Philadelphia holds many historic wedding venues where couples can say their “I dos” in front of a small gathering of guests. There are many choices in venues for those looking to have a historical Philadelphia wedding.
One historical wedding venue couples can choose is the Carpenter’s Historic Hall. This venue is an official part of the Independence National Historical Park. The Georgian style building that houses the Historic Hall, in 1774, hosted the First Continental Congress. The building has also held the First Bank and the Second Bank of the United States, as well as Franklin’s Library Company and the American Philosophical Society. America’s oldest guild trade owns this historic building.
The Christ Church in Philadelphia has been operating since 1695 and has its own burial ground with Benjamin Franklin’s tomb. The church has many historic American and English collections. It is often the site of weddings for couples in and around Philadelphia. There are even facilities in the church where couples can hold their wedding reception as well.
The First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia began in 1698 and the building itself is a combination of English and French gothic style. Its tower was added to the building in 1900. The inside and outside of the church include stone carvings of agricultural products that were significant during the 1870s, such as tobacco, corn, cotton, grapes and wheat.
The Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia is a popular venue for a historical wedding. They offer a wedding package for their court yard, which can accommodate weddings of up to 200 guests. Couples can add on extras to the wedding package such as tours of historic houses and historic interpreters. Part of the wedding package deal requires couples to choose a catering company that works with this venue.
For a large outdoor wedding an ideal historic venue is The Lake House Inn. The venue is located on Upper Bucks County’s Lake Nockamixon. This 19th century inn has been renovated to look and feel more modern. The landscaped garden looks out over the lake and provides a beautiful backdrop for weddings. Its ballroom has a stone water wall as well as well as water vistas and a draped ceiling. There is also a fire pit on the grounds of the garden that can be lit for an evening wedding reception or as a way to add more light to your grand exit before your guests have a chance to light their wedding sparklers to illuminate the path.
The American Swedish Historical Museum also hosts many weddings. The museum was modeled after a manor house of the 17th century. The venue has a Grand Hall which is two stories and boasts a painted vaulted ceiling and an elegant staircase. For an outdoor wedding, couples can get married under the property’s massive trees with a view of the museum’s park grounds behind them. When couples hold their wedding at this venue, their guests have full access to the museum’s exhibits.
These are among the best historic venues that Philadelphia has to offer couples planning a wedding. As a historical city, Philadelphia is popular among couples getting married.