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Apr 04, 2017


Finally, it’s warming up outside and those warm spring and summer days by the water are right around the corner. A popular party theme this time of year are variations on the nautical or yachty theme. Today, we’re sharing a sweet nautical rehearsal party with tips and ideas.

scenery Collage

Of course, this is easier said than done, but try to sweat the weather. Threatening clouds loomed all day, and after an off shore shower, Corbin Gurkin caught this rainbow on film- you can’t pay for that kind of scenery!


One of our favorite nautical color palettes is blue and white with natural elements (i.e. sea grass, jute, twine, etc).  Lettered Olive designed a ship and map image, which we screen printed onto a large table runner at Spoonflower.  Lettered Olive also created a custom emblem of oars and life saver used for the invites and menus. Also, sometimes the littlest details like the oyster shell salt and pepper cellars can what guests notice the most.


One long table accommodated all of the guests for this intimate celebration. So, to keep the budget and decor simplified, clear glass containers wrapped with jute rope held easily planted succulents and different shapes and sizes gave the “centerpiece” depth and dimension. We varied simple candles as well between tapers and votives in complimentary clear glass holders.

Food Collage

You can also use your food and beverage selections as details. Simple cocktails like champagne and bourbon were elevated with printed rope and knot striped paper lined trays and printed cocktail napkins (a great place for more nautical notes). Being by the coast, we’re so lucky to be able to serve an abundance of seafood- often caught sustainably and locally. Ask what your locale is known for when planning your menu..Here, we served salmon sashimi rolls in ice “trays”. The ice sculpture was more of a tiered display of different sized trays for varying cold items. A great place to get printed cocktail napkins and stirrer sticks or other embellishments is ForYourParty.com


Lastly- enjoy friends and family, good conversation and company!

4.04.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Thank you to Charleston Weddings Magazine for the spread featuring Annie Smith and Davis Warlick’s rehearsal dinner. The Spring 2015 issue is on newsstands now!



We loved working with Annie and Davis on their wedding weekend. It’s always a pleasure (and compliment!) getting to work with past clients- years ago, we designed and planned Davis’ sister’s wedding.  This navy and white color palette is always a classic and easily lent itself to the nautical details for their Yacht Club rehearsal dinner.

Annie and Davis- Chas wedding mag

The invitations featured two custom crests- one with interlocking anchors and one with crossed oars.

The community table featured a runner printed with compasses and ships and vases covered with hemp rope all complimented the nautical feel without being too “themey”.  Menus, place cards, plate and tray liners, and guest Welcome packaging by Lettered Olive.

Look at that handsome couple!

Images are by Corbin Gurkin.

3.04.15   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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