What comes after the engagement ring? More often than not, it’s the reception venue! After all, it sets the tone and theme of the rest of the wedding. From hip hotels to rustic barns to awe-inspiring al fresco  spaces, we’ve rounded up an eclectic mix of the area’s best reception venues.

The Willow Room
The elegant marble entrance way and crystal chandeliers in each ballroom softly illuminate The Willow Room, fashioning a romantic ambiance. “We provide specialty lighting in each ballroom, and the panoramic view from our windows is stunning,” says Kim Redman, sales manager. An open terrace is the perfect space for cocktail hour, or to share your first special moment as husband and wife. The Willow Room, 724.379.5666. thewillowroom.com.

Capacity:

    Up to 400

Exclusive caterer:

    In house

Indoor/outdoor spaceBook:

      One year in advance

Pricing minimum: $47.99-$88.99 per person

Included in price: Five-hour event, open bar, hors d’oeuvres, sit-down dinner, customized room layout and design, cake cutting, linens, overlays, napkins

On-site coordinator: Nicole Meloy, wedding sales manage

Omni William Penn Hotel
The beautiful, elegant, and traditional ambiance at the Omni William Penn Hotel, a 1916 National Historic Landmark, is enhanced by hand-painted murals and ornate gold leafing found in the expansive 17th Floor Ballroom. “Our ballroom is one of only five two-tiered ballrooms in the country,” says Bob Page, director of sales and marketing at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Omni William Penn Hotel, 412.281.7100. omnihotels.com/pittsburgh.

Capacity: 1,000

Exclusive Caterer: In-house, Fenoglietto’s Wedding cakes

Indoor space only

Book: One year in advance

Pricing minimum: Call for pricing

Included in price: Four hours of open bar, hors d’oeuvres, three-course dinner, cake, Champagne toast for bridal party,

On-site coordinators: Lora Peluso, Director of Catering; Corey Makrush, Darlene Coons

Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
Located in the heart of the Cultural District, the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel recently underwent an impressive renovation. The Symphony Ballroom boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook PNC Park, and the Vintate wedding reception site offers 10,000 square feet of event space. “It’s uniquely renaissance,” says event coordinator Tony Lee. Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, 412.562.1200. renaissancepittsburgh.com.

Capacity: 230

Exclusive caterer: In house

Book: As soon as possible

Indoor space only

Pricing minimum: Call for pricing

Included in Price: Overnight stay, 1 year anniversary overnight stay, availability until 2:00 AM, Hospitality sweet for bridal party, printed menu card, complementary parking for bride and groom

On-site coordinator: Tony Lee

Succop Conservancy
The newest reserve of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, Succop Conservancy sits on 50 beautiful acres in Butler County, and features ponds, herb gardens, an historic house built in the 1830s, and walking trails, making it the perfect scenic setting to hold an outdoor ceremony and reception, in addition to beautiful rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. Succop Conservancy, 724.586.2591. succopconservancy.org.

Capacity: 250-300

Exclusive Caterer:Medures Catering

Indoor and outdoor space

Book: 12-18 months in advance

Pricing minimum: 100 person attendance minimum; price depends on day of week and
number of guests

Included in price: Total facility use, choice of dinner service, bartending service

On-site coordinator: Nancy Lawry

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh — Meadowlands
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh — Meadowlands makes planning a breeze. “With our location off of I-79 and only 25 minutes from the Pittsburgh Airport, your guests will have no trouble with travel,” says director of catering and certified wedding planner Mary Ann Papantonakis. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh — Meadowlands, 724.222.6200. pittsburghmeadowlands.doubletree.com.

Capacity: Up to 500

Exclusive Caterer: In-house

Indoor/Outdoor space

Book: As soon as possible

Pricing minimum: Call for pricing

Included in price: Five-hour reception; open bar, fresh floral centerpieces, customized wedding cake, complimentary overnight accommodation for bride and groom, attractive overnight rates for guests

On-site coordinator: Mary Ann Papantonakis

Stonewell Resort
At the Stonewall Resort, a Four Diamond staff caters to the bride and groom’s every need. “We’re located within 1,900 acres of rolling mountains inside Stonewall Resort State Park. Private and elegant, Stonewall Resort is the perfect location for a fairytale wedding. Whatever your preferences, our staff offers an unparalleled commitment to your needs and will help create an unforgettable wedding experience,” says catering sales manager Kelly Williams. Stonewall Resort, 304.269.8841. stonewallresort.com.

Capacity: Up to 260

Exclusive Caterer: In house

Indoor and outdoor space

Book: It’s never too early

Pricing minimum: Call for pricing

Included in price: Room for bride and groom;
access to resort amenities; wedding tasting;
dedicated wedding coordinator

On-site coordinator: Kelly Williams

Fairmont Pittsburgh
From the breathtaking lobby and luxurious guest rooms to the contemporary Grand Ballroom, Fairmont Pittsburgh sets the stage for elegant wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, and accommodations in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh. “Our exceptional service is what makes a Fairmont wedding truly special,” says Meaghan Tiberio, catering sales manager. Fairmont Pittsburgh, 412.773.8800. fairmont.com/pittsburgh.

