A Guide to Philadelphia Weddings During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Resources, news, and real stories from couples who are trying to get married during COVID-19.
Delivering the latest in style, inspiration, helpful tips and tricks, and everything else you need to know to plan the perfect Philly wedding.
The coronavirus crisis has upended life in Philly (and across the country) in more ways than we can count. With the strictest guidelines focused on large group gatherings, weddings as the grand celebrations we know and love them as are effectively halted. While we can’t offer a perfect roadmap for how to proceed, we can share how real Philly-area couples are altering their plans in the wake of COVID-19, along with important wedding-related coronavirus news updates and advice from Philadelphia-area wedding vendors on how to change course. We’ll keep updating this page as more news becomes available, so check back often.
When Philly planner Allie Beik got sick at the end of July, it didn’t overlap with any clients’ weddings, but it did make her rethink her approach to her own Big Day. Read more here.
One major takeaway: Communication is key. Read more here.
“In a typical year, when you invite people to a wedding, you lose about 15 to 20 percent. This is not a typical year,” says planner Allie Beik about prepping for her October wedding. “People are ready to party.” Read more here.
Allie Beik of Polka Dot Events hopes to say “I do” October 30th at Globe Dye Works.
The biggest takeaway? Be flexible. Read all of their advice here.
Life-cycle celebrant Alisa Tongg shares the details.
Advice and assurance from the front lines of celebrations halted by COVID-19. More details here.
Wedding Planning News & Guides
Diamonds are your new best friend. Read more here.
Dreamed up by Cara Reaves, the East Passyunk store is a one-stop shop for couples.
The studio offers custom and ready-to-wear gowns.
Pennsylvania is one of the only states where you can self-unite.
Couples with marriage license appointments are now able to snap pics. Read more here.
Just because your wedding is smaller doesn’t mean you need to skimp on the food.
Here’s how to attend.
These packages bring together the best in the business for your small-but-stylish soiree.
Make an appointment with the Register of Wills.
But you must apply by May 15th.
Virtual marriage licenses for self-uniting ceremonies will be issued in emergencies, but there are caveats. Read more here.
Five experts weigh in on how they’re helping clients, working with designers and the impacts of COVID-19.
After their events were canceled by coronavirus, four floral and event companies joined together to brighten our days.
Weddings at City Hall won’t take place until March 31 at the earliest. More details here.
Coronavirus Wedding Diaries
The couple’s vendors transformed the space into a micro-wedding venue with a floral installation and a romantic color scheme. Read more here.
When these couples had to change their plans amid the pandemic, they realized how special their intimate celebrations were, after all. Read more here.
Guests were given pressed floral ornaments as welcome gifts. Read more here.
A historic flower-clad shed served as the ceremony backdrop. Read more here.
They finally said “I do” at River House at Odette’s in New Hope. Read more here.
Maddie Flanigan, the owner of Madalynne Intimates, incorporated material from her late mother’s gown to honor her memory. Read more here.
To make it happen amid the pandemic, the couple cut their guest list to eight. Read more here.
The tented reception allowed guests to “socially distance in an aesthetic way,” says the bride. Read more here.
The decor took direction from the 2015 film Crimson Peak. Read more here.
The couple’s beagle-hound mix, Sebago, was the “dog of honor.” Read more here.
“Our guests kept saying, ‘This was much-needed.’” Read more here.
Just wait till you see the pillars created for her besties. Read more here.
The bride’s name is Daisy, after all. Read more here.
The bride was thrilled to say “I do” at the home where she grew up. Read more here.
The couple’s trolley-car photo shoot was pretty cool, too. Read more here.
The venue changed from an Airbnb two days before the intimate celebration. Read more here.
The couple moved their food-focused celebration outdoors and held it a day early. Read more here.
The theme was inspired by 30th Street Station, where the couple met. Read more here.
And the floral-filled ceremony arch was a beautiful backdrop to the celebration. Read more here.
When COVID-19 caused them to pivot, they said “I do” in front of their home with 25 guests. Read more here.
The couple took their engagement photos at City Hall and other iconic spots. Read more here.
The guest list shrunk from 250 to zero due to COVID-19. Read more here.
The couple got their second shots at the exact date and time of their wedding, then went to the Capital Grille to celebrate.
“No matter what, we have each other, and in this crazy world, our Black, queer love is resistance.” Read their story here.
He hid love letters in the trees. Read more here.
The South Street Bridge proposal was a Plan B.
