Waterford Wednesday: Perfecting Your Place Settings

It’s Waterford Wednesday!
We’ve got a fun post today on a few simple tips that will ensure you have the perfect place settings at your next event! Whether you’re planning a wedding or any other special occasion, if the event features a meal, a place setting will be required. 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 in your place settings:

Keep A Consistent Theme
Echard Wheeler Photography

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 and a true representation of your event. For example, the place setting above was a perfect representation of the The Great Gatsby inspiration that the styled shoot was aiming for! The theme of your event can easily be shown through the plate chargers, napkins, and even the font of the menu that you choose!

Feature A Menu
Photography: Jessica Ryan Photography | Table Design: Fluttering Flowers | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals
We can’t recommend this tip 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 that will give your overall place setting more visual appeal!

Accent Special Place SettingsJessica Ryan Photography | Golden Luxe EventsTable Design: Vivid Expressions | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals | Photography: Katie Nesbitt 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. Emily Wedding’s place settings at A Crystal Clear Vision tied in with her theme perfectly and had so many little thoughtful elements that anyone would have loved to be a guest at her event!

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Lesner Inn Vendor of the Month Feature

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday! It’s officially September! We are hopeful that our fall events get to go off without a hitch! This month we are SO excited because we have partnered with The Lesner Inn to be featured all month long!! If you haven’t  seen their latest updates on Instagram, they have been featuring an incredible new vendor every month!!

Let’s tell you a little bit of what’s in store for this month. We have some amazing tips that will be shared with you regarding the history of Waterford & how we set ourselves apart from others. Each Wednesday there will be a post that includes some of our fun facts, tips, and most importantly linen advice from us- the professionals!

On Sundays, a super fun segment they have going is Spotify Sunday. We came up with 4 of your MUST HAVE songs on that wedding playlist. We wanted to be versatile so stay tuned to see what we suggest.

Lastly, all month you can find our decorated vendor table in their office. We decked this table out y’all!!!!! The Lesner has some of our NEW favorite linens- we’re not kidding these are legit our new favs. If you plan on touring The Lesner Inn, the sooner the better!! Pop in sometime this month to chat with the ladies and scope out our vendor table. We just know you will love it as much as we do! We’ll attach a small sneak peek for you below.

Last but not least- the giveaway!! By the end of the month, we will have one super lucky winner that will receive a sweetheart linen on us AND a napkin upgrade of your choice!! Napkins are such a fun place to add some fun color or texture, even maybe a print! Head over to @lesnerinn on IG to follow along with the steps to win our giveaway!!

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Our Hope For 2020

Happy Wednesday! You know what that means- time for Waterford Wednesday. Okay- let’s be real the last few months of 2020 have been ROUGH for everyone. We are missing our staff, our events, our vendor friends, and all of our amazing clients so much! We wanted this blog today to be about all the good that weddings and events can bring & maybe if we speak it into existence they’ll be back sooner than later. *Fingers crossed*

At the start of this amazing new year AND decade- our friends at The Lesner Inn asked us to be a part of an incredible & elegant 20’s theme styled shoot. The vendor list for this one was off the chain! And the girls knocked it out of the park with this design and attention to detail.Might we add- they used some of our favorite linens to give you all the 20’s feels. This black and silver metallic brushed jacquard linen is reversible. SAY WHATTTT. You have the option to use this side that shows more of the darker colors but flip it to have a similar pattern with the lighter colors popping!Oh the chandelier and the dangling pearls add for an effortless 20’s look.Want to know what else is reversible? You guessed it- the napkins can be folded on either the shiny side or the matte side. This photo shows the napkins folded shiny side up and you can see the subtle texture that comes with a majestic linen.Adding some mermaid sequins is sure to catch the eyes of your guest. This linen is super fun & unique!Black and gold is such a timeless look that can be transformed and elevated from decade to decade or even 1920 –> 2020!As always- a perfect way to add some pizzaz to your chairs is by using sashes. This is a 4 corner knot and adds a beautiful accent to the chairs.While we know 2020 has been no walk in the park for any of us, we are confident that events will be up and running in no time! To all of the couples affected by COVID-19 we are rooting for you!!! We will do everything in our power to make your event just as incredible as originally planned. 2020 we know there is potential to end this year with a bang. So cheers! Cheers to 2020 ending better than it’s started.

Vendor Shoutouts: Photography: Echard Wheeler Photography | Venue: Lesner Inn | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals | Floral: The Wandering Petal | Bridal Gown: Milk & Honey Bride | Makeup: BlushTones | Hair: The Hair 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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Virtual Meeting Special!!

