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Marriage License Types

Congratulations, you’re getting married!   Now what?



Well, for starters, no couple can get married in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania without a valid marriage license. There are two types to choose from.  We’re here to break it down for you so that you are prepared for the application process and all that comes with it.

The two types of marriage licenses issued in Pennsylvania are:
-A Traditional License
-A Self-Uniting License

A traditional marriage license is what most people think of. It requires an officiant to solemnize the marriage as defined under Pennsylvania law.  

Your Officiant must be licensed in the Commonwealth  of Pennsylvania in order to perform your ceremony.  After your ceremony, your Officiant will usually sign the marriage license and handle the recording with the Marriage License Bureau for you.

A self-uniting license is more uncommon, but growing in popularity.   It has been around historically since the time of Quakers in Pennsylvania and does not require an officiant. The couple generally recites vows to each other, that they have written, uniting  in marriage on their own, either as part of a self guided ceremony or privately if they wish.  After the couple have recited their vows to each other, two witnesses who are present at the ceremony sign the license.  The couple is then responsible for mailing the license to the Marriage License Bureau for recording.

In Pennsylvania, there is a mandatory three day waiting period for all couples from the time that they apply for their license to when it is granted.  It is best to apply for a marriage license two to three weeks prior to your scheduled wedding ceremony. Once the license is granted,  it is valid for up to sixty days.

Allegheny County Courthouse Grand Staircase

To apply for a marriage license, both applicants must complete the application (either online or in person) and both must appear in person at the Marriage License Bureau to complete the application process. Once your application is accepted, the applicants must wait the mandatory 3 days until their marriage license is available for pickup (or it can be mailed.)  (There are some exceptions that can apply in certain cases, such as a medical issue.  Please check with the County Marriage License Bureau for further guidance).

The information above applies to all counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The cost of a marriage license can vary from county to county, however.  Please check each county’s website for costs and hours of operation for the Marriage License Bureau in that county.

And Good Luck to all!!


Allegheny County Courthouse Weddings

In the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Courthouse boasts a grand facade, historic significance, and stunning architecture. Luckily, for those who wish, this could also be the wedding venue of your fairy tale dreams.

The courthouse’s grand staircase and gallery, located on the first floor of the building, make a stunning backdrop for wedding ceremonies. At the center of the building, is a beautiful courtyard, perfect for a wedding reception or cocktail hour. The landscaped gardens and dramatic fountain create the most romantic ambiance.

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More information regarding courthouse rentals can be found by clicking here.  In all cases,  a bride and groom  MUST contact Alexandria, the  Wedding Coordinator for the Allegheny County Courthouse.   (She will advise you of availability for even the smallest of ceremonies and picture opportunities).    (Her contact information is shown in the link above).

If you’re looking for an intimate ceremony or elopement, judges are permitted to perform these ceremonies in their chambers and are often happy to do so. For a list of judges click here.

For those who don’t choose to have their weddings at the courthouse, be sure to check out its “Romanesque Revival” style architecture when you visit to apply for your marriage license. In Pennsylvania, marriage licenses are valid for 60 days and there is a mandatory 3 day waiting period between when you apply for a license  and when your license is ready.

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The Allegheny County Courthouse, as a wedding venue, comes with a few cool perks too. For example, the bride and groom may choose the color scheme of the LED lights that are affixed to the the Grant Street facade and bell tower of the Courthouse during their event.  So your special color can glow over the stone building.

To read reviews of what previous brides and grooms thought and to see more pictures, click here to view the Allegheny County Courthouse on Wedding Wire.

We hope that this has been helpful in your search for a wedding venue. Happy planning!

2018 Wedding Trend Alert!

The month of January in a flower shop is about reflecting, planning, preparing, brainstorming, and of course, meeting with our new & prospective  brides. This quieter time allows us to prepare for a busy wedding season, so that all things  go smoothly and according to plan.   It also gives us an opportunity to research  new and evolving  trends.  Out with the old, in with the new!   Here is what we have observed and expect to be  seeing lots of in  the 2018 wedding season:

1.) Lots of Greenery
Flowing greenery provides organic texture, romantic atmosphere, and a natural tone. There are so many varieties of greens to choose from that any look & feel can be achieved.

2.) Hanging Florals & Swags
This is the “Wow!” factor. Eye-catching arrangements make a statement that greats your guests and demands their attention. Elaborate designs require many flowers and provide a luxurious, upscale look to any ceremony or reception.

3.) Navy – is the New Black!
Less harsh than black, navy makes for a perfect neutral to pair with a wide array of colors. Whether it be tuxedos, bridesmaids dresses, or an accent color, navy is in!

4.) Floral Wreaths – to Carry
This creative take on traditional bouquets brings a natural contemporary feel to bridesmaid flowers. Complimenting the hanging florals trend, this look could be the special touch you’re looking for.


5.) Woodsy Decor
Beautiful greens, branches, wildflowers, disbursed sunlight peaking through the trees, woodsy is a romantic route to go. The forest of beautiful textures leave us with endless possibilities.

