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!

DIY Valentine

Mahaffey has fallen in love with DIY Valentine’s Day ideas and you will, too! Get inspired during the week of love by creating things you love! Here are 10 DIY ways to add heart to your heartfelt holiday!

For more ideas we’re wild about, head to our Pinterest page! Xoxo

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1. Valentine Piñatas – Pinned from Babble

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2. Garland Decor – Pinned from Creature Comforts

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3. Love {Yarn} Letters – Pinned from My Sister’s Suitcase

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4. Tree Decoration – Pinned from A DIY Project

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5. Button Canvas – Pinned from Architecture Art Design

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6. Bouquet – Pinned from Style Me Pretty

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7. Gift in a Jar – Pinned from The Frugal Girls

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8. You Rule Gift – Pinned from Popsugar

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9. Lighting Decoration – Pinned from The Moms Project

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10. Gift Wrapping – Pinned from Architecture Design Blog

Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals is the one-stop-shop for all your event rental needs! Our wide range of accessories will woo any guest and turn your day into a sweet success! Visit us today or call 901.457.4538 to schedule an appointment with one of our special event consultants!

New Year, Fresh Start

Fresh flowers are going to be blooming wildly this year and so should your event! Mahaffey’s gathered a freshly picked wedding trend just for you. Feel free to use it, too!

The garden-style trend will bring the outside in by combining the comfort of an indoor venue with the romanticism of an outdoor element. Brides can accomplish this fresh trend by intertwining twinkling lights through flowered tree branches or lush flowers. Easily obtain the dramatic, yet refined appeal of the outdoors by adding greenery, antlers, lanterns, mason jars, light bulbs or candles to your table setting or natural-feeling arrangement. This approach will give your wedding the garden-like atmosphere that everyone adores!

Let Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals help start your new year with a fresh look! We have with a wide selection of linens, lighting, tableware and more to help transform your big day into a trendsetting soiree. Stop by our showroom today or call 901.457.4538 to schedule an appointment with one of our event specialists.

Photo courtesy to Style Me Pretty

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Set a Pretty Table

Create a heavenly holiday spread by combining traditional holiday colors to statement pieces! Try Mahaffey’s pairing of plaid and gold to ornament décor. This look will give you a traditional table with a twist!

Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals display of holiday trimmings will surely ignite your guests’ appetite! Our tables, linens, and tableware are a just few of the many rental items available for a holiday harvest. Stop by or call 901.457.4538 to schedule an appointment with one of our event specialists!

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Tuesday Trend: Eclectic Themes

The eclectic theme has become a huge trend this year and like many, we’re in love! The key in creating this ultra-chic look is to mix and match opposite elements. There are MANY ways to achieve this style, and Mahaffey is here to help!

At your next event, try mixing a modern, upscale location with shabby-chic decorations, or vice versa, for an easy way in achieving this look. Another approach is to only focus on the decorative pieces. Here are some ideas that we love: adding chandeliers to a barn-like venue, pairing vintage tableware to patterned linens, and combining shaded and non-shaded glassware. Tying these pieces to one another will create the perfect eclectic atmosphere!

Want to create this trend for your next event? Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals has a variety of items ranging from lighting, flatware, linens, tables and more to help create the ultimate eclectic theme! Stop by our showroom or schedule an appointment with one of our event specialists today at 901.457.4538!

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Photo Courtesy to The Kenneys

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!

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Photos courtesy of Pantone and Tulle & Chantilly

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: Photo Booths

Photo booths are the new “must-have” item for every event. Featured at birthday parties, weddings, charity events, Greek formals and even school dances, they provide hours of entertainment for guests, and can help those shy corner standers break out of their comfort zone and let loose!

Located right here in Memphis is one of Mahaffey’s favorite photo booth rental companies: Hotshots. They provide an enclosed or open style booth, help design a graphic that compliments your event’s theme and colors and have a huge selection of goofy props to pose with, ensuring perfect pictures. With unlimited sessions, your guests will have endless enjoyment taking photos.

Here are some examples of different layouts and background choices…

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Tuesday Trends: Chalkboards

Chalkboards have made their way into the limelight! Coming from the classroom into the party, these decorations provide a perfectly simple, yet unique touch to any event.  Whether your style is sophisticated Southern or all things vintage, chalkboards can be incorporated in so many ways. Consider using chalkboard tags for cups or giveaway goodies, over sized boards for menu options or editable cake toppers at your next soiree.

While you may not be a pro at calligraphy and some things personalized will have to be special ordered, several chalkboard ideas are an easy DIY project! Anything can be turned into a chalkboard with chalkboard paint found at your local hardware store. Paint coffee mugs, wine glass bases, rustic wooden signs or old window frames. Here are some of Mahaffey’s favorites!

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Photos courtesy of: 1) PigandPepperPress 2) FirstSnowFall 3) BradensGrace 4) Papela

Tuesday Trends: Colorful Engagement Rings

This hot new trend breaks away from your typical engagement ring and adds to it some style. Colored diamonds are the emerging new trend, and celebrities aren’t the only ones jumping on this bandwagon.

What do you think about colored diamonds? Do you have what it takes to boast some flare on your ring finger? We found these beautiful colored engagement rings while searching for our favorites…

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1. Diana Diamond and Pink Sapphire Ring in Platinum from My Love Wedding Ring

2. Emily Sarah from Dana Rebecca

3. Art Deco Diamond Ruby Ring from The Three Graces

4. Argentine Target Ring of Diamonds & Emeralds from The Three Graces

5. Ceylon Oval Cut Yellow Sapphire and Diamond Ring from My Sapphire Source

6. Blue Sapphire Ring from The Natural Sapphire Company

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