Hello and Happy Spring from The Styled Bride team!
We know we are not alone when we say last year was not a year any of us ever expected. Our hearts broke for our couples and their families as long-awaited celebrations and togetherness had to be placed on hold, re-planned, and in some cases re-planned again. We joined our go-to teams of fellow wedding professionals to wade through a storm and wait for the better days we knew had to be ahead for us all.
Now, we are here. Still together.
We continue to wade through ever changing guidelines, but we know we have made it this far. We also know there are celebrations ahead in 2021. Writing that and knowing it’s true has never felt more hopeful and wonderful. And that’s what we think we all need as we soak up the spring season – hope.
Last year was not completely void of wedding days. Instead, we turned city weddings with large guest counts into intimate weddings set at home with each couple’s immediate family and closest friends. Full dance floors turned into grand dinner parties, and modern venue vibes flipped into garden soirees under candlelit tents. We have to say, we loved them all and we expect smaller outdoor weddings to continue to be at least some of the events of our future.
This season, we are eager to join again with our wedding professional friends for wedding days throughout Philadelphia and beyond. Over the next few weeks, we will be popping up at Ashford Estate, Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, Physick House, TPC Jasna Polana, and private homes throughout our area. We cannot wait to do what we love again for couples who have never been more deserving of days to honor their love.
Because we have still been sharing features and blogging, there’s more for you to explore below. We are highlighting Elizabeth and Frank’s wedding day, which was featured in Philadelphia Style magazine. We are also answering your questions about planning a wedding during a pandemic. Finally, we are giving you all of the details about the indoor-outdoor venues you need to know much more about in Philadelphia, Delaware, New Jersey, and beyond.
Make sure to continue following along on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest where we share all of our inspiration and behind-the-scenes moments.
Here’s to a much brighter and more celebration-filled 2021!
Susan + The Styled Bride Team
We mentioned how much we love intimate weddings, and one of our favorites to date happened last June! When Elizabeth and Frank decided to postpone their wedding to July 2021, they knew how much they still wanted to celebrate their wedding day during the summer of 2020. Elizabeth’s parents’ home served as the perfect location for their fete, which included nine guests.
Elizabeth and Frank recited their vows in the front yard, and the moment was livestreamed to guests from afar thanks to CinemaCake Filmmakers. Then everyone transitioned to the backyard for an al fresco meal prepared by Merion Cricket Club. Elizabeth, Frank, and their families sat together at a table lined with blooms by Petals Lane that offered a sneak peek into the color palette guests will see on display during their celebration this year. A self-serve champagne station was even setup at the end of the driveway, so friends and family could stop by for a visit and a celebratory (socially distant) toast!
We loved this heartfelt day for a wonderful couple, and we’re so thrilled to see a few peeks from Elizabeth and Frank’s wedding featured in Philadelphia Style magazine!
We have seen plenty of progress toward returning back to “normal” (or a version of it!), but the pandemic is still ongoing. We shared our best advice for couples currently planning weddings during COVID-19 with our friends at Philadelphia Wedding Magazine. Our top tip: ask and ask again, then ask again! It’s good to be in constant contact with your team.
Q: How can couples protect their wedding during COVID-19?
A: The first and most important thing any couple can do is have a specific conversation with every vendor as to what happens to their deposit if the wedding needs to be canceled or postponed due to Covid. Nothing is written in stone, and everything is open to negotiation. But, all insurance companies are excluding Covid-19 related losses.
For years, we have gravitated toward planning tented outdoor weddings. Then, last year, they became the thing to do! We expect tents on private properties, country clubs, estates, and more to continue to be a favorite among couples planning weddings in Philadelphia, Bucks County, Delaware, and New Jersey, so we rounded up our go-to venues for weddings that can take place outside.