The Reception Center by Mayer Catering is a wedding venue located in Matawan, New Jersey that has a long standing reputation of genuine hospitality and impeccable service. This family-owned business provides couples with affordable luxury for their wedding day.
Facilities and Capacity
The Grand Ballroom is an elegant space covered in drapery and decor that accommodates up to 275 guests, featuring neutral tones that bring out its beauty. There is also a separate party room that can be used for smaller events and seated dinners. The garden area is a fun outdoor space that is surrounded by bushes and shrubbery, allowing couples to have an extended area for their reception.
The Reception Center at Saint Clement specializes in celebrating one wedding at a time, making sure to give each couple the attention they deserve on their special day. They will surely exceed all of your expectations and ensure that no detail is short of perfection. If you book this venue, you will be provided with the following rentals and services:
The Reception Center has had over three generations of experience in catering and creating exquisite cuisine. Their menus come in three different packages, where you can choose from the following selections:
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Sara · Married on 09/06/2019
Best decision we ever made
Booking the Reception Center was the best and easiest decision we ever made!Sent on 09/12/2019
INCREDIBLE, AFFORDABLE, BEAUTIFUL, DELICIOUS, AMAZING SERVICE, BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE!
(if it feels like I am screaming, I am. It was perfect!)
We had our wedding on September 7th 2019. Saturday night. Off Season.
Our ceremony at the St Clements Church next door.
Everything was so beautiful and delicious! It could not be more perfect!
Not to mention the staff were incredible. So kind, diligent. Seriously, they were ontop of EVERYTHING!
Even when we first started looking at venues, we compared everything to the Reception Center and what they had to offer.
Besides the fact it was one of the most affordable venues we found, we quickly found we did not have to sacrifice a thing.
Marybeth was easily one of the selling points. She was so patient and sweet. Never pressured us into anything.
She gave you her heart and all her attention from day one.
We chose the Grande Buffet Option.
We got 3 attended stations during cocktail hour, 8 different passed hor d'oeuvres, and an antipasto station, veggies, fruit, cheeses, everything!!
Everyone could not stop raving about the milkshake shooters, mac n cheese spoins, friend calamari, steak, gnocchi – seriously, there was so much great food.
Fast forward to dinner, we had 5 entrees, plus a potato, and veggie. Then two carving station (ham and chateaubriand –my mouth still waters thinking of that dinner)
And not to brag since it was my wedding, but I am pretty sure that was the best wedding cake I ever ate.
To put all this into perspective, other venues make you outsource the cake, or pay for your own linens, center pieces, colored uplighting, or shortened the cocktail hour.
Most often, other venues would cut us short on food or items just to get remotely close to the Reception Center's price.
The Reception center not only delivered on the basics, but spoiled our guests with amazing bottomless food, an upgraded bar, extra desserts after the cake cutting, champagne upon entrance, an ice sculpture, live pianists, and zeppolies at the end of the night.
It was truly incredible and if I could write a novel about the place, I would.
The reception center goes above and beyond to make sure everyone is taken care of. And let me just say they spoiled my grandma. Marybeth even offered my grandma her office chair just so she can sit in something comfy with arm rests. They escorted her into the dining room early, brought her a dinner plate so my family could enjoy their night, and wrapped it all up when she needed to leave early.
They even gave us an extra helping of desserts to bring home to her because she had to miss the cake cutting.
I seriously could not put into words the amount of love and attention that came from this staff.
If you are considering the Reception Center, know itll be the best decision you ever make.
To everyone at the Reception Center/Mayer Catering, I love you all sosososo much! Thank you for making my wedding so incredible and truly a night to remember!
Tiffany · Married on 09/01/2019
Amazing & affordable
I can't say enough of this place and Marybeth! Everything from the planning process and the day of was PERFECT. Our guests are still raving about the food and the service! I chose the middle package and still had everything I wanted. It came with the cake, baked on site, centerpieces, lighting, birdcage for the cards, linens, ice sculpture, and pianist playing during cocktail hour. The attention to detail for what we paid was incredible. I had the time of my life and understand why this place is "the best kept secret!" Our wedding was 9/1/19.Sent on 09/11/2019
Karryne Louise · Married on 07/06/2019
Best Venue Ever!
The Reception Center is a perfect 10! We had our wedding on July 6th, and people are still calling us daily to express how wonderful our wedding was! Marybeth and the entire staff at the Reception Center went above and beyond to make sure we didn't need to worry about anything except enjoying ourselves! The planning process was so easy because they have everything there for you, from different dining options to napkins and linens, centerpieces, backlighting, and even ice sculptures and a pianist! They have a selection of packages to choose from and even offer impossible to beat specials and add ons. The prices are also unbeatable! Everyone there was amazing and very accommodating. They answered all questions promptly and nothing was a “stupid question", they really made us feel like everything was normal and simple. Our event coordinator Marybeth was so very helpful and kept everything running on time. She checked up on me to make sure I had everything I needed. She handled any and all situations that came up and everything was just perfect and wonderful. As an example, in the craziness and shuffle of the day, the Maid of Honor speech was misplaced. Within minutes, Marybeth was able to print another one out to calm my MoH's nerves. I absolutely loved having a separate room for the cocktail hour. Our attendant made sure we had every option of food the general room had and made sure to get extra of the bacon and burrata I so desperately wanted. Many of our guests said it was the nicest wedding they had ever been to! Everyone raved about the food, it was plentiful and so delicious. We had excellent service. The bar always made sure our glasses stayed full and made sure our water was replenished to help keep us well hydrated. Everyone raved over our signature cocktails, especially the berry sangria! The food was absolutely superb! They even packed us dinners and our dessert plate to take home at the end of the night, and I heard from many guests that they had their dinners packed up as well from how full they were from the cocktail hour! The late-night passed apps were so cool too! The wait staff came out with light-up platters of mozzarella sticks, mini hot dogs, etc, which looked amazing with everyone on the dance floor. I really hope our videographer got that on film! Great people to work with, and a beautiful night! I have never experienced such great and amazing service before. This will always be the place to go for any parties we have in the future! I am definitely recommending this venue to anyone I know getting married, just for the selfishness of wanting to attend a Mayer Wedding as a guest!Sent on 07/21/2019
The Reception Center is a wonderful family run venue with great service and delicious food! Having my own wedding there in November of 2010 I can tell you from personal experience the venue and service does not compare! Everything was perfect and they make it stress free during the planning!
Great facility, great staff and great food. I highly recommend The Reception Center at Saint Clement to all my clients & friends.
Adam Saber Event Entertainment has been working at the Reception Center for many years. Within last few years, we had the honor of being made an preferred vendor with The Reception Center and I can not begin to say what an amazing venue they are! Their food is with out a doubt, the best food, whether you choose a sit down or buffet, its prepared for perfection. The room is large in size and they are investing in the newest uplighting technology to provide a decor that meets your desires. With two large bars, there is never a line and the bartenders are professional all the way... I highly recommend The Reception Center and know anyone who chooses them, will not be disappointed.