Wedding Venue Search: Congress Hall

Wanting a non-traditional wedding in New Jersey?

Looking to stray from the typical banquet halls? Not to worry, this wedding planner has got you covered! Join me for a weekly blog series where I will share a bunch of offbeat, contemporary and even secret venues where you can host your perfect wedding.

The possibilities are endless with a non-traditional venue! Everything from the schedule of events to the style and themes, you can design a wedding that is true to you and your love. Flexibility is key when you want to avoid the run of the mill and host a unique wedding. These venues allow you to imagine and create with little restraint- besides your budget that is. 

Congress Hall | Cape May, NJ

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If you’re looking for a venue that has historic charm yet it is fresh and fully staffed- then Congress Hall is the one for you. This beachside resort has really nailed the art of hosting amazing weddings. Congress Hall offers the flexibility of hosting your wedding in different areas of their property which offer your guests beautiful sights, luxurious accommodations and quality service.

There are quite a few options including hosting your very own beach ceremony or on the Grand Lawn followed by cocktail hour and your long-awaited reception in the stunning Grand Ballroom.

Outdoor ceremonies are my absolute favorite but there is always the looming fear of inclement weather. At Congress Hall that is not a problem since they offer awesome plan B options in the event of bad weather. 

For the budget-conscious couples- Congress Hall offers great discounts for winter weddings and you won’t have to sacrifice beauty or service!

Clearly, I am a fan!

3 Ways Wedding Planners Help Your Budget

Whether your wedding budget is funded by Daddy Warbucks or not- a wedding planner is the number one way to stay within any given budget. Not only does the expertise come in handy for everything from etiquette to décor- you also get a no-holds bar advocate who will make sure that you get the best pricing and highest quality vendors. Staying on budget doesn't have to mean you're pinching pennies. It's more about making sure you get all the important elements at prices you won't later regret! Check out these 3 ways a good wedding planner can keep you on budget.

Vendor Connections

As soon as you hire a wedding planner you gain instant access to a virtual Rolodex of wedding industry professionals of equal or higher caliber.  All the time spent researching vendors is now freed up and you get the peace of mind that your wedding will look and feel exactly how you want it to. The caveat to all of this is obviously that you do the upfront research on your wedding planner to make sure he or she has great reviews and reputation.

Negotiate contracts and pricing

A wedding planner will negotiate pricing on your behalf ensuring the best “bang for your buck” so to speak. The vendor connections come in to play again because the relationships your wedding planner has with other vendors will impact their pricing on items and services. Other than reducing the number of people you invite, this is hands down the best way to stay within budget.

Do it right the first time

How many times have you taken on a seemingly simple project and have inevitably been forced to quit or start over? A wedding planner can either take these projects on herself and complete efficiently based on her expertise or source the appropriate vendor to do it right the first time.  Alternatively, let’s say you hired a photographer but were not impressed with the engagement shoot and you no longer want them for your wedding.  A wedding planner would have saved you the time, energy and money by helping you secure the perfect photographer at the perfect price.