Waterford Wednesday: What to Expect at A Crystal Clear Vision

Happy Waterford Wednesday!
We are just over a month away from the 2018 A Crystal Clear Vision event at the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth and things are moving fast with design meetings, last minute decisions, and overall planning and excitement for the event! If you haven’t purchased your ticket for the February 11th event yet, head on over to do so now…you’re not going to want to miss this! One of the coolest things about our annual Crystal Clear Vision Event is that it is always evolving – it truly is an event that can be attended year after year due to the ever-changing participants and trends within our industry. As we are coming up on this year’s event, we thought we’d give a little insight into what you can expect!
Top Notch Participants – The top designers, florists, caterers, and venues in Hampton Roads will have their fully set reception tables at the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth. Keep up with the A Crystal Clear Vision Facebook page to see the participants for this year.
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Top Notch Photographers – Some of the most sought-after photographers in Coastal Virginia will be on hand to capture the beauty and transformation of the whole event. Keep an eye on the blog and our Facebook page to get exclusive information on the photographers who will be on hand Feb. 11th!

New Linens/Products – New Waterford inventory will be on display at this event for the first time! You will be able to check out new linens and products that are on-trend for this upcoming wedding season, and see them set up for maximum inspiration!
Photo: Kirstyn Marie Photography

Amazing Sponsors – A Crystal Clear Vision 2018 would not be possible without our amazing lineup of sponsors!

INSPIRATION – The most important thing you can expect from attending A Crystal Clear Vision is to be inspired! You will leave this show with so many ideas and potential vendor connections for your big day. The ability to actually see fully set reception tables will get your mind spinning with all of the possibilities available!
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Waterford Wednesday: 2017 Year In Review

It’s the last Waterford Wednesday of 2017, friends!
We can hardly believe that 2018 is almost here! These year in review posts are always one of our favorites to write because it gives us a chance to reflect on the past year and some of our favorite milestones and goals we achieved. 2017 was another amazing year for Waterford as we continued to grow and stay on trend with the ever-changing industry. We couldn’t have imagined all of the amazing accomplishments we would have achieved this past year. Take a look at some of our favorite and most exciting moments of the year!

Winter
Our 2017 started off on a high note when we announced that we had again received a 2017 Couples’ Choice Award from WeddingWire. This was our 5th year to be recognized and we were just as thrilled as when we got the award our first year! Winter also saw us putting the final touches on our A Crystal Clear Vision 2017 bridal show – our biggest one yet! We knew the spring and summer months were going to be crazy for Waterford, so we were on the hunt for some awesome interns and event staff, while also attending many bridal shows to meet new brides! Rebecca and Brigitte manned our Waterford booth at both the DIY Bridal Expo and the VOW Bridal Showcase – both shows we love to attend every year!

Spring
Photo: Dragon Studio 
Photo: Kirstyn Marie Photography Designer: Emily Weddings
Photo: Amanda Manupella Photography Designer: Antonia Christianson Events
Spring came this year, and so did all the styled shoots! This shoot for Coastal Virginia Bride Magazine with Misty Saves the Day (featuring our girl Hayley) was one of our favorites of the year! Of course, the biggest event this spring was our 2017 A Crystal Clear Vision Show! It was a magical day featuring the best of the best vendors in Coastal Virginia. To see all of our hardwork and planning come to fruition was an amazing feeling! If you missed our posts showing off all of the tablescapes at the show, you can view them here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Summer
Photo: Audrey Rose Photography
Photo: Dragon Studio
Photo: Kirstyn Marie Photography
Summer is when the true Waterford hustle comes in to play! This summer saw our Waterford girls (and guys!) running from venue to venue doing setups and breakdowns, but that didn’t stop us from having fun in other areas too! We were thrilled to be a part of “The Creative’s Dinner” thrown by the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Rising Tide Society. The unique event, held at the Historic Post Office, was an actual dinner/gathering with a style shoot aspect taking place as well – how cool! Speaking of the Historic Post Office, we were also able to attend the 2017 ILEA Gala at this beautiful new venue as well! We were excited to provide the linens and chiavari chairs at the “A Night Under the Stars” themed event! This summer we also continued our tradition of taking updated staff photos, and Kirstyn Marie Photography knocked it out of the park with our individual and group shots!

