Find out about Philadelphia wedding venues for history lovers, how our list can help you discover historic event spaces, and get your planning started.
Flipping our calendars to welcome President’s Day, a few federally-granted days off that mark the middle of the month. Still, the holiday is so much more than a long weekend; it’s a commemoration of history, of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, two of our country’s greatest presidents.
One might think that they would have to be in D.C. to properly observe the holiday. However, Philadelphia offers equally as historical and meaningful locations for celebration. In fact, some could even serve as the background for your special day.
Here are five iconic Philadelphia wedding venues for the history-loving couple!
Photo: General Warren Inne
Five Historic Private Event Spaces in Greater Philadelphia
1. General Warren Inne
Situated in the beautiful suburb of Malvern, General Warren Inne is ideal for a medium-sized wedding, hosting up to 130 guests, and allows newlyweds to hold their ceremonies in front of a multitude of beautiful backdrops, whether it be fireside in the dining room, or on the terrace by the 250-year-old spring house.
During the Revolutionary War, the British and Continental armies alike marched on the inn. In fact, it was even co-opted as a hostage-taking destination for American civilians.
Lastly, this venue is embellished with lush greenery. It is also enveloped in a sense of historical richness. Certainly, General Warren Inn is a perfect backdrop for any couple’s special day.
The General Warren may host up to 130 guests.
Photo: Ridgeland Mansion/Heidi Roland Photography
2. Ridgeland Mansion
Nestled in the renowned West Fairmount Park, Ridgeland Mansion was built in 1719. In fact, it was built in a style that emulates the classic Philadelphia architecture of the time.
You will find an intimate secret garden, beautiful bridal and groom suites, boasting the former residence of a Founding Father and pre-dating the independence of our country itself. Ridgeland Mansion provides a one-of-a-kind wedding experience for guests and newlyweds alike.
Over 300 years later, Ridgeland Mansion serves as a stunning backdrop for an outdoor tent that can host up to 300 guests. It’s every history-lover’s dream summer wedding!
Photo: Museum of the American Revolution
3. Museum of the American Revolution
Nothing screams “I do” like getting married in front of eighteenth century gunpowder! The Museum of the American Revolution, located in the heart of Center City, of course features stunning galleries that capture the first beginnings of our nation, but also grand staircases and
impressive architecture that mirrors the sentiment of the museum itself.
Whether glowing in the natural lighting of Liberty Hall or dancing the night away in the Rotunda with up to 300 guests, a wedding at the Museum of the American Revolution is sure to be…revolutionary!
Photo: Fort Mifflin/Black White and Raw Photography
4. Fort Mifflin
Perched on the Delaware River, commissioned in 1771 and originally known as Fort Battery Island, the historic Fort Mifflin played an important part in the Revolutionary War, captured by the Brits, as well as in the Civil War, when it housed prisoners. Even if the cannons and the historical reenactments aren’t quite your style, the beautiful location right on the water serves as an amazing spot for engagement pictures, rehearsal dinners or bachelor and bachelorette parties.
As a wedding venue, Fort Mifflin is about as unique as it gets, combining indoor and outdoor spaces, and engaging its rich past to commemorate the newlywed couple’s promising future!
Photo: National Constitution Center
5. National Constitution Center
Just a block under Franklin Square, the National Constitution Center offers a timeless and historically significant venue: why host your special day anywhere but one of the most specialplaces in America? The center brings the constitution to life through rare artifacts, interactive exhibits, and live theater.
However, and more importantly for wedding-planners, it has a beautiful open Grand Hall Overlook. It features a 60-foot ceiling, and sweeping windows to captivate up to 250 guests! With space for the ceremony in the elegant Grand Hall Lobby, the National Constitution Center is a unique venue that offers the bride and groom a wedding experience just as monumental as the
pieces it stores.
It’s easy to see why these are the perfect Philadelphia wedding venues for the history-loving couple.
In the City of Brotherly Love, there is nothing quite like a historic Philadelphia wedding venue!