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50 Best Philadelphia Wedding Ideas (PHOTOS)

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Hey, Philly! We LOVE you! And we love all the cool couples planning weddings in and around the Philadelphia area.

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From the iconic Love Park to the skyline, UPenn to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall to Downtown Philly, there are so many amazing sights to see and things to do in Philly!



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Let’s celebrate your awesome city with our latest CITYSERIES, exclusively at Emmaline Bride! We’ve rounded up the best Philadelphia wedding ideas today with everything you need to celebrate Philly at your wedding by way of Philadelphia wedding invitations, artwork, Philly wedding favors, decorations, gift ideas, wedding cake toppers, and so much more!

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How cute is this Gritty wedding card?! It is by KimmyMakesThings.

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We can’t believe all the amazing things we’ve found for this theme. There’s fun Philly inspired sayings, icons, landmarks, and more!

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As with all of our fun CITYSERIES round-ups, let’s kick off the fun with a themed save the date. And how else do you invite your Philly guests than with cheesesteak?! :)

1. Philadelphia cheesesteak save the dates

Bring the spirit of Philly to your special day with these funny save the dates, personalized! These save the date say, “We are getting married wit or without you!” Cute idea with cheesesteak by Frankadelphia.

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2. Philadelphia skyline save the date

The Philadelphia skyline is featured on these elegant save the date cards. A great way to kick off your Philly wedding! By MagicWandWeddings.

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3. Philly pretzel save the dates

Another cute idea, this time with Philadelphia pretzels! By Frankadelphia.

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4. Philadelphia LOVE magnet save-the-date cards

I love these save the date magnets, illustrated with the famous LOVE landmark. By LabelsRus.





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Now that you’ve found a save the date, let’s find your perfect Philadelphia themed wedding invitations.

5. Adorable Philly wedding invites

This suite has it all! By Sapphire Digital Works.

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A beautiful invitation suite featuring the downtown skyline in Philadelphia. By Hooray Creative.

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This style is perfect + so affordable! By Color Jungle Co.

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6. LOVE statue wedding invitations

A sleek style with LOVE and a navy blue + white color palette. By Labels R Us.

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7. Philly skyline invitations with map on the back

Love this design! By Laura Condouris for Minted.

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Now, you’ve got your Philadelphia themed wedding invites + save-the-dates… let’s check out some welcome bags and boxes, favors, decorations, and so much more.

7. Philadelphia wedding website

Make your own custom Philadelphia wedding website from Minted! Love this design by Hooray Creative.

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8. Welcome boxes for guests

Greet guests at their hotel rooms with these “Welcome to Philadelphia” welcome boxes by PreppingParties. (TIP: Here’s what to put inside.)

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9. Philadelphia themed wedding tote bags

These bags are perfect for your bridal party to tote their stuff around town! By StringBirdBridal.

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And these! By PaperCakeDesigns.

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10. Pretzel tote bags

By Exit343Design.

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11. Wine glasses

Stemless wine glasses with “Philly” and a gold heart. Perfect for sipping while planning your Philly themed wedding! By SassyandCoDesigns.

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12. Personalized Philly love statue

What a cool gift idea! Display it at your wedding on the entranceway table. By 3dPrintedWorks.

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13. Philadelphia wedding coasters

Handmade with love + tons of pretzels! ;) By Frankadelphia.

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14. LOVE symbol can cooler favors

All you need is love + a cold beverage! By RookDesignCo.

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15. Eagles can coolers

Or these beverage coolers, perfect for Eagles fans. By MrsBurdinThird.

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Also, can’t help but share these: The Gritty Gang and Philly Special beer can coolers by Exit343Design.

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16. Eagles wedding coasters

For the Philadelphia Eagles fan! By GartersByKristi.

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17. Custom Philadelphia wedding map

Great for helping guests navigate around town. By SouthpawandCo.

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18. Philadelphia bride / bridesmaid t-shirts

What are you going to wear while getting ready on the morning of the wedding? These t-shirts are a cute idea! By MagicWandWeddings.

