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      It’s hard to truly narrow down the 7 Best Jersey Shore Wedding Venues! There is something magical about the Jersey shore, and it definitely isn’t from anything Pauly D, The Situation, or Snooky did! Real Jersey Shore towns with its laid back, flipflops standard, and beautiful sandy beaches and boardwalks up and down the coast. So many unique nooks and crannies, and I am not referring to the clothing-optional beach in North Jersey 😉

      Ever since I was a kid, my parents used to take me to Long Beach Island. My stomach would flip upside down, Going up and down the giant hills through the back roads through Chatsworth. I remember getting water ice and jersey subs on the same street in Surf City as a kid. There even was a real train car that had a restaurant built inside it. (sadly, this is no longer there). I even had my wedding photographs captured on the beach in LBI.

      After 15 Years and hundreds of weddings captured, here is my list of the six best New Jersey beach wedding venues.

      1. Bonnet Island Estate Manahawkin

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      Bonnet Island Estate is a plantation-style estate features picturesque waterfront views, seasonal florals, and an intimate Boathouse Chapel. You have to see the elegantly appointed reception rooms, majestic ballroom, and luxurious private guest suites.

      Inspired by the quintessential coastal mansions along the east coast from Nantucket to Charleston, Bonnet Island Estate welcomes you and your guests to a private island with unforgettable elegance and character.

      The jewel of this plantation-style property is the Boathouse Chapel, an original post and beam barn from Vermont, lovingly reassembled beam by beam at the estate and furnished with a stone hearth fireplace, whitewashed benches, and classic wide plank flooring.

      Inside the mansion, the broad porte-cochere Entryway invites you to the elegant Main Hall, with a tranquil Parlor and sun-kissed Great Room overlooking the expansive East Veranda, where panoramic waterfront vistas await. Bonnet Island Estate boasts a majestic ballroom boasts 30-foot-high cathedral ceilings emulating the hull of a sailing ship, with seating for up to 250 of your loved ones.

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      PROS

      • Onsite ceremony barn chapel that is amazing and covered for inclement days
      • Holds up to 250 Guests
      • Unique rustic plantation-style venue
      • 12 uniquely decorated private bedroom-suites, including junior and master bridal suites, with king-size beds
      • Quite a few spots for photographs onsite, including a small private beach
      • Stunning bridal suite
      • Incredible food and service
      • Many locations for photographs without leaving the venue
      • Jacuzzis in all rooms
      • Private balconies overlooking the water
      • Groom’s Lounge for men
      • Onsite professional salon and Bridal Parlor for the ladies

      CONS

      • Can only get in so early, making it tough getting hair and makeup done and being on time.
      • Only one road in, therefore guests have to deal with weekend traffic coming into Long Beach Island
      • Only 12 rooms onsite for guests/bridal party
      • Grooms lounge is small but very cool

      Contact Bonnet Island Estate for your wedding plans

      2380 E Bay Ave, Manahawkin, NJ 08050
      (609) 494-9100

      2. Windows on the Water Sea Bright

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      Get hitched on the beach at this spectacular NJ Wedding Venue at Windows on the Water at Surfrider Beach Club on the Jersey Shore.

      Upon arrival, you will be greeted by unsurpassed views of the great Atlantic Ocean and the Shrewsbury River at our NJ Wedding Venue at the Jersey Shore. Here you will find a 7,000-square foot NJ Wedding Venue, surrounded by water on both sides at the Jersey Shore, suggesting an event that is both elegant and dramatic.

      The neutral colors in our NJ Wedding Venue at the Jersey Shore offer you a blank canvas to create the waterfront beach wedding of your dreams.

       Windows on the Water afford breathtaking, panoramic views with easy access to a beachfront terrace that provides a refreshing escape for guests at our NJ Wedding Venue at the Jersey Shore.

      Windows on the Water offers private entrances, separate cocktail hour, & a gazebo on the beach for your wedding ceremony at our NJ Wedding Venue at the Jersey Shore.

      The outdoor decking at our NJ Wedding Venue at the Jersey Shore can now be completely glass-enclosed and temperature controlled during inclement weather and in the fall and winter – allowing the beautiful view available for your Ceremony and Reception all year round.

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      PROS

      • Up to 250 people
      • Ocean views
      • Outdoor deck for cocktail hour
      • Excellent staff
      • It has freaking palm trees!
      • Floor in the venue is the most beautiful reflective marble
      • Ceremony space on the beach for outdoor ceremonies with gazebo

      CONS

      • No covered outdoor areas
      • No hotel rooms to stay
      • Small bridal suite (good for up to 14 but is tight). However, you can see the beach and ocean from there. 
      • Limited areas to photograph with shade during the midday sun

      Contact Windows on the Water Sea Bright for your wedding plans

      Surfrider Beach Club, 931 Ocean Ave
      Sea Bright, N.J. 07760
      732-842-8463

       

      3. Mallard Island Yacht Club Manahawkin

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      Driving down Route 72 towards Long Beach Island, you can’t miss the signature red roof and the incredible landscaping draping the front of the Mallard Island Yacht Club. Surrounded by the beautiful Barnegat Bay, Mallard Island Yacht Club captivates guests with spectacular views and incredible attention to detail. 

