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!

KWAM Round 2 with Angela Next Tuesday!

Was anyone else as fired up to start their Tuesday as we were, hearing our own Angela Watson and her tremendous enthusiasm?! We are super excited about all the great happenings here at Mahaffey, as well as the wonderful things going on with our fabulous partners. There are so many fun events coming up in Memphis, and we are honored to be a part of them.

Speaking of which…ever heard of the Earle Farrell Show? You know, the one that’s all about GOOD news? Who better to represent and promote that than Angela!

Well, lucky for you (and us!), she will be back in the KWAM 990 studios on Tuesday, June 18 at 4:30pm. Be sure to tune in! We think she may have found her second calling as an on-air personality…of course, being Director of Event Experiences will always come first. 🙂

Keep on keepin’ on, Ang!

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Let the Holiday Planning Begin!

Just because it’s August, that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning for the holidays! Fairs, pumpkins, corn mazes and trick-or-treating are just around the corner, giving you only a short while left to plan the perfect party.

Of course, we’ve got you covered on tables, chairs, linens, tents and more, and our experienced event specialists are always here to help with decor ideas. Helping to personalize any event is what we do best! With fall quickly approaching, make sure your party outdoes them all.

Don’t forget to incorporate some of the trending fall colors, such as tangerine, deep blue, gray, teal, periwinkle and nude into your party.

If you aren’t already, be sure to follow us on Pinterest @Mahaffey Tent, where we will be pinning lots of fun holiday ideas and DIY projects for the fall!

Halloween Themed Tent

Taken from our Holiday Idea Pinterest board!

Did You Know Series: Event Tent App

If you are planning a party, wedding, corporate or any type of event that needs TENTS, download the “Event Tent” app, by  IFAI’s Tent Rental Division, that will begin the tent planning process for you! Planning an event is not the easiest thing to do. Especially when you have a checklist of (what seems like) about a million things you have to take care of before the big event takes place.

This app is super easy to use and is similar to Mahaffey’s tent size tool. The app is free to download and once opened, you enter the date of your event, the event type, the location and ground surface. On the second page, you put in your number of guests, seating arrangements and accessories (such as tables and entertainment). Simply hit Calculate after entering your information, and the final page displays your estimated area needed, the best tent size and room to spare. Simple as that! If you need further help, simply enter your information and within MINUTES you will be contacted by the nearest tent rental company, such as Mahaffey, and you can order your tent!

Have fun, party planners!

Step by step pictures of the wonderful “Event Tent” app

Did you know Series: Mahaffey Events Extraordinaire

Did you know that Mahaffey does much more than just weddings? Although we’re known for contributing to some fabulous weddings (thanks to our AMAZING partners), we also accommodate other event needs as well!

Some of these events include:

  • Sporting Events
  • Birthday Parties and Bar Mitzvahs
  • Graduation Ceremonies and other events
  • Corporate Events
  • Fairs & Music Festivals
  • Film & TV Productions
  • Car Dealership “Tent Events”
  • And of course, the ever-timely Fireworks Tents

Not only does Mahaffey supply the beautiful tents and a wide range of party rentals for your event, but we also provide a checklist of things to get done before the big day, as well as some event planning tips.

Check out our website, as it is stocked with useful information to help plan your event. Not only that, but our expert event specialists will be there every step of the way to guarantee it’s a success!

Check out a few pictures of non-wedding events we’ve been a part of:

Corporate Event Tent

University of Memphis Centennial Event

Corporate Gala Tent

University of Tennessee Health Science Center Gala

Festival Tents

Art Festival Tents

Red Carpet Tent

Red Carpet Tent for 45th Annual CMA Awards

Maintenance Tent

Service Tent for Local Car Dealership

Party Tent

Rooftop Ultra Lounge

Did You Know Series: All About Pinterest

Did you know that Pinterest can be a GREAT tool while planning your event?

Pinterest caters to any type of event, be it a wedding, bridal or baby shower, birthday party, corporate event, etc. Decor ideas, recipes, DIY projects, fashion inspiration, you name it…it’s on Pinterest!

Check out Mahaffey’s Pinterest page when looking to plan your next event. We have boards ranging from summer wedding ideas to stationary, tented events, reception ideas, color palettes, and more.

Take a look at just a few of our ideas:

Clear Top Tent

Color Palette Board

Color Palette Board

Call 901.457.4538 and let us know the next time you see something on Pinterest that we can help you with. Our event specialists would be more than happy to sit down with you and go over some options to make your “Pin” a reality!

