- October 28, 2020
- by Amy Gorin, MS, RDN
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50+ Affordable Wedding Venues in NJ, Including Cheap New Jersey Marriage Places
Looking for affordable wedding venues in NJ? See this list of top wedding venues in NJ, including the cheapest wedding venues in NJ and cheap wedding venues in North Jersey.
If you’re getting married in New Jersey but need some help identifying the top wedding venues, this guide of wedding venues in NJ is for you.
It not only lists romantic wedding venues for a New Jersey wedding, it also details low-cost wedding venues for a wedding in Jersey, including cheap places to have a wedding in North Jersey cities.
Pretty soon after my now husband’s sweet proposal, I started researching wedding venues. While we ultimately decided to have an overseas wedding–and then that totally changed due to the pandemic!–I ended up with a giant list of really awesome venue ideas.
You may have already seen my ideas for getting married in New York and places to have a wedding in Pennsylvania. But I couldn’t forget my home state, so I put together this epic list of wedding party venues for getting married in New Jersey.
No matter your budget or preference for new wedding venues or more historic ones, I bet you’ll find your place to get married in New Jersey.
Trying to have a low-budget wedding and looking for cheap places to get married? I have inexpensive wedding locations sprinkled throughout this post to help keep your wedding cost down.
But you can also make a beeline to the section on community centers for a list of pretty cheap wedding reception venues.
While researching venues for this post, I found out that one of the cheapest ways to get married in New Jersey is to have your reception at a community center! Take a look at these NJ wedding venues by price. You’ll find many affordable wedding venues in NJ!
Budget-friendly venue ideas in New Jersey
Without further ado, here’s my list of 53 wedding reception locations for anyone who is getting married in Jersey.
As a North New Jersey resident, I made sure to include quite a few options for having a wedding in one of the many northern New Jersey cities. Don’t worry; there are also options on the Jersey shore and beyond!
Now, take a look at these Garden State ideas. You’ll find everything short of a yacht club on this list!
Country House Wedding Venues
1. The Inn at Fernbrook Farms (Chesterfield, NJ)
A country wedding destination, this is one of the most beautiful places to have a wedding reception. You’ll get a 230-acre active farm and a 1750 Georgian manor house as your venue.
The venue has a resident chef and offers seasonal produce, as well as overnight accommodation for 18 people. With additional tents, you can fit more than 250 people in this venue.
Price: $11,000 (for property and overnight inn rental); catering: $130-$175/person
2. David’s Country Inn (Hackettstown, NJ)
This rustic wedding venue gets top reviews for weddings in Jersey, especially when you read through wedding boards and Facebook groups.
The venue itself is a restored Victorian mansion with a structure built in 1840. All food is freshly prepared on the premises.
The venue hosts only one wedding per day and can fit up to 200 guests. Tax and a service charge are additional.
Price: $1,000-$1,500 (ceremony fee), $85-$140/person (food and alcohol)
Golf club wedding venues
3. Black Bear Golf Club (Franklin, NJ)
One of the top elegant wedding venues in Jersey, this venue features a gazebo and a 12,000-square-foot club house. The golf club can accommodate up to 185 friends and family for when you tie the knot.
Price: $100-140/person (food)
4. Ballyowen Golf Club (Hamburg, NJ)
This wedding ceremony and reception venue has a Celtic feel to it and can accommodate up to 150 guests. The venue sits on 250 acres and features a pavilion and a stone club house. Yay for outside venues with beautiful scenery!
Price: $115-$160/person (food)
5. Hamilton Farm Golf Club (Gladstone, NJ)
This historic mansion with 64 rooms has a history dating back to 1911. The property hosts just one wedding at a time, and the reception takes place in a brand new wedding ballroom.
Saturday weddings require a 150-person minimum. Sales tax and a service charge are additional.
Price: $500 (membership fee), $1,000 (ceremony fee), $175-$300/person (food and alcohol)
6. Royce Brook Golf Club (Hillsborough, NJ)
Located in Somerset country, this venue sits on a golf course that’s ranked in the top 20 by Gold Digest. The gold club venue offers discounted packages for Friday and Sunday weddings.
