13 Industrial Chic Wedding Venues in the Philadelphia Area
Craving exposed brick, soaring ceilings, massive windows? We've got you covered.
Philly, as a historic city of makers and industrial factories, is flush when it comes to cool industrial wedding venues. That means we have plenty of variety: a blend of modern and rustic, from wood beams to exposed repainted brick to soaring ceilings. Some are light and airy, some boast a more rustic, wooded vibe. All of them are totally customizable: add hanging florals and string lights for a dreamy fairytale look, or amp up the steel accents to emphasize a modern twist. Below, some of our favorite industrial wedding venues to make your own.
990 Spring Garden, Suite 103, Callowhill.
Location 215 opened earlier this spring, moving into the ground floor of what was formerly a medicine warehouse. Functioning as both a photography studio and event space, the sleek all-white interior and glass accents create the perfect canvas for whatever creative wedding aspirations you can dream up. It features a bridal studio, wrap around bar, on-site kitchen, 75-inch television, and 15-feet ceiling. The venue is customizable depending on the size of your event. The East Studio, the larger of the two, can seat 250 guests and accommodate 500 and 600 guests for a cocktail-style reception. The West Studio can seat 175 guests and accommodate 400 to 425 guests for a cocktail-style reception.
1750 North Front Street, Fishtown.
A former factory space, Front & Palmer was created by merging together a pickle factory and barrel factory. The first floor houses the on-site kitchen, with catering provided by Feast Your Eyes, while upstairs is a converted loft that serves as the main event space, coupled with a smaller lounge area that could be used for a cocktail reception. Steel rafters criss-cross the 34-feet ceiling, providing the perfect space to hang customized light options (like fairy lights or lanterns) to complement the art chandeliers and solar panels. The venue can accommodate 250 seated guests and over 325 standing guests and offers negotiable event end times. Saturday evening receptions during high season start at $154 per person.
4500 Worth Street, Northeast Philly.
The coolest part about Globe Dye Works is that the factory aspects of the building have very much been left intact: Exposed pipes, concrete floors, giant, important-looking machinery that definitely should have required a license or two to operate back in the day. Globe Dye’s boiler room and gallery can be rented as one space, or broken up and rented separately for smaller affairs. The pre-existing stage is large enough to hold a ten-piece band, and there’s a built-in 24’ x 31’ dance floor. Maximum capacity is 220 for a seated dinner, and 350 for a cocktail-style reception.. Weddings and other events at Globe Dye Works will run through Birchtree Catering, and it is a BYO venue. — Sarah Zlotnick
22 South 23rd Street, Center City.
This castle-like fortress is steeped in historical significance. Built in 1901, 23rd Street Armory was home to the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry, and it’s available to host your wedding. Two main room are available to rent, either individually or collectively, and renting either also gives you access to the museum and officers quarters. The larger of the two spaces, the Drill Hall Floor, is 14,000 square feet and features a sloped ceiling and a multitude of windows that enhance the already spacious atmosphere of the venue, making it the perfect location for both a storybook ceremony and a lively dance floor showdown.Meanwhile, the smaller of the two, the Third Floor Ballroom, is perfect for a more intimate experience, and it accommodates 175 to 200 seated guests. For the history buffs, the venue also hosts a variety of historical exhibitions, so a walk to the bathroom could mean passing by a collection of Colonial artifacts.
1901 South 9th Street, East Passyunk.
Before Scout Ltd transformed the building, Bok used to be a vocational high school. Now, the building house close to 150 different businesses, as well as five industrial wedding spaces for rent: The Workshop, The West Gym, The Auditorium, The Terraces, and The Rooftop. True to their names, each space reflects its former purpose, which makes Bok a one-of-a-kind location, offering features such as a customizable archive wall in The Workshop and the option to use one of two bridal suites available in any package. Here, you can recite your vows as your guests watch perched from auditorium-style folding chairs. As a bonus, regardless of which space you choose, you have the option to add on a rooftop package for stunning Center City views. The max occupancy is 350 people.
