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Cairnwood Estate

Bryn Athyn, PA View map Visit website
Rating 4.9 out of 5
91 reviews
$6k - $8k For 100 Guests
Up to 250 guests

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$6k - $8k For 100 Guests
Up to 250 guests

Cairnwood Estate is a wedding venue located in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. Built in 1895 by the plate glass magnate John Pitcairn, the property was, from the beginning, a testament to the power of love and family. Intended as a home for his wife, Gertrude, and their children, the estate hosted its first wedding in 1896. Today, the venue is proud to continue the tradition that John and Gertrude began, all those years ago. You and your guests are invited to explore the many wonders that the property has to offer. Enjoy a walk in the beautiful gardens or imbibe the serene atmosphere of the Pitcairns’ library, and make memories that you can cherish forever.

Facilities and Capacity

Cairnwood Estate includes both indoor and outdoor event facilities. The venue can accommodate up to 275 guests. The first floor of the mansion is comprised of six rooms. These feature beautiful paneled walls and hardwood floors. The Great Hall is the venue’s main indoor event space. In it stands a magnificent fireplace of carved stone. On the opposite side of the Hall, an exquisite U-shaped staircase leads to the private dressing suites on the second floor. The suites contain period-appropriate furniture and offer a lovely view of the nearby woodland.

Services Offered

For your convenience, the venue is happy to provide you with a list of preferred vendors. This covers everything from accommodations to cakes and photography. A select number of catering options are also available for your consideration. Every caterer on this exclusive list promises great food and premier service. Treat your friends and family to a grand celebration, or opt for a more intimate occasion. With no minimum guest count requirement, you have the freedom to craft the event that is just right for you.

History

Pitcairn commissioned the eminent firm of Carrère and Hastings to undertake the design. Exponents of the Beaux-Arts style, Carrère and Hastings’ plan included a number of features familiar to that school. Elements drawn from Greek architecture were combined with Roman arches and French doors to produce a space that was as welcoming as it was elegant. The grounds and gardens are the work of Fredrick Law Olmstead and his partner, Charles Eliot. Olmstead was a figure of considerable reputation in his time, and today, he is regarded as the father of American landscape architecture. His list of projects includes New York’s Central Park and the campuses of Cornell and Yale University.

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

$5,800

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$1,800

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Clean Up
Parking
Tables

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

250

Describe your venue:

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?

Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Event Planner
Get Ready Rooms
Wifi

What event items are available?

Chairs
Dance Floor
Lighting
Tables
Tents
Tent Accessories

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
November
December

91 Reviews

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Recommended by 98% of couples
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    Ashley S. Married on 04/16/2022
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    A Dream Wedding Venue

    We recently had our wedding at Cairnwood Estate and it was absolutely stunning! Our photos were beautiful and you really do not have to spend a ton on florals or décor as the venue is breathtaking on its own. Throughout the planning process, the staff was always very responsive and kind. They allowed us to visit multiple times leading up to the wedding to help plan our day. We mainly worked with Krissy and she is the best! We had a cocktail style reception instead of an assigned seat, sit-down dinner so the multiple room/tent set up was perfect for what we were looking for. We would choose Cairnwood over and over again!
    (photographs by Amber Dawn Photography)
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    Lise B. Married on 04/03/2022
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    Very Beautiful

    This venue was an historic beauty. If you want to feel like a princess on your wedding day, this is the place to go to. They do not do weddings but they have facilities they refer to. But for receptions, this is a great choice.
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    Georgia E. Married on 09/03/2021
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    Cairnwood takes your breath away!

    We are so happy to have had our reception at Cairnwood Estate! We knew within the first 5 minutes of our tour that we wanted Cairnwood to be our reception venue. We had toured probably 15 other venues in the area, but none of them took our breaths away the way Cairnwood did. The staff at Cainwood were a pleasure to work with and we were so happy with how smooth the planning was leading up to our wedding, and our wedding day itself! We can’t recommend Cairnwood enough!

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2013 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2011 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2010 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2009 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Alex & Ruslan
    61 photos · 10/19/2019
  • Alexis & Joe
    257 photos · 07/01/2018

Professional Network & Endorsements

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Cairnwood is a truly magical venue in every aspect!

Map

1005 Cathedral Road Post Office Box 691, Post Office Box 691 Bryn Athyn, PA, 19009
2159472004

Cairnwood hosts an Open House every Wednesday evening from 6pm to 8pm. Available for tours or events 7 days a week.
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Cairnwood Estate frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Cairnwood Estate?

Cairnwood Estate includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Clean Up
  • Parking
  • Tables

What are the most important characteristics of Cairnwood Estate in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Cairnwood Estate for wedding events is known for:
  • Historic Building
  • Mansion

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Cairnwood Estate for wedding events?

Cairnwood Estate offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Cairnwood Estate offer?

Cairnwood Estate offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Cairnwood Estate offer for wedding events?

Cairnwood Estate offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Event Planner
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Cairnwood Estate have available for wedding events?

Cairnwood Estate offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Lighting
  • Tables
  • Tents
  • Tent Accessories

What percentage of users recommend Cairnwood Estate and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Cairnwood Estate is recommended by 97% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in quality of service, 4.9 in average response time, 4.9 in professionalism, 4.8 in flexibility and 4.8 in value.

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