Waterford Wednesday!

Happy Waterford Wednesday!

We are SO pumped to be back on our blogging game and we can’t wait to keep everyone updated on the crazy and exciting happenings of Waterford! Whether or not you’re in the market for some amazing linens (which you totally should be!), trust us when we say that you’ll enjoy the weekly posts that we have planned!

Although spring has technically been here for about a month, it has definitely sprung in the past week and we are enjoying this gorgeous weather as we gear up for the busy summer ahead of us. In our world, we don’t have summer. . .we have wedding season. You know, the late spring and warm summer months where brides take advantage of the beautiful weather to get hitched? Yep, that’s when our crazy multiple events a day, extreme sash tying, precision linen laying, and everything in between really comes into play! As we (hopefully!) say goodbye to the cold, we’re at the top of our game, fully staffed with an amazing boss and group of girls, and moving full steam ahead as we take on our busiest event season since Waterford started. Thanks to the experience we got with our winter brides we couldn’t be more prepared for the exciting season ahead of us and we can’t wait to share each step of the way with you!

While you’ll get to hear about what we’ll be up to this summer in real time, we want to catch everyone up on 2 fun events that Waterford was involved in over the past couple of months!

VOW Bridal Show

Photo Feb 23, 10 36 05 AMDuring the winter, we are always thrilled to get creative and participate in the VOW Bridal Show! While we engage in many bridal shows throughout the year, we were so excited about the VOW show and seeing the amazing “Waterford Candyshop” we created, with the help of Alisa of Botanique Events, come to life! We ended up taking home the top awards from the show: Best in Show & People’s Choice Awards. We were so honored to receive these awards and really enjoyed getting to meet and work with so many new brides!

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A Crystal Clear Vision was our very first experience in hosting a bridal event! The event, a tabletop style, featured some of the best designers, wedding planners, and florists in the area showing off different reception style settings for bride’s viewing pleasure. We couldn’t have anticipated the immense amount of support we received and we can’t wait for our show to be featured in the spring/summer edition of the The Wedding Planner Magazine. You’ll have to check back when the issue comes out as we will be sharing tons of pictures and featuring all of the amazing designers that were a part of our special day! We are so blessed to be able to work with such amazing, talented professionals and we owe a huge thank you to Cedrick Harris with The Wedding Corner, Stage Right Lighting, Dragon Photo Studio, David Schwartz Photography, and the Double Tree of Virginia Beach for sponsoring our show!

So, now that you have a little peak into our world, we hope you’ll come back and join us every Wednesday as we update you on all things Waterford! Until then, keep up with us daily on
Facebook: Waterford Event Rentals
Twitter: @WaterfordEvent
Instagram: waterfordeventrentals
Pinterest: Waterford Event Rentals

Seriously, we’ve got some Instagram and Pinterest geniuses, you don’t want to miss that!

Until next week!!
xo, Waterford

Whitney Ketcham of Wildflower Weddings

* What sets your service apart from other planners?

Wildflower Weddings offers no set packages because we believe that every bride has different needs from our company.  Our services are completely customizable and allow each bride to get exactly what they need in order to plan their perfect wedding.  We also offer D-I-Y sessions and assistance to our brides that want their wedding to be more personal.

* How did you get started in the wedding industry?

I started in the wedding industry selling wedding dresses at Maya Couture and ended up getting a job with another planner in the industry.   

* What experience do you have outside of wedding planning?

Outside of wedding planning I have been involved with a non-profit planning their events like Wine Tastings and Fundraisers ranging from Motorcycle Rides to Skydiving with Wounded Military members.  I also have experience in planning events with sports teams at a professional playing level and corporate events.

* Words of advice.

My biggest word of advice I can give to brides is to make sure you plan YOUR wedding day.  I know we all have those important loved ones who will have input but be sure that your wedding reflects you and your groom.  Especially with the little details…from the groom’s processional song to incorporating little rituals you have in your daily lives on the wedding day.  Your wedding day should be YOURS to remember.

* Why is having a planner a must?

