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!

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!

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Sweet Silver Finish

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Gleaming Gold

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Tuesday Trend: Mason Jars

Embrace your southern style with the help of Mason Jars! Whether you are styling for a shabby-chic wedding, creative picnic, or the neighborhood barbecue, Mason Jars have become a must have! Let your creativity run wild and use them for serving glasses, center pieces, hanging arrangements, and much, much more. You won’t regret breaking away from the average mug with this southern-inspired trend.

This trendy item can be found in our very own Mahaffey showroom! Stop by and take a look at our selection of Mason Jars today! If you would like to make an appointment, feel free to call us at 901.457.4538.

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Tuesday Trends: Vintage Plateware

The year 2013 is seeing a lot of vintage, especially particular theme elements incorporated into weddings.  From the decor to the wedding dress, everything about this trend makes us happy. Add an antique wardrobe for your guest book table, a classy getaway car, or one of our favorites, china!

Vintage china helps add a touch of sophistication to your big day. Pair Mahaffey’s Vanessa Gold Plateware with a Gold Charger (left) or a Belmont Beaded Charger (right). Call us today at 901.457.4538 to speak with one of our event specialists who can help you begin planning!

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Springtime Showroom

With the arrival of spring approaching, a fresh showroom layout at Mahaffey was crucial. Our wonderful and talented event specialists got to work last week and redesigned the whole area!

They incorporated popular spring colors and some of our newest inventory items. Not only do all the bright shades on display bring those of us in the office a little extra joy, but they help our clients who come visit brainstorm ideas for their big day, gala or whatever fabulous event they’re planning.

We hope you’ll love the new look as well and will swing by and see us sometime soon. If you’d like to make an appointment, feel free to call us 901.457.4538 or stop by Monday through Friday from 8 am until 5 pm!

Here are a couple sneak peaks of what the room holds.

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Orange Ribbon Taffeta linen with Vanessa Gold Tableware

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Full size Whiskey Barrel with Beaded Belmont tableware

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Italian bulbs with Charcoal & Mint poly linens (an office fave!)

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Pink Pintuck linen with Damask charger

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Our popular Rustic Farm Table, Mason Jars and Chevron Table Runner

Tuesday Trends: Wedding Favs

2013 wedding predictions have already made their way into magazines and blog posts. We are so excited for the new year, when we get to marvel at beautiful weddings inspired by top trends.

After lots of oohing and ahhing, we have found our top three and can’t wait to see them come to life. Don’t forget to let Mahaffey know if we can be of any assistance! Not only do we have fabulous event specialists willing and ready to help, but we have all the rentals you need to create your perfect day.

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1. Roaring 20s, Vintage Style

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Photos courtesy of BHLDN, Ava Grace & Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Did You Know Series: New Showroom

Did you know that we recently redesigned our showroom?! We have a wide variety of tables, chairs, linens, lighting and tableware now on display, so be sure to book an appointment with one of our experienced event specialists today!

Call us at 901.457.4538 or visit our website to see all of the products that we provide.

Take a look at some of the new setups in our showroom!

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White Spandex Chair Band with Jewel

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Table with Italian Bulb Lights, White Chiavari and Chateau Chairs and Clover Linen

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Tableware, Glassware and Flatware Display, 15-Light Chandelier

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Cherry Red Linen

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Vanessa Gold Tableware and Flatware

All photos courtesy of Shoanna Nicole Photography

To keep it fun, here are a few shots while we were “in transition.” 🙂

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Indian Wedding Reception at TPC Southwind

It was a busy wedding weekend for Mahaffey! We provided a 66 ft x 166 ft tent for an Indian wedding reception of 450 guests at TPC Southwind this past Saturday.

The tent was dressed a variety of Mahaffey accessories including solid white sidewalls, a beautiful white ceiling liner, five 28-light iron chandeliers, silver canister lights, wood flooring, carpet, two stages, a white dance floor, white leather tufted bars, banquet tables, cocktail tables, mahogany chiavari chairs, ivory chair pads, and silver chargers. 12 upright fans were also used to generate air flow and half of the sidewalls on one side of the tent remained open to provide more light and an airy feel. Take a look at the finished product!

The color scheme for the wedding reception was stunning. The tables were decorated using acid green, peacock blue, and dark purple table linens. We did not provide the linens, but we did provide the silver chargers at each place setting, which were accented with teal blue napkins. White satin sashes were draped over our mahogany chiavari chairs for a soft, romantic touch.

We thoroughly enjoyed working Le Reve Creations, a full service event design & decor company out of Richmond, VA, to make this wedding huge success!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Mahaffey!

On the blog today, we’re sharing this lovely Valentine’s inspired wedding we did last March with Social Butterflies.  We especially love the pink and red rose petal runner down the center aisle! We hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day!  *Photo by Annabella Charles.

Wedding Trends 2012

In our last blog post we shared 2012 color trends with you, so today we want to share four general wedding trends that come to us from St. Louis Weddings on what you can expect to see brides engaging in this year.

Going Green

Brides will save money and the environment as they incorporate environmentally friendly touches to their wedding. More brides will be choosing locally grown flowers, re-purposing old items for centerpieces ,and purchasing recycled invitations.

Vintage Themes

Many brides will choose vintage and rustic decor this year. Brides will be achieving this feeling by decorating with old antiques, refurbished thrift store items, and old wedding photos from both families on the tables at the reception.

Think Outside the Church

Many couples will choose to be married at an outdoor location, such as a beautiful garden or a gorgeous backyard, as opposed to a church.

Having an outdoor ceremony is just one way to make your wedding memorable.

Do-It-Yourself

Do-it-yourself projects have been very popular among brides for the past few years, and this year is no exception. More and more brides are turning to DIY projects like printing their own invitations, writing their own place cards and creating centerpieces themselves. If you have the time and the creativity, you can add a lot of home made touches to your special day.

St. Louis Weddings recommends taking it one DIY project at a time to avoid overload.

Are you a 2012 bride? Will your guests see any of these trends at your wedding? Let us know which ones!

Be sure to check out the full St. Louis Weddings “Emerging Wedding Trends for 2012” article here.