Gardens Galore: 10 Must-See Garden Venues in the Garden State

The romance of a garden wedding is something everyone can appreciate. Who isn’t captivated by a gorgeous landscape with flowers, trees, fountains, manicured lawns and meandering paths? You’ll find all of those things and more among New Jersey’s garden wedding venues. Here are 10 that are well worth checking out.

Crossed Keys Estate
  • Location: 289 Pequest Road, Andover NJ
  • Style: Warm, friendly 1790s inn and grounds
  • Fab Features: This historic inn and 12-acre estate are just 75 minutes from Manhattan! And you’ll love the Juliette balcony for tossing your bouquet and the elegant bride’s room for getting ready.
  • Event Space Highlights: Tall oaks and weeping beech trees supply shade as you exchange vows. Then dine and dance in their beautiful tent, where clear rollup walls afford views of the landscape and let you watch the sun set over the distant hills.
  • Notable Services: Crossed Keys’ in-house florist, Event Designs by Katherine, provides wedding flowers, bouquets, floral arrangements and décor. They also offer photo booth services, as well as a list of preferred photographers.
  • Catering: Provided in-house exclusively by Crossed Keys Inn.

Crossed Keys Estate

Crossed Keys Estate

Crossed Keys Estate


Pleasantdale Chateau
  • Location: 757 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange, NJ
  • Style: Romantic, Norman and English Georgian-style château and gardens
  • Fab Feature: Pleasantdale Château is eco-friendly, and the bounty of pesticide-free produce grown on venue’s farm is used in all of the event cuisine.
  • Event Space Highlights: The octagonal Grand Ballroom is a treat for the eyes, with its cuppola ceiling window framing a view of the sky, glowing opalescent dance floor, and glittering chandeliers. The view accompanying an outdoor ceremony is equally lovely, thanks to manicured gardens, shimmering ponds and meandering paths.
  • Notable Services: A complimentary bridal suite on site is provided for the newlyweds, and additional rooms are available for close family members and friends.
  • Catering: Provided in-house. Their menu options are extensive—including the dessert choices! Besides a signature wedding cake made by their own pastry chef, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with confections like a Warm Chocolate Molten Cake with Raspberry Mousse and Mixed Berries or a Duo of 24 Karat Gold Dusted Chocolate Ganache Tart and Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Cassis Coulis and Fresh Berries.

Pleasantdale Chateau

Pleasantdale Chateau

Pleasantdale Chateau


The English Manor
  • Location: One English Lane, Ocean Township NJ
  • Style: Historic mansion and garden estate
  • Fab Features: The marble dance floor and custom mahogany bar in the Grand Ballroom are quite striking.
  • Event Space Highlights: Ceremonies take place in a park-like setting with a broad lawn, stone-tiled aisle, and white gazebo flanked by trees and flowers. The outdoor terrace or the Garden Room are ideal for your cocktail hour, and the Grand Ballroom provides an elegant ambiance for receptions, set off by floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal views of the grounds.
  • Wedding Package Perks: Packages offer a wide range of options and include special amenities, such as a Welcome Station to greet guests on arrival and a Goodbye Station to send everyone off with a sweet and coffee or tea to take home with them.
  • Catering: Provided in-house.

The English Manor

The English Manor

The English Manor


Naninas In The Park
  • Location: 540 Mill Street, Belleville, NJ
  • Style: Tuscan Villa-style mansion and historic park
  • Fab Feature: In the spring when the cherry trees are in bloom, the gardens become a beautiful backdrop for an outdoor ceremony.
  • Event Space Highlights: The Grand Ballroom—already impressive with its elaborately coffered and detailed ceiling and crystal chandeliers—easily changes its look or mood thanks to special LED lighting.
  • Notable Services: A horse-drawn carriage can be arranged to take you on a ride through the park.
  • Catering: Provided in-house. In addition to cocktail and dinner menus, feel free to up the culinary ante with crêpe, mozzarella, sushi or grill stations…and a Mac and Cheese Martini Bar…and their Jersey Shore Boardwalk Selection, which includes Belgium waffle, dessert, and hot Zeppoles stations.

Naninas In The Park

Naninas In The Park

Naninas In The Park


Estate at Florentine Gardens
  • Location: 97 Rivervale Road, River Vale NJ
  • Style: Georgian mansion and estate
  • Fab Features: The blue-domed ceremony gazebo in the garden and the Juliet balcony for tossing the bouquet.
  • Event Space Highlights: There’s a formal garden and terrace for cocktails, and a Grand Ballroom that will dazzle—literally! It’s got crystal chandeliers suspended from a 23-foot coved ceiling, as well as a stately mahogany-manteled fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the grounds.
  • Notable Services: They have a versatile in-house band and DJ, and offer in-house entertainment packages that include their distinctive digital lighting system.
  • Catering: Provided in-house.

