Book Your Wedding with Congress Hall Weddings
A BALLROOM IN CAPE MAY, NJ
The beach. Against a stunning ocean backdrop, the windswept beach area is dotted with sunny yellow cabanas and banks of wispy sea oats for memorable wedding photos. Flowers petals scattered across a grassy lawn make a lovely aisle for the bride. The beach can be set with white wooden chairs to accommodate you guests.
The grand lawn. Nestled in the arm of the L-shaped hall and surrounded by charming brick walkways, the grand lawn is a magical place for an outdoor wedding. It's flanked with abundant flowering foliage and anchored by a romantic arbor for exchanging vows. The graceful white columns add an striking backdrop to your wedding tableau.
The grand ballroom. All Congress Hall receptions are held in the elegant grand ballroom, with its timeless blue walls and black and white tile floors. Period chandeliers and wall sconces highlight the parquet dance floor. The grand ballroom can be set with intimate round tables for a sumptuous seated dinner reception or a stationed buffet feast.
What You Should Know
Wedding packages at Congress Hall include everything you need for a stress-free event. Your wedding coordinator assists with menu planning, ballroom setup and decorating and even the extra details and permits for a ceremony on the beach. There is only one wedding per day at this upscale venue.
Weddings include premium Italian linens, floor-length table linens with embroidered overlays and on-site wedding cake services. Receptions include hot and cold passed hors d'oeuvres options, premium bar with champagne, dessert presentations and even special menu selections for children.
Your wedding coordinator can also recommend a list of preferred wedding professionals for your flowers, photographs and music and help you make all arrangements. Overnight accommodations for your guests can also be handled by your wedding coordinator.
Pull out all the stops for the ultimate in wedding weekend luxury and enjoy these special perks available at Congress Hall:
- Complimentary ocean view room for the bridal couple with balcony overlooking the sea
- Special poolside rehearsal dinner
- Morning-after wedding breakfast
- On-site spa services
From the Vendor
Relaxed elegance, fun, historic charm, and luxury
Congress Hall, a seaside hotel overlooking the Atlantic, offers over 100 guestrooms, retail shops, a day spa, a restaurant, lounge and nightclub, and a grand ballroom that can accommodate up to 250 guests. In addition to being one of the most exclusive and beautiful wedding venues in New Jersey, couples love Congress Hall because it can truly offer a complete wedding experience, complete with relaxed rehearsal dinners by the pool, unforgettable wedding ceremonies on the beach or Grand Lawn and exquisite receptions in the Grand Ballroom.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Waterfront, Beach, Historic Venue, Hotel, Restaurant, Tented
Food + Catering, Planning
We had a small wedding on the beach at Jackson Street and a luncheon reception at The Ebbitt Room in the Virginia Hotel. Jeri Anne, our coordinator, was amazing! From our initial meeting on, she was there every step of the way, making sure everything was in place and perfect on our special day. Jeri Anne was in contact with us, even during her busy Christmas season, which was very much appreciated since this was essentially a "destination" wedding. We stayed at the Virginia Hotel and Cottages, and I would definitely recommend that you consider it, as well! Everything is within walking distance, and our guests found it very easy to book their rooms. The luncheon at the Ebbitt Room was perfect! We had their pianist play during the cocktail hour and even played our first dance at the reception. I cannot stress enough how smoothly everything went, thanks to Jeri Anne and her staff!
We loved every second of our wedding at Congress Hall. Jeri Anne was AMAZING, I basically called and said hey I want to have my wedding at CH but don't want to do anything and she made sure I didnt have to do anything and it was the most PERFECT day! If you are looking for a magical wedding CH is the place! The food was fabulous, the grounds are always perfect, and the staff is friendly and on top of everything.
Being together for almost 28 years, my partner and I decided to get married. We immediately knew we wanted to have our ceremony and reception at Congress Hall. Cape May holds many special memories for us and Congress Hall with its history and beauty was a no brainer for us. With only 3 months to plan for the wedding , I was feeling quite anxious but Jeri Anne, our wedding coordinator helped make the planning process much easier and a lot less stressfull.. She responded immediately to all my emails and her calmness helped put me at ease. The big day came in September and I didn't have to worry about anything. Jeri Anne took care of everything. Our guests praised and are still praising the entire evening, from the ceremony on the lawn, to the food, to the professionalism of the vendors and staff. Jeri Anne and the entire staff at Congress Hall made our special day we will never forget.
