Byo wedding reception ideas?
My fiancé and I just got engaged and are looking at Philadelphia for the ceremony and reception. We are on a tight budget and are planning on getting married at the courthouse, but then have a reception in one of Philly's awesome byos. Our guests would be coming in from out of town, so we were hoping to do a Saturday wedding, which I realize makes our search more difficult. Would anybody be able to recommend a place that could accommodate 60 people, allow byo for the reception, and (maybe) have some dance space? Thanks a lot!
Congratulations on your engagement! My husband and I tied the know in Philadelphia 9 years ago (already?!) and, also on a budget, we ended up getting married at U Penn (of all places) at the Hall of Flags. It was beautiful and the rental fee was very affordable ($500, from memory). All the $$ goes to student associations because U Penn is a non-profit. Though not a BYO per se, we were obliged to bring our own alcohol, which helped cut costs. The catering was U Penn's, also excellent, on the 3rd floor of the building. The attention to detail was marvelous, from the waitress knowing I was from France and made a point to speak French, to the boxed teas... A friend talked about the teas a couple of years later. Here is more info here:
A BYOB that seems like it would be big enough is 943 in the Italian Market.
You might just look at venues in the area, since I think it will be hard to reserve an entire restaurant on a Saturday night without having to replace their revenue:
There are a handful of old, historic homes/gardens/etc that might fit the bill. You might also look at Upstairs at DiBruno Brothers on Chestnut, although it's a little more casual. We had our wedding and reception at Top of the Tower, it's BYOB, although more of a venue than a restaurant. The food was awesome.