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What You Need to Know About Offsite Wedding Venues

With so many options to choose from for your wedding day, sometimes couples decide that they would like to have a catered reception at an offsite wedding venue.  When you choose to have your wedding reception at an off-site facility planning can sometimes become overwhelming, especially with so many other details that need to be decided upon for the wedding.  Offsite wedding venues can offer unlimited creativity potential for your special day, and many couples are overwhelmingly happy with the end result.  Here are some of our favorite offsite venues and why we love them!

 

Galapagos Art SpaceGalapagos Art Space
Galapagos Art Space is a uniquely beautiful venue that offers substance, style, individualized attention, and a clear, one-price approach to your big day in one of New York’s most romantic neighborhoods – the makings of a truly once in a lifetime event.

 

The Green BuildingThe Green Building
The Green Building is an elegant multi-use space located in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Previously a brass foundry, The Green Building has been transformed into a unique raw space featuring original brick walls, soaring exposed beam ceilings with gorgeous chandeliers, and newly renovated restroom and food-staging facilities.Our large, open floor plan (4,000 square feet) allows you the ultimate creativity, and we pride ourselves on our ability to work with any vendors. The flexibility of the space lets you stick with its minimalist beauty or create an opulent atmosphere – it’s up to you and your vision.

 

Scotch Plains Italian American ClubScotch Plains Italian American Club
The Scotch Plains Italian American Hall is located in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. Conveniently located just off Route 22 the club offers two banquet halls for rent. Our facility offers a wonderful venue for gatherings of all types; weddings, showers, anniversaries, graduations, school events, memorials, corporate meetings, seminars, training sessions, fundraisers and more.

 

The Montclair Womens ClubThe Monclair Women’s Club
The Monclair Woman’s Club clubhouse is a great place to rent for several reasons and occasions. Its charm and location lends itself to lectures, dances, parties, meetings and more. It can be decorated for the occasion, tables and chairs for up to 125 guests are available.

 

The Womens Club of Glen RidgeThe Women’s Club of Glen Ridge
The Women’s Club of Glen Ridge offers a unique and charming venue for your wedding or private party. Located in historic, tree-lined Glen Ridge, New Jersey, the Club is convenient to all major highways and public transportation. Built in 1925, our beautiful Georgian Colonial Clubhouse is a unique alternative to conventional wedding sites and large impersonal catering halls.  It provides the perfect combination of intimate space and ballroom style seating to accommodate all of your guests.

 

Liberty Hall at Kean UniversityLiberty Hall at Kean University
Create a little history of your own at the Liberty Hall estate. Whether it is a wedding, corporate function, family reunion, or a birthday party, this picturesque, peaceful oasis provides a country setting and an array of facilities suitable for any special occasion. The 23 acres of manicured landscape provide magnificent backgrounds for memorable photos. Located in Union, NJ at Kean University.

 

The Red MillThe Red Mill
The Red Mill Museum is a scenic treasure, with its rolling lawn, towering cliffs, tranquil river, rushing waterfall and historic buildings. We can accommodate any event from a small wedding ceremony by the rivers, to a large wedding reception under a festive tent on the Quarry Lawn. Recently we were rated by the BestofNJ.com as the number one Wedding Venue in Hunterdon County.

 

 

The Rutgers GardensThe Rutgers Gardens
The Rutgers Gardens are a series of enchanting gardens tucked away on the campus of Rutgers University. From early Spring to early Fall, the Rutgers Gardens provides a beautiful oasis of trees and flowers, making it the perfect place for your wedding ceremony and photographs. The Evergreen Garden can accommodate up to 200 people while the Sun and Shade Garden is perfect for 130 people. The Lillian Koelsch Gazebo has recently been completed in the Sun and Shade Garden making it the perfect spot for your ceremony. 

