Congratulations on your engagement! You have shared your excitement with your family and friends, and now the time has come to begin planning for your big day. One of the most important decisions you will make is choosing the venue where you will host your wedding.
As you begin your search for a truly magnificent venue that aligns with your style, you will realize there are many swoon-worthy locations to pick from in Philadelphia. Rich in history, fine architecture, and sites to explore, it is no surprise that this incredible city steals the hearts of so many.
As a photographer, I have experienced all of these venues up close and personal, giving me an insider’s perspective of each and every one of these exceptional settings. Each of these eight venues are all no-brainers, thanks to what they effortlessly bring to the table. Here, we break down some of the most exquisite wedding venues around.
Vue on 50
Three Logan Square, 1717 Arch Street, 50th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Say your vows inside the breathtaking Vue on 50. Centered in the heart of Philadelphia on the 50th floor (hence the name) of the Three Logan Square building. Your wedding will be nothing short of sensational. With two spacious ballrooms surrounded by magnificent 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, you and your guests will love the scenic views of the surrounding city.
The natural sunlight streams in during the day and come nighttime the customized indoor lighting illuminates the spacious area magnificently. The cityscape from this aerial vantage point makes for a unique and mesmerizing backdrop that is perfectly suited for your wedding photos.
Make your selection from some of the finest choices of caterers and menus that the city has to offer. The Vue on 50 has an impeccable selection of certified vendors ready and willing to make this a night that will not be forgotten anytime soon.
Leave your worries at the door while the efficient staff takes excellent care of you and your guests. A wedding here will leave you with a lifetime of wonderful memories.
Crystal Tea Room
100 East Penn Square, #9B, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Dance to forever at the Crystal Tea Room located in downtown Philadelphia. This enchanting venue is found within the historic Wanamaker building and is the largest banquet hall around. When guests are greeted, they will be led to the atrium by staff members to enjoy cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres.
Once inside the lovely atrium, your guests will feel as if they are outside, finding themselves surrounded by lush greenery and alluring fountains. Upon entering the grand ballroom, they will notice the exquisite details laced all around the room.
This is every bride’s dream with its classy ballroom and dazzling glass chandelier centered above the hall. The tessellated carpet surrounding the dancefloor compliments one another perfectly. There are dazzling lighting features, lavish curtains that hang from the top of a wall all the way down to the floor, and captivating columns that add the right amount of flair.
The capacity to hold up to 900 guests makes the Crystal Tea Room a remarkable choice for a large-scale wedding. Another feature your guests will appreciate is the convenient onsite parking. You and your guests will be accommodated by the friendly staff, who wait on you hand and foot. The impressive dreamy atmosphere will leave a lasting impression on your heart. It is the perfect setting for the lavish fairytale wedding you have always dreamed of.
The Rittenhouse Hotel
210 West Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103
You will fall head over heels for this gem. Located in the core of Rittenhouse Square, The Rittenhouse Hotel features multiple spaces to tie the knot. If luxury is the style you are going after, then this superior spot is made for you.
Begin your day at a top-notch salon and spa in a luxury setting right inside this sophisticated hotel. Inside the 8,470 square foot grand ballroom, the natural light fills the entire space. Other spaces include the Mary Cassat Tea Room, The Cassat Garden, and the Parkview Suite. You will find sleek dancefloors within, impressive chandeliers, and divine wall panels that are enhanced with customized lighting. Throughout this elegant venue, you will find luscious gold tones intertwined within the building’s architecture.
The catering provides delectable culinary foods of the Lacroix Restaurant with menus designed specifically to your liking. Guests will enjoy the fact they offer 24/7 valet parking and how helpful the staff is. This multi-faceted facility is a classic beauty that packs a ton of charm.
1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Getting hitched? Check into renting out a clubhouse on Boathouse Row. Alongside Schuylkill River, the 19th-century boathouses are available to say your ‘I Dos’ in. The rippling waters glittering underneath the sun and moonlight, are the closest thing to Heaven you might find in Philly’s city limits.
From first inquiring about which boathouse is the right fit from you down to the moment your wedding day arrives, the staff is more than happy to accommodate any of your needs. Take your cocktail party outside on a succulent back porch deck overlooking the river and make your toasts inside later that evening.