My husband Matt and I got married in September of 2017. It was magical. The weather was perfect. Our wedding planner Jeri Ann was such a great help. She really went above and beyond assisting us in planning our big day. The venues for our welcome drinks (congress hall pool bar) and reception (the virginia) were everything we had hoped for. If you are looking for a once in a lifetime experience - look no further.
Well worth every penny! They are the best of the best! Jenn was our coordinator and she was so amazing (Give her a raise she had to deal with my crazy family)
Our wedding at Congress Hall was absolutely flawless and I loved every detail. Hands down the best wedding venue in Southern NJ (and beyond in my opinion). The aesthetics paired with history of Congress Hall are wonderful, the food was delicious and our guests raved about how impressed they were with our wedding and how much fun they had. A special thanks to Jeri Anne, our wedding coordinator who is beyond amazing! I loved my correspondence leading up to the wedding with Jeri Anne who was so organized and enthusiastic. She helped to make things so easy and was so accommodating especially as I planned from out of town. On the weekend of the wedding, she impressed us even more with her eye for detail, proactivity and kindness. She truly is a gem who we felt lucky to work with! We can't wait to come back for our anniversary!
I highly recommend finding a venue that can serve as ceremony, reception, after party, and accommodations, and Congress Hall is the perfect venue to make your wedding dreams come true! We fell in love with Cape May, and the moment we saw Congress Hall, we knew that it was the right venue for us. It feels like a romantic and enchanting resort from the moment you walk onto the grounds, and there’s definitely magic in the air. We were instantly drawn to the colors, charm, and character of the 200-year-old hotel, and we especially loved the unexpected details you find throughout the hotel. The beautiful interior design blends Victorian elegance with modern touches like vibrant colors and eclectic patterns. You have to visit to appreciate it, and once you visit, you will fall in love! Aside from the beauty of the hotel, they are *the* most professional and lovely people to work with! Our planner, Jenn, was so helpful and supportive through the whole process, and took care of all the big details so we could focus on the smaller ones. Everything ran so smoothly from day one, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled with our wedding weekend! From the moment we arrived, it felt like they hit auto-pilot and we were able to sit back, relax, and take in as much of the wedding as we could. I really could go on and on, but let it suffice to say that we absolutely loved everything about our wedding at Congress Hall and cannot recommend it enough!
Absolute magic from start to finish! It goes without saying that Congress Hall is a stunning location, but there are one million additional reasons to consider having your big day there. I'm a Congress Hall and Cape Resorts devoted guests of many years, and while I watched weddings take place there ( with complete envy) I wasn't sure what they offered or how I would plan it from CT, almost four hours away. Then I met Krystina Kennedy ( Wedding & Social Sales Mgr) and that changed everything. Krystina was AWESOME! After securing our date, they hosted us and our best friends for a tasting that truly replicated a wedding. It gave us so much insight & help planning our menu, seeing the room come to life and choosing additional vendors. Midway through our planning Jeri Anne ( wedding coordinator) joined us as additional support to our dream wedding team, Jeri Anne was lovely to work with, efficient, quick to reply and did a great job supporting any requests we made. From the moment we arrived for our wedding weekend everything was perfection, we had over 80 guests that were spread between the Cape Resorts properties. Each guest remarked about how well they were treated throughout their stay and the casual, fun, yet luxurious atmosphere they have created. When our wedding day arrived not a beat was missed. I got ready in Founders Hall, one of my personal highlights, we set up lunch for my wedding party and it was displayed beautifully and delicious! We took some photos on property prior to the ceremony ( we did not do a first look) then proceeded to the Great Lawn for our ceremony, which was a dream setting. Our guests raved about the cocktail hour, the food was fabulous and the atmosphere priceless. The baby lamb chops were a hit, along with the tapas display; many made mention of the pasta station, which I was on the fence about, they said it was a TEN ( and I have tough critics)! When we entered the ballroom it was a fairytale come true. We had the most amazing florist, and details from Petal + Paper, and uplighting added to the room, the details of the 200 year old floors and quirky chandeliers make it so special as it all comes together. The meal was better than I could have imagined. We had chosen the beef tenderloin or salmon for our options. Both were cooked perfectly. Our guest are still talking about their meal. There were 11 kids in the room, any and all dietary requests were met and with no challenges for both the adults and kids in the room. Our cake was one layer cannoli and the other coconut mango, THE BEST WEDDING CAKE EVER! All of the desserts were fabulous. I must make special mention to Krystina who also orchestrated many special details throughout our wedding day and weekend. She assisted my husband in decorating our honeymoon suite, which was a dreamy surprise and ending to our most spectacular day. We hosted breakfast the next morning in the CH ballroom. The buffet was right on point, it was so good the guests didn't want to leave. Last but not least, we hosted a farewell dinner at the Rusty Nail. It was off the charts! The food, atmosphere, staff, all above our highest expectations. Our wedding was on a Friday which I was hesitant about, however thanks to Krystina, Jeri Anne and the CH group they helped us create an amazing wedding weekend experience for our guests. The Rusty Nail was the cherry on top!! Thank you to Cape Resorts for being a part of our family and the most important day of our life!
