Elopements and Small Weddings in Pennsylvania

Congratulations on your engagement.  You’ve got the ring and now starts the planning for your special small wedding or elopement in Pennsylvania.  Sometimes it can become oveerwhelming.  Who do we invite?  What is our budget?  There is a way to make your wedding day special without it being a burden on your pocket book or psyche.  Did you know Pennsylvania is one of only a few states that allows a self uniting wedding which is sometimes called a Quaker wedding?  Quakers  do not have officiants in their congregation.   In a self uniting wedding the couple designs their own vows and states them to each other in front of family and friends or you can do it as a true elopement with no guests as long as you have two witnesses.  Your small wedding or elopement  in the Brandywine Valley can be as simple as you choose or you can design a ceremony and have others in your wedding party take part.  It is all up to you and is a way to keep the cost of your ceremony within your budget.  

To have a self uniting wedding you must tell the clerk that you are applying for a self uniting wedding license before you begin the application process.  Be sure to check the laws of the county in which you will hold your ceremony if you choose not to have your Pennsylvania small wedding or elopement  at Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast which is located in Delaware County. 

Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast recently learned of the self uniting wedding ceremony when a lovely couple chose our venue for their romantic ceremony and chose our Pennsylvania elopement package for their small wedding.  They chose to keep their ceremony simple with just the two of them and their 7 month old daughter.  Glenn and I (Ashley) stood as witnesses.  They each recited vows they had written that expressed their love for each other and commitment and I have to admit I had tears in my eyes by the end of it.  After reciting their vows we watched them sign the license and then we each signed and voila!  A legally wed couple.  Of course, they still had to file the proper paperwork with the county.  

Following their vows they enjoyed a selection of appetizers, champagne, and a wedding cake in the dining room.  If you choose to have your ceremony at Hamanassett you can choose from many beautiful areas, depending on the time of year.  This includes any spot on our 7 acre property, in front of a roaring fire if it is winter, or on the terrace just off the dining room.

Pennsylvania elopement.

Vows in front of fireplace.

Ashley has does her research and will share her information and point you to web sites that have information on self uniting ceremonies as well as sites that share samples of vows.  She will also assist you if you choose to go this route for your elopement in Pennsylvania.   Ashley will take photographs if you prefer to save the cost of a professional photographer.  While not a professional I do take darned good photos.  See below for a few of the photographs taken during the ceremony and after during their reception.   In total they received about 75 photographs sent to them on a CD.

Mr. and Mrs. Preston sign the paperwork after their self uniting ceremony.

Signing the wedding documents.

The Elopement package at Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast includes appetizers, wedding cake, bouquet, and bouteniere for the groom.

Wedding cake and wedding bouquet.



Candlelight and champagne mark the beginning of their life after their Pennsylvania elopement.

The happy couple toasts to their future.

The family gathers in front of the Christmas tree. after their small wedding in Pennsylvania.

Mr. and Mrs. Preston after their self uniting wedding ceremony.

So if planning your small wedding or elopement in Pennsylvania begins to get overwhelming, you might consider having a self uniting ceremony.  Be sure to give us a call and discuss. We will be with you every step of the way.  For more about our small Pennsylvania weddings, click here.