Waterford Wednesday: Choosing Your Vendors

Happy Waterford Wednesday, friends!

We hope our post today will help you out when it comes to choosing the perfect vendors for your event! Planning any event can be super stressful with all of the decisions that need to be made, and choosing vendors is one the 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. Check out some helpful tips and things to consider to help you find your perfect vendor matches!

Inventory
Photo: Jessica Ryan 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 and need, but there are likely many different vendors who 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 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!

Check Out Reviews
Photo: Jessica Ryan Photography

Whether on Facebook, or wedding websites like WeddingWire or The Knot, there are a ton of resources out there in terms of reviews! Just like you would look for restaurant reviews, you want to do the same for your event vendors! Hearing other clients first-hand experience with a particular vendor will make your decision easier!

Personal Fit
Photo: Lia Everette Photography

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: Lia Everette 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! Vendors in the same industry work together often, offer advice, and refer other vendors when appropriate! 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!

Don’t forget to keep up with us daily on social media!

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xo, Waterford!

Waterford Wednesday: Join Us for Crystal Clear 2019

Happy Waterford Wednesday friends!

We are officially four days away from our biggest event of the year, A Crystal Clear Vision 2019 at the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth! From 12PM-4PM on Sunday, February 10th, the BEST wedding vendors for the Hampton Roads region will all come together to showcase the BEST of their BEST! You don’t want to miss out!

Last week, we highlighted the ultimate Crystal Clear prize for purchasing VIP tickets (aka a COMPLETE wedding giveaway) to Sunday’s event. So for this week on Waterford Wednesday, we want to showcase just how awesome this Sunday is going to be! The vendors, the prizes, the ideas…the list simply goes on and on. Let’s first acknowledge the fact that this event is literally like a “Pinterester’s” dream come true! All of the latest trends with linen, food, lighting, planning, and design will be brought to life for Sunday’s biggest event of the year!

Visually-speaking, 2018’s A Crystal Clear Vision was one of our favs to date! Check out some of our decor options below:

A Crystal Clear Vision allures the crowds, inviting future brides and/or grooms a limitless opportunity to explore all styles, tastes, and vendors.  For example, if you are looking for a professional photographer/videographer but don’t know where to begin, CC 2019 is highlighting these FANTASTIC ones:

Simply Southern Photography, Leigh Skaggs Photography, Katie Nesbitt Photography, Jessica Ryan Photography, Dragon Photo Studio, Kirstyn Marie Photography, Caitlin Gerres Photography, Will Hawkins Photography, Cenzalli Captured Photography, Intellect Media, View It Do It, and Eyecaptures Photography.

Say, you are in need of a caterer but have no idea what you even want to serve to your guests.  Talk with these TASTY professional chefs who serve a wide variety of options for your cocktail and reception hours:

Traditions Catering and Events, Chef by Design Catering Company, Catering Concepts, Cuisine and Company, The Twisted Fork, East Beach Catering, Sweetwater Cuisine, Montero’s Restaurant (Bar and Catering), and Hummingbird Macarons and Desserts.

What if you are at a loss for those final touches that can bring your fairy tale wedding to life?  Make sure you buy a ticket and meet with these lighting, event rentals, beauty, services, and florists that definitely have a KEEN EYE for all things trendy:

Mad Hatter Vintage Rentals, Rusty Cottage Vintage Rentals & Styling, Paper Dolls Design, Blue Steel Lighting and Design, Express Valet, Big Top Entertainment, Music Makes You Happy, Snapqube, AllStar Photobooth LLC, Kara Anne & Co., A Lively Affair, Touche’ Weddings & Events LLC, Vivid Expressions LLC, Fluttering Flowers, Isha Foss Design, Astro Entertainment, And I Love Her Violins, Silk Bridal Studio, Blushtones, Mystique Salon and Skin Spa, Darling & Dapper, and Milk & Honey Bride.

Maybe you just got engaged and haven’t even booked a venue yet.  Don’t worry because we’ve got you covered with these AMAZING locations that will be sure to make your special day a dream come true:

The Cavalier Hotel, The Signature at West Neck, The Historic Post Office, Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Woman’s Club of Portsmouth, Portsmouth Service League, and The Oyster Farm.

Lastly, but certainly not least, you could be in the need of an event planner who will definitely make your 2019 wedding LESS STRESSFUL!  Check out these gals when at CC on Sunday:

Carolyn Celeste Weddings, Inspired Events by Kelly, Soirees By Lauren, and Antonia Christianson Events.

So, as you can see, this Sunday is going to be quite spectacular, to say the least!  We are so excited for you to meet this area’s top event professionals and help be apart in making your wedding a reality without all of the stress!  Make sure you pick up your VIP tickets today before we sell out and use this special discount code CRYSTALCLEAR for a $5 off now!

Don’t forget to keep up with us daily on social media!
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Instagram: waterfordeventrentals
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xo, Waterford!

A Celebration of Life!

Waterford Event Rentals was proud to be a part of such an amazing celebration— a celebration of LIFE! Wesley, a cancer survivor, celebrated his end of chemo on April 27, 2013 at The Sports Hall of Fame in Portsmouth, VA. Cherry Blossom Weddings coordinated the event. Other amazing vendors that were present included Tara Liebeck Photography and Snapqube.

Wesley’s friends and family raised over $1500 for The Race for Hope Foundation…an organization that supports children battling cancer by spreading awareness to others. To learn more about how to donate to this group, visit www.racingforhopefoundation.org.

 

 

Antonia Christianson Events

* What sets your service apart from other planners?

