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Morris Arboretum

$6k - $8k For 100 Guests
Up to 175 guests
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These prices are available for the months of May, Jun, Sep, Oct. These prices are available for the months of Apr, Jul, Aug.
5,300.00 starting price
3,100.00 starting price


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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 (155 with dancing) 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.

Services Offered

Morris Arboretum has a wide variety of options for the big day. They can provide the following amenities to couples:

  • Included in the base rental rate:
    • Exclusive use of the gardens for your private event
    • Tented reception area and interior amenity spaces
    • A garden ceremony location, several sites to choose from
    • Chairs for ceremony seating up to 175
    • Round or rectangular tables and white padded seat reception chairs for up to 175
    • A golf cart and driver for the first three hours of event time
    • Five hours of event time with additional guest arrival and end of night clean up time
    • 114 on site parking spaces for guests and vendors included in base rental rate
    • Full catering kitchen for on site food preparation
  • Additional amenities to enhance your experience:
    • Specialty flower gardens for ceremony and cocktail reception (June to September)
    • Out On A Limb treehouse feature for cocktail hour
    • Additional cart and driver for more transportation within the garden
    • Group rates for rehearsals prior to the big day
    • Additional time rental rates for extended photo sessions


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.

Other Facilities

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.

Other Services

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.

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    Amazing Day

    I wouldn't change anything! The Morris Arboretum was our first choice for a few reasons, one of which being sentimental, so we didn't really consider any other venues. Everything was lovely! The provided coordinator, Brit, was amazing! She made everything flow so smoothly and she was so nice. The grounds were awesome, so many places to take pictures.
    There was a massive storm for about the first half hour of cocktail hour, so we weren't able to use Out on a Limb, but everyone was moved into the reception early and it wasn't a problem.
    All of the teams worked really well together and if there were any issues, I was not aware of any. Everything was truly amazing!

    Morris Arboretum's reply:

    Dear Jessica,

    Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm so glad you and Tom had such a memorable time. I know we won't forget this one! I'm so glad you were able to capture so many great photos outside and that the ceremony was perfect before the storm. What a night! Thank you so much for sharing your love and your family and friends with us. We wish you the most happiness in your lives together!

    Sarah Ruth & The Rentals Team
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    Cristina A. Married on 11/05/2022
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    Our Perfect Autumn Wedding

    Sarah Ruth, the rentals manager at Morris Arboretum, guided us from day one of our wedding planning. She was professional, well organized, and her communication was excellent. Expectations were set from the beginning; Should you book here, remember that this is first an arboretum and protecting the grounds is top priority (tell your memaw to leave the confetti at home.) Nature gifted us an INCREDIBLE display of fall color. The event was seamless, our guests raved about both the foliage and the way the caterer used the spaces (be sure to go with Out on a Limb for your cocktail hour!) and our photographer marveled at the beautiful grounds. We felt supported in our decision to work with Morris Arboretum every step of the way. What a wonderful way to start our marriage! We are still glowing from the weekend. We absolutely recommend holding your wedding at Morris Arboretum

    Morris Arboretum's reply:

    Hi Cristina,

    Thank you so much for your kind words! We were so happy to have you and Joe with us for such an important (and lovely!) day. I appreciate you taking some time to share your experience with us and future couples. We hope that every wedding here is as beautiful and magical as yours!

    Have a great holiday season and enjoy each other so much!

    Sarah Ruth & the Rentals Team
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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.

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Morris Arboretum frequently asked questions

Morris Arboretum includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • Parking
  • Tables
The space offered by Morris Arboretum for wedding events is known for:
  • Garden
  • Historic Building
Morris Arboretum offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Morris Arboretum offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
Morris Arboretum offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
Morris Arboretum offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Tents
Morris Arboretum is recommended by 93% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.7 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.7 in quality of service, 4.7 in average response time, 4.7 in professionalism, 4.7 in value and 4.4 in flexibility.

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