Wedding season is right around the corner and this year would be one of the biggest for weddings as the bride and groom reschedule their plans which had been canceled due to COVID.
According to the New York Times, the world could see around 2.5 billion weddings this year, and trends have shifted from large, elaborate celebrations to smaller, more imitated gatherings.
Wedding venues are also changing and becoming more creative, as some couples avoid country clubs and banquet halls, garden ceremonies and museums.
Central Pennsylvanians are in luck: there are plenty of quirky venues to hold weddings, including 200-year-old barns, renovated cigar warehouses, and more.
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The options are endless. Here are 10 to start with.
Or: 134 E. King Street, York
Sizing: Up to 200 guests
Pricing: April-August – Friday Sunday: $7,750 Saturday: $8,550
September-November – Friday Sunday: $8,750 Saturday: $9,250
Located in Royal Square in the heart of York City Centre, The Bond is Central Pa’s premier industrial event space.
The unusual architecture features exposed brick walls, polished concrete floors, and plenty of natural light shining through large picture windows, perfect for a special yet scenic event.
The Bond is equipped with several rooms and amenities, perfect for a wedding. The atrium acts as a cocktail room and features a composition of chandeliers made by local craftsmen.
Other rooms include a ceremony area, ballroom, bridal boudoir, and bedroom for the groom and his groomsmen. When the weather warms up, you can host an outdoor reception in their outdoor space, which includes more chandeliers, backdrops, and a fireplace.
The booking house
Or: 210 S. Penn Street, Manheim
Sizing: Varies by room; 100-250 guests
Pricing: Contact The Booking House directly
Formerly known as The Old General Cigar Co. Warehouse, which has produced cigars for over 50 years, The Booking House booking room space is located in the heart of the industrial section of Manheim, County of Lancaster.
The historic building has been upgraded with new amenities, including new restrooms, accessibility for the disabled, and brand new heating and air conditioning.
For events, there is no minimum number of guests, minimum spend or china requirements. The Booking House offers two “prep” rooms, including a bridal suite and a cigar lounge for groomsmen with windows allowing natural golden light to shine in for photos.
Or: 8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Loganville
Pricing: May-October 2022 – Friday: $5,500 Saturday: $6,500
2023 – Friday: $6,500 Saturday: $7,500
Sizing: Up to 150 guests
In the summer of 2021, Brown’s Orchard and Farm Market opened a rustic wedding space on their property, overlooking green hills and orchards.
This open-air ceremony site is nestled in the peaceful orchards, away from the Farmer’s Market. The large white reception tent is filled with fabric lining, fans, crystal chandeliers and chapel window sidewalls
Couples can say “yes” under a handmade wooden archway, while guests sit on benches constructed from tree stumps.
For weddings, Brown’s offers additional on-site services including catering, flowers, desserts, gifts, and even a wedding cake.
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Maple Springs Farm
Or: 291 Laurence Drive, Hannover
Sizing: Up to 150 guests
Pricing: Contact Maple Springs directly
Founded in 2020, this 53-acre family farm offers authentic wedding space in a renovated 1886 Dutch-style barn.
Some amenities include full indoor restrooms, dining and dancing rooms, patio, gazebo, and on-site parking. It has a lower level, which receives your guests to mingle and get to know each other while the upper level allows for dining
“Parties are able to provide their own certified bartenders, caterers, facilities and cleaning,” said co-owner Dixie Wildasin.
The on-site gazebo is the perfect place to hold a ceremony, and the barn on the lower level or the outdoor patio allow guests to gather for drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
Indian Marches Museum
Or: 205 Indian Steps Road, Airville
Sizing: Up to 40 people
Pricing: $350 per day
Located along the Susquehanna River, the Indian Steps Museum was first built as a cabin, showcasing Native American history and culture.
Its deep architecture and serene nature trail include a one-mile waterfall loop. Museum grounds are available for weddings, birthdays and other special events.
The museum can host the ceremony, and after saying “yes,” the married couple and their guests can enjoy a reception inside or outside the pavilion. Photo opportunities include taking photos near rocks along the Susquehanna River, or next to ancient artifacts around the exterior walls of the museum.
Or: 324 W. Market Street, York
Sizing: Up to 150 people
Pricing: Packages range from $600 to $1,200
In downtown York, Sara Ellen Event Venue serves the community through its mission: To celebrate life’s greatest moments with the perfect venue for any occasion.
Their space offers several different packages depending on the size of your party and the type of event.
The classic package offers six hours access to their 2,500 square foot space, equipped with a Bluetooth surround sound system, so a DJ isn’t necessary. Depending on the number of guests, the place offers round or rectangular tables and folding chairs.
Other packages such as the Premier and Executive options offer chair sashes, tablecloths, and plates. Event planning, decorating, and coordinating the day are also available, for an additional fee.
Or: 4535 Lincoln Hwy, York
Sizing: Up to 300 guests
Pricing: Contact Bentley Farms for pricing
Minutes from Route 30, Bentley Farms is a serene 12-acre farm in York County.
The richly landscaped gardens, picturesque bridge and a renovated 1820s tobacco barn provide a picturesque backdrop for a ceremony and reception.
The venue can accommodate a small intimate gathering or large gatherings of up to 300 people. Indoor and outdoor accommodations can be arranged for cocktail hour and reception.
The stone mill 1792
Or: 6210 Smoketown Road, Glenville
Sizing: Between 70 and 175 guests
Pricing: May-October – Friday: $6,700 Saturday: $7,200 Sunday: $6,200
The Stone Mill 1792 is a family-friendly event space and has been hosting weddings in York County for nine years.
Wedding packages provide the happy couple and their wedding members with separate suites prior to the reception. Outside, the Pergola is equipped with a fountain and a pond in the background for the ceremony and the picturesque setting.
The aperitif takes place on the landscaped lawns and the reception under a white tent with a wooden terrace. Tables and chairs are included in the package, and outside vendors are also welcome, though bartenders and caterers must be insured.
historic shady lane
Or: 475 Shady Lane, Manchester
Sizing: Up to 225 guests
Pricing: Contact Historic Shady Lane for rates
The history of the historic Shady Lane property dates back to a year after George Washington became president. The original family owners built a distillery over the creek, brewing whiskey and other spirits. This distillery was built on the property that is now Historic Shady Lane, over 220 years later.
This 34-acre site offers several wedding packages for a different experience. Organize your ceremony in the rose garden or on the patio of the greenhouse.
The bride and groom can prepare for the big day in their personal suites, inside the cottage, with a fresh breakfast and mimosas. For the reception and ceremonies, Shady Lane provides tables and chairs, as well as set-up and clean-up. Outside vendors are also allowed in, but must be insured.
Ballroom on Broadway
Or: 1649 Broadway, Hanover
Sizing: Up to 200 guests
Pricing: Contact Ballroom on Broadway directly for rates
Located inside the over 52,000 square foot Markets in Hanover, The Ballroom on Broadway offers a variety of event space, event management, catering options and plenty of free parking.
Just outside the ballroom is the Edison Terrace, a large semi-enclosed terrace that can be used for wedding ceremonies and cocktail parties.
The ballroom provides a modern venue, where the happy couple can work with event management to design their dream reception. The event team provides food and beverage packages, as well as assistance with music, photography and decorating.
Lena Tzivekis is a reporter for the York Daily Record/Hanover Evening Sun. Email her at [email protected] or find her on Twitter at @tzivekisand say hello or tell him where to find the best cup of coffee!