Waterford Wednesday: Make The Most Out Of A Bridal Show (Vendor)

Welcome back to another Waterford Wednesday, friends!
If you follow along with us on Facebook or Instagram, you saw that we made a huge announcement a couple of weeks ago – the 5th annual A Crystal Clear Vision will be held at the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth! The show will be held on February 11, 2018 and we can’t wait transform this gorgeous venue! Our goal for A Crystal Clear Vision is to continue to push the envelope each year with the best vendors, innovative ideas, and cutting edge decor, and we are confident that this year will be the best yet! Stay tuned for more information on this one of a kind event as we get deeper into the planning process!

We’ve done a couple of different posts geared towards brides on helpful tips for attending bridal shows (here & here!), so today we thought we’d given some suggestions specifically for vendors and businesses on how to get the most out of a bridal show!

Make Connections!
Photo: Amanda Manupella Photography
This seems like an obvious tip, right?! Well, when we say make connections, we aren’t just talking about with potential clients…we’re talking about with fellow vendors as well! In the event industry it is so important to connect with other vendors for referral business (and general support + friendship as well!). What happens if a photographer in Coastal Virginia gets an inquiry for a date that they already have booked? They aren’t just going to reply “sorry, I’m booked” they are going to REFER them to another great photographer that they know! Making connections is crucial, friends!

Showcase Your Expertise!
Photo: Kirstyn Marie Photography
Take advantage of this one of a kind bridal show and display your talent and design aesthetic in a visual way! You want potential clients to see what your company is all about and how their ideas fit in with what you can provide for them! A bridal show is definitely the time to bring your “A” game! Having a booth that stands out from other vendors and announces what you do is a great way to grab immediate attention!

Create/Follow Up With Leads!
Photo: Kirstyn Marie Photography
Having some sort of “lead” tracker at your table/booth is very important! Whether it be an iPad or guest book, you want something to track important information like name, phone number, wedding date, and email! On the other hand, following up is just as important as capturing the information in the first place! If someone is willing to give their personal information, they are likely very interested in what they’ve seen from your company!

Talk! (About Them)
Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography

Bridal shows are all about socializing with potential clients, but one thing that is very important is to make sure you are talking about “them” instead of all about “you!” Of course it’s crucial that they know about you, your company, and what you can provide for them, but clients want to feel like you’re interested in them as well! Trust us, brides love to talk about their wedding, so ask them questions – “when did you get engaged?” or “where are you having your wedding?” are great! You will likely have some experience/knowledge on their venue, so use that opportunity to show your expertise as well!

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Waterford Wednesday: Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club Wedding

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
We’ve got another gorgeous summer wedding to show you today. This particular wedding was held at the Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club, and this venue is one of our absolute favorites for outdoor weddings! The different design possibilities that can be created using the tented outdoor space at the Cavalier Yacht Club, as well as the beautiful views it provides make this venue a top choice for many couples! Check out the beauty that the team at Emily Weddings created in these amazing photos by Echard Wheeler Photography!What a beautiful reception space! We will definitely be swooning over the magic that Stage Right Lighting created in this tented area. Not only was the lighting beautiful during the daytime, but it was a showstopper at night! We also loved this couples choice to go for blush & ivory linens, gold plate chargers, and sequins table runners. There was just enough glamour in the linens without taking away from the beauty that was hanging above the guests! As always, some incredible Hampton Roads vendors came together to create another magical event for a special couple!

