Post # 1
I am looking for a venue for sometime next year (2015) that fits within the following requirements:
- Capacity: 180 seated with dancing
- Fantastic food!
- Available outdoor terrace / area in additional to main reception area
- Ceremony on-site
- No more than 1 hour drive from Manhattan
- I’m flexible on pricing
Has character (exposed beams, brick walls, refurbished or dark woods, I’d even be OK with rustic / country / barn) but is “traditional” enough for older guests – a venue that isn’t too cramped, large open-space floor plan, available parking, good A/C / heating to accommodate for weather changes. Something that they won’t feel uncomfortable in.. younger people have a higher tolerance of some things.
Places I’m looking at are: 1. Midtown Loft and Terrace (almost too small), 2. The Green Building (too cramped), Front and Palmer (in Philly), 3. Grand Cascades at Crystal Springs (almost too far)
Post # 2
How about Columbia Station in Phoenixsville? It may be a tad pricey, but its all inclusive…its an old train station from the Reading line, built in the late 1800s….could see ticket STD, invites, etc…its unique, historical, and fits all your requirements….
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
You might like my venue if your budget can accommodate it-
The Liberty House in Jersey City. The food was great, I’m pretty sure you can get 180 minimum off peak, and it checks all of your boxes; it even has a ferry landing from manhattan. Here are some pictures:
Post # 4
If you’re looking at Front and Palmer, I’m assuming you’re willing to travel to Philadelphia? If so, I’d check out the Cescaphe venues! They are the best in Philly, especially in terms of food. They all have tons of space for seating, fantastic food, cocktail areas, heat/ac, and valet parking.
I’m getting married at the Down Town Club (a Cescaphe venue). I love the venue! It’s gorgeous, spacious, and a perfect fusion of modern and classic. The photos of the Cescaphe venues don’t do them justice, so I’d recommend a trip to Philly to look if you’re considering them! You also really might like the Cescaphe ballroom because it has outside space, or the Atrium at the Curtis Center because it’s enormous and gorgeous.
MeiFrancis: Also, your venue is GORGEOUS! I’ve never been there, but it looks like an incredible pick!
Post # 5
jaelin: The Lambertville Station and Inn, directly on the Delaware River, is gorgeous!
Post # 6
These places are gorgeous..
@MeiFrances – we are currently in conversation with Liberty House (and their sister venue Stone House) to confirm pricing.
@Astra – Thanks for the suggestion but based on the information on their website, looks to be too small for a wedding of my size (180 – 200)
Post # 7
I am getting married at Midtown Loft and Terrace so I am partial 🙂 I love the space and the fact that you can bring in your own caterer and make it your own. We have the same amount on our guestlist (200) and they have been great to work with. It was hard to find a venue we loved. Good luck!
Post # 8
did you check out the park restaurant in nyc?
it’s right by the highline and has a garden that can accommodate many people. and it’s indoors but feels outdoors.
i think you can go much cheaper than what they first quote you according to my research. 🙂
Post # 9
Thank you all for your suggestions! We have decided on Midtown Loft and Terrace as it afforded the most space for a sit-down dinner and comes with a wrap-around terrace on the second level.
Also, the venue will be under construction early next year to extend their elevator up to the terrace level which will be great for older guests!