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Featured Designer: Leslie Herring Events

Posted 8/24/2018 by Mariannes Rentals

This month we're excited to feature event designer and planner Leslie Herring of Leslie Herring Events. We've had the privilege of working with Leslie since the early days of Leslie Herring Events and have cheered on her inevitable success along the way! We have to say, this is a wedding planner with not only an excellent eye for design but also a very unique perspective. She's 100% a client advocate and works tirelessly to make sure the couple's vision is a tasteful reality. Her events are consistently beautiful and well thought out. 

Here are some things she had to share with us about working in the event industry:

What do you love about working in the event industry?

I love how dynamic wedding planning can be. The managerial responsibilities that come with running a company paired with the creative opportunities of designing couples' weddings is the perfect balance for me. But, what I love most of all is the people I get to know. Our vendors have become our friends, and it’s such a joy to be a part of our couples lives and watch their families grow. It’s a dream!

 

Describe your relationship with Marianne’s Rentals.

I consider Marianne’s Rentals to be not just a vendor, but a partner in our events. Since I started planning events in 2012, they have been a trusted, reliable source for our event design needs. I love how each time I walk in into their gorgeously designed showroom, I see new items that excite me. I appreciate the enthusiastic support I’ve received from Marianne and her team, and look forward to continuing to work with them on creating meaningful, and of course, stunning events.

Aww, thanks Leslie! We love you too! 

 Photographer: Amanda Watson Photography | Venue: Coles Garden | Florist: Poppy Lane Design

Custom Ceiling Lighting and Draping by our full-service lighting team!

 

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

From the moment we receive an inquiry from a couple, our desire is to make them feel excited about their wedding day, understood, and relieved from all of their current wedding anxieties. The pressure of making dozens of decisions for the biggest day of your life is overwhelming! Our team is constantly behind-the-scenes, guiding our clients each step of the way. Over the past several years, we have developed a seamless and enjoyable planning process. From creating design boards that reflect our couples’ styles and personalities to coordinating each moment of the wedding weekend, we take care of every planning detail so that our couples are free to enjoy their engagement season.

Photographer: Peyton Rainey Photography | Florist: Poppy Lane Design

 

What is a favorite event you produced with products or services from Marianne’s? Why was Marianne’s important to that event’s success?

It’s hard to choose just one event, but perhaps the first tented event I planned and designed independently will always be special to me. Our client wanted her reception to reflect a midnight summer’s dream atmosphere. Marianne’s lit tables, luxe linens, dreamy draping and of course tables, chairs, and much more helped me create a one-of-a-kind event.

 

Clients always want to know about the budget, what would you tell them about the cost and value of booking your service?

Budget is one of our most discussed topics throughout the planning process. One of our main goals is to honor our client’s investment. After all, it’s the marriage that we’re celebrating, so we never lose track of what matters most. We’ve had multiple mothers of brides tell us that our services were worth every penny. At the end of our process, my expertise and experience saves our clients major bucks. Wouldn’t you rather have a planner than spend money in the wrong areas with the wrong people?

 

How did you get started in this business?

I’m asked this question all the time! I did not set out to be a wedding planner; I was actually never really into weddings. I was supposed to end up in the magazine industry, and after a few internships with wedding-specific magazines like The Knot and Brides of Oklahoma, I thought I’d give planning a try, and discovered my passion for entrepreneurship. I’ve always been a creative person, so wedding planning was an exciting blend of business and creativity. It was meant to be!

 

Describe a recent event you are fond of and why. 

Three years ago we partnered with Marianne’s on a unique wedding at the top of Devon Tower in Oklahoma City. I still love all of the unique elements we incorporated in their rehearsal dinner and reception. Ice chandelier wall, chair adornments, sparkle linens, custom lighting...it was a night to remember!

 

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

First, hire a professional. After all, you’re trusting someone or a team to plan and execute the biggest day of your life. Set up consultations and ask questions. We want couples to book with us because they trust us, connect with us and are on board with our process. Second, not all planning information you find on wedding blogs is accurate, especially costs. That’s where an expert comes in handy! Finally, I recommend hiring a planner before you make any big decisions or hire other vendors. I promise you won’t regret it!

