Waterford Wednesday: Choosing The Best Napkins

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
Napkins are one of our favorite ways to add a pop of color or extra detail to a table design. For the most part, they are inexpensive and can really make a huge difference on your tables – small investment, huge impact! We’ve done a couple of posts in the past on our love for napkins, like the different folds you can create, some napkin inspiration, and why they are a great investment! So today we thought we’d discuss another important element of napkins: choosing the right/best kind for your event!

Quality IS Important
Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography
It’s true that napkins tend to be on the more inexpensive side of linens, but it’s important to make sure you are getting good quality napkins! While napkins are a beautiful addition to tables, they aren’t just there for looks! The right napkin should make guests feel comfortable knowing that they can clean up after themselves and wipe up any accidental spills as well. Another good thing about having quality napkins at an event is that they can match the rest of your decor impeccably to add to the atmosphere. Though it may seem like a small detail, knowing you have best quality napkins at your event is vital for the success of your occasion!

What To Look For
Photo: David Schwartz Photography
When you’re choosing event napkins, it’s important to figure out if you’d like napkins that are strictly for decor or napkins that are both fashionable and functional (we suggest option 2!). Functional napkins like polyester & satin make for easier clean up, while decor napkins (like sequin!) add a luxurious design element, but aren’t very useful when it comes to eating!

If you are looking for the best selection of event and wedding napkins, contact us! We have a large selection of different products to ensure your event is exactly how you imagined it.

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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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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: Napkin Inspiration

Happy Waterford Wednesday!
We’ve been busy prepping linens for a wedding weekend full of setups, and we couldn’t help but reflect on the fact that the wedding industry is really all about the details! 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. One of our favorite ways to add an interesting detail is with napkinsspecifically napkins with a fun print or detail! Napkins really are one of the easiest ways to add a little color and creativity to your table setting, and with so many different color/fabric options, napkins are a simple yet significant detail that you can add! We’ve compiled a few of our favorite napkin shots from the past to give you some serious napkin inspiration today: unspecified-14
Photo: Rob Korb Photography
We’re still completely in love with the Blue Toile Napkins that Dreams 2 Reality used on their table design at this year’s A Crystal Clear Vision Event! Not only was the design on the napkin amazing, but the intricate fold of the napkin made for a visually appealing place setting!

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You may remember this gorgeous wedding that we blogged back in February, and we are still completely obsessed with our Black + White Striped Napkins that were used! Striped napkins are always a good idea in our book, but when you have them folded in a “tri-fold” placed on top of our gold plate chargers, we are in heaven!

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We are still mad for the Plaid Napkins that Antonia Christianson Events used on their table design at the 2015 Crystal Clear Vision Event. The plaid napkin was the perfect accent piece to the gold color scheme that was throughout the rest of the table setting!

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Photo: Chelsea Anderson Photography
Last but not least, we couldn’t forget these AMAZING napkins that Luxe & Luna used on their 2015 Crystal Clear Vision table! Our Black + White Polka Dot napkins totally stole the show on their beautiful “modern and preppy” themed table.

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Waterford Wednesday: Perfect Place Settings

It’s Waterford Wednesday friends!
We’ve got a fun post today on how to create the perfect place setting for your event! Whether you’re planning a wedding or any other special occasion, chances are the event will require a place setting. A place setting can be so much more than just a plate with some silverware around it; creating a visually appealing setting with a beautiful design that matches the theme of your event is simple to do! Here are some of our top suggestions for creating a one of a kind look:

Keep A Consistent ThemeCaitlin-Gerres-Photography-for-ACE-13Keeping a consistent theme is an important part of creating a place setting! Staying true to your event’s theme, whether it be a particular color, pattern or accent piece will ensure that the look of the table as a whole will be consistent and a true representation of your event. The theme of your event can easily be shown through the plate chargers, napkins, etc. that you choose!

Feature A MenuCaitlin-Gerres-Photography-for-Emily-Weddings-19We can’t recommend this one enough! Including a menu in your place setting will not only allow your guests to preview the meal that will be served (which they will totally appreciate!), but it also gives you the opportunity to get creative in the way you present the menu. Whether you choose to place it on top of a charger, fold it in with a napkin or incorporate it in with your centerpiece, featuring a menu is always a plus!

Accent Special Place Settings Tiltawhirl-Imagery-for-Touche-Events-03Making your guests feel welcome is always an important piece of planning an event! Adding a unique accent or personalized touch to their place setting is an excellent way to do so! Anything from a beautifully designed name card or a thoughtful favor will distinguish each individual and leave them feeling appreciated and thought of!

