Call 484-629-5070 or Schedule a Visit

All posts in Ballroom Weddings

Tonya & Chuck a Romantic Vintage Wedding

Posted in: Ballroom Weddings
Tonya & Chuck a Romantic Vintage Wedding

If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought that Tonya & Chuck hired a designer to put together their wedding. Their commitment to their vintage style was so precise and so committed. Every detail tied in beautifully and was well coordinated.  But, Tonya & Chuck simply carried their everyday style into their wedding day and they did it so perfectly. It was beautiful

Even their wedding photographs were taken vintage style on film.    With the digital age, shooting on film and processing in a dark room is a dying art. Fortunately, Tonya & Chuck knew a very good friend that prefers to shoot film over digital and shot their wedding for them. All shots were taken with Kodak Porta 160, 400 or Fuji P100c by Michael Kijewsky . When looking at these photos, I feel as if this wedding took place decades ago, rather than just a few weeks ago.

The couple took advantage of the beautiful Suites available at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, and got themselves and their bridal party ready there.


Tonya’s dress was a very simple yet elegant dress that reminded me of the 1940’s.  The bride found this dress on!

Since the couple were doing a ceremony and reception later in the evening but wanted to take advantage of daylight for beautiful photos around Jim Thorpe, they did a “First look” on the balcony at the Inn.

Waiting for the First Look at his bride

Their first look

Their first look

Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 45

And then, of course, they took advantage of the many amazing photo opportunities all within walking distance of The Mauch Chunk Ballroom that included the porch of the Asa Packer Mansion and the Erwin Castle ruins along Hill Road in Jim Thorpe.

Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 46

Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 47

Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 49

Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 58

Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 51

Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 59

Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 62


They had a beautiful and intimate candlelight ceremony presided over by their close friend, Colan followed by a cocktail reception complete with signature cocktail drinks and delicious hors’d’ouerves from Royal Gourmet Catering.

The couple's adorable son with the flower girl

The couple’s adorable son with the flower girl



Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 82

Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 91


Fox and Finch Vintage rentals added beautiful and eclectic vintage furnirture to create a lounge on our stage, where the couple had a Polaroid camera with film for their Polaroid Guest Book. Chuck, who is a graphic artist by trade, created all the print work for their bar signs, welcome sign and polaroid guest book table.

Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 97

Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 64

Bride brought a vintage suitcase for guests to leave their cards in for the couple. It sat atop an old library card catalog from The Fox and Finch Vintage Rentals.

Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 63

Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 78

Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 77

Photo taken by The Mauch Chunk Ballroom

Photo taken by The Mauch Chunk Ballroom



Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 128

Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 127

Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 124

Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 114

Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 113

Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 109

Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 108

Charles and Tonya Borderding Wedding 105


It was a truly stunning wedding. Thank you Tonya & Chuck for choosing the Mauch Chunk Ballroom.  I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.

It was a pleasure working with the following Vendors:

Customized Cocktail Reception with food by Royal Gourmet Foods

Accomodations  at The Inn at Jim Thorpe

Cakes and Pies from The Flour Shop

Photographs by Michael Kijewsky

Furniture & Vintage pieces from Fox and Finch Vintage Rentals

Brides dress found on

Makeup by Carissa Glinko

Flowers by Allium Floral Design

DJ Direct Entertainment Read More

Pamela & Mike: 8*2*14

Posted in: Ballroom Weddings

Pamela & Mike had a beautiful August day for their wedding.

Their ceremony took place at Our Lady of Queen & Peace Church in Broadsheadville, PA.  Then, afterward, the guests headed to the beautiful Mauch Chunk Ballroom for the reception.

Pam & Mike took full advantage and had photos taken around town while their guests snacked on cocktail hors’d’ouerves and sipped on drinks from The Broadway Gill & Pub.    Once they returned, the couple took a few minutes to unwind with their Bridal Party in our makeshift Bridal Suite on the museum level.  Their bridal party had some fun gag gifts that they wanted to give the couple before they began the party.

Pam & Mike Jim thorpe train station wedding picture

Photo courtesy of Valli Photography

Pam and Mike Jim THorpe Wedding

Photo by Valli Photography


Bridal Party at Mauch Chunk Museum

Bridal Party relaxing in the Bridal Suite before the Reception begins – photo by Valli Photography

Pam choose a beautiful Cornflower blue color.  The girls bouquets were very seasonable sunflower and complimented their cornflower bue dresses perfectly.

