Information on New Jersey Wedding Reception Venues

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BrunosGirl Posts : 7 Registered: 12/8/08
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Posted: Dec 8, 2008 10:21 AM Go to message in response to: Crissypie25

WOW! I cannot tell you how much everyone's imput is helping my fiance and I as we start to look for venues. Just got engaged last week and we are already stressing=)

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augustbrd09 Posts : 1 Registered: 12/16/08
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Posted: Dec 16, 2008 10:49 PM Go to message in response to: BrunosGirl

I wish I went to this website before I booked my reception! It would have saved me so much time and probably made me look at more locations. I booked the Chanticler for my August wedding and wondering if anyone has been there. I have only heard good things about it, but additional feedback would be great.

Also, I recently read online that the Chanticler made an application to turn the property into condos. This makes me extremely nervous, since they may not keep up their standards over the next year as they will no longer care about their reputation. Any ideas? Thoughts? Has anyone else booked their wedding there for next year?

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lastbloom Posts : 1 Registered: 12/9/08
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Posted: Dec 29, 2008 5:37 AM Go to message in response to: augustbrd09

I went to the chanticler for my prom. It was so fabulous and the food was awesome. The people there were so great that my school has continued to book them ever since. I know that I went to some other venues listed here my senior and junior years and none came close to the Chanticler.

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etermo Posts : 4 Registered: 12/28/08
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Posted: Jan 3, 2009 11:09 AM Go to message in response to: ShaunaCharlie606

Shauna-
Thanks for all your posts- they have all been really helpful. My fiance and I just started looking at places and we were just wondering what quote you got for Ravello's.
Thanks-
Elyse

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Soon2BMrsPorkChop Posts : 73 Registered: 1/1/09
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Posted: Jan 5, 2009 6:25 PM Go to message in response to: BrunosGirl

I have been lurking around this thread for about a week and finally decided to throw in my two cents :)

I have appointments for this Saturday with Nanina's in Belleville and The Manor in West Orange. A man named Peter helped me over the phone when I called Nanina's, and he seemed SUPER nice. Our date is not really flexible because my fiance and I want an April wedding in 2010 and we are only considering one ceremony site (Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark). We only had 2 dates to choose from in April, so we went with the 23rd (a Friday, to save money on our reception). We are hoping that because we're doing a Friday wedding in the "off season," that we'll be able to get more bang for our buck!

Anyway, Nanina's told me $135 plus facility fee with 175 min. Seems pretty reasonable, and I'm looking forward to seeing what that would get me and how negotiable that is. The Manor said their prices range from $83-138 dollars, so I'm hopeful that we could get it for under $100 a person considering our date. Finally, I was originally very interested in the Skylands Castle in Ringwood ($110/person), but I don't know anyone who's been inside, and they are not very speedy as far as returning phone calls. Does anyone know of Skylands/have a personal experience with the place? It looks beautiful in pictures but we all know that can be deceiving.

I think those three venues will be the only ones in the running for us, except perhaps the Highlawn Pavilion. Not sure what their pricing is but will probably find out. I'll update when I have some more concrete info but I'm hoping someone else out there has some info to share :)

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BrunosGirl Posts : 7 Registered: 12/8/08
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Posted: Jan 6, 2009 5:02 PM Go to message in response to: Soon2BMrsPorkChop

My fiance and I have been to Perona Farms, The Brownstone, meadowood manor and The Graycliff. All had very reasonable prices...Perona Farms 110pp including tax and fees not including any add-ons and their add ons were 8-15$ even some of the cakes were $3-4 extra pp (i thought that was a lot considering brownstone and graycliff include the cake without charging any extra)

Brownstone was $145pp including everything but they offered a lot more and Albert was willing to take some things out of the package to lower the price without hurting the menu too much.

Graycliff $107pp but decor was less elaborate than brownstone...still very modern and clean looking. They give u a LOT of food for the money...very few add-on options but all very reasonable $3-13pp.

Meadowood Manor-$137pp beautiful cocktail hour room but ballroom was very plain: white on white! food sounded excellent but u have to book before u can taste anything...lots of fun themed stations for the cocktail hour and they have a deduction package if the budget is lower (which ours is).

Perona Farms and The Brownstone have been discussed a lot on these boards so if anyone has and questions about graycliff or meadowood let me know!

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Parsippany Posts : 2 Registered: 1/6/09
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Posted: Jan 6, 2009 8:18 PM Go to message in response to: Guest

how much per person for a Friday evening at Mayfair?? How about Imperial?? we are looking for a friday wedding in March 2010....

