Picking a wedding venue in Philadelphia is a daunting task. The sheer number of beautiful venues can leave anyone with a case of choice paralysis. This post features the top 10 wedding venues in Philly (in no particular order) for your one stop shop at choosing a venue that’s right for you. Having worked at theses venues as a photographer, you can rest assured that they are the cream of the crop of Philadelphia’s venue offerings.
One North Broad is located in the Masonic Temple and is the peak of luxury. This is a venue you need to see in person to believe it’s real. Featured is a photo of the decadent Grand Ballroom which can accommodate up to 450 guests and is capped by a larger than life statue of Ben Franklin. For ceremonies, the venue has themed rooms based on world cultures including Corinthian, Renaissance, Egyptian, Gothic, Norman, Oriental, and Ionic architecture.
Located on Main Street in Manayunk, the Artesano Gallery is a stunningly restored historic warehouse building with an artsy twist. The venue features a beautiful entry way with tons of natural light, an upper and lower gallery, and an outdoor terrace. It’s a fantastic space for large weddings with 250 to 300 guests. The upper ballroom has gorgeous hardwood floors with high industrial looking ceilings and the lower gallery is the perfect cocktail hour space.
The Arts Ballroom is a site to behold, it’s virtually impossible to take a bad photo here. Located on Locust Street and built in 1923, this huge venue is a Philadelphia classic and can accommodate up to 230 guests. They’re menu is diverse enough to satisfy even the most ardent food critic. The Arts Ballroom comes complete with rave reviews of the many many couples who have hosted their weddings in this luxurious and timeless space.
Located on Oxford Avenue and built in the early 1900’s, this venue’s rich history is overshadowed only by its current opulence. The venue started out as a Vaudeville theater, was later converted into a Regal Movie Theatre, and is presently a wedding venue. Featuring two ballrooms, this massive venue can accommodate up to 400 guests or be partitioned into two smaller rooms serving 170 guests each.
Rivers Casino is one of my personal favorites. This relatively new venue features a large ballroom that can accommodate up 300+ guests. My favorite part of the venue is the amazing view of the Delaware river and the Ben Franklin bridge from the ballroom balcony. The casino also allows access to the roof of their parking garage and is a fantastic location for nighttime photos with the Philadelphia skyline for a backdrop.
Located on Walnut Street, The Stotesbury Mansion is a beautiful historic landmarks that was commissioned by Thomas McKean (a descendant of a signer of the declaration of independence) as a wedding gift to his son and built in 1870.
The mansion is a three story building featuring a diverse collection of rooms including a beautifully decorated and furnished ballroom, a billiards room, and a library. This venue is great for small to medium sized weddings. It has the classic old city feel that makes Philadelphia an amazing wedding destination.
The Curtis Atrium is a truly unique wedding venue. The venue is located on Walnut Street and features a 12-story chamber used for both ceremonies and receptions, complete with an indoor art deco waterfall. This lavish venue can handle up to 400 guests.
This list wouldn’t be complete without a riverside venue and this one is a beauty. It’s a great location for the naval aficionado with access to a quaint and beautiful marina. The yacht club can handle up to 170 guests indoors and even more outdoors, especially useful in these post COVID times.
This wedding venue is literally a sail boat. How incredible is that?! Built in 1904, the Moshulu has a long history and has practically sailed around the world. It’s truly one of the most unique wedding venues available in Philadelphia, or anywhere for that matter, and can cater to a staggering 1,000 guests.
If you have a love for the medical or macabre, then this is the venue for you. Located in the same building as the Mütter Museum, this venue features a beautiful outdoor courtyard thats adorned with ivy and perfect for ceremonies. The ballroom is decorated with floor to ceiling portrait paintings and the woodwork is something to timeless. Weddings with up to 350 guests are welcome.
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