Our favorite Philadelphia Wedding Venues
We have the fortune to live and work in a truly incredible place in both time and location. Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, boasts a proud and rich history for our nation and is continuing to forge a path into the future. We have some of the greatest historical sites, cutting edge high-rises and urban development, THE most dedicated sports fans, and a commitment to love in it’s many forms. It can be easy to overlook these incredible aspects to the city we call home. We’ve grown up with the Liberty Bell in our backyard and have watched the skyline take on it’s iconic form. But we are taking some time today to highlight a few of our favorite Philadelphia wedding venues that we love in the city for those who want to begin their happily ever after in this amazing place:
1. The College of Physicians – Warm and Cozy Historical Ballroom
Housing the Mütter Museum, the College of Physicians is one of our favorite venues in the city. The elegant ballroom is warmly appointed with wood paneling lining the entire room. There are also lovely oil painting portraits of famous and influential physicians throughout the years. We love this venue for its marble staircase, the lovely garden outside where couples can enjoy an outdoor ceremony, and the unique feeling you get when you wander the halls. There are so many old world touches, like globe light wall sconces, that just create an atmosphere of elegance. The giant stained glass picture windows in the adjoining room, where dessert is typically served, and the wooden catalog drawers add depth and dimension to the entire event.
2. The Downtown Club – A Refined Ballroom with a Timeless Bend
Rising high above the historical district of Old City, the Downtown Club is a stately ballroom with a view to die for. You can look down on Independence Hall while you tie the knot. The Oak Room is aptly named for all the oaken features. A rich cocktail hour typically takes place in this warm and inviting space. The giant bar makes it feel like you’re in a scene straight from the 1940’s. Then, when you enter your beautifully appointed ballroom, you feel that time freezes. The huge white walls reflect the light that pours in from the massive windows that line the space. You and your guests will dance the night away feeling like you are on top of the world.
3. Stotesbury Mansion – The Best Blend of Old World Style Meets Urban Chic
Rittenhouse Square is a popular spot for locals and wedding parties alike but, hidden just half a block away, is the jewel of the Stotesbury Mansion. If your vision is a swanky gathering of your closest friends and family while partying the night away like Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby, then this is definitely the venue for you! This multi story historic mansion is every bit the epitome of old world glamour, beautifully preserved. Around every corner there is fabulous history and romantic lore.
The fireplace on the first floor was Dolly Madison’s from the White House, purchased in 1890. The hall of mirrors that leads you into the imported Georgian ballroom (which boasts a 14th century Italian marble fireplace), were originally used during prohibition to be a maze. This allowed the wealthy occupants and their friends to continue to enjoy their spirits while dodging John Law. So, bring your pearls and flasks, get your wingtips on, and invite your inner circle to dance the night away with you in the true spirit of the 20’s at this incredible mansion, just steps from Rittenhouse Square.
4. Ballroom at the Ben – Posh Classic Ballroom
Lavishly appointed, the Ballroom at the Ben is one of the most classic ballrooms available in the city. The wonderful balcony and grand staircase allows every bride and groom to feel grandeur as they walk down the aisle. The rich atmosphere is almost palpable. Your guests will love how you make your sweeping entrance down the grand staircase for both ceremony and reception. The incredible food served by Finley Catering will blow you away, so make sure you build in time to get to eat. It’s a truly magical place and somewhere we love shooting over and over!
5. Cira Center/JG Domestic – Cutting Edge High Rise and Tasty Restaurants
The Septa building across from 30th St Station is a beautifully engineered and designed windowed masterpiece. It stands tall and it’s bold angles catch your eye. It’s covered in thousands of lights that shimmer and twinkle in different patterns and colors. Within this beauty, is a very urban rustic restaurant founded by famed Philadelphia chef, Jose Garces. JG Domestic. It boasts delicious American fare, world class cheese and charcuterie, and has a truly unique atmosphere. Guests can watch your nuptials in front of giant windows that show off the Philadelphia skyline. You can enjoy a delicious spread and great cocktails all night. All in the shadow of the city, which you can watch light up as the sun fades away. As the sun sets, it seems as though the city takes on a life of its own.
6. Duportail House – Revolutionary War Historical Home with Endless Outdoor Possibilities
On the edge of Valley Forge, there is an historic house that once was the temporary home to a French general named Louis Duportail. He designed strategic defenses for General Washington that would repel a British attack if they moved from Philadelphia. This gorgeous 1700’s farmhouse has been restored and preserved and now hosts events, including weddings. As beautiful as the stonework on the outside is, it’s perfectly complimented by the gorgeous hardwood and architecture inside. But the real beauty of the Duportail House is how you can customize an outdoor reception with the house as your focal point. Because of this, there are so many possibilities for ceremony and reception.
7. Appleford Estate – Picturesque English Gardens and Quaint Farmhouse
One of the most beautiful farmhouses on the Main Line is Appleford Estate in Radnor Township. Only a short 20 minute ride outside of Philadelphia, this lovely and light filled home is surrounded by some of the most stunning gardens within 50 miles. From the second you walk in, you are instantly surrounded by gorgeous natural light that gives everything a warm glow. It’s cozy, but expectant. It’s almost as though the place knows that this is going to be one of the best days of your life and rejoices with you.
There is a spiral staircase that just begs to be used in your photos, and the bride and groom suites are vibrant and warm. The true draw of this location, though, is it’s amazing gardens. There is a pathway lined with trees. The twists and turns of the trees and their foliage are truly eye catching. The hedge maze is the perfect hideaway for portraits. When you’ve finally torn yourself away from there, the lovely white washed exterior with it’s stone walls is the perfect backdrop for your reception. There is really nowhere in this venue that is not beautiful. We are excited to head back this year for another gorgeous wedding at Appleford Estate.
So there you have it. Whether you are a cutting edge big city trendsetter or a history buff who loves the simple beauty of nature, there’s something in and around Philadelphia for you. We love this place, and we hope to see you at your wedding enjoying this place just as much as we do!
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