Creative Ideas for Your Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Wedding

I love an al fresco garden party wedding! Nestled in the heart of the city, the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden provides a gorgeous natural backdrop for couples seeking a garden ambiance for their wedding day. The gardens and woodlands offer a unique setting for your wedding day with its striking greenery and seasonal blooms. If you’re like Nicole and Logan, envisioning an outdoor celebration that seamlessly blends elegance with natural allure, the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden might be “The One!”

With so much versatile, natural space, you have infinite ways to craft your vision. Whether you’re drawn to soft, organic décor or dream of saying “I do” surrounded by vibrant wildflowers, I’ll guide you through a few inspirational possibilities to infuse your special day with the garden’s charm. 

Take a peek at these curated garden wedding ideas inspired by the natural beauty of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

Ceremony Locations at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Sixty-five acres of gardens and woodlands provide plenty of options for your intimate wedding ceremony. Nicole and Logan tied the knot at Peirce Celebration Garden. This colorful garden and rustic stone backdrop provide extra privacy and a barrier against the wind if it’s a breezy day. Plus, you’ll have access to the iron gazebo where Nicole and Logan took a moment for themselves and shared a first dance surrounded by blooms.

Equally functional and beautiful, the adjacent Davidson Events Center is available for ceremonies and receptions. Dress this renovated 1870s dairy barn up or down. Surrounding retractable doors make it perfect for a rainy day without obscuring the garden views and fresh air. The iron chandeliers and white drapery level up the elegance for your special day. One side faces the garden, while the other showcases surreal woodland views.

Nature-inspired Decor Ideas for Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Weddings

To complement the natural beauty of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, incorporate nature-inspired elements into your wedding décor. Embrace the organic charm of the garden with wooden accents, such as handcrafted arches or driftwood centerpieces. Soft, flowing fabrics in natural hues can add an ethereal touch, while floral arrangements featuring local blooms can bring the garden’s beauty to your reception.

For a sophisticated evening affair, illuminate the space with softly glowing fairy lights and lanterns, creating a magical ambiance under the stars. Pair it with organic elements such as moss, succulents, and wildflowers into your table settings to evoke the rustic elegance of the garden. 

Incorporating Local Blooms into Your Wedding

You can highlight and support this gem of a local venue by integrating local blooms into your special day. Consider working with a local florist like The Farmer’s Daughter to create unique arrangements featuring native blooms, such as white trillium or vibrant cardinal flowers. Using native wildflower table markers is another way to incorporate local florals into your theme. These local flowers not only add a touch of authenticity to your wedding but also contribute to the conservation efforts of the garden.

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is home to a variety of wildlife, from colorful butterflies to songbirds. Consider incorporating elements that celebrate this local biodiversity, such as butterfly release ceremonies or subtle bird-themed table settings. You can create a wedding that reflects your love for each other and honors the unique beauty of the Pittsburgh landscape.

Add Artistic Variety to Your Portraits

Use the garden’s aesthetic features in your photos, such as cute bridges, tranquil ponds, and artfully designed landscapes and woodland trails. Pittsburgh Botanic Garden offers a little bit of everything, depending on what you want in your compositions. We can visit the Heritage Homestead, sunny Hillside Pollinator GardenDogwood MeadowAllegheny Plateau WoodlandAsian Woodland, and European Woodland. Each area displays its own seasonal appeal, and some don’t have many blooms in the winter months, so be sure to chat with the venue to choose a location that works with your vision and wedding date.

Book Your Garden Wedding with Me!

Do you love this venue as much as I do? I’d love to document your big day and create art with you at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Connect with me to get your date on the books (plus a few insider tips, too!) I can’t wait to meet you.

Pittsburgh Wedding Vendors

Photography: Rachel Wehan Photography
Venue: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
Catering: Hazelnut Catering
DJ: Fireside Events
Dress: Celestial Brides
Florist: The Farmer’s Daughter
Hair: Simply Captivating (Note: website opens with sound)
Makeup:  GlamtoGo
Videographer: Capture Life Films