(Closed) Pittsburgh Reception Site

posted 7 years ago in Pittsburgh
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Wait, you’re not engaged yet but you’re planning a wedding for May 2012? Or May 2013?

Either way – venues in DOWNTOWN Pittsburgh are pretty much all going to require that you use one of their preferred caterers, except for The Mattress Factory (you have to pay an additional deposit if you don’t use one of their preferred caterers). I had also looked at the Society for Contemporary Craft which is in the Strip District, and they allowed you to use whoever as your caterer as well, BUT the venue is pretty small.

If you’re interested in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, pretty much any hotel is good to look into, because there won’t be a cost to rent the venue AND the cost for the caterer – so you get a lot more bang for your buck with either a hotel or restaurant wedding. Hartwood Acres doesn’t have caterers that you have to use, but you do have to be out of their by 6pm or 7pm or something like that, so you’d need an early wedding. There is also the Mayernik Center, which is great when you’re on a budget, but I’m pretty sure that’s going to be booked for May 2012 already.

But it just depends what you’re looking for – if you want rustic, there are plenty of barn/farm type places. If you want something more traditional, there are more than enough nice hotels around.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

What type of venue are you looking for?  I just got married in Pittsburgh in April and did a TON of research on every major venue.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Hmm – rustic and modern? That’s a tough one.  Did you consider anythign outside of Pittsburgh but closeby?  The Barn at Fallingwater is supposed to be beautiful but it is about an hour or so away.

I looked at the History Center and the PAA.  The History Center is nice because it has an outdoor terrace with a great view, but other than that it’s kind of a blank canvas.  I think you also have to use their caterer so you don’t have options to shop around.

The PAA is convenient since it’s right in Oakland, but I thought it was kind of old and worn looking.  The outside of the building is beautiful though.

How many guests are you having? 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

what is your budget? Those places you listed are very nice, but could get really expensive depending on how many people you’re having

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Have you looked at springwood conference center? it is in the burbs and has a slightly rustic feel, very pretty!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Some things to also keep in mind:

If you are planning for this May a lot of places will already be booked. Pittsburgh books fast, especially the summer months as they are popular ( May is one of the busiest wedding months).

Also, the venues you listed above do not let you bring your own catering. I know the history center makes you go with the common plea catering + the cost of renting the space.

Also, you mentioned you have a lot of Out of town guests? So will you need a venue that is close to hotels ( or a hotel) to accomadate everyone?

Do you feel comfortable sharing your budget so we can help you more?

 

Hope that helps!

Nicole

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The aviary might work for you—there are various catering options (you can’t bring your own but they have a few different choices) and you can bring your own alchohol.

You can kinda pick and choose what you want. They use the big burrito group for their catering ( same company as mad mex)

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