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Wedding Weekend Activities in Charlottesville

Wedding Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners + More

Experience the Magic of Wedding Celebrations + Rehearsals at The Forum

When it comes to an occasion as momentous as a wedding, sometimes a single day just isn't enough to accommodate all of the celebrating that needs to be done; you simply have to make a weekend of it. At The Forum Hotel, we can plan and execute a full weekend's worth of events, from a champagne toast to kick off the festivities at the welcome party through the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception to the last sip of mimosa at the farewell brunch. With an assortment of charming event spaces, mouthwatering catering options, and our creative wedding experts on-hand, we can guarantee we'll make each event a memorable one that's unique to your vision for the ultimate wedding weekend.

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Welcome Party

The perfect way to bring together loved ones who have traveled and local guests in a more relaxed setting to kick off the celebratory spirit of your wedding weekend. From a sips-and-snacks cocktail set-up (with a signature couple's cocktail, perhaps?) to a dessert bar to a full welcome breakfast, the options are plentiful. Let's have some fun with it.

tables with chairs and bench seating set up for dinner

Rehearsal Dinner

Gather together with your wedding party and close friends & family in one of our more intimate event spaces like our private dining area in L'Orangerie2, or out on our terrace. We've got customizable rehearsal dinner menus to ensure everyone can indulge in tasty fare during the toasts, speeches and all of the excitement that the evening may entail.

outdoor wedding stage setup with hotel in background


The heart and soul of the wedding weekend, your ceremony is a beautiful way to reflect your personality as a couple. Our expansive ballroom offers a bit of romantic grandeur with its high ceilings and glamorous lighting, or maybe our airy outdoor amphitheatre set in our picturesque botanic garden is more your style. We have plenty of scenic spots at The Forum for you say your "I do's".

wedding reception tables setup with floral arrangements and table settings under a tent

Wedding Reception

The vows have been exchanged, a happy tear or two has been shed, and now it's time for the big event. Whether you're considering the merits of a DJ vs. a live band or a traditional wedding cake vs. a make-your-own-ice-cream-sundae station, we can work with you to create the reception of your dreams.

Bride and Groom cheek to cheek on the dance floor surrounded by guests

Keep The Party Going

That magical time once the reception has ended but everyone is ready to keep the party going? We love that time. That's why we've put together a menu of late night bites, full of the foods that taste great any time of day, but taste incredible after 11:00 pm—think fried pickles, think sliders, think chicken wings and pretzel bites. We could go on.

table with berries, muffins, eggs benedict, toast and juice

Farewell Brunch

A truly delicious goodbye. Send your loved ones home from your wedding weekend with unforgettable memories and bellies full of brunch staples, from a simple continental spread, to a build your own omelet station, and of course, mimosas. During the spring, summer and early fall, you can even enjoy your farewell brunch on our terrace.