10k wedding in Philadelphia area

posted 3 weeks ago in Reception
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  • Post # 2
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2019

    I’m commenting to follow this thread – I’m also in the Philadelphia area, with about 100 guests and a similar budget. We’ve just started looking at venues and have a few more appointments coming up. Happy to share notes!! My wedding will likely be in the spring/summer of 2019 – we have a tentative date set, but will probably be moving it up earlier in the year to avoid the “wedding season” premiums – amazing how much difference a month or two can make in the cost! I just got engaged a couple months ago, and I’m feeling the sticker shock quite a bit!

    Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    Check out the William Penn inn. i looked there for my wedding and $10-$15k budget. they’re very reasonable . 

    Post # 4
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    FI and I are big craft beer nerds so we’re having ours at Flying Fish Brewing Co in New Jersey and having Roaming Hunger do food trucks (2 entree trucks plus one dessert/gourmet coffee truck). By the time we add apps and cake we’ll be right around $110pp. We always knew we wanted to have our reception at a brewery so it was an easy choice. You definitely could do it even cheaper if you cut a truck. Not sure if you’re looking for something more traditional, but the food trucks, even if you work with a service like Roaming Hunger that does all the leg work for you, are pretty affordable. 

    Post # 6
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    Honey bee

    How about an “off night?” My daughter married on a Sunday night and their p.p. rate was about 20% less than Saturday nights. She also married in DE and saved thousands, because they don’t have sales tax. 

    My other daughter went to a co-workers ceremony/reception at The View at 800 N. Broad and their buffets start at $32 p.p. (probably not including service charge and tax).  

    Post # 7
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2019

    nov2018 :  the first place we looked at was a venue that had preferred food and beverage vendors, and you’re right – the venue had seasonal pricing, but the F&B vendors didn’t seem to. We’re looking at a place on the 19th that has inclusive packages (venue, food, open bar, cake all included) and I’m not sure yet if their pricing is seasonal. It’s one of my first questions on my list for the appointment!

    My fiancé has a growing list of places he’s found that look promising, so I think we’ll be hitting most of those in the next few weeks.

    I know a few people in the catering business, so once I get a feel for what the typical fees seems to be, I’m going to ask them for tips on negotiating the pricing – or things that be scaled down to make them more budget friendly.

    Post # 8
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2019

    2XMOB :  this is great advice. Delaware is very close for me – I wasn’t even thinking in that direction, but I should be! 

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee

    emellbee :  It took us 45 minutes straight down 95, to get to her DE wedding, from the suburbs. Hubby and I went to a center city wedding once and with Expressway traffic – 1.5 hours. There were no known events, like a Phillies game, Pope visit, etc. that I could find on the internet.

    The city has a higher tax than the state – 8%. I think the tax on alcohol in Phila. is 10%. Good luck!

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee

    ugh it is super hard to find anything on a budget.  The industry is ridiculously expensive.  So good luck!  

     

    I don’t know about Philly, but we decided to have our wedding on a university campus and it was much much cheaper per person.  I’m not sure if there are some kinds of regulations about how much this particular insititution can charge as they are a non-profit instituion.  Anyway, the room was gorgeous, as was the ceremony site.  My whole wedding cost just under 15 000 for 150 people.  best of luck!

    Post # 12
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    Honey bee

    nov2018 :  Sorry, we didn’t look at anything that would be in your budget.

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