(Closed) Newbee needs venue help!

posted 7 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m from south Jersey, right outside of Philly so I’m not too familiar with those suburbs, but have you looked in south Jersey? I know cherry hill area has a lot of hotels that have nice weddings. good luck!!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@greeney1384: I went to a wedding at the Talamore country club about a year and a half ago.  I would say it was just “ok.”  The cocktail hour was eh, dinner, another “eh.”  the reception room had a cool way for the bride and groom to enter though.  And it was really pretty outside.  It was bad or horrible by any means at all, just nothing “wow” about it for me.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We liked Talamore, but I think ultimately I wasn’t a huge fan of the space where the ceremony would take place if we had to go indoors.  I think that would be personal preference though and would depend on your vision of how to decorate, etc.

We had the same guest count estimate and preferred price range.  Some other options in Montgomery County that we considered are Plymouth Country Club, Drexelbrook, Joseph Ambler Inn, William Penn Inn, and Normandy Farm.

I remember them being much more reasonable than the downtown hotels we considered – one downtown catering manager told me that due to union restrictions, the minimum price the downtown hotels can offer is a lot higher than what you see outside of the city.  After a lot of negotiating, and being in a “strong” negotiating position (using up an open Sunday on somewhat short notice of 6 months in advance) the best I could get was about $130 per person, with that price matched but not beat at several hotels, given ceremony/cocktail hour/dinner reception/open bar.

Post # 8
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107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am getting married at Talamore and I thought it was beautiful and I loved the food at the tasting- and I;ve been to some pretty swanky weddings. That said, it is a 23k minimum (food and beverage) for a Saturday night plus another 2k to get married there, plus $500 to rent the cocktail hour room. so I’m not sure why people keep saying it is inexpensive. Yes, it is cheap compared to come center city venues, but really it is not a steal

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@greeney1384: Did you like the wyndham Mt Laurel? I went there but it wasn’t what I had in mind.  We still got a hotel block there though.  And there is another bee who is getting married at aloft, if you want more info about that place.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@greeney1384: Well I drive past it every day, but it never occurred to me that being in between the turnpike entrance and a Wawa gas station would be problematic.  There wasn’t anywhere pretty to take pictures outside :(.  And I didn’t want to run around before the wedding to get pictures, I want a 1-stop shop.  Plus the ceremony/reception space seemed to ‘conference-y” to me, like I’d have to decorate a lot.  Their food packages looked really nice and reasonable though, and they only have 1 wedding there at a time which I thought was nice.  We’re doing brunch there the next day too in addition to having our room block there.

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