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12 Outdoor Wedding Venues for the Perfect Philadelphia Wedding

Whether you’re a local or visitor to the City of Brotherly Love, choosing a ceremonial space from a bunch of different outdoor wedding venues is no easy decision. The space that you and your partner will eventually choose to celebrate love with your family and friends ultimately sets the tone for this special day.

If you find yourself thinking about choosing a space that will create the most unforgettable memories but don’t know how or where to start looking, just know that many other brides and grooms have had the same questions during the planning process.

Where are the best Philadelphia wedding venues? How do I get into contact with the outdoor venues near me? Whether you’re trying to decide on garden wedding venues, wedding estates, or unique venues in Philadelphia as the setting of your marriage rites, we’ve got you covered in this list. 

Garden Wedding Venues

Nothing says romance louder than exchanging your vows while being surrounded by alluring flowers and lush greenery. If garden wedding venues sound like your ideal setting for a Philadelphia wedding, consider these enchanting places and dream on about your special day.

 

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Bartram Garden

5400 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia

Founded in 1728 by the Quaker botanist John Bartram, Bartram’s Garden has become one of the most popular outside wedding venues among the City of Brotherly Love’s locals and visitors.

The 45 acres of green space is perfect for anybody who wants to have an unforgettable Philadelphia wedding among some of the country’s oldest botanic gardens, wildflower meadows, tidal wetlands, and river trails on the Lower Schuylkill River.

Many exquisite and rare tree species, such as the Franklinia and Bartram, live at Bartram’s Garden and truly make for one of the city’s most beautiful outdoor wedding venues. The newly-built Eastwick Pavilion accommodates up to 350 guests and is conveniently located 15 minutes away from Center City.

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Awbury Arboretum

1 Awbury Rd, Philadelphia

As the largest green space in Germantown, Awbury Arboretum and its 55 acres of meadows, woods, ponds, wetlands, and hills takes magnificence to a whole new level for garden wedding venues.

Dating back to 1852 when Henry Cope purchased the property, Awbury Arboretum was designed in the English landscape tradition that has helped it become known as one of the prettiest outside wedding venues in the city.

Brides and grooms can take their romantic pictures at the Francis Cope House, a Victorian stone mansion, or among the 140 species of trees that live at Awbury Arboretum. Marriage rites are limited to 175 guests or fewer. 

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Horticulture Center

100 N Horticultural Dr, Philadelphia

Located near the Shofuso Japanese House in Fairmount Park, the Horticulture Center is the ideal setting for people who are looking for outdoor wedding venues.

The Horticulture Center was built in 1979 and sits on the former 1876 Centennial Exposition building. The reflecting pool, water fountain, sculptures, display gardens, and modern exhibition hall creates a charming atmosphere that can’t be found at other venues in Philadelphia.

Couples can invite 300 guests or fewer to attend their ceremonies at this greenhouse wedding venue.

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Greensgrow Farms

2501 E Cumberland St, Philadelphia

As a non-profit organization that is focused on promoting urban agriculture, social entrepreneurship and food access to low-income communities, Greensgrow Farms has become one of the most unique garden wedding venues in the City of Brotherly Love.

Located in the Kensington neighborhood of North Philadelphia, this greenhouse wedding venue sits three miles away from Center City. Greensgrow Farms only hosts ceremonies from July to November and their outdoor spaces can host up to 100 people for more intimate ceremonies.

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Morris Arboretum

100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia

With 92 acres of Victoria rose gardens, meadows, water fountains, and sculptures, it’s no surprise that many brides and grooms want to have their ceremonies at Morris Arboretum instead of other venues in Philadelphia.

Morris Arboretum started as the summer home of John and Lydia Morris in 1887 before joining the University of Pennsylvania in 1932. The green space of more than 2,500 plant species from Europe and Asia creates the perfect backdrop for couples who are looking for one of the best outdoor wedding venues in the city.

Couples can arrange their Philadelphia wedding ceremonies in Widener Visitor Center, a century-old stone carriage house, with 175 guests or fewer. 

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Wedding Estates

Wedding estates are an effortlessly classic option for any kind of romantic occasion. If you’ve always imagined your special day to be teeming with grandeur and luxury, read on about these magnificent spaces and make your dreams happen.

