44 Reviews for Morris Arboretum
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I recently had my wedding at Morris Arboretum, and we loved it SO much that I had to make sure I reviewed it before we leave for our honeymoon! Christopher, Ann Marie, and the rest of the staff at Morris allowed me to honestly have the best day of my life. It didn't hurt that my weather was perfect, but my ceremony was under the trees while violins played, my cocktail hour was in an adult TREEHOUSE and my reception was under a white tent surrounded by flowers. Our entire bridal party even used golf carts to drive around the 95 acre arboretum before the ceremony to easily take our pictures with naturally gorgeous backgrounds. I could not recommend Morris Arboretum more, and I am so unbelievably pleased that we went with our gut and chose the first venue we looked at! We also are becoming members here using the wedding discount so that for the next year my husband and I can relive our wedding day whenever we want. Best.Day.Ever.
Morris Arboretum was a wonderful venue from the beginning. Once we toured the venue, we immediately canceled all other tours and booked the only remaining day they had available in September. Working with them was great! They were easy to accommodate special delivery and set up needs that we had the day of the wedding and were fast to respond to all of our questions! On the day of the wedding everything went off without a problem and our guests couldn't stop complimenting the venue!
The Morris Arboretum was the absolute perfect site for our wedding on August 4, 2017. The grounds were beautiful, and the staff were amazing. They were friendly and professional right from the start all the way up until our wedding day. John took care of us on our wedding day and was very attentive to making sure we were take care of as well as our guests, especially my aunt who was provided a wheel chair upon arrival and attended to throughout the evening as needed to make sure she was comfortable and able to access each area with ease. A golf cart was provided to help get family and our bridal party to the designated areas for pictures, and during the cocktail hour it was used to give guests a tour of the grounds, which everyone LOVED! I highly recommend using "Out on a Limb" for your cocktail hour, it was amazing and guests loved it. Every single picture we have professional or not is gorgeous because the grounds themselves are gorgeous! I could honestly go on and on, we loved this venue and could not imagine having our day anywhere else.
Beautiful venue! Perfect places for pictures, and for our guests to explore. Loved it!!!
The crew at Morris Arboretum were not only professional and helpful, but they were also kind, easy to work with, and communicative!! They run an amazing and stunning venue, and I can't recommend it enough! Thanks to Cindy, AnnMarie, and all those at Morris for making my wedding so incredible!
Morris Arboretum could not have been a more perfect setting for our wedding. Our guests raved about the unique “Out on a Limb” and the natural setting made for beautiful pictures. The staff was professional and helpful, including John who drove us around on the golf cart. He provided helpful suggestions for great wedding photos and unbeknownst to use, even offered tours to our guests. We highly recommend booking Morris for your special day!
My wife and I got married at Morris Arboretum on June 23rd. The wedding and our experience working with the arboretum were perfect! The group at the arboretum are very responsive, easy to work with, and are very helpful. They took us on tours to show us the different sites and told us what other weddings were like. During the wedding, the staff was helpful. We rented an extra golf cart and the two drivers were fantastic. We both highly recommend the arboretum. Just reserve your wedding day way in advance!
My special day went perfect. Just as I imagined it would be. Thank you Morris Arboretum!
Morris Arboretum is a wonderful place to hold a wedding.
morris arboretum was beyond worth the hour and 15 minute drive from New Jersey. We had a wedding ceremony here for our closest family and friends. The 15 of us were able to take the best pictures in so many locations! Throughout the whole event Melanie was so helpful. Whenever I emailed I received a response very quickly!!
We would recommend Morris for anyone looking for a beautiful location for an outdoor wedding with a friendly and diligent staff and an incredibly reasonable price. Five stars.
We were looking for a venue for our very small wedding (11 guests) and thought the Arboretum would be too expensive, but because we were having our wedding on a Thursday, we were able to take advantage of the very reasonable rate Morris offers for weekdays. We did the "Parties out on a limb" event package which was absolutely perfect for our wedding and allowed us to rent out the entire venue from 6-10 pm. They allowed us to arrive early (around 5 pm) to set up some additional lights and flowers on the table, drop off the drinks, and take some couples pictures around the different parts of the gardens. We were able to have the ceremony near the limb in an outdoor classroom area which provided seating and a beautiful natural green setting. We were able to take pictures all over the gardens and did all of our group shots in the gorgeous rose garden. We selected Brunos Catering, who were very familiar with Morris and the "out on a limb" set-up so they provided excellent service and food. They communicated directly with Morris so we didn't have to worry about any of the details. We ate dinner in the enclosed part of the limb which was a perfect and Morris provided the table and chairs which the caterer set up. It was so beautiful and fun to hear the sounds of nature as we ate our dinner and had cake. No one rushed us out, we just started gathering our things at 10 and they just waited as we made our way out.