 Don’t forget to check back this Friday for our new Feature Friday posts! Instead of featuring a new linen each week, we will be featuring our very own staff members! We can’t wait to introduce you to the amazing people that make up WER!

Photo 1: Caitlin Gerres Photography // Design: Antonia Christianson Events
Photo 2: Caitlin Gerres Photography // Design: Emily Weddings
Photo 3: Tiltawhirl Imagery // Design: Touche Weddings & Events

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Waterford Wednesday: Napkins

It’s Waterford Wednesday and today is all about napkins!
Napkins are one of our absolute favorite linens at events! When planning your event, the details are what will bring everything together and make it unforgettable, and napkins are a small investment that can make a huge impact on your entire event! Napkins provide the perfect accent to a table and after choosing between a basic polyester napkin or a more elegant satin one, the napkin fold becomes the next important step in the process! Below we’ve listed some of our favorite napkin folds!

Tri-Fold
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The Tri-Fold napkin fold is basic and simple, yet looks very put together! If your tables have extravagent linens and centerpieces, a napkin in a tri-fold would be the perfect addition to the table! It wouldn’t be too complicated, and would look uniformed while letting the other details of the table take center stage!

Menu Fold
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A Menu Napkin Fold is a great way to not only make your napkins look fancy, but also provides a place to insert your menu, a “thank you” note to your guests, a favor, or even something fun like a flower! Folding napkins in a Menu Fold is a simple touch that your guests will love and appreciate! The inclusion of a menu will create anticipation for the food to come and will leave your guests impressed at the thoughtful gesture!

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A Banded Napkin Fold is definitely our favorite fold to do when you are including plate chargers in your event! The banded fold is similar to the tri-fold, except the napkin is placed around the top of the charger in a “band” instead of hanging off the table. This fold with the charger is super elegant and looks fantastic with both polyester and satin napkins!

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Feature Friday: Polyester Linens

Happy Feature Friday!
This week is all about one of our most popular products, polyester linens!

Polyester Linens
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Our polyester linens have been SO popular and in high demand this wedding season! Although polyester is a basic type of linen, many of our products including table cloths, runners, overlays, and napkins come in this fabric! Not only are our polyester linens durable and very crisp looking at events, they come in a vast amount of colors that are sure to accomodate any type of event! Like we’ve said before, specialty linens are amazing, but having  basic polyester linen in an eye-popping color is just as great!

Check back with us each week as we showcase new linens and products that are perfect for all events, and keep an eye on our Speciality Linens page to see all of our great linens in one location!
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Waterford Wednesday: Nautical Stylized Shoot

Happy Waterford Wednesday!
Can you believe it’s already July?! These summer months have been flying by and we can’t believe all of the beautiful events that have come and gone so far! We’re excited to celebrate our nations Independence this weekend and then gear up for some more busy weeks/weekends ahead!

Since July 4th is all about the red, white, and blue, we wanted to share more pictures from the nautical stylized shoot, organized by Michele of MorLina Events and photographed by Will Hawkins Photography, that we first mentioned in our Waterford Wednesday: Favorite Things post! Although the shoot was a gorgeous nautical theme, we love how it incorporated America’s 3 favorite colors!

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Other awesome vendors included:
Venue // Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina
Dresses// Maya Couture on Main
Hair and Makeup // Behind the Veil Studios
Floral Decor // Botanique Events
Linens // Waterford Event Rentals
Desserts // Cake Delights
Stationary // Paper Dolls Design
Models // Rebecca Norfleet (WER), Elise Hemler, Hayley Hightower (WER) and Hanna Barker

We can’t wait to team up in the future with all of these vendors to hopefully create something just as great! One last thing before we leave today. . .remember back in April when we posted our very first Waterford Wednesday of the wedding season? In that post, we talked about our bridal event A Crystal Clear Vision that we hosted in March and how the show would be featured in the spring/summer edition of The Wedding Planner Magazine. Well, we are SO pleased to announce that the issue is finally coming out THIS MONTH! Stay tuned for the unveiling of the magazine and some inside scoop from us about the event! We can’t wait!

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Waterford Wednesday: Favorite Things

Welcome back to another week of Waterford Wednesday!
We’ve loved being able to blog each week and keep all of you updated on the happenings of Waterford! This week, we thought it would be fun to highlight a few of our favorite things. Whether it’s a summer wedding trend or a photo shoot, here are some things we are loving!

Stylized Shoots
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We’ve highlighted some stylized shoots our linens were a part of in previous Waterford Wednesday posts, but this particular shoot was extra special to Waterford! With the concept by Morlina Events and photographed by Will Hawkins Photography, this nautical themed shoot featured two of Waterford’s own. Rebecca, Waterford’s Event Staff Supervisor portrayed a beautiful bride in the shoot, while Hayley, a new Waterford Event Staff member made a gorgeous bridesmaid! As much as we love seeing our linens come to life on camera, it’s extra sweet when we can see some of our staff members in front of the camera rather than behind the scenes. Look out for a future post when we can show you more of these photos!