 

Comfort InnComfort Inn
The Comfort Inn is located on Route 35 at the beautiful Jersey Shore. They offer 3 versatile conference rooms to meet your needs. Conference Rooms range from 240 square feet to 900 square feet and are perfect for all events – Big or Small. The Comfort Inn offers a host of complementing services* to enhance your event including LCD Projector,27” Color Television, 58” Plasma Television (available in Conference Rooms 1 & 2 only), High-Speed Internet Access, Overhead Projector and Screen, Easels/Dry Erase Boards. Located in Middletown-Red Bank.

 

Garden FallsGarden Falls
The natural beauty of Garden Falls is enjoyed by our clients who are looking for a unique setting for their outdoor wedding ceremony and reception. The grounds are meticulously designed and landscaped for hosting fabulous weddings, with outdoor ceremony islands, lakeside cocktail hours and spacious reception rooms. Centrally located in New Jersey, and less then an hour away from New York City and Philadelphia, PA. Located in Jamesburg, NJ. 

 

North Centerville Fire HouseNorth Centerville Fire House
North Centerville Fire House banquet hall facility provides you with a cost-effective alternative to higher priced banquet facilities, but with a touch of class. We are not the typical “firehouse” banquet facility.  A professionally designed decor including; wall to wall carpeting, custom wall coverings, handmade decorative moldings, and ceramic tile flooring in the service areas are just a few aspects that will enhance your function. Their bar features an oak top with custom wall coverings and a hand-carved mirrored backdrop. Located in Hazlet, NJ.

 

Kingsborough Community CollegeKingsborough Community College
The new Department of Performing Arts and Special Events is pleased to announce that the college’s beautiful Rotunda in the Marine Academic Center is now available to rent for weddings, showers, bar/bat mitzvahs, sweet sixteen parties, gala fundraisers, corporate conferences, and holiday events. This is a very special event space with magnificent floor-to-ceiling waterfront views. The 12,000-square-foot dining area can accommodate sit-down affairs up to 600 people and features a grand piano, dance floor, and stage.Located on the Bay in Sheepshead, Brooklyn, NY

 

Prospect ParkProspect Park
The Picnic House offers the perfect venue for private events and parties, featuring a hardwood floor, lighting and heating systems, and other amenities, in addition to a restored exterior. The Picnic House is a brick- and glass-enclosed pavilion with a terra cotta tile roof. This airy space can accommodate up to 250 guests for concerts and lectures or 175 for dinner and dancing. Home to Brooklyn’s most elegant weddings for almost 100 years, the Boathouse offers a breathtaking natural setting and a stately backdrop for your special occasion. Built in 1905, and declared a landmark, this Beaux Arts style building overlooks the beautiful Lullwater lake and Lullwater Bridge and features two levels and a balcony. Extensively renovated in 2002, this historic structure is available for rental for everything from formal weddings & ceremonies to cocktail receptions to corporate events. Located in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY.

 

Pratt MansionPratt Mansion
Located on Fifth Avenue in New York City, the Pratt Mansions are a magnificent venue for hosting a wide range of events. Designated by the Landmarks Commission as part of the Metropolitan Museum Historic District, this Beaux Arts masterpiece boasts a majestic entrance, beautiful and spacious salons, elegant spiral staircases, crystal chandeliers, elaborate oak paneling, tapestries, marble fireplaces and inlaid parquet floors, all restored to their original luster. One of New York’s most impressive marble staircases cascades gracefully from the main reception hall. The public rooms of the Pratt Mansions offer the perfect setting for private or corporate functions, combining the grandeur of a mansion with the warmth of a gracious home.Located on 5th Ave in Manhattan, NY

 

While these venues are just a few of the ones that are available in our area for wedding receptions, they are among our favorites as a caterer serving the NJ/NY area.  It will help greatly with your planning if your caterer is familiar with the venue you choose and has experience in setting up a wedding reception in the location. They can help guide you through the process and can oftentimes bring your attention to something that you may not even have thought of just because they know the venue.  If you have questions about planning an offsite wedding reception or need help deciding, feel free to contact Jacques Exclusive Catering today.

By Frank Mamola

Frank brings over 25 years of special event and food/beverage experience to the team.

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