My husband and I had our wedding reception at Congress Hall this past October. From the planning, to the tasting, and of course the actual day, it was all excellent. The event coordinator, Jeri Anne, was responsive and on top of everything the day of the wedding. She worked well with the vendors that day so there was little that we had to worry about the day of the wedding. We feel so lucky that the hotel provides this service as a part of the overall wedding package. The cocktail hour was on the lawn overlooking the water. The reception was in the ballroom. The food and service was excellent. We have received many compliments from guests that it was one of the best weddings that they have attended. The guests seemed to enjoy the overall feel of the hotel, along with the amenities. It was also very convenient to move downstairs for the afterparty in the Boiler Room.
My (now) husband and I got engaged in charming Cape May in the Fall of 2014. Congress Hall, as a stunning Cape May landmark, was where I imagined our dream wedding to take place. We did a walk through with Krystina Kennedy (she is amazing) and quickly fell in love with it's unique ballroom style and gorgeous lawn - what a backdrop for pictures! But, we checked out a few other places anyway, feeling like we 'should'. NOTHING compared to the beauty of Congress Hall - from top to bottom, we felt like it was so different than any other hall we had looked at. Pair that with the symbolic location, we knew it was perfect! And it was. Jennifer O'Neill , our Congress Hall Wedding Coordinator, was readily available to answer any (random) questions I had. She was so sweet, and even willing to be our witness for our marriage certificate when our dad potentially couldn't make the trip! She helped us from start to finish and all of our details played out exactly as planned on our wedding day. What is really great about Congress Hall is...the Bride/Groom, Bridal Party did not have to do any set up or break down...Congress Hall takes care of it all (with our direction of course). We had the threat of rain/tornado even, on our June wedding day, and Jennifer was very honest about the game plan should that happen. We ended up getting lucky and the weather behaved, but I was happy to have her by our side the entire day, updating us along the way. Having our ceremony on the lawn was magical. Because of impending rain, our plan b was to have cocktail hour was on the veranda. Though we missed it (taking photos), our family and friends loved it! They talked about how delicious the food was, and how nice it was to be outside enjoying the scenery. The ballroom where we had our reception IS AMAZING. Black and white checkered floors with Tiffany Blue walls - it's so unique and our pictures turned out so beautiful with that in the background (if the standard brown/gold rug style isn't yours, this is the place for you!). The food was so good (grilled everything - our choice!). The size of the room was perfect (our wedding guests totaled to about 120, including some children). After our reception, party goers (including us) continued the night on in the Boiler Room downstairs, with live music, a bar and PIZZA! Most of our family members and close friends stayed in Congress Hall, or another one of their lovely properties - which made our wedding a mini destination wedding! We can't say enough about how perfect our wedding day was, at Congress Hall. We will cherish these memories forever, and we have Krystina, Jennifer and the whole Congress Hall staff to thank. Our guests were in love with our wedding day - calling in "romantic", "intimate" and "so 'us'" (we'll take that as a compliment!). We want to get married there over and over again! A little PSA - if Congress Hall hosts another Found Market event, you should attend! Being 2.5 hours away from Congress Hall, this was the best way for us to get to know the local vendors by attending a 'mock' wedding (I cried anyhow!). We chose our entertainment, florist and hair and make up crew, after that event! It was so helpful to use vendors who were familiar with each other and Congress Hall's property and run of show. If you can't make that event, no fear, you will not go wrong with using any of Congress Hall's vendor recommendations!
