As Labor Day is approaching (far too quickly, in our opinion), we thought it would be nice to feature another one of our favorite wedding venues - specifically, one that happens to be on the ocean. I could list some of the many reasons why a couple would want to have their wedding on the Jersey shore, but really all you would have to do is visit one of the shore towns to understand. There is an energy along the shore; one that would captivate guests and set the tone for a fun, laid back wedding.
When selecting the perfect shore town for your wedding, any list would most definitely include Spring Lake. A summer getaway for wealthy families in the late 19th century, Spring Lake was a coastal resort similar to those of Newport, Rhode Island and Bar Harbor, Maine. The preservation of many of the town’s sprawling Victorian mansions is in keeping with great pride local residents have for the town's storied history. But it is not merely a summer retreat town anymore. Spring Lake has many year-round residents which means that it is more like an active community than simply a vacation destination. Tree-lined streets and a (newly restored) boardwalk are meticulously maintained, as is the two mile stretch of beach. There are plenty of hotels (many of which are converted Victorian houses) and gourmet restaurants should your guests want to extend their stay.
One of our favorite wedding venues in Spring Lake is the Bath and Tennis Club. Directly across from the ocean, the club has sprawling views of the Atlantic and private beach access. Outdoor ceremonies can take place in the club’s terrace patio which has expansive views of the ocean and sunset. (For couples interested in a church ceremony, the club is a very easy distance to what just may be the most beautiful church in New Jersey: St. Catherine's.) Cocktail hour is typically served on the club’s patio where guests can enjoy food and drinks around the Olympic-size, salt-water swimming pools. The ballroom seats up to 300 guests and features high ceilings adorned with antique crystal chandeliers. You can customize your wedding menu and rest easy knowing that the dance floor has plenty of room to accommodate your guests and their dance moves.
Spring Lake borough and the surrounding shore towns are sometimes referred to as the “Irish Riviera” because of the large Irish-American population in the area. In fact, it has the highest percentage of any municipality in the United States. So if you dream of having your wedding after party in a Irish pub, you have many to chose from in Spring Lake.