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(215) 849-2855

About Us

Portico is an enchanting wedding venue located in the beautiful 55 acre Awbury Arboretum in the historic Germantown neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia. This magical locale is perfect for romantic celebrations. Once the private enclave of an extended Quaker family, the Arboretum is a green oasis in a densely-populated urban environment with the Francis Cope House as its centerpiece.

For the upcoming 2021 season Portico's tent is perfect for an outdoor reception, so if your wedding plans are now up in the air please don't hesitate to reach out to us. In addition Portico has micro-wedding packages for those wishing to host a smaller celebration - in the meadow, the Secret Garden, on the wrap-around porch or in the woods- all are perfect for a small ceremony and gorgeous photos.

The gracious Victorian stone mansion has floor-to-ceiling windows and a magnificent wrap-around porch from which guests can survey the picturesque English landscape of specimen trees, woods and rolling meadows. Imagine meandering trails, wetlands, open fields and even a Secret Garden! The venue's capacity is 175 with outdoor dining on a flagstone patio and white tent encircled by landscaped gardens. We welcome your inquiries, including Micro-Weddings (offered Sundays-Thursdays in 2021), and will get back to you quickly to answer all of your questions fully, but here's a brief snapshot of what the Arboretum offers to its couples:

Services Offered
Awbury Arboretum offers full-service and customized planning based upon the personal style and desires of its unique clients, and includes the following:

  • All-inclusive packages
  • In-house exclusive catering
  • Outside vendors
  • Setup
  • Cleanup
  • Event planning
  • Event rentals
  • Liability insurance
  • Lighting and sound
  • Pet friendly

Catering and bartending services include:

  • Plated and Stations
  • Service and bartending staff
  • Cocktails and hors d'eouvres, salad, entrees, dessert

Services and equipment.

Reception tent
On-site getting ready rooms
Handicap access
On-site parking
Chiavari chairs & tables (round and/or long)
Tabletop- china, flatware, glassware
Linens, table cloths & napkins
Indoor and outdoor space


5 out of 5
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  • Our wedding was held at Awbury Arboretum on Sunday, October 18th, 2020 outside in the meadow! The location was beautiful, affordable, and very accommodating! Linsday Keane, my event coordinator at Awbury Arboretum was great - she had awesome customer service skills, was very responsive with all emails, phone calls, text messages and she was very professional! Lindsay went above and beyond! The venue also worked well with all of our vendors! Our special day in unfortunate worldly circumstances was nothing short of AMAZING!

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

    Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


    Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Bridal Suite, Chairs, China, Clean Up, Event Planning, Flatware, Glassware, Lighting/Sound, Linens, Parking, Set Up, Tables

    Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

    Cake Cutting, Dessert, Server(s)

    Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?


    Describe your venue

    Garden, Historic Building, Mansion, Park

    What kind of settings are available?

    Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner

    What event services do you offer?

    All Inclusive Packages, Cake, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors, Pet Friendly, Set Up, Wifi

    What catering services do you offer?

    Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings

    What bar services do you provide?

    Bartender(s), Outside Alcohol

    What event items are available?

    Audio Equipment, Chairs, Dance Floor, Lighting, Tables, Tents

    What food and beverage items are available?

    Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

    What transportation and access is available?

    Parking, Shuttle, Valet, Wheelchair Access

    What months are included in your peak season?

    April, May, June, July, August, September, October

    What months are included in your off-peak season?

    January, February, March, November, December

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