Tuesday Trends: 5 Ways to Use Social Media at Your Wedding

If social media had a mission statement, it would be to bring people together while simultaneously keeping them informed. Here are 3 ways to do just that for the bride and groom’s big day!

1. Planning: A decade ago, wedding planning meant stacks of magazines and a three-ring binder for most brides. Today, everything needed to plan a wedding can be found on a smart phone. Pinterest is a great resource for getting ideas on everything from hair styles to bridesmaids dresses to event decor. And for the brides that don’t want every detail of their wedding shared before the big day, Pinterest has secret boards. If a bride needs more than inspiration to plan a wedding, Google has a wedding budget template and apps like lover.ly and The Knot can help tame the chaos before the nuptials. 

2. Day-Of Coordination: Utilize apps like Wedding Party, Wedding Planner for iPad, and appy couple for a more seamless day of experience. These apps have can coordinate vendor information, send out email reminders to the wedding party when they need to be somewhere, keep a shot list for photographers and so much more.

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3. Crowdsource Your Photographs: Wedding photographs are the piece of the ceremony and reception that will last forever and many couples don’t want to miss out on the moments between their guests. Crowdsourcing wedding photos is a great way to involve their guests and have photographs they would otherwise not have. A popular trend now is creating a wedding hashtag and having guests share their photos on twitter and Instagram using the hashtag. Apps like WedPics, Snapable, and Eversnap allow the couple, the wedding party, and all the guests to share photos and videos during the ceremony and reception and order prints and albums to help remember the day.

Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals
 is the one-stop-shop for all your event rental needs! Our wide range of accessories can fulfill any wedding wish you may have! Visit us today or call 901.457.4538 to schedule an appointment with one of our special event consultants!

Mahaffey Showroom Update

The leaves outside are beginning to change and so is Mahaffey’s showroom! In preparation for the changing of seasons, our event specialists have been hard at work recreating our showroom!

The mixtures of warm autumn colors and popular rental items have been creatively assembled in anticipation for this season’s hottest trends. We have a variety of tables, chairs, linens and tableware on display, so be sure to book an appointment with one of our event specialists today!

Drop by Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals and take a look at our new layout or call 901.457.4538 to make an appointment.

Here are a few snapshots of our new showroom:

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Mahaffey Partner Spotlight: Ashlye McCormick Design

Another vendor Mahaffey loves working with is Ashlye McCormick Design. With over 15 years of experience creating unique and creative events, they can do anything from weddings, to large and small galas! Approaching each project with a creative vision helps them to design customized events, reflective of each client and his or her personality.

Check out Ashlye McCormick Design on Facebook for more pictures of her beautiful floral designs!

Ashlye McCormick Design

Ashlye McCormick Design

Ashlye McCormick Design

Did You Know: Flowerwheel App

If you are planning an event or just love flowers, the new Flowerwheel app is perfect for you! With this interactive new app, available in the iTunes app store, you can select the date of your event, pick the color and browse through flowers to pick from.

Flowerwheel can be installed on your iPhone and/or iPad, to be carried around everywhere you go. With over 500 flowers to choose from, there should be no question as to which flowers would suit your event perfectly. After selecting your criteria and finding your favorites in “the garden,” you can save and email them if need be. You can even click on a specific flower and learn more about it.

In case you aren’t able to purchase the app, download the lite version for free!

Check out our friend Annabella Charles‘s blog for more details on this fabulous app, courtesy of Woodward Enterprises, LLC.

Three Popular Flowers for Fall Weddings

Wondering what some of the most popular flowers are for this fall wedding season? If you’re a fall bride, then listen up because this blog post is for you! We’ve stumbled upon three types of flowers that are hot this fall season, and we want to share them. Enjoy!

Dahlias

Dahlias can make any fall bouquet pop! Since they are a garden flower, they look great paired with other garden flowers like peonies and daisies. They are beautiful, bold and bushy, so their dramatic appearance is sure to catch the eyes of your guests. You can expect to pay around $5 per stem for dahlias, but it is well worth it because their blooms are often over 4” across. This size is great for helping to fill out bouquets, center pieces and other wedding floral decor. Dahlias come in a variety shapes, sizes and colors including white, yellow, orange, hot pink, burgundy and burgundy/black. They also come in bi-color varieties.

Photo by Joyelle West Photography

Photo by Joyelle West Photography

Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas create and elegant and beautiful accent when used in wedding floral. They can be incorporated into bridal bouquets as well as ceremony and reception flowers. Hydrangeas have a big, bushy head, which help to fill empty spaces. Because they are so large and beautiful, some brides choose to use only hydrangeas in their bouquet. They are moderately priced and come in a variety of shades such as green, pink, burgundy and blue.

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Mums

Mums are playful and unique, so they generally look best when incorporated into bouquets with other types of flowers. Mums also look great as boutonnieres and corsages, providing a pop of color to the wedding party floral. They are relatively inexpensive considering their size, and they come in a variety of colors including white, off-white, yellow, gold, bronze, red, burgundy, pink and purple. Mums are also easy to tint, so if you want a particular color, but can’t find it – tinting is always an option.


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Photo by Paul Dyer via wildflowerevents.blogspot.com

*Sources: The KnotForevermore Events Wedding and Event Design BlogLola Blooms

Wedding Theme: French Luxury Blue & Gold

In Southern Bride‘s current Winter/Spring Mid-South issue (hitting shelves now), they did a beautiful “French Luxury” wedding theme with rich tones of blues and golds. The deep, navy blues signify royalty while the gold enhances the color with a rich, elegant feel. There was not a single detail untouched and everything from the place settings, flowers, linens, cake, stationary and accessories brought to life a lavish feel as if you were truly a part of French royalty!

All of this came to life thanks to this incredible team of event professionals:

Social Butterflies, LLC ~ Annabella Charles (Asian Bees) Photography ~ The Palladio Group ~ Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals ~ Haute Horticulture ~ Mrs. Post Stationery ~ The Busy Bakery ~ Bella Bridesmaid

Whether it is a wedding or simply a dinner party, this French inspired tablescape and decor can set the tone for any fabulous event!

“Tres Magnifique!”

(Photos provided by Annabella Charles (formerly Asian Bees) Photography: www.asianbees.com)