The staff at Morris responded to emails very quickly, everyone was friendly and they were very accommodating and laid back which made planning very easy.
The Morris Arboretum is a dream venue for a wedding. First, the staff is so responsive and easy to work with. The Arboretum offers a variety of grounds to hold the ceremony and cocktail hour with a beautiful tent reception. The front lawn and Out on a Limb are the perfect spaces. Not to mention, the entire Arboretum gives unlimited gorgeous backgrounds for a photo shoot. My guests are still raving that it was the best wedding they've ever attended. I could not recommend it more highly.
I loved Morris Arboretum! The outdoor cocktail hour and indoor reception was perfect for the fall weather!
THIS PLACE IS JUST TOO BEAUTIFUL FOR WORDS!!! you have to go and see the grounds.
I recently got married at the Morris Arboretum and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a beautiful, outdoor/garden venue for their wedding. We did most of our pictures there, our ceremony on site on the lawn and the reception in their tent. The photos were stunning and their whole staff was great, very accomodating. Our caterer was Company's Coming and they were fantastic, too. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
A few things to consider:
-We had perfect weather, which is where the MA really shines. If it rains, it dramatically changes the feel of the day, especially if you plan to do the ceremony on site. You have to be okay with this possibility when you book and have a backup plan for photos if you're planning to do them outside. I worked out an agreement with one of the hotels where we had a guest block to do indoor photos if needed.
-Our guest count was 153, so we had 16 tables for a seated reception. In my opinion, I would not want to have a higher guest count given the space, feeling comfortable, and being able to have a dance floor outside the tiled classroom space in the carriage house.
-The MA is a great venue for a DIY-type bride who is somewhat comfortable with wedding planning. It is not a "wedding factory" type of venue where you sign on the dotted line, pick a menu at a set price per head, and everything is done. You have to figure out things like which caterer to use out of their preferred ones, and who will pick up your leftover booze and any decorations you brought the day after the wedding (something I forgot!). The upside is that you can be creative, and not have a cookie cutter ballroom type wedding, which was so worth it to me.
Having our wedding at the Morris Arboretum was perfect. We orignally booked our reception at another location but after finding the arboretum online decided to take a look. We looked.. and never looked back. We immediately cancelled our other space, changed our date to 8/6/11 and had a beautiful wedding. The day was cloudy - which was actually perfect because it kept the temperature down. We had our ceremony outside which was gorgeous ! After the ceremony there was a short period of rain, but our caterer, Company's Coming, was so professional and moved everything inside without a hitch. The room inside turned out fine, and all of our guests were in one location which made it easy to talk to everyone.
Our pictures from around the arboretum turned out Beautiful. There are so many great locations to take pictures in. The staff at the arboretum was always very helpful. They were friendly and easy to work with. The site is beautiful, if you have a wedding guest list under 150 then hands down you should have it at the Arboretum (And use Companys Coming as your caterer!!). Don't worry about it breaking the bank either. If you are creative and can easily have an affordable wedding there.
Morris Arboretum was the first and only venue we looked at for our wedding. We are so pleased with our choice. We had a beautiful ceremony in the rose garden, a cocktail hour that everyone loved on Out on a Limb, and a fun reception under the tent. The arboretum provides such a beautiful and interesting experience for guests. We appreciated not needing to bring in tons of decorations; we could just focus on personal touches. The arboretum is already an amazing backdrop. Use of the golf cart was a great feature. We were able to get some great photos in a variety of locations. Guests were even offered tours during the cocktail hour. The arboretum staff were accommodating, easy to work with, and genuinely nice people. They were always helpful and responsive when we had questions. We were provided with everything we needed. We love being members and visiting this place, especially now that it holds a special meaning for us.
What a beautiful venue!
We were married at the beginning of May and all of the Magnolias and Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom. Perfect!
We opted for the Out On A Limb cocktail hour, where the setting is in the treetops 40 feet above the ground and looking out over the grounds. Amazing!
The reception was tented and ready for the catering staff.
The Arboretum helped us rent a golf cart for transport during pictures and helped us choose some great backdrops. They were very responsive and helpful every step of the way. It was a perfect relationship leading to a perfect day!
Vanessa and Mike
We had the perfect wedding at the Morris Arboretum. The grounds are just beautiful, and the staff are a delight to work with. We gave our guests an hour to wander the arboretum while the family took pictures, and they had a blast, taking photos and seeing the many wonderful gardens within the arboretum. Our wedding pictures came out just beautifully, and we loved taking pictures in several different locations around the garden, which made for a great variety of pictures in very little time.
