The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Stepping into the grounds of Park Chateau Estate & Gardens is like stepping into 15 acres of rolling French countryside. Centrally located in the tri-state area, midway between Philadelphia and Manhattan, Park Chateau is ideally situated in East Brunswick, New Jersey, where the beautiful scenery and mild weather merge beautifully with European architecture, to evoke a continental ambience that will make guests feel transported to another place and time. Wedding couples who are looking for Old World grace and elegance, luxurious appointments and exquisite detailing will find Park Chateau a gem truly worth considering for their wedding and reception.
A stately path from the gate to a stone courtyard greets guests as they drive into the Park Chateau grounds. Stepping into the doors, a white-gloved server stands ready with a flute of champagne. Park Chateau hosts only one wedding at a time, so each couple has the undivided attention of focus of the estate management and staff.
Park Chateau Estate & Gardens has several different venues for both wedding ceremonies and receptions, which can be held indoors or outdoors depending on what couples find to be most suitable for their theme or preferences.
The Park Chateau Chapel. A charming chapel stands in majestic solitude across the path near the main house, providing a solemn, non-denominational venue for private wedding ceremonies of up to 350 guests, while still remaining very accessible to the various reception options within the estate grounds.
The Versailles Gardens and Grounds. Park Chateau has well-manicured grounds and a formal estate garden with a tranquil pond, where couples desiring an outdoor ceremony can choose to say their vows. A cocktail reception can also be set up in the adjacent patio. The sun-dappled water and the fresh air on the flagstone patio, overlooking the beautiful, European estate garden make picture-perfect vignettes for memories that will last forever. Up to 350 guests can be accommodated for an outdoor ceremony and cocktail reception at the Versailles garden and grounds.
The Grande Ballroom. The magnificent ballroom is a stunning venue which is luxuriously adorned with crystal chandeliers suspended from a 35-foot ceiling and opulently decorated interiors furnished in classic French style, to match the classic French antique furniture found elsewhere in the main house. All of the furniture pieces are original antiques that have been carefully selected and curated specifically for Park Chateau. The ballroom also has direct ensuite access to an adjacent bridal suite where the bride and her entourage can do quick adjustments or touch-ups. This ballroom can accommodate up to 400 guests. To-be-weds who prefer an indoor venue for a combined wedding and reception will definitely not go wrong in picking the Grande Ballroom.
The Main House or Chateau. The Chateau itself is furnished and decorated in Classic French style, to match the architecture and ambience that the place evokes. Stepping into the Chateau, guests can mingle in the vestibule area or wander around through the living room, the Wine Room or the Cocktail Room. A spacious Groom’s Suite and a Bridal Suite with an attached bridal salon are also found on the second floor.
What You Should Know
Park Chateau Estate & Grounds offers two standard five-hour catering packages, both of which present a variety of options which will allow couples the freedom to customize their menu according to their needs, preferences and budget.
The standard Dinner Menu provides a selection of hors d’oeuvres, entrees, dessert and a five-hour premium bar, where guests can enjoy beer, liqueurs, fine wine and premium spirits. The catering package can also include the wedding cake and cake-cutting service. Standard amenities include set-up and cleanup, chairs, tables and linen, flatware and glassware, dance floor and standard lighting and sound facilities. Ceremony set-ups also include the altar, arches and draperies.
The Over-the-Top Menu has special menu features, such as a Seafood Raw Bar, a New Zealand Rack of Lamb Station, a Martini Bar serving a selection of martinis at an ice luge, a Chef’s Sushi Station, gourmet desserts and an elaborate Caviar and Vodka Luge which features an impressive display of domestic and imported caviar, toast points and a variety of imported vodka.
Lighting enhancements and video screens are also available. An After Party Bar Package is also available. This includes an hour of overtime, a full bar held at the Terrace or in the Wine Room and an optional After-Hours menu of sandwiches and snacks.
Park Chateau has self-parking facilities, as well as valet parking services for certain catering packages. A shuttle can also be arranged for guests. The facility is wheelchair-accessible.
Wedding couples at the Park Chateau Estate & Grounds also have the privilege of scheduling a full-service food tasting for up to six people, to be scheduled with eight to 15 other couples. This is essentially a “mini-wedding” where they will have a glimpse of the food, service and set-up to be expected on their big day.
Couples who will be availing of the “Over-the-Top” package also get additional perks, such as:
- A hostess and doorman for guest arrivals and a uniformed valet for parking services
- Fresh flowers on both ground- and second-floor lobbies and in the cocktail areas
- One waiter per table, providing signature white-glove service
- Personalized menus, place cards and direction cards
- Special tablescape with elegant linen, candles, fine china and crystal stemware
- Massages and pampering for the bride at the bridal salon, adjacent to the second-floor bridal suite
From the Vendor
Now Booking for 2017!
