Post # 1
My FI and I are trying to find an affordable wedding venue that is not your traditional banquet hall for both our ceremony and reception. Our budget for the entire wedding is around $15,000 and we’re looking to have 75 guests. We’re both creative and artsy people, and we want the venue to reflect that, so any suggestions that aren’t ‘run of the mill’ venues would be phenomenal (ie. loft spaces, warehouses, barns).
We’re going to do a lot of DIYing, and my dress is free, so a lot of our budget is dedicated to venue/food.
The issue that we’re having is that we’re vegan and have decided to do an entirely vegan wedding and the only alcohol we want is champagne to toast, and maybe a few glasses of wine for each guest (the FI doesn’t drink) yet a lot of the venues we like have on-site caterers that aren’t that great at accomodating a vegan wedding and can’t promise to be able to offer a vegan wedding cake. Ideally, we want a venue that will allow us to bring in our own caterer, which seems to be limiting our options even further.
Also, there’s another catch. My entire family do not live in the US and most of them haven’t been to Philly before. Aside from the fact they’ll all need accomodation (so B&B venue suggestions would be helpful!), I’d like the venue to be in an area that offers lots for them to do.
Any suggestions would be so insanely helpful. Thanks!
Post # 3
Hmm. What about the Abington Art Center? They have an outdoor area where you can hold the ceremony and an art/sculpture garden. It’s really cute. I know they only have a few caterers you can use, though.
I’d also check out some venues in New Hope. It’s about an hour, I think, outside of Philly and is chock full of cute bed and breakfasts and nice little shops. There’s a few wedding venues there, too, including a couple of wineries. There are also some barns in that area.
In terms of loft space, you could try PowerPlant Productions in Philadelphia. It’s a converted warehouse space and it’s really nice.
Philadelphia has a ton of art spaces, though, in varying levels of expensiveness. The Magic Garden on South Street is a unique place that comes to mind. But most of the museums actually rent their spaces out.
You might also check some local breweries. I really liked the Allentown Brewery, but I think you have to use their caterer. They had a really nice looking space. But there are plenty of others in the area.
Post # 4
@RayRayFurious: thanks. I’ve actually already looked into most of the venues you suggested! I’m a wedding photographer by day, and I recently shot a wedding at the Abington Art Center too. It’s definitely a cute venue, but you end up dancing right next to your tables in the outdoor tent area, and if we opted for a live band, I don’t think there would be enough space to fit people comfortably.
We’re looking into New Hope too, but most of those B&B’s have preferred caterers that can only offer us a few vegan options, and the limited choice is frustrating considering the price we’re paying for food.
In terms of wineries or breweries, while I think they are beautiful spaces, since my FI doesn’t drink, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to get married at one….
I’ll keep looking….but thanks for taking the time to respond! =)
Post # 5
I am getting married at the Brossman Center, in Northwest Philadelphia. It’s on the grounds of the Lutheran Seminary (though you can be of any religion, or none with no problem). It has a beautiful chapel, and lovely grounds, as well as a great banquet space.
The one downside in my opinion is that it doesn’t have a lot of hotel options in the surrounding neighborhood, however, they do provide some lodging on campus, and it is close to City Line, where there are hotel options.
The caterer that I am thinking about working with, Birchtree Catering, seems to be very veggie friendly, and focuses on local food. I haven’t signed a contract yet, but am leaning heavily towards them, and they have been great thus far in contacts and attention.
Post # 7
You could try Front & Palmer — that’s where I’m getting married. Awesome industrial loft space operated by catering company Feast Your Eyes. The name of the game there is FLEXIBILITY — they seem really willing to work with you to give you what you want. The neighborhood is not glamorous, but you forget all about it once you see the space, and it’s not at all far from Northern Liberties, which is super fun.
Hope this helps!!
Post # 8
You could check out World Cafe Live….ideal for bands/entertainment. Not sure on pricing though:
The Painted Bride might also be a unique and artsy space for you…its also right on south st. so lots to do and easily accessible by public transportation.
We are actually leaning now towards Curtis Arboretum.
It has a beautiful outdoor space but also a nice hall with original architecture, etc. Our favorite part is that you can choose your own caterer and its BYOB. We are vegetarian, so also looking to bring in a caterer which can match our needs. We too are struggling in this…so if you make any headway finding an affordable caterer, let me know!
Post # 9
Just found this caterer and they seem perfect for a veggie/vegan affair!!!! Plus…incredibly affordable
Post # 10
Well not sure if you’re willing to go further north but the http://www.stroudsmoor.com/ in the Poconos has experience with vegan weddings, can do a vegan wedding cake and in fact the director of events Linda is vegan. They didn’t work for the date we want (also doing a vegan wedding :)) but since you’re going for 2013 perhaps it would work for you? Also http://hollyhedge.com/ in Bucks County and http://www.riverdalemanor.com/ in Lancaster have experience and can both do vegan weddings. I have collected a list of venues in NY (outside of the city and a few within) that can do vegan if you’re interested let me know. I would love to hear where you end up!
Post # 11
thanks so much for all the replies!
We’re thinking about going with Birchtree Catering too, so it’s nice to hear some other people are considering using them!
a lot of great suggestions, and also a lot of venues I’ve already had the pleasure of seeing as wedding venues (definitely one of the perks of being a wedding photographer!). Thanks so much everyone! I’ll let you know what we decide on.
Post # 12
I don’t know about the vegan part of it, but my nephew’s wedding is in 2 weeks at Tendenza.
How far are you willing to travel? My daughter’s wedding last year was at the Brant Beach Yacht Club on LBI and you can provide your own caterer and everything else. September is beautiful at the shore!
Post # 13
@pisces2232323: The owner went to my high school and she is FABULOUS and VERY talented. Would highly recommend.
Post # 13
catres : catres : I know this was 6 years ago but, if you still have that list of the vegan friendly venues, i would absolutely be so grateful and happy if you still had it. It would be super helpful! 🙂
Post # 14
Not sure if this is too far outside of where you are looking… But I went to a wedding at Franklin Commons in Phoenixville PA in June and the space was really cool. Good indoor/outdoor space, modern and it is an art gallery as well I believe?
Post # 15
Reviving this old thread to suggest Terrain in Glen Mills. It’s beautiful – has a Paper Source-y, anthropologie-vibe because it’s owned by Urban Outfitters. It caters to mostly small groups – caps at 120 and the prices are v reasonable at $100 pp. I would look into it if it weren’t so far for me!