Won't let us have dinner, frustrated!

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 2
Member
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

How frustrating! If it’s just 16 of you, I wouldn’t even mention it’s a wedding! That could be a birthday party, or a family get together, or anything else honestly.

That was certainly a frustrating thing when I was planning – I felt like everything was more expensive because it had “wedding” added into the mix!

I hope you’re able to figure something out for your receptiong/dinner! Good luck!

Post # 3
Member
7531 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

kayvee:  That’s strange!  Can you get drop off restaurant service and hire servers?

Post # 5
Member
42460 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

<div>kayvee:  Get two reservations for  people in the restaurant at the same time in two different names. When the second person calls to make their reservation, have them ask to be seated next to your table as you are long standing friends. When you get there, ask them to push the two tables together.Or, book a food truck or two to come to the venue- or just across the street. They can’t stop people from going out to get something to eat. Run with it! Make the reception casual and fun.</div>

Post # 6
Member
4760 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

julies1949:  no food truck is going to come to an event for 16 people.  

I would jus not tell a restaurant it is a wedding.  i’ve been to events at restaurants with more people not celebrating anything.

Post # 7
Member
8702 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Rule number 1 I found out: Never say it’s a wedding. Just simply make a reservation.

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Post # 8
Member
42460 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Atalanta:  I guess it depends on where you live. We had one a few weeks ago for 12 people. They don’t normally work at night, early evening actually, and were happy for the extra business at the end of their normal work day.

Post # 9
Member
4043 posts
Honey bee

julies1949:  I agree, our neighbors just had a food truck cater dinner for 10 at their house. Business is business.

Post # 10
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Just call a restaurant and make a reservation. If they ask what the occasion is tell them because you want to eat, nothing more. It’s none of their business why you’re going to dinner. I’ve work in many many restaurants and I’ve never asked what an occasion was, if they offered up the information then fine, but I’ve never butted my nose into customers business that way. How rude of them.

Post # 11
Hostess
9892 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

kayvee:  ditto PPs.  Don’t say it’s a wedding.  If they ask if it’s a special occassion just say no – or say it’s a birthday if you’re trying to get a private room that needs a special occasion.  Even better – say it’s an anniversary 😉

Post # 13
Member
235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

kayvee:  you can say it’s a birthday and bring in your cake. You might have to pay a plate fee (a couple of dollars per person?) but should be okay at most restaurants if you’re already bringing in business. 

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