The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Historic Shady Lane is a beautiful wedding and event venue located on 34 acres in Manchester, Pennsylvania. Couples who are history and nostalgia buffs love this property, which first started out its business as a distillery in 1790. There are too many outdoor ceremony sites to list here, but the following are some of the venues available for your exclusive use when you rent this facility:
The Bandstand. This is a rustic arbor with massive columns that looks like an ancient European relic site, but it's actually a 1905 bandstand that held orchestras and bands. It's a wonderful ceremony backdrop or wedding photo setting.
Rose Garden Ceremony Area. You'll have a gorgeous and fragrant ceremony site among the planted roses that surround this site behind the Main House. Fountains, stone outcroppings and a babbling brook give this area an uncommonly peaceful feeling.
Main House. The front steps of the Main House are a great ceremony setting with the stately stone Main House as your backdrop.
Reception Tent. Included with your venue rental is a 40-by-100-foot white frame tent with Italian lighting, chandeliers, custom uplighting, fabric-draped ceiling and cathedral sides. It's set up on a patina surface over a tennis court. A companion catering tent is also provided.
Glass Greenhouse. The distressed walls and massive vintage glass windows and frames make this a stunning area for a cocktail hour between your ceremony and banquet.
What You Should Know
Your rental agreement with Historic Shady Lane depends on the package you select. One package allows you to have access from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Another package gives you access from noon until the closing times listed above.
Amplified music is allowed, but it must end by 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and by 9 p.m. on Sunday evenings. No bands with amplified drums, bass or horn sections are allowed at this time.
Your ceremony is included in your rental fees and you may have it wherever you like on the property. Fans and heaters are included for use in your outdoor venues as needed.
Tables and chairs for up to 225 guests are included. You or your wedding coordinator have to source your own catering crew, florist and other wedding professionals, but the staff at Historic Shady Lane helps you with referrals.
A fully furnished cottage is the ideal soothing and primping spot for the bride and her attendants. With a salon suite, kitchen, party area and photogenic vintage decor, this is a memorable and delightful place for the bride to prepare for her big reveal. A denis also made available for the groom and his guys; it has a kitchen, patio, bathroom and game table for some stress relief as the men get their tuxes ready. The den is far enough away from the Cottage that the bride and groom can both have separate photo sessions and never run into each other.
Historic Shady Lane likes to give couples special perks and a high level of professional service to make their special day shine. A vintage decorating starter pack is included with your wedding with items like farm tables, rustic wooden bar and taps, mismatched wooden chairs and chandeliers to place where they have the most impact.
Other extras include:
- Only one wedding per day on the venue
- Golf cart shuttle available for guests
- Complimentary pre-event, three-hour engagement shoot
- On-site parking and attendants
- Venue manager on site for your event
From the Vendor
Where Rustic Meets Elegance
Looking to get married in July or August 2017? Contact Lauren for a tremendous discount! Up to $2,000 off our 2017 wedding packages! Step into a world of stunning views, captivating gardens, and lush landscapes perfect for large gatherings or intimate ceremonies. From your first tour to the last dance, Historic Shady Lane is a setting made for wedding memories. Visit our website for package information and to schedule a tour!
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Farm + Ranch, Garden, Estate, Historic Venue, Tented
If I could give a million stars I would!!! I am absolutely obsessed with Historic Shady Lane! I am so happy that We found this site for our wedding this past May! Lauren is out of this world amazing and goes out of her way to help you with everything throughout this process even down to the easiest things the day of!! I always heard horror stories of couples weddings and things going wrong, not here! Everything is set up for your day when you go on your final walk through DAYS before your wedding date! They coordinate everything with your vendors so that everything runs smoothly which was more than a coordinator could do! Historic Shady Lane was definitely our hidden gem, everyone was in awh of the beauty it held! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED :)
Best Day of My LifeReviewed on 6/20/2014 Nate A
I would not have changed ONE THING about the venue that I got married at. Historic Shady Lane was beyond perfect! The way they treated us was so comforting and helpful and supportive. From the morning on they provided us with everything that we needed and was around if we needed more help. The area is ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! My photographer LOVED taking pictures because we were in the perfect location!! We had planned on having my ceremony outside…however, it rained. Even in that chaos and stress the staff at Historic Shady Lane went ABOVE AND BEYOND to make my day perfect. and they did. They made sure my guests knew where to go and made sure there was a place for them to wait out of the rain. They made the reception tent look even more beautiful so that the ceremony could be inside. They honestly took all the stress away from me and my family and made my wedding day the best day of my life. If I would do it all again, I would choose Historic Shady Lane again in a heartbeat!
