So dreamy, this has got to be one of our favorite editorial images. Lindsay of Gibson Events found the most perfect backdrop in Oklahoma to work her magic and had some great partners to help her pull it off! The beautiful images are by Josh McCullock Photography. If you stick with us till the end, you can watch the pros set and style the scene in the behind the scenes video by Pen Weddings.
We just can't gush enough about the beautiful look Lindsay put together. True, she had a little help from her friends at Poppy Lane Design with these fabulous florals. Oh, and all those pretties! We've got to brag on a few. Our blue and white Savannah Dessert plate is so new, it's not online yet! Also featured are the Pure Glassware Collection and our Silverplate Flatware, that's right there's nothing like the polish of real silver!
In their ceremony setup, Lindsay clustered our grey stone candle holders, tieing in their use on the tablescape. Their earthy color and textured patina were just right for the day.
Here's that video we promised! We're proud to report that this editorial shoot was featured in the Brides of Oklahoma 10th Anniversary we issue. Stop by the showroom anytime in 2017 for a complimentary copy.
It's time to reveal this gorgeous photoshoot styled by Aisle Be With You Weddings. Ariana put together an amazing team of vendors for this editorial and we were proud to be a part with so many of our friends. All the beautiful images are by Kristen Edwards Photography and stay for the behind the scenes video by Pen Weddings at the bottom of this post!
We couldn't be at this beautiful winery without styling our Rustic Vintage Bar and barware! The Amethyst Chandelier is also making it's editorial debut along with our Tanjore Zari Gold Linen. Our handblown Amber Fluted Goblet features these natural tonal variations that make it an artistic pairing for many styles.
There are were so many beauties from this adventure that it was hard to pick just a few! Get the feeling of our day in the video below from Pen Weddings!
The tabletop from this styled shoot is featured in the new issue of Brides of Oklahoma Magazine. You can stop by the showroom to pick up a copy today! Other vendors featured in the video include our friends at Paper N More, BC Clark Jewelers and the fabulous Amy Cakes!
What a fun event to be a part of! For two nights, guests were treated to a four course dinner courtesy of Ludevine, one for each rotation! The event was called Le Restaurant Francais of the 1939 World Fair and was held on the former Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel, now located in Oklahoma City!
Our partner, Kindt Events, coordinated great rentals to compliment the theme. We were so pleased to see this great coverage in The Oklahoman's Sunday edition! Rental items featured include our Black and White Dance Floor and our Vintage Furniture Collection!
Images by Helen Ford Wallace see more in her society article!
It's not every day you get to be a part of a styled shoot with so much heart! We were thrilled when Sue & Lou Events asked us to partner with them and Tara Lokey Photography to provide our pretties for Layla & Bobby's styled shoot. Layla & Bobby of Chickasa are the winners of Tara's Wedding Redo Styled Shoot contest. She graciously gave away her services to this lovely couple to redo their wedding portraits.
Here is a bit of what Layla wrote in her contest entry: (you can read and see more on Tara's blog)
"I have too many blessings to complain about a bad picture: a mom who battled cancer and kicked its butt, a dad who has told me that I’m special every day of my life, a husband who has loved me so fiercely that I realized I was worth loving, a sister who has always believed in me and encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone, a God who never gives up on me, and a son who is more beautiful (inside and out) than I ever imagined possible. My smile now reflects all of those things that I just couldn’t see about myself before."
Since her wedding, Layla lost over 160 lbs and her hard work, combined with her sweet attitude proves she was more than deserving of this experience. And boy did she shine!
Many other talented vendors came together to make this happen for Layla & Bobby. We're proud to have worked with so many giving and generous professionals on this project!
Venue: Gaillardia Country Club | Hair & Makeup: Sharon Tabb | Gown: Moliere Bridal | Floral: Cole Dewey Designs | Cake: Amy Cakes | Videographer: Carpe Diem Video | Car: Kings Limosine
We're proud to show off this corporate event by Meredith of Significant Events of Texas. We set up a 18x45 Meter Losberger Tent in Iowa Park, Texas along with a stage for their presentations, tables and chairs for 700 people! The Sealed Air plant of Iowa Park, one of the world's largest packing companies, celebrated their 40th anniversary in style with Meredith's help. She did a great job and it was a pleasure for Marianne's Rentals to be in Texas again!
After the event, the client sent us a great review! We were pleased to see she said,
"Fantastic experience working with you guys. You were so professional and the installation and products were top notch! Wish you were in Dallas! I hope we have a chance to work together again!"
