The Sedgeley Club is an intimate wedding venue in the Fairmount Park area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This quaint property is beautifully nestled on the banks of the Schuylkill River along Boathouse Row. The property is the only operating lighthouse within the city and one of five throughout The Keystone State. This historic boathouse is a protected building that has served many generations throughout its history. Couples are welcome to add to the site’s legacy and create unforgettable memories of their own.
Facilities and Capacity
The main floor of the Sedgeley Club is used for weddings and other events and can accommodate up to 65 guests. It boasts scenic views of the river and the lush greenery of Fairmount Park. The Club has a main dining room with a historic fireplace and a stunning lighthouse. The club also features an enclosed porch ideal for summertime receptions that run long into the night. Used in accordance with the main dining room, this area acts as a gorgeous space for guests to converse and sip cocktails. Furthermore, get-ready rooms are provided for you, your partner, and both wedding parties. Here, you and your close friends can slowly but surely get ready ahead of the celebrations. Additional facilities include a full kitchen for on-site catering.
The Sedgeley Club provides a range of rental items to help decorate your big event. This includes 12 round tables, six rectangular tables, and four card tables for seated guests. A projector screen can also be used for slideshows or videos of the newlyweds-to-be. Additional equipment includes microphones, chairs, and a top-of-the-range sound and PA system. The site’s in-house steward helps with anything and everything you might need to make your day runs as flawlessly as possible. Due to the historic nature of the building, the Sedgeley Club suggests a list of preferred vendors who can best maximize its incredible space.
The Club is part of the Fairmount Park and all visitors must follow the parking regulations. Rental customers often choose to use a parking service, since the parking in the park is first-come, first served. Visitors to the club use Alber-Haff Parking Services or Open Door Valet. You can also choose to use classic Victorian style trolleys or deluxe motor coaches to transport your guests.
The Sedgeley Club began with a group of Philadelphia women who enjoyed biking and canoeing in the Schuylkill River. After their adventures, they wished for a place to relax, have tea, and store their bikes. In 1887, The Park Commission allowed the women to build around the lighthouse. The boathouse later opened in 1903 where you could store your bike overnight for 10 cents. In more modern times, the site is now used for celebratory events from weddings to birthday parties.
2 Reviews for Sedgeley Club
Recommended by 97% of couples
Samy · Married on 04/28/2018
We rented Sedgeley Club for our wedding rehearsal dinner. My husband and I were looking for a venue for the dinner for quite some time. Most places in the city have high rental prices and/or very rigid catering rules. It was hard for us to create the experience we wanted for our close friends and family. As soon as I read the story about Sedgeley’s founding and took a tour of the space, I was hooked and we knew it was the place for us. Right on the water on historic boat house row, it’s stunning inside and out. It features a large enclosed porch overlooking the water. We were in awe.Sent on 06/11/2018
The team that manages Sedgeley was very easy to work with. They were flexible with us every step of the way. We ended up hiring three host helpers to serve food and bartend. We ordered from a local restaurant and got it delivered to Sedgeley house and bought our own wine, liquor and beer. This really kept costs down – probably saving us half the cost of going with a traditional catering service at other venues.
Our guests loved it! The views of the city and Schuylkill River from Sedgeley house are spectacular. It felt very homey and comfortable and lent itself to a fabulous dinner for family and friends. Highly recommend it!
Elly · Married on 10/28/2007
We could not have found a better venue for our reception. The Sedgeley Club is on Boathouse Row, right on the river. It only seats 60 people, or 90 for a cocktail reception. It does not allow dancing as it is an historical building. But the beauty of the building and the views are enough to keep guests enjoying their time. We were told by many of our guests that ours was one of the best weddings they had been to. No one seemed to miss the dancing.Sent on 02/19/2008