04 Apr 7 Unique Venues to Book for Your Upcoming Event

When hosting an event, the venue you book is of utmost importance to convey the look and feel of your special day. Your venue should be a reflection of your personal style and should be as unique as you. We know that all brides aren’t cut from the same mold, so why should you hold your big day in a “cookie cutter” location?

If you are looking for a local venue that is as distinctive as you are, Robert Ryan Catering & Design has you covered. We have several exclusive event venues that are truly special and will distinguish your party from all the rest. We also partner with several more venues that can help you express your signature style. Here are a few of our favorite places to host events that will have your guests talking for years to come.

Columbia Station

Set in the former Reading Railroad passenger station, Columbia Station offers an elegant, two-story grand ballroom adorned with crystal chandeliers, a centrally located dance floor, classic gold Chiavari chairs and many more eye-catching elegant features. Step into the past with vintage elements like the antique caboose car, which serves as a bridal suite for that special time spent with your bridal party before you make your grand entrance. Visit Columbia Station for more information about this timeless property

Philander Chase Knox Estate

If you are looking for a truly unique venue for a date in 2016, consider the historic Philander Chase Knox Estate. This mansion, built in the late 1700s, once served as the summer home of former U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Senator Philander Chase Knox. The picturesque property is located in the heart of Valley Forge National Historic Park and is surrounded by rolling hills and tall trees, right over the Knox Covered Bridge.

Your guests can mingle during cocktail hour on the beautiful slate patio overlooking the manicured lawn and wildflowers or settle into the living room and dining rooms, complete with authentic period furniture. Celebrate within the state-of-the-art, fully carpeted 50 x 80 foot tent decorated with built-in event lighting and reclaimed barn wood farm tables. For a setting complete with unparalleled opportunities for photos of your big day throughout a beautiful and historic national park, visit Philander Chase Knox Estate. Some prime dates are still available for 2016, so schedule a tour and consultation today!

Barn on Bridge

RR Barn on Bridge

Are you looking for a rustic yet elegant venue? If your dream day décor includes mason jars, market lights and wrought iron chandeliers, the Barn on Bridge—a former dairy farm from the 1700s—is the perfect backdrop for your special day. The fully restored barn boasts original stone walls, wooden beams and modern bathroom facilities. There is also a permanent tent to protect your guests, too, so you don’t have to worry about any last-minute curve balls thrown by Mother Nature. The Barn on Bridge is one of our hottest event venues and is fully booked for 2016. If you are interested in a date for 2017, schedule a consultation with one of our event managers today!

Appleford Estate

Appleford Estate is a quintessential Main Line country estate that offers vintage farmhouse architecture with modern grace. The grounds are breathtaking, as if pulled from a fairy tale. This beautiful locale has a capacity of 200 guests. For more information, contact Laurie McGrath at 610-527-4280 or let us schedule a tour with you.

Brandywine Manor House Inn

Honey Brook’s Brandywine Manor House, a circa 1740 event venue with a capacity of 350, is located in the heart of beautiful Chester County. Situated on 85 acres, the Manor provides the perfect intimate space for your rustic and elegant event. Surrounded by gently rolling meadows, an illuminated lake, country gardens and majestic trees, you are provided spectacular views and backdrops for an unforgettable day. For more information, contact Nancy and Gordon Eck at 610-942-2200 or let us schedule a tour with you.

The Barn at High Point

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Nestled into a hillside on 16 secluded acres accessed by a winding road through woods that open to a hilltop meadow, The High Point campus awaits you with a beautiful Chester County style bank barn built in 2005. Its high vaulted ceilings supported by timber frames, warm reclaimed heart-pine floor and sunny brick patio leading to an open meadow with views of the labyrinth allow limitless photo opportunities. The bank barn can accommodate up to 250 guests comfortably indoors with superior acoustics. For more information, contact Donna Terwelp at 610-304-5974 or allow us to schedule a tour with you.

Duportail House at Chesterbrook

Duportail House is a quaint facility that offers both indoor and outdoor event options. Its rich Victorian style is simply captivating, allowing you to step back in time and relax in a circa 1740 farmhouse located within the community of Chesterbrook and situated on the fringe of Valley Forge National Historical Park. Duportail House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and can accommodate small meetings, dinners or large parties and weddings up to 160 people depending on usage and time of year. For more information, contact Kate Frey at 610-644-4840 or allow us to schedule a tour with you.

When the perfect location is in your own backyard, we’ve got you covered! With over 25 years of experience in planning and executing events in all types of settings, we know exactly what it takes to make a great event happen.

Ready to take your event to the next level at a truly special venue paired with a top-notch staff? Schedule a tour today and let us help you create your most memorable day yet!

Robert Ryan Catering and Design plans and executes over 400 events each year, boasts a five-star rating on WeddingWire and has received WeddingWire’s Couple’s Choice/Bride’s Choice Award seven years in row. Learn more about Robert Ryan Catering & Design and tour our venues. Subscribe to our e-newsletter for exclusive offers, up-to-date news and recipes from our executive chef.

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