 

Top photo by Josh McCullock | Bottom left photo by Magnolia Adams Photography | Bottom right photo by Tara Lokey Photography

 

What else would you like our readers to know about you?

Here at LH Events, we put our hearts and souls into our couples’ wedding planning experience. As a team of professional celebrators, we partner with the best in the wedding industry and tackle not only planning needs, but overall design concepts for our events. We love what we do and are always looking for ways to go above and beyond. 

 

Photographer: Kristen Edwards Photography | Florist: The Fleuriste


Featured Event: Maria + Bennett

Posted 7/30/2018 by Mariannes Rentals

This gorgeous wedding at Sparrow Beginnings is a favorite for so many reasons. First, Maria and her family were so great to work with from the very first time we met them! Second, it’s always a pleasure working with great professionals - especially when you have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time. Stephyn, owner and lead planner at Southern Charm Events not only spearheaded a great design process, but a smooth installation for one of our most complex room flips to date!  Maria wanted to use this gorgeous venue to its fullest, for both the ceremony and reception. And, she brought in rentals to customize the space completely - so there was a lot to do!

 

Featured Item: Gold Chiavari Chair

 

We love this image where the couple exchange a happy kiss right after their recessional. Their guests still seated and the wedding party still at the altar, they share a private moment in a room filled with people. And what you can’t see, is that our full service crew is waiting in the wings to quickly transform this same space into a glamorous reception!

Our team set up for the ceremony and then we returned and transformed the space in under an hour - with time to spare for Redeemed Productions to take amazing pictures of the space. Here, our gold chiavari’s silently sit in the sunlight filled room, waiting for the arrival of guests.

 

 

  

And 45 minutes later, tables have been set up, linens thrown, chairs reset and dishes placed. We were honored to work alongside The Fleuriste’s crew who quickly reset the aisle florals onto the tables as centerpieces. Voila! It’s amazing what magic can be accomplished with a good plan!

 

The reception was full of gorgeous details and fun for a party that didn’t stop until well into the next morning. Who wasn’t in awe over this elegant cake by Mishelle Handy Cakes, flanked by The Fleuriste’s gorgeous florals and set against the floral draped grand staircase? Set in the very same spot the bride had walked down to meet her groom an hour earlier.

 

Featured Item: Peach and Sequin Copper Linen Sheer over Candlelight Glo Satin

 

 Every place setting was luxuriously appointed. Regardless of the tight timeline, no details were spared in design or execution. Here, the Bride’s place setting is highlighted with a sweet place card.

 

Featured item: Divine Gold ChargerPearl Lace Ivory LinenCaprice Cognac Linen

 

This party lasted well into the next morning, full of captivating entertainment and energy! We couldn’t have been more honored to be entrusted to setting the stage for all this joyous celebration!

 

 

Oh, and did we mention that all this happened under the duress of a rain plan?! It didn’t dampen spirits one bit, nor did it throw us or any of the other pros off track. If you’re looking for vendors you can trust to take care of your big day - check out Maria and Bennett’s team. And don’t forget to scroll all the way down to check out the video, also by Redeemed Productions!

 

Featured Vendors

Designer: Southern Charm Events | Photographer & Videographer: Redeemed Productions | Florals: The Fleuriste

Venue: Sparrow Beginnings |Cake: Mishelle Handy Cakes | Band: Box Talent Agency

 


Unique Tent Feature: Tidewater Sailcloth

Posted 7/24/2018 by Mariannes Rentals

 Featured Items: Tidewater Tent 32' X 50'Cora BuffetLounge Seating Furniture

 

There’s no denying, the Tidewater Sailcloth Tent is just as pretty as it is practical. We partnered with Aisle Be With You, and a wonderful group of talented vendors to show her off right! We’re waiting to show off more of the small details of this gorgeous collaboration, but it’s high time the Tidewater had a more grand introduction to Oklahoma in these beautiful images by Traina Photography.

 

A luxurious reinterpretation of the classic pole tent, the Tidewater features real wood beams at its center and along the perimeter. The dreamy, translucent top allows natural light to enter and creates a soft, romantic glow under the tent. It pairs perfectly with the twinkle of bistro lights around the perimeter.

