Highlawn Pavilion is a beautiful historic wedding venue in West Orange, New Jersey. This banquet hall is surrounded by acres of nature preserve and holds over 100 years of history within its walls. Highlawn Pavilion was built in the early 20th century and used by great historical figures such as Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Central Park, and Thomas Edison. Since its prime as a residential estate, it has been used by hundreds of couples for intimate weddings and grand celebrations of all kinds. Choose Highlawn Pavilion for the elegance, charm, and exceptional staff. You won’t be disappointed.
Facilities and Capacity
Highlawn Pavilion sits at the summit of a 400-acre nature preserve, Eagle Rock Reservation,. The Florentine-style historic building provides panoramic vistas of the New York City skyline from oversize windows. Inside the pavilion you’ll have access to a spacious banquet hall with dance floor, an intimate piano room, wine cellar, and patio. The home is adorned with antique decor and furnishings that add to its continental charm. For your outdoor ceremony, Eagle Rock lookout offers views of the city skyline and the hundreds of acres of nature preserve below. Features a beautiful flowered arch and brick aisle. All facilities are available for your big day.
Highlawn Pavilion provides couples with the utmost quality service to ensure their big day is executed to perfection. Gatherings big and small are prioritized by the event coordination staff. They will work with you to define every detail of your wedding. The culinary staff at Highlawn Pavilion is one of the best in the area. They offer custom curated menus to suit your wedding style and personal tastes. From initial planning to presentation, your wedding vision will become reality when you choose Highlawn Pavilion.
Highlawn Pavilion catering company specializes in “American Fare with European Flair.” Their cuisine has been rated “excellent” by the New York Times and given Four Stars from The Star Ledger. They use fresh produce from the nearby Pleasantdale Farm, and commit to sustainable practices in their food preparation. All menus are custom tailored and can include:
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Jeana · Married on 09/16/2012
NYC/Central NJ: One of THE places to consider!!! I have worked at some of the best wedding locations in the world and Highlawn Pavilion is a gem! My wedding and reception was a dream come true due largely to Highlawn Pavilion. Paul K. and his team are as saavy and experienced as they are kind and polite. The majority of my guests were from Manhattan/NYC area; and they were all impressed by the billion dollar view of Manhattan, Newark and Jersey City (it's the highest point in NJ), the fine cuisine, the garden and building classic Italian villa styling and the nice and accommodating staff!!! We had over 150 people and not one of them felt unattended or left without feeling like a VIP. Paul K. is a gentleman and his experience provided great assurance in planning the cocktail hour menu to the dinner menu to small details in wedding decor. His working relationships with area DJs, photographers/videographers helped me communicating with them on working together as a team. Thank you to the Highlawn Pavilion family!Sent on 09/24/2012
Ashley · Married on 08/30/2019
A great venue
This was the first venue we went to visit where they were prepping for a wedding & the guests were already on site about to go to the ceremony. I was happy to see things were going smoothly for the bride and groom. Seeing them in action really allowed us to get a picture of what they would be doing for us & I think that helped, not to mention the skyline view that would be during dinner.Sent on 02/08/2019
Caren · Married on 08/03/2019
Flexible planning, good view, good food
The People: Chris Gellings is our venue manager. Chris was very warm and accommodating. After communicating with Chris, we thought that Chris runs a great team at Highlawn, he's very experienced and caring, and he has attention to details. On our wedding day, the staff gives good directions, and we received good reviews from our guests on the reception serving crew and the bartender(she made me a really tasty and ins worthy drink). We had full confidence in Chris leading up to our big day, and I didn't worry about anything about the venue and the logistics that day(actually I didn't notice anything that day, it was just really smooth...). We did not hire any day-off coordinator or wedding planner.Sent on 08/10/2019
The Venue: we love the view! Everyone loves the view! It's on a cliff with Manhattan skyline far away and lots of lots of green. It's very relaxing and refreshing for us and our guests from the city. My only complaint is about the ceremony garden. They removed the bushes around the garden this summer and it lost that close and intimate feeling. I didn't like how the setting was changed after we booked the venue. But it was ok at the end of the day.
The Food: yes, cocktail hour shrimp was fantastic! We had a buffet for the reception. Steak, rack of lamb, the crepe, peking duck, and homemade mash potato are very very good.
Others: bridal suite is tiny. There's no suite for the guys. If this is very important for you, then this is not the venue for you.
We had the daytime slot from 11am to 4pm. The restaurant downstairs is not open till 5. So we had the whole venue to ourselves. This is very important for me.
Great working with everyone at the Highlawn! Amazing food and great staff!