Hi folks, I'm new to the board and really hoping to get some expert foodie advice from anyone who may have gone through non-traditional wedding planning.
My fiance and I want to have our wedding reception at a restaurant rather than a bland ballroom somewhere that has no ambiance and will end up costing more because of having to pay for the venue, PLUS hire a caterer, rent tables, linens, etc. However, we've contacted a few restaurants and have hit some glitches, making it really hard to settle on one. Here's the breakdown...
Laurel: This was my first choice. LOVE the food and the decor. Very close to ceremony site (Marston House). Here's the problem - after initially talking to them and having them say "yes, we'd love to host your reception," I haven't heard back. No responses to my calls or emails (which I find odd considering I have worked with them professionally before and not had that problem).
El Camino (in South Park): I also really loved this idea because of how unusual it is. However, same thing - after the initial conversation, I didn't hear back from them. I even went by to see if I could talk to my contact in person. Her response was that she had emailed me AND called me a week ago. I find it hard to believe that BOTH of those messages didn't make it to me.
Bleu Boheme: They have been super responsive. But I'm hearing mixed things about the food (I admit, I haven't eaten here yet - of course I will before making a decision). And it's not very close to the ceremony site.
Linkery: I also thought this would be a cool, unusual place, but I'm not sure how the layout would work because of how much the dining area is divided from the bar area by that low wall. And I don't think we could get all 80 guests in the dining area alone.
So, fellow foodies, what are your thoughts? What should I do in particular about these people who haven't been getting back to me? Other places you would suggest?