Wedding Welcome Party Philadelphia

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Not sure where to start when hosting a wedding welcome party for your guests? Wondering who gets an invite? When you should host your welcome party? What about gift bags, attire, and entertainment for the night? It might feel like you’re not really sure which rules apply to hosting a wedding welcome party for your guests. We’ve broken down the ins and outs of wedding welcome parties. Before we get started on the best venues to host your wedding welcome party in Philadelphia, you can find all of the decoded answers to your burning questions at this link!

Introduce Your Guests Ahead of Time

Wedding welcome parties have become a mainstay of full weekend weddings! Chances are your wedding welcome party in Philadelphia will more than likely be the first time all of your guests are meeting in person! Exciting right? Can you picture everyone you know, in the same room, mixing and mingling ahead of your wedding? It’s an awesome feeling. But it can also be daunting. After all, you won’t want to spend your night walking around and personally introducing everyone. You’ve made it this far, it’s time to celebrate and skip the boring, awkward intros!

More than likely, you will not have time to walk around and personally introduce everyone. Furthermore, who wants to spend their once-in-a-lifetime wedding weekend doing that? No thanks. You can, however, introduce your guests to one another in advance. The best part? It takes less time than finding your way to the open bar! Through your Guestie event you can introduce your guests to each other. Here, in addition to introducing your guests, they can get the party started through conversations on your message board, all while getting a glimpse of who is who. Forgoing all the awkward in-person introductions. That way, when it’s time to celebrate at your wedding welcome party, everyone will arrive ready to have a fab night with a room full of faces they already know. The vibe will be high and the energy will be a max volume, kicking your wedding weekend into high gear!

12 Best Venues for Hosting a Wedding Welcome Party in Philadelphia

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1) One North Broad Street

Built in 1873, One North Broad Street is now considered a national historic landmark. The architecture is stunning! Combined with its historical charm, One North Broad Street is one of our top picks for hosting your wedding welcome party in Philadelphia. The vibe at One North Broad Street is that of grandeur. Grand marble foyer, grand staircase, and soaring pillars. One North Broad Street encourages a good party inside their walls, but it’s definitely built for a more formal event. Just something to keep in mind if you’re considering One North Broad Street for your wedding welcome party in Philadelphia!

Total Capacity | The Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 250 guests for a seated dinner with dancing, or up to  300 guests for a cocktail reception. The Foyer Under the Stars can accommodate up to 250 guests for a cocktail reception or 50 seated guests for dinner. The John Wanamaker Room can accommodate up to 64 guests for a seated dinner. 

On-Site Amenities | Access to two getting-ready suites, valley parking, easily accessible by public transportation.

Location | One North Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19107

2) The National Society of Colonial Dames of America

Another fab event venue in Philly, full of the city’s history! The home was originally built by and for the Dames under the leadership of Mrs. James Starr, Jr., with the house serving as the Dames meeting location since completion in 1923.  Marion Coffin, one of the first female landscape architects, designed the garden. Which, by the way, is perfect for a photo op with your guest during your wedding welcome party! You’ll be delighted to know that the home is available for rent as an event space for the general public. The inside of the event venue is more of a blank slate. Allowing you to design and outfit the space as needed for your wedding welcome party in Philadelphia!

Total Capacity | Up to 120 seated guests

On-Site Amenities | Selection of tables and chairs, as well as use of stage

Location | 1630 Latimer Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

3) The Independence Seaport Museum’s Rooftop Ballroom at Liberty Point

If you’re searching for a truly unique space to host a full wedding welcome party experience in Philadelphia, The Independence Seaport Museum offers its rooftop for private events! In addition to accessing their stunning rooftop space, you and your guests will also be provided with private access to the museum for a tour! Something to keep in mind when deciding to host your wedding welcome party at The Independence Seaport Museum is that their private events run in time blocks of four hours. However, private events can be booked from between the hours of 7 am to midnight, making it an amazing pick for a welcome brunch or even pre-dinner cocktails!

