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S3, EP3: Sarah from Bangin Hangins on how to add personality to your wedding space!

CategoriesWedding suppliers.Wedding tips.Wedding venues.
11 Oct, 2022

On this episode of Project Engaged, we chat to one of our fave wedding suppliers, Sarah Borg, the genius behind Bangin Hangins.

We’re pretty obsessed with these super colourful streamer installations. You’ll recognise them as soon as you see them. They instantly add personality to any space and just scream PARTY.

And you’ll recognise Sarah right away too. She is the embodiment of the Bangin Hangins brand – a colourful firecracker with an infectious energy who even has her own dancing GIFs!

We’re lucky enough to work with Sarah on many weddings and we know as soon as we see those colourful streamers adorn a ceiling, we are in for one fun night.

We get the lowdown on the epic installs, backdrops and arches Bangin Hangins offers for weddings, and some practical and helpful tips for couples thinking about adding them to their big day!


Full episode transcription

Eddy: Welcome to another episode of Project Engaged. I am Eddy Mac.

Aleks: Hello. And I’m Aleks Mac.

Eddy: Super formal today. Look at us go.

Aleks: We don’t really have anything particular planned, but we were going to do a little bit of a recap on our week before we get into things.

Eddy: Yeah, would you like to start?

Aleks: Sure. I don’t know what happened last week, but we’re basically.

Eddy: Okay, I’ll start. So I had an amazing wedding at Flowerdale estate on Friday night.

Sarah: Yes.

Eddy: Beautiful clients. The night ran so well. Celebrant Pete was there and he also emceed.

Sarah: Yep.

Aleks: That’s always good.

Eddy: Yes. And we had Hayley from love bomb.

Aleks: She’s a little pocket rocket, isn’t she? Full of energy.

Eddy: She is. And she’s recently rebranded, so some of you may know the name. One spoon, two spoon.

Aleks: Yes, that’s right.

Eddy: She recently rebranded to love bombs.

Aleks: I love it. I think it’s great. Yeah, love bomb.

Sarah: Very cool.

Eddy: Yeah, really, really cool.

Aleks: Yeah, really nice photos. I mean, she’s one of those photographers who just sends all of the suppliers sneak peeks the next day, which is very much appreciated. I don’t know how she does it. I had a really nice wedding, too. I’ve had a really good sort of run of them lately. We’ve been doing a lot of Friday nights, which has been fun and great because we’ve sort of had Saturdays and Sundays off. But I’ve had the pleasure of working with celebrant Nat Sproul two weeks in a row and got to hang out with her, which is always super, super fun. So that was grey as well as Briggsie, the photographer from Yarra Valley. Yeah, he’s very, very well known in that area. And I was at Ferguson Winery and restaurant in Yarra Glen. I believe I’ve been in Yarra so much. I should know by now, kind of all the different areas, but, yeah, it was really fun. Was a bit of a crazy one, weather wise, but the sun came out right after the ceremony just for the couple to have all their beautiful photos in the winery surrounds, which was really nice. It was a really fun night. So it’s been epic. Yeah. Party vibes are very high this year.

Eddy: Party vibes are high. And I should also mention that on my wedding, I had Kimberly Moore media as well, taking the videos.

Sarah: Sorry.

Eddy: She is so much fun. It’s funny, every time I bump into her, I’m like, oh, what was our last wedding together? And we. Things move so fast in this industry, so it’s very, very hard to put your finger on it. But, yeah, no, look, great weekend and more or less the same this weekend I’ve got a couple of weddings, one in Portsea and the other at the post office hotel, which I absolutely love. How about yourself?

Aleks: I’ve got glasshouse inside. Yes. So good, so good. I think I was there pretty recently. I don’t know, it’s all. Yeah, yeah.

Eddy: We’re gearing up for a big one. Our October is very busy, our November is still very, very busy as well. And December, we’re actually getting some cheeky corporate events that are coming through too, which is great in amongst the weddings, obviously, so.

Aleks: But look, it’s. I think, you know, it reiterates again the importance of booking suppliers that. That you gel with. Because if you pick one, say you pick your celebrant photographer first, they normally can recommend other suppliers that they work really well with who will be a similar vibe.

Eddy: Yes.

Aleks: So that’s why we are always bumping into the same people, because we are a very similar vibe, similar experience. We work well together. I think that’s really important and makes for such a nice part of your wedding day, too, just to know that everyone’s kind of enjoying it and gelling, so.

Eddy: Oh, absolutely. And as for today’s episode. Okay, so, look, I mean, if you have been living under a rock for the last few years in Melbourne and Sydney, you may not know or have heard of this incredible business called bangin hangings. I don’t want to give too much away, obviously, because we’ve just sat down and spoken with Sarah for about half an hour, who is the owner of banging hangers, who started. And there’s a really cool story, by the way, of how she started it. Yeah, I thought it was amazing.

