For couples lucky enough to tie the knot in Philadelphia, wedding venues are as numerous as they are extraordinary. Luxury and tradition dominate in the city, with every sort of mansion imaginable and a plethora of architecturally stunning buildings steeped in history and tradition. Grand old hotels with opulent ballrooms, boutique venues with cosmopolitan charm, industrial lofts with high style, and natural outdoor spaces all vie for the attention of those soon to be married. Couples can exchange vows surrounded by chandeliers and a wraparound mezzanine or lush gardens and butterflies in Philadelphia.
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The Cescaphe Ballroom is an impressive destination for couples planning a spectacular wedding with 150 to 300 guests that needs to be completely customized to their vision. This one-time movie theater turned acclaimed event venue provides guests with a traditional classic wedding that exudes elegance and sophistication. Cathedral ceilings, antique brass hardware, painted columns, hardwood floors, and crystal chandeliers dripping with pearls give this space an air of opulence and grace. In addition, this venue features two adjacent cocktail spaces, an indoor lounge, and an outdoor garden courtyard allowing guests to freely move from room to room with ease.
923 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-238-5750
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Morris Arboretum is the perfect destination for couples who want an ethereal outdoor wedding in a lovely natural setting. Those who book this venue will get 92 acres of towering trees, gorgeous vistas, bubbling fountains, lush, romantic gardens, and historic features all to themselves. The bride and groom can choose from one of several awe-inspiring ceremony locations, with their reception taking place at the Widener Visitor Center, a stone carriage house that is over 100 years old. The adjacent tented area allows for a reception of up to 175 people; a great place to dine and dance while taking in unparalleled views of the canyon below.
100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-247-5777
3.The Rittenhouse Hotel
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The Rittenhouse Hotel is a Forbes Four Star Venue and a fashionable location for couples who want to host a lavish traditional wedding. The Grand Ballroom is an elegant space that can accommodate up to 275 guests with ease, featuring open windows that provide natural light by day and stunning chandeliers that supply romantic and subdued lighting by night. The professional staff sets this venue apart from others. They are attentive to the couple's every need from start to finish, including assisting with the wedding design and planning. Their experts advise on everything from photography locations and menu selections to the rehearsal dinner and post-wedding brunch.
210 West Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-546-9000
4.Morris House Hotel
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The Morris House Hotel is an ideal venue for couples who are looking for a romantic and intimate wedding with a historic edge. This 15-room boutique hotel resides in the heart of Center City, just steps away from Washington Square Park, making it a peaceful retreat for visitors. The hotel boasts an exceptional 4,800-square-foot Colonial-era courtyard garden infused with the richness of the past, providing a dreamy romanticism that is rarely seen today. To top it off, the Morris House staff will assist in every aspect of the wedding planning, ensuring no two nuptials are the same and offering everything from customized menus to the décor.
225 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-922-2446
5.Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is a vibrant wedding venue for couples who want an artistically funky ambiance filled with beauty and culture. This one-of-a-kind community art center and gallery covers half a city block with both indoor and outdoor spaces. Its most notable attribute is the mosaic installation that took owner Isaiah Zagar more than 14 years to complete and covers 3,000 square feet. The entire space is a myriad of colors and textures, featuring folk art sculptures, various hand-made tiled mirrors, bicycle wheels, and other unique artistic pieces. This venue is located in the energetic South Street neighborhood, an idyllic place to exchange vows. Things to Do in Philadelphia
1020 South Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-733-0390
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Bartram's Garden was the first botanical garden in the nation. It's a stunning historical venue, ideal for intimate outdoor wedding ceremonies. This National Historic Landmark provides not only a lovely garden setting for ceremonies, but also natural spaces juxtaposed with the Philadelphia skyline in the background. The newly built Eastwick Pavilion overlooks Lower Schuylkill River and features modern amenities that will accommodate up to 350 guests. Bartram's offers expert event planners to help each couple create their perfect ceremony, handling every minute detail of their completely customizable wedding. Couples interested in natural, rustic, vintage, and country-themed weddings should consider this venue.
5400 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-729-5281
7.Beat Street Station
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Beat Street Station was once the transportation hub for Manayunk residents before it was completely transformed into the historic event space and Philadelphia's best-kept secret. For couples who are looking for a modern yet historic ambiance that blends one-of-a-kind design with cosmopolitan style, they have arrived. This three-level space can accommodate almost any sized wedding party, from small and intimate ceremonies of 50 guests to large and lavish receptions of up to 250 guests. Each couple is provided with an exclusive vendors list to select everything from DJ services and photography to decorations and catering.
