12 Unique Venues For A Philadelphia Wedding
Brittney Raine Photography is a local photographer who has captured some of the most unique venues on the east coast (PA, NJ, & NY). Our hometown Philadelphia, PA features many historic and one-of-a-kind spaces. So Philadelphia wedding venues are definitely perfect for couples who are looking to add an unparalleled oneness to their special occasion. Brittney Raine recently shared her personal experience with documenting weddings at some Philadelphia locales, and she also gives an inside glimpse into all of the beauty that is cultivated at each location. We’re so thrilled to share a few of her Philadelphia favorites, so keep scrolling to uncover 12 totally unique wedding venues!
Fairmount Park Horticulture Center (Fairmount, Philadelphia) – link
With catering from Stephen Starr’s own Starr Events, plus one of the only greenhouse venues in the area, the Horticulture Center is a home run. Every time I get the honor of working here, it’s such a joy, and it seems to fit so many different types of couples. It’s the best of both worlds – you’re surrounded by nature, but you don’t have to worry about a rain plan. The grounds are also amazing, with a huge reflecting pool, and acres of trees and greenery to use as your own playground. If you get married here, bring me along please!
Bartram’s Garden (West Philadelphia) – link
One of my favorite venues ever. Tucked away in the middle of nowhere West Philadelphia is Bartram’s Garden, perfect for a garden party style wedding. Your guests can stroll through the country’s oldest botanical garden before making their way over to the tented stone patio to dance the night away. There’s even a view of the city skyline from the meadow nearby! This wedding was featured over on the Wedding Chicks blog – see more from Lexi & Joe’s day here.
Terrain at Styer’s (Glen Mills, PA) – link
Terrain is Anthropologie’s home and garden center, and a great place for trendy couples to tie the knot. Any season, any weather – it’s gorgeous no matter what. For outdoor ceremonies, the white wooden temple is a stunning backdrop, and in inclement weather, the hot house is just as beautiful. They meticulously decorate the grounds with different vignettes and seasonal displays, so there’s always somewhere beautiful to take photos. Couples can get ready in the Kinfolk-y “Mushroom Hut,” and enjoy a seated dinner in the “Garden Shed.” The design team and coordinators are friendly and helpful, and the food is always amazing! Some notable menu items created by the Terrain catering team include a loaded tater tot bar, boozy ice cream floats, homemade hand pies, and a cookies & milk bar. There are a million reasons why this is everyone’s favorite wedding venue!
Power Plant Productions (Old City, Philadelphia) – link
All-white everything – anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with neutral, clean color palettes. This spacious loft-style industrial setting fits the bill, but it can also be transformed into pretty much anything your little heart desires. With white brick walls, high ceilings, and gauzy curtains, it’s a photographer’s dream. There’s ample room to host your ceremony and reception here, but it’s a real show-stopper when guests walk in for the first time to a beautifully laid out room of tables and decor. Consider holding the ceremony outdoors at any of the historic Old City parks, or for a memorable background – try nearby Race St. Pier.
23rd Street Armory (Philadelphia) – link
Raw industrial at its best! This space is absolutely massive – it can fit 1,000 people, so you can invite your family, friends, plus their family and friends, and every rando you know. This space is best when paired with an outdoor ceremony spot (pop-up wedding, anyone?) and a team of vendors with a vision. When styled properly, it’s dreamy and spacious, and has a few smaller classic-looking rooms for your getting ready suite or back-up ceremony location.
Material Culture (East Falls/Germantown, Philadelphia) – link
A magical emporium of international antiques and decorative wares, and a super unique setting for a wedding. You can hang out amongst imported rugs and styled rooms of beautiful, ornate things. Get married underneath the watchful eyes of multi-cultural statues and deities, and have a wedding that’s so quirky, Zooey Deschanel might show up (okay, probably not, but this place just screams “I’m quirky!” in the best way).
Nestled in one of the city’s prettiest neighborhoods, Old City, is the Physick House. It’s great for small, mellow weddings – it fits up to 100 people, and there’s a strict noise ordinance after 9pm. Perfect for a laid back couple having a low key dinner reception, or a cocktail party type celebration. The inside is elaborate and regal, but the private outdoor garden is what makes this venue so great. For a similar setting that’s equally beautiful, check out the Powel House, only a block away.
Down Town Club (Washington Square West, Philadelphia) – link
One of the only stunningly beautiful ballrooms I can think of. No carpet, no weird lighting or awkward paintings staring down at you. Just dark wood floors, white walls, and simple but classic touches. The Cescaphe Event Group is known for their impressive food displays – if you can think it, they can make it. I particularly loved seeing a build your own taco bar, and waiters walking around with mini milkshakes and cups of fries. Genius. They also have killer service and an eye for detail, and it’s located right next to Washington Square Park, so you can utilize it for outdoor portraits.
Bahdeebahdu (Kensington, Philadelphia) – link
A gallery and workshop, Bahdeebahdu is a unique industrial space that can host small weddings for cool people. Featuring the works of R.J. Thornburg and Warren Mulller, this artsy spot is a jaw-dropper in the Kensington/Fishtown area of Philadelphia.
Bok (South Philadelphia) – link
By far, Bok is one of the more unique venues that Philly has to offer. It’s an old vocation school that takes up an entire block. It’s been revived into offices, workspaces, a thriving rooftop bar, and a space for events small and large. The auditorium, featured in these photos, is great for ceremonies or for intimate dinner receptions. There’s a gymnasium that can be transformed into a quirky couple’s dream setting, and a workshop that’s straight out of your Anthropologie dreams. They also do ceremonies up on the roof during select hours, so you can make the most of the absolute stunner of a view.
City Hall (Center City, Philadelphia) – link
Weddings aren’t for everyone. That’s where elopements come into play. Elopements are weddings’ more laid back, low key sister. You can bring up to 8 guests, or you can keep it simple with just the two of you, and meet everyone for dinner afterwards. Elopements are one of my favorite things to photograph, since there’s such an emphasis on the couple, and not on a bunch of traditions that can seem forced. Photos afterwards can take place anywhere, since the world is your oyster on a weekday, but City Hall itself is gorgeous, with marble walls, dramatic stairwells, and seasonal activities outside – like the playful fountain in summer. It’s also important to note that you can elope anywhere – the sky’s the limit (literally). If you’re planning on eloping, contact me!
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