As the Governor’s Executive Order due to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep New Jersey sheltered in place, the wedding and special event venues throughout the state continue to work with wedding couples and those planning special events to reschedule their celebrations to later dates in 2020 and early 2021.
While the State of New Jersey is maintaining strict social distancing guidelines, only a shortlist of businesses has been deemed as essential and allowed to continue operations. Even those who remain open have needed to adopt new protocols to operate safely.
The shortlist does not include wedding venues and catering halls. Therefore, the wedding industry is facing extreme financial hardship during this time. However, we are confident that we will get through the pandemic and look forward to hosting successful events with our couples when we’re able to reopen.
Therefore, the venues have been asking for patience from those with planned event dates as they navigate these difficult times. This particularly is true for those who have had to postpone events during the past three months, but also those planning events in July, August, and September – whose dates have not been canceled yet by an extension of Governor Murphy’s Executive Order.
Venues will begin outreach to couples with events during the first week of July to either hold their current dates or postpone. They will continue to go week-to-week with this pattern if the state extends its shelter in place order. Venues are doing their best to keep weddings being canceled by the shelter at home order to within six months of their original date. This is subject to change as we get additional clarification from state government.
In addition to having no firm date from state government about when all businesses can open, venues are working to coordinate with state officials on what protocols may be required. That could mean temperature checks for all employees before events, gloves, and masks for all employees, more socially distanced seating arrangements, and more.
“We are doing everything in our power to work with our couples and other celebrants to make sure that we can accommodate them on a new available date,” stated a group of venues in a joint statement. “We are continuing to work with couples who have had to postpone already – this included those originally scheduled for May and June – and are doing everything humanly possible to accommodate them.”
“For those who have planned events for later this summer and early autumn – including those in July, August, and September – we respectfully ask that you bear with us and give us time to accommodate everyone possible in a civil and orderly way,” they stated. “No one understands more than we do that couples want their day to be perfect. We share in that goal for you. But please understand that the COVID-19 crisis has wreaked havoc on small businesses throughout New Jersey – and we are no different. Yet, this also includes the hundreds of vendors with whom we work – from photographers/ videographers, florists, musical talent, and so much more.”
“If you are a couple in July, August, or September, please know that your venue is excited to continue to work with you. Together, we know we’ll make your wedding day the most special day of your lives,” they added.
The following venues joined together in releasing this statement:
Brooklake Country Club (Florham Park)
Crystal Plaza (Livingston)
Landmark Hospitality (Jersey City)
Liberty House (Jersey City)
Nanina’s In The Park (Belleville)
Neshanic Golf Course (Neshanic Station)
Park Chateau (East Brunswick)
Pines Manor (Edison)
Seasons Catering (Washington Township)
Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury (Shrewsbury)
The Boathouse at Mercer Lake (West Windsor)
The Brownstone (Paterson)
The Estate at Florentine Gardens (River Vale)
The Farmhouse (Hampton)
The Graycliff (Moonachie)
The Grove (Cedar Grove)
The Hudson House (Jersey City)
The Mansion at Mountain Lakes (Mountain Lakes)
The Merion (Cinnaminson)
The Park Savoy (Florham Park)
The Rockleigh (Rockleigh)
The Ryland Inn (Whitehouse Station)
The Stone House at Sterling Ridge (Warren)
The Venetian (Garfield)
The Wilshere Grand Hotel (West Orange)
Valley Regency (Clifton)