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38 A A Once you've been given the quick guide on "How To Get Married" at your ceremony venue, it's time to begin the festivities with the Rehearsal Dinner. This event is usually hosted by the groom's family and therefore often has a more masculine feel than the wedding ceremony or reception. Jackie Rowell of Jackie Rowell Events has created a nature-inspired dinner with a woodsy cheese board, grilled fatbreads, bourbon tastings and more. The Plan "For the Rehearsal Dinner, the designer, Ricky Whitley, and I met at Bromberg's to determine our concept. We decided we wanted to present an event that best represented the groom and his tastes. Since a rehearsal dinner is usually a seated event, we decided to emphasize the place setting and accessories more than the food itself. The foral design would complement our theme as well. We chose chargers, plates and serving pieces with a fall, woodsy theme to maintain our masculine vibe. We also carried out the theme by using wooden elements, feathers, berries and horn-trimmed elements. On the day of the shoot, we found the perfect setting at the venue to accommodate our shoot and by using food elements such as cheese, breads and fruits, we were able to achieve our masculine, woodsy look. If possible, see all elements, decor and samples of food before pulling the actual event together. Plan for a smooth fow of trafc and places for guests to gather before and after the event to allow for conversation as well as visiting." - Jackie Rowell, Jackie Rowell Events Rehearsal Dinner Calligrapher: The Refned Pen. Catering: Savoie Catering. China & Accessories: Bromberg's. Floral Design: Ricky Whitley Bridal Events Florist. Planner: Jackie Rowell Events. Photography: J. Messer Photography. Venue: Rucker Place. Place cards are a great way to ensure you have family members seated close to those they love and far enough away from those they do not as much. Work with your planner to create unique options to ft your theme. Hand-lettered names on dried leaves by Avivi Behel of The Refned Pen ft this dinner's look gorgeously!