Post # 1
Has anyone has a reception at a restaurant? I’m trying to figure out the best approach when i talk to different restaurants. I am pretty much just having a dinner party no cocktail hour, dj, or dancing. I’m affraid if i use the term wedding it will hike the price up. I don’t want to lie and just say dinner party because i will be in my wedding dress.
Any advice? How did they charge? per person or a minimum tab to rent a room out?
Post # 3
I didn’t do that, but if I were you, I would *first* just call around and get prices for a similar size/length-of-time dinner party, and then when you find one you want, make reservations or book it or whateve,r and *then* casually mention that it will be a wedding reception (so they know to NOT mess it up, haha!) but also tell them you won’t be doing the typical reception-stuff. (Or that could be solved if you already have an agreement/understanding with them on how long you will have the room for.)
Post # 4
We had our reception at a restaurant and told them it was a wedding. They had a brochure for all events so it didn’t make a difference. Our particular restaurant had a minimum of twenty people and if you didn’t reach that minimum, you had to pay for that many people anyway. Then we had the service charges. There was no actual room charge though, just the price per person for the meal.
Post # 5
We’re having our reception & ceremony at a restaurant. I’m not sure how it works in your area but here restaurants have a minimum buy-out, meaning that you either spend that money in food and alcohol (pre-tax/gratuities) or you pay the difference. The buy out is really just what the restaurant would make on a typical night.
I was up front an told everyone it was for a wedding, there was no difference in the buy-out at all but some restaurants did offer differently priced menus depending on the event. We also have no room charge just a set up fee for the ceremony since they will have to move some heavy tables.
Our bill will still be per person for the meal. Drinks are on consumption, meaning we’re charged for each drink that they make and don’t pay for a general package per person. This actually works in our favour since our wedding is on a Sunday and we don’t anticipate our guests getting smashed the night before work.