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!

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Did You Know: Project Green Fork Edition

Mahaffey is excited to partner with Fuel Cafe this weekend for a wedding at the Metal Museum!
ImageFuel Cafe, located in Midtown, is one of many restaurants in Memphis that are Project Green Fork certified. Founded in 2008, Project Green Fork was established to reduce environmental impact, with an emphasis on supporting homegrown restaurants. 

Here are the six things that it takes to be Project Green Fork certified: 

1. All disposable products must be compostable, biodegradable, recyclable, or made from recycled content.

2. All items that can be recycled must be recycled (as recognized by Project Green Fork).

3. With the help of Project Green Fork, restaurants will establish a composting system for pre-consumed fruit, vegetable, coffee grounds, eggshell scraps, and other compostable waste. 

4. The use of toxic cleaners is discouraged and, whenever possible, must be replaced with plant-based and/or biodegradable cleaners. 

5. Establishments must complete an energy audit and attempt to reduce water and energy waste. 

6. All kitchens, front of houses, and outside areas should be clean and free of debris. 

Check this out to find any Project Green Fork restaurants in your neighborhood.

And to check out Fuel Cafe’s delicious menu, go see them on Madison Avenue or track down their food truck for Fuel on the go! Follow them on twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep up with where they are in Memphis. 

15th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

15th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014

Time: 1-4 PM

Where: Mud Island River Park

In an effort to raise awareness for Special Olympics, hundreds of brave individuals will willingly plunge themselves into the icy Wolf River at the 15th Annual Polar Bear Plunge! Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals is proud to be sponsoring this year’s event, and for our own Angela Watson to take the plunge on behalf of Mahaffey! We invite you to join us in supporting Angela and other Plungers, as they take the leap to benefit Special Olympics Greater Memphis!

The ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help children and adults with intellectual disabilities develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition.  In doing so, they are able to empower themselves and others, change attitudes, and build communities. With the help of FUNdraising events such as Polar Bear Plunge, Special Olympics Greater Memphis can provide them opportunities for physical development and an ability to share courage, skills, and friendship with their families, friends, and community. You don’t want to miss this very cool and inspiring event!

If you’re planning for an upcoming event, Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals has you covered! We have a wide variety of accessories to make your special occasion or fundraising event a success! Visit us today or call 901.457.4538  to schedule an appointment with one of our special event consultants.

Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals is a proud sponsor of Special Olympics Greater Memphis Polar Bear Plunge

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Dixon Gallery and Gardens: Art on Tap

It’s finally fall season in Memphis, which could only mean one thing… FALL EVENTS! During the fall, Memphis is constantly filled with exciting events, live music, and celebration. So the question is: do you enjoy delicious food, locally brewed beer, and live entertainment? If the answer is yes, then Art on Tap is for you!

Tonight, Dixon Gallery & Gardens will hold its annual Art on Tap event. Art on Tap allows you to experience the beautiful grounds of Dixon Gallery & Gardens, indulge in Memphis’ local food, beer, and live music. This event has become a Memphis favorite and continues to grow in size every year. Be sure you’re not the one that misses out by joining Mahaffey for this art-tastic event!

Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals is honored to be sponsoring tonight’s event! Art on Tap will take place tonight from 6-9 PM. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. For more information, visit Dixon Gallery & Gardens!

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Mahaffey’s New Inventory: In the Round Stage

Mahaffey’s newest rental item knocks the socks off of any ordinary stage! Introducing our In the Round Stage, perfect for concerts, plays and even dance floors. Rather than a traditional stage, these round platforms date back to theatres in ancient Greece and medieval times. Rent our In the Round Stage to provide your audiences with unlimited viewing angles and an experience unlike any other!

We are still doing our best to ensure that our products are the best quality in the industry. We want you to know that you can count on Mahaffey when it comes to guaranteeing your event is absolutely perfect.

Contact Mahaffey for your next performance, wedding, corporate event or gala! Aside from stages and dance floors, we also offer several different tent styles, chairs, tables, linens, tableware, glassware, lighting and more!

Stop by our showroom or call us today at 901.457.4538 to speak to one of our event specialists!

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Mahaffey Partner Spotlight: The Barefoot Bride

One of Mahaffey’s all time favorite bridal shops, offering stunning wedding gowns at a fraction of the retail price, is The Barefoot Bride in Memphis, Tennessee. New designer gowns with names such as Maggie Sottero, Allure, Watters, Jim Hjelm, and Pronovias, in sizes 0-30 are sold at 30-80% off retail! The Barefoot Bride believes that “every bride should be able to wear her dream dress without having to sacrifice style and elegance because of budget.” How AWESOME!

