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Have a small wedding and looking to have it at a restaurant with a private function room. need help!

Chelsea, on April 13, 2021 at 9:00 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 8
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Hi everyone! I'm really excited to be planning my wedding but also stressed at the same time. Because of covid and a few other reasons we are keeping our wedding small, to about 30 people. I really like the idea of having our reception in a restaurant with a private room. I love the idea that the cost is cut way down and we don't have to plan an expensive venue. My main concern is not having the typical things a wedding has such as a DJ and dancing. I want my guest to have a great time but don't know if that should be a huge concern. Has anyone else experienced this or about to? If so do they have any suggestions for other things to do? The reception will be inside .

Thank you in advance!

-Chelsea

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Latest activity by Jacks, on May 10, 2021 at 2:46 AM
  • Victoria
    Devoted June 2020
    Victoria ·
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    We’re doing a 35 person backyard wedding. My BIL has an Apple Music Subscription and is going to put together a playlist. No formal dancing or anything like that. Our feedback has been pretty positive- and it doesn’t mean people won’t dance... I dance to the music at the grocery store, so.... lol
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    Just Said Yes September 2021
    Chelsea ·
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    That's a really good point haha! thank you!

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  • W-K
    Super October 2019
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    I had a small 28ish person wedding reception in a private room at a restaurant. We also didn't have a DJ or music. My mom brought a speaker and she played dining music for us and we had our first dance and that was about it. We kept the reception short to like 2 hours. Enough time for mingling, talking, food, and then good byes. It was honestly perfect and sooooooo beyond stress free. We used the decorations provided by the restaurant for place settings, center pieces. It was also very cost efficient like $950 for the reception with food and cake. I highly reccomend it. Just don't expect it to last as long as your typical reception and don't stress too much about having "things to do." Mingling, toasts, cake cutting, food is all good. Keep it simple Smiley smile

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  • Kari
    Master June 2021
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    I don't know where you live or when you are planning to have your wedding, but in many areas restaurants have to follow strict spacing and social distancing requirements which drastically cut the occupancy of a given space. Most restaurants don't have huge private rooms, and they may accommodate between 10-50 guests whereas a function hall is typically designed for 100+ people. You may find that no restaurants available have space for 30 people with social distancing.

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  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Administrator October 2016
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    You can still have a wonderful time without a dj or dancing! Your guests will be happy to eat, drink, and mingle. You can also share a photo slideshow or play the shoe game if you want to add an activity!

    Here's a few discussions you can check out where other couples have shared their ideas:

    Reception activities other than dancing?

    Intimate wedding with no dancing - will this work out ok?

    How did your no dancing weddings go?
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    Just Said Yes September 2021
    Chelsea ·
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    Thank you for sharing your story! That is really good to know! It sounds like you had a wonderful wedding! Smiley smile

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    Chelsea ·
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    Great! thank you so much!

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  • Jacks
    Master September 2019
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    That all sounds amazing! A nice meal in a good restaurant with a close group sounds great.

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