Philadelphia is a city rich with culture, art, and history–the perfect stage for a wedding. However, weddings are expensive, and a big city wedding is even more expensive. Trying to find a venue, dress, photographer, flowers, food, and more that all fit into your budget can feel nearly impossible. On top of that, you need it all to be at a date and location that your friends and family will be able to attend. That’s why we’ve put together the 4 best conventional and unconventional affordable wedding venues in Philly all under $2,000. Lower prices do not have to mean lower quality with these best-kept secret Philly wedding venues.
Built in 1870 and seated on Walnut St, you’d certainly not imagine Stotesbury Mansion would be on the list of “affordable” wedding venues. The mansion is a Philadelphia landmark and currently home to the Philopatrian Literary Institute. You can check out the grand and winding history of Stotesbury here on their website. It was originally built as a wedding gift from Thomas McKean to his son Henry McKean (hopefully you’re in line for a gift like that too). Later the mansion went on to host events that President Taft, Mr. and Mrs. JP Morgan, and other noteworthy names attended. Today, wedding packages start as low as $500, with various add-on options such as open bar packages, Chiavari Chairs, golden ballroom chairs, and more.
Bistro Romano is the perfect venue for wine-lovers and an intimate affair. With spaces capable of hosting anywhere from 20 to 200 people, they offer packages designed for a cocktail wedding or a seated dinner. Their team of event planners is more than willing to help you figure out what space, package, and accommodations are best suited for your wedding. Prices start at around $50 per head with their most basic package. Their traditional and contemporary Italian dishes are guaranteed to leave your guests wanting more.
Front Street Cafe
Front Street Cafe is a friendly Fishtown cafe that specializes in hosting intimate events. Their second-floor rooms donned in paisley wallpaper, chalky white woodwork, and exposed brick create the perfect backdrop for a rustic chic wedding. Their event space can accommodate 60 seated guests or 100 guests for a cocktail reception. Their menu features farm-to-table, organic plates such as wild mushroom risotto and pan-seared Scottish salmon. If what you’re looking for is contemporary, wholesome American dishes, look no further. Rental fees range from $75 to $1,000 depending on the event.
The German Society of Pennsylvania
The German Society of Pennsylvania is a historic, three-story building with colonial finishes. The property offers several different portions for rent, all featuring antique furniture and galleried bookcases. This spacious venue is perfect if you’re looking for ample space for dining and dancing. The German Society can accommodate up to 200 guests, with rent starting at $700 (not including catering, security deposit, etc.).
Affordable Wedding Venues in Philly
If getting married in Philadelphia and sticking to a tight budget is important to you, no worries at all. With a little extra research and some DIY work thrown in, you can find a Philly wedding venue that won’t cost you a fortune or take away from your perfect wedding vision. Ready to find a photographer that won’t miss a beat? Contact us for a quote.