For a small wedding ceremony, a restaurant is the best option. It is intimate and more personal. The staff will be attentive so that you return again and again. It is also cost-effective as it includes all the necessary items for a reception, such as decorations, furniture and even entertainment.
Every restaurant is unique. It would help if you visited every restaurant on your list. It would help if you first visited the place as a regular customer to feel for their service and interior. Make sure to cover all important topics when you are there in formality and introduce your business.
This is a list of topics to help you choose the right place for your wedding.
1. Parking spaces should not be searched for guests.
First, remember that this is your day. However, it would help if you made sure that your guests feel comfortable and taken care of to enjoy the celebration with you. You should check if the location is easily accessible by public transport, distance from the subway, and so forth.
Each restaurant has its own space for parking, but not all spaces have to be large enough to accommodate everyone, especially in a busy area. You don’t have to be discouraged by this. All it takes is some planning. Send separate invitations to garages and lots nearby. Include the addresses and names of garages. Also inform the attendants that the parking fee was paid.
2. You want the extra space
If the restaurant only offers seats for you, it won’t meet your needs. You will need more space, e.g. For the dance floor, the band, or the area for your ceremony, there is more space. You can rent the entire restaurant but it won’t fit your budget. The restaurant would have to earn the same amount each day, which would make it very expensive on weekends. You can’t rent a smaller space or a private area, but it is still elegant and comfortable. You should ensure that the space you are renting is sufficient and available.
Ask about the space that is not needed but is hidden. This refers to the additional rooms and toilets. Many restaurants also have a closet. Some restaurants have a dressing area for the bride, groom, and bridal party.
Make sure you check whether there are enough bathrooms. You don’t want to see a long line at the reception toilet. They must be accessible and clean. You might also consider whether they are accessible for those with disabilities.
3. We can agree on the seating arrangement
Ask the manager how many guests the restaurant can handle. Guests will not only be there to eat but also to dance and mix with other guests. It is helpful to find out if any other guests attend the event. This will allow you to demand that staff give you priority.
The most important thing for guests is their seating arrangement. There are many options, so it is important to choose the one that best suits you. You will have the most flexibility in a restaurant with many banquettes. A restaurant with many small rooms may make it difficult for guests to interact with each other.
It is practical to have two or four tables to sit in small groups. These tables may be moved together, so make sure to ask.
4. A good menu makes a great reception
People pay most attention to food at weddings, other than the bride and music. You don’t have to like the same food as your guests so make sure you choose a restaurant that offers many options. While some restaurants offer a fixed menu, others allow guests to pick what they like. You should always ask about special dishes and if accommodations can be made to suit your needs. Many restaurants are happy to accommodate foodies. You can also request a tasting session before the wedding.
5. Here’s the best part:
This is the tricky and difficult part of a restaurant-wedding. The best thing about this venture, as we said, is its ability to provide everything you require. This includes the pastry chef, who can create beautiful cakes for your big day. Both the taste and appearance can be agreed upon. Unfortunately, they won’t allow you to bring a cake from your favorite bakery. This will limit your options.
6. Personalizing the space
Each restaurant is unique and can be saved money and time by not having to decorate. Make sure that the appearance and style of the restaurant matches the overall theme and feel of your wedding. Regardless of how much you love the space, every bride should add a personal touch to it. Ask the restaurant owner if they are willing to allow you to bring flowers, centerpieces, or personalized linens.
7. Music is important!
Music can be a relaxing background sound during dinner, or a more energetic music to get your feet moving. You can choose between a live band or a DJ. Make sure there’s enough space and the power source is available. You don’t want any other customers to interrupt your party by complaining.
8. What can you do for smokers?
In more countries, indoor smoking is strictly prohibited. Restaurants might designate a smoking area or allow smoking in the main bar. Could you find out how they can accommodate you?
9. The price seals the deal
When reality hits, we reach the budget limits. It’s a fact that if you want to own the whole restaurant, you must pay the owner the full amount. Otherwise, he will give up his business. You can approve it if it doesn’t exceed the budget. Don’t be alarmed if it exceeds your budget. These are the most common solutions.
You can host your event at a restaurant that has multiple dining options. The owner will also allow you to use his main dining room or bar for the celebration. You can also use a restaurant that closes on weekends or during the day, to host a private brunch or wedding. Ethnic restaurants are a cheaper option.
10. But you don’t need to spend your entire budget
There are ways to save money on your honeymoon, even if you agree on the total price. Some restaurants offer whole wedding packages, which are much more affordable than letting newlyweds put together everything.
Ask if there are any discounts, e.g. If you have to pay in advance, it is a discount. Online deals are also available so this can be a good place to start your search for the ideal wedding location.
The manager should know that you won’t be deceived. He’s offering complimentary champagne to convince you to get married at his restaurant. Here’s one more tip. You should book the restaurant in advance as there may be additional rush at certain times of year.