Home to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia is one of the nation’s most historically rich cities. Glittering skylines, atriums, niche city districts, waterway views, and the famous Boat House Row offer an abundance of scenery and entertainment options. A plethora of factories, movie houses, estates, and banks have been restored; creating beautifully unique restaurants and ballrooms. With so much to choose from, it may be hard for couples to decide on a wedding venue. Here are our Top 25 places to tie the knot in Philadelphia.
1.The Cira Centre Atrium at JG Domestic
The Cira Centre Atrium at JG Domestic offers couples urban style. The bride and groom marry in the all-glass atrium, which juts out like a diamond over JG Domestic, one of Chef Garces’ award-winning restaurants. Panoramic views of the city skyline accompany the ceremony and reception dinner. Artisanal cuisine featuring Latin-inspired and European-inspired dishes, is impeccably prepared by Chef Garces and his culinary team. Couples may choose hors d’oeuvres stations or host a fully coursed meal. The atrium can accommodate 250 guests seated, or 300 cocktail guests. Bartender and food service staff ensure a seamless event. All china, flatware, stemware, and linens are provided. Lighting and audio visual options are also available.
2929 Arch Street B, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-222-2363
Located in the heart of Manayunk, this venue offers an artful and luxurious wedding day experience. White marble flooring, brick walls, square columns, and floor-to-ceiling windows structure the space. A ‘living wall’ of lush greenery ascends dramatically towards the sky. Sculptures and paintings adorn the soft white interior facade. A wide, dark wood staircase spirals downward from the balcony overlook; brass railing and leaf details add to its magic. The two-tiered ballroom and dining areas can host 250 guests seated, or 300 cocktail reception guests. Menu design is uniquely tailored to the couple’s taste. Bar service is offered, although the bride and groom must furnish their own alcohol. A list of suggested vendors is provided. All-inclusive packages making planning, effortless.
109 Green Lane, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-483-3298
A once French-inspired hotel, this historic venue has Victorian charm. The ballroom is exquisite, featuring arctic white paneled walls with soft shades of teal detail. Towering arched windows with silk drapery flood the space with light. Robustly sized chandeliers shimmer overhead. An intricately carved, bright white marble fireplace reaches towards two stories of vertical space. The mezzanine lounge area has Juliet balconies, overlooking the ballroom. A polished granite staircase extends down from the mezzanine; perfect for a grand entrance. The Sylvania room is elegantly appointed in indigo blue. A backlit marble bar, mirrors, and chandeliers create a fantastical setting for a cocktail hour or small dinner. Seating can accommodate between 100 and 300 guests, 550 cocktail reception guests.
1324 Locust St. Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-621-8561
4.Atrium at Curtis Center
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The twelve story atrium is an enormous feat of elegance. Formidable columns and intricately carved stone eaves line the perimeter. Iron arches crown the atrium, each jeweled with a gold letter “C” emblem. Deep emerald and ruby tones pattern the marble flooring, which rolls itself like a wave into the formation of an art deco waterfall sculpture. The skylight roof romantically captures the midnight blue of the sky; stars twinkling like diamonds. Couples may host a cocktail hour on the mezzanine. A lavish dinner reception is catered exclusively by the atrium’s preferred caterer. A menu of preferred vendors is available. Up to 440 guests may be seated for dinner. The bride will enjoy use of a private suite.
601 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-978-8103
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Nestled into the wood, this natural stone cottage sits on 55 acres of land, surrounded by trees and tall grasses. Summer flowers bloom, adding gentle pops of color. The setting is truly something out of a storybook. A large covered porch stretches forward from the house, creating a half-moon shape. Columns and trestles form a length of archways along the perimeter; a perfect location for photos of the bride and groom. Ceremony takes place on the manicured lawn, underneath a sweetly appointed arbor. The reception dinner is held in a tented, twinkle-lit pavilion, which seats 175 guests. Coursed meals are exclusively prepared by the cottage’s preferred caterer. Bar service is provided, although couples must furnish their own alcohol.
One Awbury Road, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-849-2855
This renovated movie house embodies the luxury of the Gatsby era. The ballroom is designed in a vintage cream hue, with paneled walls and etched columns. Antique brass hardware, Chiavari chairs, and chandeliers dripping with pearls create a sense of timelessness. A black bar mantel extends up towards the vaulted cathedral ceilings. Visions of the bride can be seen in the Juliet balcony overlooks; a grand staircase descending to the ballroom. The space is simply: Majestic. Up to 300 guests may be seated. There are three opulently appointed cocktail spaces, including a courtyard. Signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres prepare the appetites of guests for the decadent four-course meal. Extravagant, all-inclusive wedding packages ensure a flawless occasion.
