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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, PA
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(215) 972-1609
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4.8 out of 5
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  • 28 Reviews


    Jane Slusser

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  • We had been to PAFA’s historic building for a party about two years before we got engaged and had an absolute blast, so when we got engaged it was one of the first places we wanted to look into for our wedding. It’s such an incredibly unique space that is both very fancy but also doesn’t have a stuffy vibe. Kate Young gave us a tour and talked us through all of the options that they offered, and it was clear that the staff there would work with us to help pull off our big day. Kate McCammon took over once we were officially booked and was helpful throughout the entire process. She made us feel confident that all of the details would be handled on our big day, and I was just always really surprised by how helpful everyone was, giving recommendations about vendors and overall advice on the run of show and how to make our day perfect. For our big day, Kate M worked with us so we could get in early to take photos before our ceremony. The backdrop was just so stunning, and we even got... Read more

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    Jane!! Thank you so much for your kind words : ) We were so happy to help your family and friends celebrate you and B! - xoxo, the PAFA team

    Rim H

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    5 out of 5
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  • If you are looking for a memorable, special, gorgeous venue for a wedding, look no further! We had our wedding at PAFA’s historic building in August and we can not be happier about our choice with the venue. I remember walking into PAFA’s historic building for the first time and I immediately fell in love with it. I did not even check other venues. The venue is so rich with art, history, and colors that it does not require any excessive flowers or lights. All our guests were amazed by the beauty of the space. I got 1000 of compliments regarding the venue. Most importantly, PAFA’s staff were incredible. They were professional, organized, friendly, and very easy to communicate with. The venue coordinator did a wonderful job coordinating with all vendors. The day went so smoothly because of her. We thank PAFA and all the staff for making our wedding day so magical. Do not think it twice, just choose PAFA!

    Kristin Smith

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  • It's hard to put into words how incredibly helpful and professional the team at PAFA is. From the moment we stepped into the space, we were greeted with kindness. Kate and her team made sure every detail was managed through the entire planning process. She followed up with EVERYTHING quickly and was solutions based the whole time. Not to mention, the venue is just stunning. We wanted to give our guests an unique experience, and because of Kate and her team, we were able to do so. PAFA will always have a special place in our hearts and we are so grateful to the team who pulled it all together.

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    K, thank you SO much for this lovely review. It was such a pleasure to meet you and work with you on your wedding day! Cheers, Kate and the PAFA team.

    Charlie

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  • Beautiful venue with great works of art! Staff very friendly, flexible, and professional; for our wedding they helped a lot in planning the ceremony and reception.

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    Thank you so much, Charlie! Your support of the Academy is so greatly appreciated, we are so happy to be a part of such a wonderful day for you & Monica!

    Sylvia Ames

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  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA ) is a magical wedding venue. Staff worked with us to achieve our dream wedding and everything promised was delivered. We give them 7 stars and would book with them again without hesitation!

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    Sylvia - thank you so much! What an honor it was to celebrate the wedding with you and your family! - Much love, the PAFA team

    Anthony

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    5 out of 5
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  • We rented the Historic Building of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PAFA for our wedding. The building’s architecture is a fantastic backdrop to any event but especially a wedding. The beauty of the building is that you can have your ceremony and reception at the same location. We met Kate Young, the Venue Manager on a Saturday afternoon. Her demeaner, caring attitude and professionalism is what made us decide to go with PAFA. Then we met Kate McCammon, Event Coordinator and she was just as wonderful and helpful as her colleague. We never had any regrets with our decision. Both Kate’s have the experience and dedication to their work that made for a stress free and elegant wedding. They both gave you their full attention, were always on time for appointments and answered emails the same day if not within hours of receiving it. They were able to coordinate all of our vendors, had suggestions when we were stuck with a decision and made our wedding a fantasy come true. O... Read more

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    Tony! We love you and appreciate your kind words. Thank you for the honor of being a part of your day. - Kate Y : )

