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City-by-City Guide: Chic New Jersey Rehearsal Dinner Sites

7 rehearsal dinner sites guaranteed to wow your crowd.

1. Beer Garden

Make room for the groom: The Triumph Brewing Company in Princeton has a number of private rooms that can host 35-170 for a seated rehearsal dinner. The menu: regional American comfort food paired with German and Belgian-style ales. (609) 924-7855

2. Tropical Punch

Brides and grooms gearing up for a tropical honeymoon can get the festivities started early, with a Caribbean-themed rehearsal dinner right in their own backyard. Jennifer Orsini of Pampered Bride Weddings suggests bringing in a caterer to create an island-inspired menu along the lines of jerk chicken with mango chutney, coconut shrimp, and Jamaican rum cake. One to try: David Ellis Catering in South Orange. (973) 762-1901

3. Organic Outpost

Set the tone for organic style with a rehearsal dinner at The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor. This center of conservation and preservation of coastal ecosystems can host a seated rehearsal dinner for 60 in Marshview Hall, with surrounding views of the unspoiled wetlands. (609) 368-1211

4. Vineyard Style

Wine lovers? Then gather your guests for a rehearsal dinner among the grapevines and wine casks at Renault Winery Resort in Egg Harbor City. The Burgundy Room can accommodate 25-50 guests for a seated wine-paired dinner in the cool recesses of the wine vault. (609) 965-2111

5. Comfort Food

Having a formal wedding? Set the rehearsal dinner apart with a relaxed gathering at the Nauvoo Grill Club. This Fair Haven restaurant may look big, but its ski lodge style and Arts and Crafts furniture and lighting designs make the space feel warm and cozy—even if you are hosting up to 200 guests. The menu: fresh seafood and American cuisine. (732) 747-8777

6. Interactive Dinner

Jennifer Orsini loves the idea of welcoming out-of-town guests with an innovative rehearsal dinner. The Melting Pot, with four locations in the Garden State, has private rooms that can host parties with a social, casual atmosphere. Big communal tables promote conversation in this modern space that lets you prepare your own four-course meal with fondue.

7. Foodie Find

If to you, the rehearsal dinner is really about the dinner, check out the Restaurant Latour at Crystal Springs Resort in Hardyston. Indulge in award-winning progressive American cuisine prepared with locally grown produce and other delicacies. Oenophiles will appreciate the extensive and impressive wine list. (973) 827-0548

-- Christa Vagnozzi

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