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Or these cool Philly sweatshirts by Souvenir and Far.

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Or Go Birds! Love this style by Peggy and Russ.

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Or this Philly love t-shirt. By StarkAmbition.

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Pair them with these adorable jogger sweats! By Ultra Game.

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19. Philly candy wrapper favors

A great wrapper idea for your chocolate bar favors! By Labels RUs.

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20. Seating chart

Seat guests in style with this editable, printable seating chart by Sapphiredigitalworks.

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21. Philly table numbers

This brilliant design is perfect for your reception tables! By Tiffzippy.

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22. Keep it gritty leather flasks for groomsmen

A fun groomsmen gift for your Philadelphia themed wedding. By QuietLeather.

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23. Philadelphia Eagles wedding cake topper

A fun topper for the ultimate Eagles fan! By WedSet.

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24. Wedding welcome sign

Guests will feel welcomed with this sign at the entrance of your ceremony or reception. By PineappleStDesigns.

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25. Philadelphia wedding coffee cups

Plan a coffee bar at your wedding and give guests these custom cups to enjoy… or take to-go! By Labels R Us.

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26. Liberty Bell guest book alternative

Instead of a traditional guest book, your guests can sign on this giant Boathouse Row poster print! After the wedding, you have a very unique art print to display at home. By MagicWandInk.

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The sign tells guests what to do!

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27. Philadelphia icon / landmark table names + numbers

These Philadelphia themed wedding table numbers and names are perfect for labeling your reception tables! By PineappleStDesigns.

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28. Dog of Honor bandana

Are you having your dog as a part of your wedding, perhaps a Dog of Honor or Best Dog? ;) (Hey, it’s a thing, you guys!) This Philadelphia bandana is a cute way to do it! By Exit 343 Design.

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29. Phil Uh Dell Fee Uh tote

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30. Philadelphia wedding stamps

Put these stamps on all of your invitations and save-the-dates! By HoorayCreative.

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31. Philly wedding menu

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Also loving this style by Hooray Creative.

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32. Custom beer labels

Deck out your beer bottles with custom labels, like these spotted at LabelsR’Us. Great for your stock the bar engagement party, too!

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33. Philadelphia themed wedding programs

Perfect for your ceremony. By HoorayCreative.

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Here are a few other designs that coordinate with other finds listed above.

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34. Philadelphia themed wedding cake topper

How perfect is this?! By LoveNesting.

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35. Philadelphia wedding place cards

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36. Philly wedding stickers

Great for sealing your wedding invites, thank you cards, and more. By ColorJungleCo.

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37. LOVE Philly donut favor bags

Give donut favors out to guests! By ubellipapercompany.

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38. Bird gang t-shirt

Super fun tee for your groomsmen! By Exit 343Design.

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39. LOVE Philadelphia pillow

Place a pillow on the chairs at your sweetheart table or head table! By StarkRavingRealist.

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40. Pretzel favor bags

A fun idea for your Philadelphia themed wedding! Fill them with delicious soft pretzels from Philly Pretzel Factory, a hometown favorite! By Mavora.

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41. Philly wedding cake topper

By Tiffzippy.

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42. Philadelphia themed wedding place cards

These are AMAZING place cards for your Philly themed wedding. Options include the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin, or LOVE statue. By Tiffzippy.

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43. Philadelphia baseball bottle opener

This makes a great gift for groomsmen and is made from a real baseball! By BuffaloBottlecraft.

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44. Philadelphia groomsmen glassware / drinkware gifts

Love these! By Greenline Goods.

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Also like this flask and pint glass with PHL design by BRVO Glass.

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How cool is this Liberty Bell pint glass design by PaulCarpenterArt?! Very!

45. LOVE stirrers anad napkins

Great for your Philadelphia wedding bar! By Chick Invitations.

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46. Philly pretzel soap favors

Can you believe these are actually SOAP? So cool! By ChesilhurstFarm.

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47. Philly ornament favor

By Frankadelphia.

