Congratulations on your engagement! We hope the new title of fiancé is happily swirling around in your head as you begin to plan your dream wedding day. Before you finalize the guest list and table decorations, you first need to find the perfect location that meets all of your desires. 

One of the most elegant wedding reception venues in all of Pennsylvania is the Cairnwood Estate. You can feel the magical history as soon as you step foot onto the grounds. The Estate building resembles a French chateau, which provides an incredible backdrop for breathtaking photographs, not to mention the architecture, flower gardens, and rolling lawns surrounding the property which paints an effortless romantic atmosphere. If you're still on the hunt for your dream venue, this very well may be it.

We know wedding planning can be stressful which is why we've done all the research for you. With our helpful guide, you'll know the ins and outs of the Cairnwood Estate in no time at all. Let's dive in. 

Elegant Weddings at Cairnwood Estates

The Cairnwood has been hosting wedding receptions for well over a decade. The tradition began in 1896 when John and Gertrude Pitcairn opened their home for a wedding celebration. When you rent the estate, you'll feel as if you're renting your very own private castle, and your guests will feel as if they're attending a royal event.

Driving up to the venue it's surrounded by towering trees, expansive lawns, and gorgeous gardens. Inside the estate, you'll find the first floor which is an amazing space. The Great Hall offers a spacious and sunny room rising up two stories including an open staircase leading to a second-floor balcony. Phenomenal pictures are just waiting to be captured as you and your groom walk hand in hand down the breathtaking stairs. 

Three arched glass doors open up into the terrace and rolling green space. All of the rooms in the estate are large and meticulously decorated. They also all include fireplaces. Every detail of the craftsmanship and architecture will provide you with all the unique character you've ever wanted in a venue. Be ready for an atmosphere like you've never experienced before, and lifelong photographs to remember it all.

TIMELESS BEAUTY

Venue highlights

When you book your reception at the Cairnwood Estate, you're getting a whole lot more than simply a gorgeous venue.


Peace of mind knowing your reception is the only one on that day
5-hour reception package that can be extended for extra fees
Free Parking for you and your guests
Luxury dressing suites
Private Groom's lounge with leather furniture
Gorgeous views of the Gothic Byrn Cathedral and Landmark Glencairn Museum
Fully air-conditioned
Fully handicapped accessible
6 high-end designer powder rooms with subway tile and fancy finishes
A 30-foot oak dance floor
Fountain garden
Hotel accommodations close by for out of town guests
Free high-speed Wifi

With endless indoor and outdoor possibilities, you can create your own personalized storybook wedding exactly the way you envision it.

If you'd like to rent your own furniture, you got it. If you're wanting to add ice sculptures, no problem. If you want 4 chocolate fountains in each corner of the room, absolutely. Or maybe you want a candy bar/dessert room? Your wish is their command. The entire venue is a blank slate, so no matter what kind of wedding you desire, this venue can turn it into a reality complete with elegance and beauty.

Your photographs will capture the personality you pour into your wedding. Put some unique flair into your colors or table decorations! Paint the story of who you and your groom are as a couple. Your wedding planner and the venue coordinators can help organize colors, decorations and more to make it truly yours. The possibilities are endless!

ENDLESS PERSONALIZATION

The venue provides a list of preferred caterers for your convenience. Whether you want black lobster ravioli or grilled beef tenderloin, you're sure to find a caterer on the list that will make your taste buds dance with delight. These service professionals are ready to serve your guests with the finest service and best tasting cuisine around. Rest assured every caterer on the list will be a pleasure to work with and will be just as excited about your wedding as you are!

You're responsible for bringing your own alcohol to the venue. This gives you a lot of options for how you wish to handle the drinks you will be serving. You can choose to hire a private bartender, buy your own bottles, or hire a mixologist to make personalized drinks made especially for you and your guests!

FOOD & ALCOHOL

You may be wondering how many guests this beautiful venue can accommodate. Cairnwood has enough space for 200 guests for sit down dinners, or up to 275 guests if you opt for a station-style dinner set up. The fees range from $1,800-7,800 (based on the number of guests/extras) which includes a five-hour reception and 3 hours of private photo or dressing time for the bridal party.

The Cairnwood team is always willing to accommodate early arrivals that would like extra time to get ready or take extra photographs. Additional nighttime party hours may also be added for $500/hour and you can extend your party all the way until midnight if you wish!

Guests & Pricing

Located just 16 miles from the center of Philadelphia, Cairnwood Estate is located in Bryn Athyn, PA. It's also just minutes from Bucks County and Montgomery. The private grounds are impeccably kept behind an entry gate and walls. You'll have peace of mind knowing you will have the entire estate to yourself on your big day. It's only for you and your guests to dance the night away in, no one else.

Convenient Location

You may be wondering how many guests this beautiful venue can accommodate. Cairnwood has enough space for 200 guests for sit down dinners, or up to 275 guests if you opt for a station-style dinner set up. The fees range from $1,800-7,800 (based on the number of guests/extras) which includes a five-hour reception and 3 hours of private photo or dressing time for the bridal party.

The Cairnwood team is always willing to accommodate early arrivals that would like extra time to get ready or take extra photographs. Additional nighttime party hours may also be added for $500/hour and you can extend your party all the way until midnight if you wish!

Top-Notch Staff

While civil ceremonies aren't available at Cairnwood, church weddings can be performed in the Bryn Athyn Cathedral which is an officially designated sacred building right next door. If you're interested in having your wedding ceremony close by to Cairnwood, you must attend a New Church wedding service and have a New Church wedding minister perform the ceremony in order to use the cathedral. More information can be found on their website or by contacting them directly.

CIVIL CEREMONY OPTION AT BRYN ATHYN CATHEDRAL

Yup. you read that correct.

In 2010, I was fortunate enough to say "I do" to the woman of my dreams on the front steps of beautiful building. 

The luxurious estate held 125 of our closest friends and family with ease. A ceremony on the steps, dinner on the tent covered patio, and a reception next to the aged books of a beautiful library. All beautifully done.  

The one tip I will advise to any couple suggesting this grand estate, the more you bring in the more you have to take out. Renting this estate means you are renting an empty building, My wife and I made the mistake of bringing in alot more stuff than we needed. The downside is that we had to carry all of that back out!  Other than that tidbit I can't imagine having my wedding ANYWHERE else. 

MY FUN FACT ABOUT CAIRNWOOD ESTATES.. CAN YOU GUESS??

We got married there!!!

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