Picture a gorgeous sunny day at a Tuscan villa in a historic park. Now add a bride, her groom, family, and a few hundred close friends. You’ve just created the perfect wedding at Nanina’s in the Park. This landmark New Jersey venue is located on the edge of historic Branch Brook Park, known for its manicured grounds and the largest variety of cherry trees in the world. Happy couples have been celebrating their weddings at Nanina’s for more than 65 years.
Nanina’s is surrounded by gardens, a brook, an arched stone bridge, an outdoor patio, waterfalls, fountains, and a circular cobblestone driveway leading to a wide portico. As you walk in, you are welcomed by an Italian marble foyer and vestibule with soaring ceilings, decorative plaster work, and a grand Italian marble staircase with wrought iron railings.
The grand ballroom is one of the most beautiful and elaborate in New Jersey. It features a cathedral ceiling with stately Austrian crystal chandeliers and clerestory windows that flood the space with light. There’s a 46-foot white granite dance floor that is sure to keep your guests dancing for hours. The ballroom is outfitted with the latest audio, video, and lighting systems. The entire space is surrounded by a Roman balustrade, a raised seating area, and floor-to-ceiling arched windows along the outer walls. (Nanina’s can accommodate 400 guests in the ballroom, and up to 200 guests outdoors.)
The luxurious bridal suite is one of the grandest in the state. Its design features a marble fireplace, an oak bar, coffered ceilings, and Oriental rugs. You’ll treasure the access to the private beauty salon with three vanities for styling hair and makeup, an armoire for the wedding gown, and a Juliet balcony that overlooks the patio and gardens. A personal assistant comes with the suite.
Head Chef Vincenzo Loreti prepares extraordinary culinary celebrations that include mini Beef Wellington, mini crab cakes, Chateaubriand, Oysters Rockefeller, sushi, filet mignon, and classic Italian dishes based on old family recipes from Campania. For the reception, you’ll have three maitre d’s, and every table has a waiter serving in tuxedo and white gloves. To bring the celebration to a close, you’ll have your wedding cake, along with such options as Bananas Foster and cannolis.
The level of service and attention to every detail has garnered Nanina’s praise from happy brides for decades. Their wedding consultants are ready to design the wedding of your dreams. And you will be happy that your wedding will be the only one on your selected date. Nanina’s has received such accolades as WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 2014 and 2014 Pick The Knot Best of Weddings.
Nanina’s In The Park is located at 540 Mill Street in Belleville. Hotel accommodations are nearby, and the venue is easy accessible by the Garden State Parkway. For more information, see Facebook, call 973-751-1230, or visit them online