12 Gorgeous Historic Wedding Venues Around Philadelphia
Including 19th century estates, 300-year-old inns, and the country's oldest botanical garden.
Picking out your wedding venue is no small task. Luckily, when it comes to throwing a wedding in Philly, the historic wedding venues are pretty much endless. Whether it’s getting hitched on a historic boat, or renting horse-drawn carriages, if you’re looking for that something old to go with your somethings new, blue, and borrowed, then there’s an option for you.
Read on to see some of our favorite historic wedding venues, then head to our wedding vendor directory to explore even more wonderful Philadelphia wedding venues.
50 Sweetwater Road, Glen Mills
Tucked away in the Brandywine Valley, the Inn at Grace Winery sits surrounded by vineyards and woods. The property houses an 18th century farmhouse (which was once a stop on the underground railroad and an infirmary during the Civil War!), quaint cottages and rooms in the Manor House for guests staying overnight, a gorgeous wooden amphitheater for outdoor ceremonies, and a renovated 1750s barn that’s perfect for receptions. Enjoy estate-made wine, Pennsylvania beer, and signature cocktails. Check-in is at 3pm on Friday and check-out is at noon on Sunday, meaning you’re in for a full weekend of fun. Site rental fee typically ranges from $6,500 to $10,500.
770 Mt Moro Rd, Villanova
Start your happily ever after at Appleford, twenty-four acres of scenic beauty that were originally part of a land grant signed by William Penn. Both an arboretum and a bird sanctuary, Appleford is a unique venue, full of luscious boxwood gardens, brick walkways, and classic Pennsylvania farmhouse architecture. On the big day, say your “I Dos” between two ponds, next to a waterfall, or under the arching branches of weeping willows. After the ceremony, drink cocktails on the lawn and spend the night on the illuminated tented terrace. Costs vary depending on caterer, menu selected, serving style, and date. Fees are higher on Saturdays and Sundays, and in May, June, September, and October.
401 S Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Penn’s Landing
Close your eyes and picture that iconic scene in Titanic when Jack and Rose are leaning against the ship railing looking happy and in love. (I’m not crying; you’re crying.) If you’ve always dreamed of recreating that moment, then we’ve found the perfect wedding venue for you: the Moshulu. Built in 1904, the Moshulu is the biggest and the oldest square rigged sailing vessel still afloat, as well as the only four-masted ship in the world that doubles as a restaurant. Moshulu can accommodate parties as small as 20 and as big as 1,000, so whether you’re looking to have an intimate gathering or the blowout of the century, your ceremony will be pretty unforgettable, complete with amazing views of the Philly skyline, high quality food, and plenty of space for dancing. The typical cost is $125 per person.
5400 Lindbergh Boulevard, West Philadelphia
Love flowers? How about towering trees? Bartram’s Garden, the country’s oldest botanical garden, has plenty of opportunities to see both (and so much more). After the ceremony—which can take place in either the historic gardens or in Philadelphia County’s oldest barn—direct your guests towards the newly finished Eastwick Pavilion for the reception. In between dinner courses and conversations, people can dance on the outdoor patio (made with granite from Love Park!), play games on the lawn (cornhole, anyone?), explore the gardens, and walk along the boardwalk by the river. Costs average around $175 per person, and the site fee ranges from $3000 to $3500.
1237 State Road, Andalusia
If you’ve been planning your wedding since you were in diapers and know exactly how you want the day to go, then Andalusia might just be the place for you. The 19th century estate offers no sort of package, meaning that you can completely customize your wedding—no strings attached. Whether you want it to be a simple affair or a crazy elaborate bash, the only requirements are that you like being outside (there is no indoor option) and that you love beautiful gardens and river views. The site rental fee is typically between $10,000 and $12,500.
