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January 15, 2018 / diamondsanddetails

Kim and JP, April 2017, The Horticultural Center, Philadelphia, PA

“Good things come to those who wait” and this could not be truer for being able to share the details from Kim and JP’s wedding day.  Why were we waiting to share?  Well….we are excited to announce that Kim and JP’s wedding day has been featured in New Jersey Bride magazine!  


We couldn’t be happier for a more deserving couple to be able to highlight their wedding in print and we feel extremely grateful to be part of the team that brought all the pieces to wedding day together.

Kim reached out to Diamonds and Details in January of 2017 to help with day of coordination.  The couple felt with a ceremony at St. Joe’s Chapel and the reception at the Horticulture Center, as well as a very large vendor team and many items to set up at the venue, they would benefit from a day of coordination team to keep things moving smoothly.  If all those items were not enough to require the assistance of a day of coordinator, Kim and JP also had the extra stress of planning their wedding around one of Philadelphia’s biggest events in 2017 – the NFL draft which was taking place right around their home and where Kim would be getting ready for wedding day.  I met with Kim and JP at the Hort Center for a walk through and immediately clicked with the couple.  (It didn’t hurt that JP and I root for the same sports teams.  Do I dare say in Philadelphia – Go Mets and Go Giants?)  I looked forward to working with them and assured the couple that even the NFL draft wouldn’t keep my team from making sure their wedding day was stress-free and flawless!

Now that the New Jersey Bride feature has been released, I am excited to be able to share more than just the sneak peek photos that we had previously shared from Kim and JP’s wedding photographer Emily Wren Photography.  Emily really does work magic with her photos and what you can’t tell from looking at them was that (as if we didn’t have enough to contend with on wedding day!) Mother Nature decided to share a very rare and very hot almost 90 degree April day with us!   With a venue (the Hort center) without air conditioning and a Bride who added long sleeves to her wedding dress (yikes!), the heat never really become an issue as Kim and JP had put together a dream team of wedding professionals (thank you!) who handled all the extra hiccups as pros and a wedding party filled with family and friends who were just there to make JP and Kim’s day as special and memorable as possible (no matter how much they were sweating!).

We can’t say it enough, Diamonds and Details clients are truly the best in the business.  While it’s always exciting to see your company name in print, the reason that I continue to pursue this passion is because of the people I get to work with and the clients who continue to trust me with their wedding day.  Thank you to Kim and JP for including us in your wedding day dream team and for the opportunity to to share in your New Jersey Bride magazine feature and most importantly, having the opportunity to meet you both.  Many, many happy wishes ahead from Diamonds and Details (and to JP – don’t worry the Giants will be back next season)!

Ceremony Venue – Chapel at St. Joe’s University

Reception Venue – Horticultural Center

Caterer – Seven Starr Events

Photography – Emily Wren Photography

Day of Coordination – Diamonds and Details Weddings and Events

Florist –Kristin Rockhill Designs

Wedding Cake – Whipped Bakeshop

Reception Music – Groove Place

Videographer – Muddysnow Productions

Invitations – April Lynn Designs

Make-up – Aleksandra Ambrozy

Hair – Flawless Finish Artistry

Bride’s Hair – Balance Hair Spa

Wedding Dress – Anne Barge

Farm Tables – Barnes Farm Table

Transportation – J & J Luxury Transportation

Hotels – Le Meridian Philadelphia and The Westin Philadelphia

  • Amanda
December 18, 2017 / diamondsanddetails

Lauren and Ted, 11/4/17, The Olde Bar, Philadelphia, PA

One of my favorite sayings is “You are only as strong as the people standing next to you.”  It’s pretty much the mantra for how I run Diamonds and Details as a business.   I have put together the best of the best on my team and the company wouldn’t be what it is without them.  I bring this up because my 2nd in command Svetlana was responsible for taking on the lead for Lauren and Ted’s November wedding in Center City.  As the gorgeous photos from the team of Kyle and Stuart from Pat Robinson Photography show, it was a magical day where all the details came together perfectly!

