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: Project Green Fork Edition

Mahaffey is excited to partner with Fuel Cafe this weekend for a wedding at the Metal Museum!
ImageFuel Cafe, located in Midtown, is one of many restaurants in Memphis that are Project Green Fork certified. Founded in 2008, Project Green Fork was established to reduce environmental impact, with an emphasis on supporting homegrown restaurants. 

Here are the six things that it takes to be Project Green Fork certified: 

1. All disposable products must be compostable, biodegradable, recyclable, or made from recycled content.

2. All items that can be recycled must be recycled (as recognized by Project Green Fork).

3. With the help of Project Green Fork, restaurants will establish a composting system for pre-consumed fruit, vegetable, coffee grounds, eggshell scraps, and other compostable waste. 

4. The use of toxic cleaners is discouraged and, whenever possible, must be replaced with plant-based and/or biodegradable cleaners. 

5. Establishments must complete an energy audit and attempt to reduce water and energy waste. 

6. All kitchens, front of houses, and outside areas should be clean and free of debris. 

Check this out to find any Project Green Fork restaurants in your neighborhood.

And to check out Fuel Cafe’s delicious menu, go see them on Madison Avenue or track down their food truck for Fuel on the go! Follow them on twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep up with where they are in Memphis. 

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.

Wedding dress

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!

Barefoot Bride

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!

Purple

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

Tableware

Cherry Red Linen

Tableware

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

Bridal Rhapsody Extravaganza – Part 2

What a fun day! Despite the July 4th weekend, Sunday’s Bridal Rhapsody Extravaganza was a success! Everything from the fashion show to the cake walk and door/grand prizes came together perfectly.

All brides, regardless of whether they won any prizes, walked away with the latest issue of Southern Bride Magazine. Mahaffey had a wonderful time setting up the booths for all the vendors, the entryway and cafe area, and of course visiting with all the brides-to-be. We are excited to be a part of your big day! A big thank you to our friend Alisa at Club Windward, for the beautiful centerpieces and all of your help! And congrats to our $250 gift card winner.

Check out these beautiful pictures from Sunday’s show…

Red Table

Tableware on a Red Circle Taffeta Linen

Serving Table

Serving Table with a Champagne Infinity Linen

Blue & Green

Black Chiavari Chair with a Lime Green Chair Sash and a Royal Crinkle Linen

Yellow

Yellow polka dot linen with yellow accessories

Purple

Lilac Satin Linen with White Chateau Chairs

Black Cocktail

Bistro Table with Black and White Damask

Red and Beige

Silver Chiavari Chairs and silver linens with raspberry seat cushions

All pictures courtesy of Shonna Nicole Photography

Did You Know Series: Gold Flatware

Spice up the tables at your wedding or special event with this gorgeous gold flatware that we’re featuring on our “Did You Know” series this week.

The gold adds a great finishing touch to your china or dinnerware, especially if is has a gold trim.

Call us today at 901-457-1909 for rental pricing and availability. We look forward to hearing from you!

Did You Know Series: White Tufted Bar

We’re excited to share a new rental item on this week’s “Did You Know” series. The white tufted bar is the newest bar in our collection, and it’s sure to bring a beautiful, sleek look to any event, special occasion, or wedding.

White Tufted Bar

We currently have 2 white tufted bars for rent, so call us today at 901-457-1909 for pricing and availability. We look forward to hearing from you!

Indian Wedding Reception at TPC Southwind

It was a busy wedding weekend for Mahaffey! We provided a 66 ft x 166 ft tent for an Indian wedding reception of 450 guests at TPC Southwind this past Saturday.

The tent was dressed a variety of Mahaffey accessories including solid white sidewalls, a beautiful white ceiling liner, five 28-light iron chandeliers, silver canister lights, wood flooring, carpet, two stages, a white dance floor, white leather tufted bars, banquet tables, cocktail tables, mahogany chiavari chairs, ivory chair pads, and silver chargers. 12 upright fans were also used to generate air flow and half of the sidewalls on one side of the tent remained open to provide more light and an airy feel. Take a look at the finished product!

The color scheme for the wedding reception was stunning. The tables were decorated using acid green, peacock blue, and dark purple table linens. We did not provide the linens, but we did provide the silver chargers at each place setting, which were accented with teal blue napkins. White satin sashes were draped over our mahogany chiavari chairs for a soft, romantic touch.

We thoroughly enjoyed working Le Reve Creations, a full service event design & decor company out of Richmond, VA, to make this wedding huge success!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Mahaffey!

On the blog today, we’re sharing this lovely Valentine’s inspired wedding we did last March with Social Butterflies.  We especially love the pink and red rose petal runner down the center aisle! We hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day!  *Photo by Annabella Charles.