Our Favorite New Trend: Velvet!

Woo hoo!!!!! It’s finally Wednesday which means another blog coming at ya! Today, we wanted to talk about one of our FAVORITE trends that is surely to pick up around the fall. VELVET. If you’re into subtle texture then you might definitely want to consider adding some velvet to your reception space someway somehow. Personally, we try to show EVERYONE something velvet when they come in our showroom just because we love it so much. Not only is there an option for just standard velvet, but you can get an etched velvet pattern or even a crushed velvet look. Either way, we think velvet speaks for itself. Take a peek and see if you agree.

Let’s start off with this INCREDIBLE floral velvet linen that was used by Chef by Design at our 2020 Crystal Clear Vision Bridal Expo! The elegance of this linen is second to none. This provides an incredible way to tie in your wedding colors and give all the romantic vibes. This photo doesn’t even begin to describe the beauty of this linen. No doubt this one will stop you in your tracks.Table Design: Chef by Design | Photographer: Caitlin Gerres Photography

Another linen that was used for this first time at our bridal show was a beautiful ocean velvet. A mix between blue and green, and paired with these colored glasses makes us feel like we’re sitting on the beach watching the waves roll in. Don’t forget blue is the Pantone Color of the Year so be quick to add this to your reception space somewhere before the year is up!Table Design: Rusty Cottage | Photographer: Kirstyn Marie Photography

Another great velvet option is for those brides looking for an earthy, boho vibe. This napkins are BRAND. SPANKIN. NEW. We are so thrilled to have these as part of our inventory and expect to get a lot of use out of them this fall.Table Design: Indie & Ivory | Photographer: Caitlin Gerres Photography 

Our next feature is a stunning neutral tone which we refer to as cashmere. Along with the velvet trend, going ALL NEUTRAL is a big hit! What better way to get the best of both worlds than with a linen like this. We just love how these colors bounce off one another for the perfect warm & cozy guest table.Table Design: Sunkissed Events | Photographer: Jessica Ryan Photography

Last but not least is our romantic & elegant rose quartz velvet. This linen is unique in that it can take on a mix of dusty rose/mauve and wisteria. It’s all about what you pair it with! Here it’s seen with our french floral blush napkin and white lace runner.Table Design: The Twisted Fork | Photographer: Katie Nesbitt Photography

I’m sure by now you have joined the velvet train! We just love all the possibilities that come with velvet. Don’t gorget these are available in napkins and runners as well.

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New Products Alert!!

Hope everyone is ready for the flood of pictures from A Crystal Clear Vision 2020! This week we are so excited to showcase some of our NEW products. Jessica Ryan photographed our table where we got to show everyone in attendance some of the incredible new products we’ll be offering in 2020.Ta-daaaaaa! Our 2020 Crystal Clear Table brought to you by some AMAZING vendors.

Design by: Waterford Event Rentals & Antonia Christianson Events | Chandelier: James Christianson |  Chandelier Rigging: Stage Right Lighting | Floral: Isha Foss Design | Calligraphy: Jessica Hanyok Calligraphy | Photography: Jessica Ryan Photography |

A picture is worth a thousand words….. So enjoy!New product: Florence Jacquard WhiteNew Product: Wooden ChargersNew Product: Sonoma Chair Natural WoodLike what you see here?? If you want to be the first to get your hands on these products, we are only a phone call away. We are soooo excited to offer these BEAUTIFUL new products starting May 2020!  We’re offering so many more new things for 2020, you just don’t want to miss out! From chiffon to velvet, we’ve got you covered across the board, or table 😉

We will see you at The Woman’s Club of Portsmouth on August 7th at The Summer Social for way more FUN and inspiration! Don’t forget to keep checking back for tickets.

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Wonderful Williamsburg Wedding

Back in June we were chosen to help bring an incredible vision to life! Madi and Tanner got married at the Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg, then headed to the Williamsburg Inn for their reception. The outcome…. AMAZING.The linens shown here are the elegant silver jacquard which we used for the first time with this wedding! We love the subtle pattern that still makes the reception stand out like no other. The centerpieces were kept simple with a beautiful boa and some flowers and a few candles scattered throughout.We just had to show you a close up of these place settings. I mean how cute are these monogrammed napkins?!? We are OBSESSED. Each guest had their napkin folded hanging off the table to display the bride and groom’s monogram. Such a brilliant touch added to this sophisticated wedding. We also are just loving how the gold on their menu card pairs perfectly with our gold glass beaded chargers.Another close up of the guest tables’ centerpieces that were super simple but added the perfect touch to every table.Ok, this is head table is TO. DIE. FOR. The backdrop included three full walls of greenery with the most beautiful monogram in the center. Notice the flowers used here also match all the tables for the reception which makes us love it even more! This was such a fun wedding to be a part of and we love how the linen choices made Madi’s special day stand out.Wishing these William & Mary grads nothing but the best!