My Event Tent app

Are you an event planner, production manager, caterer, or mother-of-the-bride planning an outdoor event? Ever thought about how much easier your job would be if you could plug in a few numbers and accessory items, and then receive the approximate tent size and square footage you need?

Well, look no further because the My Event Tent app has arrived! Developed for the Android Market and iTunes App Store, the app can be downloaded for free. Choose from a checklist of options relating to rentals, such as the type of event, number of guests, accessories, and other requests. The approximate tent size and square footage required is then calculated and displayed. At that point, you can choose to proceed to the next step and submit the information for a quote. The request is forwarded to specific Tent Rental Division member companies within your zip code area. This is especially beneficial for planners who serve multiple cities.

Take our word for it…download the My Event Tent app via Android Market or iTunes App Store (coming soon). Your event (and your customer) will thank you for it!

With My Event Tent, go from this…

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To this…

Wedding Tent

HOT Trend: Glassware for serving food!

What’s hot right now? Glassware for food serving! Hors d’Oeuvres, desserts, you name it… This season, it’s all about nontraditional presentations.


If you’re looking to break the traditional five-course approach, base your wedding reception on cocktails and appetizers. This catering serving style allows for more variety and ample opportunity for creative presentation ideas.

Serve a signature dish, like shrimp and grits, at a customized martini station. Feature a mashed potato bar for your guests to dress how they want. And desserts? The possibilities are endless!

These culinary works of art create an intimate social atmosphere for your guests.

Creating the Ultra Lounge

Ultra LoungeWhether you’re planning a contemporary wedding or an upscale corporate event, an ultra lounge is the ultimate addition to any event.  To set the scene for the lounge, it’s all about lighting and furniture.  Let’s face it… what’s an ultra lounge without “lounge” furniture?

You don’t have to go all out and spend your entire budget on elaborate lighting effects.  Adding a couple simple and affordable can lights with color gels are a wonderful way to incorporate your theme colors, create a fun, party atmosphere, and transform a boring wall into a vibrant accent.  Lighting is a simple, cost-effective way to keep the WOW factor you’re going for with minimal effort.

Clear Flooring over Pool

The sky’s the limit when it comes to lounge furniture.  While your options used to be limited to couches and chairs, there are now multiple pieces to fill up your lounge.  From banquettes to sofas to end tables to a variety of couches and chairs, lounge furniture is a great way to spice up your event.  LED bars, tables, lamps, and other decor pieces, all of which can be set to the color of your choice, give your event that extra touch of chic.

Do you have a pool, pond, or other small body of water right in the middle of your event space?  Setting up clear acrylic flooring over the pool not only provides a unique dance floor, it also giving you more options for lighting.  To keep the cords and wires from plain view, we can set them up in the corners of the covered area.  The lighting will reflect off both the water and the flooring material, creating the full lounge effect.

Ultra Lounge

If you’ve opted for a tent, an ceiling liner can add a dramatic effect, again with minimal effort.  Not only does it set an elegant vibe and cover tent poles and framing, but you can also adjust the lights to shine in specific areas, which can create another dimension to your look.

There are several other accessories you can add to your ultra lounge…  staging, various dance floor pieces, AC/heating, and more.

Spring has sprung!

I know it’s been a while since our last post, but never fear!  We’ll be posting quite a few updates over the next few months as we introduce our new party rental items.

Spring is finally here!  And with a new season comes new trends.  This year, it’s all about creativity, going green, simplicity, and keeping it comfortable.

LED Bar

With the economy not yet back to “the way things were,” we’re all searching high and low to make sure we get the best bang for our buck.  That’s where creativity comes into play.  Finding decor you can use again and again, in different ways, can save you a lot of time and money.

Going eco-conscious while entertaining is a great way to be “green.”  Think electronic and send e-vites rather than printed invitations…  Rent tableware vs. buying paper or plastic.  Not only is it environmentally-friendly, but it can often give your event a fresh, clean look.  Using LED lights add a dramatic effect and can minimize the need for other decor.

Just because you’re keeping it simple doesn’t mean you can’t still have that WOW! factor you’re going for.  The solution is to create a dramatic effect on the minimal side and staying within your budget.  Try a simple floral arrangement of a single orchid or votive candle floating in water.  Rather than going all-out on a band, have a friend DJ your event with his or her iPod.

Comfort is key this season.  Let’s face it… we all love comfort food.  And a comfortable atmosphere is what keeps a party going.

Be sure to check out next week’s post on creating the ultimate ultra lounge!