Information on New Jersey Wedding Reception Venues

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Information on New Jersey Wedding Reception Venues
Posted: Apr 5, 2006 4:09 PM

As a bride, planning her wedding in northern NJ, I thought I'd post some of the information I've received from various vendors in the northern NJ area.  I hope this will help future brides know approximate prices and info about certain reception halls. All details below are for March/April receptions ONLY.

The Brownstone in Patterson, NJ: have 3 weddings at one time.  One room holds 100, one room holds about 150, and one room holds about 200.  Price for Saturday evening is $105 plus ceremony fee per person plus 20% tip plus 6% tax.  This venue has beautiful all glass rooms for ceremonies, but the area surrounding the building is terrible- very urban and not the nicest.  Ask for Charles.

Park Savoy- not sure of price, but minimum guarantee for Sat evening is 150.

Knoll Country Club in Parsippany, NJ:  100 minimum guarantee, $105 per person plus tax plus 15% gratuity, plus ceremony fee plus 6% tax. Ask for Kip.

The Villa in Mountain Lakes, NJ: 150 minimum.  not sure of the price.

Oakside Mansion: 120 minimum guarantee.  Ask for Patricia Gray.

Skylands Castle: 150 minimum.  $135 per person plus $2000 location rental plus 18% tip plus $6 tax plus $6.50 per person ceremony fee. Ask for Linda.

Winfield Scott Ballrooms, Elizabeth, NJ: Ask for Stephen. Will work with you on the price.  Starts at $85 per person plus 20% tip plus 6% tax plus ceremony fee.  75 person minimum.  Beautiful, grand ballrooms as shown on website.  Not sure of surrounding area. 

Westmount Country Club: 125 minimum guarantee, $185 per person plus 20% tip plus 6% tax plus ceremony fee.

Excelsior: Saddle Brook, NJ: 75 person minimum, prices are between $75-115 per person (depending on food) plus 20% tip plus 6% tax plus ceremony fee.  We visited here.  Outside doens't look very nice as there is no grass and it is located on route 46, but lobby is marble and nice, rooms look nice.  beautiful ceremony room with open skylights.

Mayfair Farms: West Orange, NJ: $110 per person plus 20% tip plus 6% tax plus ceremony fee. 

Shadowbrook: 100 minimum person guarantee $135 per person (includes tip) plus 6% tax plus ceremony fee.

Ramsey Golf club: 100 minimum person guarantee, $130 per person (includes tax and gratuity) plus ceremony fee. Ask for Sean Price.

The Tides Estate- 75 person minimum guarantee.  Prices start at $70 per person plus 20% tip plus 6% tax plus ceremony fee.  WARNING: Scott (one of the banquet managers was extremely rude when we went to visit for no reason! Ask for Ron instead) and we went to a tasting- food is only mediocre.  In fact, the pies they had out at the tasting were frozen!  While price is good and building is nice looking, the quality of the service and food seems to be lacking.  That is why we didn't book there.

Stirling Ridge: 100 person minimum, $135 per person plus 20% tip and 6% tax plus ceremony fee.

The Atrium Country Club: minimum guarantee is 125 people. $95 and up per person plus 20% tip plus 6% tax plus ceremony fee. Ask for Maryann.

Bretton Woods- 150 person minimum guarantee.

Wayne Manor- sadly it is closing for good Summer 06.

Stony Hill Inn: 150 person minimum guarantee

Highlawn Pavilion West Orange, NJ: beautiful place, excellent food. Magnificent views.  120 minimum person guarantee. $115 per person plus 20% tip plus 6% tax plus $7 per person ceremony fee.  (All prices are negotiable!) Ask for Debbie.

Indian Trail Club: 75 person minimum $104-$117 per person plus 20% tip plus 6% tax plus ceremony fee. Ask for Debbie.

Rockleigh Country Club: 150 minimum guarantee.

Apple Ridge Country Club: 100 person minimum $135& up per person plus 20% tip and 6% tax plus $500 ceremony fee.

Liberty House: Newark, NJ: 100 person minimum $165 per person plus 20% tip plus 6% tax plus $7 per person ceremony fee. Ask for John.

