For some couples, a standard wedding space just won’t do. Fortunately, there’s a wide variety of unique wedding venues in NJ that are totally out-of-the-box. Whether you’re interested in an industrial art space, a majestic theater, a sculpture garden, even an old-fashioned riverboat, the Garden State has so much to offer for couples of every style and personality. Check out these unique wedding venues in NJ and start planning your big day.
The Art Factory
Located in Paterson, this unique wedding venue in Northern New Jersey is ideal for couples looking for that industrial-chic vibe that’s oh-so on trend right now. And with space for up to 800 guests, it’s ideal for even the longest of guest lists. This raw space allows you to decorate to match your wedding’s theme or style, and its proximity to several parks in the area provide some pretty special photo backdrops as well.
One of the (many!) benefits of getting married in Jersey City is the unparalleled views of NYC—and if city skyline views are on your list of venue must-haves, the Liberty House is definitely worth a look. Located inside Liberty State Park, Liberty House offers two event spaces, featuring their own private entrances, ceremony spaces, gardens, and outdoor patios. The Grand Ballroom features 35-foot ceilings, exposed woodwork, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a wraparound terrace, while the Liberty Room at Liberty House has glass walls, an open-air patio, private gardens, and fire pits.
The Madison Hotel
While there are numerous hotel venues in NJ, this one allows you to host a garden wedding—indoors! The glass Conservatory will give your guests the ambiance of being outdoors, but in a completely enclosed space. And the Glynallyn Ballroom features 14-foot ceilings, Baccarat chandeliers, and gold detailing. There’s space for up to 300 guests for a seated event, and your guests will also love the option of staying on premises for the ultimate in convenience.
We love the distinctly modern vibes at this restaurant and unique wedding venue in NJ. Located right on the Hudson River in Jersey City, Maritime Park offers incredible skyline views of New York City, plus two different contemporary spaces for weddings, both with wraparound terraces and surprising architectural details. To add to this venue’s many draws, it’s all-inclusive so planning your special day will be an absolute breeze. The delicious food and accommodating staff win particular raves at this Couples’ Choice Award-winning venue.
Stone House at Stirling Ridge
Couples looking for a rustic wedding venue should definitely check out this lodge, located in the Wachtung Mountains. The country-chic feel is quite unique for the area, from the 20-foot-tall stone fireplace to the floor-to-ceiling windows and wrought iron chandeliers. Host your wedding ceremony outdoors or in, followed by cocktails in the multi-level event space, featuring an art-gallery-like vibe. There are also ten acres of property surrounding the venue, ideal for wedding-day photo ops, and space for up to 350 guests.
Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn
If your dream New Jersey wedding venue features small-town charm and is surrounded by nature, we highly recommend the Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn. Located on the Delaware River, this unique wedding venue in NJ is actually a train station from the 19th century, which was converted into a restaurant. You'll love the historic details, from the fireplaces to the exposed beams and original brickwork—and there's a lovely outdoor patio. Plus, a box bridge that crosses the Delaware River is just steps from the inn, making the perfect photo op for couples.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Dreaming of a NJ wedding venue that screams drama? There are a variety of truly special spaces at this Newark venue—you can even host your reception onstage! Whether you’re looking for a place to host an intimate wedding or a major bash, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center is ideal for a special event that will wow your guests.
Camden County Boathouse
There may be no better space in the Garden State to host a preppy, nautical-chic wedding than this boathouse wedding venue, located just 15 minutes outside of Philadelphia. The Camden County Boathouse is situated in the 346-acre Cooper River Park, and offers event space for up to 200 guests. You’ll swoon over the wraparound deck with amazing views, plus the outdoor ceremony space surrounded by nature. This is also an ideal spot for rehearsal dinners.
Renault Winery and Golf Resort
At this winery wedding venue in Egg Harbor City, you’ll feel as though you’re being transported to a Mediterranean vineyard. Take romantic portraits amid the vines or in the wine cellar, say “I do” in a dreamy outdoor ceremony space, and celebrate with up to 250 guests in the charming banquet space. You’ll also love the fact that there’s a hotel on premises, so your loved ones can enjoy an entire wedding weekend at this amenity-packed locale.
Grounds for Sculpture
Art aficionados will swoon over this unique wedding venue in Central Jersey. Host your ceremony in one of four locations within the sculpture park, included the popular Nine Muses, a breathtaking stone work of art. If you’d prefer to exchange vows amid nature, check out the Acer Courtyard, where you’ll say “I do” in a grove of Japanese maple trees, or the romantic Gazebo overlooking a serene pond. Receptions can be held in one of the galleries or in the renowned Rat’s Restaurant.
If you’re looking for a wedding venue that combines a beachy setting with a luxurious feel, check out this Atlantic City space. Host your ceremony with floor-to-ceiling views of the ocean as your backdrop, with a reception in the glamorous Atlantic Room to follow. This Couples’ Choice Award-winning Jersey Shore venue is all-inclusive and specializes in farm-to-table cuisine and Indian weddings, as well. Plus, the photo ops are second-to-none, whether you’d prefer oceanfront portraits or fun candid shots on the Boardwalk.
River Queen and River Belle
Among the most unique wedding venues in NJ, the River Queen (which docks in Brielle) and River Belle (which docks in Point Pleasant) are actually riverboats that allow you and your guests to cruise the Manasquan and Metedeconk Rivers, as well as the Barnegat Bay. There’s space for up to 140 guests on each boat, so these are best for more intimate events. These multi-story riverboats are ideal for vintage-inspired weddings, and there’s both indoor and outdoor space to enjoy.
TPC Jasna Polana
There are lots of country club wedding venues in New Jersey, but this one in Princeton is one of the most wow-worthy. What makes it so unique? The circular-shaped Travertine Room is truly spectacular, with panoramic views of the surrounding estate and space for up to 200 guests. The outdoor ceremony space, complete with gazebo, is oh-so romantic, and you’ll love the fact that this is an all-inclusive venue, with top-notch caterers and several menus to choose from. Hoping to stay on premises? No problem! There are two mansions, plus a suite, that you and your wedding party can stay in throughout your wedding weekend so the party never stops!
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences
There are museum wedding venues and beach wedding venues, but have you ever heard of an event space that combines the two? At the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, you’ll have beach access for your ceremony, and a unique wedding reception space in the art-filled gallery. At this one-of-a-kind event space, there's room for up to 150 guests, plus an upstairs patio overlooking Barnegat Bay.