Central New Jersey Sweet 16 Venues

For many families in the tri-state area, hosting a big, memorable celebration for their daughter's 16th birthday is a rite of passage. It's her night to feel like royalty – she's dressed in a ballgown and tiara, surrounded by family and friends who are there to celebrate the incredible young woman she's become.

Your little girl only turns 16 once, and it's important to find a venue that can create the event she's envisioned. Hurricane Productions has been a part of hundreds of New Jersey Sweet 16 celebrations over the years, and we've discovered some event spaces that pull out all the stops for this very special birthday.

In alphabetical order, here are six Central Jersey Sweet 16 venues we love working at.

Bridgewater Manor (Bridgewater)

Bridgewater Manor aims to provide high-end service for its social events, small or large. Each event is assigned a personal party manager to oversee every detail, including white-glove table service, special décor, tent setup for outdoor parties, and even group activities. The Manor's Sweet 16 Party Package includes a 30-minute hors d'oeuvres cocktail reception, your choice of display stations, and a sundae bar plus tiered birthday cake. Mocktails and a chocolate fountain can be added to your package for an extra-special touch.

The Imperia (Somerset)

Your guests are sure to be impressed when they walk in and see The Imperia's signature double staircase welcoming them to your daughter's Sweet 16. Each of this venue's three gorgeously decorated ballrooms can be divided into separate areas to create the perfect layout and room size for your party. In addition to excellent service and ambience, The Imperia also offers phenomenal outdoor backdrops for family portraits, including its private stone patio, waterfall garden, marble gazebo, and benches.

Knob Hill Golf Club (Manalapan)

At Knob Hill Golf Club, your guests will enjoy a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere with a fantastic view of its sprawling golf course. Its beautiful ballroom can accommodate up to 175 guests, and the menu options are seemingly limitless. Knob Hill's affordable Sweet 16 Package (less than $40 per person) includes butler-passed hors d'oeuvres, a plated salad, a choice of three entrees and a side, and a sundae bar or custom cake.

Pines Manor (Edison)

If you're hosting a large celebration for your daughter's 16th birthday, Pines Manor is a great choice. This conveniently located, exquisitely decorated venue can effortlessly accommodate up to 1,500 guests, offering a customizable menu and impeccable service. Add sophisticated "finishing touches" such as ice sculptures, fruit carvings, floral arrangements, imported silk wall coverings, and damask linens.

Sterling Gardens (Matawan)

Sterling Gardens is perfectly picturesque before you even step foot inside with its newly renovated gardens, stone pathways, water fountain, and white pergola. When you pass through the elegant double French doors to the ballroom, you'll find a tiled dance floor with an enormous, sparkling chandelier above it. The Sterling Gardens Sweet 16 package includes custom colored uplighting, your choice of up to five delectable food stations, a customized tiered cake, and your choice of two additional dessert stations.

Windsor Ballroom (East Windsor)

Located in the Holiday Inn East Windsor, the elegant Windsor Ballroom offers endless options to personalize your event. The "Sweet Teen" package includes LED Hollywood lighting in your choice of color, a pre-party hors d'oeuvres reception, specialty fare stations, and a custom sheet cake and sundae bar for dessert. Add a Signature Mocktail, personalized printed menu cards, fitted modern chair covers, and more. Discounted hotel accommodations for guests are available.

Of course, the venue is just one element of your daughter's big day. To make her Sweet 16 unforgettable, you need a top-notch media and entertainment team to keep the party going and capture every moment of the celebration.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of event services for all special occasions, including Sweet 16s and Quinceañeras. In addition to providing a DJ/MC, photographer, videographer and lighting, we can also create personalized graphics, integrate Instagram and Snapchat features, and set up a photo booth to take your event to the next level.  

Contact us or visit our pricing page to learn more about our all-inclusive service packages.