Valley Regency: 175 person minimum

Birchwood Manor: Whippany, NJ: 100 person minimum, $133 per person plus 10% tip plus 6% tax plus $7.50 per person ceremony fee. Ask for Mark.

Richfield Regency: minimum 125 people (which I was told was slightly negotiable) $95 per person plus 20% tip and 6% tax plus $450 ceremony fee.  2 weddings at a time. Ask for Trish.

Gatsby's of Cresskill: 75 person minimum. price varies but around $100 per person plus 18% tip plus 6% tax plus $350 ceremony fee. Ask for Bob.

Venetian: minimum guarantee is 150 people.

Twin Brooks Country Club: is being completely renovated summer 2006. 100 minimum person guarantee $115 per person including tax and tip. plus $250 ceremony fee. Ask for Joyce.

The Restaurant: Hackensack NJ: 100  person minimum $100 per person (includes only hors d'oeurves for cocktail hour and 4 course dinner and wedding cake) plus 20% tip plus 6% tax.

Florentine Gardens: 200 person minimum

The Graycliff: 75 person minimum prices start at $62.95 plus 20% tip plus 6% gax plus ceremony fee.Ask for Mary or Spiro.

Landmark: not exactly sure of price, but it is reasonable.

The Fiesta: not exactly sure of price, but it is reasonable.

Seasons: 150 person minimum

Colonial Inn: 90 person minimum $80 per person plus 20% tip plus 6% tax plus ceremony fee. Ask for Bob.

Lake Valhalla club: 75 person minimum $100 per person plus 20% tip plus 6% tax. Ask for Perry.

Harborside Club/C-Side Restaurant Jersey City, NJ: 75 person minimum $95 per person plus 20% tip plus 6% tax plus ceremony fee.  We didn't visit but pictures show a huge glass room for reception overlooking hudson river. Ask for Frank.

Ravello's East Hanover, NJ: 75 person minimum $100 per person plus 6% tax plus 20% tip plus ceremony fee. Ask for Dominick.

North Jersey Country Club: 100 person minimum $125-$135 per person plus 20% tip plus 6% tax plus ceremony fee. Ask for Rick.

Windsor Gardens: 75 person minimum $60 and up per person plus 20% tip plus 6% tax

Essex manor: Ask for Dennis: 75 person minimum $75-$80 per person including tax and tip.

Macalusso's: 200 person minimum

Fiddler's Elbow country club: minimum 100 people $155 per person if you have someone from the club sponsor you plus alcohol fee plus 6% tax plus 20% tip OR $600 membership fee plus $165 per person plus 6% tax plus 20% tip plus $800 ceremony fee. Ask for Bruce.

Bridgewater Manor: Bridgewater, NJ different rooms. smallest room holds 75 minimum. Large, nice, newly renovated place, but not fancy. $90ish per person plus 6% tax plus 20% tip plus ceremony fee.

Victor's Chateau Verona, NJ: The woman that owns it says it will fit 150, but be warned, we visited and it will not hold 150.  It will only hold 100 max. $90 per person plus 20% tip plus 6% tax.

The Manor: West Orange, NJ: we booked here!  Price was $99 per person, but we negotiated! Ceremony fee $12 per person (also negotiable!)  Very ornate rooms, beautiful gardens.  Food is VERY well known.  They have won many awards.  4 weddings at a time.  Ask for Jim.  Treated us well.

Hope this helps!  If you have questions, post a response and I'll reply to it!

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Guest
Re: Information on New Jersey Wedding Reception Venues
Posted: Apr 11, 2006 9:14 AM Go to message in response to: Guest

thanks!  that is a lot of very helpful information.

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Guest
Re: Information on New Jersey Wedding Reception Venues
Posted: Apr 11, 2006 10:30 PM Go to message in response to: Guest

Geez! you really went shopping!  Did you really check out all of the above-mentioned places?  You put me to shame.. I only checked out about 6 halls.. w/in one weekend and w/in one weekend I found and booked my hall! 

But it's really nice and thoughtful of you to share your info.... good luck with the planning and keep us posted!

