Creating a dream event is easier said than done. Deciding on a theme, venue scouting, sourcing décor and entertainment, corresponding with suppliers, managing the budget, coordinating the team on the day and cleaning up afterwards are just some of the organisers’ responsibilities. To save you some sleepless nights, we’ve found some Gauteng-based event organisers with the creative know-how and the right connections to turn a concept into a realistic game-plan.
FINE LINE EVENTS
Fine Line Events is run by Brent and Aimee, a down-to-earth duo with one goal: to design authentic experiences, through genuine partnerships. “We’re here to keep you on the right side of the line, with an honest, simple, relatable approach to creating occasions, exceptionally.” From venue scouting, to space planning, to theme creating, to project managing, to budgeting, to colour coding and flower picking, Fine Line Events offers a variety of services for a stress-free celebration. And with 16 years of experience in event planning and brand building, they understand what it takes: “We get that every occasion is unique to its celebrator, and needs the right amount of attention and creativity to make it memorable, shareable and original.” Fine Line Events specialises in weddings, bachelors/bachelorettes, bar/bat mitzvahs, baby showers, birthdays and corporate events.
With over a decade of experience, BlackJack Events is a prominent events company with well-established organisational expertise and extensive industry knowledge. As full-service event planners with a hands-on approach, they offer personalised and tailor-made packages to suit all occasions. The Bryanston and Ballito-Based teams consist of young and dynamic professionals who are continuously searching for new and innovative eventing ideas, and promise to consistently meet their clients’ expectations, no matter how big or small they may be. Services include but are not limited to: event planning and design, décor and flower arrangements, furniture hiring, event infrastructure, catering, bar service, event service staff, technical hiring and support, transport and accommodation.
BY WORD OF MOUTH
By Word of Mouth was established by Karen Short in 1993, and is said to produce the most talked about, polished events and parties in South Africa. Their offering ranges from unique designer menus with exquisite food selections and tastes, to complete event management services such as event design, floral design, hiring and décor, beverages, front-of-house managers, and waiters. Their chefs create stylish menus with great imagination, whether the occasion is a formal banquet or a relaxed birthday party. To ensure each event is unique, the events team sources the necessary chairs, tables and décor, and the service staff is handpicked and personally trained for each event. The company has also been voted the Best Caterers in Johannesburg at the Best of Joburg Awards for 20 years in a row.
HiSide Events focuses on experiences, conferences and special events that enhance brand images and generate measurable results. Offering to design, develop and deliver each individual component – no matter how large or small the occasion may be – they promise that every programme is a reflection of the client’s unique voice and vision.
HiSide Events creates conferences, themed events, launches, roadshows, corporate family days, overseas travel and incentives, team building and development, and outcomes-based training programmes. Services include venue finding, décor, entertainment, motivational speakers, audio-visual and sound equipment, transportation, RSVP management, promotional items and gifts. Having access to a great variety of accommodation and transport deals, HiSide also has its own travel desk, which offers travel bookings and arrangements.
“We create events that are unimaginable until they have happened….Unforgettable once they have.”
The HiSide Group also runs Hadeda Creek in Parys – an adventure and team-building camp with activities such as river rafting, wall climbing, quad biking, paintballing, fly fishing, and archery.
EPH Productions provides turnkey event services, from technical solutions and event management requirements all the way through to décor and registration services. With over 100 years of cumulative experience, the team’s offering ranges from creative interpretation of a client’s idea to execution and facilitation. To ensure that objectives are always achieved, they place a high value on comprehensive customer service – from conceptualisation to the final song on the dance floor. As a company that cultivates a working culture that is professional and accountable, EPH also custom-fits their service offering, and always strives to be at the forefront of creativity and innovation.
For brand activations, EPH focuses on instilling the client’s values, philosophies and principles through specifically designed event interactions. They believe that these exchanges should not only excite and leave a sense of loyalty, knowledge and pride with its participants, but be a custodianship for their brands. CocaCola, FNB and Checkers are just a few of the brands EPH has previously worked with.
EVER AFTER EVENTS
Ever After Events is a Pretoria-based events company, offering services in boutique wedding and event planning, décor and graphic design. Co-owners Janco and Sam Breytenbach are a fierce husband-and-wife couple always striving for “the best in creativity, as well as high levels of support and dedication”. A variety of packages are available for different events and budgets, and graphic design services include the creation of traditional wedding and event invitations, as well as stationery, such as save-the-dates, programmes, table and place cards, and menus. Ever After Events’ décor items – such as cake stands, candle holders, cutlery and vases – are expertly sourced, kept in mint condition and available to rent for special events or weddings.