Here Comes the Guide brings you expert articles and blog postings about planning your rehearsal dinner. We spotlight great restaurants for your event and tell you how to rethink the traditional RD. Don’t forget you can use our location search tool to select your rehearsal dinner location.


Unique California Wedding Venues & Rehearsal Dinner Locations: Spotlight On Patina Catering

Unique California Wedding Venues & Rehearsal Dinner Locations: Spotlight On Patina CateringPatina Catering is all about celebrations. Every wedding or special event is customized to reflect your individual personality and style, thanks to a world-class team of experts.


My Big Fat Multicultural Wedding

Karina Marie Diaz PhotographyMy father is Middle Eastern, my mother hails from Louisiana’s Cajun country, and I’m proud to say that both cultures have always been an integral part of who I am. I can make hummus and shrimp gumbo pretty darn well, and I can swear in Arabic and Cajun French if the need arises. We’re also Texans, so that means we all can whip up a mean barbecue, too. When I became engaged to Jon, who has Nordic and German roots, we just sprinkled a few more ingredients into our family’s melting pot.


Rethinking Rehearsal Dinners

Cliffs ResortThink about it: rehearsal dinners include a high concentration of people you love who have gathered in your honor. So why not relax and let your hair down? With very little effort, you can assemble a pre-wedding event that provides some much-needed calm before the busy storm of your wedding weekend. Learn how to make the most of your rehearsal dinner.


A New Twist on an Old Tradition: Cooking Competition Transforms Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

Cooking Competition Transforms Wedding Rehearsal DinnerMary Allred faced a common dilemma that most grooms’ mothers know all too well: where to hold a rehearsal dinner for her son’s Atlanta wedding? Ultimately, Mary did more than just come up with an interesting venue—she came up with a totally different experience that all members of the wedding party will remember for a long time.


6 DMV Rehearsal Dinner Locations Serving Up Delectable Eats!

Spirit of Baltimore CruisesPlanning a rehearsal dinner in the DC Metro Area? The DMV provides a wealth of venue options! Want to dine amidst historic surroundings? In an elegant hotel? On the water? These venues offer some interesting choices.


Good Eats, Good Ambiance: The Chicago Rehearsal Dinner Scene

Chicago Rehearsal Dinner VenuesChicago is a diner’s paradise, offering some of the best places to eat in the country. This is great news if you’re planning a rehearsal dinner, because you’ll have plenty of choices. Here’s an enticing selection of the city’s restaurants—some are casual and some are more upscale, but all are happy to host your special event.


North of Wine Country: California's Secret Clearlake Wedding and Event Venues

While I’ve lived in the Bay Area for 30 years, I took my very first trip to Lake County only recently when I rented a house on Clearlake for a much-needed family vacation. Now that I’ve finally visited, though, I’m already starting to wonder when I can return to this peaceful region north of the wine country. Of course I managed to scout out some ideal wedding ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner sites while there. A couple of my new favorite places:


Planning a Rehearsal Dinner in the Bay Area?


Your rehearsal dinner is an opportunity to bring close friends and family together in a more informal way than during your wedding, and an Italian Restaurant can provide the perfect combination of ambiance and cuisine. The setting is often relaxed, and dishes can be served family style. Plus, Italian food is so popular it’s easy to include menu items that will satisfy all your guests. Check out these Bay Area Italian restaurants.


Good Food, Good People: Tarpy’s Roadhouse

Through the front door swooped the lovely staff from Tarpy’s Roadhouse, there to make our dinner. But, more than that, they took care of us. They made us tea, they served us in front of the TV so we could watch Glee and they whipped up fantastic, comforting food: a salad with apples, pecans and gorgonzola, steak and garlic mashed potatoes, Chilean Sea Bass with a mango relish and, finally, strawberry shortcake—yum!!!


Chef Eric Wadlund, Spencer's Restaurant

Featured Chef Eric Wadlund, Spencer's RestaurantMultiple award-winning chef and cookbook author Eric Wadlund has come a long way from his first childhood foray into culinary creation—making doughnuts.


Chef Soerke Peters, Ca' Del Sole Ristorante

Ca' del Sole RistoranteIn his home kitchen, the European born and trained Soerke Peters experiments with a variety of global cuisine; but he particularly loves the simplicity and spontaneity of Italian food.


A Culinary Adventure With A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast promises exactly what its company name implies. This is not your everyday catering company. Don’t believe me? Just 24 hours after returning to the States from my own adventure in Tuscany and Rome, I, along with the rest of the Here Comes The Guide ladies, had the privilege of being treated to Chef Michael’s 5-course culinary adventure (as he so dryly referred to it), along with 12 different appetizers and dessert. (Chocolate and sea salt, anyone?)


Lunch With A View At The Lake Chalet

We dined in the Lake Room upstairs, which extends over the lake and has views on three sides plus a fireplace and it’s own bar. This room, as well as the Gondola Room on the opposite side of the restaurant, is a charming space for a rehearsal dinner, reception or other kind of private party.


On The Scene Video: Ca' Del Sole Ristorante

I recently visited Ca’ del Sole Ristorante for Here Comes The Guide, and I have to say: If you’re looking for a great venue for wedding rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and bridal showers, this North Hollywood restaurant should be on the list:


Dreamin' Of A Santa Cruz Beach Wedding?

The Dream Inn, a Santa Cruz landmark, has just reopened after a fantastic retro-chic makeover—and their stylish new oceanview banquet space is so ready for primetime.


Wedding Anniversary Road Trip, Part 2

The second part of our wedding anniversary road trip was as fun and romantic as the first. My husband Jaya and I drove to Half Moon Bay, a quaint little town along the coastline where the air is fresh, the people are friendly, and the pace is slow. By the way, this is also a great spot for a honeymoon by the sea, too.


Organic Bubbly

Domaine Carneros made the decision to farm sustainably when they opened over two decades ago,so it was only natural that they began moving toward being a completely organically farmed winery. They also happen to have the first sparkling wine to be certified organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers, as of April 2008.


My Cup O' Tea

My mother, a true Anglophile, brought me up surrounded by more than a few of her favorite British things. The first real, hearty books I read as a child were Agatha Christie mysteries and Charles Dickens novels. Every Thursday was Masterpiece Theatre night featuring an array of her favorite actors from the UK, and I was probably the only 12-year-old kid in school who (at the time, don’t quiz me now) knew the entire history of the English Royal Family.


The Real OC

Even if you aren’t aspiring to be like the “Real Housewives of Orange County,” you’re likely to find an wedding venue in the OC that seems like it was made just for you. Here’s a taste of this region’s vast range of options:


History and Romance in San Diego

If you’re on the lookout for a San Diego wedding location that has a history as special as the one you and your fiancé share, you’re in luck: Many of the San Diego venues we feature have historical significance that is only surpassed by their impressive architecture. Here are a few of my faves: