City-by-City Guide: Hip New Jersey Wedding Hotels

From premier event planning to luxe bridal suites, here are some of the best hotels for your New Jersey wedding.

City Backdrop

If you want to use the New York City skyline as a dramatic backdrop for your reception, Jennifer Orsini of Pampered Bride Weddings recommends the Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson. The hotel’s modern Manhattan Ballroom is outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows for stunning views of the city. (201) 469-4548

Ocean View

If you prefer to look out onto the ocean when you say “I do,” Orsini recommends the Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch. The site has several options for your celebration, including two ballrooms and a lawn terrace for outdoor ceremony, as well as an accessible beachfront if you want to wed in the sand. (800) 411-6493

Historic Spot

If you want to host your wedding at a site steeped in history, Kristin Rockhill of Details of I Do recommends the Nassau Inn in Princeton. The hotel -- which dates back to the eighteenth century -- is furnished with charming colonial decor, and the site has a ballroom that can accommodate weddings of up to 194 guests. (800) 862-7728

Elegant Ballroom

For a truly lavish reception, consider hosting your celebration in the ballroom at the Hanover Marriott. The impressive space can accommodate a larger guest list (the ballroom is 10,750 square feet), and the hotel will help you select the best lighting to create the perfect mood. (973) 538-8811

Outdoor Elegance

The Jersey Shore can be the ideal setting for an outdoor wedding, and Congress Hall in Cape May is a classic location worth considering. You’ll love the photo ops -- the hotel’s beach is great for playful poses and its nineteenth-century architecture can add instant nostalgia to any photograph. (888) 944-1816

Fine Dining

For an unforgettable rehearsal dinner, the Wine Room at Copeland is a stellar restaurant located inside The Westin Governor Morris in Morristown. The Wine Room can seat 18 of your nearest and dearest, and you’ll be able to choose pairing from an extensive list of more than 200 varieties of vino. (973) 451-2619

Perfect Locale

Want to really get away? You can marry amidst the mountains in the Sussex Skylands at the Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon. Popular for its ski slopes in the winter and its golf courses during the summer, the area is a serene place to host a wedding in the Garden State. (973) 827-5996

Group Accommodations

If you have an extensive guest list, consider hosting your reception at the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel. Just 40 minutes from New York City, the hotel has 225 rooms for your guests and two ballrooms to choose from—the Grand Ballroom on the main level or the Skylite Ballroom on the twelfth floor. (201) 529-1660

--Miles Stiverson

Courtesy of The Hyatt Jersey City

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