Waterford Wednesday: Let’s Talk Napkins!

Let’s talk napkins!
We’ve done a couple of Waterford Wednesday posts on napkins – like the different folds you can use and some napkin inspiration to add creativity to your table, but today is all about the “why” behind napkins! Why do we think they are such an important element to your table design? Why should you definitely utilize napkins at your place settings? Check out some of our top reasons:

Pop of Color!
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Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography
One of the top reasons that we are huge advocates for napkins is the pop of color that they can potentially bring to your table! If your table design is mostly neutrals, but you want a nice accent color added in to your theme, a colorful napkin is the way to go! Waterford has a HUGE inventory of napkins (seriously, check out our storage!) in many different colors, so finding the perfect shade would be no issue!

Added Texture
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Photo: Dragon Studio
If you’ve been following our blog for awhile, you know that we are all about mixing and matching linen textures! Adding a basic satin or polyester napkin to a table design that has a heavily textured linen can really make for stunning look! We loved how our Royal Blue Polyester Napkins looked on top of our Champagne Payette Sequins linen!

Accentuate!
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Photo: Audrey Rose Photography
Not only can napkins provide a pop of color at your table, but they can also serve as an interesting accessory! There are so many different ways to “dress up” your napkins – from a pretty fold, to napkin rings, or even incorporating a menu or thank you note inside!
Waterford Tip: If you’re looking for an intricate napkin fold, make sure you’re choosing a fabric that will work!

Inexpensive Decor
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Photo: Amanda Hedgepeth Photography
One of the great things about napkins is that they are a very inexpensive rental that can make a huge difference on your table! With prices starting as low as $.55, you can’t turn away from investing in napkins that can take your table design to the next level! If you’re on a budget and not interested in some of the more expensive specialty linens, napkins are the perfect alternative!

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Waterford Wednesday: Holiday Parties

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving, friends!
Don’t the holidays always seem to sneak up so quickly?! We always love this time of year because it gives us a chance to see how our customers use linens in a very different way – at holiday parties and events! There is something so festive and exciting about a holiday party, and we’ve found that people really like to go bold and get creative with their linens and decor! Check out some of our favorite ideas for holiday parties this year:

Holiday Inspired Decor
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Photo: Leigh Skaggs Photography
Incorporating holiday decor pieces in your table design is a must at any party! How cute is this cranberry and cinnamon arrangement on a folded napkin?! Not all parties have to include holiday colors or trees, wreaths, and sparkle to make them festive!

Non-Traditional Is Fun Too!
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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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: Elegant Sequin Styled Shoot

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
Remember a couple weeks ago when we posted our Event Style Inspiration, where we talked about extravagant & glamorous versus simple & classic table designs? We gave you a sneak peek of a gorgeous elegant sequin table design photographed by Lauren Simmons Photography, and today we’re excited to show you more from this styled shoot at The Obici House! This particular shoot was a team effort by some of the top vendors in Hampton Roads at the Rising Tide Society Tuesday’s Together. Check out some of our favorite shots:
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Vendor Love:
Venue: The Obici House // Coordinator: Savy Wedding & Event Planning, LLC // Florals:  Kathy Forrest Design // Cake: Brittany Meeks-Carr of Sugar on Top Cakes & Sweets // Calligraphy: Megan Noblett of Salty Sweetie Designs // Linens: Waterford Event Rentals, LLC // Vintage Rentals: Savy Wedding & Event Planning // Rentals: Big Top Entertainment // Jewelry: Beth Vinson My Secret Garden Va // Dress: Jill Ferras Jillian Fellers // Beauty: Susanne Mayer and Holly of Best Face Forward Skin, Makeup & Color Artists // Stationery: Amber Dominique Gibson of Amber Dominique Designs Events

If you’re looking for table design inspiration, keep checking back for updates on our annual A Crystal Clear Vision show! This is the perfect show for all you brides to be to gain exclusive design ideas!

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Waterford Wednesday: Maximize Speciality Linens

It’s our first Waterford Wednesday post of November!
The holiday season always seems to sneak up on us. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, there are only eight Friday’s until Christmas, and then A Crystal Clear Vision is in March! These next four months are going to fly by, and things are already starting to roll with our 2017 event – table registration for florists, caterers, and designers opens TOMORROW!
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Use Speciality AND Basic Linens
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The top tip we could give when it comes to maximizing speciality linens (and staying within your budget) is to mix & match! Alternating between speciality 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
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. Did someone say sequins?!

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
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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! This is the perfect show for all you brides to be to gain exclusive design ideas!

