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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.

 

Saint Simons

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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?

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May 09 2016

Rehearsal Dinner Fashion with Rent the Runway

In the hustle and bustle of wedding planning, the rehearsal dinner or welcome party can sometimes sneak up on you. Finding a dress can add to the stress of wedding planning and tasks when you are almost at the finish line. That’s when Rent The Runway comes in. Have your choice of the most delicious designer gowns to keep you looking fashion forward your entire wedding weekend.

 

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Garden Floral Dress by ERIN $65

 

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At First Sight Sheath by Monique Lhuillier $55

 

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Sugar Coat Dress by Allison Parris $70

 

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Ivory Zarita Dress by Diane von Furstenburg $45

 

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Cyrano Shift by Milly $70

 

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Chrysler Shift y Vie la V $65

 

Along with these stunning dresses, you can view more dresses for wedding rehearsal dinners  as cultivated by the stylists at Rent the Runway.  You’ll also have a great selection of wedding accessories, ranging from earrings, bracelets and necklaces. The process is quite simple– select your favorite item in your size, choose an alternate size at no additional charge (just in case!) and select your event date and you’re done!  To sweeten the deal, you can take 20% off First Order from Rent the Runway with code FIRSTRTR20P.

 

How do you plan to slay at your rehearsal dinner?

 

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Aug 05 2015

We Likey: Paperpless Post for Weddings

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Of course, for your wedding  you should send out formal wedding invitations.  However, for certain events like rehearsal dinners, e-vites can be the perfect option for request the presence of some of your favorite people. With destination weddings, some experts contend you should invite everyone who is a guest (read: traveled for)  in your city.  The notion is that you have several people who have traveled long hours and longer distances, so the kind thing to do would be to entertain them (again) and make them feel warm and toasty.

Rubbish.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t do this.  If you can afford it, you totally should.  However, not everyone can  or needs to.  Traditionally, rehearsal dinners were for immediate family (parents, grandparents, siblings) and those in the bridal party.  Seems quaint and small, right? Now, more couples are opting for more casual events that are high energy, laid back, inclusive with the approach of “all who are in town can attend”. In fact, they are calling these fetes “Welcome Parties”; totally nixing the name  “Rehearsal Dinner” altogether.

This is where Paperless Post shows up and shows off.  They have, seriously, the most amazing designs that would make the most formal of your guests swoon.  Additionally, they are very cost effective from sending traditional paper invites (especially if you are inviting your entire guest list) and are more welcoming than ambiguous information on your wedding website. Each digital invitation comes in a beautiful digital envelope in the script, color and liner of your choice.  Paperless Post uses a coin system to purchase invites, and 20 can be purchased for $6 (most designs range from free to 4 coins each).

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Aren’t they divine?  And they’re just a small sample of options available.  With designers like Vera Wang, Hello! LuckyJ. Crew and many more, you’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy.  What could possibly make this better?  Well, for the true etiquette sticklers who you feel would move heaven and earth if they didn’t receive a paper invitation, you can purchase paper options to accompany your digital ones.

 

See? Now everyone’s happy!

 

 

Fashion Monday: Perfect Rehearsal Dinner Dress by Laundry

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As I was thumbing through the Summer lookbook for Laundry, I fell in love with the summer dresses! I thought they would be perfect for the St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island wedding rehearsal dinner parties here in our area.  Our weather is inviting all year round, so they are totally reflective of the occasion– chic with the right touch of formal, while still adding a bit of personality.

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For more great looks, visit the Laundry site to get inspired!

Get Your Man (Involved with Wedding Planning!)

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More often than not, almost every bride at some point complains that her groom isn’t doing “enough” to assist with the wedding planning.  Depending on her scale of sanity, these expectations can be range from realistic to insane.  For those ladies who have been “blessed” with a Groomzilla, this isn’t for you.  It could be that he doesn’t know how to help or where to begin, or he recognizes your infinite wisdom and believes you have it all under control.

Remember, this is a totally new territory for your guy.  Your dad, God bless him, has a slight edge in that he’s already done this.  He’s experience it from a different vantage point, but he can recall everything involved.  Your man, however, has been thrust into a world filled with lace, glossy bridal magazines, linen samples, and other bridal atrocities that make me want to go off to the deep end.  Long gone are the days shooting pool with the guys or reading his kindle.  His life is now consumed with wedding planning, and he really wants a bailout. 

