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Add a touch of glass and major sass to your special event! Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals now features the Vina Collection of stemware. These long stem glasses confer a sense of elegance and subtly signal that your’s is quite the fancy function!

Here at Mahaffey, we guarantee you get the BEST quality and selection in the Mid-South!

Stop by our showroom or call 901.457.1909 to speak with a member of our team today!

Want more? Visit our website to see all we have to offer!

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!

2013 Wedding Gowns

The fall and winter seasons are a favorite among most brides, and it’s easy to see why! Not only is the scenery picture-perfect, but your event also dodges that dreaded summer heat. Another opportunity for these brides is the chance to dress in the seasons coolest gowns, fit perfectly for their big day!

Whether you’re the fashion-forward bride or the comfort-seeking bride, Mahaffey’s favorite gown trends have you covered! Brides seeking that daring look, try a blush shaded gown or a gown with vine-like details. For the bride seeking comfort during those chillier nights, try gowns with long sleeves, cap sleeves, or cowl backs. These trends will leave all of your guests’ dazzled throughout the entire night!

Every bride wants to look and feel amazing on her big day, but she also wants their guests to have some fun! Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals has a wide range of rental items that will captivate guests and highlight your season trending gown. Stop by our showroom or call to make an appointment with one of our event specialists today at 901.457.4538!

Follow us on Pinterest to see more of our favorite bridal trends!

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Photo courtesy of Maggie Louise

Tuesday Trends: Unconventional Wedding Guestbooks

Brides today are journeying off the beaten path, embracing nontraditional aspects. While some details are taken to the extreme, most are just simply revamped, adding a little more flare to the big day. Everything from the location of the wedding, to the food served is a direct reflection of the couple’s personality and by adding these small, defining, finishing touches it can be portrayed. While these components may sometimes seem little, they can be the most important of all.

The guestbook, traditionally a standard book guests sign, is one such wedding particular that is being transformed. We took to Pinterest to discover some really unique guestbooks that make us wish we could get married again! These were two of our favorites…

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Puzzle Guestbooks

Photos Courtesy of Bella Puzzles

Thumbprints

Fingerprint Guestbooks

Photos courtesy of {1} Wedding Chicks, {2} bleudetoi

Make sure to check out our Pinterest Board, Wedding Guestbooks, to see more neat ideas!

Tuesday Trends: Appy Couple is the Newest Wedding Necessity

Planning a wedding is tough enough on a bride. On top of that are save-the-dates, invitations, direction cards, etc., that have to be distributed to the wedding party and guests. FINALLY…there’s help! We recently discovered Appy Couple, which is possibly the coolest and cutest tool to assist brides and relive stress.

Wedding websites have become a popular way to announce engagements, introduce the wedding party and share the story of how a said couple met. With Appy Couple, this trend is taken to the next level, allowing future brides and/or grooms to create a personalized mobile app which they can invite guests to interact with. The Appy Couple Suite includes access on the iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, iPad and web browser.

Couples can narrow down designs by picking a specific color. After choosing the preferred appearance, you can edit all the details, including events, your story, registry and news. In addition to managing content, you can send out invitations and reminders to specific users and customize events by adding songs, guest polls, information on dress code, child care, weather, travel and hotels. Appy Couple is currently free to use, and free for guests to download by following an email link or provided code to access a specific couple’s wedding app.

There are so many more features to Appy Couple that make it the hottest new thing. Read more about this wedding tool in The New York Times Fashion & Style section online and watch an interview staring Sharmeen Mitha-Sehgal, the co-founder and chief executive of Appy Couple, explain her creation.

Currently, the website is still in private beta, so it is by invitation only. But don’t fret! Simply go to the website and request an invite.

Appy Couple Screen Shots

One of the hundred app designs

Budgeting for Your Wedding

One of our event specialists ran across a wedding budget article today, and it got us thinking…what are today’s brides budgeting for their wedding? And is that budget realistic?