923 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-238-5750
The largest of the six renowned Cescaphe wedding venues, this location does not disappoint. Coffered ceilings, cream columns, and candle-style chandeliers create the ballroom backdrop. A pop of modern flair is added by the art deco carpeting and the artfully amber-lit bar. Couples marry in the outdoor courtyard, where sphere-shaped iron chandeliers hang from steel beams. The courtyard is open-air, giving full view of the midnight sky. The foyer, the mosaic room, and the lounge all host a full-service cocktail hour. Chefs attend hors d’oeuvre and raw bar stations. Guests dine on an exquisitely prepared four-course meal. Up to 600 guests may be accommodated. All-inclusive packages ensure every detail is executed with precision.
600 N Broad St. Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-238-5750
8.Cescaphe Water Works
This superbly restored waterfront location boasts iconic views of Boat House Row. The ballroom features paneled walling, in a light grey hue. Rustic wood plank flooring and a bow-curved ceiling add character. Crystal chandeliers sparkle, adding to luxury. A tented veranda extends off of the ballroom, perfect for a breath of fresh air. The bride and groom may choose to exchange vows al fresco, in the vintage gazebo overlooking Schuylkill River. Outdoor receptions take place in the open-air grand pavilion, which is paved with red brick and framed by rows of neo-classical columns. Trimmed hedges and beautiful gardens lend to the sophistication of the space. Up to 400 guests may be accommodated. Lavish wedding packages await.
640 Waterworks, Drive, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-238-5750
9.Down Town Club by Cescaphe
Designed with the Georgian revival in mind, this wedding venue exudes subdued luxury. Paneled walls in crème, ornately carved Venetian plaster, and tall windows structure the space. Candle-style chandeliers wrapped in sheer drums emanate amber light. Espresso flooring, vintage brass details, and Lucite furniture add to elegance. There are two additional entertainment spaces; the foyer and the cocktail room. In the cocktail room, floor-to-ceiling windows show off sparkling city views, and views of Independence Hall. Guests imbibe on signature cocktails and mouthwatering fare. A four-course meal is finely crafted by the venue’s renowned team of chefs. This venue accommodates between 125 and 220 guests. Several luxury wedding packages are available.
600 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-238-5750
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10.FAME: Feast at MaKen Events
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Located in the North Kensington Art District, this industrial chic wedding venue offers unparalleled views of the city skyline. The loft sits atop a historical textile factory. Fifteen-foot ceilings, exposed columns, and walls of multi-pane windows decorate the room. An adjacent lounge and outdoor patio extend off of the space, perfect for a cocktail hour. Flexible floor plans allow the bride and groom to personalize the design of their wedding. Up to 500 guests may be seated for dinner reception. Creative culinary feats and refreshing craft cocktails are provided by the venue’s choice catering company. The owners and staff have 32 years of experience customizing special events. The bride and groom are sure to feel they’re in good hands.
3525 I Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-398-7222
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Originally built in 1881, this carefully restored estate resembles a Dutch country house. Thirteen-acres of lush trees and foliage color the landscape. A stone path winds romantically through the greenery, towards the ceremony pergola. Inside the mansion, old world charm is preserved by wood flooring, floral wallpaper motifs, and antique fixtures. A grand staircase and stone fireplace add to excellence. The reception dinner may be held in the meticulously renovated, and comfortably appointed stable. Gorgeous, golden wood trim and ceilings invite warmth. Amber lanterns and string lights create a cozy feel. Premium level catering and bar service packages are available. Valet parking is included.
8001 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-722-8082
12.Merion Tribute House
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Built on an 8 acre estate, this stone mansion resembles an English country manor. Slate flooring, wood beams, crown moldings, and meticulous craftsmanship adorn every room. The ballroom features lofty arches, cathedral ceilings, and elegant carpeting. A dance floor and built-in stage are available for use. The hall lounge and outdoor terrace open connect, giving free flow to a cocktail hour. A stone fireplace furnishes a warm place to sit back and relax. Couples may exchange vows on the wedding lawn. Two arched doors provide the bride with a spectacular grand entry. An enchanting wedding balcony will make her feel like a princess, as she tosses her bouquet. Couples will need to hire a personal planner and vendors.
625 Hazelhurst Avenue, Merion Station, PA, Phone: 610-664-1267
13.Power Plant Productions
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Situated in Old City’s gallery district, this unconventional wedding venue is housed within the former Wilbur Chocolate Factory, marked by its iconic smoke stack. Twenty-five foot ceilings, exposed steel beams and columns, original brick, and diagonal wood flooring structure the space. Stark white paint, industrial windows, and breezy drapery create a light, bright feel. A classic neon sign and a cable wire staircase add to the urban feel. The space accommodates between 130 and 165 guests. An onsite commercial kitchen hosts the couple’s caterer of choice. A state of the art sound system jams as wedding goers dance the night away. The bride and groom may want to hire a private wedding planner.