Honey, I’ve been married for ten years and I will tell you three things that a man will always be interested in:  food, fashion and fun.  These vary on the scale of importance to each man, but you know your guy…where does his interests lie?  No matter the case for what can appear as his lack of enthusiasm, we’ll help you get through it:

Food:  The old adage says the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.  Very true.  If your guy is a health nut, foodie, or just loves to veg overall, let him take the steering wheel with the food.  Don’t worry, he won’t make any bad decisions (he’s got you, after all, right?), but in the very off chance he seems to be deviating from the course, gently guide him back or offer him one of his outstanding ideas he hasn’t thought of yet (i.e., make him think he came up with it).  For example, if your guy says at the catering consult that he just wants burgers and fries (trust me, it happens)—tell him that’s a fantastic idea and come up with some gourmet sliders and fresh cut fried potatoes for the cocktail hour or as a snack at your after party.  What ever his likes are, find a way to incorporate them.

Fashion:  While some guys are perfectly fine with a pair of shorts or old jeans and flip flops, your guy is meticulous about his looks right down to the  hair on his head.  Call around to tuxedo retailers and get catalogs for you to give to him.  Listen as he gives his thoughts.  Look through ads and shows of his favorite designers.  What are some of his signature styles?  Does he always wear a scarf or argyle socks?  Make that mesh with the wedding look!  Let him take the lead and watch him get completely enthralled with planning.

Fun:  What does he like to do for fun?  What do you two enjoy doing together?  Is there any way that can be scaled up or down and integrated into your wedding?  Let him handle the band or DJ—including the musical selections, setup, etc.  Inspire other great ideas like a miniature golf set up if yours is a casual fun affair or even an interactive Wii station as the night goes on.  Whether it’s music, games, lighting or a combo of the three—he’ll be game.

 

Happy Planning

 

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Rehearsal Dinner Couture: Bollywood Bonfire

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I am lucky enough to be in an area where our brides can have a choice of having their rehearsal dinner on either one of the islands.  Being able to capitalize on the sun kissing you good night on the night before your wedding is so romantic and a great way to get into the destination wedding spirit.  I loved the dramatic prints of this maxi dress, and when paired with the gold belt, it ultimately kicked it up a notch.  After all, we’re a chic, but cultural casual look.  I felt like the flowing nature of the fabric was quite fitting for the beach, while the interwoven design of both the cuff and earrings lent themselves to add more drama to the overall look.  Pulling your hair back like J.Lo is practical and sexy—the beach winds will blow your hair to shreds, but the style also allows your face to garner more attention.  Cue the gorgeous dangle earrings and a smoldering makeup palette and you’re fabulous.  One of my favorite things to purchase for vacation whenever Captain America and I travel are barefoot sandals, as seen above.  Heels will be pointless at the beach.  You could opt for really cute sandals, but more likely than not, they will be kicked off within the hour.  Barefoot sandals showcase your perfect pedicure, but also look great with a pair of flip flops.*** Don’t forget to add your favorite pashmina for when the evening begins to cool!***

 

 

 

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Odd Man Out: Inviting Guests to Your Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

Going to weddings can be a lot of fun for people.  For others– not so much.  Why do you think that is?  Well, if you are the significant other or spouse of a member in the bridal party or a guest, chances are you’re in unchartered territory.  New town.  New people.  Lots of Travel.  It’s always nice for the bride and groom to extend invitations to the SO’s of the bridal party for events that include the bridal party.

For example, if you’re having a rehearsal dinner, make sure you invite your Maid of Honor’s boyfriend or fiance…especially if they have flown in to spend this time with you.  Nothing is worse than hearing “Hey honey, I have to go to the rehearsal and then to the party afterwards. You stay here in the hotel room”.

Yep, kinda awkward.

If you cannot afford to invite significant others to the rehearsal dinner– then seriously reconsider the type  of rehearsal dinner you want to have.   And definitely don’t make the mistake of allowing one and not the other.  If you aren’t hosting the rehearsal dinner, talk to the person who is.  You can either pad the budget or assume the event yourself.  Besides, do you really want to risk slighting those friends and family who have agreed to stand up with you and have shown their support both financially and emotionally?  It could make for awkward or even ill-feelings the next day, which should be the most important and stress free day of your life!

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