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The Fairmount Park Horticultural Center. Image credit: Stephen Starr Events
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23 Amazing Venues for Your Non-Country Club Wedding

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The Fairmount Park Horticultural Center. Image credit: Stephen Starr Events

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Between budget constraints and the guest list, wedding planning can get downright ugly. Presented in alphabetical order, these 23 Philadelphia-area wedding venues can prettify even the unholiest of nuptial melodramas, whether you're seeking a historical setting, a waterfront ceremony, or something a little quirkier.

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Andalusia

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With its sprawling lawns and manicured gardens, Andalusia is like something out of a fairytale; but the cost of holding a wedding at this historic waterfront property will bring you back to reality.

Bartram's Garden

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Tie the knot among garden grounds that once inspired luminaries like Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.

Christ Church

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Founded in 1695, Christ Church was sanctum to parishioners Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross. Franklin is buried in its burial grounds, three blocks from the church.

Belmont Mansion

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The grounds of this eighteenth-century, Palladian-style mansion offer an awesome view of the Philly skyline.

College of Physicians of Philadelphia

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A chance at an after-hours tour of the Mütter Museum will make it a little easier to endure longwinded wedding vows.

Colonial Dames

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Tucked away on Latimer Street, the NSCDA's headquarters is one of Philadelphia's oldest colonial buildings.

Curtis Arboretum

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Once the "music room" of the Curtis estate, Curtis Hall sits on a 45-acre arboretum in Wyncote.

Fairmount Park Horticultural Center

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Want to dance under the moonlight in this popular Fairmount Park greenhouse? Better get in line—so does everyone else.

The Franklin Institute

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Ben Franklin knows that's your third piece of wedding cake. Ben Franklin approves.

Glen Foerd Mansion

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This Victorian mansion houses an art gallery featuring works by Rembrandt, Monet, and van Gogh.

Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park

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Ridley Creek State Park is home to Hunting Hill Mansion, an English-Tudor style mansion-house that sits on 2,000 acres of lawn and forest.

Mask and Wig Clubroom

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Part ski lodge, part reception hall, the Mag and Wig Clubroom comes complete with dark wood paneling, a baby grand piano, a bar and fireplace, and antler chandeliers.

Morris Arboretum

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Part of UPenn, the Morris Arboretum is a 92-acre historic public garden near Chestnut Hill.

Moshulu

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This floating restaurant in Penn's Landing doubles as the world's largest four-masted sailing ship still afloat.

Philadelphia City Hall

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If the thought of place cards and entertaining distant relatives is enough to give you hives, consider a quickie marriage at City Hall.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

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Get hitched within Isaiah Zagar's iconic labyrinth of mirror mosaics and sculptures.

Physick House

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Physick House appeals to history buffs as the only freestanding Federal townhouse remaining in the Society Hill section of the city.

Powel House

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Purchased in 1769 by wealthy colonials Samuel and Elizabeth Willing Powel, the Powel House hosted notable figures like Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and John Adams.

Ridgeland Mansion

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The proceeds from renting Ridgeland Mansion benefit the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia.

Stotesbury Mansion

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During the Prohibition, the owners of this Rittenhouse Square mansion installed a mirror maze and hidden doors to divert authorities from their wild parties.

Terrain at Styer's

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URBN Inc.'s garden brand, Terrain, is a fitting backdrop for the DIY/garden wedding aesthetic.

Water Works Restaurant & Lounge

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Between the bride and groom and views of the Schuylkill River, Boathouse Row, and the Art Museum, guests will have plenty to ogle.

The Woodlands

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Embrace the good vibes of over 30,000 deceased well-wishers.

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Andalusia

With its sprawling lawns and manicured gardens, Andalusia is like something out of a fairytale; but the cost of holding a wedding at this historic waterfront property will bring you back to reality.

Bartram's Garden

Tie the knot among garden grounds that once inspired luminaries like Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.

Christ Church

Founded in 1695, Christ Church was sanctum to parishioners Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross. Franklin is buried in its burial grounds, three blocks from the church.

Belmont Mansion

The grounds of this eighteenth-century, Palladian-style mansion offer an awesome view of the Philly skyline.

College of Physicians of Philadelphia

A chance at an after-hours tour of the Mütter Museum will make it a little easier to endure longwinded wedding vows.

Colonial Dames

Tucked away on Latimer Street, the NSCDA's headquarters is one of Philadelphia's oldest colonial buildings.

Curtis Arboretum

Once the "music room" of the Curtis estate, Curtis Hall sits on a 45-acre arboretum in Wyncote.

Fairmount Park Horticultural Center

Want to dance under the moonlight in this popular Fairmount Park greenhouse? Better get in line—so does everyone else.

The Franklin Institute

Ben Franklin knows that's your third piece of wedding cake. Ben Franklin approves.

Glen Foerd Mansion

This Victorian mansion houses an art gallery featuring works by Rembrandt, Monet, and van Gogh.

Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park is home to Hunting Hill Mansion, an English-Tudor style mansion-house that sits on 2,000 acres of lawn and forest.

Mask and Wig Clubroom