(Closed) Anyone getting married with just close family, and reception at a restaurant?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

YES! 
I am… I actually planned a huge 200+ person wedding and decided not to do it after my venue closed down.

So instead we are having close family and friends for a ceremony at a park then to eat at a local italian restaurant then for an “after party” at Future Mother-In-Law place.

I am uber excited!

I will be doing all the same stuff as before. Cutting the cake and stuff not sure if I will do first dance but Fiance wants to!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

All of the venues we’ve considered so far have been restaurants… and I’m planning on having the ceremony in the same location as the reception.

And yes. We’re planning on doing the cake cutting, first dance, etc. The only thing I might eliminate is the whole attendants thing. It really depends on which space we choose and how much room we have to move around.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yup! We did this too. It was intimate and lovely. Our first dance, bouquet toss, etc, was at the Church beforehand.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We’re doing a beach wedding with about 25 people and a restaurant reception. Our first dance will be right after the ceremony on the beach, and we will do cake cutting. There probably won’t be dancing at the reception since it will be a lunch reception.

Post # 7
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@peachbaby4008: We had 18 guests total. Married in a small chapel. Had the reception in a private dining room at a great steak house downtown. Felt like a family celebration/dinner. We did the first dance, parents dance and the cutting of the cake, even had the first time has husband and wife announcement. As for music, during dinner it was CD that we burned with our favorite music.It was a perfect day! Everyone said what a great time they had. Of course, before the day many many family members complained and whined :)We knew what kind of day we wanted. We are both VERY happy we did what we wanted. Do what you and your man want to do. This is your day. The only people you have to make happy are yourselves.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I highly recommend having a small wedding if you’re already considering eloping- we’re doing immediate family where we’ll have about 15 guests and our two sisters will stand for us in pretty coordinating dresses as our maid of honor and best woman. We’re doing our own ipod music for background tunes and technically will be cutting our cake- our photog is really flexible and will stay for whatever we need her to. We’re doing 5:00 family pictures, 5:30 ceremony, 6:00 cocktail hour while we take pictures downtown, and a 7:00 supper.

I would even recommend scouting for other unique venues than restaurants- our ceremony will will take place in a yoga studio/art gallery and our reception will be held in a small private art gallery. These spaces are usually privately run so you don’t have much of a fee and they’re usually really open to letting you do whatever you want with catering and alcohol. Also, sometimse a caterer acn be more reasonable than going to a restaurant and then you’re getting exactly what YOU want to serve.

I’m so excited for our very personalized wedding, hope you find a plan you like!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We are doing this also! We booked two small banquet rooms that connect together at a great hotel in downtown. Our ceremony will be really private, with only 4 people. Later we will be joined with the rest of our guests, about, 25 in total, for a cocktail hour and reception.

We are doing cake and music, but Fiance doesn’t really dance, so we’ll see how that goes.  I’m really excited about our small intimate event. I’m a photographer and by far my favorite weddings have been the smaller type. Plus, it’s a lot less work and it’s cheaper!!!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

we are having 35 guests of mainly family and few close friends. It is going to be the ceremony and dinner at a hotel with an IPOD for dancing if we want.  We have a cake but arent doing the speeches etc.  We also did a video of various pics of us which will loop on the wall throughout the night.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am having a simple wedding but with lots of ppl. Our families are huge and really close so we have a 100 person guest list. I really didn’t want a wedding reception at all but my SO insisted so we comprimised for a morning wedding (9am) followed by a short breakfast reception at an all glass venue where I dont have to decorate. The venue includes all rentals and food for $1,500, No alcohol and No dancing. We are doing all the traditional stuff( First dance, father-daughter dance, garter toss, bouquest toss etc.).

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Yes, also having a family only wedding, but its a destination wedding. Usually the restaurant has someone playing live music, but we are not doing any dance, but of course there will be cake!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We married with close family and friends present (15 including the photographer). Our close friends were our bridal party (two bridesmaids and two groomsmen) and we had the ceremony in the garden of the restaurant. We didn’t dance, simply because it wasn’t our style, but it could be done in the restaurant.

The great thing about having the reception at a restaurant is that we didn’t have to worry about linens, decorations, or music (all provided by the restaurant at no extra cost). This was really important to us since the Hubs and I were both swamped with school and work.

 

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We married with close family and friends present (15 including the photographer). Our close friends were our bridal party (two bridesmaids and two groomsmen) and we had the ceremony in the garden of the restaurant. We didn’t dance, simply because it wasn’t our style, but it could be done in the restaurant.

The great thing about having the reception at a restaurant is that we didn’t have to worry about linens, decorations, or music (all provided by the restaurant at no extra cost). This was really important to us since the Hubs and I were both swamped with school and work.

 

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yes, we are having a private wedding ceremony in Las Vegas with no guests and then having a small celebration at a restaurant with close friends and family when we return, but there will be dancing, food, and cake. I’m glad I’m not the only one that is doing this.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

I am.  We’ll have no more than 50 guests in attendance at our beach wedding, and our reception is at a restaurant.  We’re unfortunately not going to be allowed to have music, so there won’t be any dancing =/ This was my biggest and most painful sacrifice.  Other than that, it is perfect and gorgeous.  I plan to entertain with wedding games.  I love the deal I”m getting on the wedding/reception, and the best part is that I won’t have to set up (save for a few decor items) or clean up afterwards!

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