For those who have dreamed up an imaginative, fairytale event but aren’t quite sure how to make it happen, we’ve found some Gauteng-based event stylists and décor specialists with creative ideas and a wide range of unique event décor for hire.
Hire Society is a Johannesburg-based event hiring, styling and décor business with a passionately curated collection of on-trend, high-quality furniture, tableware and catering equipment for hire. Having a love for rare finds and intriguing objects, their goal is to set new trends through pursuing the unusual.
Many items are custom-made or sourced from unexpected places, and – with additions such as peacock chairs, Chesterfield couches, gold cutlery and solid wood tables – they’re continuously expanding their catalogue. To ensure each piece is event-ready and in excellent condition, Hire Society also has a full-time maintenance team on duty.
Their event design division consists of skilled creatives who use intelligent artistry and a keen understanding of their client’s brand to create a unique, transporting mood. From conceiving, crafting and refining the look, they design and style out-of-the-ordinary corporate and private events such as brand launches, weddings or private lunches and celebrations.
The team understands that, beyond innovation and creativity, producing the right aesthetic also requires conscientious planning, fail-safe organisation and reliable delivery. While their designers are free spirits – daring, obsessed with design, and inspired by nature – the client service team is pragmatic and organised, committed to seeing promises through and helping with the implementation of the event.
THE BLOOM EVENT
Run by Liana and Tanya – “a cheerful mother and daughter team” – The Bloom Event provides full planning, coordination and floral design services. With expertise in organisation, versatility in creative styling and attention to detail, they confidently adapt to different style preferences, from simplistic to elaborate designs. “To us, true style and elegance are the quintessence of any celebration.”
They also understand how important it is to work closely with their clients from start to finish, and offer floral-and-styling as well as planning-and-coordination as one full package. From conceptualising the idea to creating the complete look and feel, Bloom Event’s creative team and skilled florists aim to provide an unforgettable visual experience. While the design specialists pay careful attention to style details and specific requirements, their event coordination team works behind-the-scenes to ensure a stress-free, smoothly-running and memorable event.
“Evergreen and multifaceted, we are always willing to take on new challenges, expand our knowledge and stay up to date with the latest trends.”
Tanya also runs Oo-La-Lie – a cake and dessert catering company for various occasions.
LIGHT BULB EVENTS
Driven by a passion for events and the hospitality industry, Victoria van Wyk, owner of Light Bulb Events, specialises in floral design, décor hire, event coordination, wedding planning and food styling. “It’s the art of ‘making things pretty’”, Victoria says.
She has completed a BA Honours Degree at the prestigious Swiss Hotel Management School in Caux, Switzerland, and some of her career highlights include hosting Prince Harry at Summerplace, in Hyde Park, as well as being involved in Nelson Mandela’s funeral, the Vodacom VIP Suite at the Durban July, the Carolina Herrera breast cancer awareness luncheon and a Lux soap range product launch.
Through Victoria’s experience in the industry, she has established successful working relationships with key suppliers and is able to provide the right fit for clients’ exact needs and budgets. All event coordination packages are customised according to individual requirements, and – to create the right aesthetic for the client’s vision – Light Bulb Events has a large range of décor items for hire. If they don’t have a specific item, the team will source or customise it for the client.
“The most important aspect of event planning is listening. By listening to the needs of the client, you understand their expectations – and can go about exceeding these!”
Drake Events specialises in mobile bar services, décor and event staff – such as bartenders, waiters, baristas, hostesses and promoters.
Décor by Drake has a warehouse full of décor and furniture for hire, as well as an in-house décor manager to conceptualise the perfect event setup. Through applying creativity and professionalism, the décor team promises a unique look – whether it’s a wedding, office party, an intimate celebration at home or a two-thousand person hospitality area.
“Friendly hostesses welcome and sign in your guests, delightful cocktails are served at trendy mobile bars, guests are fascinated with the modern furniture and styling, amazing food items are served professionally from courteous waiters. The various departments by Drake allow you to have a uniform and classy service throughout the event, from beginning to end… Drake Events make it happen!”
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.