The Best Wedding Venues in Essex County

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2020 was a doozy with, well, just about everything. Of all of the plans made for the year, weddings certainly took one of the biggest hits as far as cancellations and postponements due to the pandemic, yet that did not stop many couples from finding some way to say “I do.” Now that we’re starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel with restrictions slowly starting to be lifted, all of the engaged couples {and those who postponed}, are starting to step out and plan. This list of wedding venues in Essex County is a great place to start. We’ve broken it down by guest count, venue type, and of course what the experience is like based on each town in the area.

Belleville

Nanina’s in the Park {540 Mill Street}

Nanina’s in the Park

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Venue Type: Ballroom, Estate, Garden

Max Guest Count: 300+

Nanina’s in the Park is the Essex County sister venue to Park Savoy and Park Chateau, a well-known trio in New Jersey. Nanina’s is the venue that is probably where most wedding daydreams take place. From stunning architecture to sweeping grounds, and endless photo opportunities, Nanina’s strives for perfection and that begins by ensuring your every request is met for your special day.

Bloomfield

The Brookside Banquets {41 Broughton Avenue}

The Brookside Banquets

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Venue Type: Ballroom

Max Guest Count: 300+

This Bloomfield venue is one of modern elegance and contemporary vibes. Not only does Brookside host just one wedding at a time, but its ability to customize any menu options and provide an unlimited range of services makes them a top venue choice.

Cedar Grove

The Grove {691 Pompton Avenue}

The Grove

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Venue Type: Ballroom, Garden

Max Guest Count: 700

Grand staircases, marble flooring, and chandelier-filled ballrooms are just a few of the breathtaking elements you’re greeted with upon entering The Grove. The versatility of The Grove allows accommodations for as few as 150 guests or as many as 700 guests. Whether you’re looking for an intimate celebration or a grand event, The Grove does it all. 

Il Tulipano {1131 Pompton Avenue}

Il Tulipano

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Venue Type: Ballroom, Garden

Max Guest Count: 300+

Il Tulipano is a hidden gem of Cedar Grove. Conveniently located right on Pompton Avenue, this venue transports you to another time and place. If you’re looking to have an indoor/outdoor wedding, Il Tulipano provides you with just that. In addition to being a one-wedding venue, at Il Tulipano you have full access to a beautifully maintained piazza for cocktail hour and ceremony as well as the full ballroom for dining and dancing.

Glen Ridge

Women’s Club Glen Ridge {219 Ridgewood Avenue}

Women’s Club Glen Ridge

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Venue Type: Ballroom, Historic Venue

Max Guest Count: 250

This historic Glen Ridge venue has been around since 1925 and it only gets more elegant as time goes on. Your wedding at the Women’s Club Glen Ridge includes access to two ballrooms: one for cocktail hour upstairs and another for dinner and dancing downstairs, with direct access to a private patio. 

Livingston

Crystal Plaza {305 West Northfield Road}

crystal plaza

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Venue Type: Ballroom, Castle, Estate, Garden

Max Guest Count: 300+

There is a lot of history behind this Livingston-based venue. Before it became a wedding venue, it was a residential mansion built in the 1800s by the architect who designed the original Madison Square Garden. Crystal Plaza is known for its impeccable service from the moment you walk through the doors. Every last detail of your dream wedding will be attended to when you have it at Crystal Plaza. Not to mention, most of the venue recently underwent a renovation, including a new ceremony room, cocktail hour and after-party space, and bridal and grooms suites. 

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Maplewood

Maplewood Club {489 Ridgewood Road}

Venue Type: Country Club

Max Guest Count: 220

The Maplewood Club is on the smaller side of the venues in Essex County but a prime spot to host your wedding nonetheless. This venue can accommodate 130 seated guests or up to 220 guests for a standing cocktail event in the clubhouse. While TMC  does not do any catering themselves, the venue has a full prep kitchen and can have any licensed caterer brought in for your event. With your rental, you have access to the entire inside of the clubhouse as well as the outdoor tables overlooking the tennis courts.

