My brother recently got married. And while his bride was planning away for Saturday night’s gorgeous affair, my mom and I tackled Friday night’s rehearsal dinner! The bride and groom chose to have their wedding weekend just up the road in Athens (a fabulous town for a wedding!) and selected one of their favorite restaurants, farm 255 for the rehearsal dinner.
While we knew we wanted to bring lots of color into the event space, we didn’t want the invitations to be too bright. We chose a classic navy and white motif for the rehearsal dinner and fun navy polka dots for the welcome party invitation.
farm 255 has a great open space, but it is mostly empty and a little on the dark side once the sun goes down. We also were not allowed to hang anything from the ceiling so we really had to focus on bringing color and pattern to the tablescape. To brighten the tables we used colorful flowers, bright white and navy table runners, and lots of tea candles.
We wanted to have a family style dinner to go along with the “farm to table” restaurant and to encourage conversation. So we pushed four-top tables together to form long farm tables. We had a really hard time sourcing tablecloths because the tables were so long and varied in length. We came up with the idea of using a fun navy and white fabric to make long table runners. To complete the look we found a bright lime green ribbon to trim the edges.
To anchor the tables, we purchased inexpensive kraft paper from Amazon. Kraft paper might not work for every event, but it was perfect for this rustic and raw space. The table runners and flowers really popped off the paper.
To complete the look we ordered personalized lime green cocktail napkins and used lime green escort cards (which I forgot to photograph). The key is not to get too matchy-matchy, but have a consistent feel throughout the evening.
Event Space and Food: farm 255 706.549.4660
Invitations, Paper, and Napkins: Marguerite Peele Fine Papers 404.352.8158
Table Runners: Gracious Nest Events 404.402.9746
Flowers: Gardenia Floral 706.387.0597
Brown Kraft Paper: Amazon
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