16 Wonderful New Hope and Bucks County Wedding Venues
These vineyards, hotels and castles (and more!) have one-of-a-kind appeal.
Only 25 miles from Philly (a little more than an hour by car) sits Bucks County, a pastoral countryside that beckons with its small-town vibes, history, outdoor escapes and more. It’s also a popular spot for weddings thanks to its myriad choices. Vineyards, castles, iconic estates, bed and breakfasts — you name it, Bucks likely has it, with its particularly quaint spin. While there are many enclaves within the county perfect for your Big Day, New Hope remains a highlight. Located adjacent to the Delaware, the village has experienced recent buzz for its new River House at Odette’s boutique hotel, from the team behind The Reeds at Shelter Haven in Stone Harbor (a must for Shore weddings). On this list, you’ll discover some of the finest New Hope and Bucks County wedding venues, many of which are offering micro-wedding packages, virtual tours and other programs as a result of the pandemic for current and future planning.
[Ed. Note: The event capacities listed below are subject to change based on updated COVID-19 requirements per federal, state and county guidelines. Please speak directly with each venue for its latest accommodations.]
Indelible pastoral charm is found at every turn of this family-owned estate run by the Luccaro brothers. The 18th-century converted farm sits on 20-plus acres, with many spaces to form the backdrop to your Big Day. Ceremonies can take place next to the pond, on the knoll or in the barn. Receptions can occur in the barn or courtyard garden. You and your party will have access to the property’s rooms and suites (with their original stone walls and wood beams); we suggest staying morning to morning. Arrive day of and savor breakfast at the inn, then leave the next day, after a farewell bite. (Cuisine is prepared on-site, and many ingredients are grown on the property.) All-inclusive packages last five hours and allow you to work with your own photographer and band. Current capacity is 120 outdoors and 70 inside; opt for a micro-wedding package capped at 50 people. It runs for three and a half to four hours instead of five. Regular prices start at $165 per person plus a $5 ceremony fee; micro-wedding package prices upon request. The venue is open every month but February, when the staff gets time off and repairs are made. 6987 Upper York Road, New Hope.
Ghost Light Inn
There’s a bit of theatrical lore found in the name of this 12-room boutique hotel on the Delaware River. A ghost light is a single bulb that’s left lit at a theater to keep the stage bright for the, well, “spirits.” Like many theaters around the country, Bucks County Playhouse, located right next door, has its own ghost light. Every room at the inn has a ghost light, as well as photos of the historic theater. It’s a perfect locale for arts and culture buffs — and any couple who seeks a charming, unique setting for their wedding day. The destination’s events are held at Stella by Jose Garces, with separate spaces — the main ballroom (dubbed the Stellabration Room), Riverview Promenade (the alfresco venue), the restaurant and bar, or the patio overlooking the water. Food and beverage minimums vary based on each event space, and they currently are subject to the governor’s COVID-19 mandates. Packages include the cuisine (everything from roasted local chicken to wild mushroom ragout to a housemade dessert station), pre-ceremony sparkling wine toast and appetizers for the wedding party, a day-of wedding assistant and other perks. More recently, the venue has been hosting intimate receptions for couples to celebrate with their closest friends and families, and will work with you on a soiree fitting of your tastes. Prices upon request. 50 South Main Street, New Hope.
Hotel du Village
Take your guests on a trip to the French countryside without leaving Pennsylvania when you book your wedding here. The Landmark Hospitality-run property is a historic schoolhouse and converted stable turned romantic hotel on 12 acres of farmland. There are two ballrooms and 22 well-appointed suites for your rest and respite between the celebrations. The Colt ballroom houses an original 1700s copper-detailed fireplace, skylights (to let the sun shine through), and an upstairs loft for cocktails and post-party dancing. The bright, white-walled Historic ballroom has a reclaimed wood ceiling and an original bar. Expect fresh, seasonally driven menus; couples can create their own cocktails with the expert mixologists in preparation for the Big Day. The sumptuous cigar room and lobby keep guests entertained with activities like games. Current capacity is 108 indoors and 250 for an alfresco tented celebration. The team is booking for the immediate future and beyond. Prices start at $160 per person based on the time of day, season and package. 2535 River Road, New Hope.