Let the show go on!! We know this is a crazy time, but we’re all in the same boat right?? We have really had our virtual meetings kick off this week & they have been SO fun!!! If you have been hesitant to book any meetings or consultations because of COVID-19 well that stops here!! We are offering virtual meetings with Zoom with times Monday-Thursday, late morning to evening. We want to meet YOU! What better way to have a design meeting than from the comfort of your own home? We have a virtual meeting special for those people using our calendar link to book a virtual meeting. These meetings typically don’t last longer than an hour. The fun part- you get to physically see our linens in person and receive photos during and after the meeting.

Our virtual meeting special is 10% off your rentals when you schedule your virtual meeting & secure your items within 30 days of your meeting! We are so looking forward to meeting you & keeping the fun wedding planning alive. Below is the link:

https://calendly.com/waterfordeventrentals/rental-design-meeting?month=2020-04

Summer Social is BACK this year at The Woman’s Club of Portsmouth- August 7!

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2020 Color of the Year!

We are soooo stoked that the color blue has been chosen as this year’s Pantone Color of the Year. Just to remind you, here are the Pantone Colors of the Year for the last couple years: 2019- coral, 2018- violet, 2017- greenery. When it comes to picking wedding colors, there are a few that will always remain classics, blue is one of them. Some of the other colors that are a good go to when deciding what to pick for your big day include blush, navy, burgundy, greenery, and all things neutral.

This week for the blog we wanted to take it back to some of our FAVORITE blue weddings- we know you will just love.Kirstyn Marie Photography

This romantic look was from a few years ago using one of the most beautiful, classic prints. This blue pottery print linen was used all throughout this wedding in the form of linens, runners, and sashes. The clean look of the white plates on top of the gold chargers provide the most beautiful place setting.Dani White Photography

This wedding from the Half Moone incorporated a simple blue “Panama” napkin among our “Ivory Belize” tablecloth with hopes to give their guests an elegant tropical feel.Planner: Antonia Christianson Events | Photography: Ethan Yang Photography

Who doesn’t love a good sash? Adding in that wedding color with a sash is such a fun way to bring your chairs to life & likely would be something unexpected by your guests.Rob Korb Photography

This next photo- I mean it just speaks for itself. The colors, the patterns, the vibrancy. WE. LOVE. IT. ALL. Blue is just one of those colors that you really can just tie into anything & this photo shows nothing less.Dragon Photo Studio

Throwing it back to a fall shoot we did with an INCREDIBLE vision. We are using the fun blue and white pattern with super vibrant floral. Did you peep the navy velvet napkin too? To die for.Design: Lustre Theory | Photography: Molly Lichten Photography

After this, don’t you just love the 2020 Color of the Year?? We sure do.

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Crystal Clear Vision Recap Part 2

Well, what a crazy couple of weeks it’s been right?? This week for the blog we decided to shout out some of the incredible vendors that participated in A Crystal Clear Vision this year! Hoping to use these images to brighten your day & remind everyone we will get through this! Here is just a reminder of all the hard work these event specialists are capable of.Table Design: Carolyn Celeste Weddings | Photography: Kirstyn Marie PhotographyTable Design: East Beach Catering | Photography: Jessica Ryan PhotographyTable Design: Inspired Events by Kelly | Rentals: Big Top Entertainment | Photography: Leigh Skaggs PhotographyTable Design: Sweetwater Cuisine | Photography: Leigh Skaggs PhotographyTable Design: VB National | Photography: Jessica Ryan Photography

Hoping these photos brought you and our vendors some smiles! A Crystal Clear Vision was a total success at the Princess Anne Country Club! Hoping everyone stays safe & keeps on planning during this crazy time. Us vendors are here for you every step of the way. Looking forward to being happier and healthier when this is all over.

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PROMO TIME!!

To all the couples still wedding planning during the midst of this craziness, we have a promo just for you!!! Now until April 30th, when you book with us for your 2021 wedding, we will be give you a FREE sweetheart AND cake table linen. We are hoping to help bring light to this dark time for all of us by keeping up the excitement of wedding planning!

We love the sweetheart tables & cake tables probably more than any other tables because this is where you get to add most of your personality! No need to fear about there being too much pattern, too much texture, or that the color is too bright because you only have to cover one table vs all of the guest tables.

