(Closed) Don't Tell Restaurant It's A Wedding Dinner–will this save money?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
6512 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’d say get quotes for a private room dinner for 20, and if they ask specifically what it is for, say “a family gathering.”  Still true, but avoiding an authomatic wedding markup. 

Post # 4
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We’re doing a restaurant dinner for our reception (like like 10 people max) and the prices were all the same every where we checked – they didn’t even ask us if it was a wedding, they just assumed it was a private family event. I doubt you’ll encounter a wedding mark-up.

Post # 6
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

Restaurants are different.  We’re not paying anymore for it at ours.  WE did tell them but the prices remained the same. 

Post # 7
986 posts
Busy bee

@sarahbabs: Yep, I would go with “family gathering” as suggested.

And they probably won’t ask to begin with, so you should be fine!

Post # 8
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I don’t think it would matter if you really only want dinner. Just remember that if you wanted to add anything that would require more work for the restaurant (like a cake), then that is one of the reasons a restaurant would charge more for the wedding. Also just double check any time limits if you think you might be there longer than an average dinner party.

Post # 9
5479 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Maybe I’m misreading your post, but it’s kind of NOT a wedding dinner… when I think of a wedding related dinner, I usually think of the reception, which is thrown fairly directly (more or less) after the ceremony, as a thank you to the guests for attending your ceremony.  What you’re describing is more of a celebration dinner, to gather family in order to celebrate your union.  So, you’re not really lying that it’s a family gathering, and if they ask if it’s for a special occasion just be honest- you’re celebrating the fact that you got married.

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