From the end of April through the end of October, you can include the outdoor Highlander Pavilion in your wedding. Linens and candles are included in most packages; and tax and a service charge are additional.
Price: $80-$100 (food and alcohol)
7. Shady Rest at Scotch Plains (Scotch Plains, NJ)
This extremely affordable historic venue can host up to 150 guests. Rental periods may last up to five hours, and you’re required to hire a special officer for any events that are serving alcohol. You’re able to extend your reservation time for an hourly fee.
Price: $145-$475 (rental fee), $225 (officer fee)
Garden wedding reception options, including waterfall wedding venues
8. The Park Savoy (Florham Park, NJ)
Featuring exquisite gardens, you’ll get breathtaking photos with this venue. One of the top modern wedding venues, you’ll get a recently renovated ballroom with cathedral windows.
Only one wedding is catered at a time, allowing privacy for your day. The venue can hold up to 400 guests.
9. The Graycliff (Moonachie, NJ)
One of the best large wedding venues in New Jersey, this option features a gazebo and a waterfall for picturesque moments. Add additional pizzazz to your wedding with a seafood raw bar, a potato bar, and more.
Price: $95+/person (food)
10. The Chandelier at Flanders Valley (Flanders, NJ)
Want a grand ballroom venue all to yourself? This venue hosts just one wedding at a time. There’s a gazebo on site for breathtaking pictures, and the venue is surrounded by a farm and a golf course.
A budget-continuous cocktail hour reception package (thank goodness for sorta cheap wedding packages!) is available. Tax and a service charge are additional.
Price: $52+/person (food and alcohol)
11. Bear Brook Valley (Fredon, NJ)
Holding just one venue at a time, this location offers waterfalls and a heart-shaped pond. The venue is in Sussex County and sits only 60 miles from New York City. Pricing includes top-shelf liquor, as well as sales tax.
Price: $180-$280/person (food and alcohol)
12. Rutgers Gardens (North Brunswick, NJ)
This botanical garden wedding venue offers extremely photo-worthy backdrops! It can hold up to 200 guests.
The rental fee includes use of the venue’s log cabin and pavilion, a garden location for a ceremony, and tables and chairs. The venue works with a list of approved caterers.
Price: $900-$3,850 (rental fee)
Traditional private wedding venues
13. Crystal Plaza (Livingston, NJ)
Originally a residential mansion, this historic venue was built in the late 1800s. One of the top exclusive wedding venues, it hosts just one wedding at a time and offers personalized quotes based on the size and timing of your wedding.
14. The Grand Bethwood (Totowa, NJ)
Here’s one of the top New Jersey wedding venues. In its banquet hall for a wedding, this venue offers sparkling chandeliers made of Swarovski crystals, Bose sound systems, and award-winning cuisine. Prices do not include tax and service fees.
15. Rock Island Lake Club (Sparta, NJ)
Pricing includes valet parking, a private balcony suite, cocktail music, a custom wedding cake, and more.
You can add upgrades, such as a cigar and whiskey bar, a martini shots station, a pretzel machine, a mirror selfie booth, menu cards, and more. Pricing includes tax, and an administrative fee is additional.
16. Kolo Club (Hoboken, NJ)
If farmhouse chic is your style, this Hudson County space is for you. A turn-of-the-century artist’s loft, this is one of the best venues in north Jersey.
In one of the top northern New Jersey wedding venues, you’ll get farm-wood tables, high-top tables, chairs, and love seats.
Note that confetti, glitter, sand, stickers, feathers, and sparklers are prohibited. It can accommodate up to 130 people, and tax and gratuity are additional.
Price: $600 (rental fee), $50-$67/person (food), $48-$65/person (alcohol)
17. Saddle Ridge Event Space (Lambertville, NJ)
This event space can hold up to 150 people for a cocktail-style event or up to 90 people for a seated event. The rental fee includes five hours of rental time. You’ll get on-site parking, a sound system, tables, and chairs.