Mauch CHunk Ballroom with Gobo and uplighting

Uplighting and GOBO provided by Eternal Sounds DJ, Photo by Valli Photography


Cornflower Blue Chair Sashes

Photo by Valli Photography


Wedding Reception Dinner at Jim Thorpe Wedding Venue The Mauch Chunk Ballroom

Photo by Valli Photography

Beautiful high floral centerpieces at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom Jim Thorpe Wedding

Flowers by Miller’s Flowers in Sciota, PA. Photo by Valli Photography

Wedding Flowers Jim thorpe PA Wedding

Photo by Valli Photography

Candles at the Mauh Chunk Ballroom Jim Thorpe Wedding

Photo by Valli Photography

Bridal Entrance Jim Thorpe Wedding

Photo by Valli Photography


Beautiful Wedding cake by Icing on the Cake

Cake by Icing on the Cake. Photo by Valli Photography

Wedding Cake by Icing on the Cake at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom

Cake by Icing on the Cake. Photo by Valli Photography

Delicious wedding catering by Pagliacetti's Catering

Food by Pagliacetti’s Catering. Photo by Valli Photographers

Pam & Mike added a Chocolate Fountain that we at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom arranged for them through Chocolate Fantasy Fountains.  It was a hit with the guests!

Chocolate Fountain at Jim Thorpe Wedding Venue Mauch Chunk Ballroom

Chocolate Fantasy Fountain

Lehigh Valley Wedding Venue Chocolate Fountain

Chocolate Fantasy Fountain

DJ Johnee Johnson of External Sounds DJ had the crowd dancing all night long.

Wedding at Pocono Wedding Venue - The Mauch Chunk Ballroom

Wedding Reception Dancing at Mauch Chunk Ballroom in Jim Thorpe PA

Photo by Valli Photography

Bouquet toss at The Mauch Chunk Ballroom Pocono Wedding Venue

Photo by Valli Photography

Dancing at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom Jim Thorpe Wedding Venue

Photo by Valli Photography


Thank you Mike & Pam for choosing The Mauch Chunk Ballroom for your wedding day celebration.  We wish you many years of joy and happiness



Wedding Reception Hall Lehigh Valley dancing guests

Photo by Valli Photographers

As always, it was a pleasure working with the following vendors

Pagliacettis at the Ballroom

Icing on the Cake (cake included in our wedding package)

Chocolate Fantasy Fountain

Valli Photography

Eternal Sounds DJ

Flowers by Miller’s Flower Shop Read More

Juliette & Harold: Pink, Champagne & Burlap July*12*2014

Posted in: Ballroom Weddings
Juliette & Harold: Pink, Champagne & Burlap July*12*2014

Juliette & Harold chose a very elegant combination of pink, champagne and burlap that perfectly blended her feminity with a touch of his masculinity. It was an extremely elegant setting and I particularly loved the aisle runner they chose. It had beautiful lace trimmed edge with a B for their last name at the center and complimented the ivory chair covers and pink sashes beautifully.



Juliette got ready at the Inn at Jim Thorpe with her bridesmaids in the honeymoon suite they reserved for their wedding weekend.  It’s very convenient, not to mention how it makes for some beautiful photographs.  I absolutely love the shots of Juliette standing at the balcony door at the Inn in silhouette.  Very stunning!  (FYI – a two night stay at the Inn is now included in our Asa Packer & Harry Packer wedding packages)




Our town is so beautiful and romantic, from the honeymoon suite at the Inn, to the beautiful old world architecture, right down to the classic horse & buggy that is a constant presence in Jim Thorpe .  Kyle from Crystal View Carriage, picked up Juliette and her bridesmaids at the Inn to bring them up to the Ballroom in style for the ceremony.  He was then on hand at the end of the ceremony to take the couple around town for their photos. It was such a beautiful touch to an already elegant affair!

Kyle outside the Inn at Jim Thorpe to pick up the Bride and her Bridesmaids

Kyle outside the Inn at Jim Thorpe to pick up the Bride and her Bridesmaids

The girls heading toward the Mauch Chunk Ballroom

The girls heading toward the Mauch Chunk Ballroom


I love Ceremonies at the Ballroom!  Our front window overlooks Broadway and has some beautiful stain glass that is representative of many different faiths. It makes for an amazing backdrop.  Afterwards, the couple held a receiving line outside complete with bubbles as their guests saw them off in the horse and buggy for their photo session during cocktail hour.



