Post # 1
With the recent question about Villa Christina, I have noticed and heard as of late, several other brides, besides myself (had a fabulous , dinner reception at Sugo in John’s Creek a week after our Key West beach wedding) having wonderful receptions at traditionally restaurant sites rather than at a traditional type of wedding venue.
Ours was amazing and the food our guests are still raving about. Best of all, was the excitement of the management and wait staff to help us out and the fact our site fee was not a separate charge.
I love this trend. It’s wonderful, quite intimate, and for those who are foodies, it is bar none, the best choice! We had passed elegant appetizers, and a full dinner, made fresh and even with special requests (like no tomatoes or less salt) for each guest. One of my favorites, was the freshly created sangria that our guests absolutely adored, and was poured freely during the night. We loved our private event area, and so did our vendors too!
Whether you’re simply wanting a smaller reception (and maybe wedding), or are wanting to give as much bang for your buck spent at your reception, consider a restaurant reception!
Are any other ATL brides (or newlyweds like myself) considering having a restaurant reception? ATL is lucky…we have tons of options for this type of wedding!
Post # 3
One of my close friends was married a little over 7 years ago at Peachtree Presbyterian. She had her reception at Maggiano’s in Buckhead. It is her and her husband’s favorite restaraunt. The food was delicious and the restaraunt is old and elegant all on it’s own so she didn’t have to do much in the way of decorations. Hers has been the only restaraunt reception I’ve attended but it was fabulous.
Post # 4
MY Fiance and I are eloping in the Ellijay area in November and we are having a resturant reception in Atlanta when we return. We are having ours at eclipse di luna tapas resturant. Its fun and the food is amazing. I already love the decor of the place so I dont have to do much for decorations.
I didnt know others were doing or have done the same thing, I LOVE IT!
Post # 5
- Wedding: April 2011 - AnthonyÃ¢Â€Â™s Fine Dining
@JamaicaBride: omg Maggiano’s sounds so good!
Our ceremony and reception are at Anthony’s Fine Dining…the ceremony will be outside in the garden and the reception is inside in the ballroom. I’m not gonna lie, the food was really what won us over when were selecting a venue! I’m all for a restaurant reception if it means good eats 🙂
Post # 6
We did a restaurant reception and since it was a small place, they simply closed down for our reception. The food was soooooooo yummy! Everyone raved and it was nice to not have to worry about renting linens, flatware, silverware, and all that. And, like you said, there was no fee for renting the place. We came up with several items from their full menu to make our limited menu and our guests ordered off of that rather than deciding on a meal weeks in advance. PLUS, they didn’t charge a dime for the cake cutting and serving. They also brought out my little wedding cookies/favors on silver platters and served each person individually after dinner. It was so nice and everyone thought we’d paid a fortune for it, but we didn’t :o) I am a huge fan!!
Post # 7
Great food at Anthony’s btw.
We almost had ours at Canoe in Vinings though! We loved it too! Also came very close to having it at Wolf Mtn Vineyards (won’t elaborate as to why, just a clash).
But Canoe has also excellent atmosphere too.
Our guests seriously stuffed themselves and loved it at Sugo!
Post # 8
I chose Red and Green Steakhouse for my reception because of the great food and beautiful ballroom.
I think restaurant receptions work well if the guest list is not too huge (it will be easier to fit everyone in the private area of a restaurant). Most restaurants also do not charge a site fee but only the food and beverage minimum.
Another thing I like is I know I can go back to the restaurant to celebrate the wedding anniversary and order the food that I did not get a chance to eat too much on my wedding day! HAHAHA!!!:)
Post # 9
No – but I really wanted to! We just had too many guests. But we do have both ballrooms at the Biltmore – so, I am still a happy lil clam!
Post # 10
I’m in DFW (Dallas/Ft. Worth) and I’m having my reception at a restaurant. The restaurant is closed Saturdays during lunch – so we can rent the entire place during this time. Button’s Restaurant (great food)
Post # 11
I googled ‘private dining atlanta’ and it seems Open Table has a list of restaurants that do private dining (including there seating maximums). Thought I’d put it out there as a good place to start for those in the waiting or early planning stages.
Post # 12
I know also that all the sugo restaurants (My fave is the one in Johns’ Creek) have private dining.
I will be happy to post photos as soon as they arrive here of ours. It was fabulous! Fabulous food, and they went way out of their way to make sure our day was perfect, even down to finding a way to get a better price on their famous homemade sangria! Just found out our reception pics will be here next week!!!