230 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-592-8775
Towering over the streets of Center City, this 52-story-high venue boasts awe inspiring views of the downtown skyline and local rivers. Couples exchange vows in the magnificent atrium; large stone walls and a vertical expanse of clear glass holding them in sunlight. At night, not a star will be missed; truly a spectacular ceremony locale that wants for nothing. An extravagant double staircase provides yet another ceremony locale, or great opportunity for photos of the bride. The banquet rooms feature panoramic views. Light grey hues, recessed ceilings, and drum chandeliers give off an air of sophistication. An executive chef designs an innovative menu. Exceptional bar services are rendered. Couples are guided at every turn by the venue’s wedding expert.
1735 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-567-6510
15.Regal Ballroom & Grasshopper's Catering
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Located in Northeast Philly, this renovated vaudeville theatre guarantees the amenities of a Center City, without the downtown hassle. The ballroom features three steps of reverse tray ceilings and Victorian style wallpapering, in yellow gold. Crème silk drapery, mirrored columns, and blossoming chandeliers add to opulence. Gold Chiavari seating is accompanied by a host of sparkling flatware and stemware. Up to 400 guests may be seated in the ballroom. The venue’s executive chef prepares mouthwatering fare, offering several hors d’oeuvres and coursed meal options. Bar services are also provided. The bride will enjoy use of a private suite, equipped with a personal attendant. A day-of specialist ensures the schedule of events is flawlessly executed. All-inclusive packages available.
5411 Oxford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-744-4466
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Fit for royalty, this jaw-dropping venue overflows with Victorian opulence. In the foyer, a winding velvet staircase in burgundy allows the bride her grand entrance. The ballroom’s towering ceiling has octagonal coffering and ornately designed gold overlay plating; crystal chandeliers drip down from its magnificence. Softly niched crème walls, intricately carved Venetian plaster, and gold trellises add to detail. A large mirror hangs over the marble and gold fireplace. The ceremony takes place at the farthest reach of the ballroom, in front of massive columns and yellow-gold drapery. Furniture is rearranged for banquet seating during cocktail hour, which is hosted in the “Mirror Room”. A sumptuously coursed meal is prepared to perfection. A list of vendors is supplied.
1923 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-567-2910
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17.Tendenza by Cescaphe
Tedenza manages to warm the design feel of an urban space. Brick is balanced by shiny, opal tiled columns. Crystal waterfall chandeliers, candle chandeliers, and bulb pendant lights hang robustly from black steel beam ceilings; creating a layered look. Champagne drapery, linens, fixtures, and furniture fill the space. A marble and glass bar gleams invitingly. The ballroom serves as both the ceremony and banquet areas. Guests sip libations in the three-level bar, while the room is being transformed. The main bar features ceiling-high glass shelving, backlit by turquoise light. A mezzanine wraps around the lounge, offering a cheeky peek at the festivities below. An exquisitely prepared, four-course dinner is served. Lavish wedding packages are available.
1412 Mt. Vernon Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-238-5750
18.The Felt Factory
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Once an industrial felt mill, this renovated building now hosts wedding celebrations. There are three banquet spaces from which to choose. The main hall exposes formidably sized, white wood rafters. Chiavari seating, elegant carpeting, a wood tile dance floor, and crème drapery adorn the space. Crystal chandeliers housed within golden spheres glow overhead. A balcony overlook provides a romantic place to sip cocktails. Up to 350 guests may be seated for a deliciously catered dinner. A second room features natural brick and a fireplace. The look is rustic, with a cozy tavern feel. Subdued amber lighting emanates from lamp chandeliers. Up to 200 guests may be seated for dinner, 300 strolling. The smallest room seats up to 100 guests.
1523 East Wingohocking Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-289-2020
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19.The Fillmore Philadelphia
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This legendary concert hall features wood flooring and industrial design. Cement pillars, original brick, and red velvet curtains add character. Large chandeliers sparkle and shimmer overhead. There are two flanking bars and an island style bar, each outfitted with metal and rustic wood materials. Red leather booths give wedding goers a cozy nook to sip spirits. A balcony overlook offers a bird’s eye view of the party below. Customizable dinner menus and mixology-inspired cocktails are provided by the venue. The space is almost limitless in capacity, although banquet seating accommodates 450 guests. Sate of the art lighting and sound, full staffing, and the option for live music ensure a lively experience.
