2017 NC Wedding Guide



How to Be a Wedding Ambassador:

Entertaining your Out-of-Town Guests in the ‘Burgh

As the bride and groom, it is customary to provide a “Welcome Kit” for your out-of-town guests when they make the trip to Pittsburgh to be a part of your happy day. Traditionally, the “Welcome Kit” contains a thank you note from you and your families, a few snacks, a couple bottles of water, an itinerary of activities and when they have “free-time” to explore the ‘burgh on their own. Consider the following places and services for both your wedding plans and recommendations to your out-of-town guests.

A lovely place to stay awaits your out-of-town guests at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry. In addition to their comfortable rooms and suites, they can also serve as your venue for your wedding and other family gatherings. At the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry, they take care of everything so you can relax and enjoy the best day of your life. Allow them to plan your perfect day at their newly renovated venue designed with a contemporary and mid-century modern flare. They have everything you need in customizable packages for ceremonies, weddings, after-parties, overnight accommodations, farewell brunches, and all of life’s celebrations. With a grand ballroom accommodating events for 50 up to 800 guests, they are the perfect location for the most intimate of affairs or the grandest of galas. Their all-inclusive wedding packages may be tailored to your personal taste allowing your vision to come to life. You will work directly with their preferred vendors to choose the fresh floral centerpieces, color-coordinated napkins, chair covers, sashes, and bridal cake of your dreams. Top off your evening at Ember & Vine, woodfire oven + social bar with an impressive selection of craft beers, signature cocktails, and late night bites. Learn more at doubletreewedding.com or contact their wedding coordinator at 724-778-4171 to schedule an appointment to visit their Hotel.

Here in the ‘burgh, we are blessed to have several fantastic tourist spots that can also serve as venues for your wedding, reception, shower, rehearsal dinner or places for your out-of-town guests to visit as part of their “Welcome Kit.” Here are just a few examples of unique opportunities for you and your guests:

Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania and the Succop Conservatory offer a very natural backdrop to your wedding or other party get-togethers. You can choose to have your wedding under the stars and dance the night away in a rustic barn or in an outdoor pavilion. Contact them to discuss your vision, and they’ll work to make it a reality at events@aswp.org or (412) 963-6100.

As a national historic treasure, Old Economy Village provides both tours of the village for your out-of-towners but also their grand gardens and historic ambiance for your wedding, reception, shower or rehearsal dinner. To learn more, visit www.oldeconomyvillage.org.

And, of course, there is the renowned

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Consistently voted as one of the greenest and most beautiful event venues in Pittsburgh. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens provides a stunning backdrop for weddings. With flexible scheduling and a variety of spaces, they allow you to plan both your ceremony and reception in one location. Whether you imagine an intimate vow exchange in the Victorian glasshouse; a large ceremony and reception in their romantic, estate-style Outdoor Garden; or a cocktail hour atop a green roof; they can help bring your vision to life. The Outdoor Garden offers the largest capacity, accommodating up to 250 guests in this classic 4-tiered garden. The Special Events Hall and Tropical Forest Conservatory hold up to 200 guests and feature dramatic views of Panther Hollow, rushing waterfalls and lush plant life, providing the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable night. For a more intimate affair, consider the Broderie Room, an elegant French garden that is part of Phipps’ breathtaking seasonal flower shows. Visit phipps.conservatory.org to learn more about these and other unique facilities that Phipps has to offer. Open spaces for 2017 weddings are still available for select dates! To make a reservation or learn more, please contact them at 412/622-6915ext. 6406 or eventsales@phipps.conservatory.org.

