Tell me a little bit about your venue!
Put the “Wow!” in your wedding day at Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory, a one-of-kind venue for your once-in-a-lifetime event! With its towering vaulted ceilings and priceless stained glass windows, the Grand Hall at the Priory offers a jaw-dropping backdrop for your special day.
The dinner our in-house chefs prepare is a foodie’s delight. With over 60 years combined experience in the culinary arts, our executive chefs produce cuisine for large events as if they are preparing a meal for each guest personally. And the choices we offer in our event menus – from appetizers to dessert – are unique, stylish, and plentiful.
The Grand Hall at the Priory is a full-service special event venue, offering full food, beverage, and bar service. We even provide complimentary valet parking. We take care of your every need – from the planning of the reception to seeing your guests off when the evening winds down.
To that end, our adjacent Priory Hotel offers 42 elegant guest rooms in a historic setting. Newly renovated, the hotel is a converted monastery combining old world charm with modern luxuries including a hotel bar and gym. The verdant hotel courtyard offers a stunning outdoor space for hosting pre-reception cocktails and photo opportunities. Your guests will not need to leave the property!
And photo opportunities? No other Pittsburgh wedding venue offers a wider collection of unique backdrops for photos on-site:
- 1854 interior architecture including 40-foot ceilings, an overlook balcony, massive pipe organ, and priceless stained glass
- verdant Priory Courtyard
- lush landscaped Blumengarten and pergola
All of it is here waiting for you and your guests to create lifetime photographic memories.
Schedule a tour today, and we’re sure that you’ll say “Wow!” too! The Grand Hall at the Priory can host up to 300 guests for a seated event, and even more for a cocktail-style or stationed occasion.
What makes your space unique?
Swing open the massive wooden front doors inlaid with intricate stained glass, step past the threshold from the tiled floor of the foyer, and enter a space of breathtaking old world beauty. Family-owned and operated by Ed, Mary Ann, John, and Suzanne Graf since 1995, this is Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory. Whether it’s the Grand Hall’s rolling barrel vaults and arches, soaring 80 feet into the air; its massive supporting columns, topped with gold-leafed Corinthian capitals; or the intricate, gold-plated stencil-work gracing the ceiling, the Grand Hall’s physical space inspires a sense of wonder.
Yet it is not just the grandeur of the physical space that sets the Grand Hall apart; it is also its sense of place and time. Built as St. Mary’s Church in 1854 by German immigrants, the Grand Hall was for years a hub of the German, Swiss and Austrian community in the “Deutschtown” section of Pittsburgh. Restored in 1995 and re-opened as a banquet facility, the Grand Hall and the adjacent Priory Hotel is now a keystone of the redevelopment of Deutschtown and of Pittsburgh’s North Side.
The value of a beautiful space is diminished if the quality of the food and service do not match the quality of the room. The Grand Hall’s food and service are unrivaled in the Pittsburgh region. Chefs Michael Henny and Pete Phillipy have more than 40 years of combined service in kitchens ranging from the Hyehold Restaurant to Nemacolin Woodlands resort, and consistently serve world class food. General Manager Rebecca Lazeration, with years devoted to banquet and event management, ensures that linens are crisp, silverware is polished, and that the staff is well-trained to accommodate any guest need.
Centrally located across the Allegheny River from downtown Pittsburgh, with Interstate 279 and State Route 28 just blocks away, the Grand Hall is easily accessible from all points of the compass. Pittsburgh’s suburbs are just minutes away, and even drives from other counties are short and easy.