5 Eco-friendly Wedding Venues in New Jersey

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 5 Eco-friendly Wedding Venues in New Jersey

Finding an eco-friendly wedding venue in New Jersey is the most difficult task for couples who plan for their marriage without going beyond their budget.  However, choosing the right venue is one of the vital issues for wedding preparation. An ideal person will find the perfect location for making their big day memorable in every sense – beautiful, spacious and acceptable for the budget.

Eco-friendly wedding venue:

Solving the issue to book the right wedding venue requires a lot of effort and a balanced approach. But don’t despair! Our simple tips for choosing the wedding venue will help you make your choice. Here are some options for an eco-friendly wedding venue with their pros and cons:

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1.   Wedding venue in hotel:

Planning a wedding in a hotel is an exciting way to celebrate your big day, which is not surprising since it is convenient for both guests and newlyweds.

Pros:

  • Offer a package that includes food, entertainment and accommodation at a very low price.
  • Room for newlyweds with with all accommodations.
  • Professional staff that provides outstanding service to you and your guests.

Cons:

  • Good hotels tend to be expensive.
  • The presence of strangers in the hotel.
  • The banquet hall may have restrictions on the number of seats.

2.   Wedding venue a in loft space:

It can be a library, a museum or a multifunctional space. Such weddings are distinguished not so much by solemnity as by originality. Recently loft space has become more popular for eco-friendly wedding venue in New Jersey.

Pros:

  • The rental price will be lower than in the hotel with a similar service package
  • Spacious rooms can accommodate a large number of guests.
  • At the same time, you will not be affected by weather conditions unlike outdoor weddings.

Cons:

  • The hall’s design has already been formed, and therefore the style of the wedding will have to be adjusted to the interior.
  • You should take care of renting a hall as early as possible: such sites are used not only for weddings but also for conferences, presentations and exhibitions, which means booking in advance.
  • Guests have nowhere to stay, so guests from other cities will have to book a hotel.

3.   Wedding venue in open-air area:

It could be a garden, a public park, or even a nature reserve. In contrast to formal weddings, with their traditional setting, an open-air party becomes more relaxed and can be beautiful, weather permitting

Pros:

  • Lively decor is included in the package.
  • Fresh air and no boundaries.
  • Affordable rent price.

Cons:

  • The bushes around will not always be green, and the sky will not be cloudless.
  • Dependence on the weather: wind, rain and thunderstorms are not the best additions for any wedding.
  • In summer, outdoor areas are in great demand, so you need to book them in advance.

4.     Wedding venue in a restaurant:

This is a versatile place for organizing weddings of any format. For example, if you plan a big wedding, you can rent the entire restaurant and banquet hall, which can accommodate all your guests.

Pros:

  • No need to worry about food and serving – professionals will take care of it all.
  • Many restaurants have a particular style and are easy to decorate.
  • It is possible to organize a small, intimate wedding.

Cons:

  • As with the hotel, some restaurants have a limit on the number of guests.
  • There is often not enough room for dancing in restaurants.
  • All the guests have to organize their transport.

5.   Wedding venue in vacation home

If your home has enough space for all guests and a cozy lawn spreads around it, then the ideal solution would be to organize a wedding here. If you don’t have a private home, you can rent it for a couple of days.

Pros:

  • Beautiful countryside nature.
  • Savings on renting premises.
  • A homely environment filled with family traditions and memories.

Cons:

  • The decor will have to be created from scratch.
  • Organization of the celebration and cleaning after it will ultimately fall on your shoulders.
  • The need to take into account the interests of neighbors.

Final verdict:

It seems a difficult task to find an eco-friendly wedding venue in New Jersey that comes into your budget. If you still can’t decide which option you like best, consider an open-air or a wedding restaurant to plan your wedding. In this case, you can enjoy your ceremony and a photo session in nature, and during a festive dinner, you will have access to all the benefits of civilization.

