A loft-style wedding venue in Paterson, New Jersey, The Art Factory specializes in industrial chic ceremonies and receptions. Located in the national hub of manufacturing, the historic venue was built circa 1840. One of the first—and oldest—remaining factories in the United States that is open to the public, The Art Factory’s undeniable emphasis on art, architecture and design make it the ideal destination for one-of-a-kind knot-tying celebrations!
Facilities and Capacity
The Art Factory comfortably accommodates a maximum of 800 guests. Couples have the option of hosting their ceremony and/or reception in any of the venue’s seven fashionably appointed event spaces, each of which feature the following amenities:
The Art Factory offers couples a number of wedding-related services for a truly streamlined celebration. Options include, but are not limited to, the following:
Couples who book The Art Factory benefit from a variety of customizable wedding facilities. For a truly enhanced celebration, couples are provided with 20 hours of exclusive access to the following:
Couples who entrust their special day to The Art Factory are proudly offered various wedding-related amenities. From the moment the venue is booked, said couples benefit from becoming Honorary Art Factory Members, receiving uncapped access to the entire venue and its art community.
The Art Factory is conveniently located in historic Paterson, New Jersey. Only 12 short miles from New York City, the unique venue is less than 10 minutes from a number of Paterson, New Jersey landmarks, such as Garrett Mountain Reservation, Frank D. Zaccaria Memorial Park and Rifle Camp Park.
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Fal Sco · Married on 12/15/2018
Magic meets your dream come true
Having been the first to book our wedding with the Art Factory, we were initially nervous about what to expect. Donata and David have far exceeded our expectations and wildest dreams. From vintage trolleys escorting our guests to the industrial market place for crepes and cocoa, to the ride in the shaft elevator transporting our guests to our ethereal, enchanting ceremony where snow, yes snow, fell all around us as I walked down the aisle, to the rock and roll Engine room for cocktail hour, completed by our bohemian gypsy extravagant reception topped with a custom-made turkish tent, it is safe to say that these two are visionaries with even bigger dreams than our own. Chef Jonathan is one of the coolest men we have ever met, creating a custom menu for us that reflected all of our dates. He even made 'cereal milk" for dessert. Check it out. You won't be disappointed. Each item had a story to tell and our guests continue to not only rave about the venue and decor, but the gastronomy that knocked it out of the park. This venue is a sacred space and only brides and groom who can appreciate it and the artistry that is put into these creations should visit and book. Please do not compromise this place! It is STUNNING and your photos will be AMAZING. We are so grateful to have been given this gift. Our guests cannot get over how unusual, rare and enchanting our day was. Thank you, Art Factory! We are so thrilled to be lifetime members.Sent on 12/21/2018
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Veronica · Married on 01/26/2019
The Art Factory - Art Exhibitions with a side of "making wedding dreams come true!"
How to begin putting into words my reception experience at the Art Factory?
I’ve always known that I wanted something different for my wedding reception, but I couldn’t quite picture what that meant. I knew there were string lights in my vision, and I knew that—though many of the banquet halls in the area are lovely—they didn’t quite feel like me. When I stumbled across The Art Factory as a venue option on Wedding Wire, I just HAD to check it out. In fact, I woke my (then) fiancé out of a dead sleep to show him the gorgeous pictures (of the building, rooms, exhibitions, weddings, etc.)
I immediately let my planner know about the gem I had found, and she gracefully scoped the place out before us. After meeting the owner and sampling the cuisine, she called me to say that I would be insane NOT to have my wedding there. In fact, if she had it to do all over again, she would’ve chosen this venue for her own wedding. With this positive feeling, we didn't wait any longer and we scheduled a walk through & tasting the following week.
My (then) fiancé was very concerned, even confused about the location—so much so that we took a drive a few days before the meeting to check the area. Of course, a few wrong turns in Paterson and he was ready to cancel the meeting. But that all changed once we set foot inside and our journey began!
Instantly, we encountered this raw, rustic space, beaming with all kinds of history and beauty—unlike anything we’d seen before. And then.... we had the food! Chef Jonathan’s culinary works of art (side note: it could be called the Art Factory because of Chef Jonathan alone) solidified that THIS WAS OUR VENUE. He began explaining how he wanted to tell our love story through food. We had no idea what that really meant, but we were all in!
Fast forward to the Big Day:
That raw, rustic spot we’d initially walked thru was entirely transformed. Every vision I’d had, and so many I couldn’t have imagined came to life within those historical walls.
The Cocktail Hour:
Our guests arrived in their parking lot away from the venue and took a short trolley ride into the Cocktail hour. They loved it, we loved it! Walking in, our guests were treated to our own art exhibition (where pictures of us and our families were displayed like fine art). Guests were also able to explore the facilities downstairs in their basement area with string lights, upstairs in the art exhibition with hidden rooms, where every section was a picture perfect spot!
The Main Reception:
When the Cocktail hour was over, our guests were courteously escorted upstairs into the Hamilton room and to their surprise, it was even more gorgeous than the Art Exhibition. The rustic furniture and decor, with exquisite lighting and acoustics just made the night better and better.
OH! AND THE FOOD! Family style place settings of food to fit our Cuban and Puerto Rican backgrounds—plus a couple extra dishes thrown in just because we loved them. It was all phenomenal! Plate after plate came out and each one was somehow better than the last.
According to my family, I’ve now “won weddings”, and I have so many people to thank for that, but especially The Art Factory. Thank you for being our diamond in the rough! Special thanks to Chef Johnathan and his professional and courteous staff for providing my guests with the delicious and diverse plates! Also, to Dave and his wife Donatta for helping to make our dream wedding come true! Your service offering, attitude, professionalism, execution and pricing were absolutely stellar!
Joe · Married on 05/10/2014
As we began our search for the perfect spot to hold our wedding, The Art Factory seemed to be unique and in line with our interest in history and art so we met with David Garsia at The Art Factory in Paterson and toured a raw space with really neat elements, e.g. natural rock, vintage buildings, and an openness to allow for our own personal touches.
On the big day, we were given a point person to stay with us throughout the day who proved to be a great help. The folks on-site really made it easy to coordinate all of the moving parts and never feel like it was spinning out of control.
Our ceremony took place in the Mountain Vault with our guests entering from outside down a romantically lit and acoustically sound passageway serenaded by a guitarist into the Vault that had been turned into an undersea adventure with jellyfish hanging from the ceiling and lighting to represent anemone upon the walls. Pews and red upholstered benches were provided that were stylish and appropriate to the occasion.
Our reception moved upstairs to a larger space that was also molded to our decorator's vision with paper lanterns of white above. Rustic wooden factory tables were provided for the caterers and added a nice connection between the venue and the food and allowed for easy movement as needed. Plenty of floor space allowed for areas for a photo shoot area, dining, bar, DJ, and dancing for just under 100 guests.
I couldn't be more pleased with how our day at The Art Factory transpired. Almost four years later, friends comment they thought it was one of the most fun and unique weddings they had ever attended. The Art Factory was perfect for us and allowed us to express our personalities. I highly recommend The Art Factory for anyone looking to have a unique event in a beautiful space working with amazing people.
They are the loveliest people to work with. Creative, fun, organized, and they have incredibly talented vendors that have their own studios in the building. The venue itself is unique and lends itself to a lot of different styles/vibes. Also, significantly more cost-effective than your average NYC wedding.