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Re: Wedding Guide: Make Your Dream Wedding A Reality

Make your NYC dream wedding a reality. With spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline, fine dining, glamorous hotels, and luxury yacht charters available, your fantasy is affordable here in Jersey City.

We've made it easy for you to find the perfect venue, along with all of the right ingredients to make to make your day magical.

Venues

There are numerous wonderful venues here in Jersey City, here are a few of the largest...


Harborside Creative Catering

Our beautiful facility can accommodate 50-600-guests. We will provide you and your guests with excellent food and fine service in a relaxing atmosphere. We sincerely look forward to making your special day or event an exceptional and memorable one. 

Hyatt Regency

Spectacular views await you and your guests at this remarkable New York City wedding venue.  Hyatt Regency Jersey City offers 20,000 square feet of function space with stunning views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline.  Our wedding and catering consultants will guide you through the process.  Extensive catering selections are available, all hand prepared by our innovative Executive Chef.  Make your dream wedding a reality at the awe-inspiring Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson. 

Liberty House Restaurant

Liberty House, located in beautiful Liberty State Park, is New Jersey's most unique banquet facility. Surrounded by water on three sides, only Liberty House can provide unsurpassed, picture perfect views of the Manhattan skyline, Ellis Island and the beautiful Liberty Landing Marina - hence, our "view with a room."  Selected by The Knot: Best of Weddings 2012

Liberty Science Center

How can you make your next event a memorable one? Choose an unforgettable venue with magical skyline views. Whether you are planning an elegant sit-down dinner or a fun-filled evening of dancing and activities, our expert event planning staff can help make your event one to remember. 

Photo by inkuMaritime Parc

Maritime Parc offers 30,000 square feet of contemporary event space along the Hudson River. The interior designed by Stephanie Goto, offers vaulted wood ceilings, wrap around terraces, with stunning views of of Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. New American cuisine is brought to you by Chef Chris Siversen. Selected by The Knot: Best of Weddings 2012 and WeddingWire Bride's Choice Awards 2012!

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 Michael Anthony's

Michael Anthony's is the perfect oasis for your next event, party, or wedding. Located on the water with panoramic views of the Marina and the New York City skyline make your function one to remember. By hosting your next event with Michael Anthony's, access to professional services, fine Italian cuisine, spectacular views and a nautical hideaway sure to impress. 

Puccini's Restaurant

When planning your wedding, discover the classic elegance and traditional charm of Puccini's Restaurant, where we will make your wedding dreams come true. Enjoy our fine Italian cuisine, gracious service and personal attention on your most important day.

 The Culinary Conference Center

Casual or elegant, the Culinary Conference Center, is the perfect environment for your wedding. Our culinary experience at the Center takes gourmet delights to the next level. Our uniqueness lies in our fresh ingredients, exquisite preparation and professional culinary craft. At The Culinary Conference Center, your dining experience is always personal.

The Landmark Loew's Theatre

Celebrate your special day in style amid the splendor and wonder of this very special place. We have hosted ceremonies large and small; elaborate or intimate - it's your moment and we are so proud to be a part of it. Built in 1929, specifically for “talkies,” the Loew’s Jersey Theater was designed by Rapp and Rapp, preeminent theater architects of their time. The sumptuous Italian Baroque interior is decorated with marble, bronze, crystal, and gold leaf brocade.

The Westin

Discover refreshing surroundings and exhilarating views of Downtown and Midtown Manhattan at The Westin Jersey City Newport. Offering more than 33,000 square feet of unique and stylish function space, our tastefully designed rooms and elegant ballrooms serve as focal points for exhilarating meetings and social engagements. The Westin offers Honeymoon Bridal Packages for that perfect Romantic Getaway where you can rejuvenate your senses! A 2011 AAA 4 Diamond Property.

