Bold Linens

Happy Waterford Wednesday!
As we sit here hoping that our beautiful summer and fall weddings get to happen we thought about the amazing tables you can incorporate to your reception space! At many of the events we are a part of, most commonly we see the cocktail tables getting used as a super fun linen filled with texture, color, and personality. We’re here to tell you, you can accomplish that look on more than just your cocktail tables. Here’s how!

Guest Tables: Don’t be afraid! If you love some patterns- go all in & use a funky patterned linen that just screams you for those guest tables. If it’s noticeably “you” your guests will appreciate that you went above and beyond to showcase your personality to its fullest extent.
Photography: Dani White Photography

Cake Table: Using a specialty linen can really be a nice added touch for your cake table. At that time of cake cutting all eyes are on the couple which kind of means everyone will be seeing that linen sooner or later. Why not take the time to add a fun colored linen on that table or use a textured linen that can be tied in with other pieces of decor somewhere around the room?Photography: Audrey Rose Photography

Sweetheart Table: Why not deck out that table you’re going to be sitting at for the Best Man Speech or that Maid of Honor Speech? What a great way to elevate the table you and your new husband or wife are sitting at for the night.Photography: David Champagne Photography

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Spring 2020 Hot Trend!

Happy Waterford Wednesday y’all! Today we are talking about one of the most trending items we have been seeing- and we’re not mad about it. This blog is about all things chiffon! Chiffon has been super popular for us this last year and the requests keep growing! These can be used in a few different ways and the color options are endless.

Often, we see chiffon used as a decorative runner that can be bunched, draped, woven through centerpieces for a head table or to add some color to a beautiful wooden farm table.Table Design: Inspired Events by Kelly | Photography: Leigh Skaggs Photography

The runners are so versatile they can even be draped horizontally on the table or at a diagonal. Imagination is key when it comes to adding chiffon into your design.
Table Design: The Twisted Fork | Photography: Caitlin Gerres Photography

Another way to add some chiffon in your life is to add some chiffon sashes to the chairs of your head table! What a beautiful way to make those people closest to you stand out with a chair design like this!Table Design: Big Top Entertainment | Photography: Kirstyn Marie Photography

Looking for some chiffon but want something a little different than the woven look? Yup! We can do that too! These chairs are tied in a 4 corner knot and accented with a beautiful and dainty floral arrangement. This would be PERFECT for a romantic sweetheart table. Don’t you agree?Table Design: Vivd Expressions | Photography: Katie Nesbitt Photography

Another way to incorporate chiffon in a show stopping way- weave the entire back row of your ceremony chairs. This is sure to take the breath away of your guests AND ensure you get wedding photos back that look like this!Photography: Amanda Hedgepeth Photography

Planning on a fun dessert bar, popcorn bar, or pretzel station?? Adding a colored chiffon runner to that table is a simple way to bring those wedding colors in too.Table Design: Big Top Entertainment | Photography: Kirstyn Marie Photography

It’s pretty obvious why chiffon is one of our favorite linen pieces right?? We weren’t kidding, you can do ANYTHING with them. And the color options are sure to catch your eye. We carry chiffon runners in a multitude of colors including but not limited to: white, ivory, taupe, black, light grey, charcoal, burgundy, hunter green, mustard yellow, coral, navy, dusty blue, dusty rose, mauve, wisteria. Guys I could go on for days!!!

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Top 5 Questions to Get Answered on a Venue Tour

Lots of times when meeting with our couples, we find there are some super important questions that haven’t been answered yet that are all about the venue! When meeting with an event rental company it’s crucial to have some information about what comes with the venue rental. In this blog, we are breaking down the FIVE most important questions to get answered while on a venue tour. This helps you be more prepared as you continue to meet with vendors, especially when coming to us for linen rentals & helps us know a little bit more about what you need from us to complete the wedding of your dreams!