Sarah: Yeah.

Aleks: Such a unique business, such a unique offering, and really does lift, you know, every event to the next level. I mean, I can’t say enough about it.

Eddy: Well, it just gives me so much happiness when I’m, you know, sometimes we don’t know that banging hangers is at a particular venue, but when I find out, when I walk in and I see the bangin hangings. Oh, my God. And people that don’t know what bangin hangings are right now thinking, what is he talking about? Yeah, what are they talking about? But we’re not giving any of it away.

Aleks: But also go onto Instagram quickly before you listen to the rest of the.

Eddy: Yeah, you might not be getting an idea, but I’m pretty sure you would. We were so. I mean, I was so excited when we were introducing her that I probably threw up the sound bites a little bit too loud and pushed every single button.

Sarah: Oh.

Eddy: So watch out for that.

Aleks: That’s excitement. Yeah.

Eddy: But, yeah, amazing conversation. We are super pumped. We’re actually on our way later today to actually check out their new space and warehouse.

Aleks: Yep.

Eddy: So we’re really excited about that too. But, yeah, no, it’s a great episode.

Aleks: So good. Yeah. I think if you’re looking to add something a bit extra fun party kind of vibe to your wedding, in addition maybe to florals, then this is definitely the episode for you.

Eddy: Excellent. Let’s get into it. Welcome to Project Engaged, a podcast for fun loving couples planning their non traditional wedding.

Aleks: We’re wedding DJs Aleks and Eddy Mac from Melbourne. We run a business called One More Song, and our tagline is No More Nutbush.

Eddy: In this podcast, we’ll share our wedding experiences and chat to some of our past couples.

Aleks: We’ll also interview bold wedding suppliers who share our philosophy of your wedding being a celebration of you as a couple and one epic party.

Eddy: Let’s get into today’s episode. So today we are absolutely pumped to be chatting to one of our all time favourite suppliers, Sarah Borg, the genius behind bangin hangings.

Aleks: We’re pretty obsessed with these super colourful streamer installations and backdrops. I should say. You’ll recognise them as soon as you see them. They instantly add personality to any space and just scream, party.

Eddy: And you’ll also recognise Sarah right away too. She is the embodiment of the bangin hangin’s brand. A colourful firecracker with an infectious energy who even has her own dancing gifts or gifs. I’m not sure which word it is, but it’s amazing.

Aleks: We’re lucky enough to work with Sarah on many weddings and other events as well. And we know as soon as we see those colourful streamers adorn a ceiling, we are in for one fun night.

Eddy: So on today’s episode, we’ll get the low down on the epic installs from bangin hangings for weddings and some tips for our couples thinking about adding them to their big day. So let’s welcome Sarah.

Sarah: Hello. Yay. Very excited to be here.

Eddy: I just used all of my buttons then because I was so excited.

Sarah: I love it. I feel welcome and excited.

Eddy: How are you?

Sarah: Yeah, good, thank you. Getting into the busy season. No doubt you guys are too.

Eddy: Yes, it’s definitely starting to heat up. We’re actually just chatting before we hit the hit the record button. Sarah on our October is insane, but your November is insane.

Sarah: Yes. Yeah, yeah. So we do a mix of all the corporate Christmas parties, but also, you know, summer, spring racing, all things. Everybody’s going outside again. Everybody’s wearing nice dresses, they want to go out and, you know. Yeah, look their best and party. So it’s all happening. You’re up again.

Eddy: That’s so good to hear, because it has been a bit of a depressing winter here in Melbourne. So it’s nice that the sun’s starting to come out and people are also doing the same thing.

Aleks: Party time.

Sarah: Party time.

Aleks: So, Sarah, let’s kind of go back to the basics. So, in a nutshell, can you tell our audience what banging hangings are?

Sarah: Sure. Banging hangings are basically streamer based installations. We offer them for hire, so we don’t offer them for sale. And we specialise in doing installations for special events, pop ups, activations. But in this scenario, obviously, weddings are a great option, too, and they come in all forms. It could be like a really amazing big ceiling installation, or it could be a ceremony arch entry or. Sorry, I combined the two. An entry arch for guests coming in or used as like a ceremony backdrop. We also do backdrops, do all sorts of things. Basically, it kind of. It’s just a really good way to add a bit of personality to a space and make it, you know, reflect the couple or the brand or, um. Yeah. And. And the good. The beauty of it is that because they are higher base, there is zero waste. So they get used over and over.

Eddy: That’s great.

Sarah: And you can feel a little bit good about the minimum minimisation of waste for your event.

Aleks: And don’t forget that you can also supply a backdrop for your DJ.

