It is surprising to us that the last review posted on The Knot for Basking Ridge Country Club (BRCC) was in September 2016. We just had our wedding on Sunday 9/9/2018 and it was ÂMAZING. We had so many compliments from all our wedding guests th...
at it was one of the most beautiful wedding venues they had ever been to. BRCC is like a hidden gem in the midst of many beautiful venues in New Jersey. BRCC immediately caught our eye when we toured it for the first time after looking at 6 or 7 other venues. We could not believe the price — so affordable for what they offer. I believe it was about $120 per person after accounting for ceremony fee, maitre’d fee, taxes, etc — other venues in the surrounding area with a comparable level of luxury seemed to be in the $175-200 per person range! The venue is beautiful, clean, renovated with a beautiful color-changing lighting system, included Christmas lights hanging down all around (we did not need to purchase additional lighting services from our DJ which saved costs too), and they have a beautiful outdoor tent with indoor lighting and air conditioning (we used this for our ceremony because it was raining). Stephanie Bailey was great to work with and made us feel so comfortable — she was there when we first toured the venue, and she was with us every step of the way, including being the coordinator on our wedding day. She let us drive the golf cart!!
Like other venues, their priciest day is Saturday, followed by Friday, then Sunday. I wanted to note that the price we listed was for Sunday, but was still much cheaper compared to similar venues on Sundays. The best part is that they only do one wedding per Sunday, so we got to customize the timing of our wedding however we wanted. We decided to do 3:30-4pm ceremony, 4-5pm cocktail hour, 5-9pm reception. Because we were the only wedding of the day, we were able to have helping hands come early in the morning to set things up (no rush after waiting for another wedding to finish), ask our closes guests (family members mainly) to arrive at 2:30pm for early pictures so we could enjoy the wedding in peace without worrying about missing key pictures later on. No one rushed us out after 9pm and the last guests were still able to mingle and take last minute pics for the next hour. We essentially felt like we were able to add almost 2 hours to our wedding free of charge, and the issue with being a Sunday wedding (ppl go back to work Monday etc) was not a big deal as most people just took off Monday. The ones that did not take Monday off were still able to make it home and sleep at a good hour due to our flexibility in ending the wedding around 9pm (some people left around 8:15pm but did not miss much.
Overall, BRCC was absolutely the best decision for our venue and we could not be happier. The food, especially cocktail hour, was fantastic. The drink selection was great and open bar was from 4-9pm. Cake was included and terrific - Gourmet Touch Bakery. Our vendors also really loved it as well — it was easy for vendors who came for the first time (Sky Cinema Films - videography) to navigate the venue, and it brought back fond memories for our photographer (Yan Schwartzman) to come back since he has come here before. There is a beautiful place for pics nearby at Leonard Buck Garden. Overall, BRCC is a beautiful venue inside and out, and would 100% recommend it as not just a great bang for your buck, but a wonderful choice for the wedding of your dreams.