We know that not every bride is looking for a rustic wedding. And glitzy, sparkling, Gatsby-esque formal décor doesn’t fit every couple’s wedding style either. Many couples want a wedding with a more hip, industrial vibe. A former warehouse with minimal ornamentation is right up their alley, sometimes quite literally! And of course, industrial wedding events are every bit as dramatic and as beautiful as weddings in more traditional settings.
What does an industrial chic wedding look like? Well, some common elements of these like-minded venues include exposed brick, high ceilings and boxy, open concept spaces. Often, these venues contain extensive ironwork, conspicuous Edison light bulbs and visible ductwork or structural components. Many are transformed warehouses, factories and storefronts given new life as extraordinary meeting and event spaces. The chicness arrives when the sites are dressed up, just enough, with softer elements such as warm, romantic lighting, greenery, subtle floral arrangements and gauzy fabric.
Aside from the fact that they’re very hot right now, there are a lot of benefits to choosing an industrial chic wedding venue. They’re usually quite large and can accommodate just about any size wedding event. Being mainly unadorned, they can be customized easily with your choice of décor to perfectly match your wedding theme and style. And most contain both modern elements and natural, organic components – an excellent blend of today’s most popular wedding trends.
So if outdoor countrified weddings or complete glitz and glamour aren’t really your thing, check out these industrial chic venues:
Phoenixville Foundry – This spacious venue combines history with the present in Phoenixville, PA (in the Greater Philadelphia area). The historic building is one of the oldest structures in the city, with 60 foot high ceilings that display the original hip shaped roof and clerestory windows. However, the interior has been completely modernized. The industrial theme is showcased here, celebrating the rich history of the steel foundry. In the Heritage Center, historic artifacts from the Phoenix Iron and Steel Company are on display and the building’s steel trusses are exposed in the West Wing Ballroom. You also can’t miss the enormous wood cantilever crane which still sits in its original location overlooking the Cupola Ballroom. We’ve filmed a few weddings at this amazing location and enjoyed every minute! Check out Shannon and Bryan’s highlight for a peek at the Phoenixville Foundry!
Morris Museum – The Morris Museum is located in Morristown, NJ and can be rented for parties and events, including weddings. Once again, modern is commingled with history as the original Georgian-style mansion’s brick walls meet glass and contemporary architecture. Couples looking for an industrial feel would be thrilled to hold their event in the venue’s Entrance Pavilion or Museum Court. The Museum Court, filled with bright skylight, links the 100 year old Twin Oaks mansion with the newer two-story gathering space and can accommodate 150 guests/100 seated. Check out Isabelle and Axel’s wedding feature to see the Morris Museum in action.
Front & Palmer – This event space, located in Philadelphia’s Kensington district, started its life as Siemans Brothers Barrel Factory in the 1920s. The main loft space and adjacent lounge is located on the second floor and boasts 35-foot wood and steel beam ceilings, exposed ductwork and amazing art pieces made from reclaimed materials.
The Green Building – Couples getting married in the New York City area, look no further than The Green Building in Brooklyn for the quintessential industrial chic wedding event! The building was built in 1889 and served its original purpose as a brass foundry. It’s been transformed today into a unique gathering space for live performances, art, photo and video shoots, parties and weddings. Take a look at the exposed brick walls, high, open-beamed ceiling and glowing multi-tiered chandeliers in Casie and Eric’s wedding highlight!
February 23rd, 2017
by Kristi Chapman
in Tips & Ideas