Post # 1
So my fiance and I have been searching since we got engaged for the perfect place for us and so far no such luck. We thought we had found one in NJ but the events manager at that place randomly stopped returning our emails and thinking that was bad business we decided to stop trying with them.
Unfortunately, every place we look at we compare to the NJ place.
We are looking for something that is more of a bar/club setting but that can still seat 120-140 people with a dancefloor. We also prefer a place that can also accomodate a ceremony as well.
We checked out EBE Warehouse (just to give an example for the type of place we’d like) but they can’t fit as many people as we would have.
Totally open to any suggestions. We DO NOT want the typical hotel, ballrooms, catering/banquet halls, country club, & etc. I checked out all the local museums/aquariums/dinner cruises but they are all out of our budget.
Looking to spend less than $100 per person and we are totally flexible about our menu options, in fact we would prefer to not have a typical sit down dinner.
Any help or suggestions would be sooooooo appreciated.
Thanks in advance!!!
Post # 3
@angcamp84: Have you tried any of the cescaphe locations? I’ve heard great things about the venues, menu and price.
Post # 4
Tendenza would fit your requirements, but I think is over your budget.
What place in NJ did you like?
Post # 5
@angcamp84: Does it need to be IN Philadelphia?
I know Ladder 15 and World Cafe Life do weddings and/or receptions, but I don’t know if that’s what you’re going for.
I would comb partyspace.com – it’s really helpful.
Post # 6
Hmmm, if you wouldn’t mind bringing in your own catering, some DIY, etc.. try The German Soceity of Pennsylvania:
Also, The Free Library of Philadelphia (their website is a mess, but here is the contact info:Parkway Central Library offers several beautiful rentable spaces in our stunning Beaux-Arts building for weddings and other special events. Contact Alexandra Morigi at [email protected] or 215-567-7710.)
Front & Palmer:
The Pyramid Club:
and The Mask and Wig Club (at UPenn):
all have great spaces, too (and not astonomically priced). I got married this summer at The Franklin Institute, and everything about it was perfect. I can’t give a better reccomendation than that.
Good luck—and keep us posted!
Post # 7
For 140 ppl, our venue may be tight. They say they can do a max of 140 with a dance floor but i can’t visualize it. We have 110-120 and I think that’s about the right size. We’ve just booked with Estia Restaurant in Center City (Broad & Locust). The banquet manager is Anastastia and she’s amazing. She’s one of those worker bees that doesn’t even know how good she is.
I totally understand your venue frustration — we were set to book with The Gables at Chadds Ford but the banquet manager there (Mike) is horrible. We’ve been waiting almost a month for basic info. like a brunch menu for our daytime reception — AND THEY SERVE BRUNCH EVERY WEEKEND. Needless to say, the frustration sent us elsewhere. We’re actually paying more at Estia but it’s worth it to have the right conversations at the right time and end it knowing that when the day comes, you’ll be completely satisfied and no-stress.
But speaking of price, if you kept the guest list down to the lower end of what you mentioned, you could have an awesome reception for less than $100 pp.
My FI and I had lunch there the day we viewed it and it was the best Greek food we’ve ever had. and the restaurant is GAW-JUS. it totally put our fears to rest about not having a church wedding. We’re doing it right there.
Post # 8
Definitely check out the Aldie Mansion (http://partyspace.com/bucks-county-weddings/historic-venues/aldie-mansion). Its far from your typical ballroom, banquet hall setting. While it may not be the club scene you are looking for: the dining area is beautiful and can be transformed to suite your dreams. The outdoor ceremony spaces are just magnificent. I’m getting married there (in 169 days :O ) and we are doing a sit down dinner: but they have a stations option that might be exactly what you are looking for.
Good luck! And please feel free to message me with any questions.
Post # 9
I am having the exact same problem. I am just about to sign with a venue in NJ because the price is right…but my heart just isn’t there…ugh! It’s a horrible position to be in. Good luck, and if I find anything I will certainly pass it your way!!!
Post # 10
Thank you everyone for your suggestions!!! I did look into all the above mentioned places but their prices were still over $100 per person and/or charged a facility rental fee which would put us way over budget.
We ended up booking with RHO in Trenton, NJ. Theres no pictures on the website but its a club/restaurant with an outside bar and firepits, facing the water. The banquet manager is great and answered all my crazy questions. They customized our dinner menu to completely suit our budget and the inside of the place is just GORGEOUS. It’s not the ideal “outdoor ceremony location” that I was looking for but I’m happy with it regardless And there is is plenty of local places within a 20 min drive for pictures. Based on the website I almost didn’t bother to git have a site tour but I am so glad I did.
good luck on your search Rachael and let me know if you have any questions.
Post # 11
@Rachaeldesigns: were you able to find a place you loved?
Post # 12
@angcamp84: no.. Have you?