Capacity: 450-900

Exclusive Caterer: In house

Indoor space only

Book: Varies depending on date

Included in price: Hospitality room for bridal party, custom menu, linens, tables, chairs, votive candles

On-site coordinator: Meaghan Tiberio, catering sales manager

Circuit Center and Ballroom
Circuit Center and Ballroom is a one-level, multi-purpose space that hosts some of the city’s hottest charity events and weddings. “Our venue is a blank space — make it whatever you want it to be. It is a great location in the heart of the SouthSide Works,” says owner Lee Deiseroth. Convenient on-site parking and technical support make planning your day a snap! Circuit Center and Ballroom, 412.432.1420. flutedmushroom.com.

Capacity: 400

Exclusive Caterer: Fluted Mushroom

Indoor and outdoor space

Book: A year in advance

Pricing minimum: Available online

Included in price: Available online

On-site coordinator: Susie Flannery

Anthony’s Lakeside Party Center
Both of the ballrooms at Anthony’s Lakeside Party Center overlook the surrounding lakes, populated by ducks and swans, to create a romantic and picture-perfect setting. “Our large crystal chandeliers provide an elegant atmosphere for every reception,” says Sandi Anthony, owner of Anthony’s Lakeside Party Center. Anthony’s Lakeside Party Center, 724.439.3111. lakesidepartycenter.com.

Capacity: 400-600

Exclusive caterer: In house

Book: At least one year in advance

Pricing minimum: $46.95 per person

Included in price: Six-hour event, open bar, staff in tuxedo attire, sit-down dinner, centerpieces, decorating

On-site coordinator: Sandi Anthony

The Atrium
“The Atrium offers the convenience of the reception and ceremony at the same site. We have everything here; the bride only has to bring a few things. We also have three ceremony locations, including an indoor back-up on site,” says events coordinator Kristen Kane. And, because The Atrium only schedules one event at a time, the bride and groom are sure to receive the staff’s full, undivided attention. The Atrium, 724.865.2830. theatriumonline.com.

Capacity: 280

Exclusive Caterer: In house

Indoor/Outdoor space

Book: At least one year in advance

Pricing minimum: $29 per person

Included in price: Six-hour reception, lovely landscaped areas for photos and outdoor socializing, set up/clean up, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, linens, china, centerpieces

On-site coordinator: Kristen Kane

Senator John Heinz History Center
The non-traditional atmosphere of the Senator John Heinz History Center lends itself to Pittsburgh-themed weddings. “We can go completely unique and quirky in the Great Hall with vintage vehicles and a roller coaster car from Kennywood’s Racer, or traditional on the fifth floor ballroom with our outdoor deck,” says Events dDrector Maura Minteer, Senator John Heinz History Center, 412.454.6435. heinzhistorycenter.org.

Capacity: 50-350

Exclusive Caterer: Common Plea Catering

Indoor/Outdoor space

Book: 3 to 12 months in advance

Pricing minimum: $2,500

Included in price: Five-hour event facility usage, public parking, access to exhibitions, events manager, basic sound system

On-site coordinator: Maura Minteer, Events Director; Lori McElhattan

Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory
The majestic environment at Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at The Priory instills a feeling of wonder in everyone who enters the more than 150-year-old former church. “Our huge ceilings are more than 60 feet high, which create a very grand space,” says The Priory’s Director of Operations, John Graf. Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at The Priory, 412.323.9394. pittsburghsgrandhall.com.

Capacity: 350-500

Exclusive Caterer: In house

Indoor/Outdoor space

Call and book: 12-18 months in advance

Pricing minimum: May-October, $15,000 for Saturdays, $9,750 for Fridays

Included in price: Five-hour event, four hours of open bar, five-course meal, valet parking, dedicated bridal butler

On-site coordinator: Walter Czapliewicz

LeMont
Few spaces offer as much grand splendor as LeMont, located on scenic Mt. Washington, overlooking the city. “We have done more than 5,000 weddings. You can’t beat our view of the city — the memories are as grand as the view,” says Bill Laughlin, banquet manager. Still the favorite spot for locals as well as tourists, it’s considered one of the most romantic spots in Pittsburgh. LeMont, 412.431.3100. lemontpittsburgh.com.

Capacity: 250

Exclusive Caterer: In house, Fenoglietto’s Wedding Cakes

Indoor and outdoor space

Book: One year in advance

Pricing minimum: Call for pricing

On-site coordinator: Bill Laughlin

Southpointe Golf Club
The sprawling green golf course at Southpointe Golf Club creates a lovely ambiance. The space is also perfect for rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, and bridal showers. “The veranda on the back of the clubhouse is wonderful for an outdoor reception, and our two walls of windows overlooking the golf course are also spectacular,” says Mandy Piatt, events coordinator. Southpointe Golf Club, 724.746.2950. southpointegolfclub.com.

