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Please please please help a desperate chowhound bride make a decision soon!


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Please please please help a desperate chowhound bride make a decision soon!

foodrocks | Sep 13, 2006 07:04 PM

Hey guys,
My name is Leena, and I am addicted to food. I love reading, writing, watching and eating food in any form. While I really wanted a chowhound-worthy wedding, lack of funds have forced me to use the preset caterer for the wedding hall I am using, and I have no clue how good the food will be. So, as a present to myself and my wedding party, we decided to take out the entire wedding party and their dates out to eat the day after our wedding so we can all spend some quality time together and eat some good food.
We wanted to go to a BYOB, that way, we could afford a great meal and bring wine for everyone, thus covering all the charges for the evening. We have a reservation set at HB, but it is such a small place that our large party (21 people total) cannot sit together. So now we are left with another decision to make. We either need to a) find another BYOB chowhound worthy
b)find a regular restaurant chowhound worthy and have them buy their drinks
c) use one of the half priced gift cards from for the restaurant (you pay $25 for a $50 gift card to one of the following restaurants: Chicago Firehouse, Cuatro, Bordo's Eatery) and again have them buy their drinks
d)stick with HB and just deal

We would like the food to be good, and we hope to get away with spending $50/a person(at least three courses), not including drinks, if possible, we would like to all sit together. So does anyone have any opinions on what we should do? Should we stick with HB and not all sit together? Should we head to another BYOB and if so, which one do you reccomend? Finally, do we scrap the whole BYOB deal, find a decent place that can do $50 a person, and have the wedding party buy their own drinks (which they would have no problem doing)?
We have to make a decision and reservation asap, because the wedding is on Oct. 6th. I really appreciate anyone even reading this, so thank you and help out if you can!!

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