 

Charters

Haborside Yacht/Sail NYC Charters

At Sail NYC we offer private and excursion cruises in New York Harbor. Our modern motor yachts and classic sailboats are available for charter by both individuals and corporations. They are able to entertain up to four hundred guests. Our professional and experienced planners are always available to help you create that very special corporate or social event. Available year round our yachts make the ideal venue for that special day.

Statue Cruises

Statue Cruises transforms ordinary parties into
unforgettable celebrations. From birthdays and
anniversaries to bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings and corporate events, our event staff will help plan one memorable night.

 

Valiant Charters

Inspired by the magnificent and elegant yachts of the 1920's The Valiant is a 97' luxury vessel that was launched in May, 2001. The Valiant is the perfect setting for a memorable event or the ultimate get-a-way. Boasting an extensive wood paneled salon and bar, and offering five spacious staterooms, this lavish yacht is ideal for entertaining 2-87 guests.

 

Florists

Beautiful flower arrangements can be obtained in many locations throughout the city, here are a few selections to help get you started.

Antheia Floral Design

Floral design for weddings, events and parties. Tips from Anthia: When choosing flowers for your summer wedding, try to choose flowers that are locally grown in the NJ/ NY area (dahlias, cox comb, hydrangea), or available in similar hot weather climates (like calla lilies and roses from Ecuador or orchids from Hawaii).

 Brennan's Flower Shop

Brennan's is a family owned, full service florist serving the Jersey City and Hudson County communities since 1997. Our award-winning designers have a combined 50 plus years of experience creating traditional and contemporary designs and arrangements.


Bouquets & Baskets

We are family owned and operated and committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Because all of our customers are important, our professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one.

 

 

Exchange Place Florist

Local florist located in Liberty Towers.

 

 

 

 

Limelight Floral Design

Limelight Floral Design in Jersey City, New Jersey is an award winning floral design company specializing in wedding flowers and event decor. No matter how small or large your celebration might be, our talented team will work with you to bring to life your personal vision, traditions and culture through flowers and decor.

Bands

Con Vivo

Con Vivo brings the communal spirit of chamber music to the vibrant and unique setting of Jersey City. Con Vivo is a collective of musicians including some of the NYC area's finest soloists and rising stars.

 

Swingadelic

Image by Ryan Trupp

Swingadelic is the area’s greatest “little big band” that delivers the traditional big band music of Ellington, Basie and Sinatra, mixed with the soulful sounds of Ray Charles and adds just the right dose of some swingin’ Sixties grooves to come up with the most listenable and danceable music for your wedding, party or special event. Swingadelic can also provide music for your cocktail hour with sophisticated, classic standards à la George Gershwin and Cole Porter. The band members of Swingadelic are seasoned professionals with years of experience in many musical styles.

The Smokin Section

Hot news just in.....For the 4th year in a row (2010), the Smokin' Section has been voted the Knot Best of Weddings for Bands in the NJ/NYC area. The members of the Knot are a discerning bunch. The Smokin’ Section has been getting audiences up and dancing at wedding receptions, corporate parties, bar/bas mitzvahs and clubs since the mid ‘90s. From elegant, refined gatherings in Newport, RI to wild blowouts in Chicago, the Smokin' Section has been an integral part of hundreds of memorable parties and weddings.

Event planners

Absolute Events By Corrine

Whether you are Planning a small informal nuptial or a full scale elegant affair, you have come to the right place, we can help you produce a wonderfully memorable Wedding Day. We offer full and partial wedding planning services. We also plan local and international destination weddings.

Photography

Jefferey Vock Photography

Jeffrey Vock is a local photographer serving the Husdon county area for 20 years. He specializes in storytelling wedding photojournalism using a naturalistic, flattering approach that emphasizes expressions and interaction. His coverage and albums are all customized to fit your needs.

 

Rebecca Ferrier Photography

The quality of our photography is the most important to us! We make sure our photography meet the expectations of your day. Consistent good photography throughout the wedding day is a major factor. It's not just simply a matter of producing the odd one or two good shots. Our ideal client is a person that loves creative ideas we strive to offer, and that expects something more from us then we have ever given anyone else. These are the clients that drive us to be artists! We are Passionate. We are Inspired.

