Whether you’re a foodie couple or just looking for a fun reception venue with a little personality, one of the many awesome Pittsburgh restaurants (or even your favorite local place!) might be just the answer you’re looking for.
Food is a huge part of your wedding day and you want to make sure it tastes amazing for you and your guests – so why not support a local Pittsburgh restaurant that you already know makes delicious dishes? If you’ve never considered holding your wedding reception at a restaurant, here are some tips and recommendations to make sure everything goes according to plan:
The size of the wedding party has a potential impact on the price of renting out a restaurant for your wedding reception so it’s important not to assume you’ll get a venue for a bargain compared to more traditional reception sites. A restaurant owner will need to be compensated for the lack of turning tables, in addition to other potential fees. Plan on hosting an intimate wedding reception? Ask the restaurant about private event spaces, which allows the restaurant to stay open to the public.
This is one area where you’ll save a lot more money by hosting your reception at a Pittsburgh restaurant. There’s no need for furniture and chair rentals – the restaurant already has them! Though you’ll want to put your own personal touch on the table settings, it’s a great idea to choose a restaurant that has a vibe you want to compensate for décor – whether it’s a richly wooded space for a rustic style or one with plenty of windows and exposed brick for a modern reception. Don’t forget to talk to the restaurant owners about what you can bring in if you want a more personalized style.
Before signing a contract, make sure the space will comfortably hold your reception – questions like kitchen capacity (will they be able to efficiently serve a party of your size ), seating options, and entertainment are all very important things to know. Does the Pittsburgh restaurant allow for a DJ or live music, or can the floor plan be altered to include a dance floor? If these aspects are important for your wedding reception, be sure to ask up front. An often overlooked aspect is bathroom capacity – will you have enough options for guests or will there be a perpetual line out the door?
Hosting your wedding reception at a Pittsburgh restaurant is a fun option to create an event that’s very much your own style – and amazing food is always a great way for sending guests home full and happy.
If you’re interesting in hosting your wedding reception at a Pittsburgh restaurant or other venue, contact me so we can go over options!