Allow the artsy, creative and historical soul of the city shine through some of the most unique Philadelphia wedding venues. From industrial wedding venues in Philadelphia’s former warehouse districts to community arts centers to verdant gardens overflowing with lush local flora, the city’s best wedding venues come in all shapes and sizes to suit just about every couple’s individual tastes.
Visit these unique Philadelphia wedding venues to find the perfect fit for you upcoming Philly wedding.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
By now, you’re sure to have heard about, read about or visited Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, one of the most unique Philadelphia wedding venues. This South Street project is a community art center, gallery and visionary art environment, all in one. The gardens’ now-iconic mirrored mosaic tile installation measures 3,000-square feet and was created over a period of 14 years by artist Isaiah Zagar. An awe-inspiring wedding venue, to be sure, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens includes two indoor galleries and an outdoor labyrinthine mosaic sculpture that couples love to wed beside. All three spaces are available for wedding events, and this venue has the capacity to host up to 75 wedding guests, making it ideal for intimate gatherings.
Power Plant Productions
Head to Old City to experience Power Plant Productions, a unique, industrial chic wedding venue that is more chic than industrial. Retaining much of the original warehouse fixtures from its history as a 20th century power plant and Wilbur Chocolate Factory, this venue offers diagonal dark wood floors, steel beams, a 25-foot loft ceiling, exposed and painted brick walls, 34 feet of industrial windows and an interior smokestack. Your Philadelphia wedding of up to 110 guests would fit well into this venue’s more than 4,000 square feet of mostly open space.
Built in the 18th century for wealthy colonials, this Georgian-style mansion is now managed by the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks as a museum about colonial revivalism. Various rooms inside the house are available for hosting, as well as the garden, which has a tent and may host up to 100 guests. Cocktail receptions of 75 guests or less can be accommodated on the house’s first and second floors, while the second floor ballroom is available for seated dinners of 50 people or less.
The Horticulture Center
This Fairmount Park greenhouse is one of the most unique Philadelphia wedding venues. At nearly 150 years old, the space wears its age well and continues to draw in modern couples who appreciate the clusters of flowers, verdant plants and glass-walled nature of The Horticulture Center. Perfect for romantic, garden wedding (https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-ideas/garden-wedding-decorations) themes, the indoor conservatory event space still allows you to feel like you’re ensconced in nature. This space include four distinct event spaces and may host up to 300 wedding guests.
Crane Arts Center
One of the city’s Industrial spaces that have been lovingly restored, Crane Arts Center began as The Crane Company Building in 1905. Built of cast concrete and covered with a brick facade, the building had a former life as a plumbing warehouse and a frozen seafood processing plant. Local artists now occupy much of the space in the building, including a space that was once a walk-in-freezer being turned into the Ice Box Project. As an event space, the concrete floors, bare white walls and overhead track lighting creates the perfect canvas for minimalist couples.
If you and your love are nature lovers, this dreamy garden will instantly become your favorite wedding venue. Set on 45 acres, Bartram’s Garden is America’s oldest botanic garden and a National Historic Landmark. Though the grounds are lush, this unique venue is actually quite affordable (https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-ideas/philadelphia-affordable-wedding-venues) for a Philadelphia wedding. Eastwick Pavilion is a new structure on the property that offers gorgeous views of the Philadelphia area. Host up to 300 total wedding guests at this spacious venue.
One of the most unique Philadelphia wedding venues was born after the owners stumbled on a vacant warehouse under the Manayunk bridge. Careful renovation and restoration of the space unearthed the storied history of this hidden gem. Located a stone’s throw from the Schuylkill River, Artesano Gallery is an expansive, open event space that offers couples the opportunity to host multiple wedding events — ceremony, cocktail hour and reception — under one roof. Each room in Artesano Gallery offers a different visual experience, but most show off the warehouse’s original details, like exposed beam ceilings and and exposed brick pillars. Additionally, personalized in-house catering by Executive Chef Kelly Cook is innovative with familiar flavors. Host up to 300 wedding guests at this space.
The Knowlton Mansion
The Knowlton Mansion is one of the most unique Philadelphia wedding venues because its spacious, pastoral setting is not tucked away in the far-flung countryside, but located right here in the city of Philadelphia. This gorgeous outdoor wedding venue is a 19th century mansion set on 13 acres of lush, but manicured gardens. The home, a Victorian with modern upgrades, the grounds and the stables are all available for hosting various wedding events. Philly couples looking for a historic home venue can host up to 175 wedding guests at The Knowlton Mansion.