New Jersey is a northeastern state across the Hudson River from New York City. It’s best known for its 130-mile Atlantic shoreline, commonly referred to as the Jersey Shore. Brides with their hearts set on being married on a private island will find the perfect setting at Bonnet Island Estate. Couples looking for a tranquil, wooded country estate may find their match at the Ashford Estate. Those looking for an Italian-style villa will fall in love with Nanina’s in the Park. Here are 25 New Jersey wedding venues you’ll love.
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The Atlantis Ballroom is the venue of choice for Ocean County brides wanting a one-of-a-kind wedding. Their reception packages can be upgraded with some truly unique options like ice sculptures, customized Snapchat filters, infused water stations, signature cocktails, and a gourmet popcorn bar. Couples who are looking for more traditional amenities will find them here as well. An open dance floor, Hollywood-inspired lighting, and tables set with dramatic centerpieces are just some of the features that set the tone for celebrations from fun to fancy. A personal wedding coordinator works with every couple to make their reception memorable. Next read: weekend getaways for couples
290 Highway 37 East, Toms River, NJ 08753, Phone: 732-731-8000
2.Bear Brook Valley
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With the exclusive atmosphere of a country club and a team of professionals who make sure no detail is overlooked, it’s no wonder that Bear Brook Valley is one of The Knot’s “Best of Weddings” picks for 2018. The newly constructed building was designed with weddings in mind. The Silo Suite, complete with salon chairs and a wet bar, and the Woodford Lounge, a man cave that has game consoles and a pool table, are perfect spots for the wedding party to relax before the ceremony. Guests will enjoy spending time outdoors playing a friendly game of shuffleboard or strolling around the well-manicured grounds.
23 Players Boulevard, Fredon Township, NJ 07860, Phone: 973-241-1001
3.Bonnet Island Estate
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Brides who have always dreamed of being married on a private island will find the perfect setting at Bonnet Island Estate. Friends and family can witness the bride and groom exchange vows in the Boathouse Chapel followed by cocktails on the veranda of the plantation-style estate house. The spacious ballroom, with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the bay, can seat up to 250 guests for a gourmet dinner prepared by their renowned head chef, while still leaving plenty of room to dance the night away. After the reception, the newlyweds can retire upstairs to the luxuriously appointed bridal suite.
2400 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ 08050, Phone: 609-494-9100
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This historic mansion is a sophisticated setting for upscale weddings. Named for the stunning crystal chandeliers that illuminate the Grand Ballroom, the Crystal Plaza is a highly sought-after venue. Multiple spaces are available for events from small intimate ceremonies to extravagant celebrations. The family-owned Crystal Plaza Group is dedicated to providing every client with a personalized experience that includes custom menus, attentive service, and distinctive decor. They welcome couples of all faiths, ethnicities, and lifestyles and are happy to accommodate special requests. Their curated list of preferred vendors includes industry favorites like Kleinfeld for designer gowns and Hank Lane Music for world-class entertainment.
305 W Northfield Road, Livingston, NJ 07039, Phone: 973-992-8100
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English Manor is a five-star rated wedding venue near lively Asbury Park, New Jersey. Their all-inclusive reception packages feature premier amenities such as an open bar stocked with premium brands, a custom tiered wedding cake, the services of a maître d’ and wedding event specialists, and after-dinner espressos and cordials. Off-season packages also include 4 hours of musical entertainment and 8 hours of professional photography. Local photographers love the opportunity to mix the colorful backdrops of the Asbury Boardwalk with the manor’s picture-perfect gardens for a creative wedding album that shows off the couple’s style.
One English Lane, Ocean, NJ 07712, Phone: 732-776-8558
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As a leading catering facility in the tri-state area, the Grand Marquis offers customized menus for wedding events of all sizes. The quality of the gourmet cuisine is matched only by the spectacular setting in which it is served. The Dome Ballroom can accommodate up 250 friends and family members in a luxurious setting with a circular dance floor that matches the soaring dome overhead. Larger-scale receptions of up to 800 guests will be seated in the Marquis Ballroom. Equally luxurious, this spacious ballroom features a marble dance floor surrounded by Corinthian columns and is lighted by elegant chandeliers.
1550 U.S. 9, Old Bridge, NJ 08857, Phone: 732-679-5700
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From outdoor ceremonies on a cliff surrounded by the natural beauty of Eagle Rock Reservation to dinner and dancing on the top floor of this historic building with the Manhattan skyline in the background, wedding guests will be impressed by Highlawn Pavilion’s unsurpassed location. The staff is committed to making sure the service is equally as impressive as the setting. Event specialists make sure every detail is planned and coordinated with outside vendors. They can even arrange overnight accommodations at the nearby Residence Inn, which is co-owned by the family that makes the Highlawn Pavilion such a highly acclaimed venue.
