What makes Awbury different from other rental venues?
Awbury Arboretum is a welcoming wedding and event venue in Northwest Philadelphia, featuring the historic Cope House with wrap-around porch, Victorian floor-to-ceiling windows, landscaped gardens, and covered bluestone patio. Your celebration supports Awbury's mission to connect our community with nature and history. Awbury welcomes all couples!
For events utilizing the seasonal dining tent on the bluestone patio, we can accommodate up to 175 guests seated. The maximum for indoor-only events is 50 guests.
Our venue is a lush arboretum with beautiful landscapes for ceremony and reception, with a secret garden our couples love to escape to. The Cope House grounds and porch are perfect for your ceremony and a sprawling cocktail hour with lawn games, cocktails and appetizers. Guests love to walk around and explore our gardens during this time. Dine under the tent on the bluestone patio (which can also serve as your rain plan for ceremony) and then move inside to the parlor rooms of the Cope House for dancing.
Awbury has an exclusive catering partner with Birchtree Catering, a small, female-owned business with a strong focus on local sourcing and sustainable events.
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Recommended by 100% of couples
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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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!
S · Married on 10/22/2017
Loved our wedding at Awbury! We had an outdoor ceremony on the last weekend of October and their trees were popping with color and gorgeous!
Branda was fantastic to work with throughout our wedding planning process and facilitated coordination between the different wedding parties for the weekend. She was very responsive and able to answer any questions we had. Day-of staff were also extremely helpful in coordinating the event and making sure things were moving along on schedule. We loved this space and it was everything we could have asked for.