Why you should choose a restaurant as your reception venue

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You’ve recently become engaged and now your brain and Instagram feed is flooded with ideas and information – welcome to the world of wedding planning! There’s no doubt it can be a little overwhelming at times; however, it doesn’t have to be if you leave the planning to the experts. Now for the fun part – where will you host your reception? Should you opt for a hotel, museum or restaurant? When it comes to selecting a wedding venue, there are some key things to look out for, such as atmosphere, food quality, packages and pricing. With that in mind, more couples are leaning towards reputable restaurants – where everything is already sorted – as their dream reception location. Here, we explore why hosting your reception at a restaurant is an excellent choice.

Personal touch

If you’re a culinary couple that likes to walk the foodie trail wherever you go, perhaps a restaurant is the answer for your reception venue. If dining out at spectacular eateries is something you enjoy doing together and you have a keen interest in food and dining, hosting your big day at a restaurant adds a meaningful and personal touch to you as a couple. Certain restaurants hold sentimental value for many couples, whether it’s the spot they had their first date, or just one of their all-time special occasion favourites, tying the knot at a place that holds meaning is a great way to kick off your married life together.   

The atmosphere

At most restaurants, the ambiance is already set as many top eateries boast expertly designed spaces and great foundations, which means all you really need to do is add a few personal touches to complete your desired aesthetic (think flowers and table centrepieces). Many stand-alone venues are blank canvases, which is a great option for couples who want to have a themed wedding or want to have an abundance of custom styling; however, the downside is you have to have an idea of the exact set up or the venue can fall a little flat (and that shows in your wedding photos). This option can also become extremely expensive.

The food and wine

You will look back and remember how you felt on your wedding day, but your guests will remember how good the food and wine was. The amazing thing about dining in a restaurant for your reception is you are guaranteed top quality fare that’s been expertly executed and well thought out. Usually the food offering is exactly what you can order from the featured menu (so that’s a bonus if you love a particular dish from a favourite restaurant!). Alternatively, many restaurants can custom-design a banquet menu for couples. Stand-alone venues usually have a preferred caterer list, which can limit your options for food.  

The service

Many restaurants are at the top of their game when it comes to service. Good hospitality is at the heart of what they do, they do it day in and day out and are constantly under the microscope when it comes to their food and service – so you can rest assured knowing if you pick a renowned restaurant that the service on your big day will be top notch. Knowing this provides a sense of ease and comfort, so you don’t have to stress about the small stuff.

The cost

Things become a lot simpler when you opt to throw your big-day bash at a restaurant instead of a standard reception venue; plus, the cost can be dramatically reduced. When investigating a traditional venue, it’s amazing how all the little things can add up; suddenly, you realise you need to hire furniture, more florals and greenery, and other styling elements to fill out the space. Depending on which restaurant you choose, you will most likely only have to look into flowers to decorate the space, plus printed stationary such as table settings and menus. This certainly helps to keep the overall costs down.


The Fireplace at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove hosts an array of weddings each year, with staff and service experts in their field. So why not consider it for your wedding reception? Click here to find out more.  



May 16, 2018