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As you’ve probably already found out, New Jersey—as wonderful as it is—can be an expensive place to get married. There are mansions, ballrooms, barns, bed-and-breakfasts, country clubs, hotels, restaurants and more that can create the wedding of your dreams. But for many brides, the choice is often dictated by cost, since the venue, food and beverage typically make up approximately 50 percent of every bride’s budget. This is why we often get asked: “Are there any affordable wedding venues in the state?”
While “affordable” is relative and means something different from one bride to the next, there are many gorgeous venues where you can get married—and keep your budget in check.
If you have your heart set on a “dream venue” but the price isn’t within reach, there are ways to get your costs down to make this dream a reality. Inquire about Thursday nights, Sunday afternoons, Saturday morning brunches, or if there have been any last-minute cancellations in the next month or two. Yes, this happens all the time. A two-month window to plan your wedding may seem impossble—it’s really not if you’re organized and determined—but if you’re willing to take this open date, venues are willing to give it to you a deep discount. They’d rather have a lower profit margin on a wedding than keep a ballroom empty, where they’d make no money at all. (For more tips on how to pay for your wedding, click here.)
Here are some of our favorite affordable venues for your wedding, all with prices at $125 per person or less. (Please note that these are STARTING prices, and will vary depending on day of the week, time of year, time of day, menu choices and which room you’re in. Use these prices as a general guide.)
1 • Architect’s Golf Club, Lopatcong, 908-213-3080. This country club in Warren County offers outdoor ceremonies, great views, a tented patio and bridal suite. Prices start at $75 per person.
2 • The Arlington, Ship Bottom, 609-494-8848. This restaurant on LBI is steps to the beach and offers rustic seashore décor. Prices start at $50 per person.
3 • Atlantis Ballroom, Toms River, 973-731-8000. Just 10 minutes from the Shore, this venue attached to the Days Hotel offers indoor and outdoor ceremonies, along with rooms for your guests. Prices start at $59 per person.
4 • Basking Ridge Country Club, Basking Ridge, 908-953-8092. This newly renovated ballroom offers breathtaking views of Somerset Hills and the golf course, a garden tent and outdoor ceremonies. Prices start at $100 per person.
5 • Boathouse at Mercer Lake, East Windsor, 866-683-3586. This modern event space with 19-foot vaulted ceilings has large outside decks, a lakeside gazebo and stunning views of the water. Prices start at $85 per person.
6 • The Breakers on the Ocean, Spring Lake, 732-449-7700. Situated right on the ocean in Spring Lake, the Breakers offers phenomenal views and great service. Prices start at $92 per person.
7 • Brooklake Country Club, Florham Park, 973-377-2235. Set on 150 acres, this classic country club overlooks the golf course and lake, and offers outdoor ceremonies. Prices start at $100 per person.
8 • The Brownstone, Paterson, 973-595-8582. Owned by the Manzo family of N.J. reality-television fame, this historic landmark offers a variety of rooms for your wedding, including the grand ballroom for 400, the clubroom for 70, a smaller ballroom for 250 or the grand conservatory for 150. You have many options here. Prices start at $100 per person.
9 • The Cranbury Inn, Cranbury, 609-655-5595. This rustic timber-frame banquet hall holds 200 guests and offers eighteenth-century ambiance with today’s modern high-end service. Prices are up to $120 per person.
10 • Crystal Ballroom, Freehold, 732-780-3405. This ballroom at the Radisson Hotel offers ceiling cove lighting, chiavari chairs, crystal chandeliers, outdoor ceremonies and an outdoor patio. Prices start at $79 per person.
11 • Crystal Point Yacht Club, Point Pleasant, 732-295-7000. Beautiful views of the Manasquan River from every room plus a beautiful ballroom setting. Prices start at $110 per person.
12 • Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg, 973-827-1587. This resort offers a variety of indoor and outdoor venues, accommodating weddings of various sizes. Beautiful mountain views, hotel accommodations for your guests, two spas and golf. Perfect for a wedding weekend. Prices start at $95 per person.
13 • Daymark, Barnegat Light, 609-494-2100. Have your ceremony steps away at the Barnegat Lighthouse, then return to Daymark for your reception with views of the bay. Prices start at $115 per person.
14 • Eagle Ridge Country Club, Lakewood, 732-901-4900. This beautiful neutral ballroom holds up to 300, with views of the golf course and a fireplace in every room. Prices start at $103 per person.
15 • The English Manor, Ocean Township, 732-776-8558. Absolutely gorgeous garden setting at this secluded estate. Outdoor ceremonies and cocktail hour. Bridal suite and groom’s room. Prices start at $104 per person.
16 • The Estate at Florentine Gardens, River Vale, 201-666-0444. Have your ceremony outside in the perennial gardens lined with rare stones, fountains and a gazebo, then go inside to the grand ballroom that holds up to 360. Prices start at $95 per person.
17 • Forsgate Country Club, Monroe Township, 732-521-0070. This elegant historic clubhouse offers two different ballrooms to choose from, along with a formal garden and outdoor terrace with beautiful views. Prices start at $99 per person.
18 • Galloping Hill Golf Course, Kenilworth, 908-884-5657. This new clubhouse offers a large ballroom, outdoor ceremonies, outdoor terrace, fire pits, on-site event planner, beautiful views, bridal suite and a hotel a minute down the road with a complimentary shuttle for your guests. Prices start at $95 per person.
19 • The Gran Centurions, Clark, 732-382-1664. This renovated country-club setting offers a CIA-trained chef, a large dance floor, crystal chandeliers and an outside gazebo and courtyard. Prices start at $70 per person.
