(Closed) Anyone else having a restaurant wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Our reception is at a restuarant, but our location has a completely seperate area (with dance floor – yay!) for events.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We are!!! They have a private room upstairs. We’ve found this to be a much cheaper option than the traditional reception. It’s a gorgeous historical building, plus I love the fact that our guests will get to pick their meal on the night of the reception, not when they send the reply card in ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We are!!  The great thing about a restaurant (at least ours) is that to rent it out they just have a food and beverage minimum.  Since we are doing it on a Sunday, the minimum is quite low and we will definately go over it.  The other great thing is that restaurants have nice decor, so minimal amount of money will be spent on decor besides centerpieces (and linens since our restaurant doesn’t have any).  Another great thing is that there are no rental costs for table settings since the restaurant has everything.  One more great thing, is that we have the place for the whole night… so if desired we can go till 2am (which we won’t) instead of getting kicked out or having to pay for going over the set hours. 

The bad thing about a restaurant is that the beverages is at retail price, so you will spend a lot more on alcohol than at a place where you can bring your own in.  But, I figure that the extra money we will spend on alcohol will be less than the venue rental rate at non-restaurants.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am.  It’s actually a large boat that was converted into a restaurant.  Our ceremony and cocktail hour will be on the top deck of the boat and the reception will be inside.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Sorry, I didn’t fully read the post, we’re not having our ceremony at the restaurant, but that was definitely an option. I think it would have been super nice and very convienent for our guests, but I wanted a church wedding ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We had our reception at a restaurant (ceremony at a nearby church)! 

It ended up being an awesome option for us…the restaurant was always going to be the one doing the catering, but I got so frustrated trying to deal with the other reception venue options in the area that I finally asked the owner of the restaurant if we could have the reception there.  He said he’s done that before, but never in the summer…but given the current economy he’d be willing to do it as long as it wasn’t a Fri or Sat night. 

When I asked him about cost he said he’s never charged for people to use the restaurant and wasn’t going to start!!!  So we ended up with a great venue with people that it was fun to work with and it cut out the reception venue cost entirely! 

We were also able to bring in our own wine.  He charged a corkage fee, but it was much lower than their regular fee since we were opening bottles in bulk ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

We did! technically ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like restaurant weddings, as long as the place itself is really bangin. Less travel, more booze, more dancing and more food!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I wanted to do a restaurant to save on costs, but we really want to dance and have yet to find a place that will allow that. Are any of you bees using a restaurant having dancing at your reception?

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We’re having our reception at a restaurant. They have a private room upstairs that they’ve renovated and now use for events. It’s right on the ocean and has the most gorgeous oceanfront view. Not only is the space absolutely perfect for us, but their prices were completely on par with what I was looking to pay and their food is absolutely amazing. In looking at other venues I noticed that their wedding prices were always more expensive, and sometimes up to double what their regular event prices were, but not here! I’ve seen a lot of the same pros, cost-wise, that the other bees have: no fees to rent tables, chairs, and linens, they only do one event a day so we’ll have all day to set up and whatnot, etc. They seem to do a good number of events, but they aren’t one of the big, popular venues in my area, which I like. I would have never come across it in my wedding planning if I hadn’t been eating lunch there one day, when by chance my mom asked our waiter, “What’s upstairs?” The event coordinator has been a dream to work with as well. I’m so happy we picked this place for our reception instead of the other, more typical wedding venues we looked at.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We are! We’re actually having 2 ceremonies, one at city hall earlier in the day (the legal ceremony) and then a second one at our reception venue so that all the guests can watch (non-legal). We have use of a private dining room and a mezzanine with it’s own bar.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We did the ceremony at synagogue, reception at restaurant thing.  Given that our wedding was in Massachusetts, and we never saw any of our venues until the day of the wedding, it was nice to have a place that would provide everything–food, alcohol, decoration, linens, even a personalized menu for our guests.  We just walked in with our guests, and they took care of the rest–in between coming in to admire NotFroofy’s wedding boots.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

We are having our ceremony at the Justice of the Peace and the reception at a restaurant. The restaurant has a private room we will use & didn’t have any crazy high minimums. 

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We are having our ceremony in the outdoor terrace of a country club. the same space will be turned around for our reception. since our wedding is on a little island we are already asking all the guests to travel so we figured it would be nice to have the ceremony and reception in one spot so ppl wouldnt have to move anywhere. they would just stay put!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’re having our ceremony and reception at the restaurant.  It was important to me that we use separate rooms, so we’re going to do the ceremony on the roof deck (weather permitting, of course) and the ceremony in the wine room downstairs.  Should it rain, everything will take place in the wine cellar.  We’re having a jazz band, so there will be some dancing, but not as much as if we had decided to get married at a big banquet hall.  We’re looking forward to it so much!

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