Post # 1
I’m new here and I’m hoping to crowd source ideas for my wedding venue. A bit of background…, we’re looking for a fall 2015 wedding, that is in a location convenient for out of town guests, can double as a ceremony site or has a small catholic church near by. We’re going for sophistcated but relaxed. I’ve never been a fan of rustic (unless it’s nappa valley rustic)and i’m not a over the top kind of person. We’ve seen a lot of venues (le meredian, carinwood, pomme, the racquet club, aldie mansion, the kimmel center, stotesbury mansion, the arts ballroom, union trust, loews hotel, just to name a few), and I still can’t say I feel like I’ve seen the right venue. So I’m hoping ya’ll know something I don’t and can suggest a venue. I’m so stressed out about this venue search, that it’s keeping me up at night. Help!
Here’s my inspiration…
Post # 2
I’m getting married at the Warrington Country Club. They’ve got an all inclusive package that’s well priced and with their floral, tablescape, and uplighting options you could easily acheive that look! They also have gardens on site for ceremonies
Post # 3
I did a lot of reasearch on http://partyspace.com/philadelphia. It gives you a great overview of available space in the Phila area, room capacity, price, etc.
Based on a lot of internet research, looking at reviews, and making phone calls, we only had to tour one venue. Yippee!
Post # 4
We got married at the Knowlton mansion and everythung was great. Great food drinks service. Beautiful unique venue!
Post # 5
When I look at those pictures, I think Fairmount Horticulture Center. It was my dream venue, but alas, it was not meant to be!
Post # 6
Have you looked into Bartram’s Gardens?
Post # 7
Have you looked at Curtis Hall in the Curtis Arboretum? It’s a historic ballroom that’s in the middle of a huge beautiful arboretum. It looks like it has an arbor outside just like the one you showed!
There are two photos of the interior here:
Post # 8
I’m getting married in October at the American Swedish Historical Museum. It can double as wedding and reception location and is convienent to center city…either just off the Broad Street line or an easy quick taxi ride. It has a lot of outdoor space as it is located in FDR park (so it can align with your inspiration 🙂 ! Check them out on Party Space. Jeffrey Miller does the catering and their food is delicious and they are really helpful in planning and visualizing everything. Plus, if you book with them they have an in-house florsit who is amazing! Check it out!
Post # 9
that’s amazing which venue did you ultimately choose?
Post # 10
thanks! We’ll check it out this weekend.
Post # 11
The Hotel duPont, in Wilmington, DE. Very elegant, and historic. Booked Sunday night, of a holiday weekend, and saved about $50 per person. Daughter had seen a photo of their Gold Ballroom on the cover of a bridal magazine a few years before, ane said “I’m getting married there.” I did a lot of research on other options and called about 10 venues. One went into receivership, and then they decided they had to have hotel rooms on the premises, high ceilings in the ballroom, and ceremony space onsite/across the street, so that narrowed it down a lot.
I loved Cairnwood – we had been there for a Xmas event awhile ago, but the bride didn’t want guests in separate rooms, and said no to an outside tent.
I agree with the horticultural center – my daughter attended a wedding there. But I think it took a lot of interior decorating, to get it to look the way they wanted, except for the cocktail hour room, which probably had a large amount of plants, already there.
Have you looked at any of the Cecaphe (sp?) properties?
I know it’s really difficult to get married in a Catholic church, or any church, in which your or an immediate member of your family are not a member. The Hotel DuPont regulary refers people to a Protestant church across the street, but at the time all their fees totaled up to over $2500, I believe.
Post # 12
Just remember if you’re doing a fall 2015 wedding in the Philly area t hat you don’t pick the week the Pope is in town in September. Living in NJ, I’ve already read numerous articles in newspapers and online about accommodations being impossible to find and room blocks being impossible to get. And the nightmares some brides are going thru worry about transportation and getting around the city. Good luck!
Post # 13
I know you already said you did not like the Racquet Club, but Jeffrey Miller Catering has a lot more venues than just this one. I would suggest going on their website and checking them out. Especially if you like options, they have their own florist, a huge selection of food, different stations, and 4 different menu packages to choose from. Sometimes it is not what you see, but what you can imagine that the caterer could really do for you. Their website is : http://jamcater.com/venues/
I am going with Jeffrey Miller Catering because of their service, professionalism, and additional quirks that they have. For instance, at the Racquet Club there is an underground bar and they will be bar tending and serving food at the after party for us, which I think is very cool.
Good luck in your search!
Post # 14
I just found this source. They all look unique.
We stayed away from the city, after I found out they have a 8% sales tax, and 10% tax on the alcohol portion. Plus with some venues, parking was problematic or expensive.
Post # 15
Thanks everyone for the help and suggestions. We’ve narrowed it down to Le Meredian and Downtown Club.