(Closed) Negotiating for a restaurant reception

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
4824 posts
Honey bee

1) Ask. Definately. And if they say no, push for it and ask what it would cost for simple pasta and sauce or butter. (I wouldnt have your party there if they cant accomodate small kids actually)

2) Ask for a bulk discount. Tell them you are on a budget, love this place and what to have it there, but that at the price of their wine, its becoming a barrier. See what they say.

3) tell them that you are happy to pay the grauity and even above it to the bartenders, but that you do not want a tipping jar on the bar for your guests. If they choose to tip, that is their perogative, but they wont feel obligated.

Post # 4
1917 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

If it were me, I would tell them that I had a $5,000 budget including tax and gratuity and would like to know what I can get for that.  Have them work backwards and I’m sure they will put together a great package for you.

Post # 5
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We’re doing our wedding at a restaurant. Some thoughts…

1) Ask if they can just order off of a kids menu. $10-15 is very reasonable for this.

2) We weren’t able to negotiate down the prices for our drinks, but we are in control of what’s offered.

3) Our agreement automatically includes an 18% gratuity.


We also went into the negotiations with a very clear list of what we wanted to serve, and our price cap. They’ve assured us that they can do it, and we’re sitting down to hammer out the menu soon. Hopefully it’ll work out like they said it would.

Post # 8
29 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

Hi there,


I am planning to do a restrauarant reception too, where is yours? Do you have a link to the restaurant? I am wondering about decorations, will you be decorating or leaving as is? What is your menu?

Post # 10
78 posts
Worker bee

@Balboa: That’s such a great idea! 

Post # 10
5 posts

I’ve been thinking about havig out reception at a resturart. The guest list is about 50 people so it really is a small wedding. Only our closest friends and family.

<br />Tara |  http://www.gabrielsrestaurant.ca/en/&nbsp;

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