140 North Columbus Boulevard, Old City.
This restaurant/theater hybrid not only has it all; it has it all in one spot: an elevated stage for the band, a wraparound bar conveniently situated between where you’ll dance and where you’ll eat, expansive views of the Ben Franklin Bridge, and a beer garden decked out with picnic tables and games like cornhole and ladder golf. (The editor of our very own Philadelphia Wedding magazine picked it for her own nuptials this summer!) The building was originally used as a water-pumping station at the turn of the century, so all that old brick, salvaged doors, and the giant second-story tank — you know, industrial chic — are as authentic as it gets. — Sarah Zlotnick
1431 North Cadwallader Street, Kensington.
New Liberty Distillery is a multi-floor facility in a turn of the 19th century restored carriage house. With room for up to 150 inside and over 300 in the outside courtyard, it’s the perfect venue for a mid-sized to large wedding. New Liberty features a barrel aging room, a tasting room with a full bar and a gift and bottle shop. Pricing varies. — Isabel Soisson
3502 Scotts Lane, East Falls.
The former Peche space is now under the direction of seasoned Philly event company Brûlée Catering, and with the change in management come a few much-needed updates (roof repairs, a fresh coat of paint, and new bar and room-divider options). What didn’t change is the sprawling, purposefully minimalist warehouse-style setting. With concrete floors, large-scale wrought-iron windows and endless layout options for up to 750 guests, this versatile space can take on whatever party vibe you’d like. — Sarah Zlotnick
3525 I Street, Kensington.
Part of the movement to respect and reuse the buildings that make up our city’s history, this industrial-chic 9,000-square-foot event space takes up the fourth floor of MaKen Studios North and is exclusively catered by Feast Your Eyes Catering. Twin seven-foot chandeliers make a statement in the brick-floored cocktail area, while dinner is served with panoramic views of Center City thanks to the 15-foot-tall windows. Capacity is 450, and there’s free parking for guests in a lot across from the street. — Sarah Zlotnick
230 North 2nd Street, Old City.
Don’t let the name mislead you: Power Plant Productions was a former factory space, but now the venue is a perfect location for a daytime ceremony. The all-white interior and 34-feet of industrial window grant the space a bright, airy atmosphere, while the exposed brick and steel beams retain the industrial ambience that makes this venue the perfect blend of urban and pastoral. The studio is over 4,000 square feet and may accommodate up to 130 seated guests and 165 guests for a cocktail-style reception. There is a commercial-style kitchen on site and a valet parking garage right across the street. As a bonus, it’s within walking distance to a number of hotels and picturesque photo destinations, like Race Street Pier.
29 East Allen Street, Fishtown.
Be the (literal) star of your own show when you wed at this Fishtown music hall in the same building as Philadelphia Distilling. In the main performance space, you’ll say your “I do’s” onstage under professional theater lights, then sit to dine with up to 390 guests. (Make use of the space’s four large bars, including one located on the mezzanine, to keep everyone mingling at the party.) Hoping for something a little more intimate? Book the Foundry, a handsome upstairs lounge complete with curtained-off VIP couches, for a smaller reception of 96 guests. Either way, they’ll flash your names on the outdoor marquee. — Sarah Zlotnick
1023 Hamilton Street, Callowhill.
Beer aficionados now have the chance to get married at Love City Brewing, where you have a front row seat to the brewing process amidst an exposed brick exterior and glossy wooden bar tops. Inside, a mix of metals and wooden tables are illuminated by rows of green pendant lights, creating a homey atmosphere perfect for those seeking a non-traditional wedding experience. On weekdays and Sunday, the venue can be bought out for private events, and a full buyout accommodates 350 standing guests and around 148 seated guests. For couples seeking a more casual experience, just the brewery portion may be rented out any day of the week, and it accommodates around 50 seated guests and between 100 and 150 standing guests. Weekday buyouts start at $3,000, with a $1,000 beverage minimum, while a Sunday buyout costs $5,000 with a $1,500 beverage minimum. The brewery may be rented for $300 an hour.
1218 Arch Street, Center City.
Located across from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Center for Architecture and Design functions as an educational hub for Philadelphia’s architecture, urban planning, and design events, but the venue is also available for weddings. Inside the modern, industrial space, guests can admire rotating exhibitions on architecture as they meander through the venue, which features exposed brick walls and hardwood floors. The full facility is composed of a selection of rooms that may be rented together or separately, and catering is provided by 12th Street Catering. Taken together, the Center can accommodate 200 guests for a seated event and 350 for a cocktail reception. The structure of the venue also lends itself to customization: the glass-paneled garage doors can be lifted to create an open loft space; or, they can remain closed to partition out a separate area for a cocktail hour or a bridal suite.
25 East Allen Street, Fishtown.
Established in 2005, Philadelphia Distilling is the first craft distillery to be opened in Pennsylvania since before Prohibition. It’s historic, it’s big, and it may just be perfect for your wedding. Philadelphia Distilling’s sophisticated, upscale decor and ceiling length windows are sure to impress your guests and keep you and your partner happy. Their main cocktail bar and lounge can accommodate up to 150 people for a cocktail style reception and 75 people for a sit down menu with enough space for a dance floor and entertainment. Bonus: all outside vendors are welcome and custom cocktails are available. Pricing varies. — Isabel Soisson
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