Post # 1
Now, I’m freaking out. I’ve had several months to look at venues but I got lazy and now I have 11 months to find a unique venue!!
Basically, my Fiance and I don’t want the typical wedding hall venue. We considered wineries in Long Island, NY but so far, I’ve only seen really expensive ones. Then, I moved onto farms. I thought Friedman Farms looked great but they are totally booked for next year. I’ve searched far and wide (on the Internet) and I can’t seem to find the perfect venue yet!! PLEASE HELP!
(Oh, and we’d prefer it if we could bring our own caterers so that we can be sure the food is great! Preferred, but not absolutely required.)
Am I being too picky?
Post # 3
@lmeenol: not sure what areas in Jersey you’re looking into but here’s a few unique ones I’ve been looking into online (can’t vouch for them in person yet, I haven’t gotten SO to go look at them lol)
Hope this helps 🙂
Post # 4
@lmeenol: we were looking for the same thing and just booked Perona Farms! They have a barn which they are currently restoring into a reception venue… It should be done next month. There are not photos on the website of the inside of the barn because its not yet completed. We fell in love and booked on the spot!! first place we looked!
Post # 5
Have you considered Brooklyn NY? There are a few places that are beautiful. Dumbo loft, My Moon…
Post # 6
You might want to check out Prallsville Mills in Stockton (on the PA border, not far from Princeton)-there is a site fee (i’ve read it’s tax deductible because it’s a donation to the society that manages the site – not sure, just throwing it out there) – you’ll have to bring in a caterer and all, but it has a nice look: http://erinhphotography.com/blog/katiedevon/
Check out local women’s clubs, too – the Women’s Club of Englewood looks nice – but I think it’s small. Warwick, NY has some nice wineries.
Post # 7
@Sa7208: we actually also booked perona farms! fell in love with the barn 🙂
Post # 8
We had our wedding at Highlands Country Club (Garrison, NY near Bear Mountain). Rustic old building with fireplaces and very vintage feel, not your typical country club at all. They do not allow caterers there but the food is AMAZING… better than any restaurant i;ve been to, people from my wedding are still raving about the food. Check it out.
Post # 9
@lmeenol: awesome! I did too 🙂 cat wait to see it finished. When we booked it was completely gutted. It’s killing me that I can’t start planning decorations etc bc idk what the final place will look like. When you booked had they decided on reception seating? Curious if they went w long tables or the more typical circle tables!
Post # 10
@Sa7208: i saw it in december and they still didn’t finish the 2nd floor, but the 1st floor was nearly finished. i saw an example of how the lighting will look upstairs and seems like it’ll look pretty fancy! i like that they have a back patio area, but the view sorta looks like someone’s back yard =/. oh well…. they decided to do long wooden tables..i think to fit their “family style” type of dinner. i can’t wait till it’s finished!! do you know when we’re able to take a look at the finished barn?
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Depending on your budget, there are several wineries to consider. If you want to bring in your own catering though, take a look at Alba Vineyards. Other wineries would be Unionville and Tomasello, both of which are rustic and beautiful. Good luck!
Post # 13
We booked at Lake Valhalla Club. It’s definitely not your traditional gaudy banquet hall. The room has these two gorgeous fireplaces on either side. The ceremony space is just beautiful overlooking the lake.
honestly the pictures don’t do it justice.
I wish i didn’t have to have a church wedding, otherwise I would LOVE to have my ceremony there too.
They don’t allow outside caterers, but they do make everything fresh which is good. (No frozen appetizers) During the hurricane when they lost power for example they didnt have any issues and threw 3 weddings without any issues.
Post # 14
Sayen Gardens in Hamilton. It’s where we’re having out rustic/vintage inspired wedding. Our ceremony will be in a garden gazebo and the reception will be in the old house, which is decorated really quirky with antiques and little knick knacks. FI and I wanted something non-traditional (like us) and the second we walked in this place that was it!
The down side is that there is only room for roughly 100 guests. I think they say 115 max but I think that would be too much. Also, you have the option to choose from 4 caterers. For a yummy and creative menu I’d go with Emily’s Cafe.. We loved them but they were too expensive for us 🙁