On March 15, 2009 we had the honor of performing for another wedding reception at The Carnegie Museums in Pittsburgh. This time we were in the Hall of Architecture which is located in the Carnegie Museum of Art.
First, let me begin by saying that if you live in the Greater Pittsburgh area and you have never taken the time to visit the Carnegie Museums, you should make a point to check them out. The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh has a fascinating history dating back 111 years. They are a collection of four dynamic, distinctive museums, and the Pittsburgh region’s home for great art and science exploration. The Hall of Architecture, with its collection of over 140 plaster casts of architectural masterpieces from the past, opened in 1907.
Now let’s take a look at “Weddings” at the Carnegie Museums. I have had the opportunity to perform at literally hundreds of different banquet facilities through out Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio and I must admit that no other location has the “WOW” factor that the Carnegie Museums can offer. From the moment you arrive and walk up the marble stair case to enter, you know that you are surrounded by some of the greatest works of art known to mankind.
Normally, I start my week off by contacting the banquet facilities where I will be performing that weekend. I like to coordinate several details with the banquet manager to ensure a smooth running event. One of the things that I really like about dealing with the Carnegie Museums, is that they actually take the initiative to contact vendors themselves. So, bright and early Monday morning, I was contacted by Eileen Twigger the special events manager from the Carnegie Museums. I confirmed the event start/end times and the time at which I would have access to the room to begin my setup. Eileen was very accommodating and even made special parking arrangements for me when I indicated that I would be arriving with a large cargo trailer (which we use to haul all of our audio equipment).
On the date of the event we arrived at the Hall of Architecture to begin our setup and everything went very smoothly. The Museum had our setup table & power supply ready and our setup went without a hitch. I coordinated all the last minute details with the banquet captain and we were ready to begin.
The doors opened to the guests at 5:30 and the event was under way. Dinner was scheduled for 6:15 and I will tell you that the meal was incredible (the bride & groom made sure that each wedding vendor had a meal). My meal choice was the “Fillet” and Jenn chose the “Salmon”. At the end of dinner we held all of the formal dances and then opened up the dance floor until 10:30 which is the time the event concluded.
Overall, the Carnegie Museums and the special events staff offer a truly magnificent wedding reception experience. I would rate this facility in the top 1% of all of the wedding reception venues in the Greater Pittsburgh area. If you are interested in finding out more information about the Carnegie Museums and what they can offer, you can visit them online at www.carnegiemuseums.org.
Located below are a few images from the event on March 15, 2009 showing the inside of “The Hall of Architecture”.