Variety Abounds: 10 Top Wedding Venues Near Philadelphia

If you're planning a wedding in or near Philadelphia, you have a wealth of venues to choose from. Ballrooms, gardens, lodges, hotels, golf courses—you'll find them all here. An added perk: Many of these locations have a rich, fascinating past, thanks to Philly's special place in our nation's history.


INN/LODGE




Joseph Ambler Inn

Location: 1005 Horsham Road, North Wales PA

Style: Historic Farmhouse

Interesting Tidbit: The land on which the Inn now stands was originally part of a large expanse owned by William Penn.

Event Space Highlights: Intimate fireside ceremonies in their 1734 farmhouse are a lovely way to exchange vows, especially during the winter months. The exposed stone walls and hardwood floor in the main dining room provide a charming backdrop for a rustic reception. In warmer weather, celebrations can be held outdoors on the estate’s 12 scenic acres.

Notable Amenities: Enjoy an after-party in JPub, the Inn’s cozy bar.

Catering: Provided in-house

Accommodations: 52 rooms and suites

Price:  $ • $$

Lawn Ceremony Under Oak Trees at Joseph Ambler Inn



BALLROOM




Brandywine Manor House

Location: 120 Germany Hollow Road, Honey Brook PA

Style: Colonial country estate

Fab Feature: Dating from around 1740, the Manor is situated on 85 acres of rolling meadows and has country gardens, groves of trees, and a sparkling lake. The Manor House itself is made of stone and graced with a wraparound porch and red trim.

Event Space Highlights: Your processional begins at a vine-covered pergola and crosses over a footbridge to The Glen, where your ceremony can be performed with a waterfall or gazebo in the background. The Garden Terrace is nestled among roses, and is a pretty spot for either exchanging vows or a cocktail hour. The Manor Barn’s hardwood floor and wood beams are enhanced by softly glowing chandeliers and twinkle lights, and the Crown Ballroom’s removable sides let in the air and views of the estate.

Notable Services: The Interior Lighting Package allows you to create wonderful effects in the Ballroom with uplighting, white Japanese lanterns, starlights over the entire ceiling, or a colorsplash top.

Catering: Select from list or bring your own

Accommodations: Nearby hotels

Price:  $ • $$

Dance Floor Under Lanterns and Lighted Ceiling at Brandywine Manor House



MANSION




Ridgeland Mansion

Location: 4100 Chamounix Drive, Philadelphia PA

Style: Federal-style mansion

Fab Feature: This 1792 treasure sits on five green acres at the center of Fairmount Park.

Event Space Highlights: Photo opportunities abound around this Philadelphia manor, with its white wood staircases and cupola, and cheerful yellow exterior accented by cobblestone and brick. Ceremonies can be held in the secluded sunken garden, followed by a reception on the expansive lawn surrounding the mansion. There’s plenty of room for a tent, with space left over for a game of croquet on the grass.

Notable Services: The venue rental fee goes directly to benefit the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia—a nonprofit organization that provides, at no cost, a professional program of emotional support and education to people whose lives have been impacted by cancer.

Catering: Provided in-house

Accommodations: Nearby hotels

Price:  $$

Lush Grounds In Front of Historic Mansion at Ridgeland Mansion



RANCH/FARM




Country Barn

Location: 211 South Donerville Road, Lancaster PA

Style: Rural charm

Fab Feature: They offer farm-to-fork catering, incorporating all-natural meats and fresh, in-season produce raised right there on the farm.

Event Space Highlights: You have a choice of eight indoor and outdoor spaces for your ceremony and reception, including vintage barns, a stable, and a farmhouse—all of which have been beautifully restored to lend a “casually elegant” feeling to your celebration.

Wedding Package Perks: A variety of fun, country-themed add-ons, like a “farmer’s tractor photo booth,” hayrides, a campfire pit for making s’mores, and carriage rides, can give your wedding a special touch.

Catering: Provided in-house

Accommodations: Nearby hotels

Price:  $ • $$

Rustic Wedding Details and Reception at Country Barn



EVENT FACILITY




Union Trust

Location: 717 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA

Style: Baroque-Gothic meets uptown chic

Interesting Tidbit: Union Trust began life in 1888 as one of Philadelphia’s most prominent banks.

Event Space Highlights: This gem’s opulent interior harks back to the city’s rich commerce history. In addition to several sumptuously appointed smaller rooms, the central gallery boasts 65-foot illuminated carved ceilings, ornately decorated walls, and a gorgeous balcony that overlooks the room below.

Wedding Package Perks: You’ll have topnotch planners and caterers on your side. Finley Catering, which handles all the weddings at Union Trust, has nearly 40 years’ experience in the field and has created outstanding menus for presidents, celebrities, and star athletes.

