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GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is an artistic event venue located in Reading, Pennsylvania. With a rich history since 1871, this venue was a previous Willson Goggle Factory building. Since then, they have worked hard to redevelop this modern and stunning venue so clients can enjoy their wedding day, large or small. With an artistic background, plenty of space to dance, attentive and genuine service, it makes it hard to pass this venue up!

Facilities and Capacity

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts can accommodate up to 215 wedding guests. With their five gorgeous and modernized spaces, clients have plenty of options to wed at and host their reception. With tall windows, natural lighting and lovely historic brick walls, this venue is fresh, hip and serves as the perfect backdrop for wedding photos. Not to mention, each space features industrial details that provide a blank slate for any wedding style or theme. These details simply add to the overall historical feel clients love and rave about. They can accommodate more intimate weddings along with large, extravagant parties. You will find all of the spaces perfect for your styled wedding. Event spaces include:

  • Cohen Gallery
  • Studio 238
  • Studio 411
  • Studio 420

Services Offered

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts offers premier service and catering to happy couples for their special day. They even offer their loading docks and carts to make transportation easier for your preferred vendors. They also offer wedding rentals to accommodate all of your wedding needs. They will attend to every detail to make your special day the wedding of your wildest dreams. Their services include:

  • Bridal/Groom suites
  • On-site catering and bar options
  • Pet friendly (pets must be leashed with a copy of up-to-date vaccinations)
  • Setup

Cuisine

This venue allows to work with their on site catering or caterers of your choice. Linens, plateware/glassware, are not included.

Other Services

The venue also offers their artistic and industrial event spaces for various wedding-related events, as well as other parties and events. They work to accommodate their clients’ desires from start to finish, so don’t hesitate to reach out to them! They service the following events:

  • Corporate
  • Parties
  • Galas
  • Movie screenings
  • Artists’ showings
  • Arts Festivals
  • Readings
  • Gallery
  • Bridal shower
  • Ceremony
  • Elopements
  • Engagement party
  • Reception
  • Rehearsal dinner

Frequently asked questions

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

Yes

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

Yes

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Parking
Tables

Describe your venue:

Art Gallery
Historic Building
Museum

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Get Ready Rooms
Pet Friendly

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations

What bar services do you provide?

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

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access
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Reviews of GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

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Andrew
Andrew Sent on 07/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The most AMAZING venue and team!

I cannot say enough about how WONDERFUL it was to have our wedding at GoggleWorks!! The space is so beautiful (if you're looking for industrial chic, look no further - exposed brick, natural light everywhere, and art galleries as a bonus!) and everyone there is fantastic. We could not have found a better spot for our big day.

While everything about GoggleWorks is wonderful, the thing that makes it truly special, is the events director, Margaret. She is the most attentive, enthusiastic, and organized person I've ever met. She TRULY cared about us and our wedding and went out of her way time and time again (over the course of 4 years due to the pandemic!) to make our day amazing. She made sure that everything was perfect, beyond our wildest dreams. Do yourself a favor and book this venue!! I promise you will not regret it!!
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Helen G. Sent on 11/29/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful, unique venue with an amazing team

Booking the GoggleWorks as our venue was the best choice we made for our wedding! We booked in 2019 for our November 2020 date. We loved the raw beauty of the space and were so excited it fit into our budget. From the beginning, Margaret was amazing to work with - responsive, patient, and genuinely excited for us! We found most of our vendors from her preferred vendors list, and they were all wonderful to work with. When 2020 changed our plans, Margaret was with us every step of the way, and was extremely patient with all our questions and ideas. We were able to postpone our reception to 2021 while still holding a 20-person wedding ceremony there on our original date. Margaret coordinated our vendors and helped us maintain the safety standards in place for our day. We are so grateful to Margaret and the GoggleWorks, and we can't wait to work with them again for our reception. If you are looking for a unique venue with a team that will truly be on your side, I highly recommend the GoggleWorks!
Emilie
Paxton Sent on 11/22/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Simply Incredible

Margaret is a dreamboat of a human being. I read these reviews too before I booked and thought- no way is anyone that great- but she IS. Every question received a prompt answer, and the answers usually included accompanying answers to questions I didn’t know I had! Margaret has a passion for her career, and it’s beautifully evident in the way she carries herself and cares for her couples.

The venue itself is a work of art, lovingly restored but with a solid amount of grit that you can play into or juxtapose. We approached the venue as a blank slate, a foundation upon which we could build layers of visual interest and intentional décor that provided softness to the room.

A few recommendations:

Bringing ‘up lighting’ for the entrance into the reception hall. If you don’t bring lighting, you’re left with the overhead lights that are a bit harsh, particularly if your reception is beginning at/around sunset. For lighting- there are vendors that can come in and take care of it all, but you can also get a similar effect with some free-standing spotlights for back lighting and highlighting some brick areas. Clamp them onto the I beams.

Take advantage of the freight elevator in the room, in terms of using décor in the ceremony that you can easily relocate to the reception.

Bring a bunch of c-clamps. 2” and 3” worked for us, depending on what we were trying to hang.

Set your visual impact pieces before setting up the room. It’s a special kind of hell having to move 15 tables by 4 inches because of the positioning of an I beam. Applies to ceremony backdrop which informs aisle placement, sweetheart table placement, and Buffett/bar placement. Benefit from our trial and error😂

For ceremony, take into consideration the placement of the poles when setting up chairs. We made rounded rows, and ensured a clear line of vision from each seat to the couple.

Ask for early entrance into the space. If there’s nothing scheduled in that space before your wedding day, it’s possible you can get in a day or two early to get some prep done to not have to work the day of the wedding.
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GoggleWorks is a beautiful Venue! No matter which room you choose, the details in the architecture are gorgeous.

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I worked with Margaret Murphy, the Events Coordinator, at the Goggleworks for two recent events. The first was the "Art of the Wedding Show" in which I, through Stellar Art and Design, LLC, was an invitation vendor. The second was my daughter's birthday party, held in a rented studio space. Margaret was a pleasure to work with for each event. She was very organized, helpful and promptly answered all of the questions I had for her.

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GoggleWorks Center for the Arts frequently asked questions

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • Parking
  • Tables
The space offered by GoggleWorks Center for the Arts for wedding events is known for:
  • Art Gallery
  • Historic Building
  • Museum
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Pet Friendly
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

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