T H E C H A L L E N G E S
The biggest challenge of hosting your wedding at a restaurant it that, unlike hotels, they don’t typically include accommodation as part of their wedding packages. Not only does this place an additional burden on your wedding budget but it can cause a logistical nightmare if there are no nearby accommodation options available. To combat this challenge, many restaurant venues will have a list of the nearest accommodation and transport options available, and perhaps even some preferential rates so be sure to ask if this is an option at your preferred venue!
While the intimate atmosphere of a smaller event might be a growing trend, some aren’t willing to forgo having all their friends and family at their wedding. For many brides who might love the vibe of a restaurant wedding, the smaller capacity can be a deal breaker. That being said, a number of restaurant venues offer a marquee style wedding to extend their normal capacity. While they come at an additional cost, these options are brilliant for the bride who wants all the benefits of the great food and charm of a restaurant venue while still getting to invite all the extended family!
With a smaller space comes a smaller (if any) dancefloor. While most venues will be able to clear away some tables after the meal to allow space for you to dance the night away, you can expect a much smaller dance floor than in a hotel style wedding. If you had your heart set on a five-piece band or you’re looking for somewhere to ‘Rock the Boat’ then the restaurant option might not be for you.
AV & Décor
Traditional wedding venues come fully equipped with all the AV needed for your speeches and various other wedding supplies such as centrepieces, seating plan displays and other décor. While some restaurant venues who host weddings on a regular basis may have some of these available in their wedding package, most alternative venues will be ill-equipped in comparison to hotels, and you may need to fork out a little extra to get all you need for your big day. That being said, the smaller space can eliminate the need for any AV and the existing décor can often be stylish enough to offset the need for any extra embellishments!