 

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Ridgeland Mansion

4100 Chamounix Drive, Philadelphia

If couples are looking for elegant wedding estates, they should look no further than Ridgeland Mansion. Built in 1719 in the Philadelphia Federal style, Ridgeland Mansion sits in the center of Fairmount Park with five acres of cobblestone pathways, water fountains, and lush gardens.

While most outdoor wedding venues are privately owned, rental fees for marriage rites held at Ridgeland Mansion directly support the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia. This non-profit organization strives to provide education and emotional support for people who had their lives impacted by cancer. Ceremonies are limited to 300 guests or fewer. 

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Historic Strawberry Mansion

2450 Strawberry Mansion Dr, Philadelphia

With picturesque views of the nearby gardens and cityscape, the Historic Strawberry Mansion has earned its place as one of the most charming venues in Philadelphia.

As one of the most notable wedding estates in the city and the largest of seven historical Fairmount Park houses, the Historical Strawberry Mansion was originally built in 1789 by William Lewis as a summer home across the Schuylkill River. The house gained its name after being a place that served strawberries and cream to the city’s locals. The Historic Strawberry Mansion accommodates up to 250 guests for romantic occasions.

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Hidden Gems

If you’ve read about them but still find yourself wanting something else besides garden wedding venues and wedding estates, don’t force yourself to settle for either of those options. The City of Brotherly Love has plenty of spaces for couples who prefer more of a unique experience for their upcoming romantic occasions.

 

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John F. Collins Park

1707 Chestnut St, Philadelphia

Couples who are more specifically searching for affordable wedding venues in Philadelphia should consider John F. Collins Park. The William Foundation funded the park’s construction and finished construction by 1979.

Unlike other venues in Philadelphia, John F. Collins Park is located right within the business district of Center City and adjacent to some of the busiest streets. John F. Collins Park can only host up to 70 seated guests, but still surrounds them with miniature fountains, blooming flowers and cozy stone benches.

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American Swedish Historical Museum

1900 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia

Located in Southern Philadelphia within Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, the American Swedish Historical Museum is an ideal option for brides and grooms who are searching for unique outside wedding venues.

The building’s design was inspired by Ericsberg Castle and resonates with the style of wedding estates. The public galleries of paintings, furniture, and textiles at the American Swedish Historical Museum are open for guests during these romantic occasions. Weddings taking place in the outdoor terrace are limited to 200 guests or fewer. 

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The Philadelphia Cricket Club

415 W Willow Grove Ave, Philadelphia

Founded in 1854, The Philadelphia Cricket Club exists as the oldest country club in the United States and is located thirty minutes away from Center City.

The Philadelphia Cricket Club’s red brick patio provides breathtaking views of the nearby woods and landscape, proving itself as one of the city’s most elegant outdoor wedding venues. Ceremonies held during the summer season may even have the views of the Great Lawn being transitioned into manicured tennis courts. Weddings are available to be held year-round with 250 guests or fewer.

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Betsy Ross House

239 Arch St, Philadelphia

The Betsy Ross House is perfect for any brides and grooms who want to skip out on the garden wedding venues and wedding estates in favor of having more of a historical experience in the heart of the Old City. Couples can even invite historical reenactors to mingle with their guests!

Located within walking distance of Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and Elfreth’s Alley, the Betsy Ross house can accommodate up to 130 guests on its cobblestone courtyards and other outdoor spaces.

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The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

19 South 22nd St, Philadelphia

Constructed in 1908 in the New Beaux-Arts Style by Cope and Stewardson, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia is the oldest private medical society in the United States since 1787.

Located in the Rittenhouse-Fitler Historic District, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia has shown itself as one of the most exquisite venues for an outdoor wedding in the City of Brotherly Love. Couples can take their photographs in the herb garden, surrounded by pebble walkways and sweetheart benches. Outdoor events are limited to 200 guests or fewer.

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Final Thoughts

If you have specific questions about any of these outdoor wedding venues, don’t let yourself sit in wonder. Reach out to any of the event coordinators and they’ll be more than happy to answer your questions.

If you have decided on a particular venue for your special day, let us know where and why in the comments!

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