Sarah: Yes.

Eddy: Yeah, I was wondering when that was gonna come out.

Sarah: Yeah, yeah, totally. If you do, the DJ gets a little bit more lively, a little bit more, you know, more infectious dancing tends to happen. We’ve done studies. There are studies based on studies that show.

Eddy: And it’s funny that you mentioned that, actually, we were on an event for, I think it was Carlisle Holmes corporate event, and I remember actually matching my vinyl colours to the backdrop, which was. I’d love to say it was premeditated, but it was completely random, so.

Sarah: Good. Love it when that happens.

Aleks: Yeah, we obviously, we love banging hangings. I mean, that is. Yeah. Goes.

Sarah: And we love you guys, too. Whenever the two combined, it’s, uh. It’s a party made in heaven.

Eddy: Oh, how good, how good? That’s a beautiful moment. Well, okay, so tell us about how you came to starting the business. Sarah.

Sarah: Like most small businesses. It kind of just happened as a result of our own wedding. Yeah, Mike and myself got married back in the day in 2015 and we are very much DIY people. So we, you know, we made all our decorations. The banging hangs were one part of it. We had these like giant pinata heads and all sorts and a giant pinata cake and all sorts of stuff in a school hall. But anyway, my mate Cassie from firecracker catering and events managed the day for us and made it all run so smoothly and amazing and delicious food. She post event was like, don’t throw these away, you can do something with this. And we ended up doing like a little pop up bar thing together back in the day. And we were like, she’s like, you should turn this into a business. And we joked about it and we’re like, haha. Yeah, we’ll call it bangin hanging. And it stuck. And like kind of promptly from that pop up, I kind of created a little instagram profile and because she was kind of posting and tagging me, I got a bit of a following from her events following. And yeah, the rest is history. I got a few, you know, clients that weren’t people that I was affiliated with or related to and then actually, you know, it was actually a credible business, so. Yeah. And it just kept going from there. Yeah, originally it was. We started off kind of custom making pieces, but then we realised nobody needs these after the event and they’re perfectly fine and we can offer them a lot cheaper by hiring them.

Sarah: And I don’t feel bad that knowing that this is just going to go into a bin afterwards, so. Yeah, that’s how it became a higher option too. So it kind of evolved, but yeah, basically from our wedding.

Eddy: That’s true.

Sarah: With the encouragement of a good friend. Yeah.

Eddy: So is she on a trailing commission now?

Sarah: Yeah, yeah, totally. Well, she definitely gets a mention every time this question comes up. Firecracker event.

Eddy: Yeah, we’ll put it in the show notes. How funny. And I absolutely love that, given we’re talking about weddings on this podcast. I love that it was out of your own wedding.

Sarah: Yeah. And the funny part is that they were, you know, the original pieces. We basically used to store them under our couch for a good light year and year and a half before we actually kind of started doing something with them. So. Yeah, got to start somewhere.

Eddy: Yeah, absolutely. It’s a very cool story.

Sarah: Yeah, very cool.

Aleks: So let’s talk about banging hangings at weddings. And we’ve seen them in a few different forms. Can you talk us kind of through the most popular options. And, you know, what. What people use for kind of ceremony versus reception, how things can be used.

Sarah: So I guess with a. I guess if you think about, you know, the first part of the. Of the day is usually the ceremony. It’s rare that you have a party first and then the ceremony, but, you know, never know anything non traditional. But if you like, with the ceremony first, typically you want some sort of photo moment for where the ceremony actually happens. So people usually either do some sort of, like, backdrop setup, and that could either be like an arch or a fully covered backdrop. These are often and can be kind of combined with things like flowers, which is a really nice touch. The other option, a lot of this stuff is kind of, like, dependent on the venue, too, and what we have to work with. There are some venues where, you know, an aerial installation is really beautiful. It’s a really nice. Kind of like. I call it like a red carpet on the ceiling. It’s kind of like you’re walking up to the point. Yeah. And it makes that kind of, like, whole thematical, you know, walk up to your partner that much more fun and glorious.

Eddy: And memorable.

Sarah: And memorable. Yeah. So those are the two main things, probably for a ceremony, like a smaller aerial installation, and then, like, maybe some sort of backdrop to go with it. For the partay. I like a big, fat aerial installation, particularly if your party is one where you want to kind of announce to people that this is where the dancing happens. And, you know, we want you to get busy here. Yeah, yeah. I like to think of the aerial installations as kind of like wayfinding, like something important happens here.

Eddy: Yeah.

Sarah: And you can. And, you know, for me, I always place importance on dancing, but that’s just me and my, you know.

Aleks: Well, we tend to agree with you.

