A Hartwood Acres Wedding: 5 Ways to Tell If It’s for You

If you’re on the fence about a Hartwood Acres wedding, today’s post should clear up any hesitation. Owned and managed by the Allegheny County Parks since 1976, Hartwood Acres has long been a local favorite for its summer concerts and hiking and biking trails. But this 629-acre estate recently became home to some of Pittsburgh’s most stylish celebrations. From intimate and whimsical to grandiose and luxurious, a Hartwood Acres wedding is fit for almost any couple and vibe. Here a few ways to tell if it’s for YOU!

If gorgeous historical mansions and lush gardens are kind of your thing…

Always dreamt of feeling like a princess on your wedding day?  You’ll certainly be getting those Cinderella vibes with Hartwood Acres’ stately Tudor mansion that dates back to 1927.  Blooming gardens, tall trees, and meticulous landscaping make the Hampton and Indiana township grounds feel like they are millions of miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city.  Secluded and surrounded by miles of scenic beauty, Hartwood Acres will make you feel instantly transported to another place and time.

If you want a one-stop-shop ceremony/cocktail reception/dinner and dancing space…

Save your guests the headache of navigating crazy Pittsburgh traffic and save yourself time between the ceremony and reception by hosting both events in the same place.  Hartwood Acres provides the perfect venue for the I do’s until the DJ’s last song…and everything in between.  Have your ceremony on the stone steps of the mansion, host cocktails in the garden, and then dance the night away on the lawn or in the Grand Pavilion.  The estate is so beautiful, you’ll almost never want to leave.  At least on your wedding day, you don’t have to.

If you want to wow your guests with a never-before-seen venue…

Let’s be honest…couples these days want their wedding to STAND OUT!  Everybody strives to put that unique spin on the old status quo to make their celebration as memorable as possible.  One great way to do that is to host it at an unexpected or new venue!  While your local guests are surely familiar with Hartwood Acres, attending a wedding there might very well blow their minds.  Even though the park has been open for a few decades, the weddings here have just become more popular, making it one of the region’s hottest up-and-coming spaces!  Mark my words…your friends and family be talking about this one for years and years to come.

If you want to be able to hire all of your favorite vendors AND bring your own alcohol…

Finding a BYOB venue is one of the top-ways-to-save-on-your-wedding-budget secrets.  AND hiring the wedding pros who are the best FIT for your tastes and personality is the BEST method for ensuring your big day is exactly what you envision.  At Hartwood Acres, you can do both.  Enjoy the luxury of an open vendor policy – meaning you can hire whatever florist, photographer, or DJ you like and aren’t restricted to an exclusive or preferred vendor list.  Then, your guests can enjoy beer from your favorite local brewery or that winery you visited on your trip to Napa, thanks to the fact that you can supply all your own “refreshments”!

If you want an outdoor celebration, but don't want to be confined to a tent…

Al fresco weddings can be really beautiful.  A vinyl tent?  Not so much.  Sometimes they need a lot of dressing up to be appropriate for a formal occasion.  On the contrary, Hartwood Acres’ Grand Pavilion needs almost nothing to be striking. Under a greenhouse-like roof, guests can enjoy themselves in the open-air space. The pavilion seats 150 and still leaves plenty of room for a dance floor, making it the perfect place for a big party!  With the view of the mansion and the incredible opaque ceiling above, all you really need are some tables, chairs, and a few flowers and your guests’ jaws will drop upon first sight!

After this post, I’m sure you will never look at Hartwood Acres in quite the same way again.  If you still need more convincing on why this is an excellent choice for a wedding venue, check them out in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

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