Awbury Arboretum is a wedding venue located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are in Northwest Philadelphia and home to the historic Cope House. The house features a wrap-around porch, Victorian full-length windows, landscaped gardens and covered bluestone patio. Awbury’s mission is to connect their community with nature and history.
Facilities and Capacity
The Cope House has a beautiful covered patio with views of their well-kept landscaping. The outdoor space can accommodate up to 175 guests. The indoor space can accommodate 50 guests. Awbury Arboretum has a secret garden couples can escape to and take some wedding photos.
The Cope House and grounds are perfect for your ceremony, and cocktail hour. Guests can walk the property and wander through the gardens. The parlor rooms in the house are where your guests can hit the dance floor. With a variety of indoor and outdoor accommodations, the Awbury Arboretum can be used just the way you want to bring your wedding vision to life. Awbury has an exclusive catering partnership with Birchtree Catering, a business that focuses on local sourcing and sustainable events. Their catering services are available to your event. Birchtree Catering provides a day-of coordinator and facility host to help run your big day so you can sit back and relax. Awbury can host your engagement party, bridal shower, elopement, ceremony, reception, and rehearsal dinner. They allow use of the foyer, parlor, reception room, porch, covered patio, restrooms, audio system, preparation areas, and their lawn and gardens. Awbury gives you access to 55 acres of beautiful scenery to take photos and explore.
Awbury Arboretum was purchased by a Quaker shipping merchant, Henry Cope in 1852. It was home to the Cope family and named after the village the family originated from in England. Awbury’s grounds were landscaped in the 19th century with advice from horticulturist William Saunders and the designer of the National Cemetary at the Gettysburg Battlefield. The Cope family wanted to preserve the space the make it a quiet area for people to enjoy the wonders of nature so the Arboretum was established in 1916. Then in 1985, the Awbury Arboretum Association was established as a nonprofit organization tasked with promoting the well-being and the space.
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Julia · Married on 09/22/2018
Charming venue for a country-style wedding with a truly excellent value!
Awbury Arboretum was the perfect venue for our medium-sized wedding of 60-something people. One thing that's so appealing about the venue is that there are multiple options for where to stage your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. We were able to have distinct sections of the day, each in their own spaces--the ceremony on the gently sloping front lawn, the cocktail hour on the large-wrap around porch, the reception under the big tent on the premises, and dancing, cake-cutting, and toasts in the parlor. There are also many beautiful spots within the arboretum, so you can do all your photos on the grounds of the arboretum if you'd like. It's possible to have a simple, beautiful wedding without decorating the grounds at all. We didn't have an arbor or any decorative touches for our ceremony and none were needed. With the green grounds, big trees as a backdrop, and the Quaker-style house, the setting exudes charm and allowed the focus to be on the people.Sent on 12/16/2018
It was a dream to work with Branda, the Awbury manager. She got back to us in a timely way on everything and was attentive and responsible in every interaction. The partnership of the Awbury Arboretum with Birchtree Catering turned out to be a big plus in choosing this venue because Branda and the Birchtree staff are used to working together, and functioned as a team to make sure the wedding was set up as we wanted, and that the cocktail hour and reception went smoothly. The Awbury/Birchtree partnernship allows you the flexibility of customizing and personalizing your wedding, but they work with you and guide you, which was a huge relief for my husband and me and our families, as we weren't interested in a truly Do-It-Yourself wedding. We found the Birchtree food, service and day-of-coordinator support to be first-rate. (They even helped us work with the music and coached our wedding party on when each set of people should walk down the aisle.) Both the Awbury and Birchtree staff were organized and helpful throughout the process.
The venue turned out to be ideal for a medium-sized wedding, but would work well for a larger wedding too. In addition to the beautiful setting for an outdoor ceremony, there was a good alternative--a shorter ceremony on the wrap-around porch--in case of bad weather. This back-up plan gave us peace of mind when planning the outdoor ceremony. The big tent with an awning-covered pathway to the house makes for a good venue for a reception in rain or shine. Awbury has decorative lights for the porch and tent that are festive. The path between the tent and the porch is covered too. There was parking on the premises and there are adequate spaces in the house in which to get ready.
Awbury Arboretum offers the opportunity to have a gracious, old-fashioned, country-style wedding at a reasonable price in Philadelphia. It is a little-known gem. Our family stayed at the Chestnut Hill Hotel which we also highly recommend!
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Chelsea · Married on 06/23/2018
Can't say enough good things about this venue. Branda is great to work with and was really helpful from day one. The space is beautiful, especially with the new tent addition in the back. The price is fair for such a large beautiful green space, tent, and house all to yourself. We had about 100 guests, and the amount of room was perfect. Birchtree is also great to work with, and their food is incredible! Having them cater is definitely the priciest aspect of renting here, but the food and service is worth it. We still have friends and family raving to us about how much they loved the food, and we got married a month ago. Birchtree's organization and attention to detail the day of was also seamless. We had a chance of rain, and transitioned into having our ceremony under the back tent instead of on the front lawn without any issues. Amazing venue, we'd get married here again in a heartbeat if we could!Sent on 07/28/2018
Stephanie · Married on 05/20/2018
We absolutely loved our wedding at Awbury two weeks ago (May 2018)! Even with the late spring and the rainy week leading up to it, the grounds were stunning. Branda and her team have put a lot of work into spiffing up the grounds around the Cope house - with lovely new stone walkways, new wood chips, and blooming flower beds. There is also a semi-permanent tent now (which we didn't use but looks very nice). Our ceremony was on the freshly mown lawn in front of the house, and our brunch reception was inside in the parlor. The parlor has beautiful large windows that open up into doorways leading to the porch, and we were able to utilize the entire space. Our wedding was very small with 25 guests, and I couldn't imagine a more perfect setting.Sent on 06/03/2018
Birchtree (their exclusive caterer) managed the entire set-up and clean-up, but all design and decor creations were our responsibility. If you are a DIY enthusiast, Awbury is the perfect place, the Cope house being very much a blank slate. With that being said, it is stunning in it's own right, and didn't require much more than a few flower vases along with our table decorations.
Branda was amazing to work with: so responsive and accommodating. Her coordination with the Birchtree team was so helpful and made planning so much easier.
I would recommend Awbury in a heartbeat, especially for the nature loving couple. The options for ceremony at Awbury are endless and every one equally stunning!
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