(Closed) Venues allowing outside catering

posted 7 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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glamvicious:  What exactly is your style and what are you looking for? I believe the Merion Tribute House still allows outside catering.

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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glamvicious:  I thought you originally needed a space to hold 125? What is your catering budget? Do you have a caterer already in mind? If not, are you at all open to places with in house or preferred caterers? It might seem like more money up front, but if you are just trying to rent a bare bones space, you’ll also have to consider in your budget the cost of chair rentals, tables, linens, etc. Sometimes, this will even out with the cost of a venue that already has catering.

If you have a catering budget in mind, I would add that to the $5K budget you have for the venue and then divide that number by the amount of people you’re inviting to the wedding. This will give you the price per head number that you can spend which might open out some venue options for you a bit more.

I’m going to be honest here: there have been some great suggestions in this thread but I think you’re going to be hard pressed to find something that you love for $3-$5K if all of these other options have been exhausted. It seems that you have been looking for a year for a venue that doesn’t exist. Something’s gotta give, you know? Maybe the location, maybe the outside/inside space you want, maybe the amount of people or your guest list, or maybe even the grand ballroom.

Mentioning wanting a historic site or a ballroom and the Hotel Monaco makes me think that you want something like the Cairnwood Estate, The Ballroom at the Ben, The Hyatt at the Bellevue, or the Cescaphe Ballroom. But in all seriousness, I think you will be hard pressed to find something even close to that on your budget. If that were possible, those sorts of places couldn’t charge what they do in the area that they are.

The only other places I could possibly think to tell you to check are:

The Ridgeland Mansion in Fairmount Park:

The Duportail House in Chesterbrook, PA:

The Belmont Mansion (with views overlooking Philadelphia):

Or finally, the Ridley Creek State Park Mansion:

 

I admire your tenacity in this venue search, I really do, but I fear that I will check back here in a few years and you will still be engaged because you haven’t found your venue

As I mentioned earlier, if you know what you want to spend on catering and can add that to the overall venue budget and then divide by your number of invited guests, I’d be happy to help you look for more venues that fit your budget. Otherwise, this is about all I can think of in addition to all of the places already mentioned in this thread.

Post # 19
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Kimmel Center of Performing Arts

This might be out of your budget not sure but I attended a wedding in northeast philly a while back and they used P&P Caters and the venue and catering was amazing. 

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