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.

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.

Have a specific concern or topic you’d like to see addressed? DM us on Instagram. Have a unique story about how you altered your wedding in the wake of coronavirus? Tell us about it here.

Expert Advice

Real Talk: After My Breakthrough COVID Case, I Decided to Require Vaccination Proof at My Wedding

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Philly event planner Allie Beik and Tim Davis are planning for their Globe Dye Works wedding on October 30th. Photos courtesy of the couple

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.

Philly Event Planners on Navigating Proof of COVID Vaccination at Your Wedding

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Philly’s event planners share tips on requiring wedding COVID vaccinations from guests. Bouquet photo by Jade Lord/PhotoPlus Magazine/Future via Getty Images; vaccine card photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

One major takeaway: Communication is key. Read more here.

Real Talk: Now That COVID Restrictions Are Lifted, Everyone Is RSVPing “Yes!”

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Philly wedding planner Allie Beik of Polka Dot Events and hubby-to-be Tim Davis are prepping for their Big Day this October. Photos courtesy of the couple

“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.

How One Philly Wedding Planner Is Prepping for Her Own Big Day Amid COVID-19

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Allie Beik of Polka Dot Events is a Philadelphia-based wedding planner who is prepping for her own Big Day amid the pandemic. Photos courtesy the couple

Allie Beik of Polka Dot Events hopes to say “I do” October 30th at Globe Dye Works.

11 Philly Planners Share Their Smart Tips for Pandemic Wedding Planning

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Philly experts such as Clover Event Co. weigh in on pandemic wedding planning. Photo by Kelly Giarrocco Photography

The biggest takeaway? Be flexible. Read all of their advice here.

How to Have Your Friend Officiate Your Wedding (Legally!) in a Pennsylvania Self-Uniting Ceremony

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Thanks to self-uniting wedding ceremonies, a friend officiant can preside over your wedding. Life-cycle celebrant Alisa Tongg suggests your friend should dress with confidence, like what you see here. Photography by Redfield Photography

Life-cycle celebrant Alisa Tongg shares the details.

12 Smart Ways Philly Wedding Pros Are Helping Couples Change Weddings Impacted by Coronavirus

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Photo by Alexa Nahas Photography

Advice and assurance from the front lines of celebrations halted by COVID-19. More details here.

Wedding Planning News & Guides

Check Out Ethical Jeweler Bario Neal’s Gorgeous Renovated Showroom in Queen Village

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Bario Neal’s recently renovated showroom is in Queen Village. Photos courtesy of Bario Neal

Diamonds are your new best friend. Read more here.

At the Utopia Collective, You Can Plan Your Wedding and Decorate Your New Home

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Utopia Collective in East Passyunk is a one-stop shop for weddings. Store photos by Brian Sanchez; balloons by Papertini

Dreamed up by Cara Reaves, the East Passyunk store is a one-stop shop for couples.

Haitian Designer Madelange Laroche Opens Bridal Salon in Elkins Park

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Madelange Laroche Bridal Design Studio is now open in Elkins Park. Grand opening photography by Brandon Captures

The studio offers custom and ready-to-wear gowns.

Want to Marry Yourselves? Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Quaker Wedding Ceremonies

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Viet-Thi Ta and Brian Chan held a Quaker wedding at Fairmount Park. Photo by Mark David

Pennsylvania is one of the only states where you can self-unite.

City Hall’s New Wedding Selfie Mural Is Totally Philly

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A rendering of a new Philadelphia-focused wedding mural going up at City Hall. Rendering and photos courtesy the Marriage License Bureau at the Register of Wills

Couples with marriage license appointments are now able to snap pics. Read more here.

12 Delicious Philadelphia-Area Caterers for Your Micro-Wedding

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Philadelphia caterers offering micro-wedding packages include Peachtree Catering & Events (box), Feast Your Eyes Catering (sushi boats) and Brulee Catering. Photo by Trevor Dixon

Just because your wedding is smaller doesn’t mean you need to skimp on the food.

