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Fall in the Showroom!

Posted 8/15/2018 by Mariannes Rentals

Image: Colorband Photoartisans | Design: Fall Showroom Archive 2017

There may be a few days of summer left, but we've got fall inspiration on display in the showroom. See warm colors and inspiring tabletop displays that will get you excited about planning fall festivities! 

Stop by and you'll find not only inspirational decor ideas and unique fall color palettes but also new fall arrivals on display! We have new chairs, new linens, dazzling new draping displays and more showcased! Don't have time to run in - we get it - plan to stay tuned to our Facebook and Insta feeds, as well as our Pinterest boards for new images and ideas. Plus, there's even more in our Seasonal Gallery, featuring favorites from years past.

If you've got a lot of planning to do we recommend making an appointment, but walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday. Saturdays are by appointment only, so grab those weekend appointments early!


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


Something Old, Something New!

Posted 2/16/2018 by Mariannes Rentals

We couldn't be more excited to announce that Oklahoma City's beloved vintage furniture company, Ruby's Vintage Rentals, is now at home with our rapidly expanding furniture and decor department. Darla and Kelsi, the Ruby's Vintage Rental's owners have carefully curated the most beautiful collection and have trusted the Marianne's team with caring for and growing their vision of bringing heirloom quality pieces to Oklahoma's special events. They will be much missed by the local events industry, and we are honored they chose us to care for their collection.

With over 50 pieces and new ones already on the way, this collection has us excited! From family photo sessions and bridal portraits to lounge areas at posh parties and sweetheart settees, there is something for everyone.

Image: Lauren B Photography

Marianne's is thrilled to be honoring all outstanding contracts from Ruby's Vintage Rentals and we can't wait for our customers to see these great additions. You can already shop many pieces online HERE and we'd love to make a special viewing appointment with you! Select pieces are on display in the showroom and, by appointment, a salesperson can escort you to our newly stocked, vintage warehouse.

From our family to yours, come be inspired by beautiful vintage seating and statement solutions for your next special event!

Image: Scissortail Stories


Featured Planner: Aisle Be With You

Posted 1/26/2018 by Mariannes Rentals

Ariana Simms, of Aisle Be with You, is an absolute joy to work with. Her attention to details create seamlessly organized and executed events that are beautiful and full of personalized attention to her client’s individual style and personality. Marianne’s Rentals is honored to be one of her trusted partners and has been privileged to be a part of her significant growth and success in the Oklahoma market over the last several years.

Here are a few things she had to say to us about her business along with some photos showcasing her versatile design abilities!

 

What do you love about working in the event industry?

As a wedding designer and planner, I love being able to take my clients’ vision and turn it into reality. Also, when you are working on such a personal event, you truly create amazing bonds with the families and vendors involved in the process.  

 

Describe your relationship with Marianne’s Rentals.

Marianne’s Rentals has been a key element to our success in the wedding industry because they have been at all our large productions. I know that I never have to worry about the small details because they have us covered. Also, they are great with communication in regards to set up, layouts, tear down, etc. I have formed amazing relationships with their staff members, and they always go above and beyond to help find a solution to any challenges we may come across. I feel strongly about working with vendors who support your success, and I believe they are at the top of the list for this.

 

Photo taken by Jessica Elle Photography

 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am certified as an International Wedding Planning Professional and my degree is in Interior Design which has been a huge benefit for doing sketches, color theory, layouts, etc.

 

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

It is very important to let the client know the level of your experience in the wedding industry. My goal is to make sure they “value” the quality of the service versus the quantity. There are several wonderful wedding planners in the wedding industry, but depending on the event you want to host for your guest to experience, please make sure you have done your research in advance. Is that planner equipped with the knowledge for the event you are wanting to have? Do they know the extra fees involved in some of those elements. Education is huge in knowing all of those elements and being able to be successful and confident in the work you are putting out to attract the ideal clients. Another major point we try to tell our clients is that we work very closely with our vendors that we have great relationships with. We will work the extra mile for those that go the extra mile for our clients.

 

 

Top photo taken by Anna Lee Photography

Bottom photos taken by Amanda Watson Photography

 

 

How did you get started in this business?

I began my company in November of 2010. The first few years I spent time grasping the planning and coordinating side to wedding planning. Now the last several years, I have thoroughly enjoyed defining the “Aisle Be With You” brand and getting to be more design involved with the weddings we produce. We never want our weddings to be one specific look. As designers we want to show our clients that we can bring any vision to life, however we are a huge fan of details and flowers ☺ A pretty napkin can go a long way!

 

 

 Photo taken by Jessica Elle Photography

 

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

I would love for readers to know that at Aisle Be With You, our clients are not just another bride that comes and goes, they become family. We value every single one whether their wedding has smaller budget or endless. We love walking away knowing that they had the best day ever, and we are honored to have been a part of the most important day of their lives. We care so much about the small things that we want them to know it is 100% fully handled from start to finish. At Aisle Be With You, we aim to make you feel like our only one and we want to have an enjoyable process while we plan the most magical day! We are educated, confident, and professional in all aspects of our field. You never have to worry about a thing, because I can promise, we have you covered!

 

Top photo taken by Randy Coleman Photography

Bottom photo taken by Sheradee Hurst 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!


Happy New Year with Jada and Dax!

Posted 1/2/2018 by Mariannes Rentals

It’s been an amazing journey working Aisle Be With You Weddings on Jada and Dax's huge New Year’s Eve wedding at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the new year than showing off some of the fun things we took to this event. Be kind, these are our own in-house pictures. We are looking forward to showcasing the good ones later, but for now - here are some of our favorite pre-event scenes!

Guests were greeted with an impressive entry featuring our velvet drape and sequin linens. Check out the custom seamless vinyl dance floor with Gold monogram behind the sign in table. We are sure they danced their way into the new year on that beauty!

Our hard working tablescapes crew placed almost 100 linens and 500 napkins and the club staff set beautiful place settings with our flatware! Our Gold Chiavari chairs helped open up the room and The Fleuriste decked the room in hundreds and hundreds of roses. We particularly loved the head table with our ghost chairs, china, flatwareglassware and chargers.

Some of our favorite items featured at the wedding include: Rose Gold UplightingGhost Chairs | Gold Chiavari Chairs Windsor Glassware CollectionAlpine Gold ChargersGoldplate FlatwarePandora Rose Linen | Western Ivory Linen Ivory Satin Linen | Rosalie Sheer Sequin Linen | Rose Gold Baby Sequin LinenRuffle Satin Blush Linen 

Late night teardown with our crew was a great way to ring in the New Year. The whole event went up and down in less than 18 hours! We couldn’t pull off these fabulous events without our dedicated team and we're all looking forward to being a part of your special events in 2018!


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!