Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
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$ – Inexpensive
Historic Venue, Park, Tented
Awbury Arboretum was the perfect venue for our wedding, and Branda was beyond helpful throughout the entire process. My husband and I planned our wedding remotely from Chicago, and were looking for a relaxed, outdoor/indoor, inexpensive venue that wasn't too difficult for our guests to get to (including those flying into town)-- Awbury was all that and more. Branda was responsive to our emails and helped us plan from afar. One of the best bonuses is that Awbury is a public arboretum that is free to visitors and provides a lot of great community programming, so we knew that the cost of renting the facility for the day was going to help support their great mission. Since you rent the Francis Cope House along with the surrounding grounds, we reserved the facility from 10am-10pm, which gave us plenty of time to decorate/set-up, as well as the ability to get ready with our wedding party in different rooms in the house. I even had our hair stylist come to us (Molly from Salon Manivanh), which gave me some added time and flexibility to help with decorations before it was time for me to hide out upstairs and get ready. The house has recently been updated to have air conditioning throughout, which made it possible for us and our guests to make it through a hot outdoor wedding in July. ;) There were two Awbury staff members present throughout the day to answer questions, make sure things went okay, and assist guests with parking (note: they were not there to fulfill the role of a wedding planner). If you're looking for a super fancy, up-to-date-looking place where everything will be taken care of for you, this may not be the right venue for you. However, my husband and I found it to be an affordable, beautiful, vintage-looking location that gave us a ton of flexibility in how we set things up and decorated. We had our ceremony outside (I processed out through the front doors of the house), and our reception (of about 100 people) was held under a (rented) tent next to the house. We were able to incorporate yard games into our reception, and later the tent and beautiful wrap-around porch allowed us to still have a wonderful evening outdoors despite the fact that it rained. Much of the wedding planning itself (including table, chair, and tent rentals) was done through a separate catering company (we loved Cricket Catering), and they were the ones who helped us with most of the planning and logistics. One other potential downside was that we could only play music until 9pm since the arboretum is in a residential area, so we didn't really have the option of extending our reception later than that. However, we picked a nearby restaurant/bar (Iron Hill Brewery in Chestnut Hill) for guests to go to afterward, and they were easily able to accommodate the roughly 40-50 people who headed over for a fun, informal "after party" with me and my husband. In conclusion, we highly recommend Awbury, and Branda and her staff were great!! :)
Our experience at Awbury couldn't have been better; we had a a small but elegant wedding on Halloween, and were looking for an outdoor space with an indoor option. As it turned out we used both the indoor and outdoor space! The staff could not have been more accommodating of our various needs (we were doing the decorating ourselves), and communication was airtight. The only thing that was unclear was whether or not they provided chairs; while they do have chairs for small events, we ended up opting to do a 55 chair rental to have all our chairs be matching. The space is really beautiful for small intimate weddings!
Our caterer recommended Awbury and we were so thrilled they were available for our October date. It was a beautiful setting for our outdoor wedding and backdrop for photos. Branda was wonderful throughout the whole planning process and had great suggestions with her vast experience coordinating events at Awbury.
We booked Awbury for our (very) DIY Wedding. We were not looking for the typical banquet hall or country club for our wedding, and there were a lot of things we wanted to customize to make our wedding unique. Awbury was able to accomodate that with ease. The space was beautiful, relaxed and comfortable. We felt like we were at the home of a friend of the family. The staff was very kind and helpful, even allowing us to store items prior to our wedding. They were very flexible with times and scheduling. Branda was very responsive and had the answers to all of our questions. Awbury was even able to accomodate a meeting with all of our vendors prior to the wedding and Branda was ready with all of the answers for us and our other vendors. This venue was fully customizable (within reason). The site was beautiful and created the perfect day for our wedding. We have already recommended this venue to our friends. Check this place out! It is a hidden gem in the Philadelphia area.
Awbury ArboretumReviewed on 3/01/2015
We had a very untraditional wedding so having a wedding at the Awbury Arboretum in the middle of the winter wasn't as unusual as you would think! We know, most people want to have their big day outside on the beautiful grounds surrounding Frances Cope House ... Not us! The day before the wedding we had bad weather including snow and ice. When we showed up for the big day they already had the entire area plowed and salted! We set tables and decorations up in the parlors while our caterer, Blue Monkey Catering, was busy at work setting up in the entrance hall and side room which provided ample space for our Hors d'oeuvre and buffet spreads. As our guests arrived through the main doors they could feel the history and splendor of this grand old house. The folks at Awbury were gracious and accommodating to our needs. There were the perfect hosts.
Beautiful Venue for Ceremony & ReceptionReviewed on 7/05/2014 M D
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.
BeautifulReviewed on 10/24/2013 Carey M
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.
greatReviewed on 6/23/2013 amanda k
great service, loved every minute