We hope so too Meredith and we have no objection at all to delivering in Dallas!
Photos are all by Images by Darah, who did a really fabulous job capturing our tent and the scale of the event. Thanks Darah!
Don't miss out on this limited time lighting sale! We've got two great promotions starting this week that you need to check out. Light up your night with last minute lighting or plan ahead to add great accents with our DIY lighting kits! Here's how it works:
Add full service lighting to your JULY 2016 wedding or event by June 30th and get fabulous discounts off of both products and labor! If you're looking for the best way to add atmosphere, fun and fabulousness to your event, this Flash Sale is the perfect answer for you! Call Seth to discuss your needs and find out just how much you can save!
Our April Anniversary Promotion was so popular - we put it on repeat! Now through July 30th, rent any D.I.Y. Lighting Kits buy two get one free! These kits cover a broad spectrum of popular lighting products including lit letters, uplights, cake spots, lit bistro tables, lit accent tables, bistro or string lighting and more! All kits are $99 and include multiple products; this is a whole lotta bang for your buck!
Shown below: Hourglass Accent Tables available as a D.I.Y. kit at 2 for $99 or with full service installations! White is nice, but they can be programmed to any color and even color changing! Inquire about other sizes and options by calling 405.751.3100 and asking for Seth, or visit the IES page to see all the kits!
It's pageant week! Over the past 5 years, Marianne's Rentals for Special Events has been proud to work closely with the Miss Oklahoma Pageant system for The Linen Runway Show to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. In that time, we've met many special girls and developed some particularly close relationships. We're watching and rooting for our friends!
Last year, the top three finalists came into our showroom to celebrate the spirit of teamwork and comraderie within the lovely girls representing our great state. Miss Oklahoma 2015, Georgia Frasier, was stunning in our Black Dazzle Sequin linens. She was surrounded by Sarah Klein, Ashten Vincent and Ali Brooks. Click on their names to vote for these amazing girls as fan favorites in this years contest! Each vote costs just $1; voting closes June 9th at 9pm. Be sure to tune in to the Miss Oklahoma Pageant on June 11th, 2016 at 7:30 to cheer for your favorite!
While many of these girls have worn our linens over the years, we've developed a special relationship with the reigning Miss Tulsa, Sarah Klein. She's sweet and caring, as beautiful on the inside and out. We've been proud to have her wearing our linens many times before the camera and last year, she was featured in our special event advertising campaign.
Below: Sarah wears Baby Sequin Gold
Below: Sarah wears our Red Taffeta in a pickup skirt
Thank you, Sarah, for everything you've done for Marianne's Rentals! We're rooting for you!
A well dressed table just makes everyone feel special! This month, we're offering 10% off all chargers and china to set yours with style! We can't emphasize enouth how excited we are about this exceptional sale! There are so many stunning combinations. Make an appointment to come in and get inspired by our tabletop displays and get style suggestions from our rental consultants.
Look for inspiration and ideas on our facebook, instagram, twitter and pinterest pages this month!
In addition to the sale, we've just reduced pricing on over half of our chargers. So during this promotion, laquer chargers will now be under $1.00 each and many glass chargers will be under $5.00! It's time to upgrade your place settings, especially across head tables. How about a fancy appetizer or dessert plate?
Here's the fine print. This promotion is valid for new bookings on in stock items only. Promotional bookings are non cancellable, so estimate your needs carefully. But that's it! Only the security deposit is required for bookings and there are no product exclusions! Every china and charger item is on sale! Bookings must be confirmed by June 30th, 2016. After that, this deal is gone!
We're so excited she's here! This dellicate southern belle is excited to lend her graces to your special event! Featuring a subtle blue and white floral pattern that is lovely for mixing with patterns and palletes traditional or modern, we think you'll adore her as much as we do! Available immediately; $1.50 each.
We're pretty excited about this one! This year, we've more than doubled our already fabulous selection of pretty tabletop decor and centerpiece items. We have floral containers as well as non-floral options and great ideas for how to put it all together. Whether you are looking to rent vases, lanterns candlesticks, candelabras, glass domes, votives or any combination, Marianne's Rentals can now help you dress any table beyond just the best selection of rental linen anywhere!
