Post # 1
Hi everyone! I am trying to do a wedding for about 100-150 guests for $10-15K (including venue, food, drink, flowers, decorations… we have a free photographer and DJ). I live in Philadelphia and would LOVE to do something in the city, but am afraid it might be too expensive, so I’m willing to go ~1 hour outside of the city as well. If anyone has any suggestions for a CHEAP venue (~$3,000 or less) that allows you to choose your own caterer and buy your own alcohol, please let me know! I think that’s the only way I will be able to pull off this budget. I am open to a lot of different wedding styles, but I’m looking for something beautiful/unique (not your standard reception hall). Please post if you have any ideas!!
Post # 3
Check out the Colonial Dames, which is in CC. Also, you may have better luck if you consider a Friday or Sunday (or an afternoon). If you’re willing to consider those options, your world will open up!
Post # 4
I was actually JUST looking at their website.. this is the kind of budget/location I’m looking for. I would definitely consider friday/sunday as well!
Keep the ideas coming! Thanks!
Post # 5
@newbee2989: Celebrations is where I’m having my wedding this Sunday! Here is their link, they have a speicials section for their speical pricing. We booked our wedding under their winter speical for Jan, Feb, March back in Feb of 2012, for our wedding on Jan 20, 2013. Great price beautiful venue, all inclusive, they also have a Thursday evening special thats $65 a person same package, all inclusive!
P&P Catering, I have been to several weddings there, beautiful and afforable as well.
Post # 6
I’ll be getting married at the Silver Decoy Winery in Hightstown, NJ. It’s probably about an hour from the city, but it’s really cheap ($1000 for a Saturday in June includes tables and chairs for 100). It’s not as fancy as some of the other wineries around, but it’s pretty and they’re super laid back, you can use any vendors/caterers/whatever that you want. You can even BYOB, except wine (you have to drink theirs, since they’re a winery, but it’s good and not too expensive). Definitely worth checking out!
Post # 7
Hi! Try these places…they are pretty much blank spaces and you bring in everything yourself, and all are in the city. Good luck! I got married this summer at The Franklin Institute, and everything about it was perfect. I can’t give a better reccomendation than that—but it’s really pricey.
The Crane Arts building in Northern Liberties:
The German Soceity of Pennsylvania:
The Free Library of Philadelphia (their website is a mess, but here is the contact info:Parkway Central Library offers several beautiful rentable spaces in our stunning Beaux-Arts building for weddings and other special events. Contact Alexandra Morigi at [email protected] or 215-567-7710.)
Front & Palmer:
and The Mask and Wig Club (at UPenn):
Good luck—and keep us posted!
Post # 8
I’ve been looking at the rose bank winery in newtown PA. You rent the space and bring whoever you want for catering and decorations. They provide the wine and you provide whatever else.
Post # 9
Thanks for the suggestions!
I have already looked into the Free Library and Rose Bank winery.
Here’s the pricing info. I got from these places if anyone else is curious:
-Free Library rooftop is under construction through this summer, and they are not booking anything until the construction is finished (bummer because the photos online are GORGEOUS!). The woman I spoke with also said that once the renovations are finished, the rental fee will increase and they will start using an exclusive caterer, so looks like this option is out for me! They are still renting the lobby for $3,000 for the evening, and still allow you to use your own caterer, but I think there might be better locations for ceremony + reception in/near Philly.
-Rose Bank winery:They have a really big, newly built barn for $6,500 rental fee (yikes! but I think it hold up to 300 guests), and the Vintner’s Ballroom and Loft priced at $4,500 for ~200 guests. This only includes rental space and tables/chairs/wine glasses, but they do allow BYOB (except wine, though they offer a nice discount for their wine and it seems very reasonable) and BYO caterer. They said in the e-mail that there are discounted fees for friday/sunday weddings, but I am not sure what they are.
I’ll look into some of your suggestions and keep you ladies posted!