We’re suckers for a beautiful outdoor wedding, so it should come as no surprise that we can wax poetic all day about the unique, and oftentimes overlooked, outdoor spaces throughout the city that can serve as the backdrop to your Big Day.
Currently, and happily, now included on our list of cool outdoor wedding venues is the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Garden—a vacant space that PHS transforms into a relaxing, beautifully landscaped oasis where the community can gather for food, drinks, and special events each summer—which is now open for use through mid-October at 1438 South Street.
This year’s garden—located next to the Jamaican Jerk Hut (which, if you haven’t been, you might recognize from where Toni Collette got married with Cameron Diaz as her bridesmaid in In Her Shoes) on a space owned by Philly music legend Kenny Gamble—was designed around a tropical theme. Zelkova trees transplanted from the 2014 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show are accented by hammocks, palm trees, and glittering lights, creating a lively environment that feels like an island hideaway just steps from the city streets.
And while we’re pretty excited to stop by for a festive cocktail and a taste of the Caribbean, we’re even more thrilled to announce about the Pop Up Garden being able to host your wedding celebration!
Here’s the deal: The space can be rented for your private event at a rate of $3,000 for two hours and an additional $1,000 for every hour after that. You can hire any caterer that you’d like, though you’re required to purchase drinks from the garden’s bar, which is run by the team behind Time Restaurant, Vintage Wine Bar, and Growlers.
Although no loud music or DJs are permitted, the garden does host live acoustic performances and plays music over a speaker system, so should you have an idea for entertainment in mind, feel free to discuss it with the site coordinator and you should be able to make it work.
If you’re interested in planning your event at the PHS Pop Up Garden, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.