Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Country Club, Hotel, Mountain, Restaurant
Food + Catering, Planning
We got married at the Grand Cascade location. Beautiful hands down.. However the service no thank you.... We should have known from the second we looked at the venue.. Everyone we dealt with never got back to us in a timely manner with held information from us... My husband and I felt like to was always an argument dealing with whoever we spoke to. Honestly I am so upset with all the people we had to deal with that unfortunately we would never go back even for a long weekend, such a shame too such a beautiful place.
Rehearsal Dinner: Black Bear Golf Club Ceremony & Reception: Ballyowen Golf Club Hotel: Minerals Hotel I am giving four stars because my guests had a fantastic time and repeatedly have complimented my husband and I on choice of venue, food, and our ceremony. If you are the bride/groom, there are issues you want to be aware of. Some I didn't know about until later when my bridesmaids told me. Leading up to the day, Silje was always responsive to my emails and accommodating to my requests. We got married on 10/22/16. Hair and makeup arrived on time and were great until my mother-in-law, who had a mini-meltdown over her hair, and apparently the hairdresser was not being very helpful (she was last to go). It was chillier and wetter than we had hoped, and we finally decided later that day to move the ceremony into the pavilion instead of their outside location. I'm not quite sure when it was finally decided, as I don't remember being officially told we were moving it inside. My bridesmaids told me that they had to yell at staff to get them to finally set the reception room and decorations up, close to ceremony time. My husband and I had been concerned that check-in time at the hotel was at 4:00 and our ceremony was at 5:00, and we were told the shuttle bus would only take 2 loops to get everyone to Ballyowen for the ceremony, but Silje kept telling us that is how it is. Apparently there were almost 15 guests who made it to Ballyowen just before the ceremony because there wasn't enough room in the previous shuttle. The ceremony went well in the pavilion, and we got gorgeous photos during cocktail hour as a rainbow appeared after the rain. We had picked Ballyowen for its setting, and their stations package, which matched our idea of no assigned seats and having a cocktail reception. Somewhere along the way, that was miscommunicated as Luis, in misguided good faith, had convinced the chef to prepare salads for our tables, when not everybody had a seat (as intended), or plate, or set of silverware (not intended). People started to claim seats and eat salad during the mother-son dance, while others felt lost and had to wait for more plates and silverware to come out from the back after my husband had to talk and explain to Luis what our reception was supposed to be like. I’m not sure where the miscommunication occurred, but he definitely did not know we were having a cocktail reception. A couple other annoyances: nobody offered to forward our marriage certificate to Hardyston Township, my maid of honor drove over an hour back up on Monday to submit for us as we were already on our honeymoon, but she also had to go back to Ballyowen as we somehow didn’t get the top of our cake while we were there either. We had also sampled the macaroni and cheese at our tasting, and while still good, it was different from the one served at our reception – different type of noodle and cheese. The overall experience was great, but day of details could have really caused issues if I had been more uptight/nervous over details.
My husband and I got married at the Minerals Hotel on December 10th, 2016. We were absolutely thrilled how everything turned out. The hotel was beautifully decorated for a perfect winter wedding. We worked with Nicole and Traci and they did an amazing job. Traci was a pleasure to work with and made sure our day was perfect! Saad the maitre'd was awesome to work with the night of the wedding. Kristine the bridal attendant made sure she was constantly around checking in on us. Our guests have not stopped talking about how perfect the wedding and venue choice was!
My husband and I got married at Ballyowen Golf Club, and all I can say is perfection. I worked very closely with Julie and Silje leading up to the wedding. They were both so helpful in making sure I didn't miss any detail, and were very timely in their responses. The cocktail hour in the lounge was so so beautiful, and our guests raved about how amazing the food and drinks were. The real MVP of the night was the Matrie D Louis- a few short things he did for us included: hand made my signature drink the night before, ensured that our bridal party was always taken care of, and my husband and I never had worry about needing anything because Louis was one step ahead of us. It allowed my husband and I to be on the dance floor the whole night without a worry in the world. Our guests stayed at Minerals which worked out perfectly-the shuttle was flawless, and the after party at Kites was so much fun. The team at this venue is wonderful, and not to mention the stunning grounds. Look no further for your dream wedding venue!
