Waterford Wednesday: Internship Program

Were excited to dive into today’s post because it’s all about an aspect of Waterford that is very important to all of us, our internship program! We believe that real working exposure and networking in the event world is an invaluable learning experience, and our internship program is tailored around this!

Our wedding and event internship positions are open to Sophomore, Junior, and Senior applicants at accredited colleges/universities each semester for class, practicum/internship, or college credit. Our intern will assist with both office work and on site execution of events and have the ability to gain hands-on experience by attending design meetings with clients, emailing clients, updating social media outlets, and setting up/breaking down events. Qualifications for the internship program include desire to work in the event industry (of course!), a 2.5 GPA or higher, and week-day availability.

Read about the experience of some of our past Waterford interns below, including how our program has helped our interns get jobs after their internship at top Hampton Roads vendors!
 Starting in the event industry as an intern at Waterford Event Rentals was truly the perfect path for me. Unknowingly, it was the start of a new journey which lead to the dedication, drive, and passion I have today. Throughout the course of my internship I learned a plethora of communication and hospitality skills; beyond more than I ever expected. As an intern, I expanded my horizons and before I even realized, I was attending networking events and mingling with other professionals in the industry; if you take anything away from your experience with Waterford Event Rentals, it should be to soak all of that up. My time there was nothing short of amazing. It was challenging and thrilling, but I would not change any of it. To this day they are some of my biggest supporters while I chase my industry dreams.
— Kaci Parker, 2015 Fall Intern — Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography

Being an intern at Waterford Event Rentals has turned me into the person I am today! I had the most rewarding experience being the 2016 Summer intern. I was able to get my hands into learning the products in the warehouse, to shadowing Rebecca’s design meetings, to going to networking events and more. I even got to shadow an Event Planner and a Catering & Sales Manager to help me figure out what direction I wanted to go in with my career. Rebecca and Alyse really helped me learn all aspects of the event industry and they helped me figure out exactly where I wanted to be. I just couldn’t leave after my internship came to an end, and I was very fortunate that I was offered a full time job as Administrative Coordinator with Waterford Event Rentals!
— Brigitte Bradshaw, 2016 Summer Intern — Photo: Kirstyn Marie Photography
When I first started interning at Waterford Event Rentals, I thought it would just be something fun to do while getting college credits, but what it lead to was me finding what I was passionate about, the Event Industry. I had seen the other side of events when I worked at a Yacht Club as a server, but the preparation for events is something completely different. It takes so much time, hard work, and an open mind to make an event happen. Waterford really taught me so much about this amazing industry. They allowed me to attend networking events, help plan and execute Bridal Shows, make monthly newsletters, and even helped me find a job after college! Most young adults after college don’t have a job (in the field they want) and are looking for months, but with the help of the lovely ladies at Waterford, I landed a job right out of the gate. I am now a Catering Sales Manager at one of the nicest venues in the area, and I LOVE IT! This company is more than just that, it’s a family who are my forever friends!
Kiersten Sydnor, 2017 Spring Intern — Photo: Jessica Ryan Photography

Does our internship program sound like the perfect fit for you? If so, drop us a note at employment{at}waterfordeventrentals.com​!

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Waterford Wednesday: New Product Alert!

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
While we still have a ton of A Crystal Clear Vision pictures and details to show you, we are taking a quick break from that this week to let you in on some exciting editions to our Waterford inventory! Check out the three gorgeous new products that are now available to rent!

French Floral Blush Napkins
First up are these beautiful French Floral Blush Napkins! These napkins are PERFECT for a spring or summer wedding, bridal shower, or even a dinner party. I mean, who doesn’t love a good floral print?! We’re really excited about these napkins and there are even matching linens to go with them! Picture these napkins folded nicely on all the guest tables, with a floor length floral for the sweetheart and cake table to accent…we LOVE!

 

Silver Marble Linen
We debuted these fun Silver Marble linens at our General Manager’s wedding this past November, but they have been so popular ever since! They’re cream with silver, charcoal, and slate blue marble detail throughout the entire linen. We love them and they even feel like velvet! Trendy and different, but still so beautiful and elegant!