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Re: Information on New Jersey Wedding Reception Venues
Posted: Apr 25, 2006 10:32 AM Go to message in response to: Guest

No, I didn't visit all.  But I like to do my homework ahead of time.  There were many beautiful places (from their websites) that I was interested in and called but wanted too many people for a minimum guarantee or were too high priced.  There were also a number of places I didn't visit which had reasonable minimum guarantees and reasonable prices but I wasn't quite as thrilled about. 

Clearly my advice is to call around, narrow down what you are interested in, visit lots of websites and look at pictures to determine what you like and what you don't, know your budget, and then schedule appointments from those that meet your criteria.  It is only then that you will be happy. 

Also, don't book on your first visit.  Go home.  Think about it.  Make sure you will be happy.  My rule is simple when you are making a decision, if you ask yourself "Will I get upset later if I don't buy X or book here?"  If the answer is an unemotional "no," then you aren't that attached and should keep looking. 

If you go back a second time and are seriously interested in booking, negotiate!  Most places I visited will work with you on the minimum guarantee (slightly) and the price (slightly) OR on the selection of food.  You'd be surprised.  Especially if you are booking in Jan-April or July or Nov-Dec.  Be nice, but firm.  We are interested, what will YOU do for us to earn our business?  Remember, by booking with you and making your wedding wonderful, they may get your siblings business when they get married, your family's business, and the business of those who come to the wedding.  So they should want to do everything for you to make it right.  I am going to make another post next week regarding things to put in your wedding reception contract that I learned about.  I hope my posts help others.

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mereditor Posts : 16 Registered: 5/5/06
Re: Information on New Jersey Wedding Reception Venues
Posted: Jun 12, 2006 10:35 PM Go to message in response to: Guest

That was so helpful. Thanks SO much for posting. Did you happen to look at Graycliff? The price seems too good to be true...so I'm wondering how nice the grounds and ballrooms are. And thanks for mentioning Winfield Ballrooms. I hadn't even heard about them.  I hate Elizabeth, but this place looks nice. Also, did you get a sense of the pricing at Seasons? My fiance's family said it was really nice, but I can't figure out if it's for budget brides like myself (without calling and asking, of course). Here's some of the info I've found so far:

My friends are getting married at Gatsby's and they're paying $75/person for a daytime reception on a Saturday in October.

I think my friends negotiated the Newark Club to about $90/person for a Sunday afternoon affair.  

My fiance's cousin got married at Nanina's in the Park in Belleville and paid a whopping $210/person.  

Oh, and how I wish the Liberty House weren't that ridiculously priced. What an amazing looking place. 

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Re: Information on New Jersey Wedding Reception Venues
Posted: Jun 13, 2006 1:12 PM Go to message in response to: mereditor

You are very welcome :-)  I only have seen The Graycliff from the outside.  It is a nice building but doesn't have any grounds around it as it is right on Route 23.  I imagine that the ballrooms are decent looking but nothing spectacular... then again at that price, what can you expect?

I image you are looking for something in the $75-$100 range? Seasons is probably going to be over that. 

How big of a wedding are you having?

Remember! Every place is negotiable on the price and what is included....

Liberty House is expensive... do you want with a reception hall with a City view?  I didn't go there, but you should check out Harborside Club.  It is supposed to have a large beautiful glass room which is on the website. 

Give me more info and I will try to help.

 

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mereditor Posts : 16 Registered: 5/5/06
Re: Information on New Jersey Wedding Reception Venues
Posted: Jun 15, 2006 11:36 PM Go to message in response to: Guest

$75 - $100 range is exactly right. We've got to keep it at that budget because we're inviting 200 and expecting 150-175 to show up. It's so hard to be so limited. Harborside Club sounds great, but that's probably above our budget, too, right? Thanks for letting me know about Seasons' price and Graycliff's exterior. I may still check them out and see what I can negotiate. We can definitely do a 2-course meal with limited hors d'oeuvres and not top shelf liquor. We actually would prefer not to have an open bar for the last hour of the party or a champagne toast (our families hate champagne). Thanks so much again for your help. 

