Waterford Wednesday: Ways to Add a Personal Touch

 Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
One thing that’s very important when planning any event is adding personal and unique touches throughout. The saying “it’s all in the details,” rings true when it comes to the event industry! Today we’re excited to share with you 5 easy ways to add a personal touch to your next event.
Location
Photo: Dragon Studio 
You know what they say – location, location, location! This sentiment definitely rings true when you’re considering a venue for your event.  Pick a location that suits your style! If you like nature and greenery, choose an outdoor venue, or if  you love glamorous and romantic, consider a venue that has “wow” elements such as high ceiling and chandaliers.

Invitations
Photo: Dragon Studio
Invitations are one of the first impressions of your event. A personal touch here will give your guests an idea of the style and what to expect from your wedding. Adding a beautiful band to hold all of the different pieces together, or a personalized stamp are two simple ways to make them extra special!

Extra Table Decor
Photo: David Champagne Photography

Additional table decor that either suits the style concept or are significant to you automatically make an event more personalized. We love the tea cups and saucers that were added throughout this table design!

Chair Cover and Linens
 Photo: David Schwartz Photography
Chair covers and linens are always a great way to add a personal touch to your event. The easiest way to do this is to use specialty linens, of course! Spending a little extra money dressing up tables that everyone will be paying attention to (like a sweetheart or cake table) is always a special design touch! How great are our leaf petal linens on this dessert table? They definitely brought the  “enchanted woodland” theme to life!

Lighting
If there is one element that we always suggest (besides linens, of course!)  it’s lighting! Great lighting can take your event to the next level. Lighting plays a crucial role in creating the mood for your space, and adds an intimate personal touch.

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Coastal Virginia Bride Magazine Feature

Well friends, it’s finally here!
No – we’re not talking about today’s Waterford Wednesday post (which is full of pretty by the way!), we’re talking about A Crystal Clear Vision week! Can you believe it?! The big event is THIS Saturday, March 5th, and you do not want to miss it! We’ve been pouring over every single detail of this event for months and months, and we can’t wait to see everything come together at the Virginia Beach Field House. If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, now is the time! Now, to get you pumped for all of the gorgeous table designs you’ll be seeing at A Crystal Clear Vision, we’re so excited to share some photos from a beach-inspired styled shoot we were lucky enough to be a part of last month!

Misty of Misty Saves the Day knocked it out of the park with this shoot and her boho beach vision really came to life! Do you recognize the blonde beauty in some of these shots? Yep, it’s our girl Hayley – how stunning does she look with all of the elements of the shoot?! The shoot was picked up for a six page spread in Coastal Virginia Magazine and we were so excited to see the final product a couple weeks ago! Check out the feature here!

We can’t wait to see everyone at A Crystal Clear Vision on Saturday!

Vendor Love:
Photography: Dragon Studio // Styling: Misty Saves the Day // Bridal Attire: Martina Liana from Pure English // Men’s Attire: House of Maya Tuxedo by Sarno // Place Settings: West Elm Virginia Beach // Florals & Lighting: Fluttering Flowers // Hair & Makeup: Behind the Veil // Chair Backs, Place Card Holders, and Other Decor: Jollity & Co. // Cake: Cakes by Angela Morrison // Paper: The Girl Tyler // Jewelry: Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge // Linens: Waterford Event Rentals // Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals

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Waterford Wednesday: Lasting Trends

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
We’ve got a fun little post for you today all about trends! As we all know, trends come and go – some better than others. Everyone has those few pictures that they look back on and just cringe at the clothing, hairstyle, or makeup choice at the time, right? Well, when it comes to your wedding day (aka one of the best days of your life!), you don’t want to look back on your beautiful photos with those same sentiments! While it’s definitely important to express yourself and your vision for your wedding day, it might also be a good time to think about the future and how you’ll feel about your choices after the fact. Today we’ve rounded up three easy tips to ensure you have gorgeous wedding linens that will remain timeless throughout the years!

Neutrals Are Your Friend!
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Trust us, it’s no coincidence that linens in neutral colors are present at almost all weddings! Whether it be the classics like white, ivory, and khaki, or the newcomers – blush and champagne, there is always a little hint of a neutral linen! This is because they really represent a timeless color palette that will look great for years to come! They blend well together, as well as being a nice compliment to any other accent color you may decide on.