 

Velvet Linens
Yes, yes and yes! We are loving the velvet trend this year! Not only did we find the most perfect mauve velvet linen…but we also got them in napkins and we’re obsessed! Our velvet selections are quickly growing, so stay tuned for more colors to be added!

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A Crystal Clear Vision Linens 2018: Part 2

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!
Today is Part 2 of A Crystal Clear Vision linens! We’ve got 4 more tablescapes to show you with all of the linen and decor details! Check out the tables that Jessica Ryan Photography captured: Chesapeake Bay CateringFluttering FlowersRusty Cottage, & Traditions Catering.

Champagne Leaf Petal | Gold Velvet
We absolutely adored Chesapeake Bay Catering’s table and their use of layered linens! Our Champagne Leaf Petal and Gold Velvet linens looked stunning mixed together with the bright pop of floral that they had over their table! 
Design: Chesapeake Bay Catering | Lighting & Draping: Blue Steel Lighting | Florals: Leslie Hartig Floral Design |  Signage: Jollity & Co.

Peach Wave | Rose Velvet
Fluttering Flowers was definitely a crowd favorite at this year’s event – they won the coveted People’s Choice Award! All of us Waterford gals were equally as smitten with their design as well – our Peach Wave & Rose Velvet linens paired beautiful with their other table decor, and don’t even get us started on that floral arch – love! 
Design: Fluttering Flowers | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting | China: Mad Hatter Vintage | Stationary: River City Graphics

Wisteria Satin | Lilac Organza Overlay
The Rusty Cottage tablescape was giving us all of the purple heart eyes! The theme of their table was “elegant farmhouse” and they completely nailed the look! We adored all of the rustic touches mixed with our Wisteria Satin linen and Lilac Organza Overlay.
Design: Rusty Cottage | Lighting & Draping: Blue Steel Lighting 

Silver Marble | White Sequins
Traditions Catering was giving us all the winter vibes with their table design! Like we said last week, the catering companies really knocked it out of the park! We loved how much detail and thought Traditions put into their design and the way their food was showcased on our Silver Marble and White Sequins linens was perfection
Design: Traditions Catering | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting | Florals: Palette of Petals | Pipe & Drape: Big Top Entertainment | Rug, Bar, & Shelving: Mad Hatter Vintage

Keep checking back as we show off all of the tables and behind the scenes shots from A Crystal Clear Vision 2018!

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Waterford Wednesday: Rebecca + Cody’s Wedding

Friends, today is the day!
This Waterford Wednesday is extra special because it’s all about our dear Rebecca’s wedding! Rebecca + Cody got married late last year (11.11.17!), and we’re thrilled to finally be able to share the pictures that Kirstyn Marie Photography captured, along with some inside scoop from the bride herself! Check out the mini interview we did with Rebecca below and some of our favorite shots from the big day! Make sure to read all the way to bottom to check out the epic vendor list who made this wedding one for the books!
What was your vision for your wedding?
“I really wanted something that was going to feel classic and elegant, but at the same time, a fun party! Stage Right Lighting made all my dreams come true with the draping and lighting. The lighting changed colors throughout the night and really gave the atmosphere the “fun” vibe I wanted!”
After working in the linen industry, there was obviously a lot of interest in what linens you would choose! Was there one linen you absolutely had to have?
“Silver Marble! It simply didn’t exist in our area, so we got them custom made. Fun and trendy, but beautiful at the same time!”
What linens did you use?
“Silver Marble, Grey Natural, Grey Velvet, Champagne Sequins, Silver Petal, Ivory Aphrodite, Ivory Crinkle and Khaki Polyester. All the things! There’s no such thing as too many linens as long as they all flow!”
Did you plan every aspect of your wedding, or have help?
HECK NO! I would be nothing without my best gal, Missy, owner of Antonia Christianson Events! It was her vision to make the ceremony space completely draped and creating a “tunnel” for guests to walk through. EVERYONE loved it! She’s seriously a design queen! She was right by my side throughout the whole entire process, went to every meeting with me and guided me along the way. I promise I let Cody (my hubby) pick out 2 things: food and alcohol! 🙂
Any last minute thoughts on your wedding?
BEST DAY EVER. Hands down!

