Post # 1
Hello Bees 🙂
We are looking at venues in Philadelphia for a winter 2013 wedding (offseason prices!). We live in Virginia so its been a bit challenging! We are looking to have approximately 125-150 guests. My fiance and I have looked at several venues including the Horticultural Center, the Mutter Museum, and the Racquet Club. We loved the Horticultural Center but when crunching the numbers, it seemed to be a little out of our price range once you add in tax, alcohol, and site fees. We are hoping to spend less than $15,000 for the reception, which is becoming seemingly difficult in the city.
We have emailed numerous venues including the Please Touch, ISPM, Constitution Center, and more. But all seem to be around $140/person plus site fees. We don’t have too many picky requirements other than easily accessible for many of our out of town guests. Also, I’m trying to avoid places that have ugly carpets 🙂 Are there any amazing places in our price range that I’m missing?
Thank you in advance!
Post # 3
With a group that size, you may want to look into some of the nicer/higher-end hotels. They often will give HUGE breaks on site fees and space/venue fees if you’re bringing them a big room block and/or a big catering bill. Sometimes you can find ones that have really nice grounds— I don’t get to Philly too often so I unfortunately cannot recommend one, but usually Intercontinental, W/Westin, and the boutique chain I Prefer have really nice hotels. I Prefer especially has some interesting spaces. While it wouldn’t be as lush (in terms of foliage) as the Horticultural Center, you mgiht be able to find a suitable, posh, elegant space.
If you do decide to look into hotels, negotiate hotel points as part of your contract (assuming you’d go with a chain that has a points system). The hotel is not required to give them but some will throw a nice pile of points at you for bringing them the group— sometimes enough for 2-3 free nights at another property in their chain. definitely worth at least asking about.
This would mean the reception and the ceremony would most likely be in the same place but personally I don’t see anything wrong with that, as long as the place is nice.
You can also approach some local art galleries to see if any would allow you to do the ceremony and a short cocktail reception onsite before moving on to a hotel, restaurant or other banquet-type setting for the actual wedding.
I wish I had better specifics but it’s hard to get the whole thing on that budget in most larger cities on the East Coast so you will need to be creative.
Post # 4
I’d look into Moshulu. They have dinner menus starting at $65/guest, including soup or salad, entree, plated dessert, and coffee and tea service. and there’s extra options to upgrade, you can get a cake through them (mmm their cakes are good too!). As well as open bar options starting at $34/guest for 3 hours for premium alcohol.