Lincoln Financial Field Offers Free Wedding Ceremonies on the Sidelines for Front Line Workers
Ceremony fees are waived when you purchase a wedding reception package at the venue.
Love the Eagles? Then you’ll love this. If you’re a coronavirus front line worker (health care professional, grocery store clerk, mail carrier or other essential figure) or a couple whose wedding was canceled or postponed due to the pandemic, you could have your ceremony on the sidelines at Lincoln Financial Field. Site fees (typically a $30,000 value) are being waived through March 31st, 2021 when you purchase a wedding package at the venue. Reception rates for the stadium itself have also been reduced.
The move comes as couples throughout the Philly region have had to reschedule and postpone, says Lynnette Camacho, special events sales director for the Eagles. “We thought: ‘How sad it was that one of the most important days of their lives were impacted, and how can we help?’” Traditionally, the stadium doesn’t host many weddings because they are typically scheduled far in advance, and the venue can’t guarantee availability due to competing events such as Eagles games, concerts, soccer and Temple football. “Since we can book in the short term, then we could help them out this year,” she says.
No ceremonies have been held on the sidelines, and only one wedding has been held on the field itself: On Aug. 25, 2019, Patience Carter, a survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting, married Alex Murray; local vendors came together to make it happen. The program is based on limited availability: Currently two couples are considering the package. The offering covers all costs of the ceremony (rentals, A/V setup and cleaning), and the bowl holds up to 700 for seating. (This will be subject to the mayor’s reopening schedule, and health and safety restrictions on gatherings, once those are announced.) A reception component is required, however, for this to apply.
Celebrations can take place in the Touchdown Club (up to 125 guests for $65 per person), Hyundai Club (125 to 150 guests for $70 per person; 151 to 300 guests for $50 per person) and Tork Club (200 to 299 guests for $70 per person; 300-plus for $50 per person). Custom wedding welcome signs; tables, banquet chairs and linens; all taxes and service charges; A/V capabilities; and cleaning needs are part of the packages. The Hyundai and Tork venues also feature a dance floor rental. In normal circumstances, those fees for the three venues would be roughly $20 to $35 more per person. Catering is an additional cost from $6,500 to $17,000 minimum depending on the space.
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