You know the old saying:
Location, Location, Location:
Wedding ceremonies at Main Campus are often held at Eisenhower Chapel on campus, the beautiful, new Arboretum, or downtown at a church that jives with your religious beliefs. Receptions are often held at the Atherton Hotel, The Nittany Lion Inn, The Penn Stater, the nearby General Potter Farm, The Mount Nittany Club at Beaver Stadium, The Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, or one of these great venues! Note: The Arboretum does not rent venue space for receptions, but they do host many wedding ceremonies between May and April.
Engagement and Wedding Photos will be extra special with these popular spots in the background:
♡ Old Main
♡ The Pennsylvania State University sign by stadium
♡ Beaver Stadium
♡ The Arboretum
♡ Hintz Alumni Center
♡ Where you met (if applicable) and where you had your first date (For example, sharing a Baby’s Milkshake or recreating the night you met at a friend’s apartment party)!
♡ Downtown (in the middle of the street, if you can!)
♡ By the Allen Street Gates
♡ Along the ‘Mall’ by the Library
♡ at the Lion Shrine, of course!
Having your wedding at PSU? Step it up to the next level! Your guests will go home thinking you just BLUE them away!
♡ Get married on a football weekend and plan a wedding tailgate/football game outing for your guests!
♡ Plan a downtown after-party at your favorite bar(s)!
♡ Get married during ArtsFest and include a few live concerts in your itinerary. Find out if guests can stay in dorms (they ‘rent out’ dorms on campus during ArtsFest for alumni and guests). Go to the dining commons together for a few meals throughout the weekend (Think of how your guests’ hearts will melt while eating a warm chocolate chip cookie from West)!
♡ Get ALL of your guests at the lion shrine for a picture at some point in the weekend!
♡ Transport your guests from ceremony to reception on a blue loop or white loop, or a blue PSU trolley!
♡ Bring your guests to the Creamery, or bring the Creamery to them!
Tip: Be sure to give your guests all the information and pointers they need to find parking, avoid crazy traffic and get around, especially if they’ve never been to PSU.
Extra Fun Tip: Consider chartering a bus to get from your hometown out to State College and offering that guests can pay for a seat and get a ride to/from your wedding weekend.
Can’t bring your wedding to PSU? Bring PSU to you!
Okay, so the sad fact is that State College may be a little too far from home for many of us, and not the optimal option for your wedding celebration. It’s okay- our hearts will always be in Happy Valley, no matter where we are. Consider a branch campus for your wedding celebration, or at least try to stop by on wedding day for pictures by a lion shrine! Then find special little ways to bring Penn State to YOU!
Penn State love can show itself in ANY and ALL parts of your planning; Just pick what’s right for you! Here are some ideas to get your gears turning…
Engagement & Early Planning:
♡ Proposal at PSU or incorporating PSU in some way
♡ A blue & white engagement ring
♡ PSU Engagement shoot
♡ Engagement Party with Penn State cookies or dessert
♡ Save the Dates that say ‘We Are…Getting Married’ or something else equally spirited!
♡ Asking Bridesmaids with a Blue & White gift (bag, jewelry)
Bridal Shower & Bachelor(ette) Party:
♡ PSU theme, or centered around a favorite spot at PSU (see Baby’s menu below!)
♡ PSU flask and decor for bachelor(ette) party
♡ Bachelor(ette) Wars in State College!
Getting Closer/Wedding Planning:
♡ Blue & White/PSU bridesmaid & groomsmen gifts
♡ Wedding Dress Code Decisions- Blue & White color scheme, or retro PSU color scheme for your wedding party (original colors were hot pink and black)!
♡ Feeling crazy? Ask guests to participate in a wedding white out, and have EVERYONE wear white!
♡ Planning to get flip flops for dancing feet? Hit up Old Navy on a sale day ($1 per pair) and grab all the blue and white you can find!
♡ Blue & White flowers for your wedding party
♡ Dress your Flower Girl and Ring Bearer in blue and white, or (so cute!) dressed up as the Nittany Lion, a cheerleader, a football player, or the late, great JoePa (see below for almost–too-much-cuteness-to-handle)!
♡ Register for blue & white dishes, place mats, napkins and decor for your Penn State-loving home!
♡ Set up ceremony programs like a football game program booklet!
