Whist Weddings is a historic wedding venue located in Wilmington, Delaware. This private venue is home to the University and Whist Club. However, on your big day you do not need to be a member in order to experience the stunning Tilton Mansion. Additionally, because this venue is exclusive, you will get to experience privacy on your big day, because your wedding will be the only one taking place. Come experience this beautifully designed mansion as you host the wedding of your dreams.
Facilities and Capacity
Whist Weddings offers couples indoor and uncovered outdoor site options for all stages of their wedding, including their bridal shower, engagement party, and rehearsal dinner. Indoors, couples and guests will be surrounded by the elegant design features such as the grand staircase. In the outdoor sites, couples and guests will get to enjoy the peaceful garden. If you do decide on an outdoor setting and the weather does not work out on your big day, you can seamlessly move your wedding into the ballroom. The property also features private dressing rooms for both parties. All of these sites also provide you with stunning backdrops for your wedding-day photographs. Depending on the wedding event, the venue can accommodate different size wedding parties. For smaller gatherings like for hors d'oeuvres, couples can invite up to 200 of their friends and family. Then, after your ceremony is over, you can enjoy your reception with up to 150 of your guests.
Whist Weddings equips each couple with an in-house wedding coordinator. They assist with planning and personalizing each wedding so that couples can have their own one-of-a-kind event that meets all their needs. You are welcome to choose from one of the all-inclusive wedding packages. With the packages, couples will receive floral centerpieces, off-street parking, complimentary overnight accommodations, and much more. Both couples and guests also have valet and wheelchair access if needed. Other services include:
Recommended by 100% of couples
Melissa · Married on 09/22/2018
I honestly have zero complaints about our wedding for 130 guests on a Saturday at 5pm. The U & Whist Club far exceeded our expectations and treated us in a genuine and respectful manner throughout the planning process (which began about 8 months before). Not only were we impressed by the fun and friendly service throughout our wedding (servers, bartenders, bussers), the fantastic food (stuffed chicken, short ribs, veggie pad Thai), and above and beyond decor/ambiance, but our guests have not stopped raving about what a great job this venue did! It’s one thing to be so appreciative for outstanding service at a very affordable cost, but to receive compliments from guests is really wonderful and we are so grateful. Margaret and William were excellent coordinators; staying flexible while keeping us on track. Margaret clearly has plenty of experience with event planning and wedding ideas/short cuts/solutions...a sort of Wedding Whisperer! Jamie, part of the catering team, treated us with friendly and accommodating service all night.
The U & Whist Club makes the planning so simple by including floral centerpieces, cake, linens, and catering in one package. We were left to hire a photographer, dj, and had bouquets and extra floral arrangements done by M. Coty Desings in addition to the included centerpieces.
I cannot say enough great things about this venue. Our wedding was easily the best day of my life and U & Whist Club was the foundation for making that happen. We even received a Thank You note from a guest saying how much they enjoyed the evening!
kari · Married on 10/20/2018
I LOVE the University & Whist Club, I highly recommend this venue. I had my rehearsal dinner, ceremony and wedding reception here. The Whist staff go out of their way to make sure your special day is perfect. Margaret, the Wedding and Banquet Coordinator, was with me every step of the way and always quick to respond to my questions or concerns. She offered many great suggestions and always willing to accommodate our needs. Other staff including William, Jamie, Jeff and Gloria were there to attend to every detail so I would not have to worry about a thing. The food for our rehearsal dinner and wedding was fantastic. The Whist's interior rooms are lovely and inviting. The new ballroom is stunning. We chose to have the ceremony outside and the Whist's grounds were landscaped beautifully for a fall day. The Whist Club is a perfect venue for your wedding or any special event!
Krista · Married on 10/13/2018
Margaret, William and the rest of the Whist Club crew were fantastic!! We were truly impressed with the professionalism, patience and flawless hospitality. The Whist Club accommodated our requests and went above and beyond to make our day so special!! We highly recommend the Whist Club-it’s a hidden gem!!
Whist Weddings Price Rates
Brides who attend our 2019 Bridal Show Experience on Sunday, April 7th 11-3PM and BOOK that SAME DAY will receive a 10% discount off of their wedding package. MUST be present the day of the Bridal Show. One Day ONLY deal.
Purchase tickets here: http://bit.ly/2019BridalShow
On Sunday, April 7th, from 11AM-3PM, the Tilton Mansion, home to The University and Whist Club will be hosting a 'mock wedding' Open House of their Whist Wedding Venue.
View our gardens set up for an outdoor ceremony, set up with our white outdoor wedding chairs. Explore the mansion as it is set up for a brides wedding day.
Any couple that books their wedding the day of the event will receive a 10% discount on their wedding package.
Tickets on sale NOW: http://bit.ly/2019BridalShow
Whist Weddings is a beautiful venue. The perfect place for your wedding or event. The staff is very professional and great to work with.
As close as you can get - locally - to a "castle" environment. Great venue!
University and Whist is a great place to have a wedding/wedding reception.