Apr 23, 2011

  • Last updated on January 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm
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We will be having our rehearsal dinner in Robert's parents' backyard.  I couldn't imagine a better place to have it than their house.  It's in the middle of the country with woods and fields that go on forever.  The house was built in 1904, and it is so charming.

The Venue:

Rehearsal Dinner photo 12081 N Main Street, Smyrna SC

2081 N Main Street, Smyrna SC2081 N Main Street, Smyrna SC

Decor ideas:

Wedding Structure

We can have pictures from our childhoods hanging on the line:


Rehearsal Dinner photo 2

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 The Menu:

  • Texas Barbeque Brisket
  • Carolina Pulled Pork
  • Cole Slaw
  • Potato Salad
  • Baked Beans
  • Cornbread
  • Sausage Dip
  • Last updated on January 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm
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Because of the setting, we want to embrace our country-loving, laid back roots.  We didn't want country playing at a formal event like our wedding, but it's very fitting for the relaxing, casual feel of our rehearsal dinner.

And the list so far is...

Zac Brown Band- Whatever It Is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RJrNnRpVHg

Alan Jackson- Right on the Money http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onTLoDzDwLs

Brad Paisley- Then http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AtaZ_NU_tU

Jack Johnson- Good People http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43VyrUFEyNo

Brad Paisley- We Danced http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6lTU_bhISI

John Mayer- The Heart of Life http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2aT_RW146A

Zac Brown Band- Settle Me Down http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY4OzJTkqcQ

Bucky Covington- It's Good to Be Us http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIjM6SNt8Hg

James Taylor- Carolina in My Mind http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gic6B-B6rpg

Keith Urban- Days Go By http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJOn8PVBGqY

Jack Johnson- Upside Down http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLppReBGM4w

Nickel Creek- When You Come Back Down http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ng5-VUDcjJ8

Zac Brown Band- Free http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i97dh6iiY70

Keith Urban- Making Memories of Us http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ-15YIvH5Y

Zac Brown Band- Quiet Your Mind http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce4-FSLo7Ww

Jack Johnson- Banana Pancakes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkyrIRyrRdY

Keith Urban- You're My Better Half http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct2xHQmGodo

Jack Johnson- Better Together http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u57d4_b_YgI

Keith Urban- Put You in a Song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfOHLSYc_yI

Coldplay- Green Eyes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbAZiVRG6h0

Keith Urban- Sweet Thing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBx55KNyRrs

Kenny Chesney- You Save Me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWsSDIQ1bHY

Lady Antebellum- I Run to You http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs38lKxmtI4

Zac Brown Band- Make This Day http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO2n3AGbCl8

Jack Johnson- You and Your Heart http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruxTT6hjbWQ

Lady Antebellum- Hello World http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBOTrj94wig

Blake Shelton- Who Are You When I'm Not Lookin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xXD9-1mLBY

Jack Johnson- Angel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9wu-lAQBHw

Corey Smith- First Dance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2becq6ChjM

Lady Antebellum- American Honey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko8maYTMOY0

Zac Brown Band- I Play the Road http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc7UKmDLJ3g

Dave Matthews Band- You and Me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f4TItnxVOw

John Mayer- Free Falling http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTJcy6HKvLM

Sugarland- Fall Into Me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SWOmCano7E

Tim McGraw- Just to See You Smile http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP03ysPvfvc

Uncle Kracker- Smile http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaIpdMZN3E0

Corey Smith- Carolina http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUfEKvzsfEY

Brad Paisley- Little Moments http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UP0CP37zKc0

Jack Johnson- Do You Remember http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y5kxOGhqrw

George Strait- I Saw God Today http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwD7fk6QSDQ

Miranda Lambert- The House that Built Me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQYNM6SjD_o

Jack Johnson- Times Like These http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3FsVVHzmec

Carrie Underwood- Mama's Song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpFW4Yhy08k

John Mayer- '83 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ARsJ2xReuw

  • Last updated on December 31, 2010 at 5:08 pm
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Actual DIYs:

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  • Last updated on December 24, 2010 at 8:38 am
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Groomsmen Entrances

“Sharp Dressed Man” ZZ Top http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3basiADVgiM&feature=fvst 

Bridesmaids Entrances

“Just the Way You Are” Bruno Mars http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjhCEhWiKXk

Our Entrance

(It's a surprise!) 

