Post # 1
I am a pretty untraditional bride. I want something super unique. With a guest list of around 200 my options are leading me to places I don’t want to go ie. country clubs, hotel ballrooms, gross.
The FH and I want to get married in front of a fire place and have a phonograph playing songs after ceremony, so we want a vintage feel. I am looking at the Mansion at Ridley State Creek Park but was sad to see their non-working fireplace and a laundry list of things you CAN’T do that are must haves for my wedding, for example all decorations must be freestanding, alcohol restrictions galore as far as I can tell, etc.
I am in love with the whole barn wedding thing but the more I think about it the more I want to go vintage, historical hopefully with snow on the ground. Anyone out there looking for the same? Any luck anywhere? Here are some photos I gathered from Ridley Creek that I loved, maybe it will give you some insight.
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Post # 3
I was put off by the ridley state mansion for the same reasons. These are in chester county, but you might want to check out the stone barn and people’s light and theatre. i loved the stone barn venue but i wasn’t terribly impressed with their food options. People’s Light is supposed to be really nice, but it didn’t have my date available to i didn’t check it out myself. I wanted a similar feel but am having a smaller wedding so i went with the kimberton inn and am really excited. happy hunting!
Post # 4
If you’re willing to consider northern DE (almost into Chadds Ford, PA area), take a look at the pics below. (Full disclosure: it’s our venue). Two fireplaces plus vintagey feel (it’s an old estate). I have lots more photos, including the exterior, if it interests you.
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Post # 5
There is some hotel at Lake Nocamixon that my mom rented out for her wedding. It was gorgeous and will be a great setting for a fall/winter ceremony. I can’t remember what it was called though, and it’s too late to call her, sorry!
Update: I got ahold of her, it’s called the Lakehouse Inn or something like that, just outside of Quakertown. The upstairs was similar to what you are looking for, and the fireplace is either upstairs or downstairs; but the rooms are SPA-like (loved staying there!) and the view of the lake is amazing!
Post # 6
Have you heard of Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope? It’s beautiful and sounds like it fits what you’re looking for. We visited the estate while we were hunting for a venue but decided to go a different way. I was very impressed by the venue though and have heard wonderful things about it.
Here’s the link:
Post # 7
@jbaby731: Holly Hedge is a little too obvious for me- and from what I hear its expensive! Thank you though!!!
Post # 8
This looks beautiful… definitely along the lines of what we’re looking for. Not sure if I’d be willing to go as far as Deleware- what is this property called? Where in DE is it? Thanks in advance!
Post # 9
@engine_heart: The photos photographernico posted are of Greenville Country Club. (We got married there too!). It’s in Greenville, DE — about 15 minutes from Wilmington and 15 minutes from Chadds Ford. However, I’m not sure whether they could fit 200 people in the winter — they have an outdoor tented patio that they use in the spring/summer. Definitely worth a look though, it’s a gorgeous place and the wedding coordinator there is fantastic. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 10
Again, full disclosure as this is my venue, but have you looked at Sweetwater Farm in Glen Mills yet?
The property consists of several buildings — one is an old mansion dating back to the 1700’s w/ tons of history and fireplaces in almost every room. very vintagey. there is also a renovated barn on the property that is completely rustic from the outside but w/ modern amenities on the inside that they use for receptions. If you look them up on Facebook you can see tons of pictures (as their website isnt great), and there are some of the manor house and surrounding area in the wintertime. great area as well as very convenient to philly as well as west chester, media, kennett square.
hope this helps!
Post # 11
@MegM: Hi Meg!
I was looking at Sweetwater when we were considering an August Wedding but definitely will have to look into it for the winter thing! Can you send photos? Thanks so much!
Post # 12
I dont know if you have already found your venue but the commonwealth manor in horsham shows pictures in the snow that are beautiful…
I mean the manor house at commonwealth
Post # 13
I was put off by the Stone Barn because of the way the GM spoke to me. He refused to talk to me/answer my questions yet when FI asked the same questions he would answer them. I felt like he kept pushing me aside. That is a problem cause he would only be talking to me mainly for the wedding……
If you like barns, there is a place in Collegeville called The Barn…..we never saw it cause when I contacted them in 2008, they said our date was already booked. We weren’t getting married until December 2010.
We are having ours at Bella Tori in Langhorne, that is to small for you. What about Penn Ryn?
Post # 14
@engine_heart: apologies for the long delay in replying. i unfort dont have any pictures on this computer but if you go onto facebook and look up “Grace Winery” (that is the name of the vineyard/winery on the propery), in the photos section there are many pics of the property, the manor house, as well as the barn (from the outside anyways). hope this helps!
Post # 15
@engineheart: Here is the link to Sweetwater Farm. I didn’t have my wedding there, but my FIL knows the owner. We stayed there the night we got engaged-loved it! We couldn’t consider it for our wedding though, because our guest list was too large (the last I knew, they can only accomodate weddings of approx 140 people). You could still take a look, though, as it is a really pretty place.