Fall/End Of Year
Photo: Kirstyn Marie Photography
Photo: Dragon Studio — get tickets to A Crystal Clear Vision 2018 here!
Wrapping up our year, the biggest event was of course Rebecca’s wedding! It was a highly anticipated event and it was the most beautiful wedding – we can’t wait to share more pictures with you all! After announcing earlier in the year that A Crystal Clear Vision 2018 would be held at the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth, we’ve had fun over the past couple of months teasing the participants for the show this year! Another exciting moment was announcing that we had retired the sparkle Waterford shoe, and moved on to something a little more Waterford blue! And of course, we couldn’t let the holidays pass without our annual Christmas party as well! 

We can’t WAIT to see what amazing things 2018 brings, see you next year!

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Waterford Wednesday: 2018 Pantone Color of the Year

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
The Pantone Color of the Year announcement is always one of our favorites, and they just recently announced their pick for 2018! Last week, the team at Pantone made the big reveal that the color of the year is…Ultra Violet!
There is a lot of time and thought that goes into choosing the color of the year, and one of the specifications for the color is that it is supposed to serve as a representation for the whole year. Well, the symbolic meaning of Ultra Violet is “inventive and imaginative” and we think that is just perfect – especially from a wedding industry standpoint! Inventive + imaginative are two words we love to hear when referencing a wedding! We think that Ultra Violet really is a shade that can be super versatile in the event industry – this would be a GREAT linen color, could create a beautiful backlight color, and purple florals would be amazing as well! Ultra Violet, described as a “blue-based purple” is a color that can be paired with many other color combinations, and we can’t wait to see how this beautiful shade is used throughout 2018!

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Waterford Wednesday: The “Waterford Way”

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
2018 is sneaking up on us fast, and with that, so many exciting things for Waterford! We have our annual A Crystal Clear Vision show Sunday, February 11th at the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth, and we just recently released our first ever Waterford Catalog – a labor of love that we know will be such a huge resource for our vendor friends and clients in the new year! One thing that both our bridal show and catalog have in common is that they are both amazing resources for people to understand what we refer to as the “Waterford Way.” If you can’t attend A Crystal Clear Vision this year or haven’t had an opportunity to snag a catalog, you’re in luck! Today w’re going to dive into what the “Waterford Way” really means.

We Have Linens AND Products
Photo: Ashley Errington Photography
While we pride ourselves on specializing in providing high quality linens to our clients, we do have a few key products in our inventory as well! Our most popular products are our plate chargers (gold, silver & even beaded glass!) and our gorgeous gold chiavari chairs! We also have our white resin chairs on-site at the Women’s Club of Portsmouth, and our beautiful mahogany chiavari chairs on-site at the Historic Post Office.

We Ship Linens!
Although we are located in Hampton Roads and do most of our events in the surrounding area, we ship linens all over the United States for our clients! We absolutely love seeing our table linens, runners, overlays, and more transform events from the east coast to the west…our linens have traveled all over!

No Event Is Too Big Or Small!
Photo: Chelsea Anderson Photography 

Whether you are hosting a 300 person wedding, a more intimate event such as a bridal shower, or even an industry party, no event is too big or small for Waterford! We’ve done gorgeous setups for both large and small events and love the way that linens can add something extra to any event!

We Steam!
Next to providing great quality linens, steaming is one aspect that is very important to our company! We pride ourselves on making sure that every table linen and chair cover looks it’s very best during a setup and that there are no wrinkles in sight!

Stress Free!
Photo:  Audrey Rose Photography
Although your wedding day is one of the most exciting days of your life, it can definitely become one of the most stressful! One of our top priorities at Waterford is making sure that you are as stress free as possible when it comes to your linen rentals! For this reason we offer setup & breakdown services where our amazing staff handles all of the linen and product placement, ensuring it looks completely fabulous, so you can focus on the most important part of the day…getting married!

On Trend Linens
Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography
At Waterford we are committed to staying up to date on all of the new and innovative trends that circulate through the industry. Make sure you attend A Crystal Clear Vision 2018, to see all of the gorgeous new linens and patterns we’ve added to our inventory!

