Guide To Have a Restaurant Wedding Reception

If you and your partner are gourmets and are looking for a wedding venue with a little more personality than your usual ballroom, look for nothing but your favorite local restaurant. A party with your guests at an institution known for its cuisine is a great way to make them leave happy and well-fed! Of course, there are a few things you need to know when you walk along the restaurant route for wedding receptions.

Read on to get our expert tips if you’re planning your wedding or reception (or both) at a restaurant.

Talk about the price

Although a restaurant wedding may be more affordable, don’t go there and don’t count on a deal. The cost largely depends on how much space you are going to use. Most restaurants change their tables two or three times in the evening (i.e. two or three groups dine at each table at night), so your fees should cover the costs that the restaurant owner refuses to provide these tables, especially if you completely buy and use exclusively this place.

If you have a small wedding and the venue has a separate dining room or several dining rooms, you can get a partial buyout, which will allow the restaurant to function normally in one room, while your group will be placed in another room.

Take a look at the menu

One of the most important factors determining the choice of a restaurant as a wedding venue? Food, of course! This is a chance to take a step away from the standard wedding price and share your favorite place with your family and friends. Don’t be afraid to be creative here. If it’s your first time going on a date at an awesome sushi restaurant, serve these buns as an appetizer or sashimi as the first course, and then follow the restaurant’s signature dishes as the main course. Or, if you like Italian the most, family-style pasta plates are a great way to get guests talking!

Plan ahead for dessert

One important thing to pay attention to? Serve. If the restaurant has a local pastry chef, you may not be able to bring a traditional wedding cake from a third-party baker (or you will be caught paying a huge fee for slicing). Talk about it early and see if the chefs at the restaurant can make a cupcake for you – or just serve your famous tiramisu or homemade ice cream instead.

Think about drinks

Regardless of whether you choose the redemption route or you have a dedicated server for your party, you should clearly understand in advance what drinks will be served for the evening. The last thing you want to do at the end of the night is split an unexpected drinks bill. Often an open bar is a buy-out option, but it can be a little more difficult if you only rent a banquet hall. Discuss options with your coordinator, including homemade bottles of champagne or a red house, with guests who will make an individual tab in the bar, or open a bar for the evening.

Plan size and space

There are several important points that you would like to discuss with your venue before signing a contract. Firstly, how many people can it really accommodate? Since the restaurant serves dinner for everyone at the same time, be sure to find out how big the kitchen is and how many seats there are in the hall.

Then they discuss the dance. If you need a place for people who can have dinner after lunch, it will take up space for tables and chairs, which means you won’t be able to accommodate so many guests. A good rule of thumb is to allow a dance hall measuring 10 by 10 feet for 50 people, 12 by 12 people for 100 people, and 15 by 150 people. Ask your establishment if they can move a few tables after dinner to create more of a dance floor.

Choose your decor

One of those places where you are definitely going to save money? Decor! Restaurants already have a special style and their own furniture, which means that you will not have to pay a high rent. But that doesn’t mean you can’t add your own touch to the room. Talk to the owner about what you can take with you, whether it’s renting chair covers of a different color or decorating tables with central elements. Is there an attractive detail in your house, for example, a brick courtyard covered with ivy, or a cozy stone fireplace? Highlight what makes a room unique by having a cocktail party when the sun goes down, or pour coffee while the fire is burning.