Wedding Receptions in Harrisburg
Hilton Harrisburg: The Best of Central PA Wedding Venues
Researching Central Pennsylvania wedding venues can get overwhelming. There are so many details a bride and groom want to check off their list before they feel they’ve found the perfect wedding location. Finding the right venue is key to having the wedding of your dreams.
Hilton Harrisburg, one of the best Harrisburg wedding venues, is proud to open our doors to couples looking for the ideal venue, whether the theme is formal and elegant or romantic and rustic. Hilton Harrisburg offers some of the finest options for couples who want a location that can offer the convenience of a wedding and reception venue all in one place. With comprehensive wedding packages, Hilton Harrisburg makes turning your wedding dreams into a reality easy and stress-free.
When you choose Hilton Harrisburg, you are choosing the best — we have received numerous awards for our service, including the AAA Four Diamond Award and the 2013 Best Food Award by the Central PA Food Bank. Read on to learn more about why Hilton Harrisburg is one of the best Harrisburg wedding locations and how local attractions can turn your wedding into an event that will be remembered.
Recent Renovations and Plenty of Space Make Hilton Harrisburg the Ideal Wedding Venue
This downtown Harrisburg wedding venue offers more than 38,000 square feet of event space that’s waiting to be transformed into your dream wedding location. That’s enough room to fit the largest of weddings — up to 1,200 guests. If you prefer a more intimate setting, Hilton Harrisburg has the right-sized rooms to make your wedding feel like the event you’ve always imagined.
After completing several millions of dollars in renovations, Hilton Harrisburg is primed for hosting whatever your wedding day requires. From comfortable hotel accommodations to breathtaking city views and glamorous banquet space, Hilton Harrisburg is ready to help you check off your wedding day wish list.
Hilton Harrisburg has several banquet room options, making it the perfect Central PA wedding venue. The downtown Harrisburg hotel features 12 event spaces:
- One room measuring more than 9,500 square feet
- One room measuring more than 5,400 square feet
- 10 rooms with 1,500 square feet of space or less
No matter the size of your wedding, Hilton Harrisburg has the right room for your night. Our event planners are ready to help you decide which spacious room will best accommodate your guests — from an intimate occasion to the grandest of affairs.
Not sure how much space you’ll need? Try our space calculator to help determine how much room you’ll need in your wedding venue. Once you have an idea, visit our room search to see a complete listing of the spaces we have available.
Take the worry out of finding a room for out-of-town guests by booking the wedding at a venue that makes guests feel at home. Hilton Harrisburg offers comfortable accommodations at a special rate, as well as discounted overnight parking for wedding guests.
Hilton Hershey can comfortably serve your guests in:
- 341 rooms
- Four executive suites
- 11 mini suites
Your guests can comfortably relax before and after the wedding with views of downtown Harrisburg and the Susquehanna River. We’ll also help you set up a complimentary website with all the wedding details so guests can find all the need-to-know information in one place. It makes booking a room easy and takes away the worry from the bride and groom.
Plus, recently renovated banquet halls and the hotel lobby mean the finest care has gone into making the Hilton Harrisburg a comfortable place for both you and your guests.
Hilton Harrisburg offers a range of amenities to make sure you and your guests feel at home during your stay. Our fitness room features cardio machines with personal TV screens and headphones, free weights, an indoor heated lap pool, towels and a locker room. An on-site ATM, luggage storage, gift shop, valet parking and room service also are among the amenities we offer.
Hilton Harrisburg wants planning your Central Pennsylvania wedding to be as easy as possible. Allow our Catering Team member to walk you through the process, from choosing your meal to picking out matching, complimentary linens for the perfect backdrop. We’re also ready to help suggest decorations and create the perfect setting for your big day.
Choosing the Menu
With the Hilton Harrisburg catering team helping you plan your wedding reception, choosing the meal can be a fun and exciting step in wedding planning. Our three- and four-course dinner options will take you and your wedding guests on a culinary journey with carefully selected ingredients and thoughtfully prepared dishes.
Kick the party off with a cocktail hour to keep guests entertained while you wrap up photos or take a breather from all the activities. A fine selection of cocktails, butlered hors d’oeuvres, artesian cheeses and fresh fruit will be served to hungry attendees.
The main dinner, with the option to serve buffet style, begins with a fresh soup and salad section. It is then followed by a selection of main-course dishes, including broiled lump crab cakes, slow-braised beef short ribs and parmesan-crusted chicken breast, just to name a few of our wedding venue specialties.
Each package comes with complimentary wedding cake service, accompanied by a selection of hot teas and coffee.
Want to provide breakfast for your guests the morning after? We’ll happily help you set up a farewell brunch before you depart for your honeymoon.
Our breakfast and brunch menu options include classic French toast, Belgian waffles, carefully crafted omelets and a variety of tasty breakfast meats. No matter how casual or formal you’d like to make breakfast, we’re happy to show you the options that Hilton Harrisburg has to offer.
Bridal Hospitality Package
A bride and her bridesmaids should never be hungry — they should be enjoying the day. With so much going on, taking the time to eat is often an afterthought. Here at the Hilton Harrisburg, we bring the sustenance to you.
Our bridal hospitality package includes a private room for you and your bridal party to relax in during the cocktail hour. Enjoy self-serve beer, wine and champagne, as well as hors d’oeuvres that mirror the selections being served to your guests.
Onsite Dining Options
Outside of the wedding, be sure to check out Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar and 1700 Degree Steakhouse, both recently renovated restaurants, in honor of Hilton Harrisburg’s 25th year of business in downtown Harrisburg. Ad Lib offers an American tavern atmosphere while 1700 Degree fills the need for a true steakhouse in Central Pennsylvania.