We had our wedding on Nov. 12, 2016 at the Minerals Resort. We are absolutely thrilled with how the weekend progressed, beginning with the rehearsal dinner and ending with our farewell brunch. Traci, our wedding coordinator, was on top of everything. She took care of all the details from helping to set up favors to last minute seating requests. Greg, our bartender, was phenomenal. He helped to keep all of our guests "hydrated" and safe. And finally, our bridal attendant helped to get all of our belongings back to the room. The food was great. We really liked the filet mignon. The scenery was breathtaking. I am so happy this was our venue! Everything went off without a hitch.
The Mind Reader at Ballyowen Golf Club Where do I start when writing a review on my mind-reading friend Luis? He was the silent, hidden star of my wedding day. Every step I took and every thought I had, it was like he was reading my mind. Before myself, or my husband had a chance to worry about something, there was Luis, reading our minds, and handling "it". Whatever "it" was... "I think I need ice in my drink or my Aunt Betty is getting a little too tipsy and should probably have a seat for a minute".... Luis HANDLED it before we even uttered the words. Everyone tells you on the morning of you're wedding, "All the planning is done, there is nothing left to worry about, things may go wrong today, and if it happens, it'll all be ok". Etc. As a bride, you NEVER stop worrying about everything being perfect. Unless, of course, you are working with Luis and HIS crew at BOGC. These statements are in fact 100% true. You don't have to worry at all! Best Maitre D EVER!
Minerals Resort & Spa; A huge THANK YOU to Samantha, Lisa, Jaclyn, and Stephanie for their amazing job on October 28th. The bridal party and I, as well as my mom and mother-in law, were very happy with the hair and makeup. The stylists were friendly and professional. They set up quickly, kept to the schedule, and ensured everyone was happy with their hair and makeup.
YES! (But please read - we did have some problems) Very expensive but it was totally worth it. It was the most gorgeous venue I had ever seen. The wedding side of the resort was perfect and accommodating. It was really a dream fairytale wedding. HOWEVER: The bridal suite was not cleaned at 8:30am when we needed it. My husband and I were not able to check into our WEDDING NIGHT ROOM until 4:30...our wedding ceremony started at 5. That was a little ridiculous. Finally, we have some guests have problems with payment. The hotel charged them for nights that they didn't even stay there.
My wedding was a DREAM thanks to Sarah (our wedding coordinator), Jean (the Wedding Sales Manager - who we booked everything with), Jenna (Sarah's wonderful assistant) and Daniel (our Maitre D) at Crystal Springs Grand Cascades. Crystal Springs has all the ingredients to make an exceptional event. The breathtaking outdoor gardens are unmatched by anything else in New Jersey. Honestly, our photos look like we got married in Ireland or some far off countryside. The stunning indoor ballroom ended up being both our ceremony venue and the reception room due to an impending storm. As a bride, I was at first a little panicky that my indoor ceremony wasn't going to be as fabulous but to be honest - I preferred it in the end. We had guests who were cool in the air conditioning and the humidity outside would have ruined 100 female hairdo's. My florist Amy from Corwins Florist in Warwick was incredible. She was an event architect for a day and designed the candles, the wedding arch and flowers in the ballroom to perfection. The light was peaking in through the high ballroom windows, the candles were flickering. It was so ethereal and romantic for the ceremony. I couldn't be happier. The transformation over to reception floor plan while we were in cocktail hour was swift and efficient. Daniel was out Maitre'D and WOW - if you get married here, ask for him!!! All of these people really know what they're doing but Daniel seemed to go above and beyond for us. He asked us to be prepared to leave cocktail hour 20 minutes before it ended so we could preview the ballroom. It was perfect. Exactly how Sarah and I planned it. Then Daniel brought us to the Willow Springs wedding room which is conveniently close for the bridal party during all of the transitioning. He had prepared the most beautiful spread of hors d'heurves with dim lighting, candles and flowers. He said this is your moment to have something to eat and enjoy some alone time as newlyweds before the party begins. This may have been one of greatest highlights of our night! I hadn't been able to eat anything up until this point because all of the guests were so excited to see the two of us and take photos. This was genuinely a GIFT. Thank you, Daniel. Now let me describe the FOOD. My husband and I eat in restaurants pretty regularly and between us we have worked in many restaurants as well. The food here couldn't even be compared to "banquet food". The quality of food was so good it was surprising and the quantity - more than we could even try to deplete with 200+ guests. Even the variety was vast! There were 4 dinner entree options for each guest. We went with Filet Mignon, Chicken Milanese, Mushroom Ravioli and Grilled Salmon. Everyone raved about their dinner. I wish we could go back and do it all again. After the day was done, we relaxed the next day by the infinity pool outside and reminisced about our perfect night. Sarah and Jean had arranged to keep the outdoor pools open one more weekend for us since they typically close on Labor Day. Honestly, I have nothing but good things to say about this venue. Book it - and you will have a beautiful wedding with delicious food and hardworking, friendly people at your side the entire time.
