Interracial-friendly venues in PA

posted 3 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MusicalSLP:  I don’t think there’s any way to know if a venue is interracial friendly until you go for a meeting and see how you are treated. I will preface this by saying I am white and married to a white man so I don’t have the experiences you do so take what I say with a grain of salt.  I wouldn’t discount a venue because the pictures only have white couples in them.  It could be the area is predominantly white and they just happen to have mostly white couples to use in their marketing materials.  It doesn’t mean they aren’t interracial friendly (though it of course could, but again I don’t think you will know that until you visit).

Best of luck in finding a venue!

Post # 4
2381 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Most venue pictures almost always only have white couples.   just find one you like and go for a meeting

Post # 5
2701 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MusicalSLP:  Riveredge in Reading, PA. We weren’t an interracial couple but our officiant is black, we are white.

Post # 6
2657 posts
Sugar bee

@MrsWBS:  +1

My FI grew up in PA and his area was and still is predominantly white.  If you’re searching in an area like his, chances are there just isn’t as much demand from non-white couples.  This isn’t a knock on the region or the venues, it’s just demographics.  I’d just speak with and visit the venues, because I think you’ll find that they’re just as welcoming to you as to the next couple that walks in.  Although I’m white and can only speak from this perspective, in the many times I’ve visited PA I’ve never heard any negative racial commentary from residents.

Post # 8
10886 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I would not worry about the fact that many of the photos that you’re seeing on the website depict Caucasian couples.  I say this not  because intentionally showing diversity in an organization’s marketing materials is not important, because, as a communicator, I know it is very  important, and it’s something for which I always strived in the materials I was responsible for creating. 

However, I suspect that what you’re seeing is based primarily on the fact that these venues are located in areas with less diverse poulations — as well as a general “cluelessness” on the part of whoever is choosing photos for the organization’s marketing materials. I doubt that most of these venues would actually be resistant to serving more diverse populations.

ETA:  Oops! I just noticed that the link I shared that popped up in my Google search for weddings and Pocono resorts actually was from Colorado! Sorry about that! 

Post # 9
1470 posts
Bumble bee

I’m from Philadephia, Pa (Chestnut Hill) and I’m black/Latina. My family is intercultural, but everyone’s some shade of brown so it isn’t a racial split. I will say I’d never really seen an interracial couple growing up in my area…or very much diversity period (very homegenously white community). I know things are a’changin’ lol and I haven’t lived there in a decade but I’m not that old (28) and I will say definitely in the more Main Line/outer city/suburban areas interracial couples and diversity are rare. If I were you, I’d go into downtown Philly. My cousin had a beautiful wedding at the Westin, it was metropolitan, sophisticated and everyone was extremely friendly…and I think it might just be at your price point!

Post # 10
765 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012


We were married here.

We got married in November and I have some amazing outdoor shots from our wedding. Our wedding was fall themed too. As far as your concerns about racially friendly venues, you’d have to go to speak with the venue. Larrissa was wonderful at Stokesay. We were not an interracial couple but we got the recommendation from an interracial couple if that helps.

Good luck!


Post # 11
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m African American and my family lives in Bucks County,PA. We are originally from NYC ( I still live there part time for work).  The area is predominately white but I’ve met some of the nicest people here. Not everyone is, just like anywhere, but I really do not believe you will find the old-timey mentality on interracial couples here. In fact, I see more interracial couples here and in Philadelphia than I do in NYC. Regarding the marketing used on the sites- I wouldn’t let that determine the attitude towards couples.   I will say though that while weddings here are cheaper than NYC and LI, it’s not by much. If a place is significantly cheaper, it is because it is excluding a lot (like say tax and gratuity)




Anyway, I’d suggest the Aldie Mansion with all the criteria you have.




Good luck and hope you have a wonderful time here!


Post # 13
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I LOVED my wedding venue – the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.  I can’t speak to whether or not they’d be inter-racial friendly, but honestly I can’t imagine they wouldn’t.  The venue holds the amount of people you need, the caterers are super awesome to work with and should have no trouble staying within your price range, you provide your own alcohol, it’s right outside Valley Forge National Park and the two long walls in the reception venue are all glass, so you’ll have gorgeous foliage views!

Post # 14
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MusicalSLP:  I went to a wedding at the Morris Arboretum in Philly. The couple had arranged it so guests could come early and tour the grounds before the wedding. Unfortunately, it poured rain with thunder and lightening that day, so we were under a tent, but it seemed like a pretty place for a wedding!  

Don’t get turned off by the lack of diversity in pics. FI and I are inter-ethnic, and the place we’re getting married in Maine didn’t have diverse pictures up, but they’ve been totally normal. It helps that I have a name that makes it obvious that I’m not Caucasian, so I can get a read on people before I have to meet them!

Good luck!

Post # 16
26 posts
  • Wedding: October 2014

Oh sorry I didn’t see you had mentioned Woodloch! I’m white myself so I can’t say that I’ve personally experienced any strife there but I can attest to going for dinners there the groups/families are a lot less whitewashed!

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