The Best New Jersey Shore Wedding Venues
Some old, some new, these favorites all exude their own brand of coastal charm.
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You can’t get married down the Shore without first picking a venue down the Shore. From historic hotels to working farms and refurbished railroad stations, these New Jersey Shore wedding venues all exude their own brand of coastal charm.
Since its opening in 2013, Shore couples have loved The Reeds for the easygoing elegance of its suites, the 220-person ballroom with bay-facing sliding glass doors, and the ability to arrive via boat to their ceremony. In May, the property unveiled a major expansion that tacked on 21 additional guest rooms and a two-story luxury spa. R&R options include facials, massages, flotation therapy, a Turkish bath, and a group-friendly hair and makeup studio that’s ready and willing to glam up your entire bridal party. Stone Harbor.
With the addition of five rustic cottages that can sleep up to 32, this 62-acre working farm started hosting BYOB weddings last fall. It’s the perfect spot for a more intimate celebration: Groups of 80 or less will gather in the greenhouse-like Hoop House for an authentic farm-to-table dinner — all produce and livestock served are raised on the back fields — then head to the main barn to dance the night away. Book early, though, because wedding season is limited: As of now, Saturdays are only available from the end of April to early June and from September through October. West Cape May.
The beauty of Bonnet Island begins with Boathouse Chapel. Brought down from Vermont and reassembled beam by beam, the former barn sets a distinctively New England tone for the day with whitewashed benches and a stone fireplace. Dinner and dancing for up to 250 happen in the nautical-inspired ballroom next door, where the wood-paneled cathedral ceiling rises 30 feet high and the bay-facing wall features floor-to-ceiling windows. Entirely enclosed by water, the private island can also host your parents and wedding party overnight in 12 luxe suites. Manahawkin.
Here, against the buttery yellow facade and iconic white pillars of America’s first seaside resort, your wedding will exude old-world elegance. After a ceremony on the Grand Lawn and cocktails on the veranda, you’ll sojourn to the 3,500-square-foot ballroom with Tiffany blue walls and a black-and-white-checked floor. (Be sure to pause for portraits on the resort surrey at some point in between.) Upstairs, the 108 guest rooms are classically decorated, and the on-property Blue Pig Tavern is a laid-back spot for a post-wedding brunch. Cape May.
Hosting its first weddings in June, this just-opened 102-room hotel is an elegant addition to the event scene of Long Beach Island. If you don’t mind a short drive, have your ceremony at the foot of nearby Barnegat Lighthouse, then return to the weather-protected veranda for cocktail hour and a reception for between 220 and 250 in the Conservatory, a vaulted, white-wood-ceilinged ballroom with a full glass wall for sunset views. Served at finished farm tables lined with cross-back chairs, dinner will be a localized affair with foods from nearby farmers and fisherfolk, and guests will be sent off with mini homemade pizzas as a late-night snack. Ship Bottom.
Founded in 1872 and brimming with nautical decor, Corinthian Yacht Club is one of the oldest yacht clubs in the country. Weddings on the main floor, where there’s a bar and screen-in porch, can host up to 180 guests, while weddings on the second floor max out at 90 and have access to a deck. Be sure to make time for sunset portraits, which are beautiful on the harbor. Cape May.
The region’s only over-water event space (it’s situated 100 yards out from the sand) is a clean, contemporary blank canvas ready to take on whatever look you’d like. During cocktail hour, catch the sunset on the 2,200-square-foot terrace — or, in colder months, through the floor-to-ceiling windows — and then dine with up to 425 of your nearest and dearest in the main ballroom. One Atlantic’s location — atop the Playground Pier at Caesars — is also primo for groups looking to keep the party going long after the last dance. Atlantic City.
If Atlantic City just feels like too much, why not head north? This 110-room hotel is a lively mash-up of its namesake town’s rock-and-roll and Victorian roots — trust us, it works — and offers plenty of fun ways to do a wedding. Our favorite: Exchange vows on the open-air sixth-floor terrace, then head to the sleek ballroom for a seated reception of up to 140. Direct guests to the lobby’s 12-foot light-up marquee bearing your wedding hashtag for plenty of Insta-worthy pics before taking over the rooftop bar for the after-party. Asbury Park.
Seven Mile Island isn’t exactly teeming with beachside venues boasting second-level ocean views, so that’s a big reason to love the blue-hued, 240-person reception space at the Windrift (though retractable glass walls that lead to fire pits on the patio definitely don’t hurt). The events team will gladly set your ceremony up on the sand, but don’t worry if there’s rain — the covered roof deck makes for a delightful backup option. Avalon.
Want everything to happen right out on the beach? This retro-leaning hotel claims one of the area’s only private shorelines, so you won’t have to worry about interlopers at your steps-from-the-waves ceremony. Available May through October, the tented pavilion has a built-in bar, holds up to 160 for a seated dinner and dancing, and is just steps away in the dunes. Though it’s typically set with a wood-paneled floor, special arrangements can be made for a celebration that’s right in the sand. Also an option: a recently renovated sister property in Avalon. Wildwood Crest.
Tie the knot just steps from the beach at this Sea Isle seaside venue complete with on-site wedding planners and condo rentals. Enjoy the ocean breeze during a sunset rooftop rehearsal dinner, or sip cocktails and indulge in hors d’oeuvres after a ceremony in the classically designed ballroom. Catering starts at $100 per person and includes seafood delicacies like watermelon tuna tartare and fresh oysters. Sea Isle City.
This oceanside venue offers almost 10,000 square feet of event space. A mahogany bar and classic cocktail lounge create a sense of elegance as you enter the 250-person-capacity Grand Ballroom; you can also say “I do” to the sound of crashing waves in the 350-person-capacity Penthouse Ballroom, which offers views of the Atlantic and surrounding Victorian homes. Cape May.
This Victorian hotel dates back to 1878 and features a grand freestanding staircase and gorgeous balconies. Say your vows on the Cape May shoreline, then take up to 180 guests inside for a seated dinner. Prices start at $85 per person (Fridays), $110 per person (Saturdays), and $75 per person (Sundays). Cape May.
Fans of the shabby chic aesthetic will love Everly at Railroad. Originally built in 1895, this former train stop was reopened as the Everly event space by Michelle Pollock in 2016. Exchange vows outdoors—or in the one-of-a-kind 6,000-square-foot vintage shop filled with cool Americana finds—then move on to dinner and dancing in the industrial barn. Tuckahoe.