In what is arguably the most historical state in the country, Pennsylvania offers an expansive collection of gorgeous old venues. In fact, history plays such a vital role in Pennsylvania culture that even modern locations seem to hold a hint of historic charm. So, from the City of Brotherly Love to the Steel City, you won’t be disappointed with this list of magnificent Pennsylvania wedding venues.
Morris House Hotel: Philadelphia
Built soon after the end of the Revolutionary War, the Morris House Hotel is one of the oldest buildings in Philadelphia. With the classic brick exterior of many colonial-era structures, the interior has been remodeled to fit the modern standards of luxury, making it the perfect venue for history buffs and luxury lovers alike. This unique wedding venue in PA features a 4800-square-foot garden and is a peaceful and pretty oasis for an outdoor ceremony right in the heart of the city.
While venues like this one are sure to make theatre nerds drool, the State Theatre Center for the Arts Inc. isn’t just for those who love the stage. With its bright red curtain and heavily adorned auditorium, this venue is for everyone who’s dreamed of being in the spotlight.
Circuit Center and Ballroom: Pittsburgh
In what is one of the most highly customizable venues on this list, Pittsburgh’s Circuit Center and Ballroom can be transformed from modern chic to smooth luxury (or any other style that you can conjure up). The high ceilings and versatile hardwood floors of the ballroom are ideal for dancing…and for matching any theme you seek.
The Farm at Eagles Ridge: Lancaster
While this gorgeous farm might get some hefty competition from its Amish neighbors for “prettiest barn” award, there really aren’t many rustic venues in Pennsylvania that can offer the beauty of the Farm at Eagles Ridge. With its countryside simplicity and fresh style, you won’t regret holding your rural wedding here.
Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel: Scranton
Formerly a train station (back in the early 1900s), the Scranton Radisson is a classy venue with a lot of historical value. In fact, it’s famous neoclassical exterior and lavish lobby are only the icing on the cake. Unlike many historical venues, however, it still retains many of its original features: clocks, fountains, doors, and more, making beautiful backdrops for photos. And, the chandeliers and draping in the ballroom make for instant elegant decor for your reception. An extra fun fact: It got a shoutout on NBC’s The Office!
First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh
In gorgeous gothic fashion, the breathtaking architecture of the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh is a sight to see. For those seeking a religious venue, this might be the one. In all of its haunting beauty — complete with stunning Tiffany windows — it’s sure to leave guests in awe.
Mountain Springs Lake Resort: Reeders
Escape to the Poconos Mountains for your big day, and hold a lakeside ceremony under the canopy of vibrantly changing leaves. The 325 acres filled with ponds, apple trees and oaks allow for the most breathtaking outdoor photos, and the rustic lodge allows for amazing views. The Mountain Springs Lake Resort is the perfect wedding destination for couples looking for a smaller gathering in a more secluded nature spot!
Cork Factory Hotel: Lancaster
Famously known as “Amish country,” Lancaster is the famous area of Pennsylvania where you can find quaint covered bridges and rare glimpses into simpler lives. So if you’d like to implement the same qualities into your big day, book the Cork Factory Hotel. After all, it’s hard to go wrong with aged brick walls, antiquated hardwood floors, rustic chandeliers and captivatingly elusive history. Vintage chic brides can also choose the Warehouse with cork-lined walls and dramatic ceilings, and we love the idea of a bridesmaid brunch at The Baker’s Table.
The Olde Bar: Philadelphia
Whether you hail from a close-knit Irish family or are simply seeking a small, laid-back ceremony, consider holding your shindig at the Olde Bar, where there’s sure to be bonding (and boozing) on your big day. This newer (for weddings) venue in the Old Original Bookbinder’s offers cozy furnishings with throwback ambiance, and brides are already “cheersing” it’s amazing customer service and food.
The Olde Bar
Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel: Pittsburgh
With its winding marble staircases and stained glass beauty, the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel will leave you dreaming of 16th century grandeur. The four-star venue (now part of the respected Marriott chain, but once known fondly as the Fulton Building) features a ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Allegheny River, and it’s historic aura has mastered the art of historical elegance in a bustling city.
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