Nestled in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Oakland and Schenley Park area, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens provides a captivating and extraordinary venue for couples seeking a truly enchanting wedding experience. With its lush gardens, striking architectural beauty, and versatile event spaces, Phipps is the perfect choice for those looking to celebrate their love amidst the wonders of nature. As one of my most-frequented wedding venues each year, I enjoy working with the event professionals in the conservatory. I know so many of the beautiful photo spots both indoors and outdoors – it’s truly a space that’s perfect for a Pittsburgh wedding (even rain!)

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Frank Sarris Special Events Hall: A Timeless Venue for Wedding Receptions

The Frank Sarris Special Events Hall at Phipps Conservatory is a true gem when it comes to wedding receptions. With a capacity of up to 200 guests, this versatile indoor space boasts large windows that bring the beauty of the gardens inside. Its contemporary design, neutral color palette, and panoramic views of the lush gardens make it the ideal canvas for your dream wedding celebration.

I love that the Special Events Hall is a ‘blank canvas’, so couples can make the space look however they would like. Add greenery, add lights, include tall centerpieces. It’s a great place to play with your ideal design!

Cocktail hour for Special Events Hall weddings takes place immediately outside of the hall on the outdoor rear patio and inside of the Tropical Rainforest room.

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Outdoor Ceremonies on the Tropical Garden Patio

Exchange your vows in a tropical paradise as you opt for an outdoor ceremony on the Tropical Garden Patio. Surrounded by exotic plants and vibrant blooms, this breathtaking location offers a unique and enchanting backdrop for your wedding ceremony. I especially like the light in this ceremony location, as even on a sunny day it hits perfectly to make wedding ceremonies both slightly shady and beautifully lit. The garden’s waterfall is a great backdrop for your ceremony. Your guests will be transported to an oasis of love and beauty as they witness your commitment.

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Outdoor Ceremonies by the Fountain

Another romantic outdoor ceremony option at Phipps is saying “I do” by the enchanting garden fountain. This space at Phipps overlooks the Oakland area of Pittsburgh, where you can view the Cathedral of Learning and Carnegie Mellon University (perfect for alums!). The soothing sound of flowing water and the picturesque setting add an element of timeless elegance to your special moment. This location is perfect for couples who appreciate the harmony of nature in their love story.

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Outdoor Wedding Receptions Under the Tent

For those who desire an open-air celebration, Phipps offers the opportunity to host your wedding reception under a tent in the gardens. This option allows you and your guests to dine and dance under the starlit sky, surrounded by the beauty of the conservatory’s meticulously maintained grounds. Many of my couples also include lawn games in their reception decor, or large custom bar areas for guests. The dance floor works perfectly in the middle of the tent, and the gardens are gated for privacy.

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Pricing and Packages

Phipps Conservatory provides a range of wedding packages to suit various budgets and preferences. These packages often include essential services such as catering, bar services, linens, and more. The dedicated event team at Phipps will work with you to create a customized package that ensures every detail of your day is perfect. The staff at Phipps is always incredibly helpful, and the work closely with their couples to make sure that the days run smoothly. They truly care about their wedding couples.

Phipps Reviews

Don’t just take my word for it; the rave reviews from newlyweds who have celebrated their special day at Phipps Conservatory speak volumes. Guests have consistently praised the attentive staff, the breathtaking surroundings, and the overall enchanting experience. It’s one of Pittsburgh’s most popular wedding venues for a reason!

Capturing Moments: Photo Locations

Phipps Conservatory offers a plethora of stunning locations for wedding photos. Inside, the vibrant gardens, serene pools, and elegant interior spaces provide a wealth of opportunities. I absolutely love the Japanese gardens, Orchid Room, Sunken Garden, and Desert Room. They’re some of my favorite places to go to for wedding photos of my couples. The Conservatory is also great for those worried about Pittsburgh weather, because the indoor spaces are gorgeous!

Outside, the grand architecture of the building itself is a sight to behold. Nearby, you can explore the Botany Hall or venture into the adjacent Schenley Park for even more photographic options. Lots of greenery and scenery to include – we could work together for hours!

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Small Weddings in the Broderie Room

If you’re planning an intimate wedding celebration, consider the Broderie Room at Phipps Conservatory. This charming space offers a cozy and elegant atmosphere, perfect for smaller gatherings and elopements. It’s an ideal choice for couples who desire an intimate wedding with their closest family and friends. I have photographed weddings with just the bride and groom, proposals, and intimate wedding ceremonies in the Broderie Room every year!

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In conclusion, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a wedding venue that offers an unforgettable experience for couples who want to celebrate their love in a truly enchanting setting. With options for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies and receptions, customizable packages, and a multitude of breathtaking photo locations, Phipps provides a magical canvas for creating lasting memories. Whether you dream of a grand celebration or an intimate gathering, Phipps Conservatory will make your wedding day a blossoming journey into love.

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Leeann Marie Wedding Photographer
Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer, Leeann Marie Golish, has been photographing classic and contemporary weddings for over 16 years.
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