Post # 1
Hi! I just joined today, I’m recently engaged and already I keep hearing that I must find a venue for an April 2010 reception. That would be easy, as there are sooo many venues listed on The Knot and Martha Stewart Weddings, but I’m looking for a very "outside the box" venue idea. We’re not interested in banquet halls, hotels, run of the mill "wedding places". The other thing I keep seeing is that certain venues only use certain caterers, but we’re planning on using a vegetarian/vegan caterer.
Any fun idea’s? Please share! We’re trying to keep it in the city so that out of town guests can stay in CC spend some time site seeing in the city without having to rent cars.
Post # 3
Our wedding is at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden! It’s super unique and not too far from center city. We have a couple of friends that live in CC who are actually planning on taking the train over, so you could even get away with no car rentals. It might not be exactly what you were looking for, just thought I’d throw it out there!
Post # 4
That’s exactly the type of venue I’m looking for! Wow! What a fun idea!
Post # 5
There are very few places in Center City that will let you use your own caterer. Several museums will host weddings — the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Franklin Institute, the Independence Seaport Museum, the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the College of Physicians are a few. I’m almost certain they all have either an exclusive caterer or an approved list, though. You could always try to negotiate, though!
Check out http://www.partyspace.com if you haven’t already — if lists a ton of venues and is specific to the Philly area. It helped me a lot when I was venue searching.
Post # 6
My site is not in CC but you might want to check it out because it is unique, its the phoenixville foundry, in phoenixville pa. I just fell in love with it. other than that try partyspace.com that was really helpful in my search for something different! HTH
Post # 7
I really liked the space at Moore College of Art and Design. The only problem, FI hated the floors their. I liked the cocktail hour space and loved the price and location.
Post # 8
I agree with HL about all the museums or even the library down town…I know someone in work that is getting married on the roof top of the library!! I see that your wedding date is 4/26…ours is 4/24!! I checked and I see that your getting married on a Monday? That will probably save you a lot of money. And I know what you mean about not wanting to get married at a country club or a hotel or all the 80s looking banquet halls! We’re getting married at an historical mansion!!
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
Our Old City venue, the FUEL House, is an awesome old bank that’s now a modern art gallery — definitely different than most other places we considered!
Post # 10
I loved the Franklin Institute – they have a roof deck as well, and your guests can wander through the exhibits during cocktail hour.
Post # 11
I don’t know about being able to bring in your own caterer for a lot of these places but I had some of the same requirements:
As Miss B. said FUEL house is definitely very unique, there are lots of museums the Please Touch Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Franklin Institute, The Physician’s College (where the Muetter sp? museum is so freaky but they will open to your guests), Curtis Center,
I’m getting married at the Downtown Club – it is a ballroom – it used to be a private club it is next to Independence Hall with amazing views.
The National Constitution Center, The Seaport Museum, Moshulu (a ship on the waterfront), the Independence Visitor’s Center,Morris Arboretum
Those are just a few. Partyspace.com is invaluable. Let us know how it goes.
Post # 12
I thought of another two Appleford and Glen Foerd
Post # 13
I had just this same dilemma and ended up going with the College of Physicians – hotel ballrooms, country clubs, and anything where a "rolling lawn" might be involved is not my style, nor my FI’s. College of Physicians does have an exclusive caterer, Catering by Design, but I’m sure they could do vegetarian.
Other places to consider; the Independence Seaport Museum, Society Hill Dance Center, Cairnwood, Penn’s Mask and Wig club (if your party is under 120 – so cool – and they’re renovating now, so the space would be brand spankin’ new!)
Post # 14
We are getting married at The FUEL house (old bank, then philadelphia real world house, now art gallery)
But can I also suggest Bartram’s Garden in West Philly, ablouslety gourgerous historic garden! They have tons of parking and makes for a really special site. bartramsgarden.org
Post # 15
im getting married at merion tribute house on the main line. i love it! its a historic house that has a very antique castle sort of vibe. lots of amazing architectural details and they have been great to work with so far. the website doesn’t do it justice – you gotta see it in person! i dont know if its quite that different, but might be a nice place to look into 🙂
Post # 16
the kimmel center has an awesome rooftop garden area that I’d love to use! It holds 200 guests