First Dance- We are taking lessons to do a Rumba to this

“Marry Me” by Train http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ess2qlVHl6E

Father / Daughter Dance

“My Girl” by The Temptations http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZh7nRw6gl8

Mother / Son Dance

“When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” by Bing Crosby http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NAxTG4DdAo

Cake Cutting Song

“How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsOBSo_jKnM

Bouquet Toss

“Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY0WxgSXdEE

Garter Toss- My married initials will spell LEGS, so this only seemed appropriate.

“Legs” by ZZ Top http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo8fWrW_QdM

Other Must Play Songs

“Cupid Shuffle” Cupid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h24_zoqu4_Q

“Twist and Shout” The Beatles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA9maAERDAs

“You Shook Me All Night Long” ACDC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bomv-6CJSfM

“Carolina Girls” General Johnson and Chairmen of the Board http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgkO7XGUJyA

“Devil’s Dance Floor” Flogging Molly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSwaVvF7rdU

“Boogie Shoes” KC and the Sunshine Band http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ux2WXNsqfe8

“Don’t Stop Believing” Journey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfUYuIVbFg0

“What a Wonderful World” Louis Armstrong http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVG80vqVfSA

“Sweet Caroline” Neil Diamond http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w-_Vtttrfc

“Busta Move” Young MC Tone Loc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy4FXhkm6Nw

“You Make Me Wanna Shout” Isley Brothers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kke9kaV9sMU

“The Twist” Chubby Checker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqVFJNcQ4X0

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” Michael Buble http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Me96X2liUpI

“If I Ever Leave This World Alive” Flogging Molly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AOp9c5DRzc

“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” Wham http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIgZ7gMze7A

“Jump Around” House of Pain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwQbPgouUYo

“Ice Ice Baby” Vanilla Ice http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rog8ou-ZepE

“Livin on a Prayer” Bon Jovi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXsmGSnq3lE

“Better Together” Jack Johnson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u57d4_b_YgI

“Make You Feel My Love” Adele http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0put0_a--Ng

“Fly Me to the Moon” Frank Sinatra http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C5twY6f-rU

“Cha Cha Slide” DJ Casper 

“Electric Slide” Grandmaster Slice

Favorite Artists

Michael Buble

Flogging Molly

Jack Johnson

John Mayer

Frank Sinatra

Bing Crosby

Elton John


Do-Not-Play List




“Chicken Dance”

“We Are Family”

“Love Shack”

“The Hokey Pokey”

Anything Country (We like country but just don't want it at the reception)

  • Last updated on December 24, 2010 at 8:09 am
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This will be the first and probably last time we will have everyone we love together in one place.  We want to be able to spend time together as husband and wife of course, but we want to take advantage of the opportunity to go out with everyone.  Our reception ends at 11 p.m.  After the reception, we will be boarding the trolley with the bridal party and other friends to go to downtown Charlotte.

The hotel:

Holiday Inn Charlotte Center City

The After Party photo 1The After Party photo 2

FI and his family are Irish, so we are going to our favorite Irish pub, Ri Ra.  The bar and woodwork was built in the early 1800s and imported from Dublin.  I LOVE this place:

The After Party photo 3The After Party photo 4

The After Party photo 5The After Party photo 6

  • Last updated on December 18, 2010 at 11:48 am
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My grandfather passed away just this summer, and I know it will be difficult without him.  I want to have him there in some way, so we will have a memorial table set up with a photo of him as well as photos of my grandmother, FI's grandfather, FI's uncle, and two of FI's cousins.  Candles will be lit in their honor as well.

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