10 Best Outdoor Wedding Sites in New Jersey

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1. country corner

At Perona Farms in Andover, you can choose from one of five rustically elegant spots, including an apple orchard, a lawn next to a white barn or an island in a lake. Follow it up with a cocktail hour for up to 300 in the brick courtyard; then head inside for a ballroom reception catered by the farm. (973) 729-6161, PeronaFarms.com

2. sophisticated setting

Modern and natural, The Imperia in Somerset has stone patio with a waterfall garden for your nuptials. Evening cocktail hours are especially romantic: Soft lights illuminate the private patio area. Receptions must take place in one of the three ballrooms -- the largest holding up to 400 -- that feature floor-to-ceiling windows. Their in-house catering service will work with you to meet your needs. (732) 469-2522, TheImperia.com

3. skyline scene

The Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange has a garden ceremony site with views of the Hudson River and the NYC skyline. The city views are amazing through the large windows in the ballroom, which seats up to 200 for your reception. The onsite restaurant caters all receptions. (973) 731-3463, Highlawn.com

4. charming estate

The outdoor areas at The English Manor in Orange have a homey, backyard feel, but on a grander scale. Walk down a stone aisle in the tree-enclosed garden, and then exchange vows in the gazebo. Your cocktail hour takes place just feet away on the multilevel deck, and the inside is all yours for a reception for up to 200, catered by the manor. Don’t miss photo ops on their wooden swing. (732) 776-8558, TheEnglishManor.com

5. lakefront luxury

Say "I do" beside a picturesque lake at The Place on the Lake in East Brunswick. The manor will cater your reception (for up to 1,500 guests!) on the massive, tree-covered lawns. Take in the lake views through the trees while you dance around the patio’s romantic fountain and flowers. Don’t worry: If it rains, the party can move to the indoor ballroom. (732) 297-1500, ThePlaceontheLake.com

6. contemporary elegance

A ceiling, lined with Asian-inspired lanterns, means you can hold an outdoor ceremony at Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren no matter the weather. Two walls are open to the adjacent gardens and terrace, where guests can sit during the cocktail hour. The reception, catered by the onsite restaurant, must take place inside, but floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto flowers, bushes and trees. (908) 754-1222, StoneHouseatStirlingRidge.com

7. breathtaking beachfront

Get ocean views -- without sand in your shoes -- at The Breakers on The Ocean in Spring Lake on the Jersey Shore. Seaside ceremonies can be held on their wraparound porch or at the Boardwalk Gazebo across the street with the Atlantic Ocean waves as your soundtrack. Choose from two ballrooms, seating up to 250 guests, for the site-catered reception. (732) 449-7700, BreakersHotel.com

8. divine vineyard

Who needs Napa when you have Valenzano Winery in Shamong? In the courtyard, the Vintner’s Pavilion seats 175 guests for a reception catered by their exclusive caterer. The pavilion is open on the sides, so you’ll have panoramic views of the picture-perfect vineyard while exchange vows. (609) 268-6731, ValenzanoWine.com

9. storybook palace

Tucked away in the New Jersey Botanical Gardens in Ringwood, the The Castle at Skylands Manor has stone patios and terraces and royalty-worthy lawns and gardens. The Tudor-style mansion seats 230 and works exclusively with its top-notch caterer. A reflecting pool with lily pads runs the length of the ceremony aisle, great for adding drama to your grand entrance! (973) 963-9370, Frungillo.com

10. laid-back country club

You’re guaranteed plenty of green at Ramsey Golf & Country Club in Ramsey, but fall weddings are even more colorful, thanks to changing foliage in the ceremony area. Pose for photos in front of the onsite stone castle, formal gardens and tranquil lakes before heading into the reception ballroom, which seats 200. It hardly feels indoors with its windowed walls and ceiling, but guests can get fresh air on the patio throughout the event. (201) 327-0009, RamseyCountryClub.com

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