Yesterday, I almost got killed trying to find you your most unique wedding space located in Cape May, NJ. Ok, maybe not killed, but it could’ve happened!!! As most of you know, I am always on a hunt for Cape May hidden Gems, which to me are like diamonds. I LOVE finding spaces and properties that are unique and the perfect locations to host different parts of your Cape May Wedding Weekends. I got a phone call from a gentleman who asked me to come and check out his property located right on your way to Cape May Point. A beautiful 3 bedroom home that sleeps 10 is what you’ll be staying in for the week (or long weekend), is situated about 800 feet off of the road, and offers everything you’d need to host a private event on the grounds for 100 people or less. As I pulled into this long driveway, I was greeted by land that I didn’t think was even possible in the area, as well as a friendly yellow lab named Ollie, and his not so bad lookin’ owner. (they wont be there though when you rent the space, sorry!)
Picture beautiful greenery and flowers everywhere, as well as different private areas where your intimate ceremony can take place with your closest family and friends. A stunning tented reception overlooking a ginormous pond with the beach in the distant background. I was literally drooling at the thought of hosting a wedding here! We’ve made the process so easy for you to do so, that it’s not only budget friendly, but all of your wedding day stresses will be handled leading up to the wedding day.
Some of my favorite things about having the ability to host your wedding or event are that it’s not only an affordable option for your Cape May Wedding or event, but you get to choose your own caterer, design the wedding that you’d like without having to worry about a carpet or theme already in place, and you still can have those beach photos, but also a beautiful garden as your backdrop.
The property has trails that lead to The Nature Preserve and are perfect for exploring. Shockingly enough, as we began walking a trail so I could see more, it dawned on me that no one knew where I was, I was with a man I didn’t know, and I was in the woods in what feels like the middle of where! While feeling like you’re in a magic garden with no one around for your wedding day is awesome, I briefly made my tour guide aware that I am a single mom just trying to help future couples find their Cape May wedding location, and it would be greatly appreciated if he didn’t chop me up into pieces. Thankfully, the property is as amazing as the owner is, and I lived to tell you guys about it!
If you’re interested in more information on this affordable and unique Cape May Wedding Venue, contact me today! (609) 675-5468 or email me at Jerseycapeweddings@yahoo.com.
Wedding Venue Cape May New Jersey, The Iron Pier
I get a lot of phone calls and emails requesting information on pulling Cape May Wedding Weekends together. Your wedding venue Cape May New Jersey may have been found, but you still might need ideas for a rehearsal dinner, morning after brunch, or a welcome reception for your guests as they arrive. One of my favorite hidden gems in Cape May is definitely The Iron Pier Craft House, located on Beach Avenue in Cape May. Your private event is not only reasonably priced, (packages starting at approximately $30.00 per person) but it has an amazing view of the ocean and offers the perfect setting for an intimate event for you and your guests. The Iron Pier’s Cape May charm and details leave it the best venue space for all of your wedding weekend needs.
Located just a few blocks from The Cape May Convention Center, walking distance from Congress Hall and The Washington Street Mall, couples find this hidden gem not only in a convenient location, but also love the fact that it’s located right upstairs from one of the hottest bars in Cape May, Cabanas. The Iron Pier also has a great selection of craft beer on tap. Let your guests meet and greet and enjoy your rehearsal dinner the night before your wedding in this private space, while also giving them the option when the party is over to head downstairs for live entertainment to keep the fun going.
Speaking of Cabanas; if your Cape May wedding doesn’t want to stop when the reception is over, it doesn’t have to. With a simple phone call ahead, they would love to have your wedding “after party” come enjoy the entertainment and to keep the fun and drinks flowing.
Contact us today for more information on how to book The Iron Pier Craft House for your upcoming wedding weekend plans.
Photos and video by Macpherson Photography
Cape May NJ Wedding Photographers.
Hosting a destination wedding in Cape May, NJ has a lot of details involved, and one of the those major details would be finding (sometimes it may feel like hunting) for group accommodations for your guests. While there are plenty of hotels throughout Cape May that do offer Wedding room blocks, here are a few tips to help you with your search:
Bed + Breakfasts:
While the thought of having your guests stay in a quaint Bed + Breakfast in Cape May sounds lovely, there aren’t many rooms in these accommodation types. I wont say never, but unless you’re renting out the entire place, it’s very rare to find one that will hold a room block for you. They may not offer you a wedding room block, but you can post a few of these that do have availability on your wedding website, and just allow your guests to call them directly.
