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30 Stunning Venues for Your Non-Country Club Wedding

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Between budget constraints and the guest list, wedding planning can get downright ugly. Presented in alphabetical order, these 30 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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1. Andalusia

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1237 State Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
(215) 245-5479
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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.

2. Atrium at the Curtis Center

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601 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 238-5750
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The highlights of this historic 12-story atrium next to Washington Square Park? A 750-square-foot Maxfield Parrish Tiffany mosaic mural, a two-story waterfall fountain, and inlaid marble flooring.
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3. Bartram's Garden

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54th St. and Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 729-5281
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Tie the knot among garden grounds that once inspired luminaries like Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.

4. Christ Church

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20 N American St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-1695
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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.

5. Belmont Mansion

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2000 Belmont Mansion Dr
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 878-8844
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The grounds of this eighteenth-century, Palladian-style mansion offer an awesome view of the Philly skyline.

6. College of Physicians of Philadelphia

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19 S 22nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 563-3737
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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.

7. Colonial Dames

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1630 Latimer St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 735–6737
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Tucked away on Latimer Street, the NSCDA's headquarters is one of Philadelphia's oldest colonial buildings.

8. Curtis Arboretum

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1250 Church Road
Wyncote, PA 19095
(215) 885-2428
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Once the "music room" of the Curtis estate, Curtis Hall sits on a 45-acre arboretum in Wyncote.

9. Eastern State Penitentiary

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2027 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 236-3300
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A nod to spending the rest of your life in marriage lock down, couples can get hitched just steps from Al Capone's cell at this historic prison in Fairmount.
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10. Fairmount Park Horticultural Center

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North Horticultural Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19131
(267) 886-1472
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Want to dance under the moonlight in this popular Fairmount Park greenhouse? Better get in line—so does everyone else.

11. The Franklin Institute

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222 N 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 448-1200
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Ben Franklin knows that's your third piece of wedding cake. Ben Franklin approves.

12. Front & Palmer

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1750 North Front Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 634-3002
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Seat up to 250 of your closest friends and family members at this former barrel factory in South Kensington. Complemented by elegant chandeliers, 35-foot-tall ceilings and wooden floors add to the decor of the loft space.
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13. Glen Foerd Mansion

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5001 Grant Ave
Philadelphia, PA 11914
(215) 632-5330
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This Victorian mansion houses an art gallery featuring works by Rembrandt, Monet, and van Gogh.

14. Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park

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1023 Sycamore Mills Road
Media, PA 19063
(610) 892-3908
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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.

15. Mask and Wig Clubroom

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310 South Quince Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 586-3729
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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.

16. Material Culture

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4700 Wissahickon Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(215) 849-8030
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More aptly known as a sprawling emporium housing imported home goods and furniture, Material Culture is located within Atwater Kent Radio Factory's 60,000-square-foot former train garage in East Falls. There's no need to gild the lily here; the store's globally-sourced wares are decor enough.
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17. Morris Arboretum

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100 E. Northwestern Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 247-5777
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Part of UPenn, the Morris Arboretum is a 92-acre historic public garden near Chestnut Hill.

18. Moshulu

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401 S Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 923-2500
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This floating restaurant in Penn's Landing doubles as the world's largest four-masted sailing ship still afloat.

19. Philadelphia City Hall

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1 Penn Square
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 686-0321
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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.

20. Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

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1020 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 733-0390
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Get hitched within Isaiah Zagar's iconic labyrinth of mirror mosaics and sculptures.

21. Philadelphia Zoo

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3400 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 243-1100
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Couples in search of something outside the ordinary can wed in front of a life-sized rain forest tree within the zoo's Treehouse.
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22. Physick House

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321 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA
(610) 316-6272
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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.

23. Powel House

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244 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-0364
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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.

24. Ridgeland Mansion

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4200 Chamounix Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19131
(267) 297-0125
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The proceeds from renting Ridgeland Mansion benefit the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia.

25. Stotesbury Mansion

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1923 Walnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
(215) 567-2910
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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.

