A quick peek into the best wedding
venues and tips & advice for having a
Philadelphia wedding.


Over my career as a Philadelphia wedding photographer, I've come to know quite a few of the best Seattle wedding venues and I have also had tons of experience with every other aspect of working real Philadelphia weddings. So, I wanted to take the time and create some free resources for you to check out. So, even if you haven't chatted with me yet to be your wedding photographer, you could most certainly still be planning your Philadelphia wedding. Of course, any list of "Best Philadelphia wedding venues" is going to be 100% subjective to personal tastes. The below list are my personal favorite wedding venues in Philadelphia, and each image in the below grid will direct you to a blog post for that particular wedding venue. Have a look, and as always, let me know if you have any questions about any of these Seattle wedding venues, or any questions about any other topic you might want to discuss. No matter the distance, no matter the time of year, no matter the size, I want to be your Seattle wedding photographer.



- Terrence Harrison Weddings


What are some of the best wedding venues in Philadelphia?

There are quite a few of gorgeous wedding venues in Philadelphia. So how would you go about choosing one? Well, I'd recommend to start with setting your budget. Downtown Philadelphia wedding venues can be notoriously more costly than outside-the-city venues, so - start with your finances. See what you can realistically afford without pushing your budget too far. After all, your venue is only a portion of your overall wedding budget. You still need money left over for catering, photography, hair & makeup, decor, transportation, your honeymoon, and all the other awesome things. And once you've set your budget, start thinking about what fits the best with your personality, what's easiest for your guests to park at/near, and what's going to give you the wedding you've always dreamed about. Then after you've taken all of that into consideration, have a look at the Top 10 Philadelphia wedding venues that I've curated and listed below.

Philadelphia wedding venues can get so expensive. What do you recommend?

Yes, they definitely can. That said, there are ways to make things more financially possible. A big one being payment plans. But I must stress that you should not stretch your budget so far on a wedding venue that you can't afford the other things that mean a lot to you. If you really want a Philadelphia wedding photographer for $28000-5000, but your venue costs $15,000-20,000, choosing a venue that is a few thousand less now opens up that extra budget for the Philadelphia wedding photographer that you've always wanted. And if you feel like Seattle wedding venues are stretching you so far, you should also consider getting married in areas like Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, or surrounding counties of Philadelphia. There are many, many gorgeous wedding venues in the Tri-State area. There's no shortage. And I can certainly help point you in the right direction if you are wanting some help finding the right wedding venue for you, your personality, and your budget. Just use the contact form on my website.

Where should I get ready for my Philadelphia wedding?

This totally depends on your wedding venue, but the biggest thing to take into consideration (as related to photography and video), is choosing a place that has a lot of natural light. Think big windows. So, do not get ready in a conference room or super dimly lit hotel room. Pop for the upgrade to a room with a view, and a room that has lots of extra space. That space will be quickly taken up by your hair & makeup team, your parents, your friends, and all the bags of clothing, shoes, makeup, and accessories that you're bringing with you. And then you need enough space to hide all of those things so that your wedding photographer and videographer can have a clean, minimalistic backdrop to the photographs and film. These things don't happen on accident. There's usually a "trash corner" just outside of the gorgeous wedding photographs you see all through my website and blog. :) And if your venue doesn't offer great places to get ready in, I highly recommend checking out the HItlon Hotel near City Hall.

Where should we take our wedding photos in Philadelphia?

It totally depends on your personality, but my personal and highest recommendations are to take your wedding party photographs in Pioneer Square at Occidental Square. The pier can have very bad lighting (at typical portrait times of the day) since it doesn't have any shade, Pike Place Market is absolutely swarming with tourists and traffic (stressful for most couples), and Gasworks is the same. Bad lighting, no clean backdrops (tourists in your background), and no shade. In addition to that, there are many events held at Gasworks park, both scheduled and unscheduled. So, it's not a place I typically recommend. Then, there is Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill. I don't really recommend that park either because of the fact there are many people in your background and the park is quite boring in photographs, to be honest and in my professional opinion. Plus, you're getting married in Seattle, and Volunteer Park doesn't offer any city/urban vibes. Occidental Square is your best bet for all of this. Just keep in mind sports schedules since the stadiums are right next to it (think traffic, parking, transportation, etc logistics). And this is a really important consideration when deciding whether or not to book a Seattle wedding venue. Because as a Seattle wedding photographer, there aren't that many Seattle wedding venues that offer great places for wedding party portraits without going totally off-site. And when you need to go off-site, there's the additional expense of hiring a limo or party bus to take you around. So, let's talk transportation.

How should we get around with our large wedding party?

This is one of the most important questions (there are many) wedding thinking about having a Philadelphia wedding. And since most venues in the Philadelphia area don't have phenomenal backdrops for wedding party photographs and couples portraits, 99% of the couples I've photographed in Philadelphia choose to head off-site. And when you head off-site, you don't want to be circling the block trying to find parking on your wedding day - especially since you also have your bridesmaids and groomsmen, photographer, videographer, etc to transport around as well. So, the answer to this is hiring a limo or party bus. They pick you up at your hotel/getting ready location, they drive you to the portrait location(s), and they simply drop you off and pick you up at a predetermined time. Yes, this adds some additional cost, but it reduces the level of stress tenfold. So, it's well worth it. That said, if you're not wanting all these additional costs, a Philadelphia wedding might not be for you. And that's totally okay. There are lots of amazingly gorgeous wedding venues around Tri-State that you won't need anything like this. Just let me know what you are searching for, and I can totally help you.

Is there anything else we should consider when planning a Philadelphia wedding?

I keep coming back to this, but personality is everything. If you are wanting a totally stress-free, laid-back, chill wedding, then to be perfectly honest - having a downtown Philadelphia wedding might not be the perfect option for you. Many Philadelphia weddings have a higher number of logistics when planning everything out, more logistics for transportation, and typically a higher dollar number for your expected budget. Everything typically costs more in Philadelphia. I'm not saying any of this to scare you away from having a wedding in Philadelphia, but to give you my honest, open, and truthful piece of advice based on many, many weddings I have personally photographed over the years. That said, if the urban vibe is all you've ever dreamed of, then it can all come to reality. Just ensure you have an incredible wedding planner on your side, an incredible Philadelphia wedding photographer who knows all the best tips to get the most out of your special day, and a great list of vendors who have your back. After all, it's your day. And I want you to have the most amazing day of your entire life, completely stress free.

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