Why Renting Is Better!

We’re back again for Waterford Wednesday!
Fall season has officially kicked off, looks like this cooler weather might be here to stay. With fall in full effect and holiday season right around the corner, we thought today was the perfect time to discuss why renting linens is a better option compared to buying them yourself. We’re here to break down some of the top reasons for you!

Quality & Convenience
Christy Nicole Photography

In our expert opinion, quality & convenience are the most important priorities when you’re investing in linens for your big day! You don’t want to end up with linens that you bought for cheap to come in with very thin fabric and low thread count that you then have to lug around and set up yourself. This is supposed to be your special day…you don’t want to stress over placing a table linen perfectly! A rental company will ensure you have excellent quality linens at an affordable rental price as well as provide the option of delivery, setup & breakdown services.

Katie Nesbitt Photography

One of the perks of renting linens compared to buying is the hands on assistance you will receive during the entire process. At Waterford, we hold a design meeting with each of our clients which helps in assuring you are renting the correct size linens to fit your tables. This service is basically like having your own personal Linen Coordinator! You won’t receive this type of service when renting from a random website. You will appreciate this extra help, especially if you’re having different sized tables throughout your event!

Ironing Expense
Luke & Ashley Photography

A HUGE incentive to rent linens rather than buying comes in the form of ironing. If you choose to buy, you run the high risk of your linens being delivered in very small packages which makes the process of ironing out all the wrinkles extremely tedious. At Waterford, we use a laundering facility that is equipped with extremely large industrial pressing machines so the task of ironing linens is not another worry that is added to your list!

Audrey Rose Photography
One of the biggest reasons we believe renting is more effective compared to buying is the ability to actually see the linens in person before receiving them the day of. When you go into a business to rent linens you are presented with the opportunity to personally view the items and ensure the style, texture, and colors are exactly what you want! This becomes extremely important, especially if the colors you are looking for are very specific. The risk of a potentially mismatched color scheme is not something you want to stress about on your big day!

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Waterford Wednesday: Perfecting Your Place Settings

It’s Waterford Wednesday!
We’ve got a fun post today on a few simple tips that will ensure you have the perfect place settings at your next event! Whether you’re planning a wedding or any other special occasion, if the event features a meal, a place setting will be required. A place setting can be so much more than just a plate with some silverware around it; creating a visually appealing setting with a beautiful design that matches the theme of your event is simple to do! Here are some of our top suggestions for creating a one of a kind look in your place settings:

Keep A Consistent Theme
Echard Wheeler Photography

Keeping with your event’s theme is an important piece in perfecting your place settings! Staying true to the theme, whether it be a particular color, pattern or accent piece will ensure that the look of the table as a whole will be consistent and a true representation of your event. For example, the place setting above was a perfect representation of the The Great Gatsby inspiration that the styled shoot was aiming for! The theme of your event can easily be shown through the plate chargers, napkins, and even the font of the menu that you choose!

Feature A Menu
Photography: Jessica Ryan Photography | Table Design: Fluttering Flowers | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals
We can’t recommend this tip enough! Including a menu in your place setting will not only allow your guests to preview the meal that will be served (which they will totally appreciate!), but it also gives you the opportunity to get creative in the way you present the menu. Whether you choose to place it on top of a charger, fold it in with a napkin or incorporate it in with your centerpiece, featuring a menu is always a plus that will give your overall place setting more visual appeal!

Accent Special Place SettingsJessica Ryan Photography | Golden Luxe EventsTable Design: Vivid Expressions | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals | Photography: Katie Nesbitt Photography 

Making your guests feel welcome is always an important piece of planning an event! Adding a unique accent or personalized touch to their place setting is an excellent way to do so! Anything from a beautifully designed name card or a nice favor will distinguish each individual and leave them feeling appreciated and thought of. Emily Wedding’s place settings at A Crystal Clear Vision tied in with her theme perfectly and had so many little thoughtful elements that anyone would have loved to be a guest at her event!

