affordable/unique wedding venue around philly

posted 7 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Hmm. What about the Abington Art Center? They have an outdoor area where you can hold the ceremony and an art/sculpture garden. It’s really cute. I know they only have a few caterers you can use, though.

I’d also check out some venues in New Hope. It’s about an hour, I think, outside of Philly and is chock full of cute bed and breakfasts and nice little shops. There’s a few wedding venues there, too, including a couple of wineries. There are also some barns in that area.

In terms of loft space, you could try PowerPlant Productions in Philadelphia. It’s a converted warehouse space and it’s really nice.

Philadelphia has a ton of art spaces, though, in varying levels of expensiveness. The Magic Garden on South Street is a unique place that comes to mind. But most of the museums actually rent their spaces out.

You might also check some local breweries. I really liked the Allentown Brewery, but I think you have to use their caterer. They had a really nice looking space. But there are plenty of others in the area.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am getting married at the Brossman Center, in Northwest Philadelphia.  It’s on the grounds of the Lutheran Seminary (though you can be of any religion, or none with no problem).  It has a beautiful chapel, and lovely grounds, as well as a great banquet space. 

http://www.brossmancenter.com/about.html

The one downside in my opinion is that it doesn’t have a lot of hotel options in the surrounding neighborhood, however, they do provide some lodging on campus, and it is close to City Line, where there are hotel options.

The caterer that I am thinking about working with, Birchtree Catering, seems to be very veggie friendly, and focuses on local food.  I haven’t signed a contract yet, but am leaning heavily towards them, and they have been great thus far in contacts and attention.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012
Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You could try Front & Palmer — that’s where I’m getting married. Awesome industrial loft space operated by catering company Feast Your Eyes. The name of the game there is FLEXIBILITY — they seem really willing to work with you to give you what you want. The neighborhood is not glamorous, but you forget all about it once you see the space, and it’s not at all far from Northern Liberties, which is super fun.

 

Hope this helps!!

Post # 8
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Newbee

You could check out World Cafe Live….ideal for bands/entertainment.  Not sure on pricing though: 

http://philly.worldcafelive.com/private-events/upstairs-and-private-live.html

 

The Painted Bride might also be a unique and artsy space for you…its also right on south st. so lots to do and easily accessible by public transportation.

http://www.paintedbride.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Rental-Program-Main-Stage.pdf

 

We are actually leaning now towards Curtis Arboretum.  

http://www.cheltenhamtownship.org/facilityView.aspx?fid=8

It has a beautiful outdoor space but also a nice hall with original architecture, etc.  Our favorite part is that you can choose your own caterer and its BYOB.  We are vegetarian, so also looking to bring in a caterer which can match our needs.  We too are struggling in this…so if you make any headway finding an affordable caterer, let me know!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Well not sure if you’re willing to go further north but the http://www.stroudsmoor.com/ in the Poconos has experience with vegan weddings, can do a vegan wedding cake and in fact the director of events Linda is vegan.  They didn’t work for the date we want (also doing a vegan wedding :)) but since you’re going for 2013 perhaps it would work for you?  Also http://hollyhedge.com/ in Bucks County and http://www.riverdalemanor.com/ in Lancaster have experience and can both do vegan weddings.  I have collected a list of venues in NY (outside of the city and a few within) that can do vegan if you’re interested let me know.  I would love to hear where you end up!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

I don’t know about the vegan part of it, but my nephew’s wedding is in 2 weeks at Tendenza.

How far are you willing to travel? My daughter’s wedding last year was at the Brant Beach Yacht Club on LBI and you can provide your own caterer and everything else. September is beautiful at the shore!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@pisces2232323: The owner went to my high school and she is FABULOUS and VERY talented. Would highly recommend.

Post # 13
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Wannabee

catres :  catres :  I know this was 6 years ago but, if you still have that list of the vegan friendly venues, i would absolutely be so grateful and happy if you still had it. It would be super helpful! 🙂

Post # 14
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Busy bee

Not sure if this is too far outside of where you are looking… But I went to a wedding at Franklin Commons in Phoenixville PA in June and the space was really cool. Good indoor/outdoor space, modern and it is an art gallery as well I believe?

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2019

Reviving this old thread to suggest Terrain in Glen Mills. It’s beautiful – has a Paper Source-y, anthropologie-vibe because it’s owned by Urban Outfitters. It caters to mostly small groups – caps at 120 and the prices are v reasonable at $100 pp. I would look into it if it weren’t so far for me! 

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