Now through May 31st get a full 20% off any centerpiece decor items that you reserve! This special applies to in stock items only and orders are non cancellable. We have plenty of options you'll love to make your event beautiful and unique without needing to purchase these event essentials! Call or make an appointment to come speak to one of our helpful sales associates and see all the ideas on display in the showroom today!
Each month of 2016, we are offering a different promotion for in celebration of our 30th Anniversary year! Be sure to subscribe (left sidebar) so you don't miss out on next month's announcement!
We're so excited to debut our Louis Chair! Comfortable, elegant...BEAUTIFUL, we can't wait to see how our creative customers style this new classic! We are able to offer the upholstery in black for two versatile options. Come see all the options in our showroom and give it a try any time. We would love to hear what you think! Available immediately for $25 each.
4 months later, we couldn't be happier that Innovative Event Solutions is now a part of Marianne's Rentals! And as we continue to celebrate our 30th Anniversary with unprecidented sales, we couldn't think of a better way to show you just how much lighting changes everything than with a DIY lighting promotion!
All of the DIY lighting kits are just $99! You can mix and match, when you rent any two - you'll get the third for FREE! The most popular DIY rental is uplights. The standard uplight kit includes 6 uplights. Rent two and get a free gobo! Or get uplights, a gobo and three lit letters! Lit letters aren't your thing? How about swapping in a cake light to illuminate that masterpiece? The options are endless and this deal is way too good to pass up!
Check out the photos of the First National Center below and see just how much uplights change everything in this room!
Now, of course, we just can resist showing you the same space really decked out! Rentals by Marianne's Rentals and next level lighting by Innovative Event Solutions! Give us a call to find out just how much lighting can change everything for you!
Marianne's continues our 30th Anniversary celebration by thanking our customers with another great promotion in February. This month only, when you rent any size pipe kit, get premium draping upgrades at 50% off! We have glitter, velvet, chiffon, sequins, taffeta and more in a variety of colors.
Renting a Pipe & Drape setup may not sound very fancy, but it's your go-to product for room transformations. Whether you need to hide an ugly wall or create a dramatic backdrop, the options are endless! Although Pipe & Drape is very practical, when you put a pretty panel on it, things really start to happen. Marianne's is proud to offer our customers the most extensive inventory of premium panels in the state. We can set up 10' behind your cake table for a picture perfect backdrop, create partitions, or completely cover an entire room from floor to ceiling.
Pipe & Drape is easy to set up yourself for the DIY event, but when you secure our delivery services, we'll set it up too! Make an appointment to stop by the showroom and see some examples of the many options available. But hurry, this offer is available on in stock panels upgrades only and will end February 29th!
We are happy to announce that Innovative Event Solutions is now a division of the Marianne's Rentals for Special Events family. The great staff, products and service IES brings to our company are the perfect compliment to Marianne's comprehensive offering of unique and quality rentals for special events. Their lighting experts are ready to "light up your night!" Come discover why Marianne's Rentals for Special Events is so special!
No less exciting, this year we are celebrating 30 years of being a part of our community's special events. As a thank you to our loyal customers and welcome to our new ones, we are planning an unprecidented year of promotions designed to benefit you and give you an opportunity to make your events even more spectacular! We are booking appointments in the showroom daily for rental consutations, and now lighting too!
Mariannes Rentals for Special Events is proud to have the largest selection of Chiavari Chairs in the State of Oklahoma, boasting more colors and deeper inventory than any other rental company. By far our most popular chair, we're thankful for how our customers have embraced this beautiful and versatile chair. To show just how thankful, we are launching our 30th anniversary year celebration with a Chiavari Promotion!
If you are planning an event in 2016, consider the impact this beautiful chair can have on your guests! It is one of the most versatile chairs and comes in 8 colors. They are ALL on sale! Some terms and conditions to apply. Call or stop by for all the details! Chairs must be booked for your 2016 event by January 31st to qualify for the discounted rate!
We're proud of this feature from the 2015 issue of Brides of Oklahoma featuring photos by Amanda Watson Photography and design by Gibson Events. The American Girls Brunch with the Bride (and her maids!) concept is certainly a brunch I'd like to attend! Those yummies from Abbey Road Catering are sure looking tasty on our white with double band gold plates!
Get the Look from Marianne's Rentals for Special Events!
Happy Birthday Kallee! We had so much fun being a part of your party! What a lucky girl!
Get the look from Marianne's Rentals for Special Events!