Lauren and Ted contacted us a little less a year before their wedding day looking for someone to assist with day of coordination.  (We love when clients are thinking this far ahead to keep things stress free and smooth on wedding day!)  The couple were getting married at Saint Peter’s Church and hosting their reception at The Olde Bar (which is managed and catered by the Garces Group.)  Svetlana has worked with the Garces team for several weddings and I was happy to connect Bride Lauren with her immediately so they could start to work out the logistics for our team to manage wedding day.

With many moving parts, including separate ceremony and reception locations, a first look in Washington Square Park and getting the wedding party and guests from one place to another in a timely manner, Sveltana had no issues with keeping everything stress-free and fun for the Bride and Groom.  Lauren and Ted also made things a little easier for our team by putting together an amazing group of professionals to work alongside with for wedding day – A Garden Party Florist, SilverSound DJs, Brooklyn Girl Bakery, Philadelphia Trolley Works and Bella Angel hair and make-up.

Congratulations to Lauren and Ted on a beautiful wedding day!  Thank you for trusting our team and allowing Svetlana to take the lead on this one.  She is actually stepping away from wedding planning for a little while to focus on other ventures and she was so happy to have you be one of her final couples.  We wish you many, many magical moments in the future!

Ceremony Venue – Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, PA

Officiant – Claire Nevin-Field

Ceremony Music – Tessa Ellis and Matthew Boatman

Reception Venue  – Olde Bar at Old Original Bookbinder’s, Philadelphia, PA

Caterer- Garces Group

Wedding Cake – Brooklyn Girl Bakery

Photography – Pat Robinson Photography

Reception Music – SilverSounds DJs – DJ Binh Nguyen

Day of Coordination – Diamonds and Details Weddings and Events

Floral Design and Decor  – A Garden Party, LLC

Hair and Make-up – Bella Angel

Bridal Gown – Theai Couture, purchased at Lovely Bridal Philadelphia

Tuxedos – Indochino

Transportation – Philadelphia Trolley Works

Guest Hotels – Sheraton Society Hill, Hilton Philadelphia Penn’s Landing Hilton Philadelphia Penn’s Landing

  • Amanda
December 11, 2017 / diamondsanddetails

The Details on….Aqimero Restaurant

One of the most asked questions I get from clients is, “Do you have any rehearsal dinner suggestions?”  While planning the wedding may seem the most stressful aspect of the process (hiring Diamonds and Details of course can help with this!), finding the perfect rehearsal dinner venue seems to be a constant source of decision-making for most Brides and Grooms.   This edition of “Give Me More Details!” will help make those decisions a little easier with a great option for a Center City rehearsal dinner, post-wedding brunch or even a meeting spot for wedding planning.


Aqimero Lounge and Bar Area (photo courtesy of website)

Located in the beautiful Ritz-Carlton hotel is Aqimero Restaurant.  Alayna Gardner, the new Event Sales Manager, hosted me for lunch and a tour last week and the restaurant did not disappoint.   Upon first walking into the Ritz-Carlton, you are greeted by the restaurant’s open seating lounge and bar area.  (If you can get there before the end of the year, their holiday decorations are a showstopper!)  This semi-private area offers you direct access to the bar as well as full food service.  If you sit in the middle of the lounge area, you can even peek at the chandelier that hangs below in the Ritz Carlton ballroom space!


Main Dining Room (Photo courtesy of the website)

If you prefer a more intimate dinner experience, you can be seated by their hostess in the Main Dining Room which gives you a first-hand look into their kitchen, featuring one of Center City’s only wood fired grills.  A cool feature of using this space for a private event is that you can arrange with Alayna to lower the restaurant’s sheer curtains.  This gives you a private space for your guests but also allows for them to see the gorgeous columns and architecture the venue offers.  (The building used to be home to the Girard Trust Company, the Girard Bank and the Mellon Bank East and was built between 1904 and 1908.)

If you are planning a rehearsal dinner, post-wedding brunch or even a bridal shower, Aqimero also offers a completely private dining space that would be ideal for around 40-50 guests.  While the restaurant may be located in one of Center City’s more high end hotels, Alayna wanted me to know that they have great options at many price points for their private events.  Rehearsal dinners start at around $83/person and even though the restaurant is known for it’s Latin style menu, the chef would love to work with any Bride and Groom to design a dinner menu that suits their style and tastes buds!