Their new baby was born a few months later. Read about the proposal here.
The couple moved their Big Day up from December to August due to the pandemic.
The couple had been dating since they were 16. Read their story here.
We pay homage to 14 of the couples who shared their stories.
“Why wait? 2020 sucks, and I wanted to kick off the holiday season in the best way possible.” Read their story here.
“Tomorrow was not guaranteed, and we simply did not want to wait any longer to get married.” Read the couple’s story here.
While the event was open to all duos, it was focused on the LGBTQIA+ community. Read more here.
A Philly photo shoot and mini-moon followed their celebration. Read about it here.
The couple’s feelings about Zoom are just so dang refreshing. Read them here.
The groom-to-be popped the question between playoff rounds. Click here to see how he pulled it off.
This Couple Wore Indian Attire and Casual Fall Looks for Their Barnes Foundation Engagement Photo Shoot
The bride wanted to pay homage to her culture through their wardrobe.
The couple kept their original wedding date but cut the guest list by more than half.
And he eloped in Rittenhouse Square amid the pandemic. Watch the video here.
The couple did a digital countdown, polls, videos, Q&As and live-streamed their ceremony. Find all the tips here.
The suave groom-to-be got the whole family involved. See how here.
The couple had a small Jewish ceremony and got their legal marriage license later.
Guests watched the big-screen ceremony from their cars.
A Philly Wedding Went Massively Viral During Last Weekend’s Black Lives Matter protests. Here, the Bride Shares Her Experience
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“We want the city to continue to create moments like this that will touch the world,” says the bride.
The bride’s mom and planner came together to surprise the duo.
The bride-to-be’s fiancé wrapped the gifts, helped decorate and snapped all the photos.
The couple’s photographer snapped the pictures virtually.
The couple used an at-home photo shoot to announce their decision on Instagram.
Coronavirus Wedding Diaries: Yes, Things Go Wrong When You’re Planning on the Fly, But It’s Still Great
Zoom snafus? Misbehaving pups? This Philly couple took it in stride.
One Philadelphia couple’s tips and tricks on creating a crafty, personal ceremony.
The bride has asthma and works at CHOP as a phlebotomy coordinator.
“It wasn’t the day we planned, but it was truly better than anything we ever expected.”
“We thought: Now seems like the time to do it.”
Before the ban on short-term rentals set in, this duo turned to The Peg and Awl House.
Coronavirus Wedding Diaries: A Philly Nurse Anesthetist Who’s Hoping to Get Married in Poland This Summer
Her role makes her among the most at-risk health care providers facing COVID-19.
The couple clinked Coronas after saying “I do.” Read their story here.
Coronavirus Wedding Diaries: How My Family Came Together to Make Our Backyard Elopement Still Feel Special
The Jersey duo said “I do” and streamed it on Facebook Live. Click here to see how they pulled it off.
This bride-to-be works at Lankenau Medical Center and is on the front lines of COVID-19.
Rescheduling takes an emotional toll, and the bride says her beloved “groomzilla” has struggled to accept it.
Wedding photographer Colin Coleman, his bride-to-be, and his daughter shared their good news on social media.
After COVID-19 caused them to cancel their large celebration, this Philly couple made their rehearsal dinner the time to say “I do.”
One Philadelphia couple’s journey to engagement despite the COVID-19 outbreak.
This Center City duo kept their friends and family digitally informed, every step of the way.
Tips and strategies from a Philly couple that worked to quickly postpone their wedding in the wake of COVID-19.
This Old City couple texted some friends, grabbed flowers from Reading Terminal, and said “I do” in the open air.
After their Springfield Country Club wedding was canceled, this couple invited their pastor to the bride’s parents’ home for a ceremony in the living room.
Venue News and Guides
Say “I do,” get your wildlife fix or savor the sunset on the water. Read more here.
Had to cancel that indoor party? Come April, the music venue has you covered. Read about the venue here.
Set a small but mighty scene by clicking here.
Looking for a good way to propose? We’ve got an idea for you.
Celebrate whatever — small engagements, elopements, bachelorette parties and more. Click here for the details.
Wedding-venue shopping? Here’s our list.
The temporary offer extends to duos whose weddings have been affected by coronavirus.
Ceremony fees are waived when you purchase a wedding reception package at the venue.
The offering extends beyond health care workers to grocery store staff and other essential figures.
The move comes as couples scramble to reschedule and is available through March 2021.