(Closed) NJ brides: Your thoughts as to why NJ weddings are so expensive?

posted 4 years ago in Venue
Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

schneile:  The cost of living is just higher in general, and the proximity to NYC makes it easy for NJ venues to have prices that are not as high as NYC, but “cheap” enough where you feel like you’re getting a deal in comparison, and tons of space compared to an NYC venue. The point is, you’re right next to the most expensive wedding market in the US, possibly even in the world, so prices reflect that.

I’m not sure what a wedding you would get for $30/pp in Louisville, but it sounds pretty amazing. Is that just for dinner? We paid more than $150/pp for our northern NJ wedding, but that included renting out the entire venue so no one else could have their wedding upstairs (something we were worried about), a beautiful cocktail hour with literally over 30 stations of food, full open bar (top shelf included), our cake, customized menus, chairs, table cloth, etc. We were overwhelmed at how quickly our budget had to go out the window but we truly felt we got our moneys worth. 

Does that mean you need to spend that much to have a nice wedding? Absolutely not. After the venue, food and music, we really didn’t have a preference and just wanted whatever looked good and allowed us to keep some sort of budget. Used a Bloomerent.com florist for flowers with the option to share, and waited for sales to buy everything else we needed, ha!

Hope that helps!

Post # 17
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118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I did a lot of looking to find a place in October that was under $100pp before taxes and fees, and thankfully the venue I chose made me a customized package for my budget. I’m also getting married in central NJ (West Windsor/Princeton), not right up close to NYC. There are some places further south in NJ that are less too. Just not right along the shore,  especially not in Cape May. Cape May prices were crazy high. 

Post # 18
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131 posts
Blushing bee

Cheekie0077:  Chris Christie is the worst! I’m excited to be finally moving next month, but sad too! 🙁

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