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Affordable Reception Restaurant Location – Low Budget

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Affordable - Low Budget Weddings, Reception Locations & Dining

Questions To Ask When Planning An Affordable Reception Restaurant Location

Last post I wrote about low budget, Affordable Wedding Locations. Choosing to have your wedding  in a more affordable location usually means having your reception and wedding in  different locations. Restaurants have become a popular and affordable  reception location or venue for a low budget wedding, especially for smaller weddings.

Restaurant Reception Location

Why does a restaurant save you money over renting a facility?

  • No chairs, tableware, glassware, and linens to rent.
  • No need have to hire a caterer.
  • Decorations and decor are already in place because a restaurant comes with an inviting, welcoming ambiance.

What other reasons are there for choosing a restaurant?

  • A broad choice of unique locations.
  • Most restaurants come with a distinctive ambiance and décor, which allows for individual taste being reflected in your environment.
  • Restaurants have a particular and unique cuisine.
  • Restaurants want return business, unlike a wedding location, so often you get more personal attention.

How do you find a suitable restaurant to fit your low budget wedding?

  • Search Google using these possible search phrases: (city, county, or state) restaurant reception location (site), (city, county, or state) restaurant wedding reception location (site)
  • Search local Chamber of commerce: at Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber you can do a search for restaurants.
  • Consider a restaurant that doesn’t normally have receptions, perhaps one where you are a regular customer and they may be open for your reception.
  • Here is a list of San Mateo Coastside restaurant locations at Weddings By The Sea.
Sams Chowder House Restaurant

Sam's Chowder House Restaurant

What things should you consider, what questions should you ask?

  • Can the restaurant handle your number of guests?
  • Do they have a location apart from regular diners or do you need to rent the whole location? The best option when you have a limited budget is to choose a location with more than one dining area or that has private dining facilities.
  • Is there an option for brunch or buffet?  What is the cost difference between a sit-down dinner and a buffet?
  • Are their options for dishes to select from? Can there be individual ordering for each guest?
  • Are there enough bathrooms and parking?
  • What amenities are included with the event?
  • Does the quoted price include the waitperson’s tips and parking for the guests?

One final tip: Be sure to test the food several times yourself and experiment with different dishes.
terry Plank Authored by Terry Plank

6 Ideas For Planning An Affordable Low Budget Wedding

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Affordable - Low Budget Weddings

Six Ideas For Planning An Affordable Low Budget Wedding

In this economy, there are many reasons for considering a more affordable,  low budget wedding, everything from one of you being out of work to trying to save up to purchase a home.

In the next few blog posts, I’ll suggest some ways to adjust costs in order to have a less expensive wedding.

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Let’s start with finding a low budget location. One way to make a wedding more affordable is to save on location so you can spend more on your photography and other elements you value.

Start with a Google and Bing search for the following keyword phrases (add you specific city, county, or state…search for “location” and then same phrase with “venue”):

  •  (city, county, or state) affordable wedding location (venue)
  •  (city, county, or state) inexpensive wedding location (venue)
  •  (city, county, or state) cheap wedding location (venue)
  •  (city, county, or state) low cost wedding location (venue)
  •  (city, county, or state) low budget wedding location (venue)

Next consider locations that are not formal wedding venues, but might be good options for your wedding ceremony location.

  • Public spaces like beaches.
  • National and local parks.
  • State beaches
  • Restaurants.
  • Performing arts centers or theaters.
  • Lighthouses.
  • Your college or University.
  • Bed and breakfast.
  • Home or private garden.
  • Community center buildings.

In addition to these, even more expensive locations can be affordable. It’s worth researching the following and then comparing your options:

  • Special discounts for booking reservations early.
  • An off-season date such as fall, winter, or early spring.
  • Weekdays.
  • Morning wedding.

Three other suggestions may help you find that special location you can also manage financially.

  • Consider having your reception at a different location, i.e., a restaurant.
  • Instead of a reception immediately following the wedding, have a party later that is in a less expensive location.
  • Consider an all-inclusive package. Our Weddings By The Sea Destination Package is an example of an inexpensive approach to a simple wedding ceremony.

I’ll look at these last three ideas in a later post in this series on affordable low budget weddings.

terry Plank Authored by Terry Plank

Wedding Chapel – Ceremony Location

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Ceremony Locations - Half Moon Bay Coastside

Historic Turn Of The Century Church Chapel For Unique Wedding Location

 

Wedding Chapel Half Moon Bay

I wrote about this unique location in a blog post in  2009 , explaining the building and its history.

This time I’m including  to some visuals and a link to our website for a video of this unique, lovely Chapel in downtown Half Moon Bay.

Weddings by The Sea includes this wedding location as an option for our Destination Wedding Packages and I’ve performed many ceremonies there over the years, enjoying everyone.

They have a piano available and a very efficient wedding coordinator, Danise Conrad. We’ve used Michael Wong and Kirk Moore as photographers for our ceremonies over the  years; they do stunning work like the ones below Michael shot.

Interior Methodist Wedding Chapel

Wedding Chapel Half Moon Bay

 At our website you can also view our YouTube video showing the outside and inside of the chapel.

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