4 Greater Philadelphia Historic Mansion Wedding Venues


 

There is no place more magical to celebrate your marriage than a mansion, rich with history and beauty. If the wedding venue of your dreams features stunning architecture, decor, and tales of the past, look no further. Here are four historic mansion wedding venues in Philadelphia that you do not want to miss:


Photo: Glen Foerd/Sweetwater Portraits

  1. Glen Foerd Mansion

Glen Foerd Mansion resides in the Torresdale neighborhood of Philadelphia, located on the Delaware River by the mouth of Poquessing Creek. It was constructed in 1850 as a summer home in the Italianate style by businessman Charles Macelester Jr. He was closely involved with former presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Jackson. The estate was renamed Glen Foerd from Glengarry in 1893 and renovated in Edwardian Classical Revival Style.

Not only is Glen Foerd surrounded by gorgeous oaks and rose gardens, but it has an extraordinary interior, adorned with antique treasures and chandeliers. It has a grand staircase for your remarkable wedding reception entrance and photographs. Glen Foerd is home to many works of Van Gogh and Monet in its beautiful art gallery. The mansion also has many customizable features, including a riverside structure to make your celebration one-of-a-kind.

Photo: Aldie Mansion

  1. Aldie Mansion

Constructed in 1927 in Doylestown, Aldie Mansion resides on 10 acres of stunning gardens, pathways, and fountains. The venue enchants guests with its Great Gatsby era architecture and spotless grounds. The mansion itself, formerly a private residence for William and Martha Mercer, features antique gargoyles and tilework. Aldie Mansion was once home to famous visitors including Groucho Marx and the Von Trapp family. Its masonry emulates the Mercer family home in Perthshire, Scotland; their old Victorian estate was built in the mid-1800s.

Photo: Aldie Mansion/Martin Reardon Photography

On the inside, Aldie Mansion boasts a 2,400 square-foot ballroom for over 200 guests to dance the night away. Its Great Hall, Library, and Boardroom are breathtaking spaces with fireplaces, oak panels, and leaded glass windows, creating a time capsule into the 20th century. The Tea Garden and 300-year-old Burr Oak tree are only two of countless places to host a magical wedding ceremony with unbelievable photo backdrops.

 

 

Photo: Ridgeland Mansion/Rebecca Barger Photography

  1. Ridgeland Mansion

Located in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park section, the Ridgeland Mansion was built on yeomen William Couch’s land in 1718. Over the course of many renovations, the farmhouse was transformed into a stunning five-acre estate constructed in Philadelphia Federal Style. Though it was once owned by George Clymer, a U.S. Founding Father, he never actually lived there.

The Barn at Ridgeland is an intimate space for up to 60-80 guests, perfect for banquets, theater productions, and small conferences. The Navi Trac Open Aires Tent can accommodate up to 300 people for the party of a lifetime. It is characterized by cathedral windows, a spacious dance floor, and a three-sided bar. The tent is available rain or shine! Ridgeland offers many more romantic spaces for various gatherings; The Secret Garden may entertain over 150 guests for ceremonies and receptions. The beautiful foliage and blossoms on Ridgeland grounds will bring wedding portraits to life.

Photo: Historic Strawberry Mansion

  1. Historic Strawberry Mansion

The Historic Strawberry Mansion, built in the 1780s, is a summer home situated in Philadelphia’s East Fairmount Park section. The mansion was originally named ‘Summerville’ by Judge William Lewis, one of the first people to draft slavery abolition legislature. Its current title originates from the farmers who used to rent it out; they served strawberries and cream to visitors. After many renovations, Strawberry Mansion now has Greek Revival Wings and a beautiful Federal style.

Strawberry Mansion is home to many historic gardens, including The Apiary to harvest honey, The Kitchen Garden to plant fresh produce, and The Elizabeth Price Martin Azalea Path to honor the first president of the estate. The grounds offer peaceful locations for secluded wedding ceremonies. Inside, the mansion is decorated with treasures and fine arts from the 18th and 19th centuries. The Ballroom, Lewis Parlor, and Banquet Room are just a few spaces showcasing murals, artifacts, and antique furniture. Outdoor celebrations at the Mansion may accommodate up to 250 guests.