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Long story short: the place we were going to book with for a Sept. wedding this year fell through, and after a break from wedding planning (and a little bit of heartbreak over the venue!), we’re ready to get started again.
Obviously, our September date is changing… we’re looking at mid-February or early May 2014. We’re very flexible on the dates though.
I am not having an easy time researching venues – it stresses me out like crazy after a few minutes! Fortunately Fiance has been amazing in this area, he loves making phone calls and gathering information about caterers, venues, rentals, the works! It’s been a huge load off my shoulders.
I want to help him as much as I can, but looking at venues for too long gets me frazzled. I’d like to ask some Bees for some help thinking of possible places to have a wedding in either February (indoors) or May (outdoors, preferably) 2014. We’re looking for a place to have a wedding in Central / Northern NJ -or- New York State (not too far north).
The idea is for this to be a more casual wedding, for 80-100 people. Ceremony and reception. Our ideal location would be outside – we are OK with renting a tent and everything required for that. We had been looking at barns, but aren’t really having much luck with this (and that’s OK). We’re cool with anything – country clubs, barns, permanant tents, resturants, bed and breakfasts.
The main thing we don’t want is a banquet hall – we live around about 10 of them (no joke) and aren’t so keen on having our wedding there. We aren’t totally closed to the idea of them, it’s just not high on our list for various reasons. 🙂
Does anyone have any suggestions? I’d love to hear some!
I am always so envious of you natural wedding planners out there!
Thank you so much!!
Post # 3
Bump, just in case!
Post # 4
This is a newer venue in North NJ that I think looks really nice!
I have also heard nice things about the Stone House, but I think that’s less casual.
You could also look into places like the Montclair Art Museum, Grounds for Sculpture, and places like that. I was married outside at the Newark Museum with the reception inside.
Post # 5
@MrsTVLover: Thanks! I’ll check some of those places out. I loved the Crossed Keys, but they seem to be very strict about a 165 person minimum… they made it pretty clear to me they don’t want to talk unless we have 165 people. :/ I don’t even think we could put that many people together if we tried!
How is the Newark Museum? We met in Newark (in college), and I went to the museum with a friend a few years ago to check it out for her wedding (she didn’t go with it, but I thought it was interesting). I loved that they open an exhibit up to your guests to peruse during the reception, they really have some interesting stuff there! The atrium is very beautiful as well – I’m sure your wedding was glamorous!
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@CakeyP: OMG 165 is A LOT!!! That is so ridiculous!!
I loved the newark museum. It was kind of expensive, but you can make it less expensive by using a cheaper caterer. (they give you a list) It was super convenient for our traveling guests, and the hotel from penn station ran a shuttle to the wedding. I’ll send you a link to my photos.
Post # 7
If Fiance would have let our traveling distance go a bit further north, I had my heart set on this place.
They also have outside area for a tent! And the venue rental fee (which is actually a donation) is super cheap (to me at least).
Post # 8
My friend is getting married at a winery on Long Island. There are several there, but I forgot the name of the one she is getting married at.
Post # 9
I had a work christmas party at the Newark Club and it was amazing — beautiful city view
not exactly a barn (or actually about the opposite of one…) but its not your typical ballroom
Post # 10
@MrsTVLover: I know, right? I sent an email asking a few questions and all I got in reply was an email that said “Sorry, we have a 165 quest minimum.” That’s it, no answers to anything. I was like, oh fine.I am sure it is lovely if you have the right amount of people though (*sigh*)
I would love to see your photos! I mentioned it to him and my fiance put the museum on his “to contact” list. Thanks so much!
@ccantics: That’s beautiful! It’s actually south for us, and not terribly far. I love the buildings! Thank you very much, I will look into this and pass it on to the man with the plan 😛
@ThreeMeers: Thanks! I will look into the wineries… I’ll just try to look it up and see what I come up with. 🙂
@littlemisshostess: I forgot all about the Newark Club! My mother went to an event there once and loved it (I was in college in Newark at the time, she asked me about it for months after she went) I was never up there myself.
Oh, I asked him just now and it turns out my fiance went to a wedding there and loved it? I’ll ask him to look into it, especially if there are so many things he was impressed with.
Post # 11
@CakeyP: Have you looked at Ramsey Country Club? I sent them an inquiry and was told 75 person min. Unfortunately, I’m only having 50 and most places in Bergen didn’t even want to talk to me with that small number.
Also Ridgewood and Englewood Woman’s clubs.
Post # 12
@CakeyP: Have you looked at the Oakeside Mansion? It’s so beautiful! I didn’t want to do a tent and my guest list is too big for the house, but it’s so pretty!
I’m a Bergen County Bride too! We’re getting married at the Colonial Inn in Norwood. So far, I am so happy with my decision and they’ve been nothing but fabulous!
Post # 13
Have you considered TPC Jasna Polana, in Princeton, NJ? Their Saturday evening minimum is 150-160 but you can do a Friday or Sunday brunch for 50 – 80 people. They have outdoor and indoor ceremony areas, and good food!
If you google it you’ll find links to photographer’s web sites with images – their own web site doesn’t show much beyond the golf course.