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Parsippany Posts : 2 Registered: 1/6/09
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Posted: Jan 6, 2009 8:24 PM Go to message in response to: chiquita26

great place.... went there for a wedding in April... ANy idea on the cost pp on a friday in march??

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etermo Posts : 4 Registered: 12/28/08
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Posted: Jan 6, 2009 9:24 PM Go to message in response to: Soon2BMrsPorkChop

Hi Christine423-

My fiance and I went to Skylands Manor/Castle the other day to check it out. It is very nice. The cocktail hour is spread out through about 5 rooms with different food in each room. The rooms were beautiful- the pictures were quite accurate. If you were thinking of music during the CH it might be hard. The woman recommended a band on the patio for guests outside and then an IPOD playing from the balcony of one of the rooms.
I don't know if you know this, but in addition to the prices there is a $2200 location fee that is paid to the state b/c the mansion is in the NJ botanical gardens.
The ballroom has only one bar which was small. I also wasn't fond of the way the guests would enter the actual room. If the weather is nice they would be escorted along the patio to the main ball room, but they entered through what looked like a fire door. You and your bridal party would enter through french doors. The room itself was a good size with a permanent dance floor- not one of those wood dance floors where the planks come up.
The bathrooms for the ball room were nice too. The bridal sweet was pretty cool; a large, but older style bathroom, living room type area and a bedroom which you could stay in for the night.
I think that's about it. Hope that helps.
Elyse

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etermo Posts : 4 Registered: 12/28/08
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Posted: Jan 6, 2009 10:14 PM Go to message in response to: etermo

Has anyone ever gone to the Crystal Plaza?? Do you know any pricing?
Thanks
Elyse

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Soon2BMrsPorkChop Posts : 73 Registered: 1/1/09
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Posted: Jan 7, 2009 10:29 AM Go to message in response to: etermo

Thank you for the info! I am trying to get a hold of them on the phone but have been unsuccessful. I'm a teacher so its hard for me to call anyone during the day and when I call after work I get no answer! I am hoping to visit them soon, but some of what you described (music and guest entrance) seems like it would cause some concern for me. Anyway, I'll update with my opinion soon. :)

I don't know anything about the Crystal Palace but a coworker had her wedding at the Mayfair last June. She had 315 guests but only had to guarantee about 100. She paid approx. 145 per person after taxes and gratuity, etc. She said it was great and totally recommends it to others. She comes from a LARGE italian family, so I know if they appreciated the food, that probably means its good. Hope that helps!

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Soon2BMrsPorkChop Posts : 73 Registered: 1/1/09
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Posted: Jan 7, 2009 2:36 PM Go to message in response to: Soon2BMrsPorkChop

:(

The Skylands is booked for my date so its now only down to the 5 places I'm visiting Saturday and Sunday. I will give the detailed rundown for each when I do!

Good luck to everyone.

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Soon2BMrsPorkChop Posts : 73 Registered: 1/1/09
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Posted: Jan 12, 2009 12:31 AM Go to message in response to: Soon2BMrsPorkChop

Ok here's my update (although I'm not sure if anyone cares but me LOL). We went to The Manor. It was beautiful in a really regal, ornate sense, however the rooms just looked TOO SMALL. The prices were fabulous - 100 per person with a viennese hour and a 6 hour reception (extra hour added on). The problem was that when we saw the rooms, one was already set for a 200 person bar mitzvah and it was so cramped. The place settings on the tables were touching, there were chairs on the edge of the dance floor, and the room just looked like it was a fire hazard. I wouldn't have put more than 175 in the same room, maybe even 150, and my bf and I are looking to have about 175 - 200 so it was just out of the question. The second room we saw was much better (only set for "less than 200" when we saw it) but FH had a real issue with guests walking through the dining room to get to the cocktail hour, and the more he talked about it, the more I agreed. We basically ruled it out on those few issues. If you are planning to have a smaller wedding, I think its a lovely option, though.

Nanina's in the Park was amazing. I actually cried a little when I saw the room. They do only one wedding at a time and the entire place is very nice. It has a contemporary yet elegant feel. I really would have booked it, but the 135 price tag was hard for an April wedding. Between the ring, the wedding, and buying a home, FH and I didn't feel like we had enough time to save up for a 135/pp reception. Had we pushed the date back, we would've been paying MUCH more per person, so it didn't work out either way. We had almost agreed to just do it (after an entire day or arguing, making up, crying, doing math, giving up, and sulking lol) and then....

