Based in the Philadelphia Main Line, Merion Tribute House is a historic mansion wedding venue. This English country manor is a magnificent space, featuring a vintage ballroom, enchanting balcony and stained glass windows. Between the historic architectural details and eight acres of manicured grounds, the unique wedding venue exudes classic elegance.
Facilities and Capacity
An outdoor ceremony can be hosted on the front lawn of the Merion Tribute House. Indoor ceremonies can be accommodated in the ballroom or Legion Room, a more intimate option. For cocktail hour, guests can mingle on the outdoor Terrace or in the Legion Room, Lounge and Memorial Hall in the House. Grand oak doors reveal the ballroom, an open floor space with high ceilings, slate and hardwood floors, a fireplace and a balcony. Couples are welcome to host up to 175 guests.
Merion Tribute House has a variety of professional services. Their accommodating team offers the following:
Couples are required to pick a wedding caterer from the venue’s preferred list. These vendors have experience working at Merion Tribute House.
Your wedding party can get ready and relax in the on-site bridal suite. Guests may also use on-site parking and wheelchair accessible facilities.
Merion is able to host your engagement party, bridal shower, ceremony and reception. They can also provide additional event hours, coat room attendant and use of both fireplaces.
In 1891, Elridge Johnson offered to build a “Tribute House” on his property. This facility’s purpose was to honor the 81 Merion men who were in the armed services during World War I. Architects designed the space with Gothic patterns, local stone, ornamental iron work and stained glass windows. The venue has been part of the wedding industry for 85 years.
The historic wedding venue is 23 minutes from downtown Philadelphia, 30 minutes from Philadelphia International Airport and 18 minutes from University of Pennsylvania. Nearby attractions include Bala Golf Course, The Mann Center, Please Touch Museum, Fairmount Park and Philadelphia Zoo.
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Rhonda · Married on 03/05/2010
The Merion Tribute House was the perfect place for my reception. The stunning Gothic architecture allows for so many photo ops, and, in the off-season, not only is it cheaper, but they have 2 wood burning fireplaces that are lit and tended during the reception! The fires really add a feeling of warmth and familiarity. The layout is great as well, because you can leave the hall with the dancing and talk in the legion room or lounge on the sofa in front of the fireplace for intimate conversation. I was worried about the bar being outside of the main hall, but it worked out well and we STILL had a party on the dance floor!
They have a choice of around 9 different caterers--I went to the open house and they all seemed wonderful. And there was something for almost any price range (at least in the off-season.) In addition, you get to bring your own alcohol, which is a blessing and a curse--you save a LOT on alcohol expenses and get to take the leftovers home with you--but, it's also an extra thing to worry about leading up to the wedding.
But Colette is a pleasure to work with and she and her staff were incredibly accommodating. (They even let you drop everything off the week before you wedding) I didn't have a single bad experience with the Tribute House and recommend it without any reservation. (it's also nice to know that it's a community owned & operated hall, rather than a wedding factory.)
Melissa · Married on 06/02/2018
One visit to Merion Tribute House and we were sure this was the place. In addition to the picturesque architecture and landscaping, the flow of the space really spoke to us. On the day of the event, our 150 guests flowed around the fairly open floor plan, exploring the front garden, the fireplace room, the grand hall, and the ballroom. Somehow, it feels grand and cozy at the same time. As a practical matter, it was important that MTH works with a number of approved caterers, giving us plenty of options within our budget, and allowing us to buy our own alcohol. For us, that meant that while the venue rental cost was slightly higher than most other venues we saw, the ability to control our catering and bar budget made it overall much more affordable. The rental also comes with chairs, and several other items they’ve accumulated or inherited from weddings over the years, such as an arc, easels, and birdcage for cards.
And, oh yeah, did I mention the architecture and landscaping is gorgeous? We stayed on-site for our first look and pictures. These pictures will be on our mantels and walls for a lifetime, and hopefully other walls and mantels for generations. Suffice it to say, the grounds certainly rose to the occasion.
Special thanks to Collette, who helped us from our first tour to the last dance and made it all very easy.
Cheryl · Married on 11/18/2017
Merion Tribute House is an absolutely beautiful and unique venue! We were so happy to have been able to have our wedding there. We received so many compliments from our guests. The staff was very helpful and responsive throughout the process of working with them. Thank you for helping make our wedding day so special!
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What an exceptional location for a wedding or any event for that matter. Absolutely beautiful and at the same time Colette and her staff are easy to work with. Highly recommend!
Unique venue on the Mainline - great for intimate weddings and it's interesting architecture makes for beautiful photos.
Always a pleasure to work at and with the Merion Tribute House! On of our favorite locations!