cases the installation costs can be way more than the hire costs especially if you are wanting to create something unique. If the hire company allows DIY on the items you want this may save on labor costs but do value your time. Also consider if you have the necessary skills to create the look you are going for with your party decorating.

Choose Your Party Venue

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When it comes to deciding on a party venue and theme its a bit like what comes first, the chicken or the egg. Your party venue will have an influence on your party theme especially if it has its own unique style. I usually like to choose the party theme first and then find a function venue to match. If you are planning a full immersive theme a blank canvas venue is the way to go. In this case you may just opt to hiring the local hall or a venue that is less expensive as you will be changing the look of the venue anyway.

If you already have your venue chosen from the beginning because of other factors make sure you choose a theme that will fit the style of the venue. There is no point in choosing a function space that has a 1920’s feel if you are wanting to have a jungle party theme. Blank space venues can make it easier to decorate but may also cost more money as you will need more decorations. If you can find a function venue that will enhance your theme it may make things easier and less expensive.

Important things to consider when choosing your venue is can you do the type of decorations you want. Will the venue allow you to decorate the room and how much time will they allow. Another key thing to consider which may add alot of extra cost is can you access the function space easily. If your function space is not ground level your labour costs will definitely go up.

Choose A Colour Scheme For Your Party Decorations

Choosing colours for your party decorating can be easier if you have a particular theme or style in mind. If you are going for more of a style and want something like a pink party or white party colour choice will be easy. Most party themes usually have there own unique colours that suit that theme to make it easier for choice. 

For example a Hollywood theme usually has the colours of red, gold and black. This makes decoration choice easier as everything you choose can be in these colours. You dont however need to always go with traditional colours. Some of the best decorated parties are ones that have their own unique slant on things.

We usually suggest at Feel Good Events that if you are creating your own unique style that you typically dont use more than 3 different colours. This will keep things more simple and make it easier to find decorations in your colour choice.

How To Decorate Your Party

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So what do you need to think of when it comes to actually decorating your party venue?. There are so many variables around this as it will depend on your venue size and your budget. To keep things simple I usually suggest starting with the important fundamental items first. Once you have the basics in place you can then move on to the more styling side of things. You need to look at party decorating like making a pizza. You start with the base and then add the sauce and cheese and layer things on top from there. Decorating is the same, start with the basics and add from there.

When I talk about the decorating fundamentals the items below are what I am referring to and I always use as my starting point. Again depending on the venue will depend on what and how many of these things you need. If we start with the fact that you have a very basic venue and dont want to really see much of it this is what I suggest.

Draping – I would normally drape all or most of the walls in a material and colour that suits the theme or style you are wanting. This by itself will instantly change the look and feel of the room. 

Dance Floor – Unless the floor is suitable for dancing and it suits the theme I would bring in a dance floor. A dance floor will also stop the venue’s floor from getting damaged where everyone is dancing.

Furniture and Bar – Furniture in a style and colour that adds to your party theme. Some venues may have furniture you can use but others might not have furniture that suits the look you want.

Lighting – Mood and party lighting to add colour and help theme your party and create the right mood.

These 4 items above alone will dramatically change the look and feel of your venue. Again depending on the size of your venue these 4 items could cost quite a bit of your budget and at this point you havent really got any decorations.

We then move on to the things that will really start to theme or style your party. These are the items that make your party unique and create the theme or look you want. When working out your decorating budget you really need to have 2 parts to it. One for the decorating fundamentals above and one for the styling decorating products below.

Below are just some of the items you can use to decorate your party.

Themed Backdrops – Backdrops that will start to create the party theme you want.

Party Props – Props can be big and small but it is always good to have a main feature prop.

Styling Products – This can be anything from mirrors to candles and all the smaller items.

Flowers and Greenery – Bring the outdoors in with artificial plants and flowers.

Table Decor – Everything from table linen to table centrepieces will help style your party

All these items above will help you create a really great party and how much of each you use will determine your costs.

How To Decorate If You Are On A Tight Budget

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Decorating on a tight budget is always a common question and is also influenced by many factors. The look you are wanting to achieve, the size of your venue and the party theme you want will all affect budget. Every ones idea of a tight budget is different. For some it might be $1000 on decorations and for others it may be $10,000.

If you are on a tight budget there are some things you can do to bring costs down. Firstly you could use more disposable decorations as these are typically cheaper. You can choose to make your own party props out of recycled products if you have the time. You can do as much work as possible when it comes to set up and pack down of your decorations. Choose a venue that already suits your party theme so you need less decorations.

