Waterford Wednesday: Reception Space Hacks

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
We’re excited for today’s post where we’re going to share some helpful reception space hacks. We’ve been to hundreds of different venue spaces over the years and we’ve gathered some tips for fixing any reception space issue!

Crazy Carpet
David Champagne Photography
Crazy, patterned carpet is one of the top issues that most people have with their venue space. Oftentimes venues will have colorful carpet that doesn’t match your event theme and can be very distracting when combined with your decor. An easy way to keep your guests’ eyes off the carpet is by directing their gaze up! Intricate draping, interesting light arrangements, or beautiful floral are all easy ways to do this!

Old & Dated Chairs

Dressing up chairs with chair covers is a quick and easy fix for old and dated venue chairs. Adding a nice satin or organza sash will dress the chairs up even further! If you want to nix the venue provided chairs completely, renting beautiful chiavari chairs is another option if you have a little extra money in your budget!

The Space is Too Big
Audrey Rose Photography
While it’s better to have too much space than not enough, large, open ballrooms can make a venue seem cold. If you’re looking for a more intimate feel, you can divide the room with drapery, additional furniture, or low-hanging chandeliers and centerpieces!

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Waterford Wednesday: A Modern Twist

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
We’ve got a fun little post for you all today! With blogs and Pinterest taking the wedding and event industry by storm over the past couple of years, the “traditional” wedding look has definitely evolved. Couples are focused on incorporating personal style and creative ideas into their wedding day as opposed to just sticking to traditional norms. We’ve rounded up some of our recent favorite ways to add a modern approach to your wedding!

Velvet
Design: Palette of Petals // Photographer: Caitlin Gerres Photography
We are absolutely smitten over velvet linens! The silky and smooth fabric gives off a timeless look, yet is a modern approach to wedding table designs. The versatile fabric can be dressed up or down depending on the look you’re searching for and is definitely a more modern fabric approach.

Vintage
Photography: Diana Gordon Photography
There’s nothing quiet like the wow factor a vintage piece can bring to a table design. Whether it be an extravagant love seat or small decor items, these elements provide the perfect marriage of vintage and modern.

Shapes/Patterns
Photographer: Elizabeth Friske Photography
Interesting shapes and patterns are a modern trend that we’ve seen pop up in the industry. While the traditional shades of white and ivory are still wedding staples to a certain degree, many couples are choosing to go bold with different colors and designs in their linens.

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A Crystal Clear Vision Linens 2017: Part 3

It’s Part 3 of our A Crystal Clear Vision Linens 2017 posts!
This week it’s all the beautiful photos and linen details on the four tables that Caitlin Gerres Photography captured: A Lively Affair, ISO:ALT, Soirees by Lauren, and Spirit of Norfolk!

 Midnight Polyester | Pottery Print Overlay
How gorgeous was A Lively Affair’s blue and white chinoiserie chic tablescape? Our Midnight Polyester linen was the perfect base for the table, and our Pottery Print Overlay had a pattern that really brought their vision to life!
 Florist: Leslie Hartig Floral Design Plates: Table Seven Antiques, Glass/Flatware: Distinctive Event Rentals, Jars/Chair Shrugs: Little Stitch Studio

Silver Eyelash | White Polyester
ISO:ALT 
had such a unique table that was set apart from every other design, which we loved! The geometric aspects incorporated throughout, mixed with the varying colors shining down created an interesting overall look on our Silver Eyelash and White Polyester linens!

Pink Crinkle | Banana Leaf Overlay
Soirees by Lauren had the most FUN table! The tropical and flamingo inspired table was brought to life using our Pink Crinkle linen and Banana Leaf Overlay! We love how the floral centerpiece even had a tropical vibe to it!
Florist:
Fluttering Flowers, Stationary: PaperDolls Design

Vintage Lace Overlay | Gold Aphrodite
We love a good theme, and Spirit of Norfolk blew their Beauty and the Beast table out of the water! The attention to every single detail on their table (including the infamous rose!) was incredible and really brought the vision to life. Our Vintage Lace Overlay and Gold Aphrodite linens used as a faux runner down the middle of the table was the perfect addition!