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Waterford Wednesday: Linen & Rentals Budget Tips

Happy Waterford Wednesday and Thanksgiving Eve, friends!
We are so excited about these next few holiday-heavy months coming up – it really is the best time of the year! While many of us will get to relax and enjoy time with our families, we can’t forget that there are still many events happening around this time too. The holidays can be overwhelming in themselves and adding in an event can become expensive. From linens, venue, dress, flowers, etc. there are so many decisions and expenses to think about. Sometimes, brides tend to cut linen rentals completely out of their budget because they don’t think that it will make that big of a difference. Obviously, we disagree with this! If you’re looking to still utilize some gorgeous linens/rentals in your wedding without going over budget, we’ve combined some tips just for you!

Embrace Table Runners & Overlays
It seems like table runners and overlays are often overlooked when picking linens for weddings. We carry MANY different colors and patterns in both of these linens, and they could really be your saving grace when it comes to cost! If the venue you choose offers complimentary base linens, throwing a table runner or overlay on top will give your table that pop of color and pattern, yet won’t have you over your budget as they are significantly less expensive than a full table linen. Table runners even look great on tables without a linen underneath!

Add Accent Tables Throughout
Photo: Erika Mills Photography

We absolutely love our specialty linens, but they can definitely become pricey if used on every single table. To save on costs without jeopardizing the overall beautiful look of your wedding, using basic linens and then alternating some tables with specialty linens is an excellent idea! It will create a great visual appeal of the whole room and will give guests many different eye-catching views.

Get The Most Out Of Your Chairs
Photo: David Champagne Photography
Choosing a chair that you can use for both the ceremony and reception is a great way to save a bit of cash! Of course you will want to check that your venue can accommodate a quick changeover during cocktail hour, though!

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Waterford Wednesday: Winter & Holiday Events!

It’s Waterford Wednesday!
The weather outside is getting chilly, winter is well on its way, and we are thinking about the holiday’s here at Waterford! Although the first day of winter isn’t technically until the end of next month, NOW is the time to start thinking about and planning your holiday festivities! Winter and holiday events can actually take a lot more planning than one might think, especially when you consider all of the details that go into them! So today we’ve rounded up some brief tips to help make sure your winter event goes off without a hitch!

  Rent Early!
 Photo: Will Hawkins Photography
While summer and spring months are considered the busy wedding/event season, it’s important to rent and reserve your vendors early in the winter months as well! Not only are there a lot of holiday parties happening around the winter months, but you should also consider the fact that your potential vendors may have varying hours over the holiday season!

Send Invites Early!
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With winter being one of the busiest travel times during the year, it’s crucial that you send out your invitations early! If you want certain people at your event (especially close family and friends!), then this is a necessary step to take! Your guests will appreciate the advanced notice, and they will have plenty of time to work their plans and schedules around your event!

Prepare for Weather!
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The last thing that you want to worry about during the planning of your winter event is weather, but it’s something that definitely needs to be in the forefront of your mind. Depending on the area you live in, weather (especially during the winter months!) can be very unpredictable, so staying in the know is key. Preparing and creating a backup plan for unpredictable weather, along with the delays and cancellations that come with it, will save you from a stressful panic should it happen the day of your event!

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Waterford Wednesday: Statement Table Runners

It’s Waterford Wednesday!
Today’s post is all about one of our favorite {and easy!} ways to spruce up any table: table runners! We talk a lot about our love of specialty table linens, but table runners are a wonderful way to incorporate your event color without having to use a full length specialty linen – win, win! Here are some of our favorite, fun table runners:

Black + White StripesPhoto: Melissa Kilner Photography
We just adore our black + white striped table runners! One thing we love about these particular runners is how versatile they are – they look great on their own, or they can enhance a table design with a base linen as well!

Rosette on Mesh
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Not only is our Rosette on Mesh gorgeous in a full length linen, but we adore it as a runner too! There are so many ways to utilize this runner, whether it be understated with a basic table linen as the base or more glamorous with a sequin linen as the base. Either way, the Rosette runner brings the perfect amount of texture to the table!

Navy + White Stripe
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Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography
Our Navy + White Stripe runners are always a favorite for our nautical and beach loving brides! These particular table linens are so versatile as well and often serve as the “pop” or “wow” piece of the table setting due to the pattern. 

Macrame
Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography
Our macrame runners are one of our new favorites! We used these beauties on our Waterford tabletop design at one of our ILEA meetings, and our visions of boho meets southern charm was brought to life with the macrame runners!

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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
Caitlin Gerres Photography
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
Erika Mills Photography
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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