 

 

All-inclusive venue or DIY event space? What’s the best fit for your wedding?

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One of the biggest decisions a couple needs to make after getting engaged is where to have their dream wedding day. Do you choose an all-inclusive space where everything is done for you or do you select a DIY space and take on the challenge of bringing everything in to make it your own. 

So what’s the difference and how do you make the decision? Here are some pros and cons to keep in mind and help you make a more informed choice.

All-inclusive venues:

Pro- There is much less preparation for you to do leading up to the wedding, the event manager will guide you through the menu, reception layout, bar selection and even offer some recommendations of other vendors to choose from such a DJ/band, flowers, and photographers to name a few. 

Con– You will be hard-pressed to find a venue that you will love everything about. You will likely end up settling for something you may have decided differently if you had the choice. What if you hate their chairs, carpeting, or they can’t accommodate certain menu options? The ceremony space is not what you envisioned? The vendors they recommend are not in your budget or style? This is where you compromise on your preferences. 

DIY or ala carte venue:

Pro– Your wedding, your way! Usually, a blank canvas to decorate, set up, and create your vision without concession. Typically a wedding planner will be needed to execute all of the details (yes I consider this a pro) and help your vision come to life! You will get a list of vendors from your planner that are the right fit for your venue, style, and budget.  Usually, these weddings happen on a farm, barn, loft, park, or tent and can truly show your personal side as a couple. 

Con- The costs can add up! Even though a rental space is usually quite affordable, bringing in everything from tables, chairs to food and decor can not only be a tedious list to check off but will sometimes cost more than an all-inclusive venue. You will not be as fully staffed as an all-inclusive and will need to hire, servers, bartenders, chefs and clean up to set up and break down the venue. 

So which way did I sway you? I have planned and coordinated weddings at both types of venues and I can tell you that each one is a completely different wedding planning experience. Don’t be afraid to take on a DIY venue if that’s your vision, just make sure to hire the right team of wedding pros starting with an experienced wedding planner!

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Should you postpone your wedding due to COVID-19?

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Should you postpone your wedding due to COVID-19?

 

First, let me start by saying I understand how heart breaking this is for many couples who have been planning their wedding for months and years all for this to happen weeks/months before your big day.

I know your initial thought is, why is this happening to my wedding, I love my date and don’t want to change it, theres no toilet paper to play dress up as bride at my bridal shower…had to make you laugh a little! I’m here to tell you as a wedding planner in NY/NJ that I have had these hard conversations with my own brides and you have every right to wallow for a moment over this unprecedented health crisis to come crashing down on the biggest day of your life! Now that we have gotten all those emotional feelings out we need to move onto an action plan in order to secure a decision or postponement of your wedding should that be the route you need to take.

If your wedding is in the next 8 weeks the CDC guidelines and recommendations advice that events of 50 or more be postponed. You could keep your date but cut your guest to under 50 by keeping it to healthy low risk friends and immediate family members. Check with your venue if they will accommodate hosting your wedding with a smaller amount of guests.

The next phone calls should be to your photographer, DJ or band about their comfort level in still working at a smaller event under 50 people.

If you wish to postpone your wedding, your first phone call should be to your venue to see what dates they have left available this year that you could move your date to. Venues are being very helpful in accommodating other dates including weekday weddings that you could get at a discount should you want to still get married in 2020 and weekends are no longer available. By choosing a weekday date in 2020 you will have a much better chance of all your original vendors being available. Don’t be afraid of a Thursday where guests can make it long weekend especially in the summer! Check your contracts, as most vendors will apply your retainers to a future date so you won’t have to pay any additional fees.

If you don’t have a wedding planner to help you navigate these changes and decisions consider reaching out to one as we have dealt with cancelled and postponed events for various reasons in the past and can help guide you through this uncharted territory. Most important is to stay calm, stay healthy and know that you are not alone in dealing with this health crisis and decisions will have to be made one step at a time.