Nestled midway between Manhattan and Philadelphia on 15 rolling acres, the Park Chateau Estate & Gardens is a beautiful wedding venue bringing guests over 30 years of catering experience straight to their table. This elegant wedding venue allows its visitors to step into the pages of a classic French Novel by embracing the gorgeous architecture of the time and capturing the essence of romance. Our staff and management has spent decades transforming ordinary occasions into unforgettable experiences. Allow us to host your wedding and allow yourself to indulge in the meticulously crafted beauty, magic, and elegance that will turn your dreams into a breathe-taking reality.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Garden, Estate, Historic Venue, Park
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Tents, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff, Shuttle Service, Transportation
We are very excited to be having our January 2018 wedding here. The moment we saw the venue we knew this was the place. The staff and the owners were friendly and welcoming and treated us like family. My fiancé and I know that they will provide us with an unforgettable wedding experience.
The most beautiful venue in NJ and beyond! Our daughter's wedding was above and beyond all our expectations! We can not say enough great things about this venue.It has it all the FOOD, the STAFF, the sheer beauty are all AMAZING. If you are LUCKY enough to book your event at Park Chateau be prepared to be WOWED! the compliments through emails, texts, and phone calls have not stopped !" The absolute BEST WEDDING we have ever been too", " The cocktail for was over the top!". Raphael, Tom,Elizabeth, Pat, Dawn, Ashley (and I know I forgot some) were so UNBELIEVABLY helpful, attentive and just the best staff I've ever met. Two of the owners Barry & Joe , were so great we just luv them! Can't wait to host or attend another event there!
We had our wedding here on April 1, 2017. It was the best day of our lives all made possible by the Park Chateau! We booked our wedding when the renovations had just started, but the owners, Joe, Barry & Vito, and Devin and Tom made us feel completely confident that the venue would be done on time and were in constant contact with us answering all of our questions and giving us personalized tours of the construction site. We were amazed at the progress every time we visited, but could have never imagined how grand, beautiful and tasteful it would become. A month after our wedding, we are still receiving compliments about the gorgeous & elegant venue, the amazing food, and excellent service. The Park Chateau is a family-owned business and they treated us like we were a part of their family and were beyond accommodating. The service they provided for us from the moment we booked and on the day of the wedding is unparalleled. Devin & Tom and the bridal attendants they provided for us anticipated our needs before we even thought of them ourselves and the entire day was seamless and flawless. We can't wait to be invited to a wedding at the venue so we can experience the magic as guests. Thank you to everyone at the Park Chateau for a day we will never forget!
If you get to be a Park Chateau bride and groom, consider yourself very fortunate! We were married in early April, and our feet have finally touched the ground and we have caught our breath. Dreams are not even big enough to encompass what the Park Chateau creates. Imagine a fairytale wedding, partnered with the most exceptional customer service and guest experience you could ever fathom. The Park Chateau is incredible; the service, the food, the attention to detail, and the beauty of the venue compete with one another for magnificence. We did not have a single care or worry. This was the most perfect day ever. Beyond dreams. Devin and Elizabeth are so thoughtful, and exceptional at what they do and we both felt like they were part of the family with how attentive, thoughtful, helpful and excited they were! We loved working with the Park Chateau and Devin and Elizabeth. Our bridal attendants, Ashley and Pat, were amazing! Their assistance and attention to every detail created a very seamless experience. As a bride and groom here you will not have a single care or worry, and the staff take exceptional care for you. The food is spectacular and unlike anything you have ever seen. So creative, so delicious and outstanding. Our guests have not stopped talking about the food! It stole the show and no other wedding will ever live up to the food experience. We worked with Crest Florist to create a fairytale like chapel. And the ballroom is amazing for working with varying centerpieces and displays. Our guests raved and raved about how this was the best wedding they have ever attended, and this is entirely due to the Park Chateau's level of service and attention to detail.