You can choose to create a display instead a full immersive theme as mentioned earlier. You can decorate only certain areas that the guests will be in the most. This could be above or around the dance floor as guests are hopefully in this area the most. The most important thing to remember if decorating on a budget is what impact will the decorations you have chosen have on your party. Make sure you spend money on decorating areas that will have the most influence on your guests and create a better experience.

Create A Design Plan and Floor Plan For Your Party

It is really important to create a design and floor plan from the very beginning. This will not only save you time and money but it will also help create a stress free party. Creating a design early on will help you with your party vision and what needs to be done. It will also help establish what products you will need to hire or buy and costs involved. Creating a design from the beginning will also help you work out how much work is involved and what you will need help with.

Floor plans can be a simple thing to do but there is more to it than where should you set up the bar and furniture. The floor plan you choose will influence where your guests are at the party. It will also have a big impact on your guests experience either for the better or worse. This is where if you have the budget an expert partyolgist can make sure you get it right. Check out our Partyology service if you want help with this.

Hire Party Decorations or Buy Disposable Decorations

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When thinking about your party decorations you need to decide what types you will use. For some party themes it may be hard to find disposable products and the same with hired props. Disposable decorations are usually easier to source but can also be quite simple with less impact.

For most parties decorations usually consist of a mix of both disposable and hired props and decor. The advantage of disposable decorations is in most cases they are cheaper to buy but not great for the environment. If you are trying to be environmentally friendly hired decorations and props are the way to go. 

Hired Party Decorations Checklist - The Basics

alice in wonderland party theme decorations

If you are choosing to hire decorations rather than buy , below is a general list of things to think about. Depending on your venue and theme you may only need some or all of these types of items. Click on the links to find a massive range of hire products to help decorate your party.

Party Draping
Mood lighting
Party Lighting
Dance floors
Furniture hire 
Themed Props
Table Decorations
Decorating & Styling Products
Video Screens

Disposable Party Decorations Checklist

party balloons and decorations in melbourne

If you are choosing to buy all your party decorations, below is a list of common items used. You can also click on the links below for the best places to buy disposable party decorations from if you live in Melbourne or Australia.

Balloons – Helium, Balloon Garlands, Themed Foil Balloons
Tinsel – Curtains and hanging tinsel
Streamers – Paper and tinsel
Table Decorations – Cups, Plates, Napkins, Table Cloths, Centrepieces
Candles – Real and LED
Hanging Decorations – Banners and signs , Bunting, Lanterns, Garlands, Tissue Balls
Cardboard Cut outs – Themed props and cutouts
Confetti

The Best Places In Melbourne To Buy Disposable Party Decorations In Store And Online 

Poppies For Grace
Lombards
Spotlight
The Party People
Discount Party Warehouse

Using Fresh Or Artificial Flowers In Your Party Decorating

floral display on a table for a wedding

Fresh or artificial flowers are a great way to decorate your party. Flowers are a great addition as a table centrepiece or to help enhance a display. One of the other great benefits of real flowers is they add the sense of smell. This is great if you are wanting to stimulate your guests senses for that overall party experience. The downfall of fresh flowers can be the that they can be expensive and dont last that long.

Artificial flowers have the added bonus of being able to hired and re used. You can create truly spectacular decorations using artificial flowers and plants on a large scale on a smaller budget. Flowers are also a great way to help colour scheme your party and most importantly make your guests feel good.

Table Decorations And Centrepiece's

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If you are planning a dinner party or even a cocktail party you may want to consider some table decorations. If you have a large scale event with lots of large tables dont under estimate the impact table centrepieces can make. If done well table decorations can really add to the overall look and feel of your party. If you are on a tight budget and you are planning a dinner party centrepieces should be your main priority.

If you have a particular party theme you can create something that will match the theme. If your theme is more of a style items like flowers and candles will always work well. When creating or hiring centrepieces always consider the height so that they dont block your guests view or make it hard to talk.

Use The Right Lighting To Enhance Your Decorations

Hollywood lighting projection on a wall

I could go on for hours about how important lighting is when decorating your party. It is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to create a difference in any function space. No matter what your party theme or style is, the right lighting done in the right way will improve the look of your party. I have run tests on both clients and staff showing them images of decorated party set ups. In 100% of people tested the images that had better lighting were rated the highest over images without.

