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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!!


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.

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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!

Jingle Bells & Wedding Bells

As the winter solstice approaches, we move into “winter wedding” mode. Lots of whites, creams, and ivories are accented with branches and eucalyptus; in this case, sprayed gold.

Our bride carried “Patience” garden roses, “Playa Blanca” open white roses, white ranunculus,  gold seeded eucy. and dusty miller.

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The bridesmaids, in beautiful hunter green dresses, carried smaller bouquets with the same theme and color palette.

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The Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel in Moon Twp., was the the scene of this  elegant reception. Gold branched centerpieces containing white hydrangeas and gold eucalyptus were scattered throughout the ballroom, giving  visual dimension to the room. Low centerpieces graced the remaining tables.

Gold chiavari chairs added to the overall classic feel of the wedding & reception.

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Congratulations and thanks to our wonderful bride and groom for allowing Parkway Florist to be part of your day.

Best wishes and much happiness to you both……and Merry Christmas!


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.

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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.


Beaver County’s Hidden Gem

Stonebridge Farm Nursery
Slightly off the beaten path, but not hard to find, Stonebridge Farm was a tranquil oasis in the forest.

Our bride chose a garden inspired, soft pastel cascade. Her bridesmaids carried round bouquets with blue accents, matching their ice blue dresses.

The white garden chairs were carefully arranged in front of a beautiful white arch for the ceremony.  Watering cans filled with summer blooms were added at ground level.  Again, a very gardeny look.  The natural  beauty of Stonebridge Farm was shining through-out the entire site.

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Just a short walk back down the isle brought guests out of the bright sun and into a large cool tent, with chandeliers!

Stonebridge Farm Nursery Economy PA Reception Tent

The mouth watering four tier cake was perfectly placed in front of the curved head table.

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Seasonal and tasteful centerpieces in mercury glass bowls were accented by mercury glass votive candles. This made for a stunning presentation against the medium dusty blue table cloths and silver chiavari chairs.

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JPC Event Group coordinated all of the food for this event (and we were told it was incredible!)

This hot July day was the perfect setting for a wedding ceremony and reception. As always, we were happy to be a part of it. We look forward to working with you again soon Stonebridge Farm! And best wishes to our  Bride & Groom!