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A big bunch of brides ready to wed tomorrow in NoLibs

The de­tails of a unique way to wed (and a unique way to spend Valentine’s Day your­self to­mor­row, if you’re so in­clined).

Or­dained mar­riage of­fi­ci­ant Colleen Mc­Der­mott said that a lot of people are very “gung-ho” on Valentine’s Day, a pop­u­lar wed­ding date.

And to­mor­row, on the day in ques­tion, she’s pre­pared to marry a group of brides and grooms in North­ern Liber­ties.

Mc­Der­mott has planned a group wed­ding at Em­manuelle, a re­cently-opened cock­tail bar in the Piazza at Schmidt’s.  Last week, sev­en couples had already booked their $100 ce­re­mony, planned for to­mor­row between 8 and 9 p.m.

Mc­Der­mott lives in the North­east, near North­east High School, and went pub­lic with her com­pany, Marry Me Phil­adelphia, last spring. She said she’s per­formed about 300 wed­dings, some tak­ing place right in her own liv­ing room, with the bride and groom wear­ing T-shirts and jeans.

She said she gets up to 25 re­quests per week for last-minute ce­re­mon­ies, but has nev­er done a group wed­ding.

To­mor­row, the planned group wed­ding will in­clude words, Mc­Der­mott said, about the uni­ver­sal lan­guage of love. She is a non-de­nom­in­a­tion­al of­fi­ci­ant. 

All a couple had to do to par­ti­cip­ate was pay the $100 fee and ob­tain a mar­riage li­cense at City Hall by Feb. 11.

So why would any couple want to spend their spe­cial Valentine’s Day get­ting hitched with at least 12 oth­er people?

“The price is right,” Mc­Der­mott said. “Some couples don’t really have any­thing to work with, [but] they want to get mar­ried.”

For this ce­re­mony, does she ex­pect jeans and T-shirts, or something more fancy?

“I think I’ll def­in­itely have one girl in a wed­ding dress,” Mc­Der­mott said.

Check out the ce­re­mony at 8 p.m. and stay for a drink at Em­manuelle, Ger­man­town Av­en­ue and N. Han­cock St. in the Piazza. 

Learn more about Mc­Der­mott’s ser­vices at www.mar­ry­mephil­adelphia.com.

Man­aging Ed­it­or Mi­kala Jam­is­on can be reached at 215-354-3113 or at mjam­is­on@bsmphilly.com.

You can reach at mjamison@bsmphilly.com.

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