If you are dreaming of a beautiful outdoor venue for your New Jersey wedding you will be pleased to know that there are a wide variety of lovely places to choose from. Most of the venues we have described offer a combination of indoor and outdoor facilities. The majority of the venues have set aside a romantic area in the grounds or gardens for outdoor ceremonies. Most of these have a pretty gazebo of some kind which can be decorated to suit your style or theme. Usually there is another outdoor space, usually a pretty courtyard or patio where your guests can enjoy cocktail before moving indoors to a lavish ballroom for the reception. Windows on the Water at Frogbridge, Crossed Keys Estate and a few other venues also offer the choice of a semi-outdoor reception in an open-sided wedding tent.
1.The Mansion on Main Street, Voorhees
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Currently under wraps, a new and improved Mansion on Main Street is set to launch in spring 2020. The Mansion has long been a popular wedding venue, and the re-imagined premises will offer couples an even more sumptuous indoor/outdoor wedding venue. Here you can start the next exciting chapter of your life surrounded by exquisitely manicured gardens, lakes and waterfalls as you exchange vows at the Garden Gazebo. Then step inside the elegant Mansion for a variety of interesting photo settings before you and your guests dance the night away on the elegant marble dance floor in the brand new Versailles Ballroom.
The Mansion on Main Street, 3000 Main St, Voorhees, NJ 08043, Phone: 856-751-1717
2.Rutgers Gardens, New Brunswick
Rutgers Gardens offers New Brunswick couples a beautiful and serene outdoor space where they can celebrate their wedding ceremony and/or reception in style. The gardens offer two romantic themed gardens which will impress your guests and assure an unforgettable celebration. The Roy deBoer Evergreen Garden lives up to its name, offering a verdant backdrop for your perfect garden wedding ceremony and reception for up to 200 guests. The slightly smaller Art Rudolf Sun and Shade Garden is the epitome of romance and boasts a beautiful wooden gazebo where you can exchange your vows. Both spaces offer unlimited scope for wonderful photography and the pavilion is the ideal setting for a romantic reception.
Rutgers Gardens, 130 Log Cabin Rd, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, Phone: 732-932-8451
3.Bear Brook Valley, Fredon
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Bear Brook Valley offers a spectacular indoor/outdoor setting for just about any style of wedding. As a dedicated wedding venue, Bear Brook Valley is dedicated to providing the ideal fairy-tale setting for your Big Day, and has an enthusiastic team on hand to ensure every little aspect is perfectly executed. The outdoor ceremony setting is both impressive and romantic – imagine pretty white chairs and a wooden gazebo overlooking a placid heart-shaped pond. (An indoor option is available in case of inclement weather) After your ceremony your guests will be treated to Cocktail Hour while your photo shoot continues in the beautiful grounds. Receptions are held in the upstairs ballroom which features floor to ceiling windows and can be dressed up to suit any theme.
Bear Brook Valley, 23 Players Boulevard, Fredon, NJ 07860, Phone: 973-241-1001
4.Bello Giorno Estate, Belvidere
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Bello Giorno means “beautiful day” in Italian, and that is exactly what you can look forward to when you book this delightful wedding venue for your Big Day. This intimate riverside estate offers a taste of classic Tuscan style, featuring terraces, landscaped courtyards and the romantic riverside gazebo which is one of two lovely outdoor spaces where you can exchange your vows. The estate offers full wedding packages including private use of the venue, a bridal cottage for preparations, cocktails on the patio, use of linens and décor objects and personalized menus. You can easily plan your perfect themed wedding with the help of the on-site wedding planner.
Bello Giorno Estate, 517 Route 45, Belvidere, NJ 07823, Phone: 908-475-0084
5.Crossed Keys Estate, Andover
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The Crossed Keys Estate in Andover offers an exceptional venue for indoor/outdoor country-style weddings. The estate was built in the 1790’s and oozes history and charm, accentuated by wonderful mature gardens and many 200-year old trees. The venue only hosts one wedding per day, which means you and your guests will have sole access to all the amenities. You can say “I do” in the beautiful ceremony garden before finding wonderful photographic locations dotted all over the estate. Receptions are held in a beautifully draped and decorated wedding tent which you can dress up or down to perfectly suit your theme. Everything else you require is either provided or sourced by the on-site wedding planner.
