Post # 1
I always thought it was kind of odd that restaurants were listed for reception venues, but the other night we were eating dinner at our favorite restaurant and I said that we should see if they have banquet information for their meeting room. So on the way out we picked up the pamphlet. It is VERY VERY reasonable in price, and I think something we could totally afford. The room only holds 80 people, but I wanted a small wedding with less than 100 people so this would be ok.
With all that being said, I’m wondering what a restaurant reception would be like. I obviously wouldn’t have dancing, because there isn’t room for that or anything, so what do people do?
I’d still want to have a few speeches but other then that I’m not really sure what it could entail. Anyone else here had a restaurant reception, or been to one even??
Post # 3
I think it’s a lot more common for Chinese weddings to happen in restaurants. Actually, almost all Chinese weddings I’ve gone to have restaurant receptions. The good thing is there’s no cost to rent chairs etc.
For a dance floor, at my restaurant venue we have to rent it, and you just clear out some of the tables in the centre after eating (set up the floor first…. before the tables are put on and guests arrive).
Bad thing is – it’s a restaurant and not a hotel ballroom, so they want to be open and make money during the day. We don’t get access to the restaurant until 4 pm, I think. If you have elaborate decor schemes in mind, it would be hard to set up on such a short time frame. Also, the restaurant probably might not let you store rental items anywhere before or after the event like a hotel might. I’m not sure if all restaurants would be like this, so you’d have to ask.
Post # 4
I’m having a restaurant reception. We are having…
-buffet (chips, salsa, queso, caesar salad, beef & chicken fajitas, cheese enchiladas, fruit kabobs & wedding cake)
-we will do speeches and get announced as “Mr and Mrs……” when we walk into the restaurant (we have a private room but have to walk through the main dining room)
-We are having an after party at the hotel bar where people will drink & dance
Post # 5
You can totally have dancing!! I’m having a restaurant wedding for about 90-100, and we’re having a dj, dancing, and all that jazz. My best friend from college did the same thing, and we danced at her wedding too! In fact, the only wedding I went to without dancing was outdoors. At that wedding we mostly just sat around and talked, which was fine but we only wanted to stay like 2-3 hours max. But at my wedding and at my friend’s wedding we both had private rooms, so we weren’t mixed in with the other restaurant people, and the dj and dancing didn’t seem to bother anyone. Plus, we didn’t have to find a caterer, didn’t have to rent anything (they even are providing us table cloths), didn’t have to find a bartender or buy alcohol, and their normal dessert baker is making our cake. It was so easy 🙂
Post # 6
I posted here about the great things about having a restaurant reception. We are doing a buy-out of an entire restaurant and definately doing dancing and buffet/station style dinner.
Anyone else having a restaurant wedding?
Post # 7
You can totally have dancing! I’ve been to receptions in restaurants that had dance floors just like any other wedding!
Post # 8
What if Dancing really isn’t an option? If we have the 80 or so people that the banquet room holds there will be no dance room, and really I’m ok with that, SO and I aren’t big dance people.
I’m just kinda stuck on what we do other then eat…
Post # 9
I’ve heard of couples having trivia type games as entertainment – like a jeopardy style. Or having open toasts, but that seems to go on forever. You could have smaller stations of activities that are themed to your personalities, like a table full of photo albums, or home movies/slide show, or rock band set up (either for open play or a tournament), anything! Whatever kinds of activities you see for non-wedding parties, there is nothing that says you can’t go that route for a wedding!
Also, check out http://www.offbeatbride.com for suggestions of non-dancing activities. Some might not be your flavor, but it’ll get the juices flowing.
Post # 10
@whitesonnet- oooo I love the Rock Band idea!! They do have a huge projector and I didn’t think to use it for that. My SO is horrible at that/Guitar Hero but we might be able to bring a racing game or FIFA for his buddies too!
Also, thanks for the link! Helpful 🙂
Post # 11
Im having mine at an Italian restaurant in New Orleans that has a special events room. It fits 300 people, 2 open bars, and they have a portable dance floor that will open up. I am getting chair covers to dress it all up. Its nice because they have chandelier lights and we will put candles on all the tables and dim the lights. My grandpa is best friends with the owner so we had to have it here but I think the food will be great. If we couldnt dance we would simply eat drink and possible have some music softly playing or possible small band if you could fit it.
Post # 12
Well- future Fiance doesn’t like the video game idea, or having his boys play poker. He said karaoke- which I think is crazy as neither of us would EVER karaoke.
Back to the drawing board.