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In House Series: Tent Warehouse

Posted 8/31/2018 by Mariannes Rentals

It’s time to take you behind the scenes in the tent warehouse! It’s the time of the year when our tents are going in and out so fast we get whiplash. Tented festivals, outdoor weddings, corporate parties, athletic events - we’ve got tents for all of them and they are stored and maintained in the tent warehouse. We’re willing to admit, not everyone thinks this is as cool as us, but as some of our top grossing products, we know you guys love tents too!

 

 

The beauty of tents is that they go up and down when and where you need them. When they are down, this is what the parts look like in warehouse storage. These are just some of the frame pieces we use to make our various frame, kedered and structure tent options.

 

 

Our neatly wrapped cables sit ready to reinforce the frame. Keeping the warehouse clean and organized is a high priority for us. Our hardworking crews need to be able to gather their equipment quickly and reliably. It’s part of our standard of safety to make sure that tents are installed properly and completely. Did you know what some tent companies will rig tents together without pieces they have lost or damaged over the years? Our parts are continuously inventoried, maintained and accessible stored to ensure a high quality, safe installation for each and every customer.

 

 

These are tent tops and sidewalls rolled and ready to rent! We have a variety of colored and striped tops available, as well as the favorite white. Our tents are cleaned, repaired if needed, and neatly stored after each event. Some of our tent inventory specialists have been with us for decades. They know the product in and out, and take pride in maintaining it for our customers.

We hope you get the chance to enjoy one of our tents at an outdoor event this fall season! You can see more of these tents all put together in our Outdoor Festivals and Tented Weddings & Events Galleries online. Or, visit this popular blog post about our more unique tents!

 

Left Photo: Artesian Outdoor Festical | Upper Right Photo: Septemberfest | Lower Right Photo: Chickasaw Stickball Game in Tishomingo

 


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


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!