BBQ Rehearsal Dinner | St. Simons Island Wedding Planner




When our son announced his engagement last January, we were absolutely thrilled!  Heather began planning her wedding immediately and my role as the ‘mother of the groom’ was to plan the rehearsal dinner.  As a wedding planner, I don’t get as much action on the rehearsal dinner planning since that duty generally belongs to the groom’s family, so I was excited to begin making plans as soon as possible!

Heather and John chose a Backyard BBQ theme using Red and Black as the primary colors.  BBQ from Southern Soul BBQ, here on St. Simons Island was the number 1 food choice from my son, so a menu of BBQ, Bread, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Chips, Peach Cobbler, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies, Sweet Tea, and Lemonade was easy to please. 

For the table decor, I chose black and white checkered tablecloths, with white chinet paper plates, black tableware, and a red bandana folded and ironed to resemble a red western shirt.  (See folding instructions below)  

Fold 2 ends to center and iron

Fold other 2 ends to center and iron.

Fold outside edges meet at center.

Turn over and iron top edge over about an inch.

Turn over again and fold down top corners to meet in the center and iron.


Fold out side bottom edges out on both sides as shown and iron.

Fold bottom edge up and tuck under collar.The black tableware was tied together with Black Raffia and placed on top of the folded napkin and then placed on the white plate.  Ball Mason Jars were used for drinking glasses filled with ice, lemonade, and sweet tea. 


Placecards were made for each guest from the leftover rehearsal dinner invitations by folding them in half, using a the back of a white business card attached to the center and using a hole punch to punch 2 holes in the top to tie a bow with red rafia.  The adult placecards were black and the kid’s were red.  The font used for the placecards was a ‘Katy Berry’ calligraphy font.

Centerpieces for the tables were antique 6 oz. Coca Cola Bottles with 3 stems each of red and white flowers. 

A black wire basket lined with a red bandana held activity books and pencils for the kids to enjoy, should they finish eating before the adults.  Several other red or black wire baskets were used to hold extra bandana napkins and tableware. 

I arranged a music playlist just for the event which featured some great feel good songs that everyone would recognize and enjoy.  I downloaded the playlist onto my ipod and it was attached to speakers and set to play for 3-4 hours.    

After dinner, we all enjoyed taking turns introducing ourselves and telling what our relation or connection was to the bride or groom.  When it was my grandson’s turn to speak, he said, “My name is Ryan and ….long pause…”  So I asked him, “And how do you know John?”  Ryan replied, “Very good.”  That got a chuckle from everyone!

After a few heartfelt speeches from different guests in the room, we enjoyed each other’s company a bit longer before heading home to get plenty of rest before the wedding day.


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