- 7 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
Yesterday, the fiance and I took a whole day to look at seven venues in the Philadelphia area. YUP! Seven in ONE day. But we don’t live in the Philadelphia area (our families do) so we thought that we should get our visits done in one day.
So a little bit more information about our wedding plans:
Date is Spring of 2012. We’ve been engaged since this past May so I really would like to do early 2012. We’re waiting a while to save money since we will be doing this mostly on our own. Also, I figured if I had it early months like March or April, we might get a deal on a venue
Estimated Number of Guests: 180-200
Budget: $125/person inclusive
So we basically looked at a variety of options like hotels, banquet halls, etc. and narrowed our search down to two: Ballroom at the Ben and Tendenza. These two places are completely different from each other. He’s a description of both and a little bit of the pros and cons that I’ve thought of. I won’t include pros or cons that are common for both.
Option 1: Ballroom at the Ben:This venue is definitely elegant (see pics below).
Pros + Meets the budget BUT wedding must be done in March
+ Ballroom with built in uplighting and pin spot lighting on tables which is typically extra cost everywhere else.
+ Lots of weddings have happened here so I’ve seen lots of pictures online which all validate how beautiful it is and that it can hold the number of people that will likely attend
+ Closer to hotels downtown
+ Fiance loves it
Con – Wedding MUST be before end of March to meet budget which is still slightly cold and would also mean that the wedding will be during lent (I am Catholic and half the guests are as well)
– Guests park a block away in a parking lot and must walk to the a building and navigate their way to the ballroom. We can choose to pay ahead of time (Addtl. $750) for everyone’s parking and they are supposedly given a ticket voucher to present to the garage attendant. I’ve heard from a review that this didn’t work out so well and guests had to pay for parking even though bride and groom pre-paid.
– Must pay extra for linens other than ivory or white
– Though the ballroom itself is gorgeous, the upstairs cocktail area looks dated
– Must go down elevators and out lobby to get some air
Option 2: Tendenza (by Cescaphe):This venue is very modern and different (see pics below)
Pros + A very unique venue that is unlike anything that I have ever seen. I was blown away as soon as I walked into the space
+ For only a little bit higher than budget, we can have the wedding in April or May which is warmer than March.
+ Included in the price is the only thing that the fiance asked for which is a raw bar
+ For an extra $800 our guests will have valet right outside of the venue at no cost to them
+ No additional cost for different linen options and square tables
+ No additional fee for a duet entre which is one of the things we wanted + Color scheme of the place matches our colors (black, ivory, and a couple of accent colors that I haven’t decided on)
+ I absolutely love it
+ Common outdoor courtyard on the same level as venue
Cons – It is brand new and has not officially opened so no history of weddings or online pictures to better visualize a wedding set-up
– Planner says they max out at 240 people for a sit-down dinner. Fiance is worried that it will be very cramped for our size party of 200
– Over budget by $10 per person
– Light colored walls and floors which look great now but worried that it will look dirty and worn by the time our wedding comes around (space is booking fast even though they haven’t opened
– Fiance is worried that it looks like a club
Cocktail Hour Space
Dinner/Dance area again
Sorry for such a long post and my bad iphone pics! I really really wish I had brought a camera!
Also, Thanks in advance for your input! I’m really torn about this one…