Posts Tagged ‘rehearsal dinner’

BBQ Rehearsal Dinner Inspiration
Posted by Sarah Zlotnick. Filed under Wedding Inspiration

By: Caitlin Zentgraf

Cookouts are the best part of summer, especially on the 4th of July with family and friends. Who doesn’t love hot dogs, hamburgers, and fireworks? Bring that laid-back vibe to your rehearsal dinner. Here’s how to do it.

1. Big-Batch Chilled Beverages

Mix up big batches of flavored water, lemonade, or sweet tea and let guests serve themselves! Use mason jars as glasses for an extra picnic-y feel. Photo by Katelyn James Photography. 

2. Gingham & Sunflower Decor 

Set your wooden banquet tables with checkered linens or napkins and use bright yellow sunflowers in your centerpieces. Here’s our step-by-step guide to styling a summer table. Photos by Chelsea Fuss and Nami Dadlani Photography. 

3. Finger Foods 

Pass around bite-size burgers, BBQ sliders, pigs in a blanket, french fry shooters, and corn on the cob halves as appetizers. Photo by Jose Villa. 

4. Strawberry Shortcake 

We all scream for ice cream! As much as it would cool off guests, it would also quickly melt in the heat. Instead, try a strawberry shortcake. Light and sweet, it will leave guests feeling satisfied but not heavy. Here’s a complete step-by-step recipe for creating the one pictured. Photos by Chelsea Fuss. 

5. Lawn Games

Entertain your guests with lawn games such as cornhole, croquet, hula hoops, bocce ball, and badminton. Photo by Orange in Bloom.  Read the rest of this entry »


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Fashion Friday: Easygoing & Elegant Rehearsal Dinner Outfit
Posted by Sarah Zlotnick. Filed under fashion, Outfit Ideas

Engagement dinners, bridal showers, bachelorette parties…the events leading up to your big day can be just as daunting to dress for as the big day itself. So, starting today, you’ll occasionally see outfit ideas beyond bridal and bridesmaids on this blog. Up first: an elegant yet easygoing option for a garden-inspired rehearsal dinner. While many brides opt to wear white to this soirée, we think a dusty tan rose works just as well. Here we paired it with floral heels and plenty of mint embellishments for a polished look you can still relax in.

Related: Southern Garden Bridesmaid Ensemble | Preppy Wedding Dresses | Bold Florals for Spring

Credits: Kate Spade New York stud earrings ($38) • Essie ‘Mint Candy Apple’ nail polish ($8) • Loeffler Randall Rider Satchel ($495) • House of Harlow 1960 Finespun cuff ($60) • Charles by Charles David Women’s Radial Sandal ($101.25) •  Max & Cleo Madilyn Dress ($54—currently 50% off!)


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Rehearsal Dinner: Bahama Style!
Posted by Kate. Filed under Destination Weddings

Kristin and Broen’s wedding weekend continues!   For the rehearsal dinner, everyone headed over to the Rock House Hotel for a meal together.  Broen’s family fancied up the party with all sorts of incredible details like handmade place cards, sailboats, and candleholders.  Of course, Jenelle Kappe was there in action capturing the sights and that adorable couple with their million dollar smiles and fresh, beachy style.

I’m so impressed by those gorgeous tabletops!  The sea glass is so pretty, and an exquisite alternative to floral centerpieces.  Up next.. the wedding!

Photos by Jenelle Kappe

Venue: Rock House Hotel


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How to Style a Summertime Picnic Table
Posted by Kate. Filed under Wedding Inspiration

By: Chelsea Fuss

Have you ever considered holding your wedding or rehearsal dinner at a local park? It can be charming, pastoral, and really inexpensive (sometimes even free)! You may wonder how to make those rustic, but often problematic picnic tables, wedding-worthy… With the 4th of July right around the corner, we thought we’d offer up some tips for a styling them into something special enough for your wedding!

Tip no. 1. Never underestimate the power of repitition. It can make a rather bland surface come to life and it gives guests somewhere to focus their eyes. Here we’ve repeated pots of seasonal Marguerite Daisies across each table. We’ve also repeated the gingham pattern with the napkins.


Tip no. 2. We found these charming paper napkins in gingham. If you want to dress things up a little more, consider sewing some out of inexpensive gingham cotton.


Tip no. 3. Use seasonal plants and don’t worry about pots. Pots can get pricey, so consider covering plants in fabric or paper. Kraft paper is a classic for picnics.


Tip no. 4. While we kept some things casual, we really wanted this to feel like a wedding, so we used china plates. They are still simple, but dressy enough for a wedding. We used simple clear glasses and real utensils to make it feel like a real table setting, rather than your everyday picnic!

Tip no. 5. Choose interesting bottles for beverages. We made the beverages part of the table setting by using these charming Swedish apple cider bottles. Try ordering in bulk through Amazon for exotic drinks like this! Make sure the label complements or matches your table setting!


Tip no. 6. Consider serving family style or making the food part of the table setting. For appetizers, we were serving bread and cheese, so we set the baguettes right on the table to evoke a French feast sort of feel. You could also set them on parchment paper.


Tip no. 7. Use color!  With all the green in the park, you’ll want your tables to pop! Choose one or two bright colors (no pastels!) and repeat them. Pale colors don’t show up well outside.


Tip no. 8. Keep things simple. The cleaner the lines, the more visually appealing your table will be. Stay away from stacking books and other knick knacks. Keep the table festive and pretty with the essentials.

Happy Summer!

Photos and Styling by Chelsea Fuss

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