10 themes to watch for the remainder of 2020 and beyond

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1 Subtle with a Statement

Though hardly a secret, 2020 styling is all about refined elegance; think simplistic table settings and subtle florals with one statement installation piece to grab people’s attention. lt’s still elegant, just not quite so ostentatious.

2 From Muted to Magnificent

For those who aren’t quite ready to part ways with extravagant styling, don’t fear! Not every 2020 styling trend is built on the foundation of relaxed simplicity. 2019 floral trends saw muted tones and dusty shades, but that’s all going to change in 2020 with a comeback of bold colours and the reappearance of bright and bodacious blooms.

3 Custom Signage

Custom neon signage shows no sign of stopping as Clients want to create a sense of arrival and drama. Custom signage in general continues to prove especially popular with clients.

4 Feathery Foliage, Wild Florals and Everlasting Blooms

Let’s talk about 2020 floral trends. We’ve been madly in love with whimsical parades, and it seems the world over are finally catching up. Swapping traditional roses and peonies for delicate wildflowers and billowing grasses to create an ethereal ambience. Another floral styling trend predicted for 2020 is using  flowers that were made to last; dried offerings have an authentic, rustic feel while origami flowers are a budding trend thanks to their potential to be kept and reused.

5 Outdoor lndoor

Bringing the outdoors into smaller, boutique spaces with floral tints and greenery, dreamy lighting and earthy patterns and textures creates a level of intimacy and openness.

6 Attention to Sustainability

“Going Green” is hardly new, but 2019 was the year climate change moved to the forefront of our priorities. With the recent wildfires happening right in our backyards, we are all thinking more holistically about what we can do to improve our impact. From using alternatives to single-use plastic, to offering more plant-based consumables. These small steps will drive the industry forward towards reducing our carbon footprint and impact on the earth.

7 A Focus on Diversity & Inclusion

Expect to see an increased commitment to create more diverse and inclusive events in 2020. When planning events, you need to keep in mind that there is no conventional attendee. Diversity and inclusion go way beyond race and ethnicity; it spans age, genders, religion, language, physical ability, and more.

8 The Thought that Counts

2020 is going to be the year of delicate and personalised styling. More people will be tailoring their style to reflect their individual taste by integrating subtle touches.

9 People Crave Human Connection

This year, experiences will continue to define events. People crave connection and this is exactly why your event needs to have immersive experiences. Ultimately, you want people to be able to interact at your event in a way they have never before.

10 Ballrooms are Out Unique Venues are In

Let’s face it ballrooms can be boring. Moving into 2020, expect to look to venues with sprawling open space and industrial features as blank slates. This will allow you to think outside the box and push your creativity to create one-of-a-kind event experiences.

Don’t give up hope

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A message from  Tracy Wood about encouragement for fellow event profs and strengthening friendships.


What a couple of weeks it’s been! It seems like we just keep getting knocked down again and again.

Photo Tracy Wood, Director Funktionality Events and Experiences

However, in these harsh times, the things that has stood out for me is the kindness, compassion and humanity that shines through.

With every well-wish and check-in, my heart warms and the relationships with my clients and suppliers have never been stronger.

Being in the industry for over 32 years, I’ve found myself not only mentoring my team but also many people in the industry going through troubled times.

The year that’s been

For us personally, the New Year brought horrendous bushfires, then floods. Marrickville was flooded, leaving us without internet, email access or phone lines. Gritting our teeth and unable to be deterred, we manually set everything back up using any way possible to keep the business running.

After paying an absurd price to move over to fibre, the upside is we now have extraordinarily fast internet! By then COVID-19 had gained momentum and knocked us down again.

It’s been tough with all the government restrictions and fear leading to many cancellations and events being postponed. Amongst all this anxiety, stress and fear, it is important that we keep each other positive and check in on each other to make sure we’re all alright mentally and physically.

Staying ahead of the curve

Funktionality is keeping up to date and staying ahead of the curve to try to help everyone in whatever way we can. We are all in this together and many of us have been through this before, we can definitely get though it again.

We just need to ride the wave, stay safe and communicate. Use this time for education, personal development and strengthening friendships.

When this is all over, we can build the industry back up again and these relationships will be more important than ever.

We’re in it for the long run! Don’t give up hope now.

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8 Tips for Choosing the Best Venue for Your Corporate Event

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In this article, we’re going to share some expert Australian event management solutions with you, in relation to finding the best possible venue for your corporate event. Of course, when it comes to running an event, you will have a million and one things to think about. There are so many different components that make up an event, each is incredibly important in order to pull off a successful and memorable function. Read More