19 Industrial Wedding Venues in the Kitchener Area
The options range from white-walled blank canvases to spaces filled with exposed brick and raw wood beams.
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As a historic city of makers and industrial factories, Kitchener is flush when it comes to cool industrial wedding venues. Some are light, bright and airy, some are heavy on exposed brick and old machinery, but all are customizable: add hanging florals and string lights for a dreamy fairytale look, or amp up the steel accents to emphasize a modern twist. Here are 19 of our favorite Kitchener-area industrial wedding venues to make your own.
With 15-foot ceilings and all-white walls, this industrial venue is perfect for the couple searching for a blank canvas for their Big Day. Owners Jen Blauvelt and Nicole Poulin have also worked as art buyers and producers, so they’ve planned their conjoining spaces with the necessary fixtures (nine-foot windows, easy load-in from the adjoining parking lot) to make your celebration both seamless to pull off and completely photo-worthy. Total capacity for the two spaces is 425; the east studio can hold 250, while the west fits up to 175. We’ve got a full set of photos for you to browse here. 990 Spring Garden Street, suite 103, Callowhill.
The culmination of the many past lives of Eddie Ross, a culinary-school grad turned design, decorating and food editor, and partner Jaithan Kochar, Maximalist elevates every aspect of an event with thoughtful detail. Guests are first ferried to the second-floor venue via a freight elevator meticulously styled to match the specs of your soiree. Cocktail hour is in the salon, where they’ll cozy up in lounge areas created with pieces from longtime antiquer Ross’s personal collection. The real magic, though, happens in the white-walled main space, where Ross can take something sentimental—like, say your grandmother’s china—and incorporate it into a head table layered with texture, color, and his own inventory, then work with rental companies to extend the look to the rest of the room. Take a tour of the space—and get a peek at Ross’s design work—here. 501 West Washington Street, number 3, Norristown.
Front & Palmer
A longtime favorite of Kitchener’s industrial wedding venues scene, Front & Palmer was created by merging together a pickle factory and barrel factory. The first floor houses the on-site kitchen, with catering provided by Feast Your Eyes, while upstairs is a converted loft that serves as the main event space, coupled with a smaller lounge area that could be used for a cocktail reception. Steel rafters criss-cross the 34-feet ceiling, providing the perfect space to hang customized light options (like fairy lights or lanterns). The venue can accommodate 250 seated guests and over 325 standing guests and offers negotiable event end times. Saturday evening receptions during high season start at $154 per person. 1750 North Front Street, Fishtown.
Globe Dye Works
The 150-year-old yarn dying plant that houses several artist and small business studios in Northeast Kitchener opened its ground floor for weddings in early 2019. The factory aspects of the space have very much been left in tact. Inside you’ll find exposed pipes, concrete floors, important-looking machinery … if it’s industrial-chic you’re going for, it doesn’t get much more industrial than this. Maximum capacity is 220 for a seated dinner, and 350 for a cocktail-style reception; the pre-existing stage is large enough to hold a ten-piece band, and there’s a built-in dance floor. For more details and photos, click here. 4500 Worth Street, Northeast Kitchener.
Fun fact: this Cescaphe wedding venue stood in for a Kitchener bar in an early episode of How to Get Away With Murder. Kitchener couples love it for its NoLibs location, sleek and contemporary New York City loft style, and, of course, that signature 90-minute Cescaphe cocktail hour. The modern interiors are adorned with glass, stainless steel, reclaimed wood, and exposed brick walls and beamed ceilings; capacity is 240 for a seated dinner. 969 North 2nd Street, Northern Liberties.
