Venue for $1,000 or Less

posted 7 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Given that your guest list is on the smaller side, have you considered having your reception at a restaurant? Not sure if this is the case in your area, but most if not all of the restaurants we’ve encountered don’t charge a venue fee, they just have a certain food and beverage minimum. We’re having ours in the private dining rooms of a restaurant in downtown Chicago and didn’t have to pay a venue fee. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If you have a college/university near you, check out whether they have any appropriate facilities. I’m renting out the faculty club at my local university. It’s a beautiful building and only costs me about $300 rental fee!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

@cz1789: I would also look into restaurants!  They have great options usually.

This place looks really nice and is very reasonable ($50 a person was one price I saw).  They have various sized rooms and can accommodate small or large parties.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’m not sure about rustic, but this facility is pretty much a blank slate and you can do whatever you want with it. The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts rents out their facility for about $1000, but you will have to rent out tables, chairs, linens, etc. Check their website: http://www.phillycircus.com/content/view/25/44/

You might also try the Saturday Club in Wayne, PA. If you do it on an “off-day” like a week-day or Sunday, you can do it for less than $1000. They include all tables and chairs. Here’s the site: http://www.saturdayclub.org/club-house-rentals.php

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Have you looked into parks? That might be pretty inexpensive and give you the outdoors venue you want (October, outside, leaves changing, should be lovely)

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am reserving a park in Hellertown for $100, for the entire day.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I live outside Philly and have gotten alot of quotes for about 30-80$ per person for a full affair, that’s over our budget so I don’t know too much. Otherwise what we did was check out firehouse halls and church halls which you can find for 500-1000 then were buying the linens online and hiring an off premise caterer. The caterers are $10-15 pp for food and you can hire waiters too. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Averne: The only barns I know are more than $1,000.

Here’s a link to a previous WB convo: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/philly-suburbs-barn-venue

You might want to try B&Bs or Inns. Someone in the ^thread suggested that. Rosebank Winery is $1500 and has both the barn, winery feel. You can also bring your own caterer. The other barns I know like the Stone Barn, Normandy Farms, Barn at Birchwood etc. might be over your $1000 limit, but it doesn’t hurt to email.

Try looking on WeddingWire with the keyword “barn” or “farm.” And post this on TheKnot.com local site(s) for Philly and Jersey.

This place would work if you were having a smaller wedding. And they’re cheap! http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/1818-stone-ridge-farm-country-inn-perkasie/website/7b4891c1100aa3d6.html

Keep looking, though! Good luck!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Try doing a google search for “wedding venues in chester county”  if you haven’t already Wink

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Try looking at the Maas Building. We looked there and loved it, however it was too small for our 130 guest wedding. They have a cool outdoor space, exsposed bricks and wood beams. When we talked to them they were asking about $750. They are extremley accommodating and friendly. The only issues were parking (residental neighborhood) and little space for caterers. 

The Maas Building http://tsmaas.com/

 

 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Averne: That’s really awesome! Are you doing the ceremony there, too? Do they allow a dance floor?

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