Post # 1
Please help! My fiance and I are planning a low budget wedding and reception and we really need to nail down our reception venue ASAP. There won’t be any dancing, live music, etc.–just dinner, conversation, and mingling of (I am thinking about 50) people. (At one point we talked about 75, but being realistic, most of my family isn’t able to travel across the country to anywhere near where we live or are being married.) Oh, and there will be a glorious cake regardless. We are considering an Irish pub and Italian restaurant. We have eaten at both and like the food at both. Both have pretty good reviews on online review sites. Which would you rather attend? Why?
Italian restaurant menu: bruschetta and crab dip, caesar salad, chicken piccata or chicken marsala, penne with vodka sauce, sausage and peppers in marinara sauce, sauteed mixed vegetables, fresh bread and butter, assorted mini pastries
Irish pub menu: caesar salad, house salad, berry salad, or spinach salad (choice of one); potato crusted grouper, grilled beef sirloin, parmesan crusted chicken breast, seared salmon, chicken chesapeake, Gaelic steak, chicken marsala, chicken pesto pasta, crab cakes, vegetable pesto pasta, grilled vegetable plate, corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie (choice of three); caramel torte, bread pudding, Irish cheesecake, warm apple pie, flourless chocolate cake (choice of one)
Post # 3
@sjhanddab2014: What is going to be the average age of your guests? I know in my family, the older attendants wouldn’t show if it’s at a pub…. Just a thought. If your RSVP is young, go for the pub
Post # 4
I grew up in a town with a large proportion of citizens, of Italian ancestry. As long as the Irish pub is non-smoking (asthma), I’d go for it. You can get Italian food almost anyway – I can’t eat marinara/pizza sauce, peppers, etc., so my choices would be limited.
Post # 5
Both establishments are smoke free. Also, at the Italian restaurant, we would be having the reception in private area that is basically a separate room only sort of curtained off from the main restaurant on one side and walls on the other three. The pub has an actual separate room with a mural on the wall, lots of wood and rustic pubby decor, etc. So people would be sitting at tables, not at a bar. (Until the optional after-party?:-) Most of our guests fall in the 25-55 year range. LOL. I don’t know that I could give an average at this point.
Post # 6
Definitely the pub! I think the rustic pub atmosphere would be a lot of fun, the menu sounds fantastic and I think it hits just the right note.
I’ve seen some weddings on Rock’N’Roll Bride that took place in pubs and I thought they looked like a lot of fun.
Post # 7
@sjhanddab2014: I just saw the three extra lines of text for the Irish pub and immediately went YES. Variety is the spice of life! 🙂
Post # 8
The pub. It would be something different/unique that DH and I wouldn’t have the opportunity to experience otherwise. We always make our own Italian food or go to Italian restaurants. I think I have only been to one Irish pub.
Post # 9
Irish Pub!! It sounds like a really cool way to have your reception and I love that you get your own room, but guests can go into the bar part if/when they want later in the evening.
Post # 10
I voted Irish Pub because it seemed to have more options when it came to main courses ei. chicken, beef and vegetarian options. Overall the Irish Pub has more food options so thats why I would choose it.
ETA: Ok so I read wrong because the part where it says “choose 1 -3 items” is at the end and somehow missed it. Still, even if someone chose stuff off then menu I would love it more than italian food. I think the Irish pub would be a different experience which is why I would also choose it!
Post # 11
I would love to attend a reception at an Irish pub! Very unique venue and the food sounds delicious 🙂 Plus, I always find restaurant receptions a little stuffy, whereas a pub seems like it would get everyone mingling
Post # 12
Im partial to good itialian food, so i would say the italian place! Plus i hate pubs… And irish food…
Post # 13
@sjhanddab2014: I chose Irish pub because it has a completely separate room.
Post # 14
- Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN
@sjhanddab2014: The pub would be out, we don’t do bars.
I also have always romanticized the Italian’s and their culture. I would just think it more romantic for my reception.
Which of the options do the two of you prefer?
Post # 15
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I say the irish pub- I think the food options are more varied and sound better than the italian options (and I’m of italian descent, but those just are not my favortites)
Post # 16
Go with the pub. Italian restaurants are practically a dime a dozen these days and a bit overplayed. The food at the pub sounds better, the atmosphere seems more relaxed (especially with the private room), and it isn’t nearly as common as Italian restaurants seem to be.