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Waterford Wednesday: Event Style Inspiration

Happy Wednesday, friends!
It has been quite the week for Waterford with two huge announcements! First, we are SO excited to be partnering with The Historic Post Office to offer mahogany chiavari chairs on-site when their venue opens this December! And second, A Crystal Clear Vision is back for another year on March 4, 2017! This year is going to be even better than last year, so save the date and stay tuned for more details!
14572817_1132368490133740_944193141230467845_nThis time of the year is always one of our favorites, as there is so much “behind the scenes” planning in the works with design meetings and planning for upcoming bridal shows, so today we’re sharing two different ways to achieve the perfect style for your event to make it unforgettable!

Simple & Classic
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Fresh, clean, and uncomplicated! Every event is unique with it’s own style, and if you’re someone who believes that “less is more,” a simple event style is the perfect option! Choosing from our basic table linens in neutral colors is the perfect way to achieve this particular feel. A table cloth in white or ivory would be a great starting point and adding a table runner or overlay in a similar neutral tone would bring the table together elegantly! The addition of a white or ivory chair cover with a neutral sash, or a classic gold chiavari chair would round out your event perfectly!

Extravagant & Glamorous
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While some people like  simple and classic, others believe that if you’re going to throw an event, you better go big! If an expensive look and feel is what you’re going for, an extravagant and glamorous design is the way to go! Choosing from our specialty linens would be a great starting point for creating the perfect “glam” look. Adding a pop of sequins, whether it be in a table runner, overlay, or full length table linen is an obvious necessity to round out your lavish event! Instead of choosing a basic white or ivory table linen, a gorgeous full length satin or pintuck would make for a stunning overall look! Of course, a “wow” centerpiece is a MUST with your glam linens!

If you’re looking for more table design inspiration, keep checking back for updates on our annual A Crystal Clear Vision show! This is the perfect show for all you brides to be to gain exclusive design ideas!

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Waterford Wednesday: Stephanie’s Wedding!

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
We are SO excited for today’s post, because it’s all about Stephanie’s wedding! Stephanie and Eddie got married earlier this month, and we’re thrilled to finally be able to share the pictures that Caitlin Gerres Photography captured, along with some inside scoop from the bride herself! Check out the mini interview we did with Stephanie below and some of our favorite shots!

What was your vision for your wedding?: It was very important for me to make our wedding enjoyable for everyone.  I wanted it to be classic, unique and romantic. I also wanted there to be a feeling of being outside in a vineyard (which is exactly what guests told me they felt!) Success!

After working in the linen industry, there was obviously a lot of interest in what linens you would choose! Was there one linen you absolutely had to have?: I wanted something that was unique and that hadn’t been in the market for long. So, when we got our new sequin floral overlays, it was the perfect opportunity for me to use something no one else had yet! Also, the sequin polka dot linens..those have been one of my favorites since I started working at Waterford.

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Guest Tables:
Khaki Poly & Sequin Floral Lace Overlay
Guest Tables: Ivory Petal
Head Table: Nude Sequin & Sequin Floral Lace Runners
Cake/Popcorn: Ivory Crinkle
DJ/Gift: Burgundy Poly
Cocktail: Sequin Polka Dot & Champagne Blush
Napkins: Khaki Poly & Burgundy Poly
Chargers: Glass Beaded & Gold
Chairs: Gold Chiavari

Did you plan every aspect of your wedding, or have help?: Working in the industry, I had a good idea of what I wanted and did not want for my wedding. When it came to planning and designing, I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it on my own…and I did just that! I had all of these visions in my head, and while the design and details were mostly mine, I would have nothing without the amazing vendors that I chose to help me. There were many times that I came into the Waterford office stressed, upset, and basically ready to give up. Thank God for Alyse and Rebecca because they were always there for me and always supported my ideas and were ready with advice!

Any last minute thoughts on your wedding?: Because of all the vendors involved (see below!), my friends and family, and of course my loving husband, I had the wedding of my dreams! And I am so grateful.

Vendor Love:
Venue: Sheraton VB Oceanfront | Coordination: Soirees by Lauren | Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige from The White Magnolia Bridal Salon | Bride’s Shoes: Jessica Simpson | Bridesmaids: Ava Clara Bridal | Cake: Incredible Edibles Bakery | DJ: Danny at Astro Entertainment | Favor: Tastebuds Popcorn | Florals: Botanique Events | Groom’s Attire: Mens Wearhouse | Hair & Makeup: Wink Salon | Lighting: Stage Right Lighting | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals | Photography: Caitlin Gerres Photography | Rings: Madison Jewelers | Stationary: Paperdolls Design

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Waterford Wednesday: Table Details

Happy Waterford Wednesday!
If there’s one piece of advice that we could give to someone in the wedding industry, it’s that details matter! Thoughtful and creative details at a wedding can really set it apart from the rest. Taking the time to sprinkle fine details throughout your wedding will not only create a memorable experience for your guests, but an overall more cohesive look for your event! Here are some of our favorite ways to add in some extra special details to your tables:

Plate Chargers
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Plate chargers are the perfect addition to any table! They can create a great layered look to your table, as well as provide an elegant and sophisticated touch to each place setting. We have many different plate charger options ranging from solid colors (gold, silver, red) to beaded glass (gold, silver).

