(Closed) Why is Finding an Affordable Venue so Difficult?!

posted 6 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

With a group that size, you may want to look into some of the nicer/higher-end hotels. They often will give HUGE breaks on site fees and space/venue fees if you’re bringing them a big room block and/or a big catering bill. Sometimes you can find ones that have really nice grounds— I don’t get to Philly too often so I unfortunately cannot recommend one, but usually Intercontinental, W/Westin, and the boutique chain I Prefer have really nice hotels. I Prefer especially has some interesting spaces.  While it wouldn’t be as lush (in terms of foliage) as the Horticultural Center, you mgiht be able to find a suitable, posh, elegant space.

If you do decide to look into hotels, negotiate hotel points as part of your contract (assuming you’d go with a chain that has a points system). The hotel is not required to give them but some will throw a nice pile of points at you for bringing them the group— sometimes enough for 2-3 free nights at another property in their chain. definitely worth at least asking about.

This would mean the reception and the ceremony would most likely be in the same place but personally I don’t see anything wrong with that, as long as the place is nice.

You can also approach some local art galleries to see if any would allow you to do the ceremony and a short cocktail reception onsite before moving on to a hotel, restaurant or other banquet-type setting for the actual wedding.

I wish I had better specifics but it’s hard to get the whole thing on that budget in most larger cities on the East Coast so you will need to be creative.

Post # 4
656 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’d look into Moshulu. They have dinner menus starting at $65/guest, including soup or salad, entree, plated dessert, and coffee and tea service. and there’s extra options to upgrade, you can get a cake through them (mmm their cakes are good too!). As well as open bar options starting at $34/guest for 3 hours for premium alcohol. 

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