Getting to know Trove Hire + Events and their treasures
There are many moving parts to wedding planning and none more so than choosing your style and hire items and pulling it all together to create the vision you’ve always dreamed of on your big day. Trove Hire + Events are true talents when it comes to offering guidance and help when it comes to wedding styling and design. At the same time they offer a highly bespoke service that will complement the personalities of the couples they work with.
We wanted to get to know the team behind Trove Hire + Events and understand the sensational services they offer their clientele.
Caroline, you’re the face behind Trove Hire, tell us how your business started?
After planning and styling a number of events for family and friends, including my own wedding; it became clear that there were limited options available in the region for hiring props and unique items. And where hire companies existed, they often didn’t offer either set up or styling services – meaning my husband (not me!) spent the morning of our wedding sweating in soaring temperatures while setting up the ceremony!
I have always loved design, and am both a romantic and a bit of a bowerbird by nature, so combining all three seemed like the perfect move. And so, it all began!
You offer two styling packages and one involves styling the whole shebang! How do you work with your clients through this process and create a styling vision and execute it on the day?
Although we offer two styling “packages” – for on-the-day setup and/or full styling and design – they are certainly not fixed in terms of content and are very much intended as starting points for our clients to work from. We pride ourselves on being fully flexible and can basically take on as much or as little as the client needs.
The whole process starts with an initial phone call to discuss thoughts and ideas as well as to get the client thinking about how much help they need. This is followed by a face-to-face meeting, ideally at the venue. We work with our clients to sort through reams of inspo pics, and help them piece together their ideas to create a unified and creative vision for their big day. Every design element is considered – from floral installations and furniture hire through to signage, table settings and place-cards – to make sure nothing is missed.
A full styling proposal is then prepared to walk our clients through the day; complete with mood board style images, list of suggested hire items, additional services required (e.g. floristry, stationery, catering), and consultant fees. Clients have unlimited telephone and email contact with us throughout the planning period, so we can be sure to keep up with any required changes.
What does your on-the-day set up and styling package include?
I haven’t met many couples who want to spend the morning of their wedding day climbing up ladders hanging lights, assembling arches or lugging furniture around! Our on-the-day packages mean there is no need to worry something will be put in the wrong place, or having to duck out from getting your hair done to show suppliers where to go to set up – you can rest assured everything will be taken care of and even the smallest detail will be attended to. After all, surely you want to be free to focus on being pampered and drinking bubbly with your bridal party!
We deliberately steer away from offering fixed packages as we know all our couples have different visions for their day, and quite often different needs with regard to set up. Some clients require help with ceremony set-up only; others require assistance with both ceremony and reception set-up, pack down and on-the-day coordination services as well. We pride ourselves on being able to be flexible to our clients’ needs and will tailor a package to suit.
Our on-the-day packages can also include sourcing those hard to find hire items, and acting as the coordinator and sole point of contact for other suppliers. Clients really appreciate only having to deal with one supplier as opposed to several!
We love that you not only offer your styling services but also have a lovely array of hire items. How do your source these props and what are some of your most popular items?
I love a bit of treasure hunting, and source props and hire items from a variety of different places. Vintage pieces are sourced from a number of favourite haunts across Victoria including antique dealers, vintage stores and markets. I’m always on the look-out for pieces that are both versatile and unique. New pieces are either custom-made or sourced from quality retail and wholesale businesses.
We are also more than happy to work with other hire companies and have built some great relationships with suppliers across Victoria. If we don’t stock it – chances are we know someone who does and can coordinate hire through them.
In terms of popular stock, we find it’s the most versatile pieces on our collection that get booked up very quickly. Our lighting and lighting accessories always feature highly on our couples’ wish lists, with our vintage style festoon lighting and our range of lanterns topping the lot. Furniture-wise, our new provincial cross-back chairs are proving very popular this season; while our corrugated iron bar, wine barrels and vintage bath are also frequently requested. Basically, anything that can adapt to a variety of different wedding styles and themes is always a hit!
Are couples able to hire props through you without styling services?
A lot of weddings now have ‘themes’ to them (for example classic, rustic, boho etc). Do you come up with the styling concept for couples or is it a process you work through together?
It can vary, but usually it is a process we work through together. Some couples come with a really clear vision of what they want to achieve; others need more help. It’s really important the end result sits well with the couple themselves – their personalities and style – and also suits the venue.
Do you have a signature style? Or what is your favourite style of weddings right now?
I love working on “blank canvas” weddings; whether in barns, marquees, on family properties, industrial spaces. There is just so much scope to create something really amazing and unique when everything needs to be brought in.
In terms of style, I can honestly say I don’t have a real favourite – it’s more about the couple I’m working with. If they are enthusiastic and open to ideas, then bring it on!
Can you give us your top tips when it comes to couples determining a ‘style’ for their wedding day?
It may sound a bit trite, but it’s really important to stay true to yourself when planning the look and feel of your wedding day. It doesn’t matter how amazing something may look on social media or in a magazine, if that style doesn’t translate into something that suits your own personalities, tastes and budget; it just isn’t going to work. The best weddings are always a reflection of the couple themselves.
It’s also key to consider the style and size of your venue (and anything included in it), and to be realistic about what can be achieved within your budget.
Any advice to help brides and grooms keep calm through the planning process?
It can be really overwhelming planning your wedding day. Not only do couples find themselves trying to filter through the advice and opinions of their nearest and dearest, they can also feel a huge amount of pressure to create the perfect day for not only themselves but their guests as well. Social media channels can be wonderful inspiration, but can also lead to feeling overwhelmed and confused by all the different options available! Add to that the fact that most couples are both working and living busy lives… well, it can certainly cause stress!
My advice would be to keep focused on why you’re getting married in the first place and remember that your love for each other is what is important at the end of the day. Also make sure you don’t take on too much yourself – DIY can seem like a great cost saving, but it can also be just another added stress. Consider the other options available in planning your day; whether that be to hire items in, get family and friends involved, or handing some tasks over to specialist suppliers. Some of those options may cost a bit extra, but you may find the time, energy and stress saved is totally worth it.
Tell us what you think the next big trend will be in weddings.
We are starting to see a real shift towards contemporary design in wedding styling, often with an industrial edge. I personally love teaming modern materials like concrete, steel and Perspex with romantic florals, handmade paper and elegant calligraphy. And colour! Lots of colour and fun!
Rustic, country and boho weddings continue to be big news, but couples are starting to veer away from the more traditional styles and incorporating modern twists, refined details and natural elements. Foliage often takes centre stage in terms of decoration and great feature lighting is key.
But in general terms, really the sky is the limit! Couples are definitely being more adventurous, more experimental and less inclined to follow set rules and expectations with regard to styling – which is great and offers so much more scope for creativity! The future is definitely looking very exciting!
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