Post # 1
For Bay Area gals:
Did any of you do (or are planning to do) your ceremony AND reception at a restaurant? From what I can tell, this option seems more affordable, and FH and I are major food lovers. Our one concern is how it would work to do the ceremony and reception in one place, and we also hope to have room for a dance floor!
Tell me where your restaurant wedding was, and how it worked. Did you do the ceremony in one room (or outside?) and the reception in the other? Or did you do both in the same room and have to change around chairs and tables and whatnot during the cocktail hour? Was decorating unnecessary since you were in an already-decorated restaurant? What was included in your wedding?
Any advice is helpful, including costs!
Post # 3
My fiance and I are also looking into restaurants for our wedding. Here are some restaurants that can accomodate both the ceremony and reception we’ve come across:
Le Colonial, San Francisco http://www.lecolonialsf.com/index_flash.html
They serve Vietnamease/French fusion food and have room for either an indoor or outdoor reception. There is a built in dance floor and DJ booth on the second floor with a large patio. The food is really good and they make excellent drinks! When I called to inquire about my wedding for 60 people I was given 3K as the minimum food and beverage cost. I was given a quote of $55 per person for food and I believe the fee to use the restaurant for the ceremony was between $300-$500. My main concern about the outdoor ceremony location is its size–it’s very narrow.
Cliff House, San Francisco (<cite>www.cliffhouse.com)
It’s probably one of the windiest spots in the city! I believe minimum food and beverage was $8K for a Friday night… It’s right on the ocean so it’s really pretty in the day time, at night it’s pitch black out the window. One of my fiance’s coworkers had her reception there and loved it!
Scott’s Seafood, Walnut Creek http://www.scottswc.com
My fiance and I are actually going there for a complimentary tasting tomorrow so I will update and let you know how it is. The private events coordinator, Marianne, is very responsive! I called and within 24 hours I had two proposals with cost break down in my inbox. The fee for the ceremony is $250 and the facility rental fee for the reception is waived if you have over 75 guests. For a party of nearly 100 with three passed hor d’oeuvres, a duet entree, champagne toast, and wine, and a signature cocktail, my proposal came out to be $6500. Of course, alcohol consumption is based on an estimate and we can cut the cost down further by serving cheese and fruit instead of passed hor d’oeuvres…
Post # 4
A friend of mine had her ceremony in the courtyard at Delancey Street and the reception moved indoors to a private space in the restaurant. It worked very well (when you’re in the city you don’t want your guests to have to drive around too much looking for parking yet again).
Plus, the food at Delancey is very nice and it’s a wonderful project to support.
Post # 5
I’m not in the Bay Area, but I had a friend do it in Atlanta and it was absolutely gorgeous! Super intimate (small restaurant) and really, really, beautiful (it was on the river with lots of little twinkling lights). Plus they didn’t have two seperate fees and the total included everything except centerpieces, stationary, clothes and favors! But the meal, chairs, linens… all those things that add up, were a nice neat sum.
Post # 6
i’m also not in the bay area, but my brother got married at a restaurant in tampa. it was beautiful, the ceremony was on the water outside and the reception was inside, it was for a little over 200 people. she did her own centerpieces, but it didn’t need a lot of decorating. there was a huge dance floor and people were dancing all night. coctail hour was in the lobby. they do a lot of weddings there, i’m sure you can find places in your area that do that kind of thing too.
Post # 7
Hey everyone! I guess I should say I’m in the South Bay and am a bit weary to have a wedding in SF due to parking for my guests. I wouldn’t want any of them to decide NOT to go because they don’t want to deal with the parking! Plus, no one I know lives there..
@creme de violet: I was looking at Cliff House for awhile, but decided it would probably be too small. And I think there’s a Scott’s Seafood in San Jose, where I live, so I’m definitely going to look into that!
Thanks everyone else for your reviews! I think that restuarants might be the way for us to go, because it seems to be cheaper, and we’re likely to get better food, AND decorating would probably be really simple!
Post # 8
we got married at the ritz in half moon bay but had the reception at yank sing in the city. they also do ceremonies in the center water fall area. food was delicious! 🙂
Post # 10
@KMSull: Hi, can you remember the name of the restaurant that you went to? I know it’s been a long time. thx