(Closed) Restaurant reception

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What kind of restaurant reception would work best?
    Open menu with alcohol : (8 votes)
    19 %
    Open menu with no alcohol : (2 votes)
    5 %
    Limited menu with alcohol : (29 votes)
    69 %
    Limited menu with no alcohol : (3 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    471 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I feel like you can cut the costs a lot by letting them choose from a very limited menu, and doing just wine and beer. I think it’s a nice gesture to have some sort of alcohol available to them. 

    Post # 5
    1810 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Limited menu, because with 29 people, that’s a lot and I think limited menus help prevent the kitchen from getting backed up. (Though that doesn’t make sense now that I think about it so that may be wrong…) At any rate, if you limit the menu, you’ll know about what it’s going to cost and you won’t have someone ordering something outrageous like steak and lobster or something.

    Regarding alcohol, I’d say no alcohol in your situation. You can’t say everyone can have alcohol except You and You, so just don’t offer it at all. I’m not sure how you can prevent someone from ordering it at the bar if they really want it though…

    Post # 6
    471 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @Statutory Grape: lol yea, that could be an issue. But, if it’s only dinner maybe he won’t be able to go crazy. I would be more worried about drunk bowling! haha

    Post # 8
    1046 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I think a limited menu that you’ve decided on with the restaurant is the best course. Most restaurants require this anyway for private dining. Plus, everyone can bond and chat over which of the meals that they picked.

    Many guests will probably want to order alcohol, and honestly, I think it would just a logistical nightmare for 30 people to individually pay for their drinks. I’d again preselect some beverages…maybe a red and a white wine…and people can receive pours of it at the table.

    Post # 10
    1518 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    My brother in law did his rehearsal dinner like this. They let people pick ahead of time (along with the RSVP) for chicken, steak or salmon. They the waiter just went around and asked you what you had ordered. If you wanted a drink then you picked that up on your own. It worked out really well. I think it makes things easier on the restaurant to have a set menu… and helps things move faster with a big group. 

    Post # 12
    3316 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    We had our luncheon after the reception at Legal Sea Foods.  For private dining they had a $40 menu, a $50 menu, a $60 menu, or a $70 menu.  Each menu had about 4 choices of entrees. For the menu we chose, it was:

    Legal’s Signature Crab Cake Dinner
    Wood Grilled Atlantic Salmon with Grilled Shrimp Skewer
    Wood Grilled 8oz Filet Mignon
    1.25 Pound Steamed Lobster

    Once we picked a menu, the restaurant would print up a special menu for our guests with only those choices on it.  That way, we didn’t have to worry about people ordering the most expensive food and increasing the bill.  At the same time, our guests got several choices.

    We asked our guests ahead of time what they wanted.  However, the restaurant said that we could just have them order what they wanted at the time.

    We did provide both champagne for the toasts and wine with dinner.  We also told the staff not to suggest alcohol other than wine, but that if any of our guests ordered other alcohol, we would pay for it.  In fact, with a luncheon reception, guests didn’t ask for hard liquor.  However, if you have guests you think may get out of hand if they drink, you could just keep it as a dry reception.

    Post # 13
    1020 posts
    Bumble bee

    to make things easier and less chaotic during dinner, i voted for you to have limited menu but open alcohol. some people take a long long loooong time deciding what they want for meals, but less so for alcohol. so maybe a set menu of the option of, for example, either chicken or beef, and let them order their own alcohol.

    Post # 15
    3671 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I voted to have a limited menu with alcohol because that’s what we’re doing.  I’m going to mention that we’ll go out for a couple of hours after the actual dinner though to hopefully encourage people not to get wasted at a nice wedding reception dinner (I’m only worried about a couple of people anyway).  Maybe you could do no alcohol to fit your budget and have a pay your own way after party?  (Edit: I’m guessing bowling was the after party? I’m dumb for not seeing that part but I haven’t slept yet today so it happens Smile)

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