The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
The Fluted Mushroom at the Circuit Center and Ballroom offers a modern and exquisite ballroom space with premier catering, rendering it an exceptional place to hold a wedding or reception. A staple in the Pittsburgh area for over 40 years, the Fluted Mushroom harbors an eclectic style, suitable for many lifestyles. Either plan your reception in the Circuit Center's indoor facilities, or utilize the outdoor courtyard for your ceremony or cocktail reception during the spring or summer. This venue is ideal for those hosting a large wedding, as it features round tables with seating for 10, with the ability to hold up to 400 guests for a particular event. The stately facilities should not daunt guests having more intimate weddings, however. A common event at the Circuit Center caters to roughly 100 people; the facilities are simply versatile for any type of wedding theme, event, or party. A bridal suite with private bathroom is also available (and recommended) for the bridal party to relax and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres prior to dinner.
For those considering an indoor wedding, which can be held during any season at any time of year, facilities include a one-level modern reception hall, including handicapped facilities. The outdoor courtyard is ideal for a wedding held late spring thru early fall, as it is an uncovered space, but can be tented. Either the outdoor courtyard or the inside ballroom can double as a Ceremony site; however a one-time $500 fee and additional rental fees may apply.
What You Should Know
All food, liquor and other beverages are provided for the reception. No outside food or beverage is permitted to be brought in, with certain exceptions. Decor within the facilities features ivory drapes, which can conceal the full-size acoustic stage, if desired. Forest green padded chairs with silver metal frames are included. However, if this does not fit in with the desired decor,colored chair covers or bamboo Chiavari chairs are available for an additional fee. The Circuit Center prefers that events end at midnight, but as every wedding is different, speak to the coordinator about your particular needs and times.
Relax and enjoy some of the amenities offered, such as:
- Ample free on-site
- Private bridal suite
- Quality China, flatware
- A complimentary
champagne toast for the bridal party.
- The couples name and
personalized message illuminated on an electronic marquee.
- Full-size acoustic stage
with audio visual capabilities.
- Close proximity to
multiple hotels, restaurants and bars.
From the Vendor
Convenient Location with Exceptional Food
When your event is once a lifetime, it demands the right ingredients and the right environment. The Circuit Center offers a delicious pairing of a state-of-the-art venue and premier catering by The Fluted Mushroom that will have your wedding guests raving until your first anniversary!
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff
My husband and I had our wedding at the Circuit Center on October 29th of this year. Let me start by saying that this was by far the best experience that we could have ever dreamt of. We had the great pleasure to work with both Amy and Val for our wedding reception and we could not be more thankful. Everything was literally perfect. Amy was so flexible, helpful and truly invested in our wedding celebration. She was open to talking and meeting with us literally any time that we needed her and walked us through each item of the to do list and all of the preparation for the big day. Amy provided suggestions, captured our vision and executed the reception the EXACT way that we wanted it. She truly cares about every couple and their family and assured that we had everything that we wanted. She helped coordinate with all of our vendors and literally took on a huge job for us with having over 300 people in attendance. I highly recommend working with these people-absolutely amazing!!!! We also had the pleasure of working with Val in the weeks closest to the wedding. Let me start by saying- trust her vision and suggestions. She was able to create a beautiful reception and it was beyond my wildest dreams that it was our wedding reception we were at. She was amazing to work with. Val continually was connected to us, patient with changes that took place the week of the wedding, and was very attentive to our needs. She provided awesome suggestions and took creative reign on our reception and we could not be happier. It was Val's attention to details that made our reception have that extea "something" to it. Amy and Val are literally a DREAM TEAM. I could not be happier with our reception. My family and I are extremely appreciative of good food and it has to be exceptional for us to rave about it -- 5 STARS!!! Amy, Val, the kitchen staff, servers and bartenders were absolutely top notch. Our food was hot for over 300 people for a sit down dinner. Our guests are still raving about the food and it is a month later. The portions are huge-that was a concern for us because at most weddings, the food is smaller portioned for a sit down. We are so pleased with the food !! The antipasto is not to be forgotten or discounted either- fabulous!!! The spread was beautiful. They truly made our cocktail hour special. The antipasto display was huge and they were also able to execute our vision with our cigar bar. My husband had one request for our wedding and it was the cigar bar. Val took all of our cigars and created a gorgeous display. This team of people truly care about your wedding day and want it to be special. My family and I could not be more thankful for the hard work that was put into making our day perfect. We are so grateful for Amy and Val. We are overjoyed at how beautiful our reception was and how much attention to detail Amy and Val placed on our wedding. I have to say that they are literally the best of the best. They take on any issue, concern, stress or questions that could possibly come up and make sure that it is handled so you can focus on your significant other and the family and friends that came to celebrate. We are truly so grateful that we had our wedding at the Circuit Center. We made memories to last forever and it was absolutely beautiful. We cannot thank Amy and Val and their team enough. Your wedding will be absolutely fabulous at this venue. Thank you again!!!!!
