I can't find a place to host a wedding happy hour style reception

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
2576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Hmmm… are you looking at only traditional wedding venues/reception halls? If so, you might have to think outside the box a little bit. Have you looked at hosting your reception at a restaurant? We had a happy hour-style reception at one of our favorite restaurants in northern NJ (right outside of the city). We hosted 62 or so people with an open bar and tons of food, and it cost about $8k. With your budget, I would suggest looking at restaurants with event areas and see what they can do for you.

Post # 3
5162 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Yesscee:  Have you been looking at restaurnts and cafes?  I’d bet that’ll be your best bet.  Some restaurants have great private function spaces (renting out the whole space is usually be expensive unless they’d otherwise be closed).

Post # 6
1768 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We had a cocktail style reception (apps only) – I will tell you that at our venue (and several we looked at) it wasn’t any cheaper than a full meal, because the quantity of food is the same and apps tend to take longer to prepare (skewering lots of meat in individual portions vs cooking a bunch of chicken breasts, for example).


Our reception was in the private event space of a microbrewery (in StL, so I don’t have a local rec, but maybe the idea will spark something?). Try resturants – places where friends and famillies have had showers, distilleries, wineries, etc – even places that don’t normally have weddings/events. If you’re flexible with your date/time (Saturday day, for example), that would probably help. I went to a wedding once at a resturant – the couple just bought out the whole resturant (aka the place said we normally make $x a night – you need to at least meet that with your food, and if they didn’t, they had to cover the difference).

Post # 7
2387 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Yesscee:  I think urban spoon has a private party option you can use to search their restaurants/wineries/distilleries. I agree, that’s probably the most economical & bang for your buck way to go for what you have in mind. Maybe something will pop up there you haven’t seen yet?

Or maybe try to find a bar that doesnt serve food & will let you bring in your own caterer? The downside to apps only is that they are generally the same price as a full meal because you want your guests to have options, not run out, and the caterer/chef has to work harder to make each small piece look presentable. 

Post # 9
1 posts

Yesscee:  Hello my friend. Did you find a venue yet? I’m a caterer and I have a couple locations in mind.


Post # 10
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Davis Island Garden Club

I would think outside the box at non traditional venues. Museums, breweries, historic theaters, corporate buildings with gorgeous lobbies, garden clubs…

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