(Closed) New Jersey Vineyard

posted 12 years ago in New Jersey – North Central New Jersey
Post # 3
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155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Hi,

I don’t know i this helps but I am getting married at Laurita Winery in July of 2010. I went to look at Alba and although it was beautiful they told me absolutely no other alcohol can be served besides their wine and a certain amount of beers per person which I thought was insane. They would not allow any other alcohol at the wedding no matter what outside caterer we used. With Laurita although they do not supply the alcohol they do allow us to bring it in and give it to the caterers and they also will supply the wine and all the mixers. I also like the fact that at Laurita there is the inside for the reception incase it rains. I was a little nervous about having a tent in the event that it might be a very bad storm or something. Anyway I hope this helps. We had such a struggle finding a place and we were really happy when we finally found Laurita. Goodluck and let me know if you have any other questions about Laurita or anything else!

Post # 4
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42 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hi xAllison087x,

My wedding reception isn’t at a winery but my theme is wine & grapes.  So, over the Thanksgiving weekend my fiance and I visited a few of the wineries in NJ for ideas & inspiration.  We visited Silver Decoy, and also Cream Ridge which is nearby.  I liked the wine that Silver Decoy produces, and they have a spectacular sprawling vineyard.  I’m sure a savvy caterer & linen company could really do wonders with tents & linens.

Also, we did make it down to Laurita Winery, which was a little hard to find, especially if your guests are not familiar with the area.   Once we got there, we were extremely impressed with the layout & a little envious that we didn’t look harder at the NJ wineries before we decided on our reception at another location.  Also we were in awe of the spectacular views of their vineyards – we plan to go back in the spring when it’s green & lush.   We didn’t get to sample wines at Laurita because it was 5PM and they were setting up for a wedding.   We would have loved to have our wedding at a winery, but I think any of the NJ wineries are just too far for our guests to travel to anyway.

If you haven’t already, you can check out http://www.newjerseywines.com for a complete listing of NJ wineries & vineyards. 

Congratulations & good luck to you!

Post # 5
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9 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Hi! I am also getting married at Laurita Winery in July. It is absolutely gorgeous… a unique setting for a summer wedding. I happened to find some information on it online soon after I got engaged. I took a girlfriend of mine to visit and instantly fell in love. It was the only place my fiance and I looked at. The catering company that works exclusively with the winery has been great so far. Let me know if you have any questions! You should definitely take a trip there on a nice spring day.

Post # 6
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2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Hi!  I am newly engaged and looking for a non-traditional venue in NJ/NY.  I found Laurita Vineyards online and was wondering if you might be able to provide a rough idea of how costly it is? Am finding out that non-traditional often means more expensive 🙂

Post # 7
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87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I was also eyeing Laurita and wondered about cost. I was hoping either a vineyard or B&B wedding and Laurita looks wonderful.

Any ballpark costs, guys?

Post # 8
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9 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Hi! I can tell you that Laurita works exclusively with a catering company called Conroy Catering. Their website is http://www.conroycatering.com. Like many venues, there is a GRM, which changes depending on the day of the week and time of year you want to get married. I can tell you that a Friday night wedding in the middle of the summer is one of the cheaper options they offer… the GRM is $17k. Basically, if you don’t meet the GRM with food costs, then you can upgrade other services to get you to the $17k – better linens, additional food, extra time added on to your reception, etc.

I dont know how this compares to a more traditional wedding say at a hotel ballroom because this was the only venue I looked at. It’s expensive for sure but it’s well worth it when you actually see the grounds – absolutely beautiful!

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

Post # 9
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2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2011

For those of you who are having your wedding at Laurita what are you doing about overnight accomodations? It seems like there aren’t many places for guests to stay nearby. Have you been able to find anything or is that not something that you looked into. We are considering Laurita as an option but would like people to be able to stay nearby. We plan to try and provide some transportation to the hotel we suggest, but the closest seem to be 30 mins + away, is that too far?

Post # 10
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9 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@bardales – Unfortunately the closest hotels are about 20 miles away… The Radisson in Freehold and The Holiday Inn of East Windsor. We chose the latter because it was cheaper during the summer. Because Great Adventure is right there, the hotels tend to get booked very quickly. We booked a shuttle from the hotel so that guests could get to and from the winery easily. There is also the Dancer Farm B&B which looks amazing but was booked up by the wedding the day after mine. The only have about 10 rooms I think but it would be a great place for the bridal party to stay.

Post # 12
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2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Thanks guys! We decided to book at Laurita for next summer. We liked the place so much it seems worth the hassle. I just hope the guests agree 🙂 We will be providing shuttles as well, but decieded to go west, as opposed to the Freehold area, since that is where most of our guests will be coming from.

Post # 13
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155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am seeing these new posts a little late…sorry But we went with the Hilton Garden Inn in Hamilton, NJ. I think it’s about a 20 minute ride from laurita and it’s very pretty…Also we got our bus through A1 limo. They are very easy to deal with.

@lindseyboo our days are coming soon! Smile Are you done with all your planning? I am so ready for it to be here. So sick of the planning lol. Who have you been working with at Laurita? We have been speaking with Kelly most of the time. She has been awesome!

Post # 14
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9 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@dmp777: I am so ready for this wedding to be over as well! I am ready to relax with my soon-to-be-husband and not have to worry about any wedding details! I originally started out with Kelly and now I am working with Bridget… I guess there were scheduling conflicts. When is the big day for you? Ours is the 30th. I have no complaints whatsover… the only thing I don’t like is that there is only an hour and a half for vendors to set up, and only an hour for pictures before the ceremony. I think we are just going to show up earlier… I dont mind if there are other people there. We should share details! Would love to hear about your decor, ceremony, etc.

Post # 15
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7 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Is anyone having a hard time getting a response from conroy catering? I was promised a contract to be written up over a month ago – kept delaying, then I was promised last Friday. No word. I think there were several meeting conflicts and no-shows by certain people. S0mething seems fishy to me.

Post # 16
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Did anyone on this board have their wedding yet? We are strongly considering Laurita, I’m just a little nervous about the caterers being off-site and the cocktails/reception running smoothly in this space with a 200+ party..  It’d  also be in the fall so we’d really be there for the interior (7p would be after dark). Any comments on your experiences would be appreciated!

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