Our wedding took place on 7-9-16 with our reception taking place at the beautiful Ballyowen Golf Club. It's spectacular views, rustic charm, and overall beauty initially sold us! We had heard the food was good, but it was absolutely delicious! Guests are still raving about it :] Julie was extremely helpful with making sure we had what we wanted and needed in our contract and also in executing the morning after breakfast. Silje, our wedding coordinator, always made us feel calm and answered all of our many questions during the planning process. Thanks to her, on the day of the wedding, the room came together so much better than I had been imagining. Luis, our maitre d', didn't miss a beat. He made sure everything ran smoothly and that all guests, myself, and my husband were truly happy. I seriously had no worries!! All were a pleasure to work with. Guests commented on how truly amazing the entire event went. Right down to the way the servers presented the meals at each table. They made sure every single person at that table was presented with their entrees simultaneously. I guess guests really appreciated that. It was honestly everything we dreamed of and more. Thank you Ballyowen!
There are no words to describe how perfect our experience was at Grand Cascades Lodge for our Memorial Day Weekend wedding! Every detail went off without a hitch. The wedding planning staff was quick to respond with every inquiry we had throughout the planning process. They had great ideas and patience in determining my exact vision for the night. The whole wedding process was so much fun. Even the food tasting felt like a special occasion! They did an incredible job setting up the evening of our wedding and made us feel so incredibly special. There were so many special surprises throughout our reception. I really cannot say enough about the staff. Daniel, the maitre d' was terrific! In fact, my bridesmaids (many of whom are married themselves) still talk about how jealous they were and how much we lucked out having such a wonderful, helpful person by my side the whole night. From handing my mom and mother in law tissues during the first dance, to collecting us when our guests handed us gifts, and making sure that we were eating- he was there for us in every way. Terry was also wonderful and the sweetest presence while preparing for the reception! I cannot say enough good things about them. They were incredible. Guests still tell us how much they loved the beautiful, unique cocktail hour location and how neat the military style serving was during dinner. We loved our experience at Grand Cascades. The resort is beautiful and there is so much opportunity for all of your guests to enjoy themselves before and after the big day as well. I highly recommend this venue! For us, it was perfect!
Ballyowen was hands down the most amazing venue. I could not be happier with every moment of the wedding. Our maitre d' Luis, was phenomenal, he went around to every table to ensure our guests were taken care of. He also helped in the coordination and smooth operation of the entire wedding day. The staff was incredibly professional and accommodating. The best part was how gorgeous the entire venue was. When the sun began to set, my new hubby and I went out for photos. Almost all of our guests also went outside to take their own pictures. We couldn't have been luckier with the weather. I 100% recommend this venue. I loved every minute of it.
The resort itself is BEAUTIFUL, however the woman who "helped" my husband and I as we were looking for a venue for our wedding was VERY unprofessional and rude. We were paying for our wedding ourselves and had been saving for over 2 years to do so. When we were deciding about what we wanted to do we were interrupted by the woman who was showing us around and told "why don't you go ask your parents what they think of it?" as if we were children being told we could not possibly afford that venue on our own. When I told her that our parents were not involved in the planning of the wedding she simply made another rude comment and scowled as if we were not valuable enough for her time. From that point on we were very turned off and could not imagine booking something so expensive with someone who treated us like children. The venue itself is gorgeous and I am sure any wedding there would be beautiful but with customer service like that I did not see the point in spending a cent to be treated poorly.
