After the exciting proposal and new fiancé title, one of the most important decisions as you begin your wedding planning is choosing the perfect venue for your wedding and/or reception. Luckily, there are many beautiful venues to choose from in Philadelphia, and one of the most popular venues is the Kimmel Center. With four separate gorgeous spaces inside, you're sure to find one that can turn your dream wedding into a reality. Whether your personal style is modern and unique or traditional and elegant, you'll find it here!

To help ease the stress of wedding planning, we've created a helpful guide that includes everything you need to know if you're considering planning your wedding and/or reception at the Kimmel Center.

The Kimmel Center Wedding Guide


The Kimmel Center is conveniently located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. What more could you ask for? It's right on one of the most vibrant and popular streets in the whole city. It also sits on the main transportation line which is handy for guests staying further away or looking to explore more of the city while they're in town.

Nearby, you'll find world-class restaurants and top-notch accommodations for all of your wedding guests.

An excellent view of City Hall is right at the front door which makes for an excellent backdrop for additional wedding photos. The Art Foundation nearby also makes a great backdrop for unique photos. Both of these options are great if the weather is cooperating and pleasant on your wedding day.

Of course, these are simply added bonuses for booking your wedding at the Kimmel Center. The interior of the building offers a number of gorgeous backdrops for getting those amazing pictures that will make your heart melt.

By choosing the Kimmel Center for your wedding, you're signing up for a mouthwatering award-winning palette experience. Garces Events is the exclusive caterer for the Kimmel Center, inspired by Chef Jose Garces whose one of Food Network's Iron Chefs, a James Beard Award winner and the owner of Philadelphia's Garces Restaurant Group.

You can choose dishes from your favorite Garces restaurant or even work with the culinary team directly to create a menu of your choosing!

Some of their popular food options include:

Ceviche & raw bar
Tapas station
Taco station
Village whiskey slider station
Spanish paella station
Carving Station
Buffet style entrees
Variety of sides
You can check out Garces Events entire catering menu here.

The cocktail reception features a phenomenal selection of food and drinks, plus your very own signature drink!

Award-Winning Food

If the location, food, and staff are all exactly what you're looking for in a venue, you'll next need to consider which type of the four spaces offered best fits your needs and preferences.

Unique Space Options

This gorgeous rooftop atrium has a crystal clear glass roof that offers spectacular views (and photographs!) of the city skyline. It can accommodate up to 200 guests and provides an intimate atmosphere for your reception. The Hamilton Rooftop Garden offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, all while still being right in the middle of it. You and your guests can dance the night away right underneath the moon and stars! It's romantic and personal, perfect for an unforgettable reception.

6,200 square feet
Glass Roof
LED visual effects
Stunning 360-degree views
Hardwood Maple Floor
Theatrical Lighting


The minute you step inside the Academy of Music Ballroom you'll quickly see why it's been called the most beautiful room in Philadelphia. It can accommodate up to 150 guests, making it a great space for smaller weddings. The traditional mid-1800's elegance of this space shines through with beautiful chandeliers and stained glass windows. If an ultra-fancy, historical and chic venue makes your heart beat fast, this space is for you!

Shimmering chandeliers and hand-gilded walls
Private Dining Room
Wedding Ceremony On-Site
World-famous event space


Echos and applause will radiate through the theater as guests cheer and congratulate you and your partner on your big day! The stage transforms into a spectacular wedding venue, making it truly a unique wedding reception experience. This space would be especially great for theater fans or anyone looking for something out of the ordinary.

Theater style setting
Larger capacity of up to 250 guests
Orchestra pit/outstanding acoustics


If you have a lot of guests, the Commonwealth Plaza is your premier venue space. It sits at the center of the Kimmel Center featuring a 150-foot vaulted glass roof which provides a breathtaking backdrop for wedding photos. With so much space you and your guests won't feel cramped, plus you'll have plenty of space to dance the night away!

Capacity: Seated dinner- 750 guests, Reception- 1,250 guests
Can accommodate small or large weddings
Impressive architecture


Stop by the Kimmel Center during one of their monthly Wedding Open Houses. You'll be able to view each of the private spaces and inquire anything else you'd like to know. If you can't make it to an open house, you can always reach out to event planners at any time or to reserve a date. It's important to keep in mind that most locations are booked well in advance.

If you're just beginning to look, fill out their online form to get the process started!

The Kimmel Center in the city of brotherly love is the perfect place to say your "I do's" with your soulmate and celebrate with the ones you love most.

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