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The Philadelphia Areas Newest Rustic Wedding Venue!

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Outdoor ceremonies, rustic ballrooms and refurbished historic sites?! It seems that finding a venue with unique characteristics like these has recently grown to become a very popular trend among couples searching for wedding locations. Being a city with a large population of young couples, Philadelphia and the surrounding areas have always had a wealth of new, modern venues representing cutting edge beauty, but as the years move forward, it seems that many venue trends have moved backward in time! From barns and farm houses to water plant facilities and mansions, more and more historic buildings and sites in the tri-state area are being restored and renovated to create beautiful rustic wedding and event venues.

Since their establishment in 1976, Finley catering has developed a rich and reputable history in Philadelphia as one of the top catering companies of the area. As a part of their growth and expansion through the years, Finley Catering has taken on ownership and management of many properties, creating some of the most sought after venues in the area including: Ballroom at the Ben, Crystal Tea Room, Union Trust, and The Clothier Room. With Finley’s continued success and drive to keep up with new trends for different types of venues, the company has now taken on the ownership of a new location and created The Ballroom at Ellis Preserve.

Taking on its role as the second Finley property outside of downtown Philadelphia, The Ballroom at Ellis Preserve brings a new element of sophistication and old style feel to the downtown company’s strong armada of beautiful properties.


Originally built in 1932, the gorgeous ballroom was an addition to the property owned by the local entrepreneur Charles Ellis. As a businessman, Ellis made his fortune through a horse drawn trolley company but in 1909 he donated the majority of his estate to the formation of a school for fatherless girls which flourished as such through 1977 which now stands as part of The Ellis Preserve. The Ballroom at Ellis Preserve was one of the many buildings originally constructed to be part of the Ellis College facilities. The property is located on a large plot of green land made up of an open yard that extends up to the steps of the ballroom. The building itself is decorated with with massive towering columns and architectural elements developed in the era of Greek revival architecture of the 1930’s. This estate stands as a monument to Charles Ellis’ legacy.

But the rich history of this property is only the beginning. Finley has been working hard to completely renovate the facility, and you can be sure that it will guarantee couples the high quality Finley experience that they have been providing to couples for so many years. Of course, there is no doubt that Finley would provide anything but the best of properties for their brides and corporate clients, but the Ellis Preserve brings an entirely new dimension to their existing premier venue list. Combining their well known culinary expertise and high quality service with the Ellis Preserve’s rustic beauty and class, couples will now have the option of an entirely new experience for their wedding when choosing their venue with Finley.


A beautiful landscape and green field, in addition to the plans for a porch to the side of the building provide couples with the option of an outdoor ceremony or cocktail hour. The outdoor options can easily be exchanged for an interior ceremony and cocktail hour which would begin in the grand ballroom and move to the cocktail hour room which will be fitted with a large fireplace. To top off the evening, receptions will be held in the beautiful Ellis Ballroom with a Finley catered dinner and a stage perfect to fit a large band and guarantee you a wonderful evening.

Scheduled to open in the Fall of 2016, The Ballroom at Ellis Preserve is located in Newtown Square with easy access from Route 3 and 476. This new property is to become the Finley Catering companies 4th historical landmark in a pastoral green setting and are now booking wedding dates. Click here for more information on the Ballroom at Ellis Preserve.

Guided by his experience as the bandleader of Philadelphia’s top band, Jellyroll, and President of BVTLive!, Kurt Titchenell has kept dance floors packed and created unforgettable memories for thousands of events nationwide! Widely acclaimed as an entertainment expert, Kurt and BVTLive! have earned the most prestigious accolades in the industry. Most notably were two Jellyroll performances at The White House. Kurt's dedication to the success of every event is evident through his passion for creating the ultimate party experience. As President of BVTLive!, Kurt is committed to making your event a success.