posted by Stacey Salter Moore on September 25, 2013 Return to Weddings

Book your wedding at America’s most historic prison!

Looking for somewhere a little less traditional to hold your wedding ceremony? Well you’re in luck! The most historic prison in America, Eastern State Penitentiary is now open to book weddings, as well as corporate events. Eastern State is a unique, one of a kind setting that is sure to “wow” your guests!

Considered the world’s first “true’ penitentiary, Eastern State opened in 1829 and held a unique “wagon wheel” design which was truly innovative, and became the model for more than 300 prisons worldwide. The Penitentiary held thousands of prisoners, but is most known for housing it’s two most popular inmates, Al Capone and Willie Sutton.

And now you and your fiance can say your “I do’s” just steps away from Al Capone’s cell! Eastern State Penitentiary has their own in-house event planning team to help you make your wedding day as perfect as possible! They also have an exclusive caterer, Jack’s Firehouse, know as “Philadelphia’s Best Restaurant for Great American Cooking.”

Of course, Eastern State’s first priority is their daytime historic tours, so all events must take place after 5:30PM. Rental for your wedding includes 2 hours and up to 100 guests. If you need to rehearse the ceremony beforehand, that’s no problem! Rental also includes an hour of rehearsal the night before your wedding. This historic prison also offers a 2 hour cocktail reception! hors d’oeuvres are served, along with some additional catering options at just $45.00 a guest.

If you and your guests are interested in learning some more about the prison on your special day, there are some additional add-on options to your event! You can add on a guide-led tour of the penitentiary as well as some hands-on historic activities. Spend the day getting married, AND learn about some of Philadelphia’s history!

Sounds fun, right? JPG loves seeing all of the new and interesting places that our clients take us, and we are hoping in the future to be able to shoot a wedding at this truly unique place. So if you’re looking for a rather off-beat place to hold your ceremony, book today! All reservations are first come first serve.

You can visit this site to find out some more information about booking your wedding or event at Eastern State Penitentiary, or send reservation inquiries to


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