I absolutely cannot say enough positive things about Amy, Val, and the rest of the team at the Circuit Center/Fluted Mushroom. Our big day (9/24/2016) was just perfect. From the very first appointment, Amy and Val made us feel excited and at ease -- we knew we were in good hands. Along the way, they offered perfect suggestions on everything from colors to vendors to food choices. For an indecisive bride, this was invaluable. On our big day, the team made sure everything went perfectly -- not one thing was out of place, and I threw a lot of crazy setup their way (including four tables of cookies which they didn't just plate, they created an amazing display to show them all off). The food was absolutely outstanding. Rarely do I go to a wedding and remember the food, but our guests raved about their appetizers (the crab dip is the best) and meals all evening long. The staff was professional and attentive, keeping things moving and taking care of our loved ones with smiles on their faces -- you could tell they all genuinely cared and wanted to make sure everyone was happy and enjoying the evening. The room itself is a blank canvas -- you can easily tailor it into the room of your dreams -- and the location is perfect (plus, there is a huge parking lot just across the street, so convenient for your guests). I would recommend this venue to any bride-to-be, and thank you thank you thank you to the Circuit Center/Fluted Mushroom team for making our wedding the best day ever :).
Fluted Mushroom catered my wedding on May 20th at The Terrace at Hyatt House-Southside. They did a excellent job with everything! The food was absolutely delicious; I got so many compliments from my guests. My husband and I were so excited because the servers made sure that we got our food first, so we were actually able to eat at our wedding! Anything that we needed the day of the wedding, they were on top of. When I got icing all over my husband's face after the cake cutting, Val was right there with a napkin! Even dealing with them before the wedding went so smoothly. Amy Hosking is absolutely amazing to deal with. She is so friendly and sweet and helped with everything along the way. No question went unanswered!
everything right so that the bride has the day she has always envisioned. The food was fI wanted to post a note to acknowledge the work done by the staff at the Circuit Center/Fluted Mushroom, specifically Valarie Leya. We had a rather large wedding here in mid December 2016 and everything was just fantastic. Val spent as much time as we needed to review all key details. As every one knows, there are many moving parts to putting together a successful wedding. Val and the team did a great job of making sure she was not only aware of the details, but made sure she personally was on site to be certain all was running as planned. She certainly understood the importance of how critical it is to get fantastic and kept to the reputation. They were also willing to accommodate all of our requests with respect to deliveries prior to the wedding and worked closely with our planner to be sure they provided whatever we needed to make this day special for our daughter. I would like to thank Val and Lee along with the rest of the team for making this a wonderful day. I would highly recommend this facility. Thanks again for assisting us in putting on such a beautiful event.
Perfection. I could not have asked for better coordinators in Amy and Val. Every step of the process was enjoyable. The food was DELICIOUS. The room was GORGEOUS. And it was a dream wedding. Thank you. Thank you! THANK YOU!
Honestly - the Circuit Center was absolutely amazing. It was the only venue we went and saw in person and we immediately loved how open it was. We kept in touch with Amy and Val for an entire year before we needed to do anything serious. Amy definitely sold us on the idea to have our reception there and Val, well, Val is a saint. She made our entire experience so easy and it is something I will never forget. The day before the ceremony, she was suggested we use the chivari chairs which is something we wanted from the beginning and Val had open communication with me, my cousin and our entire family/bridal party. Anyone who engaged with her that night - told us the next day how amazing everything was and how helpful Val had been. If we ever renew our marriage, we're coming straight back to the circuit center again and again. The reception was perfect, the food was amazing and the experience is something we will never forget.
The Circuit Center is a Beautiful venue! The food is excellent and Val and Lee are very responsive and go out of their way to make your day special!