Private Dining Space (Photo courtesy of website)

Much thanks to Alayna for inviting me to have lunch with her and see the spaces Aqimero offers for private events.  I will be happily referring the restaurant this as an option to my clients in the future!  If you have yet to hire a Wedding Planner and find yourself stressed about any part of the wedding planning process, especially the rehearsal dinner, do not hesitate to reach out to us!  We can schedule a meeting a Aqimero to talk more details!

  • Amanda




November 14, 2017 / diamondsanddetails

Karlee and Rob, 8/5/17, The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA

“Mawwiage is wot bwings us togetha today.” – The Princess Bride

Bride Karlee found Diamonds and Details on the website Offbeat Bride. (If you are planning a non-traditional wedding, this website is one of our favorites for ideas and advice.)  From her initial email, I knew that I would be obsessed with the wedding she and fiance Rob wanted to plan.  They described themselves as “two giant nerds’ and “wanted to avoid a “cookie cutter” wedding.”.  Karlee wanted to incorporate the couple’s  favorite things into their wedding – Lord of the Rings, Dr. Who, Star Trek and Star Wars, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, general history and science nerddom.  I pretty much begged Karlee to hire me when we met for a consultation.  I couldn’t wait to start putting her ideas and vision to life and plan the ultimate “nerd wedding”.

With the perfect venue to showcase all of their quirky details booked – The Franklin Institute – it was up to me to match all of Karlee and Rob’s vendors to the vision they wanted to bring to wedding day.   To find the perfect photographer for Karlee and Rob, I referred them to one of my favorites – Oh Karina Photography.  As you will see from Karlee and Rob’s wedding photos, Karina is a master at capturing unique wedding details with such imagination and beauty.  (It didn’t hurt that she also considers herself a nerdy girl as well.)  During the planning process, Karlee decided she wanted to incorporate Legos into the wedding decor, a favorite hobby of the Bride and Groom.  To match the lego colors, Karlee also requested a rainbow of colors in the floral table decor.  Carly from Carly is Inspired managed to find a way to make these requests elegant and fun and still fit the wedding’s theme and style.  (The Bride and Groom deserve a special shout-out for all their hard work during the 16 months of planning – they used their lego skills to make all the table numbers, card box and even boutineers out of legos.)  Karlee and Rob found a perfect match with the reception entertainment in DJ Jane from Stylus DJ Entertainment, who specializes in non-traditional weddings.  Hair and Make-up was also on point for Bride Karlee and the wedding party (which included both Bridesmaids and a “Bridesdude”) – Laura from Bridal Beauty by Laura loved that Karlee wanted to bring out her natural beauty on wedding day with a simple updo and birdcage veil in her gorgeous red hair.  After a self-uniting ceremony in the museum’s Planetarium (with a special appearance from the Princess Bride Priest) and cocktail hour in the exhibits halls, Karlee and Rob hosted their wedding guests to dinner and dancing in Franklin Hall.  To cap off this perfect “nerd wedding”, Frog Commissary Catering team (exclusive to the Franklin Institute) filled a special request of the science loving Bride and Groom and entertained guests with a liquid nitrogen ice cream bar for dessert!

I can’t thank Karlee and Rob enough for allowing me to help put together all these wedding details for them.  I love when couples want to incorporate their own personal style into their wedding and Karlee and Rob were always open to taking my ideas and running with them.  I can’t wait to see what fun the couple has planned for the future!  Congrats from the Diamonds and Details team!


Ceremony and Reception Venue – The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Officiant – Self-Uniting Ceremony performed by the Bride and Groom and Family and Friends

Caterer and Wedding Cake – Frog Commissary, Philadelphia, PA

Photography – Oh Karina Photography, Boston, MA

Wedding Planning – Diamonds and Details Weddings and Events

Floral Design and Decor – Carly is Inspired, Philadelphia, PA

Bride and Bridesmaid’s Bouquets – EcoFlower

Reception Entertainment – Stylus DJ Entertainment

Guest Hotels – Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, The Logan Philadelphia

Hair and Make-up – Bridal Beauty by Laura

– Amanda

November 7, 2017 / diamondsanddetails

Erica and Richie, 10/8/2017, The Barn at Silverstone, Lancaster, PA

One of my favorite aspects of this job is when a client introduces our team to a new venue.  Erica’s mom Sharon reached out to us in June to help with day of coordination for her daughter Erica’s wedding in Lancaster, PA.  Erica and her Groom Richie were getting married at the Barn at Silverstone and were required to hire a day of coordinator for wedding day.  While we specialize in the Philadelphia area, we are also able to provide planning and day of coordination services to the Lancaster/Central PA market as well.  (I am actually a graduate of Millersville University and lived in Lancaster for 6+ years so this area is a 2nd home to me.)  It was a real gift to be able to share in Erica and Richie’s wedding day at this “romantic and historic” venue!

