(Closed) Philadelphia wedding reception help, can't find the perfect place for us!

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

Tendenza would fit your requirements, but I think is over your budget.

What place in NJ did you like?

Post # 5
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@angcamp84:  Does it need to be IN Philadelphia?

I know Ladder 15 and World Cafe Life do weddings and/or receptions, but I don’t know if that’s what you’re going for.

I would comb partyspace.com – it’s really helpful.

Post # 6
882 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hmmm, if you wouldn’t mind bringing in your own catering, some DIY, etc.. try The German Soceity of Pennsylvania:


Also, The Free Library of Philadelphia (their website is a mess, but here is the contact info:Parkway Central Library offers several beautiful rentable spaces in our stunning Beaux-Arts building for weddings and other special events. Contact Alexandra Morigi at [email protected] or 215-567-7710.)

Front & Palmer:


The Pyramid Club:


and The Mask and Wig Club (at UPenn):


all have great spaces, too (and not astonomically priced). I got married this summer at The Franklin Institute, and everything about it was perfect. I can’t give a better reccomendation than that. 

Good luck—and keep us posted!

Post # 7
267 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

For 140 ppl, our venue may be tight. They say they can do a max of 140 with a dance floor but i can’t visualize it.  We have 110-120 and I think that’s about the right size.  We’ve just booked with Estia Restaurant in Center City (Broad & Locust). The banquet manager is Anastastia and she’s amazing.  She’s one of those worker bees that doesn’t even know how good she is.  

I totally understand your venue frustration — we were set to book with The Gables at Chadds Ford but the banquet manager there (Mike) is horrible.  We’ve been waiting almost a month for basic info. like a brunch menu for our daytime reception — AND THEY SERVE BRUNCH EVERY WEEKEND.  Needless to say, the frustration sent us elsewhere.  We’re actually paying more at Estia but it’s worth it to have the right conversations at the right time and end it knowing that when the day comes, you’ll be completely satisfied and no-stress.

But speaking of price, if you kept the guest list down to the lower end of what you mentioned, you could have an awesome reception for less than $100 pp.

My Fiance and I had lunch there the day we viewed it and it was the best Greek food we’ve ever had. and the restaurant is GAW-JUS. it totally put our fears to rest about not having a church wedding.  We’re doing it right there. 

Post # 8
24 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

Definitely check out the Aldie Mansion (http://partyspace.com/bucks-county-weddings/historic-venues/aldie-mansion).  Its far from your typical ballroom, banquet hall setting.  While it may not be the club scene you are looking for: the dining area is beautiful and can be transformed to suite your dreams.  The outdoor ceremony spaces are just magnificent. I’m getting married there (in 169 days :O ) and we are doing a sit down dinner: but they have a stations option that might be exactly what you are looking for.  

Good luck! And please feel free to message me with any questions.

Post # 9
11 posts
  • Wedding: December 2013

I am having the exact same problem.  I am just about to sign with a venue in NJ because the price is right…but my heart just isn’t there…ugh!  It’s a horrible position to be in.  Good luck, and if I find anything I will certainly pass it your way!!!

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