Keep checking back each Friday as we show off all of the tables and behind the scenes shots from A Crystal Clear Vision 2017!     

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Waterford Wednesday: Linen Fabric Choices

It’s Waterford Wednesday!
Unless you’re in the wedding or event industry, you may not know the various fabric choices that are available, and believe it or not, the different fabric types can elevate or better explain the concept of your event. There are so many different types of fabrics to play with and each set their own tone. Today we are breaking down some of our favorite fabrics and giving you the scoop on our most popular choices!

Polyester – Polyester is a go-to linen for many events. Often used as a base linen in standard colors such as white, ivory, and black (but gorgeous in other colors as well!), this fabric is durable, crisp, and perfect to build off of!
Photo: Crystal Belcher Photography

Organza – This delicate and sheer fabric is classic at weddings, and can definitely give off a romantic and airy vibe to whatever table it is used on. Organza is beautiful when used on sashes, and is a common fabric for table overlays due to the linen underneath remaining  mostly visible creating a complimentary tablescape!
Photo: Dragon Photography Studio

Satin – If you’re looking for a romantic and elegant vibe at your event, satin is the fabric for you! The glossy look and texture creates an expensive overall feel for your event and is a popular sash fabric choice for those wanting to dress up their event chairs!
Photo: Sean Holder Photography

Lace – Lace is one of our favorite transitional fabric choices! We see it used a lot in the summer and fall months, and as such a delicate fabric it works for many different areas of your event. Lace is definitely a fabric that brings a softness to whatever table it’s included on!
Photo: David Champagne Photography

Pintuck – Pintuck is such an underrated fabric that we absolutely adore! Though it’s not used as often, this crisp and unique fabric is stunning as a stand-alone fabric, or paired with another and will give your tables an overall stylish feel!
Photo: Dragon Photography Studio

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Waterford Wednesday: Special Sweetheart Tables

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends! Today we’ve got a fun little post all about sweetheart tables and some cute and creative ways you can make these special tables shine a little more! At this years A Crystal Clear Vision, a few of our participants decided to design a sweetheart table rather than a full guest table, and these stunning designs gave us some good ideas that we just have to share with you! Here are three sweetheart table ideas that we love:

Love Seat
Photo: 
Amanda Manupella Photography Design: Antonia Christianson Events
A great way to add a little extra touch to your sweetheart table is to seat you and your loved one on a comfy sofa or love seat together! Not only does this incorporate a vintage feel, but it also has the potential to add in a nice bold pop of color depending on the chair you go with! We loved how Antonia Christianson Events added this chair into their design at A Crystal Clear Vision, it definitely made the whole design more romantic we think!

Floral Runner
Photo: Palette of Petals
Floral arrangements are always such a statement piece when it comes to sweetheart tables, and we absolutely adore the floral runner trend that’s been happening lately! Using a floral runner creates a unique and visually appealing element to your sweetheart table that will definitely set it apart from your guest tables!

Signage
Photo: Andi & Zoe Photography
Table signage is a cute and easy way to show off your sweetheart table seats! Something as simple as “Bride” and “Groom” signs are great starter ideas for you to get creative, but there are endless options when it comes to ideas! We love “The Sail” and “The Anchor” signs that were used at an Outer Banks wedding a couple of years ago! It really spoke to the bride and grooms style and worked well into the overall theme of the event!

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A Crystal Clear Vision Linens 2017: Part 2

We’re back for another A Crystal Clear Vision Linens 2017 post!
This week we are excited to share photos and linen details on the four tables that
Kirstyn Marie Photography captured: Emily Weddings, Events by JacklynFluttering Flowers, and Hummingbird Macaron!

