One of the best things about Philadelphia is its rich history. With seemingly endless stories, sites, monuments, and traditions rooted deeply in our nation’s past, there are an abundance of historic spots that, lucky for you, also double as perfect wedding venues. Peruse the list of our favorite historic venues in Philly for the couple looking to combine a whole lot of history with a unique celebration.
Bartram’s Garden (Above)
Considered the “Birthplace of American Botany,” this lush green (operated by the John Bartram Association in cooperation with the Fairmount Park Commission) boasts 45 acres of historic gardens. The ideal wedding locale for the nature-loving couple, there’s an abundance of flowers, meadows, ponds, a tidal wetland, and a boat dock providing or a serene and magical ambiance just minutes from the heart of the city of Philadelphia. The historic Bartram House (the oldest barn in Philly) is also available for rent for occasions of 20-250 guests, and organizers will help couples choose event caterers from their approved list of vendors. Read real brides' reviews here!
Want to get married aboard a piece of history, rather than within? Moshulu, a legendary, 359ft, three-level ship first came to Philadelphia from Glasgow, Scotland in 1904. An elegant piece of history that is anchored at Pier 34 on the waterfront, the boat is now an award-winning AAA 4-Diamond restaurant and bar as well. As an added bonus for any movie buffs, the ship may look familiar since it was featured in Rocky and in The Godfather Part II. Read real brides' reviews here!
The Down Town Club
During the Georgian Revival period, The Down Town Club was founded in 1897, with the space itself designed in 1912. Breathtaking views of the iconic Ben Franklin Bridge and Delaware River are just the tip of the iceberg, as this beauty blends modern luxuries with antique, historic styling. Gigantic ceilings, marble floors, handmade moldings, and original brass chandeliers are only a few of the enchanting amenities that make the DTC exude regal and old-world charm. Read real brides' reviews here!
Built in 1870, this landmark was originally constructed by Thomas McKean (a direct descendent of one of the Founding Fathers of the Declaration of Independence ) to be a wedding present to his son, Henry. Having undergone renovations and preservation, this venue has been hosting social affairs since 1992. Among its amenities include three floors of stunning event space: the Stotesbury Ballroom, the Foyer, the Billiards room, and the bridal suite. Emanating historical elegance, gilded ceilings, sparkling brass chandeliers, and colonial-inspired color palates provide a beautiful backdrop for a historic Philadelphia wedding. Read real brides' reviews here!
The Hamilton Mansion's landscaped grounds of the historic Woodlands are available to rent for the wedding of your dreams. Transformed in 1840 into the setting we know today, it houses two of William Hamilton’s buildings and features awe-inspiring trees, greenery, florals, monuments, and sophisticated architecture — reflective of the turn-of-the-century time period. With park-like ambiance and structures, this venue is conveniently located directly across the street from the 40th Street Trolley Portal (hello, wedding transport!). Read real brides' reviews here!