The Best Wedding Locations, Venues And Sites In Philadelphia
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With over 1.4 million residents in Philadelphia and 5.8 million residents in the Delaware Valley area, this region has an almost unlimited selection of historic reception halls, outdoor wedding venues and unique wedding locations. In fact, the difficulty can be in narrowing to just one of the facilities for your wedding ceremony and wedding reception. The city of brotherly love has a long and rich history. This is made Philly a city full of unique and historical wedding venues and reception locations. If you include the adjacent counties of Montgomery, Bucks, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Delaware you will find literally thousands of potential wedding venues.
The city is divided into West, North, Northwest, Northeast, South and Southwest neighborhoods surrounding the Center City area. Each area of Philadelphia offers a unique cultural flavor and offers a different set of potential wedding facilities. If you are considering an outdoor wedding, you may plan your ceremony or reception at one of the parks or on one of the surrounding bodies of water. The Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers can make a unique backdrop for a natural outdoor wedding ceremony or reception. Major parks in the area include LOVE Park, Logan Circle, Rittenhouse Square, Fairmount Park, Clark Park, Penn's Landing, Washington Square and Franklin Square. You may also want to investigate some of the local horticultural centers as potential wedding locations. These include the Bartram's Garden, The Horticulture Center, Morris Arboretum, Marconi Plaza, Centennial Arboretum and the Awbury Arboretum.
If you have out-of-town wedding guests coming to attend your ceremony, you may want to include some of the most famous local sites as part of the overall plan for your wedding weekend. The Independence National Historical Park and Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, homes of Betsy Ross and Edgar Allan Poe are just the beginning. Historic Philadelphia sites also include Academy of Natural Sciences, Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia, Franklin Institute, Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, National Museum of American Jewish History, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, National Constitution Center, the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Other historic area include Belmont Mansion, Boathouse Row, Carpenters' Hall, Elfreth's Alley, Founders Hall, Girard College, Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site and the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial.
In addition to buildings on the historic register, Philadelphia has a longest list of museums that may be included in your wedding agenda. The Rodin Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barnes Foundation, Woodmere Art Museum, Brandywine River Museum, La Salle University Art Museum, Independence Seaport Museum, Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia Doll Museum, Philadelphia Doll Museum,Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania and the Mummers Museum are all significant sites.
Of course, the most traditional weddings are performed at a church or chapel. Whether you are a religious person or not, you may want to consider having your wedding ceremony had one of the famous churches in the Philadelphia area. The Cathedral-Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Church of the Advocate, Race Street Friends Meetinghouse, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, St. Peter's Church, National Shrine of Saint John Neumann, Mikveh Israel Synagogue, Church of St. James the Less, Beth Sholom Synagogue, The Christ Church, Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church and the Saint Clement's Church are just some of the more famous local churches that you may want to consider as a potential wedding location.
Summer, Spring, Fall, or Winter, Philly offers one of the most complete selections of wedding facilities and reception halls in the region. With so many people in Philadelphia metropolitan area, competition for the top wedding locations is fierce. The key is to plan your wedding ceremony and wedding reception well in advance and to book your dream wedding location and reception hall well before the prime wedding season starts.