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And these! By EtienneOriginals.

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48. Philly cufflinks

Another fun gift for the guys. By 3PointAccessories. Other sports teams available.

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49. LOVE bottle opener gift

By Frankadelphia.

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And last but not least…

50. Philly “philastrative” poster

Love it! By CoreyDanks.

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And there you have it: how to plan a Philadelphia themed wedding! Pretty fun, am I right?

Couples: if you’re looking for local wedding photography, check out BeauMonde Originals! :) They’re Philadelphia wedding photographers and know everything about a cool Philadelphia wedding including all the coolest downtown spots, best places to take pictures, and more. Check out their galleries to inspire your Philadelphia wedding + contact them here!

Tell me: are you planning a Philadelphia themed wedding? Tell us all about it in the comment box below! Or, let me know which of these creative Philadelphia wedding ideas is your favorite!

Happy Planning!

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6 Creative Ideas for Philly-Made Wedding Favors

Couples often give wedding favors to their guests as a small token of appreciation for attending their wedding.

After all, your loved ones have traveled near and far to celebrate with you on your special day. Why not thank them with a creative thank-you gift — one that highlights your Philly pride and supports small businesses?

Here are six ideas for Philly-made wedding favors that your wedding guests can eat, plant, or simply appreciate. 

Edible wedding favors

Lore’s Chocolates

Gift your wedding guests some fabulously decadent chocolate from Lore’s Chocolates, a landmark Philly chocolate shop wIth over 50 years of chocolate-making experience. All confections are handmade at the shop with locally sourced ingredients and are sure to impress your guests with melt-in-your-mouth yummy goodness.

Dottie’s Donuts

Sweeten your wedding day with one-of-a-kind vegan donuts from West Philly-based Dottie’s Donuts. Along with more traditional donut varieties like apple fritters or Boston Cremes, Dottie’s specializes in unique and creative flavors such as (among many others) rose water vanilla, Thai tea, cherry glaze with matcha buttercream, and cold brew Oreo. Whatever the assortment, these sweet treats will stand out in your guests’ memory with flavor and flair.

Philadelphia Bee Company

I stumbled across the Philadelphia Bee Co. while researching this post and I’m so glad that I did. In addition to their bee removal services and educational presentations, Philadelphia Bee also “provides residents with locally produced bee products including honey, wax and pollen all gathered and made within city limits.”

What could be more of an authentic (and unique!) taste of Philly than jars of honey produced by Phillybees?

Handmade wedding favors

Beekman’s COPA soaps

COPA soaps are handcrafted in Philly and consist of all-natural, quality essential oils and herbs. I love their original collection of scents – check out Avocado, Forest, Wild Yam, and Lemongrass!

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Give your wedding guests personalized soy wax candles that feature the Philly cityscape. Another plus for your guests: empty candle glasses can be washed and reused! (Check out their FAQ page for instructions on how to reuse glasses.)

Plantable wedding favors

True Love Seeds

I love the idea of giving my guests green wedding favors that they can plant in their backyard or garden. With that in mind, my search led me to Philly-based company True Love Seeds, which offers “rare, open pollinated, and culturally important vegetable, herb, and flower seeds.” Seeds are grown by over 20 small-scale urban and rural farmers (not all in the Philadelphia region, however). 

They offer a collection of vegetable, herb and flower seeds – check out their Philadelphia collection (plants native to Philly) on their site and get inspired. 

Note that this wedding favor may be a little more DIY on your end – you may want to spruce up the seed packets with ribbons or custom wrapping. 

Greensgrow Farms

If you regularly go plant-shopping in the city, you’ve probably heard of Greensgrow Farms. In addition to being Philly’s most famous urban farm, Greensgrow is a nonprofit with the mission to engage neighborhoods in cultivating social entrepreneurship, urban agriculture, and community greening. 

Support their mission and shop for wedding favors among their extensive collection of indoor and outdoor plants!

