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The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

19 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA, PA
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(215) 399-2245
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 45 Reviews


    Amelia

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  • I cannot recommend Kristen and the team at Catering by Design enough. We loved our wedding at The College of Physicians. I can honestly say every aspect of our wedding went completely as planned and looked exactly as I had envisioned and I had a very specific vision! Kristen was unbelievable-- incredibly responsive and took on way more than most day of coordinators (calling vendors, creating the timeline, recommending vendors, previewing decor set up). She made recommendations and was honest when she really thought something wasn't a good idea, but at the end of the day she let me come up with the concept and executed it beautifully. In addition to Kristen, the rest of the staff was incredible. I had a number of guests come up to me and tell me the service was outstanding-- better than most top notch restaurants. We even had our own personal concierge, Zakiya, who seemed to know what we needed even before we asked. We actually got to eat at our wedding! Lastly, the food. It was ... Read more

    Tracey and Tim

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    5 out of 5
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  • We have an outstanding experience with College of Physicians and their in-house catering organization for our wedding. We attribute how wonderful our evening was to them! The Wedding Specialist was super organized from at every point in the planning process through the event itself. We felt so relaxed! The attention to details was phenomenal, and everyone was kind and gracious to us and our guests. Even our guests commented on the kind, professional and gracious staff. The food was delicious! Once again -our guests commented on this! The servers synchronized serving our guests so all at the table received their meals at the same time. Outstanding! Just a class act! The space is beautiful - the various halls, the garden, etc. It was a beautiful event! Thank you, College of Physicians and particularly Kristin Medici.

    P Jones

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  • Kristen Medici and the staff at CBD and CoP did a fabulous job from start to finish. They were responsive, accommodating, flexible about our wishes, and most importantly, made the process personal. Warm and easy to work with, they made an effort to get to know us and our families so the final outcome would be just what we wanted. The venue (especially the garden!) was gorgeous, the food delicious, and the logistics seamless. We highly recommend them without reservation!

    Caroline

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  • From this start, this venue was the one place we could picture ourselves getting married and it exceeded expectations! The ceremony was gorgeous with such historic touches and dark mahogany wood. The cocktail hour was bright and festive, and the reception room was perfect for a large band and 140 guests. Can't rave about this venue enough - you won't be disappointed!

    Elyse Tierney

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  • The College of Physicians made our wedding a 100% positive experience and did so flawlessly. Liz was on top of the planning months in advance, always helping us stay on track with flowers, catering, and day-of-details. As two women getting married, it was extremely important that we find a venue was prepared to make us feel safe, comfortable, and as full of love as we deserved to feel on our wedding day. We can say with confidence that the College of Physicians made that happen. Liz displayed clear experience working with same-sex couples and provided multiple"non-traditional" options for our ceremony processional. My wife and I also found that, throughout the night, not only did our family and friends come up and congratulate us, many of the College of Physicians staff came to congratulate us as well, and told how much it meant to them to see us married. These were small, incredible moments that we did not expect but experienced with joy. We cannot do anything but recommend th... Read more

    Samy

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    5 out of 5
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  • The College of Physicians is stunning! We looked at 8 other venues in Philadelphia Center City area before seeing this building. As soon as we toured it and met with the events manager, Liz, we instantly knew this was the place for us. We held our ceremony upstairs in Ashhurst Hall, the cocktail hour downstairs in Thomson Gallery which flowed into the Veranda & Medicinal Garden, and the reception upstairs in Mitchell Hall. The whole building has a magnificence to it. It’s not pretentious though, just dignified and beautiful. It’s a truly unique space that you and your guests won’t forget! -Sam

    Ayla

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  • I cannot recommend this venue enough. If you want a fairy tale wedding, this place will make your dream a reality. Whether you want a classic, traditional ceremony/reception or an enchanting Victorian wedding with vegan catering on a budget, look no further.

    Jenny

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  • I'm nearly three weeks out from my wedding at the College of Physicians through Catering By Design, and I still can't believe how amazing it was. The staff that helped us prepare for the big day were amazing, as were the staff on hand the day-of. Liz was our go-to contact person at the College after Diana got us set up. Liz was amazing--I am a nervous and meticulous planner that obsesses over minute details. Liz was there to answer every question and concern I had promptly, while also giving her advice and suggestions along the way. This was especially important for my wife and I as we planned the entire wedding while living in a completely different part of the country. In the end, this meant that during the wedding itself, my wife and I were care-free as everything went perfectly as planned. Catering By Design at the College is a well oiled machine--everything was taken care of and we enjoyed the day immensely. The venue at the College was everything we had hoped for. Luckily the... Read more

    Ella

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    5 out of 5
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  • We both want to give a big THANKS! for all the amazing work you and your excellent staff did for Rachel’s Bat Mitzvah. From working with us on the menu to coordinating the various rentals, you were always a pleasure to work with. To top it all off, the food was absolutely amazing! All our guests are still raving about the food and quality of the service.

