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Sweating for the Wedding: Fun Fitness in Pittsburgh

Dress shopping? Fun! Selecting linens? Delightful! Cake tasting? Yes please!
Prepping for a wedding or event is filled with fun activities. Who’s to say that your pre-wedding workout routine shouldn’t also be a blast? Step away from the treadmill and sign yourself into one of these fun, unique new fitness opportunities in Pittsburgh.

Pure Barre
Want to know what all of this lift, tone, burn talk is all about? The Pure Barre franchise has revolutionized the fitness world by redefining what it means to get in shape. Utilizing small isometric movements and modern toning techniques, Pure Barre dedicates every second of its 60-minute classes to giving you a complete body workout. Anna Lind of the Pittsburgh and Wexford locations explains, “Pure Barre is the fastest, most effective, yet safest way to change your body. Each hour long class is a full-body workout concentrating on the areas women struggle with most–hips, thighs, seat, abdominals, and arms–working to create long lean muscle without bulk. Whether you barre with your bridal besties, mother-in-law to be, or go solo for a little pre-wedding stress relief, we are here to meet your nuptial needs.” With new locations popping up all over Pittsburgh and a safe, all-ages approach to fitness, Pure Barre has fast become the city’s most popular specialty barre studio. In addition to its wide range of packages, Pure Barre offers a 3-month unlimited “Bride-to-Be” package for brides getting ready for their special day! Head into your local Pure Barre studio and see what all of the buzz is about – your body won’t regret it!

Pure Barre Pittsburgh bridal workout | The Event Group, Pittsburgh wedding and event planners

 

Pittsburgh Dance Center
Located in Bloomfield (conveniently above a Starbucks) is Pittsburgh Dance Center. As one of the largest dance studios in Pittsburgh, PDC offers a unique and ever-growing list of classes. Owner Holly Kirby and her staff offer group and private ballroom classes, which are, of course, a must for couples and fathers of the bride. The studio also offers adult tap classes, belly dancing, hip-hop “Swag” Fitness, and Brazilian samba.
But the fun doesn’t stop there. PDC is renowned for its Aerial and Cirque curriculum, making it one of the most unique places in the city to get a workout! If you’re not afraid of heights, check into an Aerial Silks class, inspired by Cirque du Soleil performances. The hour-long classes get your heart pumping as you use every muscle in your body to lift, flip, twist and climb. Silks are great for full-body toning and strength-building while also increasing your flexibility, balance and grace. Instructor Heidi Herzberger says, “Especially if you’re stressed because of wedding planning, silks are a great way to relieve stress because you’re swinging and playing!” Silks classes are not nearly as dangerous as they may look; new students can stay as low to the ground as they wish and are always protected by floor pads. Insider tips: Keep an eye out for Groupons for PDC. Avoid Lyra, Trapeze and Cube classes a week before any event, as these pieces of cirque equipment sometimes leave bruises. Also, bring a friend to your first class – you’ll need someone to take your picture as you show off your new skills!

Pittsburgh Dance Center Wedding Workout | The Event Group, Pittsburgh Wedding and Event planning

 

Shape Training
If a high energy atmosphere is more your thing, then Shape Training in East Liberty is exactly what you need to get the adrenaline (and sweat) going. Since its fall 2014 opening, Shape Training has kept its patrons busy by offering a wide variety of fitness classes as well as personal training services. Diverse and effective classes, such as heavy bag boxing and suspension training allow gym-goers to mix up their weekly workout regimen and achieve maximum results. Shape Training also offers customizable packages, perfect for a bride and groom duo wanting to get their pre-nuptial sweat on! Not only does this gym make you look good, it makes you feel good too. Shape Training places a large focus on charity and hosts events throughout the year to raise funds for various nonprofit organizations. If a positive, supportive and fit community is what you have been missing from your day-to-day grind, Shape Training is just for you!