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Philadelphia Wedding Favors & Gifts

Bridal Basket Case

Warminster, PA

That feeling has arrived! TODAY IS MY WEDDING DAY! TIME TOGET READY ! You will NOT be a BASKET CASE. That will not be...Read more the CASE. From Mints to Lints... Gloss to Floss... Bridal Basket Case went to the Extreme... To make your day a Dream... Bridal Basket Case will make your worries Erase ! I wanted to...

Pillow Haven

Doylestown, PA

The perfect solution for organizing your decorative bed pillows, Pillow Haven will hang from your bedroom or closer door...Read more (hooks are available on our website), from your bed post or tuck neatly on a chair or on the floor next to your bed. Free Shipping on all domestic US orders. Large: 32 x 44 -...

McLaughlin Distillery

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 · Philadelphia, PA

McLaughlin Distillery is a Sewickley, Pennsylvania-based business known for producing craft spirits and wedding favors....Read more Kim McLaughlin, the owner of the business, comes from a family of distilling professionals. This expert uses the knowledge and experience passed down from generations to create a...

Beau-coup

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 · Philadelphia, PA

Beau-coup is a shop based in New York City that specializes in wedding favors, supplies, decorations, and gifts. The...Read more business's unique, high-quality designs can complement an array of celebration themes and aesthetics. Since 2002, the company has been dedicated to helping to-be-weds find the perfect...

Wicksquisite Candles, LLC

Allentown, PA

Wicksquisite Candle's is a handmade candle company located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. We got our start in Fall 2018 and...Read more have since then decided to add our love for weddings to our offerings. Custom Candle Favors are a great choice to show off your thanks in a new, exciting, and memorable way! Let...

Sarah Ashley Soap

Rating 4.8 out of 5, 1 Review

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 · Gilbertsville, PA

Sarah Ashley Soap is a wedding favor company operating out of Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania. Owner and soap artist Sarah...Read more Seaton crafts artisanal favors and gifts for couples to share with loved ones on their wedding day. Lovingly made with high-quality oils and natural butters, her products bring joy...

Whitetail Woodcrafters

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 · Philadelphia, PA

Whitetail Woodcrafters is a wedding favors and gifts business based out of Manheim, Pennsylvania. Specializing in...Read more personalized laser engraving, this family-owned company offers custom decorations and gifts for happy couples. Serving the whole country from their workshop in Lancaster County, the team...

Kool Factory

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 · Philadelphia, PA

Kool Factory is a wedding favor company operating out of Wayne, New Jersey. This experienced team of design experts...Read more offers an extensive selection of customizable wedding favor options for your guests to enjoy using state-of-the-art printing techniques. From canvas and metal prints to protective face...

Lulu and Glass

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 · Philadelphia, PA

Lulu and Glass is a small business that designs unique stained glass pieces for your wedding day. If you have special...Read more gifts you want to give to ones you love on your big day I can help design something one of a kind. Please reach out with any inquires you may have.

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50 Best Wedding Favor Ideas -- Your Guests Will Love Them!

12 Popular Philadelphia Wedding Favor Ideas

Wedding favors are a small gesture to show your guests just how much you appreciate them!  If you’re having a Philadelphia wedding then adding in a little Philly pride will make your wedding personal and unique.  From iconic Philadelphia symbols and signs to our renowned treats, here are a few of our favorite Philadelphia wedding favor ideas that your guests will definitely rave about!

 

Philadelphia Chocolate

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Lores Chocolates makes an assortment of Philadelphia inspired chocolates!  From the Liberty Bell to the Philadelphia LOVE sign these sweet favors are perfect a Philadelphia Wedding.

 

Small LOVE Cookie Favors

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These LOVE sign decorated cookie favors from Whipped Bakeshop serve as the perfect edible favor for your wedding guests!

 

Modern LOVE Stemless Wine Glass

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If you know your wedding guests love to drink, then these LOVE sign stemless wine glasses will be the perfect favor! Wedding Favors Unlimited also offers a personalized LOVE stemless wine glass option as well.