6.) Pantone’s Ultra Violet
The 2018 Pantone color of the Year is called Ultra Violet. This moody hue is sure to be seen across the wedding industry. Following purple’s slow growing popularity as a wedding color, we can’t wait to see all of the creative ways that our brides will incorporate this color trend in their decor. (Just keep in mind that purple and lavender are receding colors, so things will tend to be dull looking when used with pastels.  If purple or lavender are paired with a bright color, both will shine).

So, since we  are still very early in the year, and wedding planning is now  in full swing for 2018 weddings, we hope these trends provide some food for thought  and consideration in your wedding planning process.  Should you like to discuss these ideas with us, please call us at 412-937-1100, and we will be happy to schedule a free cosultation with you.  Happy Planning!!


One Last Hooray!

As 2017 drew to a close, we were somewhat nostalgic, yet very happy for our year end brides.

Our 12/29/17 bride chose a very full but traditional look to compliment her long sleeved lace dress. Sahara roses, Patience garden roses, Vendella roses, red hypericum berries, and gold eucalyptus accents came together nicely into a loose round shape.

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Andrea, our Saturday bride carried some of the same flowers but also included pink mini callas, maroon amaranthus , and dark mums. Rose Gold was the accent color which displayed nicely in the pink accented ballroom.

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One of our New Year’s Eve brides chose to be married under our brass arch with similar flowers. After the ceremony concluded and pictures were finished, the flowers were transferred to the head table.

Brass Arch 12-31-2017

So, as 2017 drew to a close, we gather one last time to wish all of our 2017 brides and grooms a heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for your new lives ahead. Thank you all for allowing Parkway Florist to be part of your special day.    And we look forward to what 2018 has in store for us as well!


The Cold is Brewing but Love is Still Blooming | 11.18.17.

Nov 18th saw two weddings and two receptions with the use of similar flowers, but totally different results!

Andrea was a Heinz Memorial Chapel bride, very formal with lots of flowers and extra touches.

Heinz Memorial Chapel Ceremony 2017-11-18

Her ballroom was decorated with large, high and short, low centerpieces. The guests were greeted by a coordinating place card table arrangement.

Julie & Chris exchanged their vows in a hotel ballroom. Large flower urns flanked our black sofa table, which was used for the sand ceremony display.

Indoor Ceremony Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel

All of the centerpieces for this wedding were low and displayed nicely against the beautiful navy overlay table linens.

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Our best wishes for a very happy life to both of these couples. Thank you for allowing Parkway Florist to be part of your special days.


One Centerpiece, Two Looks

Set the mood lighting, change out the linens, light the candles…. voila!

Planning a wedding is a lot of work, we know! You have to make so many decisions that you don’t get to see until the day of. Imagining how all of the elements will work together can be quite difficult. But don’t worry, we’re here to help!

When you’re picking centerpiece flowers, it is important to think about the ballroom. A few changes can make a big difference in the look and feel of the room. Coordinating your flowers to your wedding theme or colors can be a tremendous help in creating a cohesive style on your big day.

Here we have the same centerpiece styled in two completely different fashions:

The photo on the left show our centerpiece in a black and white themed ballroom. The romantic candle light adds ambiance. Accent roses placed in square votive holders setup on a square mirror give a contemporary and stylish look.

The photo on the right features our centerpiece in a classic gold styled ballroom. Crisp white table linens with gold sashes and gold mercury glass votive candle holders create a classy and intimate feel.

On the left, the black and white ballroom has a cooler, sleeker feeling. The white chiavari chairs create clean lines, and the black accents bring the look together.

The same ballroom, styled in gold, on the right has a warmer color palette. The gold chair covers and sashes bring a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere to the room.

I was so fun to see this ballroom transform from one look to the other. Each time the centerpiece took on a new personality. With each bride we help, we love to see their personality and unique style shine through. This goes to show that the same ballroom can be styled an endless number of times for a unique and individualized look each and every time. We can’t wait to see many more looks at one of our favorite venues.


Another Great Hidden Gem in Beaver County

On July 28th we ventured to The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake in Darlington PA for Samantha & Andy’s wedding.

The beautiful lake house was the perfect place for our bride and her bridesmaids to get ready for the outdoor ceremony and reception.

The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake House

This is where we brought Samantha’s bridal bouquet and her bridesmaids’ flowers while they were having their hair and makeup done in the cool air conditioned log cabin style house.

Guests were invited to “take a seat, not a side” at the beautiful lakeside gazebo, where the ceremony was set to take place. With the lake as their backdrop, Samantha and Andy said “I Do” in the fresh, green wilderness surrounded by those they love.

The open air pavilion provided shelter as well as terrific atmosphere for the reception.

The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake Reception

While The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake may be a little off the beaten path, it provides another beautiful setting in the Western PA area for weddings and events.

The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake Reception Space

As always, congratulations and many thanks to Samantha & Andy for allowing us to be a part of your day.