Post # 1
For Bay Area gals:
Did any of you do (or are planning to do) your ceremony AND reception at a restaurant? From what I can tell, this option seems more affordable, and FH and I are major food lovers. Our one concern is how it would work to do the ceremony and reception in one place, and we also hope to have room for a dance floor!
Tell me where your restaurant wedding was, and how it worked. Did you do the ceremony in one room (or outside?) and the reception in the other? Or did you do both in the same room and have to change around chairs and tables and whatnot during the cocktail hour? Was decorating unnecessary since you were in an already-decorated restaurant? What was included in your wedding?
Any advice is helpful, including costs! Thank you! 🙂
Post # 2
We are having our ceremnony and reception at Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay this August. We plan to have the ceremony on the beach that is right outside of the restaurant. We are buying out the whole restaurantm since we have around 200 guests and are using the natural spacing to have a dance floor/area where the normal bar area is and then the actual dinning room area for eating and being social.
For pricing and what’s included this is the deal. They have a food and beverage minimum that we have to meet (around $27,000). There is also a fee for the beach permits and chairs for the ceremony ($2,000). All this includes all set-up and clean-up as well as their normal staff of servers. We can get what ever sort of food or drink we want, even stuff off menu as long as the chef says they can do it, as long as we meet that food/bev min. They have decorations and such, but if we want to use or own we can and they will still set them up for us. (We plan to use a combo of thiers and our own things.)
If you have more specific questions let me know.
Post # 3
Oh wow, that sounds wonderful! I hadn’t thought about a buyout of a restaurant. although we’re only planning on having around 85, so I’m guessing we’d have to find a smaller restuarant if we went that route. Thanks for sharing!
Post # 4
- Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon
My Fiance and I ended up going with a different location, but we toured Shadowbrook restaurant in Capitola. It’s GORGEOUS. And very affordable. They’re very willing to work with you. And, if you do the tour, you can get a 25% discount on 2 entres for your “tasting dinner.” We did that and it was easily the best dinner I’ve EVER had.
I also spoke to a couple of brides who have gotten married there. They adored it.
Post # 5
Thanks for the suggestion, AllyCRN! I did see Shadowbrook online… and I’m definitely considering it! 🙂 I think the Cliff House in SF might be our frontrunner though.
Post # 6
Jenna09 – Did you end up going with the Cliff House or somewhere else? Looking at venues in SF and would love to hear about Cliff House (pricing, capacity, etc.)
Post # 7
We decided to go with renting a private venue and then bring in separate caterers. We absolutely loved the food at the Cliff House, but we weren’t quite sold on the reception space (if they took down the drapes over the windows and just let the view be all the decor, it’d be a million times better!). The woman we met with (one of the private event coordinators) was absolutely wonderful though – they definitely seem to know how to smoothly run a wedding! They have all their prices up on their website, which is super fantastic and appreciated! Here’s the link to the PDF that contains all that info: http://www.cliffhouse.com/private/pdf/Weddings_Private_Events-2014.pdf They have no venue fee, just a food and beverage minimum, which I do know is $8000 on Saturday evenings. I think it can be as low as $3,500 for a weekday though.
I hope this helps, good luck! 🙂