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!

Did You Know: All About South Holly Road

Mahaffey is excited to introduce South Holly Road to our growing list of favorite vendors. As a wedding designer, coordinator, decorator and stylist in Memphis, TN (although she does travel), South Holly Road creates unique events that reflect each client’s personality and style. Bringing to life your soiree vision, the mastermind behind South Holly Road, Holly Burris.

Whether you’re planning an event or wedding, Holly will create a distinctive theme that will leave you and your attendees speechless. Her expertise in creativity is not at all limited, partly due to her traveling throughout the years. For your wedding or next event, consider South Holly Road!

Just a couple things we love about Holly…

1. Her business cards. It’s hard to tell below, but these cards are actually velvet.

2. All About Holly section on her About page. Check it out!

3. Her fun and enthusiastic personality, evident not only in person but all throughout her website, which will tickle anyone’s spirits during the event planning process.

South Holly business card

Springtime Showroom

With the arrival of spring approaching, a fresh showroom layout at Mahaffey was crucial. Our wonderful and talented event specialists got to work last week and redesigned the whole area!

They incorporated popular spring colors and some of our newest inventory items. Not only do all the bright shades on display bring those of us in the office a little extra joy, but they help our clients who come visit brainstorm ideas for their big day, gala or whatever fabulous event they’re planning.

We hope you’ll love the new look as well and will swing by and see us sometime soon. If you’d like to make an appointment, feel free to call us 901.457.4538 or stop by Monday through Friday from 8 am until 5 pm!

Here are a couple sneak peaks of what the room holds.

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Orange Ribbon Taffeta linen with Vanessa Gold Tableware

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Full size Whiskey Barrel with Beaded Belmont tableware

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Italian bulbs with Charcoal & Mint poly linens (an office fave!)

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Pink Pintuck linen with Damask charger

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Our popular Rustic Farm Table, Mason Jars and Chevron Table Runner

Mahaffey’s January 2013 Bridal Shows: Part Two

This past Sunday, Mahaffey attended the Pink Bridal Show at the Hilton Memphis. While we did not have room to create another “mini showroom,” our event specialists did an amazing job making the most out of the space they had. Our prime location made for a busy and extremely fun afternoon. Not only were we right in the middle of all the action, but we were across from a Memphis DJ! It was hard not to break out dancing and we are sure someone caught us doing reserved dance moves during the Electric Slide. 😉 We got to visit with people we met at the Bridal Rhapsody show and introduce ourselves to new brides-to-be!

Our farm table made its way back to center stage, this time with a coral sash and coral napkins, accenting a grey and white chevron table runner. Beautiful centerpieces from Club Windward decorated the table top, creating ooh’s and aah’s from every passerby. We also showcased our newest inventory addition, whiskey barrels!

We were so happy to supply rentals to several of our partners for their booths, including the River Inn of Harbor Town, Club Windward and The Retreat at Spring Creek Ranch.

Mahaffey booth

Welcome to our booth!

Whiskey Barrels

Mahaffey’s new whiskey barrel

Club Windward

One of Club Windward’s tables with our rentals

River Inn booth

River Inn’s pipe and drape by Mahaffey

Spring Creek Ranch booth

Beautiful set-up by Spring Creek, farm table provided by Mahaffey

Mahaffey’s January 2013 Bridal Shows: Part One

We had an absolute blast at the Bridal Rhapsody Extravaganza earlier this month! Our event specialists did a wonderful job putting together an amazing booth, complete with several unique tablescapes, a complete lineup of our chair selection, a linen rack showcasing more than 30 tablecloths, chandeliers and more! Their hard work definitely paid off as we quite possibly had the best booth there! We aren’t biased at all. 🙂

When we weren’t chatting with the fabulous brides-to-be, we couldn’t help but walk around to visit with and admire all of our favorite vendors’ booths, and sample lots of wedding cake, cupcakes and food.

All brides, regardless of whether they won any prizes, walked away with the latest issue of Southern Bride Magazine and hopefully lots of tips and vendor information for their big day. Mahaffey had fun setting up the pipe and drape, entryway and cafe area for the show, and of course visiting with all the lovely engaged ladies.  A big thank you to our friend Alisa at Club Windward, for the beautiful centerpieces, the delicious chicken and waffles, and all of your help! Thank you also to Gigi’s cupcakes for our cupcake centerpiece (which everyone LOVED). Mahaffey was able to practice self control and not eat any until the show was…almost over.

