wedding planning

Beautiful Weddings and Memorable Special Events in Bethlehem

History happens at Historic Hotel Bethlehem. presidents and political figures to performers and athletes have enjoyed the elegant accommodations and world class hospitality that we offer to all of our guests. generations of families have returned to historic hotel bethlehem to celebrate special moments. We open our doors and invite you to make your new memories…a part of our history.


Two Exquisite Ballrooms

The Grand Ballroom with its timeless magnificence accommodates up to 250 guests and features elegant cocktail balconies and crystal chandeliers. The Mural Ballroom, accommodating up to 130 guests, features gilded Corinthian columns and historic murals, painted by George Gray in 1936.

Indoor and Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies

Envision your wedding on the historic timeline of Bethlehem. In cooperation with Historic Bethlehem Partnership, you may select your ceremony site from one of their many quaint museums and landmarks. Maybe your fantasy “I do” happens as you come flowing down a marble staircase into our Mural Ballroom.

Wedding Planning Services

Our wedding planners offer over 30 years of combined experience and will guide you through every step of your planning process. They will put your mind at ease with confidence, knowing that your expectations will not only be met, but exceeded.

Maitre d’ Service

Your Maitre d’ is with you to bring your dreams to life. They orchestrate the events throughout the evening to ensure a flawless event. The only responsibility on your shoulders is to enjoy the most important day of your life.

Cuisine designed by our Award Winning Culinary Team

A wedding dinner at The Historic Hotel Bethlehem is truly an event. Our dining service is rich in historical tradition, evidenced in every event we host. Our menus are carefully crafted by our skilled culinary team thus making sure that your dinner is the perfect end to a most memorable occasion

Professional Service provided by the most tenured banquet staff in the Lehigh Valley

Our personable and attentive staff is devoted to creating an unforgettable evening unique to you. Voted Best Banquet Facility by Lehigh Valley Style Magazine for the last 11 years. In 2015, our banquet facility also won “Best of the Knot” from the knot.com. Out of town guests may enjoy our elegantly restored guest rooms and suites.

Two Full Service Restaurants with 24-hour Room Service

1741 on the Terrace is the proud recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Offering farm-to-table cuisine combined with a spectacular view of Historic Bethlehem our fine dining restaurant is the perfect choice when celebrating engagements, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners. The Tap Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and offers a casual atmosphere among our most famous former guests. Musical Sunday Brunch combines live music with a splendid buffet array served EVERY Sunday from 10:30am to 1:00pm.


Below are our wedding packages available. Each package can be customized when planning
your wedding reception at Historic Hotel Bethlehem.

Sapphire

Four Hour Reception – Complimentary Suite for the Bride & Groom


Hors D’oeuvres
Choice of four items with garden crudités and herb dip 

Tomato Basil Mozzarella Bites

Short Rib Croquets

Cocktail Franks en Croute

Chicken Lemongrass Potstickers

Arancini

Assorted Mini Quiche

Sesame Chicken Tenders

Spanikopita

Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla

Feta, Olive, Tomato on an English Cucumber


Two Course Dinner
served with freshly baked rolls and butter, house salad, chef’s choice of accompaniments, coffee and tea

Sliced Roast Sirloin
marinated with garlic & fresh herbs

Pork Tenderloin
with a brandy whole grain mustard cream

Sauteed Chicken
with local mushrooms, smoked bacon & tarragon

Seared Beet “Steak”
thick sliced beet root, pan seared with shiitake mushrooms, baby carrots & arugula with ver jus emulsion

Boneless Beef Short Ribs
braised with a red wine demi-glace

Chicken Caprese
grilled with fresh tomato, basil, mozzarella & olive oil 

Pan Roasted Mahi Mahi
with cured olive, preserved lemon and ver jus citrus 

Grilled Tofu
over jasmine rice and seasonal vegetables in a sriracha sweet soy cilantro sauce 