Philly Wedding Vendors Are Joining Forces for a COVID-Safe Mini Wedding Expo

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The Creative Weddings During COVID event takes place Saturday, Sept. 12th, at Location 215 and two other venues. Photo by Jillian Guyette; florals by RAM Floral; hair and makeup by Jessica Pineda

Here’s how to attend.

9 Ways Philly Vendors Are Helping Couples Pull Off Elopements or Micro-Weddings

Heather McBride Photography is among the Philly wedding vendors who have created elopement and micro-wedding packages.

These packages bring together the best in the business for your small-but-stylish soiree.

Here’s How to Get Your Marriage License During Philly’s Yellow Phase


Philly Register of Wills has resumed marriage licenses by appointment only. Photo by davidf/Getty Images

Make an appointment with the Register of Wills.

Coronavirus Front Line Workers Could Win a Wedding Package From Four Philly Vendors

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A hunter green Bonnet Island wedding. Photography by Magdalena Studios

But you must apply by May 15th.

Here’s Who Can Get Married in Philly During the Coronavirus Crisis

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Philly will issue virtual Quaker (self-uniting) marriage licenses in emergencies during the coronavirus crisis. Photo by Karen McFarland / Getty Images

Virtual marriage licenses for self-uniting ceremonies will be issued in emergencies, but there are caveats. Read more here.

How Coronavirus Is Changing the Way Philly Shops for Wedding Dresses

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The Lovely Bride Philadelphia salon | Photo by Love Me Do Photography

Five experts weigh in on how they’re helping clients, working with designers and the impacts of COVID-19.

Rittenhouse Square Is Covered In Flowers From Canceled Events

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DFW Event Design flower-bombed Rittenhouse Square with blooms from events canceled in the wake of COVID-19. Photos courtesy Katie Robinson

After their events were canceled by coronavirus, four floral and event companies joined together to brighten our days.

FYI: You Can’t Get a Philadelphia Marriage License Until at Least March 30 Due to Coronavirus

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Weddings at City Hall won’t take place until March 31 at the earliest. More details here.

Coronavirus Wedding Diaries

We Said “I Do” on New Year’s Eve in an Enchanting New Jersey Barn

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Kristin DeStefano and Adam Johnston’s New Year’s Eve micro-wedding took place in a beautifully decorated barn. Photo by Kelly Giarrocco

The couple’s vendors transformed the space into a micro-wedding venue with a floral installation and a romantic color scheme. Read more here.

11 Philly Weddings That Were Small on Guest Count But Big on Love

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We pay homage to the Philadelphia micro-weddings and elopements of of the last two years. Photos by Avonné Photography (left) and Laura Briggs Photo

When these couples had to change their plans amid the pandemic, they realized how special their intimate celebrations were, after all. Read more here.

This Bride Wanted Her FAME Micro-Wedding to Look Like the Inside of a Witch’s House

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Kelly Wilson and Greg Nealis’s FAME micro-wedding was re-planned in 72 hours due to COVID. Photo by Brittney Raine

Guests were given pressed floral ornaments as welcome gifts. Read more here.

This Gorgeous Fall Wedding Had a Black-Tie Bohemian Theme, and It Totally Works

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Kendra Linton and Dylan Waddell’s Delaware County backyard wedding had a black-tie bohemian theme. Photo by Janae Rose Photography

A historic flower-clad shed served as the ceremony backdrop. Read more here.

When the Groom Got COVID a Week Before the Wedding, This Couple Changed Plans for the Fifth Time

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Jewel Lester and Ameer Sherard’s River House at Odette’s micro-wedding was moody and glam. Photo by Avonné Photography

They finally said “I do” at River House at Odette’s in New Hope. Read more here.

Why This Local Lingerie Designer Decided to Make Her Own Wedding Dress

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Maddie Flanigan and Ryan Kulig’s Ridgeland Mansion wedding was a pandemic pivot. Photo by Love Me Do Photography

Maddie Flanigan, the owner of Madalynne Intimates, incorporated material from her late mother’s gown to honor her memory. Read more here.

