The Friday night after our rehearsal dinner and before our wedding, we decided to host a wedding welcome party in my family’s backyard to welcome all our friends and family to Nantucket. I’ve loved attending friends’ destination weddings over the years and always loved wedding weekends where there was ample time to make the most of the destination during the day and get to visit with everyone at an evening event, whether that’s an intimate rehearsal dinner or a bigger welcome party where you include your entire guest list. I can’t recommend a welcome party enough if you’re planning a destination wedding! It was so nice to spend time with all our wedding guests the night before our big day so we could spend our whole wedding night on the dance floor. It was the perfect low-key night before our wedding day and I’m so excited to share all the fun little details with you today!
OUR WELCOME PARTY
We strung globe lights across the backyard and set up long white tables with cocktails and finger foods. My incredible sister and maid of honor Reilly and her friend Andy built the monogrammed sailboat as a bridal shower gift and it is one of my favorite details of our entire wedding. From the custom sail with our Kearsley Lloyd monogram to the bottle opener screwed into the side, it is one of the most personal and thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received. I know we’ll be using our new beer boat for many years to come!
Several of you asked to see the bar from my family’s original home on Nantucket, which I discussed in this post about what the island means to me. My late grandfather painted it during a storm and a friend of a friend was able to keep the front of the bar when my family sold the house. My mom and I tracked it down on the island this summer, and it meant so much to my Grandy to have it at our party. It’s painted with a variety of symbols that represent different sayings for being overserved — dead stiff, high as a kite, hitting the bottle, etc. — and was such a fun conversation starter.
I thought it would be fun to make our welcome party a white party since I knew it would make for beautiful photos and I think every girl loves an excuse to wear a little white dress over Labor Day weekend! The vast majority of our guests showed up in white and it was fun to see everyone put their own spin on the dress code. I went with this Kate Spade dress — I couldn’t get enough of that floral neckline and the t-back! — plus pearl studs and Jack Rogers (clearly resting my feet for my wedding shoes the next day!).
I ordered custom cups with our wedding crest from Discount Mugs and was impressed with how well the watercolor design showed up. We also had striped straws and custom cocktail napkins printed with fun facts about the two of us and our families. And then we surrounded the beer boat with custom koozies featuring the outline of Nantucket. I live for these little personalized details and I love that we have plenty of extras to use at home!
The Millie’s food truck was a major hit with lobster rolls, fish tacos, and steak quesadillas. My cousins and siblings have all spent summers working at the restaurant in Madaket so it was a no-brainer to serve their food at our welcome party!
With my cute cousins Maddie, Kitt, and Wyatt.
Will’s best man Paul repping his cowboy boot company.
My Bucknell friends / sorority sisters Kelly and Margo! Kelly is the one who inspired me to write my first 101 in 1001 list. 🙂
Just some of our wonderful family and friends. 💙
Because our family and friends were staying in houses and hotels all over the island (as opposed to a traditional room block situation), we handed out our welcome boxes at the end of the party instead of trying to get them to everyone’s rooms before they arrived. Our welcome boxes included two bottles of Nantucket Nectars half & half, Cape Cod potato chips, packets of Advil and sunscreen, and monogrammed cookies made by my mother-in-law Reggie (aren’t they incredible?!). I ordered the boxes here, the monogrammed stickers here (using the crest from our wedding invitations), and the striped grosgrain ribbon here.
I hope you enjoyed this peek into our welcome party! I’ll be back tomorrow to share photos from getting ready the morning of our wedding followed by our first look in this same backyard. Thanks so much for following along!
*Photos by Cameron & Kelly Studio
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