Welcome to the Weekend

photos by Liz Banfield

Our clients come to us for fabulous weddings. But, many also come to us for other events throughout the weekend. Welcome parties in addition to rehearsal dinners are still going strong. Pre parties are a great way for couples to get to visit with guests before the wedding, when you are being pulled in so many directions. It’s also a way to incorporate some of your fun ideas or traditions that may not fit into the wedding plans. Plus, more fun outfits, right?

For these clients, who married on Sea Island, a riverside supper was the perfect welcome to the weekend.

Small nods to the coastal location are used throughout the decor. Seagrass chargers are part of the natural decor. And, seashells not only weigh down the escort cards in the breeze, but also add flair to the place cards.

In addition to dinner, fun lounge seating is set along the marsh for guests to relax with the scenery.

One thing to consider if including everyone in the rehearsal dinner is out of the budget, is a welcome party. So, having just the immediate family and wedding party for dinner, but following it with a party with dessert and cocktails for everyone is a great solution.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

For this couple’s weekend in Charleston, an in town city style party is a compliment to their riverside tented wedding. After a smaller dinner at the Gibbes Museum of Art, our couple party with all of their guests under a tent in the courtyard onsite.

For fall in Charleston, lots of colorful foliage and flowers fill the large tent.

Guests enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert along with cocktails. Also, an “after dinner” lounge and live music leave guests on a high note for the next day.

photos by Norman and Blake

Who doesn’t love a beach party? This feet in the sand soiree on the shores of Rhode Island is the chicest kick off to a wedding weekend.

Guests staying at the Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI, just walk down to the beach BBQ.

Here, mixed airy blooms pop off the sea blue linen linens. And, Maison de Carine’s coral china adds elevates a casual tabletop.

Live BBQ stations along with composed sides are the menu for the evening. And, a live band playing the couples’ favorite country and songwriter tunes have guests enjoying an evening under the starts.