We Eloped at Promise Ridge on the One-Year Anniversary of Buying Our First House Together

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Jinny Park (left) and Alexandria (Xand) Griffin’s Promise Ridge elopement had a woodland adventure theme. Photography by Jessica Manns Photography

To make it happen amid the pandemic, the couple cut their guest list to eight. Read more here.

Just One of the Dreamiest, Most Romantic Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm Micro-Weddings We’ve Ever Seen

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Lara Aqel and Carlos Valdes-Lora’s Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm micro-wedding was a gorgeous tented soiree. Photography by Avonné Photography

The tented reception allowed guests to “socially distance in an aesthetic way,” says the bride. Read more here.

A Moody and Elegant Horror Movie-Inspired Wedding at the Mütter

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Rebecca Raley and Ryan Fetter’s Mutter Museum wedding was inspired by Crimson Peak. Photography by Rebecca Renner through Darpino Photo

The decor took direction from the 2015 film Crimson Peak. Read more here.

The Groom Arrived by Boat to This California Desert-Themed Jersey Shore Wedding

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Erika Hineman and Michael Stobbe’s Reeds at Shelter Haven wedding was inspired by the California desert and the Jersey Shore. Photography by MLE Pictures

The couple’s beagle-hound mix, Sebago, was the “dog of honor.” Read more here.

Our Liberty View Micro-Wedding Felt More Like a Mini Family Reunion Amid the Pandemic

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Brittney Kelsey and Dwayne Johnson’s Liberty View micro-wedding doubled as a mini family reunion. Photography by Anthony Page Photography

“Our guests kept saying, ‘This was much-needed.’” Read more here.

How Influencer Dani Maiale Spotlighted Her Bridesmaids at Her Tropical-Paradise-Themed Shower

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At Dani Maiale’s Union League Golf Club bridal shower, she surprised her bridesmaids with signs dedicated to them. Photography by Du Soleil Photographie

Just wait till you see the pillars created for her besties. Read more here.

Wildflowers and an Ice-Cream Truck Turned This Backyard Wedding Into Summertime Bliss

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Daisy Carter and Andrew Berta held their wildflower-filled Malvern backyard wedding amid the pandemic. Photography by Sweetwater Portraits

The bride’s name is Daisy, after all. Read more here.

We Traded Our 160-Person Guest List for an Intimate, Floral-Filled Backyard Wedding

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Jacqueline Hollawell and Joseph Muoio’s Orefield backyard wedding was an ode to late summer. Photography by MLE Pictures

The bride was thrilled to say “I do” at the home where she grew up. Read more here.

From the Bounce House to the Water Ice, This Block-Party Wedding Was Summer-in-Philly Perfection

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Janelle Williams and Antoine West‘s Northeast Philly block-party wedding captured the city in the summer. Photography by Films by Diallo

The couple’s trolley-car photo shoot was pretty cool, too. Read more here.

Everyone Wore White at This Deacon Hotel Micro-Wedding

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She’Neil Johnson and Zachary Spence’s Deacon hotel micro-wedding had an all-white theme. Photography by Taylor Baldwin of Mama Photog

The venue changed from an Airbnb two days before the intimate celebration. Read more here.

We Provided COVID Testing for All of Our Guests the Morning of Our Fitler Club Micro-Wedding

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Aubrey Montgomery and Josh Nanberg moved their Fitler Club micro-wedding up a day due to COVID-19. Photography by JPG Photo & Video

The couple moved their food-focused celebration outdoors and held it a day early. Read more here.

We Used Rolling Chairs to Pull Off Our Socially Distanced Hora During Our Micro-Wedding

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Carrita Thomas and Jake Stein’s 660 Collective micro-wedding was playful and colorful. Photography by Love Me Do

The theme was inspired by 30th Street Station, where the couple met. Read more here.

Pink Flowers Were Literally Everywhere at This Sweet Backyard Wedding

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Janel Robertson and Honore Haughton’s New Jersey backyard wedding was filled with pink hues. Photography by UBara Weddings

And the floral-filled ceremony arch was a beautiful backdrop to the celebration. Read more here.

