How to Have a Restaurant Wedding
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Unless you're taking over an entire restaurant for the night, or you confine yourselves to a separate dining room, you'll have to deal with privacy issues. Are you considering using just a portion of the restaurant? Unless yours is a very small, very informal gathering, ask yourself if you'll feel comfortable conducting your reception—making toasts, cutting the cake, tossing your bouquet—within full view of the restaurant's regular patrons.
Some restaurants will allow you to designate a special smoking room, or if your reception is in a private room, the restaurant's main bar area might be available for smoking. A growing number of states and localities have ordinances that strictly limit smoking. Check with your restaurant to see what they can do to accommodate your needs.