September 1, 2021 – Wedding season is back and in full swing after a year-long pause on many ceremonies due to pandemic restrictions. As newly-engaged couples— as well as those who’ve been on-hold and waiting for some time — prepare to say “I do”, we’ve rounded up a stacked list of local retailers, services, restaurants, hotels, and more that are sure to make everyone’s special day individual, unique and most of memorable.
East Passyunk Avenue, home to more than 160 independently owned businesses in South Philadelphia, is the ultimate one-stop-shop for couples headed into wedding season with various wedding-centric retailers and services offering floral arrangements, dance classes, hand-crafted wedding rings, and of course bridal attire.
Local retailers and services including Sermania Jewelry, Carolyn Zinni Bridal Salon, Creations By Coppola, Society Hill Dance Academy, The Utopia Collective, and Beautiful Brides Philly offer newlyweds a bevy of wedding decor, attire, professional expertise and much more to be explored while planning an upcoming wedding.
Check out the respective businesses’ website for more information.
1904 E. Passyunk Avenue | http://www.visiteastpassyunk.com/
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Forsythia, Old City’s contemporary French bar and restaurant helmed by Chef Christopher Kearse, is a noted location for micro-weddings in the Philadelphia area, with experience hosting a number of smaller-scale ceremonies and receptions in its two years of winning fans and wowing patrons.
The modern, French-influenced décor is a stunning backdrop for any wedding, fit with a sweeping bar and a spacious dining room to accommodate dancing and mingling. Chef Christopher Kearse and team are dedicated to preparing a curated food and beverage menu tailored to the wedding couple’s preferences and desires.
Soon-to-be newlyweds interested in reserving Forsythia for a private event such as a wedding may do so by emailing email@example.com or by calling the restaurant during opening hours of Wednesday through Sunday from 4 – 10pm.
233 Chestnut Street | 215.644.9395 | https://www.forsythiaphilly.com/
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Jet Wine Bar, Philadelphia’s ‘global vineyard’, offers couples and wedding-goers a verdant, flourishing outdoor venue fit for a micro-wedding at Jet Wine Garden, adjacent to the bottle shop. After the ceremony, couples can use the al fresco space as a cocktail garden or reception to continue the celebration.
Guests and newlyweds can dance, mingle and sip underneath the soft twinkling lights that are strung throughout the garden. Couples and guest can sip on Jet Wine Bar’s expansive list of rare wines. In addition, Jet Wine Bar offers a three-course Garden Dinner for attendees to enjoy, and an open bar package that covers the first two hours of the event including craft beer and an array of wines.
1525 South St. | 215.735.1116 | https://jetwinebar.com/
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Stylish couples seeking a romantic and unique venue for their smaller wedding should check out Royal Boucherie, Old City’s lively neighborhood bistro known for spectacular fare with a major French accent. Here on Royal Boucherie’s second-floor, guests will find an enchanted rooftop oasis – ideal for smaller scale weddings with a capacity of 40 individuals seated during the service. Here, couples exchange vows among a smattering of vibrant flowers, herbs used in the kitchen and unique architectural touchpoints.
Following the ceremony, guests can move to the romantic second-floor private dining room – fit with a fully stocked bar and dining tables available for accommodating the wedding party. Capacity limit for the PDR is 50 individuals seated, or 65 people standing. The atmospheric space is decorated with vintage art, antique mirrors, a period velvet sofa, and other transformative aesthetic details that make the space seem like one is being transported to an early 20th century Paris salon.
52 S. 2nd Street | 267.606.6313 | https://www.royalboucherie.com/
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Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, the New Jersey Shore’s quintessential resort that dates back to 1914, offers an array of wedding venues with beautiful scenery for an indoor or outdoor ceremony. The Bayview Terrace venue is perfect for any couple looking to have a romantic starry night ceremony. The terrace is lined with a lush landscape, soft lighting, a gazebo to stand under while saying “I do,” and a fountain placed in the middle of the patio to add extra charm to a beautiful night.
For a wedding with a more earthy aesthetic, the Centennial Pavilion is the spot. This charming outdoor space features a pergola draped in wisteria vines and framed by the wooded Pines golf course. Intimate indoor wedding ceremonies may be held in the Grand Main Dining Room, offering large windows with unobstructed panoramic views of the sprawling golf course, the bay and the Atlantic City skyline.
401 S New York Rd., Galloway, NJ | 609.652.1800 | https://www.seaviewdolcehotel.com/
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The Twisted Tail, the Southern-inspired restaurant, bar and live music venue on Headhouse Square known for its extensive array of brown spirits, is the ideal venue for partners who love music and want to treat their guests to a unique experience — with excellent food, service, bar program, all served up in with an upscale juke joint vibe.
The restaurant and venue has three different, expansive rooms to choose from – all with varied capacity for small, intimate weddings or larger scales ones. Guests and the wedding party may snack on seasonally-crafted hors d’oeuvre and sip celebratory cocktails while mingling during cocktail hour before a sit-down dinner.
Ceremonies held under the historic Shambles on Headhouse Square are often followed with a Champagne reception, followed by an evening of fun, with fresh, flavorful food and live music at The Twisted Tail.
In addition, The Twisted Tail offers all-inclusive catering and venue packages for weddings as well. Click here for more information on the offerings.
509 S. 2nd Street | 215.558.2471 | http://thetwistedtail.com/
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New Hope, PA is a sought-after destination for weddings with Stella of New Hope, Bucks County’s modern American restaurant overlooking the Delaware River, offering an expansive indoor and outdoor space for cocktail hour and reception with breathtaking riverfront views. Larger scale ceremonies may be held at the grand ballroom, decorated in a neutral color scheme and encased in sweeping windows designed to give the space an airy, vast feel overlooking the water. If an al fresco weddings preferred, Stella of New Hope offers a Riverview Promenade, with partially stoned ground, lush landscapes, and vibrant flowers, that leads to the Patio – perfect for hosting cocktail hour outdoors.
To tie in the accommodations, Ghost Light Inn, located in the same building as Stella, boasts 12 rooms typically set aside for wedding guests and bridal party. Each room offers a unique view of the quaint town, and Delaware River. Additionally, just a short trek down the road is Carriage House of New Hope, a historic three-room bed and breakfast style inn, which is ideal for hosting more guests nearby.
50 S Main Street | 267.740.2691 | https://www.stellanewhope.com/
50 S Main Street | 267.740.7131 | http://ghostlightinn.com/
8 E Mechanic Street | 267.740.7131 | https://www.carriagehouseofnewhope.com/