Our Favorite Rustic New Jersey Wedding Venues
The 2019 to 2020 wedding season has brought some interesting new trends, but one that hasn't seemed to fade away is rustic-themed weddings. Many couples are embracing nature and the great outdoors by choosing rustic New Jersey wedding venues. For instance, farms, barns, vineyards, and historical villages are among the most sought-after reception locations for today's weddings.
What we love about rustic weddings
There's the sleek, modern "city" wedding, and then there's the rustic "country" wedding. Rustic weddings are all about bringing elements of nature -- wood, stone, foliage, etc. -- into the decor and atmosphere of your big day. Think timber frame structures and old stone buildings, open farmlands, and lots of trees.
Rustic-themed celebrations can be reminiscent of a big backyard wedding. The decorations are often simple and organic, with wooden crates and barrels, mason jars, candles, and lush greenery everywhere. However, rustic weddings can also be extremely elegant and sophisticated, blending nature with charming vintage elements like gold-framed mirrors, wrought iron, and chalkboards. Either way, it's an excellent option for couples who love DIY crafting, outdoor living, or both.
Rustic New Jersey wedding venues
If you're looking for rustic New Jersey wedding venues, try one of these amazing locations:
1. Bear Brook Valley
Bear Brook Valley in Fredon bills itself as "a hidden gem tucked into nature." The vast grounds include plenty of trees, ponds, and waterfalls, as well as a farmhouse-style reception building and a waterfront wooden arbor for ceremonies. Inside the venue you'll find lodge-style wood and stone decor.
2. Hamilton Manor
Whether you want an indoor wedding, and outdoor wedding, or a combination of both, The Hamilton Manor in Hamilton has you covered. This "Old World Style" event venue, which sits on 2 acres of protected woods, offers several different spaces for your rustic celebration. You can get married at their landscaped gazebo or The Barn (a covered outdoor space with cathedral ceilings and a bar), then move into one of their indoor event rooms for your reception.
3. Mountain Creek Resort
Weddings don't get much more rustic than a mountaintop ceremony and a reception at a lodge with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, and outdoor firepit. Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon is stunning during autumn and is perfect for a fall wedding, but this year-round ski resort is absolutely gorgeous throughout all four seasons.
4. Olde Mill Inn
At The Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge, you'll find history, charm, and elegance, all rolled into one. The beautifully landscaped grounds of this 18th-century hotel and event venue include a stone courtyard, a gazebo, and string light-covered trees, as well as natural woodlands and a tranquil stream. Choose from a traditional ballroom wedding or a more intimate reception in the venue's Grain House.
5. Perona Farms
Perona Farms in Andover overlooks Perona Lake and offers a number of scenic spots for your perfect wedding celebration. You can select one of the venue's unique ceremony sites, including its apple orchard and "the island." Then, move over to an outdoor stone patio for cocktail hour, followed by a reception in either the renovated farmhouse known as The Barn, or The Reserve, a newly-designed space with stone columns, a full bar, and custom lighting.
6. Rutgers Gardens
If you've ever envisioned getting married in the middle of the woods, Rutgers Gardens is the place to do it. In addition to two landscaped gardens, you can choose to have your ceremony under a tree-encircled arbor just off the trail through Heylar Woods. Once you've said "I do," you and your guests can move into the log cabin or outdoor pavilion for your reception.
7. Ryland Inn
The Ryland Inn's elegant estate reflects its "rich history of equestrian tradition." This farm-to-table restaurant and event venue in Whitehouse Station is the ultimate blend of clean, modern aesthetics and old world rustic charm. After your wedding reception in the country farmhouse-style Grand Ballroom, you and your guests can spend the night in one of the Inn's Breyer Barn accommodations.
8. Waterloo Village
Hurricane Productions has worked numerous Waterloo Village weddings, with more booked for 2020 and beyond. Couples keep choosing this 19th-century canal town for its stunning historical buildings, as well as its natural wooded beauty. The best thing about Waterloo is the endless selection of photo and video backdrops hidden within its nearly 70-acre property.
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