Waterford Wednesday: Norfolk Botanical Gardens Weddings

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends! We’re excited for today’s post – it’s filled with a lot of pretty! We recently got pictures from Luke and Ashley Photography from a wedding we provided linens for at Norfolk Botanical Gardens and they are absolutely stunning! Norfolk Botanical Gardens is such a gorgeous venue and this couple definitely took advantage of the beautiful surroundings.
Such a beautiful and BRIGHT wedding! We loved how crisp, clean, and classic everything looked – a lighter color scheme really creates a whimsical and romantic setting that is perfect for a wedding! Of course we have to talk about how adorable CJ + Christie’s dog is! Anytime a couple can incorporate their furry family members, we are game! The solid linens on the guest tables matched with our glass chargers and tri-folded napkins made for a perfect place setting, and the specialty linen on the sweetheart table set it apart nicely! Make sure to check out more pictures on Luke and Ashley Photography’s blog post!

VENDOR LOVE:
Venue: Norfolk Botanical Gardens // Coordinator: Haddy Ever After Events // Makeup: Dhalia Edwards  // Hair: Stephanie Michelle // Wedding Dress: House of Maya // Bridesmaid Dresses: House of Maya // Mens Tux: Mens Warehouse // Flowers: Fluttering Flowers // Lighting: Stage Right Lighting // Caterer: Chef By Design // Photo Booth: Snapqube // Event Rentals: Waterford Event Rentals // DJ: Astro Entertainment ( Richie Rich) 

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Waterford Wednesday: Maximize Your Specialty Linens

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
Have you registered for A Crystal Clear Vision 2018 yet? If not, you need to visit our homepage and get on it! Not only can you view fully set reception table, meet the areas best vendors, and explore linen, floral, and lighting designs, but we also feature a lot of our newest specialty linen inventory! There will be table designs styled with many different budgets in mind, so today we thought it’d be helpful to give you our top tips on how to maximize your specialty linen picks, along with some steps to ensure you pull the look off flawlessly!

Use Specialty AND Basic Linens
The top tip we could give when it comes to maximizing specialty linens is to mix & match! Alternating between specialty linens and basic linens on your tables is the perfect way to create a luxury look while also saving you money! This simple tip will give you an expensive feel at your event as well as a nice blend of linens!

Now that we know mixing & matching specialty linens and basic linens is the way to go…how do we achieve this look?

1. Pick Your Color Scheme
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This is the most important step! Deciding on your color palette will get the ball rolling and allow you to see what speciality and basic linen options there are that compliment one another.

2. Decide On Your Speciality Linen(s)
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Deciding on your speciality linen is the next step! Since this linen (or linens) will create the “wow” factor at your event, picking these will come before your basic linen.

3. Pick Your Basic Linens
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When choosing your basic linen, make sure to take note of any colors or textures in your speciality linen(s)! This will be a good guide when deciding on what basics you want to have.

4. Combine
Caitlin Gerres Photography
Finally, it’s time to combine everything! Take our top tip (mixing & matching) and see how everything comes together!

If you’re looking for more table design inspiration, keep checking back for updates on our annual A Crystal Clear Vision show, and don’t forget to register!

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Waterford Wednesday: Holiday Event Inspiration

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
It’s officially fall, and if you’ve visited any department stores lately, you know that holiday decor is out in full force! Since the holidays like to sneak up on us every year, we’re jumping ahead of the game and giving you some linen and decor inspiration to make your holiday events festive, exciting, and fun! This time of the year is perfect for getting creative and making some bold choices – check out some of our favorite ideas for holiday parties this season:

Holiday Inspired Decor
Photo: Jessica Ryan Photography
Incorporating holiday decor pieces in your table design is a must at any party! How cute are these wreaths on the back of the chairs in this photo? The touches of red and the small holiday tree figurines are simple touches that make the table festive, but not overwhelming!

Non-Traditional Is Fun Too!
Photo: Leigh Skaggs Photography
When it comes to holiday parties, we like when clients mix it up a little bit! Instead of opting for the traditional reds and greens for Christmas parties, you could use more neutral colored linens such as white and silver, and then use the more traditional colors as your accent decor! Everybody likes to feel like they’re in a “winter wonderland” sometimes!

