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Venues in Philadelphia, PA,
(215) 448-1165
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4.7 out of 5
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  • 31 Reviews


    Irina Schvarzman

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  • Our wedding (I am the mother of the groom) was held at the Franklin Institute on 09/01/19. The venue is just so cool!!! The chuppah at the planetarium looked amazing with all the lighting!!! The location is great! Many guests said that it was the most unique place they ever attended for a wedding. We had a lot going on with setup: personalized picture frames, bathroom baskets, table numbers, a personalized gift for the bride for the cocktail hour, a couple of fun stations for the guests. All these needed to be setup and arranged by the event team in a very short period of time. Everything was done to our fullest satisfaction and also everything was packed back for us upon leaving the venue. We also had a movie that we made to play on the TV in the Changing Earth room. Gina and the event team were accommodating for us to bring it in and try it ahead of the time. At the time of the trial I asked if we could have another TV in the Electricity room – the answer was no problem, we w... Read more

    Claire

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  • The Franklin Institute made our wedding absolutely unique and all of our guests were definitely wow'ed by the ballroom! Cocktail hour throughout the exhibits was great, with everyone making weather reports and climbing through the giant heart. The lighting options for the rotunda helped change the feel during dinner vs. when the party was started. The acoustics/sound of our band was also great (they installed sound deadening panels to prevent any echoing in that huge space)!! Overall our night was magical and my husband and I were even allowed to go up on the roof for some alone time after cutting the cake. I can't say enough positive things!

    Pamela

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  • Amazing venue! We got so much great feedback from our guests about the uniqueness and classic beauty of the space. Gina, the venue coordinator, is fantastic to work with and ensures everything runs smoothly the day of.

    Angela

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  • We had our wedding at FI and it was absolutely amazing! All of our guests commented on how absolutely beautiful the venue was and what a unique experience it was. The food was amazing and every person I worked with was friendly and as helpful as they could be.

    Genna

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    4 out of 5
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  • Overall we had a beautiful wedding reception! We wanted something unique, but still elegant and we were definitely pleased. It does seem that weddings are not their "forte". There was disorganization that probably would not have happened at a more typical wedding venue-like: they forgot to ask me until 10 minutes before the reception if we had any tables that had more than 10 people (we did; I had to scramble to pull up my seating chart when I could've been at the cocktail hour), they didn't light all the candles in the room until I mentioned it, they had bread plates with pats of butter but no bread, and some of the items that we had dropped off to decorate in clearly labeled boxes were not put out at all. We also had guests that were not told many things- like where to exit/enter to receive our wedding take home treat, or that there was a dessert/cake table. During our cocktail hour, our guests also did not immediately know that there for more food/drink stations throughout, not just... Read more

    Patricia

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    5 out of 5
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  • What a showstopper! The venue was the very first thing we searched for in preparations for our big day. Our guests were wowed with panoramic views, great location, top notch service, an amazing light show, & the coolest cocktail hour a wedding has ever seen! Weather moved our rooftop ceremony inside to the stunning Pepper Hall. We absolutely loved the beautiful bookshelves lined with votive candles for our ceremony he gigantic dark wood doors at the end of the room made for a spectacular entrance down the aisle. Beautiful views of our beloved city were visible from every window. After the ceremony, our guests were escorted to cocktail hour in Wisdom Hall & the Brain Exhibit. In the Brain, guests could climb through the two-story neural structure with lighting & sound features. A huge wow factor & perfect spot for some quick bridal party pictures! The optional lighting package in Franklin Hall is a must! It added so much color & fun to the space & the stars displayed on the floor du... Read more

    Sophia

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  • Not your typical ballroom/banquet hall; has character, class and awesome service! Filled with beautiful details from the high dramatic ceiling to the marble floors, the interactive rooms, the Ben statue, the lighting (get the package) ---so many compliments and didn't want our wedding to end!

    Julia

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  • We loved our wedding here! It didn't require any extra decoration and was great for adults and kids.

    Amy

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  • Amazing venue to get married. Everything ran like clockwork and the staff was at the top of their game. As smooth as a wedding could go.

    Lindsay

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  • The Franklin Institute was an amazing venue for our Wedding Reception! We hosted our cocktail hour in the exhibit, Your Brain, which was fun, upbeat, and classy! The reception was held in Franklin Hall, beneath the Ben Franklin Memorial statue. The space was absolutely breathtaking! The staff at the FI did an amazing job of planning the evening, and followed through with excellent customer service! Their in-house caterer, Frog Commissary, gave us a delicious variety of items to from for both our cocktail hour and our dinner. It was a great venue to host a Wedding!

    Megan

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  • My husband and I were married at the Franklin Institute in April 2015. From the moment we walked in for our initial visit until the moment we stepped out of Franklin Hall as husband and wife our experience was perfect. This venue and it's amazing team makes sure every detail is taken care of and assures that the bride and groom (as well as their families) have nothing to worry about but having fun and celebrating the day. We held our ceremony in Fels Planetarium which provided and amazing and unique location to say our vows. I will recommend to future couples that bringing in additional lighting was key to making the planetarium perfect. Our florist was able to bring in some spot lights and it made all the difference in the world. The projections on the ceiling still came through but our family and friends could see our faces while we said I do. If you're looking for a gorgeous, show-stopping venue for your wedding, The Franklin Institute is that place for you. Obviously my hus... Read more

    jessica

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  • Everything was EXCEPTIONAL!!! I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. They were very accommodating to where we wanted pictures and the cocktail hour. It was beautiful and everyone keeps talking about it.

    User3925772

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  • I had my sights set on the Franklin Institute before we even got engaged and it did not disappoint. It was the perfect setting for a unique downtown wedding. Our guests loved it. Perfection

    dan

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  • The Franklin Institute was the perfect venue, and their entire team was extremely professional and helped to make sure our wedding night was spectacular! Everyone love the ambience from the dramatic starry planetarium to the fun science exhibits to the grand Franklin Hall, which made a great dance floor. Thanks to Gina, all our vendors and wedding party members worked seamlessly together and everyone knew exactly where they needed to be. Alli and Jill and the rest of the Frog Commissary Catering crew were wonderful throughout the planning process and the night of the wedding, making sure the dinner was delicious while fitting all of our dietary requests. All our family and friends loved the food, and they loved the feeling of the venue which is unlike any other wedding or celebration we had experienced. The venue is definitely on the pricey side, but it was absolutely worth it. The lighting in Franklin Hall, the sky in the planetarium, and the ambience of the whole museum made our ... Read more

    Jennie

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  • From the official first Franklins ever to be married at the Franklin Institute.!!Completely Pleased. Wonderful Venue. Exceptional Service. I could not be happier working with Mike Boris, Connie and staff and especially Gina DeGiovanni, our event organizer! They made everything go smoothly, they performed above and beyond their stations. Thank you to all for making our wedding memorable. And also for helping us with transportation issues before and after our wedding. The food was abundant and delicious! The wait staff was prompt and courteous! The bar tenders were awesome! Thank you all!
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