After all the showers and planning, the big day is almost here, but before diving into all the wedding-day festivities, sit back and celebrate in style with a rehearsal dinner to remember. These six spots combine the best Miami has to offer: speakeasy lounges, Spanish-style haciendas and South Beach yacht cruises.
Built in the same decade as its moniker, the Spanish-style 1930s House at Thompson Miami Beach can serve as your very own hacienda for the evening with options to throw a dinner party inside the cozy Cuban-inspired "cocktail den" or out by the gardens, with a menu of tapas, ceviches, and crudos by James Beard-award winning chef Michelle Bernstein.
Photo: Courtesy of The Betsy Hotel
Gather with 36 of your closest friends and family at the royal table in the beach-house chic Betsy's hidden bar, where you'll feel like a Hollywood starlet for the evening holding court in the sexy underground lounge. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of Windridge Yacht Cruises
Windridge Yacht Cruises
Sail into your wedding weekend with a rehearsal dinner onboard a chartered yacht, throwing in a tour of Miami's port, islands, and "Millionaire's Row," with the skyline serving as a photo backdrop for your party. A top pick by planners like Ms. Wedding Planner Lynne Goldberg, your guests from out of town will love getting on the water and enjoying the sea breeze, especially if the weather back home is not as favorable as you're bound to find in Miami. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of Seaspice
Most of the celebs dining at the Seaspice roll up by yacht to the restaurant's private dock, so you can do a bit of people watching from your seat on the water in the outdoor lounge. The converted warehouse on the Miami River looks like a luxe version of a boathouse tucked away from South Beach but still showing off some of the city's best skyline views. The brasserie-style menu at Seaspice is big on wood-fired casseroles and handcrafted pizzettas, while the new sister restaurant on the opposite end, Modern Garden, goes to hot and cold extremes with a crudo bar and hot stone concept where you'll cook tableside on an 850-degree volcanic slab.
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Photo: Courtesy of Schnebly Redland's Winery
No matter where you choose to host your rehearsal dinner on the 30-acre garden, you're guaranteed views over the entire Homestead winery. Set up an elegant affair under one of the tikis with the sound of a waterfall trickling in the background and prepare for a farm-to-table feast topped off by a toast with one of the Southernmost winery's sparkling wines. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
Cantina Beach at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
The only oceanfront Mexican restaurant in Miami, the thatched roof Cantina Beach is a casual option for guests to sit back and relax before the wedding-day duties commence while indulging in tapas and tequila. Turn dinner into an interactive affair with a guided tequila tasting with a tequilier working through just a fraction of the spot's 110-bottle collection while guacamole is prepared tableside for the party.