Some of our most-loved blog posts by brides, grooms, and wedding professionals alike are those that highlight venues. We’ve talked about rehearsal dinner locations, city wedding venues, and we’ve shared 16 of our favorite wedding venues overall. So, today, we thought we get specific and highlight wedding venues that feature outdoor as well as indoor space, plus those catering teams that can help you with your private home venue too! Nearly all of them have plenty of space for a tent, plus they all have a little something extra in common: beautiful grounds galore! Join us as we explore these wedding venues that should definitely be on your list in Philadelphia, Delaware, New Jersey, and beyond!
Art and modern architecture collide at the Barnes Foundation. Located on Benjamin Franklin Parkway near The Logan Hotel (see below!) and down the street from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation offers plenty of opportunities to capture photos as well as an outdoor covered terrace that can be used for a ceremony or cocktail hour. . Your guests will love the fireplace, especially if your wedding will be in early spring or the fall!
Located across the Schuylkill River from South Philadelphia, Bartram’s Garden is secluded in a park that has also been named a National Historic Landmark. There are several gardens where you can host your ceremony and cocktail hour, and our favorite feature of the property is their tent, which is a semi- permanent structure. We also must note how beautifully the property blooms during the spring and summer, and the views of Center City just beyond the river are fabulous!
Fairmount Park Horticulture Center:
The Fairmount Park Horticulture Center is one of our most visited spots, and it is for great reason! We love teaming up with the team from Constellation (more about them below!) because we always know the cuisine will be delicious. Plus, the space is a nearly blank canvas. The interior boasts plenty of greenery and paver walkways that can create a look all on their own, but there’s so much opportunity to add flowers, lighting, stationery, lounges, and more. Outside, plan to host your ceremony overlooking Fairmount Park. It’s a beautiful location any time throughout the year, but the spring and fall top our list.
If you’re considering celebrating at a hotel in Center City, look no further than The Logan. The space is located by Logan Square and the famed fountain (a great spot for photos!), and the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Barnes Foundation, Rodin Museum, and Philadelphia Art Museum are steps away. There are multiple ballrooms inside the hotel for events, but you can also host a ceremony and cocktails outside in the courtyard with the lights of The Logan surrounding you while you celebrate.
Part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum celebrates sculpture. Guests will feel as though they have escaped the sounds of the city even though Center City surrounds them. Plan to host your ceremony and reception outside overlooking the gardens and reflecting pool. If you would like to invite guests inside for part of your celebration, the indoor galleries are also an option.
Winterthur Museum & Country Estate:
Located about an hour outside of Philadelphia is Winterthur Museum & Country Estate. The venue might be one you have heard of before because Henry Francis du Mont’s mansion also sits on the property. In terms of weddings, Winterthur Museum & Country Estate boasts 60 acres of garden space. So, it’s not a surprise many couples elect to celebrate their ceremony in one of the gardens, followed by toasts during their reception under a tent in another garden. This property is beautiful!
Greenville County Club:
Greenville Country Club is located minutes from Wilmington, and its steeped in history. Because the clubhouse was originally Eugene du Pont’s residence, the grounds not only feature a golf course but also sprawling gardens perfect for photos. Events are held both inside and outside, and we’re partial to the tent that allows for views of the golf course’s greens. Like we were when we drove in for the first time, we think your guests will be wowed by this location!
When we’re asked to suggest elegant wedding venues, The Ashford Estate always is one of the first that comes to mind. Located in Allentown, New Jersey, the space is set away from the road in between countless trees that are especially beautiful when they are completely green and in full bloom. There are inside spaces available for ceremonies and receptions, including the Barn Chapel and ballroom, but we’re partial to the outdoor areas. As a wonderful bonus, you can also get ready inside The Ashford where you can also stay overnight with several friends and family.
Beach Plum Farm:
The only way to describe Cape May’s Beach Plum Farm is to say it’s idyllic. The team recently opened the Beach Plum Cottages on the property, which are perfect for family members or your wedding party to stay for the weekend for a complete destination experience. Plan to get married outdoors and then follow up your vows with dinner and dancing. Because Beach Plum Farm specializes in farm-to-table cuisine, we can assure you your menu will be delicious!
We can’t help but smile every time we return to Congress Hall. Their striped awnings are iconic, and their yellow palette is completely timeless! We also love when couples opt to celebrate in Cape May. At Congress Hall, you can celebrate inside in the ballroom. However, there are options to dine and dance in a tent too. With the beach located across the street, celebrating outside is our favorite because there’s nothing better than an ocean breeze intertwined with a wedding that features classic and timeless nautical style.
The Park Chateau is located in East Brunswick, New Jersey, which means it’s set in one of the most convenient locations in between New York City and Philadelphia. The space draws inspiration from France, and there are 15 acres of grounds and gardens to explore. With such extensive space available outside, walking down the aisle outdoors is a must. Plus, with the chateau as a backdrop, celebrating in a tent is ideal too.
