Searching for affordable wedding venues in Philadelphia doesn’t have to be difficult. Couples in this city spend an average of $11,000 on venue fees, according to the WeddingWire Cost Guide. The average range for Philadelphia wedding venues is between $4,600 and $17,600. The cheap wedding venues in Philadelphia we highlight below are within this range or under.
Before you start to venue search, though, you should have an idea of your total wedding budget. Venue costs, which include catering and any rentals, like table linens, will constitute about half of your overall budget, so this will give you an idea of which venues will be in your price range.
Check out these affordable wedding venues in Philadelphia for your budget-friendly celebration.
Romantic couples looking for affordable wedding venues in Philadelphia will love the rustic meets floral elegance of Morris Arboretum. This green oasis features original Victorian architecture and fountains, colorful landscaping and more than 100 different tree varieties. Best of all, you can host your ceremony and reception for less than the Philadelphia average. Ceremony site fees start at $1,200 for Morris Arboretum while reception site fees are $3,000 off-peak season and $6,300 during peak season. Those fees include the use of a getting ready suite, tables, chairs and parking. Host up to 175 wedding guests at this outdoor venue.
One of the most affordable wedding venues in Philadelphia is also one of the most unique. Ridgeland Mansion is part of Joshua’s Catering, which is an LGBT-owned company that works to support youth in the community with empowering jobs. The mansion itself was built in 1719 in historic Fairmount Park using the Federal style that was popular in Philly at the time. Set on five acres, this budget-friendly venue’s tent can hold 300 guests for a seated dinner, while the barn can accommodate 60 seated dinner guests. Ceremony site fees for this inexpensive wedding venue start at $695 while reception site fees start at $2,250, a price that includes a getting ready suite, tables, linens, chairs, flatware, glassware, set up, clean up and parking.
Experience the best of past and current Philadelphia with Bartram’s Garden, one of the most affordable wedding venues in Philadelphia. This 45-acre National Historic Landmark site is America’s oldest botanic garden with a new facility, Eastwick Pavilion, that overlooks downtown Philadelphia’s skyline. If you’ve always dreamed of a decadent garden serving as your wedding backdrop, the many tree, shrub and flower species blooming at Bartram’s definitely won’t disappoint. Site fees for this venue begin at $2,000 in the off-season and at $3,000 in the peak season, prices that include set up, clean up, the use of a getting ready suite, event planning, tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware, glassware and parking. Host up to 300 guests for your wedding day at this spacious venue.
Penn Museum, short for the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, is a gorgeous, historic wedding venue right in the middle of the city. Couples searching for cheap wedding venues in Philadelphia that don’t skimp on pomp will love this impressive brick building, designed in the late 19th century, with 30,000 square feet of indoor space. The interior art collection includes everything from mosaics made by the son of Tiffany & Co.’s founder to one-of-a kind archaeological artifacts. This venue accommodates up to 600 wedding guest between its 12 venues. Ceremony site fees begin at $850 while reception site fees start at $3,500 in the off-season and $4,500 in peak season. Fees include set up, clean up, the use of a getting-ready suite, tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware and glassware.
Located just off the Schuylkill River in the trendy Manayunk neighborhood, this industrial space is an inexpensive wedding venue for Philly couples. The River Club is Manayunk Brewery’s versatile, loft event space, formerly a Woolen Mill. The space features the industrial features modern couples love, including exposed piping on the ceiling, a painted exposed brick wall and wood floors. Accommodating up to 200 wedding guests, prices for this spacious venue are reasonable: A peak season wedding with 100 guests would cost roughly $10,000 to $13,000. Other factors, including an in-house bar and food station choices, would impact the price.
The Franklin Institute
Choose from 11 event spaces at The Franklin Institute Science Museum, one of the most affordable wedding venues in Philadelphia. A popular reception choice is the Ben Franklin National Memorial, a stately room inspired by the Roman Pantheon that features a 20-foot statue of the museum’s namesake. Each event space, from Fels Planetarium to Franklin Airshow, offer a unique perspective on American innovation — perfect for science buff couples! The largest spaces can host up to 450 wedding guests. As inexpensive as it is creative, The Franklin Institute’s ceremony site fees start at $1,500 while reception fees start at $5,000. These fees include a getting ready suite, set up, clean up, lighting/sound and event planning, plus tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware and glassware.