My TOP 5 Wedding Venues in Philadelphia

So you just got engaged…. what’s next? Booking your Philly wedding venue!

As with all things wedding planning, there are a number of things to consider with each venue you look at. From the perspective of a wedding photographer, there are a few things I always look for in wedding venues in Philadelphia. They are location, quality of service, and photo accessibility. Each one of these has a huge impact on the overall flow and feel of a wedding day, so they should all be carefully looked at.

So without further ado, here are my top 5 wedding venues in Philadelphia (in no particular order)!

Ceremony space with vibrant flowers at Terrain at Styers taken by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Matt Genders

Terrain at Styers in Glen Mills

 

Located just outside of Philadelphia, Terrain at Styers is really a one stop shop for the entire wedding day. It has the most gorgeous ceremony and reception set-up, and the food and atmosphere really makes it one of the most unique event spaces in all of Philadelphia.

Location: Just off of Route 1, Terrain at Styers is located about 30 minutes outside of Center City Philadelphia. If you have guests arriving from out of town, or are looking for a central location to accommodate guests from around the region, Terrain is very accessed from anywhere in the city.

Quality of Service: This is where Terrain at Styers really shines. The reception space, the food, and the cocktail hour are extremely well done. They have a cozy fire during the fall months with s’mores, and string lights just about everywhere you can fit them- all fitting in perfectly with Terrain’s brand.

Photos: This one is important. Terrain at Styers might have one of the best locations for photos in all of Philadelphia. From the bridal suite, named “The Mushroom House” to the reception space, every part of the day photographs beautifully.

Visit Terrain’s website HERE.

The Mushroom House on a cloudy day at Terrain at Styers taken by Philadelphia Wedding photographer Matt Genders

Bridesmaids in burgundy dresses holding up their bouquets outside of Terrain at Styers taken by Philadelphia Wedding photographer Matt Genders Photography

Bridesmaids in vibrant BHLDN dresses with champagne laughing outside greenhouse at Terrain at Styers in Glen Mills taken by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Matt Genders

Signature Cocktail sign next to purple bouquet during cocktail hour at Terrain at Styers taken by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Matt Genders Photography

Bridesmaids wearing muted pastel BHLDN dresses laughing together outside the Mushroom House at Terrain at Styers in Glen Mills taken by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Matt Genders

Bridesmaids in BHLDN green velvet dresses inside the Hot House at Terrain at Styers taken by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Matt Genders Photography

Fairmount Horticulture Center

Located inside of the historic Fairmount Park, Fairmount Horticulture Center might be the most versatile venue on this list. It is the only venue that I can think of that will have the same beautiful light and aesthetic year round, due to the fact that a large portion of the venue is actually a greenhouse. I have done weddings here on absolutely freezing days in Spring, as well as hot days in the summer and each time I shoot here it is perfect conditions.

Location: Fairmount Horticulture is located right in Fairmount Park, so if you live in the city or would like a location that is easily accessible then this venue is perfect.

Quality of Service: Every time I am at this venue, the food is spectacular and the service is fantastic. Pro tip: I have worked here with The Styled Bride, and Susan does an incredible job planning events at this venue.

Photos: I always feel partial to photos in a greenhouse. There is something about the quality of soft light, combined with the textures and shades of green that really resonates with me. The great thing about the “Hort” is that year round, rain or shine, this venue will¬†always photograph great.

Visit the Fairmount Horticulture Center’s website HERE.

 

Cascading flowers on a table at the Fairmount Horticulture Center taken by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Matt Genders Photography

Welcome sign and table assignments on suitcases at the Fairmount Horticulture Center taken by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Matt Genders Photography Table assignments on a vintage map at the Fairmount Horticulture Center taken by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Matt Genders photography Wedding cake with flowers at the Fairmount Horticulture Center taken by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Matt Genders Photography

Bride in white dress and groom in navy suit with vibrant bouquet at the Fairmount Horticulture Center taken by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Matt Genders Photography

Bride and Groom at the head table at the Fairmount Horticulture Center taken by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Matt Genders Photography

Cairnwood Estate in Bryn Athyn

Cairnwood is a venue with rich history, having once been the home of the Pitcairn family. It is as close to getting married in a castle as you can get in Philadelphia, and almost has a European affect to all the grounds. It is the only wedding venue with a full size cathedral on the grounds, as well as cloisters which make for some incredible photographs.

Location: Located in Bryn Athyn, this wedding venue is a little ways outside of the city, but still very manageable to drive to. It has an incredible bridal suite and ceremony location, so once you are on the grounds, there is very little reason to leave.

Quality of Service: This venue is virtually a castle, and is in excellent condition. Cairnwood maintains the highest quality of service from the care of the grounds to the reception space and food. It really is in a different class.

Photos: I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, but come on… cloisters, a castle, and a cathedral?!

Visit Cairnwood’s website HERE.

Bride in white dress and groom in tuxedo outside of Cairnwood Estate taken by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Matt Genders Photography Cairnwood Estate taken by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Matt Genders Photography

Bride with bouquet in the cloisters at Cairnwood Estate taken by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Matt Genders Photography

Bride with Bridesmaids putting on dress at Cairnwood Estate taken by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Matt Genders Photography Bride and Bridesmaids descending the main staircase at Cairnwood Estate taken by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Matt Genders Photography

The Cathedral at sunset at Cairnwood Estate taken by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Matt Genders Photography

Visit Cairnwood’s website HERE.

Bonnet Island Estate

There is something about shooting next to the water, and this venue has some of the best beach vibes around. The Boathouse chapel, the picturesque sea views, the salty air and the incredible food are just a few reasons why you should definitely consider this New Jersey wedding venue.

It is on the beach, so obviously it is a little bit of a hike outside of center city, but it is so worth it- especially if you are local to New Jersey.

Visit Bonnet Island Estate’s website HERE.

Bonnet Island Estate Boathouse Chapel taken by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Matt Genders

Glen Foerd Estate

 

If you are looking for some old world charm, Delaware River views, gorgeous estate property, and an incredible white mansion as a backdrop then Glen Foerd might be the Philadelphia wedding venue for you. Every time I shoot here I am kind of amazed how easy the light is from the beginning of the day until the end (fa

cilitated by an incredible semi-permanent tent that hosts the receptions). It is located very close to center city Philadelphia, so a lot of couples will actually start the day at a hotel in the city (shout out to Hotel Monaco) and then move the party over to Glen Foerd. I really can not say enough good things about this venue!

Bride laughing in BHLDN dress holding bouquet by We Are Wildflowers at Glen Foerd Estate taken by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Matt Genders
Bride and Groom in BHLDN dress holding bouquet by We Are Wildflowers at Glen Foerd Estate taken by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Matt Genders

Want to know more about your specific venue? Send me a message! I’d love to chat with you more!

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer | Matt Genders Photography

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