From seaside to city, and a historic building or two in between, New Jersey has wedding locations of all shapes, sizes, and thematic elements. There are brownstones with foot-thick walls and waterfront hotels complete with Atlantic Ocean breezes, but we think, right now, you should be looking inland. Because sometimes ballrooms, gardens, and greens are best.
The Stone House at Stirling Ridge
The Stone House at Stirling Ridge exudes ambiance on a lot of levels. Depending on your own wedding style, it can be rustic, or urban – contemporary or classic. In effect, your wish is this venue’s command. Built on ten acres of carefully manicured ground in the Watchung Mountains, the Stone House has several available settings, each with its own unique style. Outdoor terraces sport scenic countryside views and are an ideal location for cocktail hour.
The English Manor
Exclusively a wedding venue, The English Manor combines the traditional structure of a ballroom reception with the simple elegance of an outdoor garden ceremony and cocktail hour. From the green views of the nearby Colonial Terrace Golf Course to the property’s lush landscaping and photo-friendly gazebos, old world charm and classic undertones are this venue’s key characteristics.
Allaire State Park
For nearly two hundred years, the Chapel in the historic village of Allaire has been hosting weddings. Now part of a historic preservation, the Chapel remains a popular wedding venue today – possibly because of its proximity to the natural beauty of Allaire State Park but certainly because of its charm, simple design and tendency to pose as a perfect backdrop in wedding photos. The more than 200 varieties of local wildflowers and trees certainly don’t hurt.
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