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Upcoming Philly Jay-Z Concert Throws Some September Brides’ Plans Askew

By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — This week’s announcement from Jay-Z and the mayor that there will be a concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway during Labor Day weekend has many folks excited (see related story) — but some who have weddings planned at or near the event site are worried.

Lynda Barness, owner of “I Do” wedding consulting, has a client getting married the weekend of the Jay Z concert.  She says guests will be staying at the Four Seasons Hotel (19th and the Parkway), with the wedding taking place at the Franklin Institute (20th and the Parkway).

“Well, there’s slight panic,” Barness noted today, “and I reassured the mother of the bride that we would figure it out.”

The biggest problem?

“The logistics.  We have guests staying at a hotel and moving to another venue right at the Parkway, and we need to figure out how to get everybody there.”

Her solution?

“Number one is to find alternative routes so we’re not walking down the Parkway or driving down the Parkway.”

For others caught in similar predicaments, she recommends informing guests to bring an extra pair of shoes so they can walk to the venue.

“The other consideration is that taxis may not be available,” she said.

But Barness says solid plans will have to wait until the city announces its road closures for the big concert.


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