(Closed) Thoughts on extremely casual reception

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i think its a great idea, especially for that size of a wedding. it sounds really intimate and nice. the only thing is are you ok without having like dancing, ifrst dances, father/daughter dance? if thats not important to you then i think it sounds like a great plan!

Post # 5
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Newbee

I am planning for the same type of reception. We have a favorite restaurant that has a little party room that holds about 40 people. Our plan if for a small ceremony at our church and just invite a few guests to the restaurant for dinner afterwards. I think it will save alot of money that you can use for the ceremony, your honeymoon, or a house. I am planning on making my own centerpieces and seeing if the restaurant will allow me to decorate the room a little with the centerpieces and a few other things I may find to add a personal touch to it. I think your idea is a very good one.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

We are having our reception without dancing at a restaurant as well. To keep costs down, I called around to restaurants to see if they had a room rental minimum. I found one that would only charge $100 for the room rental and then charge us per person for the food. A budget wedding can be done and beautifully!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think thats a good idea its something i think people would remember (in a good way) : )

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

When we were searching at our venue, I calculated the price/person with the wedding package at one venue vs. price/person for a meal at the same place.  The difference was something like $100/person vs. $50.00/person (and the only real additions to the ‘wedding package’ were room rental and h’or d;oeuvres!).  Alas, for the size of the wedding, we could not fit in any of their ‘non-wedding rooms,’ so we went with a wedding package at another location, but if you can do it, I think it would be great! (especially for your size of wedding).   

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think that’s awesome. And eating at a local restaurant cuts out a lot of other reception related expenses like linens, chair/table rentals, even centerpieces and other decor. If you were to cut a cake at the restaurant, would you just have it brought in by a family member or just buy the restaurant’s dessert instead?

Twenty people is totally doable on a short term reservation basis.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Sounds great. too bad we have 200 guest. augh. lol

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m pretty much doing that… you can check out my blog (in my profile) for more info about how we’re doing it. I am pretty jazzed about it actually!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I like it, and had a friend do this.  They had a great time.  Go for it!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i think that sounds nice for a small wedding.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

That sounds great. I wish we could do the same thing.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would consider reserving well in advance and finding a place with a party room. I imagine most restaurants would have a hard time arranging for 20 some different dinner orders to arrive on your table at the same time. We are having the rehearsal dinner for 30 at a local restaurant – they have a $1k minimum on Saturday nights (which we probably won’t meet), and they arrange the room, print cute menus of several options we pick, etc etc. It’s a nice restaurant, but dinner will be pretty casual and I won’t feel like we’re intruding on other diners.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think it is a great idea as long as the restaurant isn’t too casual that the dress of your guests will look odd!

I like the uniqueness of it and I think guests will really appreciate being able to chose their own meal!

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