Hey NJ, lets help Dawn

Lets team up everyone and help Dawn from NJ find a cool place to get married!  Leave any tips below in the comments…thanks!

I don’t know if there is anyway you can help me or not but I love your website and am always looking through it so I thought it may be worth a shot contacting you. My fiance and I are having the hardest time finding a venue/wedding site we like in NJ..specifically the northern, NJ areas.  I know you are a brooklyn based site and brooklyn is actually where I am from but we recently moved to NJ so we want to stay closer to our home. We want something simpler and modern and we definitely don’t want the typical wedding factory vibe.  I would love a farm/barn or great garden style site but we can’t seem to find anything.  Any ideas?  Any info you might know of to help us find our dream site would be greatly appreciate! Thanks in advance for your time!

-Dawn
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  1. Erika

    You can try iL Tulipano in Cedar Grove. They only do one wedding at a time. The food it out of this world! They have a gorgeous garden in the back. The place has a tuscany feel to it. You should check it out.

  2. Lisa

    Have you seen the Mayfair Farm in West Orange, NJ

    Also love The Tides in North Haledon, NJ

    Both have very beautiful gardens!

  3. Dana

    I recently got married in Northern New Jersey. We had our reception at Bretton Woods and absolutely loved it. It is an old mansion in Morris Plains. The food was fabulous and the staff was amazingly helpful and courteous to our guests. Also, they do one wedding at a time, so the mansion is completely yours. They are also very well priced. Gardens are beautifully maintained.

    Some other options… Perona Farms in Andover, Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge, Woodcliff Manor in Woodcliff Lake.

  4. Trish

    Try Crossed Keys Inn in Andover… they do only tented receptions and it’s seasonal. Also give Stone House at Sterling Ridge a try. It’s “traditional” in the sense that it’s a reception room, but the cocktail area and outdoor areas might have the more rustic feel you’re looking for. We loved it but it was a bit too pricey 🙁 Good luck!

  5. Stacey

    For a garden style, I agree with Crossed Keys Inn in Andover – its beautiful. Also agree with Bretton Woods, I went to a wedding there last summer and it was great. There is a really nice patio and deck around the back of the mansion.

    Other suggestions: Chateau Hathorn in Warwick, NY, which is only about 15 minutes outside of NJ. Located across the street from an apple orchard and has beautiful gardens. Also in that area is the Warwick Valley Winery, which hosts weddings.

    In NJ is the Ramsey Country Club, which is very nice.

  6. Stacey

    Another NY State suggestion, but again the location is right outside the NJ border (I’m from northern NJ and looked at a few places over the border, as they provided better pricing) is Catlin Gardens. We looked at this location and absolutely LOVED it! Unfortunately, the date we wanted did not work out. There is one wedding at a time, beautiful gardens, a lovely creek and the mansion looks like it is directly out of Alice in Wonderland.

  7. Joanne

    I just had my wedding at the Liberty House in Jersey City. It has a great view of the city and isn’t at all like the marble and gold themes that most NJ venues go with. We were looking for something fun with great food and an airy vibe. The venue is within Liberty State Park so you have the option of having the ceremony outdoors in the garden. It’s a little bit of everything and more importantly, not cheesy (which I tend to think a lot of NJ-venues tend to be). If you decide to check this place out, ask for Danielle Villa!

  8. I also had my wedding at Liberty House and worked with Danielle Villa, it was an AMAZING experience and Danielle was just incredible to work with… tell her Stacey and Morgan say hi if you head over there… Everything about the day was just perfect

  9. Sayuri

    My brother got married at the Skylands Castle in Ringwood, NJ. It was an really beautiful since we got to enjoy every environment of the castle: the ceremony was held on one of the gardens, and the reception was indoors. Also, beautiful gardens for the wedding photo shoot!

  10. Angela

    Pretty Brook Farm in Princeton is nice if you’re looking for something low key and outdoorsy. It’s on Princeton Day School’s Campus.

