Ashton Gardens ATL: Bride’s Guide to Rehearsal Dinner Locations

That A-Ha moment. When you walk into a venue, look around, take a deep breath, and realize, without a doubt, this is where your rehearsal dinner needs to be. Helping brides make that connection is one of the best parts of my job, but it requires a little investigation. Defining “What Kind of Bride Are You?” is not a trick question, but helps identify your unique sense of style.

Aqua Terra Bistro

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Brides today are incorporating their personality in many different ways – veering away from the confines of matching bridesmaids dresses, incorporating their beloved pets into their wedding party, or choosing a wedding dress in a bold color.

Hip, historic, nostalgic, modern or farmhouse chic – Gwinnett has great options for every style. Located in artsy downtown Buford, The Cellar at Aqua Terra Bistro features industrial, chic space, aluminum ceilings draped in lights, eclectic artwork on exposed brick walls and your own private bar to serve up libations to your attendees. Invite up to forty-five of your closest guests and enjoy a mixture of traditional and classic cuisines in your own private space.


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Nestled in a neighborhood setting in Lilburn, Three Blind Mice’s intimate space is contemporary with trendy esthetics, ideal for a small private dinner for up to twenty guests. A must-have is TBM’S amazing dessert Sticky Toffee Pudding, and full complement of craft beers, organic wines and custom cocktails.

If you’re Gone With the Wind fabulous, look no further than Historic Norcross’ newest restaurant, The Crossing. Housed in a beautifully restored 100-year old train depot and surrounded by classic Victorian homes, the restaurant features a classic look with hardwood floors, leather couches and full bar.


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Grace 17.20 muted colors, exposed wood beams and French antique bring a warm Tuscan countryside feel to any event. Located in the popular Forum at Peachtree Parkway shops, the serene atmosphere is perfect for the sophisticated bride. The restaurant also features a private outdoor patio, as well as a private upstairs room that can graciously accommodate up to thirty-five.

Maurice Odoms is the Wedding Sales Manager at Explore Gwinnett, the convention and visitors bureau. For a full list of Gwinnett’s dining options and complimentary services, contact him at 770.814.6059 or