Beverages
Three Hour Open Bar – Signature Silver Wine & Spirits Collection – Champagne Toast

Emerald

Five Hour Reception – Complimentary Suite for the Bride & Groom


Hors D’oeuvres
Choice of six items, cheese display and garden crudite display

Tomato Basil Mozzarella Bites

Cocktail Franks en Croute

Fresh Fruit Kabobs

Short Rib Croquets

Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas

Sesame Chicken Tenders

 

Coconut Shrimp

Miso Mustard Chicken Satay

Feta, Olive, Tomato on an English Cucumber

Chicken Lemongrass Potstickers

Assorted Mini Quiches

 

Arancini

Potato Latkes with Creme Fraiche

Shrimp Cucumber with Mango Passion Fruit

Shrimp Cucumber with Mango Passion Fruit

Vegetable Spring Rolls

 


Three Course Dinner
Served with freshly baked rolls and butter, house salad, lemon intermezzo,
chef’s choice of accompaniments, coffee and tea

Roasted Sirloin of Beef
marinated with garlic & fresh herbs

Boneless Beef Short Ribs
braised with a red wine demi-glace

European Chicken
in rosemary, thyme & roasted garlic

Pan Roasted Mahi Mahi
with cured olive, preserved lemon & ver jus citrus sauce

Seared Beet “Steak”
thick sliced beet root, pan seared with shiitake mushrooms, baby carrots & arugula with ver jus emulsion

Sweet Garlic Braised Salsify
sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, pea shoots & ver jus

Tournedos of Beef
two 4oz shoulder tender medallions prepared medium served with a basil balsamic demi-glace 

Sauteed Chicken
with local mushrooms, smoked bacon & tarragon

Heritage Pork Rib Chop
10oz pork chop with fig & raisin chutney

Pan Seared Filet of Salmon
served over crimini mushroom salad with lemon dill buerre blanc

Pan Seared Seasonal Risotto Cake
with baby arugula, goat cheese & roasted tomato vinaigrette

Filet Mignon
7oz filet of beef tenderloin prepared medium with a red win demi-glace ($10 supplement)


Beverages
Four Hour Open Bar – Signature Gold Wine & Spirits Collection with Premier Upgrade – Champagne Toast

Ruby

Five Hour Reception – Complimentary Suite for Bride & Groom
Wedding Buffet Feast


Hors D’oeuvres
Choice of six items and cheese display

Tomato Basil Mozzarella Bites

Cocktail Franks en Croute

Short Rib Croquets

Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas

Sesame Chicken Tenders

Fresh Fruit Kabobs

Coconut Shrimp

Miso Mustard Chicken Satay

Feta, Olive Tomato on an English Cucumber

Spanakopita

Chicken Lemongrass Potstickers

Assorted Mini Quiches

Arancini

Potato Latkes with Creme Fraiche

Shrimp Cucumber with Mango Passion Fruit

Vegetable Spring Rolls


Choice of Three Entrees
choice of one salad:
house salad with tomato, carrot, cucumber with balsamic vinaigrette
baby arugula with goat cheese, almonds, pickled onion & sherry vinaigrette
romaine hearts with parmesan, cherry tomatoes & herb vinaigrette

served with freshly baked rolls and butter, lemon intermezzo, chefs choice of accompaniments and coffee and tea 

Chargrilled Churasco Steak

Roasted Chicken

Pan Roasted Mahi Mahi

Roasted Sirloin of Beef

Rosemary Pork Loin

Seasonal Farfalle

 

Chicken Caprese

Pan Seared Salmon

Tortellini Romesco


Selection of Two Accompaniments

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Buttermilk Ranch Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Red Skin Potatoes

Asparagus & Baby Carrots

Seasonal Jasmine Rice

Broccolini

Seasonal Vegetables

Haricots Vert

 


Beverages
Four Hour Open Bar – Signature Gold Wine & Spirits Collection with Premier Upgrade – Champagne Toast