1. What size tables AND quantity come with venue rental & are they in good condition?

Why this is important: knowing the table information helps us tremendously when suggesting the perfect linens for your tables. It allows us to get you an accurate quote with the proper linen sizes and eliminates the guessing game. Don’t forget to make sure you ask about cocktail tables too!!Erika Mills Photography

2. Do they include any linens with venue rental? If so- what colors and are they in good condition?

Why this is important: already knowing if a venue provides linens that you plan to use helps us decide what additional items for your tables you may need. Can we add some overlays, runners, charger plates to those tables to spruce them up & give them the perfect finishing touch, or do we get to start from scratch and pick everything for the table including the linens of your choice!

 

3. Does this venue include chairs?

Why this is important: knowing if a chair rental is included in your venue could make or break why you choose one spot over another. It also gives you an idea of the vibe and look of your wedding once you have those chairs in your head during the design process. This can also eliminate an additional expense.

4. If the venue offers a space for an outdoor ceremony- can those chairs be used both inside and outside?

Why this is important: this will help you avoid an additional expense that you may not have been expecting. Chair rentals are one of those things you need to lock down ASAP. The sooner you know if an additional chair rental is needed for the outside ceremony space, the better! Plus, some venues only allow folding chairs outside so it’s better to have all that information ahead of time.Leigh Skaggs Photography

5. How early in advance do you have access to the building to set up?

Why this is important: this will help you alleviate some of the stress that comes with the day of the wedding. Knowing when you can get in the building helps us to offer you the best services. If you have a room flip with only an hour of time between ceremony & reception, we 100% recommend having our staff prepped onsite at the end of the ceremony to have additional hands on deck to take care of the linens and/or chairs while the catering team focuses on their thing & so your coordinator can focus on their thing.

We hope all of this tips help you on your next venue tour! Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

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A Crystal Clear Vision 2020 Sponsors

We are officially less than TWO WEEKS away from this year’s A Crystal Clear Vision Bridal Expo!! Did we mention we are giving away a FREE. WEDDING. Each year we are so grateful for the area’s best vendors wanting to be a part of the show but we are extra grateful for those that go above and beyond for us as sponsors.

This ahhhmazing show goes off without a hitch thanks to Missy from Antonia Christianson Events. From floor plans, to itineraries, she thinks of everything. We are so lucky to sponsor and co-produce this show with such an incredible lady!Photography: Dragon Studio Photography

Premier sponsors are: Princess Anne Country Club, Big Top Entertainment & Stage Right Lighting Photography: Justin Hankins Photography

Photography: Dragon Studio Photography

Platinum Sponsor: Soirees by LaurenPhotography: Kirstyn Marie Photography

Silver Sponsor: Fluttering FlowersPhotography: Kirstyn Marie Photography

All others sponsors to include:

Studio I Do BridalsPhotography: Dragon Studio Photography

Milk & Honey BridePhotography: Dragon Studio Photography

Music Makes You HappyPhotography: Dragon Studio Photography

PaperDolls Design

Darling & DapperPhotography: Dragon Studio Photography

Noble Vue Media

Dragon Studio PhotographyPhotography: Dragon Studio Photography

Misty Saves the Day

TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE- these will sell out!!! Click here to get yours now. VIP tickets get you DOUBLE entry for the FREE wedding giveaway.

Venue: Festival on 8th | Day of Coordination: Everly After Events | DJ Package: Music Makes You Happy | Photography: Josh Boone Photography| Uplighting: Stage Right Lighting | Wedding Dress: Milk & Honey Bride | Bridesmaid Dresses & Tux Rentals: Studio I Do Bridal | Rentals: Rusty Cottage Vintage Rentals & Styling | Chair & Linen Rentals: Waterford Event Rentals

 

 

 

 

Fun Colors to Bring Your Reception to Life

Our favorite thing about being a part of so many amazing setups and weddings is seeing just how different and unique each and every bride is. In our area, there are so many venues that every bride gets to transform by bringing out their own personality in their reception. This year we had a beautiful wedding at the Historic Post Office.

