Post # 1
im new to the site and newly engaged. Im wondering whether it is possible to have a tasteful wedding in Philly for around $10k. If so, then please give tips on venues. If not, then what is a more reasonable figure for a taseful wedding.
To clarify, im anticipating about 120 guests.
Thank you, ladies!
Post # 3
I’ve looked into all kinds of Philly venues, so before I answer, are you planning on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday wedding? Afternoon or evening? Prices go up or down accordingly. I have a few venues in mind depending on your answer.
Post # 4
@LuckyJuls: I would like to do a Friday evening wedding, but Im flexible. Also the wedding will be in the spring/summer 2013.
Post # 5
I’ve done a charity event at Spring Mill Manor in Ivyland. Give them a call if that looks like a decent option for you.
I see on their website that they only have a few sample menu/event options posted for 2012, but they worked with our charity group to create a custom package for us to get us where we needed to be in terms of price. We had to cut things, but they weren’t missed by our banquet attendees at all. The service from the staff was incredible, and I plan to call them once we get more settled on an idea of what we’d like to do.
Post # 6
I loved the feel of Marsha Browns. Not positive on prices but it’s outside Philadelphia in New Hope and the scenery is gorgeous. You wouldn’t need a lot of flowers, but the architecture in the actual venue can stand on it’s own.
Also outside the city is Northampton Country Club. They cater to weddings large and small, prices were decent, and lovely grounds.
I don’t know how flexible you are with price, but Hotel Palomar has a fabulous ballroom. It’s smaller, but the price is around $150 per person (I think it could be less with afternoon or Friday reception) and I loved the more modern, cool feel. This would put you about $8,000.00 over budget, but the room doesn’t really require anything but lovely votives and maybe a small band.
In that same vein, Sofitel had a great great package for an evening wedding on a Saturday at $165 with tax and grautity. I think on a Friday it would be significantly cheaper. You get a lot with the package. The bridal suite is HUGE.
The Loews Hotel had a really romantic penthouse ballroom, it would be perfect with candles and soft light. Price was around the same as Sofitel. They are flexible. We got to sample the menu before they even asked us whether we wanted to book. In the end it came down to what our parents wanted, but it was my second runner up.
My last suggestion would be The Downtown Club. They do Sunday or Friday weddings. It’s also a stunning space, the prices include a Viennese dessert ROOM and it has a lot of nice touches, in a great location for lots of nice pictures. I can’t seem to find the pricing for the packaging in my email, but I do know I spoke with a Mary White.
If you are review oriented, I would check out reviews for these venues and whichever other venues you are interested in.
Post # 7
@LuckyJuls: Wow! $8,000 out of budget is kind of…a lot. I think some of those places are going to be very much out of price for the OP, BUT it depends on what the $10,000 is covering.
OP, there’s a huge difference between $10,000 for ceremony and reception vs. $10,000 for the entire wedding. Considering dress, photography, flowers, invitations, etc., if your budget is $10,000 for the whole thing, you should probably shouldn’t spend over $7,000 on food and service (and that’s pushing it).
I have a ton of ideas, but I need more information. The Brossman Center could definitely work. They have many caterers to choose from and I’m sure you could get a quote for food around $7,000. The rental is about $1600+ depending on when you rent. They also have all-inclusive prices. You can also bring in your own alcohol, which saves money.
Fairmount Park also has some gorgeous mansions and buildings that range from $1,000-2500 on rentals.
What sort of theme or vibe are you going for? I don’t want to suggest barns and other rustic places if that’s not your style.
Post # 8
You may also want to try TheKnot.com’s budget calculator, which tells you how much you can expect to spend in each of your categories. That may help you to narrow down places a bit more.
Post # 9
@RayRayFurious: Honestly, she didn’t seem firm in her $10,000.00 dollar price, so I figured by tasteful she meant an elegant setting (doesn’t have to be covered in flowers) with a decent amount of service and some bonus elements (free bridal suite, cake included, all food handled on premises, etc.). $18,000.00 may be quite a bit, I agree, but the price was for $150, evening Saturday wedding, and I’m sure they go down in price on Fridays.
Since she seemed flexible and wants to get married in the city, I shared a few options that were there with quite a fair price. Obviously, not all of them are reasonable, but if a city wedding is what she wants, she’s going to have a tough time hitting $10,000.00 exactly, yes. But I think my options are pretty close.
I also shared two venues outside the city.
To me, the options I described offer A LOT of bang for the buck and the representatives are usually very flexible in price range for Fridays and Sundays. I experienced this myself, so I decided to share my account with OP.
Just my two cents.
Post # 10
@LuckyJuls: Not sure if you’re misreading me or something, but I’m just saying that the OP needs to give more information.
I’m glad you got great deals, but as I mentioned before, it really depends on if her budget is strict or not, and also if it is all-inclusive or is just the reception or ceremony. Other variables, such as alcohol packages and rental prices can certainly inflate the price, too.
Something almost twice the amount might be virtually impossible, it just depends on what the $10,000 figure is covering. $10,000 for 120 is about $83 a person, which is going to be crazy finding that anywhere near Philly. So more information on that figure is definitely needed…
Post # 11
Thank you all so much for your responses!
I am trying to spend $10,000-13,000 for the wedding, reception, dress, flowers, music,…the whole thing.
This means that I am looking to spend around $7k-$8k on the reception. Im not too into the barn theme, but I LOVE the idea of a fairmount park mansion. Thats very appealing to me. Please let me know of any other similar suggestions.
Sorry for the lack of information, but I am in the very early stages of planning. Im just trying to set realitic goals for my price range. Thank you!