Price: $1,600 (rental fee), $150 (additional hourly fee)
18. STEM Atrium at Kean University (Union, NJ)
If you’re a math or science nerd at heart, this might just be the perfect venue for you, as it’s located in the Science Technology & Mathematics (STEM) building of Kean University.
This venue features a glass exterior with outdoor porticos, a grand staircase, and terrazzo flooring.
It can seat up to 200 guests. Your wedding package includes a ceremony on the rooftop terrace, a cocktail hour with a view of the New York City skyline, and a reception in the glass-enclosed atrium. The venue works with five exclusive caterers.
Wedding venues with lodging
19. Versailles Ballroom (Toms River, NJ)
This venue sits in the Ramada Hotel and Suites of Toms River.
It tends to offer promotions throughout the year, so check with them to see if any special pricing is offered at the time that you’re getting married. Minimums for Saturday weddings range from 110 to 150 adults.
20. The Oyster Point Hotel (Red Bank, NJ)
Want a waterfront wedding? This boutique hotel may be the perfect venue for your special day. Pricing is inclusive of sales tax and gratuity for the staff (but not for the maitre’d).
Price: $183-$205/person (off peak: $149/person)
21. The Molly Pitcher Inn (Red Bank, NJ)
Another waterfront wedding option, this venue features a promenade on the banks of the Navesink River. Pricing is inclusive of sales tax and gratuity for the staff (but not the maitre’d).
22. Doolan’s Shore Club (Spring Lake Heights, NJ)
This venue is newly renovated and can host up to 275 guests. The bride and groom get a complimentary bridal suite, and your guests can also stay the night for a discounted rate.
If you’d like to have your ceremony at the shore club, it’s no additional charge to do so.
You have lots of options for personalization, including ice sculptures, a create-your-own-sundae bar, and more. Tax, gratuity, and a service fee are additional.
Price: $75-$118/person (food and alcohol)
23. Minerals Resort & Spa (Vernon, NJ)
This resort features lots of country-style activities, including moonshine tasting and spa treatments. The venue can accommodate up to 225 guests, and the venue’s pavilion can host up to 150 guests.
Price: $124-$174/person (food)
24. Grand Cascades Lodge (Hamburg, NJ)
One of the largest ballrooms in New Jersey, this venue can accommodate up to 300 guests. It also offers mountain views, an open-air rotunda, and natural pools with waterfalls.
Price: $147-$210/person (food)
25. Madison Hotel (Morristown, NJ)
If a glass-enclosed conservatory is your style, then this venue (which also has a marble dance floor!) is for you. It can fit up to 160 guests, and a minimum of 100 to 125 people is required for a weekend wedding.
If you’d like to have your guests stay overnight, they’ll receive a discount. Tax and a service charge are additional.
Price: $125-$155/person (food)
26. Homewood Suites by Hilton East Rutherford (Meadowlands, NJ)
Have your wedding in the Harmony Ballroom at this Jersey hotel, and you’ll get an entrance, a pre-function area, a lounge, and restrooms that are all private for your wedding.
All wedding venue packages include a bridal suite, a complimentary suite upgrade for members of the bridal party, a private breakfast for overnight guests, a champagne greeting, and more. Tax and a service charge are additional.
27. The Wilshire Grand Hotel (West Orange, NJ)
Price: $105/person (food and alcohol)
Manicured grounds and fountains offer picturesque photo opportunities. This venue requires a minimum of 125 guests. Pricing includes a complimentary ice sculpture, as well as a bridal salon, a bridal attendant, a groomsmen room, place cards, and more. Tax and gratuities are additional.
Price: $1,200 (ceremony fee), $110-$150/person (food)
Community center wedding venues
28. Somerville Elks Lodge 1068 (Bridgewater, NJ)
This Elks lodge offers many catering options, including Indian, Asian, Irish, and Latin food menus. The Diamond Wedding Package includes amenities such as a bridal room, gazebo, photo booth, linens, and more. Taxes and a service charge are additional.