My daughter and son in-law had their wedding at the Circuit Center on October 29th 2016. A 5 star overall rating is not enough to truly rate the overall excellence with the venue, food, staff and total experience as the client and feedback from our guests. If you are considering this venue, do not have ANY second thoughts or deliberation about choosing them for your wedding. Amy and Val were in lock step with us throughout planning every detail, big or small. The food is exceptional, large portions and priced accordingly for the quality and presentation. Wait staff were constantly a moment away to fulfill every need during dinner service and beyond. We had a large wedding with many personal touches and all of our requests to include many family traditions were met without hesitation. The week of the wedding Val worked tirelessly on details and the day of the wedding she kept a large number of guests and bridal party on schedule in a non intrusive manner. The wedding was exquisite, flawlessly executed and will be a lasting memory for both families. Highly recommend The Fluted Mushroom and Circuit Center.
The Circuit Center and Ballroom was the absolute perfect location for our wedding reception! My new husband Frank and I were a little lost when we started looking for reception venues (we hadn't even heard of it before we searched the knot, that's why I felt it so important to share my feedback here) but immediately we knew we had found our location. We wanted a giant ballroom that we could customize in any way that we wanted and this is it! Val and Amy on the events staff are truly amazing. We worked with both leading up to the event and Val was our day of coordinator. I live out of state and the team was so terrific at working with us to schedule our visits and make plans via phone and email. Day of, I had nothing to worry about because we had reviewed all the schedules, layouts, decor, food, drinks, cake, etc. before, and the team knew exactly what we wanted. We were able to work with Val to get the floor plan layouts perfect- cookie table, photo booth, tables for 220 guests, a massive bridal party head table, and a giant dance floor that was packed all night. The team is so organized and knows exactly what they're doing- they did all the hard work so that my husband and I could have our perfect wedding and enjoy the day celebrating with family and friends. We're so glad that we put our trust in them to handle everything, because they did a truly amazing job and we couldn't have asked for a better reception venue! Thank you, thank you, thank you :)
Outstanding caterer. Extremely friendly and accommodating and handled changes and my confusion professionally and quickly. The food was DELICIOUS and just the right temperature and quite plentiful. Staff was so helpful and friendly.
I could not have had a more incredible wedding. I did not use a wedding planner, instead opting to do it all by myself. Thankfully, Amy Hosking, wedding coordinator at the CCB, is absolutely amazing. She is so attentive, so efficient and very organized. The engineer who worked with me on lighting was also very communicative and friendly. Amy was always available to help me when I had a question. She remembered things I had forgotten about and even suggested ideas that I hadn't thought of. She made sure my big day was perfect, down to making sure any needs we had were met during the reception. The food was absolutely amazing - EVERYONE raved about it! We went with a dual entree. We are foodies, so a delicious meal was important. The chef even created Pittsburgh-themed mini appetizers for our guests - they were a huge hit! Amy and the staff made sure our elaborate cookie table looked stunning! The pricing for everything was very appropriate for the incredible service we received. I wish I could relive the day over and over again!
We celebrated our Wedding in September 2016 and The Circuit Center and Ballroom staff were amazing. Val was our day-of coordinator and she helped us through the entire planning process and answered every question we had. We planned an onsite ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all of which turned out beautifully. After pushing back the ceremony due to traffic issues, the staff was still able to accomplish the reception set up and tear down of the ceremony room in 45 minutes rather than an hour. The day of the wedding, Val and the staff were just spot on with everything! They were friendly, accommodating and overall wonderful. I can't express how much it means to us that they made our wedding how we wanted it rather than what others have done in the past. We have already received so many compliments on the food, food presentation and service at the Circuit Center and Ballroom. After the wedding, they made it so easy for everything to be picked up the next day. I highly recommend them for a wedding venue and Val for any of your events. Thank you so much to Val and staff! We appreciate all of your help in making our day perfect!
We went with The Fluted Mushroom to cater our champagne reception post ceremony at The Frick. We had a lovely experience and would recommend them to anyone. Great to work with and very professional. I worked closest with Amy. She was just great!
This was a great venue for my daughter's wedding.. Central location and free parking, walking distance to hotels. Wedding coordinators are awesome and met with us on numerous occasions before the wedding to help with planning. The day of the wedding was wonderful. Service was great. Food was spectacular. The room set up was awesome and looked beautiful We were able to set up the room to fit our style and that meant a lot to us. Val gets six stars!
