Post # 1
We were playing around with the idea of having a restaurant receptionc as we will likely have no more than 25 guests.
I would love to hear personal experience and how it all worked out. Did you have enough privacy and have a seperate room, how many people did you have and were you allowed to have your own music/small band.
I would love to know as many details as you would love to share from your restaurant reception. If you would like to post photos that would be awesome 🙂
Post # 3
I forgot to add, did you ask for a pre planned menu or did everyone order a la carte?
Post # 4
My friend had a restaurant reception with maybe…40 to 50 people in attendance? We shared the restaurant but it was divided so we basically had the whole thing. She had a pre-planned menu. I think that makes it a LOT easier.
Post # 5
Commenting to follow as its a possibility for us.
Post # 6
Commenting to follow…we’re having a restaurant reception, although it will only be open for us (they’re normally breakfast & lunch only, and an event space at night). Pretty sure we’ll be doing food buffet-style…I wanted family-style but their table set-ups don’t really allow for it, plus it’d be more expensive.
Post # 7
We’re having a restaurant reception too.
Our venue can actually accomodate multiple weddings because it has different rooms. We have a separate room which can host 150-200 people. The others rooms range between 30-135 people. Due to the relatively small size of the venue we can’t fit in a live band in the reception but we are having a brass quintet during the cocktail reception. And we’re using a pre-planned menu.
Post # 8
We had our reception in the garden area of a fine dining restaurant for our DW in Maui. We had a long table for the 12 of us, which was kind of in a private corner of the gardens, but not sectioned off or anything like that. People could walk by the table and people seated on the outdoor lanai could look down onto us as well. It was perfect- definitely private enough.
For the menu, I arranged a special menu and selected all the dishes myself (I created some new dishes not on the menu) and the restaurant had the menu printed at each place setting when we arrived. We chose a 3 course plated dinner. It was a wonderful experience and the service was fabulous!
Post # 9
My friend had one, she had a special pre planned menu to make it easier. It was lovely to see them so happy, it was different from other weddings I’ve been to because there was no evening party…in all honesty I didn’t miss it.
Post # 10
I’m having one in a week! We have a limited menu (5 entree choices that come with soup or salad, and appetizers that have already been pre-ordered) so that people wont’ spend a bunch of time hemming and hawwing over the full menu.
Post # 11
We’re having a restaurant reception 🙂 We rented out the entire place and part of that deal is that we have to have a preplanned menu. A la carte was not an option with this restaurant if you buy it out for the evening. We have three different options (picked by us, then approved by the head chef) as well as vegetarian/gluten free/allergy options, and a kids menu. We have to pick the wines for the table but everything else is open bar and the same drinks will be offered that are usually offered in the restaurant.
We have all the regular staff and bartenders that they would normally have on a Sunday night (we’re doing it the Sunday of a long weekend) so we’re assuming that the service will be great and we’re super excited! The restaurant holds up to 40 people and we’re having around 25-30. They are setting up a “music station” for us and we will have a dessert table and guest book table (we’re not having a guest book so I don’t know what this will be for yet lol).
Post # 12
We’re choosing which restaurant now for our 12 person wedding. Following to keep track of all the tips!
Post # 13
We had a restaurant reception for us and 9 others.
We had a private room that was right off a bar, so we did a little cocktail hour in the bar first while everyone wait for my husband and I to get there after the ceremony.
We didnt have any music/dancing. Just us having dinner.
We let everyone order whatever they wanted off the menu, but had the option to only have a few choices.
We had a cake brought in, and they set up a table for it. Our florist came in and put centerpieces and flowers on the table.
I really enjoyed it, we arnt dancers and dont like a lot of attention so it worked out really well for us.
Post # 14
@Kjeff760: Really cute wedding pics, I love your card box. – good job.
Post # 15
@Blush.Champagne: I used to work in fine dining, and for larger groups we always had a set menu. It works way better as far as the kitchen and service being able to get your food to you. Just my 2 cents from the restaurant’s perspective!
Post # 16
We’re having our ceremony and reception at a restuarant. Since we’re having it on a Sunday morning and afternoon, we have the whole place to ourselves! If we had a dinner reception, we’d be in a banquet room separated from the rest of the restaurant. They host weddings all of the time and have a special set of menus for buffet vs plated. They offered to let us have menus for our plated option on the day of since we’re having a smaller wedding, but I went ahead and asked people to choose on the RSVP cards.