 

Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates

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The Philly series chocolates created by Marcie Blaine are sweet as wedding favors!

 

Philadelphia Coaster Sets

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Nicole DuCoin is a local graphic designer who is known for her Etsy shop Frankadelphia.  You can find all sorts of Philly inspired creations, and these Philadelphia coaster sets are perfect as small gifts!

 

Kate Aspen LOVE Chrome Bottle Stopper

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How adorable are these love sign bottle stoppers!  You can find them here!

 

Love Water Bottle Labels

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This gift set works perfectly if you need welcome bags and favors!

 

Philadelphia Soft Pretzels

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You can’t go wrong with soft pretzel favors from the Philly Pretzel Factory!

 

All You Need Is Love Can Cooler

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All you need is these love drink coozies! Get them on Etsy!

 

Philadelphia Love Shot Glass

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Cheers!  Your guests are going to love these Philly shot glasses!

 

LOVE Sculpture Temporary Tattoos

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We love these super fun temporary tattoos with the Philadelphia love sign, and you can purchase them on Etsy!

 

Water Ice

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Philadelphia is renowned for it’s Italian Ice, so what better way to send your guests home than with water ice.  You could either buy a few gallons from Rita’s or rent a truck!

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Philadelphia Wedding Favors & Gifts

Lulu and Glass

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 · Philadelphia, PA

Lulu and Glass is a small business that designs unique stained glass pieces for your wedding day. If you have special...Read more gifts you want to give to ones you love on your big day I can help design something one of a kind. Please reach out with any inquires you may have.

HARRINGTOONs Caricatures & Cartoons

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 · Philadelphia, PA

Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, HARRINGTOONs Caricatures & Cartoons provides live caricatures for weddings and...Read more other events. These wedding favors are the perfect gifts to get your guests laughing and making timeless memories. Owner and artist Patrick Harrington has more than 20 years of...

Our Wedding Coffee

Philadelphia, PA

Based in Pennsylvania, Our Wedding Coffee offers custom flavored coffee wedding favors. When a coffee-loving couple...Read more works with us to create favors for their wedding guests, we help them choose a flavor inspired by their love story, design a personalized label, and package their coffee in beautiful...

Pennsylvania General Store

Philadelphia, PA

Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania General Store is a wedding gift business that provides both retail and...Read more mail-order goods. These bundles can consist of foods and crafts, all found at the brick-and-mortar location at Reading Terminal Market. Founded by Michael and Julie Holahan in...

illumiNAEting Cre8tionz

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 · Philadelphia, PA

illumiNAEting Cre8tionz is a one stop shop for all of your wedding favors, bridal party gifts, signage, and invitation...Read more needs based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All items are made to order, customized, and personalized to your liking and believe me, we have something for everyone. Services...

Couture Candy Buffets

Philadelphia, PA

Couture Candy Buffets are the sweetest ending to any event! We have the eye for style and taste of perfection. We're not...Read more just a Candy Buffet company, we're much more than that. We're passionate about what we do and committed to ensuring your event is everything you dreamed it would be!

Brushing Bride

Philadelphia, PA

Brushing Bride is a concept created in response to brides who fall in love with their wedding dresses, wear them once,...Read more and then put them in storage for eternity. As owner and artist, I create custom wedding dress illustrations that make perfect shower, wedding and anniversary presents. Using just a...

Sweetistry Cotton Candy & Event Treats, LLC

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 · Philadelphia, PA

Escape to the days of innocence, and take a step back in time. Sweetistry Cotton Candy and Event Treats, a custom...Read more cotton candy pushcart on wheels, will be sure to set a nostalgic scene for your next gathering, whether it is a social event, corporate party, or non-profit fundraiser. Let us surprise...

Purest Productz INternational

Philadelphia, PA

Purest Productz International is a wedding favors business based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This business, which was...Read more founded back in 2012, offers drinks infused with Vitamin B. This provides a great deal of energy while delivering the best taste possible without any side effects. Best of all,...

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32 Ingenious Philly Wedding Ideas You’ll Wish You Had Thought Of

Because it's all in the details.


