UNIQUE venues in Philly/NJ

posted 3 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
1207 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@khaleesi:  commenting to follow! I’m pretty much stumped. Have you looked at the Cira center or any of the Cescaphe venues?

Post # 6
40 posts

Morris Arboretum:


This is what we’re doing – technically in the city, beautiful natural looking gardens (formal ones as well), interesting history, seats 175ish in a patio tent attached to an old stone building, parking available for guests


i was surprised at how quickly it books – check it out asap if you’re interested







The Barn @ Ridgeland Mansion:


I really wanted to rent out this mansion complex in fairmount park but we would have had to rent a tent as well because of how many people we have…. http://www.cancersupport-phila.org/facility.htm 



it’s a bit more DIY but it’s intimate, no required vendors, flexible time frame, in fairmout park, on a quiet drive that ends a half mile away at a another Chamounix Mansion (now a hostel) which you could even rent out completely for your guests – http://www.philahostel.org/ 


also it’s tax deductible at Ridgeland and goes to a good cause!!  my MIL has a great support group there!




I also LOVED LOVED Smith Playground – the most beautiful space to dance in I could imagine – historic, elegant – but without the cheap “bling” of a lof of wedding halls… parking available, in fairmount park but our large group would be pushing the limits here without a tent… still… i would have loved having it here







I wanted something where we weren’t dealing with the traffic / crowds downtown, he wanted something in the city, we wanted evening saturday wedding, alcohol allowed, music allowed past 9pm, my family is terrible navigating the city so we needed simple location / parking, we also needed handicapped access – so no tents without stable floors…. so these were our favorites.  Check out Belmont Mansion and the Penn Museum.


good luck!  feel free to message me with any questions 🙂


Post # 8
3514 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@khaleesi:  Ohhh then you’ll fine soo many placese!!! One place I looked during my search was the Knowlton Mansion!! Check it out it’s soo cozy but big at the same time!


Post # 9
5518 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@khaleesi:  if I had a local wedding I wouldve gotten married at the Penn Museum. 

Post # 10
5518 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

Other kickass spots:

Franklin Institute


Kimmel Center

Magic Gardens

Post # 11
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

In NJ:

Newark Museum (they open an exhibit of your choice for your guests to browse during the reception)

Reeves Reed Arboretum (had my bridal shower there, it’s lovely!)

The Castle at Skyland Manor



Post # 12
27 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

NJ venues:

Grounds for Sculpture: http://www.groundsforsculpture.org/

I was married here and there are so many good things I could say about the venue and the event team. GFS is a 37.5 acre sculpture park which makes for amazing wedding photos. I opted to get married in the 9 Muses sculpture with reception in the Seward Johnson Center.  If you have any questions, PM me.

Laurita Wintery: http://www.lauritawinery.com/

I actually thought this venue was beautiful and rustic but unfortunately, a little too far from my home.

Post # 14
2264 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@khaleesi:  I would check out Cescaphe venues. You may have to stretch your budget, though. OR, if you’re willing to do a Friday night wedding, you might be able to make that happen! I know the Franklin Institute (at least on Saturdays during peak season) is now up in the $160 per person range for even their most basic package. The Camden Aquarium might be cool, but the area isn’t that great so see what you can do to arrange parking if you look at it. What kind of “feel” are you going for? Rustic? Traditional? Modern? It might help us to guide you! Good luck 🙂 Venue shopping is so fun!

Post # 15
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@khaleesi:  I’ve heard of a lot of high schools doing proms at the aquarium so it has to be pretty reasonable. Or at least they would work with you. 

Post # 16
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We are getting married at the Please Touch Museum.  Hello, indoor carousel that will be running for the cocktail hour… How could we turn that down?  (It’s such a fun venue, seriously)

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