So excited for our wedding at HSL next July!!! Beautiful flowers and lush greenery on every inch of the property! Unlimited photo-ops!!
Historic Shady Lane is the best outdoor venue in PA. The grounds offer so many amazing photo ops that it is almost hard to pick your favorite. Lauren and Steve we so easy to work with. They helped to accommodate every request we had and were very flexible. I have recommended this venue to several of our friends as well. We received so many compliments from our guests about how beautiful the venue was. We were lucky to have gotten married in the fall so the trees were amazing.
Historic Shady Lane was the most amazing venue.... absolutely breathtaking!! Steve and Lauren were wonderful to work with.... couldn't have asked for a better venue to celebrate our wedding day!!
Lauren was very easy to work with. She did a great job of making our day beautiful. We loved the location and its natural beauty. Very happy with how our wedding day went!
Hands down the best outdoor wedding venue PA has to offer. When my husband and I first got engaged we looked at several venues, but nothing compared to Historic Shady lane in its value, service, and location. We got married this past Saturday and we are still on cloud nine! You CANNOT take a bad photo at HSL--you are surrounded by pure beauty...the trees, the historic buildings, the glass greenhouse, and the lovely tent covered in white tulle and chandeliers. If I could give more than 5-stars, I would!
Beautiful all around. So many choices for good pictures, we could be there all day! It had everything we needed, including a back-up location on site in case it rained. We also love that we were able to include our dogs in our wedding. My husband and I are both veterinarians so our dogs were a necessity. We're so thankful HSL is pet-friendly!
Historic Shady Lane was amazing. The estate is not only beautiful, but Lauren and Steve were also extremely helpful. Lauren quickly responded to any and all questions we had and when we were looking to visit the property after we hadn't been there for a couple years since booking, she set up an appointment right away. Our wedding last weekend was everything we imagined and more. We received so many compliments. It was one of the best days we could have asked for.
I cannot recommend this venue enough! If I could give it 100 stars, I would! We looked at many places and as soon as we saw this one, we booked it that day. Steve and Lauren are wonderful to work with and do everything they can to make your wedding day perfect. All of our guests commented on how beautiful it is and loved the variety of scenery. The bridal cottage and the men's den allowed us to spend our whole day getting ready there instead of rushing around. Our wedding day was absolutey perfect and we cannot thank Historic Shady Lane enough for everything!
This place is beautiful and we fell in love with it right away. Steve and Lauren were very helpful in giving suggested vendors, options for the ceremony and reception, and flexible payment options. There was just a slight mishap when the guys den flooded due to the air conditioning and also the air conditioning for the tent (reception) was not available for the day of the wedding when it was extremely hot outside. Otherwise, the golf cart rides were helpful, the parking situation was great, and the location was very clean and amazing - also had very nice bathrooms for an outside wedding.
Lauren and Steve at Historic Shady Lane made our wedding process so easy and flawless. Lauren was in constant communication with me throughout the months leading up to the wedding and answered every little question with ease. She made me feel so relaxed about the entire thing! The venue is absolutely stunning!! Everything about it screamed with beauty. Our guests were floored by the ceremony space, green house and reception tent area. My husband and I's experience was completed by the relaxing locations to get ready for the day. He enjoyed the den with his guys. They were able to all get ready together and greet guests as they arrived. The girls and I enjoyed the bridal cottage where we leisurely enjoyed the breakfast we brought, had a hair dresser come to us to make us beautiful, and enjoy each others company. There was plenty of space in the cottage for our family to pop in and say hello! Overall, this place is amazing! We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day!!!