Sarah: But, you know, likewise, you can use an aerial installation to kind of. Or any type of insulation, really, to highlight things that are important to you or, you know, that you want to highlight. So it could be, you know, your gifts table or, you know, like a food, a grazing table or something. Something over the top of that. You could kind of highlight the bridal table and just do a really nice aerial insulation or something over that area. Kind of just depends what’s happening on the floor plan. And ultimately, again, it depends on the venue. So. And, yeah, so I guess I would say if you have a venue where the ceilings are kind of flat and plaster, I would probably be more advising on something that is floor based, like backdrops or arches or flags, to kind of highlight things like your amazing DJ and. Or a photo booth is a really fun option. You know, when people have a few drinks, that’s when you get the good photos. That’s right, yeah, absolutely. Yeah. And, but, yeah, if you, if you happen to have a venue that has maybe a higher ceiling with attachment options, you can do some really amazing things with aerial installations, too. And in terms of budget, aerial installations are actually the best way to spend your money because you get more coverage than you would if you did, like a. A backdrop or an arch or something, because it spreads out further.

Eddy: Yeah, I mean, that makes sense. And I won’t give away your secrets, obviously, but I’ve seen you, those aerial installations up and some of your methods I was very impressed with. I’m like, wow, that’s a really good idea.

Sarah: So I’ve got tricks for everything.

Eddy: Yeah, yeah.

Sarah: Except. Except plaster. Plaster is kind of like one of those things where I’m like, I’m not going to touch it. I don’t want to feel the pain. I don’t want to ruin this venue. Yeah, no, I’m like, no, yeah, fair enough.

Eddy: Leave that. Leave that out.

Sarah: So it’s always best to go with like a floor based thing. Yeah, but, yeah, yeah, I mean, air installations are probably my first pick, but then, yeah, backdrops are fun for photo booths or, you know, putting them behind DJ’s or a speaker, if you have a stage or a band, is a really nice way to kind of make them all glittery and sparkly. Yeah. And the beauty of the arches, say, for example, or even a backdrop, is that they’re relatively easy to kind of like make dual purpose. So you might use it for the ceremony if it’s in the same space, and then slightly shift it so that it becomes your photo booth backdrop or. Yes. Yeah. You know, so, you know, you spend the money once and make. Make two. It doesn’t just sit in the ceremony space unwanted.

Eddy: Yeah.

Sarah: After you’ve finished from that, it’s quite.

Aleks: Light and easy to move.

Sarah: In that case, the arches are really easy backdrops. You need a few people, but it’s totally doable. I mean, there’s always people around happy to help.

Aleks: Yeah. Make them useful.

Sarah: Yeah, exactly. Put them in work, stop enjoying your coffee table, give them drinks. The least they could do is move the backdrop for you and then you.

Aleks: Like, make them move it to the gifts table. Like, hey, everyone, just keep.

Eddy: Well. So you’ve sort of spoken about the considerations that couples sort of need to keep in mind from a venue perspective. But are there any other considerations that couples would need to keep in mind in adding banging hangings to their styling.

Sarah: I guess, like, one of the other things I haven’t spoken about is just, like, colour.

Eddy: Yeah.

Sarah: You know, so often people have no idea where to start with colour, and colour is an exciting thing, but it’s not for everybody. And I understand that not everybody is as enthusiastic, and some people like a more kind of, you know, tonal palette or a bit more neutral. But in the end of the day, my advice with choosing a colour palette is basically just to go. Go with something that you both love or represents you as a couple. So it doesn’t have to be, you know, event based. It could be, like, some really nice artwork that you both love. It could be the graphics that you’re using. It would be the outfits that you’re wearing. It could be, you know, a really amazing interior that you’ve seen that you love the palette of. And just use that as a jumping off point, I guess, in saying that, also be considerate of, like, the venue. Like, say, for example, if the venue has a black ceiling, it wouldn’t make sense for you to put black in your colour palette. That’s basically a waste of money in mind eyes. You won’t see it. It’s going to kind of, like, meld into the ceiling. So, yeah, those sorts of considerations, but that’s something that we kind of go through together, and I would advise on when they do get in touch. Yeah, I could talk about.

Eddy: And it’s good that you’re able to help, help your clients and couples in the lead up, because. Yeah, I imagine that a lot of them don’t really, really have any idea or struggle with that, or they might have a specific idea in their mind, but based on the venue, it just might not work.

Aleks: I mean, you can imagine somewhere like Rupert, like, you know, the banging hangings that we’ve seen in there. Rupert’s got those dark navy tails.

Sarah: Exactly.

Aleks: If you look on the colour wheel so good.

Sarah: And that’s why, you know, lighter colours really pop in there, because it’s such a moody space. It’s so. They really pop, and they’re amazing. Metallics are really fun in there, too, but, yeah, like, in that example, it doesn’t really make sense to put, like, navy or black. No, no, that’s already dark, you know?