The amazing vendors who helped make it happen:
Photographer: 
Kirstyn Marie Photography // Venue: Woman’s Club of Portsmouth // Planner: Antonia Christianson Events // Invites: PaperDolls Design // Catering: Montero’s Restaurant // Lighting and Draping: Stage Right Lighting // Linens and Chairs: Waterford Event Rentals // Florals: Fluttering Flowers // DJ: Roger with Astro // Cocktail Hour Entertainment: More Music Group (Juju Drums – Steel Drum Band) // Dress: Hayley Paige // Cake: Cake Delights // Dance Floor and Ghost Chairs: Big Top Entertainment // Makeup: BlushTones // Hair: Darling and Dapper // Photobooth: Snapqube // Valet: Express Valet

 

xo, Waterford!

Waterford Wednesday: Statement Table Runners

It’s Waterford Wednesday!
Today’s post is all about one of our favorite {and easy!} ways to spruce up any table: table runners! We talk a lot about our love of specialty table linens, but table runners are a wonderful way to incorporate your event color without having to use a full length specialty linen – win, win! Here are some of our favorite, fun table runners:

Black + White StripesPhoto: Melissa Kilner Photography
We just adore our black + white striped table runners! One thing we love about these particular runners is how versatile they are – they look great on their own, or they can enhance a table design with a base linen as well!

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!

Navy + White Stripe
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Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography
Our Navy + White Stripe runners are always a favorite for our nautical and beach loving brides! These particular table linens are so versatile as well and often serve as the “pop” or “wow” piece of the table setting due to the pattern. 

Macrame
Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography
Our macrame runners are one of our new favorites! We used these beauties on our Waterford tabletop design at one of our ILEA meetings, and our visions of boho meets southern charm was brought to life with the macrame runners!

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Waterford Wednesday: Milky Way Styled Shoot With ISO:ALT

It’s Waterford Wednesday, friends!
We are pumped about the super creative styled shoot we are showing you today – featuring our linens! A couple of months ago, Misty and Mike of ISO:ALT executed the most magical “Milky Way” inspired styled shoot in the mountains of Virginia, and you’re not going to BELIEVE the photos that were captured! The ISO:ALT team made sure no detail was left untouched when planning for this epic shoot – down to the exact day the Milky Way could be seen the best! Check out some of our favorite shots below and don’t forget to head on over to the ISO:ALT blog to see more pictures and read about all of the behind the scenes that went into achieving this shoot!
Aren’t the pictures just breathtaking? EVERYTHING about this shoot was so innovative, and it was so cool for us to get to be a part of something so new in the way of design! We absolutely loved how most of the table elements, along with the model’s dress were black so that the stars were really the “shining” point of all the photos! Misty and Mike made sure to time the shoot perfectly so they could capture photos on a night where the sky was clear and the stars were out in full force! Our black tinsel linen draped on the table gave off just the right amount of sparkle to compliment the night sky!

AMAZING job to all vendors involved, see below!

Vendor Love:
Photography & Styling: Dragon Studio // Styling & Coordination: Misty Saves the Day // Hair & Makeup: Behind the Veil Studio // Model: Jennifer Linke // Gown: Jeilyne Santana // Jewelry: Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge  // Linens: Waterford Event Rentals // Florals: Fluttering Flowers // Calligraphy & Hand-Lettering: Ceindy Doodles // Cake: Kadi Bakes // Lighting: Stage Right Lighting Weddings & Special Events // Constellation Glasses: Ballou Sky // Bride & Groom Cut-Outs and Stars: Jollity & Co. // Chargers: At Home // Plates & Flatware: Bed Bath & Beyond // Chairs: Target

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: 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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