1 Crest Drive, West Orange, NJ 07052, Phone: 973-731-3463
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The owners of Il Tulipano have been providing exceptional service to their customers for over 30 years. Their Italian heritage is at the heart of their service, and couples will feel like their part of the family as they work with the skilled staff to plan the wedding of their dreams. Any of the indoor or outdoor event spaces, which include the flagstone piazza, the skylighted Tulip Terrace, and the gilded Grand Ballroom, can be used for ceremonies and receptions. Traditional Italian specialties like pancetta-wrapped sea scallops, tuna carpaccio, creamy risotto, and sweet sorbetto are among the palate-pleasing menu options.
1131 Pompton Avenue, Route 23, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009, Phone: 973-256-9300
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This signature event company owns five award-winning venues in New Jersey. Couples can choose from an event hall with a view of the New York City, a picturesque mountain setting, a historic country inn, a renovated mill, or a lakefront boathouse. Their exceptional catering staff and team of event experts are passionate about providing wedding clients with unparalleled service. Seasonal menus, tableside wine service, and butler-passed hors d’oeuvres are some of the specialties of the culinary staff. A bridal attendant and maître d’ are assigned to each event to make sure it runs smoothly from beginning to end.
675 Garfield Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07305, Phone: 866-683-3586
10.Meadow Wood Manor
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It’s no surprise that Meadow Wood Manor has been a recipient of WeddingWire’s prestigious Couples’ Choice award for the past two years. Indoor and outdoor ceremonies and receptions are complemented by a range of one-of-a-kind amenities, including a supervised game room for younger guests, custom ice sculptures, and the services of a personal bridal attendant. Guests are greeted by uniformed servers offering a selection of appetizers and flutes of champagne garnished with seasonal berries. After the cocktail hour, everyone is invited into the Grand Ballroom, where dinner is served, followed by a cake-cutting ceremony to celebrate the happy couple.
461 State Route 10, Rudolph, NJ 07869, Phone: 973-537-5454
11.Nanina’s in the Park
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Nanina’s is a local landmark on the grounds of Belleville’s Branch Brook Park. For over 65 years, this Italian-style villa has hosted weddings and other private events that have garnered well-deserved praise from newlyweds and their families. Every wedding at Nanina’s includes conveniences like valet parking, a doorman in a top hat and coattails who greets guests as they arrive, and a dedicated bridal attendant. Couples can make their special day even more memorable with optional amenities like photo booths, a candy bar, a carriage ride through the park, signature favors, or a themed after-party in the lounge.
540 Mill Street, Belleville, NJ 07109, Phone: 973-751-1230
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Known for its affordability, the Pantagis Renaissance has been the venue of choice for budget-conscious brides and grooms for nearly four decades. Nine individually styled banquet rooms give couples flexibility in planning a wedding of any size. A gazebo and two chapel areas are available for on-site ceremonies. Also suitable for bridal showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and rehearsal dinners, the Pantagis Renaissance has an array of menu options and bar packages. Their in-house bakery can create custom cakes and pastries for any occasion and a select list of preferred vendors offer professional services from photography to floral design.
250 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076, Phone: 908-322-7726
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This family-owned and operated farm was once a country inn frequented by movie stars and stage personalities from the Golden Age. Now this storied property is home to three unique event venues – a beautifully maintained barn, a newly designed building with wood beams and stone columns, and the Venetian, part of the family’s original countryside retreat. Private rooms are available for the bride and groom and their attendants to get ready for the ceremony and freshen up before the reception. The grounds include gardens, an orchard, and even a lake that photographers can use as backgrounds for candid shots and posed portraits.
350 Andover Sparta Road, Andover, NJ 07821, Phone: 973-729-6161
14.Pleasantdale Chateau & Conference
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Set in an idyllic wooded area that allows for total privacy, the Pleasantdale Chateau is a desirable location for high-profile weddings. World-class gourmet cuisine and elite services make ceremonies and receptions at the chateau the ideal choice for discerning couples. The staff’s discretion and attention to detail is second to none, and they work with a carefully curated list of vetted vendors who are industry experts in floral design, videography, entertainment, and transportation. This exclusive property has on-site accommodations and on-demand services for out-of-town guests and offers private helicopter and limousine transportation to area attractions.
