Planning on getting married August of next year. I know that the Huntington Library/Park is on our short list for photos. Is there a fantastic Chinese restaurant for the reception afterwards? Within a 10-15 mile radius? You know, the one where we sit down and eat a 10 or 12 course dinner.
You could go to just about every big Chinese restaurant (especially Cantonese seafood types) and have a good spread of food:
888 Sea Food (Rosemead)
Empress Harbor (Monterey Park)
Mission 261 (Rosemead)
MPV Seafood (Alhambra)
Usually, they offer fixed menus and prices per table (usually 10 persons per table).
Just choose your favorite Chinese restaurant, and they'll be able to hold a banquet/reception. It's their biggest moneymaker, so they'll be happy to accomodate you. But make sure you book it early. The good restaurants will be booked months in advance.
I can speak to two. Mission 261 is very well appointed with great interior. It's also one of the more expensive options. 888 is very popular for wedding banquets, so you may end up sharing the very large space with 1 or 2 other wedding parties. Asian weddings are very loud affairs with lots of amplified music and singing. Both of these have good parking.
I've only eaten at three of them. I have not yet eaten at Mission 261, but I've heard good reports from friends and relatives. The food at the other three are excellent. I've actually been to wedding banquets at 888 and Empress Harbor. I've eaten at MPV.
Unless you have a huge wedding party, you'll probably need to share the restaurant with one more more other wedding parties at 888 or Empress Harbor, as they are very popular. I know for certain that they have hotel-style partitions at Empress Harbor. They probably have them at 888 as well, but I'm not sure. You should ask. As another post indicates, Chinese wedding banquets are loud, noisy affairs. Unfortunately, the liquor seems to make out-of-tune, middle-aged folks think they can sing karaoke.
MPV is probably the smallest of these. If you rent out this out, I would guess that you would probably share the restaurant with other diners but not with other wedding parties. In that case, your wedding party would be the loudest.
Some things you should ask for:
1. How early you need to reserve the place?
2. How do they handle multiple wedding parties?
3. Get a fixed price banquet menu in both Chinese and English (get someone to translate the Chinese to make sure the English menu is correct). They will charge by the table.
4. Ask if drinks (soda, liquor) are included.
5. What is the down payment?
6. Do they provide sound equipment?
Personally, I like Empress Harbor and 888, but it's really a matter of personal taste. I don't think you could go wrong with any of these four choices.
The decor is reasonably good--clean and well-maintained, but I'm fashion-impaired, so you should probably ask someone else. :-)