As the beautiful photos from Martelli Photography detail, Erica and Richie really took advantage of the rustic scenery the venue provided.  The couple kept to tradition and did not do a “first look” photo which only added to how special their ceremony was for all of their family and friends.  With flowers by Pearls and Petals (Lancaster, PA), Erica also added just the right amount of perfect fall touches to and around the venue to help bring their October wedding day together.

Congratulations to Erica, Richie and family on a beautiful wedding day and thank you for allowing us the opportunity to discover this gorgeous new venue to the Diamonds and Details team!  We hope to be back at the Barn at Silverstone very soon!

Ceremony and Reception Venue – The Barn at Silverstone, Lancaster, PA 

Officiant – Jimmy Smuda (Family Pastor)

Caterer – B & T Catering, Southhampton, PA

Liquor/Alcohol – Hatboro Beverage

Photography – Martelli Photography

Videography – Clear Vision Videography

Day of Coordination – Diamonds and Details Weddings and Events

Floral Design and Decor – Pearls and Petals, Lancaster, PA

Ceremony Musicians – Appassionata String Quartet

Reception Entertainment – Freeze Entertainment

Wedding Cake  – The Baker’s Table at Urban Place, Lancaster, PA

Transportation – Expressions Limousine

Guest Hotels – Courtyard by Marriott, Lancaster, PA

Hair and Make-up – Lauren Henry (Friend of the Bride)

Favors – MoJos Pop Co, Philadelphia, PA

Sparklers – Wholesale Fireworks

– Amanda

October 27, 2017 / diamondsanddetails

Liz and Eric, 9/10/16, Private Residence, Perkiomenville, PA

Liz contacted me in July of 2015 to help with coordination for her backyard wedding.  With most, if not all of her wedding day details, being DIY, Liz knew she needed a professional to step in and manage all the moving parts.   Little did I know by taking on this responsibility, my team and I would be blessed with meeting Liz and her Groom Eric’s family and friends and see such a warm and generous group help bring a special day to life for the couple.

As the photos by Christian Gideon Photography detail, Liz and Eric incorporated many personal touches to their wedding day.  Liz made all of the paper flowers to be used for the bouquets and table decor.  Welcome signs were hand painted, tables and chairs were set-up by the wedding party and a family friend even baked their wedding cake as a gift. A favorite detail of the wedding for our team was the inclusion of Liz and Eric’s dog Bonnie as the ring bearer!

With 1 year of wedded bliss under their belt, we are excited for what the future holds for Liz and Eric!  We wish the couple many more years of happy memories and thank them for allowing us to be part of their special day!

Ceremony and Reception Venue – Private Residence, Perkiomenville, PA

Officiant – Kathleen Jones (family friend)

Caterer – Blooming Glen Catering

Bartending Company – Swig Event Staffing

Photography – Christian Gideon Photography

Day of Coordination – Diamonds and Details Weddings and Events

Paper Flowers – Made by the Bride

Reception Entertainment – New Pony Funk

Transportation – Renningers Golf Carts

Lighting and Rentals – Tents for Rent


August 11, 2017 / diamondsanddetails

The Details on…Loews Hotel Philadelphia

Photo Courtesy of the Loews Facebook Page

I had the pleasure of being hosted for lunch by the Sales and Catering Staff at the Loews Hotel Philadelphia this week.  Catering Sales Manager Andreea Denes and I are working together on a client’s wedding next year but Andreea wanted to personally meet with me so we could get to know each other better as well as talk about other needs I may have for current or future clients.  My lunch was hosted in the onsite resteraunt Bank and Bourbon, which offers traditional American fare with a unique but modern twist. (I had a really tasty steak salad and I hear their Parmesan Rosemary french fries are delicious!)  Bank and Bourbon would be a great option for Brides and Grooms looking for the perfect place to host a rehearsal dinner, post wedding brunch or even a Bachelorette/Bachelor party dinner (ask Andreea to show you the secret room which would be perfect for hosting a Bachelor Party whiskey tasting!)  After our lunch, Andreea was able to give me a detailed tour of the different event spaces the hotel offers.

