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.

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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.

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.

FYI: You Can Get Married for Free at PAFA on November 29th

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Life-cycle celebrant Alisa Tongg and other Philly-area vendors host a COVID-safe day of civil ceremonies at PAFA. Photo by We Laugh We Love

The civil ceremonies focus on LGBTQIA+ couples. Here’s how to say “I do.”

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.

16 Wonderful New Hope and Bucks County Wedding Venues

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The Michener Museum is on our list of Bucks County wedding venues to know. Photo by Ashley Gerrity Photography

These vineyards, hotels and castles (and more!) have one-of-a-kind appeal.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

24 Philadelphia-Area Wedding Cake Bakers to Sweeten Up Your Big Day

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A classic white cake with hints of greenery by Sugar Realm, one of the Philadelphia wedding cake bakers on our list. Photo by Afrik Armando

All the best things in life start with frosting, right? Click here to read how these pastry experts have updated their offerings for coronavirus.

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.

10 Lancaster County Wedding Venues for a Big City Escape

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Riverdale Manor has various indoor-outdoor spaces to suit your style; it is one of the Lancaster County wedding venues you will find on this list. Photo by Rebecca Shivers Photography

Sure, there are plenty of barns, but an art gallery and music hall are on the list, too.

12 Philadelphia-Area Outdoor Wedding Venues That Bring a Breath of Fresh Air to Your Big Day

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A tented alfresco reception at the American Swedish History Museum. Photo by Anthony Page Photography

Many are updating their policies to comply with COVID-19 guidelines.

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.

21 Philadelphia-Area Bridal Hair and Makeup Pros You Need to Know

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Makeup by Emily Dimant. Photography by Du Soleil Photographie

Many have already updated their services for COVID-19 health and safety standards. Read more here.

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.

9 Wonderful Philly-Area Officiants for Your Wedding Day

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Celebrity officiant Roxanne Birchfield. Photo by Iryna Shostak Photography

Many are offering virtual consultations or COVID-19 compliant ceremonies. Read more here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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