Their cake  was provided by Stephanie Shay of Icing on the Cake (cake is included in our packages) and was absolutely gorgeous AND delicious.  I just adored the burlap cake stand that Juliette chose.    Champagne fountains  that featured signature drinks cleverly named after the couple ; Sour Harold (Whiskey Sour) and Pink Juliette (Pink Lemonade and Vodka) were on either side of the cake.    The brides mother surprised the groom with a grooms cake (maker unknown) and delicious home made cookies were provided by a family member.  Her sister-in-law created the beautiful centerpieces, which were decoarated wine bottles with battery operated lights  topped off with flowers.


Groom's Cake

Groom’s Cake

Bonser_8494 (1)

Beautiful hand-made centerpieces that featured battery operate lights.

Beautiful hand-made centerpieces that featured battery operate lights.


Of course, Juliette & Harold took full advantage of the beautiful photo opportunities around Jim Thorpe and  Kemmerer Park in particular.




Thank you Harold & Juliette for choosing the Mauch Chunk Ballroom and Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania for your wedding!  It was a pleasure getting to know you and we here at the Ballroom wish you many years of happiness!






It was a pleasure working with the following vendors:

Catering – Capriotti’s At the Ballroom

Icing on the Cake

Couple Accomodations: The Inn at Jim Thorpe

Zubek-Miller Photography

DJ B&B Light and Sound

Crystal View Carriage

Interested in a wedding in our beautiful town?  Want to have an elegant affair (at an affordable price) in the heart of our beautiful historic district?  Call our planner today at 484-629-5070 to schedule a visit and learn how we can help create a magical and romantic event your guests will remember for years to come.  Read More

Yes We Did! Some AMAZING New Inclusive Packages Added

Posted in: Ballroom Weddings, Wedding Planning Advice
Yes We Did! Some AMAZING New Inclusive Packages Added

Businesses should be an ever  growing and evolving thing, particularly when you are in a service business.  It’s important to pay  attention to cues from potential and past clients  that might clue you in on what you’re missing, what you can do better and how you can improve.  A little more than a year ago I made some pretty big and amazing changes to the Ballroom that brought our venue to a whole new level and in doing so I got to work with some pretty amazing clients and teamed with some of the areas best vendors, like Icing on the Cake and Cake Deigns by Angie for the cakes that come with every wedding package.  Over the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking hard about how I can make the experience at the Ballroom even better and bring us to the next level. Now, I’m excited to introduce some of our new, more inclusive and amazing packages we put together with some additional vendor partners  and new menus from our caterers. And, of course, introduce you to our new and improved website.

The Asa Packer & Harry Packer Packages – Most of our couples, particularly those not from the immediate area, end up staying at the Inn at Jim Thorpe. So, I wanted to create packages that includes a two night stay. Of course, wrapped in a package means little unless it comes with a discount. And so, our Asa Packer and Harry Packer packages offer just that.  I also wanted to make it easier for couples that are not from the area to pull together their event by including floral centerpieces from Ruby’s Floral Factory.  Of course, as a venue I can negotiate a pretty good deal and so couples get $1,000 worth of centerpieces at a very deep discount that is incororpated into the per person price. The Asa package comes with 5 hours of open bar while the Harry Packer comes with 2 hours of open bar from the Broadway Grill & Pub.    A new sit down menu from Capriotti’s Catering is also offered . The Asa package even comes with colored uplighting around the room (can be added to the Harry Packer as an add-on).   While our other packages do not have a required minimum, the Asa & Harry packages require a 100 guest count min at the full package price and is only availabe on Saturday  so it’s not eligible for our Friday & Sunday 10% discount.


Our client Juliette, getting ready at a Suite at the Inn at Jim Thorpe. Photo by Zubek-Miller Photography out of Nesquehoning, PA

The Foreman’s Package – playing on the Jim Thorpe theme , I wanted to create a package along the vein of the Asa & Harry with some inclusive items, but paired down just a bit and for those  that are local and do not need a night at the Inn.  This package has all that our basic packages offer including a wedding cake (limits apply)  plus the addition of floral centerpieces from Ruby’s. This package does not carry a 100 guest min at full price and can be purchased on a Friday or Sunday, so it’s eligible for the 10% discount on those days.