Lighting can be used in multiple ways throughout your party. It can be used to highlight props or certain areas of your event space. Lighting can also be used to enhance your guests mood. Your guests moods can be changed by changing the colours during the night. Party lighting can be used to add a sense of excitement and energy if they are moving and flashing around. All this adds to the over all feel and look of your party decorations.

You can also hire special effect lights which may help in the theming of your event at a reasonable cost. Check out our lighting hire options to get inspired.

Allow Plenty Of Time To Set Up Your Party

wedding decoration set up

The biggest mistake that can be made when party decorating is under estimating how long it can take to set everything up. If you have the option try and spread you decorating out over multiple days to make it easier. This may also help you establish any issues they may arise early on in your party decorating. If you only have your function venue for one day this may drastically change what you do and how you do it. If you only have your venue for one day then this may also add considerable costs if getting in event decorators.

I usually suggest to go through each area of your venue that you plan to decorate and allocate an estimated time to it. If you plan to decorate the entrance way for example look at what you have planned and guess how much time this will take. If you do this for all areas of your party and then add them all together this will give you a good idea on a time frame. Once you have your estimated total time I would strongly suggest to allow more time just in case things dont go as planned.

The good new is if it takes you less time you will be set up nice an early and can relax before the party starts.

Make Sure You Have Enough Help For Your Decoration Set Up

To make the whole process of decorating your party easier and stress free you have a few options. Firstly you can hire in professional party decorators if you have the budget. This will make sure everything is done on time and at a good standard ensuring a better end result. If you are on a tight budget ask friends and family members to help out. 

Setting up and decorating a party is usually quite physical so make sure you get help from friends and family that are up to the task. We had a client once who roped in their father in law to help set up and he ended up having a heart attack as he over did it. While this isnt a regular thing that might happen it is definitely something to consider when choosing helpers.

Equipment You Will Need To Set Up Your Party Decorations

ladder for party decorating

Not only do you need to think about all the decoration you might need when planning your party but you also need to think about the items you will need to set things up. Depending on what decorations you have you may or not need some of the following items.

Below is a general list of items you may need to help decorate your party.

Ladders – Big and small
Drills
Scissors
Cable cutters
Gaffa tape – In multiple colours usually black and white
Clear Tape
Cable Ties – In different Colours
Fishing Wire
Hooks – Both screw and 3M reusable hooks
Floral foam – for flower displays
Chicken Wire – For Floral displays
String and Twine – In different colours
Thumb Tacks
Rope – Various Colours

How To Decorate Your Party Without Walls

party decorations with rigging and truss

If you are wanting to decorate your party without attaching decorations to walls there are multiple of ways to do it. This might be necessary if the venue is very fussy or worried there event space might get damaged. Setting up your decorations without attaching to walls will also save on potential costs caused by damage to the venue.

So what are the options to setting up your decorations?

Draping – Alot of people ask how this is done. Drapes are very easy to set up without attaching to walls. They can be set up on drape rigging which can be adjusted both in height and width. The good thing about drape rigging or auto poles is they can be placed anywhere you want in your function venue.

Hanging Decorations – When it comes to hanging any type of decorations or creating floral installations for example we would suggest trussing. This item comes in multiple shapes and sizes and can be put together to create strong heavy duty structures. These truss structures can then be used for all sorts of decorating options.

Make Your Food Part Of Your Decorating

Rustic and tropical grazing table white drape backdrop hire melbourne

In the last few years food is really starting to become part of people’s party decorating. Large grazing tables for both finger food and desserts is super popular. People are creating awesome displays with their food and then using other props to help decorate and create something that is a bit of wow factor.

You can choose to do these yourself if you are creative or there are plenty of companies around now offering this type of service. At Feel Good Events we work with multiple of these types of companies so contact our office if you would like us to organize it for you.

Party Decoration Clean Up

party cleaners in melbourne cleaning up after a party

So you have had a wild party, celebrated one of your life’s milestones and hopefully everyone has had a great night. You have now come to the fun part of packing down all your hard work that has taken hours to organize and set up. Depending on your venue you may have alot or only a short amount of time to do this. The advantage of having your party at home is it usually allows you more time to clean up and pull down decorations.

If you have hired a a function venue best case scenario you will need to pack down everything the next day. Worst case scenario you will need to do it after your event on the night which isnt that fun. I always suggest to check this from the very beginning of you planning with the venue as this catches people out quite often. It is very common for venues to spring this on the hirer at the last moment which then adds extra stress and costs.

