(Closed) Pittsburgh Brides, Advice/Tips/Help?

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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28 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Hello! and CONGRATS!! I am from Pittsburgh also and although i moved to the other side of the state, i am planning my wedding in pittsburgh because that is where my family is from. SO, i am in the same position as you with about 200 people in my family and trying to find an inexpensive caterer. The very first thing i learned with all my research [haha]… is that it’s all about time of year and where the actual reception will be. Alot of places will not let you bring in your own caterer, you usually have to choose one of theirs. So have you been looking into where you would like to have it and what time of year? Because if you choose the right location then you could possibly bring in your own caterer…let me know what you have come up with :]

 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

Do you ladies from Pittsburg have venues chosen yet?  Do you know what you want for venue type?

Post # 5
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1734 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You really don’t want to try to make food for your guests in advance of one of the most complicated events of your life. Many venues won’t even allow you to do this, because of possible food poisoning/liability issues.

If you can’t cut any guests, my suggestion would be to do a mid-afternoon appetizer-type wedding. This will really cut down on your costs for food and also for alcohol.

If you wanted to go really cost-effective, you could get married in one of Pittsburgh’s beautiful parks and do appetizers and punch/cake/lemonade afterwards.

Post # 7
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42 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Caila:   I too am a Christmas day engagement in the Pitts area. a little bit northE. I went toa bridal show a couple weeks ago and found a caterer that was really reasonable and tasty homemade pierogies and meatballs. If i was to cater for mine I would use them, I am probably cooking with my family to be CHEAP,.I too am self pay. Dobi .  is the name located in Leechburg . IM me if need to. prices per person started at 7.67 pp. buffet. they showed a spread and it looked nice.  Best of luck.

Post # 8
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42 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Caila:  Oh and they said they go where ever. I said how far i lived from their locale and they said oh sure..something like theyve went halfway across state or so..and to head in your direction its probably the same amount of distance as north to me. so am sure you could use them they even have a original buffet that says cheaper than  the other prices ill im it you you

Post # 9
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28 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Caila: hey by any chance were you talking about broughton fire hall in south park? my friend got married there and it was huge! so i looked into it but it’s $1400 just to rent it…BUT you get to bring in your own liquor and caterer so i guess that makes up for it.

 

I think I’m going to go with either the holy cross greek orthodox banquet hall in bethel park (only $600 to rent…AWESOME!! and holds 400 people) or the Five Pines Barn in Irwin. I’m leaning more toward the five pines barn because i can bring in my own caterer and alcohol and you can rent it from friday-sunday which is a big plus! but it’s a $3,000 rental…but i think i can justify that with minimal decorations and a cheap caterer :] hmm… any thoughts?

 

 

@techheather: hey can you message me the information on that caterer? it seems too good to be true! haha :]

Post # 10
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42 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@SuzeeQ21:  

I sooo want a barn wedding, but I cant seem to find a rentable barn up here in the sticks lol..imagine that. however a ways away I found this cute barn call the white barn. it is in prospect pa. i have the price for that but more than your other locale cute but pricy..and have to use their preferred caterer..

Post # 12
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28 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Caila:  well i’ve been in contact with Mary Kay from the holy cross banquet hall and she informed me that they are switching caterers, so the three the had last year are no longer the ones they use. After hounding her for weeks, she finally agreed to e-mail me the information for the caterer they have chosen. I really think i might just go with the Five Pines Barn, the man who owns it has been great with getting back to me with information and this lady at the holy cross place has made me feel like i’m a burden to her. So that sucks…i don’t want to feel like a burden…i just needed the information of the caterer…who also has not gotten back to me yet either…frustrating.

Post # 14
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507 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Cabin

I don’t know what price you wanted for foods… We had BBQ at our Pgh wedding from 2brosbbq. It was so good, they were great to work with and only $11/person, we had tons and tons of leftovers.  

For barns… Betsy’s Barn at Cheesemans Farm in Portersville.. Beautiful.. But they provide catering, and I don’t know the pricing. We had a log cabin type building in Sewickley Hills for $350, held only 100, but perfect or us. 

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