I truly can't say enough to praise Historic Shady Lane and their crew. The moment my husband and I saw the venue, we knew it was for us. From there, we were walked through every step of the way by Lauren who was an absolute pleasure to work with. She has the patience of a saint dealing with my dozens of silly questions and was always prompt in her responses. They were so accommodating with planning our rehearsal in the pouring rain and ensuring that everything was set up perfectly for our wedding day. The bridal cottage was BEYOND perfect for getting ready, the salon really sold it for me. I wish I could give HSL more than 5 stars. They deserve every ounce of praise they receive and more.
We absolutely loved this venue! Not only is it gorgeous but Lauren and Steve are so wonderful and friendly to work with throughout the whole process! All of our guests loved the venue and could not stop talking about it after the wedding! I cannot say enough great things about this venue and about Lauren and Steve! Thank you for making our day extra special! We would recommend them to everybody!
I wish there was an option to give MORE stars! Where to start? First and foremost, Lauren, the on-site coordinator, was hands down the easiest and best vendor contact to work with throughout our entire wedding planning process. She was quick to respond, thorough, and SO helpful at all times. No question was ever a dumb question! Second, my goodness, the property!!! The second we stepped foot on the property we knew it was our dream venue! From the beautiful landscape to the homes on the property to the greenhouse... you just can't go wrong with having a wedding here! And last but not least, just the overall friendliness that we received from Steve and Lauren through the planning process and the day of our wedding. It was beyond appreciated!
The owner and staff at The Historic Shady Lane were excellent to myself, now husband, and family. Quickly responds to all emails and phone calls. They also have unique antique items to rent in addition to the drop dead gorgeous property. There are tons of photo opportunities for your photographer and guests! Thank you to The Historic Shady Lane for making my day great! Btw golf cart ride to my wedding ceremony was super fun! Haha
The moment Dave and I went to visit Historic Shady Lane, we were in love. We knew it was where we were going to have our wedding! From the beginning, Lauren was there to help! Lauren and Steve were the best to work with and the upgrades that they continue to add only shows how much they care about the property. I could not have imagined a more perfect place or better people to work with to make my wedding day the best it could be! Mother nature was not being the friendliest but Lauren and Steve were very flexible and accommodating. The stress was just lifted off of me and we had our outdoor ceremony right before the rain came. The guests were in awe of the greenhouse and magical feeling you get when you're inside. I love all of the lights and chandeliers. My favorite part was being able to relax in the bridal cottage and have the salon come to me instead of driving all over to get ready. Every possible picture taken at Historic Shady Lane will be beautiful because the venue is full of lush landscaping, vintage decor and plenty of places to capture the many moments throughout the day. I could not be happier with how my wedding day was and there's no doubt in my mind that Dave and I had chosen the right place! Historic Shady Lane is incomparable and will truly make your wedding memorable! Thanks so much, Lauren and Steve!!
As soon as I saw the pictures online, I fell in love with HSL. When we visited the venue my then fiancé also fell in love with it. We cannot say enough about how wonderful our experience was. Lauren was always quick to respond to emails and phone calls and is so sweet. Lauren always had an answer or solution for us and worked so hard to make our day perfect. On the day of, there were some unexpected issues (people who had lent us items decided to remove them that day - including tables, drink dispensers, candy jars, cake stand, etc) which Lauren and our caterer (Tasteful Occasions) handled amazingly, providing all the items which had been taken away. Meanwhile, we remained blissfully unaware of most of the issues. When I saw everything it was absolutely perfect and more beautiful than I had envisioned – no one had a clue anything had ever been amiss. The venue itself is absolutely stunning and HSL was making sure the landscaping and everything was perfect right up until the day of. The Bridal Cottage and Men's Den were very convenient. All of our guests kept commenting how impressed they were with our venue. We cannot say enough good things about HSL - everything was exactly as we had hope for and more!
