We love any excuse for a celebration – especially when it’s accompanied by clinking glasses and a delicious menu – so naturally, we’re fans of the rehearsal dinner! Not only does this kick-off occasion heighten excitement for the big day; it’s your chance to give a warm welcome to friends, family and out-of-town guests, and more importantly, enjoy quality time together in a more relaxed setting.
Best of all, there are no hard-and-fast rules to the rehearsal dinner: an elegant sit-down meal may be traditional, but why not treat your wedding crowd to fun cocktails and dessert, a riverfront oyster roast or a true Southern brunch?
Don’t forget that in this top travel destination, many guests will be eager to explore during their getaway. A unique rehearsal dinner venue in Downtown Charleston is a perfect introduction to parts of town they might otherwise miss while swept up in wedding festivities!
Consider historic backdrops on Upper King Street, where vibrant shops and nightlife are within walking distance. Restored Charleston-style single houses are now home to contemporary restaurants like Fish, which also offers a private second-floor dining room for up to 70 guests. The original 1837 exposed wood beams are a perfect nod to your Downtown Charleston setting, while open-air piazzas overlook the modern streetscape.
The American Theater is another Art Deco gem that makes one dazzling impression beneath the bright lights of a vintage 1942 marquee. Before dinner and dancing along to the live band onstage in the grand ballroom, host a private screening of your own rehearsal dinner film or family picture reel in the stadium-seat cinema!
For an authentic taste of the Lowcountry, trade a formal rehearsal dinner for a more casual outdoor gathering with delicious Southern fare. The River House at Lowndes Grove Plantation is a perfect setting for oyster roasts, barbeque and bluegrass, or a classic Charleston brunch. Conveniently located on the Peninsula, The River House is mere minutes from a downtown ceremony rehearsal. Your family and friends will thank you for the waterfront views and unforgettable sunset over the Ashley River.
Whatever your style, we have the perfect Charleston venue and rehearsal dinner menu for your wedding crowd! Get inspired with a glimpse of our favorite celebrations here on the Patrick Properties blog and our Pinterest page, then talk to our PPHG event pros to get planning.