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3 Expert Tips to Styling an Impressive Event in 2018.

3 Expert Tips to Styling an Impressive Event in 2018.


Brace yourselves - there’s a lot more to love about event styling and decor in 2018. For us, it doesn’t stop at draping. We’re the same tight-knit team as we were the year before. And we’re still using a lot of the same materials. But we’re toying with fresh ideas that can add some serious wow-factor to your special calendar date. Pull up a pen and take note!

 

 

"Imagine what’s possible with textures, lighting, pop-out details and props. With an artistic touch, it’s easy to turn a simple backdrop into a hub where the cool kids like to hang out."

 

 
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Bring guests to life with 3-dimensional backdrops

Before you take that selfie, have a ponder about the different ways to add depth to the surrounding. Imagine what’s possible with textures, lighting, pop-out details and props. With an artistic touch, it’s easy to turn a simple backdrop into a hub where the cool kids like to hang out. Photobooths are so in right now, so remember to put on your creative hat on for those, too!

 
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Get right into theming the whole space!

Number 1 rule when it comes to styling an event: Picture it with the entire setting in mind. Unless you’re intentional about meshing different trends, the scene can look a tad not-quite-right. Avoid this by sticking to a concept that will translate from the carpet, the walls, the dress code, the dining setting and the finer details in between.

 
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Turn heads with unusual pieces

An eye-catching way to compliment the mood is by using props in unexpected ways. Creating points of interests with abstract or geometric shapes can draw the eye and add balance to a room. Doing this strategically works well in creating a subtle divide between two areas and/or highlight the centre point of the occasion. Give yourself the license to play with fabric, metals and other fun materials. But don’t stress if you’re not sure where to begin - that’s what we’re here for!

 

Active Draping have been making Melbourne look the part for 3 decades and counting. From drapes, prop design and custom installations, you can count on us to deliver the goods in the same way you've dreamt it. For weddings, corporate functions or public occasions that require special requests, you can send your queries to theoffice@activedraping.com.au.

No, Thank you!

No, Thank you!

Oh hell no...is it that time of year already? Well excuse us while we toast to 30 years of sewing, stitching, designing, welding and drape-ifying.


Over the last 12 months, Dee has poured her hand-making wizardry into fabrics and sequin goodness while Ashley put her seam stressing talents to good use with alterations, patterns and everything in between. John has been doing what John does best (turning sheets of metal into eye-stopping works of art) and Active Duo, Ben and Julian, have had heads turning up with their custom ceilings and hanging motifs. And then there was Leah - our office all-rounder who made things happen at our manic front desk.

 

 

"This one’s for all you beautiful brides, sassy stylists and event crews that have hand-picked our tight-knit draping family to be part of your biggest 2017 dates."

 

 
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Now that you’ve met the family, it’s time we put our hands together to the real MVPs....this one’s for all you beautiful brides, sassy stylists and event crews that have hand-picked our tight-knit draping family to be part of your biggest 2017 dates. From the Crown Palladium to the halls of ‘burbs we’ve seen you beautiful Melbourne people during your highest of highs - from your most suited-up work functions, to your first dances and the unplanned speeches, it makes us blush that you hire us to work on those added extras. In the year that passed, you showed us how to have fun with daisy photo booths, taught us that chandeliers are always in season and that greens and golds don’t just look good on the Australian soccer team.

 
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So to our wonderful clients of past and present - take a token of gratitude from us and indulge in the delicious food, and R&R that you deserve over the Christmas break. You’re the reason why we work on weekends and look forward to it! Cheers for your continued support and we’ll see you back soon to drape it away for 2018.

 
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Looking to add some real “oomph” to your event in next few months? It won’t be Insta-worthy without the aesthetic flair and decor to match. No matter how big or small your wedding/awards night night/gala/performance or other significant day is, put it on your to-do list to send your special requests to theoffice@activedraping.com.au and we'll take the decor from there.

Wedding Trends To Watch Out For In 2018

WEDDING TRENDS TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2018

So what’s on the menu for our next line up of newlyweds? Be ready for a change of scenery.
Traditional decor is out and it’s time to welcome all things custom.


Let the chandeliers be lit

Say goodbye to vintage and floral. Glam chandeliers make a comeback with a modern twist. And no, we’re not talking about making your guests feel like they’ve waltzed into the renaissance period. Create a subtle design statement with crystal pendants, contemporary shapes and eye-catching wall installations. It’s about exuding elegance and class without being tacky.

 

 

"While we don’t really have anything against a white party, next year’s trends are in favour of those bold brides who love nothing more than to make a statement."

 

 
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Get away from a white wedding

Think navy, forest greens, peaches, nudes, violets and red tones. While we don’t really have anything against a white party, next year’s trends are in favour of those bold brides who love nothing more than to make a statement.

 
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Light the drapes!

Cost effective? Tick. Personalised? Tick. Insta-worthy? Tick! If you weren’t born yesterday, you know that lighting is kind of a big deal. And when it comes to reinventing the night to suit your tastes, illuminating the drapes is a game changer for the purse and the mood.

 
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Mind the gap between the ceremony and the reception area.

Another win for the DIY lovers. Adding a partition wall to seperate different areas of your venue creates interest and flaunts off an intelligent use of space. Play with fabric, layers and panels to show the world you’re a creative genius. Your GFs will be envious they didn’t come up with this idea first.

 
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The key to 2018 wedding planning is to take the default settings and scrap ‘em! After all, when it comes to being progressive and re-inventing the wheel, we vote “yes”.


Styling the decor for the big day always takes up more time than expected. Why not handball that list to us so you can pour your heart into doing what you enjoy most. So if you’re planning something special in the next 12 months, make an introduction at theoffice@activedraping.com.au and tell us what your fairytale wedding looks like.

Should I Hire or DIY My Wedding Draping?

THE HARD TRUTH ABOUT DIY.

The pro’s and con’s of Hire and DIY for wedding draping in one convenient location.


DIY has it’s moments of being really useful and can save you money (at times). Let’s be realistic though as to where you would action this skill. House renovation, landscaping, decorating the interior of your house, painting a picture these are some great ideas but this also doesn’t mean that you can install wedding draping. This is not as simple as rope and duct tape, meters and meters of material can get heavy, so how would you do it?

 

 

"Playing against gravity as people stand under it for hours being impressed that they haven’t been crushed to death is not an easy thing to do!"

 

 
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Venue Fact: No venue in Melbourne will let you put draping up yourself!

With the current OH&S laws proof of qualifications, permits and up to date tickets will have to be provided to the venue to prove that your decorated space is safe for your guests. So getting back to DIY what if you know someone that has these, great does this person come with all the equipment as well? If you don’t know or have doubts about any of these chances are the set up for your big day will be at a stand still (Cue the sound when you get a cross on Family Feud).

 
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The awesomeness of event hire.

Give me a sec i’m just rolling up my sleeves. Ok, everything is done for you (there I said it). They have industrial rigging to mount your wedding draping on, they have all their qualifications, permits and up to date tickets ready to go with every event they do. They have a team of people that have these qualifications to not just install everything to a professional grade but also deconstruct everything safely as well. 

 
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Venue Fact: If you want to install a ceiling installation you will need a yellow card.

Don’t know what that is? Long story short it’s a professional qualification for understanding what’s involved with installing a heavy thing to the ceiling. Playing against gravity as people stand under it for hours being impressed that they haven’t been crushed to death is not an easy thing to do! 

 
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The choice is yours!

It’s your day and in the end your choice for sure but in all honesty, cut the hassle as well as the stress and sit back with your favourite cocktail as all the work is being done for you, event hire for the win!