Having a wedding planner is a must because we take the stress of the wedding day away.  You don’t have to worry about your mom or Aunt missing any detail of the wedding because they are the ones handling everything.  Everyone you want to be involved in your wedding is and they aren’t stressing what time they need to get the bridal party lined up or if the caterer remembers to fold the napkins the way you want. Remember…we are in this profession because we choose to be, not because someone asked us to help out.

Check out Wildflower Weddings at www.wildflowerweddingsva.com!

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Vivid Expressions

* What sets your service apart from other planners?

We are the region’s 1st Wedding Planning & Design company to create custom illustrations depicting your wedding designs (bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony design, reception design, or centerpieces/table-scape design) and present them to the Bride & Groom as part of the planning process and bringing them to life. We like to say it’s like the design shows on Television – taking each couple from “Concept to Creation to Celebration”.
* How did you get started in the wedding industry?

I was introduced into “weddings” when my own wedding took place 2 days after the Governor of Virginia issued a “State of Emergency”. I orchestrated my wedding only 2 days after Hurricane Isabel devastated Virginia in 2003. Although 2/3s of the state (including the city were the wedding was held) experienced statewide loss of power, flooding, and other obstacles the wedding was a success. This experience was challenging, emotional and unexpectedly inspired. After 3 years of intense research, industry education, and development we opened the doors in 2006.
* What experience do you have outside of wedding planning?

When working towards my Bachelor of Fine Art my worked for several years as a Caricaturist at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. I received my degree in Art in 1995 and then worked in a number of non-profit and education organizations like the Virginia Symphony, Portsmouth Museums (including the Children’s Museum of Virginia). I’ve also worked with some creative organizations like such as PR & Marketing Director for Animax LTD (Animation Studio) and a Marketing Manager at Decipher Inc. (an Entertainment & Gaming Studio). Before starting my own business I also worked as a Contract Corporate Trainer for the (then) world’s largest telecommunications company and Marketing Contractor for the U.S. Air Force.
* Words of advice.

When talking to your Pro don’t just share the things you want or things that you like. Let them know what you don’t like. I was speaking with a Bride about Floral Designs. She told me, ”Oh, I like all kinds of flower, I don’t have preference.” She showed me a bunch of pictures of styles she like. I then asked her, “Tell me about the things you can’t stand. You don’t want anywhere near your special day”. She, once again said she’s open to anything… oh, except roses. “I can’t stand roses”. The pictures she showed me indeed had roses in them. Now, of course we do concept drawings of the designs first but can you imagine what it would have been like if she was handed a bouquet with roses in them? Don’t just bring images of what you like but tell your Pro your “Wish List” (if I could have anything in the world) and your “Must Haves” (Things you simply will not compromise on).
* Why is having a planner/designer a must?

I was once coordinating a wedding where the venue had a fire alarm go off while the Bride was getting dressed. The venue was not on fire but they had to evacuated. My team and keeping our beautiful Bride & gallant Groom calm. We got the photographer and their assistant to take the Gentlemen in the front of the building to take some stunningly suave pictures while, in the back, the photographer also took pictures actually on the Fire truck. Do major disasters happen at every wedding? No, but there are literally hundreds of details and thousands of dollars (and memories) invested into this special day. A Professional can help you save time, money, find the best and most reliable resources, to create your worry-free wedding day experience. Most Professional planning service providers offer a range of services from Hourly Consulting services (ideal for the DIY Bride who may need coach and guidance on where and when to get the best bang for their dollar) to full-service complete luxury planning and everything in between.

* Add any additional information you would like.

Vivid Expressions LLC is a full service Wedding Design, Wedding Consulting, Fresh Floral Designs and Creatives services (such as Caricatures and Designer Candy Buffets) company. I personally have 2 Certifications in Floral Design. We have a Consulting Office in Norfolk and a Workshop in Virginia Beach and happily serve clients throughout the Hampton Roads region, DC, and beyond. We are also proud to be the In-house Wedding Consulting and Design Company for the historic Granby Theater in Norfolk Virginia.

* Contact Information

Vivid Expressions LLC

URL: http://www.vividexrpessions.com

Telephone: 757-802-3199 (Toll free: 888-878-4843)

Email: janelkeen@VividExpressions.com or events@vividexpressions.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/vividexpression

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/vividexpressionsllc

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