Leah brought her reception to life with the use of a deep teal color accompanied by some fun pinks and oranges.A white full length linen was used and paired the teal napkins along with a blush chiffon runner. The teal stands out so well when paired with these romantic colors.The guest tables all had the same beautiful flowers but differed with a smaller romantic centerpiece, or a tall abstract bouquet.We just love the look of these linens with our mahogany chairs. The dark color of the chairs adds such a beautiful contrast.How stunning is this sweetheart table. This might be one of our favorites this year! The colors look like they were meant for each other and add such a lovely touch to this table. Who doesn’t love a good sequin linen and with flowers like this…. YES PLEASE.The cake table also took the main color of the reception with the same teal polyester linen. The wedding cake is beautiful and simple but the few floral additions takes it over the top.Rob & Leah, your wedding was absolutely stunning. We are so grateful you chose us for your linen needs on your big day! Enjoy your first Christmas as Mr. and Mrs.

Vendor Shoutouts:

Venue: Historic Post Office | Photography: Terri Baskin Photography | Planning, Design, and Florals: Hearts Content Events | Catering: Montero’s | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals | DJ: DJ Reece | Violinist: Jen Violin | Hair Stylist: Salon Noa | Makeup Artist: The Hair Speaks | Photobooth: Boardwalk Photobooth Co. | Vintage Rentals: Mad Hatter Vintage | Lighting & Draping: Stage Right Lighting | Paper Goods: Paper Dolls Design

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Wonderful Williamsburg Wedding

Back in June we were chosen to help bring an incredible vision to life! Madi and Tanner got married at the Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg, then headed to the Williamsburg Inn for their reception. The outcome…. AMAZING.The linens shown here are the elegant silver jacquard which we used for the first time with this wedding! We love the subtle pattern that still makes the reception stand out like no other. The centerpieces were kept simple with a beautiful boa and some flowers and a few candles scattered throughout.We just had to show you a close up of these place settings. I mean how cute are these monogrammed napkins?!? We are OBSESSED. Each guest had their napkin folded hanging off the table to display the bride and groom’s monogram. Such a brilliant touch added to this sophisticated wedding. We also are just loving how the gold on their menu card pairs perfectly with our gold glass beaded chargers.Another close up of the guest tables’ centerpieces that were super simple but added the perfect touch to every table.Ok, this is head table is TO. DIE. FOR. The backdrop included three full walls of greenery with the most beautiful monogram in the center. Notice the flowers used here also match all the tables for the reception which makes us love it even more! This was such a fun wedding to be a part of and we love how the linen choices made Madi’s special day stand out.Wishing these William & Mary grads nothing but the best!

Vendor Shoutouts:

Planner: Wedding Company of Williamsburg | Venue: Williamsburg Inn | Photography: Luke & Ashley Photography | Lighting: Stage Right Lighting | Florals: Flower Cupboard | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals | Chairs & Dance Floor: Big Top Entertainment | Dress: Hayley Paige | Bar Rentals & Decor: Paisley & Jade | Band: New Royals Band | Trolley: Taylor’s Trolleys & Williamsburg Chauffeur & Richmond Trolley | Makeup & Hair: Jennifer Saunders Bridal | Paper Products: Cardinal and Straw | Wood Monogram: Yorkview Design | String Quartet: Jamestown Strings

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October Wedding Flashback

With all the craziness that comes with fall wedding season, we were a part of so many incredible weddings! One of the most amazing weddings we have been a part of took place at the Half Moone. Taylor & Tiasha had over 300 guests to celebrate their big day. And the photos from this wedding are TO. DIE. FOR.The ceremony began with over 300 of our gold chiavari chairs in the Vista Room at the Half Moone.This amazing floral archway made it’s debut at the ceremony and was a show stopper for the rest of the night. I mean, do you see this beauty???The bride and groom added white chiavari chairs topped with a four corner knot to make sure they were to stand out at their head table.The head table was kept neutral and really came alive with the beautiful deep pinks in the floral and the milania sequins runner.Guest tables were topped with tropical leaves and stayed consistent with the pinks and reds scattered throughout.Each of the place settings included a gold acrylic charger with a napkin folded across it topped with a name card.Taylor and Tiasha, we thank you for including us in your big day! We had so much fun making this vision come to life and wish you nothing but happiness.