Catering: Provided in-house exclusively by Finley Catering

Accommodations: Nearby hotels

Price:  $$ • $$$

Wedding Ceremony in the Central Gallery at Union Trust



HISTORIC / LANDMARK




Duportail House

Location: 297 Adams Drive, Chesterbrook PA

Style: Pre-Revolution home and grounds

Interesting Tidbit: This 1740 farmhouse played a role in the American Revolution—it once hosted Louis Duportail, a French general and the army’s chief engineer, who designed fortifications here that enabled Washington’s troops to hold off an attack.

Event Space Highlights: You can celebrate inside and/or outside the gracious farmhouse. Three woodsy acres feature a charming wooden bridge, old-growth trees, large lawns and a gazebo—all excellent backdrops for your ceremony, cocktail reception and photos. For your reception, invite your guests for dinner on the first floor of the house and take advantage of the lovely patio, which is tented from April through December and is ideal for dancing. You may also dine on the lawn—it’s large enough to accommodate an additional tent.

Notable Amenities: You and your bridal party can utilize the second-floor sitting room to get ready for the big day.

Catering: Bring your own

Accommodations: Nearby hotels

Price:  $

Sun Shining on Front Lawn Ceremony at Duportail House



HOTEL




Cork Factory Hotel

Location: 480 New Holland Avenue, Suite 3000, Lancaster PA

Style: Industrial chic

Fab Feature: By maintaining much of the old factory’s 1860s character, this hotel strikes a perfect balance between historic and modern in a vibrant downtown atmosphere.

Event Space Highlights: The Ballroom’s brick walls, vaulted ceiling, and exposed wood beams add an authentic flavor. Other dramatic touches include shimmering cork walls in the posh Warehouse and a signature smokestack on the patio courtyard.

Notable Services: Sweet treats get special treatment here, courtesy of a full-time pastry team. They’ll whip up a divine custom wedding cake, as well as cuisine that showcases made-from-scratch dishes based on local ingredients.

Catering: Provided in-house

Accommodations: 75 rooms and suites

Price:  $$ • $$$

Wedding Reception with Lush Floral Accents at Cork Factory Hotel



PARK




Morris Arboretum

Location: 100 East Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia PA

Style: Lush botanical garden

Fab Feature: The grounds are spectacular at any time of year. Blooms in the spring, changing foliage in autumn, holly and conifers in winter—the Arboretum’s impressive collection of plants, trees, and flowers ensures that no matter when you get married you’ll be accompanied by nature’s bounty.

Event Space Highlights: Small events are held in a sweet 19th-century carriage house, but even larger celebrations (which take place in a lighted and heated outdoor tent) can still make use of the building as a bridal dressing area.

Notable Amenities: You also have the option to rent the “Out on a Limb” exhibit. This canopy walk, suspended 50 feet above the ground in the surrounding trees, affords a unique vantage—a cocktail hour with a bird’s-eye view!

Catering: Select from list

Accommodations: Nearby hotels

Price:  $ • $$

Bride and Groom Stroll Through Nature at Morris Arboretum



GARDEN




The Old Mill

Location: 9 Old Mill Lane, Rose Valley PA

Style: Storybook buildings in a park-like setting

Fab Feature: Located in the picturesque Rose Valley Historic District, the original mill building exudes rustic country charm, and its inviting grounds are reminiscent of a classic Irish garden.

Event Space Highlights: With ivy-covered stone walls and gothic arches, the Garden Courtyard is an exquisite space for an intimate ceremony. The Marrying Meadow offers romantic backdrop possibilities for exchanging vows, including a bamboo garden or gentle streams. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the year-round Timber Pavilion, then host your reception in the Ballroom, with its dramatic cathedral ceiling and open floor plan.

Notable Services: The venue’s caterer also provides expert event coordination, utilizing their extensive wedding experience to ensure a well-choreographed, stress-free day.

Catering: Provided exclusively by Conner Catering, Inc.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels

Price:  $ • $$ • $$$

Wooded Ceremony Backdrop at The Old Mill



COUNTRY CLUB / GOLF COURSE




Spring Hollow Golf Club

Location: 3350 Schuylkill Road, Spring City PA

Style: Verdant golf course

Fab Feature: The property abounds with album-worthy locales like bridges, fountains, gentle hills, and quiet tunnels.

Event Space Highlights: Follow the curving brick road to a pergola tucked into private and lushly landscaped ceremony site, set off by colorful blooms and a shimmering pond. A vaulted ceiling and lots of windows make the newly built Ballroom seem especially bright and airy. Chandeliers and glass sconces lend a touch of grace to the room, while its neutral décor complements any color scheme or theme.

Notable Amenities: You’ll be relaxed and ready for the day after savoring some champagne and finger food in the spacious bridal suite, which has enough room to accommodate your nearest and dearest.

Catering: Provided in-house

Accommodations: Nearby hotels

Price:  $$ • $$$

Lake and Golf Course Ceremony Views at Spring Hollow Golf Club


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