Welcome to the Weekend

photo by KT Merry

We are still riding high on our rehearsal dinner event just finished in Italy. So, today is a perfect day to share some of our past favorite welcome events. Our clients come to us for fabulous weddings. But, many also come to us to plan all of the other events throughout the weekend. Plus, more fun outfits, right?

photos by KT Merry

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. And, It’s also a way to incorporate some of your fun ideas or traditions that may not fit into the wedding plans.

photos by KT Merry

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.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

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

photos by Corbin Gurkin

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.

photo by Megan Kay Photography

For this rehearsal dinner in Austin, Texas, we took a fun and funky approach to the design.

We love using items in the decor that are specific to the location or the couple. So, how perfect are these bull horns in the Longhorn state?

photos by Megan Kay Photography

And, even though the rehearsal dinner is typically hosted by the groom’s family, we like to make it something for both the bride and groom.

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.