Post # 1
The budget for our wedding is relatively small and I am striking out with wedding ceremony options.
The 3 places that are unique and “affordable” on their website have either been let downs, unavailable on our day (or even our SEASON), or have absurd hidden costs.
Churches aren’t really an option because we aren’t religious. I wouldn’t MIND getting married in, like, a non-denominational church but I haven’t had much luck finding those either.
Some people have suggested a local park or garden but I really do NOT want to have to worry about weather in Pittsburgh on my wedding day in addition to everything else there is to think about.
I am so upset. I don’t know what to do : * (
I don’t even know if anyone can offer any suggestions but maybe I am just venting … sigh …. this sucks …
Post # 3
@Stace126: Any way you could get married at the reception site for a fee?
Post # 4
Fiance and I were in the same boat – on a budget, indoor wedding, and not religious.
We’re getting married in the auditorium of Raleigh Little Theatre. It’s a historic building, there’s no need to rent chairs, and it’s definitely memorable.
Other places we looked…
Museums. Art Galleries. Parks & Recreation buildings (like community centers or public art studios). Auditoriums in museums and universities. Old movie theaters. The NC Legislative Building. Hotel meeting rooms.
Don’t be afraid to look at weird places. Some of them turn out to be really great. Approach the owners of a nice space about renting it, even if it doesn’t seem like a traditional venue for a wedding.
Post # 5
I agree look into weird places… one it will be different but two a lot of people dont look at those places so you could get a good deal..
Museum, local college, places like these may work?
Post # 6
Hang in there. It took us 9 months to find the perfect place and we had much less time than you do!
Pittsburgh a big city so I’m sure you can find something!
Post # 7
What about a park? It’ll be relatively inexpensive, could be very romantic and totally nonreligous.
Post # 8
Could you get married in any of the parks? Frick or Scheleny? What about the garden at Phipps? (I don’t know the cost of any of these, just suggestions 🙂 )
Post # 9
Contact your local chamber of commerce, they are surprisingly good at knowing all the little hidden venues you may never have heard of before.
Post # 10
We ran into a similar problem. Once I really started digging in our area there were some really cool places that I never even thought of as weding locations. Think museums, theaters, colleges/universities, nice restaurants or hotels. We ended up going with a local restaurant that backs up to a river and has a private dining area for large parties w/private amenities and friends of ours recently got married in our local Agricultural museum and it was surprisingly awesome and beautiful. Good luck and don’t get overwhelmed- it can and will be done and you will be estatic it was worth the search!
Post # 11
What about the Heinz History Center?
Post # 12
thanks for the suggestions everyone.
Actually, the Heinz History Center, Phipps, Carnegie Musems, etc. were all some of the first places I looked. I think the cheapest of those was around $1200 and that’s just too much for us.
I would love to be carefree enough to go for an outdoor site, but I am too anxious and Pittsburgh weather is too unpredictable for that.
I did, however, have some luck with 2 smaller community theatres and a Unitarian church in Shadyside. Each is only a few hundred dollars so hopefully one of them will work! I’m keeping my fingers crossed!