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Reasonable Reception/Ceremony Sites

Hi Everyone.

I have been researching reception/ceremony sites and have found them to be super expensive. For some reason JAM catering (which is out of our $ league for the 150 we are inviting) seems to have exclusive deals with a ton of local sites. Anyone know of an affordable site, barn, tent-able property in the Philly/south Jersey area that allows outside caterers?!

Thanks in advance!

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    edited December 2011
    What is your budget?  I'm not familiar with JAM catering, so knowing your total per-person cost fir your ceremony/reception will help me (and maybe some others) a lot.
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    edited December 2011
    We're looking at no more that $100pp and hopefully less! JAM is Jeffrey A. Miller Catering. It looks delicious but pricing starts at 131pp and thats just for wine/beer service that the client has to provide.
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    edited December 2011
    Do you want that to include taxes, rentals etc?  

    I found that some places seemed to be cheap, but then added on 30% in tax and tips, plus rentals.  Or they would have a minimum number a guests way over what we are planning on having so in the long run ended up being way more expensive. 

    Also are you really set on the Oct date?  You can save a good deal of money by changing the date by few weeks.  

    Also can you cut the list at all?  

    I guess my over all advice is sometimes places seem like they may be out of reach and they aren't and other places seem less expensive then they actually they are in fact.  

    Also do you want it to be rustic?  

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    edited December 2011
    Normandy farms is a great place but may be too far for you. 
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    edited December 2011

    http://www.culinarydesignassociates.com/

    This is who we're using. Our price came out to about $60/person and includes everything but alcohol (cake, linens, taxes, gratuity, servers, etc.). He has a lot of locations he caters at, and his food is amazing - we tasted our whole menu before signing a contract.

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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_pennsylvania-philadelphia_reasonable-receptionceremony-sites?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:105Discussion:fe7c1544-3c87-47c1-9683-5d8b4d0e8adePost:06d59bcf-4353-4d81-965a-ae5a06eff46b">Re: Reasonable Reception/Ceremony Sites</a>:
    [QUOTE]<a href="http://www.culinarydesignassociates.com/" rel='nofollow'>http://www.culinarydesignassociates.com/</a> This is who we're using. Our price came out to about $60/person and includes everything but alcohol (cake, linens, taxes, gratuity, servers, etc.). He has a lot of locations he caters at, and his food is amazing - we tasted our whole menu before signing a contract.
    Posted by reodic000[/QUOTE]

    <div>Wow!  I wish I knew about that guy and his places they look great!</div>
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    edited December 2011
    included taxes would be ideal. the guest list is pretty rigid as 120ish are family--the usuals that attend all family gatherings (and we're not even inviting kids under 18!) so the remaining guests are friends. I am looking for the rustic vibe and I'm not set on oct. August or Sept would work as well (we are in grad school and want to be finished before the wedding). Do you think Penn would give me an alumni discount? I'll have to check with their event coordinator. 


    Thanks for all your help!

    I am also looking into culinary design assoc. and their venues.

    Thanks again.
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    edited December 2011
    We looked at the Merion Tribute house out on City Line Ave.  Not really rustic, more historical.  But I remember their list of caterers including a few that came in under 100$ per person.  Here is the list on their site:

    http://www.tributehouse.com/pricing.asp

    Maybe the caterers websites can lead you to some different locations?  We looked there about a year and half ago, so not sure how much things have changed...
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