James and Sheryl's Wedding

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John Marshall Catering
Gibsonia, PA
Caterers

We chose to go with John Marshall Catering (wonderful experience). We had 180 people at our wedding reception. John Marshall was able to provide us with all of the dinnerware, glasses, plates, cups, flutes, linens, etc. more cost-effectively than any of the packages Virginia offered. We chose to buy the chair covers and sashes ourselves online at efavormart.com as it was cheaper to buy them than rent them if you can believe that. We turned around and sold them so we made out. Virginia only gives you two hours the day of your event to set up. We felt that on our wedding day this was un-needed stress and so chose to ‘buy’ ..yes..buy extra time to set up. We paid an extra $50 to have an extra hour of setup time. The contract with Greystone Fields for an event is only for 5 hours. We decided to buy an extra hour for hundreds of dollars more….really…as if we weren’t paying enough thousands of dollars for the facility. It was in all…a lot of money. John Marshall worked with us to have the menu we wanted and he was wonderful. He took care of so much… no matter how many changes we made. He is very personal and professional as well as is his staff. His prices are very cost-effective, and his food is out of this world!! John was there to help with set up and took care of quite a few of the ‘little things’ that were not part of his job description. Everyone at the event loved his food and still tells us about it today.


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Jean-Marc Chatellier's French Bakery
Pittsburgh, PA
Cakes/Candies

we used Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery in Millvale for our outstanding cake. We chose fresh strawberries and butter cream. Jean-Marc makes each cake himself and delivers and sets it up as well. It was absolutely delicious!! Our guests also commented that it was the best cake they ever had. We decided to go with Jean-Marc because he is personal and professional. He takes pride in his cakes and his costs were about the same as other well-known Pittsburgh bakeries who mass-produce wedding cakes. We loved his personal touch in matching our wedding colors and designing the cake as we wanted it. He also serves the entire cake. He gave us a certificate to get a free ‘top tier’ freshly made of our cake when we have our first-year-anniversary. His theory…”why should you eat year-old cake?” We love his theory!!


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Greystone Fields
Gibsonia, PA
Reception Sites

We understand there is some not-so-good PR of Greystone Fields and the ownership and so we have decided to posted our experiences. We had our wedding reception at Greystone Fields in June 2009. We agree with another post that the contract is lengthy and we did find a few inconsistencies with it. We did request to have it ahead of time and so were able to dissect it. We met regarding the contract and the items we didn't understand or felt needed amended. I would not say that there are ‘hidden costs’ if the contract is in fact read in detail. The owner, Virginia Alexandrunas, is very particular and we did learn this also from vendors when we told them where our reception was to be held. We tried to put ourselves in her shoes...she has a beautiful place and wants to keep it that way and so this may be why she has so many rules, etc. So, if you decide to rent this venue, you need to be committed to her 'rigidness' so to speak. Also too, you need to understand that she is only providing you with a 'building.' You will need to provide 'everything' and set up everything yourself. We chose to go with John Marshall Catering (wonderful experience). We had 180 people at our wedding reception. John Marshall was able to provide us with all of the dinnerware, glasses, plates, cups, flutes, linens, etc. more cost-effectively than any of the packages Virginia offered. We chose to buy the chair covers and sashes ourselves online at efavormart.com as it was cheaper to buy them than rent them if you can believe that. We turned around and sold them so we made out. Virginia only gives you two hours the day of your event to set up. We felt that on our wedding day this was un-needed stress and so chose to ‘buy’ ..yes..buy extra time to set up. We paid an extra $50 to have an extra hour of setup time. The contract with Greystone Fields for an event is only for 5 hours. We decided to buy an extra hour for hundreds of dollars more….really…as if we weren’t paying enough thousands of dollars for the facility. It was in all…a lot of money. John Marshall worked with us to have the menu we wanted and he was wonderful. He took care of so much… no matter how many changes we made. He is very personal and professional as well as is his staff. His prices are very cost-effective, and his food is out of this world!! John was there to help with set up and took care of quite a few of the ‘little things’ that were not part of his job description. Everyone at the event loved his food and still tells us about it today. We would also like to mention that we used Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery in Millvale for our outstanding cake. We chose fresh strawberries and butter cream. Jean-Marc makes each cake himself and delivers and sets it up as well. It was absolutely delicious!! Our guests also commented that it was the best cake they ever had. We decided to go with Jean-Marc because he is personal and professional. He takes pride in his cakes and his costs were about the same as other well-known Pittsburgh bakeries who mass-produce wedding cakes. We loved his personal touch in matching our wedding colors and designing the cake as we wanted it. He also serves the entire cake. He gave us a certificate to get a free ‘top tier’ freshly made of our cake when we have our first-year-anniversary. His theory…”why should you eat year-old cake?” We love his theory!! Overall, our wedding was absolutely beautiful and so elegant. Greystone Fields is an absolutely beautiful place with so many windows to allow the natural lighting in. The hardwood floors and tall ceilings made our reception breathtaking. Guests enjoyed sitting outside on the front porch, back porch, side area with gazebo, as well as taking a walk around the beautifully tended grounds, arbor, and flowers. Everyone we talked with told us that our wedding was the nicest wedding they had ever been too and that Greystone Fields was such a beautiful place. We could really see our guests enjoying themselves rather than being bored or trapped in a stuff room. So, was the extra work and expense worth it to have our wedding reception at Greystone? We believe so. It was a perfect day! Our guests enjoyed themselves as did we. Greystone is perfect for someone who isn’t strapped to a budget, has the time and effort to plan, and is looking for an elegant venue. Sheryl & Scott


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Greystone Fields
Gibsonia, PA
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