Philadelphia offers many options for young couples planning their wedding day. There are many ballrooms and halls that would be an easy solution, but why not take advantage of the best of Philadelphia and embrace what makes the city so special? The city is undoubtedly one of the most historic ones in the country, filled with beautiful architecture that is both traditional and contemporary. With so many unique venues, museums and landmarks, the possibilities are endless. Make your day one that no one will ever forget with these five great venues for a fall wedding in Philly.
Celebrate your special day in Philadelphia’s most famous historical museum, The Franklin Institute. Enjoy a unique experience with friends and family surrounded by the world’s greatest inventions inside the grand architecture of the museum. You can enjoy pre-ceremony cocktails in any of the museum’s interactive galleries, then attend the ceremony on the Institute’s rooftop deck which overlooks Philadelphia’s famous and beautiful Ben Franklin Parkway. Turn the planetarium into the ultimate dance floor under the stars and dance the night away on your special day. There is so much to see and enjoy that your guests will remember your night as the wedding of a lifetime.
The Horticulture Center
Fairmount Park Conservancy
1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1670
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Horticulture Center makes a beautiful setting for any event, but the venue makes an especially spectacular backdrop for your fall wedding. The greenhouse is located in Fairmount Park, the nation’s oldest urban park. The hall holds up to 1,200 guests with both indoor and outdoor space for entertaining. Your wedding will be catered by the renowned restauranteur Stephen Starr – guaranteeing delicious cuisine and exceptional service.
401 South Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Spend your wedding day on the Philadelphia waterfront this fall in one of Philadelphia’s most popular landmarks, The Moshulu. This famous sailing vessel is the oldest and largest boat still on water and was considered state-of-the-art when it was first built in 1904. The Moshulu offers tented space or open decks plus private rooms for your guests to enjoy on your joyous occasion. The Moshulu is docked on Penn’s Landing and overlooks the Ben Franklin Bridge, which makes for a fabulous setting for the most important day of your life.
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building
128 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
PAFA offers an intimate setting for a small wedding and the contemporary space is both elegant and unique. PAFA offers full event planning resources with a menu specific to your personal taste. The museum makes a beautiful and unique backdrop for wedding photos that you will cherish for a lifetime.
Terrain at Styer’s
914 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA 19342
The creators of Urban Outfitters are the brains behind Terrain at Styer’s, a home and garden store with a beautifully restored greenhouse. This place makes for a gorgeous venue and the perfect setting to celebrate both love and nature. If you adore the outdoors and want an earthy bohemian vibe with an elegant presentation, then Terrain at Styer’s in Glen Mills is the perfect place.
Christina Thompson is a freelance writer living in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.