This Couple’s South Philly Wedding Was an Intimate Block Party

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Alicia Mucci and Kevin Montminy’s Queen Village block-party wedding took place amid the pandemic. Photography by Sweetwater Portraits

When COVID-19 caused them to pivot, they said “I do” in front of their home with 25 guests. Read more here.

We Met Online During COVID. One Year Later, We’re Getting Married

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Cheri Spigner and Tracey Syphax had their engagement photo shoot at Philadelphia City Hall and other iconic spots. Photography by Collins Oluka

The couple took their engagement photos at City Hall and other iconic spots. Read more here.

We Exchanged Vows at Home Then Rented Out Vernick Wine for a Private Dinner for Two

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Trevor Moran and Aubrey Feeley eloped at home then had a dinner for two at Vernick Wine. First-look and restaurant photography by Carrie Kizuka; at-home photos by the groom

The guest list shrunk from 250 to zero due to COVID-19. Read more here.

We Got Vaccinated on Our 31st Wedding Anniversary


Suzanne and Kip Salus were married on February 24th, 1990. They got their coronavirus vaccine on their 31st wedding anniversary. Photos courtesy of the couple

The couple got their second shots at the exact date and time of their wedding, then went to the Capital Grille to celebrate.

Coronavirus Prevented Our Mexican Destination Wedding. So We Got Married at Home Instead

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Turq and Anessa’s destination “I do’s” were canceled, so they held their intimate ceremony at their Delaware County home, instead. Photography by Robert Carter Photography

“No matter what, we have each other, and in this crazy world, our Black, queer love is resistance.” Read their story here.

This ER Doctor’s Addison Street Proposal Is Straight Out of a Movie

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Mosum Shah and Umang Jain’s Addison Street Proposal took place over Thanksgiving. Photos by Martin Reardon

He hid love letters in the trees. Read more here.

A Bad Car Accident and the Pandemic Couldn’t Stop This Philly Couple From Getting Engaged

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Grad Hospital couple Julia Tasco (left) and Elle Gordon got engaged during COVID. Photography by Glen Abolu

The South Street Bridge proposal was a Plan B.

She Thought It Was a Maternity Shoot at a Sunflower Farm. He Surprised Her by Proposing

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Amanda Lincoln and Adam Rodzen got engaged during their maternity photo shoot at Locust Hall Farm. Photography by Smirnov Weddings

Their new baby was born a few months later. Read about the proposal here.

This Wedding Is Both Christmas- and Pride-Themed, and It Totally Works

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Stephanie Masucci and Kacy Hofstetter (right) held their Bolingbroke Mansion micro-wedding in August. Photography by Ashley Gerrity

The couple moved their Big Day up from December to August due to the pandemic.

After a Decade Together, He Proposed to His High-School Sweetheart at ONE North Broad

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Shruti Kumar and Nandu Mohan’s One Broad Street proposal was a decade in the making. Photography by Sweetwater Portraits

The couple had been dating since they were 16. Read their story here.

2020 Turned Many Philly Couples’ Wedding Plans on Their Heads. Here’s a Look at Where They Are Now

We pay homage to the Philadelphia pandemic weddings of 2020. Photos by Ryan Eda Photography and Patrick Robinson

We pay homage to 14 of the couples who shared their stories.

A Pair of ER Nurses Got Engaged During a Holiday Stroll Down Miracle on South 13th Street

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Philly nurses Lauren Coates and Lindsey Tyrell’s Miracle on 13th Street proposal took place amid the pandemic. Photos by Rachel Esteves and Samantha Jackson

“Why wait? 2020 sucks, and I wanted to kick off the holiday season in the best way possible.” Read their story here.

We Held Our Ghanaian and Vietnamese Wedding Ceremonies in the Backyard

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Louise Aka Ezoua and Michael Quoc Phan held their multicultural pandemic wedding in her family’s backyard. Photography by Jimmy Chae Photography and Maxwell Jennings

“Tomorrow was not guaranteed, and we simply did not want to wait any longer to get married.” Read the couple’s story here.

