VSouples looking for a spring or summer wedding venue in Pittsburgh have so many options it can seem overwhelming. Pittsburgh Magazine spoke with local event planner Lorenda Howell, photographer Kristen Wynn and Burgh Brides owner Victoria Deardorff to find out some of the area’s outdoor venues they recommend. Here is a list of 10 to get you started.
The Chapel Shelter at Riverview Park, which was once a Presbyterian church and was restored by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy in 2008, offers indoor and outdoor space for guests. The venue, located in Perry North, is a great choice for couples looking for a natural, floral landscape and an intimate space with indoor space to take a break.
The Frick Pittsburgh
Local photographer Kristen Wynn appreciates the Frick Pittsburgh’s space in Point Breeze and says she doesn’t think it’s as popular as it should be. In addition to the indoor community hall, the building has an outdoor lawn, courtyard and terrace.
“We don’t see a lot of couples getting married at The Frick,” Wynn says. “I would like to see that more and I would like to see this venue gain more popularity. I just think the grounds are so beautiful.
The terrace of the Hyatt House
Hyatt House’s South Side Canopy Terrace Patio is a great option for couples looking for an outdoor reception space that’s still within the hustle and bustle of the city.
“[This] is a really cool place because I don’t think there are many outdoor venues that have city skyline views like they do,” says Victoria Deardorff, owner and editor of Burgh Brides. . “There’s something so unique about them.”
Hartwood Acres Mansion
Hartwood Acres in Indiana Township offers a variety of indoor and outdoor venue options for weddings, but the stables are a perfect space for couples who want a classic, rustic vibe for their venue. The mansion’s terrace and grand pavilion is another great option for couples who want an outdoor venue that requires little or no setup.
“It’s beautiful,” says Lorenda Howell, owner of Lorenda Howell Events.
“The good thing about Hartwood Acres is that they have a transparent top tent in place that is permanently set up during wedding season. …And they have a really nice stable where [couples] may have a backup rain plan for the ceremony and/or cocktail hour, then continue the evening for the marquee reception. It’s super diverse and… you can do whatever you want because the space lends itself to it.
Court of the Allegheny County Courthouse
The Romanesque architecture of the Allegheny County Courthouse offers couples seeking an elegant indoor-outdoor venue a classic and timeless option.
At the center of the courtyard is a fountain surrounded by gardens, and the space is framed by the courthouse’s granite bell tower and arched turrets. The interior hall offers customers a resting space sheltered from the sun and can accommodate up to 200 people.
Twelve Oaks Manor
Twelve Oaks Mansion in Mars offers a variety of versatile indoor and outdoor spaces for couples. The gazebo is an ideal romantic setting for ceremonies and photos, and the mansion grounds and outdoor patio overlook a lush woodland forest, making the venue a perfect choice for those looking to capture a more secluded feeling for their wedding.
Gardens of Stonebridge offers couples an intimate, economy-class outdoor space that includes both water and landscape settings for photos, as well as an ethereal wooded arch and walkway for ceremonies.
“It has a kind of secret feel,” says Deardorff, “[and] it is surrounded by beautiful trees and flower gardens.”
For couples looking for an indoor-outdoor venue suitable for a small guest list, Point Breezeway in Point Breeze is a great choice. The venue has a down-to-earth atmosphere and its historic old town barn provides respite from the weather during outdoor weddings.
Rustic Acres Farm
Rustic Acres Farm in Volant, County Lawrence, owned by JPC Event Group, is another great option for couples who want a relaxed space surrounded by nature. The nearby hills and enchanting willow trees provide an ideal backdrop for photos. The venue features a beautiful barn and on-site ceremony space, as well as a newly added dance court, stone fire pit and terraced slate stairs.
“It’s kind of a hidden gem,” says Deardorff. “It’s a beautiful indoor-outdoor venue that offers the best of both worlds.”
Armstrong Farms’ rustic space in Butler can comfortably accommodate up to 250 people and is a great choice for couples who want a simple, nature-focused outdoor space. The site is also part of a Pennsylvania program to preserve wetlands, and the area around the farm’s Love Pond is not developed to protect wildlife.
“You can have the whole ceremony outside, and then the reception is tented, and they have a little covered area,” Wynn explains. “So they have an indoor and outdoor option. It’s really good, and it’s underutilized.