Price: $40-$79/person (food and alcohol)
29. Jewish Community Center of Bayonne (Bayonne, NJ)
This low-cost wedding venue can accommodate up to 175 people. Party times include a total of six hours, including set-up and clean-up time.
You don’t have to be Jewish to have your wedding here, but only a rabbi or a Justice of the Peace are allowed to officiate.
Price: $1,050 (rental fee)
30. River Winds Community Center (West Depford, NJ)
One of the top cheap wedding venues in New Jersey, this community center offers a view that overlooks the Delaware River cove and features a banquet room that’s 3,400 square feet.
It can accommodate up to 180 guests, and resident discounts are available.
Price: $50-$200/hour (rental fee)
31. Medford Memorial Community Center (Medford, NJ)
Built in 1835, this historic community meeting place is available to rent for non-residents as well as residents. It features a full commercial kitchen for catering. The capacity is 65 guests.
Price: $80-$400 (rental fee), $20 (set-up fee)
32. Gibson House Community Center (Marlton, NJ)
Overlooking the Indian Spring Country Club grounds , this low-cost wedding venue is an incredible deal and can hold up to 150 guests. Tables and chairs are included in the rental fee.
Price: $80-$100/hour (rental fee)
Restaurant wedding venues
33. Porta (Asbury Park, NJ)
Have your wedding in either the private dining room or just a private table in the main dining room of this Neapolitan pizza restaurant! Package options begin at 2 hours. The venue can create your cake, as well as custom menus!
One of the best small wedding reception venues, Porta’s private dining rooms can accommodate up to 50 guests.
Price: $35-$65/person (food), $3-$60/person (alcohol), $50-$100 (cake)
34. Satis Bistro (Jersey City, NJ)
On the search for northern New Jersey wedding dinner venues? If you’re looking for a small luncheon or dinner wedding venue, this European-style restaurant for you.
On a Friday or Saturday, you’ll have a 25-person minimum, and you’ll have more flexibility on other days. The team is very willing to work with you to create a customized event.
Price: $45+ (food), $84/person (food and alcohol)
35. Rat’s Restaurant (Hamilton Township, NJ)
This Country-style French restaurant can accommodate up to 220 guests. If you rent out the pavilion or the entire restaurant, you’ll be able to have a dance floor. Tax, an event fee, and gratuity are additional.
Price: $165-212/person (food and alcohol)
Mansions and historic wedding venues
36. The Oakside Mansion (Bloomfield, NJ)
Have your wedding at this 19th-century estate wedding venue that’s surrounded by four acres of landscaped gardens!
The venue can accommodate up to 350 guests and has a minimum ranging from 60 to 130 people, depending on the time of year. Tax and an administrative fee are additional.
Price: $1,000 + $10/person (location fee), $500 (tent fee), $400-$850 (ceremony fee), $70-$115/person (food)
37. Woodcliff Manor (Woodcliff Lake, NJ)
This 19th-century manor house was built just before the Civil War. You’ll find gardens and waterfalls nearby.
The best part? The venue hosts just one wedding at a time, so you’ll have the whole place to yourself. Pricing includes a cocktail hour, a five-hour open bar with top-shelf liquor, linens, a dessert table, and a wedding cake.
Price: $800 (ceremony fee), $100-$130/person (food and alcohol)
38. The War Memorial (Trenton, NJ)
If your family has a military background, this may be the venue for you. A national and state historic site, the War Memorial is dedicated to the memory of soldiers and sailors who died fighting in World War I.
The venue offers several ballrooms, and the largest can accommodate up to 499 people; the smallest accommodates 49 people. Note that if you wish to hold your wedding on a state holiday, all rates and fees are doubles.
Price: $300-$3,000 (rental fee), $180-$360 (set-up and strike-down fee)
39. Liberty Hall Estate (Union, NJ)
Located at Kean University, this historic venue was built in 1772 by the first elected governor of New Jersey, William Livingston.
