City-by-City Guide: Chic St. Louis and Kansas City Rehearsal Dinner Sites

7 rehearsal dinner sites guaranteed to wow your crowd.
by Christa Vagnozzi

1. Town Hall

Perhaps the most unique setting for a rehearsal dinner is the veranda at the Town Hall in The New Town in St. Charles. Wedding planner Christy Ricker of All Dressed in White led us to this stunning venue, overlooking the Fountains at the Grand Canal. (636) 940-0457

2. Sound Selection

Music lovers? Then strike a high note with a soulful rehearsal dinner setting. Jazz buffs should look to Hannegan’s Restaurant & Pub with a 40-seat dining room appointed with plush leather booths in St. Louis’ historic Laclede's Landing. The menu: fine American cuisine. (314) 241-8877

3. Country Charm

Topeka’s Brickyard Barn Inn, a 1927 dairy barn turned B&B, can host rehearsal dinners for 60 guests in a cozy loft space, or for 80 in the formal dining room furnished with English antiques. The menu: gourmet country cooking. (785) 235-0057

4. Organic Outpost

Set the tone for organic style with a rehearsal dinner at Blue Bird Bistro. This Kansas City establishment specializes in turning out all-natural and organic cuisine that tastes as good as it looks. There is even an organic wine and liquor menu to accompany the meal. (816) 221-7559

5. Tapas Time

Having a formal wedding? Set the rehearsal dinner apart with a relaxed gathering at a tapas restaurant. Sharing small plates is a great way to get the group mixing and mingling. Check out Mosaic, a favorite of St. Louis wedding consultant Christina McHugh. (314) 621-6001

6. Animal Kingdom

Lions and tigers and bears, oh yes. At the Kansas City Zoo, pick your favorite species to party by—some animal exhibits will remain open during your rehearsal dinner. The zoo’s own catering company, Catering on the Wild Side, can tailor a menu to meet the needs of 120-800 guests. Don’t worry: the animals will be safe. (816) 513-5808

7. Foodie Find

If to you, the rehearsal dinner is really about the dinner, check out the Cardwell’s in Clayton, known for its seasonal cuisine (think rack of lamb and Atlantic salmon). After the meal, oenophiles can linger at the bar, which offers an extensive selection of award-winning wines by the glass. (314) 726-5055

Photo: Courtesy of Seldom Blues

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