Sometimes, the smallest weddings are the hardest to arrange.
Much of the preparation work must be done by the future bride and groom themselves, often without the assistance of a wedding planner or catering hall. And so much can go wrong (the food, the photographer, the band) or be overlooked (did anyone remember the ring?).
But while there may be some extra work, a small wedding event also offers the wedding couple a big advantage: The ability to produce a cozy, custom-made experience, tailored to the precise tastes and preferences of the bride, groom and guests. Some of that experience can include a favorite restaurant where you might not think a wedding was a possibility.
Couples planning small weddings should consider approaching the operators of restaurants where they enjoy the food or the wine list or the ambiance. They might be surprised to learn that, yes, the restaurant will provide space for a small wedding and, yes, they will serve that wonderful tortellini or swordfish dish that you adore.
One of the local restaurants that will host a small wedding (with 20 to 40 guests) is Ama Ristorante at the Driftwood, Sea Bright. Ama offers a private dining room with an ocean view and a stunning mural of a Tuscan landscape.
Another restaurant that will considerer dedicating the entire dining room to one party is Via 45, Red Bank, which does not offer a private dining room. Again, Via 45 asks couples to consider weeknights for such events.
Ama Ristorante at Driftwood
1485 Ocean Ave.
Sea Bright 732.530.9760
45 Broad St.
Red Bank 732.450.9945