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.
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.
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.
Authored by Terry Plank