Maplewood Country Club {28 Baker Street}

Maplewood Country Club

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Venue Type: Ballroom, Country Club

Max Guest Count: 250

Not to be confused with the Maplewood Club, Maplewood Country Club sits atop a beautifully maintained golf course and has been a staple of Maplewood since 1911. If your vibe is rustic, elegant, and prestigious, the Maplewood Country Club is an ideal venue to have your wedding.

You’re Cordially Invited {1877 Springfield Avenue}

You’re Cordially Invited 

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Venue Type: Event Hall

Max Guest Count: 75

A smaller venue, You’re Cordially Invited is a great space to indulge a micro-wedding or smaller crowd. That is not to say that this space doesn’t have so much to offer. In addition to the event space, You’re Cordially Invited is also an event planning business so it can plan your wedding at any venue of your choice if you’re looking for a larger-scale event.

Montclair

The George {37 N Mountain Avenue #2317}

The George

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Venue Type: Hotel, Estate, Mansion, Garden, Ballroom

Max Guest Count: N/A

Built in 1902 as a private home for Charles Van Vleck, The Georgian Inn was converted into a residential hotel in the 1940s. At this time, the Montclair branch of the French Institute Alliance Française relocated its New Jersey headquarters to the Queen Anne carriage house in the back. In 2008, the historic buildings were granted landmark status and in 2012, after it was purchased by Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker, the hotel underwent a full renovation. The George Inn boasts 31 expertly designed rooms with each room curated in a distinct style and a ton of in-house amenities.

The Suite Spot {695 Bloomfield Avenue}

The Suite Spot

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Venue Type: Loft, Small-Scale Event Hall

Max Guest Count: 75

With two locations in Montclair and South Orange, The Suite Spot is another venue that is ideal for smaller gatherings or micro-weddings. The space maintains an artsy, eclectic vibe, and couples looking for that type of event are in for a treat.

Montclair Art Museum {3 South Mountain Avenue}

Montclair Art Museum

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Venue Type: Museum, Gallery, Outdoor

Max Guest Count: 200

MAM is recognized as the leading American art museum and community art school in Northern New Jersey. It opened in 1914 as the first museum in New Jersey that granted access to the public. The receptions take place in Leir Hall, a three-story, stunning space that has plenty of room for dining and dancing and offers all the charm of an Italian courtyard. Lehman Court, the museum’s lobby is also a beautiful space to entertain your guests as well as the South Mountain Front Lawn lined with trees and modern art installations.

Upper Montclair Country Club {177 Hepburn Road, Clifton}

Upper Montclair Country Club

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Venue Type: Country Club, Ballroom, Historic Venue, Park

Max Guest Count: 200

Although not technically located in Montclair, we had to include UMCC on the Essex County list because, well, it’s the Upper Montclair Country Club. This venue provides a classic, timeless, historical feel you’d hope to be portrayed upon entering a country club. The well-manicured grounds and pristine interior set the stage for perfect photo opportunities both inside and out. You will always want to reflect back on your special day at Upper Montclair Country Club.

Nutley

Mamma Vittoria Catering {160 Franklin Avenue}

Mamma Vittoria Catering

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Venue Type: Catering Hall, Event Venue

Max Guest Count: 120

Mamma Vittoria Catering is more than just your average catering hall. This venue serves impeccable food without breaking the bank. The space will work with you to customize every detail of your wedding to ensure that you enjoy your special day.

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Newark

Loft Life Venue {53 Edison Place}

Loft Life Venue

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Venue Type: Loft, Banquet Hall

Max Guest Count: Unknown

A truly transformable space, Loft Life’s layout is chic and contemporary, allowing for customization in every way. With a sweeping staircase and multi-level floor plans, this venue is ideal for custom events so come with your dream wedding vision and stay for the night of your life.

Mediterranean Manor {255 Jefferson Street}

Mediterranean Manor

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Venue Type: Banquet Hall

Max Guest Count: 300+

This Newark venue boasts five different venue spaces to choose from for your big day. The Pipa and Veranda rooms host smaller parties of at least 50 guests. The Golden room starts at 120 guests and the combined Golden and Main rooms hold a minimum of 300 guests. Mediterranean Manor has selections for everyone’s size and style!

Newark Waterfront Center {1100 McCarter Highway}

Venue Type: Waterfront, Banquet Hall

Max Guest Count: 300

Who doesn’t love a good waterfront view? This venue gives you just that while also maintaining a more casual, laid-back vibe on the inside. As a banquet hall, there is a ton that could be done to transform the space into your ideal celebration venue.