Customized Wedding Packages –  Not every couple has the same vision for their day.  Originally I had created a Wedding Lite package with the idea that it was somewhere between a full sit down reception and a casual night out. What I found, however, was that an event of that nature can’t really be pigeon holed into one per person price.  Many Brides began creating things that were far beyond the scope of what I priced and there were things worked into the per person price they didn’t really need, and additional things I hadn’t even thought of like outside furniture rental used to create a completely different vibe or feel.  This package allows us to work together to bring you  the standard of service people have come to expect from us coupled with your very particular ideas of what you want to do for your day.  Whether you go with the Bring Your Own Caterer or a Cocktail Reception, we will work closely with you to tailor it to fit your tastes and budget; working with our connections and network to pass on our savings to you.


Our other packages have remained intact.  As always, all the prices that we put together already includes tax and gratuity. Bartenders are still an additional charge, but we have no other hidden fees.  You may wonder, however, where the prices on the website went?  Well, that’s because you know who we are, now we want to know about you.   I think its so important that couples actually go and see, in person, the venues that they are looking at to learn just what it has  to offer that a computer screen simply can’t convey.

For complete menu listings and a look at everything the packages include please visit our Packages page. To schedule a visit and receive pricing information you can email, fill out our Contact Us  page  or call 484-629-5070.

Read More

Boozing it Up: Choosing a Liquor Package to Get the Best Bang for Your Buck

Posted in: Ballroom Weddings, Uncategorized, Wedding Budget, Wedding Planning Advice

At the Ballroom, we like to offer our customers as much flexibility as possible while still maintaining a level of sophistication, class and style.  One of the ways we offer flexibility is in our alcohol offerings. The ability to bring their own liquor can help couples save money without looking like they did.  But, not all couples feel comfortable trying to determine how much liquor they’ll need to buy and others worry about whether what they bought is enough. That is why we also offer liquor packages through the Broadway Grill & Pub.  So, what are they , what are the differences, and how do you determine which package gives you the most for your money?.

Open Bar:  This is often the most popular choice, but can also be the most expensive.  An open bar charges a per person price for each guest to consume as much liquor as they would want during the course of the open bar time.  Minimum open bar is typically 2 hours up to 5 hours.  Prices of open bar from the Broadway Grill & Pub at the Ballroom ranges from $20/person for 2 hours of  well drinks (house brands)  up to $50/person for 5 hours of premium brand liquors.  For a wedding of 100 adults, the total liquor costs would be between $2,000 and $5,000.

Cash Bar:  This option has your guests paying for their drinks as they consume them.  This is typically not a popular option at weddings, as couples do not feel comfortable having their guests pay for their own drinks .

Consumption Bar:  This option allows the couple to run a tab that they pay at the end of the night. As far as the guests know, it’s an open bar.  At the Ballroom, mixed drinks from The Broadway Grill & Pub range in price from $4 for house and $5 for premium, rocks/martini $6 and $8 , Wines $7 and Beer $4 for domestic and $5 for imports.

So, how do you choose which option is the best for you?  That answer will depend on the guests you invite.

For example, if you know that many of your guests  are not really heavy drinkers, purchasing an open bar package may not get you the best bang for your buck.  After all, you’d be paying anywhere from $20 – $40 for those individuals that consume only 1 or 2 drinks the entire evening.  Put another way, each person at your party would have to consume the following to reach the dollar amount you are actually paying for them to drink;

5 Hour Well Drinks at $40/person

  • 10 Domestic Beers or 8 Imports (approx 2 an hour)


  • 10 Mixed Drinks (2 an hour)


  • 5 ½ glasses of wine

Real World Example:

A recent wedding of mine elected for the consumption bar. They had 103 guests (of which 3 were children) and all other guests were of drinking age.  The bar was open for 5 hours and they served well drinks (house brands).  The total bar tab was approx $1,476.   Had they elected to have the open bar for 5 hours with well drinks, the bar tab would have been $4,000.

You (or those close to you) will know your family and friends best. Are they the type that like to drink more than 2 drinks each an hour?  Do you have only a handful of guests that are not drinkers, but other guests that would certainly consume more than the 2 alcohol beverages an hour or enough that it would balance out the non-drinkers?  These are questions you need to ask yourself when deciding which type of bar package to purchase.

