(Closed) central jersey bees–asbury park?

posted 7 years ago in New Jersey – North Central New Jersey
Post # 3
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@deebs: I just got engaged on the boardwalk of Asbury Park! It was so cool. My fiance and I love it down there — we go see live music there all the time. And he took me down there last weekend and porposed on the boardwalk with the sun setting behind us and the ocean in front of us… it was quirkly and awesome.

The restaurants down there might have some good options for receptions — Mccloone’s supper club has some wedding packages on their site. Let me know what you decide/ find out!

🙂

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Aww that’s such a cute proposal!

I’ve been to Ashbury Park for concerts, but that’s about it. Never seems as crowded as other places I’ve been on the Jersey Shore but that’s about all I can give you. GL!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m from Ocean Township (the next town over from Asbury) and I grew up in that area-I live on the border between the two towns.  In the 90s, it was totally sketchy, but it’s definitely making a huge come back now. My friend recently got married in Mccloone’s, and it was a gorgeous wedding with beautiful beach views, despite the zombies (she got married on memorial day weekend during the annual zombie walk in Asbury Park…not on purpose). It’s pretty crowded during the summer, but typically it’s quiet locals and not rowdy beach tourists.

Now, having said that, the renovated area…ok, let’s be serious, the not completely sketchy area is VERY VERY small. Very.  Really, the boardwalk and a few surrounding streets are the only places most suburbians would think was nice and/or safe.  If you take a wrong turn, you could easily find yourself in a more run-down area of Asbury. Also, there aren’t that many nice venues to hold the average size wedding. If you’re looking to hold something bigger than maybe 75 people, then you’ll be hard pressed to find a venue that isn’t a modestly renovated abandoned building of some kind.  It’s not for everyone.  But if you’re holding a small, quirky, sort of rustic wedding, you could definitely find some really great places there, and some fantastic food to cater.  Be sure to get some gelato for dessert from Casa di Dolci on Cookman.  They cater, just ask!  Seriously insanely good gelato. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My friends and I hang out around asbury all of the time. We have been since we were teenagers (there’s always been a great music scene) and in the past 10 years the area has made a 180.

The waterfront area is beautiful with lots of great places to eat and drink. Everything surrounding Cookman Ave is also really nice. Upscale trendy lounges and bars, great restaurants and art galleries..

There are however definitely still some sketchy areas. I wouldn’t call the nice area teeny tiny though, it makes up a large majority of the cities real estate that’s east of the rail road tracks (yes, asbury has a “wrong side of the tracks for real). I also wouldn’t say that if your guests made a wrong turn they’d wind up somewhere frightening. It’s isn’t like leaving the Camden waterfront and making a wrong turn into a horrible ghetto. It just isn’t nice, and there has been crime in the lesser traveled areas at times so it’s good to be a little cautious and not walk around alone late at night. However, if you stick to the beach area, or the roads surounding Cookman Ave the scariest thing you’ll encounter are hipsters who’s parents are paying for their studio appartment while they work on their “art”.

In terms of venues, Mcloon’s is very nice, as is the Berkley. I believe both of them can hold over 100 guests. The Watermark , an incredibly lovely venue on the boardwalk, does cocktail parties if you’re having a smaller group and just want to do apps. The Beach bar also rents itself out for cocktail parties, and I think can hold a larger group than the Watermark, though I personally think the Watermark is nicer.

There are lots of fun places in walking distance to have after reception cocktails as well. The Wonderbar is right near the water (v. close to Mcloon’s), and any of the great bars by Cookman, or even Johnny Mac’s up on Main, which serves free bar pies with beer purchases after 11, and has lots of fun arcade type games like skee ball. If you have a group of guests who will want to keep the party going long after the reception, these options make Asbury an awesome choice.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My friends and I hang out around asbury all of the time. We have been since we were teenagers (there’s always been a great music scene) and in the past 10 years the area has made a 180.

The waterfront area is beautiful with lots of great places to eat and drink. Everything surrounding Cookman Ave is also really nice. Upscale trendy lounges and bars, great restaurants and art galleries..

There are however definitely still some sketchy areas. I wouldn’t call the nice area teeny tiny though, it makes up a large majority of the cities real estate that’s east of the rail road tracks (yes, asbury has a “wrong side of the tracks for real). I also wouldn’t say that if your guests made a wrong turn they’d wind up somewhere frightening. It’s isn’t like leaving the Camden waterfront and making a wrong turn into a horrible ghetto. It just isn’t nice, and there has been crime in the lesser traveled areas at times so it’s good to be a little cautious and not walk around alone late at night. However, if you stick to the beach area, or the roads surounding Cookman Ave the scariest thing you’ll encounter are hipsters who’s parents are paying for their studio appartment while they work on their “art”.

In terms of venues, Mcloon’s is very nice, as is the Berkley. I believe both of them can hold over 100 guests. The Watermark , an incredibly lovely venue on the boardwalk, does cocktail parties if you’re having a smaller group and just want to do apps. The Beach bar also rents itself out for cocktail parties, and I think can hold a larger group than the Watermark, though I personally think the Watermark is nicer.

There are lots of fun places in walking distance to have after reception cocktails as well. The Wonderbar is right near the water (v. close to Mcloon’s), and any of the great bars by Cookman, or even Johnny Mac’s up on Main, which serves free bar pies with beer purchases after 11, and has lots of fun arcade type games like skee ball. If you have a group of guests who will want to keep the party going long after the reception, these options make Asbury an awesome choice.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

It’s not as sketchy as it was back in the day, but the surrounding area still is… We very seriously considered McCloone’s as a venue.  Rachel (their wedding planner) is amazing.  The view is gorgeous and they’re very versatile and accomodating.  They have the best open bar package I’ve ever seen.  Their food is good, too.  It really is an “alternative” sort of venue, though… If people are expecting a traditional ballroom type wedding, they’ll be surprised (possibly disappointed). 

If you decide to look into it farther, I suggest booking your room block at the Berkeley Hotel (not the Empress) and have guests drive in through Deal when you give directions.  If you need a church, check out Elberon Chapel. 

I often wish we’d stuck to our guns and proceeded with McCloone’s.  DF’s mom/family was dead set against having the wedding in Asbury Park and it caused tons of drama, so we just gave up :-/

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