Beware! Brides need to know what they are getting into with this venue. The Circuit Center as a venue is gorgeous & the Fluted Mushroom in terms of a caterer is quite good. HOWEVER, to book the circuit center, you are required to work with a Fluted Mushroom event coordinator. Amy is a delight to work with but when we transitioned to Val for the day of the event, she ruined the whole experience for us. Please note that I'm a very laid-back bride so it took a LOT for me to write a negative review. Val progressively got worse over the months. Her correspondence was vague at best, but on most occasions she just ignored my questions and didn't respond back. 1 week prior to my wedding I had to email 3 times, call her twice and then call her manager over a period of a week just to try to schedule my last tasks before the event. When she met with my DJ, she flat out started a yelling match with the guy saying that everything for an event is done HER way, no exception. The fighting was highly unprofessional and very awkward!. The day before the wedding I dropped off all of the decorations & she criticized EVERYTHING I brought in! This was extremely hurtful as 1. Im the bride and she's hired to make MY day work out, and 2. we are less 24 hrs from the event, even if you dont agree with my choices there's nothing I could have done to fix it! During the rehearsal she bad mouthed me to my own mother-flat out insulted the bride! I blew it off since I didn't want to cause any awkward feelings prior to the event. Finally, we hit our wedding day where she REALLY showed her true colors. We pay nearly 20K and Val shows up to the wedding in picnic attire. To top that, like our DJ, Val started a fight with our videographer. She called her a spoiled little brat and bad mouthed her to her Fluted Mushroom employees b/c she requested a different vendor meal. Val wouldn't let up on this girl until finally, our videographer had to hide in the bridal suite with us during the cocktail hour just to get away from her! Val, seeing the girl had come to us, stormed in, continued to yell at the girl and threatened to "drive her business to the ground"! My husband and I stayed calm, asked if they can avoid each other for the remaining 3 hrs of the night & excused ourselves so we can enjoy the rest of our cocktail hr. We thought everything was fine until one of our guests pointed out during the reception that Val had called the police on our videographer and was having her escorted off of the premises. Again, my husband and I had to leave our own wedding to handle the situation. The officer said that the entire situation was ridiculous and refused to remove our PAID vendor from the event for no cause. Being a videographer, the girl had captured on camera Val's rude comments and insults. At this point, we blew up. Val had verbally fought with two of our vendors on separate occasions and prohibited our paid videographer from capturing our special day multiple times. We informed the Owner of the Venue & Fluted Mushroom of how unprofessional this woman was, but she was never reprimanded or fired. So these are my lasting wedding memories. Altho the venue is pretty, since you HAVE to work with Val, I highly recommend brides to consider other locations. If you do decide to use this place, demand someone other than Val before you sign! Check out all of the negative reviews for this venue on the other review sites, they mostly reference her.
Unbelievable experience! Val and the staff took care of everything and made sure our day was the best! Couldn't have asked for anything more! A+++
Valerie, I hope you had a good day off. I’m sure you’re back at it again already. Just wanted to say again what a pleasure it was to work with you on the 9/17/16 wedding. I continue to receive compliments about the entire night: the food, the venue, the music. It was great/refreshing to work with a pro that kept everything flowing. I hope we can work together again soon. Thanks again and take care. Sincerely, Sam
The venue was beautiful. Amy was awesome to work with. Food was incredible. Servers were top notch, except when we didn't have the champagne toast for all the speeches. We toasted with water. Once the situation was brought to the servers attention, he immediately rectified the situation and brought champagne out. Bartenders however were downright rude, mean at times, even carded guests after we were told they couldn't card guests so we had to pay the $30 per person bar fee even for those who don't drink. They ran out of coors light by the beginning of dinner and had to go buy more from the distributor. We were charged for a bathroom attendant, we never saw. Bathrooms were not always neat. There was confusion on who had to pack up cookies. First it was the family had to, then the boss came out and said they would do it. Overall we would highly recommend this venue. We can only hope they can get some new bar help!
Fluted Mushroom catered our daughter's wedding at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden on July 2, 2016. They were, in a word, fantastic. In the months before the wedding, Amy was always reachable and very friendly. She answered every question we ever had and even called us after catering another wedding at the same venue to offer some tips to make the day run smoother. The staff set beautiful tables in a quick amount of time, and they were all quite friendly as well. Amy made sure that she touched base with me on any decisions that needed to be made during pre-ceremony time in a polite and unobtrusive way. Everything was handled so well that I didn't have to waste any of that precious day worrying about the details. Oh yeah, the food was delicious, too!!!!!
