Given the state’s proximity to big cities like New York and Philadelphia, you might think rustic wedding venues in New Jersey to be few and far between. While there aren't as many barn wedding venues in NJ as say, banquet halls or ballrooms, there are actually quite a few to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a traditional barn or a rustic-style country club, you’ll find a variety of rustic wedding venues in NJ. Here, a list of our favorite rustic wedding venues in NJ to host your relaxed and country-style celebration.
Farmstead Golf & Country Club
Located in Northern New Jersey, this country club wedding venue has an abundance of rustic charm, plus it’s all-inclusive with on-site caterers so your planning process is sure to be a breeze. This Couples’ Choice Award-winning event venue can accommodate up to 180 guests, and features a gorgeous lakeside ceremony area complete with romantic gazebo and weeping willows, and a converted dairy barn for receptions.
Are you looking for a venue full of history? How about renting out a whole historic town? This park on the Musconetcong River in the Garden State features a 19th century barn for the ultimate rustic wedding venue in NJ, plus a working mill, general store, blacksmith shop, and church onsite. Ceremonies can be hosted outdoors, and receptions in the meeting house or pavilion—there’s space for up to 250 guests. Catering and bar services are included with the wedding packages.
A rustic wedding venue in NJ that’s also all-inclusive? Sign us up! This Couples Choice Award-winning Northern New Jersey barn wedding venue in Andover provides the ultimate in country style and convenience, with space for up to 300 guests. You’ll love the outdoor ceremony space, with the barn and silos as your backdrop, plus the barn itself with its vaulted wood beam ceilings for the wedding reception. If you’d prefer a more rustic-elegant setting, you’ll love the brand-new Reserve, which offers an outdoor gazebo ceremony site and an indoor reception space, complete with wood and stone details.
This historic working vineyard just north of Trenton is ideal for couples who desire a rustic wedding venue in NJ, as well as the romantic feel of a winery. You can host your wedding ceremony on the lawn outside the 1958 Mansion, and your reception in a tent on the brick patio (from May to October), or, for more intimate special events, inside the winery or tasting room.
Bear Brook Valley
Bear Brook Valley is located in a private gated community, and effortlessly combines a rustic setting with a modern vibe. The scenic outdoor ceremony area is truly special, as it overlooks a heart-shaped pond complete with two waterfalls. Cocktail hour may be held in the venue’s chic lounge and deck (with over 30 beers on tap!), and receptions take place in the upstairs grand ballroom, complete with hardwood floors, a wraparound deck, and floor-to-ceiling windows. You’ll also love the country-inspired getting-ready areas—the Silo and the Woodford Lounge (featuring TVs and video game consoles for your wedding party)!
The Inn at Fernbrook Farms
There’s something so charming about inn wedding venues, and this one, set on 230 acres of farmland, is particularly unique. The Inn at Fernbrook Farms is ideal for garden weddings with rustic style, as it offers several outdoor settings for ceremonies, including the romantic Sundial Garden, the historic Old House, and the Great Lawn, where couples say “I do” beneath a grand cherry tree. Receptions may be held in a variety of locations, ideal for tented events. This is an all-inclusive venue, specializing in delicious, seasonal cuisine. And there are several guest rooms on premises so that you and your wedding party can stay on-site for a fun getaway surrounding your wedding day.
Cecil Creek Farm
Located just 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia in South Jersey, this 42-acre rustic wedding venue in NJ feels worlds away from the big city. Yes, it’s a real working organic farm, featuring farm-to-table cuisine that your guests talk about long after your big day. Cecil Creek Farm has space for up to 250 guests, but can also accommodate more intimate events.
WoodsEdge Farm Events
Events at this barn wedding venue in Stockton include a few additional guests—alpacas, llamas, and Tibetan yaks, who reside on the working farm (hello, adorable photo ops!). Weddings are held between May and October here, and you can host your ceremony outdoors with a reception inside the country-chic barn. This Couples’ Choice Award winning venue can accommodate up to 500 guests for your special day.
Rock Island Lake Club
If you're dreaming of a rustic wedding venue in NJ that's also near the water, this lakeside space may be the ideal location for your big day. Exchange vows overlooking the serene lake, and hit the dance floor in the classic ballroom or the waterside pavilion. You'll also love the venue's 2 getting-ready suites, as well as the various services available, including wedding planning, catering, rentals, and more. The Rock Island Lake Club can host weddings and events of up to 200 guests.
The Loft at Jack’s Barn
In Warren County, you’ll find the rustic barn wedding venue of your dreams. This Couples’ Choice Award-winning venue is ideal for more intimate events, with a capacity of 125 guests, and win raves for its accommodating staff and scenic setting. This barn is a “blank slate” setting, so you can decorate it in a variety of ways to create the wedding of your dreams.
Old Village Farm
Want to be surrounded by nature at your New Jersey wedding? Choose this 30-acre rustic wedding venue in NJ, located just steps away from the Delaware River (talk about incredible photo ops!). There are several buildings on site, including a stone house from the 18th century, a cottage, and a two-story barn. There’s space for up to 150 guests, and is the ideal place to host outdoor ceremonies and tented receptions.
Willow Creek Farm & Winery
This Cape May farm and winery is one of our favorite rustic wedding venues in NJ (on the Jersey Shore, to be exact!). With space for up to 350 guests, Willow Creek offers a beautiful outdoor setting overlooking the vines for wedding ceremonies. The Grand Tasting Room features crystal chandeliers paired with post-and-beam ceilings. Don't forget to take some photos with the Alice-in-Wonderland-inspired chessboard! Onsite accommodations steps from the beach are available for the newlyweds, as well.
The Ryland Inn
Located in Whitehouse Station, just an hour west of Manhattan, this historic estate has a classic-meets-rustic vibe. Ceremonies are held on the gorgeous stone patio, with receptions following in the Grand Ballroom, which can host up to 225 guests. We're obsessed with the modern chandeliers featured in the space, as well as the floor-to-ceiling windows and grand stone fireplace. There are also smaller event spaces which are ideal for more intimate weddings and rehearsal dinners.
If taking wedding portraits in front of a classic red barn is on your must list, check out this rustic wedding venue in Southampton, New Jersey, just 45 east of Philadelphia. Host your ceremony overlooking the scenic farmland, followed by an outdoor cocktail hour in the garden. Receptions are held inside the historic barn with its vaulted ceilings, spacious dance floor, and room for up to 175 guests. Onsite catering is available.
Johnson's Locust Hall Farm
This 325-acre farm in Burlington County dates back to the 1700s—you'll love how the historic space combines a vintage feel with modern touches. Prep for the big day inside the farm house mansion and say "I do" on the 70-acre ceremony lawn with its stunning views (the 17th century Stone Barn is available for indoor ceremonies or cocktail hour). Receptions are held inside the 3,000 square foot Breezeway Barn, with its sliding barn doors and patio to bring the outdoors in. This venue can host events of up to 150 guests.