Historic, pastoral and often bemoaned for its industry, New Jersey isn’t always what it seems. The state that gave us Frank Sinatra and where hundreds of Edison inventions were made is rich in event venues as diverse as New Jersey’s very makeup. The third state in the Union fills with historic estates, country inns, vineyards, castles, farms, museums and waterside restaurants where you can marry, brainstorm with your office or most simply, celebrate. And the Garden State even keeps you guessing with its event venues. We have rounded up some of the best and brightest of New Jersey’s event spaces, from a pop-up tented boutique hotel to a venue that puts the Statue of Liberty on your guest list.
Pleasantdale Chateau Estate
In Northern New Jersey, just 20 minutes from Newark International Airport, Pleasantdale Chateau Estate sits on 40 acres of formal gardens, woodlands, and meadows. The historic estate relishes in its rich history with components of the property dating back to 1835. Built and owned by famous New York industrialist Charles Walter Nichols, the chateau presents a romantic fairytale setting for weddings and events. Ranking as one of the world’s greatest private estates, Pleasantdale Chateau Estate is available for weddings, corporate retreats, meetings, gala events and fundraisers.
Event spaces at the estate include a grand ballroom, which can host up to 300 people. The Music Room is another event space at Pleasantdale Chateau Estate, which proudly adorns a ceiling from a Scandinavian chapel. The conservatory lends a picturesque indoor pool with mosaic pillars and a glass ceiling while the Fountain Room takes on a Mediterranean style with its richly colored tiles. From its ivy-covered gatehouse to its authentic architecture, the details at Pleasantdale Chateau Estate hark back to a different era. Your guests will also appreciate cuisine from a classically trained chef.
Grounds For Sculpture
If you can’t get enough of modern art, New Jersey has a venue for your event. The Grounds for Sculpture space in Hamilton sets up on the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds. Showcasing 270 contemporary sculptures and home to 42 landscaped acres, Grounds For Sculpture invites you to get married or celebrate a milestone amidst contemporary sculptures. Built in 1992, the space was designed to help boost appreciation for modern sculpture.
Several settings scatter about the property including the Nine Muses, an in-park ceremony location, the Acer Courtyard with its shaded grove of Japanese maple trees and twinkle lights and the Gazebo, overlooking the Lotus Pond with a stone terrace and two story view. Grounds for Sculpture also boasts an Amphitheater for a bit more unusual ceremony seating and the Seward Johnson Center for the Arts, a space with large-scale sculptures indoors, floor to ceiling windows and a museum tone.
Just 7 miles from Manhattan in Newark, the Mezzanine proudly stands as one of the city’s first skyscrapers. The Art Deco style building was originally built in 1931. Boasting a rich history, the 34 story neoclassical building underwent a $55 million renovation, making it possible to host weddings and events in its ballroom setting.
The ballroom is the Mezzanine’s main event space. Featuring a teal blue gilded ceiling, the ballroom outfits with windows with amazing views of Newark, an imported marble floor and plenty of crystal and brass touches for your wedding or event. With the ability to accommodate large weddings and celebrations, we appreciate the fact that you feel almost like you are in New York City and yet you didn’t have to cross the river. The Mezzanine also offers you and your guests catering from the award winning Frungillo Caterers.
Situated on the Hudson in Jersey City, Battello is a restaurant serving up contemporary Italian based seafood. With a menu designed by acclaimed Chef Ryan DePersio, the eatery has made a name for itself not just in the cuisine department. Battello also opens up for weddings, team building events and other social occasions.
Thanks to its positioning on the Hudson, your event will appreciate unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline. With rustic, industrial and luxurious touches, you can host your event amidst marina inspired décor. Battello features a rowboat hanging above the entrance, brass yacht lanterns on the walls and floor to ceiling windows on three sides of the dining room. Battello boasts spaces for both large and small gatherings. No matter the type of event, you will be treated to those soaring ceilings, lending a great feeling of space and breathtaking views of Manhattan.
