9 Stunning Pittsburgh Venues for Memorable Getting-Ready Photos

Finding the perfect ceremony and reception venue for your wedding day is paramount, as is finding a getting-ready location. If your venue doesn’t have a bridal suite or you aren’t getting ready at home, you’ll want a photogenic place for wedding prep where your crew can relax and get glammed up. Kay and Drew’s wedding (held at Pittsburgh’s Energy Innovation Center) inspired this topic because their wedding prep location was fire! They got ready with their family and wedding party at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh, and I can’t think of a better venue for a bridal party photoshoot. 

I fell in love with the eclectic mix of vintage and modern décor, vibrant colors, luxe accommodations, and that iconic bathtub perfect for sipping champagne! Some hotels give off that generic hotel vibe, but this one had so many photogenic features that took their getting-ready photos to the next level. If you’re tying the knot in downtown Pittsburgh and need a venue for wedding day prep and lodging, I highly recommend Kimpton Hotel Monaco!

Maybe you’re getting married in another city or prefer a different aesthetic. If your venue doesn’t have a wedding party suite, there are plenty of fabulous getting-ready locations around Pittsburgh. Discover swanky hotels and charming bed and breakfasts to unique vacation rentals. If you want gorgeous photos, here are a few things to look for in your wedding prep venue:

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Wedding Day Preparation Location

When selecting a wedding day preparation location, there are several factors to consider:

Coordinate the Venue & Wedding Party Size 

You’ll want to ensure that your getting-ready location comfortably accommodates your bridal party and any additional vendors or services you may require. Don’t forget to account for your supplies and luggage if applicable. You’ll want extra space to store items out of the way during photos to reduce clutter.

Decide on the Ambiance & Style You Want to Capture

Are you going for a flirty and glamorous feel like Kay, an elegant and timeless look with skyline views, or a more rustic and intimate atmosphere? The venue you choose should align with the overall theme and aesthetic of your wedding.

Find the Natural Light

Ideally, you’ll want to select a venue or suite with ample natural light for the best photo experience. Flash photography (which you can see in Kay’s champ-popping bathtub photos) is fun for a bold, cinematic look. However, you may also want some clean, timeless bridal portraits. Natural light is ideal for those shots.

Review the Amenities & Services Offered 

Some venues may provide on-site hair and makeup services, while others may offer catering, brunch, and mimosa options or access to a spa. Consider what services are important to you and your bridal party, and choose a venue to meet those needs.

Convenient Guest Access & Wedding Venue Commute 

Is your getting-ready venue easily accessible for you and your guests? Is there ample parking available? How will you and your party get to your ceremony venue, and does the commute fit into your timeline? These logistical considerations can make a big difference in your wedding day preparations’ overall convenience and experience.

Glamorous Wedding Day Preparation Spots in Pittsburgh

The Fairmont Pittsburgh

Located in the heart of downtown, this hotel boasts stunning views of the city skyline and offers spacious suites perfect for getting ready with your bridal party. Their dedicated wedding concierge can assist with all your needs, from coordinating hair and makeup services to providing gourmet treats and champagne.

Omni William Penn Hotel

This historic landmark is known for its grandeur and elegance. With its ornate ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and opulent decor, this hotel provides a truly luxurious setting for pre-wedding preparations. 

Kimpton Hotel Monaco (featured)

For a modern and chic vibe, this boutique hotel combines eclectic contemporary design with sophisticated spaces to prepare for your big day. Their spacious suites feature unique touches, such as vibrant wallpaper and plush furnishings, creating a glamorous and Instagram-worthy backdrop for your wedding day preparations.

Serene Wedding Day Preparation Spots in Pittsburgh

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This tranquil oasis nestled in the heart of the city displays lush greenery, colorful flowers, and a serene atmosphere; this venue provides the perfect backdrop for a calm and relaxing pre-wedding experience. 

Mansions on Fifth

For a more intimate and secluded setting, this historic bed and breakfast offers a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Tucked away in the Shadyside neighborhood, this elegant mansion provides a serene and private space for you and your bridal party to relax and unwind before the festivities begin.

Frick Environmental Center

Located in Frick Park, this LEED-certified building blends seamlessly with its natural surroundings, creating a tranquil and eco-friendly space for your wedding day preparations. With its floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views of the park, this venue offers a serene and peaceful ambiance that will leave you feeling grounded and connected to nature.

Budget-Friendly Wedding Day Preparation Options in Pittsburgh

The Maverick by Kasa

This trendy boutique hotel offers stylish and affordable rooms that serve as a perfect space for getting ready on your wedding day. With its hip and artistic vibe, the Maverick Hotel provides a unique and budget-friendly alternative to more traditional venues.

Unique and Alternative Wedding Day Preparation Spots in Pittsburgh

War Streets / Randyland Vacation Rental

Pittsburgh’s Mexican War Streets neighborhood boasts a colorful art installation by artist Randy Gilson. This vibrant venue offers a one-of-a-kind backdrop for your wedding day preparations with its eclectic mix of art, sculptures, and murals for an Instagram-worthy experience. Here’s an example of a rental in the vibrant War Streets District.

Carrie Blast Furnaces Pump House

These towering remnants of Pittsburgh’s steel industry provide a dramatic and industrial backdrop for your wedding day preparations. The spacious Pump House is available for special events and gatherings, allowing you and your bridal party to explore and capture unique photos in this historic setting.

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Pittsburgh Vendor Team

Photography: Rachel Wehan Photography
Getting Ready Space: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
Venue: EIC Pittsburgh
Dress: BHLDN
Caterer: All in Good Taste
DJ: Kelli Burns
Hair: Shanna McKaveney @Wild Rose Hair Salon
Makeup: Dessa Marie Artistry
Florist: Jim Ludwig’s Blumengarten Florist
Lighting: EF Lighting
Bakery: Tasty Bakery
Linens: Eventioneers