I don't even know where to start. Our experience at HSL was amazing. The venue is unbelievably beautiful. My husband and I first toured the property in January and fell in love before there were even leaves on the trees. That is how gorgeous this place is! They are constantly making upgrades. The bridal cottage was perfect to get ready in and beautiful for pictures. Steve & Lauren are both so friendly. We immediately felt like old friends. They were very accommodating of all our decor ideas and we found all of our amazing vendors through a list of suggestions they provided. Lauren was great and so helpful. One night she responded to my midnight email within thirty minutes! The wedding went off without a hitch and we are so grateful for all of their hard work. They helped make our day perfect and we can't thank them enough!
I cannot even count how many people are still telling me how beautiful my wedding venue was! I think, "stunning" was a word I heard over and over throughout the day. Even the best photographer can't make a venue look as beautiful as this place is. It is truly like you escaped to a destination wedding. We are so grateful for everything Lauren & Steve did for us. Two people who are truly dedicated to their customers (which is a weird word because they treat everyone like family). All our love -- thanks so much!
There are so many amazing things to say about Shady Lane that I am not even sure where to start. My husband I were married here on 6/5/15. I have been so excited to write this review since the moment we knew this was our wedding venue. We had been blown away from the very beginning about this place. My husband was set on this venue when he saw the gorgeous grounds and historic, unique buildings on the property. I fell in love time and time again as we walked around and there was yet another surprise for me! (truly, the bridal cottage is what got me!!) Shady Lane is much more special than any venue I had seen (and I researched everywhere!) I had a very detailed checklist for a venue and Shady Lane had MORE than I could have thought of! First off, if it wasn't for Lauren and how amazing she is, I wouldn't have had the perfect experience that I had. She was there for every email, text and call to answer ALL my questions. I truly felt like the ONLY bride getting married there this year. That is something every bride wants. Some venues try to push as many brides through as they can to generate income, but it is totally different here. Both Lauren and the owner, Steve, truly care about you and want to do everything in their power to help you make sure your day is perfect. They are so accommodating and always offer help and advice. This venue creates for AMAZING photographs and had tons of wonderful photo spots. What I most loved about Shady Lane was that even if bad weather would have come, I was relieved to know that there are gorgeous alternatives (greenhouse and tent). Not every venue has that. You are able to bring in your own caterer (good luck trying to find a venue like this that allows that!--this was HUGE for us!) The bridal cottage was an entire house for getting ready. My bridal party, mom and mother-in-law were all able to relax and just take in the day (on the property!!!!). That is a big deal. Wedding days go by so quickly for everyone. And to be the bride rushing around from here to there is not fun. This allows for everyone to be together and enjoy themselves! The guys loved the men's den! They were able to hang out on the property as well, relax, and get dressed all while the photographer is able to capture these moments. There is not one single thing I could even think of that would be a negative about Historic Shady Lane. I would recommend this wedding venue over and over to anyone. We had the best day of our lives and seeing the breathtaking photos of ourselves on the property is something we will cherish forever. Shady Lane will no doubt soon be a venue that brides will travel to from very far for their special day. I am lucky to be 30 minutes away from the most perfect wedding venue in PA. It is something very special to have all your guests tell you that this is the most beautiful wedding they have ever been to. The venue gets all the credit. -Tony & Katie Cutia
Words cannot express how much I loved my day at Historic Shady Lane, but I promised that I would write a glowing review, so I will try. From the moment we started communicating with Lauren, the process of reserving the estate went smoothly. We looked at a few other places, but none felt right. When we toured the property with Steve, he told us about the history and showed us the variety of places available for pictures and ceremony sites. One of the things I loved most about this venue is their flexibility—they will work with you to have your ceremony and reception where you want it and how you want it. They will drive your grandparents up the hill in golf carts. They will make sure set up goes smoothly and you have everything they need. Lauren and Steve will work with you to make sure your day is not just what you imagined but better. In addition to the helpfulness of Lauren over email, the kindness of Steve as a crazy bridal party descended upon the site to set up Sunday morning, the all-encompassing beauty of the property there is one other fact that truly stood out to me when my husband and I were looking for venues. While Historic Shady Lane will recommend vendors to you, there are none that you are required to use. This was especially important to me because my wedding vision included a very specific type of catering (barbeque) and alcohol (craft beer). Yet another selling point of this gorgeous venue (do you need more?) is the inclusiveness of the estate. With men’s den for the guys and a bridal cottage—complete with salon—for the ladies, it’s easy to spend the whole day on the property. And, when everything doesn’t go as perfectly as planned and you, as a bride, take longer than anticipated to get ready, it’s okay! Because there’s foosball and a dartboard for the guys. And you can play foosball with your soon-to-be husband when you find out there’s a traffic jam on Route 30 and delay the start of your ceremony for a bit and your entire party queues in the men’s den because it has a great air conditioning vent. Once again, I cannot sing the praises of Lauren and Steve and their crew at Historic Shady Lane enough. We had an amazing day.