Our Favorite Monmouth County Wedding Venues

As a wedding vendor located in downtown Red Bank, New Jersey, Hurricane Productions has had the pleasure of DJing, photographing, and filming tons of local weddings in the Monmouth County area.

Because we're so close to the coast, waterfront venues are popular among our couples, but not every New Jersey couple wants a beach wedding. Whether you're looking for an upscale restaurant, a beautiful banquet hall or a sprawling country club, this part of the state offers a wide selection of picturesque places for engaged couples to celebrate their marriage.

In alphabetical order, here are nine Monmouth County wedding venues we love.

Crystal Ballroom (Freehold)

Located in the Radisson of Freehold, New Jersey, the Crystal Ballroom is an elegant and convenient venue for your Monmouth County wedding. Hold a romantic outdoor ceremony with the hotel's beautiful fountain in the background, then bring up to 300 guests right inside for cocktail hour and your reception.

Jumping Brook Country Club (Neptune City)

This private golf course and club in Neptune can accommodate up to 400 guests in its three gorgeous ballrooms, all of which offer breathtaking views of the course. Jumping Brook Country Club only hosts one wedding at a time, so you and your fiancé will truly feel like the day is yours. This venue advertises a kosher wedding menu option, as well as accommodations for traditional Indian weddings, including spacious dressing suites and locations for Barat and Mandap ceremonies.

Molly Pitcher Inn (Red Bank)

This Red Bank landmark is right in our own backyard, a short walk from Hurricane Productions headquarters. The Molly Pitcher Inn overlooks the Navesink River, which can be viewed from the Ballroom. Take your ceremony and reception outdoors on the Inn's tented promenade to fully appreciate this stunning wedding day backdrop. Molly Pitcher Inn offers discounted room blocks for your wedding guests, as well as packages for rehearsal dinners and post-wedding breakfasts.

Oyster Point Hotel (Red Bank)

Another Red Bank waterfront favorite, the Oyster Point Hotel is the sister property of Molly Pitcher Inn. This recently renovated boutique hotel offers the option for an indoor ceremony, as well as two beautiful event spaces for up to 220 guests. You may also choose to get married outdoors on the Navesink River bank before heading inside for cocktail hour and reception.

Shadowbrook (Shrewsbury)

Although it's located right off the busy Route 35, Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury is truly a hidden gem, tucked away behind tall, shady maple trees and beautifully landscaped grounds. You will feel like you've been transported to another era when you celebrate your special day in this historic mansion, which dates back to 1910. Shadowbrook makes the venue exclusively available for couples celebrating their wedding, so you and your guests can privately enjoy its scenic outdoor ceremony location and elegantly decorated ballrooms.

Spring Lake Manor (Spring Lake)

At the Spring Lake Manor, you'll find a private outdoor courtyard complete with a fountain, intimate spaces for your cocktail hour, and a newly renovated ballroom that fits up to 350 guests. At the end of your reception, you can reserve The Grille Room – a bar with music and a flat-screen TV – for a fun and relaxed afterparty. Spring Lake Manor also offers catering services if you'd prefer to have your wedding offsite.

Sterling Ballroom (Tinton Falls)

Inside the DoubleTree by Hilton Tinton Falls, you'll find the Sterling Ballroom, a modern venue that offers everything you need for your wedding day. You can hold your outdoor ceremony under the property's beautiful white pergola, surrounded by lush trees and flowers. Then, enjoy cocktail hour, dance the night away at the reception, host an afterparty, and wake up the next morning for brunch – all in the same location. Sterling Ballroom accommodates up to 225 guests and hosts one wedding at a time.

The Mill Lakeside Manor (Spring Lake)

The Mill Lakeside Manor, part of the Clarks Landing family of venues, offers a serene and picturesque location for your big day. The rustic, natural backdrop of Old Mill Pond is ideal for wedding portraits, but inside the property's stately 18,000-square-foot venue, you'll get the "sophisticated feel of an elegant estate manor." The Mill Lakeside Manor hosts one wedding at a time to give you and your guests exclusive use of the grounds. Choose from the Waterview Room, an atrium-covered deck with plenty of natural lighting and lake views, or the tranquil Garden Area for an intimate, outdoor summer wedding reception.