Vendor Shoutouts:

Planner: Wedding Company of Williamsburg | Venue: Williamsburg Inn | Photography: Luke & Ashley Photography | Lighting: Stage Right Lighting | Florals: Flower Cupboard | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals | Chairs & Dance Floor: Big Top Entertainment | Dress: Hayley Paige | Bar Rentals & Decor: Paisley & Jade | Band: New Royals Band | Trolley: Taylor’s Trolleys & Williamsburg Chauffeur & Richmond Trolley | Makeup & Hair: Jennifer Saunders Bridal | Paper Products: Cardinal and Straw | Wood Monogram: Yorkview Design | String Quartet: Jamestown Strings

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Simple but Modern Vibes

Looking back at this aaaamazing wedding we had at the Chrysler Museum of Art back in the spring. We just love the colors and use of greenery that pair perfectly with the classic vibes of the Chrysler. Kristina chose to keep her colors to a minimum and stuck with ivory, black, and a whole lot of greenery. The design of these guest tables is something some of our girls have never seen and still talk about.

The linens used here include our ivory majestic paired with our black polyester napkins. We love the little bit of texture that majestic can bring to your guest tables.

As we’ve mentioned before- we are huge fans of mismatching centerpieces. While both centerpieces are beautiful, they are dramatic and make a statement in their own ways. On the round tables, a tall black floral stand was used topped with only the most beautiful greenery. On the other hand, the long rectangular tables were draped with an incredibly long and gorgeous garland. We adore how well these two looks complement each other.

On her sweetheart table Kristina added a touch of gold in her table decor with the small geometric votive holders and the use of our gold glass beaded chargers. Remember chargers are a perfect touch of color to add to your sweetheart table or even the guest tables!

A tiny detail that made sure to catch our eye were these super cute acrylic name plates personalized not only for the bride and groom but all the guests too. How cute is that! We love to be a part of weddings where the bride steps outside the box or shows us something we’ve never seen before.

The perfect finishing touch to this beautiful reception is the wedding cake topped with a tiny bit of gold and greenery. A simple satin ivory linen was chosen and is a perfect accent to all that comes with this cake. The gold flakes are our favorite part!

Vendor Shoutouts:

Venue: Chrysler Museum of Art | Photographer: Jessica Ryan Photography | Coordinator: Golden Luxe Events| Caterers: Cuisine and Company | DJ: Astro Entertainment | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals | Centerpieces: Black Iris Florist | Draping: Classy Event Rentals | Officiant: Evan Poe | Ice Art: Ice Art VA | Makeup: BlushTones | Hair: The Hair Days | Transportation: High Life Limousine

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CRYSTAL CLEAR VISION 2020 TICKETS GO LIVE!

What better way to celebrate Lucky number 7 for our seventh annual A Crystal Clear Vision Bridal Show than releasing tickets for sale on 11/7/2019!! Make sure to check back tomorrow when they go LIVE! We wanted to give you a sneak peek of some of 757’s hottest vendors participating in our show again.  Below is a hint of what A Crystal Clear Vision looks like with the best local vendors creating their own table designs trying to win our awards. This year’s vendor list includes: planners, DJ’s & entertainment, florists, venues, photographers, and so much more!

Our first returning vendor is Carolyn Celeste Weddings, better known as the 2019 Crystal Clear People’s Choice Award winner. Carolyn is one of the wedding planners that joins us every year when it comes time for Crystal Clear to ramp up again.

Can’t you tell why she won People’s Choice?? I mean just look at all that gold!

Photography: Leigh Skaggs Photography

Also joining us again this year as a Platinum Sponsor is Soirees by Lauren. Ashley is another local event coordinator and has supported us from day one!

We are still swooning over last year’s table from Crystal Clear! Ashley chose a subtle ivory and white patterned linen that she pinned to display a black underlay. She also had a hanging floral arrangement that dropped beautifully down to her centerpieces.

Photography: Kirstyn Marie Photography

Looking for a caterer? Don’t worry, we will have all the best joining us on February 9th ready to meet you! Below is Chef by Design‘s table from 2019 Crystal Clear.

