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Weddings at Morris Arboretum

Weddings at Morris Arboretum

Imagine saying "I do" among towering trees and lovely vistas. Our extensive tree and plant collections ensure that the Morris Arboretum looks spectacular at any time of year. All 92 acres of lush, romantic gardens, bubbling fountains, and historic features will be exclusively yours for the evening. Choose from a variety of breathtaking ceremony locations.

The Widener Visitor Center, an attractive 100-year old stone carriage house with adjacent tented area, serves as the base for your reception for up to 175 guests. You and your guests will dine and dance under the tent with stunning views of the valley below.

Morris Arboretum is conveniently located in Philadelphia's historic Northwest, just four miles from the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the Blue Route/I-476, and a short drive from Center City Philadelphia.

Wedding Rental Fees Include:

Other rentals including a dance floor, custom lighting, tent ceiling décor and the caterer are your responsibility. Caterer must come from the list of approved companies.

Click here to see a list of our approved caterers.

Morris Arboretum is a proud supporter of marriage equality.

For more information, contact The Rentals Team at 215.247.5777 x158 or email

Wedding Reviews

I just had to reach out and again thank you for ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING that you offered and how wonderfully helpful you all were this past year. You made the entire evening a dream that I didn't know was possible. We will always have an enormous soft spot in our hearts for the Arboretum and all of you who dedicated your time to make that night unforgettable. We can't wait to visit it again soon.
All our love,
Megan and Steven

Morris Arboretum was the first and only venue we looked at for our wedding. We are so pleased with our choice. We had a beautiful ceremony in the rose garden, a cocktail hour that everyone loved on Out on a Limb, and a fun reception under the tent. The arboretum provides such a beautiful and interesting experience for guests. We appreciated not needing to bring in tons of decorations; we could just focus on personal touches. The Arboretum is already an amazing backdrop. Use of the golf cart was a great feature. We were able to get some great photos in a variety of locations. Guests were even offered tours during the cocktail hour. The Arboretum Staff were accommodating, easy to work with, and genuinely nice people. They were always helpful and responsive when we had questions. We were provided with everything we needed. We love being members and visiting this place, especially now that it holds a special meaning for us.

The staff at Morris allowed me to honestly have the best day of my life. It didn't hurt that my weather was perfect, but my ceremony was under the trees while violins played, my cocktail hour was in an adult TREEHOUSE and my reception was under a white tent surrounded by flowers. I could not recommend Morris Arboretum more, and I am so unbelievably pleased that we went with our gut and chose the first venue we looked at! We also are becoming members here using the wedding discount so that for the next year my husband and I can relive our wedding day whenever we want. Best.Day.Ever.

The Morris Arboretum is a dream venue for a wedding. First, the staff is so responsive and easy to work with. The Arboretum offers a variety of grounds to hold the ceremony and cocktail hour with a beautiful tent reception. The front lawn and Out on a Limb are the perfect spaces. Not to mention, the entire Arboretum gives unlimited gorgeous backgrounds for a photo shoot. My guests are still raving that it was the best wedding they've ever attended. I could not recommend it more highly.

What a beautiful venue! We were married at the beginning of May and all of the Magnolias and Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom. Perfect! We opted for the Out On A Limb cocktail hour, where the setting is in the treetops 40 feet above the ground and looking out over the grounds. Amazing! The staff were very responsive and helpful every step of the way. It was a perfect relationship leading to a perfect day! Thank you!
-Vanessa and Mike

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Alerts & Updates

As part of our commitment to historic preservation, the beloved Log Cabin flooring is being replaced this week, and the Log Cabin will be closed from Wednesday, October 3 - Friday, October 5.

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

Garden Railway trains are not running Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th due to inclement weather.

Please note: The Rose Garden is closed for maintenance every Thursday morning until noon.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.


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Rental Rates

2019 Friday          Saturday     Sunday       
May $4,900 $6,400 $4,700
August $3,200 SOLD OUT $2,900
September $5,000 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
October $4,700 $6,300 $4,400
2020 Friday          Saturday     Sunday       
April $2,900 $3,600 $2,700
May $4,900 $6,400 $4,700
June $4,900 $6,500 $4,700
July $3,200 $3,900 $2,900
August $3,300 $4,100 $3,000
September $5,000 $6,500 $4,700
October $4,700 $6,300 $4,400

*First weekend in November only.

Monday - Thursday Weddings are $2,200
Sunday rental rates apply for Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Booking Info

Rentals include:

  • A choice of several ceremony and cocktail hour sites
  • On-site Photographs after the gardens close to the public
  • Reception space for up to 175 guests
  • Tent with side flaps and space heaters
  • Chairs for ceremony; tables and chairs for reception
  • Golf cart and driver for 3 hours (additional cart can be rented if desired)
  • Weekend (Friday - Sunday) rental duration from 6:00 - 11:00pm; Weekdays from 6:00 - 10:00pm

Check our availability. Deposit is due with the signing of the Facility Rental Agreement. The requested date and facility will not be confirmed until the deposit is paid and the agreement is signed. A $750 Security Deposit is due 90 days before the wedding date.

Ceremony Only - 2 Hours, starting after garden closes. Limited to 75 people.

Designated areas around: Rate
Widener Visitor Center $1,200
Rose Garden $1,500
Pennock Garden $1,500

Ceremony-only events cannot be booked more than 4 months in advance (subject to availability).

For more information, contact Rentals and Information at 215.247.5777 x158 or email


Rental Specials

Sunday Special 2019
Thinking about having your wedding on a Sunday in 2019 at the one-of-a-kind Morris Arboretum? Now is the time to book! For a limited time, book your wedding on a Sunday in 2019 and get 15% off of the rental fee. Yup! You could be saving up to $700! Schedule a tour today, because this offer ends Friday, December 14.

Big Tent Wedding 2020
For one weekend only, you can invite up to 400 guests to your wedding at the beautiful Morris Arboretum! Saturday, June 6, 2020 only: use our Big Tent, which holds up to 400 guests and a band. It includes clear tops, stage, dance floor, and lighting. Celebrate under the stars! Available 6:00 - 11:00pm for $8,400.

Penn Sunday Special
Part of the Penn family? Come celebrate with us! We are happy to offer a 10% discount on rental fees for Sunday events to all those with a valid PennID (students, alumni, staff and faculty).

For more information about these specials or to book, contact:


Rentals at Morris Arboretum

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You must choose your caterer from a list of approved caterers that offer you a broad range of menu options, styles and pricing. We have carefully pre-screened our caterers to assure that they are thoroughly familiar with the Arboretum's facilities and policies, while offering you the highest quality of support and service. The preferred caterers can be contacted at the numbers below:

Catering by Brunos

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Feast Your Eyes

Jeffrey Miller

Joshua's Catering

Tent Ceiling Décor

If you are interested in decorating the ceiling of the reception tent, you will be required to work with Philadelphia-based Wild Stems. They offer several innovative tent installations featuring floating linen fabrics, string lights and/or paper lanterns in a variety of colors. For more information contact:

Photographers, Bands, DJs, Florists, etc.

All other wedding vendors are your choice and don’t require Arboretum approval.