Crossed Keys Estate, 289 Pequest Rd, Andover, NJ 07821, Phone: 973-786-6661
6.Crystal Plaza, Livingston
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Built in the 1800’s, Crystal Plaza was originally a sumptuous residential mansion. Today it provides the epitome of charm and elegance and is a sought-after indoor/outdoor wedding venue in Livingston. The mansion is surrounded by 5 acres of carefully tended gardens which provide a very beautiful setting for your ceremony, complete with gazebo and iron street lamps. After the ceremony most couples choose to host pre-reception cocktails in the Living Room before moving on to the chandeliered Grand Ballroom for an elegant fairy-tale reception. The Crystal Plaza’s food is legendary and they will work with you to provide exactly the kind of menu you have on your wish-list.
Crystal Plaza, 305 W. Northfield Rd, Livingston, NJ 07039, Phone: 973-992-8100
7.The Estate at Florentine Gardens, River Vale
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Understated elegance is the key to the newly-renovated ballroom at the Estate at Florentine Gardens, which will re-open its doors in February 2020. The lovely ballroom is just one aspect of this beautiful estate which boasts four acres of perfectly manicured mature gardens which make an ideal backdrop for outdoor weddings. The gardens are dotted with beautiful fountains, romantic stone gazebos and mysterious winding brick pathways. Most couples choose to exchange vows and host cocktails in the gardens before moving indoors into the elegant atmosphere of the Grand Ballroom for their reception. The estate has over 25 years of experience which they bring to the table for each and every wedding to ensure that your Big Day is picture-perfect.
The Estate at Florentine Gardens, 97 Rivervale Rd, River Vale, NJ 07675, Phone: 201-666-0444
8.Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton
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Grounds for Sculpture is one of the most unique outdoor wedding venues you are likely to find anywhere in the country. This venue encompasses a 42-acre sculpture park set within a magnificent arboretum which offers a wide variety of magical settings for both your ceremony and your reception. Your guest will all enjoy free entrance to the venue for the day and are encouraged to spend some time admiring the wonderful collection of sculptures before or during your celebrations. Although you can host your reception outside if you desire, some couples choose to celebrate in the stunning Monet-themed Rat’s Restaurant. The venue will always have a back-up indoor solution if the weather is uncooperative and also offers a charming Bridal Suite for the bride’s preparations.
Grounds for Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619, Phone: 609-586-0616
9.il Tulipano, Cedar Grove
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You can start the next chapter of your lives in a truly special and romantic atmosphere when you choose il Tulipano for your wedding venue. This up-market wedding venue specializes in making dreams come true and you will have the services of a dedicated wedding planner to ensure that every little detail is completed to perfection. The venue offers a beautiful Tuscan-inspired piazza where you can exchange your vows, host your cocktail hour or celebrate your reception. If you prefer, you and your guests can move indoors to the stunning Ballroom for your reception and there will always be a back-up solution in the case of inclement weather. il Tulipano provides just about everything you need including delicious cuisine, beautiful wedding cake, dessert extravaganza and more.
Il Tulipano, 1131 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009, Phone: 973-256-9300
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10.The Inn at Fern Brook Farms, Chesterfield
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The Inn at Fern Brook Farms was originally built in 1750 and is still going strong today as it welcomes couples to come and celebrate a magical wedding day in the countryside. Wedding packages at Fern Brook Farms are fully inclusive and you and your guests will have the entire property to yourselves on your Big Day. You can tie the knot out in the gardens, take soulful photos all around the property, host your cocktail hour on the lovely red-brick patio of the inn and then dance the night away in the wedding tent. Menus include a feast of farm-to-table organic produce and the lovely old inn can accommodate Bride and Groom and up to twelve of your guests on the wedding night.
