John J Audubon Center – site rental cost??

posted 6 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@amv2103:  I checked out Audubon a few months ago and, if I’m remembering correctly, the rental fees were between $2k and $4k, depending on day of the week, time of year, etc. Plus $100 if you want a visit from the resident owl 🙂

What a gorgeous place — good luck and congratulations!!

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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Just an update here on prices. As of May 2016:

– Rental fees are between $1500-5000 depending on day of week/time of year etc.

– A visit from the resident owl (who is teeny tiny and ADORABLE) is $200

– Their food packages start at $135/pp – for station, buffet or full sit down dinners. This does not include alcohol (see note at the bottom of this post). The food is sustainable/seasonal and everything sounds amazing, but this price is a lot for my fiance and I. They are willing to work with you on the price! We are discussing having a cocktail reception (heavy appetizers and desserts) and she said doing the wedding on “off hours” (7-11 instead of 6-10pm – they also mentioned 2-5pm) – would reduce the cost. 

 

Other things to note that I remember from our visit (I know these aren’t price related, but figured it would be good to keep it all together) — 

There isnt really a dressing room for the bride. There IS, but it’s basically a closet. 

They are working on a visitor’s center that will attach to the pavilion, expanding the pavilion restrooms and kitchen areas. 

The pavilion has glass doors that can be open (like garage doors) or closed (if weather is bad/cold). The pavilion also has a fireplace inside. There are benches and a fire pit outside, and they have lawn games such as cornhole. The pavilion is also pre-strung with bistro lights – it’s beautiful. 

Your ceremony can be anywhere on the grounds, most people have it in this apple “orchard” which is like an aisle of 6-8 trees. You can also get married in the barn. 

The barn can be used for cocktail hour so they can set up the pavilion for the reception itself – there is climate control (AC/heat), however the barn does not have restrooms. They are a short walk from the barn itself. 

They do not supply alcohol – you bring your own, and your catering package includes a bartender, mixers, garnish, glasses, etc etc. This is a great cost-saving way to do your bar, just hit up Total Wine in Delaware!

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I am getting married at the John James Audubon Center this August! We have been working with Shannon and Kate who are absolutely fabulous. For other brides who are looking — definitely conside a Jeffery Miller property as your venue!!!!!! While the cost per person may seem like a lot at first — remember that this includes almost* everything. Wait staff, tables, chairs, linens and tax!!! A lot of venues don’t include these things. The food is also well worth the splurge!

I’d be happy to tell anyone looking at the Audubon Center more information!! Please DM me if you’d like to chat!

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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Totally agree with the posts above me. JAM is such a wonderful company to work with for wedding planning. I am getting married at the John James Audubon Center in September but we currently live in California. Shannon and Kate have made the entire planning process so easy and extremely flexible with our schedule. Not too mention their venues and food are amazing! Strongly recommend them!

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I agree completely! My fiance and I are getting married at the JJAC in October 2017. We’re both incredibly busy this year leading up to our date — both working 6 days a week on top of wedding planning, and to complicate things further, we live in NYC!  In spite of our crazy schedules and the fact that we’re currently living so far from the venue, Shannon has been AMAZING — so patient in spite of my neuroticism, and incredibly helpful.

 

To anyone looking for a gorgeous outdoor/indoor rustic wedding venue, JJAC is perfection. When my fiance and I first started looking at venues we knew we wanted that outdoor feel, but because weather in the fall can be so unpredictable, we wanted to ensure that wherever we chose had a “plan B” option that we loved just as much as our “plan A!”  At Audubon, we’re planning to have our ceremony outside in the gorgeous apple orchard, but if we happen to end up with nasty weather, we will simply move our ceremony into the GORGEOUS 300 year old barn on the property. Win win!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I completely agree with all of the other posters. I’m also getting married at the JJAC this July, and it is an amazing venue! It’s beautiful and everyone these is so great to work with.

Post # 8
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Honey bee

This thread is 5 year old. I’m sure the O.P. has already made a decision.

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