Restaurant Receptions For Small Wedding Function Venues

Are you a diehard foodie? Is there a place that is your favourite dining space, bistro or restaurant? The fine dining restaurants and lounges have today become a popular choice for couples who look to get married in small wedding function venues.

Most restaurants are different and have different interiors. They all, however, have intimate surroundings which is ideal for small guest lists. These venue options for your wedding also help you to save money. This is how.

To begin with, if you choose to have a restaurant reception you will not have to rent chairs, tables, glassware and tableware. There are many restaurant venues which also provide you with the linens.

Another advantage that you get for choosing a restaurant as your wedding venue is that you do not have to worry about hiring a caterer. You already have access to an in-house chef along with the restaurant.

The biggest advantage of selecting a restaurant as the venue is that you can select one that matches your sense of style. Accordingly, if you are someone who is keen on sophistication and elegance, you can select a restaurant that suits your requirement and taste. If you like something which is more casual and easy, select a restaurant that meets your needs.

Restaurant wedding venue will suit you perfectly if you and your partner are foodies. In this case, you and your partner can decide to have a more intimate wedding reception in the restaurant of your choice. You can thus be guaranteed of good food and great service.

A restaurant venue can also give you the flexibility to choose and modify the menu. Guests can get the items further modified according to their taste. This, however, can only be possible if you plan for a small wedding reception with limited guests.

Before you finalize a restaurant, ensure that they can handle the size of the party you are planning to hold. Equally important is ensuring that there should not be any other party going on the same day in the same restaurant. It should be important to you that your part is given priority on that day.

Given below are a few tips to help you plan a creative reception for your wedding:

Decide on a theme. Restaurants are ideal venues for a themed wedding. If you love Japanese food you can opt for a Japanese themed wedding with origami decorations and paper lanterns.

Look for creative meal choices. You can get creative here. If you do not want a seated meal you can choose to have an evening buffet or a brunch. Another very good option is to have food stations.

Decide on the menu. Create a menu which provides your guests with several options. If you are expecting kids for your wedding then decide the menu accordingly.

Selecting a venue for your wedding is one of the biggest decisions that you will make on your journey to wedding planning.

Wedding Planning Ideas for the New Bride

Once a couple is engaged, the bride starts to look for wedding planning ideas. There are many ways that brides can plan their wedding, such as planning a destination wedding. Today, many couples need to find cheap wedding ideas because of how the economy has been the past few years. Couples can have a beautiful wedding even on a tight budget. There are three popular ways that new brides can plan their weddings.

One of the wedding planning ideas is to have a small formal ceremony with close friends and family members. This will save a lot of money when people are on a budget for their wedding. Having a small wedding party saves couples money, since they do not have to pay for dresses, tuxedos, and additional plates at the reception. Cheap wedding ideas for smaller weddings include a buffet-style dinner, instead of having individual plates for guests, and reserve the reception area for a shorter time to cut down on costs. This will allow more time for the couple to start their honeymoon.

Another way that people can budget for their wedding is to have their wedding during the week. People who want to have their wedding on a weekend will pay at least twice the amount than if they had their wedding during the week. Many couples who need to budget, will plan their wedding on a Thursday or Friday to allow their guests a chance to take a long weekend away from their jobs. In addition, people who book their weddings later in the week will have a larger turnout to their wedding than if they chose a day earlier in the week. This cuts down the amount of people who can attend the wedding anyway, so this is a great option for couples who are on a budget.

Couples who are on a budget, but want to have a formal wedding can ask their bridesmaids and groomsmen to buy their own dresses and tuxedos. This will save thousands of dollars, depending on how big the wedding party is. Bridesmaid dresses can cost several hundred dollars for one dress. Couples who want to go on a nice honeymoon can put their savings towards their vacation. There are also cheap wedding gifts to give to guests, and homemade gifts are the best to give. Friends and family members will walk away with a beautiful memory of the couple’s wedding day.

7 Wedding Planning Blunders

It is inevitable when you are planning a wedding that you will hit a few minor bumps in the road. After all, no one is perfect. However, there are some pretty big mistakes that are very common. Here are the top 7 wedding planning blunders, and how to make sure they do not happen to you.

One: Booking vendors before you have done your homework. Many a bride has rushed out and booked the hottest reception site in town only to later learn that a) her church is not available on that date or b) it is way too small to fit all of the guests. Before you put down a penny with any vendor, be sure that you know all of the basics, such as the number of guests on both sides of the family, the date your church is available, and the general style of wedding you would like to have.

Two: Ordering your wedding gown too small as “motivation” or buying a too-small dress because it is a good deal. Oh please, please do not do this to yourself! The last thing any woman needs before her wedding is the added stress of having to try to change her body to fit into a dress. It is far better to buy your gown in your current size and then change the gown to fit you, should you slim down. And that way if you don’t lose any weight, at least you won’t have to lose any sleep wondering how on earth you are going to squeeze into your dress on the wedding day. It seems like a lot of brides also forget that their fiances loved them just the way they were when they asked them to get married, “perfect” or not.

Three: Biting off more than you can chew. Fancy yourself the next Martha Stewart? Keep in mind that even the great Martha has a staff to help her execute all of those fabulous craft projects. In other words, one woman cannot make everything for her wedding and also keep her sanity. Some things to scratch off the list: taking a course in jewelry making so you can handcraft the bridesmaid gifts (just pick out pretty bridesmaid jewelry in a store), making chocolate truffles for the wedding favors, and embroidering your own veil. Keep your expectations realistic and limit yourself to one or two projects that you know you can manage, such as printing invitations or learning enough calligraphy to write out the place cards.

Four: Not getting enough postage. The chances are very slim that your wedding invitation takes the same amount of postage as your phone bill. Take one of your invitations (with all of the enclosures) to the post office to have it weighed and determine the correct postage. Better still, take all of your invitations and hand cancel them after putting on the stamps. It looks much prettier than a commercial machine cancel and will not crush any ornaments like bows that you may have in your envelopes.

Five: Obsessing over perfection. I guarantee you that something will go wrong at your wedding, no matter how meticulously you plan. For instance at my wedding, the priest knocked over one of the floral displays on the altar during the ceremony and I dropped part of a stuffed mushroom on the bodice of my custom gown. So what? It was a great day anyway, and at some point you just have to let go of fussing over everything and simply enjoy your wedding.

Six: Leaving things to the last minute. The day before (or Heaven forbid, the morning of) your wedding is no time to be cranking out programs, writing place cards, or wrapping favors. Have all of these things done at least five days before your wedding so you do not lose beauty sleep over them on your wedding eve.

Seven: Last, but certainly not least, blowing your budget. It is all to easy to get swept away in the moment and decide to splurge on things in order to bring your dream wedding to life. However, all of those little splurges can quickly add up into a mountain of debt. Don’t start out your married life in a hole: decide on your budget early on and vow to stick to it. It may not be easy along the way, but when all is said and done, you will be very happy that you kept your promise to yourself.