4401 Cresson Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-508-3000
8.Wedding Venues in Philadelphia: Crystal Tea Room
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The Crystal Tea Room is the consummate wedding venue, creating a traditional yet unforgettable wedding experience of opulent rarity. This begins upon guests entering the venue, where they are greeted by an atrium featuring lush greenery, a magnificent fountain, and a soaring glass-window ceiling allowing for an outdoor atmosphere in an indoor space. This is the perfect ambiance for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. They will then move into the center of the Crystal Tea Room, where extravagant chandeliers and carved columns create a timeless elegance. The design and setup of the wedding will be expertly coordinated by the staff at Crystal Tea Room with Finley Catering providing culinary brilliance.
100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-657-5100
9.Fairmount Park Horticulture Center
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The Fairmount Park Horticulture Center is an ideal location for couples who want to enjoy an outdoor wedding in a picturesque natural oasis. This beautiful venue features wetlands, a creek, a small pond, and a network of walking paths as well as the Puryear's Pavilion surrounded by lush greenery and graceful trees. There are several gardens throughout the space, including the Display Gardens, Perennial Gardens, and a butterfly garden in addition to a tranquil reflecting pool and numerous statues of literary and musical artists dotting the property. Ceremonies and receptions that take place inside the Horticulture Center offer a serene and natural ambiance all year round.
100 N Horticultural Drive, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-685-0096
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The Hill-Physick House is the perfect venue for couples who are looking to have an old-fashioned, classically elegant wedding. Built in 1786 for renowned physician Dr. Philip Syng Physick, who treated high-profile patients like President Andrew Jackson, this four-story brick home features an array of his pioneering surgical tools. As the only free-standing Federal townhouse in Society Hill, guests will no doubt be in awe of its beauty and architecture. This is an amazing model of the Federal architectural style, with straight, classical lines. It's decorated with beautiful French-inspired neoclassic furnishings and has a grand garden featuring plant life common during the 19th century.
321 South Fourth Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-925-2251
11.Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
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The Kimpton Hotel Palomar is a charming wedding locale for couples who want a boutique experience combined with modern amenities. This hotel features an array of wedding venues to accommodate any size of wedding, including their awe-inspiring 1,750-square-foot penthouse Burnham Ballroom on the hotel's 25th floor. This exceptional venue features large windows that allow an abundance of natural light in by day and sparkling views of the city's skyline by night. The Kimpton Hotel Palomar provides each couple with an accomplished wedding coordinator to orchestrate every detail from beginning to end, including customized catering menus from their signature restaurant, Square 1682.
117 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-563-5006
12.Wedding Venues in Philadelphia: Knowlton Mansion
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Knowlton Mansion was originally designed by renowned architect Frank Furness in 1879, and has since been renovated, keeping its bones and style intact while incorporating some modern conveniences. This idyllic venue combines Old World charm and present-day style with an elegant ease. The mansion showcases a Victorian-era style while the newly added conservatory boasts a warm and inviting space that opens onto expansive terraces. Knowlton also features a pergola perfect for wedding ceremonies, 13 acres of stunning perennial gardens, and stables. Couples can decide how they want their chosen event spaces set up, while the mansion staff designs the perfect hors d'oeuvres, dinner menu, and cocktails.
931 Rhawn Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-722-8082
13.Marry Me Philadelphia
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Marry Me Philadelphia is the perfect venue for couples who are looking for an elopement-style wedding for no more than ten of their closest family and friends. This small two-level brick townhome offers a quaint indoor space featuring hardwood floors, a small seating area, modern interior, and plenty of natural light, perfect for an intimate wedding. Marry Me is a complete officiant and photography company that works with each couple to design their ideal wedding by combining the styles of the bride and groom. They feature several packages that are all moderately priced, ensuring couples get the wedding of their dreams at reasonable prices.
8111 Oxford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-589-7000
14.The Philadelphia Wedding Chapel
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The Philadelphia Wedding Chapel is a sublime location for couples who want a small and intimate wedding in an upscale yet stress-free atmosphere. Nestled in the heart of the historic and artsy neighborhood of East Falls, this quaint one-level brick building offers a small front yard patio and spacious interior. Beautiful light hardwood floors, white walls complemented with colorful accent walls, large windows offering superb natural light, and eclectic furnishings give this space a cozy elegance suitable for up to 50 guests. The venue provides several package options from elopements to small ceremonies, with a few upgrade options, all at affordable prices.