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Labor Day Weekend Wedding Vibes

Wow, does that extra day from a holiday make anyone else feel like the week flies by or is it just us? Last weekend was AMAZING. Even with the reduced guest counts, we had SO. MANY. EVENTS. If you’re in the industry, then you know just how weird and slow it’s been through the spring season and now gearing up for the fall season we don’t know what’s to come! We had an incredible hustle and bustle weekend that made us forget things are not as they normally are.

We are sooooo excited to have some photos ready to share from one of our weekend events. This one took place at a gorgeous estate up in Maryland. A super happy and beautiful couple really deserved this day to be perfect!We are just loving the simplicity and natural look Haley and Brandon were going for with their linen choices. We just love a good place setting shot, don’t you?? Keeping it super simple and trendy with the menu card and the cute napkin fold in a knot. Such a small detail can make all the difference!If you’re looking for beautiful and whimsical sweetheart table ideas, then you have to check out our voile! This is a super delicate and flowy material that is sheer and can billow down to the floor giving an extremely magical feel to the sweetheart table.We weren’t kidding when we said they are probably one of the most happy & beautiful couples! Like just look at this photo. Couples this happy and in love make our job so much easier and gives us butterflies every time.

Vendor Shoutouts:

Planner: Everly After Events | Photography: Paige Elizabeth Photography | Florist: Just Picked | Caterer: Magnolia Catering | Calligraphy: Grove Lettering Co. | Cake: Flour Child Bakery | Videographer: Toy Box Studios | Hair: BMore Bobby Pins | Makeup: Vintage Veils | Linen Rentals: Waterford Event Rentals | Tent, chair, and additional rentals: White Glove Rentals & Price Rentals & Events

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Lesner Inn Vendor of the Month Feature

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday! It’s officially September! We are hopeful that our fall events get to go off without a hitch! This month we are SO excited because we have partnered with The Lesner Inn to be featured all month long!! If you haven’t  seen their latest updates on Instagram, they have been featuring an incredible new vendor every month!!

Let’s tell you a little bit of what’s in store for this month. We have some amazing tips that will be shared with you regarding the history of Waterford & how we set ourselves apart from others. Each Wednesday there will be a post that includes some of our fun facts, tips, and most importantly linen advice from us- the professionals!

On Sundays, a super fun segment they have going is Spotify Sunday. We came up with 4 of your MUST HAVE songs on that wedding playlist. We wanted to be versatile so stay tuned to see what we suggest.

Lastly, all month you can find our decorated vendor table in their office. We decked this table out y’all!!!!! The Lesner has some of our NEW favorite linens- we’re not kidding these are legit our new favs. If you plan on touring The Lesner Inn, the sooner the better!! Pop in sometime this month to chat with the ladies and scope out our vendor table. We just know you will love it as much as we do! We’ll attach a small sneak peek for you below.

Last but not least- the giveaway!! By the end of the month, we will have one super lucky winner that will receive a sweetheart linen on us AND a napkin upgrade of your choice!! Napkins are such a fun place to add some fun color or texture, even maybe a print! Head over to @lesnerinn on IG to follow along with the steps to win our giveaway!!

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Why Waterford?

The inspiration for the name of our company stems from when co-owners Alyse and Hollie stepped off the bus in high school and discovered they lived on the same street- Waterford Place!

Waterford Event Rentals takes further inspiration from Waterford Crystal.  Waterford Crystal is renowned throughout the world for their beautiful, elite crystal.  Celebrated for their high quality work, Waterford Crystal will never sell a faulty piece of work; in fact, any imperfect glass is tossed back into the furnace to be melted and reused or broken to eliminate a sale.

Waterford Event Rentals strives to the same level of dedication and perfection in our work. At the start of our company, we kept it simple with chair covers and sashes. As we did more and more events, the requests began to grow! Now, almost 10 years later, we pride ourselves in our inventory that is constantly evolving. We’d like to say that we stay on top of what’s trending & get you the hottest items before they’re even thought of on the East Coast. We love being able to stick to what we know (linens) & perfecting it. Our inventory now includes: full length tablecloths, napkins, runners, overlays, chargers, tables, and chairs in a handful of different colors and styles.