Sequins, Of Course!
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Photo: Maria Grace Photography
Is a holiday party even considered “fun and festive” without some sort of sequins?! We think not! How fun would our red sequins table linen be for a Christmas party dessert table? With so many different color options available, you could go all out at your holiday party with sequins!

Plate Chargers
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Photo: Justin Hankins Photography
If your holiday event has a sit down dinner, plate chargers are the perfect way to bring in some holiday color and cheer! Our red chargers would be awesome for a Christmas party while our gold or silver would look great at a New Year’s event! If you’re going for a more up-scale feel, our glass beaded chargers could be a great addition as well, with a fun napkin folded on top!

Have fun planning or attending holiday parties this year! ‘Tis the season for big celebrations!
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Waterford Wednesday: Milky Way Styled Shoot With ISO:ALT

It’s Waterford Wednesday, friends!
We are pumped about the super creative styled shoot we are showing you today – featuring our linens! A couple of months ago, Misty and Mike of ISO:ALT executed the most magical “Milky Way” inspired styled shoot in the mountains of Virginia, and you’re not going to BELIEVE the photos that were captured! The ISO:ALT team made sure no detail was left untouched when planning for this epic shoot – down to the exact day the Milky Way could be seen the best! Check out some of our favorite shots below and don’t forget to head on over to the ISO:ALT blog to see more pictures and read about all of the behind the scenes that went into achieving this shoot!
Aren’t the pictures just breathtaking? EVERYTHING about this shoot was so innovative, and it was so cool for us to get to be a part of something so new in the way of design! We absolutely loved how most of the table elements, along with the model’s dress were black so that the stars were really the “shining” point of all the photos! Misty and Mike made sure to time the shoot perfectly so they could capture photos on a night where the sky was clear and the stars were out in full force! Our black tinsel linen draped on the table gave off just the right amount of sparkle to compliment the night sky!

AMAZING job to all vendors involved, see below!

Vendor Love:
Photography & Styling: Dragon Studio // Styling & Coordination: Misty Saves the Day // Hair & Makeup: Behind the Veil Studio // Model: Jennifer Linke // Gown: Jeilyne Santana // Jewelry: Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge  // Linens: Waterford Event Rentals // Florals: Fluttering Flowers // Calligraphy & Hand-Lettering: Ceindy Doodles // Cake: Kadi Bakes // Lighting: Stage Right Lighting Weddings & Special Events // Constellation Glasses: Ballou Sky // Bride & Groom Cut-Outs and Stars: Jollity & Co. // Chargers: At Home // Plates & Flatware: Bed Bath & Beyond // Chairs: Target

Waterford Wednesday: Picking Linens on Trend

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
If you follow us on Facebook, you likely saw this video that we shared last week. Crystal with Cherry Blossom Planning Factory stopped by the Waterford office and talked all things linens with Rebecca! Some of the topics included how to add color, texture, and depth with linens as well as some of the trends we’ve seen come and go over the years. We thought it’d be a good idea to bounce off that topic and talk about some helpful tips for picking the best linens/colors for your event!

Consider the Season
Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography
Like Rebecca mentions in the video, considering the season can be a big factor in determining the best linen colors for your event – especially if you’re wanting the event to follow the season it will be held in. Peaches and corals paired with Tiffany blues are perfect for summer, while berries and eggplants paired with blush are great for fall!

Get Inspiration
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Getting inspired is a huge tip when it comes to deciding on linens! Planning any big event can be stressful enough without having to think about what color scheme you’re going to want! But, lucky for you, there are SO MANY bridal magazines and wedding websites/blogs where countless ideas and designs can be at your fingertips! Searching through various visual collections will give you ideas on attractive color combinations as well as give you a sense of what colors you are drawn to.

Embrace White & Neutrals!
Photo: Chelsea Anderson Photography 

Many think that white linens are too “basic” but they don’t have to be! White is a standard color for many events, as that is what most people use as the base for their guest tables. Don’t underestimate how crisp, clean, and sharp white is! Major pops of color or texture on white is the perfect way to add attention! Whether it be rosette on mesh table runners, or napkins in varying shades, accentuate the white!

Be Different!
Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography
Don’t let the “norm” get in the way of what you like. Choose colors/textures/patterns that you love and that will leave a lasting impression of your event! Often times, colors that aren’t frequently used together come together beautifully when mixed correctly. At the end of the day, this is YOUR event!

Make sure to check out the full video to get some helpful tips/insight directly from Rebecca!

