Friday Evening Event Ideas?

posted 2 years ago in Guests
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Does the hotel have a confrence room that you could rent instead and order pizzas?

Otherwise, I would just try to find a local resturant in your budget to go to.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

Does it have to be a full meal? We are doing our Rehearsal Dinner and then Future Mother-In-Law is hosting a “welcome party” on the friday night, like 8-12 sort of thing. Just appies and drinks since its after dinner. That might be a way to cut costs, and still entertain people. [eta – the welcome party is going to be in their hotel conference room. I think it was a nominal rental fee, $200 or something]

I’d also look at renting out a restaurant if your parents are set on a full meal. Maybe a BBQ place or something. They’d likely have a minimum, but I can’t imagine it being more expensive than a hotel ballroom. I totally get you on wanting your wedding to be the ‘big’ thing and not have another event in the same place the day before. 

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Open Table has a list of restaurants with private rooms for most major cities.

For a group that large you could also look into booking out a whole pub or brewery and having something much more casual and different from the wedding.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

What about some kind of event/activity, something fun to take the pressure off? Like bowling, or axe throwing, or one of those escape room deals, or something fun and different, like a Dave and Busters? It’ll keep people busy and wherever you go, you can select whatever food fits in the budget and makes sense and its a fun night out for everyone to be social.

I’ve also heard of people renting out a restaurant and having an illusionist or something come in as the entertainment for the night. You could rent out a restaurant that’s not too costly and have them handle food and then bring in some neat entertainment of your own choosing!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We did pizza and beverages in a couple of our hotel rooms. It helped that we had a couple of adjoining suites, but otherwise we could have had it in one of their conference rooms.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2018

We are in a similar situation, so we are planning on hosting a “Family style BBQ” at a local park near our wedding.  We will have some drinks (adult & soft) and classic BBQ foods.  We are planning on setting up some “lawn games”. It will be a super casual come as you are event.

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