South Orange

Orange Lawn Tennis Club {305 North Ridgewood Road}

Orange Lawn Tennis Club

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Venue Type: Ballroom, Country Club, Estate

Max Guest Count: 325

Orange Lawn Tennis Club is a historic venue that sits on 13 acres of land in the heart of South Orange. If you love the rustic country club vibe, OLTC is definitely worth taking a look at. This historic mansion has a little something for everyone including cathedral ceilings, cocktail rooms, marble fireplaces, and more unique details that would make any day special.

Verona

Richfield Regency {420 Bloomfield Avenue}

Richfield Regency

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Venue Type: Ballroom

Max Guest Count: 250

This venue checks all of the boxes when you think of a ballroom wedding. Richfield Regency has an elegant exterior, ideal for photo ops, and a sleek interior fit for large groups and plenty of dancing. Located right on Bloomfield Avenue, Richfield Regency is easily accessible and in the heart of a great town. 

West Orange

Highlawn Pavilion {1 Crest Drive}

Highlawn Pavilion

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Venue Type: Ballroom, Estate, Garden

Max Guest Count: 250

Nestled inside the famous Eagle Rock Reservation, Highlawn Pavilion attracts attention with its sweeping panoramic views of the New York City skyline. For those that don’t know, Eagle Rock Reservation is home to over 400 acres of park and nature preserve and more recently, the breathtaking 9/11 memorial honoring the lives that were tragically lost in the attacks on September 11, 2001. Highlawn Pavilion boasts impeccable service, great cuisine, and an ambiance to remember.

The Loft at 350 {350 Pleasant Valley Way}

The Loft at 350

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Venue Type: Loft

Max Guest Count: 200

The Loft at 350 is a one-of-a-kind venue. This spot maintains a more club-like feel while also keeping the elegance of an event such as a wedding. The Loft provides a variety of menus, including a kosher menu. Additionally, they work with vendors they can recommend for services such as party planners, limousine services, photographers, and more.

The Manor {111 Prospect Avenue}

The Manor

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Venue Type: Ballroom, Estate, Garden

Max Guest Count: 250

A timeless venue, The Manor has a perfect balance of indoor ballroom elegance and outdoor lush gardens. Your guests will have ample space to mingle and wander, all while being within close proximity to the dance floor. This venue is great for both an extravagant event or a more intimate celebration.

Mayfair Farms {481 Eagle Rock Avenue}

Venue Type: Ballroom, Barn

Max Guest Count: 300+

For any couples looking for a rustic barn vibe, Mayfair Farms is for you. This venue has been a staple of West Orange since 1942 and consists of 13 acres of beautifully maintained landscapes. The options are endless at this venue as couples have an option to marry outside in the garden, celebrate in a terrace-level room with a private patio, or enjoy the grand fireplaces and mahogany bars of the interior.

Pleasantdale Chateau {757 Eagle Rock Avenue}

Pleasantdale Chateau

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Venue Type: Ballroom, Castle, Estate

Max Guest Count: 300+

The Pleasantdale Chateau is truly like the setting out of a fairytale. With 40 acres of well-maintained gardens, guests will be in awe as they enter through ivy-coated gates upon arrival. With an estate consisting of gardens, walking bridges, ponds, and more, it is a beautiful setting for outdoor events. However, if you’re not looking to get married during an outdoor-appropriate time of year, the interior of Pleasantdale Chateau is even more breathtaking with a grand ballroom and historic rooms to wander. 


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Alexa is a born-and-raised Jersey girl who grew up in West Orange and later moved with her family to North Caldwell. Growing up in Essex County, Alexa has a love of all things Montclair! A teacher by day, Alexa is certified in elementary and special education and has her master’s degree in literacy. Alexa studied art at the Montclair Art Museum for years which played a pivotal role in starting @AlexaMartinDesigns in 2018, her small business side hustle focusing on all things creative. In her free time, you can find Alexa grabbing donuts at Montclair Bread Company, a drink and some '90s jams at Jake's, or dinner at her fave spot, Turtle + the Wolf.