Total Capacity | The rooftop can accommodate up to 2,000 guests. You can contact the venue directly, at this link for more information on the availability of your chosen date as well as total accommodations.

On-Site Amenities | Use of designated spaces within the Museum, available tables, and chairs, facility cleaned prior to the event, allotted time for guests to walk through the Museum, house manager & maintenance staff. 

Location | 211 S. Columbus Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19106

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4) The Felt Factory

Originally serving as the old Philadelphia Felt Mill, the Felt Factory has been transformed into a private venue steeped in the city of brotherly love’s history! The Felt Factory is known as an all-inclusive private event venue where the sky is the limit. The team at the Felt Factory is committed to making their guests not only feel welcome but have a joyous, unforgettable experience!

Total Capacity | The Capri Room can comfortably accommodate up to 100 seated guests. The Manor Room can accommodate up to 350 seated guests or 375 guests for a cocktail reception. The Mill Room can accommodate up to 200 seated guests or 300 guests for a cocktail reception.

On-Site Amenities | Getting ready suite, chairs, tables, linens, flatware, glassware, lighting, available on-site parking, food and beverage service in-house.

Location | 1523 E Wingohocking St, Philadelphia, PA

5) Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

What we love most about the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia is their versatility! This hotel is a great option if you have guests coming in from out of town because they can easily ride the elevator from their room to your welcome party. But, where they truly shine is in their selection of spaces! The Kimpton Philadelphia has 10 event spaces ranging from rooftop to intimate affair, and “invite your whole wedding guests list”! They’ve pretty much got you covered. Plus, the hotel is ultra-modern with hints of contemporary design. You know, in case historic Philly isn’t quite your vibe.

Total Capacity | The Kimpton Hotel Monaco has 10 unique spaces that range in capacity from 40 guests to 325 guests. You can find a complete list, at this link.

On-Site Amenities | Food and beverage service on-site, overnight accommodations.

Location | 433 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

6) Please Touch Museum

This fun choice for a venue for hosting your wedding welcome party in Philadelphia is for our fun-loving couples who consider themselves kids at heart! While the Please Touch museum is typically recommended for kids aged 6 months to 8 years of age, they have a slew of chic and fun event spaces available to rent for private events. Including the Carousel House, and yes you can go for a ride on the carousel! Additional selections for spaces include the South Foyer, Hamilton Hall, East Gallery, West Gallery, and the Centennial Gallery. The museum resides at Fairmount Park, Memorial Hall c. 1876 which dates back to America’s 1876 Centennial Exhibition!

Total Capacity | The West & East Gallery can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. Hamilton Hall can accommodate up to 650 guests, the South Foyer can accommodate up to 450 guests, and for parties of 200 guests or less the carousel room is available. 

On-Site Amenities | Food and Beverage service on-site, carousel ride, private access to exhibits, river view
Location | Memorial Hall 4231 Avenue of the Republic Philadelphia, PA 19131

7) The Ritz Carlton Philadelphia

Opulent and Lavish, The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia is renowned as a well-sought-after private event space! At The Ritz, you’ll find cathedral ceilings, marble columns, a grand mezzanine, and breathtaking stairways. It’s an architectural marvel and perfect for hosting a wedding welcome party in Philadelphia! In fact, The Ritz has over 21 private event spaces available to their guests making it easy to find a unique space that accommodates your total guest count. The Ritz comes with prime views of Philadelphia’s historic City Hall. Lastly, it’s a fab venue if what you really need is an all-in-one-stop shop! You can host your wedding welcome party, rehearsal dinner, and reception all at The Ritz Carlton Philadelphia.

Total Capacity | The Ritz Carlton Philadelphia has a total of 21 unique event spaces that can accommodate up to a total of 600 guests. You can find their floor plans and capacity charts at this link.

