Ceremony+reception venues for a newbee?

posted 3 years ago in Pittsburgh
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  • Wedding: September 2013

@GinaCCZ: I’ve toured a couple of these places, so I hope I can help.

Robin Hill is beautiful, but if you’re planning for an outdoor ceremony, be aware that there is no backup location in case of rain. The inside is just big enough to fit tables and chairs for 70 people or less, and even that is pushing it. There is no space whatsoever for an aisle or anything like that.

Succop was personally my favorite venue, and we would have had our wedding there if it wasn’t so far away from us (our families didn’t want to travel an hour to our wedding). Their rain plan would just be having the ceremony under the pavilion, in the reception space. They do have a 100-person minimum on weekends, so keep that in mind.

If you’re looking for other suggestions, I’d actually recommend checking out the venues I’m using. We are having our reception at the Hyeholde in Moon. The reception itself would be indoors, but they have an outdoor ceremony space and cocktail hour also takes place outside, weather permitting. In the event of rain, everything would be moved inside to the reception space. If you’re looking to stay under 100 people, it could be within your $15k budget. We are doing about 80 people for a brunch reception and our total budget is also $15k.

Our ceremony is in the chapel at Robert Morris University (also Moon). They have an option for an outdoor ceremony and reception in the Massey Gardens on campus. It is quite a beautiful area, but I’m not sure about their rain plan (we didn’t look into that since we were only interested in using the chapel for our ceremony). Their catering prices are extremely reasonable, and I think an outdoor wedding in the gardens would be gorgeous.

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