(Closed) Pittsburgh Bees . . . any insight on these venues?

posted 7 years ago in Pittsburgh
Post # 3
16 posts
  • Wedding: March 2012

I didn’t look at any of these venues, but I know ppl who have gotten married at Morning Glory Inn and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Both people had horrible experiences…. The Morning Glory Inn has gotten bad reviews all around (you can google and read some of those reviews on other wedding website), and The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts had a horrible coordinator (although they may no longer be with the company).

I can give you some recommendations though:  I thought the people at The Aviary and The Warhol were super awesome and wonderful. We’re going with The Mattress Factory and Gina is amazing! My brother had a prom at PNC Park and he had a ton of fun there.

Sorry that wasn’t really helpful!

Post # 4
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@pinkbride2012: Originally, my first venue choice was Pittsburgh Center for the Arts b/c it is so pretty and l loved the outdoor tent. I went with my parents to look at the venue and we couldn’t have gotten out of there fast enough! The wedding coordinator there seemed very flighty and a little abrasive when asking simple questions such as:

Q from my parents: “Will people sit or stand for the wedding ceremony if it’s inside?”

A from Coordinator: “Didn’t ya here me…they will stand. People can stand for a short 30 minute ceremony (scoffs)!”

Yeah, try telling that to my 89 year-old-grandparents.

If you choose to get married outside at PCA there isn’t a very good back-up plan if it rains. Inside has a very limited ceremony seating (60 ppl max standing room only). The PCA coordinator claims it has never ever rained for any wedding she has ever planned outside for the last several years (a little skeptical). In the end we chose the Omni William Penn (using the newly remodeled smaller ballrooms) and couldn’t be happier with the venue and the coordinator. It even came to less cost than using the PCA rental fee and outside catering. The Omni has been very helpful and accomodating. I would also recommend Jay Verno Studios if you have a decent budget. It doesn’t look like much on the ouside, but was so amazing on the inside (looks like a modern contemporary house on the inside). We loved the place but we would have exceeded the rental hour limit since we wanted to hold both the ceremony and reception there. It also started to get a little pricey once all rental fees and catering were added up. I have several other friends that looked there too and loved it, but their dates were already taken. I do recommend calling this place soon if you are interested since he books very, very quickly!

http://www.jvsevents.com (I would also google photos of the place which will actually show the event space)

Overall, I think you need to choose a place where you feel comfortable and can rely on the coordinator since you will be working with them throughout the entire wedding planning process. Happy venue hunting!

*Also I don’t mean to offend any bees that has used or is uing PCA. It was just not for me!

Post # 5
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I attended a wedding at Heinz Field and it was AMAZING!  The service was incredible. The food was terrific as well.  The amount of space they give you is really worth it.  The tables were spread far enough apart that you didn’t have to squeeze past each other nor did you a half mile to run.  It was just enough. 

I also enjoyed the bar because it was open.  So there was no line but rather you walked up and someone got you a drink. 

I believe their wedding took place a Saturday in April (Pirates Home Opener) because there were fireworks around 9-10 p.m.  which really set the tone and made the event truly one of a kind.

I did have photos but my HP crashed so now I have nothing at all. 

Good luck. 

Oh wait…. I tried calling Morning Glory to set up an appointment and I disliked their lack of scheduling organization.  I just kept thinking that if I had my wedding their that they would forget about it because I’m not sure if they even have a wedding calendar.  But that’s just my opinion. 

Post # 7
2237 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree with what PP have said about the center for the arts – gorgeous space but they are not fun to work with!

We’re having our ceremony and reception at the Children’s Museum.  They have been great to work with so far, and it seem Mrs. Octopus (one of the Bees) had a good experience with them as well.  I can let you know more in 4 months and 1 day though, lol (my wedding is 4 months from today)

Post # 9
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I got married at Heinz Field and it was absolutely perfect. 🙂 I loved it.

Their scheduling process is tough, so if you really want it, you may not be able to stick with an August date. They have a lot of restrictions on when they are allowed to host events.

I took whatever day they were able to give me and was so glad I did-it was worth it.Here’s my opinion on the venues you listed:

PNC Park-Very nice, more flexible scheduling, a lot more money than Heinz Field

Heinz Field-I’m biased, but wouldn’t have my wedding anywhere else. My younger siblings also want to have their weddings here, believe it or not, because the service is that good.

Morning Glory Inn-Already mentioned above

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts-Same issues mentioned above, set up/space is awkward

Salvatore’s-nice, but not really in the same realm as the other venues mentioned. It is a very different feel, a restaurant/suburban reception rather than a city/urban/upscale feel.

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