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History Made in a Big Pittsburgh Way

A local organization has established a world record for the largest wedding cookie table, and we've got the pictures to prove it.

Photos by Lauren DiCello

History was made this weekend as the Monongahela Area Historical Society succeeded in setting the new record for the world’s largest wedding cookie table. To say that the group merely beat the old record is like saying a few people enjoy waving Terrible Towels at Steelers’ games. 

During Monongahela’s 250th anniversary celebration, Christina Conlon, an adjudicator from Guinness World Records, put the official count at more than 19,000 cookies, which beat the previous record of 18,000.  However the counting was far from over. Conlon said that there were still thousands of cookies to record and the unofficial total was at least 50,000.


The event produced a huge turnout, with the Monongahela Area Historical Society selling out of boxes that attendees used to hold the cookies they were sampling. Three couples were married at the event to make it an official wedding cookie table, and there were also three vow renewals. Additionally, after attendees took their favorite cookies, the leftovers were donated to local first responders and 412 Food Rescue. 

This event has been in the making for years after Laura Magone, the creator of The Wedding Cookie Table Community Facebook page, decided she wanted to establish the record in her small town of Monongahela. 


One of the bakers, Catherine Gruda, says she baked 1,624 cookies.

“I was so excited to be involved in the Guinness World Record setting event for the world’s largest wedding cookie table,” she says. “I hope this record isn’t broken, but if it is, I will be there with even more [cookies].”

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