Destination Wedding: Philadelphia, PA

Even though Philadelphia is considered the hometown of American democracy, this does not mean that your destination wedding needs bipartisan approval. A unique enclave of culture, Philadelphia has some of the best art museums, theaters, gardens, architecture, and historic sites on the East Coast. Aside from that, the hotels and reception sites are as regal as the city itself.

If Philly is the destination of choice, your guests may be surprised to find that their itineraries will be jam-packed with some of the most beautiful and enlightening outings they’ve ever been a part of.

Best Way to Entertain Guests in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Museum of Art: Making a dramatic entrance (before you and your guests even step foot into the museum), views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway overlooking the Schuylkill River demand a photo opportunity. However, once inside, you and your favorite people can peruse works spanning from the Middle Ages to Modern period while enjoying the immaculate Grecian architecture. Travel tip: If your group is large, take the #38 SEPTA bus; it will drop you off right at the rear entrance of the museum.

Independence National Historic Park: Let freedom ring! You can’t visit Philly without letting your guests be up close and personal with one of our nation’s most iconic landmarks – the Liberty Bell. Afterwards be sure to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Independence Hall. While the attraction is free, you will need to pick up timed tickets before arrival. If you have a big party, its best to make reservations for your tickets through the National Park reservation system. These can be held up to a year in advance.

Boathouse Row: For the outdoor enthusiasts, Boathouse Row is one of the most unique things to do. A cluster of 15 rowing clubs overlook the Schuylkill River making it one of the best places in the city for a group photo. Whether you watch a professional rowing competition, a row practice, or simply take advantage of the best walking and biking route in the city, this is a wonderful outing not to be missed.

Morris ArboretumWho doesn’t love a gorgeous garden to stroll through when contemplating the beauty of your impending wedding day? Invite the entire crew to this 175 acre floral menagerie for an entire day of outdoor entertainment.

Best Time to Wed in Philadelphia

Summer is by far the most popular time to visit Philadelphia because of the mid 80’s weather and bevy of outdoor activities, festivals, and events. However, it’s more costly. Autumn and spring are wonderful alternatives and can save you considerable amounts. The temperatures will be in the mid to upper 60’s in either time, but mild nonetheless.

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