Ivory/Gold Mermaid Sequins
Emily Weddings table design was an absolute stunner this year! For the second year in a row they won the People’s Choice Award, and for good reason! How amazing did our new Mermaid Sequins linen look on their table design, with that fabulous backdrop from Blue Steel Lighting?! This was definitely a table that will be talked about and remembered for years to come!
 Designer: Emily Weddings Florist: Palette of Petals

Light Blue Polyester | White Organza | Light Blue Majestic Runners
“A little bit Cinderella with some bold pops of color mixed in” was the direction that Events by Jacklyn envisioned for her table design, and with our Light Blue Polyester linen and Light Blue Majestic Runners she totally nailed it!
Designer: Events by Jacklyn // Florist: Gather Floral Design // Stationary: Victoria Paige Lettering // Vintage Rentals: Mad Hatter Vintage

Turquoise Majestic | Blue Allure Overlay
Fluttering Flowers table design was giving us major heart eyes with their use of various shades of blue! Our Turquoise Majestic linen and Blue Allure Overlay were the perfect combination to bring all of the thoughtful details (that cake and beautiful menu!) on the table together in a beautiful way!
Designer: Fluttering Flowers // Stationary: River City Graphics

Gold Disco Sequins | Champagne Satin
Can we all agree that macarons are just the prettiest displayed dessert ever? We loved how Hummingbird Macaron had their large assortment of macaron treats displayed in various ways on their “A Spring Tea in the Garden” inspired table! Our Gold Disco Sequins and Champagne Satin were the perfect base linens to make this table really shine!
Designer: Hummingbird Macaron // Florist: Isha Foss

Keep checking back each Friday as we show off all of the tables and behind the scenes shots from A Crystal Clear Vision 2017!

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Waterford Wednesday: Prepare For Your Linen Meeting

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
With the start of wedding season right around the corner, our office has been full of design meetings over the past couple of months. While we love these meetings and the time we get to spend with our sweet clients working through linen details for their big event, we know there are a bunch of other tasks they need to accomplish as well. So today, we’re going to share a few tips on helpful information to have prepared to maximize your time during your design meeting!

Know Your Venue
Elizabeth Henson Photos

Knowing the ins and outs of your venue as far as layout is concerned is one of the most useful things you can do before attending your linen design meeting! Asking your venue coordinator or on-site contact questions surrounding table sizes or any unique qualities will help you ensure you’re choosing the right linens.

 Know Your Guest Count
Amanda Hedgepeth Photography

Guest count is normally something that isn’t finalized until about a month or two before a wedding or event, and we totally understand that! Having an exact guest count isn’t necessary of course, but having a general idea will come in handy when choosing linens. It’s better to go with your “if everyone we invite shows up” number, rather than aiming low. It’s much easier to adjust your linen numbers down than potentially getting into a situation where product is not available because your count has increased dramatically from the initial number.

Know Your Budget
Audrey Rose Photography

Oh budgets – the end all be all of events, right?! Budgets can definitely be overwhelming, but having a solid understanding of your budget and the breakdown allotted to each aspect is very important. This breakdown will help you decide where your priorities lay as far as must-haves at your event, and will allow us to choose linens and products that coincide with your needs. There’s nothing worse than having a loose budget and falling in love with something that is out of reach!

We hope these little tips were helpful for you, and like we mentioned at the beginning, you don’t need to have it all figured out before meeting with us! We just wanted to give you a few things to consider that will hopefully make the crazy process run a little smoother!

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A Crystal Clear Vision Linens 2017: Part 1

Friends, it’s finally time!
We’ve officially got all of the pictures back from A Crystal Clear Vision 2017, and we are so excited to finally be able to share with everyone! Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be showing off the amazing photos and detailing the various linens that were used on each of the different tablescapes. We had five amazing photographers on hand to capture the event, and to avoid picture and information overload, we’ve broken down the posts by photographer! First up are the tables that Amanda Manupella Photography captured: Antonia Christianson Events, The Bridal Dish, and Waterford Event Rentals!

