Tented wedding venues offer just the right fit for today’s environment. Not only do they protect you and your guests from the elements such as rain and sun, but tents with retractable panels bring in that evening breeze and create a larger area within a finite footprint.
In fact, modern tents may come with amenities such as a chandelier, bistro lighting and packages that include dance floors, power and climate control for the ultimate in guest comfort. Replicating the indoors but with the fresh air, green grass and sun-kissed scent only the outdoors can provide.
These Philadelphia wedding venues have semi-permanent or permanent tents on their grounds during the majority of the year.
The Vistas at the Vineyard offers an unparalleled outdoor setting in a state-of-the-art large tent between April and the end of November at Crossing Vineyards in Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. There is also plenty of outside space to spread out and social distance. For those interested in indoor spaces, Crossing Vineyards choices include its Vineyard Room, a beautiful converted hay loft, The Barrel Room and Winery, and The Garden Room with panoramic views of the vineyard.
Situated on more than five acres of seasonally changing blooms and greenery, Terrain at Styers combines nature with historic spaces. Located in Glen Mills, stone pathways and ancient sycamore trees lead to a 100 year old wooden temple sourced from India, greenhouse, covered porch for cocktail hour, garden shed, The Mushroom House–all located on the former site of J. Franklin Styers nursey, a local landmark for more than 100 years. Make history of your own under the moonlight and their tented space, available to host up to 75 guests. Or within the facility, Terrain at Styers’ indoor reception areas allow for up to 110 guests for a seated dinner, with room for dancing.
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Located in Conshohocken, The Spring Mill Café is a BYO restaurant serving French country fare–and event venue offering a romantic ambiance inspired by the Loire Valley, perfect for any wedding or special occasion.
The historic property features the original Spring Mill general store, now an event space and restaurant along with the picturesque converted farmhouse event space. Guests are invited to enjoy a cocktail style event on our outdoor courtyard or dine outdoors adjacent the gardens under the clear blue skies or under the tent.
Those looking for a romantic tented space are in luck with two tents on the historic six acre property at Corinthian Yacht Club overlooking the Delaware River in Essington, Pennsylvania. Imagine sunsets as you and your guests gaze on the reflecting river as well as views of the Commodore Barry Bridge.
Dance under the stars in the year-round tent on the grounds of Anthony Wayne House in Devon, Pennsylvania. The 40×80 clear paneled tent allows for views of ever-blooming gardens and lush woodlands that surround the renovated carriage house. It accommodates around 350 guests.
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Not only does this historic Tall Ship in Philadelphia provide captivating panoramic views of the Delaware River, Center City, and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, but it protects you from the elements with a permanent tented space on its deck year-round. Enjoy the open-air experience on Moshulu’s multi-level decks or celebrate in its ballroom on the main floor.
Mother Nature provides the backdrop for a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia. But it’s the venue that provides a historic Carriage House with a tented area for a reception (available April through October) amid 92 acres of lush, romantic gardens, bubbling fountains, and historic features.
In addition to unique spaces such as the Corn Crib, and 19th Century Barn, The Farm at Eagles Ridge has a large 60×90 tent where you can celebrate–all while enjoying 150 acres of pristine Lancaster County farmland on its property.
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The charming, circa 1740 farmhouse and its 1792 Federal Barn, offer a pastoral setting perfect for indoor and outdoor celebrations situated on three acres of landscaped grounds on the outskirts of Valley Forge Park in Chester County.
Those interested in taking in the scenery can enjoy their reception within Duportail House’s 20×30 tented (April – December) patio and may tent its lawn for accommodations up to 160 guests.
Aptly named, Terrain Gardens at Devon Yard has a secluded ceremony space inspired by European gardens that changes with the season. Its weather protected porch overlooks the gardens with access to its spacious reception room that features reclaimed barn wood floors and farm tables, a built-in bar and Danish designed seating.
When change happens, Terrain embraces their creativity. The porch can host up to 70 and is the perfect area to utilize Terrain’s beautiful pop tents. Their spaces are able to host outdoor celebrations through Fall 2020!
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Tyler Arboretum located in Media, Delaware County, in Pennsylvania recently completed a $1.2 million renovation project of its 1792 barn as well as new tent spaces featuring bistro lighting and fans. Within the stone bank barn and tented space over its adjacent patio, there is room for 200 guests all while overlooking mature trees and a stream on the arboretum’s 650 acres.
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Philadelphia Zoo is located on 42 acres of Victorian Gardens with sparkling fountains and a rare glimpse of nature and exotic animals, all in real time.
In addition to a LEED-certified building, floor-to-ceiling glass exhibits and outdoor plazas, Philadelphia has a permanent tent on campus, Peacock Pavilion. It’s is 50 feet x 90 feet, allowing for seating up approximately 400 guests.
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Historic Appleford Estate’s terrace comprised of flagstone is a tented space overlooking English gardens and may seat up to 200 guests for a wedding on The Main Line in Villanova. The space is tented from April through November.
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Celebrate under Bartram’s Garden’s new open-air pavilion in the country’s oldest botanical garden. The Philadelphia skyline and river views dot the horizon. The venue’s customizable Eastwick Pavilion accommodates up to 300 guests and features a covered porch and Love Park granite patio.
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Imagine your first dance in Audubon’s climate-controlled barn and pavilion any time of the year. Just outside of the rustic venue is an apple orchard, a 19th-century fieldstone barn, and winding creek tucked away on 175 acres of meadows, rolling hills and pathways to pristine woods. Audubon allows for up to 250 guests.
Following your ceremony on the bucolic grounds, cocktail hour on the balcony of the Terrace Pavilion, party under the stars in the venue’s new clear paneled 40 x 100’ tent with views of the nearby, majestic Fonthill Castle. Located in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Fonthill Castle with its indoor and outdoor capabilities will literally bring your fairytale wedding to fruition.
Set among towering trees, bordering gardens, and expansive lawns descending from terraces at the rear, you will find Cairnwood Estate. Its many beautiful reception options include its flagstone South Terrace. It may be tented, draped, or left al fresco–lovely for sit-down dinners with 230 guests or an elegant stations-style event for up to 275. While dining, your guests will enjoy the vantage point of beautiful vistas of the Estate’s vast manicured lawn and Bryn Athyn Cathedral.
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