Styled Advice: Philadelphia’s Top Hidden Gem Wedding Venues
Free Library on the Parkway: Home to over 7 million volumes and known as the highlight of Philadelphia’s intercity libraries, the Free Library on the Parkway offers three completely unique spaces. The Main Lobby has magnificent architecture reminiscent of the 1920s when the Library was built, the Skyline Room is the Library’s most modern space, and the Terrace has some of the very best views of the city. We also love that Brulee Catering is the exclusive caterer, and the Library is located in the heart of the city’s museum district.
the Logan: Opening in November 2015, the city’s newest event space is the Logan. Part of the Hilton’s Curio luxury collection of hotels, the Logan promises to be a preeminent destination for modern events in Philadelphia. We love the sleek, chic design of the ballroom, and we’re also so excited for the farm-to-table catering selections. Plus, you, your groom, and your guests can also stay at the hotel once your wedding day has come to a close.
New Liberty Distillery: Located next to the Crane Arts building, New Liberty Distillery functions as a working whiskey distillery as well as a superior event space in the city managed by STARR Events. Prior to its transformation, the space once functioned as stable, and all of the vintage features have remained intact. As a result, New Liberty Distillery has a rustic, industrial vibe well suited for a vintage event infused with eclectically cool elegance.
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The Olde Bar & Historic 125 Walnut Street: Perfect for intimate weddings and rehearsal dinners, The Olde Bar is reminiscent of its predecessor, Bookbinder’s. Featuring contemporary cocktails and a traditional seafood menu, we love this venue because Chef Jose Garces is at the helm, plus the Gettysburg Address is inscribed inside. Additionally, the building also boasts 125 Walnut Street, which is home to the Blackburn Room and Vessel Room for larger weddings. All three of these Olde City spaces are historic and can be completely styled and transformed – the best combination!
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ACE Conference Center: ACE is far more than conferences. Instead, it’s an ideal location for larger weddings because the venue can accommodate up to 300 guests. Situated amongst 300 acres of woodlands, ACE feels as though it’s much further away from the city, yet we love that it’s only 30 minutes from downtown Philadelphia. Plan to host your ceremony, reception, and after party on site in one of two ballrooms with catering provided by Wolfgang Puck. Our favorite feature of the property is definitely the terraces complete with fireplaces and golf course views.
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The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm: Located in quaint New Hope and minutes from Peddler’s Village in Bucks County, PA is The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm. Iron gates welcome you and your guests to the property where horses and farm animals roam and gardens are scattered throughout the property. The Inn is historic and quaint, yet it’s also completely elegant and opulent. We love that your ceremony can take place overlooking any of the gardens or the inn, and your reception can be tented or housed in the property’s barn.
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The Farm at Eagles Ridge: If you have followed us for quite a while, you already know how much we adore The Farm at Eagles Ridge (we’ve featured the venue here!). The farm is one of the most stunning barn venues, and it’s located in Lancaster, PA. We love the classic red barn, exposed wood beams, and rustic elegant chandeliers of the interior. We also encourage couples to plan outdoor ceremonies on the 150 acres of outdoor land. With smaller spaces on site, you can also host your rehearsal dinner or post-wedding brunch on site too!
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Lauxmont Farms: Lauxmont Farms is an equestrian center located in Wrightsville, PA. The beautiful rustic venue features gorgeous views of the rolling hills of the property and Susquehanna River beyond, and we love that all of the gardens are pristinely maintained. Lauxmont Farms has four distinct spaces within the property: the soaring Rotunda, old world Cobblestone Courtyard, and ethereal and organic Japanese and Sunken Gardens. Plan to host your ceremony and reception onsite inside the Rotunda or outside beneath a tent strung with lights.
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The Philander Chase Knox Estate: The only venue located within Valley Forge National Park, we’re so thrilled The Philander Chase Knox Estate is now hosting weddings and events! Because the estate is located within the park, the grounds are both perfectly manicured and completely historic. Plan to get ready on site at the estate before your ceremony overlooking the park. Mingle with guests outside during cocktail hour on the patio, and then move inside the tent. The space can be completely transformed, and we love that the property’s official caterer is Robert Ryan Catering.
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Thousand Acre Farm: Overlooking the Delaware River an hour outside of Philadelphia is Thousand Acre Farm. The inside of this beautiful barn features farm tables, stunning fireplaces, and water views from every window. A working farm, Thousand Acre Farm is a wonderful option for brides and grooms planning a rustic celebration. We also love that your ceremony can take place beneath the venue’s gazebo overlooking the river.
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The Winery at Elk Manor: Located just over an hour outside of Philadelphia, The Winery at Elk Manor is breathtaking. With unparalleled views of the Chesapeake Bay, we love that brides and grooms can get ready onsite at the Manor House or the cottage by the venue’s beach. Ceremonies can take place overlooking the Bay, house, or vineyards, and cocktail hour always follows on the grounds. You and your guests will then move into a tent that we cannot wait to style, which is the best way to enjoy an outdoor wedding reception!