It sits on 23 acres and includes beautiful gardens. With seasonal availability from May through October, it can accommodate up to 150 guests.
Pricing includes a tented reception, a cocktail hour in a carriage house, and a walk-through of the first floor of the Liberty Hall Museum. The venue works with five exclusive caterers.
40. Barrow Mansion (Jersey City, NJ)
How about a retro bowling alley at your wedding? This Greek revival mansion features one of the only 19th-century bowling alleys left in the country.
One of the most historic estate wedding venues in New Jersey, it can hold up to 125 guests, but pricing is based on a 100-person guest count.
Pricing includes an event planner (thank goodness, because this is definitely not one of those low-cost wedding venues!).
Price: $7,500-$11,000 (rental fee)
41. The Woodland (Maplewood, NJ)
Here’s a Georgian revival mansion that’s not overpriced! It was built in 1930 and originally served as a home for the Maplewood Women’s Club.
The event space can accommodate up to 200 people for a reception. If you’re a Maplewood resident, you’ll receive discounted pricing.
Note that if you’re serving alcohol or hosting 200 or more people, you’ll need to hire a local police officer. Chairs and tables are available for rental.
Price: $50-$280/hour (rental fee), $150-$250 (alcohol service fee)
Museum wedding venues & art gallery wedding venues
42. Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ)
These beautiful galleries sit on 42 acres. You can choose to have your reception in a gallery, an auditorium, or a smaller meeting space. Each space can accommodate between 23 and and 260 guests.
For an additional fee, you can rent a baby ground piano. Pricing is additional if you’re having your wedding on a holiday.
Price: $300-$7,500 (rental fee), $1,750+ (ceremony fee), $200 (piano tuning fee), $218/person (food and alcohol)
43. Liberty Science Center (Jersey City, NJ)
Have you always wanted a museum wedding?
One of the top Jersey City wedding venues (and really, one of the best wedding venues in northern New Jersey), this science museum offers a few different scenarios for where the cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing take place.
Each scenario can accommodate 300 to 500 guests. Rental fees include tables, staffed coat check, security, engineering, housekeeping, and a dance floor. There is an on-site caterer, and catering fees are additional.
44. Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center (Millville, NJ)
This picturesque arts center sits on 50 wooded acres. You can opt to rent the venue for an entire weekend or just a day. If you choose the weekend option, you’ll be able to host your rehearsal dinner and goodbye brunch at the arts center.
The weekend option also includes the opportunity to make your own hand-blown keepsake. For an additional fee, you can rent out the Museum of American Glass, as well. Tables and chairs are included.
Price: $2,700-$4,400 (rental fee)
45. Ady Arts Center (Livingston, NJ)
Rent out this arts center for a minimum of three hours for a very reasonable rate. The venue is available after 6pm on Friday evenings, after 7pm on Saturday nights, and on most Sundays.
The rental fee includes seven tables and 50 chairs, and the venue will work with you to order additional rentals from a local party company.
Price: $125-$150/hour (rental fee)
46. Montclair Art Museum (Montclair, NJ)
This art museum venue can fit up to 250 guests. If you rent out Lehman Court, which is adjacent to the galleries, your guests will have access to the galleries during your event. However, no food or drink are allowed in the galleries.
For a fun wedding add-on, you can choose to rent an art truck for two hours so your guests can make on-site art projects. The venue works with a handful of approved caterers.
Price: $2,250-$5,600 (rental fee), $400 (art truck rental)
47. Hunterdon Art Museum (Clinton, NJ)
A center for art, craft, and design, this art museum venue can fit a maximum of 200 people. You’ll need to rent any tables, chairs, and linen from an outside rental company. Thankfully, the venue supplies you with a list of preferred vendors.
