Post # 1
My name is Lindsay, I am having a bit of an issue. I have been searching like crazy for a unique/vintagesque wedding venue, located in or near Philly, Bucks, Montgomery, Lancaster, Chester Counties, the Pocono Mountains, Deleware, or New Jersey
My Fiance and I are stuck between an October Wedding and a February Wedding. Our families are leery about a winter wedding but I understand that they are a bit cheaper. But we both love the fall! I love old vintage masquerade balls, and I was thinking that as a great October theme. I also love grand fireplaces for a ceremony or a gorgeous outdoor fairytale-esque ceremony space.
The top places I have made a note of are:
– Aldie Mansion
– Knowlton Mansion
– The Cork Factory Hotel
Has anyone booked these for their venues? or does anyone have other venues that match my vision? Also, of you know of any venues like this with on-site accommodations that would be wonderful 😀
Thank you so much!
Post # 3
Have you thought about Jasna Polana in Princeton? They will be happy to give you a tour – it’s just amazing, the photo ops are incredible and in the fall would be breathtaking.
Post # 4
I also looked at Aldie Mansion. I think it would really fit your style…if you were having a ceremony later in the day to take advantage of the beautiful lighted tree that they have. Otherwise I would consider, Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek. Here’s a link to some pictures of someone else’s wedding there. http://www.smirnovweddings.com/blog/?p=2175
Hope this helps and hang in there. Venue shopping was beyond frustrating for me, but once you get past it…everything else becomes easier.
Post # 5
The Barn at Ridgeland Mansion in Fairmount Park is beautiful and the rental fee for the venue is a 100% charitable donation to a cancer support community. No required vendors and the grounds are gorgeous.
Post # 6
My wedding will be at Aldie Mansion next month. I was also overwhelmed by the venue hunt at first, but once I crossed that decision off the list it made everything so much easier! I really love the tudor style and the grounds at Aldie are lovely. 🙂
You would get a break on their rental fee if you book a February date, but they also provide a slight discount for Fridays and Sundays.
http://www.partyspace.com is a great site for searching Philly-area venues; you can even see if the date you want is available at most of the venues. Good luck!
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We just booked our wedding at Normandy Farm for November 2016. They have a great “value” package! The property has everything we wanted!
Post # 9
Did you look at the American Swedish Historical Museum in FDR park? It’s got a gorgoeus yard and is located right across from the lake in the park. Pictures are amazing. I’m getting married there in 3 weeks! So it’s also perfect for a fall wedding. And they have a semi-permananet tent so if the weather is cool or off a bit you’re covered at no extra cost. I recommend you check it out!
Post # 10
My apologies for the late reply! We put a hold on the wedding plans because we are trying to buy a house 😀 and my older brother finally booked his wedding for next year. (Both my brother and I got engaged on the same day, I got engaged in the afternoon and he got engaged at night, It was not planned, my poor, poor parents!). So we decided to give them a year after my brother’s wedding to prepare for mine. But I am still on the hunt for a venue since they book so quickly and so far in advance. We also had a change of plans for our wedding.
We decided on an October Wedding, since we both really love fall and it’s going to be a masquerade reception. 😀 So I am looking for something still very similar. We want to stay out of center city.
I love Aldie Mansion, but the BYOB frightens me, due to the amount of drinks my family consumes at weddings. I also love Knowlton Mansion and the cork factory hotel.
If anyone has any ideas for an October Masquerade Ball Wedding Venue I would love the help!
Thank you! -Lindsay
Post # 11
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@lindsaymariemc: BYOB isn’t as scary as it sounds! Aldie doesn’t charge a corkage fee (some venues do) and bringing your own means you aren’t subject to a caterer’s markup. Plus, you’ll save if you get booze in DE or NJ.
Aldie recommends two vendors in NJ for alcohol. I used one of them, Little Brothers: https://www.littlebroswine.com/
Little Brothers will work with you to determine how much booze you need to get, based on your guest count. For 140 guests, our total worked out to be around $1550. I honestly thought we’d need a lot more since our families love to party, so I was pleasantly surprised! Plus, Little Brothers handles the delivery and pickup after the reception, so that’s one less thing you need to bring there!
Post # 12
Have you looked at the John James Audubon Center at all? It’s absolutely gorgeous! In fall, I imagine it is amazing. The pavillion has a gorgeous fireplace and it also has an old barn where you can have the ceremony and an outdoor ceremony.
The space is really neutral and I feel like you can do any theme there!
The caterers are also Jeffery Miller Catering (Aldie Mansion uses them too) the food is supposed to be amazing! We are getting married at John James and they’ve been great!
Post # 13
My cousin got married here and had the reception in the same room. It was very nice. It’s in Montgomery county. I’m pretty certain this is the same room too. http://www.williampenninn.com/weddings/the-surrey-ballroom/
Post # 14
When I read your post, I was going to suggest the John James Audubon Center but stralowedding beat me to it! It is a gorgeous venue. In addition to the pavilion (with sliding glass doors when it gets cold), they also have a beautiful barn that could hold a ceremony or reception (depending on how big your guest list is). My fiance and I are getting married here in a few months. The venue is run by Jeffrey A Miller who also takes care of the catering as well and their food is delicious. I wasn’t able to go to the group tasting but my parents went and they are still raving about the food months later. Your only issue may be that it is BYOB. But I actually dont mind that. You can have kegs there which makes purchasing beer less expensive than bottled.
Post # 15
I must have had a brain freeze. My daughter married in Delaware – no sales tax and it was a quick, 40 minute trip for us, down I-95. I’ve been to center city weddings, that took twice as long, because of traffic on the Schuylkill Expressway. She chose all her vendors in DE, except for gowns and tuxedos, and saved thousands. Phila. has an 8% sales tax and 10%, for the alcohol portion. NJ is 7% (I don’t know about alcohol?).
We actually attended a wedding at The Adlie Mansion, in October, years ago. It was before they added the ballroom, so guests were scattered throughout the mansion as well as the courses. There was a pretty good traffic backlog getting the salad, in one room (the library?). They had the cermony outside and it was pretty cold. It’s a beautiful place. I can’t attest to the food, because it was probably around 15 years ago and everyone has different tastes/choices and budgets.