When I first visited Grand Cascades Lodge, I knew it was the place I wanted to get married. The grounds are so beautiful, especially to have an outdoor ceremony in May. The ballroom is gorgeous as well with high ceilings and beautiful chandeliers. It fit our 167 guests comfortably and many of our guests were from out of town so having the resort there was perfect as well. Everyone had a blast and raved about how wonderful the food and service was the whole night. I also cannot say enough nice things about Jean, Sarah, Jenna and Daniel. Jean was so helpful and worked with my fiance and I in signing the contract and then passed us off to Sarah and her assistant Jenna who helped with the entire planning phase. Jean was still always there to ask if we needed anything though. Sarah is the sweetest and really made sure that any questions that I had along the way was answered. She was also able to accommodate any special requests I made and really eased my anxiety during planning. I did not have to worry about anything on the day of my wedding except to just get ready. Daniel was my maitre d and he was THE BEST! He was there to help with anything that I needed after the ceremony. If I needed a drink, Daniel was there to hand me one. It was difficult for my fiance and I to find the time to eat during our cocktail/reception so Daniel set up our food in the bridal suite so we could take a couple minutes away to enjoy it. He was extremely thoughtful the whole night. My wedding went perfectly and I am so thankful to the team at GCL for that!
From the minute we chose Minerals Hotel as the place to get married, my husband and I have been nothing but amazed. Nicole, our wedding coordinator, was great to work with and was very responsive to any and all questions I had. We knew we made the right choice after our tasting and our wedding guests have still been talking about not only how good the food was, but the sheer amount of food at the cocktail hour and reception dinner! Once we arrived at our actual wedding day, the day went off without a hitch. The staff takes care of everything and is there to assist the minute you need anything, from our bridal attendant to the maître d'. I could not have been more impressed with the level of service. No detail was left out and they listened to all our requests and needs. If I could get married all over again, I would do it at Minerals Hotel hands down. It's a great place to spend the weekend with your wedding guests and who knew the Kites Restaurant turns in to such a party on the weekends!
Our wedding was at Minerals Resort & Spa. The staff at Minerals did a phenomenal job with every detail of our wedding. Our coordinator, Nicole, was extremely helpful, attentive, and thorough throughout the planing process and on our wedding day. I can't thank her enough. Our maitre d', Stephanie, was also phenomenal, and the rest of the staff was excellent and very attentive as well. The food was incredible; even months later, our guests were still raving about how delicious everything was. Thank you to the Minerals staff for all your hard work in helping make our wedding as wonderful as it was!
We absolutely LOVED having our wedding here. The booking was a breeze, and Nicole was a huge help in making our contract fit all of our needs for our wedding day! We were always in contact with her - even if I sent her the tiniest questions, she would respond promptly and happily. We had our wedding reception in the outdoors pavilion, which at the time was quite new for them to do. Between the time of booking and the wedding, they had completely renovated the bathrooms there (they're so beautiful now!) which was a relief since they weren't in great shape before! They know exactly what they've got and they're definitely putting money and time into making the pavilion the go-to spot for outdoor receptions. We were able to pretty much do whatever we wanted to it - we actually hired a lighting company to come and stick up cafe lights all over for the night, and they let us have fire pits in the sand in case anyone wanted to hang out there instead of dance. The ONLY problem I can't give it 5 stars is the room booking. We were promised, that since we were the only wedding on premises, that we would have plenty of rooms for anyone who wanted to stay, which was NOT the case. They ran out before our wedding party even started booking. It all got figured out in the end - other weddings at their other locations eventually had extra rooms, but by the time we were able to get them, some of our guests had changed their mind and decided not to book. There was also miscommunication with the front desk, and often... for example, guests would call to book a room and would be told there was no breakfast included, when there in fact was. Someone would call and be told there were no more rooms available, and we would call right afterwards to check and they'd say there was one room left. They also ran out of breakfast vouchers for the guests when they checked in, and some guests ate in the dining room and paid for it themselves because they weren't aware that we had a separate buffet for them. These are things that I'm sure can and will get ironed out in time. Our wedding day at Minerals was absolutely perfect and I would recommend it to anyone!
