If so, Portico at Awbury Arboretum should be on your short list of Venues to check out! It is tucked away in the Germantown section of the city and is a true hidden gem. As soon as you drive up off the main road and turn onto the driveway you are enveloped by nature’s beauty! This historic space is a pleasing combination of meadows, ponds, woods, and lawns creating a lush and relaxing oasis for your wedding day.
Awbury Arboretum is lucky to have Birchtree Catering as their exclusive catering company. One less thing to worry about on your wedding day. Birchtree offers specials rates and menus with their exclusive Awbury partnership. Be sure to attend one of their tastings to experience for yourself all of their delicious offerings!
The outside space is so peaceful. It creates a wonderful garden party feel and there are multiple locations that can be used for your ceremony at Portico. You can select which space works best for your day. Often the cocktail hour is hosted in the Cope house with guests mingling through the house, on the lovely wrap-around porch, and spilling out onto the lawns, creating a seamless flow for the party.
Portico has a tented reception space ready for your post-ceremony meal. There are endless ways you can decorate the space.
Portico offers a modest getting ready space for the Bride and Groom. It’s not fancy, but it sure is convenient! It can be so helpful to get ready, have the ceremony and reception all at the same location. One thing to note about the venue is their end time. Out of respect for the neighbors, their receptions end at 10 pm Saturdays and 9pms Friday and Sundays. From here, some couples arrange an after-party at another location, others call it a night.
If you are going to for a low-key, relaxed day, Portico at Awbury’s unique grounds are worth a look. There is something about being in nature that brings calm and ease to the day. The rustic elegance of the space and historic house are not pretentious and seem to set the tone for a good time.
The grounds of Awbury are open to visitors 365 days a year. You could also enjoy one of their programs or events which could be an engaging way to see the space and participate in the variety of experiences they host.
Want to browse some real wedding at Portico at Awbury to get inspired for your big day? Here are a few weddings that you will want to check out:
Curious to hear what other couples have to say about their Portico at Awbury Wedding experience? This is the 4th year they have received the couple’s choice awards from Wedding Wire and a helpful place to read the reviews.
This is not exactly a wedding planning tip, but nice to know, Awbury Arboretum has a wonderful mission! They aim to connect the urban community with nature while preserving the home and landscape. Having your wedding here helps with this mission. They also feature local artists in the Cope House. Always feels good to work with an organization with heart and action. In line with this mission neighbors within two 2 miles get 20% of the venue price!
1 Awbury Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19138