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 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.


Mahaffey Partner Spotlight: Mrs. Post Stationery

Mrs. Post Stationery, located in the Chickasaw Oaks Village at 3092 Poplar Ave. in Memphis, is one of Mahaffey’s preffered partners in wedding and event planning. We were happy to have them on-site yesterday in our warehouse where they participated in a photo shoot with Southern Bride Magazine. The photo shoot, which displayed the hottest new trends in tableware, linens and wedding stationary, will appear in the Winter/Spring issue of the magazine.

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Mrs. Post Stationery specializes in custom wedding invitations and announcements. They also create stationary for anniversaries, baby showers, milestones, birthdays, bridal showers, christenings, corporate events, debutante balls, engagement parties, graduations, holiday parties, ceremonies, memorials and proms. They design, assembly and print the stationary themselves. In addition, Mrs. Post carries a wonderful selection of party decor and great gifts for any age.
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So whether your getting married, throwing a party or you need a fun gift, head on over to Mrs. Post Stationery! We know you’ll love them as much as we do.

For more information, check them out on Facebook or email them at!

*NOTE: All photos courtesy of Mrs. Post Stationery.

DIY Weddings

When I started planning my October 2010 wedding, I wanted to do as many do-it-yourself projects as I could handle, as well as ask my talented friends for some help. I’m always looking to save a pretty penny, so I felt like this would help give our wedding festivities a personal touch that reflected my husband, myself and our family and friends who were celebrating our marriage with us.

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Guest books are becoming a thing of the past, and brides are beginning to look for creative ways for their guests to leave their mark on the wedding. When I thought of how I’d like my guests to leave their mark on my wedding, I came up with wedding wish tags. The idea being that the guests could leave their wishes for the couple in their married life on the tags.

I found mine on Etsy.

Stationery and invitations for weddings, rehearsal dinners and showers can become costly. However, this cost can be greatly lowered when brides (and grooms) print their own invitations. For our wedding, I printed my own wedding invitations, response cards, mailing labels, rehearsal dinner invitations and wedding programs.

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Our Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

DIY invitations can be found easily at places like Target and Michaels and all you need is a computer, printer and a full ink cartridge.

Wedding Cake Substitutions

Since we were having an afternoon wedding, we thought a wedding cake would be too formal for our ceremony and reception. Instead, we decided to use cupcakes that were made by a dear friend and incorporated our wedding colors, which were red, tangerine and chocolate brown. However, to keep with tradition, we also had her make a tier of wedding cake for us to take a bite of and save for the one year anniversary.

Taking on do-it-yourself projects in the midst of wedding planning can seem overwhelming at times and that’s one reason to play on your strengths as a bride. Don’t be afraid to ask your bridesmaids, family, friends and most importantly, your groom, for help!
Happy planning to all the brides out there! 🙂



Think Outside the Box with Your Invitations!

As the title says, think outside the box…literally!

Yesterday, a few of us at Mahaffey had the great pleasure of meeting Amber Abney with Socially Inked. What an honor it was, as we now have a wonderful new vendor to share with you! Custom invitations that are guaranteed to set your wedding or special event apart? We’ve got just the company for you!

Socially Inked is unlike any other invitation company; everything is absolutely custom and unique for each client. At Socially Inked, they believe in personal attention. That is why they offer a complimentary personal consultation, so they can discuss your ideas for your dream wedding or how you want to introduce your new bundle of joy to the world. Within 3-5 business days, you will receive PDF proofs of up to three designs, including a price estimate that includes every option discussed during your consultation.

They also offer all clients their “Inked” service. If you send them your mailing list, they assemble, address and mail out your cards for you, stamps and all! Their goal is to make you as stress-free as possible.

Socially Inked also creates custom designs for bridal showers, baby showers, baptisms, birthday parties, holiday parties, and even personal stationery. Your life event… Custom. Creative. Socially Inked.

Check out their wedding and baby collection…among other absolutely STUNNING designs!

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Wedding Theme: French Luxury Blue & Gold

In Southern Bride‘s current Winter/Spring Mid-South issue (hitting shelves now), they did a beautiful “French Luxury” wedding theme with rich tones of blues and golds. The deep, navy blues signify royalty while the gold enhances the color with a rich, elegant feel. There was not a single detail untouched and everything from the place settings, flowers, linens, cake, stationary and accessories brought to life a lavish feel as if you were truly a part of French royalty!

All of this came to life thanks to this incredible team of event professionals:

Social Butterflies, LLC ~ Annabella Charles (Asian Bees) Photography ~ The Palladio Group ~ Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals ~ Haute Horticulture ~ Mrs. Post Stationery ~ The Busy Bakery ~ Bella Bridesmaid

Whether it is a wedding or simply a dinner party, this French inspired tablescape and decor can set the tone for any fabulous event!

“Tres Magnifique!”

(Photos provided by Annabella Charles (formerly Asian Bees) Photography:

Get creative with your invitations

Choosing your wedding invitations provides an opportunity for you and your soon-to-be spouse to express your personality as a couple. The people on your guest list already know you, so they will appreciate receiving invitations that express who you are.

By varying such features as color and style of your basic invitation design, its accents, and the font style you use for your wording, you can create a multitude of combinations that will give you more options for making the invitations truly your own. Textures will also play a part in the design, and you’ll want to decide whether to use raised or flat lettering or choose smooth or textured design elements in your basic invitation or create texture through added design accents.

The details of your event can also be customized, and the wording can generally be modified to fit your personal tone. Inner and outer envelopes will often already come in coordinating colors with liners to match, though you can further personalize these by choosing different color combinations and save yourself a great deal of time by having your name and return address printed on the outer envelope.

Other components you may decide to use to further personalize your wedding invitations are reception cards, thank-you cards, multi-purpose cards, menu cards, place cards, escort cards, and programs. Choosing the right combination of items can help make your wedding invitations—like your wedding—distinctly yours.

Now is the time to let your creativity run free. As you plan your special day, allow yourself the luxury of choosing just the right invitation design, adding just the right accents and assembling all the right accessories to make your wedding invitations uniquely you.

Want more invitation design inspiration? Check out Mrs. Post Stationery in Memphis, Tennessee.

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