Because things are still so uncertain with COVID-19, many Summer and Fall 2020 wedding couples are playing it safe by rescheduling their large ceremonies, receptions, and celebrations for 2021. But couples can still celebrate their love by exchanging vows in an intimate, safe setting this year.
NOTE: Some or all of these venues and locations are currently working with restrictions due to state requirements. Be sure to call or email the venues/locations you’re most interested in for the most up-to-date information.
Where to Have an Intimate Wedding Ceremony or Elopement in Pittsburgh:
Location: 7113 Reynolds St, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Nearby photo spots: Frick Park, Highland Park, Schenley Park
Notable: This adorable venue nestled in Point Breeze, within walking distance of Frick Park, has everything you could need for an intimate wedding in the Pittsburgh area. Bonus! They offer all-inclusive packages through Little Weddings!
Morning Glory Inn
Location: 2119 Sarah St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Nearby photo spots: South Side Park, Emerald View Park, Three Rivers Heritage Trail (riverfront)
Notable: With a comfy, inviting courtyard nestled between the two buildings of this Bed and Breakfast, you and your guests can celebrate under the moody outdoor lighting before walking just a few short steps to bed!
Hartwood Acres Mansion Garden
Location: 200 Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Nearby photo spots: The entirety of Hartwood Acres County Park
Notable: The gardens are beautiful and lovely during the warmer months and the mansion and trails are gorgeous year-round.
Location: 285 River Ave, Aspinwall, PA 15215
Nearby photo spots: Aspinwall Riverfront Park, Docks overlooking the river, Squaw Run
Notable: The building itself is extremely photogenic with its simplicity and white walls that reflect natural light beautifully. Hold your ceremony near the end of the day with portraits planned for the last hour and a half of sunlight for the softest lighting overlooking the river.
Mt. Washington Overlook
Location: 136-160 Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 1521
Nearby photo spots: The Overlooks and Monongahela Incline
Notable: You’ll have a sweeping view of the city as your backdrop, but you’ll need to be comfortable having strangers walking around you while you exchange vows as the overlooks are a big tourist attraction. For the best light, hold your ceremony just before or just after sunrise or sunset. There is no shade on the overlooks, so ceremonies taking place when the sun is high in the sky will result in squinting and harsh shadows.
Want to get away from the city and treat your celebration as an elopement or adventure to somewhere new within driving distance?
Where to have an intimate wedding ceremony or elopement outside of Pittsburgh:
Savage River Lodge
Distance from Pittsburgh: An easy and scenic 2 hour drive
Location: 1600 Mt Aetna Rd, Frostburg, MD 21532
Nearby places: Deep Creek Lake, Swallow Falls State Park, New Germany State Park
Notable: With luxurious yurts and cozy dog-friendly cabins nestled in the woods, you’ll feel like you’re in another world. After saying “I do,” relax on the porch of your cabin or the lodge while sipping yummy beverages and listening to nature. Come alone as a couple, bring your furry friends, or invite your nearest and dearest to celebrate with you.
Blue Moon Rising
Distance from Pittsburgh: 2 hours
Location: 89 Blue Moon Rising Way, McHenry, MD 21541
Nearby places: Deep Creek Lake, Swallow Falls State Park, Savage River Forest
Notable: Blue Moon Rising offers a collection of adorably eclectic tiny houses on a mountainside in the woods.
Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Distance from Pittsburgh: 4 hours
Location: 10 Snowshoe Dr, Snowshoe, WV 26209
Notable: The mountain top, offering wide views of rolling mountains in the distance, is stunning during sunrise and sunset for portraits and would be the perfect spot to exchange vows. If you tire of the gorgeous mountain-top views, the lake at the bottom of the ski lift gives you an equally beautiful change of scenery.
Presque Isle State Park
Distance from Pittsburgh: 2 hours
Location: 301 Peninsula Dr, Erie, PA 16505
Notable: The peninsula offers an array of backdrops. Lush wooded areas, swamps, a view of the bay, and Lake Erie. Plan to exchange vows on the Lake side of the peninsula at dusk for the best lighting and most mirror-like, beautiful view of the water.
Distance from Pittsburgh: Just under 7 hours
Location: 280 Malden Turnpike, Saugerties, NY 12477
Nearby places: Catskill Mountains, Woodstock
Notable: The views of the Catskill Mountains from every spot on this property are absolutely stunning. With beautiful horses on the property and in their stables, this spot is perfect for equestrians and animal lovers alike.
Last but certainly not least:
Your own back yard, family property, or a cute Air BnB nearby are all great places to have an intimate wedding ceremony or elopement. Let the stressors that come along with planning a wedding fall by the wayside and use this opportunity and freedom to create a truly meaningful, cherished memory between just you and your love in a setting that calls to you.