We take several important steps to ensure we always give customers the best possible service and product:

  • We steam ALL chair covers & linens when they arrive on location- wrinkles are bound to happen in transit.
  • We will NOT use stained linens. Whether the linens have been used once or ten times-we don’t care! You are the most important piece to our business and we ensure all linens are in top condition before getting sent out.
  • We put a cap on events each weekend to ensure we have the time to focus on each one.
  • We sit down with our clients and develop a design plan.  We take an active part in the planning process, increasing the quality of our service and decreasing the chance for mistakes.
  • We include you in all decisions from napkin fold, to linen selection, even down to the sash tie!
  • We help customers get exactly what they are looking for- no matter how difficult a color or fabric is to find.
  • We provide 3 different options in which to receive your linens: pick-up from our office, delivery to your venue, or set-up on site the day of where our staff takes care of it all. Yup! That means your family and friends get to relax and enjoy the day WITH you.

We hope you get a chance to experience linens the Waterford way!Luke & Ashley Photography | Venue: Lesner Inn  Lindsay Collette PhotographyChelsea Anderson Photography

Please don’t hesitate to reach out! We’d love to help plan your beautiful big day. Email us at info@waterfordeventrentals.com or call us at 757-448-5999.

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Add Some Texture to Your Tables

When planning your wedding and looking at all things Pinterest, you find that the possibilities are endless and you can really make your wedding from start to finish a perfect reflection of you. Many times we see that brides come in thinking that they want one thing, but end up going with a design completely different than what they even thought was possible. We love being able to help you think outside of the box and contributing to your amazing wedding ideas that are sure to be nothing like the rest!


We have talked about this one before, but velvet is HOT HOT HOT. While you may not be a fan of this for your guest tables, it’s sure to be the perfect addition for the cake table, cocktails, or even as your napkins. Take a look below and see if these photos get you on team velvet too!!Table Design: Rusty Cottage Vintage RentalsTable Design: Indie and Ivory | Photography: Caitlin Gerres Photography


Lots of times our couples like the idea of adding a little extra to some of the guest tables or the bridal party tables. Keeping it simple with the linens but adding some lace or sequins is sure to take those tables to the next level. Sometimes every other table gets an overlay, or maybe you want to do your head table. One of our favorite tables of course to show off is the Sweetheart table- because hey you’re the topic of conversation all night!David Champagne PhotographyTable Design & Floral : Touche Event Design & Production | Photography: Kelsey Walne Photography


Sometimes, we get the opportunity to step even more out of the box when we have a client tell us they’re looking to add some type of pattern into their reception space. Of course we can do that in almost every way imaginable. Most common places we see to add some pattern is on the cocktail tables, in the napkin choice, or sometimes on all the guest tables! Either way we are a sucker for some custom ideas and patterns. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, we got your back!Table Design: Chef By Design Catering | Photography: Caitlin Gerres Photography
Photography: Luke & Ashley Photography | Coordination: Wedding Co. of Williamsburg

Please don’t hesitate to reach out! We’d love to help plan your beautiful big day. Email us at info@waterfordeventrentals.com or call us at 757-448-5999.

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A Note to 2021 Couples

Hey guys! Happy Wednesday!! Can you believe that it’s already August 2020?! This year is FLYING by. As most of you know, we are located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and still being effected considerably by COVID-19. While we are gearing up for a VERY busy fall all the way through December, we can’t help but wonder what Spring 2021 is going to look like. If you’re a couple getting married in 2021 then this blog is for you.

We wanted to take the time to acknowledge that COVID and the restrictions that come along with it are still playing a vital role in the wedding and events industry. Not only does this affect the biggest day of your life, but from a company in the event industry it is affecting us and hundreds of our clients’ biggest day of their lives. Since the restrictions have been lifted we did okay being “normal” for maybe a month or so….. Now, the executive order put into place at the end of July has caused us to rethink this whole normal thing. With that being said, couples of 2021 here are some reasons you NEED to keep PLANNING.


If you’re getting married in 2021, maybe this was your original date…. But for a lot of our couples this is their “new” wedding date. So if this is your original date, how do all of these rescheduled events affect you and your ability to book your dream vendors? Well- these reschedules play a huge role in the availably of top vendors across the board: lighting, photographers, venues, caterers, florists all are in the predicament to continue booking new clients while fulfilling a commitment to what we thought were our 2020 brides. We can ONLY speak for Waterford Event Rentals, but we are doing everything in our power to accommodate and be consistent with our efforts during this time of uncertainty.


