Either I’m doing something wrong or Pittsburgh is kind of limiting when it comes to Wedding venues.
The Wedding Blog universe made me dream up some fantasy world where I could find an interesting, beautiful venue that was flexible about catering and alcohol and otherwise affordable. The venue would be my oyster! We could pass pierogies and toasted ravioli as hors d’oeuvres (representing my adopted hometown of Pittsburgh and Collin’s hometown of St. Louis). We could serve gourmet pizzas as the entrée! We could have Budweiser for the St. Louis people and tasty beer for the sane people! (Oh snap, Finlaws!)
And then I started actually doing research, and it seemed like these places mostly don’t exist, and insofar as they do, they’re outside or can only accommodate parties under 100. Well, we’re inviting twice that, minimum.
And getting married outside has basically no appeal to me. I don’t want to be held hostage to the weather, especially in this era of global climate disruption where the Day After Tomorrow could swallow my wedding in a freak lightning storm/blizzard/tornado/CHOMP OF NATURAL FURY any day of the year. Not to mention 2011 is a major cicada year, and even though Pittsburgh is allegedly too far north for that particular brood, I am still haunted by a story my Sixth Grade Language Arts teacher told me about going to prom in a cicada year and having a three-inch hem of insects on her gown.
With the parameters of “accomodate 200 people” “be inside,” and “don’t be unspeakably ugly,” I came up with a short list of venues that all have exclusive contracts with caterers who have typical menus at typically outrageous prices. Some of the venues look amazing and are slightly more outrageously expensive. Some of the venues look boring and I realize I’ll probably spend the difference on decorative touches. As my friend Alex would say, “Your choice is fish.”
Maybe I’m doing this search wrong. I tried searches for “event space” and “party venue” and other things that aren’t poisoned with the pricejack word “wedding,” but only found a few more too-small options. Maybe what I am doing wrong is trying to get married in Pittsburgh?