• Irene Levy Baker

Say “I do” to a Micro Wedding



You spent years looking for your soulmate. You shouldn't have to wait another minute to get married. Consider a micro wedding, a hot new trend created by the pandemic that creates surprisingly intimate affairs.


Penn Museum


The artifacts in this archaeology and anthropology museum have stood the test of time, which should get your union off in the right direction. And, they’ve created a “Simple & Sweet” micro wedding package for up to 25 people that is all inclusive. The package includes the officiant, flowers, photographer, music, wedding cake, bridal suite and a sound system. Couples can choose from a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces including Stoner Courtyard, Mosaic Hall and Courtyard and the Rooftop Terrace. The ceremony and a 2-hour cocktail or brunch reception cost about $5,000. Optional add-ons include a 20-page art book, second photographer, a lengthier event, upgraded centerpieces or cake, a custom floral arch and more. For more information.


Cornerstone Bed & Breakfast

Stephanie & Jason got engaged at Cornerstone B&B.

This charming Victorian inn on a tree-lined street on Philadelphia’s Drexel campus in the heart of University City looks like the setting for a romance novel. It was originally built in 1870 and has retained much of its original elegance, including ornate stained glass windows and original hardwood floors.

The inn is one of only 300 bed & breakfasts, inns and boutique hotels in North America and Europe to be awarded membership in the Select Registry, also known as Distinct Inns of North America. The inn is the only property in Philadelphia on the registry.

The 6-room inn, run by a husband-wife duo, can host a ceremony and reception indoors for 6 to 20 guests or outside for 6 to 30 guests. It’s also a good choice for intimate bridal showers and engagement parties. For more information.


Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Courtesy of Loews Philadelphia Hotel

If the sky is the limit on your love, think about the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, where the 33rd floor provides some of the best skyline views of the city. Bank & Bourbon restaurant and the hotel’s meeting rooms are also available for micro weddings.


Whether you opt for the top floor or the ground floor, you can count on Executive Chef Thomas Harkins to provide a 3-course meal customized to your needs (gluten-free, vegan, etc).


The hotel specializes in LGBTQ and culturally-specific wedding traditions. Price starting at $65 per person, plus tax and tip.

For more information.


Throwing a micro wedding can be a beautiful way to start your life together. And the icing on the cake, is that you save a little money that you can use for a kick-ass delayed honeymoon or the downpayment on a home.

by Irene Levy Baker, author, 100 Things To Do In Philadelphia and Unique Eats & Eateries of Philadelphia. Both books are full of tips. For even more tips, visit www.100ThingsToDoInPhiladelphia.com. Planning a staycation? Go to the website for signed copies of books. For free shipping, use promo code TheCityPulse.

Click here for more blog postings by Irene Levy Baker including two posts with tips for how to help restaurants survive, Restaurant Week hacks, socially-distant tours and more.

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