 

Featured Items: Pure GlasswareVintage Brass Candlesticks

 

Outside, each peak of the tent has a sweet flag that flutters when the infamous Oklahoma wind comes sweeping down the plain. This specific Tidewater Tent can be set up both smaller and larger, giving it one or three peaks, respectively, as opposed to the two used in this setup. All sizes can have clear walls, making it better protection during the expectation of rain while maintaining it’s airy, romantic styling.

 

 

Although we are waiting for another time to debut all of the romantic details and exceptional work of the vendor team, we can’t leave you without showing off this sneak peek that shows just how much drama the Tidewater brings to the day and crediting the exceptional work of our vendor team! Scroll all the way to the end to see the gorgeous video by PenWeddings for even more inspiration from these incredible partners!

 

 Designer: Aisle Be With You | Photographer: Traina Photography | Videographer: PenWeddings |

Venue: Coles Garden | Florist: Poppy Lane Design  

 


Outdoor Stages: Basic To Brilliant

Posted 7/20/2018 by Mariannes Rentals

Check out the platform warehouse! We’re geeking out over these pictures from Colorband Photoartisans of stacks and stacks of our 4’ x 4’ Modular Platforms. Our 4’ x’ 4’ Modular Platforms are an incredibly versatile and portable product that allow us to work event magic where you need it! And this is where you can learn why and how platforms in quantities small or large can be the event solution you need! And boy, do we have a lot of them!

 

 

Use platforms to create sturdy outdoor stages

This is the most common use for platforms, because parties are happening everywhere, right?! From outdoor festivals and community events to your own backyard, we can elevate the performance with the perfect size platform that’s artist approved! We love this post by Drive Band of their performance in the Deep Deuce District on our stage.

 

 

We’ve got all kinds of accessories to take stages from basic to brilliant when you need a custom installation. And our hardworking crews are trained to do all the setup and teardown for you when you reserve with delivery! Check out these behind the scenes pictures from our platform web shoot.

 

 

Left: 10’ x 12’ stage assembled with a round front | Right: our crew attaches stairs to the stage

 

Image: Aaron Snow Photography | Venue: Private Residence, Rader, Texas

 

Use platforms to create level surfaces

The most common application for leveling an uneven surface is for a tented event. It may be that you just need your tables and chairs to avoid sinking into a soft ground. Or, that the surface is uneven and an entire tent needs to be leveled as shown at the corporate event tent below. This one is complete with safety rails, a leveled stair for egress and the decks are neatly skirted.

 

 

There really is no limit to what we can put on a platform or where! This is a VIP viewing area for the Oklahoma Regatta Festival with 9 high peak tents. Platforms can be elevated 6-8 feet off the ground when necessary. Our CERP expert and Operations Manager, Fernando Rodriguez will perform a site visit for customers needing these applications to make sure the logistics are carefully planned and that the installation is safely and securely executed by our crew.

 

 

 We have a lot of platforms, but there are days where this warehouse is empty!

 

 

Dress it up or down!

4’ x 4’ Platforms aren’t just for outdoor events. We can dress them up with carpet, wood, vinyl and more if you aren’t interested in seeing the wood decks. Below is a beautiful event, leveled on platforms and then carpeted, creating a foundation for one of our most popularly imaged tents of all time.

 

Image: Traina Photography | Designer: The Wedding Belle | Venue: Private Residence, Gaillardia

 

We admit it. Some of these pictures are only cool to us. This image was taken in Rader, Texas where we floored a tent and then put a stage on top of it for the band. But in the end, beautiful moments like these are often built on a foundation of solid, practical platforms!

 

Image: Aaron Snow Photography | Band: Souled Out


Summer Parties and Outdoor Events

Posted 7/5/2018 by Mariannes Rentals

Long summer evenings mean late night fun with family and friends. It’s time to get out of the house and make use of that back patio or front yard to celebrate life! Don’t have all the trimmings or want to make your event really memorable? Follow these simple tips to create a fun outdoor environment with solutions that beat the heat, follow these tips:

 

 

1. Provide your guests with fun activities

Featured items: Tic Tac Toe, Giant Tumble TowerFour-in-a-Row

 

Yard games are one of our most popular summer rentals for all kinds of events! Perfect for kids or adults, we have everything from Four-in-a-Row and the Giant Tumble Tower to the traditional Ladder Golf and Cornhole games which are perfect for tournaments. Yardzee anyone?