We LOVE the vibrancy and fun colors they used and perfected their table with beautiful napkins to match. The napkins Chef by Design chose were beautiful, velvet napkins folded in a knot or trifold hanging style.

Photography: Leigh Skaggs Photography

The Signature at West Neck will be a part of this Crystal Clear Vision. Last year they chose to drape chiffon sashes all over their table and we have been dying for a bride to snag this idea for her sweetheart table.

Remember these sashes come in white, ivory, dusty blue, dusty rose, grey, and champagne which are sure to match your wedding colors and give your sweetheart table a romantic and unique look that no one has ever seen!

Photography: Caitlin Gerres Photography

If you’re looking for a fun addition to your head table or sweetheart table, we will have Mad Hatter Vintage again showcasing their amazing vintage pieces you can add anywhere in your wedding.

Mad Hatter picked one of our new favorite pieces: rose quartz velvet napkins and runners to complement their vintage velvet bench top.

Photography: Dragon Studio Photography

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the grand prize!!! We will be giving out a FREE WEDDING once again! A HUGE thank you to all the amazing vendors that participate in A Crystal Clear Vision & an even bigger thank you to those that donate their services to one lucky bride each year! Don’t forget to go to our website tomorrow when tickets go on sale! Every person that attends will be entered to win the free wedding giveaway package! Trust us, you don’t want to miss this! We’ll see you all February 9th at the Princess Anne Country Club.

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Sprucing Up Your Guest Tables Using Farm Tables

In case you haven’t already heard- we have farm tables!!!!!! These new, beautiful farm tables can really be the focal point when it comes to designing your reception area. The tables are new to us this year and we get so excited every time we get to take these out for an event. The farm tables can be used for your king’s table, sweetheart table, cake table, or whatever you can think of!

Photography: Dragon Photography Studio Table Design: Waterford Event Rentals & Antonia Christianson Events

In July, we hosted our very first Summer Social bridal event! And what better way to decorate our table than with one of our beautiful farm tables and gold chiavari chairs. This farm table was accessorized using our coral chiffon runners and succulents for center pieces. The theme of this year’s Summer Social was sunset ombre so we wanted to make sure we incorporated all of those fun colors in our table and we did that through the napkins.

Photography: Dragon Photography Studio Table Design: Waterford Event Rentals & Antonia Christianson Events

We had so much fun designing this table and being able to use napkins in lots of different fabrics and folding styles gives you an idea of the endless possibilities when designing your guest tables! The farm tables are a beautiful addition to your reception and are sure to be a conversation starter!

Photography: Katie Nesbitt Photography Table Design: Waterford Event Rentals & Antonia Christianson Events

We just loveeee the way our farm tables look after all the things have been added. This look is from our 2019 Crystal Clear Vision table at the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth. The farm table is simple and elegant with the white chiffon runners and beautiful gold beaded glass chargers. We love the sleek and romantic look of this guest table with a small pop of color in the menu card and napkin.

Photography: Katie Nesbitt Photography Table Design: Waterford Event Rentals & Antonia Christianson Events

Zooming out from the place setting allows you to see how the farm table looks in all its glory! The centerpieces used were small and simple allowing the farm table to be the center of attention. We love this farm table paired with our white chiavari chairs and the champagne chiffon sashes complement the chiffon runners perfectly. If you are interested in the farm tables being the stand out piece of your reception area, it doesn’t take much to give them a beautiful, polished look that your guests will never forget. This design goes hand and hand with the simple & natural look of the farm tables and the earthy colors of the plants and place settings is one to die for!

Photography: Kelsey Walne Photography  Table Design: Touche’ Event Design & Production

We are OBSESSED with the way Touche’ Event Design & Production transformed our farm tables at Raven and Dane’s wedding this summer! If you plan on having a king’s table at your wedding, the farm table is the perfect way to make sure your bridal party stands out. The design on the farm table is super simple and every aspect of color used on this table matches each other perfectly. We love the romantic look the organza runner gives us paired with the incredible white flowers used in the center pieces.

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Waterford Wednesday: Head Table vs. Sweetheart Table

Happy Waterford Wednesday!
When planning a wedding reception, one aspect that brides/grooms need to decide on is – head table vs. sweetheart table. While this may seem like a trivial decision to some, there is often a lot of back and forth on which one to choose, so today we’re here to help you out! We’ve come up with a list of questions to ask yourself that will hopefully steer you toward the right decision for you/your event!

