Portico - Awbury Arboretum

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About Portico - Awbury Arboretum

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:


Services Offered
Awbury Arboretum offers full-service and customized planning based upon the personal style and desires of its unique clients, and includes the following:

  • All-inclusive packages
  • In-house exclusive catering
  • Outside vendors
  • Setup
  • Cleanup
  • Event planning
  • Event rentals
  • Liability insurance
  • Lighting and sound
  • Pet friendly


Cuisine
Catering and bartending services include:

  • Plated and Stations
  • Service and bartending staff
  • Cocktails and hors d'eouvres, salad, entrees, dessert

Services and equipment.

Reception tent
On-site getting ready rooms
Handicap access
On-site parking
Chiavari chairs & tables (round and/or long)
Tabletop- china, flatware, glassware
Linens, table cloths & napkins
Indoor and outdoor space



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35 Reviews for Portico - Awbury Arboretum

Recommended by 96% of couples


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

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    Stephanie · Married on 12/14/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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
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    Julia · Married on 09/22/2018

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

    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!



    Sent on 12/16/2018

    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!

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Portico - Awbury Arboretum FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Chairs
    China
    Clean Up
    Event Planning
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Lighting/Sound
    Linens
    Parking
    Set Up
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Cake Cutting
    Dessert
    Server(s)
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
  • Describe your venue:
    Garden
    Historic Building
    Mansion
    Park
  • 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?
    All Inclusive Packages
    Cake
    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
    French Service
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Outside Cake
    Plated
    Server(s)
    Stations
    Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Outside Alcohol
  • 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
    Shuttle
    Valet
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
  • 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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Portico - Awbury Arboretum frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Portico - Awbury Arboretum?

Portico - Awbury Arboretum includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:

  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At Portico - Awbury Arboretum, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Portico - Awbury Arboretum includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:

  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)

At Portico - Awbury Arboretum, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Portico - Awbury Arboretum includes:

  • Bartender(s)

What are the most important characteristics of Portico - Awbury Arboretum in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Portico - Awbury Arboretum for wedding events is known for:

  • Garden
  • Historic Building
  • Mansion
  • Park

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Portico - Awbury Arboretum for wedding events?

Portico - Awbury Arboretum offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:

  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Portico - Awbury Arboretum offer?

Portico - Awbury Arboretum offers the following types of wedding events:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Portico - Awbury Arboretum offer for wedding events?

Portico - Awbury Arboretum offers the following services for wedding events:

  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Cake
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Portico - Awbury Arboretum have available for wedding events?

Portico - Awbury Arboretum offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:

  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Lighting
  • Tables
  • Tents

What percentage of users recommend Portico - Awbury Arboretum and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Portico - Awbury Arboretum is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in average response time, 4.8 in flexibility, 4.8 in professionalism and 4.8 in value.

What kind of wedding service promotions does Portico - Awbury Arboretum offer?

Portico - Awbury Arboretum currently offers 1 discount promotion for wedding services.