Post # 1
I’m a newly engaged, super-planner bee planning for Summer 2016 — what can I say, I’m still super excited — and I’m just trying to get a general idea of ceremony+reception venues that FH and I would like to look at.
A little background:
We both plan ahead of time for everything, so we already have a budget/guideline set — we wouldn’t want to go over $15,000. I have a large family, but his is pretty small, so we’re going to keep it UNDER 100 people. We’d like something outdoors, but with an option to have the ceremony and reception indoors or tented in the event of a glimpse of the weather wrath of Pittsburgh. Also, something that’s not too rustic — we like a little country, but not too much.
I was wondering if anyone had any more info about/experience with Chapel Valley Estates (a B&B in Ellwood City that is a little country, but I think with the right decor, I could jazz it up a little), Roselea Farm (in Moon), and Robin Hill Park Mansion (also in Moon). We also liked Succop, but what can you do there with your ceremony if there’s rain? And we also were looking into the Aviary, but I was a little confused once I saw the rental starts at 6 and ends at 10 — seems a little rushed to me for a ceremony and reception… and Springwood, but I’m sure we’d be going over $15,000 from what I’m reading.
If anyone has an info about these places, I so appreciate it! Thanks 🙂
Post # 3
@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.