Six Couples Got Married During a Free Civil Ceremony Event at Pomme

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Carolyn Stevens and Alexa Woodward were married during the free wedding event at Pomme in late November. Photo by Jess Palatucci; all personal florals by Vine + Oak and donated by DVFlora

While the event was open to all duos, it was focused on the LGBTQIA+ community. Read more here.

This Football Pro and His Bride Looked Extremely Stylish at Their Backyard Pandemic Wedding

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Daryl Worley and Sierra Simmons held their backyard pandemic wedding in New Jersey then headed to Philly for their mini-moon. Photography by Ryan Eda Photography

A Philly photo shoot and mini-moon followed their celebration. Read about it here.

“Socially Distanced Normalcy” Was the Theme of This Sweet Picnic Wedding

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Sarah Kagan and Timothy Haney held their picnic wedding at Merion Tribute House amid the pandemic. Photography by Inna spivakova of Peach Plum Pear Photography

The couple’s feelings about Zoom are just so dang refreshing. Read them here.

Flyers Host Andrea Helfrich Got Engaged in a Made-For-TV Proposal at the Four Seasons

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Antonio Presta proposed to Andrea Helfrich at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. Photography by Philip Gabriel Photography

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

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Van Strother and Pooja Sampathi chose The Barnes Foundation for their engagement photo shoot. Photography by Sheronda Seawright Photography

The bride wanted to pay homage to her culture through their wardrobe.

This Pretty Lancaster Wedding Had a Socially Distant Ceremony and Served Dinner To-Go

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Tiffany Taylor and Randolphe Jacques held their Riverdale Manor wedding in July amid the pandemic. Photography by Lauren Fisher Photography

The couple kept their original wedding date but cut the guest list by more than half.

A Philly Singer Pays Tribute to the Virtual Weddings of the Coronavirus

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Chelsea Holmes married local singer/songwriter Alexi Paraschos, who created a video compilation of virtual weddings amid the coronavirus, on July 26th. Photography by Allison Campbell

And he eloped in Rittenhouse Square amid the pandemic. Watch the video here.

This Coronavirus Wedding Is Filled With Great Ideas to Steal

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Donte Murphy and Alicia Wilson held on the steps of Christ Community Church in Philadelphia amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Adam Hribar

The couple did a digital countdown, polls, videos, Q&As and live-streamed their ceremony. Find all the tips here.

This Morris Arboretum Proposal Began With a Stylish Photo Shoot

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Leroy West staged a photo shoot at Morris Arboretum for his proposal to Yolanda Patterson. Photography by Ricardo Mundell of Xquisite Media Ent

The suave groom-to-be got the whole family involved. See how here.

We Moved Our Wedding Up Because of Coronavirus. Here’s Why It Worked.

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Molly Weinberg and Daniel Vessal moved up their wedding from June to May due to coronavirus. Photography by Yael Pachino

The couple had a small Jewish ceremony and got their legal marriage license later.

This Couple Held a Drive-In Wedding at The SunnyBrook Ballroom

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Shannon Hoffman and Steven Sminkey held a socially distanced drive-in wedding at SunnyBrook Ballroom during coronavirus. Photography by Marshall Scott Photography

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.

A Drive-By Caravan Honored a Couple’s Original Wedding Date, and Their Reaction Was Everything

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Stephanie Lynch and Bryan Foster’s original wedding date was honored by a drive-by caravan during coronavirus. Photography by Afrik Armando

The bride’s mom and planner came together to surprise the duo.

What It’s Like to Have a Virtual Bridal Shower During Coronavirus

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Briana Sposato’s bridal shower took place in her apartment in Philly’s Spring Garden neighborhood. Photography by Julian Farina

The bride-to-be’s fiancé wrapped the gifts, helped decorate and snapped all the photos.

What It’s Like to Do a FaceTime Engagement Shoot

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Anthony Kotlarsky and Jena Wilson’s FaceTime engagement photo shoot took place in their apartment due to coronavirus. Photo by Dearly Beloved Weddings

The couple’s photographer snapped the pictures virtually.

