- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
My BF and I have chosen a restaurant near our church to be the location of the wedding. They have a party area that holds aproximately 100 people and the restaurant will be open for regular customers. There are many reasons why this locatoin’s plusses (affordable, goregous attire, right down the street from the church, its my fi’s cuisine of national origin…) far outweigh its minuses….
We are expecting aproximately 100 people to SHOW UP to the wedding (invite list 115-120), about exactly the same as we have room for in the reserved section. If more attend, its not a big deal because the restaurant is an upscale buffet so having enough food won’t be an issue. The restaurant is open concept so if the additional guests arrive, they will be able to see and hear everything that is going on and be a part of what is happening. The bad news is, so will the complete strangers but hey good for them, free music with their meal. =)
The issue is, I will only have the ability to “decorate” the half of the room that is reserved for me. So, guests who wind up in the overflow (if there IS an overflow) will be sitting in the “regular” part of the restaurant that won’t have flowers, etc.
My boyfriend and I are very informal people and we didnt want this occassoin to be fussy and technical. This is more aptly described as a party not a “reception.” So, I am sure that the technical /etiquette people will balk at the idea that some guests may wind up in overflow. I’d like to ask the “real people” out there if they think anybody would be apalled if they arrived at a wedding and wind up sitting in an undecorated overflow area?
Now, just note also the “undecorated area” is still very nice. Marble tables, ornate chairs, etc. Its not like they will be in plastic tables and metal chairs. It is a very nice restaurant…. Thanks for the feedback….