Your wedding might be the most expensive event you ever plan. A traditional wedding requires invitations, fancy clothing and accessories, food, favors and a reception venue. Even the most budget-friendly planning can result in a wedding that costs thousands of dollars. Reduce the cost of your wedding by choosing a no-frills, inexpensive venue for the ceremony and reception.
Outdoor weddings can be much cheaper than traditional indoor venues. Having your wedding at one of New Jersey's state or community parks gives you plenty of flexibility and is budget-friendly. Picnic facilities at state parks can be rented year round and provide open space, covered pavilions, barbecue grills and plenty of parking. The cost to rent a group picnic area as of 2011 is $80 per day Labor Day through Memorial Day and $55 per day during the summer, when applicable parking fees will apply. Group capacity varies from park to park, but all New Jersey state parks have space for at least 50 people. Parks with space for more than 100 guests include Cheesequake State Park in Spring Hill, the Spruce Run Recreation Area in Clinton and Washington Crossing State Park in Greene Grove.
Community centers offer indoor banquet facilities that are spacious and affordable. The West Long Branch Community Center (www.wlbcommunitycenter.com) was originally a country club until it was purchased by the West Long Branch Lions Club in 1954. It hosts wedding receptions, corporate meetings, bar mitzvahs and showers. Their ballroom is capable of accommodating up to 128 people and guests have access to a full commercial kitchen.
The Woman's Club of Englewood (www.wcecarriagehouse.com) has been providing community event space since 1895 and their banquet hall is suitable for a small wedding reception. Both venues work with couples to create a personalized and affordable event.
New Jersey is home to numerous restaurants and many offer banquet facilities suitable for a wedding reception. Restaurants are an affordable option for a reception because food is included in the price of the facility. Capacity is usually less than a banquet hall and there may not be space for entertainment or elaborate decorations. Restaurant receptions focus on food and conversation, as opposed to dancing and party activities. If your family enjoys celebrating with a delicious meal, this budget-friendly option may be right for you. Restaurants in New Jersey providing event space include Girasole Cucina Italiana (www.girasoleboundbrook.com) in Bound Brook, Tim McLoone's Supper Club (www.timmcloonessupperclub.com) in Asbury Park and Ponte Vecchio Ristorante Italiano (www.pontevecchioristorante.com) in Old Bridge. Lunch, dinner and appetizer options are offered on a per-person basis.
Multi-purpose locations such as VFW halls offer an inexpensive option for a wedding celebration. There are more than 100 VFW posts in New Jersey, so you can choose the location most convenient for you and your guests.
Another option is to host a small, intimate wedding at a bed and breakfast. Amenities might include outdoor and indoor ceremony space, a dining area, an outdoor area for a reception and pre-wedding accommodations for the bridal party to prepare. Bed and breakfast locations in New Jersey offering wedding amenities include the Alpine House B&B Inn (alpinehausbb.com) in Vernon, the Bedford Inn (bedfordinn.com) in Cape May and the Scarborough Inn (scarboroughinn.com) in Ocean City.
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- West Long Branch Community Center
- The Woman's Club of Englewood: A Small Affordable New Jersey (NJ) Wedding Site and Venue
- Tim McCloone's Supper Club: Banquets
- Girasole Cucina Italiana: Private Events
- Ponte Vecchio Ristorante Italiano: Private Parties
- Veterans of Foreign Wars of New Jersey: Districts
- Alpine House: Weddings and Private Parties
- Bedford Inn: Weddings
- Scarborough Inn: Amenities
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