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Destination: Shore

By Patrice Davis

The southern New Jersey shore is a gem of a place! Located at the very bottom of New Jersey in a world of its own, it thrives on wedding business, and it’s easy to see why. The pristine beaches, the seasonal décor and more make this destination the ideal location to host a beach wedding.

City to Shore
Cape May and Atlantic Counties are in the perfect location for shore weddings. It’s a destination without the need for airfare and expensive lodging, being that venues are located about an hour from Philadelphia and two hours from New York. Our featured couples often tell the best stories of meeting while on vacation at the shore and wanting to pay tribute to the place they fell in love.

Keep the Party Going!
And with its easy access from large tri-state area cities, your destination wedding just became a weekend-long celebration. Instead of guests spending the night and the party ending with the last dance, a shore wedding keeps the celebrations going! Enjoy post-wedding brunch the next morning at a waterfront venue, lounge on the beach, shop at the local retail stores, catch the local football game, you name it, because with a Saturday reception, guests have all day Sunday to relax and enjoy before heading back home to start the work week. 

Venue Variety
Does your vision include an oceanfront ceremony, sunset views, a city skyline in the background, fireworks off the ninth hole, and everything in between? That’s perfect! Venues throughout Cape May and Atlantic counties offer a variety of options for rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, receptions and post-event brunches so you can have the best of all the worlds.

  • Enjoy a quaint, authentic Italian dinner, or a seaside clambake at a number of smaller-sized venues throughout each town that remain open year-round for rehearsal dinners and private events.
  • Walk down the aisle with your toes in the sand on the iconic beaches of Cape May.
  • Enjoy the sunset at bayfront venues throughout each town.
  • Catch the fireworks at award-winning golf clubs that open their doors to couples looking to celebrate on the links.
  • And when you are stuck between city or shore, have the best of both worlds with a skyline view of Atlantic City while dancing over the top of the Atlantic Ocean at venues including The Claridge and One Atlantic. 

What’s great about hosting a shore wedding is that the ocean, the bay, the golf course, the city and everything in between are just minutes apart, so you can truly enjoy every view throughout your wedding weekend without making it feel stressful!

 

The Case for a Mini-Moon
Your guests joined you for your rehearsal dinner, the ceremony and reception were epic, you recovered and regaled stories of the best night ever at brunch and bid your guests farewell as they headed home. Now what? Relax. Instead of dashing home to pack your bags and make it to the airport in time (and then ultimately leaving your passports sitting on the kitchen counter because your brain is still in wedding-planning mode), you just relax. The Jersey shore is the perfect location to stop, take a breath, and just relax with your new spouse. Take a few extra days following the wedding to enjoy the beach, take a bike ride through town, book a spa day, catch a movie and more. So, while your guests are packing up to head home, you are lounging poolside with a cocktail and bidding them farewell with a wave from the Jacuzzi. With the variety of options for every theme, décor and view, couples are flocking to southern New Jersey, one of the top destinations in the nation for the perfect wedding weekend. So, with that said, come on down!

 
Main photo courtesy of Jessica Erb Photography