Rose Quartz Velvet Runner
How amazing was Antonia Christianson Events table this year?! She pulled design inspiration from her personal life and every.single.detail that she chose had a sentimental value attached to it. All of the custom elements she included from the monogrammed napkins and rose gold plates, down to the Rose Quartz Velvet Runner all came together in this epic sweetheart table!
Designer: Antonia Christianson Events // Florist: Isha Foss // Stationary: RSVP // Vintage Rentals: Mad Hatter Vintage

Black Sequins | Black Petal
The Bridal Dish used two of our favorite linens on their table design – Black Sequins and Black Petal! We haven’t seen these two linens used in black that often and we absolutely fell in love with how classic and expensive it made the table feel/look! No detail was left untouched on their design from the fabulous striped and clear chairs to the “gather” piece hanging above.
Designer: The Bridal Dish // Florist: Fluttering Flowers // Stationary: River City Graphics // Chairs: Big Top Entertainment & Chesapeake Bay Catering

Silver Diamond Sequins
Along with planning the whole A Crystal Clear Vision event, Waterford always loves the fact that we get to show off our design skills during the show too! This year, we decided to go with all the sparkles! Our Silver Diamond Sequins linen was the star of our table, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled with how everything turned out. The sparkles in contrast with the crisp white of our chiavari chairs and white chair covers gave off a glamorous feel that we just adored!

Keep checking back each Friday as we show off all of the tables and behind the scenes shots from A Crystal Clear Vision 2017!

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Simple Steps to Ensure You Have Perfect Place Settings

Welcome back, friends!
We’ve got a fun little post for you today! The whole planning process of an event can be overwhelming with so many different decisions that need to be made, so when we find ways to simplify part of the process, we obviously have to share! Today we’re going to share a few simple ways to ensure you have the perfect place settings at your next event! Creating a visually appealing place 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:

Sweat The Small Stuff (No, Really!)
Amanda Hedgepeth Photography
We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again: details matter at events! So, in the case of your place settings, it’s actually important to sweat the small stuff, aka the details! Subtle details are often the biggest showstoppers at a table setting, and trust us when we say that your guests will take notice of these small, but significant details!

Keep A Consistent Theme
Dragon Studio

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. For example, the place setting above was a perfect representation of the “Boho Beach” inspiration that Misty Saves the Day was aiming for!

Layer, Layer, Layer!
Deanna Casey Photography
Layering linens is a fun and easy way to create visually appealing place settings! How adorable is this tropical table setting with the varying patterns from the full length table linen and leaf runner? Oftentimes, people can be nervous using multiple patterns, but if done correctly, it can really be a wow factor for your guests.

Feature A Menu
Caitlin Gerres Photography
We can’t recommend this enough! 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 Settings
Audrey Rose 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. We were completely obsessed with these gorgeous name cutouts set on top of our napkins and plate chargers! 

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Waterford Wednesday: Ways to Add a Personal Touch

 Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
One thing that’s very important when planning any event is adding personal and unique touches throughout. The saying “it’s all in the details,” rings true when it comes to the event industry! Today we’re excited to share with you 5 easy ways to add a personal touch to your next event.
Location
Photo: Dragon Studio 
You know what they say – location, location, location! This sentiment definitely rings true when you’re considering a venue for your event.  Pick a location that suits your style! If you like nature and greenery, choose an outdoor venue, or if  you love glamorous and romantic, consider a venue that has “wow” elements such as high ceiling and chandaliers.

Invitations
Photo: Dragon Studio
Invitations are one of the first impressions of your event. A personal touch here will give your guests an idea of the style and what to expect from your wedding. Adding a beautiful band to hold all of the different pieces together, or a personalized stamp are two simple ways to make them extra special!

Extra Table Decor
Photo: David Champagne Photography

Additional table decor that either suits the style concept or are significant to you automatically make an event more personalized. We love the tea cups and saucers that were added throughout this table design!

Chair Cover and Linens
 Photo: David Schwartz Photography
Chair covers and linens are always a great way to add a personal touch to your event. The easiest way to do this is to use specialty linens, of course! Spending a little extra money dressing up tables that everyone will be paying attention to (like a sweetheart or cake table) is always a special design touch! How great are our leaf petal linens on this dessert table? They definitely brought the  “enchanted woodland” theme to life!

Lighting
If there is one element that we always suggest (besides linens, of course!)  it’s lighting! Great lighting can take your event to the next level. Lighting plays a crucial role in creating the mood for your space, and adds an intimate personal touch.

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