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:
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:
This venue allows to work with their on site catering or caterers of your choice. Linens, plateware/glassware, are not included.
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:
28 Reviews for GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Paxton · Married on 11/09/2019
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.Sent on 11/22/2019
Kathryn · Married on 07/06/2019
Best people ever
We love GoggleWorks! They offer multiple spaces for events of different sizes and needs, and they’re very reasonably priced. While events are going on, the rest of the building is open with their normal hours, which our guests loved! We had a few people take a break from the party and go walk around the galleries and studios. Margaret Pendleton was so responsive, helpful, and understanding, which I was so grateful for as the day got closer. She really made sure we thought of and remembered everything we needed, and made us feel so at ease.Sent on 07/26/2019
We also just can’t say enough about Tess, who was helping with the reception for the second half of the day. Everyone we worked with was incredible, but especially Tess when we found that my parents’ car was broken into and my purse was stolen from it. Unfortunately they had parked under trees for shade, which prevented cameras from picking up clear images, but Tess was so comforting and professional. She stood outside and made conversation with us while we waiting for the police to arrive and really advocated for us to the department, which was very slow to arrive. Her handling of the situation really helped us leave feeling like it was a great experience.
Jennifer · Married on 12/29/2018
Goggleworks was an amazing venue!! Great value for you money, everyone kept saying how beautiful it was!!!
The venue was amazing & so beautiful!! Margaret went above and beyond everything we could have asked and she made my wedding day so much less stressful and was just so pleasant. The Goggleworks staff was great with my guests and I really appreciated. 10/10 all around I highly recommend this venue!Sent on 01/02/2019
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GoggleWorks is a beautiful Venue! No matter which room you choose, the details in the architecture are gorgeous.
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.