Post # 1
A friend of mine has just started her venue search and is looking for an environmentally conscious space that will allow her to have both the ceremony and reception there. During my search for my wedding, I didn’t encounter anywhere that would fit this description, but I also wasn’t focusing on green venues. I believe she’s looking for something close to downtown Pittsburgh, but the surrounding neighborhoods (Regent Square, Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, Oakland, etc) also work. Any suggestions? Alternatively, if you don’t know of any specific spots, is there some sort of online resource where she could search for something like this?
Post # 3
@redherring: Is she looking for an outdoor venue? Have you looked at the parks in the area?
Post # 4
If she’s getting married in 2011 and does want to do the parks, she needs to make sure to send in an event permit form for it very early in January. We sent ours in for the walled garden in mellon park the first week of January to ensure we got a permit before someone renting the center for the arts snatched up our wedding venue. Also…If she also wants to rent one of the pavilions, there is a lottery to rent them (I think in March) with the city.
For the park info.
http://www.pittsburghparks.org/ and http://www.pittsburghparks.org/
You may want to look into what environmental centers might exist around the city. If they have hall space, they might do rentals during less active times to help offset their cost. She might also be able to rent the space they have for the schenley ice rink during the non-winter months. That would give you an indoor location for eating and such but also the green of schenley park to be married in.
There’s also some place up past the pittsburgh mills mall that is a farm with a cute little lake for weddings. I think the weddings tend to be held in a redone barn and there are cottages or an inn for guests to stay. It’s rustic, green, lush and a place that has life after farming on it went bust. =)
Post # 5
A friend’s sister in law just has her wedding and reception at Phipp’s. I know they went into the search wanting a green/sustainable venue and it ended up beautifully.