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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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4.9 out of 5
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  • 35 Reviews


    Leah Carney

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  • My husband and I wanted a small wedding from the start, and despite Covid-19 we did not want to wait any longer. We were told that PAFA was providing "mini/micro wedding" and we knew it was perfect for us. We cannot say enough good things about PAFA! Kate worked with us from the very beginning to the very end ensuring every detail was perfect. She was absolutely wonderful! It was a very stress free experience, even during covid because of her. Thank you Kate :) Safety was a top priority, but so was making sure our special day was everything we wanted it to be! We are so grateful to PAFA and all of our amazing vendors who helped make this "mini wedding" possible. It was clear from the beginning they truly care about the couples and that meant a lot to us. I highly recommend this beautiful venue for your wedding! Thank you team PAFA!

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    Thank you so much, Leah! I'm SO happy we got to work together. As a fellow event professional, your endorsement is extra special to us! xoxo Kate

    Megan

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  • PAFA is a breathtakingly beautiful, elegant building! My husband and I celebrated our wedding at PAFA's historical building in August 2020. When we first looked into PAFA, we knew we wanted a smaller wedding and to us, one of the benefits of PAFA (besides its absolutely gorgeous architecture and art) was the variety of spaces that could be used depending on guest count. Kate Young walked us through various options and offered helpful recommendations regarding vendors and just general wedding-planning resources and advice. We ended up having a super small wedding (10 guests) and had a perfect ceremony spot that felt just right for our small group. Plus, we had the museum to ourselves, letting our guests be able to wander the museum and soak in the beauty, which was a truly unique experience.  Obviously, PAFA is beautiful–with stunning design, art, and colors that will add to your day and photos–but the PAFA team is really what made PAFA such a perfect venue choice. We wor... Read more

    Katie Zurbach

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    5 out of 5
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  • We loved many things about PAFA, but most especially how welcoming and accomodating their staff is. When I first met with Kate Young, when we were first looking at venues, she made me feel immediately at ease, and very quickly suggested ways to make our wedding at PAFA special for us. Not only is it a beautiful museum, but there are two of them! Since our wedding was the only event that evening, we were able to take photographs in the historic landmark building, while our reception occured in the Hamilton building. Kate and Marissa worked tirelessly with use to coordinate with our vendors and make sure everything went off without a hitch- which it did! And you cannot beat the location on Broad Street- we were even able to sneak out to catch a photograph in the snow during the reception!

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    Thank you so much, Katie! It was SUCH a pleasure to work with you and your family : ) Wishing you and A the very best!

    Cathy Zurbach

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  • PAFA is a beautiful and elegant venue for a wedding and the staff is top notch! We loved the Hamilton Building with its contemporary elegance and lots of special space for our guests to enjoy. Everyone loved the huge cocktail area with a view of City Hall and Broad Street ( the bride and groom rushed out during the reception when it started to snow to get their picture taken with City Hall in the background with snow flakes ) and then being able to eat a spectacular meal provided by 12th Street Catering in an art gallery with a 12 piece band playing was something our guests raved about. The space is expansive, interesting, and has the elegance befitting a wedding. From our perspective , the amazing staff was just as important to us as the wonderful venue space. PAFA's expert staff Marissa Peduto and Kate Young had everything under control from the beginning to the end of the process, they were an amazing team that took all the worry out of the process. Also, a special shout out to ... Read more

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    Cathy, thank you so much for your glowing review! I'm so happy we got to work with you and your family!

    Janet

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    5 out of 5
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  • PAFA is exquisite. The level of class and elegance provided the perfect ambiance for our wedding. PAFA at night, is a romantic and magical place. Kate and Lauren (from Constellation Catering) are excellent. They went above and beyond. They were so kind and attentive in every way to insure we had the perfect wedding. The preplanning was meticulous and everything was executed smoothly throughout the wedding. Absolutely amazing venue and stellar people to work with for our most memorable night!

    Alexandra Nader

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  • My husband and I were married November 2019 and celebrated our wedding cocktail hour and reception at PAFA's historical building. We searched all over Philadelphia for our perfect venue. Can I just say from the very first line of communication with the PAFA team, excellent 10/10 customer service. We had yet to meet a more accommodating team from the very beginning. Kate Young who became our wedding coordinator was OUT. OF. THIS. WORLD- This girl has got it. Professional, kind, funny, understanding, patient to just name a few words to describe her. She brought joy and focus to our wedding planning process when things could easily feel overwhelming. She understood our vision and goals and made sure everything was organized and executed properly. Our wedding at PAFA was a dream come true. From the stunning venue to the awesome team, I wish we could do it all over again! xoxox

    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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  • 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

    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
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