 

2.Create intimate, fun spaces with color and lounge seating

 Designer: Inspire Events | Images: Sheradee Hurst Photography

Featured items: Crossback Bench, Erica Tables, Crossback Bar StoolHeidi Linen: Raspberry

 

Our extensive furniture collection has so many great options to choose from! Create as much or as little casual seating as you’d like with a few tables and chairs for congregating around as well. Smaller tables such as 36” or 48” sizes work well for outdoor parties because they encourage longer conversations. We also offer Patio Tables with Patio Umbrellas to create a bit of shade for a daytime event. Bistro tables and bar stools are another popular choice to create height and visual interest in the outdoor scene, especially when paired with a fun, patterned linen!

 

Designer: About Last Night… Event Planning | Florals: New Leaf Florist

Featured items: Hexagon Accent Table: Marigold, Rockwell Club Chair, Conrad Loveseat, Lit up Coffee Table,

Pucci Linen: PassionArmless Ghost Chairs

 

3. Consider a tent for special effect! 

 

A high peak tent is a great idea for a party with a bit more flair! It defines a space and definitely sets the event apart from your everyday outdoor affair. During the day, tents provide some shade from the heat; at night, they can be illuminated for dramatic effect.

 

4. Stay cool and hydrated!

 

Whether you need to go low tech with ice chests and drink troughs or our practical chill n fill table to keep food and beverages just right, or you’re having a full bar at your party, we’ve got a lot of options! And don’t forget a misting fan to really take the edge off the heat!

 

 

5. Light up the night

Our lighting department can offer almost infinite ways to light up your backyard party. There is no better way to create an enchanting or fun outdoor space than with illumination. Do double duty with contemporary light up lounge furnishings or, add string lighting overhead to patios, trees or even wide open spaces. We can do that! If you can too, we offer bistro and strand lighting for DIY installation as well.

Transform a pool or patio space with practical path lighting that also creates a magical ambiance. We can illuminate landscaping, trees and structures as well to transform your outdoor space. Ask your sales representative for creative ideas!

 

 

Featured items: Lit Pod Chair, Lit CubeLit Hourglass Table

 

 Featured applications: LED Lantern Lights, Bistro Lighting, Path Lighting

 

 Image: Traina Photography

 

6. Consider a WOW factor

Ever party should have a wow factor. We know, it’s probably your great food! But if the occasion is really special, consider going all out with a consultation that makes the best use of your space for your event. Look how fun our LED dance floor is outdoors! We offer the only fully illuminated interactive dance floor in Oklahoma, and its size is fully customizable to fit your space. Check out the party video!

 


Featured Designer: Judy Lehmbeck Bridal & Party

Posted 6/26/2018 by Mariannes Rentals

 

There is no denying that Judy Lehmbeck is Oklahoma City’s society planner. Her decades of experience have earned her a stellar reputation for being client focused and able to consistently produce unique statement events. We have the privilege of working with her over and over - and it’s a privilege every time!

We loved working on her vendor team for Caroline and Gabe’s unique wedding at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club in March 2018. This client had an incredibly unique vision and Judy expertly managed it’s execution with design help from Greg at New Leaf Florist. The couple wanted a real party atmosphere for a large number of guests and we collectively faced unique space planning challenges that led to some cool and creative solutions which totally transformed a space all of us are very familiar with working in. It was truly a creative collaboration! We’re using these fabulous images by Perez Photography to help illustrate Judy’s beautiful work.

 

Featured Fabric: Charlotte Spring Drape

 

We draped the Club’s portico in custom panels with specialty rigging for the tricky outdoor installation. This set a fun and colorful vibe as guests entered this unique wedding. Judy places a signature emphasis on creating an impactful “wow factor” that will impress guests. This was just the first of several at this event! Our full service lighting team illuminated the outdoor entrance both for dramatic effect of New Leaf’s unique floral installation as well as the guests experience during their evening arrival.