Perhaps New Jersey’s most unique wedding and event venue, Wanderland Popup rides on the idea of a curated popup hotel for your outdoor wedding, party or retreat. Based out of New Jersey, the company sets out to bring tents and even a vintage mobile home to where you want to host your wedding or event. Designed to help you reach remote and beautiful locations in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, you can rent the tents as blank canvases or have Wanderland create a fully curated popup boutique hotel for your special occasion.
The little sister to the travel inspired lifestyle brand, Nomad Ashbury, Wanderland Popup appeals to more out-there events in that they can set up a full line of handmade canvas tents for your event on the beach, forest or field. Each tent is outfitted with a real queen size bed and antique and vintage furniture.
When you want to be transported to 1920s Prague for your wedding or event, you can look no farther than Kolo Klub in Hoboken. Set up on Grand Street, the unique events loft functions not just as a venue space but also a lounge and entertainment outfit. Created by the team behind Hoboken’s Pilsner Haus and Biergarten, the Kolo Klub offers a stunning salon style space for your weddings, dinners, parties, receptions and corporate meetings.
Your event will take place in the stylishly resorted turn of the century 4,000 square foot loft. Artisan built, the space can host events varying in size from 40 to 160 guests. The custom decorated lounge features leather and suede furniture, hardwood floors, rustic columns and unique curved wood ceilings.
The Oakeside Mansion
Surrounded by 4 acres of landscaped gardens, the Oakeside Mansion in Bloomfield lends a charming 19th-century private estate venue for weddings and events. Your event will appreciate all the grand details of a private historic estate like wood moldings, chandeliers and even a foyer with an elegant staircase. Outdoors, events are treated to formal gardens and even a barn backdrop to yield captivating photographs from your gathering.
If you choose to host your wedding at the estate, the entire 23-room mansion is exclusively yours. You can select from several settings to set up your big day. A permanent garden tent can host up to 210 guests while the mansion can accommodate up to 120 guests. It is possible to rent out the entire estate and its spaces for events up to 350 guests. Other venue settings on site include the classic wrap-around porch for cocktail receptions and four different areas on the manicured grounds for ceremonies. All of the period touches are present such as leaded glass doors, intricate moldings, and antique chandeliers.
Le Club Avenue
Part beach club restaurant, Le Club Avenue, or more simply Avenue, sits on Ocean Avenue in Long Branch, New Jersey. The unique beachside venue provides an oceanside oasis with a chic meets beach tone. Avenue identities as a modern blend of Parisian brasserie and luxurious beach spot of St. Tropez right on the Atlantic beachfront.
For those seeking out an event venue, Avenue provides several settings throughout its property. Weddings can either exchange vows on the neighboring beach or up on Avenue’s roof deck. Featuring a pool, the roof deck overlooks the Atlantic Ocean for a beach themed affair. Your event up to 200 can also be accommodated at Avenue with the potential for an elegant sit down dinner. Avenue also has a third floor lounge that is more suited for cocktail style receptions. In addition to weddings, Avenue is available for corporate events and celebrations.
Around 50 miles from New York City, Meadowburn Farm finds a home in Vernon, New Jersey. This 590-acre property opens up for weddings and events in its rural yet romantic setting. Still a working dairy farm, known for its artisan cheeses, Meadowburn Farm boasts a history dating back to the 1750s. The grounds outfit with gardens, heirloom flowers, trees and meadow landscapes for compelling pastoral settings for your event.
Not only are there three houses on the grounds that you can rent out for your whole wedding weekend, but the farm also lends several event settings across its grounds. Ceremonies generally take place in the formal flower garden. Toasts occur in the evergreen garden and receptions occupy the tented pavilion in the middle of a meadow. What makes Meadowburn Farm slightly different than other New Jersey event venues is that you can enjoy fresh cut flowers from the farm that are in season for your event and rent out one of its houses like the Meadowburn Yellow House.
The Bernards Inn
Set up in Bernardsville, the historic Bernards Inn boasts a luxury 100-year-old guesthouse vibe for weddings and events. Home to 20 beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites, the inn compliments with pastoral themed oil paintings, antiques and luxurious linens for that country inn atmosphere. Embracing the warmth of a time gone by, the Bernards Inn is considered the grand dame of the Somerset Hills.