The Water Witch Club (Highlands)

Looking for a unique wedding location with historical charm and an air of exclusivity? The Water Witch Club, a preferred venue of Falco's Catering, sits on Monmouth Hills, one of the highest points of the eastern seaboard. You and up to 150 guests can celebrate in the Clubhouse while you enjoy a variety of beautiful views, including the Sandy Hook bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and the New York City skyline. The Water Witch Club only hosts 12 weddings per season (April through October), so you'll need to act fast if you want to book this one-of-a-kind venue.

Getting married in Monmouth County? Let Hurricane Productions be a part of your special day. Visit our pricing page to learn more about our wedding entertainment and media services.

You're Engaged – Now What?

You got the ring. You got the yes. Where do you go from here?

For many couples, getting engaged is an exciting, ultra-romantic whirlwind of happy calls and texts to family members, and recounting the proposal story to everyone you know.

Once you've both floated down from Cloud Nine, the reality sets in: You have a wedding to plan.

Even if you and your fiancé have already discussed the kind of celebration you want, there are a lot of details you need to iron out, including your wedding vendors. Your venue, caterer, entertainment, photographer, videographer, florist, and others are the people who will keep your big day on track and running smoothly, so it's important to do your research and choose companies you trust.

To help you find your perfect wedding vendors, here's a simple step-by-step guide you can follow once you're engaged.

1. Set Your Date and Budget

Before you can start approaching vendors, you'll need to decide on your wedding date.

Most wedding service providers are booked months, or sometimes even a year or more in advance, so they're going to need something firmer than "next spring" to get you on their calendar.

It's also critical to have at least a ballpark idea of how much you want to spend on your wedding, including contributions from your families, if applicable. You might be able to adjust as you go, but you don't want to get to the contract phase with a couple of vendors, only to discover you'll have to skimp on everything else to afford them.

Once you've chosen your date and set an approximate budget, you can begin the vendor outreach process.

2. Conduct an Online Search for Local Wedding Vendors

The web is your best resource.

Some couples already have wedding vendors in mind before they get engaged, but if you're starting from scratch, Google is the best place to begin. Use location-specific search terms like "Jersey Shore wedding venues," "Monmouth County wedding photographer," or "wedding DJ near me" to help you find the highest-rated local vendors.

When you find a few that sound promising, visit their websites and social media accounts. You should be able to find service package options on their website, and their social presence will give you an idea of the types of events they work. While some vendors require you to contact them for a quote, others make their pricing transparent and easy to find, which means you'll know up front exactly what kind of value you'll get.

3. Ask Your Married Friends for Recommendations

Friends and relatives who have gotten married recently are a great resource.

If you loved your cousin's wedding photos or thought the DJ at your best friend's wedding played great music, ask for the company's name and contact information. Because many wedding vendors earn most of their business through word-of-mouth referrals, they may offer a pricing incentive if you mention who sent you to them.

4. Read Customer Reviews

Reviews are typically accurate, but trust your sources.

Another great way to research a wedding vendor is to check out what other couples say about them online. Sites like The Knot and Wedding Wire are huge repositories for wedding vendors across the country, but they don't necessarily offer a complete list – you should also check testimonials and social media reviews on an individual vendor's page, especially if they're a smaller business. A handful of detailed, positive Google or Facebook reviews from satisfied local couples is just as valuable as dozens of star ratings on The Knot.

5. Speak With Vendors Directly

Communication is key.