Our team provided a full range of custom linens throughout the large space. A mixed metal, neutral scheme full of playful, modern patterns was a creative backdrop for brilliant pops of creative florals illuminated by our event lighting.

 

 Featured Fabrics: Times Sterling Linen, Regalia Gunmetal Linen, Sparkling Silver LinenQuantum Sterling Linen

 

Judy is an expert at facilitating unique experiences for guests. Besides all the creative space planning that intrigued guests, she brought in Meredith Piper, a live event paper who created this stunning painting during the event. We were so excited to see our linens featured! Guests could enjoy watching her painting develop over the evening and later, the couple has a unique art keepsake to commemorate their wedding day. Here is a picture of her painting in progress:

 

 

 

Another creative application that Judy included with this event was the use of our popular Avenue Bar with a custom overlay. When illuminated by our full service lighting team, these turned out very cool inside Harry’s Bar. We paired the bars with our popular Ghost Bar Stools to finish off the look.

We’ve saved the best for last because we weren’t kidding when we said Caroline & Gabe wanted a party! After dinner, the guests found the party and dancing underneath our clear top tent to the musical stylings of Party on the Moon. You can experience the whole beautiful story by watching the full Pen Weddings Video HERE. But we were honored to have them make us a special edit highlighting the our new clear top tent! We might be a little biased, but having this item to offer our customers thanks to this event is truly one of Judy’s great contributions to our industry this year!

 

 


One amazing chair sale: July 16-21, 2018

Posted 6/20/2018 by Mariannes Rentals

You'll want to save the date, check your calendar, see what you've got going on and book some chairs!

CLICK THE IMAGE TO LEARN ALL ABOUT IT!

PREMIUM CHAIR EVENT


Editorial Feature: June Sixteenth Events

Posted 6/8/2018 by Mariannes Rentals

We just love the dreamy, romantic vision that June Sixteenth designed for our editorial collaboration with them for the Brides of Oklahoma Magazine. Their alter concept is not only incredibly creative and unique, it’s stunning! Using our rentals and their gorgeous floral products, the sunny canvas at The Sparrow Event Center was transformed into a contemporary, romantic ceremony backdrop.

What’s more, they used our popular Emily End Table to create an impressive, yet affordable, vision for a ceremony backdrop. Recognizing the inherent beauty of the venue they were able to compliment it’s capacity for natural light through the airy use of glass and acrylic while creating something stylish and special at the same time! The outcome is far from ordinary and extraordinarily beautiful!

Other featured products: Acrylic Column | Acrylic Ghost Chair | Chiffon Ivory Linen | Gold Urns | Sicily Cylinder

 

Our model illustrates how perfectly fitting this backdrop is. Structural and romantic, but not competing with the bride’s allure. Hope Photography captured so many beautiful images of our collaboration.

If you are looking for something unique, we’re really impressed with Jade and Sarah’s ability to think out of the box about our products! When considered along with their sweet demeanor, terrific organization skills, and gorgeous floral talent, they make one outstanding team you’ll enjoy working with. We sure did!

If you want to see more, hop over to the Bride’s of Oklahoma blog to see their full feature.

 

 

Hair and Makeup: Annelyse Salon and Spa | Gown: Bella Rose Bridal | Image: Hope Photography | Calligraphy: Rachel Kathryn Designs

 


Unique Tents

Posted 6/6/2018 by Mariannes Rentals

Image: Hope Photography | Venue: Private Property

Looking for a unique venue or need more space for the party? Tents are the answer! We’ve got tents in every size - and even a few shapes. Consider taking it a step further than just problem-solving. Marianne’s Rentals can give you the opportunity to create a tented event unlike any other. Over the years, the technical structure of tents hasn't evolved much for both practical and safety reasons. Most tented weddings are differentiated by the decor and layout under the tent. We've have more options!

Marianne's Rentals is pleased to offer our customers the most innovative and unique looks for tented weddings and events. The Timbertrac Tent is new, not only to the local market, but the industry as a whole. Introduced two years ago, and has only been seen in a handful of locations across the United States, we’re proud to offer it to Oklahoma!

