(Closed) I need help finding an affordable Pittsburgh venue!! :D

posted 6 years ago in Pittsburgh
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@BrittanyAllyce: Welcome to the bee! πŸ™‚

I’m brand-new to wedding planning, too (we’re also getting married in October 2013 with a guest list of about 100 people), but here’s one lesson I can share with you that Fiance and I learned pretty quickly in regards to budget.

We sat down and looked at all kinds of information online and dreamed up this gorgeous wedding and then realized it would cost us at least $25k to pull it off. We SO do not have that kind of money. So the first lesson we learned was: set your budget first, and THEN decide what you can afford within that budget.

We can afford about $15k, so now we know that whatever decisions we make in regard to venue, vendors, etc. has to fit into that $15k budget. My advice to you would be to sit down with your Fiance and, if possible, your families (if they are contributing any money) and figure out what everyone can afford to give for the wedding. Once you have that number, THEN you will be able to figure out exactly what kind of wedding you can have.

See, we did it backwards: tried to plan the wedding first and figure out the money afterward. It really needs to be the other way around: figure out the money and then plan around that number. Now that we know what we can spend, we already know what venues/vendors are too expensive for us and aren’t worth our time to consider. It really helps narrow down your decisions and choices when you set your budget first.

It’s pretty overwhelming at first, but don’t worry! I found so much help here on WeddingBee. It is a great site. Do a search for budget wedding ideas, there are lots of bees here who planned beautiful, inexpensive weddings. Maybe you can get some ideas from them, too πŸ™‚

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

October in Pittsburgh books so fast. I myself got married in Pittsburgh and I wouldn’t be surprised if it isn’t already booking now.

To be honest, $25/person on catering is an excellent, excellent price. I don’t know if you can do much better than that.

What is your approximate budget?

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@BrittanyAllyce:  Congrats, girlfriend! We’re getting married May of next year here in Pittsburgh and we actually looked at both places you mentioned, too. We’re planning and paying for the entire thing ourselves, so I totally understand budget constraints. Please, please, please check out The Fez – it’s outside of the city, near the airport, but they are SO wonderful and helpful. Plus, it’s an all-in-one deal (catering, cake, decorations, hall, bar, etc.). Debby is so incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. 

PM me if you want to chat about details or anything else – I’m a super OCD bride so I have everything pretty nailed down, and it’s all Pittsburgh-based. πŸ™‚ 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Are you looking to do super formal and fancy? If not, I have a few good ideas. (our wedding is Sept. 2013 and we’re going to be pretty laid back).

* our reception will be at the Broughton Fire Hall in South Park (about 30 minutes south of the city). It’s $1400 for 5 hours which is a teensy bit more than we wanted to spend but it includes clean up, set up, ice, pop (soda lol), mixers, and bartenders. The place is HUGE and looks more like a hotel than a fire hall. It’s very clean and very new. The parking lot is huge, you can use any caterer, DJ, band, decor, etc you want. You can even bring your own alcohol. It’s very, very popular and reputable so if you’re interested I’d look into it now. 

 http://broughtonvfd.org/

* if you’re open to an outside wedding, try looking into a park. There are a TON of them in Allegheny county. Here’s the site:

 http://www.alleghenycounty.us/about/index.aspx

 

* Woody’s Catering in McKeesport has a very good reputation. There are a ton of different packages starting at $17/person. The owner’s mother is, like, 90 and still cooks for them! They have a list of venues they frequently work with on their website:

 http://www.woodyscatering.com/

good luck! 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am getting married in October with a budget under 10,000. Let me know if you need  help!!

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Hi!

I am recently engaged and just joined Wedding Bee! We will be getting married north of Pittsburgh, likely in May of 2014. Definitely a small budget and I really have no idea what I am doing!! I started looking into barn locations in the area and the first price I got back for rental was $4500 which completely blew my mind…that much for just renting the place not including catering or anything?? In your experience is this an average cost? We are looking at likely over 200 guests and I just can’t imagine paying for all of them on top of that!

Thanks for any advice πŸ™‚

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@graceteg:  What area are you looking for? and what type of venue do you have in mind?

North there is Succop Conservancy. They are a pretty affordable rustic option. Most of the bigger barns are VERY expensive. 

The Pittsburgh Opera house is another afforable option but it’s more of an industrial look and A LOT of DIY.

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@m33:  Definitely interested in barn-type wedding, my fiance is a farmer πŸ™‚ We live near Wexford right now but are hoping to have the reception up where the farms are near Prospect/Butler area.

I was just so surprised to see how much it would be, but unfortuntaly we have a pretty big guest list going tooI haven’t looked too much into Succop but have heard a lot about it, I will have to check them out!

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Hi Bees! i’m new but i wanted to add to this because i am IN LOVE with barn weddings and of coarse..everybody else is so these people that own them figure they are going to milk it for all it’s worth…but i did look into the mayernik center and it is beautiful but it’s still $2,000 just to rent…just too pricey for me because then on top of that i have 200 guests…so i’m looking into other routes…

 

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hi Bees!

 

My husband and I got married at Five Pines Barn in Irwin this past September and it was absolutely perfect! You can choose all of your vendors so that helps with the savings. All in all I think we spent right around $12,000 and it was everything I could have asked for!

 

Good luck πŸ™‚

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