Diamond

Six Hour Reception – Silk Chair Covers – Complimentary Suite for the Bride & Groom


Hors D’oeuvres
Choice of eight items and antipasto and cheese display

Tomato Basil Mozzarella Bites

Cocktail Franks en Croute

Short Rib Croquets

Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas

Sesame Chicken Tenders

Fresh Fruit Kabobs

Coconut Shrimp

Miso Mustard Chicken Satay

Arancini

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Beef Wellington Puffs

Baby Lamp Chops with Apricot Mostarda

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Jumbo Lump Stuffed Mushrooms

Feta, Olive, Tomato on an English Cucumber

Spanakopita

Chicken Lemongrass Potstickers

Assorted Mini Quiches

Potato Latkes with Creme Fraiche

Shrimp Cucumber with Mango Passion Fruit

Vegetable Spring Rolls

Fennel Peppercorn Seared Tuna

Petite Crab Cakes

Miso Scallop on Daikon Radish

Nagamaki

Asparagus Risotto Cakes


Four Course Dinner
served with freshly baked rolls and butter, lemon intermezzo,
chef’s choice of accompaniments, coffee and tea

choice of one salad:
house salad with tomato, carrot, cucumber with balsamic vinaigrette
baby arugula with goat cheese, almonds, pickled onion & sherry vinaigrette
romaine hearts with parmesan, cherry tomatoes & herb vinaigrette
field greens with roasted beets, shaved fennel & white balsamic vinaigrette
organic baby greens with cured olives, cherry tomatoes, manchego & roasted tomato vinaigrette ($5 supplement)

Pasta Course – Select One

Selection of Two Entrees – plus Vegetarian Option

Orecchiette
with peas, pancetta, parmesan cheese with fresh basil

Seasonal Farfalle
spinach, tomatoes, arugula & pesto

Penne Bolognese
tomato based meat sauce with fresh herbs & a touch of cream

Tortellini Romesco
a classic red sauce, finely ground mixture of tomatoes, red bell peppers, onion, garlic & olive oil

Roasted Sirloin of Beef
marinated with garlic & fresh herbs

Filet Mignon
7oz filet of beef tenderloin prepared medium with a red wine demi-glace

Chicken Caprese
grilled with fresh tomato, basil, mozzarella & olive oil

Pork Tenderloin
with a brandy whole grain mustard cream

Pan Roasted Mahi Mahi
with cured olive, preserved lemon & ver jus citrus sauce

Twin Crab Cakes
with chipotle lime aioli

Sweet Garlic Braised Salsify
sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, pea shoots & ver jus

Tournedos of Beef
two 4oz shoulder tender medallions prepared medium served with basil balsamic demi-glace

Sauteed Chicken
with local mushrooms, smoked bacon & tarragon

European Style Organic Chicken
in rosemary, thyme & roasted garlic

Heritage Pork Rib Chop
10oz pork chop with fig & raisin chutney

 

Pan Seared Filet of Salmon
served over crimini mushroom salad with a lemon dill beurre blanc 

Seared Beet “Steak”
thick sliced beet root panseared with shiitake mushrooms, baby carrots & arugula with ver jus emulsion

Filet Mignon & Chicken
$4.00 supplement 

Filet Mignon & Salmon
$6.00 supplement 

Filet Mignon & Crab Cake
$8.00 supplement


Beverages
Four Hour Open Bar – Signature Platinum Wine & Spirits Collection with Premier Upgrade
Platinum Select Wine Service with Dinner – Champagne Toast

Enhancements

Displays
serves fifty guests

Seafood & Raw Bar
oysters and clams on the half shell, crab claws, and shrimp served with lemon wedges and cocktail sauce

Smoked Salmon
served with traditional accompaniments

Sushi
sushi and sashimi with wasabi, tobiko and pickled ginger

Brie en Croute
two wheels of brie and raspberries wrapped in flaky pastry and backed with our signature “Star of Bethlehem” finish