Ballyowen is an amazing venue! Just had our wedding there last weekend, and we could not have been happier. The scenery is amazing and the grounds are so well kept. Many guests commented how beautiful the flowers were and assumed we paid extra! Everything we had from the cocktail hour through dessert was delicious! A huge stand out for this venue is the service. Silje is amazing and answers every question, and I had a ton! She is quick and covers everything you need. Luis, the maitre d, is seriously the best. On the day of your wedding, you will have NOTHING to worry about. He takes care of everything you could want and more! The whole staff the night of was amazing, and multiple guests commented how amazing the service was. For the price, it is a standout venue! Couldn't be happier! Thank you Ballyowen!
Grand Cascades Rock N Roll Glamour Wedding!Reviewed on 9/19/2015 Chevonne I
My wedding at Grand Cascades Lodge was absolutely amazing. I'm a pretty unconventional bride -- I'm a wedding singer by trade, and my husband and I co-front an original hard rock band. I've also sung backup vocals on A-list pop arena tours and competed in a reality singing competition, so I've seen it all when it comes to large-scale event production. Grand Cascades delivered and beyond in terms of helping us create a truly personal, unique, whimsical, warm, and luxe production. Sarah, the venue's in-house coordinator, was a champ with all the specific questions my mom and I had about logistics. We designed all of the event decor ourselves (including the seating chart, bouquets/boutonnieres, centerpieces for both the reception and cocktail hour, and hotel guest/favor bags) so Sarah was instrumental in helping us build the DIY aesthetic we wanted. She walked us through every aspect of planning without blinking an eye or getting annoyed with our constant emails. :) Vesna, the in-house florist (Crystal Florist), was invaluable as well. She was super cheerful as she hauled her van multiple times to our house to pick up all the decor, and she set it up unbelievably. She arranged a beautiful chuppah for our ceremony, which was scheduled for indoors (it rained) two hours prior. Vesna came through with no problems! She and Sarah also rounded up ALL of our decor and special personal items (family photos, custom cupcake topper, etc), and arranged a bunch of the reception decor pieces the next morning at the wedding brunch. Vesna was a total pleasure to work with -- everyone who books Grand Cascades should take advantage of her craftsmanship (and amazing pricing)! The food at GCL was to die for. Our cocktail hour stations were awesome, and none of the food had that mass-produced, dry, flavorless vibe. Guest favorites included the calamari at the Taste Of Italy station, bacon-wrapped scallops, baby lamb chops, the Southern Hospitality station, and the Hanger steak at the carving station. For our entrees, we chose the NY Strip, the grilled salmon, the cornish game hen, and the truffle ravioli as a veg option. All were perfect!! Dessert was a home run as well -- and what a beautiful setup in the Rotunda! The mixologist worked with us on a signature cocktail (a maple old-fashioned), and everyone was very well-lubricated with a wine selection approved by the venue's sommelier. Some more star employees of the night were Daniel (the maitre'd), who kept us moving and controlled the timing of the event with grace and politeness, Russell, the extremely sweet and warm banquet manager, and Terri, the bridal attendant. They were all so friendly and accommodating -- I am a very independent broad, but they made sure to assuage all of my type-A control-freak worries. They all helped me a great deal -- because of them, I was able to fully enjoy the night without having to worry about all of the parts I set into motion by planning the night myself. I could go on -- the ballroom was a great space for our badass 12-piece rock-leaning wedding band; they always sounded perfect. My band performed a few songs as well, which was a dream. We partied in that room until 12:30am and continued in the Tavern bar until about 2am! The bar staff was great to us by staying open after close (1:15) because our guests were all so well-behaved. :) The hotel rooms were gorgeous, huge, & homey. Service all around was great! I could go on...
Amazing WeddingReviewed on 8/28/2015 Erin C
We fell in love with Grand Cascades at Crystal Springs right away. We are both teachers and got married in the summer, which makes it difficult to negotiate. The staff there worked with us a little, but did not offer much for our tight budget. With that being said, we feel we got a lot for our money and the staff was excellent! Sarah the wedding coordinator there was always there to answer questions and help us when we needed her. All staff were nice, respectful, and they made the day run seamlessly. The food was delicious and you can not ask for a more beautiful setting. Everything was gorgeous and we are so happy we chose to have our wedding there.
