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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xo, Waterford!

Recap of The Summer Social Fest 2020

Hello everyone & happy Wednesday!! We are especially excited for this blog because we are recapping all of our amazing fun from The Summer Social Fest which was held virtually last weekend. As we are all aware, COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into A LOT of plans. Weddings, graduations, birthdays, vacations, and even just a regular work schedule. COVID is unique in the sense we have all been affected by it some way.

For us, and tons of other vendors and of course SO. MANY. COUPLES any and all events and gatherings have come to a screeching halt. What a whirlwind and adjustment it’s been to say the least. As COVID became more and more dangerous we were left with no choice but to reconfigure our summer bridal show. The result= Summer Social Fest held on Facebook Live! With the help of our partner Missy with Antonia Christianson Events, Mike Dragon with Dragon Photo Studio, Misty with Misty Saves The Day, Ashley of Studio I Do, and the crew at Stage Right Lighting, we brought this idea to life!

After months of replanning our super fun social meet and greet to be exclusively online the weekend finally came to fruition July 17-19. We had about 30 vendors sign up to meet about 100 couples all virtually!!!! We are so thankful and thrilled to have each and every vendor participate and help bring this idea full circle. The best part, is that we were able to help our vendors AND future couples all for free!!!!! This was our way of really letting couples know how much we feel for you during this time and want to support you and give you something to look forward to because we all care that much.

With all of that being said, we want to shout out and thank each vendor that chose to be a part of this magical weekend, but also show you a glimpse of the INSANE fashion show we put on. I mean, we don’t like to toot our own horn but we really pulled it off with this entire weekend and feel incredibly blessed we made this happen!

Vendor Shoutouts: Chef By Design | Astro Entertainment | Avenir Bridal | BCP Floral | Jessica Hanyok Calligraphy | Dragon Photo Studio | Boardwalk Photo Booth Company | Misty Saves the Day | Antonia Christianson Events |Carolyn Celeste Weddings | Fluttering Flowers | East Beach Catering | Virginia Zoo | Big Top Entertainment | PaperDolls Design | Montero’s Restaurant & Catering | Fresh Look Photography | Silk Bridal Studio | Woman’s Club of Portsmouth | Kara Anne + Co | Waterford Event Rentals | Music Makes You Happy Entertainment | Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art | The Cake House | The Posh Pair | Jessica Ryan Photography | The Twisted Fork | Rusty Cottage Rentals & Styling | Echard Wheeler Photography | Allstar Photobooth | The Neon House | Stage Right Lighting | Studio I Do Bridals

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to all the vendors that participated and went live on Facebook during The Summer Social Fest! We cannot thank you enough for all you do for us! Now on to some fashion show photos. This was SO much fun and really had us feeling like we were back stage of a HUGE production.

Fashion Show Vendor Participants: Bridal gowns, models, directing by Studio I Do Bridals | Sound stage, video production, lighting and chandeliers by Stage Right Lighting | Music & DJ provided by Boardwalk Photo Booth Company | Floral by Fluttering Flowers | Hair and makeup by: Makeup by SAC, BlushTones, Flawless On Site, and Sarah Rillon | Behind the scenes photography and videography: Dragon Photo Studio | Media: Misty Saves the Day | The Summer Social Fest brought to you by Waterford Event Rentals & Antonia Christianson Events

If you didn’t get a chance to check us out LIVE during The Summer Social Fest click this link to check us out! Learn all about Waterford, the services we offer, and amazing products we have to share!

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xo, Waterford!


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!

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.

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!

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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.



Show Bride

As Hampton Roads’ most consistent Bridal Show producer,  Show Bride offers over 6 shows a year and will be celebrating its 50th show in 2013!

Bridal Shows and Expos serve a dual purpose of giving vendors a marketplace to display their products and services while also allowing brides to gather ideas, watch demos, and book services.  The wide array of vendors at their shows and on their website give brides great options to get ahead in their planning.

Show Bride shows are put on all around Hampton Roads and venues vary from the ever popular Founder’s Inn, and Chespeake Conference center to the more uncommon Mariner’s Museum and Great Wolf Lodge.

Show Bride is unique in many ways;  their shows and expos frequently feature fabulous fashion shows, and they offer a wide array of prizes for the attending brides.

For more information on upcoming shows visit their website.

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The Wedding Corner

What is The Wedding Corner?

The Wedding Corner is a local show produced by the 757 Wedding Professionals to help educate brides. Local vendors share their expertise and tips to hopefully answer those unknown wedding industry questions. This information may also help brides eliminate mistakes before they happen. Check out the link below to view the second episode of The Wedding Corner.

To view all episodes you may visit:  www.757weddingpros.com




757 Wedding Professionals

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Planning a wedding can be overwhelming. Allow the experts of 757 Wedding Professionals to help alleviate the stress!

We can help with all aspects of your wedding. From finding a venue, choosing a caterer and photographer, to the small touches that will set your wedding apart.

You can visit the 757 Wedding Professionals office as well as our personal office located at 808 Eden Way N Suite 101 in Chesapeake.

We also have monthly Vendor Blenders that you may be interested in as your wedding approaches.

Check out 757weddingpros.com to stay up to date.

Not a bride? Vendors, come join us today!!! Come network and build your business with friendly wedding professionals. It’s a win win win! Build wonderful business relationships and meet new clients while staying connected with different venues.

Our next event is Tuesday, July 31st. See below for the details!!
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Congrats Brittany & Shaun Hardine

Waterford Event Rentals got to mix work & play last weekend at the Thrasher/Hardine wedding. Brittany & Shaun are some of our closest friends, so naturally we made sure W.E.R. had a presence at their beautiful wedding at The Lesner Inn. The bride and groom decided upon tiffany blue sashes around the wood chiavari chairs, burlap runners on the tables, and organza sashes down the chairs of the aisle. With the help of wedding planner, Whitney with Wildflower Weddings, the spring/Easter wedding came together very nicely.

We were thrilled to help out with the linens, but had the most fun dancing to D.J. Danny Gray’s (from Astro Entertainment) wonderful music selection. Friends and family had a blast as they celebrated the marriage of Shaun & Brittany Hardine!!

Thank you C.N. Gray Photography for letting us share some of your amazing pictures.

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experience the Waterford Way!