WE WERE THE FIRST WEDDING!!! My husband and I were married on March 4 at the Park Chateau and were their very first wedding!!! I cannot express how beautiful the Chateau is. Everything was done and thought out to perfection. The bridal suit is a dream come true to get ready in. My friends were in awe of all of the amenities we had and were made to feel like celebrities that day. The ballroom is simply breathtaking, with the impeccable craftsmanship, elegant finishes and endless hours of work, it is truly a sight to be scene! Aside from the stunning venue, all of the people that work at the Park Chateau are amazing. From the people who you work with in the days before and the day of, to the owners, to the amazing chef, and so on. They made us feel like one of them from the beginning. The cocktail hour was an over the top display of deliciousness (Mozzarella Joe was a huge hit — amazing display, amazing food, and an amazing guy ). Everyone told us this was one of the best if not the best cocktail hour they have been to. Dinner was just as much of a hit with all of our family and friends (and they are tough critics). I can tell you in hindsight that (aside from picking who to marry) picking your venue is the most important part of your wedding and the MVP of all your vendors. A beautiful venue will set the stage to show off everything else you will meticulously pick for your wedding day and the Park Chateau is second to none. Our only wish is that we could be guests at a wedding at the Park Chateau sometime soon. On that note…if you need some guest fillers or to reach a minimum…my husband and I are more than happy to attend. Elizabeth and Devin both have our contact info so just ask them :)
On March 11, we had our dream wedding at the Park Chateau. We booked before the venue was even built and a lot of people thought we were insane, but we never had a doubt in our minds. We were sold on PC based on artist renderings, the menu selection, and the reputation of their sister properties, the Park Savoy and Nanina’s in the Park. The real deal maker though, was the service we experienced from our first meeting with Devin. We had full confidence that the venue would be spectacular. In fact, we had two other appointments with “estate” venues that day, but we cancelled them because we did not want our wedding anywhere else. Throughout the first few months of planning, Devin answered all our questions with charm, enthusiasm, professionalism, and in a timely manner. As things continued to move along at the PC, we began to deal with Liz, who was equally delightful. Every time we saw them or the owners for a meeting, they greeted us like old friends with warm hugs. In fact, on the day of the wedding, one of the groomsman was in awe of the relationship we developed with the PC staff. It was a journey to see the Chateau come to life. From the ironwork, to the moldings, the chandeliers, and furniture, not a single detail was spared. Every meeting, every detail, every employee, every step of progression just kept better and better. When we did our final walkthrough, every room was even more beautiful than we could imagine. On the day of the wedding, we got ready in the groom and bridal suites with a spread of snacks, mimosas, and drinks. The hair and make-up artists were amazed by the full-sized salon (and the sink with massage chair!). Our photographers loved the many opportunities for photos. It was too cold to take advantage of the Versaille gardens, but there were plenty of beautiful rooms to use. Throughout the entire prepping process, photos, and the wedding night, our bridal attendants Ashley and Pat were with us every step of the way. Whether it was to hold a bouquet, adjust a bow tie, or to get us a drink, they were there. When guests arrived, they were wowed the second they drove through the beautiful gates. They were greeted with champagne and live music from the grand piano in the foyer before getting escorted to the chapel for the ceremony. With the help of the Chateau’s florist, Crest Florists, the chapel looked like it belonged in a fairytale. Despite the cold weather, the chapel felt warm and inviting, lit by candles and lanterns, with beautiful floral displays to invoke the feeling of the French countryside. After the ceremony, our guests enjoyed what they described as “the best cocktail hour ever.” Everyone raved about the food, said it was ‘over the top’, ‘best food at a wedding I’ve ever eaten’, ‘such an assortment’, and that was only the first hour of food. For the rest of the night we partied, ate, drank and mingled with our good friends and family, including the staff at the Chateau. Raphael, the maître’d, made sure that us and all our guests were happy and the night went smoothly. Our guests were impressed with the white glove service and hospitality. Days later, guests are still telling us about the great time they had. We will be forever grateful to the Park Chateau for helping us in hosting the wedding of our dreams. Many guests tell us it was the best wedding they have attended. We cannot thank the staff at the Chateau enough and have grown to feel like they are part of our new family.
My fiance and I met with Devin at the Park Savoy since construction was going on at the Park Chateau over the weekend. We met two owners Joe and Barry who made us feel so welcomed and answered any questions we had. At first we were hesitant to book a place that isn't open yet, but we know how great Park Savoy & Naninas in the Park are so we trust Park Chateau will be just as amazing. Devin was so great and worked with us to plan the wedding of our dreams for June 2018. We are so excited and couldn't be happier with our choice.
I met with Devin yesterday to go over the information for the Park Chateau and she was great! We went on a weekend so we were unable to go see the Park Chateau but we went to their sister location the Park Savoy to meet instead. Even though the construction for the Park Chateau is not finished yet, Devin was very detailed and gave us full descriptions of what was to come and photos on her phone of the progress and moldings of the Park Chateau. The photos themselves were enough to sell me. I know that the Park Chateau will be a beautiful venue once completed. During our meeting the owner Barry walked in and was very friendly and helped us with the wedding package. Everyone at the Park savoy was attentive too and seeing how gorgeous and helpful everyone at Park Savoy was, I have full trust that the same service will be applied at Park Chateau. My fiancé and I will be booking our July 2017 wedding at the Park Chateau and can't wait.