The pier is the perfect place for professional photographs that you will cherish forever. The marvelous river will make for the ultimate backdrop. Take in the view at night when the houses are lit up as they produce magnificent reflections in the river.
Freedom Elite Yacht Chart
401 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Sail away on the Freedom Elite Yacht Chart with your soul mate! Plan on dancing the night away under a sky full of stars on their open roof deck with their superb all-around sound system. You’ll feel like a million bucks as the fresh breeze flows by you while cruising down the Delaware River.
Enjoy cutting your delicious cake in the lounge room located in the bow of the boat. Situated nearby is the bar where your guests can grab a drink and enjoy the sunset. There is seating available inside or outside to choose from, all offering sensational views of the city’s skyline.
With a customizable menu and beverage packages, you will have plenty of options to choose from. The private yacht is spacious enough to hold up to 110 guests, and the staff is there and ready to serve at any time during the voyage. Were you looking for a memorable officiant? The captain can handle that for you if you wish. Wave goodbye to the land and enjoy the open water!
One North Broad
One North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
When you first arrive at this spectacular venue, the first thing you will notice is the splendid archway entrance. Choose the Grand Ballroom or the Foyer Under the Stars. Perhaps you would prefer a specifically themed hall such as the Corinthian, Renaissance, Egyptian, Gothic, Norman, Oriental, or Ionic. Regardless, each space shares a unique style and lush color palettes that will set your wedding off on the right foot.
Throughout the building, you will see soft nods that hint at the masonic heritage of the property. Furthermore, you will be amazed by the architecture of the grand staircase, the bronzed statue of Benjamin Franklin, chaise sofas, and stained-glass windows. Staff members will entertain your guests as they engage in conversation with exciting historical facts regarding the masons and the temple.
With private bridal rooms onsite, you will feel stress-free prepping for the main event. From relaxed to elaborate, at One North Broad, you will have the power to set the tone of your wedding day.
JG Domestic at Cira Centre
2929 Arch Street B, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Go big or go home. Plan your extravagant wedding day inside this mirrored-glass skyscraper. JG Domestic sports the ability to hold up to 300 of your favorite guests. This contemporary restaurant and bar has ample room for all the wedding activities on your list. The unique windows of the atrium are utterly amazing and allow for a spectacular panoramic view of the Philadelphia skyline.
With the assistance of the Garces Events staff, your wedding will be seamless and worry-free. They won’t miss a single detail, and the catering designed by Chef Jose Garces will give you the ultimate culinary experience with artisanal foods and beverages. Who wouldn’t want an “Iron Chef” preparing their wedding feast?
Guests coming from out of town will have no problem finding a place to stay. With its centralized location, this venue sits among a bevy of hotels. If your guests plan on staying for the weekend, they will have easy access to all the fun activities Philadelphia has to offer.
Warrington Country Club
1360 Almshouse Rd Warrington, PA 18976
If you are looking for something located outside of the city, then you want to add the Warrington Country Club to your list. You can’t go wrong with this beautiful venue. Upon pulling in, you will instantly notice the well-manicured lawn and gorgeous scenery.
With options for indoor as well as outdoor ceremonies, you can fulfill your preference and also have a contingency plan if the weather decides not to cooperate. Your guests will be greeted at the front of the building where they’ll spot marvelous flower beds, ornate concrete designs, and a grand foyer bordered with tall windows.
Inside, you will find the rooms all sleek and well-lit by chandeliers. Right outside, you will find the Crystals Gardens, where stone benches and textured pathways await you. The open skies above the fresh greenery and walking paths has graceful written all over them. The landscaping is a masterpiece with its sculpted shrubbery and trees.
Galivant on over to the Wedgewood Room where you will find the grand ballroom that holds up to 300 guests. On all walls, you will notice the customized up-lighting that spectacularly illuminates this room. With a plethora of options and a setting to die for, this just might be the perfect venue for you.
Find Your Unique Venue
Your wedding day is an important day to cherish and remember for the rest of your lives. Here in Philly, you will not be disappointed if you choose any of these venues. Each unique place shares extraordinary features and whimsical touches to make your wedding day the best day ever. We would be humbled and excited to be there to capture your memories. If you have any questions about these venues, we are here to offer our assistance! To learn more about our photography services, please feel free to contact us. Here’s a toast to the rest of your beautiful lives together!