About this Vendor
Historic, Affordable Greenspace in Philadelphia
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
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$ – Inexpensive
Historic Venue, Park, Tented
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