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Hi Everyone!

I recently got engaged and while my fiancee and I aren't interested in the traditional-type wedding, we would like to host a celebration of some sort in the Philadelphia area during the summer. Mostly, we just want an excuse to roast a pig on a spit and drink some local craft brews while hanging out with our closest 75 friends and family members.

I was thinking that a pavilion at Fairmount Park might be a nice venue, but I'm open to any other suggestions. We aren't sure if we'll have the event catered or do more of a potluck wedding (we don't have a lot of money) but we know we'd like something outside, beautiful, and not terribly expensive. Your feedback and comments are most welcome. Cooking is a really important part of our lives together and we want very much to just "break bread" with our guests without much hullabaloo.

Thanks, and looking forward to your responses!

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  1. Check out some of the Boat Houses. I catered a wedding a number of years ago at one of the houses and it was great. They had a big room and a smaller side room with a large bar and a great deck over the river. The couple was doing a less expensive event as well so it could not have been prohibitive.

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      1. What about the FDR Park Boathouse:
        http://www.fairmountpark.org/FDRParkB...
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottfre...

        I don't think a pavilion permit costs very much and the structure can't be beat. I don't know what the rules are for alcohol, though, so you might have to look into that.