3502 Scotts Lane, Building #3, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-906-0740
Moshulu is a legendary rigged sailing vessel, the oldest and largest of its kind, built in 1904 by William Hamilton & Company. Throughout the years it was restored several times, and currently calls Penn's Landing along the Delaware River its home. This historic landmark is the ideal location for couples who want a unique storybook wedding experience that features both indoor and outdoor venues. Guests will enjoy incomparable views of the Philadelphia skyline and waterfront inside the beautifully remodeled State Room. Moshulu also features multi-level decks that offer couples both open-air and tented spaces. Everything is handled by expert in-house staff, including their award-winning cuisine.
401 S. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-923-2500
16.Ballroom at the Ben
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The Ballroom at the Ben is an ideal wedding venue for couples who are looking for a night of enchanting elegance and sophistication. It exudes European ambiance with a mezzanine level that overlooks a magnificent ballroom showcasing brilliant chandeliers. If it was good enough for Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence to dance their way to victory in the Silver Linings Playbook, there is no way it won't be everything and more for the perfect fairytale wedding. Guests who book this venue will delight in the culinary masterpieces designed for any palate by the renowned Finley Catering Company.
834 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-627-5100
17.Power Plant Productions
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Power Plant Productions is the ideal locale for couples who are looking for an industrial-chic-style wedding that feels more like a party than a traditional wedding. This space seamlessly blends its urban ambiance with romantic style using exposed brick, black-iron stairs, and hardwood floors that complement soft white billowy curtains, large glass windows, and subdued lighting. The venue is also equipped with a full kitchen, loft, and studio, allowing the bride and groom to have private moments or wardrobe changes. The venue gives each couple their preferred vendors list and assists them throughout the entire process to ensure they have a wedding they won't forget.
230 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-592-8775
18.Spirit of Philadelphia
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The Spirit of Philadelphia lets couples celebrate their nuptials in a completely unique way - aboard a cruise ship gliding along the Delaware River. This floating wedding venue can accommodate wedding parties of up to 550 guests as they enjoy panoramic views of the waterfront and the Philadelphia skyline. Their talented event specialists work with each couple to design their dream wedding with various packages and style preferences. This includes a wide array of menu selections, beverage packages, and entertainment options. The ship features several indoor and outdoor spaces, numerous spacious dance floors, and onboard event staff to handle every minute detail.
401 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 866-455-3866
19.Wedding Venues in Philadelphia: Stotesbury Mansion
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The Stotesbury Mansion is a historic landmark and current home to the Philopatrian Literary Institute, built by renowned architect Wilson Eyre, Jr. in 1870. This three-floor mansion is an idyllic setting for couples who want a traditional wedding that exudes charm and elegance. Upon entering the space, guests will be greeted in the Dolly Madison Front Parlor before heading into the opulent Stotesbury Ballroom, featuring a raised stage, fitting for both ceremony and reception. The second floor boasts two bar areas and a coat room, with the third floor serving as a relaxing space for the wedding party, including a bridal suite and two billiards tables.
1923 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-567-2910
20.The Liberty View
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The Liberty View sits on "America's Most Historic Square Mile," featuring breathtaking views of Independence Mall, the quintessential venue for an elegant wedding with historic appeal. This stylish space features the Liberty View Ballroom and Terrace, a grand hall, additional smaller terrace, and a pre-function room. This allows couples to take their guests from a romantic ceremony to a classic seated dinner reception with ease. Brulee Catering is the exclusive caterer for this high-end venue, providing exceptional food and drink options tailored to the couple's specifications. Liberty View works closely with each couple on their stylistic needs and provides audio and visual amenities.
One North Independence Mall West, 6th and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-965-2300
21.The Mask and Wig Club
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The Mask and Wig Club is a truly one-of-a-kind venue dating back to the early 1800s, when it served multiple purposes before being acquired by Mask and Wig in 1894. Designed by renowned architect Wilson Eyre, this historic clubhouse displays the original artwork of American painter Maxfield Parrish. Its unique interior remains unchanged, boasting dark wood awnings, floors, and walls covered in eclectic beer mugs. The first floor also features a baby grand piano, stunning large brick fireplace, and antler chandeliers presenting a stylish masculine ambiance, ideal for couples looking for a rustic-style wedding. The Colonial Dames garden provides an alternative for an outdoor wedding.
