Best Places in Pittsburgh to Get Married and Feel Like Royalty
I’m always amazed at how many wedding photos prompt me to exclaim: “this was in Pittsburgh?!” Here are some of my favorite spots that will make you feel like you’re getting married in a real-life castle without leaving Western Pennsylvania.
1. Mansions on Fifth.
With its stone edifice, grand entryway, curved staircase and working fireplace, Mansions on Fifth is an easy stand-in for a stately affair. The boutique luxury hotel owned by Priory Hospitality Group stands along Fifth Avenue’s “Millionaire’s Row” and was originally home to the McCook family; family patriarch Willis McCook was the legal counsel to Henry Clay Frick. The 20,000-square-foot mansion underwent a major renovation in the early 2010s, and the site was named to the National Register of Historic Places.
(5105 Fifth Ave., Shadyside; mansionsonfifth.com)
2. Grand Estate at Hidden Acres.
Wedding photos at The Grand Estate at Hidden Acres often include the bridal party clustered around a classic car, and it’s a strikingly complementary prop. The bed and breakfast’s exterior harkens to a classy bygone era, leaving any bridal party looking extra suave. Numerous spots around the property offer romantic photo opps, whether it’s a greenery-entwined swing set, the classic gazebo or the reception tent with soft lights and tulle hanging overhead.
(399 Ford City Road, Freeport; thegrandestate.com)
3. Hartwood Acres.
Weddings at Hartwood Acres already had a “Downton Abbey,” English countryside feel to them, but with the addition of The Stables, the site has upped its ante. Designed in the 1920s by Alfred Hopkins to resemble an English Cotswold village, The Stables underwent a $2.4 million renovation in 2021 to transform into a wedding and special events center. Whether you choose the terrace in front of the mansion or the more rustic, but still ethereal, setting of the stables, it’ll feel as though you were transported into a fairytale.
(200 Hartwood Acres, Indiana Township; alleghenycounty.us/venuerentals)