Restaurant weddings are an intimate option that became extra popular this year. But if you’re considering a restaurant wedding, here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind.
1. Start an open communication between you and the restaurant management/wedding planner. Ask lots of questions so you aren’t left with any surprise regulations or cost.
2. Finalize a guest count and stick to it. A smaller venue might have trouble fitting in extra, last-minute seats. Also, when meals are made to order, it could be tricky to add more meals.
3. No matter how great the restaurant, they may not be cake experts. Ask if bringing your own cake is allowed, and maybe ask if they have preferred vendors.
4. Keep an eye on the drinks. An open bar at a restaurant is possible, but be sure to let the restaurant know if there are any limitations on bar orders. Rather than let your guests run wild, you can create a set bar list, with some wines, beers, spirits and maybe a signature cocktail. This way, you aren’t surprised with a hefty bar tab at the end of the night.
5. If you’d like music, entertainment or dancing, check on noise restrictions. If you aren’t doing a full buy-out of the restaurant, you might not be the only patrons.
6. Clarify the parking situation. If the restaurant doesn’t have private parking, you’ll need to offer your guests options for parking. Let them know if they’ll have to walk a block or two. and if the venue does have their own lot, will parking be included?
7. Ask about décor options – tablecloths, chair covers, candles, etc. You may have a specific vision for the space, but your venue might not be able to accommodate.
Planning & design: Carmen Tan Events
Photographer: Wedding Editorials
Florals: Flowers by CC
Hair and Makeup: Sarah Lam Beauty
Dress: Park and Fifth Co
Model: Renee Bradley
Stationery: Bon Wong Designs
Venue: Ricardas, Toronto
Rentals: Gervais Rentals
Check out this pretty restaurant wedding.