Our guests were absolutely stunned by our cocktail hour that we held "Out on the Limb". At 6pm, the light was just starting to go golden, and our DJ played old jazz music to complete the ambiance. Dinner under the tent went off without a hitch, with fans in the tent ceiling providing great airflow and keeping the temperature comfortable.
I'd recommend renting a dance floor and the golf cart for covering more ground for photos. Also be sure you have your photo plan down, as the arboretum is so extensive! There are a few small limitations on what you can do (e.g., you can't hang anything from the tent), but honestly none of this caused an issue for us, the arboretum itself has such natural beauty. The approved vendors list is also extensive, so I'm sure you'll find ones that fit your vision.
I loved having our wedding here, it's also close to Chestnut Hill for amenities for guests. Couldn't recommend it more highly!
My Wife and I have been members at Morris for over 9 years now, so when the question of where we were going to marry arose, there wasn't much to discuss. If you haven't been to the Morris Arboretum lately or even more unfortunately, at all, you're missing out on one of the loveliest places in the area, hands down. I challenge you to find a more perfect blend of thought provoking, classically beautiful artwork and sculptures set to a lush background of both exotic and native flora. . From the incredibly unique "Out on a Limb" exhibit to the beautiful "Rose Garden" to the story book "Swan Pond", this place just exudes tranquility and peace.
Our contact people at Morris were extremely helpful from Adele taking time to walk us through the details on the contract and logistics to Anne Marie following through on just about everything else. As far as the catering, we totally lucked out when we picked COMPANY'S COMING. Andrea, the co-owner, was spectacular. She was at our side from the moment we got there mid afternoon to helping us load up the car with the extra liquor and food at the end of the night. It can be a stressful night of photos, first dances, table hopping, cake cutting etc, and her guidance throughout was priceless. Her son/co-owner/chef Josh, did an excellent job of making sure that the delicious food that he had prepared was hot and on time. We got a lot of compliments on how good the food was that night. Between the staff at Morris Arboretum and Company's Coming as our caterer we couldn't have asked for a more memorable night. At the Arboretum, we still run into Adele, Anne Marie and Andrea and some of the other folks that made it happen on our wedding night coming on 4 years ago, and they still remember us and always make sure to say Hello to us and our now almost 20 month old son Max. We go back every year on our anniversary and walk around and reminisce about our special day. Try doing that at some catering hall!
It was awesome! The out on a limb walk was an amazing place for cocktail hour - everyone completely loved it. Everything was also handicap accessible for my mother and my wife's grandmother which was crucial for us. The staff at the Arboretum were awesome and very accommodating. Also, for a couple from Indiana who are used to wondering if vendors will be gay friendly, the Arboretum was completely wonderful and so happy to have us.
We loved our wedding at the Morris Arboretum and feel very happy that we chose this venue! We had our ceremony in Pennock Garden, which was beautiful, and the cocktail hour was right there as well. It was a perfect spring day, which made the outdoor space so amazing, and lots of flowers were in bloom. Our guests loved it! We also felt very supported with a golf cart driver (complimentary), who was very helpful in driving us around the Arboretum to take our photos and even pointed out special spots to our photographer. Someone also worked the front desk all night, which was a nice surprise. Throughout our planning, coordinating with the Arboretum was very straightforward - the rentals team was in touch with us every so often with details and payment reminders. We do realize that we were extremely lucky with the weather, and we acknowledge that the rain plan (ceremony in the tent, cocktail hour in the visitor center while they turn over the tent for the reception) would have been much less ideal. We also think that it was a little bit more stressful not to be able to drop off all our wedding items the day before (we were allowed to drop off starting at 9:30 am the day of), but this ultimately wasn't a huge issue. Overall, we highly recommend Morris!
In combination with our caterer Company's Coming, our wedding exceeded all of our expectations. I wouldn't change a single thing about our night at Morris Arboretum :o) The Rose Garden is a knockout.
We absolutely loved Morris as our venue. We got lucky and had perfect weather- the rain plan space isn't nearly as beautiful as the outdoor ceremony locations! We did not pay for Out on a Limb but they ended up allowing our guests out on it throughout the ceremony- they loved it and was great for some of our antsy younger guests. We rented a golf cart to get the bridal party around for pictures- major time saver, I would definitely recommend doing this. After the ceremony, the golf cart was available to take guests on a tour of the ground which our guests loved. After the wedding, we had numerous guests tell us this was the most beautiful wedding they've been to and we can definitely credit this to the beautiful Morris Arboretum grounds.