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Here is your chance to start your wedding planning with an all-access book to the best venues, wedding photographers, reception sites and more that the area has to offer. Written by the area’s most sought after wedding planner, Cocktails & Details, you’ll have tips, must-know information and guides on having the most beautiful wedding in St. Simons and Jekyll Island.
Jan 25 2017

Top 7 Amazing Places for your Rehearsal Dinner on Saint Simons and Jekyll Island

When planning your destination wedding in the Golden Isles, you’ll also have to plan an additional event on Saint Simons Island or Jekyll Island: your rehearsal dinner.  Of course, you will want your rehearsal dinner at a different location than your wedding. If your wedding ceremony and wedding reception are at a resort, there may be an alternative location to host your rehearsal dinner.  Also keep in mind, an off-site wedding rehearsal dinner is a great way for your family and friends to see more of the beautiful islands you’ve chosen to host your wedding festivities.

 

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Saint Simons Casino Wedding

The Saint Simons Casino is a local favorite for both weddings and rehearsal dinners.  Its open air atrium overlooks Neptune Park and the beautiful ocean makes it a perfect, casual location for a rehearsal dinner. You’re allowed to bring in your choice of caterer and supply your own alcohol, which makes this place a local favorite.    Being maintained by the County, there are certain regulations which are overseen by a County representative and police officer during the event.

Village Creek Landing

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Village Creek Landing  is a favorite for nature enthusiasts as well as those looking for casual, rustic chic for their rehearsal dinner experience.  An exclusive Straton Hall venue, you’re in good hands as they will take care of everything  you need– food, alcohol and florals. There are striking elements that makes Village Creek a unique location– the wooden gazebo, the boathouse which has an intimate indoor space and the grounds that overlook the beautiful marshes.  There have even been dolphin sightings a time or two!

Palm Coast

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Nestled in the heart of The Village is Palm Coast.  A fun local favorite, Palm Coast has its own private courtyard where you can have live music and your own catering, while they provide the alcohol. This is perfect for those wanting something very casual and laid back, that will also allow guests the opportunity to explore The Village before or after the rehearsal dinner.

Retreat Room

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If you’d like a more formal option or a location wth a breathtaking view, you can’t get any better than the King and Prince’s Retreat Room.  What makes this ideal is that is not only a private room at the resort overlooking the ocean, it is also ideal for those having weddings at the King and Prince Resort.  Keeping your guests all in location is very convenient and prevents extra transportation costs for you or them.

Jekyll Island

Great Dunes

Jekyll Island Reception Wedding Venues

Boasting one of the best views on Jekyll Island, Great Dunes gives you the best of both worlds– a covered pavilion as well as an open air deck.  You are allowed to bring in your own caterer and alcohol. With nearby restrooms and ample parking, this location is perfect for beach inspired rehearsal dinners.

Tortugas

Tortuga Rehearsal Dinner Wedding

Tortuga Jacks is a local favorite for the best Mexican food on Jekyll Island.  With its fun outdoor cabana deck which features outdoor music, This is a wonderful place to meet with family and friends.  The private room is large and comes with everything you need to host your rehearsal dinner.

Harry’s

Jekyll Island Reception Rehearsal Wedding Venue

This rooftop bar / dining area is perfect for cocktail style or small rehearsal dinners that want style and sophistication. Harry’s overlooks Jekyll’s new village area and the ocean.  Conveniently located at the Westin and within walking distance of the Jekyll Island Convention Center, this is the perfect rehearsal dinner option for weddings at either location.

 

Whichever these locations you choose, we know you’ll have an amazing time!  Where will you have your rehearsal dinner on Saint Simons or Jekyll Island?

Jekyll Island Rockefeller Cottage Wedding
Jan 03 2017

Real Jekyll Island Wedding : Kadi & Matt

Kadi and Matt’s Historic Jekyll Island wedding was one to remember.  There were so many details to fall in love with– Kadi’s art deco inspired wedding dress, the lush florals and the romantic sunset.  What out did everything was the sheer love these two felt for each other, which is clearly evident in every image of them together.