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: The ones I’ve seen have been, like, the. The pink, orange, red, and.

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: Rose gold foil, I love.

Eddy: Really well.

Sarah: But anybody that looks. Rupert’s got great taste, like.

Eddy: Oh, yeah, yeah, we often have.

Sarah: I’m happy to be there. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. No, and. But in saying that too, like, a really neutral palette would look amazing in there too. Like, anything kind of really works in there.

Eddy: Yeah.

Sarah: It just makes sense to go with something a little bit more contrasting.

Aleks: Contrast.

Sarah: Yeah, amazing.

Aleks: And I’ve seen. I’ve even seen them in white, just.

Sarah: All white and, like, an all. Yeah, that’s the other thing I was gonna say, I guess. Yeah, there’s probably. Yeah, like three. Three kind of main themes I could probably think of more, to be honest, but with colours, like, a really simplified pair back single tone installation looks pretty amazing because it’s. It’s just, I think anything en masse in the same colour is pretty amazing. So we often do that. We’ve done that in, like, white, in cream, in soft pinks, in, like, neutrals, it tends to be. But likewise, I’ve done it in an all pink metallic installation too, and that looked amazing too. So I really like the single tones are very effective. Then. I always say, when you choose colours or even. I like everything in odds, because when you do everything in. In odds, you’re not at risk of trying to look symmetrical. As soon as the minute you try to make something look symmetrical, it just doesn’t. It doesn’t work. Nothing is, you know, perfectly symmetrical unless we, like, measured everything out. So I always say. I always suggest doing things in odd numbers, especially in colour palette choice. And I guess the last one was.

Sarah: Yeah, when you. I really love a tonal installation. So, say, for example, you’re really vibing warm, warm colours. You could kind of do a selection of, like, oranges, peaches, kind of rose gold, pinks, reds and just, like, meld it all together. I really love that. I think that looks really effective too. But, yeah, that’s just me. My colour nerdiness.

Eddy: Love a bit of colour nerdiness.

Sarah: Yeah.

Eddy: Yes.

Aleks: I was, like, looking at Ed and I was like, I wonder if he knows what tonal is, because it’s like a bit of a. There’s been a bit of a trend in the fashion world, hasn’t there? Like, wearing sort of different tones of pink.

Eddy: Yeah, I know what a tone is, obviously.

Sarah: Yeah. Give me a bit more credit musically.

Aleks: And he doesn’t appreciate my tone of.

Eddy: Maybe I’ll surprise.

Sarah: Yeah, or, yeah, I guess another word would be like shades. Shades of the same colour, or at least in the same family. Like, all warm or all cool. Like blues and greens together. You know, oranges and pinks together looks really good.

Aleks: And does it matter? I suppose in terms of florals, like, if you are going for the kind of more classic white and green, would you be, does it really matter? Is there any danger of clashing with your florals or.

Sarah: I don’t think so. If it was me and say, for example, you were doing an all white installation, I wouldn’t necessarily go all white in your flowers because then it would just meld a little bit too much. If you’re spending that money on flowers and making hangings, you want them to contrast each other but be complementary.

Eddy: Yeah.

Sarah: So I would probably. If you’re going to do like, say, for example, an all white backdrop, I would be probably with the florist saying, I want, like, soft tones of florals or maybe just like all foliage y, kind of like style florals. That’s just me. Everybody’s. Everybody’s got a. Everybody. What’s that saying? Like, buttholes. Everybody’s got an opinion.

Eddy: Yeah, that’s a pretty good one, actually.

Aleks: I don’t know. That might be the name of this episode.

Eddy: Yeah, it could actually. Yeah, that’s a good little voice. Voice over there. Yeah.

Aleks: Sound bite. Sound bite. And we’ve gone through this a little bit, but kind of talk us through the process of how couples or clients will work with you from initial inquiry right through to pack down.

Sarah: Yeah. So basically, usually people get in touch via email. There’s like a little inquiry format on our website that kind of prompts the information that we need to get started and we. So we kind of need to know where the party is going to be because that gives us an idea of what kind of space we’re working with. Either we’re familiar with it already and if we’re not, we might ask you for photos. We might do some hunting online ourselves, Google search and obviously the date, so that we can make sure that we’re actually available. The date will also tell us whether the colours that you may be suggested in the initial inquiry, whether they’re available because they are higher based pieces. You know, there are limited numbers of each colour, so we just have to make sure that that’s all working out. But, yeah, from that initial inquiry, we would email back and either give you like a little intro to a venue that we’re familiar with or suggest what we think would work in the space that you’ve suggested. Yeah. Typically the. The couple will have an idea already after kind of like having a bit of a look see on our website of what they want. They might be, you know, more enthusiastic about doing something for the ceremony, or they’re just really all party and want everybody in the dance floor, so they want a mega hot stuff banging, hangings over the dance floor. But, yeah, that first email, we kind of tell them everything that we can do and then we tend to narrow it down and then we also chat colour palette. So if. If they have a colour palette in mind, we kind of send them some options based off of what they’re suggesting. If they don’t, we kind of have that conversation about, you know, send me a jumping off point, you know, in terms of, like, is there a picture that smooths to your booth? Or, you know, like, is there. Is there a palette that you both really like? You know, you can take, like I said before, you can take it from anything from, like, artwork, landscapes, you know, interesting graphics that you’ve seen.

