The Winding Woods Venue 97 East Jackson Avenue • Clayton • NJ 08312


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review
  • With eleven lushly wooded acres, a tranquil stream, and a large pond, this quaint spot is a nature-lover’s dream. The areas’s four distinct seasons, each with its own beautiful palette, mean your photos will be dreamy at any time of year.
  • Set your ceremony at the Waterfront Overlook, which sits alongside the pond and its sweet gazebo, or nestled a bit deeper in the woods at the Enchanted Forest, where you’ll find a charming covered bridge. And yet another wonderful option: Step through a wooden arbor into the quiet romance of the Secret Garden.
  • Intimate weddings and elopements are their speciality, but the space is also available for showers, engagement parties, and photo shoots. We especially love their picnic and date night packages—such a fun way to revisit the Woods and reminisce about your day!


Intimate Elopement | $150 for 4 people
Includes an officiant and 30 minutes for ceremony & photos.

Elopement Package | $300 for 12 people
Includes an officiant, 1 hour for décor setup, a speaker, and 1 hour for the ceremony & photos.

Elopement + Micro Reception | $500 for 12 people
Includes everything in the Elopement Package, PLUS an hour for a micro-reception in the Secret Garden (cake cutting, first dance, and toast) and a fire pit area.

Vow renewals are also available, ranging $500–2,000.

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $600–2,400/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Type of event
  • Ceremony-Only | $600

    • 1 hour for décor and setup
    • 1 hour for ceremony & photos
    • Dressing room
    • Speaker for your music
    • Day-of coordination and officiant (if needed)

    Ceremony + Reception | $1,200
    Includes everything in the Ceremony-Only rental, PLUS:

    • 4-hour reception in the Secret Garden
    • Additional hour for décor and setup
    • Fire pit area

    Ceremony + Reception with Tent Rental | $2,400
    Includes everything in the Ceremony + Reception rental, PLUS a 20x40 tent with lighting, tables, and chairs.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 0 50
Cocktails, etc. Standing 0 50
Reception Seated 0 50
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 0.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Elopement Packages
  • Small Wedding
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • On-Site Accommodations
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info







Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Access limited



Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Garden
  • Lake
  • Park

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Creek / River
  • Forest / Woods
  • Garden
  • Lagoon / Pond
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Meadow / Fields
  • Park


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