Receptions & Special Occasions


Please join us for our Open House on Wednesday evenings  from 6pm – 8pm. Cairnwood is also available for tours on the weekends or during the week by appointment

  • For over a century, Cairnwood has been hosting wedding receptions within its halls.  The tradition began with John and Gertrude Pitcairn opening their home for a marriage celebration in 1896.  Reminiscent of a French chateau, Cairnwood’s distinguished architecture, flowering gardens, and expansive lawns provide a distinctive backdrop for a truly exceptional event. Couples welcome guests into their own spacious mansion. The graciousness of the estate provides a setting that departs from the ordinary with endless indoor and outdoor possibilities.


  • Cairnwood is available for sit-down dinners with 200 guests or an opulent stations-style event for up to 275. The rooms, terraces, grand staircase, balconies and gardens inspire couples to create a unique and memorable celebration. Hosting an event at Cairnwood is like hosting a party at your own private castle. The site fee for exclusive use of the house and grounds ranges from $1800 – $7800 and includes a five hour reception and three hours of private photo or dressing time for the bridal party. Our team is also happy to accommodate earlier arrivals for larger groups that wish to have their hair and makeup done onsite or would like to enjoy some light refreshments in the bridal suites during the morning hours. Additional reception party hours may be added for $500/ hour and you may extend your celebration until midnight!


  • Cairnwood has a select list of preferred caterers that would be happy to provide you with a price per person. Their starting prices usually range from $95 to $105 per guest and includes all of the staff, food, and set up. Your experience at Cairnwood will be customized to your personal vision.

Wedding Ceremonies at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral

Cairnwood Estate is a branch of the Academy of the New Church, a private school affiliated with the General Church of the New Jerusalem. While the Academy of the New Church welcomes wedding receptions and special events to be hosted in Cairnwood Estate and within other campus buildings, school property and facilities are not available for wedding ceremonies, whether civil or religious.

New Church weddings can be performed in the Bryn Athyn Cathedral within the Bryn Athyn Historic District, an officially designated sacred place. If you are interested in holding your New Church wedding ceremony at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral please contact Monica Gruber at or 267-502-4600. Please note, the couple must host a New Church wedding service and have a New Church wedding minister perform the ceremony in order to use the Cathedral. More information can be found at: www.

More helpful event planning tips can be found in the Cairnwood Handbook

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