Getting married during Covid-19

This time of the Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic is altering our lives in many ways. Getting married during Covid-19 is complicated. For couples who had planned their weddings for 2020 everything seems to be in flux and what things might look like, even just a few months or even weeks, in unclear. This makes planning quite difficult! So what to do next? Many Philadelphia couples are deciding to reschedule their weddings until 2021 or beyond.



Small Valley Green Inn Wedding during Coronavirus Philadelphia PA


Rescheduling your 2020 Wedding

When deciding to reschedule your wedding, check with your venue and vendors to figure out your options and the best plan for moving forward.


Downsizing your 2020 wedding

Some couples are choosing to get married on their original 2020 date but significantly altering the way that it looks to keep as safe as possible. Here are some ways couples are getting married in 2020 in Philadelphia and putting off the big receptions to when it’s safer.





Some couples are choosing to get married just the two of them. Couples can have an officiant meet them outside at a park or pretty location or even their own back yard to officially tie the knot. Although it may not be the large celebration they had envisioned, it can be just as full of excitement and love! Getting married is at the center of the wedding and together they will have a lifetime to gather family and friends and celebrate together.


Philadelphia Wedding Chapel Covid-19 elopement Philadelphia


Zoom Wedding


This is the time of Zoom! Although we can not gather larger groups in person here in Philadelphia, we have all been using technology such as Zoom to stay connected online. This is a great alternative for those couples wanting their loved ones from near and far to be able to witness this life-changing ceremony. Some couples are choosing to elope, but having their laptop close by share this moment with their friends and family. It can be such a sweet way to bring us all together while staying safe.


Philadelphia wedding chapel ceremony


Micro Wedding

A micro wedding can also be an option for some couples. Some couples are choosing to have a small wedding and inviting a  handful of their closest family to witness their intimate wedding ceremony in-person. CDC, state and local Philadelphia guidelines for Covid-19 help determine how to be as safe as possible with a small ceremony outside and it is important to keep checking as these recommendations can change quickly. I have even seen couples give out custom masks for their quests to wear with their names and dates. What a clever and thoughtful way to keep guests safer!


Philadelphia wedding chapel Covid-19 socially distance wedding



Are you looking for venues and outside and locations to have your small Philadelphia wedding ceremony during the Pandemic? Here are a few ideas:



Philadelphia Wedding Venues:

These Philly Venues have outside spaces for small wedding ceremonies!

Powel House

Valley Green Inn

Awbury Arboretum

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA)


Wedding Chapels:

Vaux Studio is a sweet center city option with great photo locations within a few blocks. The Philadelphia Wedding Chapel is in the East Falls section of the city and is all set up for your small wedding or elopement.

Vaux Wedding Studio

The Philadelphia Wedding Chapel



Outside Spaces to get Married in Philadelphia:

There are so many great outside spaces in Philadelphia from waterfront piers to rooftop parks, this is the perfect time to get creative and enjoy the many scenic locations for ceremonies with lovely views! It’s important to note that you need to secure a permit for many of the Philly area parks so planning ahead and doing the research is key.

Cira Green Park

Head House Square

Race Street Pier

Waterworks Gazebo Wedding



Special Pocono Mountain Small Ceremony Space:

Want to get out of the city and soak up some breathtaking views in the Pocono Mountains? This might just might be a venue you have been dreaming of!

Promise Ridge



Looking for more small wedding inspiration? Check out The Ultimate Guide for Small Philadelphia Wedding Venues



Getting married during Covid-19

It is defiantly a strange time and we are faced with many challenges in wedding planning and getting married during Covid-19. To all the couples planning weddings during this time, although your wedding day may look different than you originally planned, whether you have decided to postpone or elope, have a zoom wedding or a micro wedding, we are thinking of you and wishing you love and joy!


Wedding During Covid-19 Coronavirus

  1. Amanda says:

    I love this, such a great resource on Covid-19 weddings, gives guests an idea on what to expect when attending a smaller or distance ceremony, too – these are awesome photos.

  2. This is such a helpful guide! I’ll send it to anyone I know planning a wedding soon!