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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Waterford Wednesday: Lesner Inn Wedding

We’re back for another Waterford Wednesday!
Today we’ve got a seriously dreamy Lesner Inn wedding to show you! Lesner Inn is one of our favorite venues in Hampton Roads, due to all of the different areas in the venue where events can be held. There’s a beautiful upstairs area for large receptions/events, and a stunning outdoor section overlooking the water that is the perfect location for ceremonies or cocktail hours. Hannah Hildebrandt Events recently coordinated a beautiful wedding at the Lesner Inn and we rounded up some of our favorite photos that Kirstyn Marie Photography captured of our linens that were used!
Are you in neutral color palette heaven just like us? There’s just something so crisp, classy, and elegant about white/neutral colors – don’t you agree? We absolutely adored how our gold beaded glass chargers looked placed on top of our Ivory Vintage Lace Overlays! It gave off such a light and airy feel to the room. The mix of family style tables vs. round tables is always a favorite design element we like to see at events as well! Of course, we can’t forget how gorgeous our chiffon sashes look weaved through the back of these chiavari chairs. Chiavari chairs are beautiful on their own, but are really taken to the next level when paired with a chiffon sash this way!

 Check out Hannah Hildebrandt Events blog post on this beautiful wedding for even more pictures!

Vendor Love:
Wedding Planner : Hannah Hildebrandt Events // Venue: Lesner Inn // Florist: Kelly Gish // Photography: Kirstyn Marie Photography // Cake: Incredible Edibles // Paper goods: Paper Dolls Design

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Waterford Wednesday: Hermitage Museum Wedding

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
We’ve got some beautiful Hermitage Museum and Gardens wedding photos to share with you today! It’s always so special when one of our vendor friends gets married and chooses Waterford for their linen needs, and we were thrilled to be a part of Jessica Ryan Photography’s day! Check out some of our favorite shots that Erika Mills Photography captured.
Gosh, could you just swoon at all of the thoughtful details included in this whole design? The lighting, the hanging greenery, and don’t even get us started on the amazing mix of linens! It can often be intimidating to mix and match linens, but when done correctly, the results are nothing short of amazing! Not only did Jessica choose to mix linen colors, but also fabrics and textures which made for such a visually stunning overall design. This outdoor design also included one of our favorite trends: layering! We could stare at that beautiful sweetheart table all day with our champagne sequins linen on the bottom and vintage lace overlay on top! What a treat it was to be a part of your day, Jessica!

Check out Erika Mills Photography blog post here for more pictures from this gorgeous day!

Vendor Love:
Coordinator – Jamie Leigh Events // Catering – Montero’s // Donuts – Amazingly Glazed Donuts //Cake- Rachel Bakes //Make up – Dhalia Edwards //Hair – Stephanie B. //Florist – Roost //Photography – Erika Mills Photography // Lighting- Stage Right Lighting //Wedding Attire – Studio I Do // Stationary – Paper Dolls Design //Venue – Hermitage Museum and Gardens // Linens – Waterford Event Rentals  // Rentals – Distinctive Event Rentals 

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Waterford Wednesday: Reception Space Hacks

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
We’re excited for today’s post where we’re going to share some helpful reception space hacks. We’ve been to hundreds of different venue spaces over the years and we’ve gathered some tips for fixing any reception space issue!

Crazy Carpet
David Champagne Photography
Crazy, patterned carpet is one of the top issues that most people have with their venue space. Oftentimes venues will have colorful carpet that doesn’t match your event theme and can be very distracting when combined with your decor. An easy way to keep your guests’ eyes off the carpet is by directing their gaze up! Intricate draping, interesting light arrangements, or beautiful floral are all easy ways to do this!

Old & Dated Chairs

Dressing up chairs with chair covers is a quick and easy fix for old and dated venue chairs. Adding a nice satin or organza sash will dress the chairs up even further! If you want to nix the venue provided chairs completely, renting beautiful chiavari chairs is another option if you have a little extra money in your budget!

The Space is Too Big
Audrey Rose Photography
While it’s better to have too much space than not enough, large, open ballrooms can make a venue seem cold. If you’re looking for a more intimate feel, you can divide the room with drapery, additional furniture, or low-hanging chandeliers and centerpieces!

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Waterford Wednesday: A Modern Twist

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
We’ve got a fun little post for you all today! With blogs and Pinterest taking the wedding and event industry by storm over the past couple of years, the “traditional” wedding look has definitely evolved. Couples are focused on incorporating personal style and creative ideas into their wedding day as opposed to just sticking to traditional norms. We’ve rounded up some of our recent favorite ways to add a modern approach to your wedding!

