Destination weddings are a joyful and exciting option for couples looking for something different. Most couples can expect the usual stress when planning travel details and costs for a large number of wedding attendees. In the Covid-19 era, today’s wedding couples also have to deal with the added uncertainty of travel bans and concerns for the health and safety of their family and friends. Ever-changing restrictions and regulations such as quarantine, vaccine proof and mandatory testing complicate what should be a happy adventure. Planning international or long-distance travel during a global pandemic may also present worries over financial hardships for many wedding guests.
In a 2019 Personal Finance op-ed in The Washington Post, columnist Michelle Singletary then wrote destination weddings were often a cost-prohibitive invitation for many couples’ beloved guests. She pointed to a study by Bankrate.com in which 19 percent of survey respondents admitted declining a destination wedding invitation because “they felt they couldn’t afford to go.”
“We want to come and celebrate your union, but… your ‘big’ day is costing us too much money and time.”
Fast forward to 2021 and the financial strain could be even more restrictive in the Covid-19 era.
Where does a travel-loving couple go to tie the knot and celebrate?
Brooklake, a unique and breathtaking luxury property, is a remarkable and unforgettable destination wedding alternative; it’s only 90 mins from New York City and 30 minutes from Newark-Liberty airport! You and your wedding guests can leave the passports at home because you don’t have to leave the New York Metro area for that visual and sensory elegance you are looking for. An abundance of lush landscaping, serene vistas and our mesmerizing water feature are perfect backdrops for dramatic wedding photography, as are the amazing sunset views — especially from Brooklake’s grand, elegant ballroom. Plus, our culinary team can create any cultural feast for unforgettable dining!
Host your wedding at Brooklake and feel transported to another world
It’s easy and reassuring to fulfill all of your wander-ful wedding dreams right here in Northern New Jersey. Start by selecting the breathtaking Brooklake, one of the most heralded indoor and outdoor wedding and milestone event locations in the New York Metro area.
Outdoors, our unique setting features romantic lakes and water fountains, curated gardens that are an elegant backdrop in every season, and sprawling, rolling lawns — colors and textures that all transport you and your guests to another world.
Indoors, our luxurious ballroom features floor-to-ceiling windows, an elegantly neutral palette and classic furnishings, and meticulously appointed dressing suites. The Brooklake decor of understated elegance, continues to uplift and refresh your senses as you move through your special day.
Plus, you can choose from a tantalizing selection of menus inspired by a variety of cultures, or let us customize per your request, to give your guests’ tastebuds an “otherworldly” culinary experience.
Upscale cultural resources make Brooklake a “destination” for your guests
It’s a piece of cake for today’s wedding couples to host out-of-town guests close to Brooklake in the cultural hub of Morris County, northern New Jersey. You and your guests can choose from a variety of first class accommodations, from Airbnb spots to traditional hotels, in the desirable towns around Brooklake. With easy access to New York and other major cities, northern New Jersey is a great stay and offers a lodging option for every style.
You can also offer your local and out of town guests a choice of cultural activities from a multitude of options in the entertainment mecca of the world, the New York Metro area. Perhaps arrange a wine and cheese tasting at a fine art show with a brief talk from the curator with your college alumni friends, or treat your cousins to a paint-and-sip workshop, or join a small group of colleagues for shopping and tapas after a Tango dance lesson. You’re only limited by your imagination, and with our staff here to help design and create, it’s likely there is NO limit!
Options also abound to bring in unique performers from the region’s talent-rich musical and art landscape for your party at the Brooklake. String ensembles, barbershop quartets, hip hop street artists… you name it, you can hire it in northern New Jersey! Or make incredible memories in any of the dozen charming, upscale towns surrounding the Brooklake in Morris County. Between them you’ll find walkable downtowns and shopping districts, theaters, performing arts centers, cafes and bars, museums and art galleries, the list is nearly endless — all located within 8 miles of Brooklake.
How do you confidently plan a destination wedding alternative at Brooklake?
Simply contact and rely on your Brooklake Event Planner. The only thing better than Brooklake’s spectacular facilities, gorgeous setting and exquisite cuisine is our pampered personal attention to your every detail. Brooklake’s wedding professionals comprise a team of dedicated experts who partner with you every step of the way. From start to finish, our experienced and caring, creative staff of designers and planners guides you and helps you innovate for a celebration you and your guests will remember and love, forever.
Take a virtual tour of our grounds and picture yourself and your wedding celebration here, at Brooklake in Florham Park, New Jersey! We look forward to welcoming you.