(Closed) Wedding venue help for Out of Towner!

posted 6 years ago in New Jersey – North Central New Jersey
Post # 3
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37 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m not sure what your budget is, and I know that a lot of the better-advertised NJ venues can get *very* pricy per guest.  We’re getting married in NJ, too, and our caterer, Falco’s Catering, has very reasonably priced menus (for the area).  Barbecue menus may be the most affordable option; they range from about $15-40 pp, but don’t include wedding cake or extras (the bbq menus aren’t designed to be wedding menus, but the people there are very nice & flexible, and could probably work out a reasonable add-on plan for you on that score).  Wedding menus range from $68 pp for a buffet to $80 pp for the Grand Plated Wedding, and all of their prices *include* tax and service charge (so it’s like getting a 17-25% discount vs. other places that have a mandatory service charge *on top of* their stated prices).  Their prices do *not* include liquor, but they’ll order whatever you need & return any unused liquor afterward, so you only pay for what you order & use.  They do off-premise catering, including at Bayonet Farm: http://www.falcoscatering.com/bayonet_farm_nj.html and a few other outdoor locations:  http://www.falcoscatering.com/pine_grove_caterer.html.

There’s also Perona Farms in northern NJ, which has a barn setting and an orchard setting available, among others.  Their website is (http://www.peronafarms.com/wedding/) — it doesn’t list any prices, which always worries me with fancier-looking venues, and they definitely look to be on the upscale side, but it couldn’t hurt to inquire.

DRJ Catering does barbecue, pig roast, and other menus (including seafood, action stations & gourmet cuisine) off-premise, so you might look into them if you wanted to use a park / state park or historical site.  Their website doesn’t give prices, but a friend used them for her backyard post-wedding pig roast, and swears they’re affordable.  Their website is:  http://www.drjcatering.com/menus.html.  

(Note:  if you do decide to go with a park, state park or historical site, make sure you check into whether they allow alcohol & what permits are required for special events.  I’ve looked into several parks, and most of the fees are pretty inexpensive, but sometimes extra permits or fees apply if you have over a certain number of guests, or if you’re serving any form of alcohol, etc.  A good off-premise caterer should be able to tell you what locations they’ve had success in working with.)

Flanders Valley has a gorgeous country setting bordered by hills and a horse farm.  Their setting may be a little fancier / less rustic, depending on your taste.  Their menus range from $70-90 pp for a plated meal (they also have a buffet menu, but don’t list its price), and their website is http://www.flandersvalleyweddings.com/menu.html.

Lastly, The Inn at Fernbrook Farms has a wide range of formality levels and a great commitment to farm-fresh foods with an emphasis on sustainability.  The grounds are beautiful, too!  I’m not sure what your wedding menu would cost with them, since so much depends on what you want — they’re big on customization, but if their menus are out of your price range, I *believe* they allow you to bring in an outside caterer.  Their website is:  http://www.innatfernbrookfarms.com/weddings/

I hope the info helps!

Post # 5
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@muitao0915:  Have you considered Northeastern PA? I found this place that’s new and fits the rustic, country outdoors theme – Fiddle Lake Farm They have a country lakeside ceremony site and barn reception venue. I don’t know what your budget is but they are new so maybe they have your pereferred date and are reasonably priced? This may be a middle ground between NY and MD too.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

It’s not in NJ but you might want to check out Skytop Lodge in the Poconos. I’ve been to a conference there and it’s a lovely country/lakeside location with pretty good food too. http://www.skytop.com/wedding-getaways-pa/

Post # 8
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3 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@muitao0915:  My friend stayed at the B&B @ Fiddle Lake Farm and loved it! Beautiful country. I’m considering it as one of my top options since I’m a vintage kinda gal! I think they offer ceremony/barn reception/lodging packages. Their site says they are half way between Scranton, PA and Binghamton, NY near Elk Mountain Ski Resort.

Post # 11
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106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m getting married at Washington Crossing Inn, it’s just over the river in PA, has an outdoor garden is was very reasonable!

Post # 12
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3 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@muitao0915:  Skytop looks beautiful too but it looks like it might be pricey. Let me know when you find out the price range of their packages. Good luck with the search!! Eventually you’ll find something that’s perfect for you!!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I looked at Perona Farms.. It was nice, lots of ceremony venues to choose from, but I wasn’t thrilled with it.  It’s pretty but older, looks like it could just use some maintanence through out.  Their brunch was delicious though 🙂

Post # 14
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13 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2012

The Liberty House is nice! it’s on the water and has a view of NYC

Post # 15
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28 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@muitao0915:  Check out The Hermitage in North Jersey which is a national landmark & museum. http://www.thehermitage.org/  It’s very cute.  All weddings are booked with their contracted caterer. We didn’t go with this place, but we appreciated the caterer and his honesty in helping us navigate and find what we want. Also very affordable compared to some of the Jersey monstrosities. Wink

For something pricier, try http://www.stonehouseatstirlingridge.com/. We didn’t check it out, but it looks lovely and the neighborhood is nice. It’s run by the same group that runs The Liberty House (which we did visit, but did not like since it was so overpriced… there is a definite ‘Jersey City-Manhattan view’ premium pricing there).  For a rustic/farm feel, I’d definitely check out Hermitage & Stone House.

Lastly, there’s the Women’s Club of Englewood http://www.wcecarriagehouse.com/ which the caterer from Hermitage also suggested.  He said the web pics don’t do the place justice.

Best of luck 🙂

Post # 16
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12 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Contact the Seasons in Northern Jersey or The Elan also in Northern Jersey and as metnioned above, Liberty House is excellent and so it Maritime Parc!

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