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Cescaphe Is Opening a New Wedding Venue In Center City

And we've got a sneak peek.


Joe Volpe. Photograph by Emily Assiran

If you’ve lived in Philly for any part of the last ten years, chances are high you’ve been to a Cescaphe wedding. Company founder Joe Volpe, who began his catering career as a dishwasher, has built a mini empire of wedding venues in this city. There’s the original Cescaphe Ballroom and the industrial-chic Tendenza in Northern Liberties, the classic Down Town Club in Washington Square West, the sprawling Vie near Spring Garden, and, of course, the iconic Water Works on the Schuylkill. (Cescaphe announced they would be ending their run at the Curtis Center Atrium earlier this year).

But, in case you thought Volpe’s plans to build a unified Cescaphe corporate campus in Fishtown and open a hotel solely for guests of Cescaphe weddings would slow him down, you’d be wrong. As we reported exclusively in the just-out Summer/Fall 2018 print issue of Philadelphia Wedding (grab your copy here), Cescaphe will be opening a new wedding venue in the heart of Center City this fall.

Named for Volpe’s late mother, The Lucy will be located at the intersection of Broad and Locust. Though still firmly under construction (the first wedding will take place this November), the venue is already shaping up to be a thing of beauty. The 17,000-square-foot space will hold up to 325 guests for a seated dinner, and up to 800 for a standing celebration. Cocktail hour will take place on a second floor mezzanine overlooking the ballroom, and the interior details are 19th century-inspired.  There will be painted white brick and chevron wood floors, which were selected to lend a warm feeling to the space while still being neutral enough to fit with a wide variety of wedding styles and aesthetics. European-style gilded chandeliers, marble accents, and ivory wall paneling round out the details.

While this is by no means Cescaphe’s biggest venue (Vie can hold up to 600 for a seated dinner), it will be Cescaphe’s first venture into the heart of Center City, with the grand windows of the space overlooking the Avenue of the Arts. There are no photos to share just yet, but you can take a look at the mood board for the space below. Pretty swanky, right?

Interested in booking? Call 215-238-5750 or email info@cescaphe.com for details on special inaugural pricing for events taking place between November 2018 and April 2019.

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