Vendor Love:
Venue: Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club | Coordination: Emily Weddings | Floral: Palette of Petals | Cake: Incredible Edibles Bakery | Makeup: Dhalia Edwards | Hair: Hair by Stephanie | Band: Cheap Thrills | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals | Lighting: Stage Right Lighting | Photography: Echard Wheeler Photography

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Waterford Wednesday: Oyster Farm Wedding

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
You’re in for a treat today with some gorgeous photos from a gold and blush wedding that was held at Oyster Farm and Eatery! This venue is definitely a favorite of ours and this wedding left no detail untouched – it was truly a beautiful day! Check out some of our favorite shots that Elizabeth Friske Photography captured, and head to her blog for more photos from the day!^^ LOVING these mismatched bridesmaid dresses!
First, we need to take a moment to talk about how beautiful those mismatched bridesmaid dresses are! We love the varying colors and of course the sparkle! And don’t event get us started on those two donut displays – love those so much! Kristine + David really knocked it out of the park with all of the detail that they put into their designs and had the best little touches throughout their whole wedding! We loved the use of our gold sequin table runners in contrast with the soft blush pink of the napkins that they had on top of gold chargers and gold beaded glass chargers! Blush + Gold + White really is such a beautiful and crisp color combination that we adore!

Vendor Love:
Venue: Oyster Farm and Eatery | Coordination: Just Dandy Events | Bouquets & Boutineers: Aleen Floral Design | Reception Florals: Missy Friske | Band: The Finns – Sam Hill Entertainment | Makeup: Dhalia Edwards | Hair: Wynter DePriest | Invitations and Paper Goods: Sarah Labadie | Gown: House of Maya | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting | Photography: Elizabeth Friske Photography

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Waterford Wednesday: Picking The Best Vendors For YOU!

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
Today we decided to stray a little bit away from our normal linen focused posts and talk about something that will hopefully be very helpful to those of you planning an upcoming 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, so today we’ve gathered a few 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/need, but in reality, many different vendors 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 sit down 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!

Personal Fit
Photo: Kirstyn Marie Photography Design: Emily Weddings
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: Tara Liebeck 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, and this is definitely something you should use to your advantage! 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 if requested!

There are a fantastic pool of vendors in Coastal Virginia, so who you choose will sure to make your event perfect!

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Waterford Wednesday: Show-Stopping Table Runners

It’s Waterford Wednesday!
Today’s post is all about how to add a fresh splash of fun to your table decor! Table runners are one of our absolute favorite ways to spruce up any table and truly are an inventive way to add color, texture, and visual interest to your table designs. They also create gorgeous backgrounds for any centerpieces/floral arrangements you are incorporating on your table as well! Here are some of our favorite, fun table runners:

Floral Lace
Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography
We just absolutely adore these Floral Lace table runners! They are the perfect mix of unique, romantic, and classic which makes them such a versatile linen! The intricate floral detail on the runners is so visually appealing that they would look great as a standalone linen on your table, or create a table design with many different textures like the table above!

Rosette on Mesh
View More: http://leighskaggs.pass.us/jennabob-weddingPhoto: Leigh Skaggs Photography
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!

Black + White Stripe
We absolutely adore our Black + White Stripe runners! These particular table runners are so versatile and often serve as the “pop” or “wow” piece of the table setting due to the pattern. The gorgeous floral arrangements on the table as well as the pops of gold from our glass beaded chargers were the perfect pairing with the black + white stripes!
Did you know?: We also have these striped runners in Navy + White! Our clients planning a “nautical themed” event adore them! 

Sequins
Photo: Dragon Studio
There’s no way we could forget about our sequins table runners! We could go on and on about our love of all things sequins, but the linens speak for themselves! We love the way that our sequins runners can transform a basic white table linen into a glamorous table setting or amplify a specialty linen even more! If you’re looking for that little touch of sparkle, our sequins table runners provide just the right amount!

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Waterford Wednesday: 1 Linen, 3 Ways