310 S. Quince Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-716-7378
22.The Powel House and Garden
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The Powell House and Garden is the definitive location for couples who want a traditional wedding with historic flair. The second-floor ballroom features romantic champagne tones, grand chandeliers, and large open windows that offer tons of natural light. It is the perfect space for a classic dinner and reception. Their outdoor garden features lush greenery surrounded by mature trees with twinkling lights strung above. This is an excellent venue for the exchanging of vows, followed by a whimsical dinner and reception, while listening to the subtle tunes of an acoustic jazz band.
244 South Third Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-627-0364
23.The Ridgeland Mansion
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The Ridgeland Mansion is nestled in historic West Fairmount Park. Built in 1719 this authentic Philadelphia Federal style mansion sits on a 5-acre estate. The mansion itself is not open to large events, but it serves as a stunning backdrop for a classic upscale wedding. They offer a beautiful tented area on the grounds, which can accommodate wedding parties of up to 300 guests featuring cathedral windows, b-lighting, and a 3-sided bar. Couples can choose the Secret Garden for an intimate and romantic ceremony or the Ridgeland barn for casual, country, or rustic weddings.
804 Oak Lane Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-224-1800
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Union Trust was once the home of the Union Trust Company Bank, built in 1888. Now, it serves as a chic wedding venue for couples desirous of a regal ceremony and reception. Its captivating 65-foot-high illuminated engraved ceilings, architecturally distinctive walls, and grand arched windows overlooking the Historic District of the city provide an old Philadelphia ambiance. The main event space features a wraparound mezzanine with bar overlooking the ballroom and dance floor. There are three private rooms, each expertly decorated in modern opulence. Union Trust is the latest event space added to renowned Finley Catering's collection of exclusive venues. They provide incomparable cuisine with unmatched service.
717 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-627-5100
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The Ritz-Carlton is nestled within downtown's Center City in a repurposed historical bank building that offers a luxurious neoclassical ambiance with modern amenities. Just steps from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, this venue is an exquisite oasis of elegance and grace. They offer four distinct ceremony and reception venues, including the Grand Ballroom, which features lavish, marble columns, opulent chandeliers, period furnishings, and giant open windows that overlook the sparkling lights of the city. Their Arden and Mellon Balconies boast a bronze-railed mezzanine that provides awe-inspiring views of The Rotunda, while The Exchange serves as the consummate palatial reception area.
10th Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-523-8000
25 Unforgettable Wedding Venues in Philadelphia
- Cescaphe Ballroom, Photo: Cescaphe Ballroom
- Morris Arboretum, Photo: Courtesy of Zack Frank - Fotolia.com
- The Rittenhouse Hotel, Photo: The Rittenhouse Hotel
- Morris House Hotel, Photo: Morris House Hotel
- Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, Photo: Courtesy of viii - Fotolia.com
- Bartram's Garden, Photo: Courtesy of Wedding Photo - Fotolia.com
- Beat Street Station, Photo: Courtesy of IVASHstudio - Fotolia.com
- Wedding Venues in Philadelphia: Crystal Tea Room, Photo: Courtesy of Costin79 - Fotolia.com
- Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, Photo: Courtesy of dangutu - Fotolia.com
- Hill-Physick House, Photo: Courtesy of sergojpg - Fotolia.com
- Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, Photo: Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
- Wedding Venues in Philadelphia: Knowlton Mansion, Photo: Courtesy of micromonkey - Fotolia.com
- Marry Me Philadelphia, Photo: Marry Me Philadelphia
- The Philadelphia Wedding Chapel, Photo: The Philadelphia Wedding Chapel
- Moshulu, Photo: Moshulu
- Ballroom at the Ben, Photo: Ballroom at the Ben
- Power Plant Productions, Photo: Power Plant Productions
- Spirit of Philadelphia, Photo: Spirit of Philadelphia
- Wedding Venues in Philadelphia: Stotesbury Mansion, Photo: Stotesbury Mansion
- The Liberty View, Photo: The Liberty View
- The Mask and Wig Club, Photo: Courtesy of Kateryna - Fotolia.com
- The Powel House and Garden, Photo: The Powel House and Garden
- The Ridgeland Mansion, Photo: The Ridgeland Mansion
- Union Trust, Photo: Courtesy of janifest - Fotolia.com
- The Ritz-Carlton, Photo: The Ritz-Carlton
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