Everything about our wedding at Congress Hall was PERFECT! Jerri Anne and Kryistina are so good at what they do and helped with all the details of our day(which any bride knows is lot !) . The venue is beautiful and the staff are wonderful. They left us with not one bad thing to say! A ll of our guests are still raving about our wedding and we couldn't have pictured it anywhere else. Thanks again!
We had a wonderful experience. Jeri Anne was informative, poised and extremely helpful in guiding us though the planning. Always available. The grounds were set up beautifully for a memorable ceremony and social hour. Oysters and exquisite hors d'oerves, just excellent. First rate cocktails, all out on the lawn. We were blessed with good weather but it was really well done. We moved inside for dinner, the banquet room was clean and well lit. Our flowers looked great, we had a very classy DJ. Our guests had a choice of three entrees, all were excellent. The service was impeccable. Congress Hall clearly exceeded our expectations.
Congress Hall is the gem of the Jersey Shore! If you're looking to give your guests an experience and memorable weekend, this is the place! Unlike many other wedding venues, CH isn't trying to be something it's not. It just is! The venue combines history, charm, seaside elegance, and timeless sophistication. From a wedding standpoint, the coordinators are "yes people." Whatever you want, they do and then some! Also, the food is very delicious ( I didn't eat but that's what I've heard!) From the atmosphere to the food & drinks, to the overall vibe, it was perfect! Somehow CH captures regal without being stuffy! The place has character and somehow you feel at home in America's oldest seaside resort.
Great service from start to finish. Our wedding planner Jenn was great. I never knew she was there except when I was looking for her, and she was right there by my side. She made our day flawless.
Amazing!! The Virginia (Congress Hall's sister property one street over) did a beautiful job coordinating our 50 guest, daytime wedding. Working with their coordinator, Jenn, was a true pleasure. She responded to my every email quickly and thoroughly (and there were a lot). Jenn went above and beyond; from coordinating last minute rehearsal dinner reservations to helping me with gift cards for my bridemaid’s gifts. She even kept the show going when our playlist stopped working the morning of the wedding. Shifting around friends’ phones on the sound system for our first dance and favorite songs. The rest of staff was wonderful as well. Everyone was so kind and the whole day flowed seamlessly. The food was delicious, fresh and beautifully presented. We are still receiving compliments from guests on both the food and service. We would absolutely recommend the Virginia for a smaller, intimate, fun and stress free wedding venue in Cape May!
We always knew we wanted to get married at Congress Hall and it was better than we could have imagined. We did not have good experiences with Krystina but booked because Congress Hall was where we wanted to get married. Once booked we were introduced to our coordinator Jenn O'Neill, who was AMAZING, answered questions promptly, checked on things for us, got a stage for the ceremony, and was great on the day of when we were a little unorganized . My dad, who rarely comments on anything, said during the wedding that she was very good, which was high praise from him. Congress Hall knows how to put together a wedding and everything was executed flawlessly. Our guests loved the food and the property.
My son got married at Congress Hall on 8/28/15. Everything was perfect from beginning to end!! The food was amazing, the hotel and grounds were immaculate and all of the staff went above and beyond to see to our needs and those of our guests during our entire stay. I would highly recommend booking your dream wedding at Congress Hall!