Chair Sashes
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Although not technically on the table, chair sashes can be utilized around the table, so the detail they can bring is reflected as part of the table setting. Sashes can be rented in coordinating colors to your other event details and can be displayed with various ties ranging from classic, modern and intricate. Check out the many different ties we offer here!

Table Runners
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Table runners, like table linens, provide the base for your whole table and the various smaller details you place on top of them. The options for table runners are endless! Satin, pintuck, bright color, neutral color, sequin, specialty. . .you name it, we have the perfect table runner for you!

Napkins
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Finally, napkins are one of the easiest ways to add a little color and creative detail to your table! With SO many color and fabric options, along with many different ways to fold them, napkins are a simple yet significant detail that you can add!

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Waterford Wednesday: Half Moone Wedding

Happy Waterford Wednesday!
If you follow along with us on Facebook, you saw that Stephanie’s wedding was this past weekend, and it was absolutely fabulous! We can’t wait to see all of the pictures, but in the meantime, we’re obsessing over this sneak peek! Today, we’re reminiscing on one of our favorite weddings from this past summer. The Girl Tyler captured a beautiful wedding at Half Moone in downtown Norfolk, and we loved how the linen, floral and other decor came together so well! Check out some of our favorite shots:samantha-john_wedding-norfolk_half-moone_june-2016_thegirltyler-2043samantha-john_wedding-norfolk_half-moone_june-2016_thegirltyler-2035samantha-john_wedding-norfolk_half-moone_june-2016_thegirltyler-2065samantha-john_wedding-norfolk_half-moone_june-2016_thegirltyler-2107samantha-john_wedding-norfolk_half-moone_june-2016_thegirltyler-2038samantha-john_wedding-norfolk_half-moone_june-2016_thegirltyler-2064samantha-john_wedding-norfolk_half-moone_june-2016_thegirltyler-2282samantha-john_wedding-norfolk_half-moone_june-2016_thegirltyler-2060samantha-john_wedding-norfolk_half-moone_june-2016_thegirltyler-2121samantha-john_wedding-norfolk_half-moone_june-2016_thegirltyler-2099We love, love, love all of the gorgeous natural light that the windows at Half Moone provide! Our champagne sequins runners on the guest tables and sweetheart table seem to sparkle just a little brighter in this venue! The beautiful florals and intricate greenery by Isha Foss made the tables the focal point of the room, and our moss satin napkins were the perfect shade to compliment the green! Our gold chiavari chairs and gold plate chargers were the final pieces to bring the whole table design together!

Photography: The Girl Tyler // Floral: Isha Foss // Coordination: Simply Perfect Events // Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting

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Waterford Wednesday: Picking Linen Colors

It’s Waterford Wednesday!
Today is all about deciding on linen colors for your event! Picking linen colors can sometimes be a difficult part of your reception planning process, but it doesn’t have to be! With a new season upon us, we always see a shift in the color choices that our clients choose so it’s the perfect time to list some of our best tips for picking the best linen colors for your event!

Get Inspiration
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First things first: Get Inspired! 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!
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Many think that white linens are too “boring” or “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. White is crisp and clean, but it certainly doesn’t have to be boring! Adding 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!
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Don’t let the “norm” get in the way of what you like. Just because you’re having a fall or winter event doesn’t mean you can’t include summer colors! Choose colors 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!

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Waterford Wednesday: Falling For Lace

Happy Fall, y’all!
We know that fall doesn’t technically arrive until tomorrow, but we’ve been in the spirit since September started! As summer comes to a close, we are more than excited to see the shift in weddings that fall will bring. We’re dreaming of burlap, deeper colors, and of course. . .more lace! Lace is a fabric that transitions so seamlessly from season to season, and it has been a huge trend this year. We’ve added so many beautiful lace linens to our inventory and we can’t wait to see them transitioned from event to event! Check out some of our favorite lace pictures from the year so far:Demi&Brandon_Reception-0005Elizabeth Henson Photos – Vintage Floral LaceView More: http://audreyrosephotography.pass.us/briannaandshawnAudrey Rose Photography – Vintage Floral Laceunspecified-10Amanda Manupella Photography  – Ivory Victorian Lace Runner
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See what we mean about Lace being so versatile?! Lace is such a sophisticated style of fabric that it can really be utilized in some way, no matter what your theme is (evidenced by the varying pictures above!) Whether it’s a romantic tablescape, or a rustic/antique style design, you can’t go wrong with Lace! We love that Lace is an essentially see-through fabric, so it doesn’t restrict you to only using lighter colors that match perfectly…it’s so easy to play around with different colors and fabrics underneath! Lace linens, with their classic and timeless appeal will always be a favorite here at Waterford!

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