Sarah: Could be like, ads that you’ve seen in magazines that you really like the palette of, or something. Or interior. Like I said, interior magazines or whatever. Whatever. It could be a flower that you are. Yeah, who knows? And, yeah, and we usually nut out the colour palette from there. And, yeah, and so then once that’s all kind of locked down, we send an invoice for a deposit, which is 50% sent. And then I also, at the same time, because I like to be efficient and, like, do everything, you know, quickly. Yep. We send out the balance invoice at the same time, but that’s not due until two weeks prior to the event date. Yeah. And then basically we. We leave you alone. We don’t bother you again. We will either schedule the setup and pack down directly with the venue, or you would tell us based on the information that you already have, and you turn up on the day and it looks amazing and you like, so thankful and joyous and appreciative of our amazing work. And then after the wedding, you send us an email to that effect and you leave us, like, five star reviews on Google.

Aleks: With photos, with photos, with photos, with photos mentioning the venue.

Eddy: Yeah.

Sarah: And you tell everybody, have you heard of being hanging? Oh, my God, here’s some photo. Look at my wedding. How am I? And it’s so efficient and affordable and Sarah’s amazing and la. And then hopefully you never, ever get married again. But if you have a birthday, you might book me again.

Aleks: Yes. I love that. This is.

Eddy: You tell your events manager at work.

Aleks: Yeah.

Sarah: It’s all documented in our administrative procedures.

Eddy: Well, I’m sold.

Aleks: And how long? How long? On a serious and very boring logistical note, how long? How long does it typically take you to, do, you know, a large ish aerial insulation for a wedding.

Sarah: For a standard, like, wedding, like, I would say it doesn’t like, the actual in store wouldn’t take more than 2 hours. It would be probably more like 1 hour. But it just depends on, say, for example, the height of the ceiling. Like, do I need to get in a scissor lift or do I need to go up on a ladder, or can I do this kind of from the ground? It was all those sorts of. But generally speaking, an hour for setup and an hour for pack down. We do a lot of prep work in the warehouse before we come to the site so that we’re not in people’s way and, you know, fumbling around in making a mess of ourselves at the venue. So we do a lot of prep work before we come. We do the setup there, about an hour there as well, and then pack down. And then obviously we pack it down further once we get to the warehouse because. Because basically all the pieces are higher. We’re constantly assembling and unassembling the stuff, but we do all of that at the warehouse so that, you know, we can get out of there, you know, all the glasses being set up, you know, I don’t know. I’m constantly scamming glasses on tables and all that sort of stuff.

Eddy: Yeah. Oh, that would be. Yeah, that would be daunting.

Sarah: Yeah.

Eddy: Yeah. I mean, it sounds like, you know, 1 hour, that’s. That’s pretty good. So you’re swatting in and out before the flight is really halfway through their job.

Sarah: Yeah, we’re usually, like, working with them. Yeah. Around the same time. And the thing is, like, with the florals, they’re usually, like, arranging on site some. Some component like us. Yeah, some of it would be. You could do it on site, and some of it you have to do off site. Yeah.

Aleks: So I guess, yeah. For couples planning, it’s. Yeah. Just sort of treat it as you would your florist in terms of kind of bumpy and stuff.

Sarah: Yeah, I guess we, um. We are very flexible. We can be very quick if needed. We’re happy to work within the timeframe, given, I mean, more times.

Aleks: Obviously, that might be a bit more sweaty. Might need a fan.

Sarah: Yes. Deodorant. Yeah.

Eddy: Spare stick in the car. Yeah. Baby wipes. Just everything that you need.

Aleks: The life of a wedding supplier in summer.

Eddy: Yeah. It’s not all glamour.

Sarah: Well, you know what? Like, we just, like, kind of did a bit of a reno of the. Of our new warehouse, and I was like, we have to have a shower because God knows I can get stinky in summer.

Eddy: Oh.

Sarah: Like, you know, going from job to job in the heat. Yeah, yeah.

Eddy: There’s um. Those, those hot setups can. Yeah. Can really get to you.

Sarah: Unfortunately the aircon doesn’t get switched on until the.

