10 Most Talked-About New Jersey Wedding Venues

You've heard the hype -- now get the scoop on these top New Jersey wedding reception sites.
by Lisa Freedman

The Addison Park

Want to make a memorable entrance as husband and wife? Of course you do! Try the grand dual staircase at this family-run Aberdeen property. Get married in their outdoor space backed by a gorgeous white colonnade, hold your cocktail hour on the patio and host a site-catered dinner (for 65 to 800 people!) in their modern ballroom. (732) 566-9660, TheAddisonPark.com

Liberty Science Center

Unleash your inner nerd and have your wedding at this Jersey City hands-on science museum. Choose from the 170-foot-high observation deck (seats up to 60 dinner guests), the third floor exhibition space (seats up to 150 and also gives guests the option to play with the displays!) or seven other spaces (including the lawn, complete with an NYC skyline backdrop!). (201) 253-1384, LSC.org

Mallard Island Yacht Club

The Mallard Island Yacht Club offers picturesque ceremony views: Vows are exchanged in the Boathouse Chapel, which has large barn doors that open up to reveal Barnegat Bay on both sides. Dinner is served in the ballroom (seats up to 250), which is decked out with Tiffany blue ceilings and doors that lead to a covered atrium and a sweeping veranda. (609) 494-9100, MallardIslandYachtClub.com

One Atlantic

Jutting out on a pier 100 yards over the Atlantic Ocean, this Atlantic City nongaming venue is the newest spot in town. The contemporary design features 10,000 square feet with room for 500 dinner guests --and a 2,000-squarefoot terrace to boot. Look into the 100-mile menu, which uses local ingredients within a 100-mile radius. (609) 343-9902, OneAtlanticEvents.com

One & Only Westmount Country Club

Situated on 30 acres of land overlooking Garret Mountain in Woodland Park, One & Only Westmount Country Club combines outdoor beauty with indoor elegance. Ceremonies can be held in the garden areas among waterfalls and gazebos or inside one of their two newly remodeled rooms. Get out extra paper for your guest list -- the Grand Ballroom can seat 1,000 diners. (973) 256-2700, WestmountCC.com

The Palace at Somerset Park

This Palladian-style mansion sits on 30 acres of landscaped grounds and offers two 17-centuryesque ballrooms. The East and West Houses boast outdoor terraces, fireplaces, Juliette balconies and soaring ceilings. You can choose a wedding package and also take advantage of their specialty offerings (fireworks, lighting and free carving!) to wow your party of over 400 guests. (732) 302-9922, Palace SomersetPark.com

Pleasantdale Chateau

This tucked-away rustic mansion in West Orange offers plenty of space for indoor and outdoor gatherings. The ground's 40 acres include rolling lawns, shaded ponds, trickling fountains and magical gardens. The main room can seat up to 250 for a site-catered meal. Bonus: They only host one event per day. (973) 731-5600, Pleasantdale.com

Stone House at Stirling Ridge Lampshade chandeliers hang from 16-foot-high ceilings in the Grand Ballroom, which also has doors opening onto a private terrace and garden. Check out the cocktail hour space. Complete with ottomans, couches, exposed beams and stone walls, it feels like a mountain lodge. Invite all your cousins because this venue can hold up to 500 guests. (908) 754-1222, StirlingRidgeEvents.com

Valenzano Winery

Having a small event? Valenzano Winery in Shamong has the perfect setting: the charming indoor Wine House with a fireplace, old brick and wood walls, a custom-built mahogany bar and room for a dinner party of 50 guests. Bigger parties can hunker down in the Vintner's Pavilion, an outdoor space that can fit 175 guests. (609) 268-6731, ValenzanoWine.com

W Hoboken

This Hoboken hot spot opened in April of 2009. Get married in the Great Room, which has super-high ceilings and a wall of paneled windows -- it also doubles as your reception space. Treat up to 200 people to their in-house catering, dancing and an impressive wedding cake by Carlo's Bakery of TLC's

Cake Boss

fame. (201) 253-2400, WHotels.com/hoboken

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