On-Site Amenities | Overnight accommodations, food and beverage service on-site, tables and chairs, lighting, audio equipment, dance floor, decor, drapery

Location | 10 Avenue Of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA  19102

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8) The Academy of Music Ballroom at Kimmell Cultural Campus

Step back in time to the lavish theatres and ballrooms of the past at The Academy of Music Ballroom at Kimmell Cultural Campus. This luxe space harkens back to the 1800s but with a modern-day flair that ensures all of its guests are well taken care of with every amenity needed for a fab event! In total The Academy of Music offers a selection of event spaces, including the Perelman Theater, the Merriam Theater, and the Verizon Hall. The space is opulent and the floor is marble, making it a formal location for hosting your wedding welcome party in Philadelphia!

Total Capacity | Up to 180 guests for a seated dinner, or up to 200 guests for a cocktail reception.

On-Site Amenities | Getting ready suite, wireless internet access

Location | 300 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

9) Attico Rooftop

We love a good rooftop venue with flair and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Attico! Attico has that whole plant girly, open, and inviting aesthetic that screams modern with a touch of ease. The menu at Attico is positively delectable with offerings like fresh seafood, roasted chicken, and prime cuts of steak. The wine menu is extensive and so are the custom crafted cocktails. We will point out though, that Attico is 21+ at all times, which is something to keep in mind if you are planning a more family-friendly wedding welcome party in Philadelphia!

Total Capacity | Up to 255 seated guests for a fully private event, or 35-75 guests for a semi-private event.

On-Site Amenities | Food and beverage service on-site, parking on-site, audio & visual equipment, and lighting, overnight accommodations via the connecting Cambria Hotel.

Location | 219 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

10) The Victorian Banquet Hall

Don’t let the name fool you! The Victorian Banquet Hall is a blend of urban and chic style, amazing for a couple with heaps of modern-day style. However modern, Victorian Banquet Hall is set like a ballroom with high ceilings and ample space. This venue is ideal if what you want for your wedding welcome party is to host a fab sit-down dinner for your guests! The venue was originally a stone church and has since been renovated inside, but maintains its original facade.  The grounds and entryway provide a beautiful backdrop to capture photos with your guest upon their arrival.

Total Capacity | Up to 300 guests.

On-Site Amenities | Food and beverage service in-house, access to the private courtyard, getting ready suite.

Location | 4809 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

11) SPIN Philadelphia

If you’re a fun adventurous couple looking for a place that involves sport into your wedding welcome party, you’ll be happy to know that SPIN Philadelphia hosts private events! You and your guests will spend the night sipping cocktails, enjoying fab bites, and playing round after round of ping pong! It truly doesn’t get more original than that. SPIN has an executive chef on staff to curate the shareable, snackable offerings of your dreams so that you and your guests and eat and play without worry. It’s definitely a fun venue for couples who want to spend their wedding welcome party fully engaged with their guests!

Total Capacity | Private events at SPIN range in size from 10 to 900 guests.

On-Site Amenities | In-house food and beverage service, 16 ping pong tables, private dedicated bar, audio/visual system, house DJs, signature bathtub filled with ping pong balls, wrap-around bar with additional seating, custom graffiti style artwork.

Location | 211 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

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12) Platform Thirty at Beat Street Station

A historic building located in Manayunk, Platform Thirty at Beat Street Station was originally a train station back in Philadelphia’s days of high society! The now transformed and renovated space has transitioned into a fab event venue for private parties and serves as an amazing location for your wedding welcome party in Philadelphia! The space is a blend of historic Philly charm with the perfect balance of modern elegance. Platform Thirty at Beat Street Station offers in-house catering. However, you are free to select your own caterer from their preferred vendor list!

Total Capacity | Up to 225 guests. A minimum of 125 guests will needed for a Saturday event. While a minimum of 75 guests will be required for events on Friday or Sunday.

On-Site Amenities | Catering, full-service bar, getting ready suite, tables, chairs, flatware, glassware, china, linens, drapery, photo booth, sound system, setup, cleanup, wireless internet access.

Location | 4401 Cresson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127

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