Delivering the latest in style, inspiration, helpful tips and tricks, and everything else you need to know to plan the perfect Philly wedding.

Weddings these days are all about personalization. How do you make your big day feel as unique — and as uniquely you — as possible? By taking your cues from this creativity-filled list of wedding ideas, most of which we cribbed from Philadelphia-area wedding pros.

1. Get creative with cafe lights.

Photograph by Emily Wren Photography.

Hanging them across the ceiling: expected. Draping them behind the sweetheart table: cool.

2. Say “I Do” in separates.

Photo by Ashley Noelle Edwards

“As brides opt to change their wedding look for the reception and after-party, separates are becoming more popular,” says Trousseau Style bridal stylist Lauren Hartman. Skirts and tops from local brand Sweet Caroline are her top choice for brides in search of a ball-gown look for the ceremony and something more festive for the reception.

3. Swap fruit for veggies.

Photo by Emily Wren Photography

Change up the salad course with something unexpected, like this whole grilled peach accented with arugula and feta by the Inn at Barley Sheaf catering team.

4. Line your envelopes.

Photo by Emily Wren Photography

We love how Chick Invitations in Old City tied this stationery suite together with a wash of moody floral on the inside of the envelopes.

5. Flameless sparklers FTW!

Photo courtesy Synergetic

Add extra oomph to key moments of the night—like the first dance and final send-off — with non-pyro special effects from Synergetic that shoot up to 15 feet in the air.

6. Pronounce yourselves married.

Photo by Asya Photography

Fun fact: Pennsylvania is one of the few states where couples can get hitched without a judge or other ordained person presiding over the ceremony. When you opt for the self-uniting marriage license — commonly referred to as the Quaker marriage license — at City Hall, the only signatures required are your own and those of two witnesses of your choosing. Cost is an additional $10.

7. Pass out pretzels as an end-of-the-night favor.

Not entirely unique, we know, but Etsy shop Give It Pretty’s personalized kraft paper bags are our new favorite way to package ’em. $99 for a set of 100.

8. Post a schedule of events.

Photo by Pat Robinson Photography

Let guests know exactly when important moments are happening with a sign strategically placed at the entrance to the reception.

9. Scoop ice cream for dessert.

Photo by Ashley Gerrity Photography

Bright Yellow Creamery serves flavors like sea salt honey and ginger lemongrass from this cheery yellow cart. Pricing starts at $375 for three hours.

10. Commemorate the Day for Your Groom

Photograph by Emily Wren Photography.

Have your wedding date embroidered under his jacket collar—he’ll think of you every time he wears it.

11. Hire a live sketch artist.

Photograph by Christopher Leaman

Illustrator Denise Fike will come, fabulously dressed, to your wedding to create the ultimate party favor: ultra-flattering watercolor sketches of your guests done in under five minutes. Starting at $200 per hour.

12. Tee it up.

Photograph by Asya Photography.

Every summer wedding has cornhole. Not every summer wedding has a driving range. At one Exton private-home reception, guests teed up and out into the woods during cocktail hour.

13. Include your pooch.

Photograph by Emily Wren Photography

Flower girls don’t have to throw petals. Dress your pooch in vines and blooms — as Jackie Kemp of Beautiful Blooms did for her own Water Works wedding—and send him walking down the aisle with them instead.

14. Wind down with a tea bar.

Photography by Asya Photography

Having a more relaxed affair? Instead of serving coffee at the end of the night, let guests choose from an assortment of caffeine-free loose-leaf teas. We love this display by Papertini, which complements the brews with shortbreads and madeleines from Van Earl’s Cakes.

15. Invite the Phanatic!

Photograph by Alison Conklin

Click here to learn how to book your favorite Philly sports mascot for an appearance at your reception.

16. Gift the scent of home.

Found: the perfect present for that bridesmaid who moved away from home after college and flew in just for the wedding weekend. The Homesick Candles ($35) smells exactly like baked goods at Grandma’s house on a crisp fall afternoon.

