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Morris Arboretum

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania View map Visit website
2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
Rating 4.7 out of 5
76 reviews
$6k - $7k For 100 Guests
Up to 175 guests

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2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
$6k - $7k For 100 Guests
Up to 175 guests

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.

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

Cuisine

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.

History

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.

Location

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

5,300.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

3,100.00

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

No

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Parking
Tables

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

175

Describe your venue:

Garden
Historic Building

What kind of settings are available?

Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party

What event services do you offer?

Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms

What event items are available?

Chairs
Tables
Tents

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

April
July
August

76 Reviews

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4.7
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Recommended by 94% of couples
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    Rating 4.8 out of 5
  • Flexibility
    Rating 4.4 out of 5

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    Kelly Married on 04/02/2022
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    Gorgeous Venue - Trees Are Worth It

    My partner and I had our wedding ceremony and party at Morris and the ceremony was perfect. The trees, the cherry blossoms, the wild flowers and the sunset was all just breathtaking. My photographer had shot at the arboretum previously and her expertise was lovely day-of. Planning the wedding layout and keeping me organized with the payments - Morris was there for me. I can't recommend this venue enough.

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  • Tara
    Tara E. Married on 10/09/2021
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    My Dream Wedding

    I knew I wanted to have my wedding reception at the Morris Arboretum before I was even engaged! The grounds and gardens are gorgeous. The venue was perfect for my vintage, Bridgerton garden theme. This venue offers such a unique experience, especially with the option to have your cocktail hour in the "Out on a Limb" treehouse, which we did. Our guests are still raving about how unique it was. The sunset during cocktail hour in early October along w/ our harpist we had playing created a whimsical experience in the trees. The reception tent fits about 175, but we had 115 and it was perfect. Just enough room for the dance floor, bar area, and tables without it being too crowded. The staff at the MA are super kind, helpful and responsive. They offer a golf cart for the day of to transport for photos, to explore the grounds and help elderly/handicapped folks around. There are a lot of rules since this is an arboretum and they have to protect it, but you honestly don't need much given the natural beauty. We used Wild Stems to install the dance floor and ceiling decor for the tent and Company's Coming as our caterer. The whole experience was perfect. Our guests, family, friends and most importantly ourselves all had a lovely, fun, memorable time. Everyone is still talking about it! The MA and their staff were a huge part of our wedding success!
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    Kristin B. Married on 09/12/2021
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    Unique & Beautiful Location

    Morris Arboretum was an absolutely perfect venue for our wedding. We really wanted an outdoor wedding and with COVID, we were especially glad that the entire evening (ceremony & reception) could be hosted outside. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and extremely well maintained. We opted to have the ceremony at Pennock Walk in front of the small garden and fountain. Our cocktail hour was hosted in Out On a Limb (at sunset) which is basically a huge tree house- not many people get that opportunity!! Our reception was held under a large canopy tent behind the visitor center. Sarah Ruth and Shawn were so nice to work with and their details sheet was instrumental in helping to figure out all of the small details and planning. Becky was our day of supervisor and she helped the evening to flow seamlessly. We arrived to the venue early to take pictures and she helped to coordinate our location with our golf cart driver so guests wouldn't see us before the ceremony. Becky is also a life-saving seamstress!! I would highly recommend this venue - it was just perfect and the staff was phenomenal.

Awards

  • 76
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Danielle & Joseph
    71 photos · 09/13/2019
  • Caroline & Hin
    24 photos · 07/12/2019
  • Annette & Ben
    31 photos · 04/27/2019
  • Olivia & Sean
    22 photos · 04/14/2019
  • Deanna & Gage
    19 photos · 04/27/2018
  • John & Jennifer
    22 photos · 05/18/2015

Professional Network & Endorsements

1 Endorsement
Joshua's Catering Joshua's Catering Wedding Caterers

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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100 East Northwestern Avenue Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19118
2152475777
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Morris Arboretum frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Morris Arboretum?

Morris Arboretum includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • Parking
  • Tables

What are the most important characteristics of Morris Arboretum in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Morris Arboretum for wedding events is known for:
  • Garden
  • Historic Building

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Morris Arboretum for wedding events?

Morris Arboretum offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does Morris Arboretum offer?

Morris Arboretum offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party

What services does Morris Arboretum offer for wedding events?

Morris Arboretum offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms

What furniture and decorations does Morris Arboretum have available for wedding events?

Morris Arboretum offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Tents

What percentage of users recommend Morris Arboretum and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Morris Arboretum is recommended by 77% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.7 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in professionalism, 4.8 in value, 4.7 in average response time and 4.4 in flexibility.

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