625 Hazelhurst Ave, Merion Station
Weddings at the Merion Tribute House are all about individuality (fun fact: they’ve seen everything from Harry Potter to Gothic vintage themes)! Ceremonies can take place anywhere on the grounds (think sweeping lawns and grand ballrooms), but cocktail hour and the reception take place in the House, a castle-like building built after WW1 to serve as a community center in honor of the 81 men from Merion who served in the armed services. Full of spacious rooms, wood-burning fires, stained glass, and a dramatic balcony perfect for tossing bouquets, the House has been hosting weddings since the 1920s. The cost typically ranges from $100 to $125 per person depending on the day of the week and the caterer used.
5001 Grant Ave, Torresdale
When it comes to throwing wedding parties, Glen Foerd is no rookie. The riverfront estate’s long history with newlyweds dates all the way back to the 1800s, starting with the marriage of Lily Macalester Laughton, the daughter of Glen Foerd’s first owner. Ceremonies can be held anywhere on the grounds, so whether your Pinterest board has pictures of rose gardens or river views, we guarantee that there will be a spot you’ll like. During cocktail hour and the reception, your guests will have time to explore the property, including all three levels of the mansion, the historic art gallery, the riverside terrace, the outdoor pavilion, and the boathouse. The typical cost is between $166 and $191 per person.
4401 Cresson Street, Manayunk
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.
19 South 22nd Street, Rittenhouse
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (a.k.a the home of the The Mutter Museum) may be the oldest medical society in the U.S.A, but the weddings that it hosts are pretty timeless. Whether you choose to get married in the Medicinal Herb Garden, the marble Rotunda, or Ashhurst Hall, you’re sure to be impressed by the New Beaux-Arts architecture and the unmistakable air of elegance. Cocktail hour gives guests plenty of time to tour the museum before heading up to the second floor for dinner and dancing. The cost is typically around $135 per person (not including venue or alcohol fees).
1017 Dekalb Pike, Gwynedd
The Inn was established in 1714 as a place for travelers (including William Penn himself) to sleep, eat, and relax. Now, 300 years later, this public house continues to be a place of hospitality, as well as an amazing place for weddings! Along with a private bridal suite, the inn provides several options for where to host your ceremony, an elegant ballroom for cocktail hour, and an even larger ballroom, complete with crystal chandeliers, a decorative marble fireplace, and a mahogany bar, for your reception. The gorgeous 1,034 acres, with the twinkle-light wrapped trees and the classic gazebo, look like something from a fairytale, and provide endless opportunities for great photos. The cost is typically between $95 and $150 per person.
151 Library Ln, Malvern
For all you Jane Austen fans out there, the Philander Chase Knox Estate (an 18th century mansion located in Valley Forge) is pretty much as close as you can get to Mr. Darcy’s Pemberley without actually time traveling, sailing to England, and entering a fictional universe. For those who have yet to pick up a copy of Pride and Prejudice, picture grassy hills, bubbling creeks, covered bridges and wildflowers. With ceremonies in the garden (appropriately nicknamed “marrying meadow”), cocktails on the estate’s terrace, and dancing in a candle-lit tent, weddings at the Estate are like a dream. When factoring in the site rental fee and the reception package, the cost typically ranges from $20,000 to $30,000 during peak season. Prices are reduced on all Fridays and Sundays, as well as in April, July, and August.
1923 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse
Entering Stotesbury Mansion feels a bit like a scene from Alice in Wonderland. As you step from bustling Walnut Street into the 19th century building, you can walk around the grand foyer, explore the Dolly Madison room (which has a fireplace that was once in the White House), or step into the Mirror Room (a maze of mirrors that was used during Prohibition to slow the police down when they came looking for alcohol). The mansion was commissioned by Thomas McKean (one of the signatories on the Declaration of Independence) as a wedding present for his son, and let’s just say, McKean knew what he was doing. The bridal suite is spacious and elegant, and the large ballroom is perfect for hosting ceremonies as well as after-parties. The site rental fee is typically between $1,800 and $2,500. The cost of catering and other services are around $100 per person. Bar packages range from $24 to $32 per person.
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