Popular wedding themes in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware

Themed weddings in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley range from rustic country barn weddings to Philadelphia city chic weddings and down to the Jersey Shore beach weddings.  Here are the  places that will make your Philadelphia themed wedding easy to plan:

  1. Rustic Barn Weddings in Philadelphia and its countryside:  Your guests will love the charm of a country barn wedding with strings of white lights hanging from open barn beams or mason jars and rustic signs leading the way to your reception site.  Burlap lace replaces traditional lace and farmhouse tables replace the typical round tables.  There is so much you can do to make your wedding.  The location of barns in this area lends easily to natural beauty with countryside courtyards and pastures filled with grazing animals.  The simplicity of the theme offers natural elegance to your special day.  Here are some great places to create your rustic barn style:

Farm at Eagle’s Ridge, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Brandywine Manor House, Honeybrook, Pennsylvania

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Country Barn Weddings, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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2.  Inn-Style Weddings in the Philadelphia Area:  Having an intimate wedding at a bed and breakfast inn is a great way to save money and enjoying to company of your closest friends and family members.  Inns already have romantic charm, beautiful gardens and views of the countryside.  When you choose an inn venue, you and your bridal party can enjoy the entire inn and property for your wedding weekend making it a nearby destination wedding you will never forget.  Here are a few inns that has the qualities that can make it feel like the destination wedding of your dreams:

Joseph Ambler Inn, North Wales, Pennsylvania

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Holly Hedge Estate, New Hope, Pennsylvania

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Barley Sheaf Farm, Holicong, Pennsylvania

3.  Garden weddings in the Philadelphia area:  The Delaware Valley is filled with beautiful gardens to make your garden fantasy a reality.  The natural beauty of the gardens and its seasonal abundance of flowers brings a lavish backdrop for your wedding.  The need for additional flowers may be minimal. Your ceremony can be performed in an outdoor courtyard in full bloom.  Here are some great garden venues to choose from:

Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA

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Awbury Arboretum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


The Manor House at Prophecy Creek Park, Ambler, Pennsylvania

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The English Manor, Ocean, New Jersey

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Shadowbrook, Shrewsbury, New Jersey


4.   Beach Weddings at the Jersey Shore:  Nothing is more romantic than the sand between your toes and sound of waves crashing at your feet as you exchange your vows.  The warm weather and sun set the mood for romance and offers your guests a chance to stay for the weekend to enjoy the New Jersey Shore while enjoying your wedding.  There are some great places at the shore that specialize in Beach weddings, they include:

Congress Hall, Cape May, New Jersey

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The Grand Hotel, Cape May, New Jersey


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Photo courtesy of Cindy Patrick Photography

Reeds at Shelter Haven, Stone Harbor, New Jersey


Breakers, Spring Lake, New Jersey

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Photo by Tracey Attlee

Nobil Catering at the Ocean City yacht Club, Ocean City, New Jersey

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The Berkeley Hotel, Asbury Park, New Jersey


The Flanders, Ocean City, New Jersey


5. Historic spaces and Museum Weddings in the Philadelphia Area:  There are so many historic places and museums to choose from in the Greater Philadelphia Area.  Check our directories in each region to find our picks for unique and historic places as well as numerous museums.  Using historic places adds elegance and tradition to your special day.  Museums add interest for your guests to explore the venue while they are enjoying your wedding day.  Historic mansions and estates are nestled along river banks boasting gardens and acreage or choose venues located amidst the historic district of Philadelphia.  No matter what you choose, the deep historic meaning of these venues are sure to add a special charm to your event.

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The Merion Tribute House in Merion Station, Pennsylvania

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The Aldie Mansion in Doylestown (Photo by Mike Landis)

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Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia (Photo by Drew Noel)



Cairnwood Estate, Bryn Athyn, PA