Venue: Grey Goose Event Center | Lighting: Innovative Event Solutions
We had the best time seeing this white winter wonderland come together! We set up a 40'x80' Kedered Tent and connected it to Red Rock Grill with tent sidewalls along their existing structure! It was so cool! Thanks to Colorband Photoartisans for all the pre-event photos.
The fully draped tent was accented with our 7 Tiered Chandeliers and the white dance floor was surrounded by our Flocked Trees and guests ready to get off thier feet had our tufted banquets available to lounge on. Here are some of our favorite images from this magical event. We hope the guests were as pleased as we were!
The additional lighting is by our friends at Innovative Event Solutions, including the snowflakes seen on our white dance floor. The ice sculpture in the photo (one of 3!) was by Ideas in Ice. Lovely flowers and dripping crystals all over were by the experts at The Fleuriste!
Get the look from Marianne's Rentals for Special Events!
40' x 80' Kedered Tent with 20' x 20 Twin Tube Entrance Tent | White Taffeta with Circles Linens | Bar Stools with Spandex Covers | Trees with Flocked Branches | 4'x4' White Dance Floor | White Tufted Leather Banquet Furniture | 3 Tier Scalloped Cupcake Towers
Congratulations to Breanca + Cullen who were married this fall in Ft. Worth, Texas! We are proud to have been a part of this beautiful event and to show off the gorgeous images from Lydia Royce Photography. You can see more stunning images on her blog, but here are a few of our favorites!
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The Linen Runway Show began in 2010 as entertainment for the 25th Anniversary celebration of Marianne’s Rentals for Special Events. With friends and customers as models on a runway in one of the company’s eight warehouses, what started as an offhanded comment became the talk of the town and begged to be repeated! While the event has always supported a local charity, in 2013, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals became the official charity of the event. In 2014, the Miss Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant was added as an advocate and co-beneficiary of the event. Patients of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and their siblings walk the runway with Miss Oklahoma Contestants in a Miracle parade with guests giving a standing ovation.
There will be a raffle and silent auction!
SILENT AUCTION ITEMS
Thunder Team Signed Ball in Case (2014/2015)
Johnnies Family of 4 Pass for a Dinner a Month for 1 year
Girl's Birthday Party
Paper-n-More Gift Basket
Gymboree for 20
Boy's Birthday Party
Paper -n-More Gift Basket
Cattleman's Dinner for 4
$100 from Langston's
4 tickets to National Western Heritage Museum
4 tickets to Opry
Waterford Room Package
Basket Includes: Bellini's $50 gift certificate, wine, Red Bud t-shirts and more
Round of Golf for 4 at the Greens
Basket includes: caps, misc.
Dine Around Town
Pearls $100 gift certificate
Nomad $50 gift certificate
Cousin's $50 gift certificate
Northpark SHopping Extravaganza
Nancy's at Northpark $100 gift certificate
Haggard's $100 gift certificate
Cheever FLoral $35 gift certificate
Norwalk $100 gift certificate and lamp
Heme's scarf & tie tie and perfume/cologne
Signed Graham Colton guitar and watching Graham at recording studio
2 ($50) Bottles of Wine from Sam's and Wine Butler
Gils $100 gift certificate
CK & Company $100 gift certificate
No Regrets Personalized Lucite Tray
Olive & Co. goodie basket
2 Thunder Tickets
Thunder Ticket (2 club level at game TBD in 2015/16 season)
Thunder Wear from Take Out Treasures
2 OU Football Tickets
OU Football Tickets (2 Tickets for 2015 Home Season Opener)
OU gifts (including OU napkins, Salt/Pepper shaker), His & Her Jackets)
OSU Baseball Tickets
OSU vs Baylor Baseball 4 Tickets - Sunday, APril 19th @ 1 pm
Reading and Eating
See by Nite Glasses
$25 gift certificate from Full Circle
Lunch for 2 from Metro ($50 value)
La Baguette Brunch for 6
La Baguette Brunch for 6 (includes entrees & desserts - no alcohol)
Eiffel Tower & Baguettes
French Cook Book
Dine in Style
Spencer Stone Tie
Ruth Meyers Carolina Amato Scarf
$150 gift certificate from Juniors
View our Worth More than Gold video, a wonderful experience created the children of the Oklahoma City Children's Miracle Network Hospital and featuring our Miss Oklahoma pageant contestants! Thanks to Von Wedding Films for the filming and editing of this wonderful piece and to the original artist .... for her support of our project!