    Also, Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ is gorgeous but a bit pricey.

  11. First off, congrats on your engagement and happy planning! There are some great suggestions above, but if you’re looking for some other ideas check out WeddingBook.com- the site lists over 200+ options in the northern NJ area– many with reviews from past clients to give you a sense of what they loved about the site. Good luck finding the perfect location!

  12. Jessica Latimer

    Have you ever seen Masters of the Reception? The Fratelli brothers or something like that on TLC? They have some seemingly nice properties. Good luck.

  13. Sarah

    The Newark Museum. This might be more formal than you’re planning, but it’s an interesting option and has a few beautiful options. I would have had my wedding there but decided to stay in NYC.

  14. Stacey

    Just as some additional info – for Skylands Castle, prices are very high per person and you have to pay a $5,000 site fee. The “castle” is in Skylands Manor, which is a public park, so you could easily take pictures there without having your wedding at the “castle” (it is not actually a castle, its the old Stetson summer mansion that was built from parts of the Solomon Brothers’ Fifth Avenue house).

    And things w/ the Frungillos are very different than Masters of Reception. The show puts them in a very, very positive light.
    Full disclosure – I worked at Skylands “Castle” for six years, so I’m a little biased.

  15. Jen

    Not barn-ish, but different:

    -The Mezzanine, Newark
    -Loews Jersey movie theater, Jersey City
    -Newark Museum

    We looked at all these, but wound up in Orange County, NY, at Round Hill, which is a converted old house.

    feastcaterers.com

    FWIW, It Tulipano, Skylands, The Tides, Mayfair Farms are all typical “Jersey” venues, IMHO…

  16. Dawn

    Hi guys! Thanks so much for all your help! I am going to look onto some of these. We did actually see the Stone House and did like it a lot but it was a bit too expensive for us. Thanks! I really appreciate this and I will keep you posted.

  17. Erika

    Congratulations! My fiance and I just booked our March wedding at Round Hill House in Washingtonville, NY. It’s not too far from the state border, and it’s exactly what we were looking for. It’s an historic house, not the typical “wedding factory” you find in New Jersey. Prices are comparable and the charm of the place is stunning. We also know two people who were married there, so we’ve had lots of recommendations.

    Good luck!

    http://www.feastcaterers.com

  18. Addie

    Just got married at Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, NJ, but had our reception near by at the Heldrich Hotel. Rutgers Gardens is very rustic, but VERY AFFORDABLE!!! Check out our pics: http://kellamacphee.blogspot.com/2009/08/addie-sean-82209.html

    I would have loved to do both ceremony and reception there, but not everyone was on board. They have two different gardens for ceremonies and a pavillion and log cabin for your use when you rent the gardens, and you’re the only event for the day.

  19. Dawn

    OMG your pictures are GORGEOUS Addie! I actually have Kella Macphee on my list of photogs to check out. I love all the artistic touches at your wedding.
    Thanks everyone again for your time and help. We actually saw a winery that we really liked this weekend. It is very simple and rustic looking and I think we might go for it. It’s called laurita winery. Its a bit further than we wanted to travel but it is worth it.
    Thanks gain!

  20. Gina

    OMG Laurita Winery and Caitlin Gardens look amazing! Can anyone provide the ballpark prices? Thanks!

  21. Kristin

    Addie! Your pictures are GORGEOUS and I love, love, love the welcome bags. I was on the fence about having them at our wedding but I think your I Love NJ bags convinced me! I have to find something like that since all our guests are from out of town 🙂

  22. Hey Dawn, Call windy Brow Orchards in Newton, NJ. Its huge and beautiful and I have heard they are doing weddings. They have huge Barns and acressss of land. And they have a store and sell baked goods etc with apple picking and hayrides. I want exactly the type of venue you want, and I am sympathizing, I am almost tempted to start calling Orchards in Sussex county to see if they just want to earn some money, Cause alot of them are struggling.

  23. Ron Lawless

    CHECK OUT NJBARNWEDDING.COM

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