(Closed) Restaurant for casual reception with cake?

posted 4 years ago in Reception
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Busy Beekeeper

It would help if you told us what part of the world you want this restaurant and cake 

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Busy bee

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mamamia23 :  Can’t you just pay a fee to bring a cake?

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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

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mamamia23 :  Can you not buy a cake and deliver it to the restaurant the day before ?

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2027

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mamamia23 :  The restaurant is too small for a group of 8?

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Kinda confused by your post, but I’m guessing you’re looking for a restaurant that can host your party and provide a cake? Impossible for us to answer without having any clue where you live. As a generic answer, if you can’t find a restaurant that has appropriate cake options you can find one that will allow you to bring an outside cake in. Any bakery should be able to make a cake to feed eight people. Our reception was in a restaurant and we just dropped the cake off the day before.

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Honey bee

Well, many restaurants don’t allow food cooked off-premises due to health code regulations and liability (potentially being blamed for making you sick since it is hard to prove it was your outside food and not their food).

That said, since there is no location information, just open the yellow pages and start cold calling restaurants.  Ask them if they have cake. Or the ability to do a special order of one. Or if they are ok with outside food being brought in. 

If all else fails, with a group that small just go out to dinner then bring them back to your house or hotel suite or a park with a cake from a bakery and do your cake then.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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mamamia23 :  Make sure to ask when booking a restaurant. Some of the places I contacted were fine with it, but others wouldn’t allow any outside food for the reasons annabananabee cited. The majority were fine with it, though.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I’m thinking we’re going to try and find a restaurant that allows us to bring in cake.  If that absolutely doesn’t work we might do a cake/punch reception before leaving the church.  Depending on what time of year could you stop at a park for pictures and cake before heading to dinner? 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

You can probably find restaurants that will allow you to bring cake but be prepared for a possible *cake cutting fee*. From the places we inquired it was $2 – $3 per guest which I thought was dumb since we would have been cutting the cake ourselves. Why not call it a cake presence fee? 🤔 Equally dumb but honest. Anywho, good luck. 😊

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I have never had a restaurant have a problem with me bringing a cake (do this regularly for birthdays!) or try and charge a fee for cutting it. Hope you’re able to find somewhere that allows that!

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Sugar bee

I’m having my “reception” at a restaurant. We are just doing a courthouse wedding so we also wasted a very casual gathering to celebrate. We’re actually having it at the restaurant I worked all of high school and college. 

Anyway, our party package includes cake cutting and a cake table set up at no extra cost. If you are in fact only having 8 people, you shouldn’t have to pay anything. That fee is for the extra plates, silverware and service necessary to cut the cake, clean up the dishes, etc. But you shouldn’t really have to worry about that with so few people! 

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Depending on what restaurant you pick, they may have a baker they work with that can provide a cake.  We are actually ordering our wedding cake through the restaurant where we are having our (small, informal) reception.

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