Keep in mind that most weddings take place in Cape May in the offseason; not July and August. I haven’t found a hotel yet that will block off any amount of rooms for a group in high season because quite honestly, they don’t need the business and know they will book the rooms on their own. In prime season most hotels want a minimum of 3 night stays, as well as their rates are the highest during that time, which can be a lot to ask of your guests.
My goal is to always find at least 2-3 hotels that will offer different types of rates for your guests to choose from. I get asked the question often: What’s the point of making a room block if my guests can get those rates on their own?
- Having a block of rooms gives you the flexibility to know who has booked/who hasn’t.
- It may not be in your plans yet, but what if you decide you want to offer a welcome bag to your guests? You now know who is where.
- Some couples choose to offer transportation for their guests to and from the wedding reception. If that is the case, then wouldn’t it be great to have a majority of your guests staying in the same places?
- Most group blocks try to keep the party on the same floors, which helps in making this a “wedding weekend” filled with fun.
I hope some of these tips helped you with your search for your wedding room block in Cape May. If you feel you could use more help in this area, don’t hesitate to give us a call with questions.
Planning a wedding in Cape May?
I was recently reading an article on wedding statistics the other day, Wedding Paper Divas did a survey and found out that over 40% of brides are spending 10-15 hours a week on their wedding planning. Holy Moly, ladies! That’s a second job right there. It got my wheels turning, and here’s what we’ve decided to do if you are planning a wedding in Cape May:
We are in search of 3 couples planning a wedding Cape May County that would allow us to document their wedding planning process and be a Jersey Cape Weddings Spotlight Couple. It will involve things like guest blogging, allowing us to video meetings, tastings as well as to document your planning process to share with others, including your wedding day.
In order to enter you must have the following criteria:
- You must be getting married in Cape May County; Cape May, Wildwood, Stone Harbor, Avalon, Sea Isle, Ocean City; as examples.
- You would be willing to document with us your planning process for blogs, videos, as well as a guest blog on our site.
- You can be anywhere in your planning process to be considered: 1 year out, 6 months out, 1 month out.
If you or someone you know is planning a wedding in Cape May County in 2017 or 2018 and who would like to be considered, comment below in the blog, or email us at email@example.com by March 20th, 2017, and tell us why you chose Cape May County as your wedding location, and we will contact you!
New Wedding Planner on Our Team!
It’s exactly 3 days before my 37th birthday, (yikes!) and for some reason I tend to reflect over the last year more so on this day vs. New Years. My 36th year has officially been named “the year of letting it go.” As a control freak, it’s not always easy for me to hand things off to someone, to ask for help or delegate, or to even not stress over things I can’t control. Thanks to recommendations of clients, JCW has grown and morphed into something that I am really proud of, and as most of you know, we’ve also expanded into planning weddings in Philadelphia. I couldn’t be more excited about any of it, except for maybe one thing…and that would be Amanda. Amanda is the new wedding planner on our team and comes with tons of experience, and by experience I mean sending over 125+ brides down the aisle experience! She also still cries at weddings like I do, which tells me she’s passionate about what she does, values her couples, and builds unique bonds with them. An organizational + attention to detail guru is what I’d like to call her, and I am really looking forward to bringing her on board and watching more growth take place, while continuing to offer our clients the same level of service that we’ve built our reputation on. To get to know Amanda a little bit more, I asked her a few questions:
S: When you aren’t planning weddings, what are you doing in your down time?
A: I teach dance, love spending time with my friends and family, travel, binge watch Netflix, or I’m enjoying life in the city.
S: What’s your favorite part about being a planner in the city?
A: All of the beautiful venues, and experienced vendors that there are to work with, as well as using the energy of the city and implementing that into their wedding day.
S: Favorite Food?
S: Red or White:
A: Definitely White!
S: Just another reason why we get along so well!
S: If you could only bring 3 things with you to visit me at the beach, what would they be?
A: My cat, phone, and a good book!
Welcome aboard, Amanda. I am more than sure that my 37th year will be the year of creating balance for me with having you as a part of the team.