Post # 1
Has anyone here had any experiences with Chinese Seafood Restaurants in San Jose, CAÂ for their wedding banquet?Â I need toÂ book a restaurant that can accomodate 300+ guests.Â Can you give me a reviewÂ of your experiences?
I’ve checked out Dynasty, Mayflower, and ABC but it’s hard to tell anything other than their decorÂ when checking these places out.Â
What was mostÂ important to you when booking your reception venue?Â The food?Â The reputation?Â The service?Â The price? The decor?
Thanks so much for your help!
Post # 3
Hi, personally as a guest I always think of the meal, the decorations, and the favors, as a treat to me so it doesn’t occur to me not to like something… I guess as a guest the biggest thing you think about is having fun so the band or the DJ…
Post # 4
I think what was most important to us was to find a place where we felt comfortable. That probably comes under reputation and service – we are using our country club, and we know and are friendly with all the staff, who are going out of their way to be helpful. We also really needed great food, but we have a fantastic chef so we knew that was given. It also happens that the price is very affordable – although actually that was a big thing to us. There is no venue charge, just a food and beverage minimum. I object to paying a huge fee for nothing but the room. The decor was important to me in that it is already there – nice chairs, antique furniture, richly colored walls and carpet. I have to provide very little in terms of decor. Of course, that limited my options as far as colors. But I no way wanted to work hard enough to decorate an empty banquet hall or tent. Also I was attracted to the convenience factor – no need to contract separately for catering or bar service, no need to rent chairs or linens, they even provide an event coordinator to work with us on all the details. So it makes planning much less of a chore. The more I read on this board about the challenge of choosing and coordinating multiple vendors, the happier I am with my choice. I had to contract separately with the florist, the bakery, and the musicians, and that’s it!
Post # 5
dynasty is nicer than mayflower! at least from the guest’s perspective. i’ve never held a wedding at either so i don’t know about much else.
Post # 6
I’ve been to weddings at all four locations (there are two dynastys). Here’s my 2 cents for what its worth:
ABC: The food was ok. I didn’t like the decor of the restaurant (since it is an older restaurant) and as a guest, it felt really cramped. I think their maximum capacity was actually 290 and not 300. All that said, however, ABC had the cheapest prices. Service was sketchy
Mayflower: I’ve been to a couple of weddings here…once it was really good and the other time, it was ok. Decor is a little nicer than ABC and seems to be a little cleaner. Your wedding will still look decent if you dont have chaircovers and etc. here. I think they can hold ~350 ppl.
Dynasty Cupertino: Depending on the size of your wedding, they might give you one of the large rooms in the back…which are really nice, has high ceilings. Their decor is a lot nicer than Mayflowers. They do have these ugly purple and green neon lights which throws the whole place off BUT they can turn it off. lol. The food is good. The downside is that this place is hard to find for guests…requires a little navigating around the Valco Mall. And its the most expensive out of the four. The banquet manager said they can hold up to 650 ppl. or so.
Dynasty San Jose: If you have your wedding here, you have to have chair covers. Their chairs suck. They also have the same neon lights that can be turned off. Once you cover up the chairs, the second story will look really nice. The prices are above Mayflower and slightly below the Cupertino location. Food was generally good. They can hold up to 700 ppl.
Post # 7
Dunno if this makes a difference, but ABC Milpitas will be doing some remodeling this year, late spring/early summer, I believe. Since we were so limited on possible dates to have the wedding, that and capacity were our main concerns.
You may also want to check out Mings in Palo Alto, Joy Luck in Cupertino Village, or Grand Palace in San Jose.