Vendor Shoutouts:

Photography: Dragon Studio Photography | Planning: Antonia Christianson Events | Catering: Cuisine & Co. | Lighting: Stage Right Lighting | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals | DJ: Boardwalk Photo Booth Company | Cinematography: Media Aesthetics | Floral: Palette of Petals | Cake: Silver Spoon Bakery | Cocktail Hour Music: Eclipse Jazz Quartet | Stationary: River City Graphics | Valet: Express Valet | Bridal & Groom Attire: Nazranaa | Hair & Makeup: The Makeup School

This vendor team was off the chain!!

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Meet The Team!

Hey there! It’s Thanksgiving Eve, so what better way to give thanks to our amazing team than with a “Meet the Team” blog! We have reached the end of the fall wedding season and our team KILLED it this fall. We just want to personally thank each and every one of them for working extremely hard these fall months.

In June we had our annual staff photo shoot with the lovely Misty Saves The Day! We wanted to share some of the amazing pictures with you and give you a chance to meet the team.Our first staff member is probably a familiar, friendly face that most of you have seen. She is our fearless leader and owner of Waterford, Alyse. Alyse has been running the company for almost 10 years and has seen the company grow year after year. She is the rock of Waterford and we could not do what we do without her.Next up is Waterford’s OG, Heather. She has been with Waterford for 4 years now and is responsible for everything that is done in the warehouse prepping for events. Heather knows the warehouse like the back of her hand and has been working full time since she graduated from Old Dominion University last year. Heather excels with organization and her knowledge of product and venue layouts.Cassie is one of our event staff members that has been with us the longest. ANDDDD it’s her birthday!!!  Happy birthday Cassie! We are so thankful for everything you do. Not only does Cassie rock it on events, she works throughout the week during those busy months to help us stay ahead of the game. Cassie is a student at Old Dominion University with the hopes to go to grad school to be a Physician Assistant. We are so thankful to have this amazing girl on our team all year round!
Megan is another one of our event staff members that has been around for quite some time. Although Megan is only part part time for us now, she comes in clutch during those insane weekends where we really need her helping hands. If you have seen Megan at events then you know she is a pro when it comes to tying bows and puts a lot of attention to detail in every setup she is a part of.Brookelin joined our team in the spring and has been the glue that keeps the office staff and event staff on the same page. Brookelin knows her way around the event world and has been working in the event industry for more than 5 years. When she is not working, she is probably working out or playing with her nephew. Without Brookelin, we would not have that vital information that we need to make sure event setups go off without a hitch!Our first delivery staff member is Victor and he has been with Waterford through the spring and fall craziness this year! Contrary to the saying, Vic insists on “working harder not smarter”. You can see Vic at just about all of our chair setups/deliveries without the use of a dolly. Not only does Vic get the heavy lifting done so the Waterford girls don’t have to, he also goes on our deliveries and pickups during the week when it’s extra busy around the warehouse.Bryce is the second half to our delivery dynamic duo. Bryce has been with Waterford since the spring and has helped us in times of need when it comes to chairs, chairs, and more chairs. Whether it’s a 100 chair weekend or a 300 chair weekend, Bryce is always ready to work and get the job done. Bryce is finishing his last year at Hickory High School and plans to go into the military post graduation.Caitlin is another crucial member to our event staff and helps us in major times of need on the weekends and throughout the week. Caitlin is a Richmond native and is attending college at Old Dominion University. Caitlin has been with us since the spring and has fallen in love with the event industry ever since.Kayla is the final member of our team and has been working so hard since she joined the team in May. She works full time in the warehouse with Heather and the two of them work effortlessly together to get the job done. Kayla is new to the event industry and does everything she can to learn all there is to know. We love the positive energy and eagerness to learn that Kayla brings to the team.

