(Closed) Restaurant Receptions

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I didnt have my reception at a restaurant but I think putting nicer centerpieces would really help. Use chair covers or sashes to dress up the chairs. Maybe some uplighting if the restaurant can accomodate it. There are a lot of ways to dress up a restaurant.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@minted:  have this moved to the local board 🙂

What is your price point?

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I did a restaurant reception, but in Vegas.  We didnt really do much, but I was pretty adament on one large table for everyone, which we had.  I didnt want to separate everyone since it was a small group.  Definitely more tight knit that way. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I did it when I got married in Vegas.  We had a separate room reserved, so it was just our party.  No pics since we divorced years ago, but I was able to get a lot of my personal touches in.  Centerpieces in my colors, and you can certainly dress up the chairs and make sure the tablecloths work with your colors.  Downside is the time factor.  You can’t necessarily get there hours in advance to decorate, because they’ll still have lunch service going, even if you book the entire restaurant for dinner.  Generally, they don’t let you hang stuff from the ceiling and that sort of thing either.  I’m in Madison now, but I lived in the Chicago area for several years.  What restaurants are you thinking?

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@minted:  I’m having a restaurant recption as well and feel just as you do. Want this to be more than group dinner. We gave a private dining room also but I’m planning on one large table or grouped seating versus four person square tables ,centerpieces but incorporate some wedding traditions….cake cutting, toasts, first dance. We are having a jazz trio we love play. Maybe not garter/bouquet toss. Are u doing music? Some form of entertainment. Quick cocktail hour or receiving line ? 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@minted:  ooooo I’d love to come to that! We love scotch/whiskey as well! Sounds elegant and classy. Restaurant we chose focuses on upscale American cuisine. Hard to describe but they do lamb, etc but offer wine pairings and have wine room. I wanted elegant and classy as well. What about decorating same as you would larger venue? Not tall centerpieces but  lower  arrangements of flowers with candles ? Chair sashes or covers to dress it up. On your invite can u say something’s the effect of…cocktail attire? Putbthevword out? Is this a restaurant you would normally dress nice for? I’d go with the elegant look you are going for. How many guests? Ours about round 40?

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My inspiration pic

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@minted:  yes that sounds gorgeous. Mix of high and low arrangements. The dining room we are using has subdued lighting so candles may or may not be used. Meeting with owner after holidays to go over details. I love peonies and garden roses. The venue we are using does white table cloths  but I’m thinking an overlay to jazz it up. I want a kings table with small head sweetheart table connecting the two long tables with us in center at the head. As for our cake we are doing the individual cakes( fiancé is chef) and have them brought out presentation style  for grouped around one smaller single tier piece we may cut into for cake cutting. Not cupcakes but individual mini wedding cakes. So maybe do the cake table close have to have for pics etc and once that’s done serve individual cakes to guests by wait staff?  I have so many ideas but can’t finalize until we meet again with owner of the restaurant ( friend of my finances) and talk it thru.

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