8 tips for your Awbury Arboretum Wedding



Looking to get married in a natural, beautiful setting in Philadelphia?

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 Wedding venue Philadelphia PA

Here are 8 Tips for your Portico at Awbury Arboretum Wedding

Birchtree Catering

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!

Birchtree Catering cider mimosa and caramel budino

Outside Ceremony &  Cocktail Space

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.

outdoor arboretum ceremony Philadelphia PA

Outside Tented Reception Space

Portico has a tented reception space ready for your post-ceremony meal. There are endless ways you can decorate the space.

Tented reception at Awbury Arboretum Philadelphia PA

Wedding Timeline

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.

Informal Relaxed Atmosphere

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.

Wedding party in tan and blush at Awbury Arboretum Philadelphia PA

Come for a Visit!

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.


Wedding Inspiration for Awbury Arboretum

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:

Awbury Arboretum Wedding Photos   and Awbury Arboretum Wedding

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.

Awbury Arboretum’s  Mission

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!



Tips for your Awbury Arboretum wedding

Portico at Awbury Arboretum

1 Awbury Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19138

(215) 849-2855



  1. maria says:

    I love seeing gorgeous Philladelphia wedding photos as a former city native. Great job with these photos, this wedding looks beautiful!

  2. Ariel says:

    The Awbury Arboretum looks like the perfect place for a gorgeous, relaxing wedding venue in Philly!

  3. Kelly says:

    What a gorgeous arboretum wedding in Philadelphia! I wish it looked like that outside right now, your photos have me dreaming of spring.

  4. cathie green says:

    Great advice. We love working with Birchtree Catering and Awbury is such a great venue.

  5. I’ve never heard of Awbury Arboretum! What a beautiful Philadelphia wedding venue. I love reading about the hidden gems in Philly. There’s so much beautiful nature here, I love that this wedding venue embraces it.

  6. Ashlee says:

    The Awbury Arboretum is a stunning wedding venue! Gorgeous Philadelphia wedding venue and location.

  7. This venue makes me want to have a Philadelphia garden wedding! The way you have photographed the Awbury Arboretum can truly help other couples envision their day their. Great work, Heidi!

  8. Julia Dent says:

    Everything about that space is beautiful! I hope I can see a wedding there one day! 🙂

  9. What a brilliant idea to make a post highlighting your best tips for an Awbury Arboretum wedding! It almost makes me want to get married again so I can enjoy this beautiful venue!