Board of Directors/Event Committee
Marianne Long, Marianne's Rentals for Special Events
Jennifer Rodriguez, Marianne's Rentals for Special Events
Brent Patterson, Marianne's Rentals for Special Events
Judy Lehmbeck, Judy Lehmbeck Bridal & Party
Dewey Beene, Jr., Innovative Event Solutions
Stephanie Hill, Perfect Wedding Guide
Mark and Trisha VonLanken: Von Wedding Films
Kanela Huff: Kanela and Company
Lisa Voegeli: Kanela and Company
Tami Murphy: Kanela and Company
Christmas is one of our favorite times of the year at Mariannes Rentals for Special Events! Every year, we celebrate with a much anticipated party where the employees from every department come together to celebrate the benefits of the hard work and dedication of our teammates. Last night, we laughed and cheered for each other at Kyle's 1025 Restaurant and had the best time. If you haven't been, we highly recommend the fried chicken and salted caramel cheesecake - among many other things!
Last year our friends from Von Wedding Films came to capture all the pretties so we could share this holiday inspiration with you! We celebrated at the beautiful Red Barn on Waldo's Pond and loved every minute!
Ask anyone what color comes to mind to represent the holidays and red is the word on their lips. Also the color of joy, passion, vibrance and love, we think the color of the season is the perfect inspiration for weddings and special events of all kinds!
1. Organic Red Bouquet | Photo by Jake Anderson via Lover.ly 2. Sequin Red and Gold by Marianne's Linens for Special Events 3. Marianne's Linens for Special Events | Photo by Colorband Photoartisans | Event Design by About Last Night... 4. May + Vinay Real Wedding by R.A. Gartistry 5. Red Enamel Cufflinks 6. Black Chiavari Chair with Sparkle Organza Gold Sash by The Wedding Belle
Whether it’s your first time to throw a holiday party or you already have a reputation for the best bash of the season, bringing friends and family together for a Christmas party can be as much fun to plan and host as it is to attend! We love this beautiful holiday party image by Camden of Emerson Events featuring our rental items.
Here are our favorite tips for planning your holiday dinner or party this season.
1. Make sure you enjoy it!
Make a list of the most important parts of planning your party. Is there something on there that makes you cringe? Ask for help! Whether it’s searching for some great tips on the internet, reaching out to a friend with special skills or hiring a professional, getting over those hurdles early in the process will help you focus on the part you enjoy the most will keep you focused, energize your creativity and keep your planning stress free. Our friendly staff can refer you to all kinds of experts from invitation designers to catering gurus.
2. Make sure your guests will enjoy it!
There is a difference between accommodating guests and hosting them! Put yourselves in their shoes and do everything you can to make them feel comfortable. Need an extra coat rack? We rent those! Need to add a statement piece? How about an ice sculpture from our friends at Ideas in Ice? Is there a need for a little entertainment? EZ Fun Co has great party games that are easy to purchase or rent! Your guests will appreciate the extra effort you put into the details that make the event special.
3. Maximize your resources
Let Marianne’s Rentals for Special Events help you put together all the pretty and practical items you need to throw the best party. We can help you identify your needs to avoid last minute rushes and unexpected expenses. Whether you need a few extra chairs, racks of wine glasses or even a heated tent for overflow festivities, our resources are available to you! Our friendly sales staff can make expert recommendations to help you get the most out of your space and planning time as well.
4. Make great memories
A welcoming atmosphere, entertaining details and great company are great recipes for a memorable event. Don’t forget to plan to capture those memories as they are made. Assign a guest the role of event photographer or consider hiring a professional. Photobooths are an entertaining addition for holiday parties that also can capture your memories! Consider making cute signage to scatter around your entertaining area with a special party hashtag so that your guests can add their own images to your party collection!
We think Marianne's Rentals for Special Events is a great place to work and we're looking for outgoing, energetic people who want to join our team part time! Our perfect associate is excited to work in a fast paced environment where we help customers fulfill all their pretty and practical event needs with style and grace. They have great communication skills and pay attention to the details our clients have trusted them with. Event industry and computer proficiency are preferrred, but our most important qualifications are integrity and willingness to learn!
Apply today by downloading our application and submitting via email to grace[at]mariannesrentals.com
We’ve all seen the beautiful pictures on Pinterest – the gorgeous garden wedding or the rustic barn wedding. It looks relatively easy to put on this event outside, but there’s tons of things you need to consider when hosting an outdoor wedding. We’ll cover the main points in this blog post, but when talking with your Marianne’s Rental’s Event Specialist, they’ll be sure to inform you of all the tips and tricks for having an outdoor wedding.