Since blue is the Pantone Color of the Year, what better place to incorporate that color than with your sweetheart table?? The possibilities are endless, you can choose blue linens with patterns or texture AKA velvet. Ummm yes please.Design: Lustre Theory | Photography: Molly Lichten Photography | Floral: Kate Fiore Floral | Vintage Rentals: Madhatter Vintage | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals

Deep down I think every bride dreams of a little bit of lace somewhere in their wedding. It just adds such a romantic, charming feel to the design aspect of the wedding. Featured here is actually one of our brand new linens: Princess Lace, I mean what could be better than that?Table Design: Soirees by Lauren | Photography: Caitlin Gerres Photography | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals

There is no better linen to steal the show than this one right here. Our stunning Mermaid Sequins linen gives you all the regal feels with the copper & ivory toned sequins. We love this linen but seeing it get transformed to this extent had our jaws to the floor. Everything about this design just has us thinking sweetheart table. Want to make sure your guests are always looking at you? This linen is sure to do the trick.Table Design & Floral: Fluttering Flowers | Linens & Chairs: Waterford Event Rentals | Photography: Katie Nesbitt Photography | Chandelier Rigging: Stage Right Lighting

Calling all velvet lovers!! One of the biggest trends we have seen closing out 2019 and still going strong in 2020 is the use of velvet! Couples everywhere are loving adding some fun texture to tables whether that’s in the form of a linen, napkins, or runners! Table Design: Sunkissed Events | Photography: Jessica Ryan Photography | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals

One of the most fun tablescapes we’ve seen in a while included our super popular chiffon runners layered with macrame runners. While this is a nontraditional sweetheart table idea, how cool would this be for couples really wanting to step outside the box and bring some Moroccan vibes to the party!Table Design: Astro Events | Photography: Katie Nesbitt Photography | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals

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Southern Fall Wedding

Back in the heart of fall we got to take part in a beautiful wedding at one of the most beautiful venues. Nikki and Brennan tied the knot at the Oyster Farm Marina out on the Eastern Shore. Their decor was stunning and so unique we couldn’t wait to get these photos in. This wedding was one to remember for a few reasons! We loveeee that Nikki  wasn’t afraid to play with texture & she used some of these linens to go with the neutral, fall beachy vibe. Her decor included cute little pumpkins, oysters, and our favorite part: COTTON! How cool are these centerpieces?This wedding was so elegant and really left us remembering just how beautiful all the details turned out together. For the cake table Nikki chose one of our new, most popular linens: Belize Natural Nutmeg. To bring all the small details together she paired this with her napkin choice as well.On the deck for cocktail hour, she used a beautiful polyester stripe ivory linen which were topped with cute pumpkins and greenery.Love love love this wedding & can’t wait to see what beautiful ideas are in store for us with Spring wedding season almost here!

Vendor Shoutouts: Venue & Catering: Oyster Farm at Kings Creek |Photography: Kelley Stinson Photography | Planner: Carolyn Celeste Weddings | Florist: Simply Fresh Floral Creations by Cynthia Downing | Videography: Noble Vue Media | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals | DJ & Photo Booth: Boardwalk Photo Booth Company | Pies: Flour Child Bakery | Bridal Gown: Silk Bridal Studio | Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Hair: Blushtones | Makeup: Flawless On Site | Graphic Designer: River City Graphics

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New Products Alert!!

Hope everyone is ready for the flood of pictures from A Crystal Clear Vision 2020! This week we are so excited to showcase some of our NEW products. Jessica Ryan photographed our table where we got to show everyone in attendance some of the incredible new products we’ll be offering in 2020.Ta-daaaaaa! Our 2020 Crystal Clear Table brought to you by some AMAZING vendors.

Design by: Waterford Event Rentals & Antonia Christianson Events | Chandelier: James Christianson |  Chandelier Rigging: Stage Right Lighting | Floral: Isha Foss Design | Calligraphy: Jessica Hanyok Calligraphy | Photography: Jessica Ryan Photography |

A picture is worth a thousand words….. So enjoy!New product: Florence Jacquard WhiteNew Product: Wooden ChargersNew Product: Sonoma Chair Natural WoodLike what you see here?? If you want to be the first to get your hands on these products, we are only a phone call away. We are soooo excited to offer these BEAUTIFUL new products starting May 2020!  We’re offering so many more new things for 2020, you just don’t want to miss out! From chiffon to velvet, we’ve got you covered across the board, or table 😉

We will see you at The Woman’s Club of Portsmouth on August 7th at The Summer Social for way more FUN and inspiration! Don’t forget to keep checking back for tickets.

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