26. Terrain at Styer's

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914 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA 19342
(610) 459-2400
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URBN Inc.'s garden brand, Terrain, is a fitting backdrop for the DIY/garden wedding aesthetic. Take a cue from sister brand BHLDN if you want to create the perfect table setting.

27. Trust

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249 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 592-8400
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You'll probably recognize this 10,000-square-foot venue in Old City as the scene of the crime for Real World: Philadelphia.
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28. Water Works Restaurant & Lounge

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640 Water Works Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 236-9000
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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.

29. The Woodlands

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4000 Woodland Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 386-2181
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Embrace the good vibes of over 30,000 deceased well-wishers.

30. Urban Outfitters HQ at The Navy Yard

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5000 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19112
(215) 843-9273
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Devotees of the Urban Outfitters brand can recite their vows at the company's Philly headquarters in the Navy Yard.
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1. Andalusia

1237 State Road, Bensalem, PA 19020
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.
1237 State Road
Bensalem, PA 19020

2. Atrium at the Curtis Center

601 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
The highlights of this historic 12-story atrium next to Washington Square Park? A 750-square-foot Maxfield Parrish Tiffany mosaic mural, a two-story waterfall fountain, and inlaid marble flooring.
[Image credit: Cescaphe Event Group]
601 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

3. Bartram's Garden

54th St. and Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19143
Tie the knot among garden grounds that once inspired luminaries like Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.
54th St. and Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19143

4. Christ Church

20 N American St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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.
20 N American St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

5. Belmont Mansion

2000 Belmont Mansion Dr, Philadelphia, PA
The grounds of this eighteenth-century, Palladian-style mansion offer an awesome view of the Philly skyline.
2000 Belmont Mansion Dr
Philadelphia, PA

6. College of Physicians of Philadelphia

19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
A chance at an after-hours tour of the Mütter Museum will make it a little easier to endure longwinded wedding vows.
19 S 22nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

7. Colonial Dames

1630 Latimer St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tucked away on Latimer Street, the NSCDA's headquarters is one of Philadelphia's oldest colonial buildings.
1630 Latimer St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

8. Curtis Arboretum

1250 Church Road, Wyncote, PA 19095
Once the "music room" of the Curtis estate, Curtis Hall sits on a 45-acre arboretum in Wyncote.
1250 Church Road
Wyncote, PA 19095

9. Eastern State Penitentiary

2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
A nod to spending the rest of your life in marriage lock down, couples can get hitched just steps from Al Capone's cell at this historic prison in Fairmount.
[Image credit: Allebach Photography for Eastern State Penitentiary]
2027 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130

10. Fairmount Park Horticultural Center

North Horticultural Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Want to dance under the moonlight in this popular Fairmount Park greenhouse? Better get in line—so does everyone else.
North Horticultural Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19131

11. The Franklin Institute

222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Ben Franklin knows that's your third piece of wedding cake. Ben Franklin approves.
222 N 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

12. Front & Palmer

1750 North Front Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Seat up to 250 of your closest friends and family members at this former barrel factory in South Kensington. Complemented by elegant chandeliers, 35-foot-tall ceilings and wooden floors add to the decor of the loft space.
[Image credit: Front & Palmer]
1750 North Front Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

13. Glen Foerd Mansion

5001 Grant Ave, Philadelphia, PA 11914
This Victorian mansion houses an art gallery featuring works by Rembrandt, Monet, and van Gogh.
5001 Grant Ave
Philadelphia, PA 11914

14. Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park

1023 Sycamore Mills Road, Media, PA 19063
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.
1023 Sycamore Mills Road
Media, PA 19063

15. Mask and Wig Clubroom

310 South Quince Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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.
310 South Quince Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

16. Material Culture

4700 Wissahickon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144
More aptly known as a sprawling emporium housing imported home goods and furniture, Material Culture is located within Atwater Kent Radio Factory's 60,000-square-foot former train garage in East Falls. There's no need to gild the lily here; the store's globally-sourced wares are decor enough.
[Image credit: Peach Plum Pear Photography]
4700 Wissahickon Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

17. Morris Arboretum

100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118