Wedding Planner Carolyn Verdi’s New South Philly Boutique’s Got You Covered From the Gown to the Invitations

The Carolyn Verdi boutique is at 1746 East Passyunk Avenue in South Philly.

The Carolyn Verdi boutique is at 1746 East Passyunk Avenue in South Philly.

There are certainly one-stop shops that cover things like, say, your wedding-day ensemble, hitting on the gown, shoes, clutch, jewelry, and headpiece all under one roof. And then there are one-stop shops that cover a wide gamut of needs—and that’s what we’ve got on our hands with Philadelphia wedding planner Carolyn Verdi’s new boutique.

Besides planning, Verdi used to be involved in the Sample Rack, a fab gown shop on Pine that sells deeply discounted dresses from designer showrooms, but she wanted to open her East Passyunk  shop—Carolyn Verdi Boutique—so that she could have a place to expand her business in any way she wanted to—and that’s exactly what she did. (As she says: “We do everything.) Here’s what you can find:


  • Wedding gowns. CV Boutique sells sample dresses from a list of rotating designers, including Allure and Maggie Sottero (in fact, the boutique is officially a Maggie Sottero store). No gown is priced over $1,200, and she carries dresses as low as $350.
  • Jewelry. Vintage, costume, special occasion—the boutique carries oodles of necklaces, jewelry, bracelets; and they promote local accessory designers, carrying handcrafted, Philly-made, one-of-a-kind pieces throughout the store.
  • Wedding planning. Verdi offers her planning services through the boutique, where couples can come to chat with her about full, partial, or day-of services. She even offers a one-time consultation where couples can work with her for four hours and go through everything they need—including planning a budget—and she'll give them referrals for vendors before they leave.
  • Invitations and calligraphy. Verdi's got a healthy inventory of wedding invitations to choose from and personalize for your Big Day, and she's got access to artists if you're looking for something a little bit more customized. Bonus: Verdi herself does elegant calligraphy, and can even address them all for you once they're chosen and complete.

Verdi is so excited to bring her 23 years of wedding-planning experience and knack for wedding-day style to her new shop—and can't wait to help brides make some check marks on that overwhelmingly long to-do list.

The boutique is open Tuesday through Saturday, but appointments can be made for off-hours if needed.

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