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Wedding Venue Spotlight: College of Physicians of Philadelphia

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Finding a great wedding venue to set the stage where your marriage vows will be recited can be an overwhelming task. Philadelphia is filled with some incredible venues where couples choose to get married every year. We’ve done the legwork for you and highlighted some of the best venues that Philadelphia has to offer in our Wedding Venue Spotlight. This month, we’re featuring The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

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How cool would it be to get married at one of the oldest professional medical organizations in the United States? Located in the Rittenhouse historic district and close to some of Philadelphia’s best hotels for out of town guests, College of Physicians of Philadelphia sets the stage for elegant weddings.

The 22nd Street building plays host to the majority of the private events held at the College. Guests are greeted by Aesculapius, the greek God of Medicine, upon stepping foot into this national historic landmark. Marble accents and a beautiful grand staircase set the stage for the occasion.

Couples have 5 different event spaces to choose from, ranging in guest capacity from 140 to 240 people. The pebble walkways and garden benches in the Templeton Veranda and Medicinal Herb Garden set the atmosphere to create a gorgeous garden wedding. Ashhurst Room, which is one of the building’s grand halls, features a beautifully carved mahogany mantelpiece and large windows that reach to the ceiling. The Marble Rotunda is the perfect location where couples can take some uniquely beautiful wedding photos.

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Hosting a wedding event at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia is a breeze. Catering By Design, the exclusive hospitality provider, meets and exceeds the desires of the soon to be wedded couple.

EBE’s very own Director of Business Development, Joe Napoli, gave us some insight to hosting weddings at The College of Physicians. “The spaces are beautiful, unique, and need to be seen to be believed. The ballroom has such beauty and historic charm, and the Catering By Design staff are true professionals who are a joy for us to work with.”

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Wedding Venue Spotlight: Bartram’s Garden

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As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Philadelphia is filled with rich history at every corner. A hidden gem and treasure of Philadelphia, Bartram’s Garden is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the nation.

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Bartram’s Garden kicked off a legacy when botanist John Bartram purchased over 100 acres of land in 1728. Nearly 25 years later, he literally grew an empire of plants with the most comprehensive collection of North American plants in the world. Mr. Bartram was a friend of a well-known Philadelphian, Benjamin Franklin, and specialized in trading plants and seeds worldwide. In 1891, the garden was preserved by the city of Philadelphia as a park, and became a National Historic Landmark in 1960.

Bartram’s Gardes sets the scene perfectly for an outdoor wedding with a backdrop of the Philadelphia city skyline. With spaces that can be transitioned for cocktail hour or even relaxing and fun lawn games, Bartram’s Garden is easily customizable to fit your wedding needs. The Eastwick Pavilion that overlooks the river can entertain up to 350 guests. Their dedicated event planners are there to help you discover and maximize the beauty of the garden to make your event spectacular.

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We spoke with Joe Napoli, EBE’s Director of Business Development, about choosing Bartram’s Garden as a wedding venue. He told us that the Spring and Fall are the ideal times to get married at Bartram’s Garden and said, “the Ceremony and cocktail hour are best outdoors, so choose a temperate time of year.” He also added that his favorite part of performing at events at Bartram’s Garden is the newly added reception area.

The mission of hosting events at Bartram’s Garden is vitally important to support the legacy of John Bartram and his dream of keeping the garden alive: “to protect and enhance this unique space; to advance Bartram’s legacy of discovery, gardening and art; and to inspire visitors to care for the natural world.”

When you are ready to visit Bartram’s Garden to take a tour to prepare for your event, you can visit their website to learn more.

Photo by Shannon Collins Photography

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Venues We Love: Reading Terminal Market

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Food lovers in the Philadelphia area are all too familiar with the Reading Terminal Market. Walking through the market, customers will find unique treats, meals, cookware, produce and flowers that will bring all of the sense alive. If your love of all things culinary travels beyond just the plate, you can bring your next event to the market directly and celebrate in style while experiencing a taste of Philly.

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If you’re newly engaged and looking for a unique location for a wedding in the Philadelphia area, The Reading Terminal Market is the place for you. With a central location across from the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, it is not only a special gem in the city of brotherly love, but conveniently accessible for guests as well.

One of the oldest and largest public markets in the United States, the Reading Terminal Market has been housed in it’s location since 1893 and is a National Historic Landmark. Some amazing vendors that provide delicious fare that we absolutely love are Pearl’s Oyster Bar, Fox & Son’s Fancy Corndogs, Little Thai Market, and Beck’s Cajun Cafe. This unique market is a staple in Philadelphia and is world-renowned. How cool would it be to get married there?!

The Reading Terminal market can house up to 4,000 guests for a single event, and guests will enjoy an after-hours experience while enjoying the fruits of the market. Events are held in The Center Court to create an interactive dining experience for your wedding guests.

The basic cost of the event covers a large range of services such as providing chairs, tables, linens, security, and, of course, the food! Given the option of creating food stations with the restaurants of your choice or allowing guests to graze at specific restaurants, the dining experience will be one that is hard to forget.

This amazing Philadelphia location provides the perfect backdrop for any wedding, and can be thought of as an open drawing board. It’s time to create a perfect event where your imagination in design is the only limit. Are you ready?

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Our Top 10 Historic Places to Get Married in Philadelphia

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A city with rich history and beauty, Philadelphia is one of the best places to get married in the United States. There are some fantastic locations in Philly that also allow people to get hitched. City Hall? Yep, most cities allow this. But have you ever considered getting married in the same building as America’s first department store? How about the oldest botanical garden in the USA? We’ve compiled a list of our top 10 favorite unique and historical places to get married in Philly.

Ballroom at the Ben | Ben Franklin House

834 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 | Tel. 215-627-5100

Exquisite chandeliers, European ambiance, and turn-of-the-century elegance, make the newly renovated Ballroom at the Ben a truly perfect setting for life’s most important events. You and your guests will be directed to the mezzanine level, which overlooks the palatial Ballroom for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. During your event, you will experience this classic refurbished ballroom just as Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence did when they danced their way to an Academy Award in “The Silver Linings Playbook.” With culinary masterpieces to entice any palate, Finley Catering and the Ballroom at the Ben are simply the best!

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Bartram’s Garden

5400 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19143 | Tel. 215-729-5281

Located on 45 acres, this national historical landmark is located right on the bank of the Schuylkill River. The rich history that predates the founding of our country will spark interest in guests to dive into the old world Philadelphia and the importance of John Bartram’s advancements in the field of botany. The stunning location offers a beautiful garden feel within city limits. The historic garden offers intimate settings that can be customized to fit the ceremony, cocktails or games.

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Crystal Tea Room | The Wanamaker Building

100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA 19107 | Tel. 215-627-5100

The Crystal Tea Room is situated in the heart of Philadelphia steps away from City Hall. Upon arrival, guests will directed to the atrium to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The glassed soaring atrium is an indoor conservatory featuring a fountain and greenery providing a year round “outdoor atmosphere” with no threat of weather. Then, guests proceed into the heart of the Crystal Tea Room featuring carved columns and opulent crystal chandeliers making this ballroom timeless. Finley Catering’s executive chef and catering team has reached the acme of culinary brilliance, redefining the standard of cuisine. The grandeur of The Crystal Tea Room is sure to take your breath away, while creating an unforgettable wedding venue for your once-in-a-lifetime event. The most elegant of settings, matched by impeccable personal service and attention, combined with over 40 years of catering expertise creates a truly unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

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The Franklin Institute

222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 | Tel. 215-448-1200

One of the most captivating, unique and historical places to get married in Philly, The Franklin Institute is a choice location to tie the knot. The happy couple can exchange vows on the rooftop deck overlooking the Ben Franklin Parkway then enjoy signature cocktails in one of the exhibits within the museum like Wisdom Hall and Your Brain.

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Free Library of Philadelphia

1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 | Tel. 215-923-6000

When you walk into the historic building, you will be in awe by the detailed architecture and high ceilings. The Skyline Room on the 4th floor is a modern addition to the charming historic building with an adjacent outdoor terrace. It can hold cocktail receptions for 150 people, theater-style seating for 240, and seated dinners for 185. It’s hidden gem, the outside terrace, offers a unique point of view in the city overlooking Shakespeare Park and, beyond it, Logan Circle and the city skyline. With 6 different spaces to host your event, Free Library makes for a stunning venue for weddings, corporate events, birthday parties, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and more.

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Moshulu

401 South Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | Tel. 215-923-2500

Create your own storybook wedding aboard a Philadelphia landmark. The Moshulu’s private rooms take full advantage of the unparalleled views of Philadelphia’s waterfront and skyline, including the newly remodeled State Room. The multi-level decks offer a glorious open air experience, as well as tented space, which is heated for year-round use. The finest cuisine is paired with their skilled professionals, resulting in a memorable wedding for you and your guests.

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Mütter Museum | The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 | Tel. 215.399.2245

This beautiful New Beaux-Arts style building, constructed in 1908 and designed by Cope and Stewardson, has the unique distinction of being home to the oldest medical society in the country (founded in 1787) and the renowned Mütter Museum. As guests walk inside, they are surrounded by grandeur and elegance, and greeted by Aesculapius – the Greek god of medicine. The magnificent columned Marble Rotunda, with its view of a classic grand staircase, sets the stage for any occasion. With its historic ambience and stately architecture, it’s no wonder that the College – located in Philadelphia’s charming Rittenhouse-Fitler Historic District – has been the chosen setting for a diverse range of memorable events.

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One North Broad | The Philadelphia Masonic Temple

One North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 | Tel. 215-988-1936

Exchange vows amidst beautiful stained glass, sip cocktails inside large marble foyers and dance the night away in a spacious Grand Ballroom. The spirit, history and luxury of Philadelphia comes alive inside the breathtaking Masonic Temple. Host an intimate wedding ceremony, a grand reception and everything in between within this historic fine events venue.

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Please Touch Museum

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131 | Tel. 215-578-5179

Nestled within the picturesque Fairmount Park, lies the architecturally magnificent Memorial Hall, the oldest of Brulee Catering’s landmark locations. This national treasure from Philadelphia’s 1876 Centennial Exhibition is now home to a children’s museum during the day: Please Touch Museum. It serves as one of the region’s most spectacular event spaces, accommodating a sit-down dinner for up to 1,000 guests and receptions as large as 3,000 guests. From elaborate weddings and bar & bat mitzvahs to unique corporate galas and philanthropic productions, Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall is sure to impress.

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University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 | Tel. 215-898-4000

Designed in the 1890s, this beautiful historic building located on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus is one of Philadelphia’s premier unique venues. The Penn Museum is a 300,000 square-foot gem with exterior details including glass mosaics by the Tiffany Glass Company, sculptures by Alexander Stirling Calder, and marble medallions by John Ross of New York City. The Museum houses one-of-a-kind artifacts acquired from over 300 archaeological and anthropological expeditions, and they invite you and your guests to discover the world in just one night. Stunning event space and priceless collections make the Penn Museum an unparalleled event experience!

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