Planning and carrying out a wedding reception can be a daunting task that many people would probably like to avoid. Most soon-to-be married couples have careers and other responsibilities that limit the amount of time they have to plan out all the food, tables, chairs, music, service people, drinks and entertainment for a large group. On the other hand, having your wedding reception in a large restaurant’s reception hall can take most of the hard work out of the equation. Let’s take a look at some of the different factors that need to be considered if that’s what you’d like to do.
Many Restaurants Have Large Reception Rooms
If you call around to some of the more major restaurants, you’ll find that they almost all have big halls or reception rooms that they’ll rent out for the evening relatively inexpensively if you’re buying food and drinks from them. If it’s summertime and the weather is supposed to be nice an outside venue might also be a good idea.
Of course, the obvious advantage is having all of the waiters, dishwashers, and clean-up crew already hired from the restaurant, as long as they know how many people to expect, they’ll add on an extra crew and charge you accordingly. Having a team already hired is usually far cheaper than paying caterers, servers and clean-up people from an outside source.
Many Restaurants Have A Wedding Planner That They Work With
If you don’t already have one picked out, you might just ask the restaurant if they have one that they have worked with in the past. A wedding planner eliminates the learning curve of bringing in an outside person, plus an in-house planner may be privy to better offers and more amenities too.
The in-house wedding planner will already know of a local band or DJ that has worked the venue in the past which is an advantage because they’ll already know how loud they can turn up the volume and how late the guests can stay.
It’s Best To Buy Bulk Food Trays And Let People Choose Their Plates
With a restaurant being the host it’s better to have them bring out large amounts of sliced roast beef, big bowls of mashed potatoes, and vegetables, then let the guests fill their plates which is much less expensive and reduces waste at the same time.
If you haven’t picked out a venue yet for your wedding reception, a restaurant can be a real time, energy and money saver in many cases. Lot’s of them have package deals where you can just order a particular package that includes the venue and everything, that can be a real easy way to go.