When I was looking for my wedding venue I looked at SO many lists, pictures, and websites- it was overwhelming. There are so many amazing venues here in Pittsburgh, and it was a hard choice! Before I go any further these are the best wedding venues in Pittsburgh in my opinion. I tried making this list varied in types of venues, so I hope it helps! I have visited about 75% of the venues in Pittsburgh, so I have not seen them all, but I have seen 95% of their websites/photos!
Robin Hill Park
This venue is extremely underrated, which is why it’s my favorite! Robin Hill is a beautiful old brick estate on an amazing property/park. When Kevin and I were looking for a venue, our search stopped when we walked into the backyard. Our dream was a classic backyard affair on an old estate with handmade touches. This venue made our dreams come true! This venue is a little rough around the edges, and is used as a community space. But for us we loved the challenge and tried our best to make it ours.
Real life comments: Only one toilet on the main floor, and some more semi creepy ones in the basement. They include chairs but they are ugly fold out ones. You cannot use the upstairs because it’s offices (I was totally bummed about that, hello potential “getting ready” room space). Also, there is an ugly bulletin board when you first walk in and a few things you aren’t allowed to move. Extremely close to many hotels (huge benefit), we used Double Tree because of their killer shuttle service! You can bring your own bar! We saved a lootttttt of money on our bar, and had everything we could possibly need for our guests to get sufficiently buzzed. Hire a clean up crew if you are doing a lot of DIY stuff, we were exhausted after cleaning up our stuff at the end of the night.
Guest Limit: 120
Cost: $600/8 hours- $25 per additional hour
Natural Light: Great! Windows are everywhere inside, but have your ceremony/reception outside! 😉
Carnegie Music Hall Foyer
I remember the first time I photographed at this venue, and it is not something I will soon forget. The place is unreal. I am trying to put into words how it makes me feel. I felt like I walked back in time to a 1920s Gatsby affair when I walked through those doors. It was added on to the Library in 1907, and it’s the baroque décor of the ceiling that kills me, I could look at it all day. In addition, it has an ornate metal balcony that looks over the ballroom. Ok, enough babbling, just promise me you will visit it sometime in your life! 😉 Also, the Hall of Sculpture is just as amazing and just steps away.
Real life comments: Bathrooms are nicer than my whole apartment. If you want the best photos, use the chandeliers, and white spot lights! It is a dark place, and light will be your friend (at least until the party starts).
Guest Limit: 300
Cost: $4000/4 hours – $1000 per additional hour
Natural Light: Not much (You can ask to use white spotlights/chandeliers which help)
West Overton Barn (The Big Brick Barn)
I have been to a handful of barn venues in Pittsburgh, many of them are lovely but this venue does it for me. It’s 45 minutes from Pittsburgh, but well worth it. Visually it is my favorite barn I have been inside in my life, it is so raw and historic. It is in a small historic village of museums and old buildings.
Real Life Comments: The getting ready location is dark, and dingy (under the little house). Carson’s Premier Catering runs the place, therefore are the “preferred caterer”. You can BYOB! 🙂
Guest Limit: 300
Cost: $2,500.00 (7am-midnight)
Natural Light: Keep those barn doors open until the sun is gone! The light is magic.
Contact: Carson’s Premier Catering (they run the events) 724-887-7404
Longue Vue Country Club
If you are looking for a venue that looks like it would be in the hills of Tuscany but with the benefits of a Pittsburgh Country Club, look no further than Longue Vue. This was the “runner up” for our wedding, this being at the top of our budget, we went with Robin Hill instead. However, the charm and decor here is nothing short of magical. It is a Country Club so it is the home of a huge golf course, which means golf carts for you to use to drive around and get portraits elsewhere!
Real Life Comments: Everything is perfect! Well, the getting ready locker room wasn’t my favorite. They will help you find a sponsor for non members of the club. THEY PROVIDE CHIAVARI CHAIRS! Must use their chef, no outside caterers. Lots of complimentary items (cookie displaying, cake cutting, linens, etc).
Guest Limit: 200+ (options for bigger parties)
Cost: Not made public, but I remember it being based off of the food/alcohol packages you get!
Natural Light: The ballroom has the most amazing light I have ever witnessed. White walls, lots of windows, and gorgeous chandeliers.
Contact: Hannah at 412-793-2232 X 202
The Mansion in Butler
Let me start out by saying this venue is unlike any other venue in Pittsburgh. I absolutely love it here, but it is definitely an acquired taste. The dated and random wallpaper colors make it hard to have a color scheme that works perfectly. But the building is magical. When I shot there we were greeted by the sweetest coordinator, Donna. She was so accomodating, and she told us a bit about the history. I was especially intrigued hearing about the ballroom on the top floor, which I am dying to see someday.
Real Life Comments: Coolest courtyard that reminds me of Paris, and moss covered statues (which I LOVE). The layout is a bit strange inside, lots of rooms, not necessarily one big room. Decor is pretty dated. The grounds are stunning.
Guest Limit: 250
Cost: Not made public
Natural Light: Inside the light is not bad, but lots of shade around the house makes the window light dim.
Contact: Donna at 724-586-6171
I hope you enjoyed my favorite venue list! Visit my good friend (and insanely talented photographer) Veronica’s site for a longer list of venues in Pittsburgh.