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Historic Shady Lane is a historic wedding venue located in Manchester, Pennsylvania, ‘where rustic meets elegance.’ The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winning estate sits on 34 acres of lush grounds and gorgeous gardens. Originally built in 1770 and providing wedding event services since 2012, Historic Shady Lane is the ideal setting for the wedding of your dreams. The venue provides outstanding customer service and offers wedding event packages that are customized to fit each couples’ needs on their special day.

Facilities and Capacity
Historic Shady Lane can accommodate up to 225 wedding guests in its indoor and outdoor event spaces. The venue’s glass greenhouse is the perfect space to host an intimate ceremony as it provides breathtaking views of the entire estate.

Services Offered
Historic Shady Lane accommodates wedding events like bridal showers, engagement parties, rehearsal and elopements, in addition to a pre-ceremony, ceremony and reception. Brides and grooms can prepare for the day's events in the two separate bridal suites. The venue also offers the following wedding event services:

  • Table/chair cleanup
  • Lighting/sound
  • Outside vendors
  • Pet friendly
  • Table/chair setup
  • Wireless internet in bridal suites
  • Audio equipment in reception area + greenhouse
  • Tables & chairs
  • Vintage furniture
  • Tent & tent accessories
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Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Clean Up
Set Up

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


Describe your venue:

Historic Building

What kind of settings are available?

Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Bridal Shower
Engagement Party

What event services do you offer?

Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Tent Accessories

What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

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4.9 out of 5 rating
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Angela Married on 05/15/2020
5 out of 5 rating

July 2020 Wedding

Michael and I dreamed about getting married at Historic Shady Lane for several years and finally on July 10th, our dreams came true. The property is drop dead gorgeous. My guests could not stop raving about it. They said it was the most amazing venue they had ever seen, and I agree! The staff, especially Bradania, are sooo wonderful. Planning a wedding is stressful enough, but having to deal with rescheduling due to COVID was nightmarish, but Bradania calmed our nerves and took care of us. She was so comforting in a time with so much uncertainty, we knew we were in good hands. It rained the day of our wedding, but everything went off without issue. It almost looked even more romantic in the rain. Our ceremony was in the greenhouse and the reception was under the large tent, and they quickly swapped the cocktail hour to inside the greenhouse. They offer a lot of on site assistance and management and even allow you to use the antique furniture which added to our whole aesthetic. They are the total package. It was a dream. That's the best way to describe it! Attached photos are credited to Maria Crisafulli Photography.
Amory Married on 09/02/2022
5 out of 5 rating

One of THE BEST decisions we made!

Historic Shady Lane is/was/will always be the most beautiful venue I have ever been to. A hidden gem that I am so glad we found.

We were planning the wedding from afar - we live in California, my husband is from Ohio, I’m from New York, but we met in Pennsylvania. We wanted to go back to the state where it all started. We knew that the decision making and planning was going to be long distance… and I never expected how stressful that would be. The question soon became, “but where?”.

The ask’s were simple, or so I thought. We wanted an outdoor venue, surrounded by ivy covered trees, a sprawling property with historical buildings placed throughout. If there was a greenhouse, that was an added bonus. This soon became an impossible search. Where to begin? I turned to Instagram and scoured through PA based photographers' instagrams to find inspiration. Just when I thought this method wasn’t working and that we’d have to resort to a wedding directory site… Historic Shady Lane appeared. Not only was it EXACTLY what we were looking for… it was more.

They took care of everything - the tent, the tables, the chairs, the set up and breakdown. They had golf carts to help guests get to different parts of the grounds. They had spaces to get ready. The grounds are immaculate. The only thing you needed to do was make it your own - you chose the vendors, you made it “yours”. Just as every love is different, so is the look and feel of your wedding. I, personally, LOVED that. It would truly be OUR day. I knew instantly that this was the place where we would be getting married and it didn’t take much to convince my soon-to-be husband that this is where we’d be exchanging our vows. And with that, we made the decision.

This next part will make anyone planning their wedding anxious. We put a deposit down… without having visited the grounds in person. Looking back, I would do it a thousand times over if given the chance to. It was one of the best decisions we made.

The first time we visited HSL in person was 4 months before our wedding. How I wish I could relive that moment! It was everything we had dreamed it would be and more. We toured the property with Caitlyn and Mandy (our DOC). They stepped us through our day, and ran through so many of the details we (I) had been obsessing over the previous few months. There was no doubt in my mind that we had made the right decision.

We planned everything from afar. To begin to tell you just how scary that is would not even begin to chip away at that kind of iceberg. It was terrifying! Enter HSL - the property director Caitlyn answered every question, soothed every doubt and stepped in to help at the last minute to help when some unexpected decisions needed to be made. Come the day of the wedding, the HSL staff guided and helped get our party and our guests get everywhere they needed to go. There was never a moment where someone was not available to help. Our day went on without a hitch.

The act of getting married is nerve-racking enough… and to have a team of people behind you who do everything in their power to make it the best day ever for the two of you MEANS THE WORLD in your most anxious-nervous-excited moments. I can not thank the entire team at HSL for making our day the most perfect day.

If you are thinking about having your wedding at Historic Shady Lane, stop thinking. It was one of the best decisions we made and we’d make the same decision if given the chance to do it all over again.
Kimberly H. Married on 08/28/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The most magical venue around!

The moment we saw Historic Shady Lane we fell in love (so did our guests, they are still raving about it)! The estate is tucked away and the moment you enter it feels like you walked into a fairytale. Every single spot is picture perfect! The getting ready areas were incredible and able to accommodate our every need. They also provide golf carts which were amazing for us and our guests since it was so warm on our day.

Caitlyn was a pleasure to work with, her and the staff at HSL were always very pleasant and helpful. We really loved the fact that there were so many ceremony and reception locations to choose from to completely customize your day to fit your aesthetic. With the help of the staff, the amazing locations, and the variety of packages we were able to experience a magical celebration that us and our guests will never forget! For that, we will forever be grateful.
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Professional Network & Endorsements

10 Endorsements
Joel Thomas Photography Joel Thomas Photography Wedding Photographers

Historic Shady Lane is an incredible venue with countless photo opportunities. Friendly staff and hands down one of my favorite venues in the area.

Mountain Laurel Catering & Events Mountain Laurel Catering & Events Wedding Caterers

Historic Shady Lane has become one of our favorite venues. It is not only set on a beautiful property abundant with greenery, but it also offers rustic space and unique atmosphere within old stone walls. Our heart though was stolen by the people who take care and manage the venue. Lauren is amazing to work with. She is a professional, yet extremely friendly and welcoming property manager. We could not say enough good words about Historic Shady Lane!

Stephanie J Gundy, Celebrant Stephanie J Gundy, Celebrant Wedding Officiants

Historic Shady Lane is breathtaking and I always look forward to my many visits there.

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Historic Shady Lane frequently asked questions

Historic Shady Lane includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables
  • Transportation
The space offered by Historic Shady Lane for wedding events is known for:
  • Garden
  • Historic Building
  • Mansion
Historic Shady Lane offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Historic Shady Lane offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
Historic Shady Lane offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wifi
Historic Shady Lane offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Drapery
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables
  • Tents
  • Tent Accessories
Historic Shady Lane is recommended by 98% 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, 4.9 in flexibility, 4.9 in professionalism and 4.9 in value.

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