Post # 1
Hello all! i am not the bride, i am the maid of honor and have been dubed wedding planner. The bride and groom have 4 children and the second eldest has brain cancer so planning a wedding is not something they have time for. but i have planning OCD so it will work out 🙂 I myself am not married so I dont really know where to begin. My first concern is venue. They do not have a large budget, less than $10,000. They are inviting about 80-100 guests, it will be a winter wedding and they want it to be close to the south hills. Where would be an affordable place? Preferably some place that includes linens, stemware, catering, etc.
Post # 3
@cakequeen83: I’m not familiar with that area, but just wanted to say that you are awesome to plan this for your friend. I hope my Maid/Matron of Honor is half as wonderful 🙂
I am in NJ, and was initally looking at venues in the Poconos, the lowest price being about $75 per person, which is really good for this region. If interested I’ll look it up, but I have a feeling it’s out of range for where you’re looking.
Post # 4
@cakequeen83: well i’m not in your area but i would suggest looking for hotels that have packages which include everything. we got married at a hotel and it included all linens, etc and the catering which was done by the onsite restaurant and a 3 tier cake. for 40 people, it cost us $6500 (for a winter wedding) but that’s because we added a hot chocolate bar and chivari chairs and we had it in san francisco where everything is ridiculously overpriced.
Post # 5
@cakequeen83: Have you looked at the Georgetown Center in Pleasant Hills? They are all inclusive and I’ve heard they’re pretty affordable, especially compared to other banquet halls around here.
There’s also Westwood Golf Club in West Mifflin, South Hills Country Club in Baldwin/Brentwood, and St. Pamphilius Ballroom in Dormont. Check out Ches Anthony Catering, too. They have several locations in the South Hills that they serve and I don’t think their prices are too terrible.
The Garden Room in South Park is also an option if it’s a smaller wedding.
Is your couple willing to go the fire hall route? If so, they are several nice, modern fire halls in the area. We’re having our reception at Broughton Fire Hall and I believe Library Fire Hall is really nice and big too.
For an “outside” caterer, we are using Woody’s in McKeesport. Their top package that includes china and silverware is uder $30/person (I believe) and they go above and beyond in terms of service. They will assist with decorating, serve as a day of coordinator, tray your cookies, package up the leftovers, etc. And their food is honest to goodness homemade Italian. I HIGHLY reccommend them! They also have several banquet halls/reception locations listed on their website if you want to check them out:
Post # 6
check out the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Banquet Hall. It’s right by the galleria. It’s only $600 to rent and they let you bring in all of your own liquor!! it also fits 400 people…it’s huge haha and very inexpensive.
Post # 7
Have you looked into Banquets Unlimited? they have a place in irwin which is actually where my wedding and ceremony is and it is awesome! its about $40-50 a plate buffett or sit down (i think about $18 for kids) and that icludes the site, 5hrs open bar, cake, centerpieces if you want them and they are honestly very easy to work with and you can have the ceremony on site too for $500. If you need more info or I can help let me know!
Post # 8
I’m getting married onn a budget at the Union Project in East Liberty- about a 30-40 minute drive from Mt. Lebanon in the south hills (not sure where you’re coming from- a lot of other places are closer). It can go as low as about $800 I think. Chairs and tables included, but that’s all.
I’d also recommend checking out Phipps and Carnegie Museums in Oakland, they are pretty reasonable.
Salvatore’s is definitely in the South Hills. My cousin got married there and it was all-inclusive. I belive it ran about $55 per person.
Post # 9
i don’t know…i just cannot justify spending $40-$50 a plate…for 200 people. ugh.
Post # 10
@cakequeen83: I second St. Pamphilus (actually in Beechview) or Holy Cross. I’ve been to receptions at both. With a smaller guest list, St. Pamphilus might be better.
Post # 10
Not sure about venues but I know of a great photographer with really affordable prices (from $600-$1350).
She’s very creative and talented and is geared towards the budget-minded bride. Best of all you don’t have to compromise style!
You can find her my searching Micki Kippelen Photography on google.
Post # 11
Update: Looks like Micki changed the name of her company to DeMariage Weddings. www.demariageweddings.com
Post # 12
designcharm: I’m really confused.
1. In this thread, you said that you had your wedding at the Palazzo and posted a picture: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/any-low-budget-pgh-brides-i-need-help/#axzz39p3bDayJ
2. That picture was taken by Amber Marie Photo for “Matt & Micki’s Wedding” (http://ambermariephoto.com/palazzo-1837-restorante-wedding-outdoor-wedding-ceremony-washington-pa-wedding-venues-matt-micki/)
So if #1 is correct, then #2 must also be correct.. which means you did not “use” Micki Kippelen.. you are Micki Kippelen.
If you want to advertise for your new business, I can understand that. But lying about who you are and posting fake references for your own business on the boards is really lame.