Millennium Ballroom

Millennium Ballroom – Photo Courtesy of Loews Facebook Page

The Millennium Ballroom is an over 9,000 square foot space ideal for wedding and events from 150 to up to 400 guests for a sit-down dinner and up to 600 guests for a reception style event.  (This is the ballroom that will host our client’s wedding reception next year.)  What is unique about this space is that it is the original banking level of the old PSFS Bank and highlights the marble and granite walls of the original space, as well as the bank vault and Cartier clock.

The Regency Ballroom is also over 9,000 square feet and can be divided up into 4 sections, if needed.  It can seat 200-500 guests for a sit-down reception and up to 700 for a reception style event or wedding.

Regency Ballroom

Regency Ballroom – Photo Courtesy of the Loews Facebook Page

There is also the option to use this space for the ceremony and reception space, as there is an over 2,700 square foot foyer area that can be utilized for cocktail hour during a “flip”.   While the Millennium Ballroom would be considered a more modern space, the Regency Ballroom offers a more art-deco look.  (It would be perfect for a 20’s/30’s style or Great Gatsby theme wedding!)

A highlight of the event spaces at the Loews is the 33rd Floor, which sits at the very top of the hotel.  The 33rd floor can be used for wedding ceremonies for up to 250 guests, wedding receptions for up to 150 guests and cocktail receptions for up to 350 guests.  (Our Bride and Groom will be hosting their ceremony and cocktail hour in this space and when you take a tour of the venue, you will see why! )

33rd Floor

33rd Floor – Photo Courtesy of Loews Facebook Page and BG Productions

With windows circling the entire space, wedding guests have views of the entire Center City skyline to gaze at (can you imagine a sunset ceremony?!).  The 33rd floor also offers direct access to the rooftop terrace, offering both an indoor and outdoor flow as well as breathtaking photos for your photographer to capture.

The Loews also has two other wedding ballroom options – Commonwealth Hall is an over 6,000 square foot space, perfect for wedding ceremonies and dinner and dancing for 150 to 300 guests.  For a smaller or more intimate wedding, the Washington Room is a little over 3,000 square feet and can host up to 150 guests for a sit-down dinner and up to 200 for a reception event.  Many of Loews’ clients use this space for their ceremony or even a wedding after party.

Imagine a stress-free wedding day where you have hair and make up done, put on your wedding dress and simply take an elevator to your ceremony and reception.  The Loews offers this level of service and ease to Brides and Grooms and their wedding guests.  The hotels features over 580 newly renovated guest rooms and 12 suites within walking distance of the Reading Terminal, the Convention Center and City Hall (all great options for a first look and wedding photos!).

We are excited to be working with Andreea and her staff for our clients wedding next year at the Loews.  It will be unforgettable event with authentic Philadelphia style and top notch service.  We also look forward to being able to share the hotel as an option to future clients, whether it be for a wedding ceremony/reception, hotel block or rehearsal dinner.  If you are considering a wedding at the Loews, let us know!  We would love to help bring your vision to life!

  • Amanda
July 27, 2017 / diamondsanddetails

Kathy and Drew – 6-24-17, The John James Audubon Center

Last October, Bride Kathy contacted Diamonds and Details to help with day of coordination for her June wedding.  She was concerned about the timeline for wedding day and having someone there to keep things organized, as the wedding party would be starting their day at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Center City for getting ready and photos but the wedding ceremony and reception was in Audubon at the John James Audubon Center.  There can be a lot of logistic hiccups with getting around and out of the city, especially with wedding day shuttles involved so we were happy to hear Kathy saw the need for a Day of Coordinator and we were fortunate to be the company she hired for this responsibility.