Trends Fade!
One important thing to remember about trends is that they almost always fade! Sure, they may make a comeback (hello 90’s choker!), but that’s not always a guarantee! You don’t want to risk choosing a very specific linen or color palette for your wedding just because it’s “on trend,” only to hate it days, weeks, or years after your wedding. Wouldn’t regretting a big piece of your wedding be terrible?! A good tip to follow would be to take a look at weddings over the years. What color palettes or trends do you notice that are still relevant and beautiful today? Go with those!

Think About Accents
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Accent colors are also something that you should definitely consider when planning the linens for your wedding! While a floral napkin mixed with an equally bright table overlay may be super on trend right now, chances are that trend will fade, and you may not be too thrilled with your choice in the future. Accent colors are supposed to do just that, accentuate what you already have – give emphasis to it! When thinking about your accent colors, a good idea would be to take our first tip into account (neutrals, neutrals, neutrals!) and add a nice accent on top in the form of a napkin or table runner!

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Waterford Wednesday: Linens For Every Budget

It’s Waterford Wednesday!
As with every blog post leading up to our big event, we have to mention that A Crystal Clear Vision is now less than a month away! There are exciting new additions being added to the event each day, so this is definitely a show you don’t want to miss out on!
One of the great things about A Crystal Clear Vision is that you get to see a whole range of Waterford linens and products. You’ll see some of our go-to standard linens, as well as our beloved high quality specialty linens – all in one area! As wedding industry professionals, we understand that each and every person has a different budget for their wedding, so it’s important to us to be sure we provide a wide array of linens at different price points. Today we’re going to show you how your event can shine with linens whether you have a small or large linen budget.

Modest
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If you have a modest linen budget, there are so many different combinations that you can take advantage of, without going over your budget. Napkins are always one of our favorite ways to dress up a table at a lower cost! Using one of our basic polyester linens is another way to make your tables look clean and put together without spending a lot of money. If you get lucky with a venue that will provide your base linens, you could get away with renting some gorgeous table runners that could bring color and texture to your design at a lower price point as well!

Standard/Higher-End
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If you’re a bride that has carved out a higher linen budget for your wedding, there is a lot more wiggle room to get creative with your design! The use of full length linens on every table come into play, as well as the option of utilizing specialty linens on some of your more important tables such as your sweetheart and cake table. Plate chargers are another visually appealing product that you could think about including with a standard/higher-end linen budget!

Lavish
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If linens are one of the most important components to you at your wedding, there are so many options to make your design look expensive and lavish! The option to use specialty linens on all of your tables comes into play, as well as napkins and plate chargers to bring the whole look together. You can experiment with layering different linens to bring an added interesting component as well. With a higher budget for linens and products, looking into renting chiavari chairs for your event becomes another potential possibility that will make the whole room look extravagant and thoughtfully put together!

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Waterford Wednesday: Bridal Show Tips 2

Happy Waterford Wednesday!
We’ve been in bridal show mode for the past couple of weekends, and with our 4th Annual Crystal Clear Vision event quickly approaching (March 4 – don’t forget!), we thought it was about time for another set of bridal show tips! We’ve done a couple of these posts in the past – like our bridal show FAQ where we answered some basic questions about what to expect at a bridal show, and then our first set of bridal show tips last year around this same time! Bridal shows can be a little intimidating, especially if you’ve never attended one before, so our hope is that these little tips make your experience easier and that you get the most out of the show!

Quality vs. Quantity
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Bridal shows are definitely exciting to attend – especially if you’re recently engaged, but we think the “quality over quantity” concept applies here as well! While it’s important to attend a few shows to make sure you’re seeing the various vendors in the area, you don’t want to get “bridal show burnout” by attending every single one, every single weekend. Limiting yourself to two or three shows will ensure you have the experience and knowledge that can come from these shows, but that you’re not overwhelming yourself or wasting your time!

Know Your Availability
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A lot of times, vendors will have special deals or promotions for people that set up a meeting right on the spot at a show. Because of this, it’s important to know your general availability so you don’t miss out on these great offers! Looking at your calendar beforehand and writing down a few dates/times that you’re free will save you the stress of having to remember at the show.

Take Photos & Notes
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As we mentioned above, bridal shows can be overwhelming. These shows are large productions with a lot of vendors present and a lot to look at! There is a high possibility that you will forget a lot of things that you see, so taking notes and pictures is crucial! You want to remember the things you liked about a particular vendor or the person that you spoke with at a certain booth. Not only do photos and notes help in remembering what you saw and liked, but it also gives you the opportunity to go home and reflect after you’ve had an opportunity to wind down from the show.