Dim Sum Display
chicken & lemongrass potstickers, vegetable spring rolls, sesame chicken tenders & shrimp chopsticks served with soy sauce and sweet chili sauce 

Antipasto
selection of grilled and marinated meats, vegetables and cheese finished with Italian breads and herb infused olive oil

Fresh Seasonal Fruit & Berries
selection of sliced seasonal melons, displayed with fruit and berries

Cheese Display
a display of international and domestic cheese from the world’s finest fromagers

Garden Crudités with Herb Dip
the freshest vegetables with our house recipe creamy dipping sauce

 


Carving Stations
serves fifty guests

Herb Roasted Pork Loin
dijon mustard and herb crusted

Roasted Sirloin of Beef
roasted and served with a cabernet demi-glace

Slow Roasted Rib of Beef
prime rib served with au jus and horseradish cream sauce

Roasted Tenderloin of Beef
garlic & herb rubbed tenderloin served with grain mustard demi-glace (serves up to 20 people)


Action Stations
additional attendant fee

Pasta Bar
farfalle pasta, peas, pancetta, basil & parmesan sauce, spicy sausage, mushrooms, ricotta & parsley
roasted tomatoes, spinach & basil pistou, garlic bred
Add Seafood: shrimp, scallops & crab
Add Caesar Salad Station

Asian Stir Fry
a blend of Asian vegetables tossed with your choice of beef, chicken or shrimp in a sriracha soy sauce served with coconut jasmine rice

 

Mashed Potato Bar
yukon golds with herbs, Hope Springs Farm organic cheddar cheese, crimini mushrooms, watercress, smoked bacon, sour cream, and chives

 


Dessert Stations

Chocolate Covered Strawberries
enhance each cake plate with a delicious hand dipped chocolate covered strawberry

Chocolate Fountain
warm chocolate, seasonal fresh fruit, marshmallows, pretzel rods & vienna cookies 

Viennese Display
chef’s selection of petite cheesecakes, cream puffs, eclairs, napoleons, cakes, tortes & cannolis 

Bananas Foster Flambe
bananas flambeed in dark rum, brown sugar, cinnamon & banana liquor, served over Penn State Creamery vanilla ice cream 

Cherries Jubilees Flambe
bing cherries, sugar and brandy flambeed severed over Penn State Creamery vanilla ice cream

Viennese et Flame – The Best of Both
chefs selection of petite cheesecakes, cream puffs, eclairs, napoleons, cakes, tortes and cannolis with the choice of either Bananas Foster or Cherries Jubilees Flambe 

Ice Cream Sundae Bar
your choice of three flavors of Penn State Creamery ice cream, assorted sundae toppings

Crepe Station
sweet crepes filled with your choice of bananas, chocolate sauce, apple cinnamon compote or lemon curd & strawberries topped with a scoop of Penn State Creamery vanilla ice cream

Cookie Bar
an assortment of homemade cookies displayed in apothecary jars served with ice cold milk 

Popcorn Bar
pick four of your favorite Fisher’s popcorn flavors for us to display with individual popcorn boxes

Late Night Snack
choose three of these delicious snacks: mini reubens, cheeseburger sliders, pigs in a blanket, french fries, pretzel nuggets, or macaroni & cheese bites

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Accommodations

Elegant hotel accommodations in Bethlehem Pennsylvania

Historic Hotel Bethlehem features 128 elegantly restored guest rooms, suites all packed with amenities – with spectacular views of Historic Moravian Behtlehem, a National Historic Landmark District, Downtown Bethlehem’s Main Street and the iconic Bethlehem star in the mountain.

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Historic Hotel Bethlehem is located on one of the “Top 10 Main Streets” in the country according to U.S.A Today.

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A glossy 120 page coffee table book celebrates nearly 200 years of hospitality on the site of Bethlehem’s first house in 1741. The book features photographs taken by Pulitzer Prize wining photographer, Robin Hood.

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