I've been obsessed with Congress Hall for the last 5 years- I'm an events coordinator as well and have high expectations. This was the only venue I looked at when planning our wedding because it truly is one of a kind! Our Decemeber wedding was absolute perfection- not only were we blessed with a 65 degrees, sunny day but the entire day was so magical and festive. Congress Hall is so decked out for Christmas and it really adds excitement to the place. Colleen O'Sullivan was our coordinator and she was so professional, courteous, and answered my millions of questions quickly and efficiently. She even came to the court house to be our witness for our marriage license since we live in Philly and couldn't find someone to drive down during the work week. We held our ceremony in the ballroom and it was intimate and romantic- our DJ Sam (Centerstage Ent) provides beautiful up lighting and the room looked stunning! Guests raved about the food (especially at cocktail hour) and the attentiveness of the staff. Our signature cocktail The Congressional Cosmo was a hit- they definitely don't skimp on the alcohol in the drinks.Servers even poured wine table side which was a nice extra! I've executed countless events and I'm as OCD as they come but on my wedding day I was so relaxed and didn't worry about a single detail. Getting ready in founders hall was a blast and the breakfast they catered was great- they threw in a bottle of champagne which was a nice surprise :) The team worked alongside my vendors and the timeline of the night flowed smoothly. I did all of the decor myself and Colleen and staff set everything up as I wanted and packed it all up at the end of the night- not many venues will do that!! This truly is a one of a kind venue- not your typical boring country club or banquet hall. Every room has character of its own and such a rich history. It was an absolute dream that we will treasure forever!
Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of getting married at this venue. My husband proposed to me here, we have spent every Christmas here and it was the obvious choice when booking my venue. The process was going great until we met our original wedding coordinator Colleen. Colleen truly made us feel like we were not worth her time, due to the fact we were having an off season wedding with a "smaller" guest list (we had 160 total). We had to beg to set up our tasting and often chase down Colleen to ask when money was due. We were lied to about place cards and a donut bar and other small details that had we not switched coordinators, we would have never known and been scrambling the day of. Jen ended up being our wedding coordinator and really went out of her way to make our big day everything we dreamt it would be. However the service (my guests complained about not being able to reach the front desk in the morning and the beds being uncomfortable) was mediocre- from the bellhops to being ignored from the bartenders at my cocktail hour. Jen truly was our saving grace and went above and beyond to make our day truly great, and in the end the only issue was really the service in the hotel. If you have the money to spend, this is the place to go, but even in the off season this was by far our largest expense. I couldn't ask for a more beautiful backdrop or venue. Also Patrick (Colleen and Jen's boss) went above and beyond to resolve issues when we finally spoke up.
Just perfect! Everything about the process - from initially booking Congress Hall, to planning, to celebrating at the reception - was seamless. Our wedding coordinator, Colleen O'Sullivan, was extremely helpful, kind, and professional. She made sure the day went off without a hitch! The hotel is beautiful, historic and just has a really cool, retro vibe. The food was amazing - and the wedding package is very generous. Tons of food options, open bar, cake included, and more. (Side note: I don't particularly like cake... but this one was delicious!) They were also able to easily accommodate anyone with special diets - vegetarian or gluten-free. Super cool bar in the basement (The Boiler Room) that was fun to hang out at after the wedding was over. Everyone loved the beach-side setting. The cocktail hour was especially picturesque on the CH veranda with the ocean visible in the distance. My wedding was almost a month ago now and everyone is still talking about it! A++
There was never any question that if I was going to get married in Cape May, then I would be getting married at Congress Hall. The staff at CH is amazing, and I can not thank Jenn O'Neil enough for making my wedding day as perfect and as smooth as it possibly could have been. Their base package is amazing and we felt like what we got for our budget was fabulous. We also booked our Rehearsal Dinner and Send-Off Brunch at Congress Hall and they were also flawless. Everyone raved about the food and they loved the vintage elegance of the hotel. If I had to do it all over again, I would book Congress Hall again for sure.
