When you hear “wedding chapels” it brings to mind quaint and intimate spaces where couples go to get married. As a wedding photographer I know many chapels are strictly for ceremonies only, and most do not have the space to hold receptions. These days, “quaint weddings” are becoming very popular. You may be hearing micro-wedding or intimate wedding, or even elopements more lately. Couples are planning smaller weddings due to numerous current events, societal pressures, and rising costs. The plans still involve being surrounded by the closest family and friends. However, the smaller guest list means less planning, coordination, a smaller budget. Overall- less can certainly be more when it comes to weddings and many couples are catching on to this wedding trend. Check out my list below of some of the most popular Philadelphia wedding chapels.
Hickory Run Chapel is a historical white chapel located in White Haven, Pennsylvania. The little white chapel with a wooden porch is the epitome of what you think of when someone tells you they are getting married in a wedding chapel. The picturesque chapel is located in a wooded grove making the white building a bold contrast against the woods. The chapel is conveniently right next to a beautiful waterfall which makes for great photo opportunities. You can check out the chapel here.
Lockridge Park in Alburtis, Pennsylvania is a historical site that is an old coal furnace. The site features stone ruins making it a very popular location for weddings and photography. There is an open-air stone building that makes the outdoor chapel where couples can hold intimate weddings. This site books up quickly but if you can get a date there you will love what the park has to offer. Additional space at the park is available for wedding receptions for couples. You can see the park here.
The Philadelphia Wedding Chapel is an intimate chapel in Philadelphia. The charming event space is very intimate- accommodating up to 30 guests. The feel of this space is industrial yet cozy, with exposed brick, wooden floors, and beautiful window coverings. Packages can include options for your ceremony with a vow and ring exchange, music options, an on-site officiant, and a celebratory bottle of champagne! The Philadelphia Wedding chapel does not host receptions, only ceremonies are offered here.
St. Thomas of Villanova Church is a Roman Catholic church on the campus of Villanova University. The building was built in 1887 and features European interiors, including a domed ceiling over the altar, stained glass windows, and wooden pews. Today, the church functions as the parish church for St. Thomas of Villanova parish as well as the University Chapel for Villanova University and hosts catholic wedding ceremonies for parishioners. You can find more information to request a wedding ceremony here.
Vaux Studio is a small wedding chapel space for couples looking to hold intimate weddings, allowing up to 24 guests. This venue offers an old city feel for the sophisticated modern couple. They currently offer 2 packages for couples to choose from. Packages offer use of the site prior to the ceremony, an officiant, and use of the venue for the ceremony and photos. There is also an option to have hors d’oeuvres and/or cake, with a champagne toast. You can see more about this venue here.
Nicole’s Wedding Chapel is another of these Philadelphia wedding chapels. This intimate space gives couples multiple indoor options and an outdoor ceremony option. The chapel provides a personally planned wedding ceremony. Packages include a wedding coordinator, ceremony director, and wedding staff on hand to serve the needs of the couple and their guests. Packages also include guest counts ranging from no guests – for the bride and groom only- to 25 guests. Additional amenities can include rose petals, music, and throwing of the rice. Outdoor weddings are only available from late April through early October. You can find more out about this beautiful space here.
The Washington Memorial Chapel is located in Valley Forge National Historical Park. It is both a national memorial this is dedicated to General George Washington and an active Episcopal parish in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The historical chapel features high vault ceilings, a limestone altar, and white oak pews. Weddings can occur at this location on Fridays or Saturdays by reaching out to the parish administrator. Find more details here.
So if you are considering an intimate wedding in one of these Philadelphia wedding chapels, now you have a starting place to start choosing from!
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