Outdoor Indian wedding ceremony at The Westin Pittsburgh

The Westin Pittsburgh

This is one of the few venues in the area with outdoor function space. Enjoy a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony at The Westin Pittsburgh and follow up with a lunch in the Allegheny Grand Ballroom. The Allegheny Grand Ballroom has capacity for approximately 900 guests with a dance floor. This ballroom can be divided into sections and configured for your events in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.

Close to the International Airport: This beautiful Indian wedding venue is only about 20 miles west of the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT).

The Allegheny Grand Ballroom is pictured below setup for a ceremony/event and underneath for a wedding reception. The hotel will setup the chairs, tables, stage and skirting for it. Your decorator will create the mandap or altar. The hotel’s package also includes linens, china, silverware, glassware and more amenities.

Notice the chairs in the photo below. These are the chairs that come with wedding packages. You are welcome to rent other chairs and have them brought in.

The Westin Pittsburgh Grand Ballroom for a wedding ceremony
The Allegheny Grand Ballroom dressed for a ceremony or panel event.
The Westin Pittsburgh Grand Ballroom for a banquet
The Allegheny Grand Ballroom at The Westin Pittsburgh seats approx. 950 guests with a dance floor.

Pointers

For outdoor wedding ceremonies, canopies are not only functional but add a lot to the decor as well. Work with your decorator on the structural integrity of the canopy and to ensure that it will keep guests cool on hot days.

In the photos above you can see that they rented gold chiavari chairs from an outside vendor. These chairs look nice. But they’re not as comfortable as other chairs because of the ‘dandas’ – rods across the back of the chair. And if you’re sitting in them for 1-2 hours…most people are fine but think about having some other chairs for the elderly.

According to Raj Gujral, the Founder of Sound Nation and one of the longest running Indian wedding DJs in the country, ideally the DJ and the pandit or officiant are positioned where they face each other so they can give each other non-verbal cues. Such as play music, stop music, adjust the volume on the mic etc.

{Capacity, Location and Airports}

  • Indoor Ceremony: 900
  • Outdoor Ceremony: varies based on configuration

Approx. 20 miles west of Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT).

Hindu Weddings at The Westin Pittsburgh

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes
Is a ceremony flame allowed? Yes
Is a baraat allowed? Car, horse, yes. No elephants.
Is there a consumption bar option? Yes
Is this a venue where the guests can stay? Yes, they will help you set up a room block.
Is there a hospitality room available? Yes, and the hotel’s Catering staff can help you set up a hospitality room or give you other options to serve breakfast to your guests that are staying there.
Does this venue have a gazebo or pergola for a mandap? No, work with your decorator to design your mandap.

Sangeet and Garba Venues

Where should you have your sangeet? Depending on the guest count you could have your sangeet or garba at The Westin Pittsburgh. The Pennsylvania Ballroom at The Westin Pittsburgh seats approximately 160 guests for an event with a dance floor. Alternatively consider other hotels, Indian restaurant banquet halls, or community centers.

The Westin Pittsburgh and Muhurats

The Westin Pittsburgh does their best to work with your muhurat. They may not be able to host weddings in the very early morning or late at night with a baraat.

Hindu Dietary Requirements

The Westin Pittsburgh allows you to hire a caterer that is licensed and insured. Work directly with your caterer to prepare a menu per your dietary requirements.

Hindu Wedding Planning Resources

Jain Weddings at The Westin Pittsburgh

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes
Is a ceremony flame allowed? Yes
Is a baraat allowed? Car, horse, yes. No elephants.
Is there a consumption bar option? Yes
Is this a venue where the guests can stay? Yes, they will help you set up a room block.
Is there a hospitality room available? Yes, and the hotel’s Catering staff can help you set up a hospitality room or give you other options to serve breakfast to your guests that are staying there.
Does this venue have a gazebo or pergola for a mandap? No, work with your decorator to design your mandap.