As the photos from Alyssa Maloof Photography beautifully capture, Kathy and Groom Drew’s wedding day was filled with a playful sense of fun and true happiness shared by both Bride and Groom and their family and Wedding Party.  Die-hard Flyers fans, the couple also found a way to incorporate their affection for their number 1 team into wedding day (one of our favorite wedding day details!).  A highlight of the day for Kathy and Drew, wedding guests and even the wedding day professionals was a very special appearance by one of the venue’s in-house residents Odin.  Let’s just say he was a real “Hoot”!  😉

Congratulations to Kathy and Drew and thank you for letting Diamonds and Details share in the fun and happiness of your day!  We wish you much luck and love in the future and maybe even a Flyers Stanley Cup win very soon?


Ceremony and Reception Venue – John James Audubon Center, Audubon, PA

Officiant – David Dubbledam

Caterer – Jeffrey Miller Catering

Getting Ready Hotel and 1st Look Location – Hyatt at the Bellevue 

Photography – Alyssa Maloff Photography 

Videography – Be Films Wedding Cinematography 

Day of Coordination – Diamonds and Details Weddings and Events

Floral Design and Decor – Maura Rose Events

Ceremony Musicians – Jaclyn Duncan Music

Reception Entertainment – Scratch Entertainment

Wedding Cake  – Jeffrey Miller Catering

Transportation – Kevin Smith Transportation

Guest Hotels – Hampton Inn Valley Forge and Crown Plaza King of Prussia

Hair and Make-up – Architeqt Salon



June 2, 2017 / diamondsanddetails

The Details on….The Radnor Hotel

Welcome to June and the height of wedding season!  The Diamonds and Details team may be busy with client appointments and weddings (look for a blog post soon detailing our 1st wedding of the season at the Horticultural Center!) but we still take some time to meet up and visit with some of our favorite venues and wedding day professionals.  Recently, I had the pleasure of dining for lunch with the Sales and Marketing team at the Radnor Hotel.  What you may not know about this award-winning hotel is that it also offers a great option for wedding ceremonies and reception right in the heart of the Philadelphia Main Line.

radnor hotel ceremony

Photo Courtesy of the Radnor Hotel Facebook Page

Nestled on the back side of the hotel’s property is their Formal Gardens, offering both an outside ceremony and cocktail hour space to use for wedding day.  The ceremony space – the Esplanade Garden – offers space to accomdate up to 200 seated guests.


Radnor Hotel Ceremony Space with Chuppah Set-up (Rebecca Barger Photography)

As the Radnor Hotel website describes, “Anchored by a beautiful brick backdrop and flanked by lush foliage and flowers, the Esplanade Garden is the ideal setting to create a picturesque ceremony that will be as memorable as your reception.”

Menu wise, the Radnor Hotel does not disappoint!  For cocktail hour, you have the option to choose from over 45 house made hor devours as well as interactive Chef’s stations, featuring stir fry, pasta, seafood and carving stations.

Reception packages feature five hours of open bar, four-course dining and a dessert display on top of a wedding cake.

Whether you are thinking of booking a DJ or Live Band, The Radnor Hotel’s Grand Terrace Ballroom offers ample space for dinner and dancing.  Diamonds and Details even had a client bring in lounge furniture to decorate their ballroom and offer another option for seating during the reception.  The space has unlimited possibilities!

One of the main highlights of getting married at the Radnor Hotel is being able to host your family and friends all in the same location.  The full-service hotel has 171 rooms including 8 luxury suites, offering a great option for getting ready on wedding day.  The Radnor Hotel’s on site restaurant, The Glen Morgan Grill (their Cashew Chicken salad is delicious!) gives you the option to host a rehearsal dinner or even a pre-wedding lunch for the groomsmen all in the same location.  Sunday morning, the hotel serves their “Best of the Main Line” Brunch and is a must for any guests staying overnight after a Saturday wedding!

Diamonds and Details has had the pleasure to work with the Radnor Hotel for several client weddings and love being able to share its top-notch service, beautiful gardens and the convenience of everything at one place with our clients.  If you are considering the Radnor Hotel as a wedding option, give us a call – we would love to help plan your perfect day there!

1918448_175199567802_5546106_nPS/ Our Planner Amanda is more than just an expert on Radnor Hotel weddings, she’s also a former Radnor Hotel Bride!







