Every engaged couple is unique, and every potential wedding venue is as well. Of course, few are as unique as ONE North Broad! The distinction of being one-of-a-kind comes with a set of options that make this Philadelphia wedding venue a little different than others you may have visited.
Nothing is more important to us than providing exemplary customer service to our couples, so we’ve created this primer on the ins and outs of planning a wedding at ONE North Broad.
Every venue you visit will cover the expense of hosting a wedding in a variety of ways. Some charge a flat fee to open the doors and turn on the lights, but provide few other amenities. Some charge a price-per-person that covers your rental, food, drinks, staff, coat check, decorations, valet and a “partridge in a pear tree.” These arrangements can be great, or they can be a recipe for a cookie cutter event where you are paying for goods and services you don’t really want or need.
We take a unique approach at ONE North Broad. Event fees are comprised typically of three components: venue rental, bar service and catering.
The venue rental is a flat fee that allows you to enjoy this gorgeous building and make your dreams a reality.
Bar service is a per person charge. You can choose our standard package or go all out with a custom-made bar menu. ONE North Broad has a liquor license, meaning we must sell any alcohol consumed under our roof. That also means we’re always fully stocked, and you never have to worry about running out!
Finally, our exclusive catering partner, Catering By Design, provides the food, staff and rentals (like glassware and linens) to round out the total experience at this Philadelphia wedding venue.
The cost is therefore easy to compute, with no hidden or unexpected fees:
VENUE FEE + BAR SERVICE (x # of guests) + CATERING (x # of guests) = YOUR EVENT AT ONE NORTH BROAD
The cost of a wedding at ONE North Broad can range widely. A Friday night wedding for 50 guests in February will be much different than a peak Saturday wedding for 250 in October. You can get a rough idea of where your event will fall in the range by considering:
Are you locked into a particular date, month or season? Are you flexible? Are you hosting your ceremony, reception or both at ONE North Broad?
How many guests will you be inviting? Will you have many children, pregnant guests or others who abstain from alcohol? Are your tastes more “crowd pleaser” or “top shelf?”
Catering is also a very personalized conversation. Catering By Design’s tailored approach to a menu encompasses your tastes, vision and budget and is created after a detailed conversation with you.
Pricing our events in this manner enables us to provide unforgettable events, allows us to be good stewards of this exquisite National Historic Landmark and gives you the freedom to customize your wedding in a way that fits your vision while being transparent about what you’re actually paying for.
PLANNING A WEDDING AT ONE
In addition to “How much will this cost?”, the other big questions when planning a wedding are “What do you provide? How much work will this be for me?”
The good news is that once you’re through the doors of ONE, we’ve got you covered! Our staff relies on their combined decades of experience to make sure your wedding goes off without a hitch.
In addition to your use of this one-of-a-kind building, your venue rental includes assistance from our attentive Sales & Events team and our engaging museum and facilities staff. Dining tables seating up to 10 guests, gold Chiavari chairs, a collection of cocktail tables and loads of vintage seating throughout the venue provide exquisite functionality for your guests.
Catering By Design takes the lead with everything that goes on the tables – linens, flatware, glassware, china and, of course, exceptional cuisine! They also provide servers and bartending staff, who tend directly to your guests.
Unlike a backyard wedding, where the hosts ARE the venue managers, you won’t be responsible for or stressed about making sure everything is prepped, set or flowing flawlessly. Our entire staff makes sure your incredibly important celebration goes exactly as you envision without you having to do any of the heavy lifting.
ONE North Broad can also provide you with access to state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment and event lighting. We give you a list of trusted vendors and hotel connections, so you’ll have a great starting point when you begin looking to round out your selection of wedding professionals.
When the time comes to decide on all the little wedding day details you haven’t thought about yet, ONE and Catering By Design are a step ahead. From table numbers, card catchers, cake knives and servers, to reserved signs and even the emergency items you didn’t know you needed, such as fabric steamers, sewing kits and hairpins – we’ve got you covered!
In addition to all the material amenities offered by ONE, our staff and service are really our best assets. We are available almost every day for on-site appointments, phone calls or Zoom meetings.
When the wedding week comes, we make extra time for you to stop by and drop off your personal belongings. When the party is over, we gather up your things and make them available to pick up at your convenience. We are always brainstorming new ways to provide an exceptional experience for our couples and your guests.
Looking for more information about our incomparable Philadelphia wedding venue? Click here to receive a custom quote for your wedding at ONE North Broad. We look forward to celebrating this milestone event with you soon!
Photo (C) Ashley Gerrity Photography