SHAPE Training Pittsburgh bridal workout | The Event Group, Pittsburgh wedding and event planners

 

It’s important to find a workout routine that you can enjoy and stick with. We hope one of these unique, effective Pittsburgh fitness studios will be just what you need to feel and look your best on your big day!

 

Get to Know Our Newest Team Members

Allow us to introduce our newest team members! We’ve grown and expanded over the past year, so we invite you to get to know the four most recent additions to the Event Group team. They look forward to helping plan and coordinate your next event!
The Event Group Productions and Weddings new hires | The Event Group, Pittsburgh Wedding and Event Planners

Kate Caffrey, Sara Mineo Donley, Kate Rekrut and Erika Moul

Kate Caffrey
Kate Caffrey, Pittsburgh Event Manager | The Event Group, Pittsburgh PA wedding and event planners

What is your role at The Event Group? Office and Event Manager
What is your favorite part about working at The Event Group? The people that I get to work with as well as seeing months of planning come together as a beautiful event
When you are not working, what do you enjoy doing? Spending time with family and friends, reading, and trying new makeup products
3 things you can’t live without: Chocolate chip cookies, Pinterest, and the GPS on my phone
Your secret super power: My ability to fall asleep fast
Favorites
Pittsburgh restaurants:
Burgatory – who can resist their burgers and milkshakes?!
Movies: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Legally Blonde
Song/Singer/Band: I’ll listen to pretty much anything but my current favorite is Ed Sheeran
Vacation spot: Walt Disney World – I’m a kid at heart
Quote: “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” -Nora Roberts
TV Shows: Law and Order: SVU, Scandal, Hart of Dixie and Friends

 

Erika MoulErika Moul, Senior Event Coordinator | The Event Group, Pittsburgh Wedding, Conference and Fundraiser Planner

What is your role at The Event Group? Senior Event Coordinator
What is your favorite part about working at The Event Group? Developing fabulous event concepts or wedding details for a client and seeing a clients’ face when the vision comes to life!
When you are not working, what do you enjoy doing?  Walking and playing with my dog, Carly, trying new restaurants with my fiance, Brad, and planning my own wedding!
3 things you can’t live without: My dog, my fiance, and sleep!
Your secret super power: Teleportation – I wish!  But I am really very good at napping – I can nap anywhere, anytime; I love a good nap!
Favorites
Pittsburgh restaurants: Tako, Cure, Piccolo Forno, Dish
Movie: Grease, 10 Things I Hate About You, Love Actually
Song/Singer/Band: Dave Matthews Band, Betty Who, Sam Hunt, Bruno Mars – anything, really! I’m very eclectic in my music tastes.
Cocktail drink: Moscow mule
Vacation spot: Aruba
Quote: “What if I fall? Oh, but darling, what if you fly?” – Erin Hanson
TV Shows: Parks & Recreation

 

Kate Rekrut
Kate Rekrut, Pittsburgh Event Manager | The Event Group, Pittsburgh PA wedding and event planners

What is your role at The Event Group? Marketing and Social Media Manager
What is your favorite part about working at The Event Group? I love the broadness of my role; I get to touch on everything from creative writing and social media to coding and banner ad design. I also love getting to mingle with so many interesting people in so many different niches of the wedding and event industry.
When you are not working, what do you enjoy doing? Taking dance and aerial silks classes, or finding new uses for Nutella
3 things you can’t live without: Mascara, coffee and Spotify
Your secret super power: Having the same name as someone else, no matter where I go
Favorites
Pittsburgh restaurants:
Smoke… actually, any restaurant on Butler Street
Movie: Grand Budapest Hotel. Everything from the costumes to the soundtrack is exquisite.
Song/Singer/Band: Michael Bublé
Cocktail drink: White Russian
Vacation spot: Amelia, Italy. I studied there with a host family and am dying to go back!
Quote: “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” -John Lennon
TV Shows: Game of Thrones

 

