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

Cassie Claire Photography

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 Beautiful Outdoor Wedding Venues in Pennsylvania

Wanting a non-traditional wedding in Pennsylvania?

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. 

 

Rodale Institute | Kutztown, PA

Laura Lee Photography

If you're planning a full wedding weekend this a great option. When looking for wedding weekend venue versatility is key. 

The barn at Rodale Institute was built in 1846, but don't let its age fool you. It can hold up to 200 guests comfortably. It oversize red barn doors and sloping hill make it an idyllic setting for a wedding. Your guests get the full experience of a farm wedding from the time they step out of their car where tractor drawn trolley transports your guests to and fro.

The Garden Pavillion is surrounded by lush gardens and shelters guests from inclement weather. This space is great for the cocktail hour, welcome/rehearsal dinner and/or day after brunch. 

 

Historic Poole Forge | Narvon, PA

Jennifer Larsen Photography

The lush grounds of the Historic Poole Forge grounds are the perfect backdrop for an outdoor wedding. This venue has multiple locations to host a ceremony and can accommodate up to 2 large tents for an open air reception. 

 

 

Awbury Arboretum | Philadelphia, PA

FMA Photography

 The Awbury Arboretum offers the option of a small wedding inside of the historic Francis Cope House or a larger wedding celebrated under a tent. For tent weddings the house is the perfect location for the bridal party to get ready in. With a tent, this venue maxes out at 200 guests and hosts up to 70 inside the house. So you have options to break up the cocktail hour and reception with the addition of a tent outside.  The wraparound porch welcomes guests and can also be used to host the cocktail hour. Can you imagine this venue in the fall?!

4 Non-Traditional Wedding Venues in New York

Wanting a non-traditional wedding in New York?

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 budge that is. 

All Photography on this post is from the uber talented husband and wife duo J & R Photography!

The Hill | Hudson, NY

The Hill on Hudson is one of my absolute favorite wedding venues. The property itself is beautiful and the views of the Catskills and Berkshire Mountains are stunning. This is the epitome of non-traditional wedding venues. Ceremonies on “The Hill” with picturesque views followed by a cocktails and reception in the Palladian barn. The Palladian barn is multi-leveled with stalls on the 1st floor and vast event space on the 2nd floor. It was built in 1801 so it has all the charm you could ever want and is extremely functional for a wedding. Fully prepared for a bride and groom The Hill has two beautiful dressing rooms for both the bride and groom.

Liberty Warehouse | Brooklyn, NY

Located on Pier 41 in Red Hook, Brooklyn this is a space you have to see in person! This pre-Civil War building has been beautifully renovated to suit all types of events. It boasts beautiful views of the New York Harbor and has a one-of-a-kind view of the Statue of Liberty.

This venue is ideal for offbeat couples who love the idea of straying from the run of the mill wedding venues but are tired of the barns!

Full Moon Resort | Big Indian, NY

Full Moon Resort offers so many options for couples that it’s a wedding planner’s dream! This resort includes flower fields, hillsides, tent options, a rustic barn and a completely separate after party space.  This full service facility can do it all from hosting your dream wedding to housing your guests on location, helping you to drastically cut down on costs like transportation.  Unlike many non-traditional venues, Full Moon Resort can accommodate winter weddings and actually offers discounts to couples who don’t mind the cold.  According to their website, you get a free 7 day stay at their St. John’s Honeymoon Cottage when you guarantee 70 guests lodging at the resort for your big day- ummm that’s a STEAL!

Falkirk Estate | Central Valley, NY

The Falkirk Estate sits on 150 acres of lush grassy fields. I love that it is snuggled up to the Ramapo Mountains. Making it an ideal place for the couple who wants a stunning view for their outdoor ceremony. Falkirk Estate boasts ballrooms that can host small or large weddings. At this venue you get the best of both worlds.

4 Unique + Off the Beaten Path Wedding Venues in New Jersey

Planning 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 budge that is. 

Sterlingbrook Farm | Pittstown, NJ

This renovated barn venue is perfect for the horse-loving bride and groom. It was established in 1979 as an equine veterinary clinic. Horses still roam the property in fenced sections as you drive down the picturesque dirt road entrance. The barn features a huge window and rafters for string lights making it perfect for a small wedding at any time of the day.  

Photography by Cinnamon Wolfe Photography

Laurita Winery | New Egypt, NJ

A vineyard in New Jersey?! Set the perfect ambiance for your wedding at Laurita Winery whether you choose to have it in the winery or smack dab in the middle of the vineyard! Your photos will be nothing short of amazing in this idyllic yet offbeat New Jersey venue.

Photography by Lin Pernille Photography

Photography by Mekina Saylor Weddings 

Willowwood Arboretum | Far Hills NJ

Willowwood Arboretum is perfect for the couple looking for venue where you can create different areas for entertaining while keeping tons of green space. The Stone Barn is too small to host a full wedding inside of it- even a small one. However, a combo of barn and tent provide sufficient coverage from the elements and keeps the open air option on the other side of the barn. The grounds surrounding The Stone Barn make for charming photo ops for you and your guests.

Willowwood is also great for food truck wedding with a paved drive in front of The Stone Barn, multiple food trucks can drive up and serve all of your guests seated under the tent.

Photography by Monika De Myer Photography

Fernbrook Farms | Columbus NJ

The Inn at Fernbrook Farms is a beautiful all-inclusive venue that sits on 200+ acres which you get full access to on your wedding day. The property can host your special day on the open air or tents on their expansive lawns and the Georgian Manor House built in 1750.

Photography by Love & Luck Photo