Post # 1
I have had my heart set (failing at managing expections 🙂 ) on getting married (ceremony & reception) at a particular restaurant in my area. My FH is on board with investigating further & I do plan on looking at other venues so I don’t miss out on something I haven’t thought of.
For the bee’s that have gotten married at a restuarant, what were some important questions you asked before booking or wished you asked? Pros and cons of going this route? Hidden fees? Services that you gain or miss out on? Anything I should considered before booking a restuarant as a wedding venue as oppose to other options?
Thank you for your insight!
Post # 2
What style of reception do you want to have? Do you require a space for a dance floor, for example? If so, do they A) have that space and B) require set up of a dancefloor that might cost extra?
Obviously, the meal would be catered by the restaurant and bar would be managed by them as well. Most restaurants don’t have a rental fee for the space but have a minimum spend instead – what is the minimum spend? What restrictions do they have on how you can host your bar? Can you bring in your own wine for dinner or does it need to be purchased through the restaurant? Do you have to do an open bar or cash bar, or can you have a drink ticket system or a toonie bar (basically an open bar but guests pay $2 a drink which goes toward your final bill at the end of the night)? Are you able to have the bar open until you hit your minimum spend and/or maximum budget and then either close it off or switch to cash bar? Will you be able to rent out the full restaurant or will their be other sections open to the public?
Of course on top of that you will have all the usual questions that you’d have with any venue:
When can you get in to set up? When do you need to be cleaned up and out by? Do they have preferred vendors that you have to use in order to have your wedding there (photogs, florists, etc)? What is their actual seated capacity?
Post # 3
sboom : all great questions and things to consider! I really appreciate it, thank you 🙂