Post # 1
Hi Wedding Bees! I just recently got engaged and have set off on my wedding planning Journey. I live in Northern Delaware, but would prefer my wedding to be in or near Philadelphia. I’ve researched some venues and have fallen in loooove with a few, but I believe they may be out of my budget. I’m looking for a venue with a more industrial feel like Front + Palmer. I’m seeing some boards where it is listed as “affordable,” but others with similar budgets to mine stated they ‘couldn’t get the numbers to work.’ My budget for my overall wedding is 20k with 100 guests. I’m trying to find a place that is 100pp or less. And I’m not opposed to having food stations, to lower the costs. I want to get married in 2016, but do not have a specific month set yet. I’d also do a friday night wedding to lower costs. Can any one please help me with my ceremony/reception venue search??
Post # 2
PA has a 6% sales tax, with Phila. having 8%, with 10% on the alcohol portion. I’d keep it in Delaware, to avoid the sales tax. My daughter’s venue was in DE, and we saved thousands by not having to pay sales tax to the venue and the other vendors. The only vendor she used that was local to us was the gown shop.
A friend’s daughter had her reception at Front & Palmer a few years ago. They had to pay a rental fee. Maybe that’s what they consider to be affordable? Rentals (chairs, tables, linens, dishes, glasses, etc.) and food were over $150 per person and that was without alcohol, the cake, centerpieces, etc. Things may have changed and now they include the furnishings and tableware?
I’d recommend http://www.partyspace.com, for a general overview of lots of venues and vendors, in the tri-state area.
P.S. I just remembered – my daughter’s friends had their reception at the Carriage House, at Rockwood Park, Wilmington. http://www.greenerycaterers.com/venues/carriage-house-at-rockwood-park/
Post # 3
A center city wedding totals up pretty quickly, especially with city taxes, as 2XMOB
mentioned! Also, many of the bigger venues in Philly have guest minimums, which make it even more expensive.
Off the top of my head, one industrial looking place in the Philly ‘burbs that you might want to check out is the Phoenixville Foundry. I’m not totally sure what it costs, but it should be less than a center city wedding and might have the vibe you’re going for!
Post # 4
Have you tried using PArtySpace.com? That’s what we used to find our venue 🙂 They have a lot of local venues that can work with all different budgets! We ended up with one of Jeffery Miller Catering’s venues!!! The JOhn James Auduon Center. I would suggest checking both out. http://jamcater.com/ http://partyspace.com/philadelphia -LaurenW
Post # 5
I second Lauren – I too found my venue (John James Audubon Center) on partyspace.com! Jeffery Miller Catering venues are all beautiful, and their food is absolutely amazing. JJAC has many different and unique areas of their space that come along with the rental, including a barn, pavilion, and outdoor space. They also do BYOB which is a big money-saver as well. Friday and Sunday weddings at their venues do lower costs!