The Patio at Archmere Academy is a historic wedding venue located in Claymont, Delaware. At this venue, couples and guests will be situated less than an hour away from downtown Philadelphia. Though couples cannot use this site for their actual wedding ceremony. However, they are more than welcome to use this classy space for hosting unforgettable receptions. With its stunning Italian Renaissance style, this venue will leave a lasting impression on you and your guests.
Facilities and Capacity
Everything about the Patio at Archmere Academy emits luxury. If you are looking to make a memorable entrance, you can take advantage of the double staircase. All eyes will be on you as you descend in style. Your reception will be complemented by arches, columns, and statues that provide structure to the space. Then, details like the Botticino marble add that special extra touch. Inside this meticulously designed space, you will feel transported to a Gatsby-era building. You are welcome to invite up to 200 guests to join you here. The patio areas are just as stylish and sophisticated for couples looking for an outdoor reception space.
Because the little details are what makes your wedding special, the team at the Patio at Archmere Academy take great care to ensure that every little detail is perfect. They make sure that each couple experiences personalized service as they plan their dream wedding. Additionally, if you would like to host your bridal shower or engagement on the property as well, then the team can help you plan and carry out those as well. In addition to offering services such as setup and cleanup, couples can choose from the following decorations:
Couples are also welcome to have J. Scott Catering prepare a personalized wedding-day meal for them and their guests. Their specialty is upscale cuisine that they can modify to meet any dietary needs you might have.
Recommended by 87% of couples
Lisa · Married on 09/29/2018
A magical venue
My husband and I are from Delaware, but we didn't have any personal ties to Archmere. However, when we saw the Patio in person we were totally blown away. The building is gorgeous inside and out. It's a beautiful setting for pictures. It isn't air conditioned, which made us a little nervous for our wedding at the end of September, but we had a gorgeous 72 degree day. We were able to keep the doors to the patio open and guests could step out onto the patio as needed to cool off and get some fresh air. A friend had told us they had issues with sound echoing at an event they had attended at the Patio in the past, but we worked with a DJ who was familiar with the space and everyone was able to hear the speeches and music well on the day of the wedding. The price for the space itself is on the high side, but J Scott's catering prices (the caterer you have to use at the Patio) are very reasonable, especially since their food is fantastic. Overall, the price averaged out to be comparable or cheaper than the price at other similar venues. You also get access to the whole house with your rental, so our guests, both young and old, had fun exploring the entire old house during cocktail hour and taking a break in the library if they wanted some time away from the music. We had 175 guests, and they fit perfectly in the space. It's nice to be able to seat all your guests in one room, which isn't always possible in venues that are old houses. The Patio at Archmere really helped to make our day perfect - lovely pictures outside the house, and great memories watching our bridal party enter the reception from the balcony overlooking the atrium and dancing the night away under the stained glass ceiling. It's a venue as special as your wedding day.
Shonette · Married on 05/15/2010
Not only is the Patio a breathtaking location, but their event coordinator Lisa and her assistance, guidance and personal attention are second to none. We could have never had the wedding we had there without her help. She is genuine and supportive and will help you every step of the way! We LOVED our reception and everyone who attended our wedding is still commenting on how gorgeous the space was! Its worth every penny becuase of the help and support that Lisa provides. Without the help that she provides its just an old mansion.
Kristin · Married on 09/23/2006
Venue was perfect - a dream come true! We used the outside patio for the cocktail hour, there was a huge dance floor and a great place to take pictures. Lisa the event planner is phenomenal!!