March 31, 2017 / diamondsanddetails

“Let’s Start at the Very Beginning” – Picking the Perfect Venue

After you find the perfect guy or girl, put the perfect ring on the finger and set the perfect date, the next step is finding the perfect venue!

One of my favorite parts of the wedding planning process is the very beginning – finding the perfect place to host your wedding day.  Many of our planning clients specifically hire Diamonds and Details because the process to find a venue to fit their guest count, budget and needs can be very overwhelming.  Once you help a client find the right venue, putting the rest of the wedding planning pieces together generally flows very easily.   Thankfully, the Philadelphia area, especially Center City, offers many unique and beautiful venues for our clients to choose from.  I recently had the opportunity to tour some new venue spaces to the Diamonds and Details team – The Inn at Penn (a Hilton Hotel) and Houston Hall in Perelman Quadrangle at the University of Pennsylvania.


Houston Hall – Bodek Lounge (photo from Perelman Quadrangle’s Facebook Page)

During the day, Houston Hall is buzzing with UPenn students and smells of insanely delicious Insomnia Cookies.  What doesn’t come across at first glance is the unique event space the building offers. With several different options for event space, Houston Hall offers Brides and Grooms the opportunity to have their ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all in the same location.  With several large rounded marble staircases in the building, the possibilities for a first look photo would make any photographer go photo crazy!  The venue has significant history to Philadelphia and UPenn as it dates back to the 1890s.  At one time the Hall even had a swimming pool and bowling alley in the bottom floor!  Rental pricing for Houston Hall starts around $6000 and includes rental of the entire event space and its facilities, linen rentals, banquet tables and chairs, uplighting for the banquet room and a private space for both the Bride and Groom to get ready.  (There is also options to upgrade your rental package with speciality linens and chairs, an outdoor ceremony, etc.)


Houston Hall – Hall of Flags (photo from Perelman Quadrangle’s Facebook Page)

One of the most appealing aspects of having your wedding at Houston Hall is the opportunity to bring in a caterer of your choosing.  The venue also is a great option for larger weddings as it can host up to 250 guests comfortably and offers several hotels for guests to stay at within walking distance.  The venue even offers valet parking for an additional cost on the night of your event.  We had a great time touring with the Venue Manager Kate (she is actually getting married on site this year!) and can’t wait to explore all the options the venue offers with future clients!


The Inn at Penn (a Hilton Hotel) – (photo from Inn at Penn’s Facebook page)

Located just a few blocks from Houston Hall and right next to the UPenn school store, is the Inn at Penn.  The Inn recently completed a renovation of all of its hotel rooms (wedding guests will love iPads in every room!) and its wedding and event space, The Woodlands Ballroom.


(Photo from Inn at Penn’s Facebook Page)

The Ballroom offers Brides and Groom a modern, unique space to host their wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.  The recent renovation added stunning chandeliers and new flooring to the room, as well as a space on one end of the ballroom perfectly designed to feature a flower wall or custom designed chuppah.  Brides and Grooms can even choose the option to utilize the hotel’s outdoor space for their ceremony and cocktail hour and then come back into the Woodlands Ballroom for dinner and dancing later in the evening.  While the event space at the Inn at Penn sells itself, right now the hotel is offering three incentives if you book your wedding there: A complimentary rehearsal dinner for up to 30 guests, a complimentary post-wedding breakfast for up to 40 guests and 100,000 Hilton Honors points.  One of our most asked questions from clients is where should I host my rehearsal dinner, the Inn at Penn makes this easy for you!  Pricing for Inn at Penn weddings starts at around $150/person and their space would easily host a 150-200 guest wedding comfortably.  The hotel offers 245 guests rooms and valet parking can even be included in your wedding event package for those guests not staying at the hotel.  A highlight of our tour with the on site Wedding Specialist Michelle was dining in their award-winning Italian Restaurant Penne.  (The hotel would be a great choice for those wine-living Brides and Grooms!)  We look forward to working with Michelle in the future and presenting the Inn at Penn to future clients!

These two venue options are some of our new favorites in Center City but we also love working with many other hotels and unique spaces.   Email us today about planning your wedding and we can start exploring your options!

Stay tuned to the Diamonds and Details blog in the upcoming months as we feature more venues and wedding day professionals we love working with!

  • Amanda