It’s Waterford Wednesday!
Can you believe that we’re already nearing the end of July? This month/wedding season is completely flying by for us with so many events and design meetings for sweet clients. Today we’ve got a “1 Linen, 3 Ways” post to share, this time featuring one of our favorite linens – Vintage Floral Lace Overlays! These beauties are so versatile as you’ll see below!
Photo: Audrey Rose Photography
Remember this beautiful head table from a vintage wedding at MOCA back in July 2016? This table design is still one of our favorites, and our Vintage Lace Overlays over the Periwinkle Satin full length linens was absolutely gorgeous! Like we mentioned before, our Vintage Lace Overlays are so versatile that they aren’t just delegated to round tables, you can use two or three to create the same type of look on long tables too!
Photo: Elizabeth Henson Photos
This “vintage blush” themed sweetheart table still rocks our world! Let’s be honest, you can’t go wrong when combining blush + vintage anything, and this table is the perfect example of an airy, dainty, and romantic design. The delicate look of our Vintage Floral Lace Overlay on top of a shiny Majestic table linen tied the table together so nicely! 
Photo: Andrew & Tianna Photography
Last but not least is this bold and beautiful table design that features our black Vintage Lace Overlay from A Crystal Clear Vision 2015! We love a bold design and the black Vintage Lace Overlay paired with a Red Satin linen underneath compliment each other so well! This linen could definitely be transitioned to many different seasons by placing a different satin colored linen underneath it as well!

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Waterford Wednesday: ILEA Gala 2017

It’s Waterford Wednesday – and we’ve got a post full of pretty for you!
Last month, we had the opportunity to attend the 2017 ILEA (International Live Events Association) Gala held at The Historic Post Office! Our very own Alyse and Rebecca were part of the gala committee tasked with planning the beautiful “A Night Under the Stars” themed event. Not only were we excited to be attending, but also providing all of the linens and chiavari chairs for the Gala! With a top notch vendor list that included some of Hampton Roads best, this was an event that we will remember for a long time! Dragon Studio captured the most beautiful photos at the Gala – check out some of our favorite shots below, and check out his blog post for more!Amazing, right? It’s unbelievable how talented Hampton Roads event professionals are! To be able to transform an already beautiful venue into something so magical is no small feat, and it definitely took a village! Since the Gala was held at The Historic Post Office this year, our beautiful mahogany chiavari chairs that we store onsite at the venue were able to be utilized. In addition to our chairs, we made sure to bring some sparkle with our Black Tinsel linen, Black Petal linen, Champagne Sequin Runners, and Navy Polyester Napkins adorning the tables. The darker colors matched the theme perfectly and complimented the STUNNING dripping lights that Stage Right Lighting set up. Our Gold Beaded Glass Chargers were placed at each seat and surrounded by Chic Unique Vintage Rentals & Events vintage china, Sweetwater Cuisine meals, Candie’s Treats individual naked cakes, and  Isha Foss Events beautiful centerpieces!

We can’t wait for all of the amazing networking and educational opportunities ILEA Hampton Roads has planned over this next year!

Vendor Love!
Photography: Dragon Studio // Venue: The Historic Post Office // Linens & Chairs: Waterford Event Rentals // Vintage China: Chic Unique Vintage Rentals & Events // Dinner: Sweetwater Cuisine // Dessert: Candie’s Treats // Centerpieces: Isha Foss Events // Programs: Jollity // Photo Booth: AllStar Photobooth // Lighting: Stage Right Lighting // Vintage Furniture: Mad Hatter Vintage Rentals //  Invitations: River City Graphics // Valet: Express Valet // DJ: Astro Entertainment // Livestream: View It Do It

Gala Committe!
Misty Prewitt of Misty Saves the Day // Emily Miller from Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront // Rebecca Norfleet and Alyse Conyers of Waterford Event Rentals // Kelsey Leeper of The Historic Post Office // Jennifer Cregar of Sweetwater Cuisine // Courtney Pollard from Stage Right Lighting // Staci Jelley from Chef by Design.

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Waterford Wednesday: Head Table vs. Sweetheart Table

Happy Waterford Wednesday, we hope everyone had a fantastic Fourth of July!
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!

Do you have a wedding party?
Photo: Erika Mills Photography
This may seem like a silly question, BUT if your wedding party is very tiny, this might be a question you should consider! For example, if your spouse and yourself only have one person each in your party, do you really want to create a Head Table just for the four of you? Your answer still may be “yes” to this, and if so, great! But, it could be easier and more aesthetically pleasing to go the sweetheart table route in this situation! 