Taking Care of the Details
Our special offerings make Hilton Harrisburg an ideal Harrisburg wedding venue location. We provide amenities to make sure you have time to simply enjoy your big day, including:
- A complimentary bridal suite the night of your wedding with champagne, sweets and a midnight snack.
- 24-hour online access to guest rooming lists, reservations and Hilton Harrisburg wedding-planning resources.
- Complimentary meal tasting to determine the final selections.
- A personal server for you, your bridal party and immediate family.
- A complimentary selection of table linens and napkins, including floor-length white or ivory tablecloths.
- Complimentary self-parking for daytime wedding guests.
All the Best Vendors in One Location
We know that planning a wedding means having a lot of people involved. That’s why we’ve prepared a list of our most trusted vendors to help us make your day even more spectacular. From wedding photographers to a florist, bakery, DJ and décor rental company, we’ve got the right recommendations to help complete your list of services.
Whether you’re looking to extend your stay in Harrisburg, or you want to encourage your guests to stick around, there are plenty of attractions that make Hilton Harrisburg an ideal wedding venue in Central Pennsylvania.
Chocolate-lovers and adventure-seekers will appreciate all that Hershey Park has to offer. Just a short car ride from the Hilton Harrisburg, Hershey Park offers free tours in its famous Chocolate World attraction, where visitors can learn the history of Milton Hershey and see how this candy become a world-famous favorite treat. If you prefer the thrill of the ride, visit Hershey Park amusement park where roller coasters, a water park and family-friendly attractions keep visitors coming back year after year.
A day trip to City Island near downtown Harrisburg is the perfect way to get lost in the city by feeling like you’ve escaped to a secret getaway. Visitors can take a ride on the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat, featuring dinner cruises, cocktail hours and educational trips along the Susquehanna River.
There are also batting cages, an arcade, mini golf and plenty of walking trails to keep visitors of all ages busy. Check the Harrisburg Senators schedule to catch a baseball game at Metro Bank Park, home of the Double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. If the Susquehanna River is tempting you, jump on board a kayak that’s for rent from a nearby vendor.
Downtown Bars and Nightclubs
Looking for a place to send your guests to unwind after they explore the region? Harrisburg has plenty of downtown bars and nightclubs.
McGrath’s Pub on Locust Street is a classic Irish bar that features a warm and lively atmosphere. The location offers specialty pub food, as well as beer and cocktail specials throughout the week.
Appalachian Brewing Company on North Cameron Street brings the best of local beer to downtown Harrisburg. Check out the seasonal specials as well as menu favorites. Even if beer isn’t your thing, the business makes its own craft soda that’s worth a try.
Level 2 provides an upscale nightlife experience. Bottle service and private tables are available in advance.
Need a late night snack? Sam Bucca’s Pizza Pub offers tasty pie up until 2 a.m. The bar also often hosts live music.
If craft beer is calling your name, visit Zeroday Brewing Company, one of the newest businesses to pop up in downtown Harrisburg. Located on Reily Street, Zeroday features a variety of specialty beers in the Midtown neighborhood. If you’ve never seen a Crowler — a freshly filled 32 oz. sealable can of beer to go — this is the place to get it.
Take in a Science Lesson
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is a great place for families who want an educational and informative place to visit during their time in Harrisburg. In addition to great, hands-on science exhibits, Whitaker Center is home to one of the area’s first IMAX theaters, showing both science documentaries and box-office hits.
See a Show
Hershey Theatre is home to classic Broadway musicals and tour acts that are sure to entertain a variety of visitors. From guests such as Daniel Tosh and Nick Jonas to musical performances by Straight No Chaser, Hershey Theatre is more than just a playhouse. It also offers classics, such as Annie, Matilda and Buddy (The Buddy Holly Story).
Visit a Local Winery
Pennsylvania is home to several local wineries that are great for an afternoon of tastings. Visit the Vineyards at Hershey for beautiful views and tasty local wines. Cassel Vineyards, Cullari Vineyards and Winery, and Spring Gate Vineyard are other nearby locations with a variety of wines, events and activities.
Tour the State Capitol
Pennsylvania’s state capitol is a public building home to artistic sculptures, paintings and the famous green dome. Various styles from Greek, Roman and Victorian influences fill the building that cost $13 million to construct in 1906. Seen from miles way, the 52-million-pound dome helped make it the tallest building between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia during the first 80 years of its existence. Guided tours last just 30 minutes and are available during the week by calling and scheduling ahead.
See an Event at the Giant Center
From Hershey Bears hockey games to sold-out concerts, the Giant Center in Hershey is a destination for visitors of all ages. With special performances by Fall Out Boy, Jim Gaffigan, Motley Crew and Lady Antebellum, the Giant Center keeps guests coming back for more entertainment. Have your wedding guests check the schedule in advance to see what shows might be available when they’ll be in town.
Taking the time to explore all that Harrisburg and the surrounding areas have to offer is a great way to make your wedding not only a huge event, but a trip full of great memories. It’s also nice to be able to offer out-of-town guests the chance to make your wedding an excuse for a mini vacation.
Let Us Be Your Wedding Venue
From our comfortable rooms to our romantic views and finely selected menu options, choose Hilton Harrisburg for your wedding when you want the very best. We’ll take care of all the details so you and your guests can enjoy your big day.
Come see for yourself all that Hilton Harrisburg can offer to make your wedding day the experience you’ve dreamed of. We’re here to answer any questions you might have about our services, location and event space. Contact Nikki James for a free consultation at 717-237-6435 or by emailing email@example.com.