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Price range: $5,900 - $7,100 Price range: $3,200 - $4,500
Couples usually spend $6,250 Couples usually spend $3,700
Reception
$5,300 starting price
Reception
$3,100 starting price
These prices are available for the months of May, Jun, Sep, Oct. These prices are available for the months of Apr, Jul, Aug.

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About

On WeddingWire since 2013

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. We offer our Big Tent for up to 350 guests one weekend a year in June. Ask about the Big Tent special! The grounds have multiple outdoor ceremony locations to choose from, as well as a few specialty garden features to enhance your event like the Rose Garden and our treehouse: Out on a Limb. 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.

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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

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
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Reviews of Morris Arboretum

4.7 out of 5 rating
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
4.7 out of 5 rating
95 Reviews
93% recommend it
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    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.4 out of 5 rating
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Morris Arboretum is highly recommended as a wedding venue due to its beautiful grounds and exceptional staff. Reviewers praised the responsive and helpful team, as well as the flexibility and affordability of the venue. The stunning scenery, including gardens, trees, and a treehouse for cocktail hour, created a unique and magical experience for couples and guests.

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Morris Arboretum is highly recommended as a wedding venue due to its beautiful grounds and exceptional staff. Reviewers praised the responsive and helpful team, as well as the flexibility and affordability of the venue. The stunning scenery, including gardens, trees, and a treehouse for cocktail hour, created a unique and magical experience for couples and guests.

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Emma D. Sent on 05/14/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Gorgeous wedding day!

We’re so happy to have chosen Morris as our wedding venue. The gardens are gorgeous and made for the perfect backdrop for our dream wedding. Everyone who works on the rentals team is extremely kind, communicative, and helpful when in the wedding planning process. As an LGBTQ+ we felt comfortable and accepted immediately during our first interactions with the team. Our guests raved about how stunning everything was, and how professional/organized the staff were. We’re grateful for the Morris team for working so effortlessly to make sure our day was perfect, and for collaborating with our day of coordinator/wedding planner when needed! We chose the Silk Tree Grove for our ceremony which is the furthest ceremony site for guests to walk to. When choosing this spot we were nervous about the distance but on the wedding day staff were quick to pick up guests in the golf cart and guide people when needed! We’re so happy to have chosen the spot we did for the ceremony because the tree you stand in front of makes for the perfect alter. We highly recommend having your wedding at Morris for the friendly, helpful staff and of course the absolutely gorgeous gardens.
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Bridge S. Sent on 11/24/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The Perfect Day

We got married at Morris a few weeks ago on November 4. It was the day before Daylight Savings, and we were really battling daylight. Thanks to the AMAZING staff at Morris, everything went according to plan, and the timing worked out perfectly.

The entire team was responsive throughout the planning process. My husband and I were able to visit Morris for free throughout planning so we could ensure we knew exactly what we wanted for the ceremony and for photos day-of. The process for the rehearsal was very simple and straightforward. And wedding day was made possible by the fantastic team of golf cart drivers who made sure everyone was exactly where they needed to be on time (including us!).

Affordable, beautiful, and flexible... I can't say enough good things!
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Andrea L. Sent on 07/19/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Gorgeous setting for a phenomenal wedding

Best wedding ever? I’m biased (I’m the MOB), but several guests commented on how stunning and personal it was, thanks in no small part to the arboretum. The grounds are natural and varied (flower gardens, wooded paths, pond, sculpture-dotted lawns). A big plus is having a choice of site for ceremony and cocktail hour. We had a simple Quaker-style ceremony at Baxter and cocktails cocooned under the trees at Out on A Limb—very special. Guests could arrive at 5 and tour the arboretum for an hour before the ceremony.

Staff were helpful during planning (Sarah Ruth and Toy) and on the day (Ken) and included a golf cart driver to get around the grounds for pre-ceremony photographs and to transport those who needed help.

About cost: This was neither the most nor least expensive place we considered, but there are a number of factors that made it less costly: choice of caterer from their list (we had Bruno’s—great), which keeps you from paying monopoly prices; BYOB (tremendously cost effective); and the beautiful surroundings, which made a lot of flowers and other décor unnecessary. Note that they use dynamic pricing, depending on day/time of year and how booked they are.
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Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
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

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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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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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