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Kimmel Center Wedding Guide

You want to get married in Philadelphia. Of course you do! It’s a beautiful, historic city with lots of amazing qualities. The choice of where in Philadelphia to get married is nearly paralyzing with all of the options the city has to offer. The Kimmel Center alone has four perfect, yet very different venues for hosting a wedding. One of these locations could be the perfect option for your upcoming nuptials.

The Location

The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus is in the heart of Center City Philadelphia -- right on one of the most vibrant streets in the city and the main transportation line. A view of City Hall is right at the front door and it is surrounded by world-class restaurants and accommodations. If you can dream it, you’ll find it here. The Kimmel Center can be the perfect setting for you and your guests.

The Food

“Venues across the Kimmel Center Campus have plenty of space for dancing and celebration, privacy, great views, and the added bonus of the acclaimed cuisine of Jose Garces” - Philadelphia Style

Garces Events is the exclusive caterer at the Kimmel Center, bringing the award-winning cuisine and Latin-inspired hospitality of Chef Jose Garces to your celebration. Serve your guests cuisine from your favorite Garces restaurant or work with our passionate culinary team to develop a menu that’s unique to your personality as a couple.

The Experience

“We’d been to enough disaster weddings to know that we wanted someone who had been there and done that. We spoke with a couple who had their wedding at the Kimmel Center and absolutely raved about it. That was enough for us. Now we’re raving about it!”

We understand how stressful planning a wedding can be. From the big decision to the tiniest details, our event staff with help guide you – turning your wedding day vision into a show-stopping reality!

We offer unique spaces, impeccable service, and award-winning cuisine you won’t find anywhere else!

The Options

The location is perfect, the food is exquisite, and the events planning staff is second to none. Now you only need to decide which of our venues is best suited to your needs. From soaring contemporary to classic elegance, here is a quick overview of each of the venues available on the Kimmel Center Campus.

Hamilton Rooftop Garden

“Elegant space, breathtaking views and catering by Jose Garces unite to make Hamilton Rooftop Garden the place to celebrate your special day” - Philadelphia Magazine

Overlooking the Avenue of the Arts, Hamilton Rooftop Garden is an oasis from the bustling city. A beautiful atrium venue – perfect for intimate receptions and ceremonies – boasts stunning views beneath the soaring glass roof. You and your guests will shine under the stars! Hamilton Rooftop Garden can accommodate up to 200 guests.

Academy of Music Ballroom

The Academy of Music Ballroom ushers in a return to traditional elegance and gracious entertaining, with its shimmering chandeliers and hand-gilded walls, setting the scene for a wedding steeped in history and splendor. Described as the most beautiful room in all of Philadelphia, this historic setting seats 150 honored guests.

Perelman Theater

With a larger capacity of up to 250 guests, having a theater as your backdrop is the perfect setting to receive your standing ovation. Our unique turntable stage transforms the theater into a spectacular wedding venue for your big day.

Commonwealth Plaza

The Plaza is at the center of the Kimmel Center’s soaring 150-foot vaulted glass roof; this grand public plaza is one of the most dramatic civic spaces in Philadelphia. The architecture and grandeur creates a sophisticated backdrop for up to 750 of your special guests.

I Do!

Now that you’re convinced you want to have your wedding at the Kimmel Center, what is your next step?

If the timing’s right, come visit during one of our monthly Wedding Open Houses.

Or, reach out to one of our event planners to discuss your options, and especially to review the dates. Most of the locations are booked well in advance so it’s important to review those options first.

If you’re still just researching, fill out our online form and we’ll get the discussion started from there.

We’re thrilled you’re considering the Kimmel Center Campus for your wedding. We’re proud of our facilities and look forward to being part of your special day!

See it in Action!

Our friends over at Wedding Wire have some kind words for our team.

wedding wire reviews

The Knot also has some reviews if you wish to see what others have said about their wedding experience at the Kimmel Center.

The Knot reviews


View photos from A Kimmel Center Wedding: Monica and Andrew

Read about the winners of our Mamma Mia wedding giveaway Jayna Patel and Chip Schofield

View our photos on Pinterest by Garces Events

View photo of Rose Anna and Will

View more examples by Sweet Water Portraits

More for Meredith and James’ big day

According to Brides Magazine, Foodies will love our wedding venues for their big day

Need more inspiration? Call us! For rental rates and more info, call 215-790-5825 or submit an event inquiry online.