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May 6, 2012 06:26 PM

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!


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  1. If you want to consider a venue in the western suburbs, The Stone Barn in the Kennett Square area might be just what you're looking for.

      1. Maybe the Fleisher Art Memorial on Catharine St. in Bella Vista (between 7th & 8th)? They've got a neat space and seem flexible.

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        1. re: caganer

          We had our wedding at Fleischer and it was a beautiful space.

        2. 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.

          1. 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:
            Good luck!