    REBECCA

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  • Wonderful experience! Highly recommend! This historic and regal venue includes the full 2 story building and a private garden! This was perfect because rain or shine for our May wedding, we knew we would be married in a beautiful space. We worked with Diana Airoldi from Catering by Design throughout the planning process and she was there on the big day to ensure everything went smoothly. Diana was wonderful to with - always pleasant, professional, and organized. It's important to note that we don't live in Philly and planned most of the wedding remotely (via email and over the phone) and it worked out great! During the wedding, my bridal attendant Tracy was fabulous! I dubbed Tracy and Diana the "Ninjas" because any time I needed them during the event for anything at all, there they were, ready to help and anticipating my every need. Our guests raved about the delicious food, craft old-timey cocktails, and quality service. 5 stars! Catering by Design knows how to throw a fabulous part... Read more

    Linda

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    5 out of 5
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  • Diana and staff are wonderful assisting in planning event which for me was my daughter's wedding. The evening could not have been more perfect! The room was elegant, the flowers gorgeous, the food excellent and the staff most attentive and gracious.

    Katie

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  • I had one venue - and only one venue - in mind when my husband and I started the wedding planning process - The College of Physicians. Though booking with a turnkey venue like the CoP comes with a few annoying rules and restrictions (i.e. I wanted a Bassets ice cream bar and late-night pizza delivered, but the standard "no outside food or vendors" rule applied), Kristen worked with us on some alternate solutions and in the end, we were able to have everything we wanted on our wedding day. The venue, food, waitstaff, bar service... all top notch, but the most impressive by far was the experience working with Kristen for more than a year leading up to our wedding day. As someone who prides herself on being the very definition of responsive to emails, Kristen absolutely blew me away. When we needed to stay within a certain budget and were struggling to make it work, she found a way. And when we handed off roughly one million decorations the night before the wedding, she figured it all ou... Read more

    Beth

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • My partner and I had been looking high and low for a venue that checked as many boxes as possible for our wedding — a grand space with history that still felt modern, with indoor and outdoor ceremony options, something that fit our personalities, and above all, that came with a caterer that served decent food. After months of searching, we came across CBD and the College of Physicians. The overall professionalism and level of quality was incredible — special shoutout to events specialist Kristen Medici, who started with CBD only a few months before our wedding and kept every tiny detail of our wedding in order, from the linen colors to communicating with vendors and making sure things ran as smoothly as possible day-of. CBD even allowed for our dog to act as our "ring bear" and hang out in the venue until the reception. The waitstaff was fantastic, and multiple people told us at our reception how great the food was (hot tip: get the butternut squash ravioli and cheese terri... Read more

    Alex

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  • We could not have been happier with choosing the The College of Physicians for our Wedding in May. The venue is unique and gorgeous, and was a stunning backdrop to our big day. Catering by Design was a dream to work with, Liz helped us every step of the way - she was right there with us on the day-of, and bent over backwards to make sure we were taken care of and our needs were met throughout the entire planning process. She was very calm and honest in her opinions and feedback. The food was absolutely fantastic, and the service during the wedding was excellent (as many of our guests even noted). AND to top it off, with the choices we made, it ended up being one of the most affordable options we had considered - a wonderful value for a truly surreal and memorable experience.

    Stephanie

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    4.9 out of 5
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  • My wedding was late April 2017 - everything went extremely well the day-of - all of our guests were raving about the entire wedding and the food was exceptional, especially for a catered event for 250 people. Diana is really great to work with and helped us every step of the way. I planned out custom linens about 4 different times and each time Diana was helpful and patient with me. There were a few hiccups along the way with planning but that is to be expected with planning any event of this size. The entire night went by so fast and everything flowed together really well. Guests were never waiting long for food or drinks and the staff was extremely attentive throughout the night. Considering the cost of a wedding today, the College of Physicians and Catering By Design is a great value - you get a lot of food and great attention for the price. I hope to be able to host another event again here in the future!!
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