Thursday, July 30, 2009

Great Spots for a Rehearsal Dinner

April 6th, 2009

A rehearsal dinner is a wonderful opportunity to gather with your family and friends that mean so much to you and have (often) traveled great distances to be there for you. The Wedding Day goes so quickly, so this is your chance to catch up with them and reconnect.

There are countless places in Santa Barbara for a fabulous rehearsal dinner. I recommend choosing one with an intimate and private space that allows you to relax and enjoy your meal and your guests. It can be fancy or casual, but intimate is key.

The Ocean Room at Stella Mare’s is one of my favorites. The restaurant boasts wonderful wine country cuisine in a French shabby chic setting that is so cozy. At night it’s lit up with twinkle lights - very picturesque! Sarah Bixler is a doll to work with and can help you set it up - 805.969.3415 or

Don't miss the Lemon Cake - YUM!

Another great spot is the University Club. Many people aren’t even aware that it’s available to non-members for rehearsal dinners or intimate gatherings. But, there’s lots of great rooms for a smaller group and there is a fabulous billiards room in the back that is perfect to share great food and swap tales from each other’s childhoods over a few games of pool. And the best part is you’ll never have to leave your quarters on the table for “next!” Chrissy Deferville is amazing and can help you pull it together - 805.966.0853 or

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