Sangeet and Garba Venues

Where should you have your sangeet? The closest Jain Center in the Pittsburgh area is the Hindu-Jain Mandir in Monroeville. It’s not really a location for a sangeet or wedding event. We recommend other hotels, local banquet halls, Indian restaurant halls or community centers.

The Westin Pittsburgh and Muhurats

The Westin Pittsburgh does their best to work with your muhurat. They may not be able to host weddings in the very early morning or late at night with a baraat.

Jain Dietary Requirements

The Westin Pittsburgh allows you to hire a caterer that is licensed and insured. Work directly with your caterer to prepare a menu per your dietary requirements.

Jain Wedding Planning Resources

Muslim Weddings at The Westin Pittsburgh

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes
Is a baraat allowed? Car, horse, yes. No elephants.
Is there an option for non-alcoholic beverages only? Yes
Is this a venue where the guests can stay? Yes, they will help you set up a room block.
Is there a hospitality room available? Yes, and the hotel’s Catering staff can help you set up a hospitality room or give you other options to serve breakfast to your guests that are staying there.
Does this venue have a gazebo or pergola for the stage? No, work with your decorator to design it.

Nearby Masjids

You could opt to have your nikah and/or shaadi at a nearby Masjid or Jamatkhana followed by the Walima at The Westin. Masjids and Jamatkhanas in Pennsylvania.

Mehndi Venues

Where should you have your mehndi? You could have your mehndi at The Westin in all or sections of the Allegheny Ballroom or for a smaller gathering of 150 or so guests, the Pennsylvania Ballroom. Alternatively you might consider a local Indian restaurant banquet hall, other hotels, banquet halls, or community centers.

Muslim Dietary Requirements

The Westin allows you to hire a caterer that is licensed and insured. Work directly with your caterer to prepare a menu per your dietary requirements.

Sikh Weddings at The Westin Pittsburgh

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes
Does this venue have a gazebo or pergola for the Guru Granth Sahib? No, work with your decorator to design an elevated setup. See more info below.
Is a baraat allowed? Car, horse, yes. No elephants.
Is there space for milni? Yep!
Is there a consumption bar option? Yes
Is this a venue where the guests can stay? Yes, they will help you set up a room block.
Is there a hospitality room available? Yes, and the hotel’s Catering staff can help you set up a hospitality room or give you other options to serve breakfast to your guests that are staying there.

Anand Karaj at The Westin Pittsburgh

Below are photos of other non-Gurdwara Anand Karaj ceremonies so you can see how other couples have setup the ceremony. You may also like our guide on Tips for a non-Gurdwara Anand Karaj.

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Sub-flooring was laid down on the grass for an outdoor Sikh wedding. Your decorator will help with this. Photo: Greycard Photography
Sikh wedding at Pelican Hill Resort
Anand Karaj ceremony at Pelican Hill Resort. Photo: Lin & Jirsa Photography

At the Anand Karaj below, they gave each guest a gadda (cushion) to sit on.

Outdoor Anand Karaj wedding ceremony
Outdoor Anand Karaj on concrete with gaddas for the guests to sit on.
Anand Karaj at Warner Center Marriott
Indoor Anand Karaj ceremony where the guests are seated on sheets. Photo: Lin & Jirsa Photography

Closest Gurdwaras

The closest Gurdwara is the Pittsburgh Sikh Gurdwara in Monroeville, which is approximately 20 miles east of the hotel. If you prefer, you could have your Anand Karaj and langar at the Gurdwara, followed by cocktail hour and the reception at the Westin.

The Westin Pittsburgh and Muhurats

The Westin Pittsburgh does their best to work with your muhurat. They may not be able to host weddings in the very early morning or late at night with a baraat.

Jaggo and Sangeet Venues

Where should you have your jaggo and/or sangeet? We suggest you consider having your sangeet at the hotel as there are two large event spaces that are beautiful for all of your wedding weekend events. Alternatively you might consider other hotels, Indian restaurant banquet halls or community centers.

Sikh Wedding Planning Resources

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