Eddy: Saving on energy bills probably. Well, so look, there are some imitation products around as well as some DIY options which try to use for other parties but potentially regret what makes your installs different.

Sarah: Look, you know, good luck. I’m all for a bit of diy. I think ultimately over the years we have a lot of experience doing this sort of thing. So I guess one of the differences is just like an eye for proportion and placement you can really help with, especially with like an aerial installation whether it’s ours or not because they just. There’s you know, consideration for like I said, placement, proportion, what you can use to actually attach to. I’ve got lots of tricks that I’m quite proud of to get things up on a ceiling and just, you know, consideration of depth and fall. All that sort of wanky word stuff. But I think is genuinely, you know, something of a skill. Yeah. In terms of like backdrops and stuff. Yeah, you could totally. You could totally make one. But again, I think even just like the way the colours meld into each other is a bit of a skill. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Aleks: I can tell. I can tell when they’re not.

Eddy: I can tell.

Aleks: Yeah, we can.

Sarah: Yeah. It just not as smooth is. There’s something about it or they’re not as was full. People kind of like, you know, skip sections and stuff. These things take a long time to make, so, you know, credit to them if they do give it a go. But, you know, look, at the end of the day, I’m all for a bit of diy. Like I said, I’m a diyer myself, but if you are not a diy, you know, we are for you, you know.

Eddy: Yeah, yeah.

Sarah: It’s kind of like, you know, do you want to buy a house renovated or do you want to do the renovation? Are you that kind of person?

Aleks: Renovated? Yeah, yeah, exactly. That’s actually a very good way of putting it. Yeah, that’s.

Sarah: Yeah, no, totally.

Aleks: I have to say though, I find it pretty crazy that anyone would want to diy anything for their wedding because there’s so much to do, you know, I definitely.

Sarah: Yeah. When we started making ours, it was definitely like, yeah, this will be like a nice afternoon thing. Weeks. And I actually had like a few crafternoons with mates. I totally like ringed. Ring rang them in, I don’t know. Yeah, like, five of my mates and over, like, probably four afternoons and we still did not make, you know, enough. So it’s, it is a lot of work, you know? So, like, to give you an idea, like, all the pieces, all the streamers are hand cut and hand woven onto the setups, so it’s not made in China, if anybody’s wondering. But, yeah, look, I get it, too. Like, I’m totally a diyer, but it just depends whether you want that added stress or not. If I had to, like, redo my wedding, I would probably simplify how much work I gave myself. Yeah. Yeah. Because, you know, you want to be able to enjoy it. Yeah, yeah.

Aleks: It’s the same, it’s a similar sort of thing with Spotify playlists. You know, that’s the first thing that.

Eddy: I thought, Sarah, when you had that particular analogy. I’m like, yeah, for us, it’s, it’s, you know, you can hire a DJ that knows how to read the crowd and play the right thing, or you.

Aleks: Could have Spotify playlist and have guests picking at your phone all night and.

Sarah: Like, the Spotify playlist is peaking and they’re all just having cups of tea.

Eddy: Yeah, like, fish is playing.

Aleks: Like, you know. Well, I have seen, I have seen. We’ve had a few couples kind of rethink their weddings, you know, after the lockdowns ended, and think, actually, you know what? They were going to have a Spotify playlist, but they’re like, no, you know what? We’re going to. We’re going to do this properly. We’ll get DJ. And they’ve shown me the Spotify playlist and I have to say, yeah, there’s no build there. Definitely peaked at dinner and then kind of cruise along for thing.

Eddy: Like, you know, they might have pony play, but grandma’s on the dance floor at that particular moment. And maybe that’s a great moment, but maybe.

Aleks: Maybe grandma loves pony.

Eddy: Maybe she does.

Sarah: I don’t know. She’s got no idea what she’s just loving. She’s vibing. Yeah, she’s got no idea. She’s into it. It’s fine.

Eddy: That’s a great moment if it plays out that way.

Aleks: Or wap. I did play, I’ve only played wap at a couple of weddings and only because the bride and groom or the couple wanted it. Otherwise, I would never, you know, and I did have grandma just stare at me and just little four year old kids jumping up and down on the dance floor. I was like, this is so wrong.

Eddy: How dare you?

Aleks: But so good.

Sarah: Grandma know what was going on.

Aleks: So I wouldn’t do it willingly. Yeah. Amazing. Well, that. I mean, that gives such a good. So many things to consider, like, you know, the colour and obviously what goes into it. It’s like with any, you know, supplier, anything that’s important to you, you know, if this is important to you and you want to create a party vibe and you want something unique, then, yes. Prioritise it. Make sure it’s in your budget, you know.

Sarah: Yeah, yeah.

