Pros & Cons of Restaurant Weddings

Gay weddings at restaurants can be some of the easiest weddings to plan if you are doing it yourself.  There are some serious advantages to choosing the private dining room of a great restaurant:

  • There is usually no room rental fee.
  • There is often a great chef with delicious, locally grown and seasonal food.
  • Restaurants come in all shapes and sizes and styles - they're not generally a "blank canvas" so if you like their decor, you can save money on wedding design.
  • The bar tab is on consumption so the party can theoretically go all night (or til the restaurant closes) so the wedding doesn't have to feel rushed.

And the disadvantages:

  • There is often no good place to have the ceremony onsite.
  • Many private dining room coordinators aren't experienced with weddings so there may be a learning curve.
  • There is often no dedicated outside area if you require one.
  • Many private dining rooms don't have windows.
  • Most private dining rooms have a maximum capacity of around 50-60 guests so you may be limited in choices unless you would consider a full restaurant buyout (in which the restaurant closes for your party).
Some couples looking for a wedding bigger than what will fit in a private dining room still choose a restaurant.  To do so, they have to buy it out.  This means that the restaurant will be closed to the public for the private party and the couple would pay the restaurant a minimum amount (typically starts at $10,000) for the right to use the entire restaurant for the night. 

That said, I've had many gay weddings at restaurants and they are lovely.  My favorite of course is Radius Restaurant, where this company just hosted our 6th anniversary party earlier this week.

Are you considering hosting your gay wedding in a restaurant?

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