1. Have a Back-Up Plan
This is so important. Although it may be tempting, your backup plan cannot and should not be prayer. Always have a second location if you are planning to get married outside. You want this to be as stress free as possible. Oklahoma weather in particular is crazy, so you never know if I could be snowing or 100 plus degrees in March. If you have a backup plan, it takes tons of stress off of you planning where to fit 250+ people once it starts hailing. The only thing you really probably can’t be prepared for is earthquakes, but that’s another discussion all together.
2. The Tent Is Important
If you’re getting married under a tent, make sure that you take no shortcuts in renting a nice tent. Renting a tent is basically like renting a venue to have your wedding in, so you want to make sure it looks the best it can. There are different price points on outdoor tents, but let’s just say that renting a cheap tent = renting a cheap venue. Don’t let price be the driving factor in which vendor you choose. Specifically with tents, if there is a dramatic price increase for the exact same size of tent, they are likely different styles of tents. Research the specific style of tent that you were quoted to ensure that it will be sufficient for the potential weather threats you could encounter. There are major differences in the strength of the styles of tents. Make sure that you also give ample time to the event rental company when scheduling set up and tear down. The weather is also a huge factor in this.
3. Consider The Bugs
Unless you’re getting married outside in the dead of winter (progressive!!), then there are likely to be bugs abound. Light citronella candles around and supply your guests with all-natural bug spray (to keep your wedding smelling nice and fresh). You don’t want your guests (or you!) to go home with tons of mosquito bites. Makes for a pretty un-sexy honeymoon.
4. Weather is a Thing
Like we said, always be prepared for crazy weather. If it’s raining and you are set on getting married outside, make sure that you have supplied umbrellas for all of your guests and wedding party. Consider the flow of water in case it rains. You don’t want your wedding to be at the bottom of a hill in a puddle of water from the rain! If it’s hot, use your wedding programs as fans and provide chilled bottles of water to keep your guests from melting. Consider the direction of the sun as you say your “I do’s” And if it’s cold- make sure to provide heaters, and don’t forget the generator!
5. Get Your Ducks In A Row
Getting married in a public park, side of the mountain, or beach may require you to have a permit. Make sure to contact your local government to determine what you need, or if you need to schedule your event ahead of time. You wouldn’t want a 5-year-old’s birthday party at the same park as your nuptials!
get this look:
Tents & Accessories - Kedered Frame Tent | Tent Liner
Lighting - Maria Teresa Chandeliers | Finial Chandeliers | 7-Tier Chandeliers
Chairs - Chiavari: Ice | Chiavari: Natural Wood | Chiavari: Gold Wood | Chiavari: White Resin
Dance Floor - New England Plank
Linen - Taffeta With Circles: Turquoise | Rose Petal Sheer: Ivory | Taffeta: Silver | Sparkling: Grey | Australian Puff: Ivory | French Pleat: White
Photography - April Hopkins Photographer
get this look:
Tent & Accessories - Kedered Frame Tent | Tent Liner
Chairs - Garden Chair: Mahogany Wood
Linen: Mies: Frank Ivory | Taffeta With Circles: Beige | Dahlia: Apple Green
Cupcake Tray: 9-Tier White Metal
Chandelier: White With Crystals
So, you’re planning a wedding. That’s great, but there’s a lot of things about planning a wedding that you can’t learn on Pinterest. Hiring a wedding coordinator is a viable and affordable option once you realize how much they are really worth. Here are your top 5 reasons that hiring a wedding planner is a great idea.
1. You don’t want to be a Bridezilla (or Groomzilla), do you?
Hiring a wedding planner takes tons of stress off of the bride. They are there to coordinate every last detail. You’re already answering email from work and family, do you really want to be wasting your time figuring out when the DJ is going to arrive? This is the wedding planner’s job. They will work with you to figure out the tone and personality of your wedding, and then take care of all the little details.
2. Time = Money
Take all the time that you think you’ll be spending on wedding related tasks. Times that by 3, and assign an hourly wage. That’s how much you should be paying yourself to plan your own wedding. When you hire a coordinator, you don’t have to waste your time trying to plan something you’ve never done before. Chances are whoever you hire will have had experience (hopefully!) and planning a wedding down to a science.