The inn can host fundraisers, bridal showers, retirement parties, meetings and weddings throughout its many settings. You’ll find a library piano bar, elegant dining rooms, a newly reconfigured ballroom complete with mahogany plantation shutters, a dance floor and intimate bridal suite at your disposal for your event. Your guests will also appreciate four star, farm to table cuisine and a world-renowned wine selection.
In Ringoes, New Jersey, you will find Unionville Vineyards and all its pastoral glory. Sourcing grapes from five estate vineyards, the original vineyard was planted in 1987, the same property in which you can find the winery and tasting room. Unionville Vineyards’ history stretches back much further however. It occupies the land of a farm that was the largest peach orchard in the U.S. in its day. The vineyards open up their vines and doors for private events and weddings throughout the year.
You’ll enjoy settings like the historic 1858 tasting room overlooking the winery floor and the winery building itself. The tasting room lends a great space for intimate gatherings of 30 to 50 people, while the winery building is catered more toward formal sit down dinners up to 60 thanks to its vineyard style table. Both spaces can be used together for events up to 100 guests. Unionville Vineyard also includes a Cave Room, complete with stonewalls and wine barrel tables. Perfect for smaller events, it also features carriage doors, which open onto a patio with vineyard views. The vineyard can even accommodate large events like weddings in its 3,200 square foot tent adorned with twinkle lights and chandeliers.
Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge
Set up in the hills of the Watchung Mountains in Warren, Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge provides a rustic, urban, contemporary and classic venue all in one. Designed for dining, weddings and private events, Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge lends compelling views of the scenic countryside thanks to its 10 acres of lush grounds. The centerpiece of the property is a dramatic, large-scale California Craftsman-style lodge which serves up award winning farm to table seasonal cuisine.
Venue settings on the property entail two large event spaces and three private dining areas. The Grand Ballroom features floor to ceiling windows, a private terrace and lampshade chandeliers for your grand events. The Gallery overlooks the gardens and reflection pool. Accented by brick walls, slate, and wood floors, the Gallery makes for a fine space for smaller events. It is also possible to set up your event outdoors at Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge.
The Ashford Estate
Perched in the secluded region of Monmouth County in New Jersey, the Ashford Estate surrounds in hundreds of acres of preserved farmland. Lending your event that country estate atmosphere, the Ashford Estate outfits with fountains, waterfalls, and a floating gazebo to make your event feel all the more grand.
You can choose to get married or just celebrate a special occasion throughout several structures on the estate. The barn chapel is perhaps the most unusual space on the property. Suited for wedding ceremonies, the barn includes open ceilings, lightly painted wood rafters and a floor to ceiling stone fireplace. You can also host your event in the carriage house, which harks back to the old country estate of Europe. However, most choose to host their event in the grand ballroom of the Ashford Estate. Featuring wood arches and towering architectural columns, the space impresses with enormous windows and large crystal chandeliers. Other event spaces include the library, conservatory and several suites for overnight stays.
Historic Cold Springs Village
Appealing to the history buff, you can host your wedding and receptions at the Historic Cold Springs Village, just minutes from downtown Cape May. The 30-acre living history museum brings to life the day-to-day activities of villagers living in South Jersey between 1789 and 1840. The property adorns in shaded lanes, gardens, a farm and 26 restored historic buildings, all providing idyllic backdrops for weddings and events in New Jersey.
Historic Cold Springs Village lends several spaces for on-site ceremonies and receptions. With the ability to host parities up to 200 people, you can choose from the Cold Springs Grange Restaurant, a two-story building from 1912, the Village Gazebo, at the center of the village and the village farm and barn, a structure hailing from the 1880s just adjacent to the 8 acre organic farm complex. The historic New Jersey wedding venue provides that unusual Early American feel for your special occasion.
The Skylands Manor
Located in Ringwood at the Botanical Gardens of New Jersey, you can carry out your own fairytale at the Skylands Manor. Offering up that fairytale vibe to your event, the manor lends the feeling of your own private castle. Set on 100 acres of formal botanical gardens, you’ll appreciate details like rolling lawns, verandas and stone terraces. The Skylands Manor perches within the thousand acres of natural woodlands of the Skylands of Ringwood.
