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Amaxinlin

10/9/2018 7:17:30 PM
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Nov 2011
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private dining room

My fiancé and I are considering eloping or having a small intimate wedding with close family and friends. We are looking for a private dining room to rent out in Winnipeg and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions. Guests would pay their own meal in lieu of gifts, as we don’t want anything. Just want to share our special (but small) day with people we love but are on a tight budget to do so. So far I’ve got one quote for a dining room (meals not i:ncluded) for $900.00 for up to 30 people and I feel like I could just cater for that price. Any suggestions appreciated.

Brenda..

10/9/2018 8:02:54 PM
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Jul 2005
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Eloping

Eloping is not having a small get together.  
 
Having guests pay for their meals is awful. Of course they would feel like they had to bring a gift too. If I could not afford to pay for my guests meals, I would be reconsidering my options.  
 
I would not even consider going if I had to pay for my meal, nor would I consider inviting anyone and telling them they have to pay for their meal.  
 
Eloping is what I did. Two witnesses, someone to marry us and we took them out for supper after.

Cadbury Creme Egg

10/9/2018 8:11:49 PM
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Before Feb/07
Total posts:46
how about...

If you want your guests to pay for their own meals in lieu of gifts, why not just go to a nice restaurant, like Hy’s steakhouse or Earl’s?

Just an opinion

10/9/2018 8:23:03 PM
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Sep 2008
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Amaxonlin

This is exactly what we did and everyone had a great time. None of our friends and family were offended they all thought it was a great idea. Of course a few people gave us gifts but they were family all our friends respected our wishes and came and joined in our celebration and ate what they wanted  
We did ours at a hotel in another province but if you are going to Winnipeg try Altos at canad Inns they have a big room here in Brandon friends of ours used they all did the buffet but it was really good.  
I would think Winnipeg Canad Inns would have one , we didn''t rent the room we just reserved the room for 30-40 people.  
Congrats on your wedding  
 
Edited by Just an opinion , 2018-10-09 20:25:05

Amaxinlin

10/9/2018 9:54:11 PM
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Nov 2011
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..

Well, good thing you’re not my family then we have discussed options with our family.. we have discussed eloping too but all of our family would like to celebrate with us and be apart of it, even if it’s something small. We’ve been together for years, have children, a home etc, so we don’t really need anything.. thank you for your opinion though. And thank you for the suggestions I asked for.

London234

10/9/2018 9:56:40 PM
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Sep 2010
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Brenda

She said eloping OR having a small get together not that the get together was eloping. If she can’t afford to pay for their meals then her closest family and friends would probably already know that about them and if they didn’t want to come because of that then that would be there choice. There’s no need to be so rude to people about their personal decisions on what they want to do for their wedding. She was asking for an opinion on places not a negative view on what she is considering doing. Why can’t people be kind. Not sure where there is a good place to rent out but I hope your day is special and beautiful no matter if you elope or have a small get together

Amaxinlin

10/9/2018 9:57:35 PM
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Nov 2011
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and

Also nobody would stand with us or anything. If you think of standing in a wedding, how much you paid for dress, shoes, helping with a social, travel, gift etc etc it goes on. I’d rather much attend a wedding, pay a small fee for a meal and that’s that.

Amaxinlin

10/9/2018 10:00:52 PM
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Nov 2011
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London

It’s ok! I expected some backlash. But opinions from the peanut gallery don’t matter my family is supportive of it!

Counsellor

10/10/2018 2:02:15 AM
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Aug 2016
Total posts:60
Private dining room

We had a wonderful wedding dinner at Maxine’s restaurant in Winnipeg for my nephews wedding. I don’t think they charged for the room,  
The food and service was Excellent! There are gluten free options for Celiacs.  
It was a beautiful setting.  
They are on St.Marys Road in Winnipeg.  
Congratulations,

Rideon

10/10/2018 6:12:15 AM
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Feb 2018
Total posts:28
Congratulations

We had twelve people at our wedding and just booked a table at Red Lobster. Lol ...It was just lovely. Canad Inns could work for you, they all have private dining rooms.  
Good luck and congratulations

Twothreethree

10/10/2018 6:25:19 AM
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Feb 2012
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Smart and Stress Free Plan

I like your idea. I think your family would be happy to pay for a meal to celebrate your day! I think begging for prizes for a social or making parents pay a huge bill is tackier! I like that you are planning an event within your means and not living in debt for one big event! I have been to a few hotel weddings in Winnipeg but often as soon as you say wedding, you pay more. I would look for a smaller restaurant and book a table in the main area.  
Weddings should be about the couple not about party favours and barnboad decor!

tlr

10/10/2018 8:45:27 AM
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May 2010
Total posts:135
Takes all kinds

  
Brenda.. said "Eloping is not having a small get together.  
 
