Post # 1
I am considering having a very small wedding. Just our immediate family and a few close friends, and rather than having a big bash and paying for a dj and all of that nonsense I was thinking about just renting out a private dining room in one of my favorite local restaurants. Has anyone else done this? Did you pay for everyones meals? I intend to, but if they order any alcoholic beverages they will have to pay for them. How did it work out for you? And did you do anything special to make it more memorable? Please let me know!
Post # 3
@ChellFish: I had a “traditional” reception but think a restaurant reception would be perfectly lovely. I’d probably plan on paying for everyone’s meals and if you could maybe at least offer a few bottles of wine or the nonalcoholic beverages that would probably be good. Just like you wouldn’t really invite people over for a dinner party at your house and not offer anything to drink.
Post # 4
We had our reception (for 34 people) at a restaurant but we paid for everything (meals and drinks). The restaurant aspect worked fine.
I don’t understand the something special? It is special because it is your wedding reception. Why would you need to do anything different tha what is normally expected (meal. drinks, cake) from a wedding reception just because it is at a restaurant as opposed to a reception centre?
Post # 5
I do intend on serving drinks. Any soft drinks or tea and probably champaigne. But any alcohol beyond that I dont feel comfortable paying for. I will have a cake as well, and by special I just meant like did you bring your own decor for the room, or have the restaurant play a certain type of music in the room or things like that?
Post # 6
@ChellFish: You can definately ask the restaurant to do that but we picked somewhere that the deco didn’t need jazzing up. That was the whole point of not going the traditional route for us- not having to spend money on something that to us is a waste fo money. I fthat is what you want then definately ask if they will allow it. As far as music you could bring an ipod/dock/speakers and make a playlist that could be played 🙂 You could even do a first dance if you wanted and there was room!
Post # 7
I’m doing EXACTLY as you are! We are paying for dinner and non-alcoholic drinks, but if they want booze they are paying. There is a history of alcoholism on both sides of our family, so I think people will understand. As for the “something special”, we may bring some flowers and hopefully the restaurant will let us have cake there.