Choosing the perfect wedding reception venue is usually one of the first priorities for a couple when they are planning their wedding. An increasingly popular option for Australians is to have their reception at a restaurant. Many restaurants even have separate function areas which are perfect for a wedding reception. If this is something you're considering, then here are three times when a restaurant may be perfect for your wedding reception.
1. You're having a small wedding
Many couples are turning their backs on huge weddings with a large number of guests. The tradition of inviting a long list of acquaintances, distant relatives, and friends of the bride and groom's parents is being superseded by a small guest list made up of only very close friends and family.
Part of the reason for this is financial, with a large number of invitees usually entailing a similarly large catering bill. Another reason is that many couples prefer a more personal wedding where it's possible to spend time with all their guests.
Restaurants are perfect for small weddings because they provide an intimate venue that won't feel huge and empty with a small number of people, which is often the case with large venues. Many larger venues will also have a minimum number that they will cater for, which may be far higher than the number of guests you're planning to invite. Restaurants generally don't have minimum numbers required, although depending on the size, they may have a maximum number that can be comfortably accommodated.
2. You're a foodie and want an amazing meal
Unfortunately, wedding catering can sometimes leave a lot to be desired. Overcooked meat, meals served cold, and old-fashioned menu options are some of the common issues experienced with wedding catering. Having your reception in a restaurant is a way to ensure that the food served is modern, delicious, and top quality.
Part of the reason for this is that restaurants operate a professional kitchen with qualified chefs. They are accustomed to preparing large numbers of meals in a short space of time and their reputation is built on the quality of the food they serve. Smaller numbers of meals prepared for a smaller guest list also means no mass-production of food which can result in cold meals and overcooked meat.
Choosing a restaurant also gives you a wider option of meal choices and different cuisines than other types of wedding catering. The manager and chefs can work with you to create a wedding menu that will impress even the most die-hard foodies amongst your guests.
3. You want your reception planning to be stress-free
Choosing a restaurant for your wedding reception venue means that many of the jobs associated with other venues aren't required. Restaurants generally have everything you'll need for a wedding reception. This means you won't have to bother with organising furniture hire, table settings, decorations, or glassware. The only things you may need to provide are centrepieces for the tables, although some restaurants may even be able to organise that for you.
As you can see, using a restaurant for your wedding reception venue is an appealing option. If you like the idea, then why not enquire at your favourite restaurant about booking a date?