3. Vendor Relations
Don’t know which photographer to use? Scared your peonies will wilt before you walk down the isle? Your wedding planner knows the reputation of all the vendors you are thinking about using. They can tell you where to put your money so you can get the feel that you desire for your perfect day. (Pro-Tip: If you’re looking for an event rentals company, I think we can suggest a winner…)
4. They’re like Switzerland.
Wedding coordinators won’t take sides. (Well, maybe they’ll take the bride’s side, if any.) What better excuse to nix the velvet tablecloths that your future mother-in-law wanted than to blame it on the wedding coordinator? They are a neutral force that can come in without the emotional attachment to the event and make sure everything is exactly how the bride and groom want it.
5. Picture your perfect day
Take a moment and picture your wedding day. What would you be doing leading up to the big event? If you’re thinking sipping on mimosas in the bridal suite or whiskey in the groom’s suite and not tying chair ties and chasing down the DJ, you need a wedding planner. They take care of all the little details while you can relax and enjoy your day. It’s a present to yourself and your family to have a stress-free, relaxing wedding.
Photography - Josh McCullock
get this look:
Chairs - Chiavari Chair: White Resin
Linen - Shantung: White
China - Square: White | Square: Clear
Glassware - Silver Rim Collection | Teardrop Collection
Chandelier - Tree Branch
Flatware - Hammered Collection
We’re friends here, right? We at Marianne’s Rentals are going to let you in on a secret. Do you want to have the best wedding possible? With every last detail taken care of? With the decorations and food that you really desire? With a small budget?
Invite less people.
Now hear us out. We know that you want to invite that girl you had class with one time in college who agreed a little too strongly when you mentioned you were unlucky in love. We know that you want to invite every last sorority sister or fraternity brother two years older than you and two years younger than you. But think of it this way – would you want to spend $100+ dollars on that person? If you wouldn’t take them out to dinner for $100, they shouldn’t be invited.
When planning a guest list, you should figure out how much you want to spend per person. Factor in everything – not just the food. The decorations, the alcohol, the music, etc. It really makes you look at your guest list differently. You could have an “eh” wedding and invite 350 people, or you could have the wedding you’ve always dreamed of with just 100 guests made up of your family and closest friends.
Put your money where it matters. Numbers are everything when it comes to budget. Be honest about what you can afford and also be careful when purchasing “packages”. Some wedding venues have packages for 150 guests, but if you’re only inviting 80, then there’s 70 guests you are paying for, but aren’t there. Have it at the right venue. Just because a venue is free, doesn’t mean you’re going to not spend the same amount getting tables and chairs there versus a place that already has everything that you need.
When you think about it, all you really need is a bride, a groom, (or two grooms and two brides), a witness and a judge. Everything else is extra. We’ll try not to get sappy here, but a wedding is really about celebrating a couple and the new journey they are about to take together. You don’t always need 350 people mauling a chocolate fountain in the background to do that.
Did you have an intimate wedding, or are you planning one? Leave us a comment below and let us know what worked for you!
April 15th was the annual Linen Runway Show. We at Marianne’s Rentals look forward to this event every year. This year was extra special because we got to help produce this meaningful and fun video, You’re Worth More Than Gold.
But the main event, the runway show, is what we love the most.
Two hours, over twelve thousand dollars raised, three hundred guests, twenty-two miracle kids and siblings, twenty-two Miss Oklahoma contestants and one night to remember. The 2014 Linen Runway show benefits Children’s Miracle Hospitals and the Miss Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant. We’re so happy and proud to announce that over twelve thousand dollars was raised to benefit both of our deserving causes.
If you didn’t attend this year, you might be wondering why we call it the Linen Runway Show. It’s because at Marianne’s Rentals, we have linens so fabulous, you’ll want to wear them! And we’re being totally serious. Some our favorite tablecloths make amazing dresses. We dressed Miss Oklahoma Scholarship contestants to the nines – in tablecloths! Here are some of our favorite looks: (and you’re going to have to join us for next year's show!)
I know the answer to your question – yes you can rent these tablecloths for your own fabulous wedding or event! To do so, just click here. We have over 25,000 tablecloths and linens available for rental.
This event took a village to put on. We couldn’t have done it without our amazing sponsors.
If you have any questions about the 2014 Linen Runway show, don’t hesitate to ask! If you want to be involved in next year’s event, be sure to let us know.