Sara Mineo Donley
Sara Mineo Donley, Pittsburgh Event Manager | The Event Group, Pittsburgh PA wedding and event planners

What is your role at The Event Group? Event Coordinator
What is your favorite part about working at The Event Group? The uniqueness and beauty of each and every event – every day is always exciting and full of surprises!
When you are not working, what do you enjoy doing? Working out, especially boxing at SHAPE Training in East Liberty. I also LOVE food and am constantly cooking or trying new restaurants with my husband, John, or my girlfriends.
3 things you can’t live without: Authentic Italian food, Ray-Ban sunglasses and washing my face… I’m an addict.
Your secret super power: My spider monkey climbing abilities. You name it, I will climb it.
Favorites
Pittsburgh restaurants:
 Guacho Parrilla Argentina, Casbah and Della Terra (best Italian food in PA, absolutely worth the drive to Zelienople!)
Movie: Sex and the City, THE FIRST ONE! It’s my vice. Also, anything and everything by Wes Anderson.
Song/Singer/Band: Electric Feel by MGMT has always been my jam. My favorite band however is definitely Vampire Weekend.
Cocktail drink: Moscow Mule
Vacation spot: Anywhere in Italy, but preferably by the sea!
Quote: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver
TV Shows: Gossip Girl and The Bachelor/ette… what? You know you love it!

 

BHLDN Bridal Line

Who doesn’t love Anthropologie? From their boho-chic clothing and accessories to their covetable home décor, we sometimes wish the whole world could be decorated by Anthropologie’s buyers. Pinch us, we must be dreaming: Anthropologie has a bridal and bridesmaid collection!

BHLDN (pronounced beholden) is a sister store of Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie which specializes in bridal wear.  The shop has everything from wedding dresses to bridesmaid dresses, from accessories to bridal lingerie.  There are BHLDN stores, but only in select cities.  Pittsburgh unfortunately has not yet made the list. But don’t fret, all of BHLDN’s items can be purchased online, which is good news for anyone who does not have a store near them!

BHLDN’s bridal gowns range in style, so it would not be hard to find a dress that suits your style – from modern simplicity to 1920’s dazzle and everything in between.

BHLDN Cate Gown | The Event Group, Pittsburgh Wedding and Event Planning

BHLDN Cate Gown

BHLDN Amelie Bridal Gown | The Event Group, Pittsburgh Wedding and Event Planning

BHLDN Amelie Gown

BHLDN Seraphina Bridal Gown | The Event Group, Pittsburgh Wedding and Event Planning

BHLDN Seraphina Gown

BHLDN has a beautiful selection of bridesmaid dresses, too!

BHLDN Chloe Bridesmaid Dress | The Event Group, Pittsburgh wedding and event planner

BHLDN Chloe Dress

BHLDN Annabelle bridesmaid dress | The Event Group, Pittsburgh Wedding and Event Planning

BHLDN Anabelle Dress

BHLDN Juliette bridesmaid dress | The Event Group, Pittsburgh wedding and event planning

BHLDN Juliette Dress

BHLDN’s shoe and accessory selections are simply gorgeous! Here are some of our favorites:

BHLDN Vivacite heels | The Event Group, Pittsburgh wedding and event planners

BHLDN Vivacite Heels

BHLDN D'orsay pumps | The Event Group, Pittsburgh Wedding and Event Planners

BHLDN Knotted D’Orsay Pumps

BHLDN Fitzgerald chandelier earrings | The Event Group, Pittsburgh wedding and event company

BHLDN Fitzgerald Chandeliers

BHLDN Luna Bracelet | The Event Group, Pittsburgh wedding and event team

BHLDN Luna Bracelet

BHLDN Ciosa necklace | The Event Group, Pittsburgh wedding and event planning

BHLDN Ciosa Necklace

If you are interested in purchasing any of these items, or if you want to take a look at all they have to offer, visit their website at bhldn.com.

All photos via BHLDN.com