Very small reception

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Pixie26:  Find a restaurant you like, and ask what their minimum spend is for a buyout.

Post # 4
42182 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Pixie26:  Remember to check alternative venues- art galleries, assisted living facilities (many have gorgeous dining rooms), private clubs (do you have any family or friends whose memvership entitles them to book a facility)?

Post # 5
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Our small wedding is at a non-traditional venue, it’s a professional club that has a beautiful turn of the century mansion. Top floors are offices but the main floor (dining room and front parlor) they use for different functions (mostly retirement parties).  We rent it for the day, bring in any caterer we want, and we don’t have to worry about minimums or time limits. 

Post # 7
428 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We had 60 – 70 people at our reception.  We had it at a fire hall which is advertised to hold 300 people, but the way we set it up, you really couldn’t tell.  I think a lot of bees think a fire hall is tacky and cheap, but it is actually pretty common in my area.  We then used a caterer that they had recommended.

Maybe check fire halls, Elks/Moose/American Legion, Masons, etc.  I don’t know if it’s a regional thing, but some of those places around me rival traditional banquet halls.  They also tend to not have a minimum head count and are smaller to begin with.

Post # 8
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you find a private club you like ask anyways even if you’re not a member. Sometimes they can get someone to “sponsor” you if needed. Have you looked at any Bed and Breakfasts? County/Town park rentals, small theaters?  A lot of theaters don’t have performances in the summer and usually welcome extra income. Start looking around, even if they don’t advertise space rental, doesn’t mean they don’t do it. Sometimes the smaller places are really bad at advertising. Any private high schools? Some of the ones around here are gorgeous and are used to holding alumni events so they have resources for a wedding.  Look for places that normally cater to businesses, they have space that’s free on weekends and nights. Let us know what you find! 

Post # 9
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We are having a small wedding [75 or less], and ran into this same problem.

We ended up looking into historical buildings & community buildings.. some parks have them for rent. They are also VERY cheap.

Post # 11
2460 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We bought out an entire restaurant for the night for our small wedding reception. 


Post # 12
2807 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Pixie26:  Some restaurants are formal and they usually let you decorate the backroom the alternate ideas are great too.

Post # 13
2962 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I 2nd the restaurant reception.

Post # 14
1173 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We are having our 60-70 person wedding at a historic site/museum. There’s a beautiful historic building for the ceremony that looks like (but isn’t) a cathedral, and another pretty building/hall for the ceremony, with a kitchen. We can decorate starting Friday morning, have it all day Saturday, and remove all our stuff and guest cars (if necessary) by 9am Sunday morning. We get help with set-up and clean-up. All this for $1500! Unbelieveable.

Check out museums and historic sites!

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