Reena Rose Photography

Reena Rose Sibayan is a photojournalist based in New Jersey, USA. She currently works as a full-time staff photographer for the Jersey Journal, a daily newspaper in Jersey City covering the county of Hudson. A graduate of the Eddie Adams Photography Workshop in 2002, she has received awards from the New Jersey Press Association (NJPA), the New Jersey Press Photographers Association (NJPPA) and National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). Her work has appeared in the Star-Ledger and the New York Times, among others. She is an award-winning member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA).


Video

Frank Ayala Films

 The mission of Frank Ayala Films is to become one of the leading video production companies in the U.S. We strive at excellence, perfection and to go far above our clients expectations as they are what keeps us in business. Established in 2004, we continue to grow at a quick pace and are expanding our services to produce television shows, films, music and wedding videos.

Cakes

Cake Lush

Jersey City’s culinary celebrity Greggy Soriano, from Cake Boss: Next Great Baker on the TLC Network brings his whimsical confectionary creations to his brand new downtown boutique opening April 2012. Cake Lush designs are one-of-a-kind, Haute cakes for weddings and special events...bringing a bit of glitz and glamour to every bite.

 

 

Carlo's Bakery

Carlo’s is a family owned bakery that produces what many say are the best tasting, highest quality wedding cakes, specialty cakes and baked goods in Hoboken, New Jersey. Buddy Valastro, is an accomplished fourth generation baker born into the business owned and operated by his parents. He is a master baker and cake decorator and star of the hit TLC reality show Cake Boss.

 

Cocoa Bakery & Bistro

Jessica Isaacs turned her creative eye from fashion to confection, Chef Isaacs climbed the ranks to become head pastry chef of Nobu and Nextdoor Nobu in New York City. Her new full bakery production kitchen is still under construction, but Jessica's creations are just a click away.

 

 

Goehrig's Bakery

Goehrig’s is a landmark European artisan bakery in the convenient-to-everywhere Jersey City Heights. Established for more than 75 years, we hold true to the Italian tradition of quality while staying up to the minute in service. We deliver throughout the NJ-NY-PA tri-state area, and we ship our delicious products to the world.

 

 

Sophie Sophia

Our bakery produces what many say are the best tasting, highest quality wedding cakes, specialty cakes and baked goods in New Jersey. Our founder and top pastry chef, Felicia Grasso, displays her baking and artistic talents by creating such deliciously whimsical pieces of "food" art.  

 

 

Bridal Fashion

La Belle Boutique

La Belle Boutique has been family owned and operated since 1968. We are a three story full service bridal boutique offering a cutting edge selection of beautiful gowns in all price ranges, sizes and colors for every member of the wedding party.

Marriage License

Applying for a Marriage License in Jersey City: 

Residency
One of the applicants must be a resident of Jersey City. If applicants are non-residents of New Jersey, the application must be made in the municipality where the ceremony will take place.

License
▪ The license will be issued 72 hours after the application has been made.
▪ The license is valid for 30 days from date of issuance.
▪ The license is valid only in the State of New Jersey.

Fees:
Application fee - $28.00 (cash only)
Ceremony fee - Appointments can be made at the time of application
City Hall and Municipal Court (cash only)
Residents - $52.00
Non-Residents - $72.00

Applicants must provide:
▪ Passport or birth certificate and photo identification
▪ Proof of current address (e.g. driver's license)
▪ Proof of Social Security Number
▪ If an applicant has been previously married, dissolution papers or death certificates must be submitted.

Remarriage/Reaffirmation:
▪ If applying for a Remarriage/Reaffirmation of Civil Union you must bring a certified copy of the previous Marriage/Civil Union.

Witness:
▪ Must know applicants for at least six months.
▪ Must be over eighteen (18) years old.
▪ Must provide proof of current residence.