I was born and raised a Virginia Beach gal and I take great pride in making my clients feel at home in my hometown. About 70% of my clients no longer live in Hampton Roads, so when they are away I take it upon myself to make sure everything they need is done, as if they are here. I really take pride in helping each client make their wedding a unique event for their guests. I take great care and work diligently to make sure that every bride and groom have their own personalized experience and to make their day exceptionally special.

* How did you get started in the wedding industry?

A big factor that influenced my decision to move into the wedding industry had to do with being raised in the social events industry. My grandparents owned a large food distribution plant that allowed them to travel up and down the east coast to attend banquets and conferences. I was often allowed to travel with them and see these events that helped create my inspiration to become an event planner. Also, my mom was very involved in event planning and owned her own catering business. Since I grew up in this environment, I have always loved the little details of the events that make them so unique and extraordinary. So when I graduated college and went into the corporate event world, I immediately felt like this was my calling. My company has continued to evolve and grow along with our clients

* What experience do you have outside of wedding planning?

I have experience in various areas outside of wedding planning ranging from non-profit organizations such as Susan G. Komen to P.R. Marketing and Brand Launch Events as well as radio promotions and corporate planning. I’m very grateful for these opportunities and for the ability to expand my experiences. I work to apply what I have learned from these experiences to my company and staff to help my business grow and develop. I enjoy putting my time and effort into helping these other organizations or companies because of the positive effect they have on society. Also, I believe my staff, which consists of a wide variety of women, provide a tailored experience to my clients and enable them to interact on a personal level.
* Words of advice.

I have a few words of advice. Don’t let your friends’ opinions take control of your decisions for your wedding. They can give great suggestions, but what it boils down to is what you want for your special day. Take the time to remember why you’re getting married. Next, make sure you spend as much time planning yourmarriage as you do your wedding. Last but not least, finding inspiration online is always great but making it your own is what will make the wedding a unique and fun experience.

* Why is having a planner a must? 

There are so many aspects to an event planner that people have no general knowledge of. We are responsible for many big and little pieces of the overall puzzle that help it come into place at the end. All of the wedding details are equally important and make a difference. I help bring all those choices to light with each client so they know what to expect and what they want for their wedding. Between the arrangements of seating to the confirmation of vendors the week before, we help the bride and groom out with as much as we can. Planners help greatly with the client’s piece of mind but we also make sure each client has a unique experience catered to their preferences.

***Here’s some information to check out for Antonia Christianson Events! ***

Email: antonia@antoniachristiansonevents.com
Website: www.AntoniaChristiansonEvents.com
Blog: www.AntoniaChristiansonEvents.Blogspot.com
Twitter: ACEvents
Facebook: facebook.com/antoniachristiansonevents
Loverly: ACEvents
Pinterest: ACEvents

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Plan Ahead

It’s that time of year again. The weather is changing, colorful leaves are starting to peek through, boots are being pulled out,  and sweatshirts are already being worn.

The flavors are in too, caramels and pumpkin spice….ooooh la la.

Do you know what that means?!?!?

Holiday parties are right around the corner!!! Plan in advance and save. Call us with your business name, the date of your holiday party, and let us handle the rest of your linen details and offer you an early bird incentive.  What is it you ask? 10 FREE red, green, or blue sashes if you book before October 31!

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Emily Weddings

Meet Emily Peterson with Emily Weddings!

* What sets your service apart from other planners?

Our service is personal. You’re not just hiring a planner – you’re hiring a group of professionals that will cater to every detail of your day.  We not only care about your wedding, we care about you, and we want every bride to feel that from the first meeting.

* How did you get started in the wedding industry?

Since we are not just one planner, we all started differently.  Emily Petersen began singing at wedding ceremonies, and quickly realized her love of the industry.  She progressed to a mistress of ceremonies, and is now a Professional Wedding Consultant with twelve years of experience.  She then built her team of professionals that all share a love for weddings and each bring something amazingly different to the group.

* What experience do you have outside of wedding planning?

You can find a little bit of everything inside our company – mothers, sales reps, dance instructors, we have it all.

* Words of advice.

Never settle.  You have one day that is all about you, and it should be exactly what you want.  We are here to make sure that happens.

* Why is having a planner a must?

We are there on your big day to represent you.  The caterer will represent their food, the photographer their pictures, etc.  We are the only vendor that is entirely and completely there to represent you.

Waterford Event Rentals, LLC is proud to work with Emily Weddings!! Check out some of her work below and on Emily Weddings Facebook page. 

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Pick A Plan For You

So we think it’s best to splurge a little and hire a wedding planner.

I know I know….more money. TRUST US, it is money well spent! Even if you can’t afford a full on wedding planning service. Month of planning is ideal for some couples. You want to be able to enjoy your big day without any glitches.

There really is no such thing as “day of ” service. A planner can not walk into a venue without knowing who any of your venders are and not know anything about  the agenda for the day. Month of service allows a little time for the planner to meet with venders if necessary, put together a timeline for the big day, and to ask you questions before hand. Like, how you want certain things set or whatever else she needs to know to make things just right for you.

So whether it’s full on planning, partial planning, or month of planning. You will be happy you spent the extra money. It cost a little extra in the big scheme of things, but It will save you on time and will keep your stress level waaaay down.

Now, not everyone is made to be your friend. A planner should be like a friend, you should enjoy your meetings, and be able to communicate well. It may take a few meetings to find the match for you, but it’s worth the search.

Stay tuned for recommendations of planners around town 🙂

experience the Waterford Way!