Wedding receptions

8th November 2018


8 things to keep in mind when hosting your wedding reception at a restaurant

These tips will point you in the right direction to fulfil your wedding day vision


1. Find a restaurant that fits the vision you have in mind and has good lighting

If the restaurant is already stylish and looks good, you’ll have to spend less on your own decorations. Good lighting is essential for getting those memorable wedding photos.

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2. Consider renting out the entire place for your event

It’s not a must, especially if the restaurant has a designated private area, but it’s worth it for the privacy you’ll have. Having the entire place to yourselves will make the day much more special.

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3. But don’t expect it to be cheap

It may be cheaper than a larger venue for a wedding, but most restaurants host at least three groups dining at each table over the course of the day or night, so your fee will have to cover the business the restaurant owner is giving up by not making those tables available.

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4. Choose an established restaurant that has hosted a few private events

You’ll need a place that knows the ropes, and that you don’t have to walk through everything that’s expected of them. If they have an on-site coordinator, that’s even better.

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5. Find out how many people it can accommodate & if that suits your guest list

Dinner will be served for everyone at once, so make sure you know what the kitchen’s capacity is, as well as how many seats it has.

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6. Ask about dessert

If the restaurant has an in-house pastry chef, you might not be able to bring in a traditional wedding cake from an outside baker. Discuss this early, and see if the restaurant’s chefs can create a cake for you.

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7. Discuss dancing and music

Few restaurants have designated dancing areas (!), so ask your venue if it would be able to move some of the tables once dinner is over to allow for more dancing room. Don’t forget to see if the restaurant has any noise restrictions.

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8. And finally, bathrooms

If a restaurant has too few bathrooms, there’s not much you can do about it, but ideally, it would have at least two stalls for every 50 guests.

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