Designer: Inspire Event | Location: The Red Barn on Waldo’s Pond | Image: Sheradee Hurst Photography

The Tidewater Tent is a reinvented version of the old-school pole tent. This beautiful tent’s sailcloth top and warm wood poles have more style and flair than ever before. Additionally, while many inexpensively designed pole tents are not safe for the average wind speed in Oklahoma, we’re confident in the excellent engineering of the Tidewater Tent. We can offer this sailcloth tent to our customers with the assurance of its durability when combined with the installation of our expertly trained staff.

Designer: Aisle Be With You | Venue: Cole’s Garden | Image: Traina Photography

Still looking to enjoy the feeling of a starry night overhead? Our new clear top tent might be the one for you! After dark, this tent is out of this world fun! And, as seen in the first photo in this post - it offers plenty of romance too. That tent is also a structure tent, while the below-pictured tent is a frame tent. We can provide this stunning top option for both styles, depending on your event needs.

Designer: Judy Lehmbeck Bridal and Party | Venue: Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club | Image: Perez Photography

That’s not all! If you’re still in love with a white wedding tent, we have the highest quality liners in the widest variety of size selection available for both frame and clearspan structure tents. This has to be one of our favorite events ever! There's no denying it's beauty. Did we mention we offer lighting and rigging in all of our tents, so you can customize with chandeliers and decor!

Design: The Wedding Belle | Location: Private Residence | Image: Traina Photography | Florist: The Fleuriste

Add lighting, draping and unlimited decor options for tables, chairs, linens, dishes and centerpieces - we mean business when it comes to tented events! And while we primarily serve the Oklahoma City metro area, we've been known to install tents in Kansas, North Texas, Missouri and Arkansas. If you are looking for a trusted name in the midwest for specialty tent installations, Marianne's Rentals is the place to go. We'll be featuring each of these tents in more depth coming up on the blog. So come back to learn more, or visit out Tent Galleries for more photo inspiration!


Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. RENT!

Posted 3/15/2018 by Mariannes Rentals

In honor of International Recycling day, let's talk about the 4th R! Did you know that renting is a responsible consumer choice for shared consumption? If your carbon footprint is important, consider the environmental benefits of renting! Instead of every person needing to purchase tents, tables, and chairs for their event, renting is the ultimate form of reuse and recycling, reducing the need for the production of things that are ultimately not truly utilized. At Marianne's Rentals, we give consumers options in a variety of price points and styles to create gorgeous events without needing to purchase! A much more environmentally conscious choice. The idea of renting and reuse of a quality product more than once, or shared consumption, does not make the value of an item go down every time someone uses it, but instead, makes an item available for others and is a great way to do business!

 

Events are special, but they can be full of waste. Many people do not think through the initial impulse to buy and own an item. In addition to the purchase price, a buyer must consider the time to procure, unpackage, assemble and possibly perform other tasks to ready an item like washing food items before using or pressing linens. After the event, an owner is responsible for cleaning, repackaging and storing items. Typically, these things are in the greater bulk than an average consumer will be able to use again, because there were lots of guests at their event. At that point, an owner must assess the cost of storage or effort of reselling items they are unlikely to get the original investment back for! Renting is not only a responsible choice for the environment but also for most people's use of both their time and money!

 

At Marianne's Rentals, products are cleaning before and after an event, furniture is taken care of, linens are pressed, and everything can be delivered and set up! We want to take away as much stress as possible and help give you the items you need to fulfill your vision of the event, whether it is a wedding, shower, birthday party, corporate event, or anything else! Renting allows everyone the availability of beautiful, quality choices that may not be feasible otherwise. Instead, you rent for a much less fee and do not have to worry about storage, or set up! Later, someone else will use the items again in a new and interesting way. Because of the care for quality that we take, the lives of our products are filled with many beautiful shared memories!

Below you will see three different ways our Gold Chiavari has been used and styled! 

 

Top image: Holli B Photography | Bottom images: Amanda Watson Photography


Featured Planner: The Wedding Belle

Posted 1/4/2018 by Mariannes Rentals

We’re excited to introduce our new series featuring talented professionals we are privileged to call our partners. What a better way to launch than with an interview with Robyn Martin, principal and owner of The Wedding Belle. Robyn is retiring this year and deserves well earned recognition as a paragon of etiquette and style in the Oklahoma Wedding industry for many years. We’ve loved working with Robyn and are excited to see her legacy continue with the new owner of The Wedding Belle, Stephanie Hill, who has worked closely with Robyn for many years.  