PerfectReviewed on 10/04/2015 Larry C
Outstanding. Beautiful and historic venue. The food was terrific and the ceremony was perfect. One of the main reasons we chose Congress Hall is that everything is included: venue, cocktail hour, cake, catering...they even include a wedding coordinator that is a huge help. The wedding could not have been better. A+
Long before my husband and I got engaged, we knew we wanted to get married at Congress Hall. For something that we built up in our minds for so long, the experience did not disappoint. From our first meeting, Congress Hall gave us the special attention we were hoping for on our most special day yet. Our coordinator, Colleen O’Sullivan, couldn’t have been more helpful, responsive, professional, patient and organized. She. Is. Amazing. Compliments are still rolling in about the food (short rib and salmon entrees for the win!), the service and how seamless the event was – Colleen and our DJ (LovesickInc) completely guided the reception timeline. They made sure everything flowed and that we and the guests had the best time possible. My only complaint would be that it couldn’t go on longer :) When we got back to our room that evening there were some wonderful care packages of cake, sliders from our delicious late night slider bar, and a sampling of our wedding flowers. Colleen is a bride whisperer. She has a way of making things that would wake me up at night suddenly seem like no big deal once I brought them to her attention. She seamlessly coordinated with my 10+ vendors. Colleen didn’t flinch when we showed up with a truck full of décor items the day before the wedding – and it was all displayed to PERFECTION. Everything looked like a dream – the Lawn is an idyllic backdrop for a wedding. Founder’s Hall, the veranda and the charmingly beautiful ballroom are all picture perfect. It’s the perfect combination of grandiosity, nature and whimsy – Tiffany blue walls, yellow backdrops, saltwater air and the greenest grass you’ve ever seen! The best part? I never worried about ANY of the details on my wedding day because I knew that Colleen, Krystina and Jen had it all under control. I had the best time getting ready in Founder’s Hall with my bridesmaids and family while they pulled everything together. It truly was a stress-free wedding day and that’s a testament to Colleen and the Congress Hall staff. All in all, it was the best day ever and we are forever grateful to Colleen and the Congress Hall team for making our dream a reality.
Charming!!Reviewed on 3/20/2015 Laura O
Congress Hall was the PERFECT wedding venue for us. My husband and I were looking for something both classic and unique for our big day. In a word, Congress Hall is charming. The hotel was built in the 1800s and you still get that antique-luxe feel, while enjoying the more laid-back coastal feel of a beach hotel. The reception room still has the original black chandeliers and gorgeous black and white hardwood floors. Rather than feeling old, however, pops of color and modern amenities allow the hotel and its event spaces to feel current. The reception room has GORGEOUS Tiffany-blue walls and all of the guest rooms are painted in beach-y blues and greens. You have a few different options for your ceremony and cocktail hour spaces, depending on weather, etc., and very conveniently (particularly considering how quickly the weather can change!), you can decide up to 12 noon the day of your wedding whether to have your ceremony indoors or outdoors. Because we were married on windy day in March, we decided to hold the ceremony in the Grand Ballroom. Our cocktail hour was in the very cool Boiler Room, a bar/club space in the basement of the hotel with a full, beautiful bar, stone walls, wooden beam ceilings and just a really neat vibe. In addition to the uniqueness of the hotel, another notable mention is the friendly and very helpful staff at Congress Hall. We toured and then booked the hotel as our wedding venue with Meredith Borrell, the sales manager. Meredith was so sweet and very efficient when it came to booking not only the venue, but also cottages for our families to stay in over the weekend. Once we were booked we were assigned a wedding coordinator, Colleen O’Sullivan, to assist us with any questions and queries prior to the wedding and to coordinate the wedding day itself. There can never be enough good things said about Colleen. She was absolutely phenomenal. Every e-mail, freak-out, billing issue, request, etc. was taken care of by Colleen. She always answered my emails promptly and, more importantly, approached the whole event with a smile on her face and cheerful demeanor. The day of the wedding she took care of all the set up, coordinated with the photographer and DJ and made sure everything ran smoothly. It was such relief to us knowing that everything was taken care of and we could actually relax and enjoy our wedding! If you’re able to request a wedding coordinator to work with, I highly recommend Colleen! Overall, we couldn’t be happier with our choice to have our wedding at Congress Hall. For those of you with tighter wedding budgets, look into getting married during the “off season”, as the prices are a bit more reasonable and the minimum guest count is much lower. Another plus is it’s also a lot easier to get the vendors you want! Congress Hall is also provides WAY more bang for your buck compared to venues in Northern Jersey. Though the price tag may seem big, there’s SO much more included in your wedding package that it makes it more than worth it!
Best day everReviewed on 3/10/2015 Kristin P
I cannot say enough about how amazing our wedding was! The staff was amazing and the ballroom was simply stunning. Congress Hall provided us with our dream wedding and a once in a lifetime experience our guests are still raving about!