Officiants

Grace Church Van Vorst

Rev. Nick Lannon
The community at Grace Church mirrors this diversity: performing and visual artists; professionals and tradespeople; straight and gay; Asian, Black, Latino, Indian, Filipino, and white successfully combine in a progressive, inclusive, urban congregation, all the while preserving God's Word of Grace to our hearts, the thing that connects us all.

Grace Lutheran Church

982 Summit Ave
(201) 653-5311

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church

Rev. Jonathan Wills
"Freely we received... freely we give." St. John's is a worshiping and serving community, united in Church and worship so that it is open to everyone. We find a need to train and equip our people in witness, fellowship and service; to understand our community, all its people and its changes; to become a more inclusive, opening and welcoming congregation.

St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church

Pastor Kristin Engstrom
We are a Christian community that has worshiped God and served the people of downtown Jersey City for over 135 years. Originally serving the German immigrant community, we now serve all immigrant communities. Our congregation reflects the gracious diversity of God's creation!

St. Paul the Apostle

Pastor Jessica Lambert
Welcome to St. Paul - Come as You Are! St. Paul welcomes you no matter who you are or what your situation in life. Whether you’re old or young or in-between, whether you’re rich or poor or in-between, no matter your ethnicity or sexual orientation or background, you are welcome at St. Paul Lutheran Church. You don’t even have to dress up!

Temple Beth-El

Rabbi Kenneth Brickman, D.D.
Temple Beth-El is the Reform Jewish congregation of Jersey City, across the Hudson River from New York City. Our temple has long been known for the friendliness, enthusiasm, and community involvement of its members, as well as its impressive 1920's-era synagogue.
Available for weddings and civil union ceremonies. For more information contact Rabbi Brickman by e-mail: NJNYCRabbi@aol.com

Bridal Styling

Balance Hair Salon

Balance salon is a multicultural salon, also specializing in ethnic hair. Our goal, is to provide a unique, creative environment where you can come and relax, and get a fabulous haircut from an expert hairdresser that best fits your fabulous style, no matter what your style.

Experience Spa and Salon

Breathe, take a break. Escape to a santurary created to soothe body, mind and spirit. Designed using feng shui principles, the spa is a calming, comfortable environment where you can relax, rejuvinate and renew.

N-Joyable Hair Designs LLC

N-Joyable Hair Designs is one of the top hair salon's in the beautiful historical district in Jersey city for over 10 years. We are the best in Multicultural hairstyles for that client that is looking for the quality work, with professional products and great prices. So pick up the phone or stop by our really neat establishment and get the N-Joyable Hair Designs experience.

Salon X

This luxury salon and boutique is proud to offer the finest in goods and services. Our complete hair care offerings include eXpert haircuts, color, styling, straightening, deep conditioning, Brazilian Keratin treatments, formal updo's and hair extensions.

The Spa At Port Liberte

The Spa at Port Liberté provides a unique healing environment for you to enhance your overall well-being through quality treatments and products focused on your body, mind & spirit. With over 3,300 square feet of designer space, the spa has Six east-west inspired treatment rooms, a ZEN- Zone relaxation area, Balinese influenced salon area, nail spa area, shower and changing room, and a gift shop.

Walker's Apothecary

Walker’s Apothecary is an inviting boutique that surpasses any of the usual expectations of an ordinary spa or salon. An apothecary that fuses cutting-edge and traditional treatments that will soothe the mind, body and soul; bringing to each client a personalized care, which embodies the passion and knowledge of its owner, Shalea Walker. Shalea Walker is a licensed esthetician and makeup artist with nearly a decade of worldwide expertise in the field of beauty and skincare.

PLEASE NOTE: The above information is listed as a courtesy. The Jersey City Economic Development Corporation and Destination Jersey City do not endorse the listed companies, their services, or assume legal responsibility for any contracts entered into as a result of this guide.