The article, entitled How Much Wedding Will $20,000 Buy? breaks down the costs and expenses of different budget types. First, the author discusses a small $5,000 budget. From there, a $20,000 budget is broken down, then $50,000, and finally $100,000.

It talks about how there are several different ways to cut back on costs when planning your big day. For example, one couple that was interviewed for the article said that to cut costs, instead of going with a venue that required them to use on-site caterers, the couple brought in local food trucks and had a local farm provide pies in place of a wedding cake. Speaking of local, did you know that Memphis has several food truck locations? Check ’em out!

The article also mentions some fun things to do at each price range. Naturally, this made us think about rentals! If you’re trying to cut back or stick with a smaller budget, you can cut costs by using a different style chair and/or polyester linens rather than a specialty linen. For example, try a nice padded chair; they are less expensive and still look very classy. Also, tent accessories can add up. If weather permits, try going without sidewalls or maybe leave one wall open. As far as lighting, you can go with the 15-light wrought iron chandelier instead of the larger one.

Of course, there are tons of DIY projects you can do to save money, especially where stationery is concerned.

There are SO many ways to save! See for yourself: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/how-much-wedding-will–20-000-buy-.html

How are you planning to stick to your wedding budget?

Money Saving Tips

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

The New Wedding Menu

A member of our wonderful local team, Angela, came across a great article on ideas for new wedding menus from Brides.Com.

The article had some great suggestions like smoked meats served tapas style, with imported French cheeses or rectangular trays made of ice for serving oyster shooters. Check them all out here. The article got me thinking about non-traditional wedding menus in general. For instance, I got married on a Sunday afternoon, so we served fresh fruit, cheeses, desserts and cocktails.

After some in-depth research (asking my girlfriends over brunch) here are some of the coolest new wedding menu trends:

1. Farmer’s Market Menu

Red potato salad with bacon, scallions and sour cream
Spinach salad with oranges, sundried tomatoes and candied almonds
Black bean and corn salad with fresh cilantro and lime
Grilled vegetables served with aioli
Baskets of freshly baked rolls, flatbread and cornbread served with butter

2. English Tea Menu

An assortment of chicken salad sandwiches and goat cheese and watercress sandwiches
Vegetable Tart
Orange Cranberry Scones
Chocolate Grape Truffles
Lemon Meringue Bars
Traditional English Wedding Cake (Fruit Cake)
Assortment of English Teas

 3. Movie Night Menu

Popcorn with an assortment of toppings
BBQ Chicken Nachos
Hot Pretzels in a variety of flavors (sweet & salty)
Candy Bar
Coke and Root Beer Ice Cream Floats

All these options seemed so creative, fun and delicious! Your menu can set the tone for your entire reception, so be as creative as you want. Enjoy!

Xoxo,

Raquel

How Not to be a Bridesmaidzilla

Sometimes it’s hard to be a bridesmaid.  It can be expensive, time consuming and is often a thankless job.  However, being asked to take part in a friend or family members wedding is an honor and therefore should be approached as such.

Here are a rules to ensure being the best bridesmaid a lady can be:

1. Don’t Give Your Opinion…Unless Asked
This rule can be applied to several things but one in particular is the bridesmaids attire (dress, shoes, jewelry)  for the big day. The last thing a bride wants or needs is for a renegade attendant to debate the merrits of wearing wedges vs heels. Smile and keep your opinions to yourself.

2. Know the Golden Rule
Think about how your friend, now the bride, treated you on your big day (or will treat you when your day arrives) and try and hold yourself to the same standard. Chances are that if she was a terrible bridesmaid, you wouldn’t still be close enough to be in her wedding. If your big day is still to come, think of how you would want your friend to act as your bridesmaid and try to meet those expectations.

3. Keep the Stress Off the Bride
As a bridesmaid, you can be asked to do any number of things and there are definitely the brides who expect their wedding to become your full time job. However, assuming your friend and bride is being realistic and her requests are simple (putting invitations in envelopes, attending a dress fitting or a cake tasting) and manageable then please, help a bride out. The bride generally has more on her plate than anyone and assisting in a few small tasks is helpful in keeping the bride stress free which makes for a happier wedding party. The groom, your fellow bridesmaids and every vendor in the state thank you in advance.  