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Re: Information on New Jersey Wedding Reception Venues
Posted: Jun 29, 2006 8:15 PM Go to message in response to: mereditor

Harborside is $95 per person plus 20% tip plus 6% tax for March/April  plus ceremony fee.   As I stated before, I didn't visit, I only called them and saw the website.  It is certainly worth a look.  May be wonderful and may stink.  Who knows?  But if you are looking for Jan/Feb it will be even less. 

Call around.  If you decide to get married in Jan or Feb, you will get an excellent deal wherever you book.  Make sure to negotiate.  EVERYTHING is negotiable.

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Re: Information on New Jersey Wedding Reception Venues
Posted: Jul 5, 2006 12:49 PM Go to message in response to: Guest

Hi,

 

I am looking at reception sites for April 2007, but we are willing to get married on a weekday. Do you believe that some of the vendors you listed above will take us on because we have a guest list of 75 and want to get married during the week instead of the weekend?

 

I am going to be calling just to find out.

 

Thanks!

 

Trish 

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Re: Information on New Jersey Wedding Reception Venues
Posted: Aug 10, 2006 12:24 PM Go to message in response to: Guest

Hi Counselor4444, When are you getting married at the The Manor. I am also having my wedding there on March 31, 2007. I love the rooms they are beautiful. What room are you having it in? I forget the name of my room but its the room on the left side in the back with the water fountain and the reception room has the dark wood and red chairs. Best descriptin I can give...lol... The menu is just awesome. There is so much.  

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kelleyiskelley Posts : 11,590 Registered: 7/2/06
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Posted: Aug 11, 2006 7:20 AM Go to message in response to: Guest

hey conselor this info is GREAT and its also great to see some Jersey Girls on here lol I live in Jersey too... 10min outside NYC...but my wedding is on Long Island cuz I work out there and we found an aamzing place to have it, so it was better. But Im glad you found your dreamplace and thanks for all the info.
Kelley Lynn:)

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TaraAnne Posts : 69 Registered: 6/6/06
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Posted: Sep 16, 2006 1:41 AM Go to message in response to: Guest

WOW, I thought I did a lot of research! 

We are getting married at Seasons in May 07 on a Friday.  They started out at $125pp + tax + tip......we negotiated down to $110 without taking away anything offered.  They give you a lot of food, cocktail hour is 1 1/2 hrs, recpt 4 hrs, white glove service all the way & the place is gorgeous!  Everyone Ive met with is very nice, willing to meet you every need.  I say check it out!

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Re: Information on New Jersey Wedding Reception Venues
Posted: Sep 22, 2006 4:02 PM Go to message in response to: Guest

I'm interested in the Oakside mansion. Anyone have anymore info on that location? has anyone ever been to a wedding there?

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TaraAnne Posts : 69 Registered: 6/6/06
Re: Information on New Jersey Wedding Reception Venues
Posted: Sep 23, 2006 11:15 PM Go to message in response to: Guest

"""The Tides Estate- 75 person minimum guarantee.  Prices start at $70 per person plus 20% tip plus 6% tax plus ceremony fee.  WARNING: Scott (one of the banquet managers was extremely rude when we went to visit for no reason! Ask for Ron instead) and we went to a tasting- food is only mediocre.  In fact, the pies they had out at the tasting were frozen!  While price is good and building is nice looking, the quality of the service and food seems to be lacking.  That is why we didn't book there."""

 We got the same vibe with regards to the Tides, the place is pretty, I really liked the coktail hour room upstairs & the prices were great and they were offering us "extras" to book on certain dates.  It just seemed like they were TOO willing to add things on, lower the costs etc. etc.   Also, this may be a little nit picky but when we visited the windows were very dirty as were the carpets and that turned me off.  However, we also met with Scott both times and he was extremely pleasant! 

We are actually going to a wedding there next month....I'll post again afterwards to give an experienced review! 

 

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Re: Information on New Jersey Wedding Reception Venues
Posted: Sep 25, 2006 12:10 PM Go to message in response to: Guest

counselor............. I was just at a wedding at the manor friday night. The food was amazing, the service is awsome, and the place its self is so pretty. The only problem is that they had so much going on at one time that when we walked in we did not know where to go. Just some friendly advice, make sure that someone is there to meet your guest and direct them where to go.........

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