The 411: What You Need to Know When Planning Your Wedding

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One-Stop Shop  Make an appointment at Soiree Philadelphia, and you’ll be greeted by a concierge who’ll walk you through the wedding planning process, beginning by introducing you to the skilled local vendors who are part of this co-op-like nuptials boutique. You can select your wedding planner, makeup artist, caterer, florist, entertainment and photographer — or just one or two of the above — and rest assured knowing that because the vendors come from internal referrals, you’ll have the right mix of talent for your Big Day (


Set in History  Philly’s new National Museum of American Jewish History is more than a historical landmark on Independence Mall. Its contemporary spaces for weddings and events range from the 200-seat Dell Theater to an 8,400-square-foot penthouse with floor-to-ceiling windows and an adjacent outdoor terrace facing the historic mall. Various spaces hold from 35 to 1,200 guests (540 for a seated dinner), and prices range from around $500 for the smallest area to $10,000 for the whole museum. There’s a list of preferred kosher caterers, but outside kosher vendors may also be used for your Big Day (


New Digs  An old East Falls textile mill has become the new home to Peche at Sherman Mills, an event space owned by renowned Philly catering company Peachtree & Ward. The modern, post-industrial loft can be divided into quadrants, via a draping system, for your ceremony, cocktails, dinner and dancing, and can hold up to 600 guests (

Also be sure to check out Cescaphe’s third event space, Tendenza. Just like its name, which means “trend” in Italian, the style is a mix of contemporary design with urban and rustic touches. The loft space holds 250 for dinner and 400 for cocktails, and catering is done in-house, though exceptions for kosher catering are permitted. Prices vary depending on the event (


Good Eats, Wedding Treats  Be able to cut the cake and eat it too without worrying about your or your guests’ gluten-free, vegan or food-allergy needs with a wedding cake or cupcakes (in flavors like banana chocolate chip and mocha) from new bakery Sweet Freedom. For Big Day sweets, place your order — wedding cakes are $5 per person; cupcakes are $38.50 a dozen — a month in advance (

And starting in 2011, you’ll be able to surprise your hungry-from-dancing guests as they leave your reception with fresh roasted-veggie tacos and carnitas with black bean puree and pineapple-jicama salsa from Jose Garces’s new food-on-wheels venture, Guapos Tacos. You can book it by the hour (prices still TBD) by calling 215-625-2920.