In your “Welcome” kit for your out-of-town guests, be sure to include a list of places to dine such as the delicious food and homey atmosphere of Kretzler’s Tavern and remember that they also have Kretzler’s Banquet Room. Located inside the quaint family-owned Kretzler’s Tavern is the Kretzler’s Banquet Room. Make your bridal shower a truly special occasion at Kretzler’s in their beautiful, private venue. Kretzler’s is located in the North Hills, right off of I-279. Their banquet room offers seating for up to 100 guests and you can enjoy either a buffet style or sit-down dinner customized from the delicious entree’s Kretzler’s is famous for serving.  All of their tables have white linen tablecloths and you can use your own decorations for the perfect event setting. At Kretzler’s, they work with you to make your event special.  For dessert, choose from their decadent sweet selections, or feel free to bring your own cakes and cookies. The Kretzler’s banquet room is available during afternoon or evening hours on weekdays or weekends. An exceptional event space, Kretzler’s is perfect for bridal showers, baby showers, anniversaries or any special occasion. For more information please contact their Banquet Coordinator at 412-708-3012.

Whether you are looking for fun things to do with your out-of-town guests, family, or bridesmaids, consider adding Painting with a Twist and Katie’s Clay Studio to your wedding plans or “Welcome Kit.” You and your guests or bridal party can paint a picture to decorate your new home at Painting with A Twist or paint some bridal or kitchen ceramics for ideal shower or wedding gifts. At Katie’s Clay Studio, Pittsburgh’s most unique clay studio and winner of the 2015 Trib Total Media Family Entertainment Award, is a great place to hold your wedding parties and showers! Katie’s has many options for space rental, including a private party room, full studio rental for gatherings up to 50 people, or just bring your bridal party for an evening out or your Bachelorette Party! BYOB is always welcome! With a variety of activities, such as paint your own pottery, clay work, glass fusion, wine glass painting, and canvas painting, there is something for all interests. Katie’s also offers a variety of custom wedding and shower gifts. Talented artists are on staff and eager to create an awesome, treasured wedding platter with the colors and/or theme of your wedding. Wedding signature platters are available as an alternative to a guest book – guests sign the platter at your event then you return it to the studio to be finished and fired as a forever keeps sake of your family and friends that shared your special day with you! Visit http://www.paintingwithatwist.com/pittsburgh-north/ and http://katiesclaystudio.com to learn more.

If you need a wedding officiant, especially if you are seeking a customized, non-traditional ceremony for you, your family and friends, contact certified celebrant Pat Carver at Pat@PerfectPromises.net, call (412) 865-9474, or visit PerfectPromises.net.

Likewise, music is an essential part of wedding ceremonies and celebrations – it helps to create the perfect scene for one of the most important days of your life and allows you to incorporate songs that share your feelings for one another and carry on traditions within families who have enjoyed music with each other at places of worship and at home.  Although digital music is an efficient option some choose for receptions, couples continue to seek out live music for meaningful and beautiful ceremonies. From her experience singing for wedding ceremonies in Western Pennsylvania and surrounding areas for over 30 years, Jennifer Russell, soprano vocalist and owner of Ovation Special Events, has seen more brides selecting music other than traditional wedding marches for when they walk down the aisle and some brides are even choosing to have her sing for their entrance song. Jennifer sings for wedding ceremonies ranging from full Catholic Masses to smaller elegant ceremonies, at places of worship, hotels, resorts, banquet facilities, public venues, private clubs, private homes and outdoors.  She sings along with and can recommend instrumental accompaniment of piano, organ, string ensembles, harp, trumpet, flute and classical guitar to fulfill all the music needs for your ceremony. Jennifer’s website includes samples for you to listen to her singing and reviews of prior happy clients.  Contact her today to reserve her services to help you share the joy of your wedding day with each other, your family, friends and guests through music. To learn more, contact Jennifer Russel /Vocalist & Music of Ovations Special Events, Planner at (412) 720-6421

Another special detail for your out-of-town guests is that when ordering your invitations from The Print Shop at Office Things, consider adding your venue and “Pittsburgh, Pa.” to your other personalized items such as guest favors, gifts and wedding necessities. This way, your out of town guests will have a great remembrance of both your wedding and the lovely time they had in the ‘burg! Contact www.printdaughters.com for more details.