Awbury Arboretum

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About Awbury Arboretum

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.

Services Offered

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.

History

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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The Francis Cope House in autumn
The Francis Cope House in autumn
Venue exterior
Venue exterior
Inside the tent with Awbury-provided tables and chairs
Inside the tent with Awbury-provided tables and chairs
Rustic reception tables
Rustic reception tables
Newlyweds in the woods | Love Me Do Photography
Newlyweds in the woods | Love Me Do Photography
Bride and groom | George Street Photo and Video
Bride and groom | George Street Photo and Video
Awbury's grounds
Awbury's grounds
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Newlywed couple | Maria Mack Photography
Bride on the porch
Bride on the porch
Cake cutting
Cake cutting
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Couple sitting on the grass | Shannon Collins Photography
Ceremony space on Awbury grounds
Ceremony space on Awbury grounds
Outdoor wedding ceremony
Outdoor wedding ceremony
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Bride and groom standing on the window sills
Catering
Catering
Strawberry salad
Strawberry salad
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Birchtree Catering's welcome station | BG Productions
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Cocktails
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Refreshments
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Menu card
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Awbury Arboretum | David and Sarah Lynn Photography
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Awbury Arboretum | Alyssa Maloof Photography
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Awbury Arboretum | Love Me Do Photography
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Awbury Arboretum | Maria Mack Photography
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Awbury Arboretum | ME Photo & Design
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Awbury Arboretum | BG Productions
Awbury Arboretum | BG Productions
Awbury Arboretum | BG Productions
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Awbury Arboretum | Heidi Roland Photography
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Awbury Arboretum | David and Sarah Lynn Photography
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Awbury Arboretum | Anton Drummond Photography
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Awbury Arboretum | Haley Richter Photography
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Awbury Arboretum | David and Sarah Lynn Photography
Awbury Arboretum | David and Sarah Lynn Photography
Awbury Arboretum | David and Sarah Lynn Photography
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Awbury Arboretum | ME Photo & Design
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Awbury Arboretum | Alyssa Maloof Photography
Awbury Arboretum | Alyssa Maloof Photography
Awbury Arboretum | Alyssa Maloof Photography
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Awbury Arboretum | Haley Richter Photography
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Awbury Arboretum | Alyssa Maloof Photography
Awbury Arboretum | Alyssa Maloof Photography
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Awbury Arboretum | GraceD Photography
Awbury Arboretum | GraceD Photography
Awbury Arboretum | GraceD Photography
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Awbury Arboretum | Haley Richter Photography
Awbury Arboretum | Haley Richter Photography
Awbury Arboretum | Haley Richter Photography
Awbury Arboretum | Haley Richter Photography
Awbury Arboretum | Haley Richter Photography
Awbury Arboretum | Haley Richter Photography
Awbury Arboretum | Haley Richter Photography
Awbury Arboretum | Haley Richter Photography
Awbury Arboretum | Haley Richter Photography
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Awbury Arboretum | ME Photo & Design
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Awbury Arboretum | GraceD Photography
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Awbury Arboretum | GraceD Photography
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Awbury Arboretum | BG Productions
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The Francis Cope House in autumn
The Francis Cope House in autumn
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Venue exterior

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33 Reviews for Awbury Arboretum

Recommended by 96% of couples


4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.7
  • Flexibility 4.8
  • Value 4.8
  • Average response time 4.9

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    Chelsea · Married on 06/23/2018

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    • Value:
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    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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!

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    Stephanie · Married on 05/20/2018

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
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    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.
    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!

    Sent on 06/03/2018

    Awbury Arboretum's reply:

    Thank you Stephanie! We loved celebrating with you!

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Awbury Arboretum FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season? $ 2,300.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 2,300.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? No
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Parking
  • Describe your venue: Garden, Historic Building, Mansion
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors, Pet Friendly, Set Up, Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer? Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
  • What event items are available? Audio Equipment, Chairs, Dance Floor, Lighting, Tables, Tents
  • What food and beverage items are available? Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking, Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season? April, May, June, September, October, November
  • What months are included in your off-peak season? January, February, March, November, December

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    Neighbor discount
    A special love note to our community: neighbors who live within 2 miles of the Arboretum receive a 20% discount! You don't actually need a code; just mention it when you talk to Branda. (Value = $260 - $640, depending of time of year and size of group)

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  • One Awbury Rd Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19138 See on map
    215-330-2152 (Phone number)

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