We booked the Morning Glory for our wedding because we wanted a beautiful space with a more intimate, house party feeling. Overall, this is exactly what we got. We enjoyed ourselves at our wedding, as did our guests. And yes, it was beautifully set up for us. However, I would absolutely never reccommend another Bride and Groom to go through what we experienced with the owner, Dave Eshelman. From the start, Dave acted more like a robot than a person who should exude hospitality. He wasn't so aggravating at the beginning, but was always just very matter of fact, always repeating a very memorized script of how the wedding would go. When I had questions or requests, it was always the same "well, we do it this way" answer. There wasn't a lot of flexibility. And for the most part, that was fine. The set up that they have is very nice and great for a small wedding of 100 guests or less. However, no matter what size wedding a bride is planning, it's still an important event and you need to make her feel comfortable and confident that the day will go smoothly. The Morning Glory does have an Event Coordinator named Joy and she is, indeed, a joy! However, I asked to meet her several times during my appointments with Dave and was always told "It's not necessary for you to meet her". Again, not very reassuring to a Bride that she's not allowed to meet the one person who will be running the show on the Big Day. (I finally met Joy the day of the wedding and yes, she was wonderful! But if I hadn't had her to go to and had to deal with Dave the whole time, I would have been a mess.) When I dropped off the final payment, Dave once again asked me what time the ceremony would be held (even though it was in my contract AND we had of course gone over that several times) and then started to go through the same monotone memorized details of how the evening would go. Only this time, he mentioned that we would do a receiving line and toasts immediately following the ceremony. We were not planning to do a receiving line. We wanted to process out of the courtyard to the bagpipes with our wedding party and get photos out of the way for the children involved and also to let the band we had hired for TWO HOURS ONLY, start to play for dinner. He got very upset with me and said that he would have no way to inform guests of how the dinner stations worked if we didn't do a receiving line. I asked him why he couldn't make that announcement if we weren't there and it was like he just could NOT deviate from the one and only way he knew to run a wedding. He started to get very frustrated with me (as I did with him) and I suggested that I email him my spreadsheet of how things were going to go (which was exactly everything we had spoken about all along...except for this receiving line thing). He told me "Well, you don't really need to know when things are going to happen because other people will be doing everything for you." Yeah, can't say that made me very happy. If I'm paying a place thousands of dollars, I'm going to know what is happening and it's going to be what we want to happen. So, I sent him a spreadsheet with a very detailed timeline of when the band would play and take a break so that we could do our first dances and cut the cake, etc. When it came time for this to happen, I had to go track down Dave to make the announcement that we were going to do our first dance. He refused to make the announcement and insisted that the Best Man should be doing that. What?!?! So, then our poor Best Man had to be tracked down, taken away from his dinner, and act as MC. Dave also openly complained in front of guests that the kegs we had delivered were not what he liked and he threw a small fit in front of them. (Btw, another aquaintance had her wedding here and ordered 3 kegs instead of 2, had a cooler for the extra one and Dave made the distributor take it back...even though they had paid for it. And yes, they ran out of beer.) He treated our FANTASTIC caterer and his staff terribly and had absolutely no respect for the guests of the inn that were there for two nights for the wedding. One guest called him to say that her shower wasn't working and was gruffly told "I'm in the middle of a wedding. I will fix it on Monday." The air conditioning was turned off one of the nights and it was miserable for those guests (they didn't discover it until after returning late at night, so were afraid to call Dave). Needless to say, I was absolutely mortified that I had asked these friends and family to stay here and spend their money on an unhospitable establishment. Also, I had to personally remove Glenn Beck and anti-Obama literature set out on tables in every single room with a note from Dave telling guests to read at least the first 12 pages. I don't care what your political views are, but it is no place for such things at a wedding or a place where you SHOULD want your guests (of many backgrounds and opinions) to feel nothing but comfortable and welcome. And to top it all off, Dave asked me what I wanted done with the leftover cupcakes and I told him that I guess to box up and put some in the fridge. Well, he didn't do that. He threw them ALL away. My Groom didn't even get to eat one.
Again, the ceremony was beautiful and the reception was fun, but this was far too much stress to deal with for something that is very costly. It's a shame, because the Inn is beautiful and Joy was a tremendous help. She made breakfast the next morning for everyone and it was wonderful! But Dave is shooting himself in the foot by being so hostile and unwelcoming. I would not recommend this venue to any other couples. And the guests that stayed at the Inn would not even consider returning to stay.
- Also Known As:
- Morning Glory Hotel
- Morning Glory Hotel Pittsburgh
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Morning Glory Inn is a Victorian brick townhouse bed and breakfast with rooms as inspired as the sights surrounding us! You will succumb to a wonderful blending of "old and new" that is both cozy and comfortable. ... more less