Here are some things Robyn had to say to us, along with some inspiring images of some of our favorite events together!

 

What did you love about working in the event industry?

I loved taking a bride’s ideas and expectations and turning them into even more than she envisioned.

 

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

I was very hands-on, invested, and made every little detail a priority. 

 

What were some of your favorite things about working with Marianne’s Rentals over the years?  

[Our relationship] was a partnership. We powered through together with all challenges we faced over the years, whether it was a difficult location, weather or logistics. We always figured it out!  I love a challenge. Put me in a space that you can’t imagine how it can be transformed and I couldn’t be happier! Marianne’s gave me the tools and products to make that happen. Their inventory allowed me to design on a level I did not dream of early on in my career. What a ride!

 

 Photographs taken by Traina Photography

 

Client’s always want to know about the budget, what would you tell them about the cost and value of booking your service? 

Professional Planners/Designers are trained to “recoup” their fee for their clients through the strong relationships they have with vendors which benefit the clients in perks, discounts and consideration as well as “saving” them from costly mistakes!

 

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise? 

PLEASE hire a wedding planner/designer who is professional, has training, ethics, experience, and vision.  You need someone who is unflappable, who has great relationships with vendors in the local industry and who knows how to run a business like a business. 

 

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs? 

Are they insured?  How much experience do they have?  More importantly, industry professionals should be asked their opinion of the planner/designer.  They are the ones on the front lines with them and they know who performs and who doesn’t.  A great planner makes everyone’s experience better!  Client and Vendor alike! 

 

What else would you like our readers to know about you?

I want to thank every client who ever hired me! You either allowed me to have fun or you taught me a lesson! I want to thank every vendor I ever worked with! You either allowed me to have fun or you taught me a lesson! I paid my dues, I reaped many rewards and I was incredibly blessed by amazing clients and wedding professionals. I had the best time of my professional life and I wouldn’t change a thing!  But, now, I am going to rock grandbabies who are still young enough to rock, I am going to enjoy all six grandchildren as they grow and blossom as well as the rest of my family who have been so gracious and patient over the years. I am going to read, walk and/or swim every day and I am going to cook! But, mostly, I am going to be thankful to God for all He has given me. 

 

 Photographs from left to right taken by Candi CoffmanJosh McCullockSherry Lynch

 

Click here to see more of Robyn's work with Marianne's Rentals!  Although she is retiring from actively planning events, she is sharing her experience and wisdom in the event industry in her new business, Belle Savvy.  Her services include business coaching and consultation for the event industry and other entrepreneurs.  She is available both hourly and by contract and for lecture series for small groups. We want to extend her a heartfelt "Thank You" from Marianne's Rentals for her amazing work and contribution to our industry and our shared portfolio over the years. Thank you Robyn!


Come see us at the show!

Posted 1/2/2018 by Mariannes Rentals

Marianne's Rentals will be at the Perfect Wedding Guide Show as a presenting sponsor on Sunday January 14th from 1PM-4PM. Come check out a few inspiring displays and ask our staff any questions you may have about rentals and how they can help fulfill the wedding of your dreams. Now through Saturday the 13th, stop by our showroom for complimentary tickets! You can also get BoGo resgistration online here:  https://www.perfectweddingguide.com/events/perfect-wedding-guide-bridal-show-17224/.

Below are a few pictures taken by Traina Photography at last years Perfect Wedding Guide Show! You can expect to see more inspiring displays this year!


Ready to pop the question?

Posted 6/6/2017 by Mariannes Rentals

Image: Sheradee Hurst Photography

If you are ready to get engaged, or know someone who is (or should be!) give him a little push and get him to enter this amazing opportunity! We are giving away a SUPRISE ENGAGEMENT this summer together with Inspire.Event and an absolute dream team of special event vendors. We've got all the details covered - from an amazing venue to a celebration you'll never forget! All you need to do is apply HERE and get ready to BRING THE RING!

Applications must be received by June 26th | Winners will be notified July 5th, 2017!

