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I am planning my wedding for spring 2012 and I’m having a hard time finding a place that’s $100 or less per person. Please give me ideas on venues in and around Philly!
Where have you booked? Wedding will have 130 people.
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Columbia Station (robert ryan catering). It’s in phoenixville and I can’t say enough good things about them.
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Thanks StephinPA! One of my best friends just had her wedding there 🙁 It was lovely!
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Bob Ryan and his team will work with you so you can have just what you want. You don’t see something on the menu options, just ask them and they will make it work. For instance, we wanted a taco bar. They didn’t openly offer this but are doing it for us. I just can’t say enough good things.
Post # 6
Have you looked into places where you can bring your own caterer? That ends up opening up for a lot of room in the pricing. What kind of feel are you looking for? Here are a few that I looked into:
-Artesano Art Gallery: a unique and beautiful art gallery in Manayunk that we checked out and thought was awesome. They seat 180 if doing dinner/dancing. They have a list of preferred caterers but you can bring in anyone really.
-Front and Palmer: we almost went with this one–loved it but you have to like a large loft space which you can do up however you want; space is in Northern Liberties, owned by catering company Feast Your Eyes which serves fabulous food! They are great and will work with most budgets.
-Moshulu: restaurant on a permanently fixed but real boat on Penn’s Landing; they have no site fee, good food supposedly, and it is quite affordable
-La Massaria at Bella Vista Golf Course: I never visited but they have a lot of inclusive packaging and it’s beautiful
-TRUST (formerly Fuel House) in Old City: beautiful two-story building (used to be the Real World Philadelphia house) where you can bring in your own caterer but the site fee is pretty expensive depending on the season/day of the week.
If you have a better idea on feel you want/indoor vs. outdoor, I can probably give you some more! Hope this helps.
Post # 7
Thanks so much! I was thinking more indoors for reception with a possible outdoor ceremony. I am also not opposed to the Philly Suburbs! Thanks for all your help.
Post # 8
-Artesano has an outdoor space that can be used for ceremonies but it’s probably too intimate to seat 130 people…
-If you are willing to pay a fee for a ceremony site that is outside and combine it with one of the indoor venues, that might work too. One place we considered was doing the ceremony in Headhouse Square (right up in Old City)–they charge 750 for the site.
-If you want to consider TRUST, they have a connection to the Betsy Ross House next door which can be used for ceremonies but again, that would all cost extra and if you are on a budget, TRUST is already expensive for the site.
Glasbern Inn is one in the suburbs with packages < 100 pp: http://www.glasbern.com/wedding-package-in-pennsylvania.htm
Looks beautiful but I never visited and it’s further away, in Allentown.
Post # 9
@brideofsax: Hi! I just got engaged and am looking into unique venues around Philly suburbs as well for a winter wedding this December. I’ve been overwhelmed with the prices I see around, and I’m also looking for a caterer who would charge less than $100/pp, ideally $75/pp…
I googled The Columbia Station and I’m a little confused since they do not have their own website and it goes thru Robert Ryan Catering’s wesbite. Does this mean you’d have to book Columbia Station through the caterer?
Does anyone know the rental fee for the Columbia Station?
Post # 10
William Penn Inn, Valley Green Inn, Joseph Ambler Inn, Washington Crossing Inn are all around $100 a head or less. I’ve known people to marry at the Penn Ryn Mansion for $100, as well as Talamore & LuLu Country Club. If you want something cheaper the Warrington Country Club can cater for about $65 per person, although I’m not sure of the quality.
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Hi Phily brides,
I’m a fellow Philadelphia suburbs bride who had their wedding in Chester County. West Chester, PA to be exact. I had my wedding for 130 guest, all for about 11K. I had food stations buffet and food cost me about $46pp. Including favors, DIY centerpieces, cake and other reception items, alcohol (essentially an open bar), DJ… my total pp came to about $69.
Reception for 130 guests: $9033 ($69.5 pp)
Venue #2: $1200
DIY Programs: $8
DIY centerpieces for 18 tables: $185 ($10.5 each table)
Food caterer including bartenders: $5600 for 130 guests ($43 pp)
Linen rental: $200
Alcohol: $700 (returned unopened bottles) It was essentially an open bar and better (10 kinds of beer, flavored vodka and rums, some top shelf liquors and wine)
I ended up having my reception at Milestones Events in West Chester PA. I had originally had my reception at another venue where food was about $50 a plate for buffet but the kicker was the wine and beer charge. They were going to charge me $33 pp for wine and beer. For 130 guests, alcohol alone would have cost me $4290. My husband and I couldn’t afford to spend that much on just alcohol. So I lost my deposit and was looking at other venues. I even considered fire halls because I didn’t want to pay that open bar per person charge. My Mother-In-Law suggested Milestones Events. I was hesitant because it looked like a nice place and it was new. Well, I went there, checked out the place. They told me that they allowed outside caterers. Which was great! That means I could shop around. They gave me a list of about 10 caterers. Called a few and asked if they allowed me to bring my own alcohol. A couple of them did. GREAT!!! I went with Newstreet Catering because they were associated with West Chester University. I figured they probably have silverware and nice dishes and glassware because their a university. They have dorms and cafeterias to feed however many student they have. So I figured they would charge less for that. So I had to get an insurance policy to cover the liability of having buying my own alcohol. That was added to my renters insurance. It was cheap. I asked the caterers to have bartenders available, so my guests wouldn’t serve themselves. My Mother-In-Law went to Deleware and bought cases of beer, and bottles of liquor. The caterer supplied the garnishes and mixers for the drinks. I had my pineapple mojito to drink. We had flavored rums and vodkas. Gin, Brandy, whiskey. We had about 10 different types of beer. It cost my Mother-In-Law about $900 and she ended up returning any unopened bottles to Total Wine.
I have pictures of my wedding on here somewhere. PM me if you want to see my pics. Feel free to message me if you have any questions.
Affordable reception site in Chester County. (West Chester, PA)
Good luck and sorry I wrote so much.
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I am having my wedding at Warrington Country Club. It is fairly inexpensive, considering all you get (5 hr open bar, 8 passed hor’dovers, 4 course sit down meal including salad, app, dinner, dessert, cake, centerpeices and linens). We booked our June 4th, 2011 wedding on January 20th and we ended up at $68.50/pp. NOW, I will say, this is a BIG discount for the normal Saturday night price of $83.50. We got an $11 discount (honored the “Spring/Offseason price) and then they always offer $4 off if you are willing to only give your guests a chicken/fish/vegetarian choice. If you want beef added, then you lose the $4/pp discount. Linda, the banquet manager is very nice and easy to work with. They can do up to two events at a time. We are having our ceremony there as well, in the outdoor garden (hopefully!). I have had many people tell me that the food is great! Cant really do a tasting. The ONLY thing so far that I was not thrilled about was the mid 90’s decor. BUT, to me, if the food is good, the DJ is good and the drinks are flowing, the decor is not that remembered. Don’t get me wrong, it is not that bad and with the lights turned down, candles lit and love in the air it will be GREAT!! 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 15
Hi we are having our wedding Oct. 13th, 2012 at Celebrations in Bensalem,PA it’s $101 per person includes, open bar, cocktail hour, and food for reception it also includes the floral centerpieces and the cake. Check them out http://www.celebrationsweddings.com
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Very interested seeing the info that comes out of this thread. I need to know about as many places in the tri-state area as posible.