TO HAVE AND TO HOST

BOOK THESE POSH PRI­VATE SPA­CES TO BOOK­END YOUR BIG DAY IN STYLE.

Philadelphia Style - - Contents - BY JES­SICA FAL­LON WEST

Book these posh pri­vate spa­ces to book­end your big day in style.

Wed­ding days quickly turn into wed­ding week­ends, with re­hearsal din­ners, brunches, and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. Lo­cal spots have caught on to the trend, cre­at­ing events to ri­val the wed­ding it­self. Get on board, too, and show off Philadelphia’s charm by treat­ing your guests to pre- and post­par­ties at these lav­ish spa­ces around the city.

If a break­fast buf­fet with a side of city views sounds like your thing, head to Davio’s North­ern Ital­ian Steak­house S. 17th St., 215-563-4810; davios.com), where guests are treated to made-from­scratch pas­tries and cakes on the pen­t­house floor’s out­door ter­race. “Brides and grooms are also book­ing brunches for fam­ily par­ties to cel­e­brate des­ti­na­tion wed­dings for peo­ple who can’t at­tend,” says El­iz­a­beth Blakely, sales man­ager of Davio’s. Or opt for din­ner in­side a wine cel­lar at Caffe Aldo Lam­berti (2011 Marl­ton Pike W., Cherry Hill, NJ,856-663-1747; caffe lam­berti.com), where

you can pick a va­ri­ety of homey Ital­ian dishes to please all tastes.

Tak­ing over your fa­vorite restau­rant is an op­tion, too. “We of­fer par­tial and full buy­outs of the restau­rant for wed­ding par­ties at Tredici (114 S. 13th St., 267-928-2092; tredi­cienoteca.com). A par­tial buy­out is ideal for a group of up to 45 guests, while a full buy­out can ac­com­mo­date up to 65 guests for a seated meal,” says Katie Bal­samo, di­rec­tor of busi­ness affairs and spe­cial events for Zavino Hos­pi­tal­ity Group. Or give your guests a glam­orous ex­pe­ri­ence in Philly’s most luxe ho­tels at Scar­petta (210 W. Rit­ten­house Square, 215-558-4199; scar­pettarestau­rants.com/ philadelphia) in The Rit­ten­house ho­tel (their house-made spaghetti is na­tion­ally rec­og­nized) or Aqimero (10 Av­enue of the Arts, 215-523-8200; richard­san­doval.com/ aqimero), a sweep­ing Latin seafood space run by chef Richard San­doval in­side the Ritz-carlton, Philadelphia. “A win­dow into the wood-fired grill in the main din­ing room al­lows guests to see the kitchen in ac­tion dur­ing their event,” says John Christinzio, di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions.

If all of this sounds a bit over­whelm­ing (you’re ba­si­cally plan­ning a sec­ond wed­ding here), let the pro­fes­sion­als do the work for you. “We are able to of­fer rec­om­men­da­tions for florists, mu­si­cians, ven­dors for fa­vors and candy buf­fets, spe­cial linens, spe­cialty cakes, and more,” says owner Aldo Lam­berti, who also of­fers these ser­vices at his Old City spot, Posi­tano Coast (212 Wal­nut St., 215-2380499; posi­tanocoast.net). With all of these op­tions, mak­ing an im­pres­sion on your wed­ding week­end is eas­ier than you think. Now, to de­cide: Latin or Ital­ian?

A pretty- in- pink ta­blescape from Davio’s.

So­pra Lounge at Posi­tano Coast by Aldo Lam­berti is a col­or­ful set­ting for brunches, re­hearsal din­ners, and bridal show­ers.

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