Capacity: 250

Exclusive Caterer: In house

Indoor and outdoor space

Book: 6-12 months in advance

Pricing minimum: $8,500 for a Saturday event

Included in price: Food and beverage, complimentary round of golf for two, bridal consulting, private area for bridal party, cookie/dessert display

On-site coordinator: Mandy Piatt

Greensburg Country Club
Couples looking to hold a formal reception need look no further than the Greensburg Country Club. Large windows allow abundant natural light to shine into the ballroom. Its amenities — including white glove service, outdoor covered patio, large front porch, unique ballroom, and over the top cookie displays — truly set it apart and make each event special and memorable. Greensburg Country Club, 724.837.1810. greensburgcc.com.

Capacity: 300

Exclusive Caterer: In house

Indoor space only

Book: At least a year in advance

Pricing minimum: Call for pricing

Included in price: Five-hour reception, four-hour bar, linens (white, ivory, black), valet service

On-site coordinator: Debbie Pologruto, event coordinator

Twelve Oaks Mansion
Filled with Southern charm — but located north of Pittsburgh in Mars — Twelve Oaks Mansion offers customized catering menus and beverage packages. The Mansion boasts a number of different areas within the space, including an elegant library, beautiful entry staircase, outdoor patio, and picturesque gazebo, which can be personalized to suit your wedding and provide perfect photo opportunities. Twelve Oaks Mansion, 724.625.2343. twelveoaksmansion.com.

Capacity: 230

Exclusive Caterer: In house

Indoor and outdoor space

Book: As soon as possible

Pricing minimum: Call for pricing

Included in price: Use of private facility, private bridal suite, table linens and napkins, mirrors and votives to accent table arrangements, cookie display, use of ballroom with outdoor patio

On-site coordinator: Bethany Santa

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Options abound for your wedding at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. From the array of tropical fish in the PPG Aquarium to the lush and romantically lit Garden Tent, it’s truly unique. And, don’t forget to snap some fun photos in the underwater tunnels of the Water’s Edge facility — where receptions can also be held. Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, 412.365.2536. pittsburghzoo.com.

Capacity: 300

Exclusive Caterer: In house

Call and book: 10 months to one year in advance

Pricing minimum: $6,500

Included in price: Facility rental, bar service
(alcohol provided by client), menu selections,
linens, china, glassware, seating, tax, and gratuity

On-site Coordinator: Jaime Szoszorek

Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa
Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa historic landmark was listed on Travel and Leisure’s list of Top US/Canada Hotels. The $120 million renewal and expansion speaks for itself. “It is a natural resort, spa, and golf setting — a secluded destination with close proximity to Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., and Harrisburg,” says Tim Bugas, director of sales and marketing. Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa, 814.624.5620. omnibedfordsprings.com.

Capacity: 75-220

Exclusive Caterer: In-house

Indoor/Outdoor space

Book: 12-18 months in advance

Pricing minimum: $15,000

Included in price: Five-hour event, four hours of open bar, hors d’oeuvres, three-course dinner, Champagne toast

On-site coordinator: Bryan Michael Stiffler, Megan Vassanelli

Pittsburgh Marriott City Center
“The large windows in our grand ballroom capture breathtaking views of the city,” says Rebecca Lust, wedding coordinator for the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center. The two event spaces, the Grand Ballroom and the Marquis Ballroom, offer ample area for dancing, and make this a special spot for the wedding party and guests. Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, 412.471.4000. marriott.com/pitdt.

Capacity: 225-475

Exclusive Caterer: In house

Indoor and outdoor space

Book: 12-14 months in advance

Pricing minimum: $8,000

Included in price: Four hours of open bar, hors d’oeuvres, sit-down dinner or buffet, Champagne, cake, linens, chair covers, menu cards, place cards, accommodations for bride and groom,

On-site coordinator: Rebecca Lust

Morning Glory Inn
Morning Glory is not the “mainstream” of traditional wedding venues. The candlelit garden courtyard, nestled between the 1862 Italiante Victorian Inn and the Pergola party room (once three 1872 row houses), make this Pittsburgh wedding reception a flowing indoor-outdoor celebration a “smashing” success. It is simply impossible for two families not to experience a successful first step in uniting into one larger family. Morning Glory Inn, 412.431.1707. gloryinn.com.

Capacity: 130

Exclusive Caterer: Choice of four

Indoor and Outdoor Space Available

Book: Recommended 6-12 months in advance

Pricing minimum: $8,000

Included in price: Inside/outside venue, food, bar, flowers, music, dance floor, bridal suite, five guest rooms

On-site coordinator: David Eshelman

The George Washington Hotel
The George Washington Hotel has hosted history — Marylin Monroe, John F. Kennedy, and Bob Hope are among the notable names that have stayed at the hotel. “It has a lot of character, and a lot of history. The building is more than 80 years old, and it has been renovated to keep the charm. It’s very elegant,” says Johanna Seese, events sales manager. George Washington Hotel, 724.255.3200. thegeorgewashington.com.
Capacity: 300
Exclusive caterer: In house
Book: At least one to two years
Pricing minimum: $75 per person
Included in price: Space, food, cocktails, open bar, hors d’oeurves, valet, linens, china, glassware, service employees
On-site coordinator: Donald Seese
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