Velvet
Design: Palette of Petals // Photographer: Caitlin Gerres Photography
We are absolutely smitten over velvet linens! The silky and smooth fabric gives off a timeless look, yet is a modern approach to wedding table designs. The versatile fabric can be dressed up or down depending on the look you’re searching for and is definitely a more modern fabric approach.

Vintage
Photography: Diana Gordon Photography
There’s nothing quiet like the wow factor a vintage piece can bring to a table design. Whether it be an extravagant love seat or small decor items, these elements provide the perfect marriage of vintage and modern.

Shapes/Patterns
Photographer: Elizabeth Friske Photography
Interesting shapes and patterns are a modern trend that we’ve seen pop up in the industry. While the traditional shades of white and ivory are still wedding staples to a certain degree, many couples are choosing to go bold with different colors and designs in their linens.

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Waterford Wednesday: Linen Fabric Choices

It’s Waterford Wednesday!
Unless you’re in the wedding or event industry, you may not know the various fabric choices that are available, and believe it or not, the different fabric types can elevate or better explain the concept of your event. There are so many different types of fabrics to play with and each set their own tone. Today we are breaking down some of our favorite fabrics and giving you the scoop on our most popular choices!

Polyester – Polyester is a go-to linen for many events. Often used as a base linen in standard colors such as white, ivory, and black (but gorgeous in other colors as well!), this fabric is durable, crisp, and perfect to build off of!
Photo: Crystal Belcher Photography

Organza – This delicate and sheer fabric is classic at weddings, and can definitely give off a romantic and airy vibe to whatever table it is used on. Organza is beautiful when used on sashes, and is a common fabric for table overlays due to the linen underneath remaining  mostly visible creating a complimentary tablescape!
Photo: Dragon Photography Studio

Satin – If you’re looking for a romantic and elegant vibe at your event, satin is the fabric for you! The glossy look and texture creates an expensive overall feel for your event and is a popular sash fabric choice for those wanting to dress up their event chairs!
Photo: Sean Holder Photography

Lace – Lace is one of our favorite transitional fabric choices! We see it used a lot in the summer and fall months, and as such a delicate fabric it works for many different areas of your event. Lace is definitely a fabric that brings a softness to whatever table it’s included on!
Photo: David Champagne Photography

Pintuck – Pintuck is such an underrated fabric that we absolutely adore! Though it’s not used as often, this crisp and unique fabric is stunning as a stand-alone fabric, or paired with another and will give your tables an overall stylish feel!
Photo: Dragon Photography Studio

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Simple Steps to Ensure You Have Perfect Place Settings

Welcome back, friends!
We’ve got a fun little post for you today! The whole planning process of an event can be overwhelming with so many different decisions that need to be made, so when we find ways to simplify part of the process, we obviously have to share! Today we’re going to share a few simple ways to ensure you have the perfect place settings at your next event! Creating a visually appealing place 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 in your place settings:

Sweat The Small Stuff (No, Really!)
Amanda Hedgepeth Photography
We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again: details matter at events! So, in the case of your place settings, it’s actually important to sweat the small stuff, aka the details! Subtle details are often the biggest showstoppers at a table setting, and trust us when we say that your guests will take notice of these small, but significant details!

Keep A Consistent Theme
Dragon Studio

Keeping with your event’s theme is an important piece in perfecting your place settings! Staying true to the 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. For example, the place setting above was a perfect representation of the “Boho Beach” inspiration that Misty Saves the Day was aiming for!

Layer, Layer, Layer!
Deanna Casey Photography
Layering linens is a fun and easy way to create visually appealing place settings! How adorable is this tropical table setting with the varying patterns from the full length table linen and leaf runner? Oftentimes, people can be nervous using multiple patterns, but if done correctly, it can really be a wow factor for your guests.

Feature A Menu
Caitlin Gerres Photography
We can’t recommend this enough! 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 that will give your overall place setting more visual appeal!

Accent Special Place Settings
Audrey Rose Photography
Making 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 nice favor will distinguish each individual and leave them feeling appreciated and thought of. We were completely obsessed with these gorgeous name cutouts set on top of our napkins and plate chargers! 

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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!
Beth&Devon_Featured-0022Photo: Elizabeth Henson Photos
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
16473557_1114228688687717_3670140819280243208_nPhoto: Grant & Deb Photographers
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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