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January 22, 2018 / diamondsanddetails

The Details on…The Baldwin School

Many times I will work with a client requesting a wedding venue with a historic past.  Philadelphia is obviously a city with a history and there are many venues that celebrate that past.  While Old City Philadelphia might be the obvious choice to begin the search for a historic venue, there are also some hidden gems on the Main Line and in the suburbs surrounding the city.  Once such venue is the historic Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA.


Photo Courtesy of the Baldwin School

The Baldwin School, formerly the Bryn Mawr Hotel, was built-in 1871 and was a popular spot for Philadelphians to escape the summer heat.  At the time it was built, it offered 350 rooms, a bathroom on every floor (rare in those days) and even the first elevator on the Main Line.  Destroyed by fire in 1887, famed architect Frank Furness built a new hotel in 1890 and in the early 1900s, the building was bought by the Baldwin School for Girls and remains a school today.

I was recently invited to tour the school by the new Event and Rentals Coordinator, Jane Darnell and was excited to see all the options the venue offers for wedding day.  For a ceremony, Brides and Grooms can choose to either get married on the grounds outside in front of one of many staircases the venue offers (my favorite aspect of the venue!) and if weather is not agreeable – you can choose to use one of the inside options such a smaller ballroom or even the foyer area.

For cocktail hour, the venue offers an enormous veranda for an outside option, as well as use of the foyer area (the venue is extremely accommodating with removing their furniture that is there during the week) or even one of its many decks and patios around the property.


Cocktail hour inside (Photo courtesy of the Baldwin School)

When it comes time to enjoy dinner and dancing, the Baldwin School‘s ballroom can host over 250 guests (not an easy find for a wedding venue on the Main Line or even in the Philadelphia area).


Ballroom (photo courtesy of the Baldwin School)

Rental pricing is extremely reasonable – for a five-hour rental (cocktail hour and 4 hour dinner reception), pricing starts at $3000.  For an on site ceremony, cost is $500.  Included in the rental fee is use of the school’s in-house rentals, including high top tables, banquet tables and several options for seating.  The venue also offers the luxury of using one of their preferred caterers or you can bring in your own for an additional fee.  (Even though it is a school, the venue does allow alcohol on site and has a BYOB policy.)  An additional plus to getting married at the venue – because of its hotel history, the property offers Brides and Grooms a converted hotel room to get ready in, relax before the wedding or even a safe place for the wedding party to store their items during the evening.  As a Wedding Planner, I can attest to clients appreciating having a private space to retreat to during the evening if they want to change into a 2nd dress or even need a little break from the celebration.



photo courtesy of the Baldwin School

I am excited for the opportunity to share the Baldwin School as a potential wedding venue with future clients looking to celebrate the history of the Philadelphia area.  Even for the non-history minded client, the venue offers an array of possibilities for wedding day – an inside/outside ceremony and/or cocktail hour, a beautiful ballroom with wood trimmings and space to arrange any style of seating and a perfect location on the main line, close to hotels, public transportation and first look photo opportunities!  If you are still searching for the perfect venue, we would love to introduce you to the Baldwin School as an option and help bring your wedding details to life!

  • Amanda

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