Any Philadelphia-based couples might want to check out some of the wedding vendors I've used.
Conrad Erb @ http://www.conraderb.com/
His work is fantastic, and he is great to work with. We did an engagement picture session with him, and he made both of us at ease.
A Rose Bouquet @ http://www.arosebouquet.com/
The Port Richmond florist, London Creations was recommended to me by 3 different people. When I called them, they were booked for our date. I saw a sign on a telephone pole with A Rose Bouquet's phone number. Thank God I found them! Their prices are unbeatable, and Jose, one of the owners, was friendly and wonderful to work with. I spoke with three references, and all raved about them. FOR ANYONE USING LONDON CREATIONS: Check A Rose Bouquet before committing to London. A friend of mine saved about $600 by switching to A Rose Bouquet rather than using London. Seriously, check them out.
Martin's Video @ http://www.martinsvideo.com/
They came recommended by a friend. I saw their video. Good quality and good price. They list all their packages and prices on the website. From the research I did, I couldn't find anyone cheaper.
Finnigan's Wake @ http://www.finnigans.com/
The cocktail hour will be held in the Lincoln Level, the one that overlooks the main floor. Dinner and dancing will be in the Franklin Room (top level). The room is big and has character. It is definitely not like one of those nondescript halls. Suzanne handles the catering and Franklin Room use, and she is more than helpful. She's answered my phone calls promptly. The price per head is reasonable. I looked into a number of venues, and there was nothing of the same sort of quality for the price. I think the price is in part because of the bar. A Saturday wedding will let out when the downstairs bar is in full swing. For our wedding and guests, that was actually a selling point, rather than a deterrent.
Chickie's and Pete's @ http://www.chickiesandpetes.com/page/page/4365897.htm
We're having a huge rehearsal dinner since we're inviting all the out-of-town folk. They can accommodate us at a reasonable price. Every time I have called, I have been called back within a few hours or early next business day (if I call late). The woman who handles parties at South Philly is very nice and helpful.