Category Archives: Rehearsal Dinner

Aug 20, 2018

One of our favorite Southern venues is Sea Island, GA… it’s full of rich history, classic architecture, and fantastic service! And not to be overshadowed by weddings, sometimes the wedding welcome parties can be just as fun… The couple is usually more relaxed and are seeing many guests for the first time in a while.  We are sharing this perfectly pleasant little party at Frederica Golf Club, before a wedding we can’t wait to share with you soon… All photos by Corbin Gurkin.

With the bride clad in a custom Dee Hutton party dress, the event started with cocktails in a lounge on the lawn, followed by a sit down dinner and toasting inside. 

The venue has the most darling vintage boats that can be taken out for slow ride around the water… And the position on the bluff was prime real estate for the lounge seating.

Since the wedding featured shades of pink and coral, we wanted to give a little nod to that with the flowers this evening. We love how they made for a cheery pop of color agains the navy awning stripes. Custom cocktail napkins and koozies by Lettered Olive accented the bar.

Sweet seating viognettes offered guests a place to gather and with a prime view of the waterfront scenery.

We built our escort card table using tailored boxes with fresh rye grass elements and anchored by a large and lovely citrus sherbert colored arrangement.  Even though the rehearsal party is traditionally hosted by the grooms family, it’s still a wedding celebration, so flowers have their place!

Guests enjoyed a traditional southern supper (complete with help yourself biscuits), and toasting the couple into the late evening!


8.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Since Friday evenings going into a weekend are traditionally celebrated with the “rehearsal dinner” part of the weekend, today we’re sharing a super cute one with lots of DIY tips you can take away for any planning you may be doing this year! Liz Banfield shot these lovely images for us.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Choose a “theme” or color palette for your event. Having a cohesive look with details like your printing materials, flowers, linen colors, will easily help give your event a custom feel. Even if you purchase some great stock paper buy enough for the invitations, menu cards, and dinner menus. There are so many programs and options for designing professional printing items and having them printed, so the splurge here would be the paper – look for kinds with design details already done.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Here, an inexpensive but bountiful mix of flowers (bought from a local wholesaler or farm) in a pretty color palette is so easy and lovely! We added details like gluing a dual layer of nice sturdy ribbon in complimentary color to dress up clear glass vases.  Wooden trays similar to these can be purchased at a craft store, and painted to match any color you can dream up.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

We talked on Wednesday about how we sometimes use random ordinary elements in our designs- lining the trays with bulk bought millet to add some color and anchor the tented seating cards. Other items we’ve used are dried split peas (for green), and dried orange lentils.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

This rehearsal dinner after party was held at Hibernian Hall in Charleston. An after party is a great way to cut costs, but include all of your guests. After a smaller dinner with immediate family and wedding party, this couple invited all of their wedding guests to join them in a larger space for cocktails and dessert.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

We welcomed guests in the foyer by relocating a large table that was already on site in the venue. We covered it in glass cylinders with the same yellow millet and candles, colored vases with single stems, and smaller vases with monochromatic flower clusters, the mixture and slight variation made for a big impact.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Dress up (and give new life) to those inexpensive paper lanterns that everyone has in the garage!  We hung ribbon streamers with live flower heads affixed to them – so easy!!!

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

8.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Today’s post showcases the rehearsal dinner of our couple featured recently on our blog and in Martha Stewart Weddings. The Wedding Eve party consisted of a more intimate rehearsal dinner for extended family and wedding party, then, the couple welcomed their out of town guests for an after dinner cocktail and dance party. Brides gorgeous waterfall gown by Nardos Imam, and photos by Corbin Gurkin.

Scenery Collage


With gorgeous scenery and urban setting, the Huguenot Loft in Greenville, SC was the perfect “modern rustic” setting for the event, since the wedding the following day would take place at the family home of the bride. The converted mill built in the 1800’s already had great features for us to build upon like exposed brick walls, antique plank flooring, and exposed wooden ceiling beams. A simple palette of white and green was perfect for the Spring season, while the added wooden details (like in the menus, farm tables, and chairs) gave a masculine touch. Simple but perfectly detailed linen runners edged in green ribbon matched the ribbons giving a pop of color to the place settings.


An after dinner lounge offered guests a place to catch up and convene over cocktails.

Black and white Collage


After a 3 course dinner by a favorite local caterer, the couple welcomed guests with an after party. Sliders, BBQ Biscuits, and an abundant cheese display, along with Zac Brown cover band- 20 Ride kept guests partying late into the evening!

8.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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