What made this day a success was how easy going and slow paced it was.  Both Kadi and Matt decided not to have any attendants in their bridal party.  Their day was spent getting ready, relaxing at the Westin Jekyll Island, ultimately getting ready for the romantic first look at Villa Marianna.  Matt waited for Katie, playing their favorite song from a vintage record player.  Their photos took them all over the historic district on Jekyll– from the Horton House ruins to the illustrious Driftwood Beach.

The two exchanged vows under the oaks at Moss cottage, surrounded by family and friends and a very special guest– their faithful dog. The wedding reception took place on the sprawling lawn of Indian Mound, Rockefeller Cottage across from the beautiful Jekyll Club Hotel.  Kadi wanted a modern take on a 20’s Great Gatsby style garden party.  We designed the entire wedding around a gorgeous white bar that featured boxwood hedges and vintage luggage.  The four sided bar featured different cocktails and spirits on each side.  Kadi’s brother created a custom microbrew just for her wedding and it was an absolute hit.  We also set up a loving memory table to honor Matt’s dad which featured some of his favorite cigars. The bar was surrounded by cocktail style seating and lounge furniture, where guests could enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres while watching dancing under the porte cochere.

 

This was such a beautiful wedding on all levels and we are so blessed to have been a part of it!

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You can view their amazing video here:

Wedding Planning & Design // Cocktails & Details®
Catering & Florals  // Straton Hall
Wedding Photography // m. Newsom Photography 
Wedding Cinematography // Home Town Crew
Rentals & Lighting // Beachview Tent Rentals

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Oct 31 2016

Real Halloween Wedding on Jekyll Island at Villa Marianna

With my birthday being the day before Halloween, October has always been my favorite month.  Fall in the Golden Isles, especially on Jekyll Island, makes it the ideal wedding location  for destination weddings. We had the opportunity to work with Juan and Ingrid on their Halloween wedding at Villa Marianna and it was amazing.

This non-tranditional, unconventional wedding had everything– a fabulous bride with pink hair, a bull’s skull, a ringbear, and several custom elements for the guests (including, a Mario and Toadstool plush toss in lieu of the garter and bouquet).

 

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Planning & Event Management: Cocktails & Details®
Venue: Villa Marianna
Photographer: Izzy Hudgins
Caterer & Cake:
Tasteful Temptations
Calligraphy & Signage: 
Ingrid Pierre

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May 26 2016

Styled Shoot: Modern Wedding at Westin Jekyll Island

When the Westin Jekyll Island opened, I knew it was going to be an amazing wedding venue.  Their courtyard provides a gorgeous ocean backdrop for a wedding ceremony or cocktail hour. It is always fun to team up with your wedding squad and flex your creative muscles. So when it was time to come up with a concept for our editorial shoot, the Westin Jekyll Island was the perfect place to tell the tale of a modern, fashionable wedding by the sea (cue DNCE’s “Cake by the Ocean“).

We designed lush, ivory florals against a delicious palette of blush, gold and champagne. The balustrade lined platform is the perfect place for a Jekyll Island wedding ceremony.
To frame the ceremony area, we debuted our new Devyn wall– a floral backdrop inspired by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding in Florence.

The table was just divine!  I loved the play on texture with the metallic and soft blush linen for the dining table. It provided the perfect base for the tall trumpet arrangement at the center.  Dinner in the courtyard of the Westin Jekyll Island is sublime!  Guests will love the views!

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Event Team

LOCATION // Westin Jekyll Island

DESIGNER // Cocktails & Details®

PHOTOGRAPHY // Brooke Roberts Photography

FLORALS & FLATWARE // Straton Hall

FLORAL WALL // Cocktails & Details®

RENTALS // Beachview Event Rentals

LINENS // La Tavola & Cocktails and Details®

MENUS // Bella Figura

CHARGERS // BBJ Linen

HAIR & MAKE UP // Devyn Denae

WEDDING DRESS // Olia Zavozina

 

Forsyth Park Fountain Wedding Savannah Georgia
Sep 10 2015

Savannah Wedding at Forsyth Park

We had the privilege of working on Meron and Ramondo’s wedding in Savannah at the iconic Forsyth Park fountain.  This stunning couple had such a beautiful day, filled with memories, family and friends.  The wedding reception was complemented by Ethiopian ethnic traditions, in honor of Meron’s heritage.

