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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

Reception or Rehearsal Dinner – Pasta Moon

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Reception Locations & Dining, Resources - Half Moon Bay Coastside

Pasta Moon RistoranteThe Pasta Moon Restaurant is located in quaint downtown Half Moon Bay in a quiet corner of town, just 30 miles south of San Francisco. It has a wonderful atmosphere and is well known as an authentic Italian ristorante.

Half Moon Bay’s bounty of beauty has lured people to settle there from around the world. Several Italian growers have been growing and supplying fresh organic produce that has been a staple of the restaurants menu since it opened 17 years ago.

They have a fabulous selection of antipasti, insalata and zuppa, pizza, housemade pastas, and secondi piatti dishes for you to choose from.

For a rehearsal dinner or dinner reception Pasta Moon has a lovely private room overlooking their garden and Pilarcitos Creek. The room seats up to 45 people and is available for a luncheon or dinner.

For more information visit, www.pastamoon.com or call Teresa at 650-726-5125.

Best Regards,

Reception Location – Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Reception Locations & Dining

The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is located in scenic Princeton Harbor just 30 miles south of San Francisco. The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is a warm and friendly oceanfront restaurant and brew pub situated on Pillar Point Harbor. Its picturesque views, comfortable atmosphere and delicious food offers a great location for a special, relaxed reception dinner alternative.

Their seafood menu is designated as “seafood watch safe”, which means their seafood is designated as sustainable and environmentally healthy and not listed as threatening to a species or habitat.

They have many banquet options to choose from which range from the Pillar Point Tapas Buffet, to the Princeton and Harbor Sunset Buffets to seated dinner options, the Princeton Plated or the 4 Course Plated Dinner. Whatever your taste buds or budget, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company can accommodate your special event.

For more information and to fill out their banquet inquiry form visit www.hmbbrewingco.com

Best Regards,

terry Plank Authored by Terry Plank

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