- Wedding: September 2013 - The Gables at Chadds Ford
Hey Ladies! I have been following this thread for a few months looking for an inexpensive wedding venue with both a rustic feel and reasonable bar and food prices. I was getting so frustrated with other local wedding venues and was trying not to get my hopes up before we looked at The Gables at Chadds Ford. We spoke to a very nice young girl around 9PM on Saturday night who said Mike, the banquet manager, would be happy to meet with us the next day.
The Gables is right on Rt 1, which is a pretty busy road- so that initially made me wonder if this place would be suitable for a wedding. As soon as I walked in, I was immediately drawn to the atmosphere. Any photos you may find online really don’t do it justice! The place is beautiful. There was a retirement party starting when we arrived yesterday to visit the venue, but Mike was happy to show us through the event room and to the outdoor cermony spaces.
The Gables was an old dairy barn that was converted to a restaurant so it definitely has the rustic feel we were looking for. The outside area has a nice deck for cocktail hour, and he said they are planning to get a rolling bar for outdoor serving, or we can always use the indoor bar which is right next to the deck. The lawn space just below the deck was an option for the ceremony. The aisle is laid with pretty red-toned pavers, and the backdrop is a waterfall with an arch overhead and thin topiary trees on either side. My only concern was that you can sort of see the parking lot beyond the topiaries because they are still small enough to see space between them, although I’m sure you can cover the in-between area with some sort of fabric backdrop if it bothers you. The other ceremony option was just off the restaurant entrance. It was all a gray stone on both the ground and walls with a raised area for the bride and groom to get married– we loved this option! Again, the only downfall is that there is a lovely view of the parking lot next to the ceremony. The manager did say that they should be finishing the bridal suite in about three months, which appears to be separate from the restaurant, and just outside the lawn ceremony site.
As far as cost goes, it seems like there are so many options that you could have your wedding there for almost any budget. Our guest list is approximately 80 people, with a maximum of 100. Entrees start around $23 for buffet, and the highest entree option for a seated dinner is about $42/pp. These prices do not include appetizers, but you can choose how many passed and display appetizers you would like. Four hour bar packages for a beer and wine only package start at $21/pp and open bar starts at $28/pp. I’d like to add another hour to our reception if possible. The banquet manager, Mike, seemed to be pretty flexible with options.
Our wedding budget is about $15,000 for 80-100 guests (although my fiance would be happy to do it for less!) I figured with a buffet dinner, three passed hors d’oeuvres, three display appetizers, cake, and an open bar, we can do the food and alcohol for about $83/pp (including estimated 26% tax and gratuity.) I will have to find out if taxes were already included in the prices we were given, but I added them in just in case. Like I said, they have so many options, you could definitely do a wedding for much less depending on the food and alcohol options you want.
Sorry this was so long! I’m hoping it helps someone like this thread has helped me!