City-by-City Guide: Chic North Carolina Rehearsal Dinner Sties

7 rehearsal dinner sites guaranteed to wow your crowd.

1. Cafe Comfort

Having a formal wedding? Set the rehearsal dinner apart with a relaxed outdoor gathering. Wedding designer Elissa Keno loves Caffe Luna in Raleigh for its romantic terrace perfect for private cocktail parties. Once guests quench their thirst, they can head inside to the VIP room for a four-course Tuscan dinner. (919) 832- 6090

2. Scenic Setting

For a room with a view, head to Bentley’s on 27 in Charlotte. Wedding planner Rene Davenport of Graceful Creations led us to this hot spot that can accommodate just about any size guest list for a dinner surrounded by picture windows with views of the city skyline. The menu: American and French cuisine. (704) 343-9201

3. Posh Pub

Make room for the groom: The Southend Brewery and Smokehouse in Charlotte has private banquet rooms that can accommodate 15 or more. The menu: regional American cuisine and smoked in-house barbecue paired with seasonal and signature microbrews. (704) 358-4677

4. Ranch Rehearsal

For an upscale ranch feel, Samantha Dockery of Bliss by Sam recommends Rock Springs Center in Greenville. This equestrian center can accommodate 10 to 500 guests. The menu: steak and seafood. (252) 830-8900

5. Garden Party

Rehearsal dinners are in full bloom at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. This Chapel Hill venue can accommodate up to 50 guests for a seated meal in the tranquil Herb Garden, or 150 in the lush Back Courtyard Garden. (919) 962-0522

6. Sunset Cruise

Take to the seas aboard the Catawba Queen. Davenport suggests a sunset cruise on this authentic paddle wheeler, where you can feast on an Italian, Mediterranean, or Southern buffet while sailing around Lake Norman. Cruises depart from Mooresville. (704) 663-2628

7. Foodie Find

If to you, the rehearsal dinner is really about the dinner, check out Four Square Restaurant in Durham. Even better? This establishment relies heavily on local farmers and purveyors to create seasonal menus from the region’s freshest ingredients. (919) 401-9877

-- Christa Vagnozzi

Photo: Courtesy of Café Luna

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