29 East Allen Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-309-0150
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20.The Liberty View at Independence Visitor Center
Situated downtown, this upper level venue offers views of Liberty Hall. The bride and groom may exchange vows outdoors, or indoors. The terrace extending off of the ballroom seats 130 guests. A tented canopy can be added to enclose the space. The ballroom has a sleek modern design, with long stretches of windows and glass doors. Lofted wood slat ceilings house arched ivory beaming, adding dimension. Sleek, sphere shaped pendants light the room. Hanging greenery gives a pop of color. The space can seat 150 guests, with a dance floor. Seasonal cuisine and craft cocktail services are provided by Brulee Catering. Wedding packages are available. An upgraded audio visual system is available for use.
599 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-965-2300
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21.The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
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Built in 1923, this brick and ivy beauty has historic charm. Arched French doors open broadly into the garden, a maze of perfectly manicured hedges. The bride and groom exchange vows on the enclosed lawn; fragrant white rose bushes blossoming behind them. Inside, arched picture windows, vintage paintings, and historical artifacts fill the house. A multi-level staircase provides and classic setting for photos of the bride. The ballroom has light, mint green walls and white crown moldings. The space seats 120 for dinner reception. Additional rooms accommodate smaller sized weddings of up to 50 guests. Couples may want to employ a personal wedding planner to hire vendors for the occasion. A small event staff is provided day-of.
1630 Latimer Street, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-735-6737
Located in the Historic District, this former bank is now the area’s most glamorous place to marry. The sixty-five foot cathedral ceiling is intricately engraved and coffered, with gold inlay and a large crystals. Massive arched iron decals adorn the travertine stone walls. Galaxies of glowing bulbs fill oblong cylinder pendant lights. Guests dine on the wrap-around mezzanine, as they attempt to take in the sheer wonder of the room. The mezzanine overlooks the lobby where couples exchange vows; a space that easily transforms into a dance floor or dining area. Truly an extraordinary feat of architectural design, this sophisticated venue must be seen to be believed. Indulgent cuisine, exquisite wines and spirits, and white glove service ensure excellence.
100 Penn Square East Wanamaker Building, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 215-627-5100
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23.Victorian Banquet Hall
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Situated in the heart of Germantown, this castle-like wedding venue is surrounded by lush landscaping. The bride and groom may choose to exchange vows outside on the manicured lawn, or inside the grand hall. A soaring, cylindrically domed ceiling presides over runs of arched windows. Light walls, white plank tile flooring and mahogany wood trim color the space. Delicate pendant lighting and gold Chiavari chairs add elegance. Couples may choose to exchange vows at the far reach of the hall, in front of a cathedral domed wall, glittering with sandstone mosaic tile. The venue promises excellence in the preparation and delivery of food and spirits. The site may be reached for questions regarding capacity and package details.
4809 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, Phone: 973-980-7600
23 Best Spring Wedding Venues in Philadelphia
- The Cira Centre Atrium at JG Domestic, Photo: stock.adobe.com
- Artesano Gallery, Photo: Nadtochiy/stock.adobe.com
- Arts Ballroom, Photo: Ekaterina/stock.adobe.com
- Atrium at Curtis Center, Photo: Roberts Ratuts/stock.adobe.com
- Awbury Arboretum, Photo: Jacob Lund/stock.adobe.com
- Cescaphe Ballroom, Photo: Cescaphe
- Cescaphe Vie, Photo: Cescaphe
- Cescaphe Water Works, Photo: Cescaphe
- Down Town Club by Cescaphe, Photo: Cescaphe
- FAME: Feast at MaKen Events, Photo: Tsyb Oleh/stock.adobe.com
- Knowlton Mansion, Photo: Knowlton Mansion
- Merion Tribute House, Photo: Merion Tribute House
- Power Plant Productions, Photo: Power Plant Productions
- Pyramid Club, Photo: blanke1973/stock.adobe.com
- Regal Ballroom & Grasshopper's Catering, Photo: Regal Ballroom & Grasshopper's Catering
- Stotesbury Mansion, Photo: Lana Winter/stock.adobe.com
- Tendenza by Cescaphe, Photo: IVASHstudio/stock.adobe.com
- The Felt Factory, Photo: The Felt Factory
- The Fillmore Philadelphia, Photo: The Fillmore Philadelphia
- The Liberty View at Independence Visitor Center, Photo: volff/stock.adobe.com
- The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Photo: The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- Union trust, Photo: yuriy/stock.adobe.com
- Victorian Banquet Hall, Photo: Victorian Banquet Hall
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