To put it simply, Natirar is stunning. The venue is home to a mansion and 500 acres of grounds in between New York City and Philadelphia. With that much ground at your fingertips, an outdoor ceremony should be at the top of your list, especially during the spring and summer when flowers will be in bloom. Plus, we think this location would also be stunning during the fall as the leaves change. Once you are officially married, stay outside for your reception that can be designed under a tent with the mansion in the background.
WoodsEdge Farm is home to llamas and alpacas, so it’s safe to say the residents are some of the cutest you could encounter on your wedding day! Plus, the farm is a working farm, which creates another unique element. Plan to walk down the aisle outside surrounded by the grounds of the farm. Then celebrate during your reception outside in a tent or inside in the spacious barn. Plus, your catering will be excellent! Constellation is the exclusive caterer for the property.
Brandywine Manor House:
We may be a bit partial to this venue and its beautiful setting as we planned our Owner’s sister’s wedding here. Multiple ceremony options on the grounds abound, but if the weather is an issue there is a stunning (temperature controlled!) barn as well. The open air tent complete with flooring, draped ceiling and built in bar makes planning your space a breeze. There are multiple caterers to chose from, like our friends at Sage Catering (see below.) With everything you need in one spot it’s an ideal destination.
Barley Sheaf Farm:
We’ve planned a number of weddings at Barley Sheaf Farm, and we always love returning to this quant venue minutes away from Peddler’s Village in Bucks County. Because the property has an inn, you and select guests (or your wedding party!) can plan to stay onsite. On your wedding weekend, plan to host your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception outside. We love when ceremonies are hosted in the field, followed by cocktails, dinner, and dancing in a tent steps away.
Located outside of Philadelphia, celebrating at Cairnwood Estate will make you feel as though you’ve taken a trip to Europe instead. The venue boasts interior spaces, including a bridal suite and groom spaces for you to get ready onsite. Plus, the outdoor terrace has views of the spacious grounds and the option to add a tent. It looks particularly beautiful at night, especially if you add string lights overhead!
Located just outside of Philadelphia on the Main Line in Radnor lies Pomme. You’ve likely spotted this rustic-meets-modern venue on Instagram because their wooden chandeliers are iconic. But, they’re also embracing their wooded outdoor space. With plenty of options, you and your guests will be able to enjoy a gorgeous setting and Peachtree’s renowned catering.
When you combine two savvy sisters, a former church, and a complete vision for a redefined space, you get Pocono Palms! This venue is located in Cresco, Pennsylvania, and we love the style. Inside, you’ll find incredible archways, deep hued exposed beams, and modern chandeliers in the reception space. Outside, you’ll be greeted by a garden perfect for a ceremony and incredible views of the Pocono Mountains. If you’re looking for a space you can transform that has cool style at its core, definitely consider Pocono Palms.
Saucon Valley Country Club:
Saucon Valley Country Club is located near Lehigh, Pennsylvania and Lehigh University, and the classic venue offers two locations for outdoor weddings. First, there’s the South Terrace at Saucon Valley Country Club. Second, there’s a spot minutes away at Weyhill Guest House. We’ve planned celebrations at both locations, and they’re both stunning. If you have timeless style in mind, definitely consider these spaces!
Max Hansen Catering:
For more than thirty years, Chef Max Hansen’s culinary genius has celebrated the freshness and innovation of the American table. Max delivers “food with heart”— delicious cuisine, prepared from locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients and served with personalized attention—so you will long savor the experience. Max provides custom catering at the region’s finest venues, including client-designated destinations throughout Bucks County, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York City.
Constellation Culinary Group:
As we mentioned above, we love working with the team from Constellation. Their catering menus are always so well done, and couples and their guests always have rave reviews. The great thing about them is they have a team that caters at private homes! We’ve turned to them many times, and we love how they come prepared to cook and serve from your home. If you are torn between celebrating at one of their venues in Philadelphia or planning a wedding at a family home, you can bring a taste of the city to a tent in your backyard.
Terrain in the Field:
Terrain at Glen Mills and Terrain at Devon are both known for their garden style venues, and for innovative flavors at their respective Terrain Café locations. The Terrain team is also offering off premise catering, which means you can bring their flavors to a tented soiree at your home. Plus, you can add Terrain’s Design team to transform your backyard or tent into a floral wonderland. What could be better than this combination?
The team as Sage Catering, helmed by Owner/ Chef Greg Shockley, creates custom, distinct and creative menus that are a reflection of each couple they work with. From seated formal dinners, to cocktail style parties and everything in between they have you covered to create the perfect event.
What outdoor wedding venues are you considering? Do you have any you think we should add to our list? Comment below! If you’re planning an indoor/outdoor wedding, we would love to hear more about your celebration.