Is intimate time during dinner important to you?
Photo: Jessica Ryan Photography

If enjoying an intimate first dinner with your new spouse is high on your priority list, then having a Sweetheart Table is the best option here! Of course at your wedding there is no such thing as full privacy (everyone came to celebrate you after all!), but having a sweetheart table will remove you from your wedding guests in a small aspect.

Is your wedding party small, medium, or large?
Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography

Depending on the way you answer this question, your decision might be made up for you! In our experience, a moderately sized wedding party makes for a more graceful/organized looking Head Table vs. a larger party. With a larger wedding party there are a lot of considerations you have to think of before agreeing on a Head Table. Will my venue have enough space to accommodate this? Will the group look unified at the head table or just crowded?

Can your whole wedding party be seated together without separation?
Photo: Kelley Stinson Photography

This question is a bit of an extension of the previous one. When thinking about a Head Table you should consider the fact that it is singular, and is intended to be one table, not multiple! So, if your wedding party will fit comfortably without looking disjointed, we say go for it! If the table needs to be scattered or have people left off due to space limitations, it may be a better option to forgo the Head Table option and stick to a nice Sweetheart Table!

Do you want to be the focal point?
Photo: Cynthia Tenney Photography

I mean it is your day after all so it definitely can be ALL about you! If you want all eyes on you a Sweetheart Table is a necessity when it comes to your reception layout. I mean where else would you eyes be with the newlyweds under this GORGEOUS arch? A sweetheart table is also great if you want to incorporate some high-end linens without having to spend a fortune since it will just be on your table and not all of the guest tables!

Whichever table option you choose we know that it will be special for you and your new spouse! Your wedding day will be a whirlwind, so use these questions as a step to make at least one decision easier!

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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 any of our specialty linens!

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! 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!

Have fun planning or attending holiday parties this year! ‘Tis the season for big celebrations!
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Waterford Wednesday: Special Table Details To Consider

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
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 surely create a memorable experience for your guests! Here are some of our favorite ways to add in some extra special details to your tables:

Plate Chargers
Kirstyn Marie Photography
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
Kirstyn Marie Photography
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. Check out the many different ties we offer here!

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

Napkins
Audrey Rose Photography
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 to add!

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Waterford Wednesday: Choosing the Perfect Event Vendors

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
We hope our post today will help you out when it comes to choosing the perfect vendors for your event! Planning any event can be super stressful with all of the decisions that need to be made, and choosing vendors is one that many people struggle with. You may have narrowed your choices down to a handful of great options, but biting the bullet and deciding can oftentimes be very difficult. Check out some helpful tips and things to consider to help you find your perfect vendor matches!

Inventory
Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography
This one seems easy, right? Just pick the vendor/company who has the stuff you need. Well, not so fast! Of course you want to choose the vendor that has the inventory you want and need, but there are likely many different vendors who probably have what you need. So, since you have options, how do you pick the vendor with the right inventory for you? Find a vendor whose design aesthetic is similar to yours, that way when you decide to add on more items or change things up they will still have inventory that matches your design. Setting up a visit to their office or a design meeting are musts when picking out inventory because not all inventory is created equal! You need to make sure you love what you’re paying for!

Check Out Reviews
Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography
Whether it be on Facebook, or wedding websites like WeddingWire or The Knot, there are a ton of resources out there in terms of reviews! Just like you would look for restaurant reviews, you want to do the same for your event vendors! Hearing other clients first-hand experience with a particular vendor will make your decision easier!

Personal Fit
Photo: Kirstyn Marie Photography
You probably know by now what your general design aesthetic is for your event and what kind of “planner” you are. You might be the type who has a bullet point list of pricing/tasks to complete, or perhaps you are more free form in your approach and aren’t sure of your whole vision yet. Knowing what kind of personality and attitude you have towards your event will help to inform what vendors would be a good fit for you. If you are the first type of person, you probably want a vendor who values efficiency and timeliness. The second type of person might need vendors who are able to offer a lot of different ideas and have time to brainstorm and dream.

Network
Photo: Macon Photography
Coastal Virginia is such a collaborative area and many of the best vendors have the community over competition mindset, which is great news for you! Even vendors in the same industry work together often, offer advice, and refer other vendors when appropriate! Ask your current vendors if they have recommendations or if they have worked with particular vendors before. At Waterford, we love to sit down with our clients in design meetings and offer suggestions for you based on your personality type, style, and budget!

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