Meron chose a beautiful palette of white, blush and gold that was beautiful against the backdrop of her ceremony and reception.  Marçia of Marçia’s Workshop was able to capture some endearing images from both the Christian wedding and Ethiopian Ceremony the day after.

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Wedding Coordinator: Cocktails & Details®
Photographer: Marçia’s Workshop
Ceremony Venue: Forsyth Park // Savannah, GA
Reception Venue: American Legion
Florals: Kato Florals
Caterer: Savannah Event Catering
Wedding Cake: Rum Runners Bakery
Rentals
: Amazing Event Rentals
Lighting:  All About You DJs
DJ: DJ Skypager

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Aug 06 2015

Saint Simons Island Wedding at Villa De Suenos

The great thing about knowing he’s the one… is KNOWING he’s the one. Our sweet bride contacted us before she was even engaged.  She had a “feeling” a proposal was coming and loved Saint Simons Island, so naturally, she wanted her wedding to be in the Golden Isles. We exchanged emails back and forth, falling in love with each other’s quick wit, fashionable ideas and love of martinis. Needless to say, I was all too thrilled to get a chance to meet with my kindred spirit on a trip she and her fiancé were making to Jekyll Island.

Then she cancelled.

She was so apologetic for “wasting my time” (No waste at all– I adored talking to her each time!).  She just didn’t think the proposal was going to happen during their trip, but thanked me for all the information, ideas and laughs.  I won’t lie– I fell in love with her personality and style, so I was bummed.

Until she emailed two days later, exclaiming, “I’M ENGAGED!!!!”  The rest was history.

We planned this beautiful, ocean inspired wedding at the gorgeous private residence, Villa De Suenos on East Beach on Saint Simons Island.  They exchanged vows overlooking the ocean– while their closest friends sang a personally written song just for them.  Guests from all around the country dined on traditional Southern food,  a popcorn bar, Blonde Bombshell signature drinks and partied. . . All. Night. Long.  No, seriously… Rob Base’s “It Takes Two” came on, and it was all over.

My favorite thing (and you know how much I love cake)?  The way they looked at each other all night. . . I hope you two look at each other like that for the rest of your lives.

-xo

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Venue: Villa De Suenos :: Saint Simons Island, GA
Hair: Denae Daniels Salon
Makeup: Paulina Perez
Wedding Dress:  Nicole Miller
Wedding Planner & Designer: Cocktails & Details®
Wedding Photographer: Once Like A Spark
Caterer & Florist: Straton Hall
DJ: Island Sound

Real Historic Jekyll Island Wedding

Duncan-Petrie Wedding

This awesome couple traveled from Manhattan to have a romantic, garden inspired wedding on the idyllic Jekyll Island. As the groom was a history buff, the beautiful Villa Ospo was the perfect location for the party, while the historic Faith Chapel was ideal for the wedding ceremony.

The experience we created was sentimental and chic, while still incorporating the beautiful grounds of the villa and with a touch of fancy. The bride’s beautiful colors made this very easy– a soft palette of ivory, coral, peach and gold, showcased many of her details exquisitely.

The main focus was to keep everything very intimate and endearing– so we used a mix of exposed farm tables, flanked by draped rounds.  As an alternative to plated or buffet meals, we did family style service– where delicious platters were placed on the tables and allowed guests to pass them and interact with each other.