      From the luscious gardens to the luxurious interiors, this is a place where hopes and dreams become a reality.

      Mallard Island Yacht Club, presented by Merri Makers, is a waterfront wedding venue located in Manahawkin, NJ. This elegant property can be exclusively yours for your special day as you celebrate your commitment and love with your partner. Exchange vows in the Boathouse Chapel before gathering guests in the grand ballroom for a luxurious reception experience.

      Perched on the shores of the picturesque Barnegat Bay, Mallard Island Yacht Club is defined by its panoramic views. Featuring a wraparound porch that overlooks the bay, this venue is sure to evoke feelings of love in each guest. There is a beautiful plaza inspired by Gothic architecture and the design of Princeton University that allows for outdoor space to mingle. The detached Boathouse Chapel provides a secluded, quaint destination to tie the knot in the presence of your loved ones. A grand stone hearth serves as the altar while large windows brighten the space.

      Main Ballroom and Accomidations

      In the stately main house, the ballroom offers a charming setting for an elegant and sophisticated reception. Its exquisite chandeliers are suspended from a Tiffany blue ceiling and lend a warm glow to receptions held here. Gold Chiavari chairs used for weddings complement the curtains for a warm, inviting aesthetic. Upon entering the venue through French doors, your guests are sure to be enchanted. Mallard Island Yacht Club is an ideal destination to hold a private weekend-long wedding.

      They have luxurious accommodations for up to 24 of your nearest and dearest so you can enjoy the property for multiple days during your event. On the day of the festivities, the spacious bridal penthouse is the perfect space for pre-wedding pampering. It comes complete with salon chairs so you and your wedding party can be styled in comfort. Celebrate with up to 250 guests in the sophisticated grand ballroom, and you can be assured a delightful dinner service with Merri Maker’s catering. The company’s event staff is also happy to arrange a day-after breakfast for those who have stayed on site.

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      PROS

      • Up to 250 Guests
      • Private wedding chapel onsite
      • Incredible food and service
      • Most opulent bridal suite at any shore venue in NJ period!
      • Hotel LBI is brand new and will accommodate your additional guests as well as being owned by the same owner as Mallard
      • Private beach
      • Incredible dock 
      • External private grooms suite
      • Beautiful bay views
      • Sunset here is breathtaking

      CONS

      • Less shooting space than its sister site Bonnet Island
      • More modern feel than Bonnet Island 
      • Oddly laid out reception and dance floor 
      • No ocean views

      Contact Mallard Island Yacht Club for your wedding plans

      1450 NJ-72, Manahawkin, NJ 08050
      (609) 597-2882

       

      4. The Reeds at Shelter Haven Stone Harbor

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      Your spectacular seaside wedding begins here!

      The Reeds at Shelter Haven’s casual elegance and coastal chic design combine in perfect harmony with the natural surroundings to create a backdrop that is truly one-of-a-kind for a shore venue. The Reeds offers the most exclusive seaside wedding destination at the southern New Jersey shore.  

      From your first dramatic entrance as a married couple to your final goodbyes before escaping to your luxury Reeds Suite, The Reeds’ Sweet Grass Ballroom is the ultimate celebration space for you, your entire party, and guests. Wall-to-wall sliding glass spans the bayside view, allowing the opportunity to open your space to the outdoor veranda and provide an ‘indoor/outdoor’ feel with a full view of the sparkling harbor. The dramatic fireplace also adapts the indoor-outdoor concept. Simply Spectacular… and the perfect backdrop to your special day.

      Say ‘I do’ at a Bayfront ceremony with stunning views, sip specialty cocktails on the deck at sunset, dine & dance in our spacious, open-air concept ballroom, and complete the evening with dessert beneath the stars to fulfill your wedding daydreams. The options- and possibilities- are endless, including the all-new Bridal Ready Room at the luxurious Salt Spa. Only a handful of venues have their own spas!

