Pop-Up Weddings Have Come to Philly, And They’ll Save You So Much Money and Time

Not into wedding planning? Let PopKnot Events handle it.

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Engagements can last a long time because wedding planning can last a long time. You’ve got to decide on a venue, catering, florals and a thousand more things, then gather all of your nearest and dearest in the same place at the same time. If you’d rather just, um, not, allow us to present an alternative solution: the pop-up wedding.

With a pop-up wedding, all of those decisions—including securing a officiant—will be made in advance for you. All you need to invite your guests, show up, and get hitched. Sounds pretty stress-free, right?

While the pop-up wedding concept has taken hold in other parts of the country, it’s just now getting off the ground in the Philadelphia area. Enter PopKnot Events, a newly-formed company created by three eastern Pennsylvania wedding vendors. PopKnot will be hosting their first series of pop-up weddings this upcoming Valentine’s Day weekend at the historic Duportail House in Chesterbrook, about 45 minutes outside of Philly. If you got engaged over the holidays and are already overwhelmed by the thought of wedding planning, we’re thinking this could be a great alternative.

So how exactly is a pop-up wedding different from a traditional wedding? Fortunately, they’re actually quite similar. A pop-up wedding with PopKnot Events includes a venue, photographer, florals, an on-site coordinator, live music, space for 25 guests, and a catered “light-fair” reception. (The spread at the Duportail House event includes an antipasto display, spinach and artichoke dip, chicken tempura, mini chicken pot pies, brie and asparagus quesadillas, and more.) Four pop-up weddings total are scheduled for the date, and each lasts 90 minutes including the 20-minute ceremony. The PopKnot Events team has also built an hour between each celebration to ensure you won’t feel rushed by the next couple.

The biggest differentiator between a pop-up wedding and a traditional wedding is, perhaps unsurprisingly, cost. While the average Philadelphia-area wedding clocked in around $32,953 in 2017, the PopKnot package in Chesterbrook runs just $3,750.*

“It’s a step from an elopement,” say PopKnot co-founder Dina Hoskinson, who notes that some customization is possible for couples who don’t want to entirely forgo the wedding planning process. “And it could also be great for a vow renewal.”

If February 16th is too soon for you, the next PopKnot pop-up wedding series will take place April 6th at Garth Art Studio in Columbia, Pennsylvania, a little less than two hours outside of Philadelphia. More information can be found at the PopKnot website.

*The cost of a Chesterbrook pop-up wedding has lowered since this article was published. We’ve updated the copy to reflect the new cost. 

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