4. Know Your Budget
When your friend or family member asks you to be in her wedding, it’s important to know upfront what demands will be made on your bank account.  It’s perfectly acceptable to ask the bride what her anticipated price range will be on the dress, shoes, jewelry, hair and make-up. However, assuming that this isn’t your role, you may also want to ask the maid or matron of honor to which pre-wedding festivities you will be expected to contribute. If it seems that you won’t be able to afford the price of taking part in the wedding, be upfront and honest with the bride as early as possible.

And last but not least….

5. It’s Not About You
Several of the aforementioned rules hinted at this but here it is:  it’s really not about you. To clarify, that doesn’t mean during the happy couples 14 month long engagement that your life, work and relationships outside of the bride and her wedding cease to exist. It does mean that whether or not you hate teal strapless gowns and marathon karaoke bachelorette parties becomes irrelevant.  Most importantly, the week leading up to the wedding and the day of are really not about you. Give the bride her day and do your best to keep her focus on the happiest day of her life.

And since we were so bossy, here’s some happy pictures:

Beth as her sister Laura’s matron of honor

Raquel with her best friend and maid of honor, Ellie

Xoxo,

Beth & Raquel

How To Be a Good Southern Wedding Host

Being a gracious host is a big part of planning a wedding. Though it is your day, the people whom you chose to invite are your guests and should be thought of during the planning and on the day of your wedding.

Information is Power
It’s important to be as informative as possible when telling your guests about your upcoming nuptials. Save the Date cards, invitations and wedding websites are the best ways to inform your guests as a collective. Websites such as The Knot offer free hosting for wedding websites where you can  provide guests with information on hotels, things to do in your city, driving directions, specific attire concerns and more. If your location is new or particularly obscure, a direction card on how to get there should also be included in your invitations. Most importantly, your invitations should indicate the formality of the ceremony and reception and should be sent out within 6-8 weeks of your wedding date.

Thank You Notes
Today, it’s not uncommon for a couple to have multiple wedding showers prior to getting married. Promptness in sending out thank you notes is greatly appreciated by everyone and it will save you for doing them all at once post-wedding.  Designate one person per shower to write down who gave you what to insure personalized thank you cards and they should be in the mail within 10 days of your shower. Don’t forget, send a thank you note to the people who threw you the shower, even if they don’t give you a gift. As for guests who bring gifts to the ceremony, those thank you cards should be received two weeks after you return from the honeymoon.

Food for Thought
Receptions come in all shapes and sizes these days, particularly when it comes to food. The time of your ceremony generally indicates what type of food will be served- if your reception is at dinner time, it’s time to feed your guests dinner. Afternoon or very late evening receptions, however, have more flexibility. If you decide to serve a full meal, be mindful of your guests. If you’re a die-hard vegan, ask the caterers for a vegan plate for you but otherwise, plan your menu for the masses.  Particularly in the south, most guests won’t understand what a non-dairy dinner entails and will likely leave your reception hungry and confused.

Drinks Are On the House
Imagine if a friend or family member invited you over for a gathering of any kind and then asked that you pay them for your glass of wine. Having a cash bar at a wedding is essentially the same concept. Of course, not everyone wants to or can afford an open bar of every drink imaginable but there are creative options to keep everyone happy. If it’s a conservative reception or a need to cut costs, just serve everyone a glass of champagne for a toast. Another option is to eliminate liquor and simply serve wine and beer; having one white wine, one red wine and your favorite brew is a completely appropriate way to celebrate at your reception without breaking the bank.

Keep these little things in mind and also that, while it’s a day for you and your new spouse, it’s also polite and expected to remember the guests with whom you’ve decided to celebrate this amazing occasion.

xoxo,

Raquel