Several settings are available to rent for your event. The private chapel provides a fine ceremony spot with its views of Shepherd Lake. The Tudor Revival mansion itself lends 54 grand rooms with 24 suites for overnight stays, a ballroom for up to 220 guests and plenty of late Gothic to early Renaissance architectural touches. The formal gardens are also available for events up to 600 guests.
The Inn at Millrace Pond
Set up in Northwest New Jersey, just 10 minutes east of the Delaware Water Gap in the town of Hope, you can uncover the 1769 landmark, the Inn at Millrace Pond. With a long and glorious history, the property was once the site of the Moravian Grist Mill. Over the years, it turned bed and breakfast, fine dining restaurant and corporate meeting center.
Thanks to its rustic ambiance, you can host family events, corporate parities and meetings at the Inn at Millrace Pond. Weddings appreciate all the historic details like heavy beamed stone structures and a wooden footbridge. The inn can accommodate tented events for up to 185 guests and indoor events for up to 80 guests. Meetings are treated to an exclusive conference site, the Heath Bottomley House. Built in 1830 and moved to the Inn property, the home has since been restored and turned into a state of the art conference center. What makes the Inn at Millrace Pond special is that it only hosts one conference at a time to ensure you receive the utmost attention.
Bonnet Island Estate
If you want a private coastal island feel for your wedding or special gathering, Bonnet Island Estate provides just that in Manahawkin. With panoramic bay views and a natural wildlife marsh, the estate draws from the great coastal mansions along the east coast from Nantucket to Charleston. With its classic gray shingles and white trim, Bonnet Island Estate exudes that waterside feel with a stately note.
Events are often held in two spaces at Bonnet Island Estate, the Ballroom and the Boathouse Chapel. The Ballroom can host up to 250 guests. It adds to the drama of your big day with 30-foot high cathedral ceilings resembling the hull of a sailing ship and floor to ceiling windows. The Boathouse Chapel, on the other hand, is a lovingly reassembled structure from New England. The old-world timbered building boasts rustic barn doors to let in the ocean breezes. You can host your wedding ceremony or intimate cocktail party at the Boathouse Chapel.
Just an 8-minute ferry ride from Battery Park in Upper New York Bay, you will find the entrance point to the new world for more than 100 million of American ancestors. Not only is Ellis Island a historic landmark in the United States, but it also opens up for corporate events, weddings, and special celebrations. You can host your gathering with awe-inspiring views of the Statute of Liberty and the New York skyline, a setting you can truly only find here.
Ellis Island boasts an interior space totaling 13,000 square feet for your event. It is also possible to host your gathering outdoors under the stars and overlooking the Statue of Liberty. The National Monument is exclusively yours for your big day. You can also utilize Liberty Island for your cocktail hour and to have that private photo op with the Statue of Liberty. Events can vary in size from as few as 25 people to 1,200 guests. In addition to celebrating in such an iconic location, you can also arrange to have fireworks for your event.
The Ryland Inn
Perched in the hills of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, the Ryland Inn provides a rich history of equestrian tradition for your wedding or event. Frank and Jeanne Cretella have since revived the 220-year-old equestrian estate to put on events and offer farm to table dining experiences.
With its old world charm, you can host your company meetings, dinners, and seasonal galas at the Ryland Inn. Multiple room options are available such as the Chefs Room for 6 to 10 guests and lending the chance to watch master chefs prepare your meal, the New York Room and the Washington Room for up to 75 guests. For weddings, you can use the Ryland Grand Ballroom. Proud of its 30-foot windows and matching stone fireplace, the icing on the cake for the space is its six chandeliers. The Ryland Inn also makes it possible to host your wedding ceremony inside or outside depending on your wishes.
Located on the edge of the Hudson River, just across from Manhattan, Waterside Restaurant relishes in its dramatic views. With a tempting catering menu designed by Executive Chef Gus Shizas, the restaurant can be the perfect spot for those looking to celebrate their wedding or another event with good food and even better views of New York City. Cocktail hours generally take place on the second floor in the Hudson Room while the Skyline Room on the third floor tends to host the dinner and dancing portion of the event. What makes Waterside Restaurant quite unique is that you can walk down the aisle just steps away from the river.
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