Estate at Florentine Gardens

Estate at Florentine Gardens

Estate at Florentine Gardens


Ram’s Head Inn
  • Location: 9 West White Horse Pike, Galloway NJ
  • Style: Classically elegant, romantic
  • Fab Feature: The dessert upgrade options! You can add a Viennese or Crème Brûlée Station, Bananas Foster (flambéed to order), or an Ice Cream Bar complete with a variety of toppings like crushed Oreos, peanut butter cups, nuts and sprinkles.
  • Event Space Highlights: Vows are exchanged in the garden or in front of the Parlor fireplace. A choice of rooms and a courtyard are also available for your event.
  • Notable Amenities: The light-filled and spacious Bridal Suite is outfitted with full-length mirrors and plenty of comfortable seating. Plus, there's complimentary champagne for the ladies and beer for the gentlemen!
  • Catering: Provided in-house. Menus are customized, and they’ll gladly include vegetarian and ethnic options.

Ram's Head Inn

Ram's Head Inn

Ram's Head Inn


The Park Savoy Estate
  • Location: 236 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park NJ
  • Style: Palatial décor indoors, landscaped grounds outdoors
  • Interesting Tidbit: The original house was built in 1870 for a prominent Florham Park family. It became a speakeasy during Prohibition, and then did a stint as a country club.
  • Event Space Highlights: The Ballroom features floor-to-ceiling windows, a 19th-century Carrera marble fireplace, French doors and handcrafted chairs. The garden ceremony site has a manicured lawn and circular patio surrounded by lush greenery.
  • Notable Services: They’ll help match you up with their preferred vendors.
  • Catering: Provided in-house. Want something beyond the standard meal? Try their Martini or Seafood Bar, or add on a station or two or three… Your choices include Mozzarella, Grill, Sushi, Caviar (with an iced vodka luge) and Caribbean Tastes stations, not to mention a Decadent Dessert Display.

The Park Savoy Estate

The Park Savoy Estate

The Park Savoy Estate


The Skylands Manor
  • Location: 5 Morris Road, Ringwood, NJ
  • Style: Fairy-tale Tudor Revival mansion
  • Fab Features: First there’s the castle, then there’s the 100 acres of formal gardens around it, and then there’s the other 900 acres of natural woodlands around that!
  • Event Space Highlights: The private lakeside chapel makes a lovely ceremony site, as does the orchard—especially when the fruit trees are flowering. Dining and dancing is a regal experience in the Ballroom.
  • Notable Services: Frungillo Caterers not only serves up the food, but they also oversee your entire event from start to finish, earning rave reviews in the process.
  • Catering: Provided in-house. Award-winning cuisine is prepared by Frungillo Caterers, who can expertly execute a wide range of menus from classic to trendy. They’re happy to integrate your favorite recipes and accommodate dietary or ethnic food requests.
  • Accommodations: 24 guest rooms and suites

The Skylands Manor

The Skylands Manor

The Skylands Manor


Woodcliff Manor
  • Location: 25 Prospect Avenue, Woodcliff Lake NJ
  • Style: Charming 19th-century manor house and gardens
  • Interesting Tidbit: The manor house was built before the Civil War, and features some noteworthy architectural details such as hand-made beveled-glass doors.
  • Event Space Highlights: The private Victorian garden with a gazebo and two waterfall-fed ponds is a picturesque place for your vows. The Crystal Room has crystal chandeliers and plenty of space for dining and dancing, while the Garden Room lends itself to smaller receptions. Both rooms overlook the grounds and encourage guests to mingle outside on the patio.
  • Notable Amenities: Their catering menus showcase international and continental cuisine, and they’re more than willing to accommodate special dietary or cultural needs, such as kosher and vegetarian.
  • Catering: Provided in-house.

Woodcliff Manor

Woodcliff Manor

Woodcliff Manor


Ashford Estate
  • Location: 637 Province Line Road, Allentown NJ
  • Style: Elegant country estate
  • Fab Feature: You can have a “roaming” cocktail hour—guests may mingle throughout the property, as well as in the library and conservatory and on the verandas.
  • Event Space Highlights: The Barn Chapel, with its vaulted wood interior and floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, is a delightful spot for your ceremony. And then there’s the Grand Ballroom, a truly breathtaking place for an event. Towering columns, carved wood arches, crystal chandeliers, and huge multipaned windows overlooking the parklike surroundings create a sensational space.
  • Notable Services: A professional Maitre d’ will oversee your reception. All three of their menu options include a custom, tiered wedding cake!
  • Catering: Provided in-house exclusively by Merri-Makers Catering.

Ashford Estate

Ashford Estate

Ashford Estate




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