Your final step is to reach out to your top choice vendors and have conversation with them – ideally, in person. Schedule a tour of the venue. Stop in to the florist's shop. Make an appointment to meet with your photographer or entertainment provider. If geographical distance doesn't permit an in-person meeting, see if the vendor is willing to do a video call for your initial consultation. There's nothing like a face-to-face interaction with someone to help you determine their character and trustworthiness, both of which are essential in a good wedding vendor.

Once you've thoroughly vetted each potential vendor and understand what's included in their service contract, you can decide which ones meet your needs while staying within your budget. Remember, the most important thing any vendor can provide you is the wedding day of your dreams, so make sure the ones you choose can deliver on that.

Hurricane Productions provides a full suite of media and entertainment services for your wedding day. Visit our pricing page or get in touch with us today to learn how we can make your celebration unforgettable.

Red Bank, New Jersey Annual Wedding Walk

Red Bank, New Jersey's annual Wedding Walk is the place to be for engaged couples in the Monmouth County area. This all-day event highlights the best local wedding vendors, including venues, bridal wear, florists, salons, photographers, DJs and more, and ends with a champagne reception at the famous Molly Pitcher Inn.

As a media and entertainment company located right in the heart of Red Bank, Hurricane Productions is always thrilled to participate in the Wedding Walk. We love meeting and talking to couples, and giving them a taste of what they can expect when they hire us for their big day.

Hurricane Productions is already gearing up for this year. Here are five great reasons to stop by and visit us as you peruse Red Bank's wedding vendors.

1. Meet Our Wedding Entertainment Team

The quality of your wedding entertainment can make or break your reception. One of the most important considerations when choosing your DJ is how comfortable you feel with them. The way they interact with you during the planning process is a good indicator of how they'll engage you and your guests on your wedding day.

When you visit Hurricane Productions during the Red Bank Wedding Walk, you'll able to meet our lead wedding entertainment team, DJ Alvin Gay and MC Rob Padovano (check Rob out in action during the 2018 Wedding Walk). You can chat with them and learn more about their styles, and also get a sense of what they'd bring to your reception.

You'll also meet our general manager, Chelsea Rutkowski, who serves as the point of contact for all Hurricane Productions event clients. She'll be there for you through every step of the process, from answering your questions and helping you navigate our easy-to-use online planning and payment portal.

2. Enjoy Snack and Drinks

The Wedding Walk's must-see vendors are spread throughout Red Bank, so you'll probably work up an appetite traveling from place to place. Luckily, Hurricane Productions has a spread of snacks available for couples who stop in for a visit.

Want to pre-game the champagne reception? We've got you covered there, too – enjoy a glass of wine or beer on tap from the office kegerator while you're meeting the team.

3. Learn More About Our All-Inclusive Wedding Packages

When you hire Hurricane Productions, you get more than just a service provider – you get a true partner in your wedding planning process. We get to know each and every one of our clients to understand what they're looking for, so we can help them have the wedding day of their dreams.

During your Wedding Walk visit, you can learn more about each of our core wedding services – DJ entertainment, photography, and videography – and the all-inclusive packages and add-ons we offer. Each package is customizable to your needs, so you'll get exactly what you want from our team.

Hurricane Productions is very transparent with its pricing, but if you bundle services, we're able to work with you on an even better deal. The more services you book with us, the more you'll save.

4. Explore the Surrounding Shops and Vendors in Red Bank

Downtown Red Bank has so much to offer. In addition to checking out the other participating Wedding Walk vendors, you can visit some of our neighbors and do a little shopping while you're here. From fashion boutiques and home goods stores, to bakeries and gourmet specialty shops, you're sure to find something you love. RedBank.org offers a full directory of shops, restaurants and services.

5. Have a Great Time

The Hurricane Productions team works hard, but we play hard, too. We're all about getting couples in on the fun, and when you stop by our office, that's exactly what you get while you learn about our staff and services.But why wait until the next Red Bank Wedding Walk? Contact us today or visit our pricing page to learn more about how Hurricane Productions can make your wedding day unforgettable.

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