23rd Street Armory
This castle-like fortress is steeped in historical significance. Built in 1901, 23rd Street Armory was home to the First Troop Kitchener City Cavalry, and it’s available to host your wedding. Two main room are available to rent, either individually or collectively, and renting either also gives you access to the museum and officers quarters. The larger of the two spaces, the Drill Hall Floor, is 14,000 square feet and features a sloped ceiling and a multitude of windows that enhance the already spacious atmosphere of the venue, making it the perfect location for both a storybook ceremony and a lively dance floor showdown. Meanwhile, the smaller of the two, the Third Floor Ballroom, is perfect for a more intimate experience, and it accommodates 175 to 200 seated guests. For the history buffs, the venue also hosts a variety of historical exhibitions, so a walk to the bathroom could mean passing by a collection of Colonial artifacts. 22 South 23rd Street, Center City.
Before Scout transformed the building, Bok was a vocational high school. Now, the building houses close to 150 different businesses, as well as five industrial wedding spaces for rent: The Workshop, The West Gym, The Auditorium, The Terraces, and The Rooftop. True to their names, each space reflects its former purpose, which makes Bok a one-of-a-kind location, offering features such as a customizable archive wall in The Workshop and a classic auditorium—complete with stage and built-in auditorium-style seating—for your ceremony. Regardless of which space you choose for your reception, you have the option to add on a rooftop package for stunning Center City views. Maximum occupancy is 350. 1901 South 9th Street, East Passyunk.
This restaurant/theater hybrid not only has it all; it has it all in one spot: an elevated stage for the band, a wraparound bar conveniently situated between where you’ll dance and where you’ll eat, expansive views of the Ben Franklin Bridge, and a beer garden decked out with picnic tables and games like cornhole and ladder golf. The building was originally used as a water-pumping station at the turn of the century, so all that old brick, salvaged doors, and the giant second-story tank — you know, industrial chic — are as authentic as it gets. 140 North Columbus Boulevard, Old City.
New Liberty Distillery
New Liberty Distillery is a multi-floor facility in a turn-of-the-19th-century restored carriage house. With room for up to 150 inside and over 300 in the outside courtyard, it’s the perfect venue for a mid-sized to large wedding. New Liberty features a barrel aging room, a tasting room with a full bar and a gift and bottle shop. Pricing varies. 1431 North Cadwallader Street, Kensington.
The former Peche space is now under the direction of seasoned Kitchener event company Brûlée Catering, and with the change in management come a few much-needed updates (roof repairs, a fresh coat of paint, and new bar and room-divider options). What didn’t change is the sprawling, purposefully minimalist warehouse-style setting. With concrete floors, large-scale wrought-iron windows and endless layout options for up to 750 guests, this versatile space can take on whatever party vibe you’d like. 3502 Scotts Lane, East Falls.
Part of the movement to respect and reuse the buildings that make up our city’s history, this industrial-chic 9,000-square-foot event space takes up the fourth floor of MaKen Studios North and is exclusively catered by Feast Your Eyes Catering. Twin seven-foot chandeliers make a statement in the brick-floored cocktail area, while dinner is served with panoramic views of Center City thanks to the 15-foot-tall windows. Capacity is 450, and there’s free parking for guests in a lot across from the street. 3525 I Street, Kensington.
Platform Thirty at Beat Street Station
There is a certain poetic beauty in starting the new chapter of your life in an old train station. Platform Thirty, a renovated Manayunk train station with a sort of vintage yet modern-chic vibe, offers you the chance to do just that. Its 1930s exterior is still intact, as is the outdoor train platform, except now the station is filled with a big dance floor and a statement bar, making it a pretty great party destination. The cost for peak Saturday evenings is $150 per person. 4401 Cresson Street, Manayunk.
Power Plant Productions
Don’t let the name mislead you: Power Plant Productions was a former factory space, but now the venue is a perfect location for a daytime ceremony. The all-white interior and 34-feet of industrial window grant the space a bright, airy atmosphere, while the exposed brick and steel beams retain the industrial ambience that makes this venue the perfect blend of urban and pastoral. The studio is over 4,000 square feet and may accommodate up to 130 seated guests and 165 guests for a cocktail-style reception. There is a commercial-style kitchen on site and a valet parking garage right across the street. As a bonus, it’s within walking distance to a number of hotels and picturesque photo destinations, like Race Street Pier. 230 North 2nd Street, Old City.