Positives: -A great value. Nowhere else we visited offered the same quality/amount of food for a similar price. -Grounds are beautifully maintained. The rustic simplicity fit our style perfectly. -Silje, the wedding coordinator, is professional, calm and responsive. -Renee Lee, the hotel block coordinator is also professional and responsive. Our welcome boxes were distributed free of charge (some hotels charge a fee to hand them out). Negatives: -The rehearsal for our Saturday night wedding was scheduled for 5:30pm the Friday night prior with dinner to follow at 8pm. Nine days before, we were told that our rehearsal had to be moved to noon because another wedding booked. Silje compromised on timing with us for 3:30pm. We were frustrated because a groomsmen's brother attended that Friday night wedding and was invited to it months prior. We understood that Ballyowen pushed our rehearsal in order to make $$ but we should have been notified of the change MUCH earlier. -When we attended a wedding at Ballyowen prior to our own, I noticed that the handicapped stall in the women's bathroom leaks quite a bit. I informed Julie that this was a huge safety concern. She told me she didn't see the leak and therefore nothing was fixed. The toilet was still leaking during our wedding. -Our guests booked 43 rooms at Minerals Hotel. The discounted rate for August 2015 was $207. Breakfast was not included and was quite pricey. One of our guests found bloody underwear in their bed. Certainly not the "value" that our reception was... -I spoke with Frank the transportation coordinator and let him know that we needed shuttles for 125 people minimum. He assured me that he would reserve the shuttles that day and that it would be handled. On the day of, some of our guests were shuttled in good quality white shuttles, others were transported on the light blue Mountain Creek SCHOOL mini bus. Not the end of the world, but shouldn't have happened.
BeautifulReviewed on 5/27/2015 Liz P
We booked Grand Cascades Lodge for a wedding of about 160 people. Crystal Springs gives you the ability to feel like you are on a destination wedding even though it is only about an hour and a half from New York City. Since many of our friends and family were from out of town, this was the perfect venue to spend the weekend. The food is amazing, there are numerous activities, plus it is just gorgeous. Sarah, the wedding coordinator is great and super sweet, as is Jean who you will work with initially to book the venue. If you are looking for a gorgeous setting with top notch amenities that is away from the hustle and bustle of the city this is your place. It oozes extravagance without being pretentious. We also had our rehearsal dinner here the night before and have nothing but positive things to say. They will make sure that your day is special- would highly recommend this venue!
We visited crystal springs - grand cascades lodge the day we got engaged, and we knew we found our venue! The rotunda is absolutely breathtaking, as well as the grounds and ballroom. My now-husband and I prioritized having a hotel attached to the venue and wanted to make it a "weekend getaway" without the crazy travel. From day 1 to day 365 (we got married exactly 1 year later), Jean and Sarah were unbelievably responsive, accommodating, and easy to work with. We ended up having everything at the resort - rehearsal dinner, welcome party, ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, after-party, Sunday brunch, golf for the groomsmen, and used Reflections spa to get ready on the day-of (with lunch). Everything was impeccable. The food is extremely tasty, and the brochure offers so many options it was hard to choose! The grounds of crystal springs were spectacular, and really made for the perfect backdrop for our outdoor ceremony (and photos). We were thrilled with our wedding, and cannot say enough fabulous things about the experience. Added bonus: i was a stress free bride during my entire engagement, including the day of, and i credit Sarah and Jean (and my mother) for keeping it that way.
A Great Choice!Reviewed on 12/28/2014 Michelle S
We got married at Minerals Resort and Spa in August 2014. We loved working with Nicole. She was always available to answer questions, give advice or help with details. Having the hotel on site makes Minerals so convenient! We did not have to worry about our guests getting from place to place as everything was right on site. The ceremony garden is absolutely gorgeous! The reception room is spacious and has a great dance floor. Our guests really loved relaxing in the pools and playing golf at the resort. Several of our guests stayed at Minerals for the entire weekend and were very impressed with how they were treated from the moment they arrived until the time they left. We would definitely recommend Minerals, everything went off without a hitch just as we had imagined!
AmazingReviewed on 12/06/2014 Stephanie M
Tthis venue was perfect for our November wedding!! I can't even begin to explain how happy we are that we made the decisions to use Black Bear! The staff was so friendly and helpful! The Food- AMAZING!! Added bonus- FIRE PIT!!!! It's what every north Jersey girl needs at her wedding! The backdrop on the course is was beautiful!! Highly recommend Black Bear!!!!