Our NJ Wedding Venues feature is here to help you pick that special place for your big day. When you’re looking for a location to throw the biggest party of your life, it’s easy to get lost going from site to site trying to find the place that fits your style, your personality and your budget. That’s why we’re here. We provide you with a style guide to the best wedding reception sites in New Jersey.
We started doing features like this a few years ago when we published a story on Frenchtowner.com about the best wedding venues in Bucks County Pennsylvania. It turned out to be one of our most popular guides that we have ever done. With our new site we wanted to do something similar but on a bigger scale so we’re undertaking the task of finding the best wedding venues in the entire state of New Jersey.
We have considered these factors in choosing our Best NJ Wedding Winners: Beauty, Drama, Style and Location. We’ve worked to include some locations in every region of the state.
Skylands in Ringwood, Passaic County, North Jersey
Style: Traditional, Classical, Tudor, English, Continental, Elegant, Formal, Grand
Our first winner is Skylands Manor in Ringwood in the northwestern part of the state. Skylands is an American castle surrounded by an enchanted forest on a hilltop. The castle makes for a grand location for weddings. The 100 acre estate features formal gardens, expansive lawns and fountains. It is the home of the New Jersey Botanical Gardens. The mansion can accommodate up to 300 guests for weddings. It features 54 rooms, a Great Hall entrance, a bridal suite, a stone patio, a private chapel, a ballroom and more. To get a better feeling for what the location has to offer see our virtual tour of Skylands.
Skylands Castle/Manor & New Jersey Botanical Gardens is owned by the state of New Jersey. Weddings and events at Skylands are managed by Frungillo Caterers, a family owned business that has been catering weddings for three generations.
*** Update *** Frungillo Caterers was very fast in getting back with us with more information. They also have become quite famous since we started this feature. They are the subject of the reality show “Masters of Reception” on The Learning Channel. We love Skylands and if we were to pick a place in New Jersey for a fantasy wedding, it would be here.
The Palace at Somerset Park: Somerset, Somerset County, Central Jersey
Style: Traditional, Classical, Federal, Elegant, Extremely Formal, Pristine, White
Our second Best of NJ Wedding Venues Winner is The Palace at Somerset Park. The Palace looks like one gigantic wedding cake. It is a stunning location for a wedding with its circular driveway, imposing Federal style façade, and manicured grounds. The facility is especially beautiful at night in any season.
The Palace features a grand foyer, a private upstairs bridal suite, a personal bridal attendant, a flower-filled outdoor terrace, gardens, imposing grand staircases, fireworks displays, ice carvings, ballrooms, an incredible variety of culinary options and hotel shuttle service.
Trump Marina in Atlantic City, Atlantic County, South Jersey
Style: Traditional, Classical, French, Italian, Grand, Exceptionally Elegant, Formal
Our third winner is the grand ballroom at the Trump Marina. We fell in love with this space the moment we saw it. It is one of the most elegant wedding reception spaces in New Jersey. It has a classical romantic appeal reminiscent of the Palace of Versailles.
Trump Marina can accommodate parties of over 2,000 guests, which makes it the biggest wedding venue in our study. The resort can handle the entire wedding, including the catering, the rooms for the ceremony and the reception, the flowers and of course the honeymoon suite. Wedding guests can stay at the hotel and enjoy the shows, the casinos, the world class cuisine and the beaches of Atlantic City.
Trump Marina features grand ballrooms, a spa, steam rooms, saunas, a tennis court, a marina, a swimming pool, a gym, 24 hour room service and luxurious 2 bedroom suites.
Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club: Farmingdale, Monmouth County, Central Jersey
Style: Traditional, Refined American Plantation Style, Relaxed and Casual Elegance
Our fourth winner is the Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club. The impressive grounds of the golf course make for a wonderful setting. The club house has a refined yet relaxed style that reminds me of a grand mansion in the low country of Savannah or Charleston. The expansive porches invite you to sit back and relax.
Eagle Oaks offers valet parking, a terraced wedding garden, impressive wrought iron staircases, a bridal suite, a ballroom, a wine cellar, a golf course [of course] and more.
Eagle Oaks can accommodate up to 600 guests for your wedding.
*** Update *** Eagle Oaks has been the most gracious of all of the winners in our feature. We are currently working with the facility to do an exclusive feature article and get some photos to share with you.
The Conservatory at the Madison Hotel: Morristown, Morris County, North Jersey
Style: Traditional, Classical, English, Elegant, Light, Exotic Victorian
Our fifth NJ Wedding Venues Winner is the Conservatory at the Madison Hotel. The conservatory offers one of the brightest and unique wedding venues in New Jersey. The space is reminiscent of London’s famous Crystal Palace with its vaulted glass ceilings, hanging planters and huge crystal chandeliers.
The Conservatory features: a hotel with spacious sweets, an award-winning steak and seafood restaurant, a ballroom, a swimming pool, a fitness center and more.
The Imperia: Somerset, Somerset County, Central Jersey
Style: Transitional Modern, Classical and Modern Blend, “Luxurious Warm Modernity”, Contemporary
Our sixth winner is the Imperia in Somerset. The Imperia exudes a luxurious and warm modernity. One of our favorite features of the facility is the double spiral grand staircase in the lobby.
The Imperia features: two ballrooms, a terraced waterfall garden, a patio garden, on-site culinary staff and event coordinators. The facility can handle up to 500 guests for your reception dinner.