Post # 1
Ok so this has been drivng me nuts for a few months. I can’t seem to find a venue that I like, or when I do there are limitations. So far I have looked at Drexelbrook, Phoenixville Foundry, Regal Ballroom, and GoggleWorks. So far the GoggleWorks was the best out of them in means of fitting what I wanted, except it maybe too small. So far I have a guest list of 140. My theme is Japanese Cherry Blossom, however I want venues that are near ceremony sites with gardens or Asian areas. Philly has the Shofusu Garden House and Reading has the lovely Pagoda. I want to be able to decorate with lighting, draping and hanging decorations. Everyone but GW won’t allow anything to be hung up so it has to be free standing, fine. Also I need the place to not have exclusive catering. I find this to be hard seeing as some of the places have preffered vendor list that tend to be a little bit pricy, but also aren’t flexible when it comes to food. I really like the idea of renting a loft type space but other than GW, I don’t know of anything else. It can also be a unique location as well because I am not a very princess like person, more so off beat than anything.
Post # 3
@LadyFae: I looked at a Hibachi restaurant on Penn’s landing. We ended up not going but it might be something you want to check out. Also, I’m pretty sure they have pictures on facebook. Good luck! http://www.hibachidining.com/philadelphia/index.html
Post # 4
I don’t know what their rules are, but this seemed interesting:
I don’t know what your budget is, and unfortunately they are exclusive with STARR events, but honestly, I’ve seen this place done up and it’s gorgeous:
There’s also the Magic Gardens (more urban feel) and my favorite, the Elkins Estate. Will cost a fart ton in rental fees, but I don’t think they have an exclusive caterer and the place is STUNNING.
Post # 5
@LuckyJuls: Elkins Estate is gorgeous, but I don’t know if they’ve resolved their issues from their bankruptcy. It was all in the news how they took people’s money, filed for bankruptcy, and didn’t refund it.
Post # 6
@RayRayFurious: They seem to be doing ok at the moment. I think! lol. I think they have significant income coming in. I hope it gets them out of bankruptcy. Their venue is incredible.
Post # 7
The garden in the fairmount is the Shofusu ^_^. I was already looking into it for a ceremony. However our guest are too much to hold a reception there. As far as budgeting we are trying to keep the reception site fees under 5k for places that allow decorating. If the place is nice enough that it wouldn’t really require a lot of decoration then it goes up.
My maid of honor is looking for places in NY and NJ that may also fit our requirements as well.
Post # 8
*edit* I have no idea how to edit my original post lol.
Some more information. We are trying to keep out entire wedding at $20,000 or less. We really do not want a tradition looking venue at all. I am making all the centerpieces, most of the decorations and possibly the invitations as well. Our big thing is that we really like the idea of serving stations. As mentioned above we went to the GoggleWorks event and got to meet with a lot of vendors there. However I really love the Japanese Garden in Philly and would rather stick to this area or suburbs. We know food and drinks are our big cost factors, because we have family members that like to eat. Also we want a Saturday evening wedding which we also know cost more than usual. I’m having trouble locating a place here in Philly that will allow outside caters but also allow decorations as well.
Post # 9
What about the Magi Gardens on South Street in Philly? It’s a beautiful, unique space—and you have to bring in your own caterer and alcohol. The space is SO amazing too; so you won’t need many decorations. Here is there site, and it has a FAQ and rental info on it. Good luck!