Palm Springs Rehearsal Dinner from Nancy Liu Chin
August 9, 2013
I swear this rehearsal dinner doesn't need a description, I could just stare at the gorgeous images all day (that Kevin Chin is a genius I tell you). Designed and styled by the talented Nancy Liu Chin, I'm thinking this jewel-tone inspired palette needs to be everywhere. EVERYWHERE! Bonus: the beauty doesn't stop here, there's more in the gallery for future viewing pleasure. And in case you were looking for rehearsal dinner tips, be sure to check out Nancy's suggestions below (the girl is a wealth of knowledge).
From Nancy... This inspirational photo shoot for couples looking for fun filled ideas for their rehearsal dinner has it all. My secret formula for a great rehearsal dinner is to make things cheerful and fun. I personally love spaces with a bit of character and personality which always make for a memorable evening, even better, a place where a couple had their first date or a memorable celebration(it just so happens that our models who are a real couple got engaged at Colony Palms Hotel which was the venue that opened their venue to us.
The Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs is designed by the renowned interior guru, Martyn Lawrence- Bullard designer(yes, that Martyn of Million Dollar Decorators). The Purple Palm restaurant was chosen for our perfect "diner venue". A well decorated restaurant like the Purple Palm is a great backdrop that needs very little to shine.

My next advise for planning a rehearsal dinner is to choose a color palette that highlights the venue. In this case, bright summer colors worked wonderful with the Purple Palm decor.
By keeping your florals simple, you won't break the bank. In this case, we used bright magenta stock, bright chartreuse and purple hued foliages, succulents, maidenhair fern, vines in bright glass that can easily be found at home good stores like Pier 1, Crate and Barrel or Target.
As for the stationery suite, Anne Millett of Mira Aster created so many amazing pieces. Since a Rehearsal Dinner is often just close family and the wedding party, we felt that it was important to make them feel special. From the hanging mobile to the stitched invitations, everything was kept simple and personalized which we felt was the key to the Rehearsal dinner as often this is the first time parents from each side are meeting. We also wanted fun and relaxed touches like the same printed fabric on the table number, menu and place cards --- it just integrates the whole look.
One of my favorite things from the entire shoot was the way we made the space our own by renting linens from La Tavalo. Since a Rehearsal dinner is often smaller than a wedding, we went to our local Target to find pillows, colored acrylic glassware to make the venue which in this case was a restaurant our own. Pillows, glassware, china can all be rentable ---- I love adding things that will make others feel welcomed.... because it's the night before your big day and everyone needs a night to unwind, to enjoy, to cherish.
To keep things simple and fun, we leave our guests with simple boxes with succulents which they can replant when they get home. Yet another way for guests to remember the evening.

We hope you enjoy our tips for making a Rehearsal dinner easy
View as
To Recap

1) Pick a place that speaks to you --- especially one that has a special meaning to you, the bride and groom
2) Create simple floral designs with lots of great foliage, easy to find flowers placed in colorful containers so you don't break the bank.
3) Personalize details to make the most important of guests feel welcomed, choose interesting ways to present the place cards, escort, menus
4) Spruce up the venue and make it a place of your own (e.g. bring in inexpensively glassware, rentable runners and colorful pillows to name a few ideas.)

Photography: Kevin Chin | Floral and Event Design: Nancy Liu Chin Designs | Stationery Suite: Anne Millett of Mira Aster | Runner and Napkins: La Tavola | Favors: mini succulents found at Lowe's | Table numbers and Place Cards: Anne Millett of Mira Aster  | Pillows: Target | China: Target | Glassware: Target