Welp, that’s all folks! We have the best team ever and we couldn’t imagine it any other way. Everyone works so hard to get the job done and the outcome is always a beautiful one. At your next event, keep an eye out for our team and watch how we get the job done! We are thankful today and every day for this team. Waterford wishes you all an amazing Thanksgiving with friends and family.

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Summer Stripes With A Hint of Green

We hope you are staying warm as we get into that chilly fall/winter time frame. With the weather getting colder we’ve been thinking more and more about some of our favorite summer weddings! We are taking it back to a wedding we were a part of a while back at the Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club. Laura was not afraid to step outside the box and we are still obsessed with the outcome!

Laura chose to keep the color scheme classic and let the black and white stripes do their magic! Her head table consisted of our black and white striped runner with white polyester napkins under gold glass beaded chargers and gold chiavari chairs. It’s safe to say this head table is bringing back all the summer feels.

A close up of her place setting gives you a little hint of that greenery in the menu card that really sets everything off. If you haven’t thought of a polished way to reel in all of your wedding colors yet- we highly suggest doing so with your menu cards. It’s the perfect way to show your guests that you have thought about every single detail to make your big day one you have always dreamed of!

For the guest tables, Laura chose a white polyester linen paired with a black and white stripe napkin. We love that she used these super fun napkins to contrast the striped runners used on her head table.

Laura had a beautiful reception with all of her details pairing together perfectly. It didn’t take much for her to achieve a summer vibe at her wedding- just some stripes and awesome greenery!

We look forward to meeting with all of our future brides and making your wish come true. Schedule an appointment today to see all our showroom has to offer and more.

Vendor Shoutouts:

Venue: Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club | Planner: Sunkissed Events | Photography: Melissa Kilner Photography | Floral: Roost Flowers | Makeup: BlushTones | Hair: Flawless On Site | Music: 757 Strings VA

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Simple but Modern Vibes

Looking back at this aaaamazing wedding we had at the Chrysler Museum of Art back in the spring. We just love the colors and use of greenery that pair perfectly with the classic vibes of the Chrysler. Kristina chose to keep her colors to a minimum and stuck with ivory, black, and a whole lot of greenery. The design of these guest tables is something some of our girls have never seen and still talk about.

The linens used here include our ivory majestic paired with our black polyester napkins. We love the little bit of texture that majestic can bring to your guest tables.

As we’ve mentioned before- we are huge fans of mismatching centerpieces. While both centerpieces are beautiful, they are dramatic and make a statement in their own ways. On the round tables, a tall black floral stand was used topped with only the most beautiful greenery. On the other hand, the long rectangular tables were draped with an incredibly long and gorgeous garland. We adore how well these two looks complement each other.

On her sweetheart table Kristina added a touch of gold in her table decor with the small geometric votive holders and the use of our gold glass beaded chargers. Remember chargers are a perfect touch of color to add to your sweetheart table or even the guest tables!

A tiny detail that made sure to catch our eye were these super cute acrylic name plates personalized not only for the bride and groom but all the guests too. How cute is that! We love to be a part of weddings where the bride steps outside the box or shows us something we’ve never seen before.

The perfect finishing touch to this beautiful reception is the wedding cake topped with a tiny bit of gold and greenery. A simple satin ivory linen was chosen and is a perfect accent to all that comes with this cake. The gold flakes are our favorite part!

Vendor Shoutouts:

Venue: Chrysler Museum of Art | Photographer: Jessica Ryan Photography | Coordinator: Golden Luxe Events| Caterers: Cuisine and Company | DJ: Astro Entertainment | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals | Centerpieces: Black Iris Florist | Draping: Classy Event Rentals | Officiant: Evan Poe | Ice Art: Ice Art VA | Makeup: BlushTones | Hair: The Hair Days | Transportation: High Life Limousine

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