Destination Weddings: Saying “I DO” in Pennsylvania

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Hot Air Balloons over New hope

Looking for a rustic picturesque spot for a foliage-infused destination wedding? Consider Bucks County, PA. Located just north of Philadelphia and bordered by the Delaware River, fans of the founding fathers flock to the site where Washington crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night in 1776. History buffs can opt to get married at a variety of venues at Washington Crossing Historic Park (, including a 248-seat auditorium.

Washington’s crossing aside, there are plenty of places to say “I do” around Bucks County. Crossing Vineyards and Winery ( was founded by the Carroll Family in 2000, but the property sits on a 200-year-old-estate with sweeping views of the 20-acre vineyard. Weddings can accommodate 25-175 guests. The Vistas at the Vineyard Wedding package, for larger groups, is available May through October; more intimate Winery Weddings offers guests a quaint indoor space surrounded by oak barrel-lined walls and wrought iron chandeliers.

Doylestown and New Hope are two of the most recognizable gay destinations in the area. Wedding venues close to New Hope include Hotel du Village and Centre Bridge Inn. Hotel du Village ( is a historic French countryside estate about a mile and a half north of town. The property is perched on 12 acres of countryside and features two newly updated event spaces: the “Historic Ballroom” and “Colt Ballroom” — each with its own fireplace and unique touches of Pennsylvanian antiquity. The property also boasts 22 guest rooms for your wedding party. Further up the river, Centre Bridge Inn ( has a main floor ballroom and a second story riverfront terrace.

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Nearby in Chalfont, Nostalgia 1720 ( opened in April, but dates back to 1720 when its original farmhouse sat on a plantation owned by Welsh immigrants. Outdoor spots to grab Insta snaps include a garden, a vintage gazebo, a kissing bench and an adorable fountain. Nostalgia 1720 can accommodate up to 250 guests.

Further up the Delaware River, The Golden Pheasant Inn ( can easily host up to 100 wedding guests. The Inn, built in 1857, is the longest continuously operating restaurant/hotel along the Delaware Canal. Recognized on the National Registry of Historic Places, the property got a complete upgrade in 2012. Around the corner, Sand Castle Winery (, founded in 1974, hosts opulent weddings in and around their Bratislava castle-inspired property. The 10,000-square-foot castle includes a tented Garden Pavilion, the second floor Grand Hall, an expansive tasting room and a 7,000-foot wine cellar for up to 225 seated guests. Further inland, Rose Bank Winery ( is even more rustic. Situated on a subdivision of land originally deeded by William Penn to his daughters, it has structural roots dating back to 1719. The Rose Ballroom is capable of holding 250, while The Buckman Barn (built in 1835) can accommodate 60 or up to 100 with an adjoining patio. The Vitner’s Ballroom has a large open downstairs, upstairs loft and enormous second story outdoor deck for up to 200.

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Last modified: September 17, 2019