The perfect wedding!Reviewed on 5/07/2015 Melissa C
Historic Shady Lane is the perfect place for any bride to have her dream wedding!!!!! Steve and Lauren are wonderful!!! The place is breathtakingly beautiful and they will pretty much accommodate anything you have in mind for your big day. Lauren was an absolute joy to work with...she was upfront and to the point and professional but at the same time I felt like I had a friend! I planned my entire wedding in only 10 weeks! I was missing deadlines left and right but Lauren stuck with me and helped me out where possible and remained upbeat and friendly the entire time! They may be a little pricey but they are honestly worth every penny! I didn't have to worry about a thing the entire day! I would recommend them and this beautiful place to anyone looking for the absolute best wedding experience!!! Thank you Lauren and Steve for making my dream wedding a reality!!! 😄
Everything we always imagined!Reviewed on 11/17/2014
Historic Shady Lane's staff were amazing to work with. They were so professional and right on top of things. The day of our wedding we had some delays due to unforeseen circumstances and they were so patient and so easy to work with. Steve really takes the time to make sure everything is perfect for the couple. I recommend this venue to anyone who wants a beautiful setting with the ease of knowing everything will go well. I can't explain how thankful I am to them for making our day perfect!
Simply. Incredible.Reviewed on 10/12/2014 Julia B
Steve and Lauren from Historic Shady Lane are simply incredible. They went above and beyond for me in every way. From providing help with floor plans and decor, to calming me and providing vendors for tent rentals when I realized it was going to rain on all my guests! Steve even brought us one of his personal frying pans from his house to make breakfast with when we realized we had not brought an extra one to cook breakfast for ourselves at the bridal cottage- something that seems so insignificant, but makes all the difference when you're a bundle of nerves! It made me feel like we were his personal guests- which is such a wonderful feeling to have on your wedding day. I always felt like I was in extremely capable hands throughout the entire process of planning my wedding. Even though there were 3 weddings on the weekend of my wedding (Friday/Saturday/Sunday), Lauren and Steve made me feel like I was always the top priority, a sentiment I'm confident they provide to every single bride who chooses their venue for their wedding. My guests thought the estate was simply breathtaking and they especially loved the greenhouse for cocktail hour. The vintage rentals they provide are also a great resources to truly capture the vintage feel of the estate. Additionally, my other vendors (photographer, coordinator and lighting) told me that they found Steve and Lauren exceptional to work with. As a wedding vendor myself, I think that this is one of the highest compliments a venue can receive. I couldn't have imagined getting married anywhere else and my wedding day was perfect. Thank you for EVERYTHING, Steve and Lauren.
Meet The Manager
Hi there! I'm Lauren, the Director of Historic Shady Lane. From the time a couple inquires through their tour, planning process, and the day of their wedding, I'm their contact person at the estate! At Historic Shady Lane, we believe in providing top service, which means you aren't passed off to numerous staff members. I enjoy working with couples on creating a vision for their day out here at the estate. I look forward to meeting you when you come for a tour of Historic Shady Lane!