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.
92 Reviews for Merion Tribute House
Recommended by 98% of couples
16 User photos
Carolyn Lensing · Married on 08/31/2019
The most modest castle
My husband and I found Merion Tribute House amidst a variety of reception venues and immediately fell in love. As soon as we drove into the venue location, I was in awe of the natural beauty of the landscape and the building. The amount of history this place has is unreal and it makes for great stories to share with loved ones. From day one, Colette Speakman made us feel welcome, relaxed, and informed about all things wedding-related, not just about the venue. We were given a thorough tour of MTH, including the bridal and groom suites, the “lending shelves” area, and the patio. We were given a handbook of sorts so we could plan our wedding without stress (yes, we planned it ourselves), and it did answer most of our questions if it was not covered in our first on-site meeting.
Colette used mostly a hands-off approach as we planned our big day, which allowed us to gain clarification when we wanted without feeling hounded by a vendor. She was SUPERB the night of the wedding as she was the point-person for all questions and concerns regarding MTH. I felt confident that if I couldn’t get to her, one of my bridesmaids or groomsmen could speak with her and get immediate assistance. Everything at the Tribute House went off without a hitch. I was even able to go up to the balcony for a few photos AND you and your spouse can sign on the walls going up to the balcony-fun memento to leave your mark.
In terms of payment, the fee is very fair, and you can get a discounted rate for paying in cash ahead of time. Colette responds in a timely manner via email and phone calls and respects your time. For any walk-thoroughs with other vendors, Colette is present and can help answer questions along the way. She was very pleasant to work with and we are thankful for her amazing work at the Merion Tribute House. Thank you so much, Colette!Sent on 10/01/2019
Han · Married on 04/13/2019
Classic and elegant place for wedding ceremony & reception
Merion Tribute House is a gorgeous place to hold classic and elegant wedding ceremony and reception. Our ceremony was out-door in front of Merion Tribute House on second weekend of April. Weather was very nice, perfect warm spring temperature, sunny, fairly green nature in background, hints of yellow flowers here and there, and pink flower trees nearby.Sent on 04/19/2019
Reception was hold in-door, inside the ballroom which has capacity of around 150 people at max. Intricate interior designs of Merion Tribute House provided guests to look around and enjoyed the views and us to take many great photos inside. They have nice fire place only used over winter. On the hallway, there is second floor balcony where you can toss bouquet.
It was very pleasant to have ceremony and reception at Merion Tribute House. The place has bridal and groom suite individually, where you can have getting ready photos. They give you earlier access to the venue if you want to have first look before the wedding. The place has plenty of open free parking spots for guests, large kitchen area for catering.
People working there, especially Colette and Terri, are very very friendly, kind, and highly professional. They gave many suggestions on where to start planning for wedding, which vendors they have worked with, and what would be good timeline for us. Thanks to them, we were very happy and satisfied with our wedding.
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.
Sent on 07/16/2018
Merion Tribute House Price Rates
You are invited to attend our popular Winter Open House event from 2 - 4 p.m. Sunday, February 23. Taste menu items from local caterers, learn from vendors, or take a tour of our historic venue. Registration through Merion Tribute House's website is required, www.tributehouse.com.
Cost: Free for first couple; $20 per guest. Proceeds donated to the Ardmore Food Pantry.
Ticket can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/87692058307 or
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!