17. Serve oysters the interactive way.

Photograph by Alison Conklin Photography

In lieu of setting up a same-old raw bar, the Philadelphia arm of Oysters XO sends in adorably outfitted mobile shuckers to move about in the cocktail-hour crowd.

18. Wear your new title on your clutch.

Look-for-less alert! This Lucite minaudière from David’s Bridal ($70) is a dead ringer for far pricier options from celeb-fave Edie Parker.

19. Mark the aisles with concrete.

Photograph by Pat Robinson Photography

“Construction-site chic” doesn’t even begin to do justice to this aisle decor by The Styled Bride and Vault + Vine.

20. Ditch the flower crown.

Photograph by Marie Labbancz Photography.

Replace it with subtle florette pins for a summery look sans the regret of a wreath blocking your eyes in photos. Styling: Brittiany Cunningham for Architeqt Salon & Gallery.

21. Add flavor to your ice cubes.

Illustration by Joshua Fetzer

A combo we love, inspired by Feast Your Eyes Catering: basil and raspberry.

22. Add in some Philly icons.

Photograph by Emily Wren Photography

Has there ever been a more appropriate time to re-create the LOVE statue? Rent this one from Maggpie Rentals.

23. Strike up the Mummers.

Photograph by Hoffer Photography

Christiane Lehman of Truly You Events booked the Fralinger String Band to lead guests of one Philly couple through the city from their ceremony to reception. $625 for a five-member band; $1,875 for the more popular 15-member group.

24. Say yes to the bridesman (or groomswoman).

Photograph by Tina Chiou Photography

Take it from this Stotesbury Mansion bride — it’s okay to mix genders in your wedding party.

25. Work in some watercolor.

Longtime Lilly Pulitzer print designer Ashley Begley, the Fitler Square-based proprietress of Ashley D. Studio, can paint original crests, maps, or entire invitation suites for your nuptials. (You’ll be in good company—her clients include Goop and Christian Louboutin.) Pricing starts at $300.

26. Put your new name on your jacket.

The perfect cover-up for a rocker-chic wedding? A vegan leather jacket with removable custom script. $250 at Etsy shop Nicole’s Covet.

27. Ruffle your wedding cake.

Photograph by Emily Wren Photography

Clara’s Groovy Deliciousness wraps each cake layer in hand-flounced fondant to achieve this look.

28. Mark your seats.

Photograph by Alison Dunn Photography

Go beyond the standard “Mr.” and “Mrs.” labels with creative custom and pre-made chair decor from South Philly’s Ever Laser. Pricing starts at $45.

29. Design custom drink covers.

Save your wine from bugs (and overzealous waiters) with this oh-so-necessary idea we nabbed from Queen Village stationer Narola Design + Letterpress.

30. Combine florals and solids.

Photograph by Pat Robinson Photography

Take the mix-and-match bridesmaid look to the next level by having half the group wear solid shades and the other half don floral patterns in the same color family. Making all the gowns the same length will keep things cohesive.

31. Take photos somewhere other than your venue.

Photography by Asya Photography

Why wouldn’t you commemorate your love in a place you love? If time allows, Asya Shirokova of Asya Photography escorts couples to a locale near and dear to their hearts to capture a few private moments together before the madness starts. Here, a couple shares drinks at La Colombe in Fishtown.

32. Make your stairs the most Instagrammable spot of the night.

Photograph by Kate Ingatowski Photography

Narberth florist Sebesta Design created a beautiful first-look backdrop by weaving smilax vine, roses and dahlias through the railings at a Jersey country-club wedding.

Special thanks to our panel of experts — Alison Conklin Photography, Ashley Gerrity Photography, Asya Photography, DFW Event Design, Emily Wren Photography, Marie Labbancz Photography and Pat Robinson Photography  — for sharing their why-didn’t-I-think-of-that ways to liven up your wedding day.

This article originally appeared in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Philadelphia Wedding Magazine. Purchase yours online here. 

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