The Inn at Fern Brook Farms, 144 Bordentown Georgetown Rd, Chesterfield, NJ 08515, Phone: 609-298-3868
11.Knoll Country Club, Boonton
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The Knoll Country Club offers a brilliant alternative to couples who would like to host an outdoor wedding in New Jersey. The club has a reputation for outstanding cuisine and the rolling fairways and indoor event spaces are perfect for combining an outdoor ceremony with an elegant indoor reception. The pretty garden gazebo makes an ideal backdrop for your ceremony, and your guests can enjoy pre-reception drinks on the private terrace while you are having your photo shoot in the gardens. The ballroom lends itself to just about any reception theme you can dream of, and enormous ceiling to floor windows invite the outdoors in.
Knoll Country Club, 12 Knoll Dr, Boonton, NJ 07005, Phone: 973-257-0122
12.Park Avenue Club, Florham Park
The Park Avenue Club is waiting to help you plan and stage your perfect indoor/outdoor wedding in Florham Park. The club offers a choice of two stylish indoor spaces for your reception, each of which opens onto a lovely private patio where you can exchange your vows. Wedding packages include the use of the premises as well as the services of the club’s event planner to help you coordinate your every desire. In addition, the club has a team of expert in-house chefs to prepare a wonderful wedding feast and an in-house sommelier and mixologist to spoil your guests. The Ballroom and the Pavilion can both accommodate up to 400 guests and the Ballroom can be divided into smaller spaces for a more intimate celebration.
The Park Avenue Club, 184 Park Avenue, Florham Park, NJ 07932, Phone: 973-301-8233
13.Park Chateau Estate and Gardens, East Brunswick
The Park Chateau Estate and Gardens offers New Jersey couples a unique fairy-tale setting for their Big Day. The location, between Manhattan and Philadelphia, is ideal for tristate weddings and the estate has over 30 years of experience in planning and executing elegant indoor/outdoor celebrations. Imagine saying your vows in the beautiful gardens, surrounded by the French-style formal gardens. Your photographer will be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding ideal backdrops for your photos, and your guests will be captivated by their surroundings, both inside and out in the gardens. The estate offers a full catering service which can be tailored to suit your needs.
Park Chateau Estate and Gardens, 678 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick, NJ 08816, Phone: 732-238-4200
14.Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange
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Pleasantdale Chateau is a lovely historic old building nestled on a beautiful estate in West Orange. The lovely stone buildings and spectacular gardens ooze character and charm and offer the perfect setting for an elegant indoor/outdoor wedding. Featuring wooden gazebos, stone turrets and even beautiful Monet-style bridges, the gardens will enchant all your guests and will set the scene for an unforgettable outdoor ceremony. The Chateau offers other very special facilities including the chance for the bride to arrive by helicopter and accommodation for some of your guests in 30 exquisite guest rooms. Delectable and innovative cuisine crafted from local farm-fresh products completes the picture.
Pleasantdale Chateau, 757 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange, NJ 07044, Phone: 973-731-5600
15.Rock Island Lake Club, Sparta
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At Rock Island Lake Club you and your forever partner can tie the knot in an idyllic lake-side location in the mountains, just one hour from NYC. The venue is just perfect for a relaxed country-style celebration of your love. Your outdoor ceremony can be set up on the edge of the lake and the venue offers several back-up options in case of inclement weather. There is a long verandah overlooking the lake which is perfect for pre-reception cocktails while the bride and groom have their photo shoot around the perimeter of the lake. Finally, you and your guests can dance the night away in the elegant Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 200 people.
Rock Island Lake Club, 485 Glen Rd, Sparta, NJ 07871, Phone: 973-512-3995
16.Rode's Barn, Woolwich Township
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Rode’s Barn in Woolwich offers the prefect compromise between an outdoor wedding and a country-style barn celebration. You can arrange to say your vows outside in the gardens, surrounded by nature, before you and your guests move into the character-filled old barn to celebrate your wedding reception. The wooden barn offers couples a blank canvas which can be decorated to suit any style of wedding theme. If you are on a strict budget you can save a lot of money by inviting all your friends to come and help decorate. This venue also allows you to bring in your own beer and wine for the reception, but all catering is provided on-site.