Aleks: It goes with any. With any supplier or part of the day that’s really important to you.

Eddy: Yeah. And I’m just happy I know what a tone is now, so.

Aleks: Yeah, well, actually, you know what? You do some tonal dressing, you know, when you wear your beige chinos and your grey t shirt and you’re like, do these clash? And I’m like, no, they’re great.

Sarah: We’re already onto it. You just didn’t know the word for it, that’s all.

Eddy: Yeah, some more education.

Sarah: Yeah.

Aleks: Now, we are. We are excited because we are going to head to the warehouse and have a little peek at your new warehouse, which is very. Yeah, we can’t wait. And the final question for today, I hope you had to think about this one because I’m sure you’ve got many options.

Eddy: It’s a big one.

Aleks: If you had. If you had to choose only one tune to get you on the deck, what would it be?

Sarah: Well, I was thinking about this floor and it is. I was thinking back to, like, what musically played at our wedding. And I’m. And I still stand by this. I really, really like the Apache, the Sugar Hill game. Wow.

Aleks: We’ve been talking about that song this week. Yeah, we’ve been talking about it. Yeah.

Sarah: It’s just so fun. And, you know, we actually use the. That song for, like, the bridal party to come out. So, like, every couple would come out and they would do, like, one round of the. You know, the. You know, you know, the moves.

Eddy: Yeah. Oh, yeah.

Sarah: And you’re like. You’re spinning around kind of thing, and then the next couple would come out and it’s just funny and it’s silly and, you know, it’s just. It’s just an easy one for people to get involved in and I’m all for a bit of silly dancing, but. Yeah, really.

Aleks: Whatever do you mean? That is a great one.

Sarah: Actually.

Aleks: We should throw that into one of our. Our Spotify playlist for wedding entrances, shouldn’t we?

Eddy: Yeah, no, that’s. That is awesome. And it’s so good to hear someone that’s really into that tune because I have. I have. I must admit, I have dropped it a couple of times and it hasn’t really hit the way I would like.

Aleks: Obviously, there were no banging hangings there because I think it goes hand in hand.

Sarah: Invite me to your wedding.

Eddy: Yeah, absolutely.

Aleks: Little Sierra gift for hi. At your wedding.

Sarah: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Eddy: I’ll project somehow. Oh, yeah, yeah.

Sarah: You should add it to the photo booths that you guys.

Eddy: Yeah, definitely.

Sarah: You should instantly, like.

Aleks: Thank you for mentioning our photo booths.

Sarah: Yeah.

Aleks: Yes. People, if you are.

Eddy: Yeah, it’s good fun.

Aleks: Yeah, it’s good fun. And you can reuse. And we have talked about this before, you can definitely reuse your ceremony arch for the photo booth. That would be a lot of fun.

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: So get good use of it. All right. Amazing. That was so much fun and so much fun. Very helpful.

Eddy: Yes.

Aleks: Super insightful.

Eddy: And where can people get in touch with you, Sarah? Give us your socials, your website, everywhere that people can hit you up.

Sarah: Best place to go is basically banginhangins.com.au. And that’s where you can fill in an inquiry form, but also browse what we do and the different shapes and forms. But if you just want to have a bit of a perusal. My most active place, I guess, on the socials is Instagram. We’re kind of. We’re also on TikTok, but not as.

Eddy: Gonna ask that, actually.

Sarah: Yeah, yeah, yeah, we are. You know, I’m lazy. I just post the same reels, you know.

Eddy: Yeah, we’re the same. We have an account. We’ve done a bit of stuff in the past, but.

Sarah: Yeah, yeah, I did. I do find tick tock is a different crowd. Yeah, yeah. And we do get most of our kind of, like, love and support on Insta. Yeah, yeah. But, yeah, if you, like, ideally get. Do an inquiry through the website because it does prompt you for the information that we need that will be able to help us actually respond as opposed to we’re getting married. Can I have a cost?

Aleks: Also, if you want to see banging hangings in combination with a dance floor, just head to one more song. DJ.

Eddy: I think every second photo is.

Sarah: Yeah, okay.

Aleks: I have had couples mention it to us. Yeah, you’ve got bang hangs. They’re like, oh, does everyone have bang hangs all the time? Like, no, just. We happen to have a lot. It’s not representative.

Sarah: Yeah. We should really do an accommodation offer, shouldn’t we?

Eddy: Yeah, yeah. Let’s chat about that offline for sure.

Aleks: Thanks again, Sarah. We’ll see you later. Salvo. Cheers. Thanks for tuning in. If you’re enjoying project engaged, please hit the subscribe button on your fave podcast app.

Eddy: You can also follow us on Instagram, @projectengaged, and @onemoresongdjs.

Aleks: We’ll see you next time. And until then, have fun out there.

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