The entire staff from the Fluted Mushroom and the Circuit Center did a great job. They made everything super easy for us. The ballroom looked elegant and was spacious enough for lots of dancing, guests, and cookies! We couldn't be happier with how everything turned out.
Recommend improvement on customer serviceReviewed on 11/21/2015 Colleen C
I had a really hard time deciding how to review this place- basically because our day of was so perfect, but our planning process was miserable. My husband and I invested most of our wedding budget in venue and catering and they were by far the worst vendor of ours to work with during the planning process. You will constantly feel like you're doing them a favor, when in reality you're paying thousands of dollars for a service. The day of our reception was absolutely perfect. The service day of was amazing, the food was amazing (and by amazing I mean out of this world- like so good), the venue was amazing- it looks so beautiful once everything is decorated. But dealing with this place for a year was a nightmare. I actually had to find room in my wedding budget to hire my own day of coordinator because they were so awful during the planning process. I highly recommend hiring your own day-of coordinator no matter what they say. It will give you piece of mind the day of because they are so incredibly disorganized. The owner could care a little more about the customer service his venue provides during the planning process. I literally only gave this place 3/5 stars because our day of was so great.
We chose the Circuit Center for our wedding reception for a few reasons. We liked the fact that the room was kind of a blank slate, and could really be customized to our liking, we liked the close proximity to the Spring Hill Suites for our out of town guests, and we heard the food catered by The Fluted Mushroom was amazing. It was also a reasonably priced option for a larger number of people. However, I can't recommend this venue to others, because it wasn't the best experience for us. First of all, the venue is not very flexible, so if you're looking to be creative and add things like a popcorn bar, or something similar, this is not the place for you. They have strict policies on what you can bring in, and for most things, the answer is no. Also, halfway through my wedding planning process, the wedding coordinator set a meeting with me to go over some details. When I arrived at the venue, I was informed that the coordinator was no longer with the company, and no one at the company had any idea that I was supposed to have a meeting that day. Afterwards, I was connected with the other wedding coordinator, Val, who was often condescending, and very difficult to talk to at times. After placing a call to the owner, the coordination of my wedding was transferred to the assistant general manager, Amy, who was MUCH better to work with. She was much nicer, and tried to accommodate as much as possible, and did a great job coordinating the event the day of, although I did hire an outside coordinator to ensure the day would run smoothly, after my poor experience with the venue. Overall, the day turned out wonderfully, and the food was amazing, but the overall experience was a bit frustrating, and rather disappointing.
Spacious venue but disappointing serviceReviewed on 9/01/2015 Lori K
Circuit Center made for a great space for a wedding, with the outside courtyard and spacious ballroom. However, the customer service is lacking. I planned my wedding with Lori. She could be very cold, and she had an attitude that made it seem like I was bugging her. I was far from a needy bride, but even general questions that I asked were answered dismissively. It made the planning process more stressful than it had to be. Shortly before my wedding, I received an email that Lori no longer worked at the venue and now I would be working with Val. Val was very accommodating and helpful, to my relief. However, I had a couple of my guests tell me that some of the staff was unfriendly to them on the day of the wedding. Also, there was not a table set up for my vendors to eat at, even though this is something I had discussed with the Fluted Mushroom on more than one occasion. Overall, my wedding ended up being a beautiful event and the food was delicious, but I would probably choose another venue if I could do it all over again.
Great Food, Beautiful venueReviewed on 8/06/2015 Emilie H
Everything came together beautifully. The fluted mushroom, which is a catering company that owns the venue, did an AMAZING job. Several of our guests said that it was by far the best food that they've ever had at a wedding, and quite a few also said that it was the nicest wedding they've ever been to. I did most of the planning with Lori. She was great. Val handled my wedding the day of. She was MIA quite a bit (the reason I didn't give 5 stars), but managed to pull everything off nicely.
Everything was perfect!Reviewed on 6/12/2014 Sade M
We picked the circuit center to have our wedding because we invite a lot of people and it was a blank slate. I had no idea that it would end up being far better than any of my expectations. Lori Keller (the wedding coordinator there) was an angel!!! she answered each and every one of my questions. she went above and beyond to make sure I had everything I needed and when the day came, I was relaxed and able to completely enjoy myself. I would recommend the circuit center to anyone!!!