It is human nature to seek out bodies of water. Millions of people flock to lakes, rivers, and go down the shore for vacations every year. It’s no surprise that couples are drawn to waterfront venues for their wedding day. The water is calming, romantic, and often nostalgic.

Destination weddings to tropical lands and heading to sunny beaches along the Jersey shore are often the first thought to host a waterfront wedding, but hosting a destination wedding can be difficult to accommodate guests at times. If waterfront is a must-have for your wedding, don’t fret! There are some incredible venues right in the Philadelphia area with spectacular waterfront views.

Water Works by Cescaphe

This incredible venue provides a rich contemporary environment to host any wedding event. One of a kind views featuring the Philadelphia Art Museum perched perfectly atop Boathouse Row lining the Schuylkill River, beautiful walkways, and a stunning vintage gazebo will make your day picture perfect. With three dedicated spaces to hold ceremonies at Water Works, there are many options to make your wedding event uniquely you. The Engine House, which holds up to 140 guests, has an old world Philadelphia appeal. The Grand Pavilion provides 180-degree views of Philadelphia outdoors and holds up to 180 guests. The Mill House can hold up to 400 guests for the most grand affairs.


Located on Penn’s Landing, The Deck at Moshulu offers dining, drinking, and special events aboard the only restaurant on a tall ship in the world. Spectacular views of the river, city skyline, and Ben Franklin Bridge are all visible from the deck. Their multi-level decks offer three open air decks, two year-round heated tented decks, and seven dining rooms, including the newly remodeled State Room. Seating up to 200 guests, this venue is a beautiful option for any waterfront wedding.

Glen Foerd on the Delaware

Just 20 minutes from downtown Philadelphia, your guests will enjoy the unforgettable and historic Glen Foerd. Their fully-customizable Riverside Pavilion can seat up to 300 guests, and you’ll have full access to the mansion and gardens that reside on the 18-acre estate. A second floor bridal suite in the mansion overlooks the river, and the soft, natural light makes it perfect for bridal portraits. Glen Foerd’s exclusive caterer, Jamie Hollander Catering Events, will work tirelessly to create delicious meals for your guests.

Lambertville Station | Riverside Ballroom

Just after crossing the bridge from New Hope into New Jersey, you will arrive at the Lambertville Station. Seating up to 200 guests, the Riverside Ballroom offers floor-to-ceiling windows with gorgeous views of the Delaware River. Their outdoor terrace is perfect for portraits and guest mingling, with a stunning backdrop of the New Hope-Lambertville bridge and the towpaths.

River House at Odette’s

Debuting in Spring 2020, the River House at Odette’s is the sister venue to the Reeds at Shelter Haven. This all-new luxury lifestyle hotel will be located in New Hope along the Delaware River banks. Its rustic-contemporary style will feature reclaimed materials, soft textures, and a serene color palette. Equipped with 34 well-appointed guest rooms and suites and event seating of up to 200 guests, this hotel will be the perfect location for a waterfront getaway wedding – only 1 hour from Philadelphia!

Hilton Penn’s Landing

Guests won’t need to travel far if you choose to get married at this waterfront 4-star hotel. Hilton Penn’s Landing‘s spacious venue can hold up to 500 guests with a huge menu to appease even the pickiest of eaters. This is the only waterfront hotel in Philadelphia and is conveniently close to Spruce Street Harbor park, so the gorgeous views don’t just stop at the water.

Pen Ryn Estate

Just a skip and hop outside of the Philadelphia city limits in Bensalem, Pen Ryn Estate is downright beautiful. Couples can tie the knot at the perfectly placed pergola that faces the Delaware River. Inside the mansion, your guests will find a library, gallery, dining room, a parlor with a grand piano, and antique decor. You will forget that you are close by to one of the biggest cities in the United States on this 100-acre property, especially while entering through the gorgeous and stately 200-foot tree lined entrance to the estate.

Belle Voir Manor

Sharing the Pen Ryn Estate is their sister venue, Belle Voir Manor. Though they share the grounds and spectacular views, Pen Ryn and Belle Voir are separated by landscaped lawns and gardens. Their 22-foot ceilings, grand staircase, twinkling chandeliers, and breathtaking river views will leave your guests as swoony as you are.

Did you choose to get married at one of these incredible Philadelphia-area waterfront venues? If so, contact us! We would love to hear all about it.

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