New Hope Railroad
A wedding starts the journey through the rest of your life, so why not embrace the idea by booking your nuptials at the railroad and station? It’s one of the most unique and under-utilized venues in Bucks County for weddings and surrounding celebrations. Couples can begin their ceremony at the historic Witches Hat station and platform, then have their reception aboard. Host an exclusive charter on the New Hope & Ivy-land Railroad in one (or many!) of the 1920s-era passenger cars. Request private building use (with or without the rolling train) and choose from a range of menu options (which can be prepared by area caterers). On-board, a full-service bar and uniformed staff will serve your whims. Due to holiday programming, the venue doesn’t host weddings between October and December. Occupancy in the railroad cars is 50 percent — 25 people per first-class car, and 50 in coach. (The train’s regular operations would host 200 to 250.) We suggest keeping it small and intimate, with a micro-wedding or elopement with just you and yours in one car. Prices start at $1,750 to rent a charter (25 people), plus $500 for each additional open-air coach car or $1,000 for a first-class car. 32 West Bridge Street, New Hope.
River House at Odette’s
Newly opened in September, the latest property from the folks at The Reeds at Shelter Haven in Stone Harbor is a beautiful celebration of history and modernity. (Read more about the destination here.) The 36-room boutique hotel is inspired by actress, singer and violinist Odette Myrtil Logan and her vibrant cabaret, Chez Odette. (It was the gathering spot for artists, celebs and locals between Philly and New York in the 1960s and 1970s.) Historic touches (wallcoverings designed with Logan’s love letters in the ballroom) give way to contemporary accoutrements (like a members-only rooftop bar that may be available for post-party brunches). There are velvet textiles, vaulted ceilings and deep jewel colors throughout. Ceremonies take place in the garden overlooking the Delaware, while the 200-person ballroom is the locale for your reception. (Current capacity is 75.) Full-service packages include linen choices, tastings, event coordination, a complimentary two-night stay for the happy couple, a stacked open bar, cocktail hour, three-course menu and cake. The hotel is booking for the remainder of 2020 and 2021. Packages start at $169 per person. 274 South River Road, New Hope.
Want to channel the Gatsby era on your Big Day? Hold your wedding at this stately mansion. Built in 1927, the English country estate and grounds are rich with gardens, ancient trees, fountains and detailed architecture — from gargoyles to brickwork. The project was commissioned by William and Martha Mercer; the former designed many of the elements himself. The destination typically hosts up to 220 guests in its 2,400-square-foot ballroom but is currently offering tented weddings for up to 100 outdoors and 38 indoors. Ceremonies can take place under the 300-year-old Burr oak tree or on the steps in front of the tea garden fountain, among other picturesque spots. You will have exclusive use of the property for six hours; catering is handled by the team at Jeffrey A. Miller. Catering and rental minimums are $125 per person and $8,000, respectively, based on 100 guests and fluctuating by season and time. Another reason to say “I do” here: Weddings support the Heritage Conservancy’s preservation efforts, which have helped save more than 14,500 acres of land and more than 650 historic buildings in the last six decades. 85 Old Dublin Pike, Doylestown.
Gorgeous Greek Revival architecture characterizes this more than 200-year-old landmark on the Delaware River. Once the home of the Biddle family, the property features a main house (its grand white columns practically beg for a photo op), pristine gardens (divided into public and private spaces) and arboretum (there are almost 800 trees here). Andalusia has served as a wedding venue for 25 years, and only hosts four a year between mid-May and mid-October. There are no packages, allowing the couple to customize their Big Day. The site has a suggested vendor list and provides the cuisine, though duos can also work with separate vendors. Ceremonies take place near the walled garden and hedges or by the water’s edge (check out our full list of lake and riverfront venues here), and receptions typically occur under tents and are always outside. (The estate itself is open to walk through during cocktail hour.) You’ll have use of the property for six hours, usually from 5 to 11 p.m., and the total capacity is up to 350. (That number is subject to change based on COVID restrictions.) Interested folks should inquire now; Andalusia is taking reservations for 2022. The site rental fee starts at $21,000 (not including ceremony, catering, tenting and add-ons). 1237 State Road, Andalusia.