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Waterford Wednesday: Choosing The Best Napkins

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
Napkins are one of our favorite ways to add a pop of color or extra detail to a table design. For the most part, they are inexpensive and can really make a huge difference on your tables – small investment, huge impact! We’ve done a couple of posts in the past on our love for napkins, like the different folds you can create, some napkin inspiration, and why they are a great investment! So today we thought we’d discuss another important element of napkins: choosing the right/best kind for your event!

Quality IS Important
Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography
It’s true that napkins tend to be on the more inexpensive side of linens, but it’s important to make sure you are getting good quality napkins! While napkins are a beautiful addition to tables, they aren’t just there for looks! The right napkin should make guests feel comfortable knowing that they can clean up after themselves and wipe up any accidental spills as well. Another good thing about having quality napkins at an event is that they can match the rest of your decor impeccably to add to the atmosphere. Though it may seem like a small detail, knowing you have best quality napkins at your event is vital for the success of your occasion!

What To Look For
Photo: David Schwartz Photography
When you’re choosing event napkins, it’s important to figure out if you’d like napkins that are strictly for decor or napkins that are both fashionable and functional (we suggest option 2!). Functional napkins like polyester & satin make for easier clean up, while decor napkins (like sequin!) add a luxurious design element, but aren’t very useful when it comes to eating!

If you are looking for the best selection of event and wedding napkins, contact us! We have a large selection of different products to ensure your event is exactly how you imagined it.

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Waterford Wednesday: Make The Most Out Of A Bridal Show (Vendor)

Welcome back to another Waterford Wednesday, friends!
If you follow along with us on Facebook or Instagram, you saw that we made a huge announcement a couple of weeks ago – the 5th annual A Crystal Clear Vision will be held at the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth! The show will be held on February 11, 2018 and we can’t wait transform this gorgeous venue! Our goal for A Crystal Clear Vision is to continue to push the envelope each year with the best vendors, innovative ideas, and cutting edge decor, and we are confident that this year will be the best yet! Stay tuned for more information on this one of a kind event as we get deeper into the planning process!

We’ve done a couple of different posts geared towards brides on helpful tips for attending bridal shows (here & here!), so today we thought we’d given some suggestions specifically for vendors and businesses on how to get the most out of a bridal show!

Make Connections!
Photo: Amanda Manupella Photography
This seems like an obvious tip, right?! Well, when we say make connections, we aren’t just talking about with potential clients…we’re talking about with fellow vendors as well! In the event industry it is so important to connect with other vendors for referral business (and general support + friendship as well!). What happens if a photographer in Coastal Virginia gets an inquiry for a date that they already have booked? They aren’t just going to reply “sorry, I’m booked” they are going to REFER them to another great photographer that they know! Making connections is crucial, friends!

Showcase Your Expertise!
Photo: Kirstyn Marie Photography
Take advantage of this one of a kind bridal show and display your talent and design aesthetic in a visual way! You want potential clients to see what your company is all about and how their ideas fit in with what you can provide for them! A bridal show is definitely the time to bring your “A” game! Having a booth that stands out from other vendors and announces what you do is a great way to grab immediate attention!

Create/Follow Up With Leads!
Photo: Kirstyn Marie Photography
Having some sort of “lead” tracker at your table/booth is very important! Whether it be an iPad or guest book, you want something to track important information like name, phone number, wedding date, and email! On the other hand, following up is just as important as capturing the information in the first place! If someone is willing to give their personal information, they are likely very interested in what they’ve seen from your company!

Talk! (About Them)
Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography

Bridal shows are all about socializing with potential clients, but one thing that is very important is to make sure you are talking about “them” instead of all about “you!” Of course it’s crucial that they know about you, your company, and what you can provide for them, but clients want to feel like you’re interested in them as well! Trust us, brides love to talk about their wedding, so ask them questions – “when did you get engaged?” or “where are you having your wedding?” are great! You will likely have some experience/knowledge on their venue, so use that opportunity to show your expertise as well!

