Pleasantdale Château is a wedding venue located in West Orange, New Jersey. This historic estate presents endless possibilities for the storybook wedding of your dreams. Frequented by celebrities and other high-profile clientele, this property has no shortage of stories to tell.
Facilities and Capacity
This château reflects the Norman style of architecture found throughout the northern French countryside. Guests will be captivated by gorgeous stone masonry and the grand scale of the building as they arrive. Pathways meander in and around the enchanting woodlands and take guests over weathered bridges, past serene ponds, and underneath the property’s original gazebos. All of this creates a sense of tranquility, especially for those couples who hold their ceremony on the lawn. Indoor weddings at Pleasantdale Château may be held in the Grand Ballroom. This room is designed around a massive rotunda, elegantly designed, and held up by a series of arches and columns. Light pouring in from the glass dome which sits atop the highest point of the room will astonish wedding guests as they enter from the long hallway.
This venue offers event planning services for your wedding or reception. The in-house culinary team, lead by Chef Robert Albers, will work to design a customized menu meant to amaze the most discerning of palettes. Many of these creations contain the fresh, organic produce which is grown on the property’s farm. This facility offers other services such as valet parking and transportation by limousine to local attractions. For those who opt for another mode of transportation, the estate’s heliport can accommodate helicopters traveling to and from several airports in Manhattan or New Jersey. Guests can take advantage of the in-house salon and barbershop for final wedding preparations.
Pleasantdale Château offers 30 well-appointed guest rooms contained within the main house or located in the Petite Château. Each room contains distinct architectural details, period furnishings, and luxurious upholstery. The modern amenities which are offered to overnight guests aid in achieving the standards of high-end hotels.
In 1912, Charles Walter Nichols purchased the property which became known as Pleasantdale Farms. With the help of world-class architect, Augustus N. Allen, he traveled across Europe in search of inspiration and constructed the Norman-inspired château. The property changed hands, eventually to be purchased by the Knowles family, who are responsible for the addition of the Grand Ballroom. The family has carried out several restorations of the grounds including the farm and greenhouse.
Recommended by 97% of couples
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dominique zaino · Married on 08/24/2019
My husband and I got married a month ago (8/24/19) at Pleasantdale Chateau and it was like a fairy tale. We had the time of our lives and the venue is magical. Fred Fogg and Santiago really do everything in their power to make sure you have the most beautiful and stress free wedding day. From the day we booked our wedding date, everything was PERFECT. Everyone was quick to respond to questions and emails. Their attention to detail is impeccable. The service we received was out of this world. The whole event ran like a well-oiled machine. The food was outstanding and over the top (in a good way), the venue is insanely gorgeous, and the hospitality cannot be beaten. Our guests had a fabulous time and still can't stop talking about how amazing everything was from the elaborate cocktail hour to the beautiful grounds to the spectacular ballroom. Our ceremony was outside and it was magnificent. The after party was a perfect way to end a night that we wanted to last forever. Our farewell brunch was also phenomenal. The 30 on-sight rooms are to die for and really make your guests feel like they're on a vacation rather than at a wedding. Fred and his team truly do everything in their power to make your day magnificent and it was much appreciated. We wish we could relive our wedding every weekend! We can't wait to return to Pleasantdale for the Deja vu event in the winter and hopefully for another wedding in the near future. You CANNOT go wrong with this venue, I promise you.Sent on 09/24/2019
Nicole Adamo · Married on 07/04/2019
A Dream Come True!
Words can’t describe how magical our wedding day was at the Pleasantdale Chateau. From the moment you drive onto the grounds, you are taken back by all the beauty around you. The day my husband and I went to go look at the Pleasantdale, we met with Fred. He was so friendly from the start, wanting to get to know you as a couple. Also, you could tell how passionate he is about his job and wanting to make you the most happy bride and groom. He takes his time to show you the whole Chateau and the grounds, answering any questions you need. He is quick to answer any emails or phone calls anytime of the day. There is no question that you should hesitate to ask because Fred will do anything to make sure you get things the things you envision on your wedding. One example is, my husband and I got married on the 4th of July and I wanted the desserts to have be American themed and he made it happen!Sent on 07/12/2019
During our planning meeting a month before our wedding we met Santiago, the Maitre’d. Right off the bat he makes you feel like you are his best friend! During the meeting he got to know us and our love for our dogs. He made sure that our dogs could be apart of our day. Santiago makes everything effortless. You have nothing to worry about with the day being in his hands. He loves what he does and will make sure everything goes smoothly. On our wedding day, he was right there whenever you needed something (even when you didn’t even realize you needed something). We wish he could have been an official guest at our wedding, that is how much we got along and enjoyed his company!
The rest of the staff such as Dawn and the bridal attendants were awesome from the start. The service is top of the line. The food is incredible and the atmosphere is breathtaking. Our friends and family won’t stop talking about the wonderful experience they had being a wedding guest. Even some of our older guests who have been to more weddings than they can count said it was the best wedding they have attended. The Pleasantdale staff makes you feel like family. Having a wedding at the Pleasantdale Chateau is a dream come true!
Yiwen Jia · Married on 06/09/2019
Above and beyond! Amazing and wonderful!
We just had our wedding at Pleasantdale Chateau and it was one of the best days of our lives. My husband and I live in NYC and when we were looking at wedding venues, we specifically wanted a place that was highly unique, with beautiful grounds and outdoor charm. We visited a total of 21 venues in New Jersey and Long Island and we fell in love with Pleasantdale Chateau on our first visit. The venue is so gorgeous, with the outdoor areas that include the little creek and bridge. The inside is even more beautiful, with each room having its own unique vibe and charm. I especially loved the greenhouse, music room, blue room, and the ballroom.Sent on 06/13/2019
The only thing that's more amazing than the venue itself is the staff that works so hard to make the Pleasantdale experience a spectacular one. When it comes to weddings and wedding planning, it's the little details that really count and Pleasantdale really gets things right. The staff members went above and beyond to accommodate all our requests and answer all our questions in a timely manner. Every person we interacted with was the consummate professional - knowledgeable, kind, patient, and sincere. To Fred, Santiago, Dawn, Marta, Christine, Camila, Leslie, and many others, you are all amazing and we can't thank you enough for making our big day so special and wonderful.
In addition to the Pleasantdale staff, the preferred vendors we worked with were just as wonderful! We used Pleasantdale's preferred photographer, videographer, DJ and musician, florist, lighting designer, and transportation vendor and everyone was so professional and kind. They are true experts in their fields and complement Pleasantdale so well. Pleasantdale has truly assembled an amazing team of preferred vendors and this goes to show how much they care about the overall holistic experience for its couples.
In terms of the actual wedding experience, our guests raved about how beautiful the venue was and how amazing the food was. The cocktail hour was insane and people were blown away by how much food there was and how everything tasted so delicious. Many of our guests said it was the best wedding they had ever attended and the best food they had ever had at a wedding. It was worth every penny we paid and I would recommend this venue a million times and more to couples looking to get married.
Pleasantdale has set the bar so high in terms of weddings, for us and our guests. We are so appreciative for everything you've done for us. Thank you so much!!!