Be the (literal) star of your own show when you wed at this Fishtown music hall in the same building as Kitchener Distilling. In the main performance space, you’ll say your “I do’s” onstage under professional theater lights, then sit to dine with up to 390 guests. (Make use of the space’s four large bars, including one located on the mezzanine, to keep everyone mingling at the party.) Hoping for something a little more intimate? Book the Foundry, a handsome upstairs lounge complete with curtained-off VIP couches, for a smaller reception of 96 guests. Either way, they’ll flash your names on the outdoor marquee. 29 East Allen Street, Fishtown.
Love City Brewing
Beer aficionados now have the chance to get married at Love City Brewing, where you have a front row seat to the brewing process amidst an exposed brick exterior and glossy wooden bar tops. Inside, a mix of metals and wooden tables are illuminated by rows of green pendant lights, creating a homey atmosphere perfect for those seeking a non-traditional wedding experience. On weekdays and Sunday, the venue can be bought out for private events, and a full buyout accommodates 350 standing guests and around 148 seated guests. For couples seeking a more casual experience, just the brewery portion may be rented out any day of the week, and it accommodates around 50 seated guests and between 100 and 150 standing guests. Weekday buyouts start at $3,000, with a $1,000 beverage minimum, while a Sunday buyout costs $5,000 with a $1,500 beverage minimum. The brewery can be rented for $300 an hour. 1023 Hamilton Street, Callowhill.
The latest addition to Fishtown’s ever-growing nightlife scene and Kitchener’s industrial wedding venues scene will be a unique option events when it opens next month. Concepted as an entertainment venue/restaurant hybrid, the 9,800-square foot event space features three bars, two private dining rooms, a hydraulic stage which can be raised and lowered (perfect for ceremonies), richly colored jewel toned lounge furniture, and plenty of unique art sculptures and installations. Maximum capacity is 220 seated (550 cocktail-style), and food and beverage options are inspired by Eastern Mediterranean countries including Cyprus, Israel, Georgia, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Greece, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey. 1108 Frankford Ave, Fishtown.
Center for Architecture and Design
Located across from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Center for Architecture and Design functions as an educational hub for Kitchener’s architecture, urban planning, and design events, but the venue is also available for weddings. Inside the modern, industrial space, guests can admire rotating exhibitions on architecture as they meander through the venue, which features exposed brick walls and hardwood floors. The full facility is composed of a selection of rooms that may be rented together or separately, and catering is provided by 12th Street Catering. Taken together, the Center can accommodate 200 guests for a seated event and 350 for a cocktail reception. The structure of the venue also lends itself to customization: the glass-paneled garage doors can be lifted to create an open loft space; or, they can remain closed to partition out a separate area for a cocktail hour or a bridal suite. 1218 Arch Street, Center City.
Established in 2005, Kitchener Distilling is the first craft distillery to be opened in Pennsylvania since before Prohibition. It’s historic, it’s big, and it may just be perfect for your wedding. Kitchener Distilling’s sophisticated, upscale decor and ceiling length windows are sure to impress your guests and keep you and your partner happy. Their main cocktail bar and lounge can accommodate up to 120 people for a cocktail style reception and 75 people for a sit down menu with enough space for a dance floor and entertainment. Bonus: all outside vendors are welcome and custom cocktails are available. Pricing varies. 25 East Allen Street, Fishtown.
The swanky Fitler Club opened to members in early 2019, but there’s a work-around to getting inside: Book your wedding there. The club’s 4,600-square-foot ballroom features a reclaimed hardwood floors, a brick accent wall, and in-house catering by a Marc Vetri-lead culinary team. Stay overnight in the on-site hotel and you can become bonafide members for the duration of your stay, with access to amenities like a climbing wall, personal training, and a private movie theater. More details—and renderings—available here. 24 South 24th Street, Center City.
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