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 a tent or in the Widener Visitor Center, a gorgeous 100-year-old stone carriage house.
Morris Arboretum has a wide variety of services for the big day. They can provide the following services to couples:
The historic wedding venue does not allow outside caterers. Their list of approved caterers offers a wide variety of menu options, styles and services.
Before the celebration, your wedding party can use the prep room for one hour. There is wheelchair access and parking on the premises.
The venue can host your engagement party, bridal shower, ceremony and reception. A golf cart and drive can be provided for photo shoots around the elegant property.
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.
Recommended by 93% of couples
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Nicole · Married on 08/22/2015
I recently had my wedding at Morris Arboretum, and we loved it SO much that I had to make sure I reviewed it before we leave for our honeymoon! Christopher, Ann Marie, and the rest of the staff at Morris allowed me to honestly have the best day of my life. It didn't hurt that my weather was perfect, but my ceremony was under the trees while violins played, my cocktail hour was in an adult TREEHOUSE and my reception was under a white tent surrounded by flowers. Our entire bridal party even used golf carts to drive around the 95 acre arboretum before the ceremony to easily take our pictures with naturally gorgeous backgrounds. I could not recommend Morris Arboretum more, and I am so unbelievably pleased that we went with our gut and chose the first venue we looked at! We also are becoming members here using the wedding discount so that for the next year my husband and I can relive our wedding day whenever we want. Best.Day.Ever.Sent on 08/25/2015
Diana · Married on 06/01/2019
A fairy tale wedding location. Not your typical venue.
My husband and I were married at the Morris Arboretum in June 2019. Booking the Morris as our venue was one of the best wedding related decisions that we made. Looking at all the different venues in the area was an overwhelming experience, but when we arrived at the Morris Arboretum we knew we found the place we would get married. We had our first look in the rose garden at 4pm, this allowed us to get the majority of photos done prior to the ceremony and enjoy our cocktail hour. The atmosphere was romantic and private. After the first look, bridal party, and family photos we had our ceremony at Baxter’s Memorial. This location on the grounds was perfect for us and provided a beautiful brick balcony type of fixture. After the ceremony, we arranged to have our cocktail hour on Out on a Limb. This was a unique experience and not the standard cocktail hour. Guests were able to enjoy their cocktails while overlooking the grounds of the arboretum. I especially liked getting married at the Morris Arboretum because it provided a special and different experience for our guests. While my husband and I got our pictures taken, our guests were able to walk around the grounds and see all the beauty that the gardens have to offer. After our wedding, we kept receiving texts from our guests stating how the wedding and venue was unlike any of the other places they have been. My husband and I plan to go back and visit the spot we were married frequently and remember our special day together. That is something that cannot be done at the other chain-like venues. Our wedding at the Morris Arboretum was truly a dream and exactly what we imagined.Sent on 06/06/2019
Maura · Married on 04/13/2019
Perfect and Easy - Stunning Venue
Morris was very easy to deal with from day 1. They were clear about what they offered, and helped us to ensure it was the right fit. It is a beautiful, no-frills but perfectly natural and simple venue. We were looking for something that would help us to all be in the space together with a stunning landscape - it was great!Sent on 04/21/2019
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.