Weddings

Free Library on the Parkway

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About

Free Library on the Parkway is a modern event venue located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a historic library with a classy and grandiose vibe, this venue is the perfect place to wed for couples looking for a unique and elegant venue. With a dedicated and hard-working staff ready to help with your every need, you can rest assured that you will have not only an exceptional venue but impeccable assistance each step of the way.


Facilities and Capacity
Free Library on the Parkway can host up to 250 wedding guests. With three wonderful event spaces to choose from, clients can select from covered or uncovered outdoor locations, or a lavish indoor ceremony space. With a grand staircase and a vibrant rooftop terrace, guests can meander inside or above on the rooftop for some elegant and memorable photo opportunities. This modern venue also features breathtaking views of the city’s skyline for even more of a luxurious backdrop for all of your memorable wedding photos with friends and family.

Services Offered
Free Library on the Parkway offers fantastic service from their event staff along with premiere catering service. With spectacular views of the skyline, fine dining experiences, and plenty of space to dance, this venue is hard to beat. As a full-service venue, they are ready to assist you with creating the wedding of your dreams. Their services include:

  • All-inclusive packages
  • Bridal suite
  • Cake
  • Cleanup
  • Event planning
  • Event rentals
  • In-house bar
  • In-house catering
  • Preferred vendors only
  • Setup
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Tables


Cuisine
At Brûlée Catering, they simply love the art of serving innovative and creative cuisine to their clients. Award-winning and talented Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix and his team of highly professional culinarians work hard to ensure they provide clients with a mesmerizing culinary experience that tastes just as good as it looks. Working with their clients to accommodate custom requests and all dietary restrictions, their catering includes:

  • Buffet
  • Cocktail reception
  • Dessert
  • French service
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Outside cake
  • Plated
  • Server(s)
  • Stations
  • Tastings

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$5500.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$5500.00

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1000.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1000.00

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Dessert
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$25.00

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

3

Describe your venue:

Historic Building
Rooftop

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Cake
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Preferred Vendors Only
Set Up

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
French Service
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Outside Alcohol
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Chairs
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access
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Recommended by 98% of couples
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    The Library is an amazing place for a wedding and the team there (espcially Alex) did a great job!!!

    We were on the rooftop, and it was a very special palce for our wedding. Guests loved the city buildings and sights around at night and the view down on to Logan Circle was great. The facilities are first rate with a modern space indoors, and an open area (we had a tent setup) on the rooftop for outdoor dining./dancing.

    Alex is fantastic and helped make our day very special!!
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    Melissa Married on 06/08/2013
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    Beautiful venue and everybody was impressed with the locations. Brooke Rogers was amazing to work with. The guard on duty was amazing and the lobby was so beautiful and fit perfectly with our wedding style!!
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    Mansi Married on 08/16/2014
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    I can't say enough about the spaces the Free Library offers. They are so magnificent, unique and surprisingly affordable that I am shocked I hadn't heard of the venue before. The venue has 3 different, equally beautiful, spaces to rent.

    The library lobby is the first space, with greco-roman columns and a set of grand staircases that was be perfect for a ceremony. We chose to have our ceremony in this space and it was amazing walking into the library and seeing the architecture, the stairs etc. The space feels intimate but very historical.

    The second space is the rooftop terrace and this is SHOWSTOPPER. We chose to have our cocktail hour here immediately after the ceremony and I can't even explain how stunning the views are. You get a massive city skyline view, as well as views of the art museum, Franklin Institute and the Logan circle fountain below. During our cocktail hour, we had a light breeze and the sun was setting towards the middle of it. There were lines forming because people wanted to take pictures on the terrace edge! At night, you get wonderful city lights as your view and our guests couldn't get enough.

    The third space is called the skyline room and it is adjacent to the terrace (so guests can move freely between the two areas during the reception). Both areas are newly renovated as well. The skyline room looks like an upscale hotel or lounge; The room's colors play PERFECTLY for lighting as well. The bonus is the wall between the terrace and skyline room is all windows, so looking into the skyline room from the terrace is equally beautiful. We had people sitting on the terrace just staring into the skyline room because it just looked so darn cool! The only negative is that the library has no equipment (tables, chairs etc,) so that can be expensive. However, the total cost is still less then renting other venues in the city.

    Our guests were absolutely in love with the venue as were we! I highly recommend this space!

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1901 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA, 19103
215-876-2945
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