Philly/Main Line Brides- NON-BALLROOM WEDDING VENUE??

posted 2 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’m not sure what your budget is, but we’re getting married at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden,  across the river, and we absolutely love it there!

Post # 7
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Worker bee

I wanted to use the Mask and Wig club so bad! It just wasn’t big enough to accomodate our group. It’s gorgeous. Also, places like City Hall, Reading Terminal Market, Headhouse Square, Sister Cities Park all do weddings now.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’m getting married in Oct 2015 at the American Swedish Historical Musuem. It’s an absolutely gorgeous venue with a ton of outdoor space. I’m in love with it! I was in the same boat, I didn’t want a ballroom style wedding at all, I wanted something different and unique.  

 

That being said, I also recommend you look for a venue on partyspace.com. It’s a super helpful website and you can search for places based on number of guests, style you’re looking for, etc. Plus venues have calendars on their pages so that you can see what dates they still have available. Good luck with the search!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

Bartram’s Garden is would be a good option for you!

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2015

My venue is a TAD ballroom-y, but it also has SUCH character: The Women’s Club of Bala Cynwyd.  Check it out!

Post # 11
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Wannabee

We are getting married at the Pheonixville Foundry…. http://www.phoenixvillefoundry.com/

It’s a little pricey because it’s ala cart- so everything starts to add up.  But it was the first place my fiance and I both liked… AND we didn’t have to wait 2 years to get a date.

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We were looking for the same type of thing–not a ballroom or country club type venue.  We found the Anthony Wayne House in Paoli which was perfect and exactly what we were looking for.  The garden there is beautiful and our ceremony will be outdoors with the reception in a gorgeous tent with twinkle lights everywhere.  There’s also a fire pit!  The catering company is awesome to work with and I have a designated wedding planner included in the cost.  The food is awesome, all fresh and mostly farm-to-table.  I would recommend if you are looking for something a little different than that ballroom type wedding like we were!

Post # 13
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We also wanted a non-traditinal space. We found the John James Audubon center, near Oaks/Collegeville area. It’s fantastic. It has a beautiful rustic barn, and an outdoor pavillion. They just put in slide-down doors so it can have a super outdoor feel but if it’s freezing or raining you can put them down, or leave them open if it’s nice! The catering company is the Jeffrey Miller Catering company- they’ve been fantastic. Their food is fresh and orignial, and they have so many options to choose from (if your indecsive I suggest a group tasting!) I highly suggest the venue and caterer!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2015

adbuzz:  I thought I’d chime in in case anyone is still looking to this blog for help. The first thing I knew when I started my search was that I did NOT want a ballroom because of the ugly carpet and décor and I didn’t want a country club because… I wanted to be unique (but also stand the test of time with classic elements mixed with my personal taste for the natural/rustic). That led me to Jeffrey A Miller (JAM) Catering. They have venues in Philadelphia and the surrounding and everything from mansions to modern museums to old, historic homes. I am getting married at the Anthony Wayne House in Chester County in October because I wanted a very classic and natural setting, with both outdoor and indoor spaces. My fiancé and I had gone to a JAM wedding at the Tyler Arboretum a couple of years ago and loved the food, so that was a big factor in deciding to go with them. Everything is farm-to-table fresh and they have SO MANY options – especially for cocktail hour! We just loved all of the creative and delicious hors d’overues. Check them out here http://jamcater.com/ and on Party Space.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

For those still looking for unique wedding venues, not cookie cutter country clubs or banquet halls, I coul dnot recommend Jeffrey A Miller more highly. I am getting married at the John James Audubon Center which has beutiful outdoor spaces as well as a rustic barn and pavillion. In other words, there are many options for unique settings to get married in and have the reception. Not too mantion their catering which provides delciious farm to table fresh foods. They have mae the entire process such a breee and my fiance and I can’t wait for our wedding day.

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