We all know there are various categories of Philly residents. Lifers, transplants, students, hipsters, professionals, business owners, even fledgling freelance writers …you name it, here in Philly we’ve got it. The way you came to claim the 215 will likely play a role in what kind of wedding you’ll have. Whether you’re looking for a fairytale wedding in a traditional setting, or a modern ceremony in a more unique location, Philly has what you need. We scoured the city, looking for the best of the best in wedding venues.
Philly lifers love a traditional wedding! You don’t have to be a lifer though to enjoy the finer things. The venues below fall into that classic style designed to please almost anyone. You can hold a full ceremony followed by a night of dinner and dancing at any of these locations:
Address: 1923 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 567-2910
Highlights: All three floors are included in the advertised rental rates. Check out the room plans on the mansion’s website to explore the possibilities for both the ceremony and reception.
Address: 1324 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 621-8561
Highlights: With both a Grand Hall and the Sylvania Ballroom, you can have high expectations for this Center City venue. According to The Knot it holds a whopping 400 people! Perfect if you have a huge family.
Ballroom at the Ben
Address: 834 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 627-5100
Highlights: As seen in Silver Linings Playbook! Located in the iconic Wanamaker building, the ballroom has a classic feel. Bonus points if you reenact the Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence dance scene.
If you want to spice things up a bit, consider holding your big day at one of the venues below. Your options here are pretty hip:
Beat Street Station
Address: 4401 Cresson St, Philadelphia, PA 19127
Phone: (215) 508-3000
Highlights: In typical Manayunk fashion, this former train station has been repurposed as an event venue. The website lists exclusive vendors in every wedding category, from catering to photography. As far from a traditional country club as you can get!
Address: 109 Green Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19127
Phone: (215) 483-3298
Highlights: You’ll get some great pics in this artsy venue. To make sure you’re the center of attention, only one event is booked per day.
Front and Palmer
Address: 1750 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: (215) 634-3002
Highlights: Up to 250 guests can be accommodated in this former barrel factory. The loft space is super modern, and looks amazing in a wide range of colors and styles. Whether you’re going for understated elegance or flashy fun, you’ll have the room to make it your own.
Transplant, student, lifer … whatever you consider yourself, this list is for all the non-conformists. Obviously, you want your special day to be held in an interesting location, and we thought the more classically Philadelphia, the better. We found options for you that will capture your love of our culture, whether your guest list is big or small:
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
Address: 1020 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: (215) 733-0390
Highlights: Planning a tiny wedding? Want to skip the typical pomp and circumstance? Consider the Magic Gardens if you’re inviting 75 or less. This unusual setting will guarantee your day is one to remember.
Address: 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 448-1200
Highlights: Event spaces include “Electricity” and the Planetarium. Have your ceremony under the stars! Wedding packages include perks like access to the rain gardens and all permanent exhibits for photos. Who could resist a photo op with the giant heart?
Citizen’s Bank Park
Address: 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Phone: (215) 463-1000
Highlights: If you think you’re the most dedicated Phillies fan out there, listen up. You can literally get married on the field at CBP. And the Phanatic will be in your wedding photos. What else could you want?
Narrowing down this list was insanely difficult, because Philly has so much to offer. Coming soon, we’ll bring you more info about how to have the best reception ever. We’ll dig into restaurants that offer wedding and reception packages, catering companies, photographers, DJs…the whole deal. Your after party will make all your married friends ask, “Why didn’t we think of that?” Stay tuned.