Let’s say you have still been planning, getting out visiting venues and vendors then you’re already on track. The next important thing is to secure the vendors of your choice. How do you do that? More often than not that is through some type of deposit which is specific to each vendor.


Another piece of information we thought that could be helpful for you getting details squared away was to inform you of a few of the trends we have been seeing with regards to linen rentals.

  1. Significant reduction of guest counts- we all know this is happening, and although it is a HUGE disappointment, for couples sticking through the pandemic for their original date choice, this is a trend that we are seeing going through more often than you might think.
  2. What does having a reduced guest count mean for the look of your reception space? Being able to significantly reduce the size of your wedding means that you might have a little extra money in the budget to play around with a few higher quality linen options you may not have been able to consider before. What we mean by this is maybe this is the chance for you to add the chiavari chairs you desperately wanted or maybe it’s adding a specialty linen to those cocktail tables? There are so many options and ways to transform your reception space to the best of your ability & that’s where we come in!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out! We’d love to help plan your beautiful big day. Email us at info@waterfordeventrentals.com or call us at 757-448-5999.

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We’re Hiring for Fall 2020!

Happy Wednesday beautiful people! This is a fun and exciting blog because we are looking to expand our team!!! We are currently hiring for a bunch of different positions and want YOU to be a part of it!

We are hiring for event staff, which is a part time job primarily on the weekends- but can extend to some weekday hours depending on event schedule and your availability. Just a few details about this position include, familiarizing yourself with the behind the scenes aspect of an event rental company. What goes into pulling inventory for events, preparing inventory items for events, but also setting up and executing the events on the day of! This is just a little tidbit of what you would be a part of as you apply to join our team! We’re also hiring for delivery staff position which includes part time hours during the weekend as well. Delivery staff is responsible for the execution of deliveries and sometimes setups at private residences or event venues. When applying for this position, you must be comfortable lifting and unloading tables and/or chairs.And the best part of delivery staff- maybe you’ll get to challenge Vic to a rock paper scissors battle on who gets to drive the box truck, lol.

Another position we’re very excited to offer is an intern position- VIRTUALLY and IN PERSON. We know just how much COVID has interfered with school from kindergarten up to college. We want to be able to help and provide that internship credit for students anywhere. Internship includes mass media marketing, time in the warehouse learning about the inventory and event preparations, greeting clients, observing design meetings in the showroom, and SO. MUCH. MORE. If you think you would make the perfect addition to our team for any of the above positions please contact us at your earliest convenience! We are currently holding interviews for all positions, so act fast. Send an email with your resumé and current availability to employment@waterfordeventrentals.com and we will be in touch soon.

We hope to have you as a member of our team, the possibilities are endless and there is immense room to grow here.

Photos by: Dragon Photo Studio | Misty Saves the Day

July 2020 Styled Shoot

It’s Wednesday! Woo hoo!!! We are halfway through this week and getting closer to another scorching hot weekend! Just two weeks ago we were asked to be a part of an incredible styled shoot! We knew this shoot was going to be one for the books because the vendor list is off the chain- but also because the linens they chose are TO. DIE. FOR.

It was good to get out and have some fun with a styled shoot and to see how beautiful everything came together. Y’all, we literally received these photos TODAY and because we can’t wait any longer to post them we’re blogging them!!!Are you obsessed yet?? This features a handful of our brand new products and we are THRILLED with how these photos turned out. These yellow flowers add the perfect bright and fun pop of color to the tablescape. We love seeing closeup shots of this linen because it gets more and more beautiful the closer you get to it, the detail, the slight shimmer, the pattern- gives us all the feels.We have no words. When something is just that stunning, you let it do all the talking for you! And can this cake design get any more beautiful?!The beauty and brains behind the operation! Sarah and Jacklyn thank you soooo much for letting us be a part of this shoot! These photos are incredible and we are so thankful that you thought of us to join in on this magic!