Rode’s Barn, 533 Kings Highway, Woolwich Township, NJ 08085, Phone: 856-467-4300
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17.The Bradford Estate, Hainesport
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A romantic white gazebo, surrounded by mature trees and beautiful flowering shrubs sets the scene for your wedding ceremony at the charming Bradford Estate in Hainesport. After you have exchanged vows you can take advantage of numerous beautiful corners of the garden for your photo shoot, while you guests are spoiled with made-to-order drinks and snacks in the Cocktail Room. Finally, it is time to welcome your guests to the elegant ballroom for a magical night of dining and dancing. Bradford Estate prides itself on presenting your guests with beautifully prepared contemporary cuisine served with style and flair and will work with you to customize the menu to suit your tastes.
The Bradford Estate, 1910 Marne Hwy, Hainesport, NJ 08036, Phone: 609-261-8778
18.The English Manor, Ocean Township
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The English Manor is set in the heart of expansive formal English gardens just bursting with color. The venue offers couples the chance to have a brilliant indoor/outdoor wedding where the emphasis will always be on showcasing the lovely gardens, babbling brook and romantic bridge. You and the events planner can agree on your favorite outdoor ceremony site, the best parts of the garden for your photos and how you would like the Ballroom to be dressed up for your wedding reception. The Manor provides fully inclusive wedding packages which include use of the venue and outdoor ceremony area, the cocktail patio, use of the wedding suites for Bride and Groom, delicious menus tailored to your tastes, drinks, décor, lighting and sound.
The English Manor, 1 English Lane, Ocean Township, NJ 07712, Phone: 732-776-8558
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19.The Farmhouse, Hampton
The Farmhouse in Hampton welcomes visitors with beautiful gardens and wonderful historic old buildings which ooze charm. This is one of the most suitable venues for New Jersey couples who would like to host an entirely-outdoor wedding. You can hold your ceremony in front of the charming garden gazebo, which is discretely placed in a sheltered corner of the garden for privacy and atmosphere. If you prefer to keep the action outside, you can host your reception on the Farmhouse Grand Lawn which is perfect for an open-sided wedding tent. Just in case the weather decides to turn, your entire celebration can be moved indoors into the Ballroom or Hunterdon Room and Patio.
The Farmhouse, 86 State Route 173, Hampton, NJ 08827, Phone: 866-683-3586
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20.The Park Savoy Estate, Florham Park
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Offering couples a fairy-tale venue for a stylish outdoor wedding, the Park Savoy Estate in Florham Park has long been a New Jersey landmark. When you visit the estate you will be swept away by the beautiful outdoor spaces which include a lake, beautiful formal gardens and a ceremony lawn. While your photographer takes inspiration from the gardens, your guests can enjoy cocktails outdoors before everyone moves into the elegant ballroom to celebrate your reception. The ballroom is the epitome of grandeur and has marvelous floor to ceiling windows which invite the outdoors in. You will also have the use of a Bridal Suite and a Man Cave for the groom.
The Park Savoy Estate, 236 Ridgedale Ave, Florham Park, NJ 07932, Phone: 973-377-7100
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21.The Chandelier at Flanders Valley
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Elegantly combining the best of outdoor celebration sites with an elegant indoor function room, the Chandelier at Flanders Valley is a good choice for an indoor/outdoor wedding in the Flanders area. The outdoor ceremony area is backed by a pretty white gazebo and surrounded by rolling lawns and mature trees. The property also has an old red barn which makes the perfect backdrop for your photographer. The indoor space is graced by a beautiful center-piece chandelier and lends itself to any style of décor. The on-site event coordinator will work side by side with you to plan every last detail of your Big Day from menus to food, drinks, décor and everything else required.