Remember Your Budget!
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One of our top tips (and hardest for many to follow!) is to remember your budget! Creating a budget is one of the first things you do when you start wedding planning – and for good reason! It’s so easy to get out of control with ideas, so sticking to a strict budget is so important. Wedding industry professionals are some of the most creative people around, so you will see many ideas and services that you never would’ve thought of at bridal shows. While it is fine to check out these unique ideas as an option for your wedding, you should make sure that you have room in your budget before you commit to anything!

Hopefully these tips (and the ones in our previous posts!) will help you when you attend your next bridal show! Check out this great list of bridal shows in the Hampton Roads area, and be sure to come see us at the 4th Annual Crystal Clear Vision Event at Mayapalooza on March 4th!

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Waterford Wednesday: The Historic Post Office Opening

Happy Waterford Wednesday!
We had such a fun and busy weekend at the Uniquely Yours Bridal Showcase presented by House of Maya! It got us super excited for our 4th Annual Crystal Clear Vision Event…which, by the way, is in less than 2 months! How did that happen?! Time is just flying by, and having our design meeting yesterday with some of the participants in the show made it much more real! Speaking of design meetings, we are sharing pictures from The Historic Post Office grand opening today. We have been anticipating the opening of this gorgeous new venue for months now, and we can’t wait to see many of our clients get married here! Not only were our mahogany chiavari chairs (that we store on-site!) featured at the grand opening, but all of our linens as well! Check out some of the beautiful shots that Chelsea Anderson Photography captured!15994328_1126461540784630_6967425923717281537_o16112840_1126462530784531_869343914106254714_o15936898_1126464737450977_6185677868753425208_o16112711_1126460174118100_8841757391914947052_o16107197_1126461377451313_7347290401947250450_o16107145_1126460500784734_7363696275735371387_o15995227_1126462424117875_725556585770489649_o15994836_1126460550784729_5925342022738453287_o15994693_1126460634118054_6584569695058304639_o15972419_1126462354117882_3433242760012634936_oIn the event industry, we love any reason to celebrate, and the opening of a brand new venue is cause for a huge celebration! So many fabulous Hampton Roads vendors were part of the team that transformed this venue for the grand opening, and no detail was left untouched! This is going to be such a sought after venue for brides all across Coastal Virginia, and the team at The Historic Post Office really did an amazing job renovating this area to fit the needs of a wedding/event (the bridal suite is serious #goals!).

Head on over to The Historic Post Office Facebook page to get a full vendor list and to see more pictures!

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Waterford Wednesday: WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 2017

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
Remember last year when we shared the exciting news that we had reached 100 client reviews on WeddingWire? Well, we’re thrilled that we have received a 2017 Couples’ Choice Award! According to WeddingWire, this particular award recognizes “the top five percent of local wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. Winners are determined by reviews from over a million WeddingWire newlyweds.” We have received this award for the past 5 years (2013-2017) and we are still just as excited as we were the very first year!weddingwireIf you’re not familiar with WeddingWire, it’s basically an awesome resource for engaged couples to find the best of the best vendors in their area. Client satisfaction is top priority at Waterford, so for the Couples’ Choice Award to be based on reviews directly from our clients is such an amazing accomplishment to us! Last January, we hit 100 reviews on the WeddingWire website, and we are now up to 139 reviews as of this posting, with a 5/5 star rating! We will never get over the fact that our clients take time out of their busy schedules to relay such sweet messages and stories from their special day! Check out some of our most recent reviews:
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You can check out our full WeddingWire profile here!

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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!
pantone-color-of-the-year-2017-greenery-15-0343There is a lot of time and thought that goes into choosing the color of the year, and one of the specifications for the color is that it is supposed to serve as a representation for the whole year. Well, the symbolic meaning of Greenery is “new beginnings,” and we think that is just perfect – especially from a wedding industry standpoint! Greenery is a shade that we see pop up often at events, and Pantone describes it as a “trans-seasonal” shade that can be paired with many different color combinations, which is key in the event industry! Once we heard about this gorgeous color that will no doubt be sweeping the event industry in 2017, we had to go through our archived events to pick out some of our favorite “Greenery” linens!samantha-john_wedding-norfolk_half-moone_june-2016_thegirltyler-2038Photo: The Girl TylerPhoto: Caitlin Gerres PhotographyCOVANorva0155Photo: Dragon StudioNorfolk Wedding Photographer covering Vivid Expressions table at the Crystal Clear EventPhoto: Memories by Mere Photographygreen-linens
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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