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An increasing number of newly engaged couples are seeking wedding reception venues that are more unique, more extravagant and more personalized places to host the party of a lifetime. From casual and romantic to simple and unique, the greater Pittsburgh area offers countless venues that fit a variety of budgets, styles and party needs. If wedding bells are in your future, book your reception at one of these five venues consistently rated by couples as the best places to host a wedding reception in Pittsburgh.

The Fez Banquet & Wedding Center
2312 Brodhead Road
Aliquippa, PA 15001
(724) 378-1810

Exceptional food, welcoming hospitality and unmatched service all at affordable prices are just a few reasons why The Fez Banquet & Wedding Center has earned the title of a five-time The Knot Best Of Weddings award recipient. At The Fez Banquet & Wedding Center, planning your reception is as stress-free as it gets thanks to the venue’s reliable partnerships with dependable, recommended wedding professionals, special connections with area hotels and shuttles and convenient rentals. Each bridal party enters one of the venue’s three private event spaces during a unique bridal staircase presentation that kicks off your celebration. It will be flawlessly executed under the watchful and attentive expertise of its event planning services staff. If you’re searching for the best all-inclusive venue and the most amenities for your wedding dollars, contact Debby Skowvron at The Fez Banquet & Wedding Center to see how this newly renovated space can help you throw the reception of your dreams.

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Oak Lodge
693 Donegal Lake Road
Stahlstown, PA 15687
(724) 593-2913

Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so why hold back when it comes to choosing your reception venue? Splurge and go all out for a memorable three-day party at Stahlstown’s Oak Lodge. With its own private lake, functioning waterwheel, quaint, handcrafted log buildings, grand stone pillars and secluded meandering paths, your guests will be transported to a private mountain estate where you can spend three full days celebrating your nuptials. Oak Lodge’s wedding package include a four-hour on-site rehearsal with dinner, wedding ceremony at the lodge’s chapel or an outdoor area and reception for 150 of your guests complete with an Oak Lodge employee coordinator. When the party ends, kick back and enjoy your first night together as husband and wife in The Eagles Nest, a 1,200-square-foot luxury bridal suite.

The Timberhouse At Rolling Acres
350 Achortown Road
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
(724) 843-6736

Nestled away in a quiet part of Beaver County sits The Timberhouse at Rolling Acres, an impressive A-frame log cabin that features two fireplaces, beautiful wooden beams and massive glass windows that overlook acres of robust trees and a 27-hole golf course. For brides who want a nature-inspired or rustic-style reception, this place is hard to beat. Walk down the aisle outdoors for an on-site ceremony, then head indoors to the magnificent timber-accented ballroom that can accommodate up to 300 guests with its gorgeous ambiance and vaulted ceilings. In addition to its rave reviews for its picturesque scenery, The Timberhouse consistently earns high marks for its knowledgeable and organized staff, delicious wedding menu and unmatched value.

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Hyeholde Restaurant
1516 Coraopolis Heights Road
Moon Township, PA 15108
(412) 264-3116

According to a 2011 survey conducted by The Wedding Report, roughly 45 percent of couples revealed that they long for a romantic reception. If you’re among these brides who have always dreamed about a fairytale wedding, Moon Township’s historic Hyeholde Restaurant and its charming castle-like atmosphere may fit the bill. Tie the knot with up to 110 of your closest family and friends in the breathtaking glass Round Room or exchange vows outdoors among the property’s private, lush gardens. Dine on the restaurant’s special banquet menu and wines or create a menu to suit your individual tastes. Special events coordinator Matthew Haushalter will walk you through every step of your reception planning at the Hyeholde Restaurant, from booking your consultation down to the most minute details.

Gateway Clipper Fleet
350 W. Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 355-7980

If there’s one thing Pittsburgh is known for, aside from its spectacular sports teams, it is the city’s unparalleled downtown views and its surrounding three rivers. Gather your guests, set sail and say your “I dos” with a wedding ceremony and reception held aboard the Gateway Clipper, Pittsburgh’s iconic riverboat. Let the boat captain pronounce you husband and wife while you cruise the three rivers with for an evening of dinner, dancing and romance before making a stop at Point State Park, PNC Park or Heinz Field for photographs. For those couples who prefer an afternoon reception cruise, there’s also a special package available that features three hours on board one of the city’s riverboats and a seated or buffet lunch in addition to the Gateway Clipper’s usual wedding amenities, including a professional DJ, a personal cruise director and a champagne toast for the bridal party. Submit your information request on the Gateway Clipper’s website.

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Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with todays generation of young skaters. A graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies, Jessica is also a contributing writer for Allegheny West Magazine. Her work can be found at