This is exactly what we’re doing. Our guest list includes close/immediate family members only, and a couple of really close friends. Total, we have about 24-26 (including us). The restaurant I’m working with has been extremely flexible and unlike the majority of the restaurants I contacted, he does not require a food minimum or charge for the room. It’s a private room, downstairs, separated from the main dining area, so I love that we’ll be completely secluded. Our own private bathrooms down there as well as elevator access.
I’m nixing the first dance, no garter toss or bouquet toss, toasts will be up to people who want to do them, so if they happen, they happen. I’m bringing an iPod to have music playing in the background. One thing we did add is a photo booth.
We’re still trying to figure out what we’re going to do for drinks, but I feel very comfortable with having a cash bar. I’ve researched this and researched this and have come to my own, comfortable, decision. We are possibly thinking of paying for margaritas during the cocktail time (it’s at a Mexican restaurant and all their margaritas are phenomenal)
We can pretty much have anything off the regular menu we want, he just asks us to narrow it down to about 4-5 selections.
I specifically chose a place, both ceremony and reception, that needed little decor additions. The room is gorgeous, and while it doesn’t really match my color scheme, it has a beautiful old wood, rustic feel to it. I’ll decorate the cake table a little and then the dinner tables will be minimally decorated as well. My goal has been to keep everything simply, elegant and beautiful. The more you add sometimes and complicate things, the beauty can get lost.
I’ve loved the idea for a restaurant reception from the get go. It keeps it simple and you can sometimes negotiate a little more if it’s not something they do a lot.
The way I found this place was to search for restaurants that had large party/dining rooms. I tried to keep “wedding” out of my search.