Morris Arboretum is a private garden wedding venue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For couples who crave a break from the rush of city living, the intimate outdoorsy venue is the perfect spot. With 92 acres of colorful eclectic gardens, original Victorian architecture and magical fountains, the beautiful property is the definition of natural enchantment.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples can host up to 175 guests at the venue. The grounds have multiple outdoor ceremony locations, including Magnolia Slope, a hillside spot with a backdrop of rolling hills, and Two Lines, the highest point of the garden with a sculpture and garden views. Other options include Azalea Meadow, a wide open field, or Baxter Memorial, a round brick patio near the meadow garden. From July to September, couples may also choose Widener Lawn, a large open lawn area, or the Rose Garden, a private area for up to 20 people. Pennock Walk, a romantic gated garden, is available from April to September. Cocktail hour can be held on Out on a Limb, a beautiful walkway in the forest, or Widener Plaza, a space near the historic stone carriage house. Receptions may be held under the tent connected to the Widener Visitor Center, a gorgeous 100-year-old stone carriage house. The reception area also includes the lower gallery and classroom areas as part of the amenity space.
Morris Arboretum has a wide variety of options for the big day. They can provide the following amenities to couples:
The historic wedding venue provides five pre-approved caterers who offer a wide variety of menu options, styles and services. Outside caterers are not permitted.
Before and during the celebration, your wedding party can use the McLean Room for your private bridal suite. There is wheelchair access and parking on the premises.
The venue can also host your engagement party, engagement photo session and bridal shower. Individual rates apply and bookings are subject to availability.
In 1887, Morris Arboretum was established as the summer home of brother and sister John and Lydia Morris. During this time, it was known as Compton. The Morrises decided to create a school and laboratory on the property devoted to horticulture and botany. In 1932, Compton became the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania and is now a resource center for the University.
The outdoor wedding venue is located 30 minutes from downtown Philadelphia. Nearby attractions include Gates Hall and Woodmere Art Museum. Wissahickon Valley Park is 11 minutes away, while Ridley Creek State Park is 31 minutes away. Philadelphia International Airport is a 37-minute drive from the venue.
64 Reviews for Morris Arboretum
Recommended by 93% of couples
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Nicole G. · Married on 09/26/2020
The venue was stunning in the fall. It happened to rain and there was a perfect "plan B" in place. We took amazing photos in the surrounding gardens and got an AMAZING sunset. The process was smooth working with the staff planning and day of, even with COVID. Absolutely recommend this location as a venue!!Sent on 10/21/2020
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Ashley T. · Married on 07/27/2019
We could not have been happier with our decision to choose Morris Arboretum as our wedding venue. Many of our family members questioned why we were making them travel an hour away for our wedding, but they instantly understood after taking in the beauty of this venue. Everyone that we worked with was so helpful and friendly, and the coordination we received on the day of our wedding was immensely valuable. Our photographers could not get enough of the beautiful locations for photos. Everything ran so smoothly and was coordinated in such a way that we had no worries things would get done on the day of our wedding. I can not express how GORGEOUS this place is. Definitely recommend visiting, even if it is just to walk around for a few hours.Sent on 02/06/2021
Morris Arboretum's reply:Dear Ashley,
Kristen F. · Married on 07/26/2019
Best wedding venue ever
Morris Arboretum was amazing! I had the best experience and my guests cannot stop talking about how amazing the venue was. Every photo we took was a show stopper, and I would recommend this venue to anyone and everyone!Sent on 08/06/2019
The Arboretum provides many choices for outdoor weddings. The 90-acre property with greenery along with the large-scale art pieces bring a classy, yet elegant feeling to any celebration. The Out on a Limb section is a Joshua's favorite! It not only a fun treat where guests can lay within the trees, it's a great spot for a cocktail party or portion of a wedding.