Appleford is an historic Pennsylvania farmhouse/estate located on 24 acres in Villanova, the heart of the Philadelphia Main Line. Drive down the long pine-lined driveway to ponds, a waterfall, manicured gardens and an alee of trees in this arboretum and bird sanctuary. The estate has been used as a wedding venue creating lasting memories for more than 40 years.
Facilities and Capacity
The interior of the house is well preserved with antiques, art, china and décor collected by former owner Annabel Parsons. The music room boasts a rosewood Steinway piano and gas fireplace in the large hearth. Couples have two areas that may be used to get dressed for the wedding. It’s a manor house that can be yours for the day!
The second facet to the property is a flagstone terrace directly in front of house which is tented from April-November. The tent was architecturally designed for the terrace and, as it is affixed to the façade, the Pennsylvania fieldstone will be featured as a backdrop of your photographs. The terrace can accommodate 200 guests with a dance floor included on the terrace.
The gardens complete the Appleford experience. Wooded acres envelop the property. Landscape architect Thomas Sears designed many of the gardens. Enjoy the rose garden with a small fountained pond. The walled perennial garden is a wash of color with blooms in abundance around the interior perimeter. Enjoy photos in the boxwood maze enhanced with statuary. The Medallion garden is a sweet walled area very near the alee of Chinese dogwood trees ending in a pop of color with a wooden bench.
Large weddings would take place by the waterfall and weeping willow trees. Smaller weddings could possibly be held in the perennial garden depending upon the time of year.
Appleford clients may select a caterer from an exclusive list of six caterers: Catering By Design, Feastivities Events, John Serock Catering, Perfect Setting Catering, Robert Ryan Catering and Sage Catering. These caterers provide the set-up and breakdown for the weddings and receptions and prepare the meals in the Appleford kitchen. If alcohol is being served, clients provide their libations and the bartenders are provided by the caterers.
Clients select from an exclusive list of dj's and bands for amplified music. There is a sound system included on the terrace that would be utilized by these musicians. Twenty-six tables from The Party Center in Phoenixville, PA are included with the Appleford rental. Clients are welcome to select a florist, photographer, videographer of their choice.
Recommended by 95% of couples
Kelsey · Married on 05/25/2018
Appleford was the perfect setting for our garden wedding on May 25th, 2018. It was the first and only venue we went to because we knew it was exactly what we were looking for as soon as we saw it. It was a gorgeous day, the gardens were in bloom and everything felt perfect on a warm May afternoon. The old estate house was a beautiful setting for some photos and the getting the last touches ready with our bridal party. We had our ceremony on the lawn adjacent to the house and then a cocktail hour in the gardens around the tent. Everything was set up beautifully and our guests loved the charm of the venue. The tented terrace area for the reception was great, fans kept air flowing and everything cool for dinner and dancing - plenty of room for our 100ish guests. The gardens were set up with cocktail tables and chairs so the guests could enjoy the outdoors and our bar and charcuterie/cheese table. We also set up games (cornhold, ladderball, etc.) in the rose garden which was lovely. If you're looking for an all in one garden inspired venue with indoor/outdoor space, definitely look into this place! Keep in mind it is on the more pricey side as far as venues go, but we used a few of their preferred vendors (Serock Catering, Silversound Djs) which helped us in narrowing our selections for those important decisions. I would definitely recommend Appleford if you're interested in a more unique space that isn't a hotel ballroom or a space with a working business (golf course, museum, etc.) It was private and gorgeous - exactly what we wanted!
Dannie · Married on 10/28/2018
Beautiful venue and supportive staff
This is a beautiful and exquisite venue and Laurie was super, out-of-the-world supportive and helpful. We had our wedding in late October, and the starting foliage was beautiful and warming. The house and the attached white tent made the venue feeling intimate and exquisite. We had a small wedding and this venue made our wedding ceremony and reception even more intimate and genuine.Sent on 10/30/2018
The staff was over-the-top supportive. My question emails get immediate responses and they satisfied all of my requests. Laurie added another layer of intimacy into our wedding. We can't thank her enough for supporting us with a beautiful wedding.
I highly recommend this venue especially for intimate and exquisite weddings.
Mojdeh · Married on 10/20/2018
Appleford: a dream wedding venue
It was a wonderful wedding venue, seamless management on the day and great flexibility.
Appleford Price Rates
April will be here before you know it, but there is still time to plan a special event. $1,000 savings off wedding pricing for a Friday or Saturday in April, 2019. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
what a great venue! The property is amazing for any photographer, and the staff is terrific
Appleford is a beautiful and charming venue! The manicured gardens are just perfect for gorgeous photos. Love it!
The location was beautiful and would recommend them to all! Very organized and polite. It was a pleasure to work with you!