We decided to just check out the Westmount CC despite thinking we couldn't afford it and having read others' opinions on it. It was GORGEOUS! When we walked in and were given free food and drinks, we figured we were wasting our time (but hey, who doesn't enjoy a free meal haha). Anyway, I had been there once about 5 years ago, but they have renovated everything so its much nicer than I remembered. In fact, the room we are going to book isn't even done yet and its already amazing. They gave us an EXCELLENT price - 139/pp in October! That's unheard of for them, and they didn't even subtract anything from the menu. We have to rearrange our ceremony plans, but it gives us the extra time to save the money we need. I think if you were considering the Westmount but were put off by the price tag or other posters' comments, you may want to reconsider as they have lowered their prices and have a flat rate for the whole year (surprising).

Anyway, I am open to answering any questions, so feel free to ask if you have any!

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j2the4 Posts : 1 Registered: 1/12/09
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Posted: Jan 12, 2009 10:46 AM Go to message in response to: Soon2BMrsPorkChop

Hi Christine, I found yours posts very helpful as my fiance and I are just beginning our search for venues this upcoming weekend. We also have an appointment at the Manor and like you will have approx 175 - 200 guests. I'll have to check out the venue for myself to see if that would be able to accomodate that # of guests. My concern is not that it would be too packed, but the exact opposite, that it would be too large. My friend had his wedding of about 240 guests at Westmount last year and I vowed to myself I would never book a place that big. It just felt too empty, hollow, and lacked intimacy. Each table was too far apart from each other and before I attended that wedding, I never thought a place could be too big. We'll also be checking out Naninas next weekend but at the quote you received, not sure that's within our budget range but it's worth checking out to compare value vs price. We're hoping to keep it under 110pp (all gratuities included) so if you know of any other places feel free to suggest. Thanks.

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Soon2BMrsPorkChop Posts : 73 Registered: 1/1/09
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Posted: Jan 12, 2009 11:07 AM Go to message in response to: j2the4

Depending on your time of year, you may be able to get the Skylands Castle for under 110. If you want, I can email you the pricing and menu package they sent me (its a PDF file). Just send me a PM with your email if you're interested. That place is actually beautiful and was my first choice but it was a tough situation because although the April price was right for me, they were booked and then the prices for May - November were too high, and I didn't want to wait for them to go back down.

The Brownstone might be worth looking into for you, not sure of their exact prices but I've heard they are very reasonable without sacrificing the quality of food or the appearance of the facility. Like I said about Nanina's they are great and the menu is awesome, and they were willing to throw in a TON of extras (viennese hour with gelato, zeppole, martini, crepe, and waffle stations), the total price tag (just over 30k for 175) really left FH and I a little nervous and scared lol.

As I said in my PP, The Manor is great besides the size issue. I don't remember which room had which title so forgive me, but at your range of guests, they will show you the two bigger rooms. One is very dark with wood paneling and the view of a waterfall from your cocktail hour room. In my opinion, this one would be the better choice because the outdoor area for the cocktail hour is significantly nicer (waterfall and little bridge and stone walkways as compared to the view of just green grass and a fountain that you see from the second room's cocktail hour. The second room is a much lighter room, it has cream colored wallpaper, I believe, and some china cabinets with antique china on display. This one, although it looks bigger due to the colors, still ranked second in layout for me.

I hope the search goes well for you! Maybe it was just the way things were set when I saw them that seemed too small for me, but I can't say enough other good things about the place (especially that depending on the season, some rates were well under 100 and that included chateaubriand!). Also, I would look into the Mayfair. A friend of mine got it for I think 120 pp but that was also in July on a Saturday so I bet other times of year and maybe a Friday or Sunday if you're willing to do those, would be priced much more in your range.

I'm not sure what area you're in but a very reasonably priced site that I have been to is The Westwood in Garwood. I was in a wedding there a while back and believe it or not, the cost was something like 60 dollars pp! I think they've gone up to nearly 100 (most places have) but the food was good, the venue was nice, and the room we were in was big enough for 200, but not huge or empty feeling.

If you're just starting out and don't mind doing a lot of web surfing, check out theknot.com. They list a ton of popular NJ venues and you can contact the venues via email right through their website. Many places will contact you back within a few days and actually give prices via email, which I was surprised to learn. Others are very dedicated and will call you (a lot) but its worth it in my opinion. Please let me know if you need anything else (I'm just sorry I didn't visit more places to tell you about)! Good luck!

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