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How to Plan the Perfect Jersey Shore Wedding

Couples often consider a destination wedding, but many don’t realize that it’s possible to have a beach wedding close to home. Have you considered a wedding on the Jersey Shore? There’s no question that New Jersey is a spectacular setting in which to get married thanks to the white sand coastline, beachfront venues and incredible backdrops. With no shortage of beach wedding venues in NJ, it’s possible to turn your dreams for a fairytale wedding into reality.

To ensure you make the best decisions, start the planning process early and follow a detailed plan that accommodates your preferred timing, budget, venue specifications, and the management of different vendors. Below we share a few tips for planning an unforgettable seaside wedding.

Pick Your Season

When people hear of a Jersey Shore wedding, they often envision a beach ceremony. However, spring and fall are also great choices. Some prefer to avoid the summer heat, humidity, and shore traffic. Even the winter season is an option, as the snow-covered fields and festively decorated towns provide the perfect scenery for a romantic wedding.

Choose a Ceremony and Reception Venue

Religious couples may choose to get married in a church or temple but it’s important to note that most waterfront wedding venues in NJ also offer onsite ceremony options, a popular choice for many couples.

The Reeds at Shelter Haven offers an intimate ceremony sundeck with breathtaking bayfront views. After the ceremony, guests can enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the covered veranda and then retreat indoors to our open-air concept ballroom for dinner and dancing. The bridal couple receive a complementary guestroom for the night, while guests can stay in our luxury resort.

We all know that wedding planning can be an overwhelming task for even the most organized individuals. Here are a few key considerations when choosing a Jersey Shore wedding reception venue that can make the process easier and your wedding day even more special.

  • How many guests does the venue hold?
  • Does the venue allow for beach, lake, or waterfront ceremonies?
  • What does the interior look like? Does the decor fit with your wedding theme?
  • Will your guests’ needs be met in terms of comfort, food selection, lodging, and transportation?
  • What happens in the event of bad weather? Is there a Plan B?

Select Your Vendors

Once you secure your event venue in South Jersey, remaining details begin to fall into place. Many venues offer recommendations for local vendors, or you can do your own research online. Your list should include items such as entertainment, photo/video, flowers, and the wedding dress, etc.

Be sure that the vendors you select have experience with seaside weddings and understand your vision. This is your big day, and you deserve to know that the services you are selecting are worth it.

Incorporate Beachy Elements

At The Reeds at Shelter Haven, the atmosphere is casual elegance combined with coastal chic design. Many of our clients incorporate beachy elements to provide guests with the ultimate beach-themed experience. When done tastefully, these accents make the perfect addition to a harbor wedding. Creative ideas we have seen include:

  • Decor consisting of colorful shells, sand dollars or starfish
  • Tropical flowers & beach scented candles
  • Magical sunset portraits by the bay
  • Handheld fans and bottled water for guests
  • Flip flops for the wedding party or guests
  • Elegant family and bridal party photos along the sandy beaches

Additionally, when you book your wedding with our NJ Shore wedding venue, you can enjoy an indoor/outdoor experience. Our venue features wall-to-wall sliding glass that overlooks the water, a sundeck for the ceremony and a covered veranda that extends to an outdoor lounge.

Planning the perfect Jersey Shore wedding is possible when you work with the right venue and vendors. For more information or to reserve your date at The Reeds at Shelter Haven, contact us today.

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