Front and Palmer

Front and Palmer
1750 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
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Average Base Cost: $28,000

Average base cost for a Front and Palmer wedding is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list on a Saturday evening using $150/pp for food and $27/pp for a full bar. Entertainment, parking, additional decorations and rentals, DJ, and photography are not included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand and includes tax only (the venue does not add gratuity).

*Prices subject to change

How it Breaks Down

Facility Rental Fee: The Saturday facility fee is $4800, with discounts for events held on Fridays, Sundays, or during January, February, or March.

Photo by Susan Stripling

Food: Catering is provided by Feast Your Eyes Catering as well as Essen Modern Kosher Catering. Saturday evening receptions in high season start at $150 per person (based on 100-149 guests). At events with only a few young guests, those under 6 years old are charged ½ price, kids under 2 are free.

What’s Included:

  • Menu
  • Bar set-ups
  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Essential linen
  • Table top décor for buffets and/or stations
  • If your wedding ceremony is going to be at Front & Palmer, you may hold your rehearsal at the venue at no additional charge. (Rehearsals need to be over by 5 PM.)

Beverage: Bar packages start at $27.00 per person (full bar). There are a variety of options, including serving wine and beer only.

A sample menu is below:

Butlered Hors d’oeuvre

  • Fresh Vegetarian Summer Roll with julienned vegetables, soba noodles wrapped in rice paper, spicy peanut dipping sauce
  • Peking Duck Pillows with hoisin sauce
  • Truffle-scented Grilled Sirloin Burger with caramelized onion, gorgonzola
  • Seared Tuna Ceviche with lime and cilantro on porcelain spoons
  • Philly Cheesesteak Spring Rolls with ginger ketchup
  • Lumpmeat Crabcake with red pepper rouille

Table Service Dinner:

First Course 

  • Roasted Autumn Vegetable Chopped Salad with avocado mousse
    (gluten free & vegan)

Main Course 

  • Barolo-raised Beef Short Ribs with a garnish of frizzled leeks


  • Cherrywood Smoked Salmon with cracked maple mustard glaze and cucumber labne


  • Roasted Hen of the Woods and Tuscan Kale with leeks and sunchokes
    (vegan option)

Accompaniments for all:

  • Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
  • Stringbeans and Shiitake mushrooms
  • Artisan Rolls

Dessert Course 

  • Custom Wedding Cake
  • Old City Coffee Regular & Decaffeinated Coffee from French presses
  • Assorted Tazo Teas
Photo by Carrie Hill Photography

More Stats

Space Type: Inside

Size: Front and Palmer can accommodate 250 guests for a seated dinner and dancing, and 325+ for cocktail receptions.

Photo by Mary Beth Tyson

Bridal Suite: Yes

Parking: The parking lot is on-site, and can accept 35-40 cars. Street parking is also available. You may also hire valet service which will park the cars in the lot for your guests.

Food Service Type: Your choice


How Will Grandma Get There? Front and Palmer is located 1 block from the Berks St stop on the Market-Frankford El. Most out-of-town guests would most likely stay about 2.4 miles away in the Center City area, with hotels such as The Hyatt Regency and The Rittenhouse nearby.

Party On! Events do not have to end at a certain time (hooray!). Start and finish times are established prior to your event, and you may extend them in 1/2 hour increments, with additional staff charges applied.

The Report

Front and Palmer was created by combining two buildings: one used to house pickles and the other a former barrel factory. Located in South Kensington Art District, the Front and Palmer event space (which was renovated in 2009) is on the second floor of the barrel factory, with the kitchens underneath. With 35’ ceilings, a lounge area, art chandeliers, wood floors, solar panels and art furniture, the venue space has several different areas within their open floor plan to accommodate a ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.

Photo by Femina Photo Design

Woman Getting Married Says

Front and Palmer is one of those quintessential loft spaces that you wish you could live in. With exposed brick duct work alongside amazing chandeliers, the eco-friendly space is a modern yet homey wedding venue in what’s considered a trendy neighborhood in Philadelphia. The benefit of having a wedding in such a unique space is you would have to do very little to it in terms of decor. I would mix vintage and modern and go with simple wooden farm tables, brightly-colored roses, and lots and lots of candles (I also love the use of the ghost chairs in that one photo, above!).

It’s GREAT that you get to choose the end time, and that their website is so easy to gather information from. Loft/industrial spaces like this tend to be in somewhat funky neighborhoods, but valet parking should eliminate any out-of-towners or other guests’ concerns about finding parking. It’s also super close to great lodging which is a huge plus. Since the wedding venue is indoors, I would actually consider getting married in the off-season (January, February, March) to take advantage of any discounts for venue rental fees and catering.

Overall I think this wedding venue is definitely worth checking out for all your Philadelphia brides looking for something different!

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Amenities/What’s Included 9
Convenient for Grandma 8
Layout 8
Location 8
Overall Charm 9
Venue Value 8

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