(Closed) Reception at Franklin Institute

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Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I’ve heard it rocks! (I have a friend who used to work there)

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I went to one. The problem was they crammed too many people in the space and it wasn’t pleasant. It wasn’t built to host parties with major sound systems so it just felt loud to me. BUT it is still an amazing venue and great photo ops. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I went to one. The problem was they crammed too many people in the space and it wasn’t pleasant. It wasn’t built to host parties with major sound systems so it just felt loud to me. BUT it is still an amazing venue and great photo ops. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

BTW, my wedding was at the Rittenhouse and there was no comparison. While the Rittenhouse was beautiful and convenient, the FI was much more grand and spectacular for a wedding.

Post # 9
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2007

@dewblue: Hi there! We receive questions about acoustics in Franklin Hall frequently. The Franklin Hall Memorial underwent a huge renovation in 2008. We installed great acoustic paneling throughout the space. If you want to come in and check it out or learn more about weddings at The Franklin Institute, feel free to email me ([email protected]). Also, check out our facebook fan page, “Weddings at The Franklin Institute.” We have a great selection of photos available for you to view. Have a great weekend!

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Hi! I’m getting married at the Franklin Institute in September. I’m excited but the catering is just SO expensive. I find that I’m having to make a lot of other concessions because of the catering costs. Right now I’m debating spending less on my florals/decor and not having a band for the cocktail hour on the roof. The ceremony will be in the planetarium and the reception in the Ben Franklin memorial room. The Ben Franklin room is stunning already, If you got married at the Franklin Institute, did you do a lot with decor in there or could that be a good place to cut costs? Thanks!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m getting married at the franklin institute too-in June. I didn’t think that the catering prices were that much more then other places in the city, and the FI give you a ton of cocktail hour food. Maybe you can work something out with Frog to see if they can cut that down somehow-maybe only 4 passed apps, instead of the 8 that comes standard? 

As for decor, I think the room and lighting is so dramatic and beautiful, that you don’t need tons of flowers to make a statement. They let you use the GOBO lighting too, so maybe you can get a monogram or something designed and have it projected on the wall all night. Also, when it comes closer to the date, you meet with a technician to come up with what lights you want projected and when. They have the stars (among many other things) you can project on the floor and domed ceiling. I think that switching the lights a few times during the night will have a big impact decor wise. 

You could also use a lot of silver and glass candlesticks and mirrors and candles on your table that will help reflect the lights too—you can buy them yourself from homegoods and thrift stores, and you won’t need as may flowers. 

Good luck and let me know how your planning goes! What other vendors are you using?

 

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