20 • The Grand Hotel Cape May, Cape May, 800-257-8550. Beach ceremonies, a grand ballroom that overlooks the ocean, indoor and outdoor pools, and 172 rooms for your guests make this an ideal spot for your Cape May weekend wedding. Prices start at $100 per person.
21 • Grand Marquis, Old Bridge, 732-679-5700. Waterfalls, huge chandeliers, marble floors, a glass atrium, lavishly manicured ceremony gardens and your choice of two ballrooms make the Grand Marquis perfect for your princess-style wedding. Prices start at $100 per person.
22 • Il Tulipano, Cedar Grove, 973-256-9300. There’s just one wedding at a time at this family-owned and
-operated ballroom venue with an outdoor piazza, waterfall and bridal gazebo. Prices start at $90 per person.
23 • The Imperia on Easton, Somerset, 732-469-2522. This new venue offers three sophisticated ballrooms with a grand staircase, outdoor ceremonies, waterfall garden and private stone patio. Prices start at $98 per person.
24 • The Madison Hotel, Morristown, 973-285-1800. Choose between the beautiful glass English conservatory or the traditional grand ballroom. They offer outdoor ceremonies and rooms for your guests. Prices start at $89 per person.
25 • The Mansion at Mountain Lakes, Mountain Lakes, 973-794-3900. This newly renovated classic ballroom offers rustic elegance along with both indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces and outdoor gardens. Prices start at $75 per person.
26 • Mayfair Farms, West Orange, 973-731-4300. This elegant family-owned country house set on 13 acres offers garden ceremonies, cocktails on a stone patio and traditional ballroom receptions. Prices start at $80 per person.
27 • Nanina’s in the Park, Belleville, 973-751-1230.This historic park setting offers outdoor ceremonies, a garden terrace, waterfalls, balconies, picture-perfect ballroom and amazing food. Prices start at $110 per person.
28 • The Olde Mill Inn, Basking Ridge, 908-696-2315. This 10-acre estate offers an eighteenth-century Grain House for intimate weddings, gardens and tented patio for outdoor ceremonies, the Grand Washington Ballroom for larger weddings, 100 guest rooms and two grand suites. Prices start at $99 per person.
29 • Park Avenue Club, Florham Park, 973-301-8233. Brand-new ballroom and pavillion for weddings. Outdoor patios and gardens for ceremonies. Award-winning chefs, along with in-house personal event planner, sommelier and mixologist. Prices start at $125 per person.
30 • Perona Farms, Andover, 973-729-6161. Beautiful 50-acre country setting with lake for ballroom or barn weddings and outdoor ceremonies. Prices start at $125 per person.
31 • Pierre’s of South Brunswick, Monmouth Junction, 732-329-3219. Choice of five different rooms for wedding ranging in size from 25 to 500. Prices start at $80 per person.
32 • The Primavera Regency, Stirling, 908-580-0707. If you love Italian food—and lots of it—this is the place for you. Here it’s all about the food! They also offer Italian villa-style gardens, outdoor ceremonies and an elegant cream and gold ballroom. Prices start at $80 per person.
33 • Ramsey Golf & Country Club, Ramsey, 201-327-0009. Castle-like setting on 200-acre estate with mountain and lake views. Beautiful outdoor ceremonies lakeside and a renovated ballroom. Prices start at $125 per person.
34 • The Reeds at Shelter Haven, Stone Harbor, 609-368-0100.This luxury boutique hotel offers casually elegant waterfront weddings. Prices start at $119 per person.
35 • The Royal Manor, Garfield, 973-478-8590. Marble floors, large chandeliers and an indoor waterfall for your wedding for up to 600 guests. Prices start at $99 per person.
36 • Seasons Catering, Washington Township, 201-664-6141. Marble floors, crystal chandeliers, sushi chefs and ice carvings are just some of the luxurious offerings here. Prices start at $100 per person.
37 • Shackamaxon Country Club, Scotch Plains, 908-233-1300; shackamaxon.com. Ballroom weddings with additional living room with fireplace, outdoor terrace for cocktails and gorgeous views of the golf course. Prices start at $105 per person.
38 • Smoke Rise Village Inn, Kinnelon, 973-838-7770. This historic stone building offers outdoor gardens, in-house wedding planner, a grand ballroom and enclosed gazebo room. Prices start at $100 per person.
39 • Sterling Ballroom, Tinton Falls, 732-544-9305. This upscale ballroom at the Doubletree offers a private entrance, outdoor ceremonies and large cocktail-hour space. Prices start at $74 per person.
40 • Stockton Seaview, Galloway, 609-652-1800. This historic resort offers two golf courses, three ballrooms, a spa, outdoor ceremony spaces and 297 guest rooms. Prices start at $100 per person.
41 • Versailles Ballroom, Toms River, 732-719-1206. This ballroom at the Ramada offers crystal chandeliers, gardens and gazebo, in-house wedding planners and fun food stations. Prices start at $74 per person.
42 • Westin Governor Morris Hotel, Morristown, 973-539-7300. Custom menus and modern ballroom for your wedding. Intimate wine room for rehearsal dinner and farewell breakfast. Rooms for your guests. Prices start at $99 per person.
43 • The Westwood, Garwood, 908-789-0808. Elegant ballroom with coffered ceiling, crystal chandeliers and indoor chapel. Prices start at $65 per person.
44 • Windsor Ballroom, East Windsor, 609-443-8000; windsorballroom.com. Outdoor patio for ceremonies and cocktail hour, large crystal chandeliers in ballroom, and personal wedding planners. Prices start at $69 per person.
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