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Waterford Wednesday: Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club Wedding

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
We’ve got another gorgeous summer wedding to show you today. This particular wedding was held at the Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club, and this venue is one of our absolute favorites for outdoor weddings! The different design possibilities that can be created using the tented outdoor space at the Cavalier Yacht Club, as well as the beautiful views it provides make this venue a top choice for many couples! Check out the beauty that the team at Emily Weddings created in these amazing photos by Echard Wheeler Photography!What a beautiful reception space! We will definitely be swooning over the magic that Stage Right Lighting created in this tented area. Not only was the lighting beautiful during the daytime, but it was a showstopper at night! We also loved this couples choice to go for blush & ivory linens, gold plate chargers, and sequins table runners. There was just enough glamour in the linens without taking away from the beauty that was hanging above the guests! As always, some incredible Hampton Roads vendors came together to create another magical event for a special couple!

Vendor Love:
Venue: Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club | Coordination: Emily Weddings | Floral: Palette of Petals | Cake: Incredible Edibles Bakery | Makeup: Dhalia Edwards | Hair: Hair by Stephanie | Band: Cheap Thrills | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals | Lighting: Stage Right Lighting | Photography: Echard Wheeler Photography

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Waterford Wednesday: Oyster Farm Wedding

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
You’re in for a treat today with some gorgeous photos from a gold and blush wedding that was held at Oyster Farm and Eatery! This venue is definitely a favorite of ours and this wedding left no detail untouched – it was truly a beautiful day! Check out some of our favorite shots that Elizabeth Friske Photography captured, and head to her blog for more photos from the day!^^ LOVING these mismatched bridesmaid dresses!
First, we need to take a moment to talk about how beautiful those mismatched bridesmaid dresses are! We love the varying colors and of course the sparkle! And don’t event get us started on those two donut displays – love those so much! Kristine + David really knocked it out of the park with all of the detail that they put into their designs and had the best little touches throughout their whole wedding! We loved the use of our gold sequin table runners in contrast with the soft blush pink of the napkins that they had on top of gold chargers and gold beaded glass chargers! Blush + Gold + White really is such a beautiful and crisp color combination that we adore!

Vendor Love:
Venue: Oyster Farm and Eatery | Coordination: Just Dandy Events | Bouquets & Boutineers: Aleen Floral Design | Reception Florals: Missy Friske | Band: The Finns – Sam Hill Entertainment | Makeup: Dhalia Edwards | Hair: Wynter DePriest | Invitations and Paper Goods: Sarah Labadie | Gown: House of Maya | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting | Photography: Elizabeth Friske Photography

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Waterford Wednesday: Picking The Best Vendors For YOU!

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
Today we decided to stray a little bit away from our normal linen focused posts and talk about something that will hopefully be very helpful to those of you planning an upcoming event! Planning any event can be super stressful with all of the decisions that need to be made, and choosing vendors is one that many people struggle with. You may have narrowed your choices down to a handful of great options, but biting the bullet and deciding can oftentimes be very difficult, so today we’ve gathered a few helpful tips and things to consider to help you find your perfect vendor matches!

Inventory
Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography
This one seems easy, right? Just pick the vendor/company who has the stuff you need. Well, not so fast! Of course you want to choose the vendor that has the inventory you want/need, but in reality, many different vendors probably have what you need. So, since you have options, how do you pick the vendor with the right inventory for you? Find a vendor whose design aesthetic is similar to yours, that way when you decide to add on more items or change things up they will still have inventory that matches your design. Setting up a visit to their office or a sit down design meeting are musts when picking out inventory because not all inventory is created equal! You need to make sure you love what you’re paying for!

Personal Fit
Photo: Kirstyn Marie Photography Design: Emily Weddings
You probably know by now what your general design aesthetic is for your event and what kind of “planner” you are. You might be the type who has a bullet point list of pricing/tasks to complete, or perhaps you are more free form in your approach and aren’t sure of your whole vision yet. Knowing what kind of personality and attitude you have towards your event will help to inform what vendors would be a good fit for you. If you are the first type of person, you probably want a vendor who values efficiency and timeliness. The second type of person might need vendors who are able to offer a lot of different ideas and have time to brainstorm and dream.

Network
Photo: Tara Liebeck Photography
Coastal Virginia is such a collaborative area and many of the best vendors have the community over competition mindset, which is great news for you! Even vendors in the same industry work together often, offer advice, and refer other vendors when appropriate, and this is definitely something you should use to your advantage! Ask your current vendors if they have recommendations or if they have worked with particular vendors before. At Waterford, we love to sit down with our clients in design meetings and offer suggestions for you based on your personality type, style, and budget if requested!

There are a fantastic pool of vendors in Coastal Virginia, so who you choose will sure to make your event perfect!

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