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.


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!


Winter Wedding Colors

Winter weddings are always whimsical, yet a tad bit chilly. Be sure to give your guests a warm welcome by incorporating holiday colors into your wintry day. Shiny silver, glittery gold and winter white are three colors that give off a heavenly atmosphere.

From linens, tables, chairs, and tableware, Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals has everything a bride-to-be and party planner needs to create an elegant winter soiree! Stop by our showroom or call 901.457.4538 to speak with one of our event specialists today!


Sweet Silver Finish


Silver Shimmer Signature


Simple and Aglow


Gleaming Gold


Sparkly Statement


White Wonderland

Fall Color Trends

Fall season is finally among us and as most party planners and brides-to-be know, fall weddings are gorgeous! With great anticipation, Mahaffey has been hastily preparing for the season that’s filled with warm, opulent colors!

The 2013 fall color trends are finally here, and we’re in love! Whether you are going for a vintage, rustic feel or a vibrant, bold scene, these colors will certainly add a memorable detail. One popular trend this fall is to mix color schemes together! Try pairing Vivacious with Carafe. It will give your event a sleek, yet daring look!

Besides Vivacious and Carafe, Koi and Samba are other colors that can be spotted in Mahaffey’s showroom! The showroom is dressed with all of this season’s trending color palettes. Don’t worry, not only is Mahaffey here to help personalize your event with the perfect colors, but we’ve also got you covered on tables, chairs, lighting, linens, and so on!

Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals is ready to help plan your fall wedding, holiday party, or special event! Stop by or schedule an appointment with one of our event specialists today at 901.457.4538!

If you aren’t already, be sure to follow us on Pinterest, to see more of our favorite fall themes!




Photos courtesy of Pantone and Tulle & Chantilly

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:

Showroom 1

Showroom 3

photo 1

Showroom 4

Winter Showroom Preview

Our showroom has been updated! Make an appointment today to stop by and see all our lovely tent accessories and party rentals on display. Consultations are free and you’ll be able to play around with our wide variety of event rentals including linens, tableware, chairs, furniture, accessories, and more to see what works for you. Our team will even design a table for you so you can actually see what it will look like in your wedding tent or event venue.

Here’s a preview of what we have on the floor right now!

These rosette chair covers would look great at reception or small soiree.

Gold trimmed tableware, small black appetizer plates, and crown gold flatware creates an elegant yet bold look for any occasion this winter.

This stunning Sofia sofa would look fabulous at your next special event.

We have everything you need to complete your look, and we can’t wait to work with you. Give us a call at 901-457-1909 and be sure to visit our website to view our full line of tents and party rental accessories.

Also, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Late Fall Showroom Preview

Our showroom has been updated again! We’re displaying a ride range of tables, chairs, linens, dishware and more, so be sure to stop by soon.

Here’s a sneak peak at what we have out on the floor right now.

Standard black pipe and drape with a poll drape feel, tied with chair sashes

36″ round table with black chiavari chairs

60″ round table with silver linens and silver chiavari chairs

36″ round table with mahogany chateau chairs

36″ round table with gold chiavari chairs

36″ round bistro table with bar stools

Also, don’t forget about the two Thanksgiving specials we’re running through Thanksgiving week.

Our standard Thanksgiving special includes a 60” round or 8′ banquet table, a basic poly linen and 8 basic folding chairs for only $25. Our premium Thanksgiving special includes a 60” round or 8′ banquet table, a specialty linen (crinkle, satin, etc.) and 8 fruitwood, natural, or white padded chairs all for only $50.

Give us a call today at 901-457-1909 and be sure to visit our website to view all our products.

DIY Weddings

When I started planning my October 2010 wedding, I wanted to do as many do-it-yourself projects as I could handle, as well as ask my talented friends for some help. I’m always looking to save a pretty penny, so I felt like this would help give our wedding festivities a personal touch that reflected my husband, myself and our family and friends who were celebrating our marriage with us.

Wish Tags
Guest books are becoming a thing of the past, and brides are beginning to look for creative ways for their guests to leave their mark on the wedding. When I thought of how I’d like my guests to leave their mark on my wedding, I came up with wedding wish tags. The idea being that the guests could leave their wishes for the couple in their married life on the tags.

I found mine on Etsy.

Stationery and invitations for weddings, rehearsal dinners and showers can become costly. However, this cost can be greatly lowered when brides (and grooms) print their own invitations. For our wedding, I printed my own wedding invitations, response cards, mailing labels, rehearsal dinner invitations and wedding programs.

Our Wedding Invitations

Our Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

DIY invitations can be found easily at places like Target and Michaels and all you need is a computer, printer and a full ink cartridge.

Wedding Cake Substitutions

Since we were having an afternoon wedding, we thought a wedding cake would be too formal for our ceremony and reception. Instead, we decided to use cupcakes that were made by a dear friend and incorporated our wedding colors, which were red, tangerine and chocolate brown. However, to keep with tradition, we also had her make a tier of wedding cake for us to take a bite of and save for the one year anniversary.

Taking on do-it-yourself projects in the midst of wedding planning can seem overwhelming at times and that’s one reason to play on your strengths as a bride. Don’t be afraid to ask your bridesmaids, family, friends and most importantly, your groom, for help!
Happy planning to all the brides out there! 🙂



International Museum Day

It’s International Museum Day! To celebrate, we’re featuring weddings we took part in at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, which is offering FREE admission all day in honor of the holiday, and at the National Ornamental and Metal Museum.

This was a beautiful summer wedding at the Dixon in mid-June 2010 designed by our friends over at Social Butterflies.

The tent was a 33′ wide frame with a clear top, which did a fabulous job keeping out some of the summer heat in Memphis (that all brides like to avoid) with the help of fans and a nice breeze. Mahaffey also provided the gorgeous gold chandeliers, mahogany chiavari chairs, IC dance floor and the stage for the band to play for the bride and groom’s first dances as a married couple.

The orange and brown accents, great colors for the 2011 wedding season, were brought out in the solid poly linens mixed with bengaline specialty linens.

Mahaffey also provided the cool lounge area on the dance floor, complete with leather furniture, pillows and a swanky carpet.

The National Ornamental Metal Museum is a such a unique and beautiful venue for any wedding or event.  We took part in a wedding there last spring, also designed by Social Butterflies.

We provided a 33′ by 82′ clear top tent with beautiful lighting for this outdoor wedding reception.

Happy International Museum Day and Wedding Wednesday to all the planning brides out there!