10 wedding locations in philadelphia

Philadelphia is a great setting for your upcoming wedding. The city is filled with historical venues and unique places to hold your ceremony/reception.

Rich in history and the arts, Philadelphia is an excellent backdrop to consider for a wedding celebration. Whether you're looking to hold your upcoming nuptials at one of the historical centers or at popular attractions such as the Philadelphia Zoo or Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia offers something to make your wedding day unique.

Philadelphia Zoo

For animal lovers or couples seeking a unique safari setting, the Philadelphia Zoo rents several of their animal facilities and garden areas for weddings. Interesting choices include a Treehouse ceremony boasting a rainforest habitat or a ceremony at the Rare Animal Conservation Center and Impala Plaza, where the couple and up to 175 guests can view animals in their habitat through a glass enclosure.

Horticulture Center

The Horticulture Center in Philadelphia offers couples a background rich with tropical flowers and beautiful gardens. A gated community surrounds the center spotted with trees dating back to the 1800's. There are outdoor gardens as well as an indoor greenhouse, allowing weddings for any climate. The indoor dining area's capacity is 250 for seated dinners and a dance floor is also available.


One of Philadelphia's most elegant attractions is the Mosholu, a boat permanently docked at the Penn's Landing Marina. As an AAA Four Diamond recipient, the Moshulu is known for offering award-winning cuisine. Wedding ceremonies are held on one of six outdoor decks and receptions are held on deck or in a private room. The Moshulu handles all catering including beverages and a selection of wedding cakes.

Philopatrian Literary Institute

The Philopatrian Literary Institute is perfect for couples seeking a colonial theme circa the 1800's. The venue was the former home of Mr. & Mrs. Edward T. Stotesbury, a notoriously wealthy couple from the Philadelphia region. Ceremonies can be held in the parlor in front of the "Dolly Madison Fireplace," which was purchased in 1890 from the White House. Receptions can be held in the Lavish Ballroom, complete with a marble fireplace and colonial architecture. The ballroom accommodates up to 125 guests for seated receptions. Catering and entertainment is not handled in-house.

Citizens Bank Park, Home of the Philadelphia Phillies

Couples can hit a home run with a wedding at Citizens Bank Park. Receptions include South Philly inspired cuisine along with a five hour open bar and a wedding cake. Couples can also choose to schedule appearances by Phillies alumni or the Phanatic mascot, or can even express their love on a scoreboard message. Receptions can be held in the upscale Diamond Club or in one of the baseball inspired clubs filled with memorabilia for sports fanatics.

Top of the Tower

Couples seeking a place with a breathtaking view may choose to marry in the Top of the Tower, located on the 50th and 51st floors of the Bell Atlantic Tower. Top of the Tower only hosts one wedding per day to keep the venue exclusive to the couple's needs. Ceremonies are held in the Stonoroy Room with the option to overlook the east or west view of the city. Receptions are held in the Grand Hallway for cocktails and the Furness Forum for dinner, ending back in the Stonoroy Room for dancing.

The Farmhouse at the People's Light and Theater Company

The Farmhouse is a perfect locale for a garden wedding. Ceremony's can be held outdoors, directly on the English Perennial Gardens. The air-conditioned banquet room, opening into a garden terrace is available for receptions and accommodates more than 200 guests. Catering is handled exclusively through Perfect Setting Catering, offering a multitude of dining options.

National Constitution Center

What better way to stress the importance of a wedding? Hold your ceremony in the house of the most important document in the United States. The National Constitution Center offers its Rooftop Terrace as a scenic outdoor venue for your ceremony/reception. The terrace can accommodate up to 200 guests. In colder weather, couples may hold their reception indoors in the 6,000 square foot Delegates' Restaurant and Private Dining Room overlooking the courtyard.

Franklin Institute Science Museum

The Franklin Institute is a unique venue to hold a reception, boasting several different options for ceremonies/receptions within the facility. Pepper Hall (originally the site of the first United States Patent Library) is available for an elegant surrounding. Couples can also choose the popular Franklin Memorial Hall and Bartol Atrium for dinner and dancing. If weather permits, couples may choose to hold their ceremony/reception on the rooftop deck overlooking the Philadelphia skyline.

Racquet Club of Philadelphia

For an upscale affair, couples may choose to hold their ceremony at the exclusive Racquet Club of Philadelphia. The facility has been in business for more than 100 years and is well known as a Philadelphia tradition for elegant affairs. Horace Trumbauer, who also designed the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, designed the club in the late 1800's. The club also utilizes the catering services of the renowned J. Miller Catering Company.

No matter what your preference, Philadelphia has a unique reception venue to cater to your needs.

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