I'm looking for somewhere to hold a non-religious ceremony for less than 20 people. It will be a 2nd marriage for both of us so, we don't want a lot of fanfare. Just some nice words to each other in front of immediate family members. I have been unable to find a small chapel or something similar with a romantic, intimate vibe for a ceremony that will probably take less than 15 minutes. Any suggestions?
You may want to consider getting married in a Quaker Meeting House. You do not have to be Quaker to get married in the meeting house; as with any venue, there will be a fee to use the space. There is a notable meeting house in center city Philadelphia (historic district):
Alternatively, if you are getting married in PA, you can obtain a Quaker Marriage (or Self-Marrying) marriage license from city hall (Orphan's Court: http://secureprod.phila.gov/wills/marriagelicense.aspx). It costs $90 (vs. $80 for a regular one), and it permits you to marry yourselves, as the Quakers do.
My husband and I did this and we chose one of our more eloquent friends to lead our ceremony. That gives you a little more freedom in choosing a location, so you could get married in a local park or even a decorated back yard!
We have shot some really spectacular small weddings at the Physick House in Philadelphia. The outdoor garden / patio areas are spectacular. Since your head count is small, it mau be a great choice for you.
I second rmalfi's suggestion of the "Self Uniting License". It's great. Lots of our couples choose this option. In fact, we had one that did their entire ceremony on the grounds of the Waterworks with this approach.
In our gallery, #59 is from the Physick House.
Additionally, you may want to consider the Valley Green Inn (on the Wissahickon Trail). It makes for a great outdoor ceremony. Sample photo #99 is from the Valley Green Inn.
If you decide that you really want a "chapel feel", you can always check out the Hammorton Chapel, in Kennett Square. It's not that close to Philadelphia, but it does have some great advantages. It's very flexible, not huge in size, and puts you with reach of Longwood Gardens for pictures.
If you would like to see any of the samples, just visit: