Top Unique Wedding Venues in Philadelphia
It can be so easy to get lost in the sea of venues in eastern Pennsylvania. With so many to choose from, your most exciting wedding planning task can quickly go from exciting to a chore. With this in mind, I've narrowed down a list for you of the most unique wedding venues in eastern Pennsylvania.
Each of these venues comes with it the most curious visuals, experiences, designs, and elegance to delight you and your guests. As a wedding photographer in Philadelphia, I had a crazy time making this list (honestly--I could probably make it a mile long). Beyond a normal wedding day that your venue will provide, I've selected these to especially spice things up with unique and dazzling photo opportunities to capture the dancing, dreaming, and love for years to come.
This list isn't exhaustive, but hopefully it will help you get started so you can get your mood boards ready for an unforgettable day.
FRENCH ART GALLERY GARDEN FAIRYTALE
This elegant estate is located just outside of Philadelphia. Teeming with history and elegant architectural details, you’ll feel the splendor and royal charm of a timeless era when walking these beautiful gardens. Tyler Gardens is worthy of a fairy tale romance and a showstopper for a grand celebration.
With several gorgeous outdoor backdrops to choose from, you have your pick of which fountain to get married in front of. The lower fountain offers a larger space on sprawling grass with a view of gorgeous twin staircases, while the upper fountain offers a living wall and a stunning view.
The Open Aire Affairs team specializes your package for your wedding size and desires. The rental fee covers a 5-hour event with exclusivity with the gardens and 2 additional hours prior for photography, their wedding suite, tables, mahogany chiavari chairs, additional tables for seating or accessories, as well as sparkling string lighting & chandeliers and access to their patio & fire pit. Though this venue has a garden party feel, have no fear—they also boast attached finished bathrooms and heating or fans depending on the time of year and weather.
Want to learn more about Tyler Gardens and get all the details you need to plan an elegant, fairytale wedding right outside Philadelphia? Check out my full venue guide here.
A COLORFUL BOUTIQUE HOTEL
townley house hotel
Townley House Hotel boasts a mix of aesthetics that blend together seamlessly. Carefully designed, beautiful, and intimate, you can expect your guests to go quiet as they explore the captivating visuals of this historical building.
Host a celebration flooded in natural light between 10-50 guests in this boutique hotel where they can cheers to your union and celebrate before retiring to 16 on-site rooms. There are indoor spaces and outdoor spaces alike, each adorned with intricate details and pops of color.
The cost of this micro-wedding stunner starts at $100 per person on off-peak dates, with a minimum total spend of $2000. The staff is kind and generous with their accommodations, making them highly rated across the board including food, service, and beauty.
A sprawling industrial space
This venue is as much a chic atmosphere as it is a canvas for creativity. Sitting on the top floor of a former textile factory with a stunning view of the Philadelphia skyline, this space can host up to 500 guests. However you picture your wedding, FAME can make it happen. Catering is included, as well as equipment, tables and chairs, and any details you can dream of. Let's not forget the free parking.
A BOTANICAL DAYDREAM IN THE CITY
FAIRMOUNT PARK HORTICULTURE CENTER
This venue has everything the perfect Instagram feed desires--lush historic grounds, gardens, a modern exhibition hall, a breathtaking open greenhouse, and you.
With a few options to choose from, you can find yourself dancing among and below thriving greenery and twinkle lights. You can have what feels like an outdoor wedding, indoors in their magical greenhouse with top shelf food and service.
The starting cost for a wedding day at FPHC starts at $2,500 depending on the time of year, with capacity for 50-300 seated and 50-500 standing.
english castle vibes
parque ridley creek
To describe this venue to you properly would involve some noises that I can't quite spell. Parque boasts ponds, fountains, stonework, open fields, a grand staircase--I could go on. Entering this venue takes you back in time and across the sea to an English-Tudor style bursting with stoneworked elegance.
Their spaces include a stunning oak-paneled ballroom that seats up to 150, a cocktail hour patio against beautiful stone walls, a formal garden and reflecting pond to daydream your vows into, and whispering cedar trees all around. They host a charming wedding suite in which to get ready, filled with natural light and tall windows.
The cost of Parque varies depending on the season, starting at $160 per person for off-peak dates and $180 per person for peak dates.
your wedding is a rock-n-roll party
The Fillmore, most of the time, is a historic concert venue with many event spaces to choose from, accommodating between 50 and 3,000 guests. Celebrate your biggest day walking the same floors as legends such as Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, The Doors, and countless more artists that left their cultural mark on this spot. That's not the only appeal, either--you spend your wedding day admiring colorful lights reflecting off exposed brick and high ceilings for what the venue aptly calls a "rough-cut elegance."
Choose among three concert halls including the Foundry (up to 100 guests), Ajax Hall (up to 300 guests), and the unparallelled Music Hall (up to 3,000 guests). This venue was made for music, so your entertainment will settle right in to state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment.
Contact the venue to get an up-to-date view at their pricing.
a modern french chateau
hotel du village
This venue is pure indulgence--each detail is carefully crafted to reflect the importance of your celebration. No stone is left unturned as each corner reveals a new delight, from elegant fire pits for marshmallows to charming bikes for a sunset step away from your party. Each detail will leave you breathless in their game room, cigar lounge, and cabanas.
Hotel du Village hosts two ballrooms, the Historic Ballroom--a bright, airy room with a capacity for 140 seated and 200 standing that overlooks gardens and an outdoor patio space--and the Colt Ballroom, a darker wood elegant space with a capacity for 200 seated and 350 standing. With on-site rooms and a fairytale atmosphere, Hotel du Village won't disappoint.
The cost for a wedding at Hotel du Village starts at $140 per person for a daytime event and $180 per person for an evening event.