On July 18th, we would love for all our brides to join us at a Beauty Happy Hour from 5 until 7 p.m. at The Barefoot Bride. Vendors including Hotshots Photobooth, AM Photography and Propcellar will be there along fun activities and entertainment for guests.

Call The Barefoot Bride at 901.481.6906 or email them at thebarefootbride@hotmail.com to schedule a bridal appointment, or to find out more about the Beauty Happy Hour!

Enjoy the Tastes of Memphis at ArtsMemphis’ Culinary Series!

We are honored to partner with ArtsMemphis for the 2013 Culinary Series. This amazing series of dinner and brunch events supports a wide range of Memphis arts.

Renowned chefs in the series include Karen Carrier, Kelly English, Erik Proveaux, Erling Jensen and many more! Parties will be hosted with live entertainment at venues such as The Metal Museum, Earnestine & Hazel’s, Arcade Restaurant and Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

Tickets go on sale to the public July 8th, and they are sure to go FAST. Don’t miss out on what is being called a feast for the senses and a celebration of everything that makes Memphis irresistible!

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Did You Know: Levitt Shell Free Music Concert Series

At Overton Park, in the heart of Midtown sits the Levitt Shell. This outdoor stage, built in the 1930’s, hosts more than 50 free concerts and events every year. Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals is extremely fond of the Free Music Concert Series that runs from May through July every year.

FREE performances include national and international touring musicians from all over. Every night, between Thursday and Sunday, you can grab your lawn chairs and head to the Shell to enjoy food, drinks and entertainment.

Not only do these concerts bring our wonderful community together, but they also promote art throughout the city. If you would like to support the Levitt Shell, consider choosing one of these four different ways to get involved: make a donation, become a sponsor (like Mahaffey!), be a Levitt Shell Star or volunteer.

Since its opening in 1936, the Shell has been center stage for making history. A date of some significance on the Levitt Shell calendar was July 30, 1954, when Elvis Presley took the stage as an act. The show was deemed the “first-ever rock and roll show” by music historians.

So join Mahaffey at the concerts, and enjoy an evening alfresco!

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Did You Know: All About South Holly Road

Mahaffey is excited to introduce South Holly Road to our growing list of favorite vendors. As a wedding designer, coordinator, decorator and stylist in Memphis, TN (although she does travel), South Holly Road creates unique events that reflect each client’s personality and style. Bringing to life your soiree vision, the mastermind behind South Holly Road, Holly Burris.

Whether you’re planning an event or wedding, Holly will create a distinctive theme that will leave you and your attendees speechless. Her expertise in creativity is not at all limited, partly due to her traveling throughout the years. For your wedding or next event, consider South Holly Road!

Just a couple things we love about Holly…

1. Her business cards. It’s hard to tell below, but these cards are actually velvet.

2. All About Holly section on her About page. Check it out!

3. Her fun and enthusiastic personality, evident not only in person but all throughout her website, which will tickle anyone’s spirits during the event planning process.

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Win Bridal Rhapsody Extravaganza Tickets!

Calling all brides-to-be!

If you were recently engaged over the holidays, tweet us @MahaffeyTent for your chance to win two tickets to the Bridal Rhapsody Extravaganza, presented by Southern Bride, Travel Leaders and Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just let us know in 140 characters or less how your fiance proposed.

The Bridal Rhapsody Extravaganza will be held at the Agricenter International in Memphis on January 6th, beginning at 11:30 am, and lasting until 5 pm. The winner will be chosen at random and announced via our Twitter on January 4th at 3 pm. Tickets will be left at will-call for you and one guest. You must be engaged to participate in the contest and attend the bridal show.

Brides and their guests will enjoy fashion shows, which will feature beautiful gowns from bridal shops like Ballew Bridal, David’s Bridal and others. American Tuxedo, Gent’s Formal Wear, Guys Formal Wear and Men’s Wearhouse will display the wedding party attire needed for your special day, offering many choices in color, style and accessories. Prizes will be given away, along with the show’s traditional “cake walk contest”… one for the gals and one for the guys! You could win a wedding cake, a groom’s cake, plus other fabulous prizes.

The show provides a rich environment of wedding resources, vendors upon vendors, as well as experts who can assist the bride-to-be in planning her wedding and all the activities surrounding your big day.

We can’t wait to hear your stories and are looking forward to seeing you there. Good luck to all of our participants! 🙂

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