 

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Hair and Makeup: Paulina Perez
Wedding Design, Florals and Coordination: Cocktails & Details
Wedding Venue: Villa Marianna, Jekyll Island
Caterer: Tasteful Temptations
Photographer: The Illustrious Chris Moncus, the other half of my wedding day rap duo 🙂
Cinematography: JKS Films
Ceremony and Cocktail Musicians: Richard Stratton
Band: Backbeat Boulevard
DJ: Island Sound
Tent: Kirby Tents
Event Rentals: Luxe Event Rentals
Lounge Furniture: Beachview Rentals
Carriage: Three Oaks Carriage

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Apr 27 2015

Real Cherokee Cottage Wedding :: Tara and Tom on Jekyll Island

Tara and Tom wed in Jekyll Island with on of our all inclusive wedding packages and partied with an intimate group of family and friends at a wedding reception at the Jekyll Island Club’s Cherokee Cottage. Their wedding was so much fun– full of life, laughter and memories.  After exchanging vows under the oaks and Spanish moss, guests walked along the Historic District of Jekyll Island to enjoy cocktails and infused waters with delectable hors d’oeuvres.

Tara selected beautiful details that reflected the natural beauty of the area– a palette of ivory and celadon, with various wood textures mixed in.  The open air reception on Cherokee Cottage’s lawn allowed guests to dine intimately at farm tables and dance under chandelier laden oak trees. One of our favorite details and moments of the day was a very special bottle wine– Tara’s late father had presented bottles of wine to her brothers on their wedding days and saved a special one for his little girl.

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Photography:  Jennifer Tacbas Photography

Free Download: Planning a Jekyll Island or St. Simons Island Wedding

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  Many couples come here each season to exchange “I Do’s” with their feet in the sand, in a historic cottage, beachside villa or one of our other beautiful locations.  Destination weddings take a lot of work and planning. Google and Pinterest are your friends, but even the vast results of wedding reception venues, wedding photographers and more– it can be overwhelming.  If you aren’t from the area, planning can appear to be daunting and even intimidating if you don’t know where to start. Our Saint Simons Island wedding infographic is a great place to start at a glance, but chances are you are looking for a bit more information if you are considering a trip to the area for your wedding.  We’ve prepared a mini e-book that should help answer major questions about where to start, who to hire and finding out which island is best for you.  It’s a quick read and will get you prepared for some big decisions you’ll have to make.

Download your free copy

If you find that you will need more assistance, look into getting a copy of The Little Blue Wedding Book, which offers more comprehensive advice for weddings in the area, our favorite vendors and much more!

The Little Blue Wedding Book for Saint Simons & Jekyll Island Weddings!

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We are so very excited to announce our newest baby at Cocktails and Details!

 

Being a Saint Simons wedding planner, we  have planned all types of weddings, worked with some of the best wedding photographers and designed with talented wedding florists in the area. We also know how hard it is to plan a destination wedding in Saint Simons Island or Jekyll Island being far away. You are struck with so many questions:

  • Who is the best wedding photographer in Saint Simons Island?
  • How do you have a Jekyll Island Beach Wedding?
  • What should you look for in a wedding caterer?
  • What Saint Simons Island wedding venue is perfect for me?

We’ve taken a lot of the guesswork and stress out of planning a wedding in the Golden Isles, with The Little Blue Wedding Book.  This sweet little book outdoes any preferred vendor list you will receive from wedding venues that tend to be outdated and sparse.  It also goes beyond what any online directory can give you.   It tells you which vendor would be perfect for you, which hotels are in close proximity to create your room blocks and so much more.

 

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The book is filled with our go-to wedding vendors and professional services that are in our “little blue book”, put together in a easy to understand listing that gives you everything you need to know to narrow down your decisions. It is also filled with design ideas, planning tips and other resources that are crucial to your wedding planning.  In the iPad version, you can highlight, make notes, share notes and have access to the vast in-book glossary of wedding lingo that you have to know while planning your wedding.  The alternate digital version allows you to view on your computer,  phone, tablet, mobile reading device or app, as well as print out necessary pages.

 

The iPad version is available in iTunes and the digital version is online at www.littleblueweddingbook.com.