The good news is pack down in most cases is alot quicker than set up. If you have the budget hire people to do this for you as you will be glad you did.

Conclusion

So as you can see from the above this really is the party decorating ultimate guide.  As you can see there really is alot to do and think about when it comes to party decorating. The important thing is to enjoy the process and try not to stress. This will only happen if you start planning early and maybe get some expert help if you are still unsure how to go about it. If you work on these sections one at a time it wont seem so over whelming and you wont miss anything important.

Parties should be fun and decorating is super important in helping create a fun and memorable experience.

Party Decorating In Melbourne

If you are looking for party decorators in Melbourne look no further than Feel Good Events. We can help you plan your party , decorate your function space and hire to you everything you need.

Contact us today if you would like your party decorated by party experts.


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Led Screen Party Set Up

This Led Screen adds another element to this 70’s disco party set up, with the ability to add more colour and animation to the space. Not only does the led screen add lighting into the room it also allows you to show whatever content you would like, this would be great for a themed party or to show personal images or graphics.

There is nothing better than adding a personal touch to your party!

If you are wanting to hire an LED screen for your party and want to know more click here.


Tropical Party Set Up

Tropical Party decoration inspiration at the Melbourne zoo. Our general manager Emma gives a walk through of our latest tropical set up at the Melbourne Zoo in the Bong Su Room. Emma will explain what has been achieved with this amazing set up, what products where used and details about the Zoo.

If you are looking to have a tropical theme and are looking for decorations to hire click here.

If you want to find out more about having a function at the Melbourne Zoo click here.


Butterfly Theme 1st Birthday Set up

Get inspired by this Butterfly party theme set up for a first birthday. A dream party theme for a little girl. The butterfly theme is fast becoming a very popular theme for young girls and baby first birthdays.

The colour and sense of magic and wonder creates an enchanting atmosphere for kids young and old. Large hanging butterflies from the white canopy is a large feature in the butterfly theme.

It encloses the space and gives the feeling you’re in a fairy-tale. Team that up with vivid greens and other bright colours and you have a kids birthday theme everyone will enjoy.

If you are looking for help with decorating your next party click here.

If you are looking for hire products click here.


alice in wonderland

Mad Hatter's Morning Tea For Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

The Biggest Morning (Mad Hatter’s) Tea Party!

Our warehouse was once again transformed.. this time into a wonderous Alice In Wonderland setup. Guests sipped on tea and coffee, nibbled on cakes and sweets & laughed and mingled while surrounded in a magical & wacky setting for the Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea charity event.

How did we do it? How did it turn out?  Come with us down the rabbit hole 🐰🕳️ and take a behind the scenes look at the set up!


Hollywood Themed Party Set Up

If the glamorous and sophisticated lives of the rich and famous are appealing, then a Hollywood Party theme is the theme for you.

The Hollywood theme is always a hit with party goers as everyone enjoys getting dressed up and strutting their stuff on the red carpet. You and all your guests will feel like V.I.Ps with this exclusive set up!


Cubist Light Effect

Cubist Party Light

The Cubist Light is perfect light to hire if you are having a space themed party or just want some funky patterns on the wall. It does round circle effects on the walls and floor that look like planets. This light is sound activated so it will move to the music. This light looks good with or without smoke.

Check out the video above to see the cubist light in action.


Circus Party Light

The Circus Led Light is a 2 for 1 deal, having a built in party light feature and strobe effect.

All our party lights will be set to sound activation so the light will go with the beat of the music. Please consider strobe lights are not suitable for people with epilepsy.

To create a better effect, consider adding a smoke machine so you can also see the beans of light (the effect you see in the above video)


Blue Laser Light

When it comes to lasers, our blue 400 milli watt laser is one of the most popular due to its colour. When hiring a laser always make sure you have a smoke machine as this will give you the laser beam effect. Lasers are not really effective without a smoke machine, we have many different size smoke machines available for hire with our lasers.

Check out the video above to see the blue laser in action.


Abyss Waterwave Mood Light

The Abyss Waterwave is perfect for a underwater theme or to create some movement at your next event.

This light will go through a range of colours that will slowly fade into each other to make a really seamless colour change. Being LED this light will use next to nothing when it comes to power and will only take minutes to set up.

Check out the above video to see this light in action.