Crossing Vineyards & Winery
Voted best winery in Bucks County by the Courier Times for the past nine years and the recipient of various other awards, this destination is a must for oenophiles with good taste. Located in Pennsylvania’s wine country, the 20-acre vineyards sit on a 200-year-old parcel of land, though the first vintage was released here in 2002. (The label was created by the Carroll family in 2000.) There are two main areas for celebrations. A Vista tented wedding can typically accommodate up to 185, with parties as small as 40 also taking place. The tents are heated and can withstand drizzle and cold, and are available May to October. Cozier soirees can take place in the winery (for 25 to 75 attendees), with its barrels, rustic decor, and garden and patio areas. The winery is open for celebrations year-round. (This wedding has plenty of cheers-worthy inspo.) Crossing works with a set list of caterers (to pair with the boutique vino selection) and offers recommendations for entertainment; couples can work with their own planners, photographers and event designers. Bookings are currently taking place for 2021 and beyond. Pricing starts at $9,000 for an outdoor reception and bar package. 1853 Wrightstown Road, Newtown.
This one’s for couples who favor something singular and unique. Once the site of a military technology base, The Fuge is aptly named after a large centrifuge — the centerpiece of the venue — used to test the limits of the human body. The three-in-one venue has its namesake space, as well as the Studio and the Lab, and each one has a separate vibe. The eponymous Fuge has interactive lighting and movie screens. The Studio has a New York City-loft ambience with custom lighting and a state-of-the-art recording studio. And the Lab is an industrial space that once served as a biophysics lab for NASA. Accommodations are 751, 288 and 160. With its recent reopening following the coronavirus lockdown, the venue is operating under 20 percent capacity (150, 58 and 32, respectively). New social-distant packages are the Moonlight, Mercury and Apollo, which take place in different rooms with various menu options. Prices upon request. 780 Falcon Circle, Warminster.
The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm
This scenic inn sets the scene for garden weddings, tea parties and other romantic celebrations. Case in point: Wildflower fields serve as the backdrop for the main manor house, which was built in the 1740s. Choose to say “I do” in the conservatory, on the farm or in an elegant white tent. (Want an idea of what a soiree looks like? Take a peek at this wedding.) There are myriad thoughtful touches that add to the appeal. The award-winning, contemporary cuisine is prepared on-site by the chefs, who use fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Wedding packages are stocked with elements such as a 30-minute pre-ceremony gathering, bar service, cake and hors d’oeuvres stations; add-ons include a fire-pit experience and pre-ceremony yoga (to stretch out any wedding-day kinks). You and your guests can book rooms at the B&B, making it simple for travel. Packages and prices vary; the inn has also partnered with Arielle Fera Events and a number of other vendors on a micro-wedding and luxury elopement package for up to 25. (Head here for the full details.) Prices upon request. 5281 York Road, Holicong.
The Lake House Inn
Descend the stairs, walk down the aisle, and then say “I do” on the lawn, in front of the picturesque Lake Nockamixon. The inn was the chosen location for the wedding of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and wife Madison Oberg back in 2018 — with good reason. It is surrounded by the 6,000-acre Nockamixon State Park and is outfitted with a 7,000-square-foot waterfront boathouse ballroom that earned applause from the American Institute of Architects. (Read more about the setting here.) Make a weekend out of it and stay in one of the inn’s 14 rooms or suites. (Two other rental homes are available nearby, in addition to various B&Bs and hotels.) The bridal and groom’s billiard lounge will be stocked with drinks and snacks for your Big Day prep. Various secluded spaces lend themselves to first-look photos, and the party continues post-wedding around the fire pit — and over breakfast the next day. While the inn’s standard capacity is 300, it has been reduced to 200 (subject to COVID guidelines). Packages include the ceremony, coordination, food and drink, overnight stay and the fire pit. You can book a virtual or in-person tour. For couples still seeking to get married in 2021, the venue has remaining dates with no minimum guest count midweek and on last-minute dates. Prices are seasonal; 2022 packages range from $22,000 to $82,000. 1100 Old Bethlehem Road, Perkasie.
Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle
Arts and culture enthusiasts have their pick from two separate venues on this iconic property. The Byzantine-, gothic and medieval-style concrete castle once served as the home of archeologist and tile maker Henry Chapman Mercer, who built the estate for his collection of prints and (yes) tiles. It has 44 rooms, 200-plus windows and 18 fireplaces, sits on 70 acres and appears on the horizon when you arrive on the long, winding driveway. The museum, meanwhile, houses 50,000 objects from the pre-Industrial age and hosts traveling exhibits. Castle weddings are capped at 200 for a tented alfresco celebration, with 160 inside the museum. Today, the numbers have shifted to 166 and 40 due to COVID guidelines. The first floor of the castle remains open for self-tours during cocktail hour. Packages including everything but the space rental, with a planner, edible party favors, dessert and cocktail hours. Rental prices vary depending on the month and day; peak Saturdays usually cost $15,675. 84 South Pine Street, Doylestown.
Michener Art Museum
Named after Doylestown-born Pulitzer Prize-winning author James A. Michener, the museum is dedicated to showcasing and preserving the art and culture of the region, with 40,000 square feet of public space surrounded by a courtyard, garden, terraces and prison walls — yes, this establishment was transformed from the former Bucks County Jail into what it is today. The 2,500-square-foot all-glass event pavilion can hold your ceremony, reception or both. The indoor banquet area can currently accommodate 30 people (160 pre-COVID). Larger weddings can be held outdoors, in the open-air tents that can host 200 attendees. The galleries are open to your guests on your wedding day (no food or drink is allowed in the spaces), so you (and your friends and family) can wander through the art and sculptures. The bridal suite, inside the museum, is included in rentals; Catering By Design is the exclusive culinary vendor. Simple, weekday, micro-wedding packages (with the ceremony and cocktail hour) are being offered as a result of COVID. Prices typically start at $135 per person. 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown.
Fairy tales come true at this storybook-style rural enclave. The village is beautiful year-round for your nuptials, notes wedding director Ann Lipcsey. “There are tulips in spring, scarecrows in the fall and millions of lights during Christmas.” The oversize gazebo — the centerpiece of the gardens — can typically hold a whopping 50 guests inside, with another 200 surrounding it. Due to the pandemic, the village is making use of a large alfresco tent on Street Road Green for 250 of your friends and family members. The flagship Cock n’ Bull restaurant can welcome 30 people. (Those are just a few of the indoor and outdoor spaces at your perusal; take a virtual tour to see more.) Choose from a list of recommended vendors or bring your own; Lipcsey serves as your planner and will work with you to achieve your Big Day dreams. (In fact, she says if you can dream it, she can do it.) Book one of the Golden Plough Inn’s 66 rooms for a weekend-wedding getaway. Take note: The village has immediate availability. Prices start at $80 per person depending on the catering package, ceremony and venue fees, tent rentals and add-ons. Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska.
Why not get hitched at William Penn’s (the founder and first governor of Pennsylvania) summer estate? Founded in 1683 and sitting pretty on 43 acres, the manor has a natural historic setting and serene atmosphere. The outdoor-only venue is available from May through October and is an open site, so you can work with the caterer, planner and photographer whom you choose. While the estate is currently closed, the team is working on updating its protocols for the current pandemic climate. (Pennsbury typically hosts up to 500 for weddings.) Ceremonies start at $2,000, receptions start at $3,000 and a combination starts at $3,500. Photos can be included for an extra $100. 400 Pennsbury Memorial Road, Morrisville.
The modern, cosmopolitan retreat blends city chic with bucolic vibes. Two ballrooms (the Wedgewood and Crystal) boast chandeliers, customized uplighting and a dance floor, as well as accompanying private, award-winning gardens for your ceremony. (The more intimate Crystal garden, for example, is connected to the ballroom, whose two large windows look out on the verdant greenery; there is a stone wraparound bench and walkway.) Couples can work with a DJ and photographer of their choice, and can select from different venue and food packages, the latter of which are prepared by The Warrington’s executive chef and culinary team. Add on the popular Philly cheesesteak station complete with Tastykakes and soft pretzels. Event capacity has been reduced due to COVID guidelines and varies based on the event and space. While The Warrington is a year-round venue, September and October are the busiest months, so take note for your planning purposes. Wedding packages start at $115 per person. 1360 Almshouse Road, Warrington.