With 130 miles of coastline and a number of oceanfront venues to choose from, the Jersey Shore is the perfect destination for your big day. Aside from serving as an excellent vacation spot, Cape May is home to Congress Hall and the Grand Hotel, both recent winners of WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Award. These venues boast prime beachfront locations and gorgeous facilities.
Atlantic City offers premier venue options to host your wedding as well. The Chelsea maintains a number of themes ranging from “Classic,” a timeless experience in the chandelier-lit ballroom to “Swank,” a free-flowing, social and relaxing environment. Soon-to-be newlyweds can also explore One Atlantic, a venue that sits atop the Playground at Caesars, providing guests with a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean, beach and boardwalk.
If you are looking to exchange vows with the sand beneath your feet, there are a number of New Jersey beach towns for you. Atlantic City, Brigantine, Cape May, Margate, Ocean City and the Wildwoods are just some of the locations that provide seaside ceremonies. Each town has their own set of requirements, so be sure to check with each town well in advance. Some oceanfront venues such as Avenue in Long Branch, The Stateroom in Ship Bottom, and Doolan’s Shore Club in Spring Lake, will assist in the planning of your beach reception in their immaculate ballrooms, or in Avenue’s case, atop their open-air roof deck.
While the shore offers a tranquil and breezy wedding environment, northern New Jersey provides wedding guests with exceptional views of the New York City skyline along the Hudson River. Waterside Restaurant and Catering in North Bergen and Maritime Parc in Jersey City are two ideal venues for a sophisticated, modern and elegant feel. If overlooking the Hudson is not enough, Cornucopia Cruise Line and Smooth Sailing Celebrations allow couples to celebrate their new status cruising along the river. Points of departure include Perth Amboy, Hoboken, and the Atlantic Highlands.
Looking for a serene, country atmosphere for the big day? Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City and Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes both offer charming indoor venues as well as large expanses of beautiful land for you and your guests to enjoy. What’s more? Exchange vows amidst the luscious grapevines at Laurita Winery in New Egpyt, in a Napa Valley-inspired ballroom at Valenzano Winery in Shamong, or under the Chardonnay Vineyard Veranda at Tomasello Winery in Hammonton.
For a pristine, sculptured ambiance, the Park Savoy Estate in Florham Park fulfills the dream of those longing for a garden wedding. With its expertly manicured grounds, the Park Savoy is an immaculately decorated venue for your big day. Although ceremonies are not permitted in the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden in Somerset, it was recently awarded the 2015 World Federation of Rose Societies’ Garden of Excellence Award, serving as a beautiful and unique location for wedding photos.
Two other winners of the 2015 WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Award, Il Tulipano in Cedar Grove and The Crossed Keys Inn in Andover, also fulfill the dreams of those yearning for a garden-style nuptial. Il Tulipano features both indoor and outdoor areas, while the grounds at The Crossed Keys Inn feature a fire pit and playhouse to add a rustic flair to your wedding day ambiance.
For the couple looking to enjoy the open-air, Crystal Springs Resort residesin the heart of Sussex County’s mountains and provides breathtaking views year-round. Both the Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth and the Knoll Country Club in Parsippany also provide magical surroundings no matter the weather.
If the bride and groom are looking for a jaw-dropping venue for the big day, check out Adventure Aquarium in Camden. You can say your vows as colorful fish and sharks swim beside you! Or, surround yourself with contemporary art at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton or the Newark Museum in Newark, both available for private events.
New Jersey is also home to a number of historic venues that exude charm and natural beauty. The Skylands Manor in Ridgewood, for example, is a Tudor Revival mansion that would make any wedding feel like a fairytale. Perona Farms in Andover features five unique locations, including an island that is accessible by walking over a small bridge. Woodcliff Manor, a country home in Woodcliff Lake built before the Civil War, offers a gorgeous backdrop for your ceremony with two waterfall-fed ponds and a picturesque private garden.
New Jersey is ready to welcome you and your loved ones as you say “I do” at any of our various spectacular venues. Start planning your New Jersey wedding today with the help of NJ Wedding, New Jersey Bride, WeddingWire, and Here Comes the Guide.