APOLOGIZING NOW FOR THE LONG POST : Worth Reading Though! 🙂
I booked the Gables in Chadds Ford for 10/26/2013 and I couldn’t be happier! I can give you a run down of the current prices if you want ( but as always, they can go up? *disclaimer so they dont ring my neck if they read this! lol)
I am absolutely in LOVE with it there! PLEASE trust me when I say I have SEARCHED HIGH AND LOW in and out of everywhere that is rustic/barn/country and this is by far the cheapest place!
I am also paying for our wedding by ourselves.. so I get how you’re feeling! I have looked at every barn/barn-looking place in the tri-state area (literally) and this is the only place we could afford. This “theme” is EXPENSIVE. The type of venue you (and I) want are ALL so expensive :/
Anyway…. So i booked and they only require 300.00 to hold your date and prices! The menu is amazing and I just did my tasting last saturday and the food was soooo good! The venue fee is 500 for the room for a saturday (Friday & Sunday is 400). The food per person ranges from chicken at 35/pp to most expensive filet migeon at 42/pp. (kids are only 12.00) Alcohol you have a few options… Either open bar, open bar-beer & wine, by comsumption, or by comsumption-beer,wine & signature drink (which this last option cuts out all the expensive liquor! with still giving some kind of a liquor based drink other then beer and wine)…. soooo.. needless to say, I am doing BY CONSUMPTION-beer, wine & signature drink. I have a guest list of 75 and only about 45 will be drinking. so this will save you a lot. and on top of that you can also put a “cap” on it where you would like to stop paying for it like at 500.00 then it would become cash bar.. This is MUCH cheaper then an open bar.
Let me just say… this is THE MOST flexible place I have also found. They let you decorate virtually however you want, tweak the menu if you want, and pick the kind of bar you want. They include linens, china, drinkware, etc.. They also decorate the place ALL over with candles in mason jars, etc. They definately give you a lot for your money compared to other places. Most places I have found charge you 10,000 for reception, this place is half!!
soo… I paid saturday fee 500.00 plus an average p.p. fee of 36.00 x approx 68 adults, 12.00 x 7 kids, and bar cap of 700.00 I am looking at a total of approx: $4,700 (with taxes and gratuity!!) BELIEVE ME, this is way cheaper then any other place you’ll ever find unless you do a fire hall. and it’s beautiful too! oh, and i’m not getting married there but they have a pretty outdoors space as well with a waterfall wall! you should definately check it out!
anyway, my fingers hurt lol … hope this all helps!!