Price: $1,000-$3,000 (rental fee)
Nontraditional wedding venues, including theater wedding venues
48. 18 Label Studios (Montclair, NJ)
This 8,000-square-foot studio event space offers three studios for rental, and you have the option of renting all three! The venue can accommodate up to 250 guests and offers both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Price: $3,500-$5,000 (rental fee)
49. Factory220 (Passaic, NJ)
This modern industrial lounge and event space can fit between 100 and 2,000 people. Rental fees include a six-hour event time, and you’re allowed to bring in any vendors of your choice. The rental fee includes tables, chairs, and set up.
Price: $35-$40/person (rental fee), $500 (garbage disposal)
50. The Conservatory at the Sussex County Fairgrounds (Frankford Township, NJ)
Love county fairs? Then this is the venue for you! It sits on the Sussex County fairgrounds and surrounded by seven gardens. It can fit up to 250 guests; and tables and chairs are included in the rental fee.
The venue works with three exclusive caterers, and the prices below are from Andre’s Lakeside Dining and Catering. Pricing includes a welcome beverage station, wedding cake, and coffee or tea.
Price: $2,000-$5,800 (rental fee), $500 (ceremony fee), $7+/person (cocktail hour), $42-$92/person (food), $8-$12/person +10% of liquor order (alcohol) $4-$16/person (tableware)
51. Salsa Fever On2 Dance Academy (Jersey City, NJ)
If you’re a dancer, it may feel just right to have your wedding at a salsa dance studio. This space is available can hold up to 75 people.
52. Dance with Me Fort Lee (Fort Lee, NJ)
This dance studio is available for event space rental. Note that hot food and hard liquor are not permitted on the premises.
53. Luna Stage (West Orange, NJ)
Want to get married on stage or to simply have your reception in a theater? This venue offers two theaters for rental, with the largest seating up to 99 people.
Price: $550+ (rental fee)
More wedding planning help
For more wedding planning ideas, you may also find these posts helpful:
- Inexpensive wedding locations in New York
- Cheap places to have a wedding in Pennsylvania
- What to put in a bridesmaid box
- Groomsmen proposal ideas
- Female groomsmen proposal ideas
- Flower girl proposal ideas
- Wedding registry checklist
- My pre-wedding skincare routine
- How to have a virtual bachelorette party
- The Inn at Fernbrook Farms
- David’s Country Inn
- Black Bear Golf Club
- Ballyowen Golf Club
- Hamilton Farm Golf Club
- Royce Brook Golf Club
- Shady Rest at Scotch Plains
- The Park Savoy
- The Graycliff
- The Chandelier at Flanders Valley
- Bear Brook Valley
- Rutgers Gardens
- Crystal Plaza
- The Grand Bethwood
- Rock Island Lake Club
- Kolo Club
- Saddle Ridge Event Space
- STEM Atrium at Kean University
- Versailles Ballroom
- The Oyster Point Hotel
- The Molly Pitcher Inn
- Doolan’s Shore Club
- Minerals Resort & Spa
- Grand Cascades Lodge
- Madison Hotel
- Homewood Suites by Hilton East Rutherford
- The Wilshire Grand Hotel
- Somerville Elks Lodge 1068
- Jewish Community Center of Bayonne
- River Winds Community Center
- Medford Memorial Community Center
- Gibson House Community Center
- Satis Bistro
- Rat’s Restaurant
- The Oakside Mansion
- Woodcliff Manor
- The War Memorial
- Liberty Hall Estate
- Barrow Mansion
- The Woodland
- Grounds for Sculpture
- Liberty Science Center
- Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
- Ady Arts Center
- Montclair Art Museum
- Hunterdon Art Museum
- 18 Label Studios
- The Conservatory at the Sussex County Fairgrounds
- Salsa Fever On2 Dance Academy
- Dance with Me Fort Lee
- Luna Stage
I’d love to hear from you! Let me know what you think of these affordable wedding venues in NJ. Which of these cheap wedding venues in NJ is your favorite? Do you have any other top wedding venues in NJ to add to this list?
If you have additional ideas for a wedding in NJ, whether they’re for small wedding venues in NJ or inexpensive wedding venues in NJ, post your ideas in the comments below! Do you have any ideas for destination weddings in Jersey?
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