Linens & Rentals featured: Sonoma Wooden Chair | Florence Jacquard in white | Slate Velvet

Vendor Shoutouts: Photography: Sarah Lin Photography | Coordination: Events by Jacklyn | Tabletop decor: The Collection by Courtney Inghram | Floral: Aleen Floral Design | Linens & Chairs: Waterford Event Rentals | Hair: Hair by Emily Dami |  Makeup: Beauty by Tiffany | Calligraphy: Lovely Scripture | Cake: Rachel Bakes | Table Runner/Napkins: Deco Dreams Handmade | Gelato Cart: Lolly’s Creamery | Veil: Lumiere Bridal Shop | Shoe Jewelry: Boutique JuJu

Recap of The Summer Social Fest 2020

Hello everyone & happy Wednesday!! We are especially excited for this blog because we are recapping all of our amazing fun from The Summer Social Fest which was held virtually last weekend. As we are all aware, COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into A LOT of plans. Weddings, graduations, birthdays, vacations, and even just a regular work schedule. COVID is unique in the sense we have all been affected by it some way.

For us, and tons of other vendors and of course SO. MANY. COUPLES any and all events and gatherings have come to a screeching halt. What a whirlwind and adjustment it’s been to say the least. As COVID became more and more dangerous we were left with no choice but to reconfigure our summer bridal show. The result= Summer Social Fest held on Facebook Live! With the help of our partner Missy with Antonia Christianson Events, Mike Dragon with Dragon Photo Studio, Misty with Misty Saves The Day, Ashley of Studio I Do, and the crew at Stage Right Lighting, we brought this idea to life!

After months of replanning our super fun social meet and greet to be exclusively online the weekend finally came to fruition July 17-19. We had about 30 vendors sign up to meet about 100 couples all virtually!!!! We are so thankful and thrilled to have each and every vendor participate and help bring this idea full circle. The best part, is that we were able to help our vendors AND future couples all for free!!!!! This was our way of really letting couples know how much we feel for you during this time and want to support you and give you something to look forward to because we all care that much.

With all of that being said, we want to shout out and thank each vendor that chose to be a part of this magical weekend, but also show you a glimpse of the INSANE fashion show we put on. I mean, we don’t like to toot our own horn but we really pulled it off with this entire weekend and feel incredibly blessed we made this happen!

Vendor Shoutouts: Chef By Design | Astro Entertainment | Avenir Bridal | BCP Floral | Jessica Hanyok Calligraphy | Dragon Photo Studio | Boardwalk Photo Booth Company | Misty Saves the Day | Antonia Christianson Events |Carolyn Celeste Weddings | Fluttering Flowers | East Beach Catering | Virginia Zoo | Big Top Entertainment | PaperDolls Design | Montero’s Restaurant & Catering | Fresh Look Photography | Silk Bridal Studio | Woman’s Club of Portsmouth | Kara Anne + Co | Waterford Event Rentals | Music Makes You Happy Entertainment | Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art | The Cake House | The Posh Pair | Jessica Ryan Photography | The Twisted Fork | Rusty Cottage Rentals & Styling | Echard Wheeler Photography | Allstar Photobooth | The Neon House | Stage Right Lighting | Studio I Do Bridals

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to all the vendors that participated and went live on Facebook during The Summer Social Fest! We cannot thank you enough for all you do for us! Now on to some fashion show photos. This was SO much fun and really had us feeling like we were back stage of a HUGE production.

Fashion Show Vendor Participants: Bridal gowns, models, directing by Studio I Do Bridals | Sound stage, video production, lighting and chandeliers by Stage Right Lighting | Music & DJ provided by Boardwalk Photo Booth Company | Floral by Fluttering Flowers | Hair and makeup by: Makeup by SAC, BlushTones, Flawless On Site, and Sarah Rillon | Behind the scenes photography and videography: Dragon Photo Studio | Media: Misty Saves the Day | The Summer Social Fest brought to you by Waterford Event Rentals & Antonia Christianson Events

If you didn’t get a chance to check us out LIVE during The Summer Social Fest click this link to check us out! Learn all about Waterford, the services we offer, and amazing products we have to share!

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