Having guests pay for their meals is awful. Of course they would feel like they had to bring a gift too. If I could not afford to pay for my guests meals, I would be reconsidering my options.  
 
I would not even consider going if I had to pay for my meal, nor would I consider inviting anyone and telling them they have to pay for their meal.  
 
Eloping is what I did. Two witnesses, someone to marry us and we took them out for supper after. "

No right or wrong in this case. Other than what you said. You need to reconsider your options, is my opinion.

Never been

10/10/2018 9:02:52 AM
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Jul 2010
Total posts:449
Love it

I think this is a great idea! Never heard of it but why not! Weddings are so expensive now a days and add up quite quickly. At the end of the day, the most important thing is being surrounded by the ones you love . I second Maxine’s in wpg, great location.  
I also want to add that those who shamed you (Brenda) obviously can’t see past the “traditional” wedding, and get their jollies out of being rude to people on Ebrandon. But times are changing, and there is Nothing wrong with asking those you love to pay for a meal. I think they would have spent much more anyways on a gift etc.

myhandleistrain

10/10/2018 10:58:42 AM
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Mar 2016
Total posts:314
Great idea!

I would definitely go to a wedding like that. In fact, I have. I never felt guilty about getting a gift as I did pay for the meal. The couple, when inviting people, were insistent about no gifts. I did include a card, though. Have fun!

Jellybean

10/10/2018 10:59:14 AM
Member since:
May 2010
Total posts:1255
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Amaxinlin said "My fiancé and I are considering eloping or having a small intimate wedding with close family and friends. We are looking for a private dining room to rent out in Winnipeg and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions. Guests would pay their own meal in lieu of gifts, as we don’t want anything. Just want to share our special (but small) day with people we love but are on a tight budget to do so. So far I’ve got one quote for a dining room (meals not i:ncluded) for $900.00 for up to 30 people and I feel like I could just cater for that price. Any suggestions appreciated. "

Another option would be to use a community hall or your own home and host a potluck meal. You could just provide the main part of the meal and have everyone else bring their favourite side, salad, dessert for example.  
I have also seen people just host a dessert bar after the ceremony as well. You could either do potluck dessert bar or places like Sobeys can make dessert trays for very reasonable prices.  
There are quite a few good options for people on a really tight budget.

Oryx

10/10/2018 11:43:20 AM
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Jul 2005
Total posts:5508
Correction

  
Counsellor said "We had a wonderful wedding dinner at Maxine’s restaurant in Winnipeg for my nephews wedding. I don’t think they charged for the room,  
The food and service was Excellent! There are gluten free options for Celiacs.  
It was a beautiful setting.  
They are on St.Marys Road in Winnipeg.  
Congratulations, "

you must have meant Maximes not Maxines.

brightlights

10/10/2018 1:56:04 PM
Member since:
Jul 2014
Total posts:4
Resto gare

Resto gare in Winnipeg hosts small weddings/functions often. I suggest looking at their website. I think this is a great idea personally as weddings can get really out of hand and end up not being about what they’re supposed to be about.

Pawprints

10/10/2018 5:13:39 PM
Member since:
Apr 2018
Total posts:141
The cost

I have no idea of the cost of a friend who got married at the Art Gallery. It was absolutely beautiful watching her come down the stairs and having all that beauty around. It was an evening event and after, everyone went to a private room upstairs for cocktails and hors d'ouvres. It was one of the most memorable weddings I have ever been too.  
 
I would suggest looking outside the box. Even the Assiniboine Zoo has a venue where people can dine. Just imagine the possibilities of using other venues around the city other than hotels or restaurants!

valhallaman

10/10/2018 8:52:55 PM
Member since:
Jan 2010
Total posts:92
Cafe dario

It is a small gourmet Latino restaurant on Wellington and Erin. You need a reservation. Just make reservations for 30. It doesn’t hold much more than that. Five course meal that is fabulous. Owner And chef is Columbian Best Argentine steak ever. Very authentic. Cost is under 50 per person plus drinks.  
 
Enjoy your special day.  
 
Edited by valhallaman, 2018-10-10 20:55:18

Pawprints

10/11/2018 12:41:48 PM
Member since:
Apr 2018
Total posts:141
Sous Sol

I just remembered another restuarant in Osborne Village called Sous Sol. It has no sign outside. Google it. It is a five star restaurant and very unique inside.

 
 
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