Coronavirus Wedding Diaries: We Changed Our Date Early, and It’s Working Out Better for Us, So Far

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John Dombroski and Dani Maiale, who changed their wedding date due to coronavirus, had an at-home photo shoot to share it. Photography by Du Soleil Photographie

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

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Benjamin Siegel-Wallace and Jasmine Zheng eloped on their Grad Hospital rooftop during the coronavirus pandemic. Photography by Patrick Robinson

Zoom snafus? Misbehaving pups? This Philly couple took it in stride.

Coronavirus Wedding Diaries: We Postponed Our Big Wedding and Threw a DIY Celebration

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Philadelphia couple Christine Racobaldo and Michael Ciccarone went from a big wedding at Glen Foerd on the Delaware to a DIY wedding due to the coronavirus. Photography by Carly Landolt Photography

One Philadelphia couple’s tips and tricks on creating a crafty, personal ceremony.

Coronavirus Wedding Diaries: We Got Married With an Emergency Self-Uniting License

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April Coward and Fred Ferguson obtained an emergency self-uniting marriage license through the Philadelphia Register of Wills. Photo courtesy the couple

The bride has asthma and works at CHOP as a phlebotomy coordinator.

Coronavirus Wedding Diaries: We Went From a Wedding at The Lucy to a Backyard Elopement

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Deepika Subbiah and Mike Cicoria changed their 300-person wedding at The Lucy to an intimate backyard elopement due to coronavirus. Photos courtesy the couple

“It wasn’t the day we planned, but it was truly better than anything we ever expected.”

Coronavirus Wedding Diaries: We Had an Impromptu Wedding on the Steps of the Rodin

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Jack Barry and John Luff had an impromptu wedding amid coronavirus on the steps of the Rodin Museum. Photography by John William Luff

“We thought: Now seems like the time to do it.”

Coronavirus Wedding Diaries: We Planned Our Airbnb Wedding in Two Days

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Audrey Westerman and David DeJoseph held their wedding at The Peg and Awl House, a Philly-area Airbnb, during the coronavirus crisis. Photography by Moe B Photography

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 


Bride-to-be Marta Waraksa is a nurse anesthetist at Penn Medicine working on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. She and fiancé George Benham are planning to wed in the summer. Photos courtesy of the couple

Her role makes her among the most at-risk health care providers facing COVID-19.

Coronavirus Wedding Diaries: We Still Held Our Church Wedding — Minus the 270-Person Guest List

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Lauren Clavin and Bob Walsh traded their large wedding for an intimate church ceremony due to the coronavirus crisis. Photography by Nicole Lois Photography

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


Nadia Jamil and James LaGrutta changed their large celebration into a small wedding at her parents’ house due to coronavirus. Photography by MLE Pictures

The Jersey duo said “I do” and streamed it on Facebook Live. Click here to see how they pulled it off.

Coronavirus Wedding Diaries: I’m a Respiratory Therapist, and I’m Getting Married This Fall

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Lauren Thompson is a respiratory therapist impacted by the coronavirus crisis who is getting married in the fall. Photo by Melanie Weitzenkorn for George Street Photo & Video

This bride-to-be works at Lankenau Medical Center and is on the front lines of COVID-19.

Coronavirus Wedding Diaries: How My Groom Is Coping With Our Postponement

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Mia Carson and Jimmie Greeno III postponed their March 29th wedding due to the coronavirus crisis, and the couple is dealing with it differently.

Rescheduling takes an emotional toll, and the bride says her beloved “groomzilla” has struggled to accept it.

Coronavirus Wedding Diaries: This Ukulele Engagement Song Is Everything We Need to Hear Right Now

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Wedding photographer Colin Coleman, fiancée Molly Harleman (and his daughter, Kenzie) brought joy to social media in the time of coronavirus with their ukulele engagement song. Photography by Colin Coleman Photography

Wedding photographer Colin Coleman, his bride-to-be, and his daughter shared their good news on social media.

Coronavirus Canceled Our Wedding, So We Got Married at Our Rehearsal Dinner

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Photograph by JPG Photo & Video

After COVID-19 caused them to cancel their large celebration, this Philly couple made their rehearsal dinner the time to say “I do.”

