Heinz History Center Weddings

Heinz History Center Weddings

Bride and groom dance in the wide open space of the Great Hall at the Heinz History Center

Heinz History Center Weddings: The Heinz History Center offers a chance for couples to create their own memories in a tremendous space. Located in the ever-popular Strip District, the Heinz History Center is only a few seconds from downtown Pittsburgh. If your guests are staying in one of the many nearby hotels then there is no shortage of things for them to do – from fine dining to shows to shopping.

Bride and groom embrace and smile at the camera with the neon Heinz History Center sign above them in the twilight sky.

A Versatile Space for Wedding Ceremonies

Location is important, but even more so is the versatility of the space and the professionalism of the staff. The Heinz History Center delivers on both of these counts. Options for ceremonies include the Library & Archives Reading Room.

Bride and groom kiss beneath a chuppah in the Library & Archives Reading Room at the Heinz History Center

Bride seen from behind with long veil and train in the library & archives conference room

Bride and groom seen through a decorative metal screen at the Heinz History Center.

or in the Great Hall.

Bride drinks from a kiddush cup during her wedding ceremony in the Great Hall at the Heinz History Center

bride and groom face each other during their ceremony in the Great Hall at the Heinz History Center

 

as well as the outdoor deck connected to the Mueller Center on the 5th floor.

Overall view of a wedding ceremony on the patio outside of the Mueller Center at the Heinz history center.

Bride and groom hold hands and smile at the end of their wedding ceremony on the outside patio next to the Mueller Center at the Heinz History Center

Cocktail Hour

When it comes to receptions, the Heinz History Center has you covered. Getting started with cocktail hour, the Campbell Gallery is a perfect place for guests to enjoy refreshments before touring exhibits.

Couple sits in rocking chairs and drinks wine beneath an exhibit on the 1960 world series

Couple sits by a giant display of a ketchup bottle at the Heinz History Center

Bride sits in a chair and talks with a guest in the Campbell Gallery at the Heinz History Center

In a room bathed in purple light a couple plays a pinball machine

Bride and groom laugh as they stand with their bridal party in the elevator at the Heinz History Center.

Receptions in the Mueller Center

The Mueller Center on the 5th Floor is a grand space with a wall of windows filling the room with natural light. As mentioned before, the outdoor deck gives you a place to cool off when the action on the dance floor gets too hot. The room seats up to 300 guests making it a great choice for big weddings. The window wall and high ceilings mean you’ll never feel cramped.

Couple dances in front of the windows in the Mueller Center at the Heinz History Center.

Guests mingle in the Mueller Center with its wall of windows at the Heinz History Center

A salad of micro greens and a bright red tomato half on a white plate.

 

Couple clink glasses as they stand in the Mueller Center at the Heinz History Center.Place cards on an escort table held by decorative apples

Singer in a band leans forward as he hits a note while a female singer dances behind him.

Seen from above a couple dances amidst a crowd of their guests.

A saxophone player plays for a group of dancers in the Mueller Center at the Heinz History Center

A couple leads a conga line as they dance at the Mueller Center at the Heinz History Center

Two men slide beneath an outstretched rope while dancing

A couple dances as their guests surround the dance floor in the Mueller Center at the Heinz History Center.

Great Hall Celebrations

The Great Hall has an industrial feel that harkens back to its original use as an ice house. The heavy steel beams and vaulted brick ceiling provide a look that is unique among event spaces. There’s a 2-story staircase that is perfect for making a grand entrance (and for your photographer to get some great shots of the dancing – just saying!). Vintage vehicles including the Heinz Hitch, a roller coaster car from Kennywood and an original trolley are points of interest in the room.

A bride and groom walk down the stairway - the bride in a puffy white dress, raising her bouquet - in the Great Hall at the Heinz History Center

Howdy Doody cutout standing in front of a rollercoaster carGreen neon Isaly's sign in the Great Hall at the Heinz History Center

The space is very versatile, enabling you to decorate it in a way that suits your taste. From black and red:

Black tablecloths and red flowers on tables of different shapes seen from above.

To white and silver:

White table cloths cover tables of various shapes seen from above.

Ample space means that you can set up a bar away from the dance floor and guest’s table:

A bartender serves white wine to a woman at a bar set up in front of a Pittsburgh trolley at the Heinz History Centerwhite flowers and the word "nine" in script on a table at the Heinz History Center.White table cloth covered tables with candles fill the room in front of a Pittsburgh trolley.Hands reach out and clink champagne glasses above candle lit tables with red rose centerpieces.red neon sign with the word Innovation

Another great place to make an entrance is through the glass doors on dance floor level:

A couple enters the Great Hall at the Heinz History Center and turn away from each other while holding their glasses up to toast their guests.

Crazy cake!

A cartoonish crazy cake with red, white, and orange fondant icing.square glass vases contain red roses at the center of a table.

Of course, there is only one brand of ketchup that matters:

small ketchup bottles with personalized labels are favors for guests at a wedding.A tall glass vase containing red flowers on a table in front of a Pittsburgh trolleyA bride and groom hold hands and walk on to the dance floor at the Heinz History Center.A band plays in front of a large American flag and arched windows at the Heinz History Center.As their guests watch from their seats, a couple dances at the Heinz History Center.A couple dances, the bride wearing a puffy white dress the groom a black tuxedo in the Great Hall at the Heinz History Center.A couple dances at the Great Hall at the Heinz History Center with twinkle lights wrapped around the beams behind them.A bride dances with her bridesmaids in the Great Hall at the Heinz History Center.A bride and groom dance in front of a large American flag while other couples fill the dance floor around them.A man yells as he holds hands and dances in a circle with other wedding guests. The background is blurred and shows motion.Black and white photo of a bride and groom holding hands as they're lifted up on chairs during their wedding reception.A white cake with red and orange flowers. The crystal initialed topper shimmers in the light. There's a blue window behind the cake.Two women in black strapless dresses dance together smiling and holding drinks.A bride and groom hold hands with their guests as they dance. Photo is seen from above.

There’s a whole lot of ways to photograph the trolley, but here’s an award-winning photo that I made:

A couple kisses in the window of a red trolley car in the Great Hall at the Heinz History Center.

So if you’re thinking about planning one of your own Heinz History Center Weddings, here’s the contact info:

Maura Minteer, 412-454-6435, mlminteer@heinzhistorycenter.org

Cara Bull-Trombold, 412-454-6431, cbtrombold@heinzhistorycenter.org

Here are some of the nearby hotels:

Address: 1410 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 232-0200
Address: 1247 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 288-4350
Address: 1000 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 281-3700