Post # 1
I am getting very frustrated/discouraged with my venue search. My problem is I have expensive taste but a very very very limited budget. (I’m definitely the kind of person that should not try on dresses outside of my budget bc once I fall in love with it no other dress will feel good enough)
I fell in love with the grand ballroom at Bellevue at the Hyatt in Center City.. but it is wayyy out of my price range. I also fell in love with the Arts Ballroom, but they are already booked for our date. Every other place I look at just doesn’t compare.. and even ones that are worthwhile – are not worth the $$$ they are asking for.
looking for: beautiful/elegant or clean/modern and not cheesy/plain/ugly (aka ugly carpets or plain boring rooms), affordable (as low as possible – but willing to go up to $70=80/person), accomodates 150-175 guests
Post # 3
@smyko4: Are you trying to include your tax in that? Alcohol? Venue fee? My price range is similar and I haven’t been able to find much in that range. And I’ve been searching since March ’10. Try Blair Mill Inn and Northampton Country Club. You might like the Brossman Center, too. But you’re going to probably need to cut your list or raise your budget. $70 is really hard to work with.
Post # 4
I second the Brossman Center, though am biased, as that’s where I’m getting married/ having the reception. The price is pretty good, and a nice place (and for me, right up the street from my home.
Post # 5
I was in the same boat as you. We finally decided on the Richmond Hall. Our reception comes out to be around $89/head. Here is the link: http://www.richmond-hall.com/richmond-hall/
Post # 6
In my experience, if you want something enough you should do it! It will be worth the extra $$ in the long run. We were hemming and hawing over having a videographer, but at the end of the day we decided to go for it. You only get married once (hopefully!) and you don’t want to look back on it with regret.
I would try talking to the managers at Bellevue at the Hyatt in Center City and see what they could do for you. Maybe there’s been a cancellation and they want to just fill a date, or they may have reduced rates for Friday, Sunday, off peak months, etc. If you can be flexible on your date/time of day you can likely negotiate a better price. You can also see about allowing them to use your wedding for photos/ads and giving them reviews all over as a help as well.
You can maybe also ask them about doing a custom package. Maybe you can elimate some of the food, drinks, etc to get a lower price.
Hope this helps!
Post # 7
@smyko4: My Senior Prom was at the Bellevue about 7 years ago on a thursday night and the tickets were $89/person. No alcohol of course. It is a beautiful place but I cannot imagine how much a wedding costs there. It cannot hurt to look into it and seeing if they will negotiate, but I’m not too hopeful.
If not, I know if you look into PnP in the Northeast, they’re rate is about 65/head. Also, the Stotesbury Mansion is beautiful. I think the rental is about $1,500 and they have a few caterers, but I am unsure on their going rate.
It might be worth looking outside of the city. I think Northampton will be overpriced for you. I’m attending an afternoon wedding at just under $100/head. Also, Warrington Country Club is totally within your budget. There’s also a great hotel in Mt Laurel called Alot on 73. It’s def modern. No clue on pricing.
Post # 8
@MASPA: Aloft is going to be way out of that price range. Northampton was running a special for around $70-80 per person and I believe it included tax, so it might be an option. It was for off-days, though: Friday evenings, Saturday afternoons, and Sunday evenings.
And P&P is nice, too and probably in your range. Not sure if it’s as modern as you want, though. The Gathering Place in Mount Airy or Waterview Lounge in Fishtown might work, though I’ve not heard of weddings happening there, so I’d be afraid to be the guinea pig.
Post # 9
wow.. thank you all for the great suggestions! I will definitely look into those places! Thanks!!