If you and your fiancé(e) met a college, why not consider surprising your wedding guests with an appearance by your mascot? From the UPenn Quaker to the Penn State Nittany Lion, here’s how to bring the ultimate form of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia-area school spirit to your wedding (or other large party that several fellow alumni will be attending).
The University of Pennsylvania Quaker
Cost: $500, pending travel distance.
Time restrictions: The Quaker is a busy guy! But you can book him in hour increments. Your guests will have 20-30 minute entertainment blocks with 10-15 minute breaks in between.
When and how to book: Email firstname.lastname@example.org six weeks in advance to secure a showing.
Temple University’s Hooter the Owl
Cost: $100 per hour, but driving distance will effect the price.
Time restrictions: Unlimited, within reason. 10 to 15 minute breaks are required every hour.
When and how to book: Submit a request form to email@example.com at least four weeks prior to the big day. Additional fees will be added if you fill out the form less than four weeks in advance.
Need to know: Be sure Hooter has parking, H2O, and a dressing room.
Villanova University’s Will D. Cat
Cost: $100 per hour and 50 cents per mile of travel from Villanova University. Checks should be written out to Villanova University and received one week in advance, or you will incur a $25 late fee.
Time restrictions: Book Will for however long you need, but be sure to factor in a 10- to 15-minute break every hour.
When and how to book: Book three weeks in advance by clicking here. Villanova’s mascot has limited time available for outside appearances.
Need to know: You will be asked to provide water, food, parking, and a place to change for Will D. Cat and the mascot’s handler.
Penn State’s Nittany Lion
Cost: It varies depending on time and travel.
Time restrictions: One hour increments with 10-15 minute breaks each hour. Temperatures inside the suit can reach up to 80 degrees, so if temperatures at your venue climb above 75, the Lion can only be suited up for 20 minutes at a time.
When and how to book: Fill out this request form for Harrisburg two weeks in advance. Click here for Brandywine five days prior to the event. Unfortunately, the Penn State Abington Nittany Lion only appears at campus events.
Need to know: Certain branch campuses allow students and faculty to borrow the costume. Contact your respective school to find out specifics.
The Drexel University Dragon
Cost: Mario the Magnificent’s rate is $100 per hour, plus 57 cents per mile of travel from Drexel.
Time restrictions: There’s a two hour minimum.
When and how to Book: Submit a request here two weeks before your wedding.
Saint Joseph’s Hawk
Cost: Varies depending on your event’s proximity to the university, but it’s nice to know that a portion of the proceeds are donated back to the school.
Time restrictions: One hour max, which includes a break.
When and how to book: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries six months in advance.