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I’m looking for a fun and unique venue in Philadelphia or the surrounding areas for a wedding next year. It needs to be a sit down Jewish wedding for 130-150 people (NOT Outdoor since it will be cold say Feb/March or October). I want a historic atmosphere with a wine theme … think wine barrels with babies breath and burgandy colors but honestly I could do without the CRAZY price tags. I can’t find anything under 150 pp without the quality going to hell.
I really really want to avoid Country clubs/bland hotel ballrooms as I think they are incredibly boring.
Any suggestions that would put me around 80-100pp would be GREATLY appreciated.
Much love from Philly
the pink ninja
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Rose Bank Winery might work for you.
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We’re getting married at Riverdale Manor in Lancaster, PA with 125 people, and they’d fit your budget, especially with winter discounting. It’s an easy shot down the turnpike from Philly. They run their own catering company so you can adjust the budget that way as needed, too. 150 people might get a bit tight for them, but 130 would definitely be fine. It’s a beautiful location that’s a little old world – you’d definitely be able to get the winery theme if you could get your hands on some barrels 🙂
We looked in to the Reading Country Club too. It’s not very country-clubish, very castley from the outside, and the ballroom is very pretty too (several Juliette balconies, etc). We fell in love with Riverdale but that was our second choice – the price was right too!
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@pinkninja2 I’m not sure of the price, but the new American Jewish Museum is beautiful and has a few spaces to rent out (it’s the first thing I thought of when you said big Jewish wedding!)
I didn’t want my wedding at a county club, ballroom, or anything slightly wedding factory, so we had our wedding at a museum—The Franklin Institute, and it was amazing!
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Check out the Aldie Mansion in Doylestown: http://partyspace.com/provider/detail/765
Unique & Beautiful venue. It is a historic building with so much character inside & out! Budget is flexible- lots of options to help keep the cost down. The months that you are looking at would be cheaper than peak wedding months. And you bring your own alcohol. They have open houses every Tuesday too: no appointment necessary. I’m getting married there this June and am so excited. I have to say: it would be a beautiful place to have a fall or winter wedding. I was there in February- it was getting dark and kind of a dreary day: but I was still found it to be stunning! They have fire places too! Very warm with a dark wood library (where the bar is) would be perfect for wine theme! Good luck!
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http://maskandwigrentals.wordpress.com/ seems to match your description pretty well too. If you search this website, http://partyspace.com/philadelphia/wedding-venues you can search for specific things you like or venue size or location. It’s a really helpful tool, I used it a ton when I was looking! I also really liked the idea of the Rose Bank Winery, though I don’t know about their prices
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My venue Knowlton Mansion is below that price range. It’s unique and they have a wine cellar in the basement where you can have wine tastings during your cocktail hour. They are booked through Conroy Catering.
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Thanks for the suggestions ladies! So I also have the added bonus of alll of my friends getting married lately around Philly and I don’t necessarily want to use the same location (ugh..so Aldie Mansion is out) Rose bank winery hasnt gotten back to me even though I’ve left them 3 messages. (That just kind of annoys me). @pinkpanda.. I actually keep coming back to Knowlton Mansion and have an appt with them next week. If you dont mind id love to talk to you about the venue/pricina.
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@pinkninja2: Sure thing. Let me know any questions you have!
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@pinkninja2: have you looked at the Old Mill in Media? I went to a Jewish-esque weddin there 2yrs ago and it was wonderful. My friend got the most amazing pics on the grounds there.
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Here is an email I recently received from Rose Bank but the communication with them hasn’t been the greatest for me & they only emailed me because they got my name from the recent bridal expo.
“For groups up to about 200, we rent out the Vintner’s Ballroom and Loft priced at $4,500. We also rent the downstairs of our 1835 Buckman Barn, which was just expanded to accommodate 50-60 for $2,000, or add it to the Rose Ballroom rental for $1,000. Our upscale Rose Ballroom with space for 300 is priced at $6,500 for events in 2013, going to $7,500 for events in 2014. A 10% discount is offered for Friday and 20% for Sunday weddings. Tables and chairs are included and you are welcome to use our wine glasses.”
Keep in mind that is only for rental fees.
Also, Knowlton Mansion starts at about $120. I know you said you would like to avoid country clubs & hotel ballrooms but
Where would you prefer to have you reception? I have a long list of vendors and pricing.