The Chandelier at Flanders Valley, 80 Pleasant Hill Rd, Flanders, NJ 07836, Phone: 973-584-6620
22.Nanina’s in the Park
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Nanina’s has been hosting weddings for over 65 years in their beautiful location in the heart of the 360-acre Branch Brook Park in Belleville, the cherry-blossom capital of New Jersey. A spring garden wedding at this landmark location is nothing short of magical, but the venue is also beautiful at any time of the year. Ceremonies are generally held in the garden courtyard, in front of the beautifully decorated wooden gazebo. The courtyard is also ideal for pre-reception cocktails while the bride and groom take advantage of multiple beautiful corners of the grounds for their photographs. The interior of the venue is elegant and sophisticated – the ideal place to dance the night away with friends and family.
Nanina’s in the Park, 540 Mill Street, Belleville, NJ 07109, Phone: 973-751-1230
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23.The Manor, West Orange
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Offering an exceptional garden area, the Manor is a popular outdoor wedding venue in West Orange. You can anticipate a beautiful walk-way beneath flowering arches, formal ponds and fountains and manicured lawns as the backdrop to your romantic outdoor wedding ceremony. You can continue the outdoor theme by hosting your pre-reception cocktails on the lovely brick courtyard before moving indoors to one of four beautiful reception rooms for your dream reception. The Manor will take care of each and every aspect of your dream wedding including décor, cuisine, drinks, the wedding cake and much more. As an added convenience, The Manor is located next door to the Marriott Residence Inn where all your out of town guests can spend the night.
The Manor, 111 Prospect Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052, Phone: 973-731-2360
24.Windows on the Water at Frogbridge, Monmouth
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Windows on the Water at Frogbridge is a dedicated events venue nestled on a dreamy 86-acre resort in Monmouth. The venue is ideal for outdoor weddings and you can tie the knot in a beautiful and romantic garden area right beside the lake. Sticking to your outdoor theme, you and your guests can enjoy your wonderful wedding reception in the luxuriously draped and decorated wedding tent. The venue offers fully inclusive packages which include all your food and beverages, site rental, tables, chairs and other props and will assist with renting anything else you need for your dream wedding. The lush grounds of the estate make for utterly unforgettable photos and wedding videos.
Windows on the Water at Frogbridge, 7 Yellow Meeting House Rd, Millstone Township, NJ 08510, Phone: 609-208-9475
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24 Best Outdoor Wedding Venues in New Jersey
- The Mansion on Main Street, Voorhees, Photo: The Mansion on Main Street
- Rutgers Gardens, New Brunswick, Photo: Demetrios/stock.adobe.com
- Bear Brook Valley, Fredon, Photo: Bear Brook Valley
- Bello Giorno Estate, Belvidere, Photo: Bello Giorno Estate
- Crossed Keys Estate, Andover, Photo: Crossed Keys Estate
- Crystal Plaza, Livingston, Photo: Crystal Plaza
- The Estate at Florentine Gardens, River Vale, Photo: The Estate at Florentine Gardens
- Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, Photo: Grounds for Sculpture
- il Tulipano, Cedar Grove, Photo: il Tulipano
- The Inn at Fern Brook Farms, Chesterfield, Photo: Wollwerth Imagery/stock.adobe.com
- Knoll Country Club, Boonton, Photo: Knoll Country Club
- Park Avenue Club, Florham Park, Photo: fotofabrika/stock.adobe.com
- Park Chateau Estate and Gardens, East Brunswick, Photo: Viktoria/stock.adobe.com
- Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange, Photo: Pleasantdale Chateau
- Rock Island Lake Club, Sparta, Photo: Rock Island Lake Club
- Rode's Barn, Woolwich Township, Photo: Rode’s Barn
- The Bradford Estate, Hainesport, Photo: The Bradford Estate
- The English Manor, Ocean Township, Photo: The English Manor
- The Farmhouse, Hampton, Photo: TETYANA/stock.adobe.com
- The Park Savoy Estate, Florham Park, Photo: The Park Savoy Estate
- The Chandelier at Flanders Valley, Photo: The Chandelier at Flanders Valley
- Nanina’s in the Park, Photo: Nanina’s in the Park
- The Manor, West Orange, Photo: The Manor
- Windows on the Water at Frogbridge, Monmouth, Photo: Windows on the Water at Frogbridge
- Cover Photo: Wedding photography/stock.adobe.com