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Wedding: 6/8/2014
Member Since: 4/30/2013 verified review
Beautiful Venue for Ceremony & Reception    posted 7/5/2014

We wanted a beautiful outdoor but informal wedding venue where we could have the ceremony and reception. We had guests traveling into Philadelphia from many other cities and we didn't want to subject our guests to too much moving around. We also needed something that had indoor space in case of rain.

Awbury has extensive grounds that are beautiful, and a stunning house that is part of the rental package. The first floor has two giant rooms with huge windows that look out onto the gardens. There are two bathrooms, an extra room that could be used as a coatroom or caterer staging area, and a kitchen. We used the upstairs conference room with attached bathroom as a dressing room for the bridal party. There is also a wide porch on two sides of the house. We used the porch for the bar, the toasting area and for dancing--the porch has a large circular portion on the side that is perfect for dancing.

We set up our dinner tables on the side of the house under the trees. Our ceremony was held behind the house in front of flowering bushes. My bridal party walked out the back door of the house, along the gravel pathway that surrounds the circular lawn, and over to the ceremony area.
After the ceremony, we walked back to the porch for toasts, then did all of our photographs right there by the house. Everything was gorgeous!

Our reception dinner was under the trees. The caterers set up in the front room and we used the back room for the dessert table and for our family slide show and singing (we had a lot of guest singing!). We also used the circular lawn for yard games after dinner. We had more than enough room for everything and the progression of the event from space to space was seamless.

The whole Arboretum is super beautiful! There are multiple areas to use for every part of the wedding event. Guests didn't have to leave and travel somewhere else. The staff helped us set-up and clean-up afterwards.

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Wedding: 10/12/2013
Member Since: 1/7/2013 verified review
Beautiful    posted 10/24/2013 (updated 11/16/2013)

Awbury Arboretum is a wonderful place to have an intimate but elegant event. The grounds are amazing. If you are looking for formality and manicured gardens, it is probably not for you. However, if you are looking for rustic and historic elegance, it can't be beat.

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Wedding: 6/8/2013
Member Since: 6/29/2011 verified review
great    posted 6/23/2013

great service, loved every minute

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Historic, Affordable Greenspace in Philadelphia

Rolling lawns, gentle swales, weltands, woods & copses of tulip trees, ashes, sassafras, & dogwoods. Please consider visiting and renting our beautifully refurbished parlors & porch for your special occasion. Relax, dance, feast, celebrate--we would love to have you be a part of the Awbury story


  • Price Range: $
  • Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Onsite Parking, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Outside Caterers Allowed, Tented Area, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Capacity: Up to 200
  • Style: Botanic Garden/Park, Mansion/Historic Site, Unusual/Alternative