Coronavirus Wedding Diaries: The Quarantine Didn’t Stop My At-Home Proposal

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Christopher Bordoni proposed to Danielle Hulen during the coronavirus crisis. Photo courtesy the couple.

One Philadelphia couple’s journey to engagement despite the COVID-19 outbreak.

Coronavirus Wedding Diaries: This Is the Email We Sent Our Guests Before We Rescheduled

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This Center City couple postponed their April wedding for the following year. Photo by Love Me Do

This Center City duo kept their friends and family digitally informed, every step of the way.

Coronavirus Wedding Diaries: We Waited 8 Years. We Can Wait a Few More Months

Erica Hamilton and Joseph Godio’s postponed wedding is now scheduled for October.

Erica Hamilton and Joseph Godio’s postponed wedding is now scheduled for October. Photo by Grace & Ardor

Tips and strategies from a Philly couple that worked to quickly postpone their wedding in the wake of COVID-19.

Coronavirus Wedding Diaries: We Planned Our Independence Park Ceremony in Under 15 Minutes

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Photo courtesy the couple

This Old City couple texted some friends, grabbed flowers from Reading Terminal, and said “I do” in the open air.

Coronavirus Wedding Diaries: We’re Getting Married in My Parents’ Living Room

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

Charter a 1961 Picnic Boat on the Delaware This Summer

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Sea Philly offers private Delaware River cruises and outings on the Schuylkill in a restored picnic boat. Photos courtesy of Sea Philly

Say “I do,” get your wildlife fix or savor the sunset on the water. Read more here.

Mann Center Reopening for Weddings, Family Reunions, or Any Other Outdoor Events You Can Dream Up

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The view from Crescendo, one of the event rental spaces for weddings and more at the Mann Center. Venue photos courtesy of the Mann Center

Had to cancel that indoor party? Come April, the music venue has you covered. Read about the venue here.

17 Incredible Philadelphia-Area Micro-Wedding Venues

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The Deacon is among the Philadelphia-area micro-wedding venues to know. Photo by Ian Shiver

Set a small but mighty scene by clicking here.

The Four Seasons Spa Just Added a Super-Romantic Late-Night Couple’s Package

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Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia is offering a Night Spa package for couples. Photos courtesy the hotel

Looking for a good way to propose? We’ve got an idea for you.

Rent Your Own Private Floating Tiki Bar in Ocean City This Summer

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Pau Hana is a new South Jersey tiki boat tour launching this May. Photos courtesy of Pau Hana

Celebrate whatever — small engagements, elopements, bachelorette parties and more. Click here for the details.

10 Wonderful New Philly-Area Wedding Venues for 2021

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Casablanca Weddings and Events, located at Midway Arts in Coatesville, is among the new Philadelphia-area wedding venues to watch. Photo by Right Start Photography

Wedding-venue shopping? Here’s our list.

You Could Get Married in the Courtyard at The Logan Hotel for Free

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The Logan Hotel is offering free ceremonies in its courtyard to couples whose weddings have been affected by coronavirus. Photo by Philip Gabriel Photography

The temporary offer extends to duos whose weddings have been affected by coronavirus.

Lincoln Financial Field Offers Free Wedding Ceremonies on the Sidelines for Front Line Workers 

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Coronavirus front line workers and couples whose weddings have been impacted could have their ceremonies for free on the sidelines at Lincoln Financial Field. Photography courtesy Lincoln Financial Field

Ceremony fees are waived when you purchase a wedding reception package at the venue.

The Curtis Atrium Temporarily Waives Its Wedding Venue Fee for Frontline Workers

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A ceremony at The Curtis Atrium. Photography courtesy Constellation Culinary Group

The offering extends beyond health care workers to grocery store staff and other essential figures.

Reading Terminal Market Temporarily Waives Its Wedding Venue Fee Due to Coronavirus

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Reading Terminal Market is waiving its venue fee for weddings booked through March 2021 in response to the coronavirus crisis. Photo by Landon Wise Photography

The move comes as couples scramble to reschedule and is available through March 2021.

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