Participating Vendors:

Inspire Events

Marianne's Rentals

Hazel Paper Co.

Abbey Road Catering

Amy Cakes

Blue Label Bartending

The Red Barn on Waldo's Pond

Chasen Shaw Entertainment

Leslee Layton Films

Sheradee Hurst Photography

 


Introducing Down Lighting!

Posted 5/24/2017 by Mariannes Rentals

You've heard of up lights, those little warriors of room transformation, and we are excited to announce the introduction of a versatile new product which expands this concept into down lighting! Our new lightweight, magnetic LED powered lights can be used up, down and sideways to create new and versatile applications with powerful coverage and color! In a room with high ceilings, using this product as a down light together with an uplight can ensure even coverage and dramatic effect. Or, use it solely as a down light to create a very different effect that draws attention to a spectacular ceiling, creates a non-traditional atmosphere or feeling of height in a room.

See the images below of this product used all three ways to wash this reception in white and then in blue.

This little powerhouse boasts a coveted capacity for a portable LED light: it will produce a beautiful warm white, as shown in the top left image. If you've typically thought of LED event lighting as producing a cool, blue-white effect, this product does not! The warm white is inviting, soothing and can even be called romantic - reminiscent of a candle's glow. When used in colors, it creates dynamic, brilliant color that can spread farther and with a wider range of colors than other LED fixtures. 

The fixtures are easily operated with a remote control and simple to install. Our full-service crew can help you achieve just the right look with a combination of these and other specialty lighting products. Or, you are welcome to pick them up and install them yourself!

Don't be fooled, while there are many ways and reasons to use this light, it isn't always the right fixture for every application. But whatever the right fixture is, we can help you identify it, as well as provide and install it at a reasonable cost. Your gorgeous linens and florals deserve the right wash of light that will make them glow without over illuminating the room. And sometimes, a traditional up light is the right product for a focused, dramatic effect. Whatever your vision, our creative rental consultants and full-service lighting team can transform your event with just the right atmosphere. 

[Image Credit, above] Sherry Lynch Photography


Spring 2017 Inspiration Editorial: Gibson Events

Posted 2/3/2017 by Mariannes Rentals

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.  

 


Spring 2017 Inspiration Editorial: Aisle Be With You

Posted 1/20/2017 by Mariannes Rentals

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!  

 

Featured Item Above: Diana White Wine Glass, appropriate for our venue Waters Edge Winery!

Hair and Makeup: Lexi Faught | Models: Talor Reazin and Seth Heckart | Attire: JJ Kelly Bridal

 

Amazing Floral Garlands and Pendants by Trochta's Flowers on our Pandora Beige Linen.

Also featuring Uplighting, Crossback Chairs and tablesettings by us. For more on that, keep scrolling!

 

Calligrapher Rachel Kathryn Designs put the finishing touches on the place settings featuring our classic Antoinette Green Dinner Plate with the Column Stripe Sapphire Napkin.

Also featured are the Parisian Gold Flatware, Alpine Gold Charger, Amber Goblet and Windsor Gold Band Goblet.

 

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!


Set the Table: June Anniversary Promotion

Posted 6/2/2016 by Mariannes Rentals

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!


Meet Savannah

Posted 5/10/2016 by Mariannes Rentals

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.

Also featured: Beaded Glass Plate | Sponge Gold Glass Charger | European Flatware | Satin Storm Navy Napkin | Brianna White Linen


All the Pretties: May Anniversary Promotion

Posted 5/3/2016 by Mariannes Rentals

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!

 


Lighting Changes Everything: April Anniversary Promotion

Posted 4/14/2016 by Mariannes Rentals

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!

 

 

 


Limited Time Chiavari Promotion!

Posted 1/2/2016 by Mariannes Rentals

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!


Color Inspiration: Red

Posted 12/9/2014 by Mariannes Rentals

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


5 Things to Consider When Having an Outdoor Wedding

Posted 10/9/2014 by Mariannes Rentals

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!  


Featured Vendor: Jane Kelly Weddings & Parties

Posted 9/10/2014 by Mariannes Rentals

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

 


Top 5 Reasons You Need A Wedding Planner

Posted 9/5/2014 by Mariannes Rentals

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.