Average Base Cost: $30,000
Average base cost for a Horticulture Center wedding is calculated by figuring a 125–person guest list on a Saturday evening in a peak month using $190/pp for food and beverage. Entertainment, additional decorations and rentals, DJ, and photography are not included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand and includes tax (venue states gratuity is neither included nor expected).
*Prices subject to change
How it breaks down:
Facility Rental Fee: The venue rental ranges from $1500 to $5500 depending on the day and the month.
NOTE: There will be an increase for events for 2016 with pricing published after the New year.
- The ceremony fee is a flat rate of $750 for an additional hour
- Ceremony chairs are $4.50 per white resin folding chair
- Use of the interior greenhouses and the gardens
- 175 gold resin chiavari chairs
- 60” round tables that can accommodate up to 10 guests at each table.
- China, Stemware & Flatware
- Necessary Kitchen Equipment
- All Miscellaneous Service Equipment
- Cotton linens & napkins
- Cocktail Café & High Top Tables
- Staff attired in black button-down shirts and black pants.
- Additional chairs are available to rent for $10 per chair
- Optional dance floor ranges from $1000 to $5500 based on size and style (the venue does not require you rent a dance floor but they recommend it. For 125 guests expect to pay around $1400 for a 21′ X 21′ wooden dance floor).
Food/Beverage: You must use the venue’s exclusive caterer, Stephen STARR events, for both food and beverage. Their current wedding package for a plated dinner and bar based on a five hour event starts at $190 per person for a peak date (all Saturdays except for Jan/Feb/March). Off-peak menus start at $175 per person for Fridays and Sundays with a minimum of 100 guests. They also offer a stations menu option for the reception. The station menus at the Horticulture center start between $225 to $250 per person and go from there based on your menu and event details.
Sample menu items include:
Dark and Stormy (golden rum, citrus, ginger beer)
French 75 (gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, prosecco)
Ginger Side Car (brandy, art in the age snap)
Harvest Moon (grey goose l’orange, sweet vermouth, bitters)
TRAY PASSED HORS D’OEURVES
Philly Cheesesteak Airbread (kobe beef, cheddar cheese, grilled onion puree)
Spicy Tuna with serrano chili
Smoked Sea Scallop Crudo (honey crisp apples, hibiscus vinaigrette cilantro)
Maine Lobster and Citrus Salad Spoons
Wild Mushroom Veloute Baked “en croute” (white beans, chestnuts, kale)
Heirloom Tomato Soup (miniature garlic bread loaves)
Classic Caesar Salad (parmesan cheese, sourdough croutons, fried caper dressing)
Pear and Endive Salad (frisee, maple cured bacon, dates, local aged cheddar, smoked cashews, grainy mustard vinaigrette)
Radicchio and Winter Greens Salad (kale, honey crisp apples, caramelized pumpkin, pomegranate seeds, almonds, avocado, honey vinaigrette)
CHOICE OF ENTRÉE ON INVITATION
Grilled Ponzu Salmon (wild mushrooms, edamame, watercress salad)
Grilled Branzino (caramelized onion tapenade, gigante beans, polenta)
Rosemary Brined Rotisserie Chicken (duck fat roasted potatoes, celery root)
Chicken and Wild Mushroom Wellington (roasted chestnuts, thumbelina carrots, truffle sauce)
TRAY PASSED DESSERT TAPAS
Lemon Meringue Tart
Spiced Brandy Apple Pie Bites
Pecan and Bourbon Toffee Cobbler
Space Type: Inside/Outside
Is there a rain-plan? Yes. You may have your ceremony inside the greenhouse if needed.
Size: Up to 300 guests for a plated dinner with dancing.
Bridal Suite: Yes
Parking: Yes. Parking is included.
How Will Grandma Get There? The Horticulture Center is located in the Fairmount Park neighborhood of Philadelphia and is only 4 miles from downtown, where out-of-town guests would most likely stay. Hotel options downtown include the Sheraton Philadelphia and The Hyatt Regency.
Party On! The earliest events may begin is 5 p.m., and the event rental period is 5 hour for a reception. You may purchase additional hours for a ceremony or to extend your event at a flat rate of $750/per hour. Events have gone as late as 2 a.m.
The Horticulture Center is located in Fairmount Park and was built in 1979 on what was the site of Horticultural Hall. The greenhouse and exhibition hall has a small pond, a creek, a wetland and a network of paths as well as Display Gardens with herbs and other greenery. Also on the property is the Japanese House and Garden (are known as Shofuso).
Woman Getting Married Says:
There’s a lot to like about this wedding venue. The inside/outside ceremony options mean you don’t have to worry as much about weather. And the fact that the greenhouse itself is so gorgeous, it doesn’t really play second fiddle to your original plan if you are wanting to hold the ceremony outside. Yes, it’s not always ideal to have a wedding venue with one exclusive caterer for food and beverage, but STARR events get stellar reviews from brides. And the fact that they include upgraded chairs such as the gold chivaris and let your event go as late as 2 a.m. if you want…there’s a lot of upside in that regard. I also love that it’s so close to downtown, which means guests won’t have to travel too far to get to/from the wedding venue. All in all this is a great inside/outside wedding venue in Philadelphia that is worth checking out!
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