Napkins
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We just love a good napkin! Napkins really do bring a whole table together and can provide an extra pop of color events often need. Waterford has always provided napkins, but lately we’ve really gotten to experiment with interesting napkin folds and we are eager to continue to try more! Featured above are just a few of the many colors we provide folded in a pocket fold, french pleat, and tri-fold. We love how elegant the french pleat folded napkin in Blush looks against our gold plate charger!

Outdoor Weddings
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Planner // Hannah Hildebrandt Events
Floral // Bloom The Art Of Flowers
Furniture // River Designs 
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Photo // Jessica Van Nest Photography

The summer months mean outdoor weddings and we could not be any more thrilled about that! There’s just something about a warm summer night wedding that makes us happy! We absolutely loved how our table linens, napkins, and chair covers paired with both of these adorable outdoor receptions. Any time a wedding features twinkling lights or a stunning view, count us in!

Keep checking back each week for Waterford Wednesday! We’ve got some exciting posts coming up! We are doing a blog makeover in the coming weeks to update our staff members photos and we’re so excited to introduce everyone to some new Waterford members!

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A Day With Waterford

Happy Waterford Wednesday!
We are so, so excited about this post and have been waiting all week to share! Last week, we hinted at getting an “inside look” into what we really do here at Waterford, and today is finally the day! This past weekend, we put together a little video montage of “A Day With Waterford.” The video follows some of our  girls and the various jobs they perform while on a setup as well as a breakdown, and today, thanks to the Cameo App (you should get it, it’s awesome!) you can see it! In our opinion, there’s nothing better than getting a sneak peak into a company to see how everything works!

So, without further adieu. . .

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A Day With Waterford

How awesome is that video app?! We loved being able to capture a day in the life of our staff! They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in order to really show off Waterford we knew there was no better way than a video!
The setup that was shown was designed and coordinated by Sunkissed Events & Design at the gorgeous Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club and featured our beautiful linens that paired so well with the outdoor water view!

The breakdown shown was designed and coordinated by Antonia Christianson Events.

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Featured in the video are Waterford linens:
Ivory Table Linens
Blush Table Linen
Blush napkins – Pocket Fold
Lace Overlays
Sequence Specialty Linen

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Oceanaire Photo Shoot

Today, we are so excited to share some exclusive pictures of a photo shoot Waterford was recently a part of! One of our very favorite things here at Waterford is to showcase our linens, and photo shoots always present the best opportunity to see our linens come to life. Basically, it gives us a chance to play “dress up,” wedding style. . .and who doesn’t love that?!

Waterford provided all of the linens for the photo shoot at the Oceanaire Resort Hotel in Virginia Beach and the shoot turned out flawless thanks to the concept and direction of Michele Carrizales of MorLina Events and Dawn Roberson of Oceanaire Resort Hotel. The ultra talented Will King of Will King Photography captured all of the gorgeous images during the shoot.

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See what we mean? To.Die.For. Oceanaire has this fabulous outdoor setup on the top floor of the hotel and it was the perfect location for these particular shots and we absolutely loved the way our linens looked with the little glimpse of the patio section as well as up close. Featured above is our Metallic Silver Table Linen paired with our Blush colored napkins and Blush sashes tied in a side knot. The softness of the Blush mixed with the shimmer of the table linen worked so well together and this shot really shows how versatile this speciality linen is! Of course, the gorgeous floral arrangement by Alisa of Botanique Events pairs so well with the blush and metallic and brings the whole look together.

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We love the look and feel of the first photo in black and white and then the shock of the bright blues with the following color pictures! Our Grey Petal Linen paired with our black chair covers and Oasis sashes give this setting a cooler sort of look without compromising the elegance. The contrast between the dark chair cover, the bright Oasis sash and Tiffany Blue napkin, and the floral by Botanique Events pulls the whole table together without it looking like too much is going on. While we see white or ivory chair covers used most often, black chair covers are continually increasing in popularity and based off of this photo and setup we can see why!

Special thanks to the other amazing vendors who were involved in making this shoot so beautiful!
Cake // Jessica Steadman – Cake Delights
Dress // Pure English Couture Bridal
Hair // Liz Alfier – Behind The Veil Studio
Makeup // KristineMarie Makeup Artistry

Next week we have a special post planned and we can not wait for you guys to see it! Let’s just say you’ll be getting a huge “inside look” at what Waterford does. Trust us, you won’t want to miss it!

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