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The College of Physicians of Philadelphia is known as The Birthplace of American Medicine and is a historic wedding venue located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The institution began in the 18th century, while the New Beaux-Arts style building was built in 1908, and offers a unique and elegant space for you to celebrate your wedding day. Bring your guests into a venue full of magnificent architecture, art, and medical history for an unforgettable event experience!
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Upon entering The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, your guests will be greeted by Aesculapius, the Greek God of medicine. The venue also features beautiful marble accents, a grand staircase, and luxurious get-ready rooms. With a historic atmosphere and beautiful architecture, this venue is a wonderful location for your wedding ceremony and reception. It can also host wedding showers, engagement parties, and other special events.
The largest ballroom, Mitchell Hall can comfortably hold up to 250 guests, making it suitable for small, intimate gatherings and large, grand affairs. The adjacent Ashurst Room is great for indoor ceremonies, and can also be used during the reception for larger events.
The outdoor herb garden is another choice location for ceremonies, and cocktail hour. Guests can enjoy the fresh air while tucked away in their own cozy corner of downtown Philadelphia.
As well as offering beautiful event spaces, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia can also provide a range of convenient services to ensure a stress-free experience. In-house event planners will coordinate each and every detail to ensure the success of your wedding day. The event staff also covers setup and cleanup to keep you feeling relaxed and calm. What's more, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia has a great selection of event rental items to enhance your celebration even further. These items can include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:
- Ceremony Chairs
- Chair covers
- Photo booth
Catering by Design is the exclusive caterer to The College of Physicians. The culinary team can provide a personalized menu inspired by your favorite dishes from around the world. Couples can expect thoughtful, sophisticated and carefully crafted cuisine. Some of their catering services include:
- Plated Dinner
- Hors d’oeuvres
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Venue: The venue is absolutely beautiful! It is a historical building with ornate architecture. It allowed us to save tons of money on decor as the venue already had a lot of charm to it.
We only had a total of 65 people (the venue can fit a lot more than that), but the space didn’t feel overwhelming at all. It was spacious and intimate all at the same time. Our ceremony took place at their outdoor garden - which is gorgeous! Cocktail was right inside, next to the garden, and the reception was upstairs. The team laid everything out so beautifully!
Food: The Catering by Design team is very talented. They had it all, from phenomenal staff to incredible food. Saying the food was delicious is an understatement! The food blew our guests expectations out of the water. Everyone couldn’t get enough of the hors d'oeuvres, main course and desserts. Our friends and family came from all over the world and everyone’s palette is very diverse (aka picky). With this being said, we had a lot of different types of hors d'oeuvres to cater to them. Each appetizer was perfectly executed. I remember doing my happy shoulder dance on each bite I took. When we were saying hello to our friends and family the first thing to come out of their mouth was how impressed they were with the food. Along with the amazing food, the service was impeccable. The staff members were very attentive and worked very diligently. The team also has great bartenders and our signature drinks were also the talk of the night.
Lastly, I couldn’t write this review without mentioning Michael Mitloff. Michael is the venue sales director and the day of coordinator. He was such a pleasure to work with. He’s very knowledgeable and responsive. He was amazing and a big reason why I wasn’t so stressed. His experience and excellent service really reflects on how perfect the day went. We weren’t aware of any hiccups on our day. I’m sure there were some, but Michael made sure we didn’t have to deal with it. I am so grateful we had Michael for this whole process.
If you made it this far in the review I’ll leave it with it’s definitely well-worth the investment. The whole experience was joyful and beautiful. I couldn’t be happier with the choice I made.
Greatest night of our lives
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