♡ Create blue & white invitations!
Bed Bath & Beyond- Noritake China, Blue
Getting Ready on Wedding Day:
♡ Blue personalized oxford button-down shirts or blue & white robes for the girls (see gifts above)
♡ Bridal Accessories: Blue & white garter set, blue & white fascinator or veil, PSU undies (if they work with your dress and won’t show through!), blue shoes (and change of shoes, e.g. blue & white TOMS- See above!), blue and white jewelry, blue eyeshadow.
♡ Blue & white nails, or hot pink and black!
♡ For the Groom: Blue and white boutonniere, with a little lion peeking out! Penn State cufflinks, tie, pocket square, socks.
♡ Getting Pumped- Play some favorite PSU music while getting ready- and again at the reception! Zombie Nation, Sweet Caroline, Hey Baby!, Livin’ on a Prayer, etc.
Some Great Picture Ideas for Wedding Day:
♡ Football-inspired pics with your wedding party
♡ Winter Day? Tie a blue & white scarf around your neck or have the groom sport a Nittany Lion hat for a few shots. Get a blue bolero or earmuffs and smile 🙂
♡ Take a group picture shaking blue & white pompoms in the air!
♡ Have guests create a ‘frame’ of pompoms for a photo of the bride & groom.
♡ THON lovers? Throw your diamonds up in the air!
♡ Bring in the Nittany Lion and a JoePa cardboard cutout. Take pictures with them and have them available for guest photos!
♡ Bride and groom holding signs that say We Are…the _____’s (fill in last name)!
♡ Rainy day? Take pictures outside under big blue & white golf umbrellas, and enter the reception to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Have You Ever Seen the Rain!
♡ Blue & White Unity Candles or Unity Sand for ceremony
♡ Jewish PSU wedding? Consider a blue & white chuppah, tallis and yarmulkes.
♡ Blue & White Bubbles & Ribbons
♡ Penn State bus or blue trolley to transport guests
♡ College-inspired mugs/toasting glasses/wine glasses for the bride & groom
♡ Penn State Table # Signs (with framed pics of the couple at each place on each table)!
♡ Blue & White Place Settings, Napkins, Overlay Tablecloths, Decorations Around the Reception, and Lighting.
♡ PSU favorite tunes playing- including fight songs and party favorites
♡ A Penn State LOVE or Nittany Lion ice sculpture, or the awesome ice masterpiece below that keeps multiple flavors of Creamery ice cream cool until guests are ready to dig in!
♡ Penn State cake and cake topper, or blue & white cupcakes. Die-hard PSU fan? Consider a Beaver Stadium cake– wow!
♡ A personalized, framed sign-in board that looks like this:
Food & Drinks that Make Us Think of Penn State:
♡ ‘Mad Mex’– inspired cuisine station at Cocktail Hour
♡ Baby’s sliders and fries station at Cocktail Hour or on the way out at the end of the night
♡ West Dining Commons Dessert– Warm chocolate chip cookies and Creamery ice cream, and/or a Creamery ice cream sundae bar! Creamery ice cream can be purchased in State College, or shipped to you!
♡ ‘Panda Express’ Asian-inspired station at Cocktail Hour
♡ Cozy Thai-inspired food station at Cocktail Hour
♡ Mini chicken finger wraps at Cocktail Hour (a la Fresh Express in East and West Wing in West)
♡ Grilled Stickies from the Diner for dessert
♡ Hurricanes (former Gman), flavored Long Island Iced Teas (Cafe 210), Monkeyboys (The Saloon) and Fishbowls (Bar Bleu)- Great inspiration for a signature drink!
♡ End of the Night pizza party (a la Canyon or Bell’s)
♡ Beaver Stadium Hors D’oeuvres Station!
Great PSU-Inspired Favors:
♡ PSU cookies
♡ PEZ dispensers
♡ Donation to THON in guests’ names
♡ Grilled stickies from the diner
♡ Pom poms
♡ Printed photos from the photo booth!
♡ Creamery ice cream sundae bar
♡ Mini wine bottles from Mt. Nittany Winery (available with personalized labels)
Did I miss an AMAZING idea? Share it in the comments below and check out the Wediquette Penn State Weddings Pinterest board (which is constantly changing for the better) for more!