- 5 years ago
I am in the Pittsburgh area looking for ideas on how to have a “fancy” reception after a possible private or destination ceremony. The problem with sophisticated/semi formal themes is that no matter what, they tend to get expensive. My fiance’s family is huge (over 150 ppl) and my family makes up another 40 or so. Has anyone had any experience with telling a venue you are hosting an event (similar to a company holiday semi-formal party) and just having dinner and dancing, not necessarily all the typical wedding reception traditions like a bridal dance or bouqet toss? I was curious if there is any significant price difference for dinner event versus an actual reception.
Also, I like the idea of having a ceremony/reception at a winery, bed and breakfast or mansion, possibly rented out for the weekend for just our immediate families. Most of the places in the Pittsburgh area are about the same price as renting out a hotel ballroom for a larger group. We aren’t looking to have a $25k wedding/reception. I would really like to keep it $10k…possibly stretch to $15k if it’s something we really love.
Has anyone been to a B&B/mansion/winery around or outside of the Pittsburgh area that was a great value? We would be willing to look in Ohio, WV, or Virginia. Also willing to fly to California.
I apologize for the broadness of what I’ve suggested. I am having a hard time narrowing down ideas. If possible I would like to have something to include all of the family because I know it would mean a lot to my future in-laws. I just don’t want a backyard bbq, or to host something bigger and it look like a gift grab because we’ve lived together for about 4 years and have already put together our home. My fiance and I both wouldn’t mind just having something more intimate with parents, grandparents, and siblings when it comes down to it.