757 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052, Phone: 973-731-5600
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This centuries-old equestrian estate is set in the rolling hills of Hunterdon County. The property is home to the Coach House, which is a newly renovated event barn with modern upgrades, the Breyer Barns, which offer luxurious accommodations for overnight guests, and the main building with spaces that can be used for special occasions of all sizes. From intimate dinners in the Chef’s Room or the New York Room to large-scale affairs in the Grand Ballroom, Ryland Inn is a versatile venue with an experienced staff that goes above and beyond to provide incomparable service to every wedding couple and their guests.
115 Old Highway 28, White House Station, NJ 08889, Phone: 908-534-4011
16.Spring Lake Manor
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Whether you choose to exchange vows in a casual oceanfront ceremony on the beach or in the more formal setting of the Atlantic Room, Spring Lake Manor is an excellent choice for a coastal wedding. The manor’s spacious ballroom and the adjacent private courtyard are inviting spaces that can be decorated with your choice of linens and centerpieces. Treat your guests to unlimited mimosas at brunch or a 5-hour open bar during dinner. Couples who want to continue celebrating with friends and family after a traditional reception can invite them to the Grille Room for after-dinner drinks and late-night snacks.
415 Highway 71, Spring Lake, NJ 07762, Phone: 732-449-6630
17.The Addison Park
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The attentive staff at the Addison Park offer superb white-glove service to all of their clients. Butlers holding silver platters filled with champagne flutes greet guests as they arrive in the marbled foyer with its grand staircase and sparkling chandelier. Parties of up to 800 people can be seated in the ballroom, where they will be served a meal prepared by an award-winning chef and an accomplished culinary team. A premium wedding cake for dessert is accompanied by a selection of Italian coffee and international tea. After dinner, the newlyweds can dance their first dance as husband and wife surrounded by family and friends.
150 Highway 35, Keyport, NJ 07735, Phone: 732-566-9660
18.The Ashford Estate
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This wooded country estate is ideal for brides who want a distinctive setting for their wedding. Part of the Weddings of Distinction family, the venue has historical charm complemented by modern amenities. The bride and her attendants can watch guests arrive from the cushioned window seat in the Bridal Parlor, while the groom and his groomsmen wait for the ceremony to begin in the comfortably appointed Groom’s Lounge. From the simple elegance of the Barn Chapel to the sophisticated design of the Grand Ballroom, it is easy to see why the Ashford Estate is a dream venue for discriminating brides.
637 Province Line Road, Allentown, NJ 08501, Phone: 609-494-9100
19.The Chandelier at Flanders Valley Weddings
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The Chandelier at Flanders Valley is located in northern New Jersey and is easily accessible from several major airports. Guests who are flying in for weddings at The Chandelier will find a wide range of available accommodations nearby. The bride and groom will love the opportunity to add their own special touches to the reception menu by choosing a signature drink and Romeo and Juliet entrees. Other creative food and beverage options include the Mashed and Mac Bar, the Homemade Zeppola and Fried Oreo Station, and a mimosa bar. Up to 5 hours of open bar is included in every reception package.
80 Pleasant Hill Road, Flanders, NJ 07836, Phone: 973-584-6620
20.The Estate at Farrington Lake
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The Estate at Farrington Lake has beautiful indoor and outdoor locations for ceremonies and receptions as well as plenty of idyllic spots to capture perfect portraits and charming candid shots. Couples can say “I do” under the pergola that overlooks the lake and follow it with a reception in the solarium-style ballroom lighted with sunlight streaming through the oversized windows during the day and Swarovski crystal chandeliers that highlight the marble dance floor in the evening. International menus and amenities will make any couple feel right at home. The professional chefs can also prepare kosher and vegetarian or vegan meals on request.
16 Patrick Street, East Brunswick, NJ 08816, Phone: 732-297-1500
21.The Hamilton Manor
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The wedding directors at The Hamilton Manor have many years of experience helping engaged couples plan the wedding they’ve always envisioned. Numerous indoor and outdoor spaces can be used for smaller gatherings or large-scale celebrations of more than 500 guests. Customized wedding packages include the services of an event manager and a bridal attendant, and the wedding director who helped with the planning and preparation will be on-site on the day of the ceremony and reception to make sure everything runs smoothly from the moment the bride and groom arrive until the last guest leaves. The Hamilton Manor is perfect for bridal showers and rehearsal dinners as well.