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      PROS

      • Incredible sunsets over the bay
      • Bayside views
      • Protected from the wind
      • Outdoor deck for ceremonies
      • Modern rooms and reception space
      • Exceptional food and staff
      • Rooms on site
      • Hosts 220 guests
      • Outdoor bayside cocktail space

      CONS

      • Difficult parking in summer, but they do valet
      • Do ocean views
      • Have to travel for photo opportunities (but the beach is very close)

      Contact the Reeds Shelter Haven for your wedding plans

      9601 3rd Ave, Stone Harbor, NJ 08247
      (609) 368-0100

       

      5. Icona Avalon

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      The Icona in Avalon NJ is framed by windswept sand dunes, Atlantic Ocean views, and classic, Nantucket-coastal-inspired architecture. Brilliant white interiors, splashes of nautical blue, and a design that bring the outdoors’ light and beauty come together to create a truly alluring destination for a celebration. Whether you envision a barefoot wedding ceremony right on the sand or a more formal setting to exchange your vows, ICONA Avalon has the perfect venue for the wedding of your dreams set to the sound of the rolling surf.

      ICONA can host your bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, reception, after-party, wedding room block, post-bridal brunch, or any event to make your wedding weekend the perfect celebration. ICONA Avalon’s dedicated team will work with you to ensure that every detail, from customized menus to specialty cocktails, is the ideal representation of you and your significant other’s unique love for one another. From day one of opening, their staff has been incredible to work with for custom events. 

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      PROS

      • Up to 300 guests
      • Outdoor event space
      • Onsite guest rooms
      • Valet parking
      • Super modern chic entryway when you enter the hotel making your guests say wow!
      • Beautiful new modern rooms
      • Great bridal suite that is large and comfortable
      • Incredible staff and service
      • Right on the beach but protected from winds
      • Onsite ceremonies or on the beach

      CONS

      • No ocean views other than the suites (however, its right on the beach and protected from the wind. )
      • Limited parking if it is a busy weekend
      • Not a ton of shooting spaces on site but there are many close by with transportation

      Contact Icona Avalon for your wedding plans

      7849 Dune Dr, Avalon, NJ 08202
      (609) 368-5155

      6. Congress Hall Cape May

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      Relaxed elegance, fun, historic charm, and luxury

      Congress Hall, a seaside hotel overlooking the Atlantic, offers over 100 guestrooms, retail shops, a day spa, a restaurant, lounge and nightclub, and a grand ballroom that can accommodate up to 250 guests. Congress Hall is one of the most exclusive and beautiful wedding venues in New Jersey. Couples love Congress Hall because it can truly offer a complete wedding experience with relaxed rehearsal dinners by the pool, unforgettable wedding ceremonies on the beach, or Grand Lawn, and exquisite receptions in the Grand Ballroom. Ask about other locations in our family of hotels, such as The Virginia on historic Jackson Street, which offers a more intimate setting for smaller groups.  

      There are so many historic places to go and things to see that it is a genuinely unique experience down the jersey shore. 

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      PROS

      • Up to 250 guests
      • Incredible ceremony space outdoors overlooking the ocean
      • Cocktail hour views are stunning
      • Guest accommodations on site
      • So many fabulous places to photograph close by and also with additional transportation
      • Ability to rent bed and breakfast for the night before and morning preps

      CONS

      • Can be very windy as no protection for onshore winds
      • Very crowded down in Cape May around Congress hall
      • Need to bring in additional decor to make the room look its best
      • Have to go through the restaurant to get to the bathroom for your guests

      Contact Congress Hall for your wedding plans
      200 CONGRESS PLACE
      CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY 08204
      (609) 884-8421

       

      7. The Windrift – Avalon, NJ

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      The Windrift Hotel in Avalon, NJ has unparalleled views of the sand, sea and sky complemented by friendly and professional staff, exceptional service, and delectable cuisine are sure to make your dream day perfect.

      The ocean view reception venue includes three bars, a state of art entertainment system, and retractable glass walls to let in the sea breeze. The hotel is newly renovated with luxury rooms.

      One of the most laid back venues with incredible views of the ocean.  The sunsets on the bayside from the Windrift are beyond breathtaking!

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      PROS

      • Ocean views from reception and cocktail hour
      • Valet Parking
      • Seats up to 250 people
      • Hotel rooms right on site
      • Pool for guests
      • Very little walking for beach ceremony and wooden walkway going onto beach
      • Amazing staff and very accommodating

      CONS

      • Very busy location in the summer months
      • Covered outdoor space with retractable wall
      • Not many locations for photographs other than beach but there are quite a few in the area
      • Busy beach spot but you can face the ceremony toward the dunes to not have people behind the couple (most beach ceremonies don’t have this option as the dunes are very small or non-existent )

      Contact Windrift for to book your Jersey Shore wedding

      105 80th Steet {80th Street and the Beach}
      Avalon, New Jersey 08202
      800-453-7438

       

      In Closing – The Best Jersey Shore Wedding Venues

      I hope this helps guide you to find the ultimate beach venue for your wedding. The Jersey shore will always have a place in my heart and my soul. For many of you, this also rains true, so find the shore venue that you can make more memories to hold onto for the rest of your life.