Still Not sure – Try a Combination

If you’re not sure what kind of drinkers your guests are, then another option is to do a combination of e open bar, cash bar and/or consumption bar.   Guests are more likely to consume the most amounts of drinks during cocktail hour.  Then you can switch to a consumption bar for the dinner hour, back to an open bar for an hour immediately after dinner as the dancing and the party moves to full swing, and then back to a consumption bar for the remainder of the evening.

Bringing your Own

By far the most popular with weddings at the Ballroom has been the bring your own, simply because this allows couples to really control the consumption at their wedding and is an area where they can find some savings by cutting out the “middle man” .  Some couples have gone to a full bar complete with all the mixers, alcohol and wedged fruit, while others have elected for a more simple beer and wine offerings.   Often times the State Liquor Stores will allow you to return any unopened bottles purchased. However, I suggest that couples that would like that option ask the store managers first and get a confirmation in writing that any unopened alcohol could be returned.

To determine how much liquor to purchase, I like to use this alcohol calculator from Real Simple Magazine.  According to their site, planners typically count 1 drink per hour per guest. This sites tool offers some really good guidelines on how much mixer to purchase as well  (each bottle of spirits, you need three containers of mixers—club soda, tonic, juice, and so on. ) Read More

Christy & Alex: A Match Made at Virginia Tech

Posted in: Ballroom Weddings
Christy & Alex:  A Match Made at Virginia Tech

It goes without saying that Christy & Alex and their families are die hard Virginia Tech fans.  It’s no wonder, as Christy is a 3rd generation engineering graduate from the University (and she graduated with a 4.0 – WOW).  And, Christy followed in her parents tradition in more ways than one ; for Christy’s parents, just like Christy & Alex, met and fell in love while attending Virginia Tech.  During the course of the wedding I even learned that the duck pond where her parents shared their first kiss, is the same duck pond where Alex first professed his love for Christy.

Christy and Alex wanted to bring their love and pride for their alma mater to their wedding by incorporating Virginia Tech’s colors into their event.  The tables were covered in a light grey tablecloth with a dark grey runner, and Virginia Tech orange napkins.  Chairs were covered with white chair covers and orange sashes.  The flowers (by Doris of Floral Flair – she was amazing and I highly recommend her)  combined the orange and white and brought in the maroon Virginia  Tech  colors.  The Bride even wore orange wedding shoes with marroon VT initials on each shoe.

In addition to being able to work this couples wedding, they also hired me to coordinate their wedding reception at the UCC Zion Church on Iron Street (it’s a beautiful church).  I was on hand for their rehearsal the night before and to keep everything flowing during the ceremony the day of.  And, what a beautiful day it was! (I do offer additional planning services for couples. For Christy & Alex, I helped coordinate their rehearsal dinner as well the night before in the Flow space in Jim Thorpe)

Christy and Alex took full advantage of all the photo oppurtunities in and around Jim Thorpe. It was very important to Christy that they get to walk around town and up beautiful Broadway while taking photos as they went all along.

At the Jim Thorpe Train Station – walking distance to the Mauch Chunk Ballroom

At Tony Roma’s Encore outdoor seating area

Walking past our many quaint and beautiful shops on Broadway to the Ballroom.

The night went beautifully!  Their reception featured a beautiful chandelier cake from Icing on the Cake (free with wedding packages – this one had upgrades) and a beverage fountain that was a huge hit with guests.  They served various wines, Sparkling Apple Cider and Champagne purchased at the local Wine & Spirits shop on 903.

Free cake (with upgrades) From Icing on the Cake

The couple ended the evening in style! They exited their reception with sparklers and cheering guests as they got into the families Classic Corvet .  They drove off to the Poconos, their first stop on their way to their honeymoon in Greece and Italy.


I finally got a sparkler shot at the entrance of the Ballroom! – sparklers provided courtesy of the Ballroom

Thank you Christy & Alex for choosing the Mauch Chunk Ballroom for your wedding. And thank you for entrusting me not only with your wedding reception, but your ceremony and rehearsal dinner. It was such a pleasure to get to know you and your families and we here at the Ballroom wish you many years of love and happiness.

As always, it was a pleasure working with the following vendors:

Ceremony at the UCC Zion Church in Lehigton, PA

Food by Capriotti’s Catering  at the Ballroom

Cake by Icing on the Cake

Photography by Hazel Linning Photography

Sound Advice Disk Jockey & Entertainment

Flowers by Doris of Floral Flair Read More