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Outside-the-Box Venues

Spots that avoid the same-old, same-old


Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, interestingly built on restored mine land, offers six different wedding venues to accommodate parties of all sizes, including a dogwood meadow, a lotus garden and a restored 1870s barn. 799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale. 412-444-4464 or www.pittsburghbotanicgarden.org

West Overton Village

The 1800s-era rye-whiskey distillery and surrounding buildings make up the village, which is on the National Register of Historic Places — and boasts of being the birthplace of Henry Clay Frick. Wedding venues include the Big Brick Barn and the Distillery Room. 109 West Overton Road, Scottdale. 724-887-7910 or www.westovertonvillage.org

Pennsylvania State Parks

Small rental fees and nature's decorations are the advantages to having your big day in a state park. Parks in Western Pennsylvania include Tharp Knob Overlook, in Ohiopyle; the fountain at Point State Park; Hell's Hollow, in McConnell's Mills; and Fire Tower No. 9, in Cook Forest State Park. 888-PA-PARKS or www.dcnr.state.pa.us

The Studio on Fifth

Yes, the historic studio where Mister Roger's Neighborhood was filmed is now available for you and your betrothed to say "I do." A big plus: You won't need to fret over good lighting and sound. 4802 Fifth Ave., Oakland . 412-622-1395 or www.wqed.org

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