Monday, July 26 2021 11:52

Go Big At These Wedding Venues

Written by County Lines Magazine

These local venues are ready to make your dream wedding a reality

With so many weddings put on hold or postponed, and postponed again, during this past year, couples are now ready for a grand, big celebration and to share their love surrounded by all the people they’ve missed—their extended family and plenty of friends.

Whether you’re planning for the first time, rescheduling your original date or planning the party that wouldn’t fit in your intimate pandemic space or backyard, these local venues are ready to make your dream wedding a reality.

DuPont Country Club

Nestled in the historic Brandywine Valley, the DuPont Country Club pairs beautiful grounds, elegant décor and award-winning cuisine to create a memorable wedding day. The ceremony can take place inside one of their ballrooms—The Crystal Ballroom or Christiana Ballroom—with beautiful details like crystal chandeliers and pendent fixtures with custom ironwork finishes. Your big day can expand into extra room on their tented outdoor terrace with plenty of spots for photo ops in front of the historic Brantwyn Estate. Relax knowing their team of creative professionals are ready to customize any detail to fit your heart’s desire. Capacity: 250 guests. 1001 Rockland Rd., Wilmington. 302.654.4435;

Farmhouse at People’s Light

Forever starts at The Farmhouse, a premier venue set in the award-winning perennial English gardens at People’s Light campus. Celebrate your special day in the rustic charm of their recently renovated ballroom and indoor pavilion, complete with beautiful cathedral ceilings and hardwood floors. The storybook farmhouse provides a perfect space for an elegant and all-inclusive wedding. From a customized ceremony at their charming on-site ceremony space to a sparkler send-off sure to leave a lasting memory, you’ll enjoy every moment. A dedicated team of culinary professionals and event coordinators can handle all the special details. Onsite catering by executive Chef Scott. Capacity: 175 guests. 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern. 610.647.1631;

Finley Catering

With exquisite food and a choice of four stunning venues, Finley Catering has been creating unforgettable weddings for over 40 years. Enjoy the height of luxury at The Crystal Tea Room, offering a beautiful setting for large weddings, complete with an intricately carved ceiling, mahogany wood tones and distinct historic character. Or choose a place steeped in tradition at the Union Trust, with arched windows, wraparound mezzanine and a regal atmosphere. For a true classic consider the Ballroom at the Ben, with a sweeping balcony overlooking the iconic ballroom. Closer to Chester County, the Ballroom at Ellis Preserve offers a serene backdrop of lush foliage and stately Greek revival décor. Minimum 120 guests; maximum capacity: 1,000 guests. Several locations. 215.640.0285;

Normandy Farm Hotel

Say “I do” to rustic charm at Normandy Farm Hotel, the oldest restored barn in America. Couples can celebrate their love on beautifully landscaped grounds with a waterfront gazebo as a memorable backdrop for the ceremony. Move the party inside to the Normandy Grand Ballroom, spanning over six thousand square feet with an expansive dance floor to host your grand affair. This landmark location features historic stables, silos and barns for uniquely authentic photo backdrops. Whether your style is elegant country chic or modern Cinderella-inspired, this setting provides a perfect place to start your life together. Let the team at Normandy Farm make your vision a reality and put your personal touch on this special day. Catering services provided by in-house restaurant, The Farmers Daughter, and hotel rooms available for overnight stays. Capacity: 350 guests. 1401 Morris Rd., Blue Bell. 215.616.8500;

Phoenixville Country Club

Located on the edge of Valley Forge National Historic Park, Phoenixville Country Club offers an idyllic setting filled with history, charm and picturesque views of the countryside. Hold your ceremony outdoors on the green or inside the spacious ballroom with large picture windows overlooking meticulously manicured fairways. Let your guests toast your love at a cocktail hour in the 18th-century farmhouse and terrace, then dance the night away under the elegant chandeliers in the grand ballroom. Use their wedding packages to delegate the hard work of planning so you can relax and focus on your special day. Offering a variety of weddings from an intimate gathering of 75 guests to an elegant reception of 150 guests. 355 Country Club Rd., Phoenixville. 610.933.3727;

White Manor Country Club

Dating back to 1711, White Manor Country Club invites couples to spend their special day surrounded by panoramic rolling hills and elegant architecture. This scenic wedding venue boasts several event spaces perfect for creating timeless memories. The grand ballroom is complete with crystal chandeliers and large built-in dance floor with room for 250 family and friends. For outdoor weddings, consider the romantic terrace with draping string lights and stunning views of the golf course, redesigned by award-winning course designer Bobby Weed. Enjoy a beautifully appointed bridal suit with well-lit vanities and Champions Lounge with pool tables, shuffleboard and golf simulator for the groomsmen. Outdoor weddings 100 guests; indoor weddings 250 guests. 831 Providence Rd., Malvern. 610.647.1070.

More Wedding Venues

Bayard House

Located steps away from the C&D Canal, The Bayard House is a scenic location ready to host your rehearsal dinner and small wedding. Set in an 18th-century house, this elegant seafood spot offers delicious dishes and stunning water views. 11 Bohemia Ave., Chesapeake City, MD. 410.885.5040.

Delaware Museum of Nature and Science

Delaware Museum of Natural History is currently closed for a renovation of its galleries and public spaces, reopening as the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science in 2022. Rent the Museum for an evening wedding and your guests will stroll through diverse ecosystems in Delaware and around the world. 100 guests: limited availability for up to 200. 4840 Kennett Pk., Wilmington. 302.658.9111.


Faunbrook B&B is a perfect location for weddings and events for 2 to 100 guests, offering afternoon, one-night and wedding weekend options. The 1860s Victorian mansion offers picturesque views on two acres of wooded land on the south side of West Chester and is ideal for weddings, showers, rehearsal dinners, business meetings or quiet getaways. 699 W. Rosedale Ave., West Chester. 610.436.5788.

Pietro’s Prime

An upscale yet casual Steakhouse and Martini Bar located in the heart of downtown West Chester, Pietro’s Prime is a prime location for your rehearsal dinner, shower or small wedding. The private dining room or outside patio offer a perfect atmosphere for your special occasion for up to 55 guests seated or 75 in a cocktail-style setting. 125 W. Market St., West Chester. 484.760.6100.

Thornbury Farm

Enjoy stunning views of historic battlefields and rolling hills—beautiful for weddings—at this charming historic farm two miles south of West Chester, accommodating up to 250 guests. The covered patio hosts a Chapel area and a large beehive oven. The enclosed patio, with grand piano and organ, can be used year-round. 1256 Thornbury Rd., West Chester. 610.793.2933.


Forget something blue. Instead do something green by donating leftover wedding flowers and food. Collect your bridal bouquets and centerpieces and donate your blooms to Petals Please, an organization that brings joy to local seniors through the beauty of flowers. And donate buffet food to Exton’s Chester County Food Bank, which accepts perishables. Start your life as a married couple by giving back to your community.

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