When planning a wedding, attention is in every detail. When you’re thinking about the food, the DJ, the booze – who has time to think about chair décor? This is why it’s one of the most overlooked parts of the wedding. But the way you dress up your seating can make a huge difference on your big day. Here are 5 ways to dress up even the plainest chair for your wedding so you and the guests can make it an event to remember.
1. Sashes and such
Chair ties are a great way to incorporate your wedding colors into the smallest of details. There are tons of different variations of bows and brooches, so you can dress your chairs up or go for a more subtle elegance.
2. Burlap fabric and rosettes
For the couples that want a more vintage and earthly feel, burlap is a great alternative to satin or even organza. Paired with a blush rosette, these chairs are sure to add that certain “wow” factor to a down-home country wedding. It goes great with that reclaimed wood in your barn wedding!
3. To the left, to the left (or right!)
When thinking about aisle decorations, think no further than chair ties. Since they’re so versatile, you can pull them to the side and all of the guest’s vision will be pulled towards the most important part of the wedding – the wedding party and (we all know it’s true) the bride!
If you’re not willing to decorate every single chair, just think about the back row – it’s just as effective.
4. Throw a broach on that bow!
What is more elegant than a perfectly tied bow? When added to a garden chair, the whole look of the wedding seating changes. You can leave it plain, or add a sparkling brooch to take the wedding look to another level. It’s all up to you!
5. Fresh flowers and organza
This one is our favorite! Adding different textures and fabrics can really make a difference in the way your seating looks. Fresh flowers and organza transform the wedding space into a whimsical setting- the perfect place to get married. Think about adding in flowers – it makes a difference.
…We’re not just talking about the country.
China. You need it at your next event. Marianne’s can provide you with tons of different options and styles for the next soiree you throw. Here are the top 5 reasons why you need to rent china and table settings for your wedding, birthday party or dinner party.
1. It’s hassle free – and looks good.
The stylists at Marianne’s will work with you to find the perfect table setting for your event. There are tons of options to choose from, and let’s face it – two heads are better than one. When you visit our awesome showroom, we’ll make sure you have the perfect tools to throw a party that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
2. You don’t have to wash them.
You know that feeling- after a great party, there’s always a mess in the kitchen. When you rent china, all you do is rinse them off and throw the dishes back in the box (okay, don’t throw, but place carefully) and bring them back to our warehouse. You can also arrange for delivery and pick up. How easy is that?
3. It’s classy.
Our philosophy is, if you’re going to do something, do it all the way. We want you to have the most successful event you can, and also showcase your personality in the details. Plus, the pictures afterward will look AWESOME.
4. It’s cost effective.
When you think of fine china, most think of a stuffy dinner party, but we’re here to tell you that you can also make it work at a breezy summer dinner outside or a special Bunko night. Also, we have price points for fine china for every budget. Most of our plates start at .50 cents a plate. How can you beat that?
5. It’s good for the environment.
Think about all the paper plates that are just thrown away after events and cookouts. When you rent place settings, it’s better for the environment. That means you can now go a little bit crazier with the hairspray. Go on! We won’t judge.
Are you convinced yet?? To learn more about the options we have for place settings, click here.
The Linen Runway Show, which will celebrate its’ 5th anniversary next year at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club also benefits Miss Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant which awards more than 2,000,000 in scholarship money each year, but is also part of the Miss America Pageant System, which is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women.
Prepping for the event this year was extra special because we got to produce a video featuring Children’s Miracle Network kids and members of the Miss Oklahoma Scholarship organization. Take a look at the video below!
Marianne's Rentals was proud to produce this project and provide the event rentals, but we couldn’t make this awesome video alone. Tons of members of the community donated their time and effort. From the cake by Mishelle Handy Cakes, to the video production by Von Wedding Films, we can’t thank our contributing vendors enough!
Filmed at the Children’s Hospital at the OU Medical Center and sponsored by Riverwind Casino, this was a production for the books. Some of the other vendors include Choreography by Taylor Treat, who was Miss Oklahoma 2009, Event Styling by Oklahoma City Perfect Wedding Guide, the fun event games generously donated by EZ Fun Company, lighting by Innovative Event Solutions, the beautiful flowers by The Fleuriste and coordination of all the lovely pageant contestants was courtesy of About Last Night Event Planning.
This video was such a labor of love for us and such a fun day of filming. The Children’s Miracle Network kids were the stars of the show! We hope you enjoy it! Make sure to leave comment below if you liked it!