Post # 1
My Fiance and I are getting married in April on a cruise ship by ourselves to save money and have the honeymoon at the same time. Our families understand that this is a cost-driven decision, and we told them we would have a family dinner when we came back in a restaurant. I plan to put my wedding dress back on for this, and have about 20 guests in a private room.
My question is, should I tell the restaurant this is a wedding dinner, or do we automatically get a big wedding markup if we do? Or should we just say it’s a family reunion? Will this have any bearing on the price? We are just planning a sit down dinner, no dancing or anything like that.
Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks.
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
Thanks bees. I hate lying but am getting to the point where literally every penny counts.
Post # 6
Restaurants are different. We’re not paying anymore for it at ours. WE did tell them but the prices remained the same.
Post # 7
@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
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
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.