    Erica

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  • We are so glad we chose to have our wedding reception at PAFA's Historic Landmark Building. We worked closely with Kate McCammon and Duffy's Catering (one of their two caterer options), and we also worked occasionally with Kate Young. Everyone was extremely kind, organized, quick to respond, and knowledgable. Kate McCammon shined as one of the best vendors we worked with; when it came time to organize day-of timeline details with our other vendors, I learned that Kate was already in contact with all of them and that she accomplished this huge organizational task for me. Talk about a bride's dream! Our wedding day went off without a problem, and our guests LOVED the venue (obviously, we did too). We had around 150 guests, which was the perfect number for the rotunda. The art along the walls made for beautiful decor, and an unforeseen pro of our venue choice was that we could keep our florals and other decorations simple (and more affordable) so that PAFA's art could shine. Our guests al... Read more

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    xoxo - we would choose YOU all over again! Thank you for trusting us with your day. Congrats on a beautiful celebration and start to your marriage. - the PAFA team

    Lydia

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  • The venue was absolutely beautiful and the ladies at PAFA were so helpful and accommodating. It was perfect for our small wedding. Great place for photos because of the beautiful art and architecture.

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    We adored your small and intimate celebration. Thank you for trusting us with your wedding day - The PAFA Team

    S Se

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  • We loved PAFA! The older portion of the museum was a gorgeous place for our ceremony, and the new portion was the perfect elegant site for our reception!

    Sara Edwards

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  • We loved our wedding at PAFA! The space was beautiful, and all the staff members were wonderful - they gave us truly a perfect day.

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    Thank you, Sara! You had such a phenomenally beautiful wedding! We are so happy you loved your experience! xoxo- the PAFA team

    Christine Purushothaman

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  • We had a great experience working with everyone at PAFA and had a beautiful wedding day there! We highly recommend it as a wedding venue.

    Debi

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  • "Extraordinary" is the only word that comes close to aptly describing this magnificent venue, the care we received and our overall experience with the PAFA team as we planned our daughter and son-in-law's wedding! The venues -- both the Historic Landmark Building where we held our traditional ceremony and the Hamilton Building where we hosted the cocktail hour and reception -- could not be more beautiful. It was truly a perfect setting in every way. PAFA's wonderfully attentive, enthusiastic and supportive team of professionals -- James Gaddy, Amani Bright and Alma Radocaj -- were always there for us, attentive to our special requests and needs throughout. Everyone worked well together with our planner, caterer, florist and band, and the evening could not have gone more smoothly. Our family felt so very fortunate to have such a wonderful experience in planning, executing and truly enjoying the best night of our lives! I would be happy to share our experiences with any future bride... Read more

    Glenanne

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  • Leigh at PAFA was extremely helpful in every aspect. Booking PAFA was an easy decision to make with her help!

    Jessica

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  • Gorgeous venues with many possible layouts and configurations, which allows you to create a unique experience for your guests as well as a unique set up for your event! We used both the historic building and the new building for our event. The artwork and age of the historic building meant red wine and potted plant restrictions, but we were still able to create the atmosphere and flow that we wanted! The new building has no alcohol restrictions, so we were happy to use both venues for our celebration. I was surprised by some installation restrictions in the new building since it is an art gallery and has the capability to do a lot, but we were still able to create a beautiful setting. Overall, memorable, unique, and couldn't be happier. The staff was experienced, friendly, and very responsive.

    Colleen

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  • PAFA was an incredible choice for our wedding reception. We needed a larger venue than our ceremony venue could hold (Masonic Temple, which is right across the street). The Hamilton Building at PAFA gave a beautiful juxtaposition of our very ornate venue for the ceremony. Going from a very historic museum such as the Masonic temple, across the street to the bright and modern Hamilton Building at PAFA, was really the perfect combination. You could get this same dichotomy by having your ceremony at PAFA's other building, and hold the reception in the Hamilton Building. My husband is a Free Mason, so we chose to get married in his lodge for financial reasons. Annah and Kate were INCREDIBLE and made everything we wanted to happen, happen. From planning, through to picking up our vases/flowers etc the following Monday, we couldn't have asked for better people to work with. Annah even helped me find and connect me with a baker for my gluten free wedding cake, when many bakeries were not res... Read more

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    Thanks so much! We think you're incredible too!

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