Here are pictures of our booth in case you missed out!

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Farm table with Chevron table runner

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Our “mini showroom”

Cupcake centerpiece

Our cupcake centerpiece

Win Bridal Rhapsody Extravaganza Tickets!

Calling all brides-to-be!

If you were recently engaged over the holidays, tweet us @MahaffeyTent for your chance to win two tickets to the Bridal Rhapsody Extravaganza, presented by Southern Bride, Travel Leaders and Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just let us know in 140 characters or less how your fiance proposed.

The Bridal Rhapsody Extravaganza will be held at the Agricenter International in Memphis on January 6th, beginning at 11:30 am, and lasting until 5 pm. The winner will be chosen at random and announced via our Twitter on January 4th at 3 pm. Tickets will be left at will-call for you and one guest. You must be engaged to participate in the contest and attend the bridal show.

Brides and their guests will enjoy fashion shows, which will feature beautiful gowns from bridal shops like Ballew Bridal, David’s Bridal and others. American Tuxedo, Gent’s Formal Wear, Guys Formal Wear and Men’s Wearhouse will display the wedding party attire needed for your special day, offering many choices in color, style and accessories. Prizes will be given away, along with the show’s traditional “cake walk contest”… one for the gals and one for the guys! You could win a wedding cake, a groom’s cake, plus other fabulous prizes.

The show provides a rich environment of wedding resources, vendors upon vendors, as well as experts who can assist the bride-to-be in planning her wedding and all the activities surrounding your big day.

We can’t wait to hear your stories and are looking forward to seeing you there. Good luck to all of our participants! 🙂

Bridal Rhapsody Billboard

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

Tuesday Trends: Wedding Favs

2013 wedding predictions have already made their way into magazines and blog posts. We are so excited for the new year, when we get to marvel at beautiful weddings inspired by top trends.

After lots of oohing and ahhing, we have found our top three and can’t wait to see them come to life. Don’t forget to let Mahaffey know if we can be of any assistance! Not only do we have fabulous event specialists willing and ready to help, but we have all the rentals you need to create your perfect day.

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1. Roaring 20s, Vintage Style

Lounge Furniture Rentals

Reception Lounges

Memphis Food Trucks

Food Trucks

Photos courtesy of BHLDN, Ava Grace & Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Did You Know Series: Wedding Consignment

Consignment shops have become a popular alternative when shopping, and today’s brides are now joining in on the trend.

Brides have been turning to bridal consignment stores for dresses, decorations and more! Not only are these places great for brides-to-be, but they are also fantastic for newlyweds who need extra cash. Most bridal consignment shops also offer dresses for bridesmaids, school dances and parties.

For future brides, these shops create the perfect place to purchase price reduced designer dresses and decorations. For the newly married, consignment shops offer cash for those decorations residing in the attic and dresses never to be worn again.

Bridal Bargainistas was an event that made its way to Memphis this past July. This bridal and event consignment sale not only offered wedding dresses but everything from candles to bouquet jewelry. They will return next July, so whether you will be needing a wedding dress or ready to sell your gently used decorations, the Bridal Bargainistas sale could be for you!

The Barefoot Bride in Memphis is another shop going green, offering consignment dresses. Although consignment dresses do not make up their complete inventory, they still accept and sell new and gently worn dresses under five years. Make your appointment today and join in on this new trend!

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Two of Mahaffey’s event specialists at Barefoot Bride

Did You Know Series: New Showroom

Did you know that we recently redesigned our showroom?! We have a wide variety of tables, chairs, linens, lighting and tableware now on display, so be sure to book an appointment with one of our experienced event specialists today!

Call us at 901.457.4538 or visit our website to see all of the products that we provide.

Take a look at some of the new setups in our showroom!

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White Spandex Chair Band with Jewel

Table Rentals

Table with Italian Bulb Lights, White Chiavari and Chateau Chairs and Clover Linen

Tableware

Tableware, Glassware and Flatware Display, 15-Light Chandelier

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Cherry Red Linen

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Vanessa Gold Tableware and Flatware

All photos courtesy of Shoanna Nicole Photography

To keep it fun, here are a few shots while we were “in transition.” 🙂

Showroom Transition

In Transition: view #1

Showroom Transition

In Transition: view #2