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Located in the suburbs on Philadelphia's Main Line in Merion, Pennsylvania, the Merion Tribute House has been hosting weddings since 1924. The house was built by Eldridge Johnson, founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company, as a tribute to the local men who had served in World War I. The Merion Tribute House was built as a community center and the architects at Katcher and Smith Company were instructed to build, "the most beautiful structure of its kind in this locality." The Gothic style building is made of locally sourced stone. The grand building is a stately setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions.
The House. Indoors, guests can make use of the Merion Tribute House's front rooms for cocktails. Some of the front rooms have stone walls and have a castle like feel. Other rooms have comfortable couches and chairs to relax in. The main hall feels particularly Gothic, with its triple height ceilings that end in a peaked ceiling. Brides can toss their bouquets from the Juliet balcony in the main hall. The balcony also makes a striking spot for portraits and an excellent vantage point to shoot a group photo of the wedding guests. Couples may have their ceremony or reception in the ballroom, which can seat up to 175 people. The carpeted ballroom has high arched ceilings, a dance floor and a stage. Smaller receptions may choose one of the front rooms for the reception.
The Grounds. Couples may also choose to have their ceremony outside on the grounds of the Merion Tribute House. The bride and groom may make use of the house's stone terrace, which may be tented if the couple chooses. Couples may also choose a site anywhere on the Merion Tribute House's eight manicured acres to hold their ceremony. The front lawn is a popular spot for ceremonies, as the wedding party can make a grand entrance from the house through the pointed arch wooden doors.
What You Should Know
The Merion Tribute House is a beautiful space but it is also a tribute to those who served in World War I. This can be seen throughout the house, with mentions of battles and military symbols throughout the space.
The Merion Tribute House provides white chairs for wedding ceremonies and will set them up for the wedding. There is a separate ceremony fee. Rehearsals may be scheduled to take place the day before the wedding and are included in the ceremony fee. Rental includes use of tables and gold chiavari chairs. A party supervisor is provided by the venue. A parking attendant and coat room attendant are also provided by the venue.
Pricing varies by day and season. The rental fee includes five hours of use. Couples who have their ceremony at the Merion Tribute House will be given an extra half hour of time. This time does not include setup or breakdown time. Additional hours are available for an extra cost. Friday and Saturday weddings must end by midnight. Weddings on other days must end at 10 p.m. Couples must choose a caterer from the Merion Tribute House list of vendors.
- Fireplace nooks
- Stained glass
- Two on-site parking lots
- Grandfather clock
From the Vendor
Make Your Grand Entrance!
Come in and picture your wedding reception in this remarkable facility. Inside and out, it reflects the arts and crafts tradition of the early 20th century with wood- beamed ceilings, stained glass, slate floors, a walk-in fireplace and a wedding balcony perfect for the toss of a bridal bouquet.
Amenities + Details
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$$$ – Moderate