30 Route 156, Hamilton Township, NJ 08620, Phone: 609-581-6782
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More than 10,000 weddings have been held at The Manor since it opened in 1956. The staff’s stellar service is outdone only by the spectacular setting. Manicured lawns and stately trees surround this meticulously maintained manor house. Brick pathways lined with flowers lead to Italianate fountains and the formal garden, which is used as an open-air ceremony space. Four individually styled ballrooms offer views of the estate and are beautifully decorated with complementary floral arrangements and centerpieces. Next door to The Manor is a Marriott property that can provide convenient accommodations for friends and family from out of town.
111 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052, Phone: 973-731-2360
23.The Palace at Somerset Park
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Couples who book a wedding at the Palace at Somerset Park will have their choice of two separate venues – both with the same quality services and amenities. A wide range of local and imported specialties are available for a reception menu that is unique to each bride and groom. The in-house pastry chef creates fondant-covered cakes with flavored fillings chosen by the couple. Other special arrangements include linen and napkin choices, upgraded wine options, and personalized menu and place cards. In-house wedding planners will even work with the couple’s choice of outside vendors, though they have a list of preferred partners available if needed.
333 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ 08873, Phone: 877-725-2234
24.The Park Savoy Estate
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This historic estate is a New Jersey landmark that has recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation. Its legendary past as a popular speakeasy sets the mood for a carefree night of dinner and dancing in the ballroom followed by craft cocktails on the lawn. Every event detail is carefully planned and executed by a staff that provides exceptional service to each couple and their guests. Anything that can’t be covered in-house is coordinated with professional vendors that work closely with the management team at The Park Savoy. Their personal attention and dedication to detail has won them multiple “Best of” awards from their peers in the wedding industry.
236 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park, NJ 07932, Phone: 973-377-7100
25.Versailles Ballroom at the Ramada Toms River
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Located in the Ramada Hotel and Suites near the Jersey Shore, the Versailles Ballroom is a full-service wedding venue. From the first planning meeting to the final goodbye, the facility’s staff is devoted to helping couples have their dream wedding. They have a “make it happen” mentality and have thought of everything that goes into making a wedding memorable, from accessories to aperitifs. A member of The Knot’s Hall of Fame and seven-time winner of WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Award, the Versailles Ballroom is proud to be the place where Ocean County couples can “eat, drink, and be married.”
2373 Route 9, Toms River, NJ 08755, Phone: 732-719-1206
25 Best New Jersey Wedding Venues
- Atlantis Ballroom, Photo: Courtesy of blachowicz102 - Fotolia.com
- Bear Brook Valley, Photo: Courtesy of COSPV - Fotolia.com
- Bonnet Island Estate, Photo: Courtesy of goumbik - Fotolia.com
- Crystal Plaza, Photo: Courtesy of prostooleh - Fotolia.com
- English Manor, Photo: Courtesy of sashamolly - Fotolia.com
- Grand Marquis, Photo: Courtesy of Sergii Kondrytskyi - Fotolia.com
- Highlawn Pavilion, Photo: Courtesy of Monkey Business - Fotolia.com
- Il Tulipano, Photo: Courtesy of yakimenkoanton - Fotolia.com
- Landmark Venues, Photo: Courtesy of Fotolia.com
- Meadow Wood Manor, Photo: Courtesy of rostov777 - Fotolia.com
- Nanina’s in the Park, Photo: Courtesy of nagaets - Fotolia.com
- Pantagis Renaissance, Photo: Courtesy of Fotolia.com
- Perona Farms, Photo: Courtesy of Parilov - Fotolia.com
- Pleasantdale Chateau & Conference, Photo: Courtesy of nataliakabliuk - Fotolia.com
- Ryland Inn, Photo: Courtesy of alexandrumusuc - Fotolia.com
- Spring Lake Manor, Photo: Courtesy of Anntuan - Fotolia.com
- The Addison Park, Photo: Courtesy of prostooleh - Fotolia.com
- The Ashford Estate, Photo: Courtesy of blanke1973 - Fotolia.com
- The Chandelier at Flanders Valley Weddings, Photo: Courtesy of Andrii - Fotolia.com
- The Estate at Farrington Lake, Photo: Courtesy of Laszlo - Fotolia.com
- The Hamilton Manor, Photo: Courtesy of Laszlo - Fotolia.com
- The Manor, Photo: Courtesy of vincent20044 - Fotolia.com
- The Palace at Somerset Park, Photo: Courtesy of Ulia Koltyrina - Fotolia.com
- The Park Savoy Estate, Photo: Courtesy of tatyanasuyarova - Fotolia.com
- Versailles Ballroom at the Ramada Toms River, Photo: Courtesy of nagaets - Fotolia.com
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