(Closed) Philly wedding venues

posted 10 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

i have a book called "Historic Venues in Philadelphia" that helped me out alot. it lists a ton of venues in Philly, some that are well-known and others that aren’t. i already found my venue, so if you want it, PM me. i ended up choosing a venue in wilmington, de (the delaware museum of natural history), in large part bc of the very high cost of Philly.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa

chill~ where are you?

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa

you could read the blogs of Mrs. Ladybug, Mrs. Bell Pepper and Miss Cupcakefor some ideas.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2007 - Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

how many guests are you expecting and what kind of venue are you looking for? there’s tons in the philly area and i can give you a few good options if you give me more info. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

I’m not sure of the prices, but I went to a beautiful wedding at the Westin in Center City.  The food was amazing, the receptions space was really nice, and the guest rooms were very pretty and comfortable. 

If you’re open to something outside of the city, of course I have to recommend my venue, The Desmond, which I blogged about on the Bee a few weeks ago.  The Main Line area has some nice places that might be more affordable than the city, but you’re still not too far if you want to plan a few excursions for your guests to get to Center City.  Conshohocken might also have some more affordable options, and you’re not far from Center City via I-76.

Good luck!

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I am getting marrie at The Manor House at Commonwealth in Horsham- not too far outside the city.  When I was looking I also really like Talamore at Oak Terrace

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2007 - Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

 

A post about the Westin:

http://www.weddingbee.com/2007/07/17/10-12000-real-wedding-budgets/

Maybe double your guest count and you can figure out how much the venue would cost for you.

For a more unique location, what about Philopatrian Literary Institute? MrsMek (http://community.theknot.com/cs/ks/user/page.aspx?username=mrsmek&MsdVisit=1) had a budget around your range and the same guest count, the venue looked gorgeous!

http://www.partyspace.com is a great source for all venues in the Philadelphia area and surrounding counties.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Yay for downtown weddings!  There are soooo many options in center city. We spent weeks researching & visiting & making decisions and yes, I agree, prices are high! We ended up booking a Sat afternoon reception partially based on that.   Here are some of the places we looked at:

The Down Town Club (6th & Walnut- great views)

Loews Hotel (13th & Market- awesome views)

Society Hill Dance Academy (2nd & Lombard, can have an outdoor reception & dancing inside)

Top of the Tower (great views)

Independence Visitors Center Ballroom (great outdoor patio & view of the Mall)

Fuel (3rd & race- awesome space, if you can find a cheap caterer)

Good luck!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

FUEL is really pretty — definitely a great space for a chic, urban wedding. and you can get married at the betsy ross house right next door! the rental fees are a bear though (last i checked, it was 8000 just in rental fees). but piperbenjamin’s right, if you bring in your own caterer, you may end up saving in the end.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2007

Angiepagnie!  Sorry, I totally missed this thread.

I’m not sure what you budget is, and your guest list count, but I would love to help you.  There are some fabulous spaces in Philadelphia downtown, and going with your own caterer is always a good idea. However, due to the historical aspect of places, or just because it’s in the city, the venue rental charges can get high. 

 

Post # 15
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Wannabee

I just married in November at the Philly Airprot Marriott.  It’s only about 10 miles from downtown Philly.  The hotel is beautiful and the staff is so incredilbly nice.  The event coordinator was helpful in every aspect of the wedding.  She answered all of my questions within minutes when I emailed her.  There’s free parking for all quests, and the food pp was was within my budget.  And the hotel is even connected to the airport.  I had some out of town guests and the morning after the wedding, they just walked to their gates.  The hotel does not do many weddings, so they value the business. 

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2007

I know you said you want to be close to Center City, but for any other Philly brides who might be reading this thread, I recommend Knowlton Manor:

http://www.conroycatering.com/docs/knowlton.html

My BIL and SIL got married there in ’06 and the wedding was beautiful.  The service on the day of was impecccable (seriously) and the cocktail hour was divine.  A great venue, In My Humble Opinion.

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