Post # 1
im new to the site and newly engaged. Im wondering whether it is possible to have a tasteful wedding in Philly for around $10k. If so, then please give tips on venues. If not, then what is a more reasonable figure for a taseful wedding.
To clarify, im anticipating about 120 guests.
Thank you, ladies!
Post # 3
Its definitely possible, I work as an event planner in the mid atlantic area, and I just did a wedding for about 125 guests and it was about 11k when it was all said and done, but she had alot of things like complete wall draping in a large venue, uplights, manzanita trees, nice floorlength pintucks,a large catering menu and top shelf liquor. You just have to do a little research. Try finding a venue that will allow you to pick your own caterer. Then, if you want alcohol, find a caterer that will allow you to buy your own liquor just have them supply the bartender. Let me know if you need help with vendors, Id love to help! Thanks and hope everything works out!!!
Post # 4
The Brossman Center allows you to bring your own alcohol and catering (they have a list of caterers they use, though). You may want to check them out.
Post # 5
It depends on what your vision is. Most formal venues are going to start at ballpark $100 per person for full dinner and alcohol in a 5 hour reception (yes you can find cheaper…this is an idea of what to expect if you include these things). Then when you add on flowers, music, photography, dress…it adds up a LOT. So while a 10K budget is possible with skimping (not full dinner, not open bar, etc) I don’t know if it would fit your vision since I think everyone’s idea of tasteful is a little different. To include all of those things I’d expect closer to 20k for the number of people you mention, maybe less if off-season and not a Saturday night.
I’m surprised that PP mentions 11k and I wonder what that did/did not include, since she might not know about what the bride spent on photography or dress for example.
Post # 6
Some of the hotels in South Jersey offer ceremony and reception with full open bar, elaborate cocktail hour, and 3-course dinner for about $80/pp inclusive of tax. Check out the Hotels Unlimited Ballrooms. http://www.hotelsunlimited.com/weddings.html
Northhampton Country Club is also around the same price.
Also, the Castle Yacht Club in Delran, NJ offers packages that start at $55 per person and you can bring your own alcohol.
Post # 7
One day, I just sat and Google searched every. single. country club in the Philadelphia area and sent them ALL emails. I was surprised by how inexpensive some of them were. You might consider doing that as well.
Post # 8
I would check Mimi’s Fusion of flavors for a not usual cater, i think you will find the right place.
Post # 9
We are renting one of the houses along Boathouse Row and will be under $10k, thanks to their lack of preferred vendors. It would be small for 120 people, I think that’s the max limit – but you could do a cocktail reception which would also save a lot of dough.