Portico is an enchanting wedding venue located in the beautiful 55 acre Awbury Arboretum in the historic Germantown neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia. This magical locale is perfect for romantic celebrations. Once the private enclave of an extended Quaker family, the Arboretum is a green oasis in a densely-populated urban environment with the Francis Cope House as its centerpiece.
In this 2020 season Portico's tent is perfect for an outdoor reception, so if your wedding plans are now up in the air please don't hesitate to reach out to us. In addition Portico has micro-wedding packages for those wishing to host a smaller celebration - in the meadow, the Secret Garden, on the wrap-around porch or in the woods- all are perfect for a small ceremony and gorgeous photos.
The gracious Victorian stone mansion has floor-to-ceiling windows and a magnificent wrap-around porch from which guests can survey the picturesque English landscape of specimen trees, woods and rolling meadows. Imagine meandering trails, wetlands, open fields and even a Secret Garden! The venue's capacity is 175 with outdoor dining on a flagstone patio and white tent encircled by landscaped gardens. We welcome your inquiries, including Micro-Weddings (offered Sundays-Thursdays in 2021), and will get back to you quickly to answer all of your questions fully, but here's a brief snapshot of what the Arboretum offers to its couples:
Awbury Arboretum offers full-service and customized planning based upon the personal style and desires of its unique clients, and includes the following:
Catering and bartending services include:
Services and equipment.
On-site getting ready rooms
Chiavari chairs & tables (round and/or long)
Tabletop- china, flatware, glassware
Linens, table cloths & napkins
Indoor and outdoor space
35 Reviews for Portico - Awbury Arboretum
Recommended by 96% of couples
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Kareemah · Getting married on 04/18/2021
My Fall Mirco Wedding at Awbury Arboretum
Our wedding was held at Awbury Arboretum on Sunday, October 18th, 2020 outside in the meadow! The location was beautiful, affordable, and very accommodating! Linsday Keane, my event coordinator at Awbury Arboretum was great - she had awesome customer service skills, was very responsive with all emails, phone calls, text messages and she was very professional! Lindsay went above and beyond! The venue also worked well with all of our vendors! Our special day in unfortunate worldly circumstances was nothing short of AMAZING!Sent on 10/21/2020
Stephanie · Married on 12/14/2019
Stunning Location - Wonderful Service
Awbury Arboretum was the most amazing location for our winter wedding. The staff was flexible and attentive, there was nothing I had to worry about on the big day. Special thank you to Agi and her staff who helped put everything together to make my day so memorable.Sent on 01/07/2020
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!
Portico - Awbury Arboretum's reply:Julia, wow! Your kind words mean so much to us, and we are so grateful for couples like you. Congrats to you and Chris!