Is your wedding party small, medium, or large?
Photo: Caitlin Gerres 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: Audrey Rose 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!

Is intimate time during dinner important to you?
Photo: Dragon Studio

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.

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: The Creative’s Dinner

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
We’re very excited about the pretty you’re going to see in this blog post today! A couple weeks ago, the Hampton Roads chapter of the Rising Tide Society hosted a beautiful, intimate, social gathering with some of their members. The event was a chance for the local creatives in the chapter to get together for a fun, styled dinner complete with great food, a photo booth, and DJ! One of the local leaders of the chapter happens to be Audrey from Audrey Rose Photography, and she captured some gorgeous shots! Check out some of our favorite shots of our linens + mahogany chiavari chairs that were used at the event!How beautiful, right?! We loved the whole concept of an actual dinner/gathering taking place, yet there was a styled shoot aspect of the event as well – so creative! Waterford’s mahogany chiavari chairs, that we house on-site at the Historic Post Office, were used as well as our linens. The varying shades of blue from our Slate Blue Polyester Napkins and Navy Blue Polyester Table Linens were a perfect compliment to the blue drink ware on the table and other blue accents throughout the space! And could you just die at the GORGEOUS backdrop that Katherine Hallberg Design created for the event? Talk about a showstopping piece! We loved the whole concept of this creative dinner and hope to be involved/see more of these types of events in the future!

Check out more photos from the event here.

Vendor Love:
Photography: Audrey Rose Photography // Venue: The Historic Post Office // Styling: Kelsey Leeper // Florals: Courtney Inghram Events // Catering: The Catering Place // Macarons: Kadi Bakes // Backdrops: Katherine Hallberg Design // Linens: Waterford Event Rentals // Rentals: Mad Hatter Vintage // Menus and Welcome Sign: Lane Love Studio // DJ and Photobooth: Astro Entertainment

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Waterford Wednesday: 5 Ways to Incorporate Gold

 Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
We’ve got a great post for you today filled with some great ideas on how to incorporate one of our favorite color schemes into your event! Using gold in your wedding design, whether it be the main color or not, is such an easy way to make your event look elegant and luxurious without breaking the bank! Check out 5 of our favorite ways to incorporate gold into your decor/design below!

Ivory/Gold Mermaid Sequins LinenPhoto: Kirstyn Marie Photography Designer: Emily Weddings
We absolutely adore this specialty linen of ours, and wouldn’t it just be the perfect way to add a touch of gold to your table?! We love how you can play around with this gorgeous linen to get just the right amount of gold that you’re looking for. This linen would definitely be the talk of your event!

Gold Beaded Glass ChargerPhoto: David Champagne Photography
Wedding decor is all about the details, and no formal, sit-down dinner is complete without a little additional decor! To add a little something extra (in gold!) our gold beaded chargers are the way to go! The glass adds a modern approach to the charger, while the gold beading provides that perfect hint of color that could take your table design to the next level!

Gold Pintuck NapkinsPhoto: Justin Hankins Photography
There’s just something so elegant about pintuck fabric, especially in napkin form. Your guests would be pleasantly surprised to see these beauties hanging or folded at their seat, trust us! They’re the perfect way to complete a table design for an unbelievably low price!

Gold  Chiavari Chairs
Photo: Crystal Belcher Photography
For a complete look at a ceremony or reception, our gold chiavari chairs are the way to go! We love how uniformed and elegant they can make rows of seating look at a ceremony, and they bring just the right pop of gold most people are looking for at a reception!

Gold Sequins Linen Backdrop
Photo: Ross Costanza Photography with Cindy Cerda Photography
 If you’ve followed Waterford for awhile, you know we love us some gold sequins linens! We love them on guest tables, sweetheart tables, cake tables, but how amazing would a sequins linen be as a gold backdrop at your event? We loved creating a sequin teepee at our VOW bridal booth this year. We’ve also seen our sequins linens used as an amazing shimmery photo booth backdrop. The ideas are endless with this beauty!

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