10 Best Outdoor Wedding Sites in Pennsylvania

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1. City Escape

Bartram's Garden is an eighteenth-century riverfront estate that brings the ambience of the country into the city of Philadelphia. Tented receptions in the barnyard can host 170 guests, while ceremonies take place in the Common Flower Garden surrounded by fragrant bulbs. (215) 729-5281, BartramsGarden.org

2. Grand Garden

Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh is one of the nation's oldest and largest Victorian greenhouses. The Outdoor Garden at Phipps is one large garden made up of many smaller gardens -- perennials, conifers, pink and white flowering plants, annuals and other flora create a beautiful wedding site. Tented receptions in the garden can seat up to 180 guests; the tent walls can remain open so everyone can enjoy the colorful and fragrant scenery. (412) 622-6914, Phipps.Conservatory.org

3. Majestic Mansion

Filled with secluded flower gardens and patios, Bolingbroke Mansion is an elegant estate in Radnor. The back garden has an arched stone stairway -- perfect for photos and the bridal party's entrance. The rear lawn is filled with umbrella-topped tables and can comfortably accommodate 120 guests. The side patio can be enclosed if the weather becomes an issue and is decorated with romantic white lights, creating the intimate feel of your own backyard (only a whole lot better!). (610) 688-3048, BolingbrokeMansion.com

4. Storybook Inn

The Stroudsmoor Country Inn is an enchanting Pocono wedding site with many options for weddings for up to 350 guests: Its Auradell Grotto is a charming garden with columns, oak trees and wildflowers, while the Woodland Chapel has a natural wood trellis and cobblestone path that leads up to the "kissing bench," which is sure to set the stage for memorable photos! The Chapel Terra's gazebo has a stone wall behind it and fountains to the side, and the hilltop gazebo in the Crestview Chapel has breathtaking natural surroundings. Plus, there's room for your out-of-towners to spend the night. (570) 421-6431 ext. 420, Stroudsmoor.com

5. Divine Vineyard

Tucked away on a private property, Crossing Vineyards and Winery in Washington Crossing brings a backyard feel to weddings in any season. Intimate events are at home under the rose-covered archway and near the baroque-style fountain in Jonathan's Garden and Patio. Larger events can be held in the tented Vistas, with panoramic views of the landscaped grounds and fruit-filled vineyards. (215) 493-6500, CrossingVineyards.com

6. Wooded Wonderland

Nestled in the forest in Farmington, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is a haven of gardens, terraces, patios and golf greens. The LaFayette Gardens has the Laurel Highlands mountains in the background, while the Plaza Deck on the rooftop of the hotel has views of the mountains in Pennsylvania and West Virginia (both are stunning in the fall!). The resort also has a chapel in a grassy clearing and an elegant ballroom with an attached outdoor patio. Nemacolin Woodlands can accommodate up to 500 guests. (724) 329-6359, Nemacolin.com

7. Regal Rotunda

An historic site in downtown Pittsburgh, The Rotunda at The Pennsylvanian hotel works for ceremonies or cocktail parties. Originally used as a driveway to the train terminus and office building for the Pennsylvania Railroad, the rotunda is open on all sides but framed with brick pillars and a dome ceiling. While you must rent the entire concourse to use the rotunda, no trains or carriages will interrupt your ceremony -- only foot traffic will be allowed. (412) 391-6730, ThePennsylvanian.com

8. Elegant Estate

Cairnwood, a mansion with sprawling grounds in Bryn Athyn, offers extravagance unique to the Gilded Age of the late 1800s. Weddings on the spacious lawn take place in front of the Beaux Arts-style house with its octagonal tower, high-pitched roof and ornate stone details. Whether you have your wedding on the terrace, in the intimate side garden or on the expansive lawn, your guests will have a luxurious experience. (215) 947-2004, Cairnwood.org

9. Historic Hotel

Set in the old town of Milford, the Hotel Fauchère is a quaint spot for domestic destination weddings. Adjacent to the hotel's main building is the fenced-in garden, which can host about 75 guests and is adorned with beautiful plantings and landscaping as well as a bubbling fountain in the center. The hotel's owners also have two off-site outdoor properties (that can hold several hundred guests) with views of the upper Delaware River Valley, wildflower fields, formal gardens, an orchard, a stream and waterfalls. (570) 409-1212, HotelFauchere.com

10. Natural Habitat

While the animals sleep, hold your wedding in one of the outdoor areas at the Pittsburgh Zoo. The Garden Tent, surrounded by foliage and botanical gardens, is a tented, 7,200-square-foot area that can hold up to 1,000 guests for a cocktail reception. For a taste of the tropics, Safari Plaza has tiki torches and thatched umbrellas. The deck can hold up to 500 guests and overlooks the gorilla yard -- safari gear is optional! (412) 365-2536, PittsburghZoo.org

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