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.

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 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!

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!

Mahaffey Partner Spotlight: the Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum

The Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum is not only a beautiful place to get married but a piece of wonderfully-preserved Memphis history.

Built in 1871, the French Victorian mansion has been host to weddings since the 19th century, with several sites for a ceremony on the property. When the weather is agreeable, the front lawn of the Woodruff-Fontaine house is a scenic and beautiful place for a wedding ceremony and can accommodate up to 250 guests.

For a smaller wedding or cocktail hour after the ceremony, there is a lovely side garden fountain. In planning a wedding reception, the Woodruff Fontaine House has gorgeous options.

The Club Room, located inside the main house has a rustic, charming feel with French Victorian details in the architecture that stay true to the time period of the house. The club room is actually made up of several rooms featuring exposed brick and fireplaces. The Club Room can accommodate up to 125 people (as a fun side note, this is the room where I was in a wedding for the first time when my mother got married. I was nine years old so the room felt magical!)

     Accommodating up to 200 people, the quaint and charming Carriage House is yet another place for a spectacular wedding reception. It features beautiful french doors, an outdoor
     garden, a bride’s room and a large caterer’s kitchen.

In addition to the historic charm that a wedding at the Woodruff-Fontaine House provides, they also have an in-house special event and wedding coordinator to help any bride through the wedding planning process. Brides, if you’re interested contact Michelle Williams.