The perfect venue for an intimate wedding. We had our wedding there this past weekend and it was absolutely wonderful. Anna (our day of facilitator) helped us with everything we could have possibly needed and treated us like family on the day of. She made sure everything went smoothly and that we were never stressed throughout the day. The venue is gorgeous and was the perfect size for our 50 person wedding. Our pictures are so pretty because of the beautiful space and they met all of our expectations. They were also very flexible and communicative throughout the whole process!
Overall it was a beautiful day and it all worked out well! Julie was a pleasure to work with from the beginning and Anna was a big help on the day of. We were SO happy to find an indoor venue that was pet friendly. Guests were impressed with the venue and enjoyed themselves. The only issue we had was with the audio system. We were excited to hear that we would have access to it but unfortunately it kept shutting off randomly and had to be at a specific volume level. The staff kept trying to help fix it but it kept happening. Our guests didn't seem to be bothered by it but it was a little frustrating for us. All in all, we were happy to have celebrated at the Mansion.
This was the perfect venue for our daughters baptism! From the very beginning Julie has been a pleasure to work with. Anna on the day of the event went above and beyond to make our experience unique and special. We love this venue and it has so much unique character that guests will be talking about it for years to come!
The James Ward Mansion was a hit with our guests! It's great for smaller parties, and it's clean, classy, and one-of-a-kind in terms of ambiance. My family and I were especially impressed by the ballroom/dining area and the beautiful rooms upstairs where you could get ready for the party. We also liked that we had the whole venue to ourselves and that guests were free to move from room to room when they pleased. Julie was also amazing to work with and was very attentive to our needs and feedback. Just a few things to be mindful of... this is not the most disability-friendly venue. There are quite a lot of stairs, and the service elevator in the back of building js older and can be difficult to find. If you have guests that need assistance going up and down stairs, it's best to keep tabs on when they will arrive, so you can tell them about the elevator and alert the mansion representative to work the elevator for them. Also, if you are bringing in food, party favors/decor, or any heavy equipment, you can't use the elevator to transport them, you have to use the stairs. Moreover, since the venue is on a main street in a downtown area, its main entrance is accessible to whoever wants to enter from the street. Because the venue does not offer security for adult parties, it's easy for people to come in and crash the party if the door is not locked. And although kids are welcome at the venue, it's not the most kid-friendly place. There are again lots of stairs and antique furnishings, so if you are having kids at your reception, make sure they are well-supervised and have things to do to keep them occupied. I think it's also important to mention that since the mansion is a historic building, the staff is very mindful of keeping the property well-maintained. Unfortunately, the mansion attendant at our party was hyper-vigilant in terms of keeping eyes on us and our children in order to make sure we weren't "damaging the property", so check in with Julie to see which attendant would work best for your guests/event and also confirm ahead of time which specific spaces are off-limits for you and your guests. With all those things in mind, we would definitely consider having another event at the James Ward Mansion. It really is a hidden gem in New Jersey, and it photographs so well! If you want something that is different from the usual banquet hall, the mansion leaves a great impression and can give you a more tailored, relaxed, and intimate experience with your loved ones.
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