Waterford Wednesday: 2016 Year In Review

Happy New Year, friends!
We can hardly believe that 2017 is already 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 all of the major milestones and goals we achieved. 2016 was such a huge year for Waterford. It seems like we say that every year, but we are continually focused on growing, which is exactly what we did this year! 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
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Photo: Elizabeth Henson Photos
Our 2016 started off on a high note when we announced our 3rd Annual Crystal Clear Vision event! We gave some exclusive information about all of the amazing participants who would be joining the one of a kind bridal show, along with the big news that we had partnered with Mayapalooza to put on the ultimate bridal showcase in Coastal Virginia. Winter was also an exciting time for our business as we hit 100 reviews on WeddingWire – we could not have achieved this huge milestone without our amazing clients! As we prepared for the many bridal shows this season brings, Alyse and Rebecca went to TSE in sunny Florida to expand their education in the industry, and came back with so many fresh and inspiring ideas for Waterford! To round out winter, we were thrilled to finally add gold chiavari chairs to our inventory!

Spring
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Spring is always a really exciting time for Waterford, as that is when our anniversary is! Celebrating five years of being in business was definitely the highlight of this season. Springtime at Waterford is most often dedicated to preparing for the crazy wedding season that the summer months bring! We participated in many styled shoots with some of our favorite vendors throughout this time. We also got to participate in the under the sea inspired 2016 ILEA Gala! We provided all of the linens and chairs for the gala and Alyse was named the Director of Communications for the chapter!

Summer
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The biggest news of the summer was definitely Rebecca’s engagement! We were so thrilled for her, and are even more excited for her and Cody to get hitched this November! We continued our summer tradition of taking updated staff photos, and Julie Clyde Creative knocked it out of the park with our individual and group shots that are updated on our website! Between our crazy schedule with events and client meetings, we were able to take a step back and provide linens for an epic styled shoot at the NorVA that ended up gracing the cover of Coastal Virginia Magazine, as well as having a 12 page spread!

Fall/End Of Year
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Wrapping up our year, we were thrilled when one of our very own Waterford gals, Stephanie, got hitched! Another exciting moment was getting to tease our 4th Annual Crystal Clear Vision event, with promises that the 2017 event would be bigger and better than ever! Adding mahogany chiavari chairs to our inventory was a perfect way to round out the year! These beauties are stored on-site at the The Historic Post Office, for the convenience of our brides there! 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 2017 brings, see you guys next year 🙂

Photo 4-6 // Caitlin Gerres Photography
Photo 7 // Chelsea Anderson Photography
Photo 8-9 // Rob Korb Photography

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Waterford Wednesday: Winter Events

It’s Waterford Wednesday!
Although it’s been pretty chilly for the last couple of weeks, today is officially the first day of winter! This time of the year is considered a slower season for many in the event industry, but with holiday parties and winter weddings, linens are always needed! Though not technically in the months that make up “wedding/event season,” winter events can actually take a lot more planning than one might think. So today we’ve rounded up some brief tips to help make sure your winter event goes off without a hitch!

  Rent Early!
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Photo: Fowler Studios

As we mentioned above, summer and spring months are considered the busy wedding/event season, but 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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Photo: Jessica Ryan Photography

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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Photo: Jessica Ryan Photography

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: 2017 Pantone Color of the Year

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
The Pantone Color of the Year announcement is always one of our favorites, (check out our 2016 & 2015 blog posts!) and we think they nailed the choice for 2017! Last week, the team at Pantone made the big announcement that the color of the year is…Greenery!
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Check out Pantone’s website here for more information on the 2017 Color of the Year!

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Waterford Wednesday: New Products!

Happy Waterford Wednesday!
We’ve got an exciting post for you today talking all about some of our new products! One of our biggest goals at Waterford is to stay on trend with the wedding industry and keep our inventory stacked with great linens and products that our clients will love. Just like fashion, linen trends come and go, so it’s important for us to constantly be up to date on what our clients want and need. Check out three of the gorgeous new products we’ve recently added to our inventory!

Champagne Leaf Sequinsleaf-sequins-overlayHow beautiful is our new Champagne Leaf Sequins linen?! As many of your already know, all of us at Waterford are huge fans of sequins, so this linen speaks to us on so many levels! We just love the fact that this linen puts an interesting twist on a traditional sequins linen with the added leaf pattern. This linen is super versatile and can be used for a “special” table such as your sweetheart or cake table, but could also work great on your guest tables!

Rose Gold Floral Glitterrose-gold-floral-glitter-overlaysOur new Rose Gold Floral Glitter linen is another sparkly gem that is totally making us swoon! We love the vintage feel of this linen and the glitter touch is amazing without being overwhelming. The rose gold color is one that we’ve seen a lot of this year, and it looks great with so many different colors that you could pair it with almost anything!

Charcoal Natural Linennatural-linen-charcoalOur new Charcoal Natural Linen is another new favorite at Waterford! One of the things we love about this linen is the color – it’s so different from many of the colors we have in our inventory, so that definitely adds to the appeal! This charcoal linen is a great option for clients who want a solid colored linen on your guest tables, but are looking to veer away from the standard white, ivory or black!

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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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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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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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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!
14639896_1808472259396918_6652110788755045777_nNot only does A Crystal Clear Vision feature the top wedding vendors in Hampton Roads, but also a lot of our newest speciality linen inventory! There will be table designs styled with many different budgets in mind, and we’re here to give you our top tip on how to maximize your speciality linen picks, along with some steps to ensure you pull the look of flawlessly!

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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stephanieeddiewedding-details-179stephanieeddie-sheratonvirginiabeachweddingbts-113blacktiesheratonvirginiabeachwedding-287What linens did you have?:
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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